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Tongues

Last week we read that the first Christians to speak in tongues were the Apostles and probably Mary, the mother
of Jesus, and about 120 early believers.

Now let’s read scripture about what they were saying.

Acts 2:5  Now there were staying in Jerusalem God fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they
heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his
own language.  Utterly amazed, they asked:  “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?  Then how
is it that each one of us hears them in his own language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites;  residents of
Mesopotamia, Judea and Capadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphyia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near
Cyrene;  visitors from Rome;  Cretans and Arabs-  we hear them declaring wonders of God in our
own tongues!

Each one of the crowd members, Jews from every nation, heard the apostles and early Christians
speaking in their own native language or dialect.

What does this mean?

Apostle Peter stood and explained what this meant in Acts 2:17  “In the last days I will pour out my Spirit
on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your young men will see visions, your old men
will dream dreams.”

Also, Acts 10:45  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gifts of the
Holy Spirit had been poured out even to the Gentiles.  For they heard them speaking in tongues and
praising God.

These two scriptures tell us the Apostles and early believers spoke in tongues as a sign.  A sign that
the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for all people of all nations, not just the Apostles
and Jews but all believers.

Next week, we will read about tongues as a heavenly language.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Tongues

What is tongues?  Is speaking in tongues biblical?  Let’s begin with the following scripture.

Acts 2:1-4  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly, a sound like the blow-
ing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what
seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the spirit enabled them.

This scripture tells us that “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues.”  But who
are those that were speaking in tongues?  Let’s read a scripture that proceeded this one.

Acts 1:12  Then they returned from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.  When
they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying.  Those present were Peter, John, James,
and Andrew;  Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Mathew;  James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the
Zealot. and Judas son of James.

Those that were speaking in tongues were the Apostles.  When they spoke in tongues, Judas (who betrayed
Jesus) had died and Mathias was now the new Apostle.  According to Acts 2:14, it is also probable that Mary, the
mother of Jesus, and the early believers of about 120 were also present speaking in tongues.

Let’s read one more scripture.  It takes place after Jesus was resurrected and appeared to the Apostles.

Luke 24:52  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.  And they stayed continually at
the temple, praising God.

The apostles and early believers (about 120) were the first to speak in tongues.  They were heard doing
this in a house.  The house was most likely a temple where they worshipped and prayed continually and
not the upper room where they stayed.

Next week, we will read what the Apostles and early believers were saying in the temple when they were speaking
in tongues.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Welcome.  Last week we read that angels sometimes appear as real people.  Now let’s read how angels are de-
scribed in the heavenly realm.

Isaiah 6:1-2  I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
Above him stood the seraphim (high ranking angel),  each one had six wings:  with two wings they
covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

The seraphim Angels covered their faces because God is completely holy.  They could not look upon him.  They
covered their feet because they were on holy ground; in God’s presence.  This is similar to Exodus 3:5 and
Joshua 5:15 when Moses and Joshua were standing on holy ground and were told to remove their sandals.  This
is a sign of respect.

Here is another scripture describing angels with wings.

Exodus 25:20  The cherubim (also high ranking angels) are to have their wings spread upward, over-
shadowing the cover with them.

This scripture describes two angels statues attached to the cover of the Arc of the Covenant (contained the
10 commandments).

Although the above two scriptures describe the angels in heaven as having wings, I’m not sure they really do.  The
bible is full of symbolism.  In the same way that God doesn’t really sit on a thrown (he is an omnipresent spiritual
being), I don’t think that angels really fly with wings.  Angels are spiritual beings that are not omnipresent.
As we read in Angels 5, angels can take many forms.  Angels appeared as fire, they appeared as
humans, they appeared as beings of light.  Angels can travel from one dimension to another
(earthly and heavenly).

Angel wings might be symbolic of their great covering or protection with wings open wide?  Also, their wings might
be symbolic of their great comfort as to wrap you in their wings?

Next week we will read about the hierarchy of angels.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Angels 2

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Angels
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Last week we read that angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.

Now let’s read how the angels minister to believers.

Genesis 16:11  The angel of the Lord said to her:  “You are now with child and you will have a son.”

Numbers 22:35  The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.”

Judges 13:15  The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her.”

Mathew 28:5  The angel said to the woman, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who
was crucified.

Luke 1:13  But the angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, your prayer has been heard.  Your wife
Elizabeth will bear you a son.”

Luke 1:30  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”

Luke 2:10  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all
people.  Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you;  he is Christ the Lord.

The previous scriptures tell us that angels minister by audibly speaking to believers.

In the following weeks we will read other ways in which angels minister to believers and the forms angels take.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Welcome and thanks for reading.

Last week we read that heaven is upward in the sky.  Heaven is above the earth.  Next, where does heaven
start.

Daniel 7:13  In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was the one like the son of man, coming with the
clouds of heaven.

Mathew 24:30  …  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Mathew 26:64  “You have said it yourself,” Jesus answered, “But I say to all of you:  From now on you will see the
Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Mark 14:62  And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty one and coming with the
clouds of heaven.

It appears that heaven starts around the clouds.

Next week we will read how high the heavens (plural) go?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Heaven 4

Posted: May 18, 2017 in Heaven
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This week we will read about the location of heaven.  Where is heaven?

Psalms 103:11  For as high as the heavens (plural) are above the earth, so great is the love of those who fear
him …

Mark 16:19  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven …

Luke 24:51  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Acts 1:11  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has
been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 7:55  But Stephan, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God.

Isaiah 40:26  Lift your eyes and look to the heavens (plural).

Jeremiah 31:37  This is what the Lord says:  Only if the heavens (plural) above can be measured and the
foundation of the earth below be searched out …

These scriptures clearly tell us that heaven is upward in the sky.  Heaven is above the earth.

Next week, where does the heavens (plural) start.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Welcome and thanks for reading.

Last week we read that mankind built a tower to reach heaven.  Only believers that are sealed with the Holy Spirit
can enter heaven.  God put a halt to their attempts.

Genesis 11:7  Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.

Genesis 11:8  So the Lord scattered them from there over the earth, and they stopped building the city.

Genesis 11:9  That is why it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole
world.

The Hebrew word for babel is babal which means to jumble and confuse.

At this time, the people of the world began speaking different languages.  At this early time in history, the
people of the world could no longer join together as one.  God divided them.

Of course, the known world at this early time in history is what we now consider the Middle East.

Next week, following the ancestry from Peleg to Ren to Nahor to Terah to Abram (Abraham).

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff