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Doctrine of Tongues ceased in 70 AD.

July 23, 2010

Doctrine of TONGUES:  WHY THEY CEASED IN 70 A.D.

1 Corinthians 13:8  Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.  (NAS)

Thesis:   The spiritual gift of tongues ceased in 70 A.D. and everything that is being called tongues, today, is “gibberish,” and is a counterfeit of the original spiritual gift.

Gibberish defined:  Webster’s dictionary defines “gibberish” as rapid and incoherent talk; unintelligible chatter.  (“gibberish,” Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language)

Introduction

Purposes:  The purposes of this essay are as follows:

1)  To set forth the truth about the biblical gift of tongues;

2) To expose the modern-day “tongues experience” as a counterfeit of the original spiritual gift;

3) To expose the modern-day “tongues speaker’s” shallowness of Bible knowledge regarding the spiritual gift he/she professes to possess;

4) To assist the serious Bible student in his/her search for truth on the subject of tongues; and

5) To send a warning to the spiritually naive and those who lack knowledge of the Word of God.

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Tongues was a temporary gift that operated from the day of Pentecost, 30 A.D. until 70 A.D., and any attempt to justify the practice of biblical tongues after 70 A.D. is biblically unjustified.  Those who oppose this position frequently say, “But the Bible says . . . ,” and then a passage of Scripture is quoted to justify the present day use of the gift of tongues.  The implication is that a scriptural quote is all that is necessary to justify whatever we want to justify.  This is spiritual nonsense and begs the question.  We know what the Bible says, but the questions are these.  What does it mean and how does it apply?  And until there is an honest attempt to answer these two questions, spiritual chaos and confusion will continue to run rampant within the present day universal church.  In view of the present day spiritual chaos and confusion, the following question is asked.  Who among us is willing to listen to the prophet Isaiah?  “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: . . .”  (Isaiah 1:18)

Three important dates:  There are three important dates in Bible history that have an impact on the correct understanding of the biblical gift of tongues.  The three dates are Pentecost 30 A.D., 70 A.D. and 96 A.D.

Pentecost 30 A.D.:  This is the day on which the Church Age began and the day on which the biblical gift of tongues began to be exercised as a warning to unbelieving Israel of the impending fifth cycle of discipline.

70 A.D.:  This is the year in which God used the 5th cycle of discipline to drive the Jews out of their homeland for disobedience.  (This is well documented in secular history.)  The Jews are not scheduled to return legitimately to their homeland until the second coming of Christ.

96 A.D.:  This date represents the year in which the Christian canon of scripture was completed.  The canon became complete the moment the Apostle John finished writing the Book of Revelation on the Island of Patmos in 96 A.D.

Israel during the lifetime of Jesus Christ:  Israel was already under the 4th cycle of discipline when Jesus was born.  Approximately 70 years later, Israel would undergo the 5th cycle of discipline.

Simple question!  Simple answer?:  The simple question is this.  If tongues ceased in 70 A.D., then why did they cease in 70 A.D.?  It took less than five seconds to ask that question, and most people want an answer in the same amount of time, however, it doesn’t work that way.  If a person is interested in knowing why tongues ceased in 70 A.D, then there must be a willingness to hear all the facts so that a perfect induction can be drawn.  Let’s look at the facts.

FACT #1

The Five Cycles of Discipline:  Leviticus 26:16-38

The five cycles of discipline are five different levels of divine discipline directed toward the nation of Israel for its failure as a nation to listen to God’s warning, and the warning reads as follows:

Leviticus 26:14  But if you [ Israel ] do not obey Me [God ] and do not carry out all these commandments [ as found in the Mosaic Law ],
Leviticus 26:15  if, instead, you [ Israel ] reject My [ God ] statutes, and if your [ Israel ] soul abhors My [ God ] ordinances so as not to carry out all My [ God ] commandments, {and} so break My [ God ] covenant,

Leviticus 26:16  I [ God ], in turn, will do this to you [ Israel ]:

Now, the five cycles of discipline are listed in the following verses:

1st cycle:  Leviticus 26:16-17
2nd cycle:  Leviticus 26:18-20
3rd cycle:  Leviticus 26:21-22
4th cycle:  Leviticus 26:23-26
5th cycle:  Leviticus 26:27-38; amplified in Deuteronomy 28:49-67

The five cycles of discipline were administered by God to Israel on the following occasions:

1.    The fifth cycle of discipline was administered to the Northern Kingdom, Hosea 4:1-6, in 721 B.C.  Elijah, Elisha, Amos and Hosea all prophesied the coming of the fifth cycle of discipline.

2.  The fifth cycle of discipline was administered to the Southern Kingdom in 586 B.C.  The overt manifestation of Jewish reversionism in the Southern Kingdom was idolatry.  The duration of the fifth cycle of discipline to the Southern Kingdom was seventy years.

3.  The fifth cycle of discipline was administered to Judea in 70 A.D.  This was prophesied by our Lord in Luke 21:20-24.

Grace always precedes the fifth cycle of discipline.  The first four cycles of discipline are grace warnings.  In the fifth cycle of discipline, you either are killed or become enslaved.

Conclusion:  The five cycles of discipline are a part of God’s program for Israel.

FACT #2

A Prophetic Warning to Israel:  Isaiah 28:11

Isaiah 28:11 Indeed, He [ God ] will speak to this [ specifies a specific group of people; remember the word “this” when you read and interpret 1 Corinthians 14:21 ] people [ Israel as a nation; not the church; not Christians, but Israel and Israel alone ] through stammering lips [ speech that when miraculously spoken by persons who had never learned the language make the speakers sound like drunkards ] and a foreign tongue [ all tongues were Gentile languages ],

This passage is both a prophecy and a warning.  As prophecy, it anticipates the beginning of tongues on the Day of Pentecost, 30 A.D., and as a warning it anticipates the fifth cycle of discipline to Israel in 70 A.D.

It is extremely important to note from this prophecy that God was going to use stammering lips and a foreign tongue to speak to THIS PEOPLE, that is, Israel as a nation, and if we are not impressed by this important point, the impact of 1 Corinthians 14:21 will be missed.

Conclusion:  While some members of the church possessed the gift of tongues, the impact of the gift was upon THIS PEOPLE, that is, Israel as a reversionistic nation.

FACT #3

Israel’s Reversionism and Its Form:  Arrogance and Drunkenness:  Isaiah 28:1-11

Isaiah 28:1  Woe to the proud crown [ arrogance ] of the drunkards [ drunkenness ] of Ephraim, And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the head of the fertile valley of those who are overcome with wine!

Isaiah 28:2  Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty agent [ a foreign power used as God’s tool for carrying out the fifth cycle of discipline against Israel ]; As a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction, Like a storm of mighty overflowing waters, He has cast it [ Israel ] down to the earth with His hand.

Isaiah 28:3  The proud crown [ arrogance ] of the drunkards [ drunkenness ] of Ephraim is trodden under foot.

Isaiah  28:4  And the fading flower of its [ Israel’s ] glorious beauty, which is at the head of the fertile valley, will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer; which one sees, and as soon as it is in his hand, He swallows it.

Isaiah 28:5  In that day the Lord of hosts will become a beautiful crown and a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people [ Jewish believers not in reversionism ].

Isaiah 28:6  A spirit of justice for Him who sits in judgment, a strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate.

Isaiah 28:7  And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet [ the Bible teachers of that day ] reel with strong drink, They [ the Bible teachers of that day ] are confused by wine, they [ the Bible teachers of that day ] stagger from strong drink; they [ the Bible teachers of that day ] reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment.

Isaiah 28:8  For all the tables are full of filthy vomit [ sick from too much drinking ], without a single clean place [ vomit is everywhere ].

Isaiah 28:9  “To whom would He [ God ] teach knowledge? And to whom would He [ God ] interpret the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast?

Isaiah 28:10  “For He [ God ] says, ‘Order on order, order on order [ teaching doctrine categorically, that is, selecting various Bible subjects and teaching all the Bible has to say about those subjects ], line on line, line on line [ teaching the Word of God a word at a time and declaring the meaning of each word ], a little here, a little there [ selecting a timely message from an appropriate text wherever it may be found ].”

Isaiah 28:11 Indeed, He [ God ] will speak to this people [ Israel ] through stammering lips [ the spiritual gift of tongues that when miraculously spoken makes the speaker sound like a drunkard ] and a foreign tongue [ this reference to tongues is a reference to Gentile languages ],

Conclusion:  At the time of this writing, Israel as a nation was overcome with arrogance and drunken reversionism.

FACT #4

Paul States the Purpose of Tongues:  1 Corinthians 14:22

1 Corinthians 14:22 So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers, but to those who believe.

Has anyone ever stopped long enough to ask himself either of the following questions?   What was the purpose of tongues?  What did God want to accomplish through the spiritual gift of tongues? The answers to these questions become clear when 1 Corinthians 14:21 is compared with 1 Corinthians 14:22.

1.    Tongues were for a sign.  (v.22)

2.    Tongues were for a sign to unbelievers.  (v. 22)

3.    Tongues are directed toward Jews.  (v. 21)

First Conclusion:  Tongues were a sign to unbelieving Israel.

Second Conclusion:  Tongues were a sign to unbelieving Israel of the impending fifth cycle of discipline.  (Remember, they were already under the fourth cycle at the time of Paul’s writing.)

FACT #5

1 Corinthians 14:21:  The Purpose of Tongues is Related to Isaiah 28:11

1 Corinthians 14:21 In the Law it is written [ a reference to Isaiah 28:11 ], “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this [ the word “this” is the same word used in Isaiah 28:11 and is a reference to Israel as a nation; not the church; not Christians, but Israel as a nation; in other words, “Jews” ] people [ Israel ], and even so they [ Israel ] will not listen to Me,” says the Lord.

If the purpose for the gift of tongues is to be understood, the relationship between Isaiah 28:11 and the spiritual gift of tongues must be understood.  This passage links the Church Age gift of tongues to Israel as a nation, herein, referred to as “this people.”  It should be strongly emphasized that the phrase “this people” in Isaiah 28:11 refers exclusively to Israel as a nation.

Conclusion:  Some members of the Church will possess the gift of tongues, but God designed the benefit of the gift to be for Jews, not the church, not Christians, but Jews, and any attempt to teach otherwise does violence to the Word of God.

FACT #6

Tongues Will Cease:  1 Corinthians 13:8

1 Corinthians 13:8  Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

Prophecy and knowledge and tongues are spiritual gifts, and from this verse, three things are evident about these spiritual gifts:

1.    prophecy (as a gift) will be done away.
2.    tongues (as a gift) will cease.
3.    knowledge (as a gift) will be done away.

Note the following things about these three phrases.

1.    Both prophecy and knowledge “will be done away,” but tongues “will cease.”
2.    The verb used with both prophecy and knowledge are the same.
3.    The verb used with tongues is different.

Now, let’s examine these three phrases as they exist in the Greek manuscript from which they are translated:

1.    prophecy             will be done away
profhtei=ai        katarghqh/sontai

2.    tongues             will cease
glw=ssai            pau/sontai

3.    knowledge            will be done away
gnw=sij            katarghqh/setai

It should be clear from these three phrases that prophecy, tongues and knowledge are temporary gifts; however, we are not told when these three gifts will cease to function, and we are not told why they will cease to function.  The when and why will be discussed later in this document.

Now let’s examine the grammatical construction of the verbs used to indicate the temporary nature of these three gifts.

(prophecy)        katarghqh/sontai        3rd person plural,    future  passive  indicative
(tongues)        pau/sontai                3rd person plural,    future  middle  indicative
(knowledge)        katarghqh/setai        3rd person singular, future  passive  indicative

There are two major and significant differences in the three verbs used to indicate the temporary nature of these three spiritual gifts:

1.    The root verb used with the temporary gift of tongues is different from the root verb used with the other two temporary gifts.

2.    The verb used with tongues is in the “middle voice” while the verb used with both prophecy and knowledge is in the “passive voice.”

What is the significance of the middle voice as opposed to the passive voice?

1.    The middle voice, used with tongues, indicates that the gift of tongues would work against itself to bring about its own termination.

Application:  Since tongues were a sign, when the sign had served its full purpose, the sign would no longer be needed, therefore, tongues had a limited use from the beginning, and when their usefulness had run its course, tongues ceased in and of themselves.

2.    The passive voice, used with prophecy and knowledge, means that the subject receives the action of the main verb.

Application:  Both prophecy and knowledge received the action of termination by being worked upon by an outside force.  The outside force was the completed canon of Scripture, so, when the canon of Scripture became complete, namely, after the Apostle John received the Book of Revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ on the Island of Patmos in 96 A.D., the gifts of prophecy and knowledge were no longer needed, therefore, the completed canon of Scripture became the outside force that rendered both prophecy and knowledge no longer necessary.

Conclusion:  Since the gift of tongues was a sign of the impending fifth cycle of discipline to Israel, tongues ceased the moment Israel was driven out of her land under the fifth cycle of discipline in 70 A.D., therefore, every modern-day form of tongues is a spurious counterfeit of the original gift and does not have its source in God.

FACT #7

God Used Titus to Administer the Fifth Cycle of Discipline to Israel in 70 A.D.

The fact that God used Titus to administer the fifth cycle of discipline to Israel in 70 A.D. is a well documented fact, even in profane history.  For example, one encyclopedia reads, “Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus (c. A.D. 40-81), Roman emperor, son of Vespasian, was born in Rome, December 30, 40 or 41.  He served in Germany and Britain and commanded a Roman legion in Vespasian’s campaign against the Jews, directing the campaign in Judea in 69; he took Jerusalem, September 8, to, after a long siege, and on his return to Rome he was rewarded with the title of Caesar an was given a part in the government.”  (Collier’s Encyclopedia, 1956, Volume 18, p. 586)

FACT #8

If Tongues (plural) Ceased in 70 A.D., All Forms of Tongues Ceased in 70 A.D.

In an attempt to respond to the conclusion that tongues ceased in 70 A.D., some have advanced the argument that there are different types of tongues, and only tongues similar to those of Acts 2 have ceased.  Tongues, in Acts 2, are said to be the miraculous ability to preach the gospel in a language never learned, and not understood by the preacher, yet understood by the hearer.  Tongues, in 1 Corinthians 14, are said to be the Christian’s prayer language, which language is foreign to the person exercising the gift, but understood by God.  This argument allows for one form of tongues to be terminated in 70 A.D., while allowing another form to continue.  How does one answer the argument that only the Acts 2-type of tongues ceased in 70 A.D.?

1 Corinthians 13:8 says, “. . . whether there shall be tongues, they shall cease.”  Here, the pronoun “they” is plural and correctly reflects the plural number of its antecedent plural noun, “tongues.”  Since “tongues” is plural, this verse, by direct statement, prophesies a future cessation of the multiple and varied forms of tongues, therefore, it is proper to make the following inquiry.  If the Bible prophesies the cessation of the multiple and varied forms of tongues, when will this cessation occur?  The answer is quite easy.  All forms of tongues ceased in 70 A.D.  And why?  Because tongues were a sign to unbelieving Israel of the impending 5th cycle of discipline, and when the 5th cycle of discipline occurred in 70 A.D., the need for the sign no longer existed, and therefore ceased in every form.

FACT #9

Apology or Polemic?:  1 Corinthians 12-14

The issue regarding chapters 12 and 14 of 1 Corinthians is whether these two chapters are a tongues apology or a tongues polemic.  An apology is an argument that builds a case in favor of something.  A polemic is an argument that builds a case against something.  A close and careful study of these two chapters indicates their polemic nature as Paul builds a case against the abuse of tongues in the Corinthian church.  When the polemic nature of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 is understood, then and only then, can 1 Corinthians 12:39 be translated and interpreted correctly.

Conclusion:  1 Corinthians 12-14 is a POLEMIC against the abuse of tongues in the Corinthian church.

FACT #10

Should Tongues Really be Coveted?:  1 Corinthians 12:31

1 Corinthians 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.  (KJV)

This verse  presents a problem for anyone who is translating from the original Greek language.  The very first word in the Greek sentence is the word  zhlou=te,  and herein lies the problem.  This word can be correctly translated in three different ways.

zhlou=te  second person plural, present active imperative
zhlou=te second person plural, present active subjunctive
zhlou=te second person plural, present active indicative

Each of these grammatical constructions has its own translation.  For example:

zhlou=te  second person plural, present active imperative

The imperative mood is a command, and this translation would demand the force of a command.  Unfortunately, this word is translated as a command in the English King James Version, the English New American Standard Version and the English New International Version and Living Letters.  Each reads as follows:

King James:                “covet earnestly”
New American Standard:    “earnestly desire”
New international Version:    “eagerly desire”
Living Letters:                “try your best to get”

zhlou=te second person plural, present active subjunctive

The subjunctive mood recognizes the free will of the individual and then points them in a desired direction.  Unfortunately, this word is translated in this manner in the New English Bible.  It reads as follows:

New English Bible:            “you should aim at”

zhlou=te second person plural, present active indicative

No English version of the Bible translates this verb to reflect the indicative mood.  To reflect the indicative mood, this verb would be translated in the following manner:

King James:                “you are coveting earnestly”
New American Standard:    “you are earnestly desiring”
New International Version:    “you are eagerly desiring”
Living Letters:                “you are trying your best to get”

Only the indicative mood properly reflects the polemic nature of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14.  The polemic nature, then, demands that 1 Corinthians 12:31 be understood as Paul exposing a problem in the church at Corinth, namely, the abuse of the gift of tongues.  He was not commanding them to seek after a specific gift, namely, tongues.

It is interesting that a footnote on 1 Corinthians 12:31 in the New International Version is the only reference in any modern English version wherein an appropriate translation is rendered.  This footnote reads as follows:

New International Version:  “But you are eagerly desiring”

Conclusion:  1 Corinthians 12:31 does not command present day believers to seek the gift of tongues.  In fact, when properly translated, this verse accuses the Corinthian believers of wrongfully seeking the tongues gift.

FACT #11

Forbid Not to Speak in Tongues:  1 Corinthians 14:39

1 Corinthians 14:39  Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues.

This verse is always used as an argument to reject the idea that tongues ceased in 70 A.D.  The argument follows this line.  If tongues ceased in 70 A.D., then why did Paul tell the Corinthians to “forbid not to speak in tongues?”

The answer to this objection is quite easy.  The Book of 1 Corinthians was written by the Apostle Paul in approximately 55 A.D., and the fifth cycle of discipline did not fall upon Israel until 70 A.D.; therefore, at the time Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 14:39, tongues were still valid, and would be valid for another fifteen years.

Conclusion:  This verse has no application for the Church today, and its validity for application to the Church ended in 70 A.D. when Israel was removed from her land by God under the fifth cycle of discipline.

FACT #12

To Correct Ancient Abuses Does Not Validate Tongues for Today

1 Corinthians 14 is thought by some to be a chapter designed by the Apostle Paul to correct the abuse of tongues during his time.  To acknowledge that chapter 14 is set forth to correct ancient abuses does not imply that any modern-day use that follows Paul’s guidelines validates that present day use.  1 Corinthians 14 was set forth to correct ancient abuses only for that period of time in which tongues were valid.  At the moment tongues ceased in 70 A.D., the need for chapter 14’s corrective measures were no longer required.

FACT #13

Associative Relationship vs. Causal relationship:  (Acts 2)

1.        Remember that the tongues phenomena was prophesied in Isaiah 28:11.  It began its fulfillment on the day of Pentecost, 30 A.D.  This historical event is recorded for us in Acts 2, and after a thorough study of the passage, it becomes clear that three significant things happened simultaneously in the lives of those who were in that upper room.  Lets look at those three things.

A.        First, they became permanently indwelt with the Holy Spirit.  This permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit was prophesied by John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11.

Matthew 3:11  I [ John the Baptist ] indeed baptize [ identify ] you [ repentant Jews who came to John for water baptism ] with water unto repentance: but [ a conjunction of contrast, contrasting John’s baptism of repentance and Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit ] he [ Jesus ] that cometh after me [ John the Baptist ] is mightier than I [ John the Baptist ], whose [ Jesus’ ] shoes I [ John the Baptist ] am not worthy to bear: he [ Jesus ] shall [ indicates a future time, specifically, the day of Pentecost, 30 A.D. ] baptize [ this word means “identify” ] you [ refers to Jews, specifically, those in the upper room in Acts 1:15 ] with the Holy Ghost [ Greek:  pneuma meaning “Spirit” ], and with fire [ the baptism with fire will not occur until the second coming of Christ at which time every unbeliever on planet earth will be cast into hell fire, thereby identifying them with the fire of hell ]:  (KJV)

B.        Second, they were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4).

2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit . . .

This is the Greek phrase pimplemi plus the genitive of pnuema, which means that the Holy Spirit was the content of the filling, that is, it was the Holy Spirit with which the believers were being filled.

C.        Third, they spoke in tongues.

2.        Now, since they were simultaneously indwelt by the Spirit, and filled with the Spirit, and spoke in tongues, the common error is to conclude that there must be a cause and effect relationship between these three phenomena.  For example, it is wrong to conclude that since they were filled with the Spirit, and simultaneously spoke in tongues, the filling with the Spirit caused them to speak in tongues.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit is what empowered them to speak in tongues, just as this same filling with the Holy Spirit empowered other believers prior to Pentecost, 30 AD to accomplish supernatural service for God.  In addition, it is equally wrong to conclude that since they were indwelt with the Spirit, and simultaneously spoke in tongues, the indwelling of the Spirit caused them to speak in tongues.

3.        An acceptance of these fallacious cause and effect arguments leads to further erroneous conclusions.  For example, it is wrong to conclude that if you have not spoken in tongues, you are not indwelt with the Holy Spirit.  It is equally wrong to conclude that if you have not spoken in tongues, you are not saved.  Both of these conclusions are wrong because they are based upon the fallacious notion that there is a cause and effect relationship between the indwelling of the Spirit and speaking in tongues, or a cause and effect relationship between the filling with the Spirit and speaking in tongues.

4.        What, then, really happened on the day of Pentecost, 30 A.D.?  Three things occurred simultaneously on that day.  The upper room believers became permanently indwelt with the Holy Spirit; they became filled with the Spirit; and they spoke in tongues.  It cannot be denied that these three phenomena occurred simultaneously, however, the relationship among these three phenomena is associative rather than causal, and there is a vast difference between an associative relationship and a causal relationship.

5.        What, then, is meant by an associative relationship?  An associative relationship simply acknowledges that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the filling with the Spirit, and speaking in tongues were associated with one another on the day of Pentecost, 30 A.D.  However, it is a horrible conclusion to assume that there must be a cause and effect relationship between things associated with one another.  Let me illustrate the foolishness of such an argument.  If I see and hear a man singing, while he is simultaneously playing a guitar, and he is simultaneously accompanied by a backup group of singers, should I conclude that the guitar is causing him to sing, or should I conclude that the backup group is causing him to sing.  Obviously not!  But we can say that the man’s singing is associated with guitar playing, and associated with a backup group of singers.

6.        In this same manner, the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the filling with the Spirit, and speaking in tongues were associated with one another on the day of Pentecost, 30 A.D., but not one of these three phenomena were the cause of any one of the other.  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit was the fulfillment of prophecy, decreed in eternity past to be initiated on the day of Pentecost 30 A.D.  The filling with the Spirit was a temporary empowerment which allowed those in the upper room to perform some form of supernatural service for God.  Speaking in tongues was the fulfillment of prophecy, decreed in eternity past to be initiated on the day of Pentecost, 30 A.D., and again, while these three phenomena were associated with one another, not one of them was the cause of any other.

FACT #14

Reality vs. Validity

Many modern-day “tongues” speakers appeal to their “tongues-experience” and argue for the validity of modern-day “tongues” based upon the reality of their own personal experience.  It should be understood that reality is not always associated with validity.  Something can be real, but not valid.  For example, gossip is very real to its victim, but gossip is not a valid form of Christian activity.  Bigotry is very real to its victim, but bigotry is not a valid Christian attitude.  The point is simply this.  Reality does not always imply validity, therefore, if someone tells you they have had a “tongues” experience, you may not be able to deny the reality of that experience, but you have every right, based upon the Word of God, to deny the validity of that experience.

FACT #15

Further Information About Reality vs. Validity

The reader should understand the following:  1) The modern-day “tongues-experience” is not limited to Christianity.  Other world religions have a similar manifestation, and since the adherents of other religions are considered unbelievers by God, it becomes evident that even unbelievers “speak-in-tongues.”  Obviously, no thoughtful Christian would attempt to equate the reality of this pagan phenomenon with the Christian gift of tongues.  Real, yes.  Valid, no!  2)  Even unbelievers performed miraculous works for which they received the rebuke of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23.

Matthew 7:21  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 7:22  “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

Matthew 7:23  “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’  (NAS)

The reality of the fact that these unbelievers had cast out demons in the name of Jesus did not validate them as believers in the Lord’s eyes. Obviously, this reality did not mean validity to Jesus, and if reality does not always imply validity to Jesus, why should reality always imply validity to you and I today?  3)  During the Tribulation, that is, that period of human history between the rapture of the Church and the second coming of Christ, the dictator of the Revived Roman Empire, also known as the Anti-christ, will come with all power, signs and false wonders in accord with the activity of Satan.  (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9)

2 Thessalonians 2:8  And then that lawless one [ the dictator of the Revived Roman Empire ] will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming [ the second advent ];

2 Thessalonians 2:9  that is, the one whose coming [ the Anti-christ ] is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders [ power, signs, and false wonders refer to miraculous works done in the power of Satan by the Anti-christ],  (NAS)

The reality of this power, and these signs and false wonders does not make them valid in the eyes of the Lord.  Obviously, this reality of this power, and these signs and false wonders cannot and should not be equated with validity by any thoughtful Christian.

The reality of the modern-day “tongues” phenomena is being equated with validity.  Obviously, no knowledgeable Christian will equate this modern-day “gibberish” with biblical tongues that were valid from Pentecost 30 A.D. until the day the Jews were driven out of their land under the 5th cycle of discipline in 70 A.D.

FACT #16

The Sources of Modern-day “Tongues”

There are several sources of this gibberish known as modern-day “tongues.”  The sources are as follows:  1) the engastrimuthos demon, 2) emotion, and 3) self-induced.  Only the unbeliever “speak in tongues” by means of the engastrimuthos demon.  The believer speaks through emotion or self-induction.

The word “engastrimuthos” is the Greek word  eggastrimuqoj  found in the Septuagint that translates the Hebrew word   bo) “OB” in Isaiah 8:19.

Isaiah 8:19  And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits [ “them that have familiar spirits” is the Hebrew word  bo)  (OB) and the Greek word eggastrimuqoj (engastrimuthos) and refers to a demon that controls the vocal chords of the one it indwells ], and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?  (KJV)

It is imperative to understand that only unbelievers can speak by means of the engastrimuthos demon.

Emotion is another source of modern-day “tongues.”  An individual can allow himself/herself to produce this gibberish by elevating his/her emotional state to the necessary personal level.  The level of emotion required to produce the phenomena differs from person to person, and for some the emotional level required can be quite low and unobservable to onlookers.

Self-induced “tongues” is yet another source of this modern-day gibberish.  By self-induction is meant the ability to produce this gibberish at will.  It is turned-on and turned-off at will.  It is learned and often follows the same pattern, that is, it sounds the same every time it is manifested.

INDUCTIVE CONCLUSION

Sixteen tongues related facts have been presented in this booklet, and, now, an inductive conclusion can be drawn by drawing some of these facts together.

1.    Tongues were a sign.  (1 Corinthians 14:22)  FACT #4

2.    Tongues were a sign to unbelievers.  (1 Corinthians 14:22)  FACT #4

3.    Tongues were a sign to unbelieving Israel. (1 Corinthians 14:21)  FACT #5 and FACT #2

4.    Tongues were for a sign to unbelieving Israel of the impending fifth cycle of discipline.  (Leviticus 26:16-38)  FACT #1

5.    Historically, the fifth cycle of discipline occurred to Israel in 70 A.D.  (profane history documents this)

6.    It was prophesied that all forms of tongues would cease.  (1 Corinthians 13:8)  FACT #6

Two Legitimate Questions:

1.  Question #1:  When did tongues cease?
2.  Question #2:  Why did tongues cease?

Two Inductive Conclusions:

1.  Inductive conclusion #1:  All forms of tongues ceased in 70 A.D.

2.  Inductive conclusion #2:  All forms of tongues ceased in 70 A.D. because tongues were a sign to unbelieving Israel of the impending fifth cycle of discipline, and when the fifth cycle of discipline occurred, the sign ceased because the purpose for which it was intended no longer existed.

FINAL COMMENTS

The spiritual gift of tongues ceased in 70 A.D. and everything that is called tongues, today, is no more than “gibberish.”  It is a counterfeit of the original spiritual gift, and quoting Scripture to justify any form of modern-day “tongues” discloses the “tongues” proponent as either naive, shallow, or without clear understanding of the Book to which the justifying appeal is made.  Every validating argument is weightless when measured against the Word of God, and can be proven to be so.  The worst deception of all is the appeal to personal experience.  To deny that someone might have had a personal “experience” is absurd.  The real question, however, relates to the source of that experience.  Brethren, the modern-day “tongues” experience is a counterfeit of the original gift.  Please, do not be deceived!

In the spirit of Christian love, if you have any questions about the legitimacy of modern-day “tongues,” this author invites you to contact him by mail, by phone, or in person.