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Understanding Tongues, Unknowing Tongues & Other Tongues



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By Dr. James. A McBean D.Th., MCC

Copyright 2008 Library of Congress Washington.D.C.20559

Y ou cannot understand the Bible from your denominational point of view. You cannot see Biblical truth with your denominational blind.

If God speak to you in a language that you do not understand, how can he blame you if you did not do what he say? How can you carry out a command if you do not understand the language the command was given in?

Gone are the days when the preachers can just get up and say any rubbish to people. People are getting wiser that the pastors now. That is why they are leaving the church. The Holy Spirit will never came upon a group of English speaking people and speak to them in Spanish. The only way he will let somebody speak in Spanish from the group, is if a Spanish speaking person is in the congregation and do not believe in God, and God want to confound him. God will let the Spanish-speaking person hear the English-speaking preacher in his language. At the same time the English speaking preacher are quit unaware of what has happen.

John 16:13 (NKJV)However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

If the Holy Spirit is guiding us into all truth, why are we so mixed-up? If the Holy Spirit is the fountain of all truth, why the people who claimed to be filled with the Holy Spirit seem so lost and cannot agree on any thing. Why are we so fragmented as bible believing people? Could it be that we have the wrong spirit posing as the Holy Spirit? I often heard believers say that they are spirit taught At the same time the things that they are putting out as being spirit taught, I have to wonder if the Holy Spirit cannot teach them any thing better?

Is that all the Holy Spirit can put out, for one that create the moon and the stars? He will guide us into all truth, He will show us things to come Could it be that we have been hooked up to the wrong spirit? Could it be that the same spirit that lead King Saul out of the will of God, is leading many of us out of the will of God, while pretending to be the spirit of God? Yes! You can have a GPS System on board your ship. The problem is, are you following it? For the Holy Spirit to show us things, we must be willing to look. For the Holy Spirit to lead, us we must be willing to follow.


Mark 16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:16 (KJV) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:17 (KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:18 (KJV) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


Genesis 11:1-2 (KJV) And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. [2] And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. Genesis 11:3 (KJV) And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. Genesis 11:4 (KJV) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:5-6 (KJV) And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. [6] And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Genesis 11:7-8 (KJV) Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. [8] So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.


No other doctrines seem to puzzled man like the doctrines of speaking in other tongues. Before, we move on I want to let you know that there are three dimension of tongues mentioning in the Bible. As we goes down through the ages, words seem to take on different meaning. To know what a writer means, you will have to interpreter his or her writing in reference to the time when it was written. What the writing mean the time is was written must convey the same message today.


Tongues is the King James Version way of saying A languages (1)Tongues mean languages. This is the persons native language. Speaking in tongues mean you are speaking your own native language, praising God in a way you have never done before.

(2)Other Tongues Speak of other languages, any language that is not your native language. Speaking in other tongues mean, you are speaking a foreign language. Different from your own native language.

I would like to say that people did not learn their native language. As long as they can remember, they were speaking that language. They grew into it. I did not learn to speak (patois)= Patwa. I grew up hearing my mother and father speaking it. However, I had to learn to speak English. Many years later I am still learning it. Therefore, English is my adoptive language.

(3) Unknown Tongues Speak of a language that is not known. There are language spoken in the South Pacific and some other place that many of us have never heard of. When a person is speaking in tongues, they are speaking their own native language. However, in a way they have not spoken before, divinely inspirited. They are not necessarily speaking a spirit language, such as unknown tongues. Speaking in tongues today mean the person is saying something that no body knows what he or she is saying. Some people call this "Gibberish"

Unknown tongues must not be confused with other tongues or tongues. Unknown tongues and other tongues are different.


Peter did not jump from language to language the day of Pentecost. Neither, he did not speak the same sermon twelve times, so every body could hear him in their own language. Peter spoke one language, and all the people heard him in their own languages.

Acts 2:1-11 (Living Bible) Seven weeks had gone by since Jesus' death and resurrection, and the Day of Pentecost had now arrived. As the believers met together that day, [2] suddenly there was a sound like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them and it filled the house where they were meeting. [3] Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on their heads. [4] And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in languages they didn't know, for the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. [5] Many godly Jews were in Jerusalem that day for the religious celebrations, having arrived from many nations. [6] And when they heard the roaring in the sky above the house, crowds came running to see what it was all about, and were stunned to hear their own languages being spoken by the disciples. [7] "How can this be?" they exclaimed. "For these men are all from Galilee, [8] and yet we hear them speaking all the native languages of the lands where we were born! [9] Here we are--Parthians, Medes, Elamites, men from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia Minor, [10] Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the Cyrene language areas of Libya, visitors from Rome--both Jews and Jewish converts-- [11] Cretans, and Arabians. And we all hear these men telling in our own languages about the mighty miracles of God!"

Acts 2:1-4 (KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:5 (KJV) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Acts 2:6 (KJV) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. Acts 2:6 (KJV) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. Acts 2:7 (KJV) And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? Acts 2:8-11 (KJV) And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? [9] Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, [10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, [11] Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.


Ephes. 4:11 (KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;


Ephes. 4:12 (KJV) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:


Ephes. 4:13 (KJV) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Ephes. 4:14 (KJV) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephes. 4:15 (KJV) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:


Acts 6:5 (NKJV)And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,


Acts 9:17 (NKJV)And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."


This was eight years after Pentecost. Acts 10:44-46 (NKJV) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,

Acts 11:15-17 (NKJV) And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' 17 If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?"


Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. Act 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Act 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. Act 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Act 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Act 19:7 And all the men were about twelve.


The prophets speak to man for God. The priests speak to God for man. The people who spoke with other tongues, speak to man for God. While the saints who speak with unknown tongues speak to God for themselves and for man. Unknown Tongues is not for public meeting.

1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 1Co 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1Co 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 1Co 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

1 Cor. 14:13 (KJV) Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 1 Cor. 14:14 (KJV) For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 1 Cor. 14:19 (KJV) Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

1 Cor. 14:27 (KJV) If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 1 Cor. 14:27 (Living Bible) No more than two or three should speak in an unknown language, and they must speak one at a time, and someone must be ready to interpret what they are saying.

In public meetings the command is that no more than three messages in tongues should be allowed in any one service, and that, provided they are truly interpreted. The order should be by course with the first message being interpreted before a second, if any, is given. One who thus speaks should pray for the interpretation himself.


1 Cor. 12:30 (KJV) Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

Because you do not have any money in your pocket, does that means, every body is broke? Because you cannot speak other tongues or unknown tongues should you arrive at the conclusion that the gift is done away with? Because you do not have the gift of healing, does that mean that no body has that gift? There is nothing as stupid as close-minded denominational blind believers are. You cannot understand the bible with your denominational blind on.

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