What did Jesus mean about sending the Holy Spirit, and the Kingdom of God?
What about languages? What did the gift of tongues mean? What are the tongues of fire and which interpretation is the one that most accurately gives us the truth?
There has been a lot of controversy over translations of the Words of Jesus and the Holy Bible itself. Not much arguing over the Old Testament for the Hebrew language keeps that in tact. The controversy is over the New Testament. And why is that? History shows us a most promising outline that the controversy was and is by design and always has been by those crept in to confuse and offer man made interpretations. Why is that? We know there are many perceptions to that answer, the most obvious has been to control the masses and line them all up with the same mindset of thinking. This type of force is generally engraved with words like, “unless you do this and this, and if you do this and that, you are going to suffer in hell, burning forever”. Well, no one wants that so they fall in line and those that don’t, are said to be creating doubt, discord, and arguments among those who believe.
Basically if you question the authority of the pastor or church, that dictates what one will believe as orthodox and what will be deemed unorthodox or heretical is forbidden. Forbidden to even think about, let alone to say or question. Tiny questions are allowed, big questions about mysteries or pointing out scripture that goes against the interpretation given, generally are not allowed for you are not learned.
After all, they are the ones with the Pastor’s Tool Box!
And if you are a new believer, it is not allowed to question what is told to you. Or shall I say the new convert is not allowed to do any THINKING for themselves, and certainly NOT ASKING THE HOLY SPIRIT for direction, for they are unworthy as new found believers to even have such a thought. That all comes later, after all, they are babes in Christ. At least that is how it appears to be taught and done today by many of the mega churches in league with the United Nations World Council of Churches.
History has recorded documentation of all the terrible punishments and deaths of those who ever went against the state and religious authority, even at the time of the first followers of the way of Jesus, all the way up to those who dared to think outside of what the organized church and state dictated after its forming at the council of Nicea, and throughout the reformation period where protestors transcribed the scriptures from the Latin no one could read into their own languages that could be read for themselves. Even up to this day there are religious disputes in nations that end in deaths and arrests. Even wars (jihads) are fought over beliefs. Yet, for the most part the church excommunicates, and destroys ones reputation among other church members when their thoughts differ beyond what is being taught. A public walk of shame.
What did the first followers of the way do without an A.I. app?
Basic World Church Council/ Zionist Christian thoughts…
The first thing a new born Christian must do is repent and confess before men their sins and come down to the altar and publicly make such a confession. When they do, they will be questioned by the Pastor or Altar Callers of how they know they are saved. They will be drilled and then when they are believed to be converting they will be told the next step is baptism. For there are steps to be taken. And the consensus is that there is no such gifting of the Holy Spirit until after they are baptised.
The question is this…”Is this what Jesus said? And is this what the first followers of the way of Jesus said to do?”
The second question is… “Were the first baptised ones receivers of the Holy Spirit once they were baptised by John the Baptist?”
According to the Bible, regardless of what translation one uses, the only one who at Baptism by John the Baptist who received the Holy Spirt descend upon Him like a dove, was Jesus our Lord. No one else received the Holy Spirit until Jesus ascended to His Father and it was sent to the ones gathering in the upper room as Jesus had instructed them to gather. When they did, the Holy Spirit descended upon them as a mighty rushing wind and appeared above them as tongues of fire.
Acts 2:3: “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”
This was a fulfillment of the Temple customs of which were a shadow of things to come. Leviticus 6:13: “The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”
Leviticus 9:24: “And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: [which] when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.”
To understand this as a “shadow of things to come” and what it means, we go to the Hebrew Talmud.
“Although a fire descended from heaven upon the altar, it is commanded to add to it a humanly produced fire.” Talmud Eruvin 63a
The Jewish sages taught that the fire was a symbol of God’s love and passion. A human element was needed to keep the fire going and it was a discipline to make sure that the fire was never extinguished. The Hebrew word for fire is spelled, with two letters, Aleph Shin. The Aleph represents God and the Shin represents a consuming passion. Fire is representative of God’s consuming passion. The fire always burned day and night in the temple, but the fire went out in the temple in 586 BC by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar. The Talmud teaches that the fire would not return to the temple until the Messiah came, was tortured, put to death and resurrected. Then when He would be glorified in heaven on the day of Pentecost the fire would return.
Whereas the Jews await a rebuilding of the Temple and a newly lit fire when the Messiah returns, they missed the greatest coming of all, and that was the coming of the true Messiah of Israel and His sacrifice for all so the Holy Spirit will now dwell in the body and not in a building made by hands. For now we are the Temple most Holy to God and the Holy Spirit of the Lord dwells in us and us in the Holy Spirit of the Lord. Just as the Lord and the Prophets of old said it would be as it is written in the Word of God.
In Acts 2:3 we learn that on the day of Pentecost after the Jesus returned to heaven to be glorified the Holy Spirit descended in tongues of fire. The word tongue in the Aramaic is leshana which really means language. The believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and everyone heard the word in their own language.
Acts 2:5-6 KJV: “5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.“
The Word of God was heard by them who were dwelling in Jerusalem out of every nation under heaven in their own language. Not utterances that needed an interpreter… but their own language. In acts 2 it goes on to say “7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.“
Whatever was uttered was astounding as the apostles uttering the words did not speak the languages they were now uttering and the Holy Spirit moved the devout men to hear it and receive it and believe. There were no altar calls, no interrogation as to how they know they believe. They received the Holy Spirit as they heard the words. There was no first step except to have ears to hear and believe.
The Kingdom was and is at hand.
Pastor Dave Brisbin wrote a piece on April 30, 2023 that defines the ministry of Jesus. Pastor Brisbin calls himself a follower of the way of Jesus and has spent a long time studying the Word of God in Aramaic. He describes the truth in the Words of Jesus when He spoke about the Kingdom. The one we call the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven.
“It’s ironic that Jesus’ primary teaching, the one that defines his ministry and on which he spends nearly all his time, is the one we most misunderstand. Jesus is always talking about entering Kingdom, and of course we’re thinking about entering Heaven. Entering some Place. Or Space.
“Entering kingdom is a metaphor. A physical image for a spiritual realignment. There is no place or space to kingdom. We don’t enter it. We become it. Pointing at the children Jesus’ friends were shooing away, Jesus instructed to let them through, for such as these are kingdom. The littlest ones, whose egos have not yet formed, are kingdom—have not yet learned not to be kingdom so have no need to re-become it.
“Kingdom is a shift in identity. Or better, kingdom is the realization of our true identity, the recapturing of who we really are—were at the beginning and still are underneath. The children running at our feet are kingdom because they haven’t yet learned to believe they are not. But it won’t be long before their minds take hold, telling them they must think about who they are, to hold that thought and defend it as they work to make it so. Whatever we think we are nothing without, lost without, is what we identify with. But anything we can lose is not who we are, and everything we think, will eventually be lost.
“The freedom of the truth Jesus offers is that who we really are can never be lost. Ever. Not even in death. Any identity imagined as separate from any other identity, God’s identity, is illusion, so to strip the illusion is to see that we and the Father are one: true identity. Jesus’ Way is relinquishing everything that can be relinquished until only that which can’t be relinquished remains. The point of any spiritual journey is to arrive at the ground of this irreducible presence, an identity that can’t be lost, but costs us everything to which we cling.
“The first responders to a message like this are those who are already close to the ground. We call them humble. Jesus calls them children, for such as they are kingdom.” You can read more of Pastor Brisbin’s truths at: Message Archive | theeffect
So, as Mark Taylor has said… “The 501c3 churches are being called into Judgement!”
We are now watching as the Lord and His Holy Spirit are no longer letting false shepherds get fat off His sheep! He is turning our eyes to truth and is teaching His people Himself! Just like He promised and has always done. He is breaking the spells of the hypnotisers and memorizers of wickedness who have mocked His Holy Word and twisted the scriptures for their own gain. He stands at the door and knocks. Open up to Him and He will sup with you and you with Him.
Babylon the Great is falling, falling… Come out from her my people!
KEEP ON PRESSING INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD! PRESS, PRESS, PRESS!