The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost (Shavuot) & Speaking & Singing in Tongues
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Pentecost (Shavuot) is the Jewish holiday which commemorates the giving of the law, the Torah, to Moses. It is also the same day that God sent the Holy Spirit from Heaven with Power to Baptize the disciples of Jesus with the Holy Spirit. When this happened, they spoke in tongues. Hence those who speak in tongues are called Pentecostals.
When God spoke to Moses from the Burning Bush, Moses saw tongues of fire.
When the Holy Spirit poured out on the disciples, the people near them saw tongues of fire on their heads. Acts chapter 2.
God does things in layers, to show relationships and build upon things he has already established.
He used this date to show the connection between the giving of the law and the giving of the Holy Spirit.
Jeremiah 31:31 prophesied this. God says He will make a new covenant where he will write the law on their inward parts and he will forgive their sins.
God gave me this scripture in a dream after I asked if it was true that Jesus is the messiah.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord.
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and the shall be my people.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-4
So he is referring to people being filled with the Holy Spirit, and the covenant of forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ, the savior.
Isaiah 53 also describes this Jesus as being the atonement for sins. It is so obvious that it is NOT in the usual liturgy in temples. This is lying by omission on the part of the rabbis for 2000 years! It says
“for transgressions of my people he was stricken..my righteous servant shall justify many, for he shall bear their sins.”
When John the Baptist saw Jesus the first time, he said
“Behold the lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
“and John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” John 1:32-4
On Pentecost Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to institute this new covenant of a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist baptized people in water for remission of sins. He said there would be another who would come who would baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost. Matthew 3:11 This is exactly what happened on Pentecost.
When people first speak in tongues, it is called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is an impartation of the Spirit of God with power.
The Law was given to the Jews, but the Holy Spirit was given to everyone; Jews & gentiles. Salvation is for the whole world, through belief in Jesus as the atonement for our sins and being born again, being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus had told his followers to ‘tarry in Jerusalem until you receive power from on High”. This power came on Pentecost, the baptism by Fire & the Holy Spirit.
The first time the Holy Spirit came with power, the disciples spoke in tongues. They were understood by people around them who spoke many different languages. There were tongues of fire upon their heads. Acts chapter 2.
Moses saw tongues of fire when God spoke to him from the burning bush. On Pentecost, when God spoke by the Holy Spirit, the people saw tongues of fire on the disciples’ heads.
When the Holy Spirit came to the gentiles, they also spoke in tongues. Hence, the disciples realized they needed to be baptized in water in Jesus name as well, since God had also given them the Holy Spirit, just like the Jews had. Acts chapter 10.
The Jews were baptized in water first & then the Holy Spirit. For the gentiles it was the reverse. It can happen either way. It happened to me the same as the gentiles, even though I am Jewish.
People can receive the Holy Spirit without the Power of talking in tongues. Jesus first gave his followers the Holy Spirit by breathing on them, and said
“Receive ye the Holy Spirit”. John 20:22
Later he told them to tarry in Jerusalem to receive the Power, or Baptism, where they spoke in tongues.
So some people receive the Holy Spirit and get the Baptism, the power, later. Others get it at the same time, like myself and the gentiles described in the book of Acts ch. 19.
Merlin Caruthers, a Baptist minister, wrote a book Power in Praise. He says that anyone who has received the Holy Spirit can pray in tongues, by faith. I asked God if He is right, and got a witness of the Holy Spirit that he is.
My witness has been that someone needs to fast to receive it. If we are praying for someone else to receive it from us, we need to fast. It can happen by impartation from one person to another, or directly from the Holy Spirit. It happened to me the 2nd way,
Praying & Singing in tongues IS of God & is for all Christians
When we pray in tongues we pray by the direction of the Holy Spirit, not our own mind. God also speaks to us in our minds when we do this. It is a way of knowing that we are hearing from God and not demons. However, if we use any drugs, that can contaminate it with demonic lying spirits.
All drugs which affect the mind are openings for demonic spirits, which can affect our thoughts, emotions, bodies. This includes caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, pot, lsd, etc & psych meds.
If we pray on these drugs then our prayers will be contaminated by unclean spirits which can go to our targets and afflict them, or hinder our prayers.
Caffeine is an opening for spirits of addicti-,confus-, mani-. If someone using it prays for another person, they can receive those spirits. The spirits transmit through any verbal or physical contact.
To pray in tongues effectively one needs to be clean spiritually. Psych meds also contaminate it and interfere. I could not pray in tongues on psych meds.
The same principle applies to all worship. Musicians & singers transmit whatever spirit is around them when they play or sing. Worship leaders who use coffee can put a spirit of confus, addict- onto the whole church. I have seen it happen.
In one church a singer on the worship team was on lithium, a drug commonly used for bipolar that puts people in a fog. Whenever I went there, I felt attacked by a spirit of wooziness. A friend there said he was getting oppressed by a spirit of confus--. The Holy Spirit had told him what it was. It was coming from her. I prayed for God to consecrate the church, and the pastor removed her from the worship team.
Anyone who has received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and has spoken in tongues, can also SING in tongues.
I believe this singing is worship, in a heavenly prayer language.
When people sing in tongues together, there is an incredible unity, gentleness, holiness that is palpable. Angels sing with us, I am sure.
I have read testimonies of people singing in the spirit, which is singing in tongues, and saying they heard angels with them.
One time while praying in a church with 2 other people, we all heard voices singing high up in the sanctuary. It had to be angels, because there was nobody else there. And it sounded like they were singing in tongues.
Some people receive the impartation of the Holy Spirit baptism through singing rather than talking.
Both speaking and singing in tongues are used by God for intercession.
A testimony of intercession while singing in tongues – peace in Ireland
One time in April l998, I was playing the piano & singing in tongues for 8 hours, in a University chapel used by Catholics & Protestants . I felt the Power of God on me. I had no idea what God was doing. I heard myself sing Shalom many times, which means PEACE in HEBREW.
After a while a man came in & listened, then came over & said to me, “thank you. I feel like I can go home now.” I asked where he was from, and he said “IRELAND”.
The next day, the newspaper headline said PEACE IN IRELAND. They had just signed the l998 Good Friday Peace Accords.
I asked God, “Did you use me to pray for that?” and the Holy Spirit fell on me with power, meaning YES!.
When we ask God a question & the Spirit falls, that is an affirmation. A negative witness would be feeling pain in the chest. When one has the Holy Spirit inside, He communicates this way. The inner pain means something grieves the Holy Spirit.
When a person is born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside them.
Jesus said that we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be born again.
Verily I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” John 3:3
“Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5
To be saved & born again:
Repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, believe that Jesus died for your sins & resurrected, ask Him to be the Lord of your life, and ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Be baptized in Jesus name. Fast for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Many people receive it as they get baptized in water.
When we are baptized, the weight of our sins is washed off of us. We feel light, joyful. When I was baptized, I felt like it was my birthday. It WAS – my spiritual birthday. This is what Jesus meant by being BORN AGAIN.
Our sin nature is washed off of us. We are made a new creature in Christ. When the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, we have a new spiritual nature. Our spirit is joined with the Holy Spirit. We feel the things He feels, many times. Sometimes it is hard to separate our own feelings from God’s. We feel like HE feels and know how He feels. This is why Jeremiah said that in the new covenant, Jer 31:31, EVERY MAN WILL KNOW ME.
When we are born again, things that are revulsive to God are revulsive to us.
I knew something had changed in me after receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Prior to this, when someone told me off-color jokes, I was indifferent. After this experience, I could not tolerate it. The Holiness of God inside me was revulsed by it.
I went to a church intending to get baptized in Water. I also told God, “I need all the help I can get” to stop sinning. I had been involved in a sexual relationship that was sin to God, & I knew I needed to stop. When I got baptized, I was giving God authority to take over my life. Hence, He intervened to stop me from sinning, a variety of ways, from that point on.
He also gave me the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, before I received the baptism in water.
Being able to pray in tongues builds up our spirit and helps us to resist sin. It gives us spiritual strength.
Also when we pray in tongues, God is using our spirit to pray by His spirit, not our own mind. He USES us to pray to do the things that we ask Him to do. Hence, he used my praying in tongues to arrange events in such a way as to keep me from sinning, etc.
He also uses us to pray for things that HE wants as opposed to our own ideas.
The first time I talked in tongues, it was a spontaneous outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t do it again for a while, because I thought erroneously that I needed to wait for God to do it again the same way.
Finally someone told me that once you Have received the Baptism, you have the ability to just ‘pray in tongues’ at will, like exercising a muscle. The more we do it, the stronger it gets. As we do it, by faith, the Holy Spirit takes over and we feel His power, putting to rest the notion that we are just doing it by our own minds. And God answers our prayers.
When we pray in tongues, sing in tongues, or worship God through music, we empower angels to answer our prayers. Our worship strengthens them. It is their food.
Likewise, worship and prayer is OUR spiritual food. When we do it, we strengthen our own spirit. Faith rises up in us. We feel God’s presence.
It is important to feed our spirit to have mental, emotional & physical health. Likewise if we feed our spirit poison, it can afflict us and affect those areas. Spiritual poison is an opening for demonic attack, which causes mental & physical illnesses.
Hence we need to protect our spirit. The things we watch, read, listen to are openings for spiritual influences and can be openings for demonic influences if we are not careful. We should seek influences that lift us up rather than oppress us.
The word ‘inspiration’ means ‘a spirit goes into it’. Whatever spirit inspires music or books or what we watch, affects us & is transmitted to us by that medium. If it is demonic, it is not beneficial.
Also all drugs that affect the mind contaminate the Holy Spirit and make it hard to pray. They are openings for demonic spirits. It is important Not to pray in tongues in a contaminated state because that affects our prayers in a negative way.
Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, pot, lsd, etc & psych meds are all openings for demonic oppression & need to be avoided. Many times these drugs hinder one’s ability to pray in tongues.
I have met Christians who smoke who said they can’t pray in tongues. It is because of the drugs. First they need to repent of it and ask God to deliver them from any demonic spirit from the drugs.
I have heard testimonies of people who got saved and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the same time they were delivered of addictions to cocaine & cigarettes. As God kicks the demons out, he will fill us with His Holy Spirit, with power.
Deliverance prayers require fasting. To be delivered of addictions & filled with the Holy Spirit, fast.
Jesus said in Math 17:21 talking about healing someone from demonic spirits that caused mental illness,
“this kind cometh out only by prayer AND FASTING”.
To have spiritual authority to pray for others to be delivered from demons & be healed, and to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, we need to fast. The Holy Spirit has shown me this.
There are many types of prayers that seem to require praying in the Spirit, which is praying in tongues, to bring about the answer.
As we launch a prayer and then start praying in the spirit, the spirit moves to answer it. Many times as we pray for something, the Spirit will fall and we spontaneously start praying in tongues. This is God empowering us to pray for this thing, and confirming that it is obviously His will to do so.
When we pray in tongues God often speaks to us in our spirit, in our thoughts. Sometimes he pours out the spirit and we pray in tongues so he can tell us something.
Many say the devil doesn’t understand tongues and can’t intercept that kind of prayer or communication from God. So often God will use tongues to communicate something to us privately, like speaking in a code that the devil can’t read or break.
This is often necessary because many times the devil hears our prayers and can send counterfeit answers or hijack them.
It is also important not to pray in tongues in a contaminated place, because doing so tends to pull into it whatever is around spiritually which contaminates or hijacks the prayer. One should not pray near music, tv, in a bar, coffee house, near cigarette butts on the ground; they are all openings for demonic influences.
on youtube with lyrics:
All instruments done on Yamaha PSR 363 electric piano (sax, bass, drums)
Heal Us Save Us Let Us Be Restored
Heal Us Save Us Jesus You Are Lord
Ask in F
on youtube with lyrics:
All instruments done on Yamaha PSR 363 electric piano (sax, bass, drums)
LET US ALL
Let us all live together in peace & one accord
Let us all live forever in heaven with the Lord
Glorify Your Name
Restoration songs – a prayer
I sing in tongues on it. You can feel God’s peace.
On youtube with lyrics:
I sing in tongues and like the Chasids sing. You can feel the peace of God.
The 3rd song GLORIFY YOUR NAME
Has the chorus
Let your people be restored; Fill us with your Spirit Lord
If you sing along you will receive the Holy Spirit.
That is what it means to be born again.
Except ye be born again ye will not see the Kingdom of God John 3:3
Praying & Singing in Tongues IS of God & is for all Christians
How to be Healed, Saved & Born again (Jesus heals)
Holy is your name
Israel Song – Holy is Your Name
(this song caused a ceasefire in Israel/Gaza)
youtube video with lyrics
Governor Andrew Cuomo gave cuff links to Israel – this & my prayer-song caused a ceasefire in Israel-Gaza
Concert for Jews at MSG FREE CHEESES!
Interview with Shmuley Boteach, America's Rabbit