The Letters of Faith
Letter 14: The Sign Gifts
“But I will come to you soon, if the Master wills, and I will know,
not the speech of those who are puffed up, but their power.
For the kingdom of Elohim is not in words, but in power”
(1 Corinthians 4:19-20 ENB).
Praise and glory to our magnificent Master! I know that He has allowed me to enjoy a vivid imagination, but I could never for the life of me ever have begun to estimate His wonders and working through these letters. The Holy Spirit is the beginning of what heaven will be like, because we have abiding within us now that assurance of what will come, so rejoice in your gifts, my friend, and prepare your heart for their use in His wondrous work.
Elohim knew who you were before the creation, and He also knew how He was going to utilize you in this world and in His Ekklesia. His distribution of gifts to you is an especially designed mixture prepared just for you, and that is a mere peek into the extent of His thoughts and plans for each of us. Your gifts are a blessed treasure. Keep them close to your heart and sharp through their use. Glorify Yehoshua in the power of His abilities in your life, because Elohim not only can, but fervently desires to work through us in this battle.
The majesty of the Ekklesia is to be revealed at the second coming of Yehoshua, but the reality of His abiding in us today is being made known, and has already been made known. We must realize the fullness of this moment by moment in our walk with Him, because inasmuch as we are a body (His Body), united in Yehoshua, it is important that we comprehend how the different parts of the body are meant to function. To that end, and since there is so much fascination with the sign gifts, and because there is so much room for error, intrigue and deception in the use of the sign gifts, I want to begin our discussion about the gifts in this area.
The sign gifts, once again, are: Gifts of Healings Effecting of Miracles Prophecy Languages of the Nations “Tongues” and Interpretation of Languages of the Nations “Tongues”.
Sometime in the past, it somehow became “understood”, within the institutions of Babylon (the “Church” of our age and time, that certain gifts were no longer being dispensed. Imagine, how faithless individuals who possessed political power within the developing religious institutions, and who were not personally experiencing the gifts because of their faithlessness, decided to declare the gifts of The Holy Spirit dead. Yes, they were dead to them, because they had no faith! What is hard to imagine though, is the body of Yehoshua buying into the deception as thoroughly as we did. The arbitrary nature of these declarations, however, as to who receives what, and what can and cannot be given, are amazing testimonies of Satan’s influence in the teachings of the Babylon.
As Elohim’s children, however, we are commanded to search Elohim’s Word for the truth of these matters, and His Word says that The Spirit gives as He wills. The Word also says that He will continue to give until the Perfect comes (for His body), and the Ekklesia is removed from the earth. Until He comes though, and while we are still here representing Him, and laboring for His glory, the gifts will be at our disposal – as He sees fit to dispense. AMEN!
It is imperative for the Ekklesia to be totally free from the Babylonian influence though, in order for The Holy Spirit to work freely within us. As long as the brethren remain anchored to a system of clergy, programs, processes and organizations, the power of Elohim, as evidenced by that cloud of witnesses that went before us, will not be seen in our lives. As long as idolatry remains entrenched within the institutions, in that we elevate any individual, organization or teaching over Yehoshua, the vision for our life purpose will remain blurred, and the power of Elohim will elude us. Certainty of purpose, and dedication to Yehoshua our Master, Messiah and King, is to be the standard in our lives, and that standard sets us free from Babylon.
Through every voyage I make into the Word of Elohim, I am constantly shown parallels and parables that skipped my notice in previous trips. The revelation of Jacob representing the deceiving church, and Israel, as a type of the Ekklesia, is an example of the type of parallels I am discussing. The lessons I have been taught have also convinced me that the gifts of The Holy Spirit must also be viewed under this same light of parallels and parables. While we speak of the apostle, prophet, pastor and teacher as functional members of the body, we must also recognize that these positions represent spiritual offices with spiritual power, and they possess spiritual authority as well. Tongues has two obvious tiers, prayer (spiritual) and actual (functional languages), and the other gifts are the same.
When the group of men I meet with gathered recently, a Word of wisdom was given to one of them for me – regarding these letters on the gifts. The word was “dilution”. Our ensuing conversation shed tremendous light on the fact that the Ekklesia today, in placing hirelings over them, have caused immense dilution of the gifts in two different ways:
First, we have diluted the gifts simply by not acknowledging their existence. In our current gathering as spectators, there is no room for participation, and this lack of participation has brought about dilution. In the denial of these things, there is guilt of denial of The Holy Spirit; there is clear BLASPHEME of The Holy Spirit…
Second, the pastoral staffs that are truly blessed in The Holy Spirit are diluted in the nature of their calling. Blessed with the gift of a pastor, for instance, they are forced to serve in every other area [for which they are not gifted], diluting their own gift to the point of uselessness. This is precisely what happened to Moses as he tried to judge over all the tribes of Israel. And like Moses, these are sins from which we must repent.
As we investigate each of the gifts of The Holy Spirit throughout the next few letters, therefore, please try to understand how each gift is to be used by and within the body. Unless we can comprehend the need for the gift, and the method of its proper use, our discussions are futile.
In the eyes of the religious institutions, this particular gift is “dead” and despised. Nevertheless, it not only lives within the Ekklesia, and in many instances, it is thriving! The Word of Elohim says:
“Surely Master YEHOWAH does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7 ENB).
“The prophet that has a dream, let them tell the dream; and they that have My word, let them speak My word faithfully” (Jeremiyeh 23:28 ENB). This passage, by the way, speaks very clearly of the two types of Prophetic Gift; Foretelling and Forthtelling… How wonderful is His Word?!
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecy, but prove everything. Hold fast to that which is good; abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 ENB).
In Jeremiyeh 23, and elsewhere, The Holy Spirit is indicating that there are two basic types of prophecy: Visionary (foretelling), and Expository (forth telling). Those so gifted as visionary prophets, will speak of things in the future, while the expository prophet will speak forth the Word of Elohim in such a way that great clarity will be given to issues that are otherwise confounding. In either case, it is our responsibility to test the spirit, and only appropriate what is said when the message is proven to be of The Holy Spirit; proven to be Biblically correct. Deuteronomy 13:1-4 is especially crucial to the Ekklesia’s understanding and acceptance of the prophetic message, because everything is to be weighed against the Word of Elohim. Haven’t I said from the beginning, that every teaching must be compared to and against Scripture? Every teaching, all the time!
While it is the visionary, or foretelling, nature of prophecy that is mostly being denied today, the expository prophet is being ignored and denied as well. For some reason, professing “christians” around the world ignore the power of Elohim, ignore His Word, and ignore His insight and intervention into their lives. I wonder what they plan on doing with the two witnesses who are to come in the end time, because, “They will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth” (Revelation 11:1-11 ENB). It is impossible for the gift of prophecy to be dead if we, at the very least, acknowledge that these two are still coming.
As I was preparing my notes, studying, and praying about these letters to you, I had a dream. It was the most striking dream I have ever received in my life. Upon awakening, I wrote down every aspect of what I saw and heard, and I prayed intensely for a clear interpretation. While this may be considered graphic to some, and I certainly don’t mean to “gross” anybody out. What follows, nevertheless, is what the Master showed me:
In the dream, I walked into a very large room that was immaculate in its cleanliness and order. In the center of the room, under a set of suspended lights, was an old, beaten-up wooden crate, which was placed on top of a waist high stainless steel table. It was obvious, to me, that the table was meant as a workstation. The crate was about six feet long, three or four feet high and three or four feet wide, and it lay on the stainless steel table horizontally, enabling me to walk the full six-foot length of it. The side of the crate facing me was slatted its entire length, while the rest of the crate was a solid box. The space between the slats was about three inches, and the slats themselves were about six inches wide.
As I approached the table and looked into the crate, I noticed there was a large form inside. From my original vantage point, I saw that the form was totally wrapped in a very thick covering of what appeared to be a smooth layer of solid fat. The fatty layer was two or three inches thick. Surrounding the whole thing was another thick layer of packing material made from straw. The fat was covered in blood, and the entire form, including the fat, was bleeding from every pour and every orifice. All of the straw and some of the box were bloodstained, and the blood flowed through the slats, onto the table. I slowly walked along the length of the crate, peering through the slats at the mass inside.
As I moved along, I realized for the first time that whatever the form was, it was alive, and it was in excruciating pain. When I got to the far end of the box, I was able to see that the fatty wrapping had stopped at what were the shoulders of the form, exposing the neck and head; and I could then see that it was a man. From the eyes I saw tears of blood pouring forth, and for the first time I was able to hear it softly crying in anguish.
When I realized that the form inside the crate was a man, I picked up a knife that was setting on the table, reached through the slats, grabbed the fatty covering that had ensnared him with my left hand, and with my right hand put the knife to the fat, in order to cut him free and attend to his wounds. I had no sooner grabbed hold of the fat and put the knife to it, when the man began speaking to me – stopping me.
Strangely, I recognized the voice talking to me, and for the first time I looked directly and intently at his face and into his eyes. It was then I realized that it was my own Dad, my father in this life, who went to be with the Master a long time ago.
He told me that without knowledgeable people on hand, who were trained in handling his injuries, when the fat was removed, that he would die. He instructed me to assemble the surgical team necessary to successfully remove the fat and tend the wounds. He also informed me that time was short, and I was urged to hurry!
The dream ended.
Afterward, as I prayed for understanding, and sought an interpretation from Elohim, I was given a very specific understanding for what I had just seen. I was also given a Scriptural passage for further insight and encouragement. This is the interpretation:
The immaculate room is the universe before the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. It was perfect, and delightfully pleasant. From a human viewpoint, only Adam and Eve could explain to us the difference that their fall (our sin) has made to the creation, because they saw it before and after. What I saw though, showed me that the difference is significant.
The stainless steel table sitting underneath the set of lights represented our fallen planet under the watchful eye of The Spiritual realm, both Good and evil (two lights). The stainless steel is our concept of purity and cleanliness; it is neither.
The crate represents the Ekklesia – the true body of Yehoshua. Just as Yehoshua is our head and covering, we are His representatives here, now! We are to be His ambassadors to the world. We are to be His intercessors on behalf of humanity, for the glory of our Elohim. Our faithlessness has caused us to appear old and beaten. The slats represent the false nature of our love by which people are falling away from the Ekklesia to eternal death, and the straw that has encased the form within the crate, thereby not allowing the crate to touch the man, is Babylon – The Deceiving and Apostate false “church”.
The fat that can’t be cut away, until the knowledgeable ones are in place, is apostasy and faithlessness, and the man simply represents mankind. Because of the straw (deceit) and the fat (apostasy and faithlessness within the Ekklesia), the false teachings, false prophecies and false life-styles that are being presented to the world as ‘christian’, are hindering true disciples from touching humanity. Anything not of faith is sin, and the faithlessness of the Ekklesia, its sin, has rendered it incapable of touching mankind for Yehoshua.
The blood and the crying indicate the literal pain, anguish, suffering and death that humanity is experiencing today. By the grace of Elohim, we have been saved from that death, and we know the difference, but until we remove the apostasy from our lives, with the knife that He has given us, and until we utilize every talent, of which we have been blessed, the bleeding and death of humanity will continue. Clearly, our work is before us!
The fact that mankind happened to be represented by my Dad was Elohim’s way of telling me that humanity is lovable and loved – by us, as well as by Him! It is our loved ones who are in agony. It is our loved ones who are in pain and anguish. It is our loved ones who are dying – ETERNALLY! It is our neighbors and our enemies alike who are dying, and it is these whom the Master personally commanded us to love. And even more importantly, it is these for whom He died!
The surgical team required to remove the fat are the trained, knowledgeable and gifted children of Elohim; each performing as they should and must, with one purpose: salvation of the children of Elohim, to the glory of Yehoshua ha Mashiach. Why else did Yehoshua die, if not to deliver us? Why else was He resurrected from the dead, if not to go as a forerunner before us, offering us not only the hope, but also the promise that we who believe upon Him shall have eternal life? And, to what end?
To the end that WE would live eternally to THE GLORY OF OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN – THROUGH YEHOSHUA OUR MESSIAH!
The knife is the Word of Elohim; The Sword! We know that His Word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and it is the only thing that will ever cut through an apostate heart. It is the only remedy for a heart filled with lies and deceptions.
I was then given the passage of John 21:1-17, and told the time was near. Here is what John 21:1-7 added to the dream:
In the frustration, fear and anguish of their day, the apostles returned to what they knew: fishing. I imagine they were good at what they did though, because from their effort they earned enough to make a living for a number of families. Nevertheless, the Master had been crucified, resurrected from the dead, and visited with them. They knew He lived! They rejoiced in the knowledge of His resurrected life. They also knew they had been given authority; they had already been sent out by two’s more than once. And yet, here we see that they went fishing. They fished all night and caught nothing. Yehoshua then told them to cast out the net on the right side of the boat, and as they did, their catch was so large they could not pull the loaded net out of the water into the boat; dragging it behind instead. Although there were so many fish, and the weight so great, the net was not torn.
The significance of this is: Mankind is in tremendous pain – literally and figuratively. As a race, we are dying before Elohim. Ensnared in lies and deception, apostasy and hate, humanity has entered its final age. If aspiring disciples of Yehoshua continue to abide faithlessly, without the power of The Holy Spirit, and without following the full instructions and directions given in the Word of Elohim, we will catch absolutely nothing. If, however, we will faithfully utilize every tool given us by Elohim – in faith, and follow His directions fully, our catch will be great, our net will be strong, and Elohim will be glorified.
If faithful disciples of Yehoshua will do the work that Elohim has prepared for us to do; if we will return to the labors, for and to which we have been called, expectantly and lovingly, Elohim will provide abundantly for us. Otherwise, the bloodstains of humanity will remain on our hands.
Discipleship is net weaving and net making. Discipleship is, for me, simply following the instructions that I have been given. I am attempting to assemble the surgical team.
I wholeheartedly pray that Elohim gives you a full comprehension for His gifts through these letters, beloved, and I hope you will see what I am led to tell you in the light of the gift of prophecy. And in to seeing, recognize that the gift is not dead. Yehoshua said He would send prophets (Matthew 23:34), and the gift, as dispensed by The Holy Spirit, is announced in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. In the topical concordance you will notice that many of the chapters surrounding these three primary chapters, are laden with instructions and understanding. This is true not only for this gift, but for all of the gifts as well. Please study them.
The responsibility of the prophet is to edify, exhort and console (1 Corinthians 14:3-4; 2 Corinthians 7:8-11), as well as to speak forth what has been disclosed (John 16:13-15). But we have also been warned to beware of the false prophet (Isaiyeh 44:6-8; much of Jeremiyeh and Ezekiel 13), which requires that we TEST the spirits.
The actions of the prophet are to be regulated within the assembly of the Ekklesia (1 Corinthians 14: 29-33), but the gift is not restricted to males, as some would have you falsely believe (Acts 21:9-11; 1 Corinthians 11:5). There were Old Covenant female prophets, and there will be New Covenant female prophets as well. And although there is orderliness to their speaking within the assembly, the prophets must nonetheless speak out – and must be allowed to speak out!
While Scripture dictates that all Disciples are to speak with grace – for a purpose, (Colossians 4:5-6), they are all commanded to speak forth with boldness (Acts 4:31). Accordingly, the prophet must also be silent at the appropriate time (Acts 24:12).
Prophecy is a gift to be sought (1 Corinthians 14:1, 39), but in all things spiritual there is an increased responsibility and burden that accompanies the gift (Ezekiel 3:17-21; Luke 4:24; John 4:44). And, should the prophet not speak, their sorrow will be immense (Psalms 39).
The 119th Psalm clearly teaches that with revival comes the prophet, and revival, as we discussed in our conversation on the Assembly of the Ekklesia, accompanies reformation. The prophet was always an inspired instigator who preceded any revival. “Does not both evil and good proceed from the mouth of the most High” (Lamentations 3:38 ENB)? The proclamation of these matters troubles many within the religious institutions, but it is for many of the souls within those institutions that revival must come. And it is the souls of that revival who will reorganize under the headship of Yehoshua – our loving Messiah and Master.
About the future, we are told not to fear, because, “There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed” (Matthew 10:26-27 ENB), and, “Surely Master YEHOWAH does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7 ENB). The power and authority to know all mysteries and have all knowledge, may be included in the prophetic gift (1 Corinthians 13:2), and some prophets will be able to reveal the secrets of people’s hearts (1 Corinthians 14:24-25). I have no doubt that as we draw near unto the last days, that Elohim’s prophets will faithfully exert the full power and authority that was displayed throughout most of the Old Covenant (1 Kings 17:21-22, 18:36-38; 2 Kings 1:9-12, 4(all)). Nevertheless, we must also beware of false prophets, because they will display counterfeit versions of these things as well (Revelation 13:11-13). The warning of Deuteronomy 13:1-5, therefore, takes on additional importance in light of these facts.
You will notice that the questionnaire provided to determine your gifts has two completely different sets of questions directed at the prophet. This is because of the visionary and expository natures of this gift. Although I am speaking of prophecy here under the sign gifts, it most certainly is a support gift as well, when it is used in a purely expository fashion. Even a prophet gifted as an expositor, however, will be a sign to the non-believer, which is why all eight of the questions surrounding this gift are being directed to this letter.
I am known to tell people that prophets are frequently identified as the grumpy ones in the assembly, because every nuance catches their eye, and they become aggravated whenever something is spiritually incorrect in even the slightest way. But the prophet will normally be among the first to bow in praise, worship and prayer, as well, because The Spirit of Elohim would have already taught that individual the full extent of humility. Additionally, the prophet will tend to speak rather pointedly and without much explanation at times, so they do not always make especially loving pastors. A pastor who is a pastor indeed, and not a hireling, will get along wonderfully with the prophets; the hireling will not! I’ll explain what a hireling is when we discuss the pastoral gift.
If you possess the prophetic gift, be especially careful to test the spirits, and if you are lacking discernment, ask for it! Elohim will increase what you already have. Follow the instructions given to you in Elohim’s Word for the application of this gift, and do not shrink back from pronouncing the glory and truth of our Elohim. If you possess this gift, however, it is increasingly important that you KNOW the Word of Elohim, because it is against that knowledge that the arrows of Satan will fly whenever you proclaim the Gospel of Yehoshua to the world. Hold your knife skillfully, oh prophet, and begin the process of cutting away the needless and destructive fat!
GIFTS OF HEALINGS:
In the power of The Holy Spirit, Elohim may determine to bring attention to the proclamation of His Word, or may determine to release someone from their personal bondage to an illness, by bestowing a “gift of healing”.
Please note, beloved, this is not the gift of “healing”, or the gift of “healings”, as some are known to call this gift. Those are incorrect references to the gift, because what Elohim gives to the members of the Ekklesia, and what we are discussing here, is the gift of, “gifts of healings”. I realize that I am dealing in semantics, but I believe the difference is relevant. If an individual had the gift of “healing”, as some people want to call it, then the individual so gifted would be able to walk into every room of a hospital, lay hands upon all of those people, and heal every one of them. In that case, that act would better represent an “Effecting of Miracles”. The gift bestowed by The Holy Spirit, however, which we are discussing at this point, is the gift of “gifts of healings”, and it means that one so enabled will literally be moved to lay hands upon a particular individual for the purpose of healing that person, at a specific time, under the guidance and direction of The Holy Spirit.
This gift allows a brother or sister to pass along a very specific gift of healing to another person, and those healings will normally pour forth when there is a proclamation of Elohim’s Word; the Good News! It is not necessary for the person with this gift to be the one making the proclamation, but what is often necessary is that the outpouring of this gift confirms the message being proclaimed. Yehoshua sent His disciples out by two’s (Luke 9 & 10), and it is possible that healings will happen again when we go out two-by-two, proclaiming the Gospel Message of the Messiah. One individual gifted in this manner, and another gifted in that! Gifts of healings may very well be a part of those pairings.
It is conceivable that an individual could be recognized as having this gift, and in their daily walk be confronted with throngs of people seeking a healing. It is also conceivable that every person touched by the one gifted may realize a noticeable and miraculous change in their health. Paul was a perfect example of this, and we must not restrict or limit the hand of Elohim today either. I believe that individuals so gifted would have to fulfill the law of power and proclamation, however, and if that requirement is upheld in the ministry of a single individual, as it was with Paul, I suggest that the person is an apostle, prophet or evangelist first, who also has the gift of “gifts of healing.”
Before we can positively discuss this particular gift though, we must understand two facts:
First, not every sick person will be healed in this lifetime. Timothy’s frequent ailments (1 Timothy 5:23), is a perfect example of this fact. (Additional support can be gleaned from Luke 4:23-27).
There are many false teachers in the world, who would have you believe that the reason we have any ailment is:
First, because of sin (if they even acknowledge sin as a cause).
Then, second, our sickness is simply because our faith is too weak, or our walk with Elohim is otherwise flawed. These points, however, are not necessarily true or false, which means that the Ekklesia must really be alert!
The extraordinary miracles performed by Elohim through the hands of Paul (Acts 19:11-12), dictate that Paul was a man of faith. Even though others tried to imitate Paul’s actions of casting out spirits (Acts 19:13-17), they were unable to do so, because they were unknown – they had no power. Paul displayed tremendous faith and power, yet Paul suffered. Read Acts. Read the epistles written by Paul. Witness his suffering and the truth regarding that suffering. Those teachers today, who deny that Paul walked with Elohim, and there are many, are deceivers and liars. Paul understood the working of Elohim, and he rejoiced (2 Corinthians 12:9). In spite of his personal suffering, Paul understood. The false teachers understand nothing, and Satan is rejoicing.
While it is true that there is a relationship between sin and sickness (John 5:14), and we are commanded not to lay hands upon people hastily, thereby sharing in their sin (1 Timothy 5:22), the gift of “gifts of healings” is directed and driven by The Holy Spirit in such a way that these warnings will be well heard. Gifts of healings are a very specific imparting of the power of Elohim, through His Disciple, toward an individual or individuals. The Holy Spirit gives as He wills, and we are not to dictate healings or any other matter to Him.
Almost every topic that we discuss in the course of these letters can be touched upon, and taught, from the Old Covenant Book of Job. I refer to it frequently. The false teachers and false healers of our day though, are like Job’s comforters. Job was involved in a tremendous spiritual battle that was being fought in the heavenlies, but his comforters insisted that his misfortune must have been his fault. They were wrong then, and they are wrong today.
Second, sometimes Elohim will “touch a person more than once” before a healing is complete (Mark 8:22-26). Or the healing may not be noticed immediately, but be delayed for a period of time (Luke 17:11-19).
These facts are true for the effecting of miracles also, and some great examples are given in the Gospel according to Mark. Touching more than once strengthens our faith by reminding us that it is He who is really touching; it is He who is doing the healing, not us. Additionally, Mark presents healings and miracles that are unique to the Gospels. Yehoshua commanded the spirits to come out of demon possessed “legion” more than once, and they even bargained with Him before leaving the man whom they had possessed (Mark 5:6-13). Yehoshua sometimes also touched people more than once in order for the healing to be complete (Mark 8:22-26), and we must also walk humbly with our Elohim, faithfully trusting Him.
It is important to note that Yehoshua spoke with people too. He lovingly talked to individuals, and we are to talk with those we touch as well. We are to communicate, we are to care, we are to be interested, and people are to know that they matter. Love must prevail!
While the false healers of our age have people falling backward to the floor, Elohim has them leaping into the air (Acts 3:1-10). But why do healings and miracles occur anyway? Simply, they occur to glorify our Elohim! As you read Acts 3:1-10, continue on through Chapters 3 and 4, and you will see why the lame man was healed. Simply, the Word of Elohim was proclaimed. The power of Elohim accompanied the proclamation of His Word (Acts 3, 4, 13:9-12), and many were saved… Power and proclamation!
This healing of Acts 3 is an interesting healing for another reason, which I truly do love. The lame man healed by Peter and John was, “over forty years old” (Acts 4:22), had been lame since his birth, and according to the Word, had been taken to the gate called Beautiful, “every day…in order to beg alms” (Acts 3:2 ENB). What makes this an interesting healing, however, is that we must ask ourselves one simple question: “How many times do you suppose Yehoshua passed by this man as He was entering or exiting the Temple, and yet He did not heal him”? Do you see the issue?
Why is this important? The gift of “gifts of healings”, as well as “effecting of miracles”, is always manifest thru the leading of The Holy Spirit. Yehoshua did not heal that lame man, because He was not led to heal him. Why? It was necessary for a miracle to take place at the hands of Peter and John – in order to validate their testimony. If Yehoshua had healed every sick person in the country, there would have been no testimony to the nation by Peter and John on that day. (Power and proclamation prevailed though)… Without a proclamation of the true Word; without a teaching of the Gospel, there would have been no power displayed that day. Why should there have been? But with the proclamation, Elohim was enabled to place His stamp of approval on the Word given, and many souls were saved that day! Our responsibility is to have faith, and to follow the leading of His Holy Spirit. Elohim will do the rest!
“Who gave man a mouth? Or who makes mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, YEHOWAH” (Exodus 4:11 ENB)? Using the gift of “gifts of healings” requires faith on the part of the healer, and frequently on the part of the healed (Acts 19:13-17, 14:9-19). As a matter of fact, this gift is severely restricted by unbelief on the part of an intended recipient (Mark 6:5-6). If we walk closely to the Master though, and in our closeness keep our ears tuned to His voice, this gift of “gifts of healings” will always glorify Him (John 9:1-5). Our faith is timid and puny though, because if we really believed that Elohim is the Creator, then we would also realize that He is the Great Physician. If He makes blind, or deaf, or dumb, He can also make seeing, hearing and speaking. Sadly, many have forgotten how to walk humbly with Elohim!
It is important that we consider one more passage in this study on healings, however, because it is tremendously relevant. If this passage is misunderstood, the gift of “gifts of healings” will be misunderstood as well. Therefore, I refer you to James 5:13-16, because in the James 5 passage The Holy Spirit is not talking about the gift of “gifts of healings”. He is talking about another type of His mercy in the form of a healing. He is speaking of a healing that is brought about in a completely different way. Please note, In James 5:13-16, the sick person is directed to call the elders of the Ekklesia, and the elders are to:
Pray over the sick person,
Anointing him or her with oil – in the name of Yehoshua.
The prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick:
And the Master will raise them up.
And if they have committed sins they will be forgiven.
THEREFORE…So you may be healed:
Confess your sins to one another.
Pray for one another.
Where the gift of “gifts of healing” is Spirit led unto the healer, here, the sick believer is being led to call upon the elders. And here, everybody participates.
First, the elders are directed to pray over the sick person. (These are not the elected business managers we are so familiar with, by the way, but are the true spiritual elders who have been selected by The Holy Spirit). (Also note that there is no requirement that any of the elders be gifted with “gifts of healings”).
Then, the elders are to anoint the sick person with oil in the name of Yehoshua. I find it interesting that nowhere in these instructions are the elders directed to lay hands upon the sick person in order to bring about a healing. Whereas “gifts of healings” always involves physical contact, here, aside from the anointing of oil, nothing is really said about touching, or not touching. Read James 5 again for clarification, beloved, because these teachings are purposeful.
Then, according to Elohim’s Word, the prayer offered in faith will restore the sick one, and the Master will raise them up, and their sins will be forgiven them. “THEREFORE” is capitalized above, because confession and prayer are key to our understanding of the James 5 verse. The sick person must confess their sins, and we must faithfully pray for one another in order for forgiveness, and a healing, to be brought about.
As an “elected” elder I have been called into an office before a Sunday morning service, along with the other elected elders, in order to pray for sick brethren, anoint them with oil, and claim a restoration to their health. Maybe one or two minutes were spent in any of these instances, asking if there is a sin to be confessed. And once the big, “NO!” is heard, the oil is poured, everybody says a few words, and the prayer is over. Elohim, forgive me!
We learn to play church while Elohim wants us to be
HIS AMBASSADORS AND PRIESTS – HERE AND NOW!
True confession and true repentance is what Elohim seeks, as well as a true prayer of faith. In seeking a glorious and miraculous restoration of health, we must do what Elohim expects and demands. He will heal through the elders when His conditions are met, and not until they are met. Praise to Elohim!
If you have this gift, and are moved to lay hands on someone, talk to that person first. Spend time with the individual and seek to learn what it is that ails them – if you do not already know. That way, when you finally do lay your hands upon them and pray, you will be able to address whatever demonic spirit is present; rebuking it / them directly – if the ailment is demonically wrought. You must also discover if sin(s) must be confessed, but this discovery of sin can never be in judgment, and you are not to say, “it is because of sin.” Ask if sin is present, and request enlightenment from The Holy Spirit – and then listen to The Holy Spirit who has led you to the person in the first place. You will know what to do, and you will know what you should be hearing, because if present, the requirement of confessed sin and repentance must be upheld. (Also see Galatians 6:1 ff).
The questionnaire on gifts contains questions and statements about this gift that may appear unusual, but as children we must learn to pay attention to our Father. I know of instances where people with “gifts of healings” have painful sensations in their hands or feet, but only when they are among the Ekklesia, or only when a certain person is nearby. In these instances, Elohim was signaling to them that He wanted them to do something; He was signaling there was to be a healing, but in our lack of understanding, Elohim is often ignored. If you are led to lay hands upon a person, your hands or feet, or some other area of your body may hurt or tingle whenever that person is present. I believe this to be the energy of Elohim about to flow through us. Look at the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage (Mark 5:25-34). Yehoshua knew the power of Elohim was present, and He also knew when that power was discharged. We are given this information for a purpose, beloved, and perhaps the sensations we feel in our bodies is one way we are supposed to know what Elohim is doing.
The only certain way to know whether you have this particular gift is to react the next time The Holy Spirit moves you. If you only feel the moving on Wednesday evening when your Ekklesia gathers, and then only when a particular person is present, make preparation for your next meeting. Discuss with a pastor or elder your belief that you have this gift, and explain what you feel happening on Wednesday evenings, when so and so is present. Confirm that the individual will be in attendance during your next gathering, and then devote your day to prayer; perhaps even fasting if you are so led. Go to the assembly prepared, and in The Spirit, and then let Him signal you again. If you feel His leading, announce what Elohim has been telling you, and then lay hands on the person you are being directed toward; following the instructions for use of this gift. Do not fret, or fear, because The Holy Spirit will guide you!
It is possible that one or more of the others in attendance on Wednesday night, who are professing ‘christians’, really do not believe in Elohim. Through the healing which you are led to administer, they may finally realize the fullness of Yehoshua, and accept Him as Master and Messiah. In this way the body is edified, Yehoshua is glorified, and the law of power and proclamation is upheld.
The requirements and restrictions that apply to the gift of “gifts of healings” apply to the effecting of miracles as well. The discussions on these two sign gifts will explain their differences, so when the concordance is used, you will be able to differentiate between them. I wanted to consolidate the concordance of these two gifts here though, because each display of Elohim’s power should be given extensive consideration by every Disciple who has either one of these gifts. I have not included every healing or miracle given to us in Elohim’s Word in the concordance, however, because you would have to read the entire Bible before my next letter arrives.
Nonetheless, if we abide in faith, Elohim will move mountains to glorify His Son through us. Our role is to believe!
EFFECTING OF MIRACLES:
Any healing given by Elohim can be considered “miraculous”, but miracles and healings are really quite different. Basically, a miracle can be described as a “sign”, any sign, and they are normally BIG. Where “gifts of healings” are usually specific, and although BIG in the healed person’s life, miracles tend to be much broader in scope and size. Examples of, “effects of miracles”, are given us by Yehoshua, Moses and thru many of the Old Covenant Prophets. Throughout Scripture we can find fire pouring forth from heaven, plagues, locusts, rain / drought, moving of mountains, healing of towns or communities, feeding thousands with a few morsels, containers of oil that continually replenish, trees being cast into the sea, running water held back in a river, and things like this, and they all clearly represent the effecting of miracles. They are signs. There are others.
As children of Elohim, it is imperative for us to acknowledge that He is the same today as He was yesterday. It is also imperative for us to acknowledge that Elohim seeks to glorify His Son, and the Son seeks to glorify the Father. Therefore, in the acknowledgement of these things, we must know that He will do the same things today, if we will only believe!
If we accept that Elohim is The Creator, and that He can affect miracles, but deny that He will perform miracles today, aren’t we denying Elohim? Doesn’t His Word tell us that if something is not of faith – that it is sin? Yehoshua said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, those who believe in Me, the works that I do shall they do also; and greater works than these shall they do; because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 ENB). We either believe that, or we don’t, and if we don’t, then we don’t believe Yehoshua is Who He said He is. We either believe that our works shall be greater than His, because He went to be with the Father, or we call Him a liar. If we deny Him, He will deny us. If we confess Him, He will confess us before His Father. If we deny Him, we should simply pack up our tents and wait for the mountains to crash upon our heads. But if we believe Him – cast the mountains to the sea if they get in your way from proclaiming Elohim’s Word.
In complete ignorance to the warning of Deuteronomy 13:1-5, those religious institutions which deny the final reformation and revival, will all be deceived, along with the majority of the world’s population, during the days immediately preceding the return of Yehoshua. The Great Harvest will come in the power and glory of Elohim, however, and so too will His wrath. My sincere prayer is that we will clearly hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”, as Elohim rejoices in the faithfulness of His children. For this to happen though, we must remember that the law of power and proclamation is especially applicable to miracles, because without the full proclamation of the Word of Elohim, the power will be Satanic. If The Holy Spirit is moving you to proclaim Elohim’s Word with signs and miracles, do it! And if He wants to place an exclamation point onto a message, by enabling you to perform a miracle, “in the name of Yehoshua”, do that too. Do not doubt for an instant that Elohim is able, and do not doubt for an instant that He is working through His children today. Doubt only if Yehoshua is not being proclaimed.
My suggestion for any Disciple who believes Elohim has given them this gift, is to take it to the Master in prayer and fasting. While you are praying and fasting, spend as much time in His Word as possible, and seek His direction. Ask for wisdom, knowledge, discernment, insight and understanding. Ask for a confirmation as well. This is no time to play or be timid. If, on the other hand, the Master is moving you to do something immediately, then do it! Listen to Him! You know how to test the spirits; The Holy Spirit will never fail.
May mountains be moved for the whole world to see, that the name of Yehoshua would be glorified and magnified. May mountains be moved so eyes and hearts will be directed unto Him. Do not fear, dear friend, there is no fear in love. Miracles will abound in the latter days, and we, the Ekklesia, abiding in the latter days, must be prepared to do His bidding.
LANGUAGES OF THE NATIONS (TONGUES) AND
INTERPRETATION OF LANGUAGES OF THE NATIONS (TONGUES):
“In the beginning”, if you will, everybody on planet earth spoke the same language. After the time of Noah and the flood though, when the population of mankind had increased sufficiently once again, Elohim confused the languages, at the building of the tower of Babel, and, “Scattered them abroad from there, over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:7-8 ENB). After Yehoshua ascended into heaven though, during the Feast of Weeks, when the Jews, “ from every nation under heaven” had assembled in Jerusalem to celebrate on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:5), the promised, “Comforter”, The Holy Spirit, first descended upon the newly formed and forming Ekklesia, and on that day Elohim partially restored the confusion of languages.
The initial arrival of The Holy Spirit is recorded thus: “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with The Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as The Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2-4 ENB).
What Elohim confused at Babel, He untangled for those given this gift at the coming of The Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Elohim confused the language at Babel in order to drive mankind apart, so they would populate the whole earth. He removed the confusion of the languages on Pentecost though, to allow the Ekklesia to go out into the whole earth and preach the gospel, drawing all of humanity back unto Himself.
Because the gift of languages, and the interpretation of languages, have been abused and misused so horribly within Babylon, there is tremendous doubt and confusion within the Ekklesia today about their legitimacy and purpose. I am not interested in propagating false teachings, however, so I have prayerfully taken extreme caution in the search of Elohim’s Word, while locating the fullness of His truth with regard to these gifts and their proper use. I present my findings here for your edification.
The nature of the error that exists concerning these gifts, prompts me to provide you with a detailed examination of Scripture, so that your evaluation of my statements can be strict and thorough. There are so many deceptions, so many avenues through which Satan will attempt to disrupt our faithful assembly, and so many areas that can be used to persuade the world that the true Disciples of Yehoshua are barbarians and fools, that we need to be attentive and watchful. Accordingly, the topical concordance will be extremely important to this matter, and will require labor on your part. I trust Elohim to guide you as you faithfully search.
While the Word of Elohim provides an abundant set of passages to peruse in our study of these gifts, there are three primary areas of Scripture that introduce the phenomenon, endow them as gifts, and teach about their proper utilization within the Ekklesia. Those areas are: Acts 2, Romans 8 and 1 Corinthians 12-14. Although we will concentrate our study in these passages, it will be needful that we investigate all of the data provided by Elohim, so that our comprehension may be complete.
In Romans 8:26-27, Paul tells us how The Holy Spirit intercedes for us, “with groanings which cannot be uttered” (ENB). This intercessory prayer, performed on our behalf by The Holy Spirit, is spoken of in religious circles as “prayer tongues”. Additionally, within the teachings of many institutions, 1 Corinthians 13:1 is also quoted as justification for another type of “language”, because in that verse, Paul said, “Though I speak with the languages of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy vessel or a clanging cymbal” (ENB). Prayer tongues, and the languages of angels, are the least understood, least mentioned and most abused instruments of Satan today, and for this reason we must begin our study in this area. It is because of the false use of these “gifts” that many people stumble in their attempt to find Yehoshua, and it is because many of the religious institutions insist that every “spirit filled believer” must also babble with them in the use of these obscure languages, that many who are earnestly seeking Elohim are turned away from finding and following Yehoshua altogether. There must be repentance from this sin!
An initial thought which comes to mind is, “Where is love (underlined in the 1 Corinthian’s 13:1 above for a reason) when we place a stumbling block in front of any seeker or believer, by causing them to doubt their search for Truth or their faith experience? When we insist that every “spirit filled believer” must speak in tongues (with no regard for interpretations, I might add), and that Spirit filled believer has not been given this particular gift, haven’t we placed a cloud of doubt over that believer? If we are not edifying and glorifying Elohim, then we are distracting, distorting, diluting and placing a cloud over Elohim, and love is nowhere to be found. And lest we repeat this too often, “anything not of love is sin!”
In 1 Corinthians 14:14, Paul said, “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with understanding also. Otherwise when you bless with the spirit, how will the one who fills up the room of the unlearned say, ‘Amen’ at your giving of thanks, seeing that they do not understand what you are saying? For you are truly giving thanks, but the others are not edified. I thank my Elohim, I speak in the languages of nations more than you all, yet in the church I would rather speak five words with understanding, so that I might teach others, than ten thousand words in an unknown language” (1 Corinthians 14:15-19 ENB).
Within the gatherings of many institutions, a great many (if not all) within the assembly will babble incoherently – all at the same time – in their “prayer tongue”. This incoherent babbling, however, defies the instructions given to the Ekklesia in the Word of Elohim, regarding the gift of languages (1 Corinthians 14). Praying in a strange language, as well as the true gift of languages and the interpretation of languages are Scriptural, but the prayer language is personal, and is not meant to be shared. The prayer language was not intended for the assembly, and it never will be. The cacophony that emanates from the babble of people gathered for the sole purpose of “praying in tongues” is in direct violation of the use of His gift (1 Corinthians 14:23). The gift of languages of the nations as a sign, yes; “tongues for prayer” during assembly, never!
Additionally, the “language of angels” is not meant to be an open door to an unruly assembly either. At the very most, allowance is made for a few individuals to speak in languages during a gathering, and even then only if an interpreter is present (1 Corinthians 14:27). Be extremely cautious of any individual who constantly has an “angelic message”, week after week, and be doubly cautious if their interpreter is always the same person. Obvious abuses are frequent, but Babylon does not have the courage to silence the abusers. The elders must insure that different members of the assembly are permitted to speak, and if those who always want to talk, or always have a message, cannot acknowledge this leading of The Holy Spirit, they must be silenced.
Furthermore, I have often heard people “praying in tongues” and it amazes me how they always repeat the same phrase or phrases, like a chant – every time. Every week; every month; every year; the prayer never changes. Why doesn’t the prayer change? Unless the utterance is one of praise and worship, and their interpretations dictate they are not, then it cannot be an authentic prayer. Our lives and circumstances change, as do our needs, and the needs of the people we know and love. The Holy Spirit intercedes according to the need, and His vocabulary is far greater than ours. Therefore, unless we are dead, His intercessions on our behalf must, of necessity, change. What these individuals are doing, by repeating the same phrase or phrases is chanting, and maybe even channeling. The anointed pastors, elders, prophets and teachers must rebuke this type of activity, because a Disciple is not supposed to repeat a word or phrase that they do not understand (Matthew 6:7).
We must approach the throne of Elohim carefully in prayer; carefully, but with boldness. And we must be watchful as we approach His throne, so that Satan cannot use our words against us.
The Romans 8:26-27 passage tells us that The Holy Spirit intercedes for us (individually), “with groanings which cannot be uttered” (ENB). If the groanings cannot be uttered, why do the false teachers think an interpreter will be able to put that prayer into words? If the person praying cannot comprehend what The Spirit is saying, because the groanings are beyond comprehension; beyond utterance, what makes them think some other person can comprehend those same words? This particular type of prayer, if authentic, is intercessory for the specific individual, and not meant for the entire congregation; it is not meant to be interpreted by mankind. PERIOD!!!
Furthermore, those false practitioners who want you to believe that every child of Elohim must speak in languages, whether human or angelic, will always use certain passages to reinforce their viewpoint. I wish to discuss some of those verses with you, and show you how they are misunderstood and incorrectly taught:
Acts 2: Because every disciple present at the initial anointing of The Holy Spirit spoke in a discernible language, the false teachers dictate that every disciple must speak in a different language today. If you analyze the purpose at Pentecost though, you will see the fulfillment of the law of power and proclamation, and readily recognize that this law is not being upheld in the closed-door assemblies of many congregations today. Thousands of souls were won for Yehoshua on Pentecost, because of the power of Elohim displayed in Jerusalem on that day. Today though, people are being chased away from our Messiah by the abuses of unruly, unfaithful and unknowing children. Pentecost was unusual. Pentecost was special. So was the anointing.
Acts 10: Because the Gentiles, to whom Peter witnessed, received The Holy Spirit and spoke in unknown languages, the false teachers dictate that all who receive The Holy Spirit should speak in tongues. In falsely teaching this passage, however, they totally neglect the truth revealed in Acts 11, which clearly tells us why these Gentiles spoke in tongues. They spoke in languages as confirmation to the Jewish disciples that the Gentiles also were to be included in the plan of salvation provided by Yehoshua. Otherwise, The Holy Spirit would have had to intervene in some other way to convince the Jews that Elohim approved teaching the Gospel to the “heathen” nations. Power and proclamation are evidenced in Acts 10, and the edification given to the Ekklesia through this outpouring was huge!
Acts 19:2: Because the believers at Corinth spoke in languages, when they learned of The Holy Spirit, this passage is frequently used to support an “all must speak in languages” mentality. The reality of this display, however, is in the wording itself, because they did not know, “whether there is a The Holy Spirit”. Once again though, for their edification, as well as for verification of the Gospel being taught, an outpouring of languages was given.
Mark 16:17: Yehoshua said that certain signs would accompany those who believed, and among those signs we are told that, “they shall speak in new languages” (ENB). This is a portion of an interesting passage, because in its entirety Yehoshua said, “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to all the creation. They that believe and are baptized shall be saved; but they that believe not shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow those who believe: In My name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak in new languages; 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” (Mark 16:15-18 ENB). The command to go out to the entire world and proclaim the Gospel is vital to the passage, and it is vital to understanding the gifts as well. Power and proclamation is vital to comprehending this anointing of The Holy Spirit.
The false teachers of this age want you to believe that to a certain degree, Yehoshua was speaking prophetically in this verse, and that His prophecy was partially fulfilled by Paul following his shipwreck on Malta (Acts 28). The rest of the verse, they say, is still viable today. While they want to claim this passage as their authorization to teach an all must speak in “tongues” theology, they refuse to pick up serpents and drink poison. Never allow anybody to dissect a passage that way. The proclamation made by Yehoshua is either wholly prophetic, having been fulfilled entirely by Paul, or every aspect of the passage is applicable today.
Although I have not picked up any serpents lately, nor consumed any poison to date, that I know about, I know that if my life purpose is incomplete, and if my time to return home has not yet arrived, my Elohim will shelter me from whatever may befall me. But, I will not put Elohim to the test by picking up vipers or by drinking poison, just to prove this passage. In effect though, by dictating what The Holy Spirit either should or should not do, with regard to the speaking in languages portion of this verse, that is exactly what the false messengers are doing!
Additionally, I would be remiss in not directing you to Acts 4:31, where the new believers were filled with The Holy Spirit and began to speak “the Word of Elohim with boldness”. Or how about Acts 8:17, where once again no languages were evidenced?
If you know of any who have been deceived with regard to this or any other gift, please approach them in love and compassion. We are not to judge, but to enlighten. Pride is perhaps the greatest single stumbling block that The Spirit confronts, so you must appeal to the brethren who have been deceived, in order to put their pride at the cross of Yehoshua. Prayerfully point out these passages to them, and make an enlightened appeal in the name of Yehoshua. Those who have ears will hear. Our responsibility is to speak forth the truth… The Spirit of Elohim will enlighten!
So, now that the babble of misuse is gone from the assembly, and now that the “tongue of angels” is severely restricted and monitored within the assembly, what about the gifts of languages and interpretations of those languages? How are they to be used within the Ekklesia today?
Acts 2 is an important chapter in our understanding of these gifts, because the languages spoken by the apostles were the languages that the assembled people from around the world spoke. The apostles did not babble; the languages they spoke were recognizable, and 1 Corinthians 12-14 is also fundamental to this understanding. While I believe it is possible for every child of Elohim to pray in languages (please note that I said possible, not mandatory, or expected, or even probable) I do not believe it is necessary for every child of Elohim to have either of these gifts. The Holy Spirit gives as He wills, and He gives as He deems necessary. When they all spoke in languages on the day of Pentecost, their number was relatively small, and the world was vast. In this age, our numbers will be vast, while the world has grown relatively small. It is not necessary for all to speak in languages.
In 1 Corinthians 12-14 you will learn where the gifts are given (12:10), to whom they may be given (12:28-31), and how to properly use them (14 all). You will also see that languages are a matter between each Disciple and Elohim (14:2-4), that not all have these gifts (14:5) and that the gifts are distinct and profitable only when used appropriately (14:6-9). These chapters also confirm the truth found in Acts 2, that tongues (GLOSSA), and languages (DIALEKTOS), are intricately knotted together, and 14:20-40, clearly teaches that our assemblies are not to be a breeding ground for their misuse.
The purpose for languages and interpretations is given to us in 1 Corinthians 14:22, where Elohim says, “Therefore languages of nations are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to those who do not believe; but prophecy is not for those who do not believe, but for those who believe” (ENB). If speaking in languages is meant to be a sign to unbelievers, why do the false teachers permit abusive and excessive displays within the assembly of the (supposed) faithful believers? It is the truth of this passage that upset me so much in that Pentecostal meeting, where the gentleman speaking in Latin was escorted out of the room. If anybody within that gathering had the authentic gift of interpretations, and if that gathering was truly proclaiming the Gospel, instead of being an income producing side-show, that man would have heard the words he desired to hear, and he possibly would have been saved that day. What he received instead was an escort out the door, and his blood is on the hands of those false teachers, false prophets and false preachers who discarded him in their deceit.
Languages and the interpretation of those languages are gifts that untangle the confusion of Babel, in the presentation of the Gospel of Yehoshua ha Mashiach. They allow the children of Elohim to be heard in the proclamation of His Word, and to hear what is being said to them by those who speak foreign languages. The gifts of languages and their interpretations, will be present in an assembly of the Ekklesia when foreign speaking individuals are present within an assembly of the Ekklesia, otherwise they are unnecessary. While it is possible for one of the brethren to be given a prophetic utterance in languages, unless an interpreter is available, that person must remain silent (1 Corinthians 15:28). That is what the Word of Elohim says! These gifts are meant to win souls for Yehoshua, not scare people away from the One who loves them and died for them.
These gifts will also be seen in power and glory when brethren are set apart and sent out. Apostles, prophets, evangelists and teachers will be empowered with these gifts when they travel to foreign lands to proclaim Elohim’s Word, or when foreign speaking people are drawn to them in order to hear the Word of Elohim. We, as the Ekklesia, have a responsibility to those among us who are moved by The Holy Spirit to go forth proclaiming the Word of Elohim. In prayer and fasting we must anoint these brethren in The Spirit, and insure that they are able to succeed, both spiritually as well as materially.
In our discussion on the assembly of the Ekklesia, we spoke of Elohim’s Word to His people, that they should come out of the false institutions of Babylon. The fullness of the teaching on this issue of tongues, and about the misuse of “prayer tongues” and “tongues of angels”, lies in the correlation between the confusion of languages at Babel, and our relationship to the Babylonian church. As long as the Ekklesia is ensnared in the trappings of the false church, the gifts will be abused, misused or totally ignored. Only in our repentance, however, will a full outpouring of The Holy Spirit be made available to us. The gifts of GENOS DIALEKTOS (kinds of languages), and HERMENEIA DIALEKTOS (interpretation of languages) are not lost to the faithful in Yehoshua; those with little understanding have merely diluted them. And, the call from Elohim to, “Come out of her, My people” continues to echo forth.
Speaking in the languages of the nations, and the capacity to interpret those languages are powerful gifts to be used in proclaiming the gospel of Yehoshua ha Mashiach. They are not feeble babbling that diminish Elohim’s power before a doubting world. Abuse and misuse is a tactic of the deceiver, and the Body of Yehoshua must acknowledge that reality. We know we are to proclaim the Gospel of Yehoshua in power, and we also know Satan desires to diffuse that power. We must remain faithful and obedient to the moving of The Holy Spirit though, because as long as we remain faithfully entrenched, we will not be deceived.
We must permit the fullness of the sign gifts to permeate our heart, and permit the proper use of these gifts to register soundly within our mind. The Ekklesia must be extremely cautious of displays of power that do not accompany the full proclamation of Elohim’s Word, or offer prophecy of His Word, so uphold those who faithfully exercise their gifts, and the fully glory of Elohim will be dispensed throughout that faithful Ekklesia.
Encourage your newly forming discipleship group to discover their gifts, beloved, and then reassure them as they learn the proper use of those gifts. And be encouraged yourself, my friend, because your progress is exciting, and the faithful application of the wisdom (and gifting) you have gained will truly glorify Elohim.
I remain faithfully and humbly your brother in Yehoshua our Messiah,
Letter 14 Topical concordance:
Gifts of Healings and Effecting of Miracles:
Old Covenant: Exodus 4:11; Numbers 12:13-14; Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 2 Chronicles 16:12; Psalms 103:1-5, 147:3.
New Covenant: Matthew 8:1-13, 14:13-21, 14:22-33, 15:29-31, 15:32-39, 17:14-21; Mark 1:25-26,32-34, 5:6-13,25-34, 6:5-6,13, 8:22-26, 9:14-29; Luke 4:23-27, 17:11-19; John 5:14, 9:1-5, 14:12; Acts 3:1-6,16, 13:9-12, 14:9-19, 19:11-17, 28:8-9; 1 Corinthians 12 (all); 2 Corinthians 12:7-9; 1 Timothy 5:22-23; James 5:13-16; Revelation 7 (all), 11 (all), 13 (all).
Old Covenant: Deuteronomy 13:1-5, 18:20-22; 1 Kings 17:21, 18:36-38; 2 Kings 1:9-12, 4(all); 1 Chronicles 25:1; Psalms 39, 101, 119; Ecclesiastes 5:6, 10:4; Isaiyeh 44:6-8, 24-25, 46:8-10; Jeremiyeh (all speaks against false prophets) 1:6-10, 15:19, 23:28, 33-40; Ezekiel 2:1-7, 3:17-21, 13(all), 14:9-10; Lamentations 3:38; Amos 3:7.
New Covenant: Matthew 10:26-27,40-42, 23:34, 24:45-51; Mark 6:4, 13:23; Luke 4:24; John 4:44, 16:13-15; Acts 4:31, 11:27, 13:9-11, 21:9-11, 24:12; Romans 12(all); 1 Corinthians 11:5, 12(all), 13:(all), 14:(all); 2 Corinthians 7:8-11; Ephesians 4(all); Colossians 4:5-6;
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; Revelation 11:1-11, 13:11-13, 19:10.
Tongues and Interpretation of tongues:
Old Covenant: Genesis 11:7-8.
New Covenant: Mark 16:15-18; Acts 2:3-11, 2:37-42 (no tongues present), 4:31, 8:17,10 (all), 11 (all), 15:1-35, 19:1-7; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 12 (all), 13 (all), 14 (all); Hebrews 12:7-11.
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