Heaven’s Greatest Gift

Heaven’s Greatest Gift

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1.

More than a century has passed since the spectacular outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It began in 1900 and swept over the world to introduce the second feast, the Feast of the Harvest of Firstfruits, to the twentieth century believers. This feast is better known as Pentecost.

To understand the Harvest of Firstfruits, we must go back a few hundred years to the land of Egypt. Yahweh’s people were in slavery to Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt. Yahweh appeared to Moses and his brother Aaron and commissioned them to deliver the people. Yahweh told Moses to have the people kill a lamb for the redemption of the firstborn of their families as he passed over the land to take the firstborn of every family.

This story is an allegory. We are born with an earthly nature, but Yahweh made it possible for us to be born again, or in other words, to experience a Spirit-birth. But this meant we had to accept his word and stop doing sinful things. Yahweh knew we could not, by our own efforts, change our first nature. But he could not destroy our first nature without destroying us or fringing on our Spirit-given right to have dominion. So Yahweh allowed the people to substitute a first-born lamb to die in their place. When they killed this innocent lamb by faith in Yahweh’s plan of salvation, it symbolized the death of their first-born sinful nature. But this was a faith-work. The death of this sinless little lamb did nothing to help them be good people. But when they followed Yahweh’s directions and preformed the ritual of Passover they were exercising faith-work. This showed the world that they believed Yahweh would save them from their bad nature. This is why Yasha died on the anniversary of the Passover—Yasha overcame the first nature and through that action he became the true Lamb (sacrifice) that was to save them from their old nature, because he mortified the works of flesh.

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Yasha from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you…. For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live,” Romans 8:11-13.

The first people were like most people today, that is, they did not believe they were spiritual creatures; they thought they were earthy. When the Savior came to earth and convinced a few people that mankind was created to manifest the Spirit of Yahweh, a change took place. It was a long time before mankind knew enough to believe the truth. Yahweh had to wait until people were advanced enough to believe the words of Life before he could send the Savior. When a small number of people were ready to make the transition, our Lord came to earth.

This is the way Yasha saved them from their old nature: he lived in a flesh body that was like other people’s flesh bodies, but he refused to give in to carnal whelms and bad desires. His Spirit ruled over his flesh, so he did not sin. He faced the temptations of the flesh, but he did not give in to them.

The heavenly principles are to love your enemies and bless those who do you harm. In order to prove to mankind that he had completely overcame the enemy of man’s first nature, Yasha allowed himself to be tried, proving that he could and would turn the other cheek no matter how severe the battle. He could not use any supernatural power to defend himself that was not available to other people. When Yasha’s enemies came to capture him, he blessed them and never used his powers to destroy them.

After they killed him, they put him in a tomb and put guards there to keep anyone from taking his body. They knew Yasha had said that life would come into his body after seventy-two hours and he would come out of the grave. But they did not believe he could awake from death.

Defeating death by coming out of the grave was the last thing Yasha had to do to take full dominion over his first nature. We know that he came out of the grave, therefore, he had power over death—he had power over death in all people.
Yasha always obeyed the word of Yahweh and listened to the Holy Spirit of Truth. By doing this, he proved the principle of Love has the power to defeat man’s base nature. But without that power, we remain a slave to the old nature until we grow old and die.

The Feast of Passover was called Passover because Yahweh passed over Egypt and when he saw the blood of the lamb on the door, he passed over that house. In doing this, he accepted their faith-work and passed over their sin. The people that did not have the sign of their faith on their door lost their firstborn. Yasha allows us to live with a bad nature (our firstborn) until Yasha’s Spirit and Word comes into our temple and helps us mortify the old nature. The time it takes for the Spirit of Truth to help us do this is known as grace, which means unmerited favor.

Fifty days after the Israelites left Egypt under the leadership of Moses, they came to Mount Sinai in Arabia. Yahweh wanted to communicate with the people— he wanted them to hear his voice. But they did not trust him and drew back in fear. “In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

“And Moses went up unto Yahweh, and Yahweh called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

“Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel,” Exodus 19:1-6.

“And all the people saw the lightning, and heard the thundering, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not Yahweh speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for Yahweh is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that you sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where Yahweh was. And Yahweh said unto Moses, Thus you shall say unto the children of Israel…,” Exodus 20:18-22.

The consequences are recorded in Hebrews 3:6-19: “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if you will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, “if” we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

“For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

The Bible is the word of Yahweh; we should read it every day and obey his instructions. But we certainly should not refuse to hear his voice also. When we hear Yahweh’s voice, we receive a revelation—we are hearing the Living Word. His Spirit must quicken, that is, make alive the written Word before it becomes food for our spirit; we must hear his voice because this too is food for the spirit.

The Kingdom of Yahweh is not natural. It is not something you can see; “The Kingdom of Yahweh comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of Yahweh is within you,” (Luke 17:21) “for the Kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Romans 14:17.

It always surprises me when I meet believers who have never had an encounter with the Holy Spirit—everyone should. When we receive the Spirit of Christ at Pentecost (Feast of Firstfruits), we receive the Spirit of the Firstborn Son of the Father. “Christ in you the hope of glory,” Colossians 1:27.

If we will obey the indwelling Christ, we can overcome the power of our bad nature, but we must submit to the Holy Spirit—our guide and teacher.

We have read about the Feast of Firstfruits, or the Harvest of Firstfruits, in Exodus 23:14-17, which is also found in Leviticus 23:15-21. When the King James Version of the Bible was translated from a Greek manuscript, they replaced the “Feast of Firstfruits” with the Greek word “Pentecost,” which means “fifty,” implying it was fifty days after Passover. Had our translators used the term “Feast of Firstfruit,” we could have quickly understood that the reality, or spiritual fulfillment, of that feast day would have had to do with the Firstfruit Spirit (Christ) producing his first harvest in the earth. As long as we understand what the substance of the feast is, we can receive spiritual food from it. But if we know it only as the Greek word fifty, we are not likely to understand why the Holy Spirit came on that day.

Fifty days after Israel observed their Passover in Egypt, they came to the foot of Mount Sinai in Arabia, where they received the law on two tables of stone. When the Holy Spirit fell in the upper room, fifty days after the true Lamb of Yahweh was sacrificed for the sins of the world, Yahweh again wrote his law, not on tables of stone, but in the hearts of yielded and dedicated vessels. This holy feast day is held as a memorial of that great day of the first Firstfruit Harvest.
Yasha not only spoke of his own death and resurrection, but he spoke of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Scriptures to verify this are found in several different texts and under various conditions. But the scriptures concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit can be, and often are, confused with those of his second coming.

Very few people comprehend the importance of the coming of the Holy Spirit. When Yasha was born, he brought to mankind the Life of the Father. He was spoken of as Christ (Anointed). Meaning he had the life of the Father in him. But that life dwelt in him only until he was glorified and became a Life-giving Spirit.

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven,” 1 Corinthians 15:45-47.

Our Savior spoke of the coming of the Comforter in John 14:15-30. This is one of the most informative and clearest text on this subject: “If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
“He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

“Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that you will manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
“Yasha answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, you might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and has nothing in me.”

There are other passages of scripture in the Bible that speak on this subject. One that is especially informative is found in Acts 1:4-5: “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, you have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

Another informative passage is Acts 1:8-9: “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” The realities of this marvelous event that has been ever present with us since the Pentecostal restoration, and makes it almost impossible to believe that so little is known about how the Holy Spirit operates in the Body a hundred years later or why.

When our Lord came to earth, the Levitical Priesthood was replaced by the Melchizedek Priesthood, that is, Christ took his position as King-priest and began his operation in the congregation in that order.
As Paul describes the Spirit’s operation in the Church, notice how many times he says that these gifts are under the control of the Spirit.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all {persons}.

“But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another {various} kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. For even as the Body is one and {yet} has many members, and all the members of the Body, though they are many, are one Body, so also is Christ.

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many,” 1 Corinthians 12:4-14.

If you are seeking to know more about the operation of the Spirit, there is much that can be learned in the Acts of the Apostles. I will mention a few scriptures here, but I suggest that you pay close attention to the Spirit’s actives as you read through the Acts of the Apostles; it is a very rewarding experience.

The Anointed Word comes by divine revelation. If we have not experienced insight into the word of the Lord in our lifetime, we need to be awakened out of our slumber. I have found if we are spiritually hungry, regardless of our age, spiritual food is always available.

“Yasha stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.(But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that Yasha was not yet glorified).” John 7:37-39

In our seeking, we must take our Lord’s directions into consideration, that is, when we pray, we must believe and forgive.
“Therefore I (Yasha) say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses,” Mark 11:24-26.

The “Acts of the Apostles” gives us some idea of what the Church was like then and gives us a pattern that reflects the Spirit’s potential in the churches today.

The demonstration of the power in the churches comes through the Spirit of Christ and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Many people are persuaded that the Spirit’s ministry in the Church ceased after the apostles died, but his operation in the Church has not and will not change. People’s response to the Spirit changes because of customs, forms, and mind-sets, but the Spirit remains unchanged. The Spirit does the operating according to the responses of the congregation. If a dedicated congregation yields to the Spirit, the demonstration will be the same as it was in the beginning of the Church. If a congregation will not yield to the leadership of the Spirit, the Spirit will have no recourse but to remain inactive. We must be willing to be different; we cannot go with the flow of carnal religion if we desire to function in the Kingdom of Yahweh.

The Church made a few waves in its early days and there was a price to pay. Down through the ages, there have been brave souls that made waves just as there are some that stand strong in our day.

Persecution always follows active participation in the Kingdom of Yahweh, and sometimes the persecution comes from the hands of innocent people that have been misled.

I have one contact that has occasionally called me for over twenty years. From time to time she brings up her opposition to the Pentecostal churches. It is always the same. She admits to never having attended a Pentecostal church, but her friends have, and she objects to people rolling in the floor.

I have attended Pentecostal churches for fifty years and have never seen folks that were under the power of the Holy Spirit, rolling in the floor. She has a mind-set that I cannot penetrate. So my defense only causes her to attack from another front.

“Well,” she says, “I always say salvation is more important than healing of the body.” It never gets through to her that to have one does not force you to forfeit the other. We can enjoy our salvation and also depend on the healing power without forfeiting either one.

Then my contact refers to the congregation screaming in church; saying, she does not condone the way Pentecostals scream and shout in church. Even though they don’t, she still has a mind-set.

Most folks that have not read their Bible are unaware that when the Holy Spirit made his appearance to the waiting believers, it was accompanied by quite an emotional fervor. The words of the New Testament do not give a full account of all that happened in the early Church. But Peter’s action after the spectators arrived make it perfectly clear that these people were not acting in the mind-set of modern religion: “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day,” Acts 2:14-15.

Let us visualize walking into a room that is filled with one hundred and twenty intoxicated people. These folks were not drunk with alcohol, so their minds were not dulled. But they must have been cutting quite a caper to have resembled the actions of people that were intoxicated. Perhaps an investigation of the Hebrew word “praise” in the Old Testament will bring greater light to this situation. Below I have added notes on the word “praise.”

We human beings have a tendency to settle down in the status quo. But we cannot always please the masses because they are led by other thinkers. We must be thinkers and beam in on other thinkers. If we can influence them with Spirit revealed truth, they will, in turn, convince the masses.

You cannot believe for the Holy Spirit baptism if you are concerned about the effect it will have on you, that is, if you are afraid you might act like a drunk or perhaps be a bit silly. You need not worry about that; the Spirit is Sovereign—he is in charge of the rule book on church house etiquettes. Our Lord is in control of the situation when you receive the Spirit Baptism. There is a good chance that you will also be exuberant, but no one will hold it against you, after all you will have accepted Heavens Greatest Gift. Believe me, that is something to shout about!

The Old Testament writers admonish us to praise Yahweh. There are several Hebrew words that were used in those admonitions that were translated praise. These words are translated into other words also. I will give you the meaning of a few of them. The numbers referred to here have been taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible—the Greek, Hebrew, and Chaldee Dictionary is found there. Please notice these words describe what the Spirit-filled congregation does, even though most of them are unaware that these scriptures are in the Bible. These actions are known to the world as emotionalism. I looked under all the words that were translated praise; I did not find one that meant sitting quietly—every one of them are action words.

Praise:
HALAL (haw-lal) #1984
TOWDAH (to-daw) #8426
YADAH (yaw-daw) #3034.
ZAMAR (zaw-mar) #2167.
SHABACH (shaw-bakh) #7623.
HILLUWL (hil-lool) #1974.
BARAK (baw-rak) #1288.
TEHILLAH (teh-hil-law) #8416.
MAHALAI (mah-hal-aw) #4110.

I will give the meaning of these Hebrew words below for your convenience. Each has been translated “praise” in the King James Version. But when we think of it, the expression “praise Yahweh” is addressing someone other than Yahweh and instructing them to praise him. But if I should say, “I praise you, Yahweh,” I would be addressing him instead of the congregation.

TOWDAH = to extend the hands upward, that is (by implication) avowal or usually adoration, confession, (sacrifice of) praise, thanksgiving, especially in group singing. Spirit-energized folks do this in a lively song service by lifting their hands in praise. “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands….” 1 Timothy 2:8.
AVOWAL = (a-vow’al) an open statement of affirmation, a frank acknowledgment or admission. We do this in testimony service.
HALAL = (haw-lal) to make a show, to boast; and thus be clamorously thankful, to rave, to celebrate, also to stultify and shine.
STULTIFY = to appear foolish or ridiculous, as some people do at a ball game or at a wrestling match. The only folks that do this are the ones that are not controlled by what other folks think.
YADAH = to hold out the hand, to revere or worship with extended hands, to confess praise or thankfulness.
ZAMAR = to make music accompanied by the voice, that is to celebrate (worship) in song and music.
SHABACH = to address in a loud tone, to shout.
BARAK = to kneel, to bless Yahweh.
TEHILLAH = laudation, a hymn, praise.

“Halal,” Yah sing Yahweh a new song, “towdah” in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in his Maker, the sons of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them “halal” His name in the dance with the timbrel and lyre. “Zamar” to Him, for Yahweh takes pleasure in His people, He adorns the humble with salvation. Let the saints exult in glory. Let them sing aloud on their beds, the exaltation of Eloah in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, correction on the people. To bind rulers with chains, their nobles with bands of iron, to execute on them the judgment written, this honor has all His Saints, “halal Yah,” Psalm 149.

Please notice that the above chapter is the Spirit speaking through David to the people, instructing them on the methods and purpose for praising Yahweh. “Halal” is an action verb and is not used to address Yahweh. It tells the people to be jubilant before Yahweh, to clamor, rave, boast, to make a show. If I say “halal Yahweh” when I am addressing Yahweh, I am telling him to boast and to be clamorously thankful. But, if under the influence of the Spirit, I am saying halaluyah, I am acting as a cheerleader in Yahweh’s glee club to rally the worshippers of Yahweh to praise him. Isn’t that great?

A familiar statement we hear is “These scriptures are in the Old Testament and are under the law. They do not apply to the Church age.” The Bible’s answer to this is, “So the Gentiles shall fear (reverence) the name of Yahweh, and all the kings of the earth your glory, when Yahweh builds up Zion He appears in His glory. He turns to the intercession of the destitute and despises not their supplication. This shall be written for the coming generation; a people to be created shall ‘halal’ Yah. For He has looked down from the height of His sanctuary, Yahweh looked down from the lofty to the earth to hear the crying of the captive, to free the sons of death. To proclaim in Zion the Name of Yahweh and His ‘towdah (to-daw)’ in Jerusalem when are gathered a people together, and kingdoms to serve Yahweh,” Psalm 102: 15-22. This translation is based on the word rendering in The Interlinear Bible and James Strong’s exhaustive concordance of the Hebrew and Chaldee.
When I instruct the people to praise Yahweh and do not specify how or by what action, one might think I want them to “todah,” others might think I want them to “halal, zamar, barak, or tehillah.”

In the Hebrew congregation, these different words were used to lead the people in praise, just as is done today in the Spirit-filled congregation—someone feels the leading of the Spirit toward songs and worship, and the rest follow, or someone feels to kneel at the altar and begins to “yadah”.

It is easy to see that by translating all these words to mean the same thing, the translators were able to promote a more dignified method of worship. Had they translated each word correctly, there could never have been a question about method of worship. I wonder if the translators were striving to please their very dignified Lord, King James, when they chose the word praise to replace these descriptive action words.

HALAL (haw-lal): Halal (haw-lal) Yah all ye nations (Gentiles).
SHABACH (shaw-bakh): all people for his mercy is mighty over us, and the truth of Yahweh forever, halel Yah (Psa. 117).
The act of worshipping is part of Yahweh’s effort to bypass our carnal minds, and to penetrate and develop our subconscious, or spiritual, understanding and at the same time humble our proud spirits before him.
YADAH (yaw-daw): Yadah to Yahweh, for He is good, His mercy is forever (Psa. 118:1).

Are there scriptures in the New Testament that instructs us to worship Yahweh with musical instruments or to practice the same method of worship that the Old Testament worshippers used?

Yes, there are several places that we are instructed to follow the Old Testament method, but for the most part they are hidden by the translators. We know this because of a few scriptures that the apostles brought over into the New Testament by quoting them out of the Old and applying them to the New. One such scripture can be found in Romans 15: 8-12: “Now I say that Yasha Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of Yahweh, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify Yahweh for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles and sing unto thy name.

“And again He said, Rejoice Gentiles, with His people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud Him all ye people. And again, Esaias (Isaiah) said There shall be a root of Jesse, And He that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles trust.”

It cannot be disputed that these prophecies were speaking of the Church age and that their word meanings in the Greek, English, or in any other language, are the same and should not be disputed. Therefore, by finding them and searching out their meaning in the Old Testament, we are able to understand their meaning in the New.

Verse ten, of the above quote, is referring to Deuteronomy 32:43. “Rejoice, Oh Ye Gentiles, with His people, for He will avenge the blood of His servants….” Rejoice comes from the Hebrew word “ranan” and means to shout aloud for joy, cry out, be joyful, and sing for joy.

Verse eleven is referring to Psalm 117. This word “praise” in the Hebrew text is #1984, halal, “to make a show, to boast; and thus be clamorously thankful, to rave, to celebrate, also to stultify, to shine.” “Laud” in this verse comes from #7623, shabach, “to address in a loud tone, commend, glory, worship.”

In Revelation 19:5, we read, “And a voice came out of the throne saying, Praise our God all His servants, and you that fear him, both small and great.” The same Greek word “aineo” is translated “praise” that is found in Romans 15:11, therefore, has the same meaning as the Hebrew “halal.”

There are many scriptures that tell us how to worship the Lord that are not found under the word “praise.” Three of these are: Ephesians 5:18-19, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord,” Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord,” and James 5: 13, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.”

The word “psalms,” in these scriptures, came from the Greek word “psalmos” (#5568), a set piece of music that is a sacred ode, accompanied by the voice, harp or other musical instrument.

Psalms in James 5:13, comes from #5567, “psallo” with a similar meaning—to rub or touch the surface, to twitch or twang, i.e., to play on a stringed instrument (celebrate the divine worship with music and accompanying odes) make melody.
This message has been written to encourage those who desire to worship Yahweh in truth and in Spirit and have been discouraged by other people.

In Saint John 4:14, our Savior reminds us that “… whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never thirst, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) continually within him unto (into, for) eternal life (The Amplified Bible).

Our spring of Life cannot bubble out unless we have drunk of Yahweh’s water. When we have, it will! If you have drank at the fountain of Life, do not be disturbed over those who have not tasted of his water as yet—just be happy and allow your spring of Life to bubble up and flow out unto the barren desert around you. If you have never had an experience in the Lord that has put a song in your heart and a shout in your soul, just dig a little deeper—the water is more than worth your effort.
Heaven’s Greatest Gift—

The Power Behind the Praise

What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? This is a difficult question that is impossible for man to give a complete answer. But we can repeat the scriptures that have been handed down to us and share our own experiences, the rest we leave for one to discover when they experience it. My starting comment is, “it is the fuel of Life or the flame that lights the candle of Life in us.”

Our introduction to the baptism of the Holy Spirit was given by John the Baptizer in Matthew 3:11: “I (John the Baptizer) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he (Christ) that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”

From the above scripture and others, we must understand that Yasha Christ is the baptizer. Mankind can baptize a convert in water, but we must experience an encounter with Christ to receive the Holy Spirit. Christ alone is the one that performs this action, no one else is qualified to baptize anyone with the Holy Spirit.

This scripture also speaks of the baptism of fire. Fire is for purging; it is also used in molding clay vessels. Fire sometimes speaks of being alert, energetic, and alive. This is a great combination, a cleansing, a molding, and Life-energy all in one experience—the baptism of fire! In my fifty-plus years of learning, I have experienced this combination of fire baptism and witnessed its effect in the lives of others. There is nothing more real or more rewarding!

“And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say: For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say,” Luke 12:11-12. This scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is a teacher. His teaching capability goes far beyond that of the average teacher, for he not only teaches but he will also help us remember forgotten information,

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you,” John 14:26. I doubt that there is one Holy Spirit filled minister that hasn’t experienced this more than once as he ministered. I am amazed sometimes at the revealed Word that the Spirit pops into my mind at the right time when I am ministering; often it is things that I had not thought of for weeks, sometimes months.

“The next day John saw Yasha coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

“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 unto me, upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of Yahweh,” John 1:29-34.

As our Savior gathered his apostles together on the day of his ascension, he instructed them to go back to Jerusalem and reminded them of the promised Holy Spirit. He then told them to stay there until he appeared, saying, “For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence (Acts 1:5). But you shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” Acts 1:8.

These men were the same men that had quickly made their escape the night that Yasha was arrested. Peter was the bravest one among them, but when he was questioned at the trial, he cursed and denied he had been with the Savior. Here it is only a short time later, and notice the effect the Holy Spirit baptism had on them, especially on Peter.

“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith Yahweh, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
“You men of Israel, hear these words; Yasha of Nazareth, a man approved of Yahweh among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which Yahweh did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of Yahweh, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom Yahweh has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. For David speaking concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (sheol), neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you shall make me full of joy with thy countenance.
“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that Yahweh had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell (sheol), neither his flesh did see corruption. This Yasha has Yahweh raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
“Therefore being by the right hand of Yahweh exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, Yahweh said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that Yahweh has made that same Yasha, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
“ Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yasha Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our Yahweh shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls,” Acts 2:14-41.

This reveals the great effect the Spirit baptism can have on shy or frightened folks when they receive Christ. When Peter stood up, three thousand people were converted. That day started with one hundred and twenty believers huddling in an upper room. If three thousand people were converted, three thousand people had previously gathered that were not converts when they gathered.

Peter stood up to more than three thousand people and among them were the mob that had crucified Yasha. This is the kind of power that was manifest in the Church in those days. But we must remember, the Church is the Body of Christ and is meant to be without change. Society changes, but the Spirit power that keeps the Church alive cannot be regulated according to social change. The Church yesterday is the Church today. We often hear the remark, “the first church” or “the early church.” We should say, in the beginning the Church did this or that. That was not one church and this another church. That was the same Church that is on the earth today. One Church!

“There is one Body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all,” Ephesians 4:4-6.

“For as the Body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one Body, being many, are one Body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many,” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Yasha the anointed, the same yesterday, and to day, and forever,” Hebrews 13:8.

If the Church today is to function as the Church did then, we are safe in receiving the same instructions that were given in the early days of the Church. For that information we must go back and reexamine Paul’s instructions in First Corinthians 12:1-3: “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that you were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of Yahweh (unknown tongues) calls Yasha accursed: and that no man can say that Yasha is the Christ, but by the Holy Spirit.”

The first thing Paul brings to our attention in this chapter is the fact that these folks, which were the Church and were being instructed concerning the operation of the Holy Spirit in their midst, were converted Gentiles. This word “Gentiles” does not denote a particular nationality, but it does tell us they were not descendants of Israel. The true meaning of the word “Gentile” is “heathen.”

We sometimes think of these people as very primitive, and so they were. But these few verses make it obvious they were just as perplexed over the unknown tongues operating in the Church as folks are today.

Why unknown tongues became a universal stumbling block, I cannot explain, but Isaiah foresaw that they would be. Isaiah 28:9-12: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
The out-pouring of the Spirit was spoken of as a rest and a refreshing experience in other texts and those who receive Holy Spirit can witness to that reality. The Holy Spirit also teaches us line upon line (rule upon rule) and precept upon precept (commandment upon commandment), through other tongues and lips that stammer.

I suppose the main objection to unknown tongues is that they witness to the fact that our faculties are being used by a Spirit other than our own—another Spirit has moved in on our premises. If we do not understand that we were created to become the temple of that Spirit and without it we have no life, the situation can seem frightening. This was also Israel’s stumbling block. Listen to what Stephen had to say to the house of Israel: “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do you,” Acts 7:51.

The sad thing here is, it is difficult for folks to understand that when they reject the Holy Spirit, they are rejecting the Savior because He is now in Spirit form. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (life-giving) Spirit,” 1 Corinthians 15:45.

Now let us return to Paul’s instructions in First Corinthians 12:4-7: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same Spirit which works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”

Please notice that this does not say that man’s education and training were made manifest. This speaks of the Spirit being made manifest. There is a difference. I remember the first time that the Holy Spirit operation became visible to me. I was attending a church in Superior, Arizona where I met a shy little girl that was eleven years old. She was so shy she could not look up to answer when strangers spoke to her. But when the Spirit came upon her, she stood up in the midst of the congregation and gave a message in unknown tongues, speaking very boldly and clearly. Though I could not understand the message until someone gave the interpretation, I understood that only the Holy Spirit could give that child boldness to do as she had done. I never doubted the reality of tongues after that.

Looking again at First Corinthians 12:8-11: “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the Body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one Body, being many, are one Body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the Body; is it therefore not of the Body?”

The verses above are written in old English, nevertheless, they are self-explanatory, or maybe it just seems that way to me. I have witnessed this operation for so many years that to me, Body ministry is Church and Church is Body ministry.
I have heard people speak in the Hebrew or Cherokee language that had never heard the language. I have heard people speak in Spanish that did not know Spanish. I have been in many healing services and have witnessed many miracles and healings. Yet most of the many miracles and healings that my family has received came through the local church body.
Please notice how everyone is to become an active member by participating in the Spirit as it moves within the Body. No one remains a bench warmer. Remember this administration is coming from the Holy Spirit—it is not coming from the adamic realm. No one is depending on talent, head-knowledge, or natural abilities.

The administration of the Melchizedek Priesthood may not seem like a perfect order, but it was ordained to operate “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole Body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the Body unto the edifying of itself in love,” Ephesians 4:13-16.

It is difficult for carnal leadership to back off and allow the Melchisedec Priesthood to operate. The Church is thought of as a house of worship, and so the people that gather there should always be in an attitude of worship. But we must not forget the church building is a place where we come to learn how to yield to the Spirit and minister one to another. In this situation, things sometimes seem less than ideal—where there are life and action, there is bound to be some conflict, but we must learn to be submissive.

The house of Yahweh was never meant to be a place of entertainment; however, most people now have this concept and forbid any spontaneous action from the congregation. Talent has replaced the Melchizedek Priesthood in many modern churches.

Our Savior was pretty blunt with the religious racketeers in his day when he said, “…It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but you have made it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple…,” Luke 19:46-47.
If the pastors will back off and give the Spirit a place to operate in the Church, we can have the same glory manifest in the Church today as was manifested in the beginning of the Church, but the people must be taught order and how to control their own spirit. The flesh always has an emotional reaction to the Spirit, but that does not give us the right to disrupt the administration with an emotional out-burst the moment he appears. We should continue silently worshipping and wait upon the Spirit for his unction.

Speaking in tongues is a subject of great controversy in the Church. The most important question should be, “What is the benefit of speaking in tongues?” If people could beam in on the scriptural information we have on receiving the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in an unknown language, instead of rejecting the experience because it seems foolish to the carnal mind, they would be delightfully surprised with the answer.

If we believe the Bible, we know beyond a shadow of doubt that “… eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Yahweh has prepared for them that love him. But Yahweh has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of Yahweh. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Yahweh knows no man, but the Spirit of Yahweh. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:9-14.
Sometimes reading this text from a more modern version of the Bible makes it more understandable to people who struggle with the old English in the King James Version. Let us read this same passage from The Living Bible paraphrase, “But we know about these things because God has sent his Spirit to tell us, and his Spirit searches out and shows us all of Yahweh’s deepest secrets. No one can really know what anyone else is thinking or what he is really like except that person himself. And no one can know Yahweh’s thoughts except Yahweh’s own Spirit. And Yahweh has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that Yahweh has given us.
In telling you about these gifts we have even used the very words given to us by the Holy Spirit, not words that we as men might choose. So we use the Holy Spirit’s words to explain the Holy Spirit’s facts. But the man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from Yahweh, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in. But the spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all. How could he? For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to discuss them with him, or to move the hands of Yahweh by prayer. But, strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 (TLB).

The Holy Spirit adds to our relationship with the Father by giving us the ability to communicate with him in a way that we can never communicate if we only depend on our natural abilities. “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language,” Acts 2:4-6.

My first spiritual minded teacher pointed out something about this scripture that I have never heard anyone else comment on. That is, when the Holy Spirit arrived on the first Pentecost there were only one hundred and twenty Christians in the upper room. They were not out on the street for spectators to view. Neither were they in a synagogue. All of the one hundred and twenty people spoke in tongues (glossais). Immediately this began to be noised abroad. There were no telephones or radios in those days, so the news had to be spread by word of mouth. Some time must have elapsed for the multitude to come together. When they did, they did not hear glossais, they heard the believers speaking in dialekto, that is, each listener heard their own dialect.

The miracle was not in the believers ability to speak in many different languages, but rather that each person was hearing the same message, but in his own language. “Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded (confused), because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born: Parthians, Medes, Elamites, the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of Yahweh,” Acts 2:6-12.
According to Paul in First Corinthians 14:1-5, there is a language of the Spirit that no man understands unless the Holy Spirit translates it: “Follow after charity (love), and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy. For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto Yahweh: for ‘no man understands him;’ howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the Church. I would that you all spoke with tongues, but rather that you prophesy, Wherefore let him that speaks in an unknown tongue (in the Church service) pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the Spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the Spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

We should never object to the use of tongues, its use is ordained by the Lord in First Corinthians 12:28: “And Yahweh has set some in the Church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” This text also confirms the fact that the Holy Spirit is our teacher. Some of the mysteries He teaches comes to us through the interpretation of the unknown tongues.

“In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe,” 1 Corinthians 14:21-22.

We should always be aware that our carnal mind does not understand the things of the Spirit, and when we question the Christian’s experience with unknown tongues, it is the carnal mind opposing the Spirit of Yahweh. When this happens, we should pray for the Holy Spirit to give us a revelation concerning the Holy Spirit baptism. The safest thing to do is to always base our belief on exactly what the Word says. When we start analyzing so that we can change a scripture to fit our life-style, denominational doctrine, or our concept, we are allowing the carnal mind to cheat us out of hearing the truth. We should always ask the Father to give us love for the truth. Paul wrote about this in Second Thessalonians 2:9-11: “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
Both Joel and Isaiah foresaw the operation of the Spirit in the Church. Isaiah 28:11-12: “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

Speaking with unknown tongues is a sign of the believers. Mark 16:17: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues,”

John 7:38-39: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly (heart, mind), shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Yasha was not yet glorified).”

According to the 1995 World Almanac, over eight million Americans had the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues that year. This does not include the people who speak in tongues in other countries, members of non-Pentecostal denominations, and non denominational churches that have had the experience. All age groups and all nationalities are included in the masses that have experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Multitudes receive healings each year. In the past fifty years I have witnessed numerous healings of various diseases and afflictions. I have witnessed many miracles, and deliverances from drugs and alcohol. I am astonished that anyone could doubt the reality of the Holy Spirit Baptism in this day of spiritual enlightening. According to Church history, there has never been a time since the birth of the Church when people were not receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with tongues and being divinely healed.

Skepticism, which is born of the carnal mind, often prevents its victims from receiving healings and miracles. The same thing prevents them from receiving the breath of Spirit-life, better known as the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The abundance of the Kingdom realm benefits come through faith, not skepticism. There are many infallible witnesses that tell us about the Holy Spirit baptism. The evi­dence around us is overwhelming, but peo­ple yet reject the Spirit. If there was only one scripture that told us about it, it seems every­one would seek for it.

Fourteen of the New Testament books were written by Paul who spoke so fluently about Holy Spirit baptism. The Acts of the Apostles tell us about Yasha’s ministry. The overwhelming structure of the Christian Church is built on Matthew, John, Luke, Mark, and Paul’s writings. If we reject their writings, we are rejecting the foundational teaching of the Church. There is no conflict in their writings; they were written in perfect harmony.

Paul made several clear statements concerning the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke with tongues more than anyone else in the Church. Here are some of his comments:
1 “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts,” 1 Corinthians 14:1.
2. “… he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto Yahweh: for no man understands him; howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries,” 1 Corinthians 14:2
3. “He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself,” 1 Corinthians 14:4.
4 “I would that you all speak with tongues…,” 1 Corinthians 14:5.
5. “Wherefore let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret,” 1 Corinthians 14:13.
6. “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful,” First Corinthians 14: 14.
7. “… I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” 1 Corinthians 14:15.
8. “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all,” 1 Corinthians 14:18.
9. “…forbid not to speak with tongues,” 1 Corinthians 14:39. This verse seems easier to understand in the New King James’ Version. I will quote from it, “Do not forbid to speak with tongues.”

I realize some will say I took these scriptures out of their settings, because I sometimes failed to quote the whole verse. I did this because ministers that oppose the Spirit will often try to disannul the above statements by pretending the other part of the verse disannuls it: example:

1 Corinthians 14:18-19, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” They pretend that Paul said he had rather speak five words of understanding than ten thousand words in unknown tongues. They know better than this. Paul was teaching order in the church. Paul would not have objected to someone spending the night alone in the church praying in tongues, if there were not other people there that needed to be taught. Paul was teaching the people how to regulate their service so that the time that could be used to minister to people would not be wasted.

I have been in services where two of the members would always go to the altar to pray at the beginning of the service. Sometimes they would linger at the altar thirty to forty-five minutes. They would groan and speak in tongues. What they were doing was not a mistake. But where and when they were doing it was a terrible mistake. Their devotion to prayer and travail was very commendable, but they should have spent more prayer-time in private so that other ministry could have time to flow.

However, there are times when the Spirit moves the whole congregation to prayer that will last sometimes more than an hour. Twice, I witnessed this kind of spiritual fervor sweeping over the whole congregation, but they were stopped by ministers who were too anxious to get their time to speak. Both times the intrusion stopped the flow of worship. When the minister tried to move in the Spirit’s place, the revival ended and the church membership dwindled down to almost no members. If all members are participating in the worship service, it is obvious they are being fed. But if a few members take over the service to stay at the altar and talk in tongues, they are not following the leadership of the Spirit. If we are concerned about our fellowman and allow ourselves to be led by good manners, we will not prevent the Spirit from feeding the other members.