Speaking in Tongues

Three times in a year all of your men shall appear before Jehovah your God in the place which He shall choose: The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. [Moses] Deuteronomy 16:16a KJV Abridged

All devout Jewish men from every nation under heaven were visiting in Jerusalem for the appointed Feast.  Acts 2:5 KJV Abridged

When the day of Pentecost was fully come, the Apostles were all together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound like that of a mighty rushing wind from heaven. It filled the whole house where they were staying.

Flames of fire in the shape of cloven tongues came and sat upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with a different language as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:1-4 KJV Abridged

-Pentecost. The 50th day after Passover counting from the second day of the Feast.  Vine’s Abridged.
-Tabernacle. To pitch a tent.  Vine’s Abridged

Study verses:
Come, let us go down and confound the people’s language, so they may not understand one another. Genesis 11:7 KJV Abridged

There are many different languages in the world. All have meaning.
1 Corinthians 14:10 KJV Abridged

How shall it be known what is spoken unless you utter by the tongue words that are easy to be understood? 1 Corinthians 14:9 KJV Abridged

I will return a Holy and Pure language to the people. [Jehovah]    Zephaniah 3:9a KJV Abridged

This was a partial fulfillment of the prophecy in Zeph.3:9 and a witness to it’s authenticity. The Apostles were temporally given the Holy and Pure language to speak.

How do we know that? It is obvious that the speech wasn’t in the Hebrew language, because those present were celebrating the Festival. Hebrew would have been the native language of the residents of Judah and those devout believers in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob from abroad would have known it as a second language to varying degrees, as it was necessary to study the Tanakh (Old Testament).

The Holy language was necessary in this instance to ensure that everyone present that was a party to the Abrahamic Covenant would hear and understand. They were amazed.

The unhearing were those who were outside of the Covenant. While they too would have been able to understand the Hebrew, and each in his own language, God didn’t open their Spiritual ears. They, in their ignorance, thought the Apostles were babbling drunk.

The prophecy, given in Zephaniah and witnessed in Acts, will be fulfilled in the Father’s timing. Those who are a party to the New Covenant (Jew and Gentile alike) will be given the Holy language; those without will remain in their blindness.

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