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The Tongue of Pentecost

This is a study I’ve been asked to do for quite a while, and a subject which many Christians ask about. The main importance of discerning the ‘cloven tongue’ spoken by Christ’s Apostles on Pentecost Day, as written in Acts 2, is this – What does The Word of God teach us about ‘tongues’. If we consult God’s Word, then any confusion should be cast away. But we must listen to The Word and not man, to prevent that confusion. (That also means to verify this study from The Word for yourself.) So, as long as we keep to God’s Word on this subject, any anger or distraught feelings by those who refuse to accept God’s Word, is to their own deception. And they must needs ask for guidance and understanding from our Lord Jesus Christ.
     Personally, I do not speak in an ‘unknown tongue’, though I have had a little talent with a different ‘language’ other than my native tongue, though I’m rusty due to lack of use. I know some believers on Christ personally who do speak an ‘unknown tongue’, though it is different from what I would call a language of man.
     So with that, let’s get down to study, as we ask a Word of Wisdom from our Father in Christ Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Mark 13:9   But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them.
10    And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
11    But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

     This is the latter day purpose for the ‘cloven tongue’ from The Holy Spirit, spoken on Pentecost Day. These verses here in Mark 13 parallel the 5th and 6th Seals of Rev.6:9-11, and events of Rev.9. The word publish in verse 10 means ‘to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth’ (Strong’s no.2784). This particular happening is still yet future to us, though I feel not far off. It will be a time when the false Babylon world system, with its false world-religion, will be finalized.
     So what does Jesus Christ mean by ‘in that hour’ here in verse 11? That ‘hour’ refers to that ‘evil day’ of Eph.6, the ‘hour’ of Rev.17:12 when the ten kings (rulers) on the earth receive power ‘as kings one hour with the beast’. That’s talking about the false ten ruler one-world kingdom Satan sets up on earth which is nearing completion today, though that second ‘beast’, i.e. the last king diverse from the others (Dan.7), is not here yet on earth de facto.
     So Christ, in these verses of Mark 13, is talking about the first tribulation by Satan as a false messiah. That’s when this ‘delivered up’ of God’s elect will happen for this future event. (see also Luke 12; 21, and Matthew 10; 24.)

Rev 2:9   I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10    Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

     This Message was from Christ to the Church at Smyrna, one of the two Churches He had no problem with. He’s letting them know, and those today, that some of His elect will be delivered up for ‘ten days’ to give His testimony. Do you remember about the ‘ten days’ of Daniel:

Dan 1:11   Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12    “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

     These ten days are also a symbol for those ten days stated during Paul’s deliverance in Caesarea, as written in Acts 25:6. All these events represent trials of God’s chosen by false kingdoms and rulers.

Dan 1:5   And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

     Daniel and his fellows were to be ‘nourished’ during this ‘three years’ on the king’s ‘meat’, and the king’s ‘wine’. Instead… Daniel proposed to the prince of the eunuchs to give him and his fellows ‘pulse’ (zeroa in Hebrew meaning vegetables), and ‘water’ to drink.
     I hope you’re starting to realize these terms are all important symbols for the tribulation period. The ‘three years’ represent the last half of the tribulation period, and ‘at the end thereof‘ means towards the very end of that tribulation, the delivering up of God’s elect to the king of Babylon occurs. That is the ‘five months’ of Rev.9, the time shortened for the elect’s sake (Mark 13:20), i.e. ‘that hour’ (Mark 13:11), the ‘evil day’ (Eph.6:13; Amos 6:3), the last hour before ‘midnight’ when the five foolish virgins fell asleep before the Bridegroom (Christ) returns in the ten virgin parable, the ‘eleventh hour’ of the laborers in the vineyard parable (Matt.20).
     Daniel and his fellows are ordered to eat the king’s meat, which is not the ‘strong meat’ which Paul taught of in Heb.5. The True ‘strong meat’ is The Word of God. The ‘pulse’ of Daniel and his fellows was a symbol for The Bread of Life, Which is Jesus Christ our Daily Bread. Daniel was also given to drink the king’s ‘wine’, but refused and drank ‘water’ instead. Wine is a symbol used of the Blood of Christ, but not this king’s wine of Daniel’s time. The ‘water’ Daniel drank is a symbol for The Waters of Life, Christ again!

     In as much as the Book of Daniel is an account of the Babylon captivity of the ‘house of Judah’ historically, It symbolizes the captivity events by the last world Babylon empire, the one-world beast false kingdom of Satan upon earth – the New Babylon World Order. We should note that Daniel and his fellow brethren were protected by God during this 70 years captivity; they were well taken care of. The marker was that they flat refused to bow down to the false ‘image of the beast’, and worship the king of Babylon. That’s when their deliverance came. As Ephesians 6 also teaches us about this ‘stand‘ against the false king during the tribulation:

Eph 6:11
11    Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:13-17
13    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14    Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15    And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16    Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

     The Ephesians 6 Message is taught many times, but is seldom linked to Daniel and Revelation concerning the delivering up of God’s elect during the first tribulation. I believe many teachers intuitively know it is a special Message to certain ones, but they rarely carry through with its full meaning. The full Message of Eph.6 is to know that God is with those who will ‘stand’ before the false king to give a testimony for Christ. The ‘sword of the Spirit’ which will ‘withstand‘ Satan’s false kingdom in the ‘evil day’ will be The Word of God spoken by that ‘cloven tongue’ of Pentecost Day. Even all of Christ’s adversaries will not be able to gainsay nor resist The Word of God spoken in ‘that hour’ (Luke 21:15).
     So the Book of Daniel is a symbol for the 7 years tribulation, and the deliverance out of the fiery furnace by Jesus Christ (the fourth Man in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), which was heated seven times hotter than necessary. That ‘furnace’ symbolizes the second coming of Christ when all the works of man are melted through God’s consuming fire. Those in Christ will not be harmed, as the clothes of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t even smell of smoke when Christ delivered them out of that hot furnace. But the false king’s servants which threw them in, vaporized when they got too close to that same furnace (Dan.3).
     When these events are properly understood, as given throughout God’s Word, those in Christ who are ‘prepared’ with the ‘whole armour of God’ have nothing to fear going through this tribulation period. That ‘preparation’ of Eph.6 means understanding God’s Plan from Genesis through Revelation. We don’t have to memorize; just know His Plan.
     The devouring of king Zedekiah and his sons during this 70 years captivity, by the historical king of Babylon, is another symbol for the tribulation event by Satan. Zedekiah, the last king of the ‘house of Judah’, was warned by God to not fight against the Babylon captivity; that He was causing it as a punishment. That last king of Judah didn’t listen, and allied himself with other nations to do war against Babylon, and God delivered him to the king of Babylon with almost no protection. Zedekiah’s body was for all practical purposes, mutilated; his eyes were poked out and he was carried to Babylon in chains (2 Kings 25; Jer.21; 27; 29; 52). Based on that symbology for today, that means those who are looking to ‘fly away’ to escape this tribulation, instead of standing to give testimony against it, will be spiritually devoured by this future king of the last Babylon world kingdom.
     With this then, the Message about those of God’s elect who are delivered up for a ‘testimony’ for Christ’s sake, should be clear. Our spiritual food and drink during this tribulation is Christ. Those of today who are on the false king’s meat and wine, are eating and drinking deception unto themselves, and are not prepared to stand in the ‘evil day’ for Christ. And this false king of the tribulation will be Satan himself as head.

     So is there such a thing as a Holy Spirit directed ‘tongue’ in God’s Word? Yes, and now we know specifically what event It is purposed for. To give a testimony for Christ when delivered up to councils and leaders of the synagogue of Satan at the tail end of the tribulation period, the last ‘hour’.

Important Note:
Do not allow yourself to get confused about the KJV Bible phrase “unknown tongue” written in 1 Corinthians 14. The word “unknown” in that whole Chapter was added… by the KJV translators (it’s Strong’s no. 9999, which means an added word to the English). That word ‘unknown’ is not in the Greek Manuscripts they used for their KJV translation. There is no such thing as an unknown tongue in God’s Word.  

     Let’s turn to Acts 2 to discover what the tongue of Pentecost really was, and when this Holy Spirit tongue was first given:

Acts 2:1   And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2    And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3    And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4    And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

     The word ‘Pentecost’ is ‘pentekoste‘ in the Greek meaning ‘the fiftieth day after Passover’ (Strong’s no.4005). It is from the root ‘pente‘ meaning ‘five‘. That’s a symbol in Biblical numerics for ‘Grace’.
     Christ had told His Apostles not to leave Jerusalem until they had received this gift from The Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4). When God’s Spirit accomplished this event, these Apostles were allowed to actually see a spiritual phenomena associated with it.
     This word ‘tongues’ is ‘glossa’ in the Greek, meaning ‘the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired) (Strong’s no.1100). That means one of the specific languages spoken and recognized in the world. And it means the Apostles did not previously learn those languages that went forth as ‘cloven’, meaning in all directions.
     The word ‘utterance’ in verse 4 should be noted from the Greek also. It is apophtheggomai and means to enunciate plainly, i.e. declare’ (Strong’s no.669). Thayers Greek Lexicon has the definition as ‘to speak out, to speak forth, to pronounce; not a word of everyday speech but one ‘belonging to dignified and elevated discourse‘. To put it simply, the words were understood, and the manner of speech was not slang, or base, but exaltations and articulate refined proclamations, a type which moves our soul’s intellect to praise the great works of God.
     The meaning of this tongue spoken by the Apostles on Pentecost Day is languages; not an ‘unknown tongue’ which only a few can understand. Well, those Greek Lexicons are just dictionaries, right? We can’t really rely on their meaning, right? Let’s keep going here in Acts 2, as God’s Word shall confirm Strong and Thayer to be correct, as it was languages of the world which were spoken on Pentecost Day by Christ’s Apostles.

Acts 2:5   And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

     God is letting us know that people from ‘every nation under heaven’ were present for this event. Later in this same Chapter, He is going to even name these nations for us, just so we don’t miss this point.

Acts 2:6   Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

     Every man present, from every nation under heaven, eachheard the Apostles speak in his own language. So what is this word ‘language’? It is dialektos in the Greek New Testament Manuscripts meaning ‘a (mode of discourse), i.e. dialect (Strong’s no.1258). That Greek word is where our English word ‘dialect’ comes from. It means an accent; such as for English, the Southern ‘drawl’ dialect of the USA, or the Northern dialect, or the Midwestern dialect, etc. And even the English accent differences between Londoners to Dubliners. It’s all the same base of English, but spoken with different accents, drawls, and such. If you’re Spanish, it would be the difference between the Spanish American accent of the word ‘cinco’, which means five, and said as ‘sinko’. But in Madrid, Spain, in the Castillian dialect, it is pronounced ‘thinko’.
     If these Apostles all had previously learned the various foreign languages which The Holy Spirit gave them ‘pronunciation’ (utterance), then wouldn’t they still sound like Galilaeans trying to pronounce English when we heard them? We’d know right? We’d hear them mispronounce our English words some wouldn’t we? That’s because without a whole lot of practice, it’s tough learning to rightly pronounce another language different from our tongue of birth. Fluency in a different language of birth doesn’t just mean learning a new vocabulary of words, or how to speak the new language like we do our own. In other words, the inflection of tongue and voice in English doesn’t necessarily work for Spanish. The tongue has to be rolled for the ‘R’s and such. I could never make it happen with my voice, so I was a ‘dead ringer’ for a foreigner.
     Yet, The Holy Spirit through these Apostles, who were Galilaeans, spoke that kind of language fluency there on Pentecost Day. And each people from the different nations there even heard in the perfect ‘dialect’ of their village or town of birth. Amazing isn’t it? That’s exactly what those peoples there thought also; and that’s a sign from God, not of confusion, but one of true understanding. There’s the difference.

Acts 2:7   And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, “Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8    And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

     Again, this word ‘tongue’ is ‘dialect’ from the Greek. So there should be no mistake what was spoken by Christ’s Apostles on Pentecost Day; that is to say, languages of the world, including the dialects which go with each region of each specific language. God knows how we speak and hear.

Acts 2:9   Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10    Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

     To make sure we know God is talking about world languages, and not an ‘unknown tongue’, He even gave us the various lands and nations of those who were assembled there on Pentecost Day.

Acts 2:11   Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”

     This word ‘tongues’ in Acts 2:11 is ‘glossa‘ again, meaning ‘language‘. The Bible verse structure which just occurred on the subject of this tongue alternated like so:

a) Acts 2:3-4   tongues   =  glossa in Greek Texts = language
b) Acts 2:6      language =   dialektos   ”          ”   = dialect
b) Acts 2:8      tongue     = dialektos   ”           ”   = dialect
a) Acts 2:11    tongues   = glossa       ”           ”   = language

     As seen with the above, the Greek Manuscripts of God’s Word don’t lie. That sequence is from The Holy Spirit inspiring the writers of our Holy Bible. And these types of structures happen time and time again within God’s Word, letting us know our Father’s working through His Holy Spirit. The Companion Bible points out many of these structures in the margin. So this structure is just another way which God sealed His Truth on just what Christ’s Apostles spoke on Pentecost.
What subject was the multitude of peoples from every nation under heaven hearing the Apostles talk about, and in their own dialects? The Wonderful Works of God (Acts 2:11). Let me ask something. Are those ‘Wonderful Works of God’ to be understood with our mind? Yes! Otherwise, how would we know what was being said or taught? If I said ‘Ya Viva El Dios en esta dia, e hace trabahandos grandes’, how many would understand? If you understand Spanish, I said something like, ‘Even this day God lives, and does great works’. But if you don’t understand Spanish, how would you know without an interpreter?
     God wants us to understand His Wonderful Works Which give us peace and knowledge of Him and His Greatness. How else could Salvation through Christ be preached to the Gentile without overcoming the language barrier? God is not the author of confusion, and the true tongue of Pentecost Day was not babel confusion either.

Acts 2:12   And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, “What meaneth this?”
13    Others mocking said, “These men are full of new wine.”

     We always have some to raise doubt in the crowds, to try and confuse God’s Works. The Kenite is expert at casting doubt.

Acts 2:14   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:
15    For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16    But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

     The ‘third hour’ of the day is our 9 A.M. It was forbidden to take of wine that early, especially on a Sabbath or Holy day.
     Peter is getting ready to quote Joel the prophet from The Old Testament. That means he’s joining this ‘cloven tongue’ event with the end time prophecies given by God through Joel.

Acts 2:17   ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days,’ saith God, ‘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:
18    And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19    And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20    The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21    And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

     Peter is quoting from Joel 2:28-32. Joel’s prophecy was given about the ‘latter days’ during the tribulation period. These events from Joel 2 apply to the seven signs which our Lord Christ Jesus gave in His Gospel. They are part of the seven seals of the Book of Revelation 6. Notice it’s saying that ‘daughters’ and ‘handmaidens’ will teach (prophesy) God’s Word also? Peter is letting us know that this ‘cloven tongue’ of Pentecost Day is but an example of the tongue prophesied by Joel the prophet, and is to be used against Satan’s future false kingdom. When the world hears The Wonderful Works of God being declared through It, many today will wake up out of their spiritual slumber, and praise The Father through The Son. They will believe on Christ Jesus for Salvation.
     By the way, those living today in this last generation will experience this future event. I’m trying to help you prepare for it, and even though some reading this may think it’s just too ‘far out’, maybe when they actually see it come to pass, they’ll remember this, and will begin to wake up to Christ. The whole world will see this happen, so our loving Father is going to give His Message directly to us, through His Holy Spirit speaking by His elect, and even the non-believer will be astonished. (See my ‘Signs and Fig Tree’ studies).
     If you’re having a hard time understanding what true prophesying or declaring The Word of God is, check these references:  (Rev.10:11; Ezek.37; Numbers 11:23-29; 1 Kings 22:8; Isa.30:10; Jer.5; 14; 19:14-15; 23; 25:30; Ezek.11; Zech.13; Acts 21; Romans 12).
     Those references are but a few, but they all have one trait in common; all who gave prophecy from God gave it through The Holy Spirit with understanding and with words of known languages. Even the false prophets written of in God’s Word prophesied using known languages of man, though their prophecy was their own ideas, and not from God. That means, for a prophecy to be from God, it always comes true, no maybes, and most importantly… it must be in total accord with God’s Word.
     An example of ‘vain’ prophecy is the secret rapture out of here before the antichrist comes. It doesn’t take too much real study in God’s Word to know it is not Biblical: and, it was not even a taught doctrine before 1830. Those who teach a rapture out by Christ before the first tribulation, must intentionally disregard much of God’s Word, especially about God restoring the twelve tribes of Israel when Christ returns, a heaven upon earth, which is God’s Kingdom of the Eternity, and… the main purpose for the true ‘cloven tongue’ spoken on Pentecost Day, which will be especially for the last days of the tribulation, before our Lord and Savior returns. This Acts 2 explanation about the true cloven tongue of Pentecost, with everyone present hearing their own language of birth being spoken, is left out of their teachings. “It doesn’t fit what we choose to believe, so let’s not talk about it,” is their general attitude. So if someone claiming to speak the true cloven tongue of Acts 2 sounds like a bunch of gibberish that doesn’t make sense, then know that is not the true cloven tongue of Pentecost.

     After Pentecost Day, are there other instances of this ‘cloven tongue’? Yes. Let’s turn to Acts 10:

Acts 10:45   And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46    For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47    “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?”

   Of course the key phrase here is ‘as well as we’. That means these Gentiles who spoke under The Holy Spirit’s influence also uttered the various languages and their dialects heard on Pentecost Day. Sorry, but that true ‘cloven tongue’ of Pentecost didn’t change when the Gentiles received It.

Acts 11:14    Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
15    And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
16    Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.’

     The words ‘as on us at the beginning’ verify again how these Gentiles received The Holy Spirit (the word Ghost is not in the Greek Manuscripts; it is always pneuma in the Greek Texts, i.e. ‘Spirit’. Strong’s no. 4151).

1 Cor 12:4   Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God Which worketh all in all.
7    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8    For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9    To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10    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:
11    But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.

With these descriptions of The Holy Spirit’s workings, as here given by Paul, there are different offices given. None who speak with a gift of ‘divers kinds of tongues’ have authority to deny the presence of some of these other ‘gifts’ from God’s Holy Spirit to others. Nor do all Christians receive everyone of the various ‘administrations’ in one, but ‘dividing to every man severally as He will’ is how God’s Spirit works. All these separate offices make up The Body of Christ.
     No doubt Christ’s Apostles were given more or even all the various administrations of The Spirit. The spreading of The Gospel of Christ was at Its beginning stages during the time of Christ’s Apostles. The important matter is, that God will give out His Holy Spirit which will best support His Mission being done by His servants. If believers on Christ don’t do much service for our Lord, then they shouldn’t expect miraculous Power from on High. But it doesn’t mean they aren’t blessed with The Holy Spirit. On occasion, a believer strong in faith in our Savior Jesus Christ, may be called upon for a particular service.
     I know I’ve been directed more than once to help someone struggling with God’s Word, and in a situation which developed that amazed me after it had happened, once I had time to give it more thought. But it never came to pass until I got down to serious study in The Word for myself, trying to make myself a fit vessel for Christ’s work. God directs us through His Spirit in many ways to help others in need. Some have a wonderful gift from His Spirit in consoling others during a death in the family, genuinely showing love and compassion to the family of the deceased, always knowing just the right words to say. I try in those situations, but my choice of words just aren’t too appropriate for the time, but my intentions are well meant, and I think they realize that. At least I hope they do. Others have a gift with helping the sick and poor. Others are gifted Evangelists, Ministers, and Pastors, gaining all the tools for their Mission in Christ, especially in foreign lands.
     But for those who just say they believe on Christ, and then go back to their daily grind, not giving our Lord much thought thereafter, expecting Him to bless them without earning it, what can they show for their faith? To many of them, Christianity is over there in that basket, and flesh reality is over here in this basket. They treat God’s Truth as a separate reality; religion as one, and living in the world as another. That road easily leads to deception, so beware.

     Paul taught more about the various ‘gifts’ from The Holy Spirit in 1 Cor.12-14. I’m not going to cover those Chapters, but based on The Word from Acts on the ‘cloven tongue’ and this study, one should be able to discern what ‘tongue’ Paul is speaking about in 1 Corinthians. It is important to note in 1 Cor.14 that in the phrase ‘unknown tongue’, the word ‘unknown‘ was added by the KJV translators. It is not in the Greek New Testament Manuscripts of God’s Word. The full Message by Paul in those Chapters of 1 Cor.12 through 14 is ‘knowledge’ of God’s Word in Christ along with charity (love). Those are the two main points which Paul stresses. And in all cases of that word ‘tongue’ as written in those Chapters, it is the word ‘glossa‘ meaning ‘languages‘ (Strong’s no. 1100).

Peace be with you in Christ Jesus,
Dave Ramey.

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