Deception of Modern Spiritual Babylon Counterfeit Gifts
Today we are beginning to witness the astonishing fulfillment of Revelation 13. Modern spiritual Babylon is being formed today. Protestants and Catholics are uniting as never before. They are being united by the spiritualistic phenomena of miracles, signs, tongues, and wonders that Revelation 13 predicted. The Bible clearly states that God still performs miracles, that He still heals people, and that there is the genuine gift of tongues today. However, Revelation 13 predicts that modern spiritual Babylon will be particularly identifiable because of its overemphasis of signs, wonders, healings and tongues. There is the genuine and there is the counterfeit. Our religion today cannot be based on signs, wonders, tongues or miracles. Rather, it must be based only on the Word of the living God. The Holy Scriptures are our only safeguard in the distressing times in which we live. Again, let us look at the picture. Revelation 13 describes a time when Protestants and Catholics will join hands and form an image to the beast (an American union of church and state) which will then enforce the mark of the beast, passing the death decree and allowing no one to buy or sell unless they have the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:15-17). Revelation 13 indicates that miracles, signs, and spiritualistic phenomena will accompany this power in order to cause people to worship the first beast and to give credence to its claim to be the depository of the truth of God. It even brings fire down from heaven—the manifestation of a false holy spirit. Scripture indicates that fire fell from heaven at Pentecost when the disciples spoke in tongues, so we could expect that the counterfeit holy spirit movement of the last days will emphasize tongues, miracles, signs and lying wonders, all calculated to deceive people into worshipping the first beast. There is a genuine gift of tongues: however, as it appears in the book of Acts, the gift of tongues was always used for the spreading of the gospel. The first disciples received the gift of tongues in order that they might speak the languages of the people to whom they ministered, and the gospel of Christ could thereby be implanted in the many nations of earth. These were known languages given for the express purpose of spreading the gospel. However, the gift of tongues as it is appearing in our day is not necessarily know languages used to spread the gospel, but often is meaningless gibberish that no one understands. The gift of tongues as it appeared in the early church was the least of the gifts and was not regarded as an absolute necessity for every believer. In 1 Corinthians 12:28-31, the apostle Paul lists the gift of tongues as the last of the gifts manifested by the Spirit. Paul then asks a very interesting question: “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” Paul’s obvious answer is that not everyone has the gift of tongues. Not everyone has the gift of healing. Not everyone has the gift of prophecy. All the gifts are manifested, but not everyone has the same gift. And yet in the modern tongues movement we are told that unless a person speaks in tongues, he has not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. If that is true, then it must be that Jesus was never filled with the Spirit of God, because there is no record that He ever spoke in tongues except the native tongues of Palestine. Yet never was there a person more filled with the Spirit than Jesus Christ. Paul goes on in 1 Corinthians 12 to indicate that there is a better way then speaking in tongues and tells us what that way is in 1 Corinthians 13, the great love chapter. Verse 1 says: “Through I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” Paul indicates that love is far superior to tongues as an evidence of the Spirit of God. In fact, Paul goes on to caution against an undue emphasis on the gift of tongues. There seems to have been a problem in the Corinthian church where people were misusing the gift of tongues. Therefore, Paul counsels in 1 Corinthians 14:22, 23, Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church become together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and thee come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say the ye are mad? The apostle Paul indicates that tongues are not a sign to believers, but for unbelievers. Tongues have no place in the church where there is a common language, but are for usage in the marketplace, where an individual can communicate the gospel to people in languages that they themselves don’t naturally understand. Paul emphatically states that the gift of tongues should not be used in the church among believers. Yet in the modern tongues movement the gift is primarily used in the church among believers, and not for the express purpose of reaching unbelievers. The true Holy Spirit is given for the purpose of leading God’s people into truth (Johnn16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.) All genuine manifestations of the Holy Spirit will lead to an elevation of Scripture above the Spirit. Any revelation that exalts the Spirit above the Scripture and Christ is a false or counterfeit manifestation and not genuine. When the true Holy Spirit comes, He does not speak about Himself, but instead He glorifies Jesus Christ (see John 16:13, 14). As one listens to the tongues of advocates today, one hears a constant elevation of the Spirit above Jesus Christ. The true Holy Spirit does not speak about Himself. There is, however, a spirit that speaks about himself. In Isaiah 14:12, 13 Lucifer said, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” Christians ought to be very cautious about a power that continually exalts the Spirit, when Scripture has told us the Holy Spirit does not speak about Himself; but the devil’s spirit constantly speaks about himself. Again, there are genuine healings and a genuine gift of tongues, but these always occur when God’s people follow revealed truth and keep all the commandments. If they appear among those who are knowingly breaking God’s commandments, they are a false or counterfeit manifestation. God never gives the Holy Spirit to substantiate error. The true evidence of Spirit possession is not the physical phenomena of shouting, dancing, falling prostrate, speaking in tongues, or even miracles. The true evidence of the Holy Spirit is seen in the lives of transformed individuals: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22, 23). The presence of these characteristics, not speaking in tongues, indicates that a person is baptized of the Spirit. Revelation 13 pictures for us a time when the false, miracle-working power and this false use of the gift of tongues will eventually become worldwide and deceive nearly the whole world as it unites spiritual Babylon. There are good people in this false revival, sincere people, but the movement is false, and eventually it will permeate nearly all churches and will give life or power to the papacy by appearing even in Romanism. These churches that have become so formal and dead in their worship are suddenly brought to life by the infusion of this false power. Romanism has always accentuated its claim to truth by its performance of miracles. This was its consistent emphasis throughout the Dark Ages. And once again today we’re seeing it happen, whether it be the weeping statues of Mary, the apparitions of Mary, or the cures wrought at the various shrines of Romanism throughout the world. Miracle-working powers are reappearing today in Romanism, in an attempt to deceive people into thinking that this power operates under the power of God. Obviously, Mary cannot appear in all these apparitions, for Mary is dead like all the saints of God. Just as ancient Babylon appealed to the spirits of the dead to accentuate its claims to genuineness, so we find modern spiritual Babylon utilizing spirit communication in an attempt to establish her claims to being the depository of God’s truth today. Furthermore, modern Romanism has moved beyond the state of spiritualistic miracles to also include the usage of the gift of tongues in order to further accentuate her claim to genuineness. In fact, it is especially in the area of tongues speaking today that Roman Catholics and Protestants are coming together. It began in the summer of 1967 at Notre Dame University where many priests, nuns, and lay people came together to pray for the Holy Spirit, and received what they felt was the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. From that episode the tongues movement has spread within the Roman church, until today hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics have participated in the movement. But the movement has not been limited to Romanism; it has become truly ecumenical in character. People of all denominations are meeting together, praying together and receiving the so called ‘spirit”. Vinson Synan, professor at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia and author of A History of the Pentecostal Holiness Movement, stated that the 600-million-member Roman Catholic Church could become the greatest vehicle for the evangelization of the world if its charismatic movement grows (reported in Ministry magazine, December, 1972, from Religious News Service). Today is has grown, and this charismatic revival of tongues and miracles has united Pentecostals, mainline denominations, and Roman Catholics. Revelation has predicted that modern spiritual Babylon will be brought together by spiritualistic tendencies. Please not the similarities between the experience of the tongues speaker, the spiritualist medium, and the faith healer. The Tongues Speaker: “As my friends began to pray over me, I felt a strange physical sensation start in my hands and feet, and gradually spread over my whole body. It was like an electrical current or as though the inside of my body was shaking against my skin.”—Roger Alexander, “The Holy Spirit at Michigan State,” Acts, Today’s News of the Holy Spirit’s Renewal, Sept-Oct. 1967, p. 23. The Spiritualist Medium: “In entering the trance condition, your hands and body may twist and jerk, as if you were being treated to a series of galvanic shocks. When the spirit enters, in the arms are felt peculiar tingling sensations like needles and pins, something akin to a current of electricity passing through from head to foot.”—Vishita, Bhakta Swami, Genuine Mediumship, Chas. T. Powner, Publisher, Chicago 1941, p.37. The Faith Healer: “I felt physical contact with God’s presence in my right hand. It was a tingling sensation like an electric current. I felt a strange and glorious sensation like an electrical current flowing through my hands. It seemed like 10,000 volts of electricity were passing through my body.” Oral Roberts, Life Story, p.110.
Amazingly, the tongues speaker, the spirit medium and the faith healer describe nearly identical experiences when the so-called “spirit” enters. Certainly, Christians should be very cautious about a movement that has so much similarity to spiritism, in view of Revelation’s prediction that spiritualistic phenomena will unite Babylon in the last days. This was taken from the Prophecy Seminar series by Pastor Bill Hughes
I would like to add a similar experience I had when I was with the Catholic Church back in the late 70’s and they held a healing service like you see with the charismatics. At that time, they were coming into the church and I could see the changes coming. They were calling people up to lay hands on them, I being a skeptic about such things, I went up just to see what would happen, well, as soon as they lay their hands on my head, I went completely down on the floor. It was like nothing I had ever felt before. Tingling, and strange. Well, wouldn’t you know that a while after that, I was being attacked by Satan’s demons, in dreams, in being struck physically by unseen forces, etc. So be forewarned, do not get involved with this movement. It is dangerous and can bring nothing but attacks on you by forces you should not bring into your home. God bless, Sister Donna