Publication Date: November 4, 1075
November 4, 1975
On the day of Pentecost there were only twelve apostles who received. The location of the experience
was the temple. It was the time of the first hour of prayer. What occurred was the new birth and they
spoke in tongues. That ‘what’ is; “the promise of the Father” in Acts 1:4; “baptized with pneuma
hagion” in Acts 1:5; and “endued with power from on high” in Luke 24:49. You ought to know
who, where, when and what concerning Pentecost. You should constantly be able to remember the
scripture in Acts 2:3, that the phenomenon of Pentecost was the cloven tongues like as of fire and the
miracle (in verse 6) was that they all heard them speak in their own languages. This must have been
such a fantastic experience that our minds just cannot comprehend it at all. To us, we read it in the
scriptures and it’s just cold ink but to those people that thing must have been so astoundingly exciting
and vivacious that it just blew their minds. They spoke in tongues around 6:00 a. m. and three hours
later (9:00 a.m.) they were just hotter than a firecracker. Can you imagine how electrifying it was?
Imagine this thing. No wonder the three hours went by almost like that (real fast).
“at” – in
“Jews” — this is a constant misnomer in the King James. One of these days we are going to
republish a book that we took off the market years ago called, Was Jesus A Jew? They were Judeans
and the Judeans were the followers of Judaism by religion. This becomes very interesting when you
work the details of it.
“devout” - religious, pious
“men” - this word is used in the Bible to describe heads of families or heads of households; also
translated “husband.” I understand this because this was the Feast of Pentecost where all the heads of
families would appear in Jerusalem. The other two feasts were the Passover and Tabernacle. We
think sometimes we put forth a lot of effort. What do you think these people put forth in these days
when they didn’t have automobiles? Those who really wanted to do their best, the “devout”, would
make those three feasts every year. They didn’t do that in one week time either. They put forth
tremendous amount of effort. I think it’s significant, and you have a right to ask this question, “How
come God selected the day of Pentecost to give the new birth, the fullness of the spirit?” The only
reason I can possibly think of is that Pentecost was the opening of the harvest, the barley harvest, the
getting of the first fruits. And the new birth is the greatest thing God ever did to make us sons by
birth and that’s the first fruit, the new birth, Christ in you, the hope of glory. And I think it’s real
significant that it occurred as the Feast of Pentecost.
“out of every nation under heaven“ - figure of speech That doesn’t mean the Indians from United
States were there but in those areas of the world where there were these pious, devout, religious
people, they were present on that occasion.
“Now when this was noised abroad” - literally is “when this voice having come” What was the voice
having come? What does that mean? That means they spoke with other tongues as the spirit gave
them utterance. When this voice having come, this speaking In tongues having come, this voice
having come, they having heard these things, not just the twelve apostles but the rest who were there
for that hour of prayer. That really must have shaken them. It Must have really jarred them. They
heard them speaking in their own language. What was noised abroad? That here were twelve men
who they knew being Galileans speaking northern Aramaic, here they were speaking in dialects or
languages that people from these other areas understood with perfection. That’s the miracle. As I
said, I doubt if there were people there from France, etc., but there were people there from these
other sections that spoke different languages or dialects. The people went out from that 6:00 meeting
and it was noised abroad that here were people speaking. dialects or languages that they themselves
did not understand but the people listening from those sections of the country and world understood
everything they said. That’s why the multitude came together at 9:00 in the morning.
“confounded” – perplexed - shook in their brain cells
“every man heard them speak” - Literally, “They heard them speaking, each one”
“speak” - laleo – speak without reference to that which is spoken It is used in I Corinthians 14:34
when the people had the running off of the mouth.
“language” - dialektos - transliterated into,”dialect” in English.
“amazed” - dumbfounded, flabbergasted
“one to another” - omitted in most Greek texts but is in Aramaic, so we’ll keep it. It’s a figure where
people began talking about it.
“Behold” - imperative aorist middle - and that is really sharp because that means not just looking but
really seeing something. Sometimes you can just look and you really don’t see it. This usage here in
the imperative, to use it this way here is how it reads, “See!” Not just looking at it but they really saw
something. Sure they saw something. Here were Galileans and all they could speak was northern
Aramaic, and they were not speaking that, but rather were speaking languages that the people knew
they could not speak. So it was just beautiful. “See.” Isn’t that fantastic?
“speak” - laleo
They were overflowing. It’s the overflow that they saw. They literally saw something, the running
off, the speaking.
Acts 8-11 are a parenthesis.
“tongue, wherein we were born” - That’s their natural native tongue. People many times in the East
know more than one language. Everyone understood Estrangelo Aramaic, but there were other
languages, or dialects, spoken.
“Parthians” – were from southeast of the Caspian Sea. Part of the Persian Empire
Look at your map to see these areas spoken of here. Every one of these areas mentioned here had
“Jewish” believers who worshipped according to the Jewish religion, Judaism, and they were
basically Jews of the dispora which is transliterated into the English word “dispersion” - people who
had settled in those sections of the world because of previous things that occurred in Israel, the
Babylonian captivity, etc. The people transported from Samaria to the Babylonian territory and the
Babylonians brought a mass into the Samarian area. But that doesn’t mean that they took out every
Israelite and transported them from Samaria to Babylonia, but the least that they took were all the
prominent men and the leaders. Dr. Lamsa said that historically many times when a city was captured
they would take every inhabitant out of that city and transport them far away and bring a whole new
set of people into the city and start all over. I do not know for sure if this is what occurred in the
northern ten tribes, but we do know from the Word that the Assyrians did import their leading people
back in there and later on they sent Jewish priests back in. When these Assyrians came they brought
their own gods with them. I never really thought that the woman at the well had been married so
many times because that was not Eastern culture. (John 4:16-18) Gail Winegarner shared that in
Isaiah 54:5 it refers to “God” as your husband, so what Jesus was saying was that you’ve had five
gods and the god you now have is not really your husband. He was speaking to her in a parable.
That’s exactly what Dr. Wierwille said he had believed through the years. That’s exactly what is
involved in all of these records.
“Medes” – were in northwest Iran, west of the Caspian Sea and south of the Zargros Mountains.
It is interesting that Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. The Medes were Japhethites,
direct descendants of Noah. (See Genesis 10:1-2. These are the people referred to as the Medes in
Acts.) It is also interesting that these were the people who bred the great outstanding horses. When
Solomon stocked his barns, he did it with horses from two different locations. The great horses of the
Mede area were brought down and the great horses from the Arabian area were brought up. The great
stables that Solomon had were the greatest running horses in the world. The Medes were noted for
the caliber of their horses and that is how they finally subdued all of the others because they had such
fast horses, etc.
“Elamites” – were from north of the Persian Gulf. They settled and were named for the plain of
Khuzestan and the people of Khuzestan were Elamites. They were direct descendants of Shem.
Again, this is in Genesis 10:22. The Elamites were noted for the greatness that George Jess is noted
for, they were great archers. The Elamites were considered to be the greatest archers of all time. It’s
interesting what Jeremiah tells in his record about the Elamites, that they are going to be beaten
because they didn’t serve the right God. There are a number of records you might want to check on
the Elamites - Genesis 14:1; Jeremiah 49:34; Daniel 8:2. When Solomon gets his great war
machine in operation, his great archers are Elamites.
“Mesopotamia” - Mesopotamia was between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Genesis 24:10;
Genesis 28:2 - This area is called Padan-aram. This area is east of Syria and north of Iraq. It is to this
area that Abraham sent Eleazar to find a wife for Isaac. Later on, or course, it came into the
Babylonian empire and, therefore the word “Mesopotamia” was replaced with the word “Babylonia.”
“Judaea” – Jerusalem is in the Judaea area. I don’t know anything about this.
“Cappadocia” - This is the eastern part of Asia Minor. These people were real hardened people, real
“toughies.” They were basically raised in altitudes of 3000 feet and over. That elevation and the way
they lived in the area made them real physically fit, tough.
“Pontus” – This the coastal strip of northern Asia Minor
“Asia” - a district on the western coast
“Phrygia” - Kingdom of Midas in the old literature is this area.
“Pamphylia” – in the coastal region of the southern part of Asia Minor. It was either in the province
of Seleucia or Galatia depending on what time in history. I don’t think it refers just to the city but to
the territory, the area.
“Libya” - Lubin is really the word here, on the African continent of Egypt.
“Strangers of Rome” - means they were dispersed Jews. It means more than the city - every area
where the Roman Empire was in control.
“Jews” - who had been born in the religion
“Proselytes” - those who had been won over to Judaism
“Cretes” - That whole island area. The people from those islands would come and Crete was THE
island. It represents everything the islands represented. The Cretans were in Solomon’s day what the
body guard for the pope in Switzerland is (the Swiss Guard). David, Solomon,’ etc. had body guards
from Crete - big, strong, muscular giants.
“Arabians” - That covers a pretty good territory.
Naturally there were people there from other areas, but I think these are in the Word to give us the
overall greatness of it and to show us how tremendous this experience on the day of Pentecost must
“Tongues” – in Acts 2:4 - “Tongues” is plural. I know Peter spoke in more than one tongue. They
spoke with tongues; they moved their lips, etc. What they spoke was what God wanted spoken. They
spoke in these different dialects. I would prefer using the word “languages” because it communicates
more in our day and time. (Those people who are against speaking in tongues use “dialects” to get rid
of the tongues.)
“amazed” - If you are amazed at something, you doubt its integrity. What is this all about? What is
the purpose of this?
You’ve heard me say before, “You always have to have the birds from 13 around”.
(“new wine” – see verse 15 page 41)
“Peter, standing up” - Here is a tremendous thing. (This is documentation that there were twelve.)
When Peter starts speaking, now he stands up. Every time before this when they taught the Word
they sat down. Jesus sat down when he taught. Here for the first time in history God has poured out
everything He is and for the first time people have Christ in them. And when they speak the Word,
they stand up as sons of God. Nobody previous to this would stand up and speak the Word. They
would stand to read the scrolls but whenever they spoke, they would sit down. The criticism that they
could have laid on Peter they most likely did. Look at the boldness of Peter. No matter how much the
criticism he still stood. What changed Peter? It has to be the new birth and the knowledge of the