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What do the “frogs” mean in Revelation 16:13, 14?

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Let’s start with the Bible verse itslef: “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet” (Revelation 16:13). Simply put, frogs represent unclean spirits in the sight of God.

Frogs capture their prey with their tongues, which may symbolize the counterfeit gift of tongues that is sweeping the world today. Keep in mind that miracles, including the gift of tongues, prove only one thing – supernatural power. The Bible tells us that supernatural manfistations come from God, but can also come from the devil. Satan, who can pose as an angel of light from heaven (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), will utilize supernatural miracles so effectively that almost the entire world will be deceived and follow him (Revelation 13:3). At the present, he is using the counterfeit gift of tongues to join together churches and religions – including pagans and spirit worshipers.

The original purpose for the gift of tongues was to communicate the gospel to people who spoke different languages. It is not to mutter or babble unintelligible sounds, but rather to have power for preaching. Jesus had promised: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
The true gift of tongues is a miraculous ability to speak foreign languages unknown by the speaker who is preaching but known to the listeners (Acts 2:4-12). This gift was needed at Pentecost because 17 language groups were in the crowd and the Hebrew disciples needed to communicate the gospel to them.
The Bible warns that we must test the spirits (1 John 4:1). Counterfeit spirits can be identified if they do not agree with the Bible (Isaiah 8:19, 20) and if they come from one who deliberately and knowingly disobeys God (Acts 5:32).

The links below explain the following:

The whole purpose of tongues is to communicate the gospel: http://www.proofdirectory.org/whats-the-purpose-of-giving-the-gift-of-tongues/

The gift of tongues and its use today: http://www.proofdirectory.org/some-churches-stress-receiving-the-gift-of-tongues-more-than-other-gifts-is-this-biblical/

The meaning of speaking in tongues: http://www.proofdirectory.org/what-does-it-mean-to-speak-in-tongues/

Whether or not the gift of tongues us a heavenly prayer language: http://www.proofdirectory.org/is-the-gift-of-tongues-a-heavenly-prayer-language-that-is-not-understood/

Stressing the gift of tongues above other spiritual gifts is not Biblical: http://www.proofdirectory.org/some-churches-stress-receiving-the-gift-of-tongues-more-than-other-gifts-is-this-biblical/

In His service,

ProofDirectory Team

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