What do the frogs mean in the Bible?

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When you think of frogs, you might think of green slimy creatures that eat bugs in a swamp. You might not imagine the Bible actually talking about them, but the fact is frogs are mentioned in an important prophecy in Revelation. Since we actually get a few questions on frog symbolism in the Bible, we hope this answer proves helpful.

Revelation 16:13

“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).

Let’s look at the above symbols and their meanings:

Frogs: this word is intended to emphasis the repulsiveness of the three unclean spirits (dragon, beast and false prophet) in the sight of God. Satan will use supernatural manifestations of various kinds (false gift of tongues and miracles) working through various human agencies (Charismatic movement), to unite the world behind his purpose to obliterate the saints. God’s children constitute the only barrier to his unchallenged dominion over mankind.

The dragon: represents Satan working through Rome. In these last days, it includes non-Christian religions such as Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, the New Age, secular humanism, etc. Many pagans worship spirits and practice various forms of spiritism more or less resembling modern spiritism as practiced in Christian lands.

The beast: represents the papacy. https://bibleask.org/who-is-the-beast-of-revelation-13/

The false prophet: represents apostate Protestantism centered in America, which will take the lead in urging and influencing worldwide worship of the beast. The false prophet is identified with the second beast of Revelation 13:11–17, which sponsors the first beast of Revelation 13: 1–10, and by the miracles he has power to do in presence of the beast (Revelation 13: 12–14), deceives men into making an “image” to it.

The dragon of Revelation 12:3, 4 and the false prophet of Revelation 13:11-14; 19:20 form an alliance with the beast of Revelation 13:1-10, or the papacy. These three powers will become allies in Armageddon, the final war against God, His law, and His loyal followers (Revelation 14:12; 12:17). The three unclean spirits clearly represent this wicked trio of religious powers. These power constitute latter-day “great Babylon” (Revelation 16:13, 14, 18, 19; also 16:19; 17:5).

Bible Representation of Frogs

The mouth is the instrument of speech. Coming forth from the mouth of the “dragon,” of the “beast,” and of the false prophet, these three unclean spirits represent the policy that this threefold religious union proclaims to the world, spoken of in Revelation 17:2 as the wine of Babylon (Revelation 16:14; 17:2, 6). This “wine” is Satan’s deceptive plan of uniting all the world under his rule, together with the falsehoods and “miracles” by which he moves his policy (Revelation 13:13, 14; 18:23; 19:20).

Frogs capture their prey with their tongues. Some might argue that this 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 manifestations come from God, but can also come from the devil. For Satan can pose as an angel of light from heaven (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). And he will utilize supernatural miracles so effectively that almost the entire world will be deceived and follow him. The apostle John affirmed that, “He (Satan) performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived” (Revelation 13:13-14).

At the present, the devil is using the counterfeit gift of tongues to join together churches and religions in a movement towards ecumenism. We see this occurrence among believers and unbelievers alike. Sadly, the denominations’ efforts for ecumenism today are not build on the truth of the Word but rather on feelings and popular opinions. Many churches are compromising their Bible based beliefs to be unified. God is not in any movement that is based on compromise of truth. Unity could be fulfilled so simply if the different denominations would only do what Jesus asks them to do “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). God’s Word must be the unifying element (John 17:17).

The gift of Tongues

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 ability to reach others in their tongues. 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.
Today the false gift of tongues which is seen in babbling unintelligent sounds is what the Bible warned us against in Revelation 16:13. The Bible admonishes us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1). And 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).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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