Dr. Brown Answers Your Questions!

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Did Jesus turn water into wine or grape juice? What is the origin of the Samaritans? How can we obey God’s exhortation not to fear when there are so many fearful things in the world? And, if Messianic Jews are really Christians, why do they observe the Saturday Sabbath?  Don’t miss the answers to these questions and many more!

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Ultimately the heart of God is that everything would be reconciled under and to Jesus, and that His name would be the highest name in the universe, to the glory of God the Father.  Let that be our goal 24/7, and we’ll find ourselves in harmony with God.

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: God’s ways are ways of life, not death; of peace, not destruction, that will be generationally blessed.  Give yourself to the Lord and His ways, and you will have no regret!

Essential Israel Resources!

Answering Jewish Objections To Jesus – Volume 1Stand With Israel [MP3 CD]


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Why I Look Forward to the End: VOR Article by Joel Richardson

As a Christian author, teacher and commentator whose message often revolves around “the end times,” I am frequently asked how I cope emotionally with such a constant drum beat of negativity. How can anyone stomach a steady diet of such non-stop gloom and doom without developing a nervous condition?

While I understand the question, the fact of the matter is that discussing “the end times” doesn’t depress me at all, it actually excites me. But before I am quoted out of context, please allow me to explain myself. […]

What Do Jewish People Think About Jesus?: Dr. Michael Brown answers sixty common questions about Jewish people and Jewish culture. He also addresses questions Christians have about their own relationship to the Old Testament Law.


Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus vol. 4 by Dr. Brown: In this volume of the Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus series, Dr. Brown counters the arguments that the New Testament mistranslates, misuses, and misunderstands the Hebrew Scriptures, also addressing the objections that Jesus or Paul abolished the Law.

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Is Christianity Jewish? [Think it Thru DVD] with Dr. Brown:  It seems that the major religious faiths have little or nothing in common at all. Dr. Michael Brown travels to the Bible Belt of the United States to explore what people know of Judaism and its relationship to Christianity.

12 Comments
  1. What can we learn from “Audacity of Hope” and the rest of the (failed) Flotilla Brigade

    So we saw some rather desperate people from several countries try to break Israel’s sea blockade of Gaze – and thankfully better sense prevailed and the plan fizzled out (on many levels).

    But I would like to ask – what can we learn from these very persistent (but misguided) people? Just like the homosexual activists – they kept on keeping on about this most craziest demand ever! Some folks took off from work – and used savings account balances to fund their own trip to Greece (which was supposed to be the launching point) – and finally after they could not wait any longer, they had to fly back, dissapointed (thankfully)!

    What about us Christians? – I will be the first one to admit that there are times that I am ashamed of Christ – I do not speak about Him at times because I do not wish to create an awkward situation – and yet these activists have no shame in calling Israel an apartheid regime when true apartheid regimes in the Middle East like Syria and Hezbollah infested Lebanon, etc. are staring them in the face.

    What gives? Yes, I understand that our weapons are not like flesh and blood but the Lord said,

    If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Lu. 9:26)

    I was convicted of this and just wanted to share this thought with my brothers and sisters.

  2. I wonder if it wasn’t grape juice to the conservative teetotalers and wine to the liberal social drinkers. He wouldn’t want to offend anybody if He was running for the office of Messiah and King or kings, would He? 😉 Just having a bit of fun. It did taste good, though, and not all people like the taste of wine.

    I think that wine means wine. The Son of man came drinking wine, you know. I also think that He kept the Sabbath. It kind of sounds like He may have approved of the Messianics since He drank wine and kept Sabbath.

    I wonder if He kept Sabbath because He was a Jew or because He was YHWH or because He was a man, or because He was the word of YHWH made flesh. Maybe on all those counts. Maybe it is the right thing to do. Might still be.

    Is there any other kind of capitol “S” Sabbath than a Seventh day Sabbath? Any other kind would be invented by man and start with a small “S”, don’t you think?

    Now, I do not know if all Messianic Jews would want to be called Christians, being that Christianity has thought to change times and laws and such.

    I Just thought I would try to get this thread started off on a good note.

    Shabbat(7th day only please) Shalom

  3. Bo, thanks for the humor, and I do hope you’re not trying to start a discussion here about believers and the Law, given that the current thread devoted to that subject is receiving your day and night attention. Perhaps one thread is enough? Grace to you!

  4. Dr. Brown,

    Actually only from about 9 in the morning till 11 at night. 8) Gotta sleep some time. I’m tiring of that thread a bit. I did hear you speak today about Paul not following the Torah when on Missionary journeys, or something like that. Can I assume that that discussion is fair game, as long as it does not get off track?

    Shalom

  5. Bo, you’d best introduce the question at the other thread, lest this one become dominated by the subject as well, especially seeing that it was a short answer given in the midst of the show. Thanks!

  6. Dr. Brown,

    Already did. Days ago. Just thought it would be interesting to see if there was any new blood over here that would like a healthy go round or two.

    Shabbat Shalom

  7. My 1599 Geneva Bible says that a firkin contained a hundred pounds @ 12 oz per pound, according to the study notes of that era.

    Now there were 6 waterpots that contained two or three firkins apiece.

    That’s..(100 x 12 x 2.5 = ) 3000 oz per waterpot
    by appoximation.

    Given 6 waterpots each containing 3000 oz of water, how much wine would be in all the waterpots combined?

    140 gallons is a lot of wine by my standards.

    I suppose it was a rather large wedding, and I suppose it was OK if there was a lot of wine left over.

    Given the quality of the wine (John 2:8-11) and the reputation of it, I wonder how much a man should offer the husband for a few bottles of it, should a man be expecting some dinner guests of some reputation that he wanted to impress if indeed the man would be willing to part with some of it.

    I think it was likely the best wedding gift the couple received.

    John said the servants knew. (John 2:9) By that it seems to me that they were’nt telling from whence this new supply suddenly broke out from.

    I suppose it was good enough that they should know that it was from that which was prepared of God for that day.

  8. For those who question if the word of God is real and accurate. Especially to the Atheist.

    In the book of Genesis 3:16

    16 To the woman he said,
    “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
    Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

    Well, when the Lord said that ALL women would go through labor pains giving birth. That fact and truth still holds true for today. Considering the fact that Eve disobeyed the Lord over thousands of years ago and this consequent is still holding true til today.

    How can science explain child birth pains? Child birth pains is the consequence for being disobedient to the Lord on account of Eve’s sin.

    Just goes to show you that the word of God is real and should be feared and respected.

  9. Greetings from Australia Dr Brown
    Recently I was faced with this question and didn’t know how to answer. I asked the Lord about this problem and he showed me a vision of this young man with long hair. I didn’t understand the vision. A few days later “by chance” I came across your website and was amazed to see your picture as a young man with long hair where you shared your testimony (video). It was you as a young man that the Lord showed me in the vision, meaning you will have an answer to my question.Our Mighty God answers supernaturally!
    Could you please clarify this scripture? Some Christians ‘left’ their faith because they didn’t understand this text. I’m not a great theologian but have theological and historical background and want to defend my faith when I come across people who asked me difficult questions. Specifically:..”some of those who are standing here shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom”
    Matthew 16:27, 28
    “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
    You are an awesome treasure in God’s Kingdom! May the Lord continue to bless and use you beyond what you can even think or pray! Blessings, Radmila Z (Rev)

  10. Bless you, Radmila. That’s quite an introduction to our website! 🙂

    Here’s what I wrote about that passage in vol. 4 of my series Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus:

    What about Matt 16:27-28? Do these verses tell us that Jesus predicted that his disciples would be alive when he returned? Not at all! We read there, “For the Son of Man [which was a Messianic title Jesus used for himself] is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” The problem is that many people stop reading instead of continuing on in the text:

    After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus (Matt 17:1-8).

    It happened just as Jesus said it would! Some of those who stood there that day – viz., Peter, James, and John – got to witness firsthand a picture of Yeshua the Messiah coming in his kingdom power and royal authority. It was so overwhelming that Peter blurted out, “Let’s put up three shelters” (one for Jesus, one for Moses, one for Elijah, all of whom were there at that glorious mountain scene) – because he didn’t know what he was saying (see Luke 9:33). It was quite a moment.

    “But how do you know that’s what Jesus meant? Your answer seems like a convenient way out rather than a truthful interpretation.”

    Not at all. The Gospel authors themselves make this perfectly clear. You see, if you study the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you will see that they often tell their stories with different emphases and purposes, one of them putting a particular account in its historical order, another putting that same account where it ties in better with a specific teaching or incident. This, of course, is common, and can be found in parallel accounts in the Hebrew Bible as well. But in the case of the account before us here – called the transfiguration – all three Gospel authors give the same account in the same order, telling us clearly, “This is what Jesus said and this is what he meant!” Just read the passages in question, one after the other (Matt 16:27-17:8; Mark 8:38-9:8; Luke 9:26-36). Their harmony here in terms of order of presentation is striking, making us to know for sure that Jesus was not speaking of his future return (which we still await today) but rather of his glorification before their eyes just a few days later, giving them a foretaste of his extraordinary, end-of-days return. It really is clear.

    Further confirmation of this interpretation is found in some of Yeshua’s parables which make reference to a master going on a long journey before returning to settle accounts. In fact, there are three consecutive, related parables in Matthew 24-25 that make the point of a delay in the Messiah’s return perfectly clear. In fact, these parables begin immediately after his extended teaching about his return in Matt 24:1-44. (There’s more, but this should answer your question sufficiently!)

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