Dr. Brown Answers Your Questions

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What is the beginning of the moral code God set for humanity, if the Old Testament wasn’t given until long after the human race was established?  Was the prophet Elijah an Israelite or a foreigner?  Is spending time with God selfish?  Dr. Brown answers these questions and more today on the Line of Fire!

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Be assured that God is at work in the earth, and that God is not letting things get out of control.  What may look like chaos to you is not without purpose; God is King.  

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.  Do not be moved as society shakes around you.  Jesus is Lord, reigning on His throne; be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!

Featured Resources:

60 Questions Christians Ask About Jewish Beliefs and Practices and Jesus: Messiah or Not? (DVD Debate with Rabbi Gold)

Other Resources:

Giants of the Faith [mp3 CD] with Dr. Brown:  Experience the ministry and message of men and women of God who shook their world! Charles Finney, George Whitfield, John (Praying) Hyde, Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, Maria Woodworth-Etter, John Alexander Dowie, and Adoniram Judson.

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Clear the Way for Prayer! VOR Article by Bryan Purtle

“Pray without ceasing….” -1 Thess. 5.17 The apostles of Scripture, basing their lives on the pattern left by Jesus, gave themselves unreservedly to a life of prayer, and they called the saints to enter into the same reality by the grace of God. They knew that it was only by entering into the place of […]

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23 Comments
  1. “running hard for the Lord….running hard to the Lord”. I encourage each one us to run hard to the Lord. Love the Lord. Open our arms to the Lord. Truly Love the Lord.

    Dr Michael Brown, your volume two book of Answering Jewish Objection to Yeshua, has started off with an amazing awesomeness. YHWH has given you so much wisdom and you have been so faithful in return. I look forward to meeting you in person one day and giving you a hug for Yeshua in being a good and faithful servant of YHWH. Shalom chaver v’moreh. I have never met or read anyone’s writings that are more wise and full of truth than yours apart from Scripture. Sh’Koach

    חֲזַ֖ק וֶאֱמָ֑ץ

  2. Dr. Brown,
    Thanks a million for the answer. I know it isn’t an isolated issue, but probably a WIDESPREAD issue. My friend said he believed it was something stopping him from hearing God better, and I know he will be edified by it.

    I try to remember his (married) condition (trouble), and the advice borne of it — and, it is the same that I get from 99% of married Christian men (99% of the women say the opposite) — every time my eyes slip slightly: “DON’T GET MARRIED”.

    Thank you a lot, Dr. Brown.

  3. Dan1el,

    I didn’t realize that was your question, but I’m glad I was able to answer it. As for marriage, as long you get married for the right reasons and marry the right person — it is the most wonderful blessing God can give a person beyond salvation itself.

  4. Dr. Brown,
    Thanks, but (God-willing), I’ll pass on marriage.

    That’s the second question I’ve brought to you from a friend (the first one was from a friend, Zach, who wanted to ask if it were or were not true that the maleness of the Spirit is to be ascribed to tradition alone, since the Spirit is never explicitly said to be male — YET, I said, “is the Spirit a thing or a person?”; so, he wasn’t too thrilled with the answer, as the question was incorrectly posed); I always tell my friends (when they ask questions that seem to not have an answers, or that I don’t want to bother myself to find an answer to — because I terribly need to be closer to God) to send the question to “askdrbrown.org”! lol

    As a matter of fact, it just happened tonight! 🙂 We’ll see if he follows through.

  5. “Now those could have been translations from Greek or those could have been original Hebrew documents. We simply don’t know anything beyond that.” Dr. Brown at 72:58

    What we DO know from history is:

    Papias (150-170 C.E.)
    Matthew composed the words in the Hebrew dialect, and each translated as he was able.

    Ireneus (170 C.E.)
    Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect.

    Origen (210 C.E.)
    The first (Gospel) is written according to Matthew, the same that was once a tax collector, but afterwards an emissary of Jesus, the Christ, who having published it for the Jewish believers, wrote it in Hebrew.

    Epiphanius (370 C.E.)
    They (the Nazarenes) have the Gospel according to Matthew quite complete in Hebrew, for this Gospel is certainly still preserved among them as it was first written, in Hebrew letters.

    “But what we do know is what has been preserved for us – every document has been in Greek, Ok.”

    Preserved for us?
    I would say the reason why we only have Greek copies is because the Roman Catholics went out of their way to eradicate the Hebrew gospels which portray Yeshua in a more Jewish light, and not because God wanted the original Hebrew manuscripts set on fire, just like God didn’t want the original Jewish succession of leadership being replaced with a Roman counterfeit church. It’s one of the greatest tragedies of history.

    הפקידים הנצרים

    30—ca. 62 C.E. – יעקב הצדיק, אחי ישוע.
    63—ca. 107 C.E. – שמעון הצדיק בן חלף
    murdered by Trajan for being a royal descendent of David (Hegesippus according to Eusebius EH III.xii.19-20, 32; xxxii.1-6). From this point, Hellenist Romans appear to have consistently hunted them down and assassinated them.
    107—ca. 110 C.E. – צדקיהו הצדיק הראשון
    113—ca. 115 C.E. – טוביה הצדיק
    115—ca. 117 C.E. – בנימין הצדיק
    117—ca. 119 C.E. – יוחנן הצדיק
    119—ca. 121 C.E. – מתתיהו הצדיק
    121—ca. 123 C.E. – פרש הצדיק
    (Hellenized by Eusebius to ‘Philip’)

    123—ca. 125 C.E. – סְנָאָה הצדיק השני
    (Hellenized by Eusebius to ‘Seneca’)

    125—ca. 127 C.E. – צדקיהו הצדיק הראשון
    127—ca. 129 C.E. – לוי הצדיק
    129—ca. 131 C.E. – אפרים הצדיק
    131—ca. 133 C.E. – יוסף הצדיק
    133-ca. 135 C.E. – יהודה הצדיק

    They had the original manuscripts, the original teachings of משיח… but the Romans had to wipe those Jews out and replace them with an apostate church. What gives my heart hope is that God will restore everything… the only question is when.

  6. “Now those could have been translations from Greek or those could have been original Hebrew documents. We simply don’t know anything beyond that.” Dr. Brown at 72:58

    What we DO know from history is:
    Papias (150-170 C.E.)
    Matthew composed the words in the Hebrew dialect, and each translated as he was able.
    Ireneus (170 C.E.)
    Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect.
    Origen (210 C.E.)
    The first (Gospel) is written according to Matthew, the same that was once a tax collector, but afterwards an emissary of Jesus, the Christ, who having published it for the Jewish believers, wrote it in Hebrew.
    Epiphanius (370 C.E.)
    They (the Nazarenes) have the Gospel according to Matthew quite complete in Hebrew, for this Gospel is certainly still preserved among them as it was first written, in Hebrew letters.

    “But what we do know is what has been preserved for us – every document has been in Greek, Ok.”

    Preserved for us?
    I would say the reason why we only have Greek copies is because the Roman Catholics went out of their way to eradicate the Hebrew gospels which portray Yeshua in a more Jewish light, and not because God wanted the original Hebrew manuscripts set on fire, just like God didn’t want the original Jewish succession of leadership being replaced with a Roman counterfeit church. It’s one of the greatest tragedies of history.
    הפקידים הנצרים
    30—ca. 62 C.E. – יעקב הצדיק, אחי ישוע.
    63—ca. 107 C.E. – שמעון הצדיק בן חלף
    murdered by Trajan for being a royal descendent of David (Hegesippus according to Eusebius EH III.xii.19-20, 32; xxxii.1-6). From this point, Hellenist Romans appear to have consistently hunted them down and assassinated them.
    107—ca. 110 C.E. – צדקיהו הצדיק הראשון
    113—ca. 115 C.E. – טוביה הצדיק
    115—ca. 117 C.E. – בנימין הצדיק
    117—ca. 119 C.E. – יוחנן הצדיק
    119—ca. 121 C.E. – מתתיהו הצדיק
    121—ca. 123 C.E. – פרש הצדיק
    (Hellenized by Eusebius to ‘Philip’)
    123—ca. 125 C.E. – סְנָאָה הצדיק
    (Hellenized by Eusebius to ‘Seneca’)
    125—ca. 127 C.E. – צדקיהו הצדיק השני
    127—ca. 129 C.E. – לוי הצדיק
    129—ca. 131 C.E. – אפרים הצדיק
    131—ca. 133 C.E. – יוסף הצדיק
    133-ca. 135 C.E. – יהודה הצדיק
    They had the original manuscripts, the original teachings of משיח… but the Romans had to wipe those Jews out and replace them with an apostate church. What gives my heart hope is that God will restore everything… the only question is when.

  7. David, will you translate these words please:

    סְנָאָה הצדיק

    ..something Saint.

    113—ca. 115 C.E. – טוביה הצדיק

    And this is reading “tuvia Saint”

  8. Do you not think that the second Testament we possess today preserves the original teachings of Messiah?

    Happened to be reading from Ecc. Came to this:

    Ecc 3:1 To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

    Ecc 3:2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck [what is] planted;

    Ecc 3:3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;

    Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

    Ecc 3:5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
    Ecc 3:6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;

    Ecc 3:7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

    Ecc 3:8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

    Ecc 3:9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?

    Ecc 3:10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.

    Ecc 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

    Ecc 3:14 I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does [it], that men should fear before Him.

    Ecc 3:17 I said in my heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

  9. I’ve been thinking in terms of “First” Testament and “Second” Testament. I’ve lately decided, though, to use “First” Testament and “New” Testament. My thoughts were running ahead of me there.

  10. David, re: your post #9, actually, you have the same mistake that others have made, namely, failing to realize that most of the reports by the “Church Fathers” about the Hebrew (or Aramaic) sayings of Yeshua are based on the same report, which was then passed on and repeated. So, from a historical standpoint, we have very limited evidence — although I would be thrilled if a Hebrew Matthew or Hebrew Hebrews, dating back to the first century, was discovered. But right now the only manuscript we have is Greek, and it is quite abundant at that. For more on this, see the relevant discussion in my article here: http://realmessiah.askdrbrown.org/read/review-understanding-difficult-words-jesus.

    But thanks, as always for your comments and the list you provided.

  11. @Sheila,
    סְנָאָה is the same name as found in Ezra 2:35 and Nehemiah 7:38, transliterated as Senaah.

    טוֹבִיָּה is the same name as found in Zechariah 6:10, Ezra 2:60, Nehemiah 6:17,19 & 7:62 & 13:8, transliterated as Toviah.

  12. @Dr. Michael Brown,
    I would agree with you according to observation science we have no evidence of a Hebrew gospel, but according to historical science, if we take various testimonies as valid, you can make a good case for it. I’m glad to hear you would be “thrilled if a Hebrew Matthew or Hebrew Hebrews, dating back to the first century, was discovered.” I personally believe that if it was uncovered that it would bring in a large number of Jews in Israel into the faith. There is this distrust of the Greek NT because it’s been preserved by non-Jews, so to read Yeshua as he spoke in Hebrew, it would touch the hearts of many. I pray it will be uncovered some day soon.

    If you wanted the source for the list of Nazarene overseers:
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf201.iii.ix.v.html

  13. David, thanks for the link. The point I was making about historical testimony is that when several different sources attest to something, but they all base this testimony on one other report, then the only thing that has to be evaluated is the reliability of that one testimony. In this case, most of the reports are based on one source, Papias, and his is not based on firsthand observations either, if my memory serves me right. Again, I document all this in the article I referenced.

  14. @Dr. Brown,
    I just finished listening to the whole show. Thanks for answering my question. Yes, I did see the answer on facebook, but it was nice to hear you try on the show, even though you were out of time. Sometimes I only get to hear part of the show, so I pause it and resume when I’m able to later on, which is why I’ve only finished this show now.

  15. When I was typing the names of all the פקדים, I unfortunately left one name off the list, and my conscience won’t let me off until I say what it was.

    Between צדקיהו הראשון
    and טוביה is זְכַרְיָה.

  16. Debbie,

    Thank you so much! I’m actually feeling really good. I do pray that was the absolute last surgery I will ever have to have–seeings that was number 23!! Don’t believe anyone who tells you that humpty-dumpty can’t be put back together again.

    For some reason my website is not showing up anymore–I don’t know what happened–anybody?

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