Old Testament Perspectives on Divine Healing, Thoughts on Christian Zionism, and Your Jewish Calls

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Dr. Brown shares thoughts on divine healing based on the Hebrew Scriptures and the Hebrew language, talks about pros and cons of Christian Zionism, and takes your Jewish-related calls. He’ll also be giving away some copies of Dr. Michael Rydelnik’s book on Mid-East Conflict. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.

 

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Oh, without a doubt there are difficult issues in the Israeli / Palestinian conflict, but if we can’t agree on truth where can we go?

 

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: God is a holistic God who doesn’t just deal with the inner being; He deals with the whole being.

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Other Resources:

Does Doctrine Matter? And, Is Healing in the Atonement?

Why I Disagree with Hank Hanegraaff on Israel and Zionism

David Brickner Talks About His Dialog with John Piper and Dr. Brown Talks About the Original Language of the New Testament

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  1. I didn’t hear Dr. Brown’s thoughts on Christian Zionism but, IMHO, any Christian who promotes Zionism is not doing the Jews any favor.

    By promoting territorial religion, they are promoting perpetual suffering and conflict.

    When Jesus said,“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” it was very good news, indeed.

    Few things have caused more strife in this world that religiously-motivated claims over land.

  2. Dr. Brown

    I know this post is not about the topic of show…

    But I can tell you was motivated for this debate… Your opening statement, is powerful… u seem assertive & focus… I hope the otehr guy is ready… lol

    Great job!

  3. Greg, I have read a few of your posts and I have this for you. “Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?” Isaiah 2:22

    Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

    You’re trying to mix the pride of man with the holiness of God. You want to mold God to your own expectations. This is common these days. You need to be humble, Greg.

  4. Dr.Brown

    Since you are still talking about “Divine Healing,” I would like to discuss a quick reference you made earlier.

    You mentioned that, when you for praying for someone, you sometimes felt heat in your hand and sometimes even felt some sort of energy going out through your hands. I have had the same experience, both in praying for others and in being prayed for. Sometimes, when I am prayed for, I feel that heat in the other person’s hand when they touch me. I feel the heat flowing from their hand into my body, and this heat remains, sometimes for several hours. I experience healing as a result.

    This “heat” appears to result from a well-understood physical phenomenon. A professor at Ohio State University tells us that when energy flows through a resistance,some is turned into heat. This is called “Joule heating”. An increase in current or resistance produces a greater amount of heat.

    http://lima.osu.edu/academics/physics/103/LectureSlides/Period13SlidesHandouts.pdf

    Another professor, from the University of Illinois, also informs us that the human body has natural resistance.

    “A rough value for the internal resistance of the human body is 300-1,000 Ohms. Naturally, the resistance also depends on the path that electricity takes through the body – if the electricity goes in the left hand and out the right foot, then the resistance will be much higher than if it goes in and out of adjacent fingers.”

    http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=6793

    We know from Scripture that Jesus laid hands on many people and healed them.

    Luke 4:40

    Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.

    In another instance, Jesus even says that he felt power go out of him, in Mark 5:24-30 (ESV)

    “And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”

    And how does Jesus’ experience come to affect us?

    In John 14:16-17, Jesus tells us that when he leaves the earth to go back to the Father, Jesus will send the Holy Spirit. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I [“I” is emphatic in the Greek] am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I [emphatic] will do it.”Jesus says that we then will do greater works, although it will really be HE who is doing these miracles through us. He, working through the Holy Spirit, will do the miracles even though, through the “language of appearance,” we will appear to be doing the healing. And these miracles will always happen to bring glory to the Father, through the Son, that people may be turned to Jesus and be saved. It is always and only because of the Triune God’s great power, love, and grace that such miracles will happen.

    In John 16:9-15 and 15:26-27 Jesus points out that the Holy Spirit will receive from Jesus and give to us, and everything the Spirit does will always glorify and give witness to Jesus.

    “13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

    26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.”

    (See Part Two below)

  5. Dr. Brown

    Part Two

    Jesus did send His Spirit, as promised.

    Acts 2:32-33 says, “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.”

    Let us read exactly how Jesus did this.

    Acts 2: “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (apophtheggomai–divinely inspired utterance)

    14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them (again, apophtheggomai, indicating a Spirit-inspired prophetic word): “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

    ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy…

    21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    38…and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” As long as God is calling sinners to Himself and to Jesus Christ the Savior, until the second coming of Jesus, this miraculous manifestation of the Holy Spirit will continue.

    It is by the Holy Spirit, with Jesus, in their inexplicable coordination within the Triune God, that miracles are done through us.

    We also know that Scripture gives Jesus the glory for miracles He worked through the apostles and other disciples.

    Acts 9:32-35: “Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents
    of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.”

    Note how the inspired Scripture relates what happened to Paul and Barnabus in Iconium.

    Acts 14:1-3: “Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands” (Greek–“dia ton cheiron auton”–literally, THROUGH their hands).

    It is the LORD who bore witness by HIS miracles through their hands! Paul explicitly confirms this fact in Romans 15:17 (NASB): “In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what CHRIST has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the SPIRIT of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ…” The “full gospel” is the gospel fully preached in “word and deed…by the power of signs and wonders,” to turn the hearts of sinners to the one and only Saviour, Jesus Christ, who loves them and died for their sins.

    Paul also explains how the Holy Spirit works in individuals.

    1 Corinthians 12:4 “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit… 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…8 For to one is given through the Spirit…to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles…11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”

    Is it any wonder, then, that when the power of the Holy Spirit flows through our hands to work a miracle, our poor, weak, resistant human bodies feel heat being produced? But that is a small inconvenience for us, when it will result in the salvation of souls, to the glory only of the Father and the Son.

  6. Josh,

    I appreciate your words of correction but I’m not sure where they are coming from.

    Saying what we believe is the point of these discussion groups! I’m not sure how that makes me prideful or, even worse, Satan.

    Because of my ministry, I’ve been in the thick of religious disputes over land.

    Jesus declaring that the Kingdom of God is within us is very Good News, indeed.

    Linking religion to the land is a formula for endless strife. If you doubt me, just open up the newspaper.

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