Simon Brown.

All articles and research about GOD, on my web sites and this blog are about the ONE TRUE Father GOD, who is the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who’s personal covenant name is Yahweh.

As are all my articles and research about Jesus, are under His covenant name of the begotten Son’s personal name of Yeshua.

It is not my purpose to force you to agree or believe with what's on my websites, but rather to share my research.
As the record goes. I'm Just a soul who's intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood. I am Simon Brown. Amen.

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! Matthew 11:15.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the
SON of God?
1 John 5:5.

Dear friends, just to remind you, as I am a human being, I am capable of making mistakes. If you believe I am wrong, don't let it go, but please be kind and let me know. Thank you.

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21.



Sunday, 30 September 2012

HERE IS WHERE JOHN THE BAPTIST LOST HIS HEAD!


Head of John the baptist.
Salome With the Head of John the Baptist, by Caravaggio, c. 1607 (National Gallery, London). 

Located in Jordan about 15 to 20 miles from and over looking the Dead Sea, roughly 12 miles from the famous place where Moses breathed his last breath at Mount Nebo, was a fortified hilltop palace called Machaerus, in Jordan
Machaerus, in Jordan




                                                                                                                               Machaerus by APAAME 

Built originally in 104 BC-78 BC as stated by Wikipedia, Josephus, The Wars of the Jews 7.6.2. the date varies from different sources.
Machaerus, in Jordan
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This place was built by the ruling dynasty of Judea the Hasmonean King, Alexander Jannaeus and destroyed by Pompey's General Aulus Gabinius, Roman statesman and General, supporter of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, in 57 BC, as stated by Wikipedia, Josephus, The Wars of the Jews 1.8.5.
Machaerus, in Jordan
                                                            Machaerus by APAAME

In 30 BC the Roman King Herod came to the throne . He was a complex character, his insecurity in his position led him to be paranoid and obsessive about maintaining his authority. His inner fears led him to order murder and atrocities on a huge scale. As with many figures that rise to power he also had gifts and one of those was that he was known as one of the greatest builders of all human history.   
Machaerus, in Jordan
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If we understand the psychological make up of Herod's character then we have a better understanding of why he ordered the murder of innocent babies. To hear that there was another who would be destined to rule and reign tapped into his deepest fear and once he had pinpointed the place he set in motion his plan to rid himself of this threat to his Kingship. His strategies were varied and included the manipulation of the three wise men as told in Mathew 2.

Herod did of course suffer himself in the end, dying a grisly, slow and ultimately painful death. 

It is said that King Herod built Machaerus which is in Jordan as a military base to safeguard his territories east of the River Jordan. He then gave it to his son  Herod Antipas, in 4BC until 39Ad.

Machaerus became the place where Salome who was both Herod's grand-niece and stepdaughter danced seductively before the drunken King Herod. Her feminine wiles worked and so enthralled was he by her erotic dance Herod then promised her anything she wanted. Salome then, on instruction from her mother Herodias, demanded the Baptist's head on a platter which then was her opportunity for revenge for Johns preaching against her marriage to Herod.
The Head of JOHN THE BAPTIST
The Head of JOHN THE BAPTIST
17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."  
Mark 6:17 - 19. 

How do we know that John the Baptist was beheaded at Machaerus?

Well, we know a lot about Herod and his sons thanks to our good friend Josephus's books The Jewish Antiquities. The historian Flavius Josephus faithfully recorded in extraordinary detail the life of Herod the Great. 
Josephus on John the Baptist
Josephus gives a full description of Machaerus in The Wars of the Jews 7.6.1, and Jewish Antiquities (book 18, chapter 5, 2) by Flavius Josephus (37-100)
Josephus on John the Baptist 
An account of John the Baptist is found in all extant manuscripts of the Jewish Antiquities (book 18, chapter 5, 2) by Flavius Josephus (37-100):[51]
"Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod's army came from God, and that very justly, as a punishment of what he did against John, that was called the Baptist: for Herod slew him, who was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism; for that the washing [with water] would be acceptable to him, if they made use of it, not in order to the putting away [or the remission] of some sins [only], but for the purification of the body; supposing still that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness. Now when [many] others came in crowds about him, for they were very greatly moved [or pleased] by hearing his words, Herod, who feared lest the great influence John had over the people might put it into his power and inclination to raise a rebellion, (for they seemed ready to do any thing he should advise,) thought it best, by putting him to death, to prevent any mischief he might cause, and not bring himself into difficulties, by sparing a man who might make him repent of it when it would be too late. Accordingly he was sent a prisoner, out of Herod's suspicious temper, to Macherus, the castle I before mentioned, and was there put to death. Now the Jews had an opinion that the destruction of this army was sent as a punishment upon Herod, and a mark of God's displeasure to him.
Again we have overwhelming evidence of Bible Archaeology walking side by side with one another including two Biblical Kings as a surviving witness to a time when Jesus walked on the earth. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and I pray it has been of interest and that you will be blessed. 

I am Simon Brown, may God bless those who seek him, in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


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Lauren Brown Presents The Bones of John The Baptist.

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Discovering the Truth about Hell/Hades also Sounds of Hell

Discover the truth about HELL/HADES
Update for our readers on our film: Discovering the
Truth about Hell/Hades also Sounds of Hell recording debunked!!

Bible Discoveries and Prophecies including Josephus or Hippolytus on Hades.
Dear friends,
I am writing this article to update you on a film I made recently calledDiscover the Truth about HELL/HADES. In this film I explain and put forward many reasons why I believe Hades/Sheol is a real, spiritual, prison that Jesus warned of and talked about in many of his teachings including Luke 16:19.and confirmed by THE ENOCH FRAGMENTS

In this film I also included information on the sounds of hell recordings. At the time of writing I believed them to be genuine however with new information I have revised my opinion.

So please read on to what I have now discovered.

I have always believed that we should keep an open mind, by looking out for new discoveries, to test if we are either right or wrong.

I believe we should never stop searching out for the truth, just as this scripture urges us to 'Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.'

When we are searching for truth, it is always exciting when evidence is uncovered that has been hidden for thousands of years. Often the find is unexpected.

I have always believed it is by the love and grace of our great God that we are continually finding evidence to support Gods word. This is more evidence that God truly desires us to know him and know his great saving love for us, by the way, I believe he uses the Bible evidence to strengthen us while Satan never gives up trying to steal, kill and destroy us. John 10:10.
The outstanding amount of Bible discoveries were and still are Gods hidden treasures, which seem to be Gods knock out punches to Satan!

We can also be confident that the Holy Bible was Scripture breathed out by God because of the evidence of the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecies that Jesus was the long-expected Messiah.

Here is one of my favourite Old Testament Prophecies:

About 700 years before Jesus Christ was born, the Prophet Isaiah gave a Prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 saying there would be a baby born from a virgin, who we now know was Mary, and the baby would be from the line and descendants of King David. Isaiah also stated he was God to come in the flesh because he would be called "Immanuel," which means, "God with us." Well we know this was fulfilled and still is the most celebrated event in history as people all over the world celebrate Christmas.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)

I am a person who likes to do whatever it takes to help a lost soul know Jesus. I believe that in my work the Holy Spirit is leading me and guiding me in truth and it is that truth that I want to share with believers and non-believers alike.
Some of the information that I share with people seems to fall on stony ground and hard hearts but then I am encouraged when people thank me for the work that I am doing and I see that the seeds that I sow are also falling on fertile ground, taking root and producing fruit and that is the power of God.
I try not to become offended if people appear to be critical of me, either my work or personally as I know that God sees my heart. I thank him for the work that he has done in me and what he is doing through me to reach the world of Christ and to convince people of the reality of the living Christ.

God can use us all with our individual personalities and gifts, yes he can use you as well to fulfil his desire that all may know him.We can all shine our light to the world and we must do that and not hide it away.

I believe that this is what Jesus meant when he said, be the light of the world, by showing love and patience and proving Gods word is true and he proves it in a dying world which is ruled by Satan, living in sin, trapped in bondage and groaning in pain, groaning for Jesus to come back.

Surely we should be continuing to strive to open the eyes of the many lost souls who are walking in darkness in a world who do not believe and know that Jesus is the light and has the saving words of life.

Jesus is the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price available to anyone who will believe and follow him. Finding Jesus is the ultimate gift from God any person can ever receive.

We must continue to hope and pray that the many Bible Discoverieswhich is evidence of God's word will help a lost soul to seek God and take the next step of faith towards knowing Jesus and be saved.

Got Questions Ministries states:
Simon Greenleaf, a well-known and accepted authority on what constitutes reliable evidence in a court of law, examined the four Gospels from a legal perspective. He noted that the type of eyewitness accounts given in the four Gospels-accounts which agree, but with each writer choosing to omit or add details different from the others-is typical of reliable, independent sources that would be accepted in a court of law as strong evidence, that indicates the record that we have of Christ's life and ministry as presented in the Gospels is factual and reliable.

Whilst faith is given to us from God, naturally speaking we are strengthened when we read of evidence that proves Christianity to be true as we all like to have the full assurance of feeling secure in what we believe.

Let us be grateful that we have a great and merciful and truly understanding God who forgives us and has made us perfect by his perfect Son, Jesus Christ.

We are all on our own journey of discovery and sometimes we will believe things that may not be true just because our perception is based on a lack of information, prejudices or experiences. We must therefore ask God for wisdom just as Solomon did so that we become wise and the eyes of our understanding are opened to God's truth. Listening carefully to the Holy Spirit is a key to this as Jesus promised that he would be the one that would come after him to comfort and guide us.

What do we do when we get things wrong?

We all make mistakes and need to humbly accept the truth if we are proved wrong. TRUTH is more important than pride. I confess I am no prophet or teacher or scientist or preacher and I get things wrong. I hope that I will continue to be teachable which brings me nicely on to my next point.

Sounds of Hell debunked!!
I stated in my film and article that I would continue to seek out the truth and that I would remain open minded as to whether the sounds of Hell recordings that have been around for many years could be genuine. I have now recently discovered a Christian has put together a good piece of evidence on video proving that the sounds of Hell recordings could be a hoax. However I must stress there are many questions that have never been answered so we will put that one on the back burner until further evidence again is presented.

At the end of the day the word of God is well able to convict and convince people of the truth and we must not give too much credence to so called evidence that is not Bible based but the evidence of maybe myths or fairy tales.

Please note:

I will be updating our film Discover the truth about HELL/HADES with this new information. If you have ordered this film recently, then please email me and I will send you our new revised film absolutely FREE. Do not worry about the shipping costs as I will cover those personally.

Josephus/ Hippolytus on Hades.
From my research I have also discovered that although William Whiston who translated the Josephus's Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades maintained that the piece was by Josephus, "preached or written when he was bishop of Jerusalem" it is now attributed to the church father Hippolytus.

Josephus's Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades is a short work published in the translation of Josephus by William Whiston, erroneously attributed to the Jewish historian since at least the 9th century, it is now believed to be (at least in its original form) the work of Hippolytus of Rome.
(From Wikipedia the free encyclopaedia. Josephus's Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades.)

Again there are things here which I still do not fully understand. I have written to Josephus scholars regarding how this can be true, asking them: 
'There are many differences between the Hippolytus version and the one that has passed under Josephus' name, notably in the final "Josephus" paragraph. This includes the "In whatsoever ways I shall find you" quote, which is not in Hippolytus' fragment. And when one puts both the versions side by side they are the same story but worded in a different order, completely. So how can both be written by one or the same person if they are both different'???

However I have not received a logical answer at this point in time to my questions and comments on Josephus or Hippolytus on Hades. Again I will have to put this on the back burner until further evidence again is presented.

Although the sounds of Hell recording may not be genuine the sounds of weeping and crying in this tape do wake us up to the many times Jesus talked about a place where lost peoples souls would be weeping and crying in total outer darkness.

We still need to be reminded of what 2 Peter 2:9 states which confirms with the stories as told in THE ENOCH FRAGMENTSwhich state clearly that the same story told by Jesus in Luke 16.19 is the same story told by Enoch. Eg. Where the SOULS OF THE UNSAVED dead awaited Judgement Day, also confirmed by Job 10:21-22 and  Matthew 5:22.

We clearly read that the unrighteous are detained, kept or reserved as if kept in a spiritual prison.

I had many sleepless nights as I struggled with my own faith, my understanding of God, and what it means to be faced with the reality of suffering in Hades/Hell. I thought much about the suffering in the darkness of HADES and the spiritual prison, a place of punishment.2 Peter 2:4 A place of torment, Luke 16.19.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible 
To reserve the unjust, as he does the rebel angels, 2 Peter 2:4. The case of the angels shows that God can keep wicked men, as if under bonds, reserved for their final trial at his bar. Though they seem to go at large, yet they are under his control, and are kept by him with reference to their ultimate arraignment.

We must not let our guards down but I believe this may be Gods way of helping us to live and remain righteous just as Jesus stated: Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NIV Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12 NIV. Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

The great news is: Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! Matthew 11:15 New Living Translation(©2007)
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Romans 10:9, (NIV)

Be sure if you said this prayer and you are now following Jesusyou are on your way to heaven. Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25 New American Standard Bible

Friends if you do not know Jesus. He loves you and came to save you from Hell. Time is running out fast.
And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14New Living Translation(©2007)

Please click here and Surrender your heart to Jesus and he will save your soul.
Surrender Your Heart To God.
Surrender Your Heart To God.
http://www.realdiscoveries.org/videobox/watch/61/john-524-truly-truly-i-say-to-you.htmlTruly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement but has passed from death to life. John 5:24 

I am Simon Brown, may God bless those who seek him, in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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"The Truth Behind The Ark." By Val Smith

NOAH'S ARK
NOAH'S ARK
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Announces:
7/14/12 - 
National Geographic Found Hiding "The Truth Behind The Ark"   A review of the producer's unedited version of National Geographic's so-called documentary actually documents that National Geographic knowingly omitted important successful Ark design nautical testing results for the version they aired for public viewing.   This confirms our suspicions in our first review of "The Truth Behind The Ark."    By Val Smith              
Throne of God
Throne of God
Evidence of NOAH'S ARK & The Great Flood. Presented by Lauren Brown
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The Flood Tablets.


Flood Tablet
HERE WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY ROCK SOLID EVIDENCE OF THE GREAT FLOOD IMPRINTED ON SOLID CLAY
Emma Brown at the British Museum
Emma Brown at the British Museum

The Flood Tablets.

Recently I visited the British Museum to take some photos of the actual coins of King Herod for an article that I was writing about entitled - Is there any evidence of Herod the Great the Biblical King? 
After searching the museum for a couple of hours and then being told the coins may not be on show I realised that was why I could not find them also by then my legs felt like they where about to collapse as I was getting tired.

I still refused to give up looking which turned out to pay off eventually and ended up being the wonderful surprise which I would like to share with you now. It was a surprise that nearly caused my eyes to pop out of my head!!! 

So what was I looking at?
I found my self staring through a glass cabinet with my nose squashed to the front of the glass in amazement.
I wasn't looking at what I came here for but instead I had stumbled upon a broken peace of irregular shaped solid clay which looked like Chinese writing engraved on its surface and just next to it was a little sign saying, This is perhaps the most famous of all, the eleventh tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic, which describes how the Gods sent a flood to destroy the world that had became so evil. 

My thoughts were at this point that as far as I had been aware this story was in the Hebrew book of Genesis told by Moses which I just read may have been written and handed down to Moses by Abraham and his sons.

A man named George Smith, who was the first to decipher the Flood Tablet, was so amazed with what he read on this ancient piece of clay that he ran around the British Museum tearing off his clothes screaming with excitement.

I was staring at the same, very famous, very old piece of clay, 6 inches wide and 3.17 cm (1.25 in) depth. 

It was the oldest surviving Babylonian story ever found and preserved and written in Semitic language (part of the greater Afroasiatic language family) that was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia. 

We know that thousands of these cuneiform tablets were kept in The Assyrian King Ashurbanipal palace at Nineveh. Much of their lives and activities were preserved on these tablets portraying people, animals and goods, letters, legal texts, including myths and legends, hymns, prayers, rituals, dictionaries, contracts, invoices, business and much more.

How were the tablets made?
The ancient world used clay to preserve the stories of their lives and secrets by pressing wedge-shaped symbols consisting of letters on the surface of the clay. We also know some were engraved.

When were the tablets made?

From my research I find there are different dates. This small part below is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

History 
Gilgamesh's supposed historical reign is believed to have been approximately 2700 BCE,[2] shortly before the earliest known written stories. The discovery of artifacts associated with Aga and Enmebaragesi of Kish, two other kings named in the stories, has lent credibility to the historical existence of Gilgamesh.[3]
The earliest Sumerian Gilgamesh poems date from as early as the Third dynasty of Ur (2100-2000 BC). One of these poems mentions Gilgamesh's journey to meet the flood hero, as well as a short version of the flood story. The earliest Akkadian versions of the unified epic are dated to ca. 2000-1500 BC. Due to the fragmentary nature of these Old Babylonian versions, it is unclear whether they included an expanded account of the flood myth; although one fragment definitely includes the story of Gilgamesh's journey to meet Utnapishtim. The "standard" Akkadian version included a long version of the flood story and was edited by Sin-liqe-unninni sometime between 1300 and 1000 BC.  
I also just read the Epic of Gilgamesh - written by a Middle Eastern scholar 2,500 years before the birth of Christ - commemorating the life of the ruler of the city of Uruk, from which Iraq gets its name.

I just read that Mesopotamian poets had told versions of the story of the flood and Noah's ark for 2,000 years before this tablet was written for King Ashurbanipal's Library. 

What I also find very interesting is that the Mesopotamians told their versions of the story of Noah's ark and the flood hundreds of years before the first book of the Old Testament was even written. It is now believed by scholars to be the book of Job, the oldest book in the Bible, written around 1500 B.C.

How did the Mesopotamians know about the biblical story of Noah in the book of Genesis, if it wasn't written?

It is clear to me, that traditions and stories of the Great Flood were preserved, on clay known as cuneiform tablets, 
and if the book of Genesis was not written, then the story of Noah's ark and the Great flood could of not been copied from the bible. These cuneiform tablets can only prove one thing, IT HAPPENED. 

What do they say?
There are many of these cuneiform tablets.
They all say a similar story. That God sent a message to Noah warning of the coming flood and his intentions to destroy all life on earth. 
God gives detailed instructions to Noah on how to build a boat then to take all creatures aboard the boat. The doors were closed. A dove was sent out but there was no dry land for it to rest so the dove came back to the boat. A raven, was sent out it found food and did not return. The boat then rested on the mountains. Noah came out of the boat with his family and they began their new lives.

My Conclusion is:

This is not hard to work out at all.

HERE WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY ROCK SOLID EVIDENCE OF THE GREAT FLOOD IMPRINTED ON SOLID CLAY CONFIRMING WITH THE  Biblical story of Noah, in the book of Genesis. 
This is a perfect example of what Jesus meant when he said and he who seeks finds, Matthew 7:8
The evidence of the bible is there if we only look for it we will most certainly find it just as Jesus states. 

The book of Genesis is the TRUE and the original story of what really happened.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth and it grieved him at his heart. 
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:5 to 8 

From my research I also find something I have not seen written anywhere else. it seems like the book of Enoch and the book of the Giants are all talking about the same thing, the flood
  
The tablet ,the Gilgamesh Epic and Atrahasis.
The Book of Enoch. 
The Book of Giants 
were all found with the dead sea scrolls in Qumran. 
All the above are similar stories with one another and seem to confirm with one another.

In short the book of Enoch and the book of Giants confirm with the many Flood Tablets and say that God created the world. 

A class of 200 angels called the watchers rebelled against God, fell in love with the beautiful woman, the rebelled angels or sons of God taught the woman evil things married them and had children who then became giants and were mighty. The Giants then became very evil, eating and sacrificing humans and having sex with animals. God was upset and hurt that he had created man. 

In fact this is one of the saddest verses in the bible.  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Genesis 6:6. The Giants than have dreams that God will destroy the world including them. The Giants get alarmed and send for Enoch the scribe to tell them what the dreams mean. Enoch tells them that God will destroy them and the world for their wickedness and send their fathers the rebelled angels/sons of God into Hades /PITS in chains of darkness until judgment day then they will be thrown in to the lake of fire. Noah the only good person on the earth is told to build a boat to save his family and Gods animals. God then blesses Noah to keep life going.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others 2 Peter 2:4 to 6. 

* DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE STORIES OF NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD documented as history or legend in almost every region on earth. A man named H.S. Bellamy in Moons, Myths and Men believes there are stories of the great flood that were recorded by 500 Flood legends worldwide.
*While I was writing this article I received an email from my good friend Bob who told me that many recorded the flood. 
*Bob Mitchell, Bible teacher states: Every ancient culture around the planet has a legend about the flood. 

I am Simon Brown. 
Thank you for reading this article and I hope you found it enlightening. May God bless those who seek him, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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