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Question 1:

Name: Regina
Question: Dear Brandon:
Please let me know if there is any other record that Jesus existed beside the New Testament.
Thank you for your attention and explanation,
Regina

Answer:

Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Regina thank you for the question.

The answer to your question is absolutely. We documented some of this information in our study titled, “Proof of God Through Creation and History“. In that study you can find the links to document this for yourself. Two of the individuals we documented were Publius Cornelius Tacitus who was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire. Titus Flavius Josephus was the other and he was a Roman-Jewish scholar, historian and hagiographer. Two religions also wrote about Jesus Christ in their religious books those being Islam and Judaism.

I would encourage you to read that study.

 

 

Question 2:

Name: Rochelle
Question: What does Hebrew mean?

Answer:

Name: WEB Staff
Answer: Thank you for the question Rochelle.

Hebrew means those who crossed over (the Jordon River).

In Egypt the Adamites were called Israelites, because all the tribes were children of Israel, from Abraham.  But when they crossed over the Jordon river to take the land that later became known as Israel the people in that vicinity called them Hebrews. Why? Because they crossed over the Jordon river.  So they became known as Hebrews. I hope that is what you were looking for.

 

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  1. Regina, there is also the letter Pontius Pilate wrote to the governor describing Christ and the claims against Him the night Christ was taken captive. That was Pilate’s attempt at trying to get the governor to take responsibility for killing Christ. That letter has been translated into English and is available for you to read.

    • Thank you for the comment Mark. Actually this is not true though it is a commonly held belief. I was told about this years ago and read the letter myself which claimed to be documented at the Library of Congress. But when I called them and spoke to various people they had no such record of this letter. If there is a real source I would be interested, but for now I have to say this is a hoax.

      • That’s really good that you actually called to check its authenticity Brandon. Admire you for being so conscientious. However, I wouldn’t discount it as a hoax either. It could be in a collection of papers not individually labeled or several other scenarios, of which could be diabolical in trying to hide historical proof of the Bible. Certainly wouldn’t be the first time that occurred and the letter coincides with what we know to be true from other sources.

        Libraries, museums, historical societies, bookstores, all fall under the hidden dynasty of “education” and are largely under control of Kenites. I’ve seen it myself and I’m just a lay person. If you shop estate sales or local used book stores or antique shops, you may run across some things that will never make it to the shelves if a Kenite sorts through them.

        • I do understand that. But you cannot call something a proof without having any. That will only make you loose your credibility. Just because we want to believe something and it sounds good does not mean we should without verifying it first. That is how cults start.

          • Library of Congress? Why would a letter like that be in the Library of Congress? What does the Library of Congress have to do with God’s word or Christ’s execution? I would not expect to find this letter in the Library of Congress, I wouldn’t even think of looking there. The Library of Congress does not keep a copy of every document ever made, they are not proof of truth. The letter is not where someone said it was, and that is proof to you? How could you do that? Why would you do that? You surprise me, like you said Brandon, you have to guard your credibility, usually you are pretty sharp, but I am disappointed in your reasoning on this subject and ask that you think about it a little more and consider where and who it is you are turning to for proof about God.

            If I wanted to prove lies, then I would go the the Library of Congress, but not for truth, especially not truth concerning God. Does the Library of Congress have proof God exists? Where is their copy of that? If they did, would they give it to you? If you want to know what God thinks about the Library of Congress read the book of Kings and Chronicles, governments continually mislead people and lead them away from God. I personally never turn to the kenite’s useful idiots for truth concerning anything.

            I was not there when the letter was written, I cannot say if it is real or not. It does however align with God’s word and Congress does not. I would take the word of that letter over Congress any day. I am inclined to believe the letter is real and what Congress has possession of or what Congress says has nothing to do with it.

          • The source of my letter said that is where it was from maybe I didn’t make that clear.

            I do not need supposed proofs like this to rest my belief in Christ and neither should anyone else.

            Steve instead of railing against me why don’t you go prove to me and everyone one else it is real and find the source? You have zero proof it is real.

            People make stuff up all the time, it sounds believable, but they are lies. It is one of the reasons why there is so much confusion in the world. People want to believe in something that makes them feel good. You should ask yourself why you are taking the bait. Again because it sounds good and you want to believe it. I personally do not believe it and until I see proof I will not. If you want to believe it Steve that is your business.

          • You make a good point Steve, I learned from it. But Brandon also makes an excellent point and you can’t blast him for doing more than most of us did to research the letter in question. He does a lot for us on this blog. That style of communication is effective to get a message across, but don’t throw a good man under the bus while doing it, please sir.

        • Here’s a copy of the letter, some say is falsely attributed to Pilate, that you are referring to, entitled “The Report of Pontius Pilate, Procurator of Judaea Sent to Rome to Tiberius Caesar.” Its classified by the Church as Noncanonical Literature and is classified as either NT Apocrypha or Pseudepigrapha, depending on the source. Here’s the full text:

          The Report of Pontius Pilate, Procurator of Judaea Sent to Rome to Tiberius Caesar

          SECOND GREEK FORM.

          To the most mighty, venerable, awful, most divine, the august,–Pilatus Pontius, the governor of the East: I have to report to thy reverence, through this writing of mine, being seized with great trembling and fear, O most mighty emperor, the conjuncture of the present times, as the end of these things has shown. For while I, my lord, according to the commandment of thy clemency, was discharging the duties of my government, which is one of the cities of the East, Jerusalem by name, in which is built the temple of the Jewish nation, all the multitude of the Jews came together, and delivered to me a certain man named Jesus, bringing against him many and groundless charges; and they were not able to convict him in anything. And one heresy of theirs against him was, that he said that the Sabbath was not their right rest. And that man wrought many cures, in addition to good works. He made the blind see; he cleansed lepers; he raised the dead; he healed paralytics who could not move at all, except that they only had their voice, and the joining of their bones; and he gave them the power of walking about and running, commanding them by a single word. And another mightier work he did, which was strange even with our gods: he raised up a dead man, Lazarus, who had been dead four days, by a single word ordering the dead man to be raised, although his body was already corrupted by the worms that grow in wounds; and that ill-smelling body lying in the tomb he ordered to run; and as a bridegroom from the bridal chamber, so he came forth out of the tomb, filled with exceeding fragrance. And some that were cruelly vexed by demons, and had their dwellings in deserts, and ate the flesh of their own limbs, and lived along with reptiles and wild beasts, he made to be dwellers in cities in their own houses, and by a word he rendered them sound-minded; and he made those that were troubled by unclean spirits to be intelligent and reputable; and sending away the demons in them into a herd of swine, he suffocated them in the sea. Another man, again, who had a withered hand, and lived in sorrow, and had not even the half of his body sound, he rendered sound by a single word. And a woman that had a flow of blood for many years, so that, in consequence of the flowing of her blood, all the joinings of her bones appeared, and were transparent like glass; and assuredly all the physicians had left her without hope, and had not cleansed her, for there was not in her a single hope of health: once, then, as Jesus was passing by, she took hold of the fringe of his clothes behind, and that same hour the power of her body was completely restored, and she became whole, as if nothing were the matter with her, and she began to run swiftly to her own city Paneas. (1)

          And these things indeed were so. And the Jews gave information that Jesus did these things on the Sabbath. And I also ascertained that the miracles done by him were greater than any which the gods whom we worship could do.

          Him then Herod and Archelaus and Philip, and Annas and Caiaphas, with all the people, delivered to me to try him. And as many were exciting an insurrection against me, I ordered him to be crucified.

          And when he had been crucified, there was darkness over the whole earth, the sun having been completely hidden, and the heaven appearing dark though it was day, so that the stars appeared, but had at the same time their brightness darkened, as I suppose your reverence is not ignorant of, because in all the world they lighted lamps from the sixth hour until evening. And the moon, being like blood, did not shine the whole night, and yet she happened to be at
          463 the full. And the stars also, and Orion, made a lament about the Jews, on account of the wickedness that had been done by them. (1)

          And on the first of the week, about the third hour of the night, the sun was seen such as it had never at any time shone, and all the heaven was lighted up. And as lightnings come on in winter, so majestic men of indescribable splendour of dress and of glory appeared in the air, and an innumerable multitude of angels crying out, and saying: Glory in the highest to God, and on earth peace, among men goodwill: come up out of Hades, ye who have been kept in slavery in the underground regions of Hades. And at their voice all the mountains and hills were shaken, and the rocks were burst asunder; and great chasms were made in the earth, so that also what was in the abyss appeared. And there were seen in that terror dead men raised up, (2) as the Jews that saw them said: We have seen Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the twelve patriarchs, that died two thousand five hundred years ago; and we have seen Noah manifestly in the body. And all the multitude walked about, and sang praises to God with a loud voice, saying: The Lord our God that has risen from the dead has brought to life all the dead, and has plundered Hades, and put him to death.

          All that night therefore, my lord, O king, the light ceased not. And many of the Jews died, and were engulphed and swallowed up in the chasms in that night, so that not even their bodies appeared. Those, I say, of the Jews suffered that had spoken against Jesus. And one synagogue was left in Jerusalem, since all those synagogues that had been against Jesus were engulphed.

          From that fear, then, being in perplexity, and seized with much trembling, at that same hour I ordered what had been done by them all to be written; and I have reported it to thy mightiness.

          There are also 2 other Pilate letters as well:
          “The Report Of Pilate The Procurator Concerning Our Lord Jesus Christ Sent To Augustus Caesar In Rome” and “The Letter Of Pontius Pilate, Which He Wrote To The Roman Emperor, Concerning Our Lord Jesus Christ”

          I found them on the following website:
          http://wesley.nnu.edu/sermons-essays-books/noncanonical-literature/noncanonical-literature-writings/the-report-of-pontius-pilate-procurator-of-judaea-sent-to-rome-to-tiberius-caesar/.

          Take Care.

          • Thank you for posting all this. None of these look like the one I remember seeing which describes Jesus’ physical appearance, golden hair, clear eyes, etc.

          • Just chiming in here a bit Connie! It’s so good to see my brothers and sisters searching out the *TRUTHS*…not many do that today.
            Just a little sharing of *GOD’S TRUTHS* which gives a description of CHRIST here:

            Revelation 1:13 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

            *****The one standing or the focus of attention in these seven candlesticks looked like the “Son of man”…Christ, because it was Christ Yeshua Himself.

            Revelation 1:14 “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.”

            *****Why was Christ’s eyes “as a flame of fire”?
            Because of God’s magnificent splendor and glory that is shown through His eyes.

            Revelation 1:15 “And his feet like unto fine [burnished] brass, as if they burned [as if it had been refined] in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.”

            *****”Waters” in the Greek text are peoples. When Christ talked, it gave the sound of *many people* speaking. Revelation 17:15 for documentation.

            Revelation 1:16 “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

            *****The “stars” are symbolic of angels, they are guiding angels for John, as he makes his trip into his future; all the way to the
            “day of the Lord”. The “seven” represents Spiritual completeness, and there is one angel for each of the churches.

            The “two-edged sword” is what Christ will return with…as He returns as a man of war at the seventh trumpet. “I come not to bring peace, but a sword;” Jesus said in Matthew 10:34. Those that are against Christ shall be cut deep, but they shall heal if they repent. We will all be in spiritual bodies, on the Lords day, when He has returned to earth here. For as we saw in: I Corinthians 15:51 “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” To “sleep” is better translated “die”. While our changing is to be into our spiritual bodies, from the physical bodies of the flesh we are now in.
            Then in: I Corinthians 15:52 “In a moment, in the twinkling [wink] of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (never decaying), and we shall be changed.”
            *****This change to our spiritual body is for every living soul, living in a flesh body. It shall take place on the very day that John is brought forward to, on this “day of the Lord”.
            This is why the Sword is given with words from CHRIST…and *NOT*…with physical armor. Christ’s sword will make all things right, and the glory around our Lord will cause *ALL* to bow and praise His Holy Name.

            *****So as we can see my dear brothers and sisters in CHRIST…*HIS* Word does *not* leave us wanting. All that’s left to do…is…SEARCH IT OUT!

            May God / Christ, continue to lead, guide, direct and touch…all those who earnest love, seek and serve Him!

  2. “Titus Flavius Josephus was the other and he was a Roman-Jewish scholar, historian and hagiographer.” I regard him highly for his absolute honesty of reporting the facts & extreme integrity. An absolutely true historian who we can rely upon for the truth. I still pray for him from time to time because I so respect his honest reporting.

    • He could very well be in The Kingdom already. He may have been of the true tribe of Judah as Christ was, which would make him of a different people than what is generally thought of as Jewish today. “You will know them by their fruits.”

  3. It seems that I have a need to ask about, from the question of ‘other history proof of Jesus’ existence other than the New Testament’ : Well, the ones pointed out do not reference Jesus as God or the Son of God or His deity as Father and Creator of All what so ever, you know. Well, those references just do not seem historically true without the whole Truth to go with their information about Him. Sorry and please show me what i’m missing here. May God//Jesus Peace be with you All.

    • The question was if there was proof outside of the Bible that Jesus existed and there absolutely is as we documented. If Mooslims and Jews believed Jesus was the Son of God, well, we would not have differences in religion and everyone would agree. That is not going to happen in this life Kim.

      • 1. Much better documentation of the true Jesus is the Bible written in the stars and constellations, long before it was ever written on Earth. There are books on this subject such as “Glory of the Stars” by E. Raymond Capt and “Witness of the Stars” by E.W. Bullinger as well as Appendix 12 in the Companion Bible laying out the basics. When you think of the awesomeness of the heavens, nothing can compare or argue with such a spectacular method of teaching the true story of our God, our world, and ourselves!

        2. Regina, if you click on the link Brandon provided “Proof of God through Creation and History” you will see a few references to Jesus in the Old Testament, there are many, many more there. Jesus is just as much in the Old as He is in the New Testament. His spiritual presence in the Old and the foretelling of His coming was just as prominent as His flesh appearance here on Earth in the New. In addition to that, consider the Trinity. The Three are One God. You can separate the personhood of each part, but you can’t separate the oneness of them. Therefore, all of Scripture is about the God which is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Hope that makes sense how that all ties together.

        3. The calendar: It is the Year of Our Lord 2015, or 2015 A.D. (anno domini). This is another huge record that Jesus Christ not only existed, but of the profound impact He had on the world! All of time either before or after His birth is measured by this event!! In spite of Satan’s efforts to try and erase this fact, he cannot. With all the power God has allowed the enemy, there are certain things they are colossal failures at.

        4. The sheer astronomical number of manuscripts and Bibles that have been copied and printed over all its history plays in to this reality that Jesus Christ existed. There are no writings of any kind that can compete with how popular and used God’s Word has always been since it was inspired by God to be put in writing. It is the one greatly influential body of work that has not only saturated its own people but every people on Earth in some way. Every reality in our lives points back to it. There is no one and nothing original except our Father and His Word (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”. John 1:1). Wish I could expound on this more, Jesus’ imprint on the world is unmatched.

        Just a note: It’s not a good idea to rely on false religious so-called “holy” books for additional records of Jesus’ existence. Yes, they do acknowledge “Jesus,” but which Jesus? Not our Emmanuel, “God with us” meaning God who came in the flesh for the purpose of paying for our sins with His perfect life. What better way to despise someone than to acknowledge them only in a demeaned form denying the essence of who they really are? They are killing souls by doing this! And they will use this same method to kill more souls by claiming we are all basically in agreement so we can join into one religion. There is an irreconcilable difference between the true Jesus and any other presentation of a so-called “Jesus” who was “just a prophet” or anything but God Himself. I personally would not use those references Brandon, especially without that warning, because they are not documenting our Savior.

        • Connie, I did not say to study their “holy” books. I said there is proof of Jesus Christ in their own books. Anyone who would want to hide our Lord and Savior would not document them in their book. Jesus plays a huge role in Islam’s book. Of course none of those books call him the Savior for the reason I already stated.

          The point is Christ is documented in there and it should be used as even more proof of His existence. Further, there is no proof of any other religious characters like Muhammad in the Bible so that should really help an individual figure things out.

          • If it’s the same person and they’re not trying to hide the fact that Jesus is God the Savior from millions of Muslims, then I see no reason why we can’t merge and be one religion.

            The warning must be included, they document someone named Jesus, but they strip Him of His diety making Him someone else.

            I apologize Brandon if it seems like I’m splitting hairs, but there is Satanic deception there and it can’t go unchecked. It is just this kind of twisting truth that derails our efforts to spread the Gospel. God bless those who have risked their lives and converted to Christianity because they understood the difference between “Jesus the man who was a prophet” and “Jesus the man who was God.” I pray for as many as possible to overcome the lies of false religions and embrace Jesus Christ the one and only Savior of mankind.

            But other than that I see what you’re saying.

          • You have taken this far beyond anything I ever intended Connie. A Christian asked this question. Did I say go study the book of this religion or that religion? Of course not. I said you can find evidence of Christ there.

            Of course they are not going to say He is the Messiah. That is aside from the point. The point is those religions especially those who claim to be of Judah, document Christ existed. They killed Christ Connie. So they of all would want to hide the fact that Christ walked the earth. I see this as a folly on their part and one I will take advantage of. Books by other religions are not holy to me or any other Christian. It is just like eating meat offered to an idol. Would you be offended by it? You should not be as idols are nothing to us, just like their books. But they are historical records.

            There is nothing wrong with disagreement. However, instead of continuing down this road it might be more constructive for you to add to the proof. Thank You.

          • Dear Brandon, I did not mean for this to get contentious here, it’s just that in one word I can tell you why it’s so important to clarify this reference: “Chrislam,” a blasphemous word and idea. And some Christians ARE buying into it. Their starting point is precisely the fact that Jesus is in the Koran.

            There is validity to your view that documentation in other “holy” books proves Jesus existed. That I have to give you and I apologize for not acknowledging that. But I’m definitely looking at it from a different angle….

            They document Him to diminish Him because they COULD NOT erase Him.

            They would’ve if they could’ve. And being there are two Jesus’s coming to save the world, and one of our main missions is to discern and teach the difference between the True and the False, I guess that’s why I felt so strongly to speak up that those references will be used for the false one and his one-world religion. I hope you understand.

            Adding to the proof that Jesus Christ the Son of God exists:
            1. It is written in the Heavens.
            2. The Bible in its entirety.
            3. The calendar.
            4. Christian works and their effects on the world over the centuries.
            5. Christ dwelling in a Heavenly Host’s worth of hearts.
            6. Brandon’s blog.
            7. Ok, I put that in there to make peace ; ).

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