About J.K. McKee
J.K. McKee (B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary) is the editor of Messianic Apologetics (www.messianicapologetics.net), a division of Outreach Israel Ministries (www.outreachisrael.net). He is a 2009 recipient of the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award for Greek. He is author of numerous books and commentaries, dealing with a wide range of topics that are important for today’s Messianic Believers.
Divine Name

Sacred Name Concerns

28 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

revised edition originally posted 03 February, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues How many of you have been in a Messianic religious setting as of late where you have heard someone use the words God, or Lord, or even Jesus Christ—and then someone gets up and publicly chastises the person? How many of you have been told that if you do not use Hebraic names and terms for the Father and the Son that your prayers will neither be heard nor answered? How many of you have seen people forget the love and compassion of our Savior, and whose faith […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Colossians and Philemon

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POSTED 20 MARCH, 2017 reproduced from Colossians and Philemon for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, and most especially his letter to Philemon, are two of the most elusive texts of the Apostolic Scriptures for today’s Messianic community.[1] Our current level of engagement with Colossians is often with having to respond to Christian colleagues who quote Colossians 2:16-17 at us for being Torah observant, and we have to scramble to try to understand what is really being said. Beyond this, we really do not read Colossians. I actually find […]

Colossians

Epistle of Paul to the Colossians

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POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 60-62 C.E. Time period: season of extreme error in parts of the Body of Messiah, during the first imprisonment of Paul Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Rome Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Colossae Theological Summary: The letter to the Colossians is commonly classified among the Prison Epistles (also including Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon). The author of Colossians is stated to not only be Paul (1:23), but we see the closing attestation, “I, Paul, write this […]

Christology

Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Messiahship of Yeshua

28 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 16 October, 2007 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues answering the claims of the anti-missionary movement The Messianic community of faith presently finds itself at a very serious crossroads, not just a crossroads in determining its long term purpose and where it is going to be in the next few decades, but most seriously in its theology and how we are to approach the Bible. The enemy desperately wants us to get off course and away from the mission of seeing the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel accomplished (Acts 1:6). He wants us to not be a movement […]

Appointed Times

The Last Seder and Yeshua’s Passover Chronology

27 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2010 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The season of Passover was my late father’s favorite time of year, because being a licensed lay preacher at Christ United Methodist Church in Florence, KY, Holy Week was the time when he was able to conduct educational Passover seders and expose many evangelical Christians to their Hebraic Roots. Kimball McKee was able to show many how Jesus Christ held an intimate Passover seder meal with His Disciples prior to His death as the Lamb of God. He recited some of the various blessings, held up a piece […]

Amos

The Message of Amos

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POSTED 21 MARCH, 2017 While the Book of Amos appears later in the book order of the Tanach or Old Testament, the prophetic words it contains, about what is to befall the people of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel, were actually delivered about a generation or so before those of Hosea. Today’s Messianic Believers are largely familiar with various parts of Amos’ declarations (i.e., 9:11-12), and probably repeat various statements that the Prophet makes without fully knowing it (3:3, 7). Yet, how much improvement can be made by simply reviewing a summary of its nine chapters? It is […]

Amos

Book of Amos

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POSTED 02 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 760-750 B.C.E. (Right, conservative-moderate); 587-539 B.C.E. (Left) Time period: judgment upon Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom during a time of intense prosperity and opulence Author: Amos and/or a close associate (Right, conservative-moderate); Amos and anonymous others (Left) Location of prophet/author(s): Bethel (Right, conservative-moderate); somewhere in the Land of Israel (Left) Target audience and location: primarily Northern Kingdom Israelites, but also Southern Kingdom Israelites Theological Summary: Even though Amos (Heb. Amos) is listed in the Hebrew book order as the third of the Twelve […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 4:1-10

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POSTED 18 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, ‘As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest’ [Psalm 95:11], although His works were […]

Leviticus

Book of Leviticus

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POSTED 10 OCTOBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Time period: formation of Israel as a nation called out by God Author: Moses exclusively (Right); Moses, Joshua, and later editors (conservative-moderate); compiled traditions and mythologies (Left) Location of author: wilderness journey after the Exodus (Right, conservative-moderate); Babylon and/or Land of Israel (Left) Target audience and their location: people of Israel wandering in the desert (Right, conservative-moderate); Jewish exiles returning from Babylon (Left) Theological Summary: The third book of the Torah bears the Hebrew name Vayikra, meaning “and He called,” derived from its first verse, “Then […]

Christology

Mark 13:32; Matthew 24:36

26 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 26 MARCH, 2017 This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Mark 13:32). “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matthew 24:36). The statement made by Yeshua the Messiah, in His Olivet Discourse about the time of His return, has generated no small discussion about His nature: “No one knows […]

1 Corinthians

Headcovering Garments

26 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 JUNE, 2013 Do you believe it is acceptable for Messianic men to wear a kippah or yarmulke, when Paul says that it is a dishonor for men to have their heads covered? How do you interpret 1 Corinthians 11:4-16? One of the most obvious elements of modern Jewish identity witnessed in the world today, is men wearing the kippah (or yarmulke) or skullcap. The idea behind wearing this small skullcap is that it shows submission to God. The term kippah is derived from the Hebrew verb kafar, meaning “to cover, to forgive, to expiate, to reconcile” (AMG).[1] The […]

Ancient Israel

Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah

26 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 04 September, 2008 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Focusing on God’s instructions in the Torah is an undeniable part of not only the Messianic lifestyle, but also the Messianic experience. Ever since the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon, the public reading of the Torah to instruct God’s people on what was acceptable and unacceptable behavior has been a regular practice (Nehemiah 7:73-8:12). This is something that is also witnessed in the Apostolic Scriptures (Luke 4:16-17; Acts 13:15) and continues in the traditions of today’s Jewish Synagogue. The repetition of hearing Moses’ Teaching is important for men […]

Eschatology & End-Time Prophecy

The End-Times: What Should We Expect?

26 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 12 May, 2004 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic When a person becomes a new Believer in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and embarks into his or her own study of the Scriptures, the individual has questions and is searching for answers, especially in regard to the end-times. A critical question asked by many who are searching is: “What should I expect?” One may confide is his or her friends or Bible teachers with various questions and inquiries, and in many cases may accept their views at face value. But after further examination, though, a Bible […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Revelation

22 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Over the past few years as I have witnessed my skills as a Bible teacher improve—particularly my engagement with not only the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek, but also engagement with secondary and tertiary resources—I have found myself become increasingly nervous, if not perturbed, when people use the word “revelation.” There are many people who teach from the Scriptures, either in the Christian or Messianic world, who seldom engage with the Biblical text they intend to teach. Rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to prepare them, mold them, and guide them to the resources and with the tools such […]

Uncategorized

The Message of 1-3 John

22 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

The Epistles of John include some of the most highly valued and most frequently quoted verses by today’s Messianic Believers. Without knowing that much about their original setting and background, the brevity of the Apostle’s words allow readers of the text alone, to easily deduce that he has to admonish various ancient Believers—or those who thought they were Believers—to return to a proper path of faith. Many of these people were not living the life that Yeshua the Messiah requires, evidenced in proper works. Composed in the late First Century C.E. for those in Ephesus and Asia Minor, the Johannine […]

1&2 Peter

The Message of 1&2 Peter and Jude

22 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Within the scope of the Apostolic Scriptures, the Gospels tend to be the easiest texts for today’s Messianic Believers to understand, with the Pauline Epistles being among the most difficult texts to understand. Somewhere in the middle of this are the Epistles of 1&2 Peter and Jude. Generally speaking we find these three letters to not be that difficult, but they might ask us some rather unique and poignant questions. Our encounter with 1&2 Peter and Jude is often limited to an important quotation here or there, specifically intended to encourage holy living or a repentant attitude, but we have […]

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