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.
Christology

Yeshua, Divinity of

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UPDATED 05 MAY, 2006 Does your ministry believe that Yeshua the Messiah is Divine, meaning God in the flesh? Yes, we absolutely believe that Yeshua the Messiah is Divine, and are aware of the fact that this foundational truth is being denied by some in the Messianic community. We seldom employ the word “heresy” in regard to somebody’s beliefs or teachings, but are of the firm position that those who deny the Messiah’s Divinity are such heretics. There are those who believe that Yeshua was just a human man, and He had some kind of special relationship with God and […]

FAQ

Trinity

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UPDATED 17 OCTOBER, 2011 Do you believe in the Trinity? The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “What Does the Shema Really Mean?” We believe that God, Elohim in Hebrew (a plural word), has revealed Himself to humanity in the co-existent manifestations of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is clear by any cursory reading of the Holy Scriptures. What is commonly called the Trinity was determined by the emerging Christian Church to be the easiest attainable understanding of God that allowed for a plurality of manifestations to exist without succumbing to the heresies of Arianism, which […]

Christology

The State of Christology in the Contemporary Messianic Movement

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POSTED 07 JUNE, 2017 reproduced from Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity Evaluating the nature of the Messiah—and how people in today’s Messianic movement can have some fair, readable, thorough, and reasonable answers to their questions—has been a personal burden which I have carried since 2003. As I entered into full-time Messianic ministry, I encountered my first people who denied Yeshua as God. I was horrified, flabbergasted, but above all presented with a challenge. What was to be done? At the time, the Jewish Objections to Jesus series by Michael L. Brown had just started being […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Is the Story of Yeshua Pagan?

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originally posted 26 September, 2005 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Yeshua the Messiah issues a very strong warning to His followers in Matthew 12:35-37. He says, “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” How many of us take these words seriously, and realize that […]

Deuteronomy

Torah, Command not to “Add to”

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UPDATED 20 JULY, 2011 In Deuteronomy 4:2 we are told not to add commandments to those of the Torah, yet in Judaism, and in the Messianic movement today, we have many people who follow traditions of men that some claim are “commanded,” or at least authorized by God. I am confused. Why do many non-Jewish Believers in the Messianic community, think that they can widely reject a majority of Jewish interpretations of the Torah, and associated tradition? Much of what one encounters in the views of various independent Messianics, is a great deal of significance given to a passage of […]

FAQ

Rabbi, Title

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POSTED 26 JULY, 2013 Why are there so many leaders in the Messianic movement who call themselves “rabbi”? Yeshua explicitly forbade this in Matthew 23:8. Yeshua’s overall words, in Matthew ch. 23, have certainly provoked a wide number of emotional responses, from people all across the Messianic spectrum, as it pertains to the issue of authority and respect to be afforded to the ancient Pharisees—and by extension various Jewish authorities today. Within the wider cotext of Matthew 22:23-23:36, it is fair for readers to recognize a wide level of theological agreement that Yeshua had with the Pharisees, particularly in terms […]

Messianic Issues

Considering Messianic Jewish Fears of Replacement and Irrelevance

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originally posted 06 August, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper At this still relatively young point in my experience as a Messianic writer and teacher, I have lost count of how many times I have begun an article, or included a statement, along the lines of: The Messianic movement has seen a generation of Jewish people come to faith in Messiah Yeshua, as well as many evangelical Christians embrace their Hebraic Roots in a tangible way… To some of you, these remarks seem rather obvious, and perhaps even a bit mundane. To others, though, these remarks are not only […]

Messianic Issues

A Messianic Spiritual Inventory

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originally posted 01 May, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper My family has been formally involved in the Messianic movement since 1995. As has been described in numerous places throughout our publications, we would not have entered into it, if it had not been for some unique circumstances. When my parents, Kimball and Margaret McKee, came to saving faith in 1984, not only did they return to going to church again—but they also started, albeit nominally, investigating their Hebraic Roots. My father, employing some insights which were being taught by the late Zola Levitt, integrated various Hebraic Roots components […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

The Role of History in Messianic Biblical Interpretation

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originally posted 01 August, 2006 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues In the Messianic community today, we often hear a high emphasis placed on the need for us to follow the Hebraic lifestyle practices of our Messiah Yeshua. However, for many generations of Believers which have preceded us, this has not always been the case. Many who have gone before us in the faith have not seen the same things that we have. This has been the case for a variety of reasons, but most notably it has been because we have access to information today that the Reformers and some of […]

Messianic Issues

An Identity Crisis

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POSTED 01 APRIL, 2007 In today’s Messianic world, if you ask anyone who he or she is you will undoubtedly get a wide variety of answers. Some will say that they are completed Jews who know Yeshua as their Messiah. Others will say that they are Torah observant followers of the God of Israel. Still, some you may encounter may say that they are “Israelites”—whatever that means to them. There are those who want a strong connection to Orthodox Judaism. There are those who want no connection to any kind of Judaism. There are likewise those who want no connection […]

Apostasy

The Strong Delusion

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by Margaret Huey 01 MARCH, 2004 edited for spelling/grammar; minor theological fine tuning 19 December, 2006 As we approach the End of the Age, many people are being restored back to the Hebraic Roots of the faith. It is exciting to watch as the scales fall off of the eyes of our brethren as they embrace a return to the First Century ways of the early Believers! People are returning to the ancient paths! People are starting to walk the way Yeshua walked! They are honoring the seventh-day Shabbat again: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Can We Trust the Greek Scriptures?

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revised edition originally posted 14 August, 2005 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues It is indeed phenomenal that in our day many Jewish people have come to faith in Israel’s Messiah, Yeshua. It is also indeed quite phenomenal that many non-Jewish Believers are coming to a revelation of the Hebraic Roots of the faith, are adopting a Torah obedient lifestyle, and are seeing themselves as a part of the community of Israel, in solidarity with the Jewish people. But as with any move of God, there are concerns that exist—concerns that sometimes wrench at the heart and soul of what we should […]

John

John 13:34

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POSTED 07 JUNE, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah MAXIMUM EDITION Pastor: John 13:34: Jesus Christ gave us a new law of love to replace the laws of the Old Testament. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Many people can be caught completely off guard, or not quite know how to react, when various Christian teachers or pastors communicate that the Messiah came to give a new law, a law that is only of “love.” The challenge is not with […]

Matthew

Matthew 11:13

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UPDATED 07 JUNE, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah MAXIMUM EDITION Pastor: Matthew 11:13: The Law of Moses was only in effect until John the Baptist. “For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John.” It is very easy to envision Christian layreaders, or even various pastors, quote the Messiah’s word of Matthew 11:13, in an effort to dismiss the continued relevancy of the Torah in the post-resurrection era. Yeshua first lauds John the Immerser, by stating, “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist!” […]

Christology

John 20:24-29

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POSTED 23 APRIL, 2017 reproduced from Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Yeshua came. So the other disciples were saying to him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.’ After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Yeshua came, the doors having been shut, […]

Christology

John 5:19-24

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POSTED 30 MARCH, 2017 reproduced from Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “Therefore Yeshua answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and […]

Christology

John 1:43-51

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POSTED 16 APRIL, 2017 reproduced from Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Yeshua said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Yeshua of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ Yeshua saw Nathanael coming to […]

Christology

John 1:1-18

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POSTED 02 AUGUST, 2016 This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, […]

FAQ

Septuagint (LXX)

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UPDATED 06 JUNE, 2017 Why do you consult the Septuagint frequently? The Septuagint (LXX) is the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, dating at least two centuries before the First Coming of Yeshua. It was originally compiled for the Jewish community in Alexandria, and quickly became the authorized Scriptures of Diaspora Judaism. The Septuagint largely represents a Pharisaic style of theology, halachah, and messianic expectation, and clarifies many things in the Tanach where the Hebrew may be imprecise or vague. As should be expected, there are some distinct theological interjections into the text, as it is not a “word-for-word” […]

FAQ

Under the Law

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POSTED 13 JULY, 2011 How can today’s Messianic movement widely advocate that the Law of Moses is still valid, when the Bible is clear that Christians are not “under the Law”? Any person who believes in the final authority of the Holy Scriptures, Genesis-Revelation, will have to take the admonition “for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:4) very seriously. For anyone who believes in the continued validity of the Torah or Law of Moses in the post-resurrection era, to disregard something like this—or somehow claim that the Apostle Paul is “wrong”—would indicate that he or she […]

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