Ancient Israel

Torah Keeping for the Gerim/Sojourners in Ancient Israel

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 JUNE, 2010 How much of Torah were the gerim/sojourners expected to keep, when compared to the natives of Israel? The sojourner or ger[1] (also commonly rendered as “alien” or “foreigner” in various English Bibles), the plural being gerim, was an outsider who entered into the community of Ancient Israel, and was certainly of a different class than a foreign worker or mere passer-by. The ger was one who acknowledged Israel’s God, repudiated idolatry, but had no inheritance in the Promised Land. Perhaps one of the most well known gerim was Ruth the Moabitess, who is classicly known for […]

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Is Polygamy for Today?

6 October, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

No one who reads the Bible denies that polygamy—the practice of a man having more than one wife—is seen within the text. The Patriarch Jacob, who was the progenitor of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, had two wives and two concubines (Genesis 31:17; 37:2). King David, who was testified by the Lord to be “a man after His own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14), had multiple wives (1 Samuel 18:17-30; 25:38-43; 2 Samuel 3:2-5). King Solomon, whom many consider to be the wisest man who ever lived, had hundreds of wives and concubines (1 Kings 3:1; 11:3) that made up an […]

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Ezekiel 37:15-28: Have the Two Sticks Been Reunited?

6 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy What is commonly called the two-stick prophecy, appearing in Ezekiel 37:15-28, has generated a great deal of attention since the late 1990s. This, in no small part, has been due to the large numbers of non-Jewish Believers entering into the Messianic movement, embracing their Hebraic Roots, and setting out on a life of Torah observance like Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus). Inevitably asked, or at least wondered by such people, is how much of a part of Israel they truly are. Do they just have citizenship in Israel’s Kingdom because of their […]

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Is Polygamy for Today?

5 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 30 October, 2008 reproduced from Is Polygamy for Today? In recent days a number of issues have hit various sectors of the Messianic community. Each one of these issues has had a variety of distinctly negative effects as people have denied Yeshua’s Divinity, questioned His Messiahship, and have questioned whether certain books of the Apostolic Scriptures are trustworthy. Our ministry has stood firmly against the false teachings that have entered into our midst, standing up for Yeshua’s Divinity and Messiahship, and engaging with the text of various Biblical books under fire to provide reasonable answers. We have done […]

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The Biblical, Rebellious Legacy of the Northern Kingdom of Ephraim

2 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 02 September, 2016 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy The Two-House teaching of Judah and Ephraim, being reunited in the period prior to the Messiah’s return, is one which has certainly stirred a great deal of controversy across the broad Messianic community. Why has this been the case? A ministry like Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics has always thought that the safest approach to this difficult issue, is to focus the attention of Bible readers to a series of unfulfilled prophecies (i.e., Isaiah 11:12-16; Jeremiah 31:6-10; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Zechariah 10:6-10), which point to a larger restoration of Israel occurring […]

Ancient Israel

Israel in Future Prophecy

1 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

In too many Messianic settings, when questions are asked about Biblical passages like Isaiah 11:12-16; Jeremiah 31:6-10; Ezekiel 37:15-28; and Zechariah 10:6-10, among others, polarized extremes are likely to be witnessed. One side makes these kinds of verses a central part of its spiritual identity—even more important than faith in the Messiah. Another side, when encountering past abuses, tends to totally dismiss legitimate questions and expectations that such passages pose. How can Bible readers have a mature approach to a larger restoration of Israel, prophesied in the Holy Writ, which is able to navigate through much of the immaturity detectable? […]

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Two-House Teaching

24 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

COMPOSED 01 SEPTEMBER, 2012 Where does your ministry currently stand in regard to the Two-House teaching? Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics should not at all be considered a “Two-House” ministry, given the wide and diverse array of Biblical and theological topics we address, germane to the broad Messianic community. Our ministry serves people in Messianic Judaism, as well as in the One Law/One Torah sub-movement and in the Two-House sub-movement—as we consider and analyze a wide series of issues and subjects which are thought to be of importance to people in all of those different sub-communities. If our ministry choice […]

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Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah

22 August, 2016 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 […]

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Two Houses of Israel?

18 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

In a recent YouTube video podcast, Zachary Bauer of New2Torah offered “7 Scriptural Proofs for Two House,” mainly referring to the Tanach passages: 1 Kings 12:21; Jeremiah 3:18; 5:11; 11:10; 31:31; Zechariah 8:13; Isaiah 8:14; 11:13. He then proceeded to say that today’s Messianic Jews are widely blind to this truth because they are “Judah.” Half of his presentation dealt with the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), which he concluded is representative of Ephraim and Judah. Many assumptions were made which need to be challenged. There is little doubting that in many sectors of the Messianic movement, when the […]