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A Summarization of Yom Kippur Traditions

9 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement occurs ten days after Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, and is considered to be the most holy day of the year in Judaism. It occurs on the tenth of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, and is considered to be a High Sabbath or Shabbat shabaton: “This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among […]

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How Do We Properly Keep Shabbat?

6 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 24 November, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper How the Messianic community is to properly keep Shabbat, or any Biblical commandment for that matter, is a mystery for many. There are many issues and questions that have to be weighed and taken into consideration when establishing a proper halachic orthopraxy for oneself, one’s congregation, and the movement as a whole. In the Jewish community, whether you are Orthodox or Conservative, keeping the seventh-day Sabbath is an important sign of who you are as a Jew. It is the sign that God gave the people of Israel from […]

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How Do We Properly Keep Kosher?

5 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 15 April, 2002 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Eating is something that every human being must do for survival. Without the ingestion of food into our bodies, we will not receive the nutrients that we require to continue living. It may come as a surprise to many of you, but there is no specific commandment in the Bible “to eat.” The fact that people will eat is already assumed by the Biblical authors. However, simply because there is no command “to eat” does not mean that God does not have some specific instructions on how His people […]

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How Did We Lose the Sabbath?

4 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 31 July, 2015 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper When many of us think about some of the most significant theological debates of the past three of five decades, we are probably immediately drawn into thinking about conservatives and liberals sparring over the reliability of the Holy Scriptures, creationists and evolutionists fighting about the origins of humankind, Scripturalists and cultists warring over the Divinity of Yeshua, and most recently the controversy that has been rising up over homosexuality and gay marriage.[1] How many of us are consciously aware that there has been a debate ensuing among evangelical Christians, […]

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A Summarization of Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah Traditions

2 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 3

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Yom Teruah or Rosh HaShanah is the first of the Fall appointed times, and it begins a very serious season of personal reflection and repentance for the individual, leading up to Yom Kippur. It occurs on the first of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, and along with Yom Kippur, constitutes one of the most sacred times for the Jewish community. The instruction for this day appears twice in the Torah, in Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6: “Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of […]

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What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?

30 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 01 August, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Those of you who have been in the Messianic community for any elongated period of time know that we can be a controversial group of people.[1] Those of us who were raised in mainstream Christianity and have now joined Messianic congregations have questioned much of what we were taught in the past, testing it against Scripture. While today’s Christianity did indeed give us a foundational grounding in the Word of God, and thankfully and gratefully presented us the gospel of salvation available in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), it […]

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Genesis 9:3-7: Why Meat?

29 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

originally posted 01 February, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper GENESIS 9:3-7 – ENGLISH Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. As for […]

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Galatians 3:23-25: Are Messianic Youth Properly Trained in the Torah and All the Scriptures?

28 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 14 July, 2008 reproduced from Galatians for the Practical Messianic When we consider Paul’s description of the Torah as serving as a pedagogue, some difficult questions are asked of us as Believers considering whether or not any of us were actually trained in the basics of the Torah. If Paul intends the Torah to serve as a pedagogue for all, or at least most, who come to faith in Yeshua, what is this to say about Christians—and also Messianics—today? Are any of us properly trained in the Torah? What role does the Torah play in showing us our […]

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Is Messiah the Termination of the Torah?

27 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 20 January, 2004 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper A foundational principle of Christianity is supposed to be “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).[1] In theory, most evangelical conservative Christians claim to honor the Bible as if all of it is the inspired, inerrant Word of the Lord. However, in practice, the same cannot often be said, especially when it comes to many Christians’ attitude concerning their […]

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Does the New Testament Annul the Biblical Appointments?

26 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 28 September, 2005 reproduced from Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers We as Messianic Believers need to lament over the fact that most of our Christian brothers and sisters do not honor and observe our Heavenly Father’s appointed times[1] or moedim,[2] listed in Leviticus 23. Instead of remembering Pesach/Passover, Chag HaMatzot/Unleavened Bread, Shavuot/Pentecost, Yom Teruah-Rosh HaShanah/the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur/the Day of Atonement, Sukkot/Tabernacles, and Shemini Atzeret/the Eighth Day Assembly, in addition to the weekly seventh-day Shabbat/Sabbath—Christians today celebrate Christmas and Easter and assemble on Sunday. They have missed out on much of what the Lord […]

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Dispensationalism: Root Cause of Modern Antinomianism

22 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

REVISED 02 MAY, 2005 The Messianic community today faces some strong theological challenges. While we are trying to develop a coherent orthodoxy relating to the correct beliefs and practices in relationship to the prophesied, greater restoration of Israel—we face external difficulties from popular Christian belief systems which directly relate to how a person reads and interprets Scripture. The two systems that are in direct opposition to the premise that all born again Believers are a part of the Commonwealth of Israel, and they should live as a part of Israel, are those of replacement theology and dispensationalism. Replacement theology, widely […]

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What Are The Lord’s Appointed Times?

21 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 28 September, 2005 reproduced from Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers One of the first areas of Torah observance which comes into play, when outside people enter into the Messianic movement and commit themselves to a Messianic lifestyle, is that of the holidays. The appointed times guide the yearly cycle of events which help to form Messianic identity.[1] The appointed times guide the yearly cycle of events that help to form Messianic identity. Messianic Believers do not observe mainstream Christian holidays such as Christmas or Easter, but rather remember the Biblically-prescribed holidays of God’s Torah, which are first […]

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The Christmas Challenge

16 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 12 December, 2001 reproduced from the Messianic Winter Holiday Helper No matter who you are or what religious ideology you hold to, the Winter holiday season involving Christmas will be a challenge.[1] It is first a challenge to non-Believers as they are continually presented with the message of the birth of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) into a world that is lost in sin. Secondly, the Christmas holiday is a challenging time for many Christians who seek to remember the birth of our Savior, but at the same time all too often indulge themselves in overly frivolous gift-giving. […]

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A Messianic Perspective on Halloween

15 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 October, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper By mid-to-late Summer, you can now go to your local store while grocery shopping and see it advertised. You can now buy your decorations and costumes for this holiday much earlier than ever before. The advertising and marketing involved for this holiday is beyond that of what Christmas was in the past. Halloween has become a very formidable holiday, a huge money maker for confectioners and the entertainment industry alike. It has also been responsible for many people being introduced to the occult and considering witchcraft and spiritism […]

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A Low Hamartology

14 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 13 September, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper What is the problem with holding to a low theology of sin (hamartology), and how do we see this problem fixed? I had a very interesting dream the other night, but before I begin, let me say something: I don’t have dreams. This does not mean that I am not spiritual, it just means that the Lord usually communicates to me through prayer or His Word. This dream, however, was pretty interesting. It involved me consciously picking up various books and commentaries in my library, and closely examining and […]

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A Light to the Nations

13 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 11 SEPTEMBER, 2006 As Messianic Believers, we give an incredible amount of attention to the teachings of the Torah and Tanach. Every week in Messianic fellowships and congregations, the weekly Torah and Haftarah readings are considered that should bring great depth and dimension to our faith. We are called to consider the history of Ancient Israel, its deliverance through the wilderness by God, and the mission that God has for His people. When we examine what the Torah says, we are forced to see that the world that we live in today is sinful, is rife with problems, and […]

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