Bible Study

Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel?

11 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The composition of the people of God, as broad and deep as this sector of theology is, is a definite place where some important, imperative, and critical thinking and reflection are surely needed by today’s Messianic Believers. Ecclesiology is not an area of theology that enough Messiah followers adequately understand or appreciate the importance of. To far too many, it is just a big word without a great deal of significance. Yet, given what many of today’s Messianic Believers, Jewish and non-Jewish, are convicted of, have read in Scripture, and have had the witness of the Holy Spirit regarding the […]

Anti-Semitism

A Restoration of Israel–Without the Jews?

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the December 2016 issue of Outreach Israel News This month of December 2016, the Jewish and Messianic Jewish communities will be commemorating Chanukah or the Festival of Dedication. Chanukah is a very warm time for Jewish and Messianic Jewish families, mainly as they reflect back on different family memories, special times of fellowship, gift giving, and of course eating many specialty foods. In many Messianic congregations the world over, there will be dedicated times of reading from the Books of Maccabees, focusing on the ancient history of the Seleucid invasion of the Land of Israel, the resistance that opposed […]

Ecclesiology

Matthew 16:18-19

26 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 21 JANUARY, 2015 I understand that your ministry denies the existence of the Church, as a second body of elect. How do you approach Jesus’ explicit words to Peter that He would build His Church? This entry has been reproduced from Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel? Matthew 16:18-19 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound […]

Ecclesiology

Congregations Among Us

6 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 03 July, 2007 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Today’s emerging Messianic movement is at a critical juncture in its growth and development, particularly as we consider the future. Where we are in the distant future needs to be considerably different than where we are today (in 2007). We need to have made significantly more progress in the refinement of our theology and approach to the Bible, and we need to be more socially active and engaged with the affairs of our modern and/or post-modern culture so we can make a true difference in the lives of other people. […]

Books & Studies

Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel?

3 October, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The composition of the people of God, as broad and deep as this sector of theology is, is a definite place where some important, imperative, and critical thinking and reflection are surely needed by today’s Messianic Believers. Ecclesiology is not an area of theology that enough Messiah followers adequately understand or appreciate the importance of. To far too many, it is just a big word without a great deal of significance. Yet, given what many of today’s Messianic Believers, Jewish and non-Jewish, are convicted of, have read in Scripture, and have had the witness of the Holy Spirit regarding the […]

Ecclesiology

Commonwealth of Israel

26 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 JUNE, 2011 In examining some Messianic Jewish teaching materials, they explained to me that the Commonwealth of Israel is made up of both the Jewish people and the Church, sort of like the British Commonwealth. They have actually said that as a non-Jewish Believer, I am really not a part of Israel, only the Commonwealth. Does this viewpoint have any legitimacy? This entry has been adapted from the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic. “[R]emember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having […]

Ecclesiology

When Did “the Church” Begin?

23 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 04 January, 2004 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic In the annals of Christian teaching, Protestant or Catholic, one common thread often runs throughout: the institution known as “the Church” sees itself as being separate from Israel. As some would dogmatically declare, “The Church is not Israel!”[1]—and depending on your view, this is correct. The Church institution by-and-large does not consider itself part of, or at times even related to, Israel. While there are some who do recognize that our faith is connected to Israel, that is about as far as it goes. In many ways […]

Church History

Church, Word of Pagan Origin

19 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 06 JULY, 2006 I have heard that the English word “church” is of pagan origins. Is there any substantiation to support this? There is debate over the origins of the English word church, but before we can address this, we need to have a proper understanding of the Greek word ekklēsia, which in our Bibles is commonly rendered as “church.” Is “church” an appropriate translation of this word? LS defines ekklēsia as “an assembly of the citizens regularly summoned, the legislative assembly” and “in N.T. the Church, either the body, or the place.”[1] In the Apostolic Scriptures, ekklēsia is […]

Ecclesiology

Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel?

19 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 05 March, 2013 reproduced from Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel? The Messianic Jewish movement that has grown and been emerging in the late Twentieth and early Twenty-First Centuries has achieved much for the Kingdom of God, which it should be genuinely proud of. It has made a significant, positive contribution in the lives of many Jewish men and women who have come to saving faith in the Messiah of Israel, giving them a place where they do not have to assimilate and give up their Jewishness. Perhaps an unforeseen side-effect is that it has also made […]

Ecclesiology

Israel in Future Prophecy: Afterward

6 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Most likely, if you have been diligently reading Israel in Future Prophecy, it is fair to say that you are a non-Jewish Messianic Believer who has been curious as to what my perspective is regarding the whole “Two-House” controversy—or you might be a Messianic Jewish Believer who knows that our broad faith community needs some resolution to this issue, as time proceeds forward, and as theological and spiritual challenges of much more major substance and importance present themselves (i.e., debates over the Divinity of Yeshua and His Messiahship). There have been a number of sensational and hype-laden books circulate throughout […]

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? […]

Ancient Israel

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 […]