Bible Study

The Dangers of Pre-Tribulationism

24 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The pre-tribulation rapture is an extremely popular doctrine, which advocates that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) can unexpectedly come at any moment for the saints, gathering them into Heaven before the Tribulation period or Seventieth Week of Israel. Pre-tribulationism has sold many books, spawned numerous fiction series and movies, and has created a large financial market for prophecy materials. But in spite of its popularity in much of today’s evangelical Christianity, few question it. When presented with alternative points of view such as post-tribulationism, adherents of the popular pre-tribulational position can sometimes take strong offense, and they can be found […]

Bible Study

When Will the Messiah Return?

11 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

For almost two millennia, multiplied millions of Believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) have eagerly anticipated His return. Many theories, doctrines, and creeds have been produced concerning the Second Coming, as well as an entire score of books. In today’s world, many Christians think that the Messiah can return at any moment in an event called the “pre-tribulation rapture.” Even among those who do not believe in this imminent rapture, are those who still think that the final days of humanity are upon us. Are they? Is absolutely everything in place for the Messiah to return quite soon? Or, […]

Eschatology

Sacrifices, in the Millennium

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 30 DECEMBER, 2006 Do you believe that there will be animal sacrifices during the Millennial Kingdom? If so, would these sacrifices be an affront to the final sacrifice of the Messiah? Ezekiel chapters 40-44, speaking of the Millennial Temple, tell us that there will be animal sacrifices during the Messianic Age. Ezekiel 44:10-11 describes the Levites in the Millennial Temple performing animal sacrifices: “But the Levites who went far from Me when Israel went astray, who went astray from Me after their idols, shall bear the punishment for their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, having […]

Eschatology

Sabbath Dismissal, Mark of the Beast

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 05 MARCH, 2015 Is not keeping the Sabbath the mark of the beast? It is true that various Sabbatarian groups of the Twentieth Century, or at least people in such groups, have advocated that the mark of the beast of Revelation 13:16-17 is to be viewed in terms of not keeping the Sabbath and/or observing Sunday as a religious day.[1] Some of this has been associated with the theory that in the future, as the regime of the antimessiah/antichrist approaches, that Sunday will be enforced as a religious day, either in North America or in the world. As things […]

Eschatology

Rapture

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 10 OCTOBER, 2006 What is your rapture position? Pre-, mid-, or post? Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics promote the idea of a post-tribulational, pre-wrath return of Yeshua for the saints, which we believe will occur near or at the end of the Tribulation period. The Messiah Himself says that He returns “after the tribulation of those days” (Matthew 24:29-31), the Apostle Paul says that the resurrection and transformation of living Believers occurs “at the last trumpet” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), and the Apostle John writes that at the seventh, or last trumpet, of Revelation, “The kingdom of the world […]

Eschatology

Mark of the Beast

26 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 13 NOVEMBER, 2006 What do you believe the mark of the beast is, or will be? Revelation 13:16-17 tells us, “And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” The mark of the beast is received by those who follow […]

Eschatology

Millennium Madness or Prophecy Awareness?

24 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 15 July, 1999 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? As we move further into the Twenty-First Century, three categories of Believers are rising to the surface. Each has a definitive view of end-time Bible prophecy, and many in each category unfortunately criticize or slander the other. The first are those who believe that major events will happen at literally “any moment.” The second are those who believe prophetic events can happen. The third are those who believe nothing will occur. It is a definite possibility that end-time events foretold in Scripture may occur in our lifetimes, but there […]

Eschatology

Is Being “Taken” Always a Good Thing?

24 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

revised edition originally posed 05 October, 2005 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? What is truly meant in the Scriptures by “one will be taken, and one will be left” in what many consider to be “rapture” passages? Is this being “taken” a good thing, or a bad thing? Is it a being “taken” into the clouds to meet the Lord, or is it a being “taken” to judgment? The Verses to Discuss The primary verses to discuss in relation to “one will be taken, one will be left,” are Matthew 24:37-42 and Luke 17:34-37. These verses are translated […]

Eschatology

The Hastening of Righteousness

23 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 06 July, 2008 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? It seems like every year our family has been a part of the Messianic community, we have witnessed that we are confronted with yet another teaching or prognostication about why we are nearing the End of the Age, or why we must be the last generation. Now, being a political science undergraduate, I am the last person who is going to say that we should not be paying attention to the goings on of today’s world. We should! Unfortunately, though, a great deal of fear is present throughout […]

Eschatology

Jewish Marriage Analogy

22 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 18 JANUARY, 2006 As a Messianic ministry, how can you be post-tribulationists? Certainly you have heard about the Jewish Marriage Analogy where Believers as the Bride of Messiah are to be raptured up to Heaven prior to the Tribulation to experience the wedding feast. The idea that the Body of Believers is the Bride of Messiah is usually based on the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 11:2: “For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Messiah I might present you as a pure virgin.” This one […]

Eschatology

The Great Apostasy

22 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posed 07 August, 2008 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? Thinking about or contemplating the topic of apostasy is not necessarily the most positive thing that someone could be doing. The Biblical and historical record both indicate that apostasy against God—a denial of Him and His ways—has been present with us since the very beginning (which should hopefully relieve at least some of the anxiety we may have about this). Yet, sometimes we need to have our consciences pricked regarding what the apostasy is, especially as we survey some of the things going on in the religious world […]

Eschatology

Are We Really Ready for the End-Times?

22 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 07 May, 2007 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? It is not uncommon at all in today’s Messianic community to hear about what God is doing in “these Last Days” or “these end-times.” I myself will admit to having used this phrase many times, as I looked at world events and considered the possibilities that might take place in conjunction with Bible prophecy. However, as things stand in 2007, I find myself being far more cautious in regard to world events and their possible relationship to prophecy. I find myself being tempered by Peter’s usage of “the […]

Eschatology

What is the Mark of the Beast?

22 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 01 September, 2000 “And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred […]

Eschatology

The Babylons of Revelation 17 & 18

16 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 01 January, 2005 There are many beliefs and opinions as to what end-time Babylon comprises among those who study and examine end-time prophecy. They range from believing that Ancient Babylon will be rebuilt to that Babylon is a religious system to even that Babylon the Great is the United States of America. Some believe that Babylon represents a system, while others interpret it as being a literal city. Some of the views are somewhat odd, and others are Biblically sound (at least in their own right) and have points of validity. In light of current events and the various […]

Eschatology

Final Generation

4 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 05 SEPTEMBER, 2007 Do you believe we are the final generation? It is commonly asserted among many Messianic Believers, and for that matter many evangelical Christians also, that our generation living today is the “final generation.” This is often based on the following statement by Yeshua delivered during His Olivet Discourse on the end-times: “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place” (Matthew 24:34; cf. Mark 13:30; Luke 21:32). A common claim that is made—especially in some distinct Messianic circles—is that the “final generation” started in 1967 with the recapturing […]

Eschatology

False Prophecy Predictions

4 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 16 OCTOBER, 2006 I have encountered some teachers who have made false predictions on the end-times and have not been held accountable. What should I do about this? Yeshua the Messiah prophesies in His Olivet Discourse, “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many” (Matthew 24:11). This has obviously been going on for a very, very long time and will certainly not stop anytime soon. Church history is full of figures over several millennia who have made predictions on the end-times and the return of the Lord that have not come to pass. What we may experience today […]

Eschatology

Church, missing after Revelation 4:1

16 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 DECEMBER, 2006 As post-tribulationists, how do you respond to the fact that the word “church” does not appear after Revelation 4:1? This means that the Church is missing and has been raptured to Heaven. In the opening chapters of Revelation (chs. 1-3), the Apostle John is given specific instruction by Yeshua the Messiah that he is to deliver to the seven assemblies of Asia Minor (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea). After John relays Yeshua’s messages to these congregations, John is told by the Lord, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place […]

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? […]

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