Afterlife

Afterlife, negates need for the resurrection

25 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Going to Heaven makes no sense in light of the doctrine of resurrection. What is the point of the future resurrection if Believers just go to Heaven when they die? One of the most frequent arguments against a conscious, intermediate afterlife in Heaven, is that going to be with the Lord is thought to negate the significance of the resurrection, making it a bit anticlimactic. It is very true that many of today’s Believers think that salvation is to be understood exclusively in terms of “going to Heaven when you die,” and the future resurrection of […]

Acts

Acts 8:27, 36, 38

25 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 10 NOVEMBER, 2014 I have heard that it would be improper to view the Ethiopian whom Philip encountered in Acts 8 as a “eunuch,” and instead should think of him as a “believer” from the Aramaic Peshitta, given how the Torah prohibits a eunuch from approaching the appointed place. Can you assist me with this? The scene of Acts 8:25-40 should surely be well known to Bible readers, as Philip had been declaring the good news to Samaritans, and was then commanded to go down to Gaza, to speak the message to a court official of Ethiopia, who had […]

Eschatology

Abomination of Desolation

25 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 06 APRIL, 2006 What do you believe the Abomination of Desolation will be? Do you believe the Temple will be rebuilt? Yeshua indicates in His Olivet Discourse, in Matthew 24:15, that the Abomination of Desolation is the key sign that will occur indicating that His return is near. We believe that the Abomination of Desolation is when the antimessiah/antichrist “will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering” (Daniel 9:27) on the Temple Mount, will proclaim himself to be a god (2 Thessalonians 2:4), and the false prophet will erect an image of him (Revelation 13:14). The antimessiah will […]

FAQ

Mushrooms, Kosher

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Are mushrooms “kosher”? On occasion, more often than not in the independent sectors of the Messianic community and/or Hebrew/Hebraic Roots world, one will hear a claim made from time to time that mushrooms, and by association various other fungi, are non-kosher. Much of this relates to how mushrooms reproduce. Yet, one need not go too far to realize that mushrooms are a feature of traditional Jewish cooking. This means that at one point in history, Jewish religious authorities decided that mushrooms, even if they do not bear seed (cf. Genesis 1:29) in the more customary sense, […]

Creationism

6,000 Year Teaching

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 05 MARCH, 2015 How close do you believe we are to the Biblical year 6,000? Throughout the broad Messianic community, composing Messianic Judaism, the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, the Two-House sub-movement, and various Hebrew/Hebraic Roots associations—is a wide and firm adherence to the 6,000-year doctrine. This teaching advocates that there are 6,000 years allocated to human history, with six 1,000-year periods corresponding to the six “days” or yamim of Creation, with a seventh 1,000-year period representing the Sabbath and the Millennial Kingdom of the Messiah. With such a seventh 1,000-year period representing the Millennial reign of Yeshua, then the […]

FAQ

Leviticus 18:5

18 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 30 SEPTEMBER, 2011 Does the Torah actually teach that by keeping its commandments, a person can earn eternal life? Is it possible for a person to keep the commandments of the Torah, and as a result incur eternal life and everlasting communion with the Father? There are those throughout Jewish and Christian religious history, and even to our present time, who have thought that Leviticus 18:5—“So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them”—implies precisely this. There are certainly Christian interpreters, who would dispute this conclusion based on a […]

FAQ

Paul, Opposed or Not Opposed to the Torah (Law)

12 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 30 AUGUST, 2011 I am having difficulty understanding the writings of the Apostle Paul. In my spirit, I believe his letters to be inspired of the Holy One, but in reading them I sense that they might be opposed to Torah. Can you help me with this? There are a variety of important things that any reader of Paul’s letters needs to keep in mind, the foremost being that Paul’s letters were written to ancient groups of Believers in the First Century. When Twenty-First Century readers encounter the Pauline Epistles, we are definitely reading someone else’s mail. Our responsibility, […]

FAQ

Torah, Before Mount Sinai (Abraham)

11 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 02 SEPTEMBER, 2011 I have heard many Messianic Believers claim that the Torah existed before Mount Sinai, and that Abraham kept it. To what degree is this actually true? This entry has been adapted from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah When the Instruction of God was finally codified, it was given to the people of Ancient Israel. But torah as God’s Teaching, contrary to what many contemporary Christians might know, certainly pre-dated Mount Sinai. Genesis 26:5 affirms how the Patriarch Abraham “obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” The […]

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 6:12

4 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 10 MAY, 2011 How can you say that the Law of Moses is still to be followed by Christians today, when it is quite clear that all things are now lawful? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 1 Corinthians 6:12: All things are now lawful. “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” The pastor’s statement “All things are now lawful,” on the basis of 1 Corinthians 6:12, can be a […]

FAQ

Original Order, Books of the Bible

4 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 30 OCTOBER, 2011 Is it true that the order of the books of the Bible used today, for both the Tanach and Apostolic Scriptures (Old and New Testament), is not the original order? It is not difficult for Bible readers to figure out that the book order of the Tanach or Old Testament, as seen within either the Jewish Synagogue or Christian Church, is a bit different. For today’s Messianic Believers, who tend to have both Jewish Bible versions and Christian Bible versions in their home library, this is easily detected. The very term Tanach/Tanakh is an acronym for […]

FAQ

Lunar Sabbath

30 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 05 MARCH, 2015 What do you think of the Lunar Sabbath theory? A lunar Sabbath is not practiced by anyone in today’s Messianic Judaism or the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, but it may be favored by people here and there on the fringes of the Two-House sub-movement. Generally speaking, those who have rejected the mainstream Jewish calendar used by the Synagogue today, and the vast majority of Messianic Jews—in favor of their own calendar[1]—are those who are open to later questioning the placement of the seventh-day Sabbath on the day of the week known on our secular calendar as […]

Ecclesiology

Commonwealth of Israel

29 March, 2017 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 […]

1 Corinthians

Headcovering Garments

26 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 JUNE, 2013 Do you believe it is acceptable for Messianic men to wear a kippah or yarmulke, when Paul says that it is a dishonor for men to have their heads covered? How do you interpret 1 Corinthians 11:4-16? One of the most obvious elements of modern Jewish identity witnessed in the world today, is men wearing the kippah (or yarmulke) or skullcap. The idea behind wearing this small skullcap is that it shows submission to God. The term kippah is derived from the Hebrew verb kafar, meaning “to cover, to forgive, to expiate, to reconcile” (AMG).[1] The […]

Appointed Times

Yom Kippur, Fasting

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 06 OCTOBER, 2008 Where is the command in Torah to fast on Yom Kippur? I thought it only said that we are to afflict our souls. The command to commemorate Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement appears several times in the Torah (Exodus 30:10; Leviticus 16:30; 23:27-28; Numbers 29:7-11), with each section of commandments giving specific details. One of those specific details—and arguably the most important—is listed in Leviticus 23:27: “it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls.” What does the clause v’innitem et-nafshoteikhem mean, exactly? The verb anah, appearing the Piel […]

FAQ

YHWH, Above the Cross

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 24 FEBRUARY, 2010 I heard a Messianic teacher say that the Divine Name YHWH was spelled out on the writing above Yeshua’s cross? Is this true? The Scriptures that are often made light of concerning this belief include Matthew 27:37, “And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, ‘This is Yeshua the king of the Jews,’” and John 19:19, “Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, ‘Yeshua the Nazarene, the king of the Jews’” (cf. Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38). What we know for certain from the Gospels […]

FAQ

YHWH/YHVH

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 18 DECEMBER, 2006 Are you against using the proper name of God? Are you for using it? The strong aversion to using the name of God in Judasim today is that there is no complete way for us to know how to pronounce it. Scholars have debated for centuries over the exact pronunciation of God’s name, based on available linguistic evidence and testimonies from ancient history. But all that anyone can provide is a best guess. “In the earliest Hebrew the sacred name appeared as a four-letter word or tetragrammaton: YHWH, without any vowel signs. Since the vowels were […]

FAQ

Wrath, spared from

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 16 JANUARY, 2006 How do you, as a post-tribulational ministry, respond to the fact that we are spared from God’s wrath? Does this not mean that we are spared from the horrors of the Tribulation period? No one can deny the clear Biblical reference of 1 Thessalonians 5:9: “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.” Neither this, nor other passages such as Romans 5:9 are in dispute by us as post-tribulationists. However, it is important that we determine what the wrath of God is, something very few pre-tribulationists […]

FAQ

Works of the Law

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 28 SEPTEMBER, 2012 I have heard a teaching which stated that the term “works of the Law” actually refers to Rabbinical extra-Biblical commandments? Is there any substantiation for this? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of Galatians for the Practical Messianic The Apostle Paul’s usage of the term “works of law” three times in Galatians 2:16 is the first usage of ergōn nomou in the Apostolic Scriptures. “Works of law” is used a total of six times in Galatians (2:16; 3:2, 5, 10), and is only used elsewhere in his letter to the Romans (3:20, 28). […]

Egalitarianism

Women in Ministry

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UPDATED 28 OCTOBER, 2012 What is your position on women in ministry? Should Messianic women be allowed to be teachers, pastors/rabbis, or occupy positions of leadership? The issue of women in ministry is something, which as of today, there is likely no Messianic consensus upon. There will be leaders, teachers, congregations, and organizations which (strongly) oppose women in positions of rabbinic/pastoral leadership, and there will be leaders, teachers, congregations, and organizations which support women in positions of rabbinic/pastoral leadership. Not surprisingly, the position that the editor holds, regarding various passages which inform Bible readers about this issue, is largely his […]

FAQ

Violent Seize Kingdom of God

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 04 JULY, 2014 I am having difficulty approaching the word that “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” Does this mean that the Kingdom of Heaven is supposed to be a violent force? Has this not been abused in past history by the Church? There should be little denying how the word about the Kingdom of Heaven “suffering violence,” among other statements appearing in the Gospels, has been misunderstood or misapplied throughout religious history. This statement of Yeshua’s appears twice in the Gospels: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the […]

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