Messianic Issues

Considering Messianic Jewish Fears of Replacement and Irrelevance

9 June, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 06 August, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper At this still relatively young point in my experience as a Messianic writer and teacher, I have lost count of how many times I have begun an article, or included a statement, along the lines of: The Messianic movement has seen a generation of Jewish people come to faith in Messiah Yeshua, as well as many evangelical Christians embrace their Hebraic Roots in a tangible way… To some of you, these remarks seem rather obvious, and perhaps even a bit mundane. To others, though, these remarks are not only […]

Messianic Issues

A Messianic Spiritual Inventory

9 June, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 01 May, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper My family has been formally involved in the Messianic movement since 1995. As has been described in numerous places throughout our publications, we would not have entered into it, if it had not been for some unique circumstances. When my parents, Kimball and Margaret McKee, came to saving faith in 1984, not only did they return to going to church again—but they also started, albeit nominally, investigating their Hebraic Roots. My father, employing some insights which were being taught by the late Zola Levitt, integrated various Hebraic Roots components […]

Messianic Issues

An Identity Crisis

8 June, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 APRIL, 2007 In today’s Messianic world, if you ask anyone who he or she is you will undoubtedly get a wide variety of answers. Some will say that they are completed Jews who know Yeshua as their Messiah. Others will say that they are Torah observant followers of the God of Israel. Still, some you may encounter may say that they are “Israelites”—whatever that means to them. There are those who want a strong connection to Orthodox Judaism. There are those who want no connection to any kind of Judaism. There are likewise those who want no connection […]

Ecclesiology

Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel?

19 May, 2017 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 […]

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Messianic Believers and Religious Symbols

18 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

posted 07 June, 2016 reproduced from Torah In the Balance, Volume II Throughout much of human history, and certainly present within our modern era, religious groups have been known by religious symbols. If any of us think in terms of words like Judaism, Christianity, or Islam—we almost immediately conjure up images of a Star of David, the cross, and the crescent moon. Today’s broad Messianic community, which looks to its shared Jewish and Christian heritage, certainly has some kind of association with common Jewish symbols such as the menorah or Star of David, as well as the Christian cross and […]

Messianic Issues

How Are We to Live as Modern Messianics?

18 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 January, 2008 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues A shift has started to take place in today’s Messianic community. Many attribute the year 1967 and the recapturing of Jerusalem by Israel as also being the year that the Messianic movement really got started. If this is truly the case, then last year we turned forty (2007), and this year (2008) we turn forty-one. As a movement that is preparing to become middle aged, it is certainly time for us to be a mature group of people who are empowered by God to perform His tasks in the Earth. […]

Ecclesiology

Congregations Among Us

11 April, 2017 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. […]

Anti-Semitism

A Restoration of Israel–Without the Jews?

11 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 DECEMBER, 2016 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, […]

Messianic Issues

Introduction to Things Messianic

31 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 30 December, 2003 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic In studying the Bible, many Christians unfortunately find themselves only reading the New Testament or the Apostolic Scriptures. Although these important Scriptures speak of the gospel message, testify to the works of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus), and speak of issues that the First Century Believers had to contend with, these writings comprise less than one-third of the Bible. Those whose focus is almost exclusively in this part of the Bible can have an unbalanced approach to our Creator and His plan for the ages. Although the Messianic […]

Eschatology

Are We Really Ready for the End-Times?

30 March, 2017 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 […]

Messianic Issues

Messianic Issues

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

An Identity Crisis J.K. McKee posted 01 April, 2007 Adopting a Messianic Lifestyle J.K. McKee posted 14 October, 2016 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic Anti-Semitism in the Two-House Movement J.K. McKee posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy Approaching Two-House Controversies J.K. McKee posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy A Messianic Spiritual Inventory J.K. McKee originally posted 01 May, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper  Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel? J.K. McKee originally posted 05 March, 2013 reproduced from Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel? A Restoration of […]

Messianic Issues

Revival of the Roman Empire

25 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 01 September, 2000 On January 1, 1993 member states of the European Economic Community (EEC) became members of the European Union (E.U.), an organization designed to ultimately create a European federal super-state or “United States of Europe.” Since 1993, steps have been taken to establish a central European government composed of a parliamentary and judicial system. All that currently remains is the creation of a permanent executive branch of government and other logistical details to cater to the demands of individual member states. Many prophecy teachers believe that the European Union may be the organization or political bloc from […]

Messianic Issues

Questionable Authority

25 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 01 September, 2000 For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church had been the epicenter of European politics, economics, and social structure. Although most of modern-day Europe has become atheist or agnostic, the Church still has a large influence over both it and the world. When one considers that the Roman Catholic Church is probably both the world’s richest and most influential organization, with over 1 billion constituents, it should pose some concern, especially in light of current events and for those of us who study end-time prophecy. What is the true nature of Roman Catholicism? Is the pope truly the […]

Messianic Issues

What Are We Really Doing?

15 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 22 November, 2005 Since the beginning of this year (2005), the Messianic community has been in a very “interesting” position. This has been a transitional year for many of us, and for many Messianic ministries. But what people have been transitioning to is a big question mark. Things have happened doctrinally in the Messianic movement that have caused some serious problems, and have divided many people. When issues like these arise, we are all forced to reevaluate what we believe, and wonder if we are doing something wrong. We are all forced to wonder what we are really doing. […]

Messianic Issues

The Top Ten Urban Myths of Today’s Messianic Movement

15 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 3

originally posted 12 April, 2007 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Today’s Messianic movement is in a very precarious situation. On the one hand, some good things are happening as many Jewish people are coming to faith in Messiah Yeshua, and Christians are expressing a love for Israel and embracing their Hebraic Roots. Our numbers are getting larger and larger—with many not having to really wonder what “Messianic” is any more. Many people know that when you call yourself “Messianic” you are either a Jewish Believer in Yeshua, or a non-Jewish Believer in Yeshua who has some kind of strong connection […]

Galatians

The Three Silver Bullets for Understanding Galatians

14 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 20 JANUARY, 2011 reproduced from the McHuey Blog 11 February, 2008 Paul’s letter to the Galatians is undeniably one of the most difficult texts of the Bible for Messianic Believers to understand. Yet, I often do wonder why this letter often seems so difficult to understand. From a Messianic, pro-Torah perspective, Paul’s comments are actually not that difficult to comprehend when placed into their proper ancient context. Paul refutes the idea that circumcision is the entryway into a covenant relationship with God—instead faith is the entryway into a covenant relationship with Him, as it always has been since the […]

Christology

The Significance of the Messiah Event

13 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee originally posted 01 July, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper “[B]ut now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26). If you were to ask a great number of contemporary Messianic people—especially various individuals within the (rather legalistic) One Torah/One Law sub-movement—what the most important event in human history has been, you are probably going to be told that it was the giving of the Torah to Ancient Israel on Mount Sinai. There is no doubting to be sure, […]

Messianic Issues

The Responsibility of the Sower

13 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 February, 2005 reproduced from Torah In the Balance, Volume II The Messianic community today is in a very profound state of growth. Thousands of evangelical Christian Believers all over North America and the world are crying out to the Lord for more understanding and insight concerning the Scriptures, as they know internally that there is more to the Bible than what mainstream Christianity commonly presents. These Believers, praying diligently to our Heavenly Father, are being led into the Messianic movement and are being convicted by the Spirit that they need to live a life of Torah observance […]

Messianic Issues

The Quest for Credibility

11 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 September, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues In the history of our faith, whenever the Lord has revealed something new to His people, or a forgotten truth has been restored, the enemy has always been present to derail or deter it. This is true from the early movement of Believers in Yeshua the Messiah all the way to the present time. When the Apostle Peter proclaimed at Shavuot/Pentecost, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Messiah—this Yeshua whom you crucified” (Acts 2:36), you can be rest […]

Messianic Issues

Is God’s Purpose Bigger?

10 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 30 September, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper The spiritual dynamics in today’s Messianic movement are in the process of changing. I think that this is a very good thing.[1] For a number of years I have thought that if some of us do not take a real, hard look at ourselves and what we are doing, then we will not make the kind of impact that our Heavenly Father wants us to make. I have not at all hidden the fact that much of what I have witnessed the past ten years in the Messianic world […]

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