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 […]

Hebrew Roots

Messianic Judaism and the Hebrew Roots Movement: A Numbers Game

16 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

How are any of us supposed to reckon with the large numbers of non-Jewish Believers being drawn into the Messianic movement? Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee addresses how the Messianic Jewish founders of the 1960s and 1970s set up a movement focused on: Jewish outreach, Jewish evangelism, and Israel solidarity. Messianic Jewish congregations could be places where Jewish Believers in Yeshua did not have to assimilate into the Christian world, with their children and grandchildren forgetting their heritage. Jewish Believers in Yeshua did not have to give up on being Jewish, and they could indeed live as Jews in fellowship […]

Creationism

A Flat Earth?

9 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee discusses the social media phenomenon all over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and hundreds of memes supporting the idea that Planet Earth is a flat disk. While affirming the verifiable scientific position of Planet Earth as a round sphere, that there would be anyone within the broad Messianic movement or independent Hebrew/Hebraic Roots movement adhering to a Flat Earth–serves as evidence that our understanding of the various positions on Genesis 1-11 is in need of some help. There is a greater diversity of views within our faith community on Genesis 1-11 than many leaders and teachers are willing […]

Kosher

Today’s Believers and Kosher

2 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

In a short video podcast entitled “Should Christians Keep the Dietary Laws?” renowned apologist Michael L. Brown demonstrates a broad pessimism to the Bible’s instructions of clean and unclean, even though he is not against people considering them for reasons such as their diet or health. While the issue of the kosher dietary laws is not one where our faith in Israel’s Messiah rises and falls, there are many Messianic Believers today who affirm their continued validity and relevance for the post-resurrection era. Using Brown’s video podcast as a springboard, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee considers a number of Bible […]

New Covenant

Are We Really in the New Covenant?

26 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee recently encountered a number of posts from a ministry called Torah Babies on his Facebook feed, which claimed that the prophesied New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ezekiel 36:25-27 is not yet operative for the people of God (see articles: “Are We Under a New Covenant?” and “Y’shua and the Renewed Covenant.”) Are we really in the New Covenant, or not? This video podcast considers the wider scope of expectations in Jeremiah 31 and Ezekiel 36 as they involve the restoration of Israel’s Kingdom, and the return of Israel proper to the Holy Land. Given […]