Bible Study

Israel in Future Prophecy

11 January, 2017 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? […]

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

Ezekiel 37:15-28: Have the Two Sticks Been Reunited?

6 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy What is commonly called the two-stick prophecy, appearing in Ezekiel 37:15-28, has generated a great deal of attention since the late 1990s. This, in no small part, has been due to the large numbers of non-Jewish Believers entering into the Messianic movement, embracing their Hebraic Roots, and setting out on a life of Torah observance like Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus). Inevitably asked, or at least wondered by such people, is how much of a part of Israel they truly are. Do they just have citizenship in Israel’s Kingdom because of their […]

Ancient Israel

The Biblical, Rebellious Legacy of the Northern Kingdom of Ephraim

2 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 02 September, 2016 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy The Two-House teaching of Judah and Ephraim, being reunited in the period prior to the Messiah’s return, is one which has certainly stirred a great deal of controversy across the broad Messianic community. Why has this been the case? A ministry like Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics has always thought that the safest approach to this difficult issue, is to focus the attention of Bible readers to a series of unfulfilled prophecies (i.e., Isaiah 11:12-16; Jeremiah 31:6-10; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Zechariah 10:6-10), which point to a larger restoration of Israel occurring […]

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? […]

Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism in the Two-House Movement

1 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy Anti-Semitism or anti-Judaism is a significant crime, with devastating prejudices and a poisonous ideology, which has been present in our world since long before the time of Yeshua the Messiah. While manifested in many forms throughout the ages, anti-Semitism undeniably reached its lowest point in the 1930s and 1940s with Hitler’s Holocaust and the attempted annihilation of the Jewish people by Nazi Germany. While it can be said that out of the Holocaust and World War II, the State of Israel was birthed and Jewish-Christian relations have improved—making sure that non-Jewish […]

Messianic Issues

Cross-Examining the Two-House Teaching

30 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy Since the early 2000s, various parts of the broad Messianic community have been bombarded with an array of issues and teachings that have been anything but good. These things have challenged our collective understanding of who Messiah Yeshua is, the recorded history of the First Century, hermeneutics and how we are to understand the Bible, and indeed the very authority of the Scriptures themselves. Since such a wave of “teachings” has hit, and the consequent damage that they have caused, many of us have had to reevaluate and reconsider some things […]

Messianic Issues

What About “the Gentiles”?

26 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 25 August, 2016 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy One of my all-time favorite films, going back to my experiences as a young child watching the Disney Channel, is the 1967 piece The Gnome Mobile, starring Walter Brennan as both the human D.J. Mulrooney and the gnome Knobby. Frequently throughout the story, as the much larger humans encounter the small gnomes, you hear the gnomes refer to the “big people” as dudeens. In the course of the story, it is entirely comedic, as the gnomes ride around in some old man’s Rolls Royce, they are carried in a picnic […]

Messianic Issues

Approaching Two-House Controversies

25 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel In Future Prophecy In our day, a wide number of non-Jewish Believers, in significant numbers, have chosen to address what many throughout religious history have called, “the Ten Lost Tribes” of Israel issue. This has often taken place because of a strong interest by many Christians in the Hebraic Roots of our faith, and a renewed interest in Israel and their faith heritage in Judaism. A loose sub-movement, commonly known by the descriptions “Judah and Ephraim” or “Two-House” or “Messianic Israel,” has gained wide adherence in various sectors of the broad, modern Messianic […]

Ancient Israel

Two-House Teaching

24 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

COMPOSED 01 SEPTEMBER, 2012 Where does your ministry currently stand in regard to the Two-House teaching? Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics should not at all be considered a “Two-House” ministry, given the wide and diverse array of Biblical and theological topics we address, germane to the broad Messianic community. Our ministry serves people in Messianic Judaism, as well as in the One Law/One Torah sub-movement and in the Two-House sub-movement—as we consider and analyze a wide series of issues and subjects which are thought to be of importance to people in all of those different sub-communities. If our ministry choice […]

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 […]