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The Message of 1-3 John

22 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

The Epistles of John include some of the most highly valued and most frequently quoted verses by today’s Messianic Believers. Without knowing that much about their original setting and background, the brevity of the Apostle’s words allow readers of the text alone, to easily deduce that he has to admonish various ancient Believers—or those who thought they were Believers—to return to a proper path of faith. Many of these people were not living the life that Yeshua the Messiah requires, evidenced in proper works. Composed in the late First Century C.E. for those in Ephesus and Asia Minor, the Johannine […]

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The Message of Haggai

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Being the second shortest book of the Tanach, after Obadiah, it should not be surprising why there has not really been a huge amount of Messianic reading or reflection upon the Book of Haggai. For far too many of us, Chaggai is a gutteral word, too difficult to pronounce and a little too rough on the throat. We have a subconscious feeling that while surely inspired by God as a part of the Biblical canon, Haggai will be one of those texts that we will eventually “get to” when we have some free time on our hands—free time that will […]

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The Message of Zephaniah

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

What do you think when you contemplate the Book of Zephaniah? In all probability, as a Messianic Believer, your experience in encountering the words of the Prophet Zephaniah are more pronounced than they are with some of the other “obscure” texts of the Twelve Prophets (the Minor Prophets), but are not as pronounced as they would be with some of the more “well known” texts of the Twelve Prophets. You are likely to have encountered a verse, or a passage or two, embedded within your speech or within some common sentiment(s) expressed within the Messianic community. However, your engagement level […]

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Thanksgiving Day

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 NOVEMBER, 2006 Do you believe that Messianic Believers in the United States should celebrate Thanksgiving Day? The tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving Day goes back to the Pilgrims who settled the Plymouth Colony in 1621. Originally, these colonists were English Puritans who had protested against much of the popery or Catholic elements present in the Church of England. Being persecuted in England, they had settled in the Netherlands for a season, but discovered that they would not be totally satisfied until they found a home of their own where they could practice their religious convictions in total peace. The […]

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The Changing Face of the European Union

17 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 JULY, 2003 One of the most complex and confusing debates in regard to end-time Bible prophecy is the rise of the antimessiah/antichrist and his one-world government. How will this take place and what government entities and/or multi-national organizations will be involved? Is the rise of the beast and his regime something that is due to occur soon? Or will its rise be more protracted and gradual? These are questions that many are asking right now as the Twenty-First Century presses onward and globalization is on the increase. Many prophecy teachers believe that the antimessiah will arise out of […]

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Book of Isaiah

25 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 700s B.C.E. (Right, some conservative-moderate); 500s B.C.E. (some conservative-moderate); 500s-300s B.C.E. (Left) Time period: the Southern Kingdom of Judah preparing to see the Northern Kingdom of Israel/Ephraim fall to Assyria Prophet/author(s): Isaiah son of Amoz (Right); Isaiah son of Amoz and later editors (some conservative-moderate); Isaiah son of Amoz, “Deutero-Isaiah” (some conservative-moderate, some Left); Isaiah son of Amoz, “Deutero-Isaiah,” “Tritio-Isaiah” (some conservative-moderate, some Left) Location of author: Land of Israel or Jerusalem (Right, some conservative-moderate); Land of Israel, Jerusalem, and/or Babylon (some conservative-moderate, Left) Target audience and their […]