Marvin Franklin

The Christ Who Makes Men Whole

31 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

by Bishop Marvin A. Franklin radio address delivered 30 May, 1948 “Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?” John 5:6 The increasing need in our nation for the services of the psychiatrist is an alarming fact facing us today. It reveals a lack of wholeness in personality and the presence of a sense of failure and frustration. Vast confusion abounds in human lives. Eyes are blinded, emotions are seared, and men grope in their darkened world like lost children “crying for the light, with no language but a cry.” We recall that in our college days an erudite guest-speaker would tell us […]

Appointed Times

Shabbat: Sabbath for Messianic Believers

29 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the significance of the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat to all of His people. Messianic Believers, in desiring to see themselves fully consecrated to the Lord, find a great deal of not only blessing but also critical focus, in how the Creator God desires His own to consecrate an entire day unto Him. Far too many of not only our Christian brothers and sisters, but even Messianic Believers’ Jewish brethren, have not understood how the hallowing of the Sabbath day, has some great significance and substance in terms […]


Afterlife, negates significance of death

29 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Is it not true that an afterlife in Heaven before the resurrection, would subtract from the significance of death? Psychopannychists or “soul sleep” advocates claim that the power of death is something that is entirely physical. If Believers live a life on Earth, and then in the process of dying go to Heaven to be with the Lord before the resurrection, it is claimed that “death” really has no significance. This is an incorrect assumption about the significance of death—because even if survivors of a deceased person might believe that a loved one is in the […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Breath of Life

29 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 02 JUNE, 2009 reproduced from the McHuey Blog By now, many of you have heard of the vicious murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion specialist from Wichita, Kansas. He was a specialist in late-term abortions, and was shot by an extremist Christian who belonged to a fringe group that thinks it is Biblically acceptable to target abortion doctors for assassination. Quite tragically, Tiller was functioning as an usher at his church when he was shot to death. Thankfully, there has been a great deal of outrage expressed by the conservative Christian community here in America against this kind […]


Unnecessary Avoidance

28 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee reacts to a teaching he heard at Messiah 2016, “The Rise of False Messianic Congregations” by Raleigh Washington. While the teaching made the most excellent and proper point of how Messianic people are to focus on the centrality of Yeshua, when encountering various problematic teachings and phenomena–the teaching did not succeed in addressing what some of the problems actually are. In today’s world of instant communication and social media, it is insufficient for one to simply emphasize the centrality of Yeshua, as a means to combat false teachings. Rather than avoid false teachings–which will seemingly be […]


Afterlife, negates need for the resurrection

28 July, 2016 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 […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Assurance of Our Salvation

28 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2004 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic People investigate the Messianic movement and their Hebraic Roots for an entire host of reasons. People who enter into the Messianic movement do so because they are seeking God’s truth, and they are seeking to be in greater compliance with His Word. They enter into the Messianic movement because they have discovered that they are not entirely satisfied with what mainstream Christianity today has taught them, and they instinctively know that there is more to their faith and in living like Yeshua (Jesus). Most importantly, they know that Christian […]


Acts 15:19-21

27 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 24 SEPTEMBER, 2014 This entry has been reproduced from the entry appearing in the Messianic Kosher Helper   How are today’s Messianic people to approach the Apostolic decree of Acts 15:19-21? Specifically, I really need help in applying v. 21, “For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”   “Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from […]


Acts 8:27, 36, 38

26 July, 2016 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 […]

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 […]

Books & Studies

Hebraic Roots: An Introductory Study

25 July, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Hebraic Roots: An Introductory Study has been written as a primer for the emerging number of people who are being drawn into a more comprehensive grasp of the ancient roots of our Biblical faith. As a family that has been active in the Messianic movement since 1995, we came to the unanimous conclusion that a book about many of the areas for growth would be beneficial for the many thousands who are being prompted into a fuller and richer pursuit of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–and who truly want to live the way that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus […]


Abomination of Desolation

25 July, 2016 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 […]


Another One Bites the Dust

25 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 19 MAY, 2008 reproduced from the McHuey Blog I have been in the Messianic movement almost thirteen years since 1995, and I have witnessed a great deal firsthand. I have been able to truly taste of what the Messianic movement can be if we place Yeshua the Messiah at the center of what we do, and we all strive to make a positive difference in the world. I have seen Jewish people come to enlivened faith in their Messiah, and I have seen Christians come to a deeper understanding of who He is. I have seen true unity among […]


July 2016 Editor’s Update

24 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Dear Friends: The past month has been unbelievably busy, tiring, and exhausting—and on top of it all I got a nasty sinus infection. But, this past month, with a noticeable change in our routine, was very important for both myself and our ministry. Those of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are likely to have been aware of the many things that I was involved with from mid-June to mid-July. The biggest thing that occurred in July is that our ministry, Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics, exhibited our books and resources at Messiah 2016 in Grantham, PA. We […]


A New Website

24 July, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

A few of you may have noticed a number of the changes taking place on my Messianic Apologetics website ( I am presently in the middle of transitioning over to a WordPress format, which will make the site much more compatible with mobile devices and more integrated into social media. Please bear with me as I learn to use this software over the next several weeks. Updates will be made periodically, as I sort out how to utilize the different menus and features. In the meantime, the old website is still accessible at the following address:

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