Books & Studies

The Dangers of Pre-Tribulationism

31 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The pre-tribulation rapture is an extremely popular doctrine, which advocates that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) can unexpectedly come at any moment for the saints, gathering them into Heaven before the Tribulation period or Seventieth Week of Israel. Pre-tribulationism has sold many books, spawned numerous fiction series and movies, and has created a large financial market for prophecy materials. But in spite of its popularity in much of today’s evangelical Christianity, few question it. When presented with alternative points of view such as post-tribulationism, adherents of the popular pre-tribulational position can sometimes take strong offense, and they can be found […]

FAQ

Celibacy

31 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 OCTOBER, 2015 I am very concerned about the wide number of Messianic men and women I see in their twenties and thirties (and even forties) who are unmarried. What are they going to do if they are unable to find a spouse? On the whole, today’s Messianic people—with various roots in both Judaism and evangelical Protestant Christianity—do not know what to do with the wide number of young men and women in their twenties, thirties, and forties who are unmarried often for legitimate reasons beyond their control. Many, for whatever reason, will either subconsciously or even consciously, conflate […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding

31 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 07 February, 2008 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues In our post-modern society, the veracity and authority of the Holy Scriptures have come under substantial attack and criticism from those supposedly inside the realm of Biblical faith. Many of those who claim a belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and believe in His Son, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), question whether or not these writings are a Divinely inspired work, or are instead only a collection of texts compiled over the centuries prone to human error. The result of those who question the Creator God, and do […]

Updates

A Redeployment

31 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Dear Friends, Over the past two weeks, I have been very pleased to see the direction that the new Messianic Apologetics website has taken! Transitioning over to a new WordPress format has been very helpful in seeing not just new people introduced to our ministry–as we are in the ongoing process of transferring articles and FAQ entries over from the old website–but also in seeing this new website integrated into social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. As important as I know it is going to be in getting the written materials reposted to this new website over […]

Books & Studies

When Will the Messiah Return?

30 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

For almost two millennia, multiplied millions of Believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) have eagerly anticipated His return. Many theories, doctrines, and creeds have been produced concerning the Second Coming, as well as an entire score of books. In today’s world, many Christians think that the Messiah can return at any moment in an event called the “pre-tribulation rapture.” Even among those who do not believe in this imminent rapture, are those who still think that the final days of humanity are upon us. Are they? Is absolutely everything in place for the Messiah to return quite soon? Or, […]

FAQ

Calvinist-Arminian Controversy

30 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 19 AUGUST, 2012 Does your ministry have a position on Calvinism or Arminianism? Hebrews 6:4-6, perhaps more than any other set of verses in this epistle, may be said to have had the most overall impact on theological discussions and debates outside this text. What does it mean concerning “those who have once been enlightened” who “have tasted the good word of God”? As many of you are probably aware, this is a strongly debated Scripture passage among Calvinists and Arminians in Protestant Christian theology pertaining to concepts such as predestination, the free will of human beings, and God’s […]

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 […]

Books & Studies

Torah In the Balance, Volume II

29 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The views expressed and practices witnessed, regarding the place of God’s Torah in the life of contemporary Messianic Believers, are more likely to cause tension for far too many people—than facilitate any sense of spiritual fulfillment, much less relief. There is little doubting the fact that as a widely mixed group of people, from both Jewish and Christian backgrounds, that each man and woman within the Messianic community brings both positive and negative things into the assembly. When it comes to the issue of Torah observance, the spectrum of views and practices has been too often polarized between an Orthodox […]

FAQ

B’rit Chadashah

29 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 26 JUNE, 2006 Why do you not call the New Testament the B’rit Chadashah as some other Messianics do? There are several reasons why we as a ministry do not refer to the “New Testament” as the B’rit Chadashah, unlike many in the Messianic movement. First of all, the b’rit chadashah or “new covenant” is promised in Jeremiah 31. The text says, “‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Have You Met My Friend, “Truth”?

29 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 08 SEPTEMBER, 2007 In today’s Messianic world, we see a great deal of discussion about a concept called truth, or perhaps clarified, “Truth” with a capital T. But what this is, what it means, and how it impacts a person’s life and relationship with God is often defined in various ways. As certain people search to find “the Truth”—as they call it—what are they specifically searching for? What is it that people seek? When I think of “truth,” I cannot help but be reminded of Yeshua’s words, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of […]

Books & Studies

Torah In the Balance, Volume I

26 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The Messianic movement largely advocates that the Torah or Pentateuch is relevant instruction for Believers today, and that modern Christianity has too often ignored God’s revelation in the Tanach or Old Testament—not benefiting from this dismissal. Yet the subject of “Torah observance” can often be a point of contention, not only between the Messianic and Christian communities, but even internally among Messianics. Why is this the case? Do we have to be negative about this? Is it possible that people claiming to be Torah observant do not often know why the Law of Moses is to instruct and teach today’s […]

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 […]

FAQ

Breath of life, humans and animals

26 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 If humans and animals have the “breath of life,” would it not seem logical that both experience the same kind of death? Reading in English that “of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died” (Genesis 7:22), it can be easy for some to conclude that both human beings and animals have the same “breath of life.” For the psychopannychist who advocates a monist anthropology that the human person is a creature entirely of this dimension, the Flood narrative of Genesis states that all […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Getting Beyond Strong’s Concordance

26 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 November, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues I have been the editor of TNN Online since 1997 (now Messianic Apologetics). Certainly, in this period of time, my understanding of the Bible has changed, and my ability to better understand it from a scholarly perspective has developed, and continues to move forward. I have to admit that when I first started digging into some of the issues that were floating around the Messianic community in the late 1990s, that my knowledge of the Bible was limited to what I read solely in the King James Version and Complete […]

Books & Studies

The New Testament Validates Torah

25 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The New Testament Validates Torah is a study that all Messianic Believers need, especially in the current season of considerable growth and expansion in which our broad faith community finds itself. On the whole, today’s Messianic movement holds that the Torah or the Law of Moses remains valid instruction for God’s people, and that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) did not come to abolish or do away with it (Matthew 5:17-19). Yet throughout much of Christian history, many theologians have argued that the Law has been rendered inoperative, and/or that it was only to be followed by those in the […]

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 […]

FAQ

Body-Brain-Consciousness Interaction

25 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 To what degree do you think the human consciousness is reliant upon the body and the brain? Various forms of dualism found in much of Christianity over the centuries, have most definitely taken a few of their ques from Platonic dualism. Classically understood, the human soul was trapped inside of the prison of the body,[1] awaiting escape at the time of death. It could be thought that if the true person is something that is ultimately immaterial, then perhaps it is inconsequential how the “prison” of the body is really treated. Watching out for one’s health, […]

Bible Versions

English Bible Versions and Today’s Messianic Movement

25 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 12 May, 2013 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues What English Bible version should you use as a contemporary Believer? This is a topic that can not only be rather confusing, but is something that can also evoke some rather strong emotions. Very few English Bible readers, who are committed to a steadfast faith in God, ever stick with one single Bible version or translation to employ in their studies. At the same time, though, it might also be said that various Bible readers can get a bit too comfortable examining a particular version, because they just get too […]

Books & Studies

Introduction to Things Messianic

24 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Are you new to the Messianic movement? Do you have questions about what the Messianic movement, lifestyle, and theologies are all about? Do you need answers on a wide variety of issues with some detailed information? If these are the questions you have been asking, then Introduction to Things Messianic is a book that will definitely benefit you. Written to the new person investigating Messianic things, Introduction to Things Messianic is a compilation of articles that will inform the inquirer on a wide array of Messianic topics relevant to the current state and growth of our movement, including: Is “the […]

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