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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FAQ

Birth Control

23 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 FEBRUARY, 2006 Do you believe it is wrong for Messianic Believers to practice birth control? Among some sectors of Messianic Believers are those who believe that it is Biblical for a husband and wife to have large families, beyond the average family size of 3-4 children. Scriptural support that is frequently given for this may include God’s command to Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). While the Scriptures do encourage human beings to be fruitful, and for married couples to procreate, do they encourage procreation beyond one’s […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Work of the Holy Spirit: Perfection of the Mind

19 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 September, 2006 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper delivered live at Shavuot 2006, Orlando In my first teaching, which dealt with the perfection of the heart (Chapter 17), I began to speak about our need to have the center of our beings transformed into the character of our Messiah Yeshua. A transformed heart brings forth love, compassion, and mercy toward others, and is concerned about the salvation of the world. When we as individuals experience salvation we are to have a heart that orients itself toward God, and then every other aspect of our being begins to […]

OIM News

August 2016 Editor’s Update

18 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Dear Friends: This past month, as a part of our ongoing OIM Technology Fund, I got a new computer. It took me around two long afternoons on a Thursday and Friday to install software and transfer files from my old station to this new station. During our morning Shabbat service following, I sat down during the worship, and got an impression that later in the weekend I needed to look into significantly upgrading the Messianic Apologetics website. While the previous website was easy to navigate, the basic design was over ten years old, and not always compatible with mobile devices. […]

FAQ

Biblical Faith, a Judaism

18 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 25 OCTOBER, 2011 I am a non-Jewish person involved in the Messianic movement. I get a little nervous when I see some Messianic Jews talk about how Biblical faith is Judaism. Do you think that Biblical faith is Judaism? From a strict textual perspective examining the Holy Scriptures, the concept of faith (Heb. emunah; Grk. pistis) has no real label—be that label Judaism, Christianity, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Catholic, Protestant, evangelical, charismatic, etc. At best, any labels that people have associated with their belief in God, the Holy Scriptures, and certain values and traditions they hold dear, are so that […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

The Work of the Holy Spirit: Perfection of the Heart

18 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 August, 2006 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper delivered live at Shavuot 2006, Orlando In the past year-and-a-half (2004-2006), more or less, the emerging Messianic movement has experienced some major upheavals. This is to be expected in any reforming movement, as the history of our faith has demonstrated that when lost theological ideas or forgotten concepts of how we are to relate to God are restored, certain people will “run with it” to promote themselves or a particular agenda. Consider all of the various groups that arose out of the Radical Reformation in the late Sixteenth Century […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope, Volume II

17 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Every week in Jewish synagogues the world over, a selection of a few chapters is considered from the Torah (the Pentateuch or the Law of Moses). The discipline of reading the parashah or Torah portion on Shabbat (the Sabbath) has helped maintain the cohesion of the Jewish people for millennia. As Messianic congregations have been formed, this tradition is something which has helped enliven the Bible readings and studies of those, Jewish Believers and evangelical Christians embracing their Hebraic Roots alike, who look to Moses’ Teaching to tell us something about the relationship each of us is to have with […]

Death

Why Hell Must Be Eternal

17 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 July, 2011 reproduced from Why Hell Must Be Eternal The topic of eternal punishment is one of the most unpleasant and least desirable that any Bible teacher will ever have to discuss. I myself get no sense of enthusiasm, excitement, anticipation—and certainly no joy—out of the requirement that any discussion on death, the afterlife, and human destiny requires an analysis of what happens to the unredeemed. This is something that simply has to be addressed, and one which the author of Hebrews actually considers to be elementary to people of faith (Hebrews 6:2). To only address the positive […]

Nature of God, Salvation, and Human Destiny

What Is Salvation?

16 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 MARCH, 2004 Of all the doctrines and teachings of our faith, one remains the most critical: the doctrine of salvation. If a person does not get this right, then he or she has no chance of being in God’s Kingdom. The written Word of God is clear that a person who does not come to faith in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), repent of his or her sins, and is spiritually regenerated will suffer the reality of eternal punishment. We will examine the critical areas of the salvation message, some of which are avoided, knowingly or unknowingly, by […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope, Volume I

15 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Every week in Jewish synagogues the world over, a selection of a few chapters is considered from the Torah (the Pentateuch or the Law of Moses). The discipline of reading the parashah or Torah portion on Shabbat (the Sabbath) has helped maintain the cohesion of the Jewish people for millennia. As Messianic congregations have been formed, this tradition is something which has helped enliven the Bible readings and studies of those, Jewish Believers and evangelical Christians embracing their Hebraic Roots alike, who look to Moses’ Teaching to tell us something about the relationship each of us is to have with […]

Appointed Times

Haggadah for Messianic Believers — Leader’s Guide

12 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours. This edition is intended to be used by the host of the Passover Seder.   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

Appointed Times

Haggadah for Messianic Believers

11 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

Afterlife

To Those Who Have Gone Before Us

11 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 SEPTEMBER, 2007 The month of August is never an easy time for people in ministry. Statistically speaking, this is the time when the least number of people attend church or synagogue. It’s hot outside, and you wonder when things are going to cool down. Tithing and donations are down, and finances can be tighter than usual. Sometimes, you wonder if the faithful have abandoned their support of your efforts and whether or not you are appreciated. On top of all of this, the month of August since 1992 has been a very hard time for the McKee family, […]

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