Books & Studies

Introduction to Things Messianic

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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 […]

Bible Study

Introduction to Things Messianic

31 March, 2017 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 […]

Messianic Issues

Introduction to Things Messianic

31 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 30 December, 2003 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic In studying the Bible, many Christians unfortunately find themselves only reading the New Testament or the Apostolic Scriptures. Although these important Scriptures speak of the gospel message, testify to the works of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus), and speak of issues that the First Century Believers had to contend with, these writings comprise less than one-third of the Bible. Those whose focus is almost exclusively in this part of the Bible can have an unbalanced approach to our Creator and His plan for the ages. Although the Messianic […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Approaching One Law Controversies: Sorting Through the Legalism

31 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 25 OCTOBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Today’s broad Messianic movement has many admirable qualities for which it should feel most spiritually gratified.[1] The Messianic movement has been used mightily by the Lord to see many Jewish people come to saving faith in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus), and it has also helped many evangelical Christians appreciate their Hebraic and Jewish Roots and the Torah. The Messianic movement definitely stands against the common, yet errant thought in much of modern Christian theology, that the Law of Moses was exclusively for the era prior to the Messiah, and has […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Galatians 3:23-25: Are Messianic Youth Properly Trained in the Torah and All the Scriptures?

31 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 14 July, 2008 reproduced from Galatians for the Practical Messianic When we consider Paul’s description of the Torah as serving as a pedagogue, some difficult questions are asked of us as Believers considering whether or not any of us were actually trained in the basics of the Torah. If Paul intends the Torah to serve as a pedagogue for all, or at least most, who come to faith in Yeshua, what is this to say about Christians—and also Messianics—today? Are any of us properly trained in the Torah? What role does the Torah play in showing us our […]

Books & Studies

When Will the Messiah Return?

30 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 3

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, […]

Eschatology

Are We Really Ready for the End-Times?

30 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 07 May, 2007 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? It is not uncommon at all in today’s Messianic community to hear about what God is doing in “these Last Days” or “these end-times.” I myself will admit to having used this phrase many times, as I looked at world events and considered the possibilities that might take place in conjunction with Bible prophecy. However, as things stand in 2007, I find myself being far more cautious in regard to world events and their possible relationship to prophecy. I find myself being tempered by Peter’s usage of “the […]

FAQ

Lunar Sabbath

30 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 05 MARCH, 2015 What do you think of the Lunar Sabbath theory? A lunar Sabbath is not practiced by anyone in today’s Messianic Judaism or the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, but it may be favored by people here and there on the fringes of the Two-House sub-movement. Generally speaking, those who have rejected the mainstream Jewish calendar used by the Synagogue today, and the vast majority of Messianic Jews—in favor of their own calendar[1]—are those who are open to later questioning the placement of the seventh-day Sabbath on the day of the week known on our secular calendar as […]

Genesis

Genesis 2:1-3

30 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 13 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” The issue of the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat, and its relevancy for God’s people living in the post-resurrection era, very much begins by evaluating different approaches and […]

Ecclesiology

Commonwealth of Israel

29 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 JUNE, 2011 In examining some Messianic Jewish teaching materials, they explained to me that the Commonwealth of Israel is made up of both the Jewish people and the Church, sort of like the British Commonwealth. They have actually said that as a non-Jewish Believer, I am really not a part of Israel, only the Commonwealth. Does this viewpoint have any legitimacy? This entry has been adapted from the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic. “[R]emember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Ruth

29 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 20 MARCH, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Book of Ruth is a text that people turn to when they need to be reminded of the goodness and kindness of God’s chosen toward strangers, and how He demonstrates His faithfulness through the actions of normal people. Elements common to the human condition, including: life, death, hardness, sustenance, love, and happiness are all the things that make the story of Ruth so important to the Biblical narrative. We consider Ruth when we want to be reminded about the acceptance that God displays toward us, and how He […]

Ruth

Book of Ruth

29 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: between 950-700 B.C.E. (Right, conservative-moderate); 586-500 or 400s-250s B.C.E. (Left) Time period: a famine in Israel during the rule of the Judges Author: Samuel (Right); Israel’s court historians (conservative-moderate); an unknown person from the Southern Kingdom (Left) Location of author: Land of Israel before or during the monarchy (Right, conservative-moderate); Land of Israel after the exile (Left) Target audience and their location: people of Israel before, during, or immediately after the reign of David (Right, conservative-moderate); Jewish people having returned from Babylon (Left) […]

Appointed Times

Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers

28 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the celebration of the Biblical appointments or moedim, chiefly found in Leviticus 23, to all of His people. Messianic Believers find great enrichment every year of going through these annual festivals, rehearsing God’s plan of salvation history. We bereave the fact that too many of our Christian brothers and sisters have not partaken of the blessings of knowing things like the Passover, Shavuot, or Sukkot, and the significant enrichment all of us can have by seeing God’s plan for history present within them. Some say that because […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Colossians and Philemon

28 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 20 MARCH, 2017 reproduced from Colossians and Philemon for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, and most especially his letter to Philemon, are two of the most elusive texts of the Apostolic Scriptures for today’s Messianic community.[1] Our current level of engagement with Colossians is often with having to respond to Christian colleagues who quote Colossians 2:16-17 at us for being Torah observant, and we have to scramble to try to understand what is really being said. Beyond this, we really do not read Colossians. I actually find […]

Colossians

Epistle of Paul to the Colossians

28 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 60-62 C.E. Time period: season of extreme error in parts of the Body of Messiah, during the first imprisonment of Paul Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Rome Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Colossae Theological Summary: The letter to the Colossians is commonly classified among the Prison Epistles (also including Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon). The author of Colossians is stated to not only be Paul (1:23), but we see the closing attestation, “I, Paul, write this […]

Christology

Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Messiahship of Yeshua

28 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 16 October, 2007 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues answering the claims of the anti-missionary movement The Messianic community of faith presently finds itself at a very serious crossroads, not just a crossroads in determining its long term purpose and where it is going to be in the next few decades, but most seriously in its theology and how we are to approach the Bible. The enemy desperately wants us to get off course and away from the mission of seeing the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel accomplished (Acts 1:6). He wants us to not be a movement […]

Appointed Times

The Last Seder and Yeshua’s Passover Chronology

27 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2010 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The season of Passover was my late father’s favorite time of year, because being a licensed lay preacher at Christ United Methodist Church in Florence, KY, Holy Week was the time when he was able to conduct educational Passover seders and expose many evangelical Christians to their Hebraic Roots. Kimball McKee was able to show many how Jesus Christ held an intimate Passover seder meal with His Disciples prior to His death as the Lamb of God. He recited some of the various blessings, held up a piece […]

Amos

The Message of Amos

27 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 21 MARCH, 2017 While the Book of Amos appears later in the book order of the Tanach or Old Testament, the prophetic words it contains, about what is to befall the people of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel, were actually delivered about a generation or so before those of Hosea. Today’s Messianic Believers are largely familiar with various parts of Amos’ declarations (i.e., 9:11-12), and probably repeat various statements that the Prophet makes without fully knowing it (3:3, 7). Yet, how much improvement can be made by simply reviewing a summary of its nine chapters? It is […]

Amos

Book of Amos

27 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 02 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 760-750 B.C.E. (Right, conservative-moderate); 587-539 B.C.E. (Left) Time period: judgment upon Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom during a time of intense prosperity and opulence Author: Amos and/or a close associate (Right, conservative-moderate); Amos and anonymous others (Left) Location of prophet/author(s): Bethel (Right, conservative-moderate); somewhere in the Land of Israel (Left) Target audience and location: primarily Northern Kingdom Israelites, but also Southern Kingdom Israelites Theological Summary: Even though Amos (Heb. Amos) is listed in the Hebrew book order as the third of the Twelve […]

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