Hebrews

Hebrews 10:9

31 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 10:9: God takes away the first covenant to establish the second. “[T]hen He said, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second.” Our pastor makes light of Hebrews 10:9 and concludes, “God takes away the first covenant to establish the second.” As examined previously in our cross-examination of Hebrews 8:13 and the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:7-13; cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34), the New Covenant involves not only a permanent cleansing from sin but also a supernatural transcription of […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 10:1

31 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 10:1: The Law was only a shadow of good things to come. “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.” What does our pastor intend to communicate by saying, “The Law was only a shadow of good things to come”? Is he trying to tell today’s Christians that God’s Torah was only a foreshadowing […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 8:13

31 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 8:13: The New Covenant makes the Old Covenant obsolete. “When He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.” Many of today’s Christians will encounter the pastor’s statement, “The New Covenant makes the Old Covenant obsolete,” and then conclude that committing any time to really read or study the Torah and Tanach is perhaps not too relevant for people of faith. Is it appropriate that born again Believers not concern themselves with the […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 7:12 & 18-19

31 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Hebrews 7:12: A change of law has taken place. “For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.” The Epistle to the Hebrews is a text of the Apostolic Scriptures, whose author most definitely believes Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) to be superior to all things. The author is a second generation Believer who is reckoned among those who heard the good news from those of the first generation who encountered the Lord in person (Hebrews 2:3).[1] He is definitely concerned […]

Books & Studies

Books by J.K. McKee

31 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee has written on Messianic theology and practice, including studies on Torah observance, the end-times, and commentaries that are helpful to those who have difficult questions to answer. Introduction to Things Messianic 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 […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Spring Holiday Helper

30 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Spring holiday season is a very busy time for those in today’s Messianic movement, beginning with Purim, continuing to the week of Passover and Unleavened Bread, and then culminating with Shavuot or Pentecost. This broad season is one of the most demanding for Messianic Believers, not only as it concerns the many things to celebrate and reflect upon, but also as we strive to exhibit a positive testimony to both the Jewish and Christian communities: to Jewish people remembering the Passover and deliverance of Ancient Israel from Egypt, and to Christians memorializing the death and resurrection of Yeshua the […]

Appointed Times

Omer Count

30 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

UPDATED 25 FEBRUARY, 2010 Do you follow the method of the Pharisees or Sadducees for the counting of the omer to determine Shavuot? It seems that most in the independent Messianic movement follow the counting method of the Sadducees. The counting of the omer is commanded in Leviticus 23:11, “He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it” (NASU). There were three distinct ways that this passage was interpreted among the Judaisms of the First Century: The Sadducees interpreted “the day after the Sabbath” to […]

Appointed Times

The Gospel According to Torah: It Happened at Shavuot!

30 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

POSTED 30 MAY, 2017 Margaret McKee Huey reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper delivered live at Shavuot 2006, Orlando As we approach the End of the Age, many people are being restored back to the Hebraic Roots of the faith. It is an exciting time to watch, as scales fall off of the eyes of many brothers and sisters in the Lord, as Jewish people come to faith in Messiah Yeshua, and non-Jewish Believers embrace a return to the First Century ways of the early Believers! People are returning to the ancient paths! People are starting to fully walk the […]

Appointed Times

A Summarization of Shavuot Traditions

30 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 09 DECEMBER, 2016 Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper Shavuot[1] is one of three pilgrimage festivals that is commanded in the Torah (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16). In Hebrew, its name means “weeks,” derived from the command in Deuteronomy 16:19, “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.” Many Christians know Shavuot from its Greek-derived name “Pentecost,” as Pentēkostē means “fiftieth,” indicative of the fifty days that are to be counted between Passover and […]

Mark Huey

May 2017 Outreach Israel News

29 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

OIM Update May 2017 This month, as the Omer Count heads towards Shavuot at the end of the month, the State of Israel will be celebrating its Memorial Day (Yom HaZikuran on May 1st), Independence Day (Yom HaMatza’ut on May 2nd), and Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim on May 24th). These are special occasions when Israelis commemorate the 69th anniversary of the reconstitution of the State of Israel in 1948, and the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem from the Jordanians during the Six Day War of 1967. As followers of Yeshua the Messiah, who consider circumstances that affect Israel […]

Books & Studies

Philippians for the Practical Messianic

29 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The letter of Paul to the Philippians is a frequently overlooked and disregarded text in the Bible by today’s Messianic community—yet it speaks so profoundly to many of the spiritual issues we are facing, or will undoubtedly be dealing with in the near future. Perhaps with the most Roman character of any other book of the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament), save Paul’s letter to the Romans, Philippians invites us into a community of First Century Believers on their own in the Roman colony of Philippi. These people are surrounded by neighbors who are hostile to both Judaism and the gospel message […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Philippians

29 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 20 MARCH, 2017 reproduced from Philippians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching Paul’s letter to the Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible.[1] Within this short four chapter piece of writing, we really get to see the heart of the dedicated Apostle, and how Yeshua the Messiah was absolutely everything for him. People the world over have read Philippians in good times and bad times, desiring encouragement and seeking comfort and solace—and I am no exception. When I need to understand the calling that the Lord has placed upon my life as a […]

Kosher

Philippians 3:17-19

29 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Messiah, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Paul’s letter to the Philippians[1] is widely agreed to principally be a letter of thanksgiving, to a group of Believers who have supported the […]

Philippians

Philippians 3:9

29 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Philippians 3:9: Righteousness is not derived by the Law. “[A]nd may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Messiah, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.” The pastor is correct in his statement here that “Righteousness is not derived by the Law.” In any defense of the validity of the Torah’s code of conduct for born again Believers today, it needs to be made absolutely and abundantly clear that […]

Philippians

Epistle of Paul to the Philippians

29 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 61 C.E. Time period: first imprisonment of Paul Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Rome (majority view), Ephesus or Caesarea (minority view) Target audience and their location: largely non-Jewish Believers in Philippi Theological Summary: The letter to the Philippians is commonly classified among the Prison Epistles (also including Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon). Genuine Pauline authorship of Philippians has not been substantially challenged by either conservatives or liberals, per the many personal references witnessed in this letter (even though the latter may […]

Mark Huey

Naso

28 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Naso Take Numbers 4:21-7:89 Judges 13:2-25 “A Prayer of Peace” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah portion, Naso or “Take,” has a diverse variety of subjects to contemplate. It begins by completing the instructions about the Levites that concluded Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20).[1] This census has been conducted to number the three Levite clans that were responsible for the Tabernacle and its transportation. The Gershonites, the Merarites, and the Kohathites have each been given specific duties and tasks.[2] Interestingly, unlike some of the other Israelites who were qualified for military service and numbered from twenty years and older, the Levites […]

Books & Studies

Ephesians for the Practical Messianic

26 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Epistle of Ephesians is a letter that contains a very important message for the people of God, who are to be encouraged in accomplishing His mission for the world. Yeshua the Messiah is portrayed as exalted above the cosmos, with His resurrection power being accessible to all Believers. God’s people have been selected by Him to be holy, corporately composing a Temple in which His presence can dwell. By the sacrificial work of the cross, Jewish and non-Jewish followers of the Messiah are to be united together as a “one new humanity”—the mystery of the gospel! All are to […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:14-15

26 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:14-15: The Law was abolished in the flesh of Christ. “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15 are challenging verses for many within the Messianic movement, with few being able to even respond to the pastor’s remark “The Law […]

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