Romans

Epistle of Paul to the Romans

24 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 56-58 C.E. Time period: transition of Paul’s ministry work from the Eastern to Western Mediterranean Author: the Apostle Paul with Tertius (secretary) Location of author: Corinth/Achaia or Cenchrea Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Rome Theological Summary: All ancient authorities are agreed that the Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Romans, as there were no disputes in early Christian history made about the authorship of this letter. The affirmation of genuine Pauline authorship continues until today, even […]

Appointed Times

Sayings of the Fathers

23 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Mishnah tractate Pirkei Avot or Sayings of the Fathers is a compilation of wise sayings, proverbs, and anecdotes dating from the Third Century B.C.E.-Third Century C.E., forming much of the basis of ancient Jewish ethics. Many important parallels can be seen between remarks made in the Pirkei Avot and the wisdom sayings or teachings of Yeshua the Messiah, James the Just, and the Apostles Peter and Paul. In the Jewish community today, the Pirkei Avot are traditionally read and considered during the seven weeks between the festivals of Passover and Shavuot. Sayings of the Fathers: A Messianic Perspective on Pirkei […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Getting Beyond Strong’s Concordance

23 May, 2017 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 […]

Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 6:25

23 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 13 AUGUST, 2008 I heard a Messianic teacher say that if I keep the Torah perfectly not only will I be able to be saved, I will also be able to never get sick or die of diseases like cancer. Can you help clarify this for me? In Deuteronomy 6:24-25, one finds a statement of commitment made on the part of the Ancient Israelites. They declare before God, “So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today. It will be […]

Apostasy

Denying Messiah

23 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

UPDATED 31 AUGUST, 2011 Why do you think there are people in the Messianic movement today, who are denying Yeshua as the Messiah? It needs to be remembered that denial of the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) has been occurring for centuries, although in today’s Messianic movement, it does often sit a little too close to home because of our small size. There are a variety of reasons why some people in the Messianic movement are denying Yeshua as the Messiah. The first reason is that apostasy from the faith is prophesied to take place in the Last Days (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4).[1] […]

Afterlife

Death, for Believers

23 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 06 MAY, 2008 What do you believe happens when born again Believers die? We believe that the disembodied consciousnesses of Believers who die in the faith are transported to Heaven to be with the Lord. This is fully consistent with what the Apostles write to us in the Messianic Scriptures and the beliefs of First Century Pharisaical Judaism, which largely advocated an intermediate afterlife prior to the resurrection. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” […]

Books & Studies

Books by Mark Huey

23 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Outreach Israel Ministries director Mark Huey has written Torah commentaries and reflections that are thought provoking and very enlightening for Messianic Believers today. TorahScope, Volume I 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 […]

Apostasy

The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement

22 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

As today’s Messianic community strives to return to the First Century faith of the Disciples and Apostles, we will not just be facing “common problems” like adultery, idolatry, or even sins such as lying. We will also contend with some of the very specific religious problems that the First Century ekklēsia faced. Very few when examining Scripture, unfortunately, consider it in its historical context. Many do not have an understanding of First Century Judaism, Greco-Roman religion, Second and Third Century Christianity, and the various mystery religions and cults that existed. Too many fail to consider the gross religious errors that […]

Afterlife

Death, as an unconscious sleep

22 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Death is described as a sleep in the Bible. Would this not imply complete unconsciousness until the resurrection? Those who advocate a conscious, disembodied, post-mortem state for the deceased between death and the resurrection, usually have to deal with proponents of psychopannychy, more commonly known as “soul sleep.” Psychopannychists believe that between death and the resurrection, the human person exists in a completely unconscious state. They often claim strong support for this from a variety of Biblical passages that describe the deceased as existing in a condition of “sleep.” These include, but are not limited to: […]

Christology

Daniel 3:25

22 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 26 JUNE, 2009 I have heard it said that Yeshua was present with the three men in the fiery furnace. To what degree might this be true? The three Jews: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were thrown into the fiery furnace for not worshipping the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected. So serious was the fire, and so obstinate were they to his demand, that the crematory was heated seven times more than normal (Daniel 3:19). The three faithful Jews were bound so that they could not escape (Daniel 3:21), and as they were thrown in, some of the […]

FAQ

Cult

22 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

UPDATED 18 DECEMBER, 2006 I have been told that because I am now pursuing a Messianic walk that I have joined a cult. How do I counter these claims? It is not uncommon for people who enter into the Messianic movement to be accused of joining a “cult.” This is often done by Christian family or friends who do not understand what the Messianic movement and/or Torah observance are about. Rather than investigate the Hebraic Roots of our faith, many decide to accuse those who have done so as being part of a “cult,” when in actuality such a claim […]

Mark Huey

Bamidbar

21 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Bamidbar In the wilderness Numbers 1:1-4:20 Hosea 2:1-22 “The God of Order and Authority” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net As we turn to the Book of Numbers in our weekly readings, a noticeable shift is seen. The Torah focuses less on giving us commandments about the holiness of God, and we instead pick up the narrative of events witnessed in the second year of Ancient Israel’s wilderness sojourn. After receiving specific instructions from God about how the people are to conduct themselves, the practical application of implementing these commandments in the community is described. Bamidbar opens with the statements, “Then the […]

Acts

Acts 15 for the Practical Messianic

19 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

There is some shifting going on in today’s Messianic world as it concerns the unity that Jewish and non-Jewish Believers are to experience in Messiah Yeshua, and whether or not non-Jewish Believers are really called to obey God’s Torah. Much of this controversy is not based in an objective, historically conscious reading of the Scriptures—but instead in shifting ministerial alliances and religious politicking. The answer is not going to be found in evaluating who-said-what, but will be found in going to the Biblical text and in accurately evaluating what the trajectory of God’s Word is. Around two decades after the […]

Bible Study

Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel?

19 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The composition of the people of God, as broad and deep as this sector of theology is, is a definite place where some important, imperative, and critical thinking and reflection are surely needed by today’s Messianic Believers. Ecclesiology is not an area of theology that enough Messiah followers adequately understand or appreciate the importance of. To far too many, it is just a big word without a great deal of significance. Yet, given what many of today’s Messianic Believers, Jewish and non-Jewish, are convicted of, have read in Scripture, and have had the witness of the Holy Spirit regarding the […]

Ecclesiology

Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel?

19 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 05 March, 2013 reproduced from Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel? The Messianic Jewish movement that has grown and been emerging in the late Twentieth and early Twenty-First Centuries has achieved much for the Kingdom of God, which it should be genuinely proud of. It has made a significant, positive contribution in the lives of many Jewish men and women who have come to saving faith in the Messiah of Israel, giving them a place where they do not have to assimilate and give up their Jewishness. Perhaps an unforeseen side-effect is that it has also made […]

Appointed Times

Does the New Testament Annul the Biblical Appointments?

19 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 28 September, 2005 reproduced from Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers We as Messianic Believers need to lament over the fact that most of our Christian brothers and sisters do not honor and observe our Heavenly Father’s appointed times[1] or moedim,[2] listed in Leviticus 23. Instead of remembering Pesach/Passover, Chag HaMatzot/Unleavened Bread, Shavuot/Pentecost, Yom Teruah-Rosh HaShanah/the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur/the Day of Atonement, Sukkot/Tabernacles, and Shemini Atzeret/the Eighth Day Assembly, in addition to the weekly seventh-day Shabbat/Sabbath—Christians today celebrate Christmas and Easter and assemble on Sunday. They have missed out on much of what the Lord […]

Appointed Times

What Are The Lord’s Appointed Times?

19 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

posted 28 September, 2005 reproduced from Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers One of the first areas of Torah observance which comes into play, when outside people enter into the Messianic movement and commit themselves to a Messianic lifestyle, is that of the holidays. The appointed times guide the yearly cycle of events which help to form Messianic identity.[1] The appointed times guide the yearly cycle of events that help to form Messianic identity. Messianic Believers do not observe mainstream Christian holidays such as Christmas or Easter, but rather remember the Biblically-prescribed holidays of God’s Torah, which are first […]

FAQ

Crucifixion

19 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 05 DECEMBER, 2015 I have heard some Messianic teachers say that Yeshua was not crucified on a cross. Can you clarify this for me? This entry has been adapted from Torah In the Balance, Volume II. On the whole in the religious world today, the cross has become almost universally recognized as a symbol that identifies people with Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, as the One who was sacrificed for the sins of humanity, and subsequently resurrected from the dead. As seen in both the Apostolic Scriptures and classical antiquity, the stauros was mainly “a pole to be placed in […]

Books & Studies

Biblical Equality and Today’s Messianic Movement

18 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Galatians 3:28 is one of the most important verses not only in the Apostolic Scriptures, but in the entire Bible. This one verse written by the Apostle Paul speaks of a new status for human beings that has been inaugurated via the sacrificial work of Yeshua, as God’s people are to be united in Him, actively accomplishing His tasks in the Earth. At times, we do find Galatians 3:28 quoted among those in our Messianic faith community, but its ramifications are not often fully considered or probed for their significant spiritual power. Current and severe developments in the Messianic movement […]

Messianic Issues

Messianic Believers and Religious Symbols

18 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

posted 07 June, 2016 reproduced from Torah In the Balance, Volume II Throughout much of human history, and certainly present within our modern era, religious groups have been known by religious symbols. If any of us think in terms of words like Judaism, Christianity, or Islam—we almost immediately conjure up images of a Star of David, the cross, and the crescent moon. Today’s broad Messianic community, which looks to its shared Jewish and Christian heritage, certainly has some kind of association with common Jewish symbols such as the menorah or Star of David, as well as the Christian cross and […]

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