1&2 Thessalonians

Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonicans

21 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 51-52 C.E. (maximum of six months after 1 Thessalonians) Time period: season of severe misunderstanding about the end-times Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Corinth Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Thessalonica Theological Summary: The Apostle Paul claims to be the author of 2 Thessalonians, along with Silvanus and Timothy as co-senders (1:1). Genuine Pauline authorship of 2 Thessalonians tends to not be questioned by conservative examiners, but is often questioned by many liberals. The text of […]

1&2 Thessalonians

First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonicans

21 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 50-52 C.E. Time period: season of severe difficulty for a young assembly of Believers, with misunderstandings about the end-times Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Corinth Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Thessalonica Theological Summary: The authorship of 1 Thessalonians is most certainly Pauline, indicated by the personal characteristics we see interspersed throughout the letter,[1] and comparison with other passages (3:1-2, 8-11; cf. Acts 15:36; 2 Corinthians 11:28). Pauline authorship of 1 Thessalonians is not severely challenged, […]

Eschatology

The Great Apostasy

21 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posed 07 August, 2008 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? Thinking about or contemplating the topic of apostasy is not necessarily the most positive thing that someone could be doing. The Biblical and historical record both indicate that apostasy against God—a denial of Him and His ways—has been present with us since the very beginning (which should hopefully relieve at least some of the anxiety we may have about this). Yet, sometimes we need to have our consciences pricked regarding what the apostasy is, especially as we survey some of the things going on in the religious world […]

Books & Studies

A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic

20 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

One of the major reasons that today’s Messianic movement has grown in the past decade is a significant interest by Believers in the Torah and the Tanach. In too many cases, the Tanach Scriptures were not probed in that great a detail in a Jewish Believer’s traditional Synagogue upbringing—and perhaps more serious, a non-Jewish Believer’s Christian experience often witnessed the Old Testament taking a back seat to the New Testament in the Church. With many of the ethical and moral controversies the greater Judeo-Christian religious community is experiencing in our age, a need for God’s people to return to a […]

Song of Songs

Song of Songs

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 900s B.C.E. (Right, some conservative-moderate); 700s-600s B.C.E. (some conservative-moderate); 500s-300s B.C.E. (Left) Purpose: to speak of the love of a bridegroom and bride Author: Solomon or a patron directed by him (Right, some conservative-moderate); anonymous (some conservative-moderate, Left) Location of author: Land of Israel or Jerusalem (Right, conservative-moderate); Land of Israel, Jerusalem, and/or Babylon or Persia (Left) Target audience and their location: people of Israel, later people of Judah (Right, conservative-moderate); Southern Kingdom returning or returned from Babylon (Left) Theological Summary: The correct […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Is the Story of Yeshua Pagan?

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 26 September, 2005 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Yeshua the Messiah issues a very strong warning to His followers in Matthew 12:35-37. He says, “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” How many of us take these words seriously, and realize that […]

FAQ

Mushrooms, Kosher

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Are mushrooms “kosher”? On occasion, more often than not in the independent sectors of the Messianic community and/or Hebrew/Hebraic Roots world, one will hear a claim made from time to time that mushrooms, and by association various other fungi, are non-kosher. Much of this relates to how mushrooms reproduce. Yet, one need not go too far to realize that mushrooms are a feature of traditional Jewish cooking. This means that at one point in history, Jewish religious authorities decided that mushrooms, even if they do not bear seed (cf. Genesis 1:29) in the more customary sense, […]

Christology

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

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 August, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues answering the claims of the anti-Divinity Messianics Anyone who has surveyed the Messianic movement—whether it be Messianic Judaism, the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, or Two-House sub-movement—knows that it is very broad and diverse. There is a broad array of theologies and opinions evident in the Messianic movement, just as in Christianity or Judaism. There are those who are theologically conservative, and those who are theologically liberal. There are those who believe that God has the ultimate control over their lives, and those who believe that they can determine their own […]

Books & Studies

Ephesians for the Practical Messianic

19 April, 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 […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Encountering Mythology: A Case Study from the Flood Narratives

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 13 July, 2008 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Believers today are facing a dilemma. Your average evangelical Christian is bombarded with information and perspectives, which a short ten years ago were not necessarily present in significant numbers in the religious world.[1] With the continuing expansion of the Internet, cable television, and even printed media, Christians are having to consider points of view regarding well-cherished accounts in the Tanach or Old Testament which they have never really had to consider before. While parallels between the Bible and Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) mythology have always been discussed in academic circles, or […]

Ancient Israel

Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 04 September, 2008 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Focusing on God’s instructions in the Torah is an undeniable part of not only the Messianic lifestyle, but also the Messianic experience. Ever since the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon, the public reading of the Torah to instruct God’s people on what was acceptable and unacceptable behavior has been a regular practice (Nehemiah 7:73-8:12). This is something that is also witnessed in the Apostolic Scriptures (Luke 4:16-17; Acts 13:15) and continues in the traditions of today’s Jewish Synagogue. The repetition of hearing Moses’ Teaching is important for men […]

Creationism

6,000 Year Teaching

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 05 MARCH, 2015 How close do you believe we are to the Biblical year 6,000? Throughout the broad Messianic community, composing Messianic Judaism, the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, the Two-House sub-movement, and various Hebrew/Hebraic Roots associations—is a wide and firm adherence to the 6,000-year doctrine. This teaching advocates that there are 6,000 years allocated to human history, with six 1,000-year periods corresponding to the six “days” or yamim of Creation, with a seventh 1,000-year period representing the Sabbath and the Millennial Kingdom of the Messiah. With such a seventh 1,000-year period representing the Millennial reign of Yeshua, then the […]

Calendar

Biblical Calendar

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 20 JULY, 2011 What is your opinion with the various calendar issues that seem to be dividing the Messianic community? The new month, as originally specified by the Torah, was to be determined by the changing of the moon or chodesh. Genesis 1:14 states how God originally made the lights of the sky, as the means by which His people were to keep time: “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” Numbers 29:6[1] records how […]

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