Messianic Apologetics is dedicated to producing high quality, doctrinally sound, challenging, and fair-minded publications and resources for Twenty-First Century Messianic people. Our broad faith community faces any number of issues requiring resolution–from newcomers to the Messianic movement and those who have been involved for many years. The books, studies, commentaries, and analyses provided by Messianic Apologetics intend to aid the legitimate needs of today’s Messianic people, so they can have the answers they seek in their walk with the Messiah of Israel.
The Messianic Walk
Why are you a part of today’s Messianic movement? Since the reemergence of the Messianic Jewish movement in the late 1960s to the present, we have witnessed a generation of Jewish people come to faith in Israel’s Messiah, retaining their Jewish heritage. Since the mid-to-late 1990s to the present, we have also witnessed a great number of evangelical Protestant Believers be sovereignly called by God into the Messianic movement, to join in and participate with their fellow Jewish Believers in the restoration of Israel. Many are of the sincere conviction that the end-time prophesies involving a massive salvation of Jewish people (Romans chs. 9-11) and the nations coming to Zion to be instructed in God’s Torah (Micah 4:1-3; Isaiah 2:2-4), are simultaneously occurring in this hour.
Today’s Messianic congregations are often places where these two dynamics emerge, and people from diverse backgrounds fellowship with one another on a regular basis in a local assembly or fellowship of brothers and sisters. What are some of the things of what it means to be a Jewish Believer in Yeshua of Nazareth? What are some of the things of what it means to be a non-Jewish Believer in the Messianic movement? How do we pool the strengths and virtues of our Judeo-Protestant heritage, as we anticipate and work toward the salvation-historical trajectory of “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26) and the return of Yeshua to Planet Earth?
Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee, in his capacity as leader of the New Foundations-New Members class at Eitz Chaim Messianic Jewish Synagogue of Richardson, Texas, has developed the workbook The Messianic Walk to specifically aid in acclimating people to today’s Messianic movement. This resource is a primer, divided into six units, covering: (1) The Messianic Experience, (2) Shabbat, the Appointed Times, Jewish Holidays, (3) Kosher and Torah-Based “Means of Grace,” (4) The Contours of Jewish Evangelism, (5) Our Place in the Congregation, and (6) A Survey of Messianic Theology. The Messianic Walk has been written in an as user-friendly and easy-to-read style as possible, as it introduces students to the Messianic congregational experience as it has developed by the third decade of the Twenty-First Century. It is a resource intended to be used in the new members classes of today’s Messianic congregations, either on its own or in concert with other materials.
Messianic Beginnings: Introducing the Messianic Lifestyle has been written as a primer, following the journey of the Huey and McKee family, as evangelical Believers drawn into the Messianic movement in 1995, and learning what it meant to have a more comprehensive understanding of the ancient roots of our Biblical faith. This workbook has been mainly produced to help non-Jewish Believers have a good overview of what the Messianic movement is all about, based on our family’s experience. Since the turn of the Millennium, the Holy Spirit has prompted many more non-Jewish Believers to tangibly embrace their Hebraic Roots in the Tanach (Old Testament) Scriptures, and Jewish Roots in the faith practices of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and His Disciples, specially calling them into the Messianic movement. They have joined in both unity and common cause with their fellow Jewish Believers in Israel’s Messiah, as we all steadily approach Yeshua’s return!
Have you heard about the Messianic movement? Have you heard about the significance of the Torah for a Believer’s walk of faith? Do you know why you might be involved with it? Do you need a foundational introduction to the Hebraic and Jewish Roots of our faith, and who Yeshua truly is in His Biblical and historical context? Do you want to know more about what God is doing in this hour? If you have ever asked any of these questions, then this workbook can help get you started.
This volume examines a number of areas for study and discussion, and will prompt questions for personal reflection or group exchanges in twelve easy lessons. Each chapter has study questions which will enable you to think and examine the Scriptures, and key issues as they involve components of the Messianic lifestyle and theology, often different from contemporary evangelical Protestantism. If you are unfamiliar with the Messianic movement, some of its basic beliefs and lifestyle practices, and the great potential it offers God’s people today—then Messianic Beginnings is the book for you! This is a resource that can definitely get many you started on a journey into the Messianic walk.
After the Afterlife
Are human beings different than the animals? Will human beings have to answer for their conduct before a Higher Power? Is history actually moving toward a culmination point, where some individuals will be ushered into everlasting communion and fellowship with their Creator, and some other individuals will be removed from their Creator’s precense in some form? Those who affirm belief in the Holy Scriptures (Genesis-Revelation), and conclude that humans have been intended for a unique destiny by the Lord God, do believe that history is moving toward such a point of culmination. A famed prophecy like Daniel 12:2 says it to be so: “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.”
Many of you have been exposed to Biblical teaching that probably has gone as far so as to say: Saved people go to Heaven, and unsaved people go to Hell. This tends to be a very under-developed and overly-simplistic way of looking at a path to redemption, and a path to condemnation. The Holy Scriptures do not at all depict the destiny of redeemed human beings as one of endless disembodiment in a celestial Heaven. Nor, should it ever be thought that the Holy Scriptures depict the destiny of unrighteous human beings as exclusively having to writhe in some sort of never-ending immersion in molten lava and sulfuric acid. A personal eschatology which sees Believers experiencing endless embodiment in Heaven as the end-all, a Hell only and exclusively involving fire and smoke and brimstone, and a personal eschatology which completely dismisses the significance of the resurrection and reconstitution of bodily remains, is one which is very incomplete.
The trajectory of Holy Scripture is very much concerned with the condition that lies beyond the intermediate state. After the Afterlife presents some key discussions for you as a reader, which indeed defend some classic viewpoints regarding human destiny, informed and appreciative of ancient and contemporary Judaism, as well as evangelical Christianity. This publication reasons through the issues and Bible passages surrounding the intermediate state, eternal punishment, and the future resurrection of the dead. It is uniquely tailored for people in today’s Messianic congregations and fellowships, intending to provide some resolution, being objective as possible for emotionally-charged subjects.
Messianic Circumcision Helper
Circumcision is the memorial sign of the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 17:11). The Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all circumcised. Yeshua the Messiah was circumcised (Luke 2:21). The Apostle Paul was circumcised (Philippians 3:5). If we intend to appreciate the spiritual example and lives of these figures, then men should not at all look down upon the practice of circumcision. None of us should consider circumcision to be a salvation issue, though, as the power of the gospel is blind in saving males who are either circumcised or uncircumcised (Colossians 3:11).
The Messianic Circumcision Helper is a publication that has been put together out of necessity, given how the topic of circumcision—while present throughout the Bible—tends to be a little “inconvenient” for those in the broad Messianic movement, being among the most frequently avoided Torah issues. Circumcision has to be properly evaluated and weighed for what it meant for Ancient Israel in the Ancient Near East, what it meant for Second Temple Judaism and the formal rituals associated with proselytization, and consequently also what the people of God in more modern times should be considering.
Bible Messages for the Practical Messianic
The Holy Scriptures are one of the most important tools that God’s people have in order to understand who He is and what His purpose is for our lives. This is especially true for those of us who are Messianic Believers, and are of the firm conviction that in this hour our Heavenly Father is restoring forgotten truths to His people, and is guiding us toward the ultimate completion of “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26) and consummation of the Messianic Age. Knowing not only the importance of the Bible, but the unique tapestry of the Word, is something that we need not overlook if we intend to be empowered for His mission.
Today’s Messianic community has a considerable need to understand the whole Bible. This includes more than just reading the weekly Torah portion, but seeing how God’s plan of salvation history begins in the Torah and moves forward through the Prophets, Writings, Gospels, and Epistles. It may take a lifetime for the Messianic movement to have a series well thought out, verse-by-verse commentaries on all books of the Bible, engaged with contemporary scholarship (as with Messianic Apologetics’ Practical Messianic series). But this does not mean that presently unanalyzed books have to go completely unaddressed or avoided in the meantime.
Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee has produced a series of summary articles for each book of the Bible, now compiled into this volume, Bible Messages for the Practical Messianic. Each text of Scripture is examined for its place in the overall Biblical narrative, and considered for what it might teach or admonish us as the emerging Messianic movement. Controversies and difficulties are not ignored, but are addressed in the venue of an overall text of Scripture, and how we can all be edified by God’s Word as a whole.
Salvation on the Line, Volume III: The Messiahship of Yeshua
Salvation on the Line, Volume IV: Difficulties in the Apostolic Scriptures
Salvation on the Line, Volume V: Difficulties in the Tanach
The Sermon on the Mount for the Practical Messianic