Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

J.K. McKee

Death is one of the most difficult topics that any human being ever has to deal with. None of us likes dealing with the death of a family member, a close friend, or even people we do not know but still admire. Many people regularly visit the gravesite of a loved one, whereas others have their remains cremated and scattered into the wind. Even if you do not regularly visit a cemetery where your loved one may be buried, thoughts and memories of the deceased will undoubtedly still come to your mind from time to time, and the last memory you may have of such a person—that of your loved one’s funeral—is perhaps what you remember.

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?

J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics goes through the study questions for Ch 2 in the Messianic Beginnings workbook:

1. Do you think that it is significant that while many Jewish people have come to faith in Messiah Yeshua, many non-Jewish Believers have developed an interest in the Torah? Why or why not?

2. How was Ancient Israel to be blessed? Does this same principle apply to Believers today?

3. How did a return to the study of the Torah benefit the Jews who returned to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian exile?

4. How could studying the Torah portions on a weekly basis give you a newfound richness to your walk with the Lord?

5. Do you want to study the Torah? Why or why not?

Issues involving men and women in the Body of Messiah, are not too frequently discussed in today’s Messianic movement, unless they are from a relatively strict complementarian viewpoint. John McKee of Messianic Apologetics approaches the subject of men and women from an egalitarian perspective. In this episode, the main subject matter addressed concerns the issue of head ornamentation in 1 Corinthians 11.

One of the most critical prophecies in the Bible as it relates to the Great Commission, which is to spread the good news of Messiah Yeshua to the world and instruct others as disciples (Matthew 28:19-20), is stated by the Lord Himself in Matthew 24:14: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” It is only after this prophecy is fulfilled that Yeshua speaks of “the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet” (Matthew 24:15; cf. Daniel 9:27), where the antimessiah/antichrist reveals himself.

I am a non-Jewish Believer in the Messianic movement, and I am a bit disturbed at how I have encountered various Jewish Believers in my midst use the term “Gentile.” I am not at all trying to be ethnically or culturally Jewish in following Torah, even though I respect my fellow Jewish brothers and sisters, but I get a sense that the term “Gentile” is being used with some negative or pejorative sense. Is it not true that the term “Gentile” can actually mean “pagan”? Can you help me?