Books & Studies

Colossians and Philemon for the Practical Messianic

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The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon are two of the most overlooked letters in the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament) by today’s Messianic community. Too frequently, our engagement level with Colossians is limited to words that Paul issues about Torah practices like Sabbath-keeping or kosher eating or about something being nailed to the cross. Because Christian friends and family often use partial quotes from Colossians to refute Messianic Believers who are Torah observant, we often try to avoid Paul’s letter. And like many of today’s evangelical Christians, Paul’s letter to Philemon is totally avoided, simply because we do not […]

Christology

John 14:15-31

28 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “‘If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world […]

Christology

The Johannine Prologue: John 1:1-18

28 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. […]

Christology

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

28 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 […]

Updates

Thank You for Your Support of Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics!

27 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

We need you to get behind the efforts of Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics! Much of what we do is provided freely via our two main websites (Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics), often in the form of weekly articles and teachings, both written and oral. Messianic Apologetics, in particular, is active on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most especially YouTube and Podomatic. This Spring, we have just added our new Messianic Apologetics app for iPhone and Android. Please be a blessing to us so that we can continue to provide you with consistent, uplifting, and scholastically sound […]

Books & Studies

A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic

27 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

As a Messianic Believer, do you have a problem reading the New Testament? When you read the Apostolic Scriptures, are you confused when you encounter the Gospels, Acts, or Epistles? Have you possibly been taught that the “New Testament” replaces the “Old Testament,” and that there are contradictions between the two, only to be reconciled by the coming of Yeshua? Do you have difficulty reconciling the words of the Torah to Yeshua, Peter, Paul, John, and the other Apostles? If you have ever asked any of these questions, it is time that you receive a re-introduction to the Apostolic Scriptures. […]

Aramaic Peshitta

Aramaic Peshitta

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UPDATED 30 OCTOBER, 2011 What is your opinion of the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament? Do you think that the Peshitta New Testament might be more original than the Greek New Testament? The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding” It is not surprising, given some of the theological trends within our Messianic faith community, that many would be interested in the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament. Aramaic is a Semitic relative to Hebrew and was a local language of the Land of Israel during the time of Yeshua. It is historically accurate that an […]

Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism, Luther

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UPDATED 23 AUGUST, 2011 What can you tell me about the anti-Semitism of Martin Luther? Is it true that Luther said some ungodly things about the Jewish people, actually having advocated violence against them? The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “The Top Ten Urban Myths of Today’s Messianic Movement” The need for radical change in the Medieval Church was recognized by many Catholic scholastics who saw the high level of corruption and political intrigue, at the expense of the work of helping the common people. Martin Luther had difficulty with the Catholic practice of selling indulgences, […]

Eschatology

Antimessiah, Makes or Confirms Agreement

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UPDATED 10 APRIL, 2006 Do you believe that the antimessiah/antichrist makes or confirms the covenant with Israel? In recent years there has been a substantial amount of discussion of the premise that the antimessiah “signs a treaty with Israel” initiating the Seventieth Week, in light of some of the events that we have seen throughout the history of the Middle East peace process. As these are things that have yet to occur, we would like to present several plausible interpretations of how the Seventieth Week will begin from Daniel 9:27. In the KJV, Daniel 9:27a is translated as “he shall […]

Eschatology

Antimessiah/antichrist

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UPDATED 17 APRIL, 2006 Who do you think the antimessiah/antichrist is? We believe that the man of lawlessness will be of Roman ancestry considering that the prophecy of Daniel 9:26 speaks of “the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary,” in reference to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. More than likely, this man will be European, but by no means can he be limited to Europe. The only way we will know whether or not a person is the antimessiah/antichrist is when he receives a deadly wound (Revelation 13:3, 12, […]

Christology

Alef-Tav, Yeshua as the

26 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 20 SEPTEMBER, 2011 In what way is Yeshua the Messiah the Alef and the Tav? Some interesting teachings circulate around the Messianic movement about the first and last Hebrew letters, and their association with Yeshua. For a great number of Messianic people, Yeshua the Messiah being associated as the Alef and the Tav, is no different than how Christians see Jesus Christ as the Alpha and the Omega. The first and last Hebrew letters are alef and tav, just as the first and last Greek letters are alpha and ōmĕga. In a publication like the Hebrew Names Version of […]

FAQ

Alcohol

26 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 What is the appropriate way for me to approach the issue of drinking alcohol, not only in terms of Biblical ethics, but also in terms of the whole issue of “kosher”? In much of contemporary Christianity, there are ongoing debates between those who think that the Bible completely prohibits the consumption of alcohol, those who think that it is does not but that people should not drink alcohol, and those who think that the Bible permits people to drink alcohol in moderation.[1] It is undeniable from reading either the Hebrew or Greek Scriptures that wine was […]

Afterlife

Afterlife, negates significance of death

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POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Is it not true that an afterlife in Heaven before the resurrection, would subtract from the significance of death? Psychopannychists or “soul sleep” advocates claim that the power of death is something that is entirely physical. If Believers live a life on Earth, and then in the process of dying go to Heaven to be with the Lord before the resurrection, it is claimed that “death” really has no significance. This is an incorrect assumption about the significance of death—because even if survivors of a deceased person might believe that a loved one is in the […]

Books & Studies

Messianic Helper Series

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The Messianic Helper series edited by Margaret McKee Huey include a series of books with instructional information on how to have a Messianic home and to properly live as a Messianic Believer. Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the celebration of the Biblical appointments or moedim, chiefly found in Leviticus 23, to all of His people. Messianic Believers find great enrichment every year of going through these annual festivals, rehearsing God’s plan of salvation history. We bereave the fact that too many of our Christian brothers […]

Afterlife

To Be Absent From the Body

25 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Without any doubt, one of the most uncomfortable subjects that any human being has to confront in life is death. You do not have to be that well versed in reading the Bible, to adequately understand that death is a part of living. With the possible exception of those who will actually be alive at the moment of the Second Coming, the biological life functions of each and every one of us will cease. A mainstay, of both Judaism and Christianity, is the firm belief in the future resurrection of the dead. A Scripture passage like Daniel 12:1 unambiguously tells […]

Afterlife

Afterlife, negates need for the resurrection

25 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Going to Heaven makes no sense in light of the doctrine of resurrection. What is the point of the future resurrection if Believers just go to Heaven when they die? One of the most frequent arguments against a conscious, intermediate afterlife in Heaven, is that going to be with the Lord is thought to negate the significance of the resurrection, making it a bit anticlimactic. It is very true that many of today’s Believers think that salvation is to be understood exclusively in terms of “going to Heaven when you die,” and the future resurrection of […]

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