The Messianic Movement: The End-Time Move of God

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I don’t know about you, fine Kineti readers, but I often tune out discussions about the last days, the end-times, the return of Messiah.

Why?

All of the hype, sensationalism, failed predictions, idle speculation, and crazy-uncle nonsense that gets peddled. It’s not my cup of tea!

However, the Lord wants us to have a joyful anticipation, even excitement, about His return. I don’t want to avoid studying the return of the Lord merely because so many abuse it. And I want to have that anticipation of the Lord’s return; that sort of thing fills you with joy and hope. I want that.

This week I sat down with Messianic apologist and author J.K. McKee to discuss the end-times and the Messianic movement’s role in it:

In it, J.K. and I tackle 5 questions pertaining to the last days and the Messianic movement:

  1. How do Messianics today handle the subject of the last days; what’s been our personal experience in the Messianic movement?
  2. Given how disruptive and uniquely difficult 2020 has been, the Lord’s return has been top of mind. How should Messianics think about the last days?
  3. With regard to the end-times, what does the Messianic perspective bring to the wider body of believers?
  4. What role will the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movement play in the the last days leading up to the return of Yeshua?
  5. What further studies and investigations need to take place in the Messianic movement regarding the last days?

Here you’ll find a candid conversation about the last days and the Messianic movement.

I expressed how I’ve personally been turned off to conversations about the end-times due to sensationalism, failed predictions, date-setting, and more. John shared his reservations as well.

At the same time, we can’t simply punt and avoid the topic. The Lord wants us to have a joyful anticipation, an excitement even, knowing his return is imminent.

John and I discuss all this and more in episode 5 of the The Messianic Walk. Enjoy, friends!

Great Peace Have They: On the US Election

“There is no authority except from God, and those that exist are put
in place by God. So whoever opposes the authority has resisted God’s
direction, and those who have resisted will bring judgment on
themselves.”

Romans 13

Roman Emperors Claudius (left) and Nero (right) who were the rulers of Rome before and after Romans 13 was written

When the Apostle Paul wrote that passage to the Roman believers, urging them to submit to government authority, they had just suffered greatly under Roman Emperor Claudius, an anti-Semite who forbid religious evangelizing and expelled Jews and Jewish Christians from Rome, including the two Jewish leaders of the Roman community, Acquila and Priscilla.

And when the Romans received Paul’s letter in 50s AD, they would be suffering under an extreme tyrant, Nero, known for his mad tyranny, extravagance, debauchery, and violent persecution of Christians, including the later beheading of Paul himself.

Yet, God worked through these tyrants and caused God’s people to flourish.

God will do the same whether President Trump or Senator Biden wins tonight. I have peace in that. And you should too, friends.

You will keep in perfect peace
The man whose mind is stayed on You
Because he trusts in You.

-Isaiah 26

New video blog: Lawlessness vs. Legalism

Legalism and lawlessness: two extremes in Messiah faith

Many churches in the Evangelical world spend a great deal of time condemning legalism: rigid adherence to Biblical laws and the man-made stringencies around them, observance by the letter and not by the Spirit, observance of Biblical laws to gain eternal life with God.

But Yeshua’s words in the Gospels warn of a different issue:

“Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This Good News of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Matthew 24:12-14, Tree of Life Version

While legalism has been and continues to be a problem among believers, especially Messianic believers, its opposite extreme — lawlessness — pulls God’s people away from living godly, upstanding lives.

In this new podcast episode, Messianic apologist John McKee and myself discuss forms of legalism and lawlessness we’ve encountered in our Messianic walk, and how believers can avoid these extremes that tend to be too common in our Messiah faith. Enjoy, fine Kineti readers!

And, a reminder, you can subscribe to our podcast over at MessianicWalk.com