Messianic Publications

Messianic Publications Our goal is to strengthen the body of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) with solid, biblical resources. Visit our website: http://MessianicPublications.com.

Messianic Publications seeks to strengthen the body of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), both Jewish and non-Jewish alike, with resources that will help strengthen, encourage, and equip believers to live holy (set apart) lives, and bring the Gospel (good news) to the nations. This includes the good news of Yeshua ha'Mashiach's (Jesus Christ's) securing the forgiveness of sins by his death and resurrection, and the good news of the Messianic Kingdom to come. We uphold the lasting importance of the Torah for today (Matt 5:17-19, Rom 3:31), the covenantal inclusion of all believers within the commonwealth of Israel (Deut. 32, Eph. 2:12), and believe there is One Torah for all who believe - both native and non-native alike (Ex 12:49, Num 15:15, Deut 32).

Six new reasons to keep the 7th day Sabbath just added: #6, 24, 48, 53, 61, 62.
05/15/2018
70 Biblical Reasons to Keep The 7th Day Sabbath

Six new reasons to keep the 7th day Sabbath just added: #6, 24, 48, 53, 61, 62.

Many become preoccupied with finding reasons not to keep the 7th day (Saturday) Sabbath. This article side-steps these debates by listing as many biblical reasons to keep the original commandment as possible.

The quartodeciman controversy is indeed critical to understanding the separation of Passover and Resurrection day (aka F...
03/29/2018
Who Separated Passover from Easter? | The Stream

The quartodeciman controversy is indeed critical to understanding the separation of Passover and Resurrection day (aka First Fruits, Pascua, Easter, etc.). What do you think of Michael L Brown's proposal of bringing the two back together again?

My radical proposal for reconnecting these severed roots.

05/16/2017

“The reality is as clear today as it was in the days of Yeshua: the enemy of our souls will do all in his power to render us useless for the kingdom of God, to besmirch the Name of the Holy One by effacing His image in us. Moreover, he hates nothing more than that we should constantly live out the victory that was won for us by Yeshua, and he will therefore apply all of his power to tarnish the trophies of God’s grace we are destined to be. Recognizing both the war in which we are engaged, and the power by which it is won, will secure his defeat.”
– Tim Hegg, comment on Matt. 12:25-27, from _Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew_ vol. 2

Christian scholar Vern Poythress, on how he helps his sons transition from boyhood to manhood with a ceremony modeled af...
08/09/2016
How I Helped My Boys to Become Christian Men

Christian scholar Vern Poythress, on how he helps his sons transition from boyhood to manhood with a ceremony modeled after the Jewish Bar Mitzvah celebration:

by Vern S. Poythress, Ph.D., Th.D. 1999 God gave me two boys to raise, Ransom and Justin. Ransom is now 14 years old and is already a Christian man. Justin is a Christian boy 12 years old, a…

With all of the current political discussion, it's important to remind ourselves who really reigns as King.
05/16/2016
In The Way: Yeshua for President

With all of the current political discussion, it's important to remind ourselves who really reigns as King.

"In The Way" is a Messianic comic strip by Jason Salas, created to encourage believers in Yeshua and keep His commandments as laid out in the Torah.

Remember: No counting calories on Shabbat! :D
05/13/2016
In The Way: Shabbat Calories

Remember: No counting calories on Shabbat! :D

"In The Way" is a Messianic comic strip by Jason Salas, created to encourage believers in Yeshua and keep His commandments as laid out in the Torah.

With Passover just around the corner, here is an article that helps explain the origins of the Eucharist/Communion, and ...
04/15/2016
An Investigation Of “The Lord’s Table”

With Passover just around the corner, here is an article that helps explain the origins of the Eucharist/Communion, and compares it to the Passover.

What is the background of the Eucharist, commonly known as "The Lord's Table?" This series offers an historical inquiry and suggests that the "Lord's Table" was the product of the emerging Christian Church as she left her Hebrew roots. It will show how 1 Corinthians 11 refers to the Passover celebra…

Many are not aware that mainstream Judaism not only rejects Messianic Judaism as a valid sub-sect, but also denies that ...
03/31/2016
Denying That Messianic Jews Are Really Jews: My Rejection From Taglit-Birthright Israel

Many are not aware that mainstream Judaism not only rejects Messianic Judaism as a valid sub-sect, but also denies that Messianic Jews are even actually Jews -- a fact which has led to the exclusion and marginalization of thousands of Messianic Jews around the world.

Mainstream Judaism has yet to recognize that Jews who believe in Yeshua are still Jews, marginalizing thousands of Jews around the world.

A Christian family, hoping to adopt a baby boy, is shocked to find a strange Jewish man named Yeshua standing at their d...
02/02/2016
The Adoption: A Short Story

A Christian family, hoping to adopt a baby boy, is shocked to find a strange Jewish man named Yeshua standing at their door.

A Christian family hoping to adopt a baby boy is shocked to find a strange Jewish man named Yeshua, standing at their door.

Is attending a local assembly a necessary part of the faith?  What about the roll of the modern pastor? Is it biblical? ...
01/27/2016
A Community or a Congregation: For What are We Striving?

Is attending a local assembly a necessary part of the faith? What about the roll of the modern pastor? Is it biblical? And is it possible to establish generational communities? Tim Hegg weighs in.

Recovering a Biblical view of the Torah also requires recovering a biblical ecclesiology. But what is the nature of the biblical ekklesia/assembly? Tim Hegg explains.

Ariel Berkowitz offers some helpful guidelines for studying God's Torah (Law) for today.
01/11/2016
How to Study the Torah

Ariel Berkowitz offers some helpful guidelines for studying God's Torah (Law) for today.

Contents: Part 1: Reasons to Study the Torah Part 2: Six Basic Hermeneutical Rules for Studying the Scriptures Part 3: Six Rules for Specifically Studying the Torah Part 4: How to Teach the Torah Anyone who has attempted to read and appreciate the Torah has discovered that sometimes the Torah is…

Rob Vanhoff & Caleb Hegg look at the history of Christianity and the Reformation to tackle the question of whether Chris...
12/23/2015
Rob and Caleb Show

Rob Vanhoff & Caleb Hegg look at the history of Christianity and the Reformation to tackle the question of whether Christmas is pagan. Tune in now or join the chat room to hear more.

The live chat room will be open on Weds starting at about 9:00am until the show ends. Don't forget, join Rob and Caleb LIVE! Weds mornings at 10am PST. Complete with a live chat room so you can ask questions and make comments. Click on the small icon in the lower right-hand corner of the…

12/22/2015

A Theology Cheat Sheet

Dispensational Theology says that the Law/Torah was relevant only to a certain “age of law,” and after Christ’s death, we are now no longer in the age of law, but in the age of grace.

New Covenant Theology holds that since the Bible speaks of God's Law/Torah as a unified whole, after Christ's resurrection the whole Law is done away with, and is replaced with the Law of Christ.

Covenant Theology says that there are divisions in God's Law/Torah between 'moral', 'ceremonial', and 'judicial' categories of law, and that only the 'moral' category (and sometimes the 'judicial') is to be kept in perpetuity.

Messianic Covenant Theology says that God instructs Israel to never add to nor take away from His Law/Torah (Deut. 4:2); that He never intended it to be too difficult to follow (Deut. 30:11; Matt. 11:30); that Israel should be careful to follow "all the words of this Law" (Deut. 31:12, Psalm 119:160); and that they should do so forever (Deut. 29:29, cf. Matt. 5:17-19, Rom. 3:31).

Though their statement falters on many key points, they did get this right: "Jesus brought a double goodness to the worl...
12/17/2015
Orthodox Rabbis Issue Groundbreaking Declaration Affirming ‘Partnership’ With Christianity

Though their statement falters on many key points, they did get this right: "Jesus brought a double goodness to the world. On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically… and not one of our Sages spoke out more emphatically concerning the immutability of the Torah."

A group of Orthodox rabbis in Israel, the US and Europe have issued a public statement affirming Jews And Christians should work together

09/10/2015

This year's 2015 Independent Messianic Conference in Bethlehem, PA was a huge success. Quote from Joseph Kresefsky's closing remarks from the conference: "United - we stand in Torah; divided - we cannot live Torah. Therefore, let us stand together as One People - One Law - One God! ... Amein!"

Where does the dichotomy between Christianity and Judaism originate?  Do you think there is a way forward?
09/03/2015
Christianity vs. Judaism: A False Dichotomy

Where does the dichotomy between Christianity and Judaism originate? Do you think there is a way forward?

I heard a Jewish woman who had come to recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as the Jewish Messiah conclude her personal testimony by saying "I'm a Jew and I'll always be a Jew."

08/28/2015
The 2015 Independent Messianic Conference: One Law - One People - One God!

The 2015 Independent Messianic Conference is back and will be held in Bethlehem PA. Registration closes Sept. 1. The Berkowitz's will be here from Israel, and Tim Hegg from the west coast. Come out and join us!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/913637302004188/

2015 INDEPENDENT MESSIANIC CONFERENCE Sunday & Monday, Sept 6th & 7th 2015 We’re returning to Bethlehem, PA - so mark those calendars … now! This year’s them...

08/10/2015

“Sanctification has a double aspect. Its positive side is vivification, the growing and maturing of the new man; its negative side is mortification, the weakening and killing of the old man.”
- J.I. Packer

08/05/2015
Don't Eat It - from The Doorpost Songs: This Is Love

What happens when you combine one of Michael Jackson's hit songs with Leviticus 11? This:

Enjoy the Levitical dietary laws in a way you've never heard them before. Based on Leviticus 11:1-30. From the album The Doorpost Songs: This Is Love. The Do...

07/30/2015
The Rob & Caleb Show #86: Kosher

"Haven't you Messianics read that Jesus declared all foods clean?" Rob Vanhoff & Caleb Hegg discuss Mark 7:19, Acts 10, and the dietary laws today. Follow them @ The Rob & Caleb Show

The guys discuss Mark 7:19, Acts 10 and the talk about keeping a kosher diet today.

Colossians 2:16 is a verse that is often used to prove that certain of God's laws/instructions no longer apply today.  B...
06/18/2015
Colossians 2:16: Who was Paul Defending?

Colossians 2:16 is a verse that is often used to prove that certain of God's laws/instructions no longer apply today. But was Paul really defending non-Torah-keeping Christians from the ones who kept God's Law in this passage? Ian Hodge weighs in.

When Paul says "Let no one judge you" in Colossians 2:16, who was he defending? Our interpretation of this passage hinges on this critical question.

Exciting deal from TorahResource.com!  Save $500 when you purchase a bundle of teachings that tackle some of the most im...
05/12/2015
Community Bundle Package

Exciting deal from TorahResource.com! Save $500 when you purchase a bundle of teachings that tackle some of the most important questions for those in the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movements. Great for congregations and fellowships to share among one another.

Providing resources for Messianic communities, leaders, and individuals. Centered on Yeshua, based on the scripture, one law (Torah) for all.

05/06/2015

We've just added an exciting Shavuot 2015 event to our Conferences page, which will be held in Orlando Florida, May 22-24. Among the many sessions, there will be a two part discussion titled "Come Now Let us reason together" with Itzhak Shapira and Rico Cortes, where they will discuss common beliefs and differences among Messianic believers, including questions regarding 2 House, The Sacred Name, Kashrut, the role of non-Jews, and more.

Have you heard of the "lunar sabbath"? Where did this theory originate? And more importantly, does it stand up to histor...
03/26/2015
Assessing the “Lunar Sabbath” Theory | Messianic Publications

Have you heard of the "lunar sabbath"? Where did this theory originate? And more importantly, does it stand up to historical and textual criticism? Rob Vanhoff weighs in.

Have you heard of the "lunar sabbath"? Where did this theory originate? And does it stand up to historical and textual criticism? Rob Vanhoff weighs in.

There are a bunch of exciting Messianic conferences and events across the country this year.  Check out our updated list...
03/04/2015
Messianic Conferences and Events | Messianic Publications

There are a bunch of exciting Messianic conferences and events across the country this year. Check out our updated list! And if you know of any events we've left off, let us know!

This is a list of Messianic Conferences and Events across the country. Messianic Publications is not affiliated with any of the organizations on this list. We provide this list as a free service, in the hopes of connecting believers.

With all of the division we see today in the Body of Messiah, one wonders if we'll ever learn to work together, rather t...
02/20/2015
A House Divided | Messianic Publications

With all of the division we see today in the Body of Messiah, one wonders if we'll ever learn to work together, rather than against one another. Check out some of Ken Rank's thoughts, via Messianic Publications.

The sad reality of our modern religious condition is that division over knowledge and understanding are not all that divide us. We often divide over other things such as....

02/11/2015

Question: In the minds of many ancient believers, what did it mean when a non-Jew underwent the waters of immersion (mikveh/baptism)?

“While some of the Sages may have held that the mikveh of the proselyte did, in some way, physically remove impurities of idolatry and other pagan uncleanness, it seems most likely that the mikveh was considered simply the final step in the proselyte ritual, as a symbol of a change of status. When the proselyte comes up from the waters of the mikveh, he is regarded as an Israelite in every way. According to the Bavali , “…one who has become a proselyte is like a child newly born” [1b.Yevamot 22a], meaning that all ties to ones former life have been severed. The symbolism of death and resurrection dramatically performed in immersion demonstrated the end of his existence as a Gentile, and the beginning of his life as a bona fide covenant member of Israel. It is this symbolism that most likely stands behind the command to bring Gentiles into the mikveh in the discipleship process enjoined upon the twelve at the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel.”
- Tim Hegg, Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1, "Excursus: Mikveh in Ancient Judaism," pg. 79

"So let me get this straight...."
02/04/2015
In The Way: Unclean | Messianic Publications

"So let me get this straight...."

Let me get this straight: the boss turns Messianic and calls you unclean and now you're upset? Would you rather he called you 'Dinner'?

Colossians 2:14 is a common verse that is quoted by many Christians to assert that “the Law of Moses was nailed to the...
01/28/2015
Colossians 2:14: Was God's Law Nailed to the Cross? | Messianic Publications

Colossians 2:14 is a common verse that is quoted by many Christians to assert that “the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross of Jesus Christ.” But is this truly what is being said in Colossians 2:14? J.K. McKee weighs in.

Colossians 2:14 is commonly quoted by many Christians to assert that “the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross of Jesus Christ.” But is this truly what Colossians 2:14 says?

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