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Kevin M. Williams, Litt.D., H.L.D. has served in Messianic ministries since 1987 and has written numerous articles and been a featured speaker at regional and international conferences on Messianic Judaism.

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 6: Matthew 5:21-7:29, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 6: Matthew 5:21-7:29, by Kevin M. Williams

  Part Five of the series examined Yeshua’s1 proclamation, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17). We examined that this statement has, over the centuries, given many believers the impression that Yeshua did away with or annulled the […]

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Two Views On Women in Ministry

Two Views On Women in Ministry

  James Beck and Craig Blomberg, eds., Two Views On Women in Ministry (Zondervan, 2001), 383 pages. In the first century the apostles had to struggle with the Gentiles. Can they be accepted as equals in the faith? Can they be raised to positions of deacons, overseers, and elders? Can a Gentile actually be ordained […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 5: Matthew 5:13-20, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 5: Matthew 5:13-20, by Kevin M. Williams

After the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10), there does not appear to be any break in the chronology of Matthew’s narrative. It seems that Yeshua1 (Jesus) continues teaching on this mountain in Galilee (see Matt. 7:28-29). There is however, a break in the context. If the assertions made in the last edition of the Pneuma Review were […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 4, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 4, by Kevin M. Williams

“Now when He heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee” (Matthew 4:12). This verse is not, as some might think, God incarnate fleeing danger.  Rather, it is possible that this was in fulfillment of John’s words about Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John understood, as […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 3, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 3, by Kevin M. Williams

Journey through the Gospel to the Hebrews with Kevin Williams as he unveils rich Hebraisms and prophetic Messianic insights.   In the first two parts of our series on the gospel of Matthew, we have looked into the apostle’s claims that Jesus is the promised Messiah. We have examined some rather subtle ways Matthew managed […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 2, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 2, by Kevin M. Williams

Matthew 1:18-2:12 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows …” (Matt. 1:18). We could likely spend a lot of time debating the season of the Messiah’s birth, but we are not going to. We will not even try. Christian tradition holds to the 25th of December, a date that parallels the celebration of […]

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Why blow the shofar if nothing is changing?

Why blow the shofar if nothing is changing?

A reader writes to Kevin Williams about his article, “The Call of the Shofar” that appeared in the Winter 2001 issue of the Pneuma Review and was later excerpted in the email newsletter. I rarely have time to peruse the material in your electronic newsletter but now the article by Kevin Williams caught my attention. […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 1, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 1, by Kevin M. Williams

  Forward:  As a preparatory note, at times I will mention an “Israeli believer.” The distinction is, these are Jewish believers in Messiah Jesus who are also citizens of national Israel. The political situation in the Holy Land is one that, being recognized as a believer in Jesus can mean losing your job, your home, […]

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The Call of the Shofar

The Call of the Shofar

  Kevin Williams investigates the significance of the ram’s horn trumpet. In this edition of Messianic Foundations, we’re going to take a look at the ram’s horn trumpet called the shofar in Hebrew. It has played an important role throughout Scripture, and will play a crucial role in the days that lie ahead as we […]

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Resources for Messianic Study

Resources for Messianic Study

  God’s Appointed Times: A Practice Guide to Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays, By Barney Kasdan © 1993, Lederer Messianic Publications, Baltimore, MD. ISBN# 1-880226-54-5 Written by the leader of one of the largest Messianic Jewish congregations in the world, this is more than a “how to” manual. In a simple, yet meaningful fashion, […]

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Cheleb: The Finest

Cheleb: The Finest

  Seeing grace and mercy in the Old Testament story of Cain and Abel.   “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). God has changed. Or at least that seems to be what many are teaching in our day. There are denominations that teach that the God of the Old Testament is […]

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Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts

Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts

  The Fall Festivals of God: prophetic rehearsals with relevance for today. Part of the Messianic Foundations series.   In the epistle of Romans, our teacher Paul speaks to the non-Jewish believers reminding them that they have been grafted-in. “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were […]

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Mayim Chayim: The Living Waters

Mayim Chayim: The Living Waters

From the Messianic Foundations series by Kevin Williams. A look at the life-changing reality of Messiah, the Living Water, who indwells every believer. Imagine a cold, icy winter, the kind that seeps into the marrow and makes the body shiver. Walking along the streets, you exhale, and your breath freezes in the air; you inhale, […]

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The Full Picture of Passover

The Full Picture of Passover

Learn a First-Century Jewish perspective of Passover from Messianic teacher Kevin Williams.   Within the overall context of Passover, the details for the Christian to experience are few. We know little of a typical four hour celebration meal. Little of the preparatory cleaning that goes into making a house “kosher” for Passover. We know virtually […]

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