A Place of Faith
We wish to provide and maintain an environment where everyone is welcome and can openly discuss and study the Holy Scriptures without fear or intimidation. There are no such things as sincere questions that are dumb, bad, incorrect or wrong. We are all at different places along “The Way” back home. Together, we seek to have God open the Scriptures up to us and speak to us in ways that are both timely and relevant. It is not what others over the course of history have believed or said is true that matters. We ask all to rid themselves of "hearsay" information and investigate the truth of a matter for themselves. We believe that finding "truth" is essential... as He is Truth. We believe that truth does and will matter in ways that we cannot even begin to comprehend or imagine. There is no such thing as an unimportant or non-essential truth. What matters is having a genuine love of the truth and in passing this on to others. What matters is, what each of us has and is becoming, because of the great love of God, in His on-going work in revealing the truth to us. Ultimately, it is the truth, and what we do with it will matter for eternity... remembering that He is the Truth. (Jn 14:6)
In our search for truth, you need and deserve to know our current beliefs; however, we cannot apply any present “label” (of which we are aware) that would accurately describe our beliefs. Presently, the only “labels” we would apply to ourselves are the two we find in Scripture, “The Qahal” or “The Way.” The “Qahal” is the Hebrew word in the Tanakh (Old Testament – 1726 to 396 B.C.) which is translated “Ecclesia” in the Greek Septuagint (250 B.C.). The “Ecclesia” of the Septuagint then continues forward in the original Greek of the B’rit Chadasha (New Testament – A.D. 33 to 98). First to Fourth Century A.D. Greek readers of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the B'rit Chadasha (New Testament) saw "the called-out ones" of Israel (Ecclesia) and "the called out ones" of Messiah or Christ (Ecclesia) as belonging to the same group! It was literally impossible for them to think anything else!
The Greek "Ecclesia" was then translated as “Church” in the English translations (A.D. 1500). The “Qahal” is always the “Ecclesia” in the Tanakh and always refers to God’s chosen people; Israel. Yahusha (Jesus) and the apostles all knew this. For them, the “Ecclesia” was the “Qahal” of God, Israel. However, the “Ecclesia” is not always translated as the “Church” in the English translations. It shocks many to learn that the “Ecclesia” or “Church” is in fact the same “Congregation” led by Moses in the wilderness at Mount Sinai. Make no mistake, the "Qahal" and the "Ecclesia" are one and the same. Luke makes it clear that "The Church" was with Moses in the wilderness!
“This is he [Moses] who was in the congregation (Ecclesia/Church!) in the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one who received the living oracles to give to us.” (Acts 7:38)
So when Yahusha says, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel." (Mat 15:24) and He tells His disciples to only go to "the lost sheep of the House of Israel" (Mat 10:6), He is pointing at a huge truth! The "House of Israel" (the olive tree) is made up of all those true believers who are and/or will be saved, whether they are of natural descent (and Hebrew) or Gentiles who are "grafted-in" to "the olive tree," Israel! Paul actually makes this very thing, extremely clear...
"At that time you were without Messiah (Christ), being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yahusha (Christ Jesus) you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Messiah (Christ). (Eph 2:12–13)
Paul is clear that those who are now in Messiah are "the commonwealth of Israel!" Once you recognize this truth, seemingly difficult questions that require lengthy explanations... simply vanish! As to “the Way,” this is a reference to the Tanakh (Old Testament) and “The Way of the Lord (Yahuah). It first appears in scripture here...
“For I (Yahuah) have known him (Abraham), in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord (Yahuah), to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord (Yahuah) may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” (Gen 18:19)
This is what Yahusha (Jesus) pointed to when He said. “I am the way...” (Jn 14:6). It is "The Way" of Yahuah!
We seek the Way to His Kingdom in truth. We put aside the teachings, traditions, and doctrines of men wherever we find they are not present in Scripture, contradict Scripture and/or add to or take away from His Word. We seek to follow His Word alone. Although we have developed a “Statement of Faith,” we have chosen not to adopt any creedal statements. To do so would potentially undercut our objectivity and could hamper our openness to reading Scripture within its original languages and context to know what the truth of a matter might actually be.
Here, you will always ﬁnd encouragement in your spiritual quest for God in His truth. If you are a “non-anything,” you will never experience hostility here. Neither will you ﬁnd us antagonistic or bigoted. This is not to say, that we are not “dogmatic” on certain issues... like the existence of God or Holy Scripture in its original languages as His divine revelation to humanity. We are governed by Godly principles; and therefore, you have reason to expect kindness, equity, and fairness in love. Decisions of faith are left to the individual and the care of God. Our interest in you as a person and in your eternal position is genuine. We expect no personal gain other than the blessing you provide through your presence with us. Our goal is to assist you in taking your “faith” to a whole new level which you may have never believed or even thought possible. Prophecy is the proof of God... as the truth! Holy Scripture is far more real and literal than the vast majority have yet come to know.
This is one of our primary goals! It is the reason God gave us prophecy. Prophecy is there, so that you may know just how real God is. However, the full (or complete) truth of prophecy can only be discerned from the original Hebrew and Greek texts of Scripture... which brings us to an interesting, but hidden fact.
Many have heard that the shortest verse in the B'rit Chadasha (New Testament) is... "Jesus wept" (Jn 11:35). We have personally heard entire sermons on this. And, in the English translations, this is true. This verse is just two English words consisting of eight letters, being translated from the three original Greek words "ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς" (Wept the Jesus.), which consist of sixteen letters... which in turn also means that this is not the shortest verse as it was originally written. The original Greek texts of Scripture will now also provide us with an absolute 180ᵒ "about-face!" from "Jesus wept!" The shortest verse in the original Greek texts is, "Rejoice always!" (1 Thes 5:16). Get that... "Jesus wept" vs. "Rejoice always!" While "Rejoice always!" is thirteen letters in English, in the Greek text "πάντοτε χαίρετε" is just fourteen Greek letters as opposed to the sixteen original Greek letters of "Jesus wept!" So, in the Original Greek Texts, "Rejoice always!" is the shortest verse, and in the English Translations it is "Jesus wept!" Hmmm... so, English Translations = "Jesus wept!" and... Original Greek = "Rejoice always!" Is the Holy Spirit trying to show us something? After all, we are dealing with the inspired Word of God! We believe He is... because we have seen what the translators have done in certain key verses! And likewise, we believe the context of these two "shortest verses" should not be missed or overlooked. After all, one of the most important rules of interpretation is, "Context is King!"
The context of the English translation, "Jesus wept!" (Jn 11:35) is the death of His friend, Lazarus. The context of the original Greek, "Rejoice always!" (1 Thes 5:16) is "Prophecy" and, the "testing" of prophecy to then find and hold on to "what is good!" (1 Thes 5:19-21). For us, this is more than interesting... it is truly the Spirit of God at work! Remember, "the testimony of Jesus (Yahusha) is the spirit of prophecy" (Rev 19:10). So, "Rejoice always!" in the original texts and the prophecies... for in the English translations... "Jesus wept!"
We believe much good can come from accepting the invitation God issued through Isaiah...
“Come now, let us reason together...” (Isaiah 1:18).
Amen, Amen and... Aman!
Shalom and Blessings to all...
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