A Statement of Faith (Full)
This full Statement of Faith is approximately thirty-five pages long. There will likely be some things here which you have not heard of before. None-the-less, it contains abundant Scriptural quotes and references that support everything we are putting forward here. Additionally, we have also included some of the Hebrew Gematria where we believe it to be relevant. To better understand how we arrived at some of these things, we suggest you first read "Why This Statement" above. Due to the length of this statement, we have also included a "Summary" (above) for your convenience. The "Summary" has most of the Scripture references removed, is much easier to read and only one third the length of the original. As we learn and grow in our faith this statement will be updated when necessary
GOD · THE FATHER · THE SON · THE SPIRIT · HUMANITY · SALVATION · THE QAHAL (THE CHURCH)
The Holy Scriptures, composed of the Tanakh in the original Hebrew/Aramaic texts and the Apostolic Writings of the B’rit Chadasha (Renewed Covenant/New Testament) in the Greek texts, are the wholly inspired, inerrant, infallible and the authoritative Word of God. They are perfect in their order and sequence down to each and every “jot and tittle” (Mat 5:18). These texts are prophetic from the first letter to the last letter written. Every writer of these Holy texts is a prophet of God and all of them record the words which other prophets spoke, confirmed and/or expanded upon. They each declare the divine will of God in conjunction with the advanced prediction of events yet to come and/or the advanced revelation of divine knowledge unknown to humanity at the time it was spoken and recorded.
“Yahuah said to Moses, ‘Cut two tablets of stone… and I (God) will write on these tablets… then Yahuah said… ‘Write these words [The Torah], for by to these spoken words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” (Ex 34:1, 27)
“When Moses completed writing the words of this Torah… Moses commanded… ‘Take this Book of the Torah, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of Yahuah your God, that it may be there as a witness against you.’” (Dt 31:24-26)
“The Torah of Yahuah is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of Yahuah is sure, making wise the simple.” (Ps 19:7)
“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isa 40:8)
“‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers and its flower falls away, But the word of Yahuah endures forever.’ Now, this is the word [The Tanakh – just quoted above] which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Pet 1:24-25)
“He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” (Deut 32:4)
“And the statutes (choqym), the ordinances (mishpatym), the Torah (Law), and the commandment (mitzvah) which He wrote for you, you shall be careful to observe forever; you shall not fear other gods.” (2 Ki 17:37)
“Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; Let them show the former things, what they were, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare to us things to come.” (Isa 41:22)
“Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’” (Isa 46:9-10)
“Thus, speaks Yahuah God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.” (Jer 30:2)
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Pet 1:20)
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word [The Tanakh] is truth. (Jn 17:17)
“The sum total of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” (Ps 119:160)
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” (2 Tim 3:16)
“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Mat 5:18)
“Torah” is most commonly translated as “Law,” yet it means “Instruction.” The Hebrew word for “Law” is “Mishpat.”
We define “inspiration” as every word having been spoken by Yahuah Elohim (the Lord God) to those who first heard it and every letter of each word He spoke as then being perfectly recorded by the person who then wrote it down. Simply stated, each letter of each word in the original languages is in its perfect order, sequence and position in Holy Scripture as Yahuah Elohim originally spoke it. We define “Holy” as that which is set apart and separated for the good divine purpose of Yahuah Elohim. We define “truth” as that which is eternally unchanging and inerrant. We believe that this exists today in the form of the original Hebrew and Aramaic texts of the Tanakh (Old Testament) as preserved by the Hebrew scribes. We believe the original Hebrew and Aramaic texts of the B’rit Chadasha (Renewed Covenant/New Testament) were fully inspired and inerrant; however, the best evidence indicates that only the Gospel of Matthew remains in its original Hebrew form. We believe God has maintained a high level of inspiration through the Greek texts as preserved through the Syrian school which we know by the Latin words: “Textus Receptus” (Received Text). It is equally clear and irrefutable that God has allowed all of the translators of His original revelation to make certain alterations and God has prophetically warned us of such things coming.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Mat 7:15 – points to only one place in all of Scripture…)
“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” (Gen 49:27 – This is a “Last Days” prophecy… Paul was a “Benjamite.” Now read Peters's warning regarding Paul’s epistles…)
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures [The Tanakh]. You, therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of lawlessness. (2 Pet 3:14-17 – Now read Yahusha’s (Jesus’) words…
“Therefore, by their fruits, you will know them. ‘Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”’” (Mat 20-23)
“Little children, it is the last time; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.” (1 Jn 2:18–19)
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 Jn 4:1)
“For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 4)
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love (agape) of many will grow cold.” (Mat 24:12 – This is the condition of believers at Yahusha’s (Jesus’) return… “agape” is the unconditional love which God has for us and we are to reflect.)
In Revelation, the effects of this are revealed. Yahusha (Jesus) has issues with all but one of the seven Ecclesia (Churches) and the final one (Laodicea) is the worst of them all, refusing to allow “the Word of God” (Rev 3:20) in among them! The warnings of Revelation to all the “Ecclesia” (“Churches” - Rev 1:11, 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22, 22:16) are to all believers for all of all time (Rev 2:2, 4, 14-15, 20, 3:1; Jas 2:20, 26; Rev 3:2-3, 17) and only those who “overcome” all the errors receive all the promises. (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26-27; 3:5, 12, 21)
Holy Scripture is a progressive revelation of God... and by God... to Humanity through His prophets. However, God has never ceased in His progressive revelation to our understanding of His Word. Over the course of time He has and continues to reveal to each generation, in each Age, the mysteries He has kept secret. Scripture both points to and speaks plainly of this.
"The secret things belong to Yahuah Elohim, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deut 29:29)
"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jer 33:3)
"He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.” (Dan 2:22)
"I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.” (Mat 13:35)
"For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light." (Lk 18:17)
"In the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets." (Rev 10:7)
While Holy Scripture is a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all humanity everywhere and it is the basis by which God “tests” His children (Gen 22:1; Deut 13:1-4) in calling us to “overcome” in a fallen and corrupt world (Jn 16:33; 1 Jn 5:4-5; Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21), God is clearly not done in revealing the truths and mysteries in His Word. God has never at any time ceased fulfilling His prophecies in Scripture. Major prophetic fulfillments and revelations of Scripture have come in this final generation with the greatest of all yet to come and very close at hand. This is the very real and relevant God of Holy Scripture.
GOD – אלהים ELHYM (El·o·heem)
The God of the Holy Scriptures is the supreme or ultimate reality and truth! He is an eternal, transcendent, interdimensional living Spirit Being who is the Creator and Ruler of Heaven and the Universe. He resides in a visible physical state outside of our space and time dimension with the ability to be consciously present in Heaven and in every part of His Creation at the same time. He possesses unlimited knowledge, perfect wisdom, infinite power, and inexhaustible goodness in an unceasing love that surpasses any and all human capacity to fully comprehend. God is knowable only to the degree by which He chooses to reveal Himself in and through His Creation and in His Word.
God is “One” (Echad), as declared in the Shema and He is the Creator of all things. He created heaven, earth, space, time, all that lives, all that ever was, all that is and all that shall ever be. (Deut 6:4; Mark 12:29-33; Gen 1:1-25, 26, 1:27-2:4; Jn 1:1-5, Rev 4:11; Isa 48:16-17; Col 1:16; Isa 65:17, 66:22; Rev 21:1)
The “One” true God is the Great “I AM” (Ahayah) as He first revealed Himself to Isaac (Gen 26:3), then to Jacob (Gen 31:3) and then to Moses (Ex 3:12; Ex 3:14). “I AM” is the revealed name of God by which the land promises of the Promised Land were passed down to Abraham’s descendants (Gen 17:9). In this name, we see and recognize His is eternal existence and His continual unceasing presence with each of His children forever (Gen 21:33; Deut 32:40; Ps139:1-18). In its various Hebrew forms, “Hayah” the Great “I AM” (Ahayah) has the meanings of: “Was,” “Is,” and “Is to Come” as found in Revelation 1:8, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty,” which again is pointing at the Great God “I AM” which is His name forever (Ex 3:15). When the disciples see “a ghost” walking on the water (Mat 14:26), what Yahusha actually says is, “Take courage, I AM” (Mat 14:27). Peter then walks on the water (Mat 14:29) in the storm until he sees that “I AM” is Yahusha! He then doubts and begins to sink (Mat 14:30). Yahusha then saves him and asks why he doubted (Mat 14:31). When Yahusha then speaks the name “I AM” in the garden at His arrest, all the temple guards are knocked off their feet to the ground (Jn 18:4-8). It is also more than interesting to note that the Great “I AM” is most prominently revealed in Exodus 3:14; and, “3.14” is the number of π (Pi) which is the number of... “Eternity.” This likewise points to Yahusha ben Nun of tribe of Yoseph who is a “prophetic type” of Yahusha ben Yoseph (Jesus the son of Joseph). You see, the name “Nun” means Eternity in Hebrew. So, Joshua the Son of Nun is actually, Yahusha the Son of Eternity... who is a “prophetic type” of the Messiah ben Joseph. He leads Israel into the Promised Land with a grafted in Gentile named Caleb the son of Jephunneh at his side (Num 14:38). This Gentile whose name means: “Wholeheartedly He Shall be Turned” is the head of the tribe of Judah! This is just one small example of how everything in Scripture is perfectly joined, fitted together and prophetically pointing to the Father's beloved Son, Yahusha (Jesus).
The Hebrew word “Elohim” (God) is plural (meaning more than “One”); however, it is always used as a singular word (the only “One”) in speaking of the “One” God (Elohim). The “One” true God has revealed Himself by several names in addition to “I AM.” These names reveal something about Him and the “plurality” (Elohim) of the “One” true God. The “One” true God has revealed Himself in three visible physical forms or “persons” for lack of man’s ability to comprehend “Elohim” (God) in our finite and limited capacity (Isa 48:16-17; 1 John 5:7-13).
Scripture reveals the “One” as: YHVH (translated “the Lord”), the Father enthroned in Heaven (Isa 6:1-13; Rev 4:1-11); The Angel of YHVH (Gen 16:7-13, 22:11-19; Ex 3:2-5; Josh 5:13-15) whom we believe to be the eternal Son of God, the Son of Man (Josh 5:13-15; Dan 3:25, 7:13-14; Mat 9:6; Mk 2:28; Lk 21:27; Jn 3:13) and the Holy Spirit of YHVH (Yahuah). (Judges 3:10; 1 Sam 10:6; Luke 3:22; Jn 14:26).
The number of “Elohim” in Hebrew is 81. This is: “A New Beginning and Dedication to God Multiplied and Completed.” The shortest form of God, “El” appears 193 times in Scripture. It is composed of theאל (Alef and Lamed) which are the 1st and 12th letters of the 22 letter Hebrew Alphabet. Therefore, these two letters each mark the beginning of two perfect 11 letter divisions... and “11” is the number of “Those Who Escape.” The number of “El” is “31.” Where “30” is the number of “Messiah” and has a base meaning of: “Divine Testing to Perfection and Resurrection Multiplied, “31” means: “Divine Perfection and Resurrection Multiplied and Completed. In this, “El” is pointing right at the completed work of Messiah, the Son of God (Elohim). And, in the Gematria of “Elohim” (81) and “El” (31) we are glimpsing a mystery that is “God” (Elohim) which Yahusha spoke of. It is something that Jews and Christians alike read past, and do not discuss.
Elohim stands in the congregation of El; He judges among the Elohim... I said, “You are Elohim, and all of you are children of the Most High..."
"Arise, O Elohim, judge the earth; for You shall inherit all nations." (Ps 82:1, 6, 8)
"Yahusha then said... “is it not written in your law, ‘I said, You are gods?’ If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ ” (Jn 10:34-36)
If the Father and the Son are in us by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:23) and we are hidden in the Son... what will we be when we are resurrected and become eternal as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are eternal? (Col 3:3-4). This is the mystery of “Elohim” (Jn 17:11, 22; Rev 10:7). God is “One;” but, absolutely beyond the ability of a finite human mind to comprehend. There is far more taking place between the Father, Son, and the Spirit... in both the holy separation and in the unity of “Elohim” than has been revealed in Scripture... or to the angels in Heaven. Only the Father knows the Son and only the Son knows the Father... and those whom the Son wills to reveal Him. In this God is One. (Mat 11:27; Lk 10:22)
What we presently know of the three revelations of the “One” true Elohim is as follows...
YAHUAH, THE FATHER – יהוה (YHVH)
This is “The Name” (HaShem) and the revelation of the ultimate supreme “One” enthroned in Heaven who is the source of all, the Ancient of Days (1Ki 22:19; Ps 103:19; Isa 6:1-5; Dan 7:9-10, 13, 21-22; Rev 4:1-11; 5:13, 20:11) and eternal (Ex 15:18; Isa 40:28; Ps 90:2). The Father is Spirit (Jn 4:24) and has revealed Himself by several names that reveal great truths about Him. He is: Yahuah-Yirah – Our Provision (Gen 22:14), Yahuah-Rapha – Our Healer (Ex 15:26) Yahuah-Nicce – Our Banner (Ex 17:15), Yahuah-Shalom – Our Peace (Jud 6:24), Yahuah-Tsedeq – Our Righteousness (Jer 23:6) and Yahuah-Shammah – He is There (Eze 48:35). All worship in spirit and in truth is to the Father Yahuah and is received by Him (Ex 6:3; Deut 6:5; Mat 4:10, 22:37; Jn 4:23-24). He is the God of Covenant, the Promise, and Presence with Us (Ahayah – “I AM”), Our Savior and Our Redeemer. (Gen 17:9; Ex 3:12, 14; Deut 7:9; 1 Chr 16:15; Isa 43:11, 45:21, 49:26; Hos 13:4; Ps 34:22, Isa 44:24, 48:17, 54:5, 8)
His personal name (YHVH) is declared 6,720 times in 5,712 verses of Scripture within the Hebrew texts. His name is attached to and a part of numerous personal names in Scripture including His Son’s name, Yahusha (Jesus). Yahusha declared His Father’s name to His disciples (Ps 22:22; Jn 17:26) and He was obedient to speak all that His Father spoke (Jn 14:24). The Father’s desire for His name to be known and declared by His people to the Nations is clear and never once prohibited (Ex 9:16). We believe the pronunciation of His personal name as “Yahuah” is clearly revealed in Scripture and is easily known and understood based on the abundant names in Scripture which carry His name in part. To understand the correct pronunciation of His name. (Please see our coming article: His Name)
“The number of His name” in the Hebrew text is “26” which is the exact number of times that the shortened form of His name; “Yah,” appears in the Scriptures. It's base meaning is: “The Divine Accountability of Fallen Man Multiplied.” The number “26” appears only twice in Scripture marking it as a number of “Division” associated with the “Son of God.” This “Division” is strongly associated with the tribe of Benjamin who is prophesied to be a “last day’s... ravenous wolf” (Gen 49:1, 27) which Yahusha warns us of (Mat 7:15). Likewise, the phrase “ravenous wolves” only appears twice in Scripture confirming the “Division” the false prophets of Benjamin would bring. Israel’s first king of disobedience was Saul, a Benjamite (1 Sam 13:11-14; 15:1, 10-11, 22-23). And Yahusha said, “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” (Lk 12:51)
YAHUSHA (JESUS) – יהושע (YHVSHA), Son of God & Son of Man
Yahusha HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) is truly Elohim (God) and truly man (the Son of Man). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mariam (Mary). He led a completely sinless, righteous life. He was crucified after His two-and-one-half year ministry and physically died upon the cross on the Passover day, the innocent and “the Just” for the guilty and “the Unjust,” as the substitutionary sacrifice provided by Yahuah and available to all men. All who believe in Him become justified on the grounds of His shed blood as the prophesied and true Passover Lamb of Elohim. His dead body was in a tomb for three days and three nights as prophesied. As “the Lord of the Sabbath” He then arose from the dead on the Sabbath day of Firstfruits, Himself being the Firstfruits to God according to the scriptures. He walked among the disciples for forty days and then ascended to heaven in their sight. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest and awaits the soon-coming time at the end of this present “Age of Mashiach ben Yoseph (Messiah son of Joseph)” for His return for those who are His and His Bride.
Yahusha (Jesus) is the prophesied “seed of the woman” (Gen 3:15), the child and son born of a virgin whose renown is: God with Us, “Immanuel” (Isa 7:14, 8:8, 10, Mat 1:23), the “eternal Father” (Isa 9:6, Jn 10:30, 14:8-10), who is first clearly seen as “the Son of Man” with the Father enthroned in Heaven (Eze 1:1, 26; Dan 7:12-13; Mat 24:30; Jn 3:13). In the B’rit Chadasha, Yahusha is referred to as this “Son of Man” exactly 88 times. The number of Yahusha’s name in the Greek text is “888” which is: “The Divine Perfection of a New Beginning and Dedication to God Magnified.” In the Hebrew text, the number of His name is “391” which is: “Divine Perfection and Resurrection Magnified with the Judgment of the Holy Spirit Completed.” The word “Kingdom” also appears in the English translation of Scripture exactly 391 times in 361 verses. Equally, “391” would also be the number of Israel’s iniquity or sin completed (Eze 4:4-5). And, “361” is the number of: “The Divine Perfection of Time Completed. It is important to note (as you will see next) that Jacob was “91” years old when his son “Joseph” was born as this provides a direct tie to the number of the name Yahusha (391) the Son of Joseph and “Messiah ben Joseph” the prophesied “Son of Joseph.”
He is the prophesied Messiah of Israel (Dan 9:25) and “the Prophet” like unto Moses, Israel’s prophesied deliverer and a redeemer (Deut 18:15; Jn 6:14, 7:40) whom Jacob prophesied of in Genesis 49 from the houses of Judah and Joseph. Since Joseph had the birthright (1 Chr 5:1-2), Yahusha (Jesus) came the first time as “Messiah ben Joseph” (Gen 49:22-26) the “the Prince” and the Suffering Servant to be sacrificed as a Lamb (Dan: 9:26; Acts 3:15, 5:31; Isa 53:1-6, 7, 8-12; Jn 1:29) and the prophesied “Branch” (Gen 49:22; Zech 6:12). He will continue to fulfill His role in the prophetic type of Messiah ben Joseph until the end of the Age (Mat 24:3). In the Age to come (Mat 12:32) He will rule on Earth as the Shepherd (2 Sam 5:1-4, Mat 2:6) “Messiah ben David” (Gen 49:8-12), the conquering King of Israel, the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5), “the Root” (Isa 11:1, 10) and “Son of David” (Ps 132:11; Isa 9:6-7; Mat 21:9).
All of these things are seen in Scripture and confirmed in, by and through the Mazzaroth (Job 38:31-33; Ps 19:1-3) which are the signs in the heavens (Gen 1:14). Where the prophecies of Scripture provide us with the literal “Earthly witness,” the Mazzaroth provides us with the required, second “Heavenly witness” (Deut 4:26, 19:15). Where Jacob’s eleventh son, Joseph was the Lamb, his mother being “Rachel” (Gen 29:6, 9) meaning “Ewe Lamb,” Jesse’s eighth son David is the Shepherd. Where Joseph was the “Branch,” David is the “Root.” Where Joseph was the “Prince,” David is the “King.” Where Eleven (11) is the number of: “Those Who Escape,” Eight is the number of “A New Beginning and Dedication to God (Circumcision).”
When He came the first time, His literal Earthly name in Hebrew was: Yahusha ben Yoseph, ben David min Nazir, yillowd Beyth, which translated in English is: Jesus the son of Joseph, the son of David of Nazareth (the Branch), born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2). In this, His literal earthly name fit and matched all the prophecies perfectly in both His first and in His second coming. This same Yahusha (Jesus), literally fulfilled more than three hundred prophecies in the Tanakh about Israel’s Messiah at His first coming. These prophecies were all perfectly and literally fulfilled from His birth... through His life and ministry... in His death and even through His final words on the tree, “it is finished” (Jn 19:30). Here, He fulfilled the final prophecy of His suffering (Ps 69:21) and in this “the prophecies were finished” to that point in time. Then, after three days and nights in a tomb, God verified Yahusha was His Son and the prophesied Mashiach (Messiah) by raising Him to life once again! (Jon 1:17, 2:10; Ps 16:10; Mat 12:39, 16:21; Mk 9:31; Lk 9:22; Jn 2:19-21; Acts 10:40). All of this was spoken by the prophets of Yahuah and is found in the Tanakh making the Scriptures truly Holy (set apart) and unlike anything else which Humanity has ever possessed.
Armed with these prophetic fulfillments and hundreds of living witnesses to the events of Yahusha’s life, eleven men who had abandoned Him at His arrest (Ps 88:8; Zech 13:7; Mat 26:56; Mk 14:50) and hid in fear at His execution... then boldly went forward just forty days later (Acts 1:3) and proclaimed the fulfilled prophecies of the Tanakh. They declared Yahusha ben Yoseph, ben David to be the foretold Mashiach (Messiah) of Scripture. They did this in direct opposition to the very same men who had put Him to death. In forty days they all went from fearful men in hiding to fearless evangelists... for they saw the impossible and what was unimaginable. You see, it is one thing to see a sick person made well or a sick person die and be raised back to life by a great healer. It is quite another to see that same healer beaten, brutalized, crucified, run through with a spear, laid dead in a tomb... and then restored back to life still bearing the marks of His death! No such miracle had ever taken place before... and by this, they knew He was the Son of God... and God in the flesh. (Jn 20:26-28)
This prophetic proclamation (Rev 19:10) to Humanity of Yahusha HaMashaich (Jesus the Christ) was, is and shall remain the most important message ever spoken. It is indisputable that the name and short life of this one man has impacted and changed humanity like no other either before or after Him. He did this without any earthly wealth or power. He had no army at His back. He never physically picked up a pen and put His thoughts or philosophy to paper. Yet, no man has ever been more written about and spoken of than Yahusha and there is a reason. He truly was and is the Son of God and the very Word of God written on our hearts. This is how important He is... and all of this came from His prophetic fulfillments of the Tanakh in the First Century.
It then becomes critically important to know and understand that there are eight times more prophecies in Scripture about His second coming (which are now being fulfilled) and which will all be literally fulfilled to perfection before this final generation has come to an end (Mat 24:32). The testimony of Yahusha is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10)
THE HOLY SPIRIT – רוח ה קדש (RVCH H QDSH) Ruwach HaQodesh
The Holy Spirit is the agent of Creation (Gen 1:2) and is a divine person (Mat 3:16; Lk3:22), sent to indwell, rebuke, convict of sin, guide, teach and empower the born again (from above) believer. Through His presence, every born again believer equally has the presence of both the Father and the Son within them. Additionally, He convinces the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (Jn 14:23, 15:26, 16:8, 13, 17:20-21; Acts 1:8; Rom 8:9, 11). It is also here that we find the unpardonable sin... assigning the clear work of the Spirit to that of evil and darkness. (Mat 12:31-32; Mk 3:28-29; Lk 12:10; 1 Jn 5:16)
All three “persons” (for lack of a better word) who are revealed as “Elohim,” the “One” true God, are literally present and prophetically revealed in the Tanakh (Gen 1:1-3, 1:26, 11:7; Isa 9:6; Dan 2:44, 7:13-14, Ps 2:7; Hos 11:1; Gen 1:2; Jdg 3:10; Isa 63:11). They are all then more fully and abundantly revealed in the B’rit Chadasha (John 1:1-2, 14:26; Mat 3:16-17). We admittedly acknowledge that we do not fully comprehend this, nor do we expect that we will ever truly fully comprehend our wondrous God and Creator in this life. This is a large part of what makes Him God! We can only acknowledge Him as He has chosen to make Himself known and marvel in genuine awe of all that He is. We acknowledge that all three are individually existent and are fully and completely the other. We can see this in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to those who have believed (Jn 14:23) which is the free gift of God and by whom the Father and Son are present in every born again believer... and will be forever. (Jn 14:16)
The number of the Holy Spirit is “91.” This is “9” the Holy Spirit and Judgment with “1” Separation to the Holiness of God. “91” equally speaks to this in Completion. “The Holy Spirit” appears in Scripture exactly 91 times in 91 verses.
Man was originally created from the earth (Gen 2:7), perfect in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26, 31). Woman is highly unique among all living as she was created from Adam and for Adam (2:18, 22). Where God has chosen to reveal Himself in the form of three “persons” who are the “One” true God, Scripture reveals that Man was created of three uniquely whole and complete “parts” which are “one.” They are the body (flesh), the soul (mind/heart), and the spirit (eternal breath/life) united as “one” in this life (Gen 2:7; Mat 22:37). Woman was deceived, sinned and fell (Gen 3:13). Adam fell through disobedience (Gen 3:6), incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death (Gen 2:17) which is separation from God and the division of the body from the soul and spirit. All men, having been in Adam when he fell are born with a sinful nature (Ps 51:5), are separated from the life of God (1 Cor 15:22), become accountable to God (See: Accountability, below), owe God the penalty of their sin; which is death (Jas 1:15) and can only be saved through the atoning work of the Yahusha HaMashiach, the Son of God (Jn 6:37, 44; 14:6, Rom 3:23) who offers to pay our personal debt to God. (Ps 32:1-2; Mat 26:28; Lk 5:20; Acts 5:31, 10:43; 1 Jn 1:9)
SALVATION and THE PEOPLE of GOD
Salvation is of the Jews (Isa 2:3; Jn 4:22) and has been provided through Yahusha HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) for all men who believe in Him (Jn 11:25-26), repent turning to God (Eze 14:6; Mk 1:15; Lk 5:32 Acts 5:31) and are born again of the Holy Spirit (Jn 3:3-8; Acts 2:38, 5:32) who abides in each believer forever (Jn 14:16). When we believe, His Holy Spirit unites with and is joined to our spirit which is why we are “in” Messiah (Jn 17:21-23; 1 Cor 6:17). These will receive the gift of eternal life (Jn 3:14-17; 1Cor 15:22), having become the children of God (Jn 1:12). We become Jews inwardly (Rom 1:16; 2:29) and are grafted in to the family of God (Isa 63:16; Rom 11:17-24; Eph 2:19-22), which is the Commonwealth of Israel (Isa 45:17; Acts 5:31; Eph 2:11-12). All of the charges against us (our sins) under the law (past, present and future) are forgiven us when we accept the payment made by Yahusha on the tree (Mat 26:28; Col 2:13) freeing us from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2) with the charges against us nailed to that tree (Col 2:14). With this knowledge we are baptized into the “One Body” of Mashiach, Messiah or Christ (Jn 17:11-12, 20-24; 1 Cor 12:12-13, 20; Eph 2:17-22, 4:4; Col 3:15) as our first act of faith in obedience (Mat 28:19; Acts 2:38). This is both how and why Yahusha said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Mat 15:24) which is confirmed in the prophecy of the “New Covenant” made through Yahusha (Jesus). By this, we are saved and join our brothers and sisters, the Qahal(ed) out ones of our Father in Heaven. (Mat 16:18; Acts 2:39).
THE QAHAL, ECCLESIA, or CHURCH
In the B’rit Chadasha (New Testament) the Greek word “Ecclesia” is translated as “Church.” In the Greek Tanakh (Old Testament) known as the Septuagint (250 B.C.) the same Greek word “Ecclesia” is used for the Hebrew word “Qahal.” The “Qahal” in the Hebrew Tanakh is the “Assembly” of the “Congregation” of Israel. The Qahal of the Hebrew Tanakh is Israel. The Qahal of Israel is the Ecclesia of Israel in the Greek Tanakh (Septuagint). The Ecclesia in the B’rit Chadasha (New Testament) can therefore only be Israel... and Acts 7:38 verifies this as the “Church” (Ecclesia) is with Moses at Mount Sinai, receives the Torah with His statutes, ordinances commandments and laws of the Covenant.
This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear. 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 (The Torah) to give to us (the Ecclesia/Church), whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts, they turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him. (Acts 7:37-40)
Had the translators not denied the inspiration of Scripture (believing that they knew better) and consistently translated both “Qahal” and “Ecclesia” with the same English word it would be readily apparent to all who read the Scriptures that the Ecclesia (Church) and the Qahal are one and the same... and are Israel.
The Qahal (Ecclesia) of the New (or Renewed) Covenant (See Below) consists of all those who believe on Yahusha HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ), repent of their sins, are redeemed through His blood and are born again of the Holy Spirit. This is referred to in both Testaments as having a “circumcised heart” (Deut 10:16; Rom 2:29). Messiah is the head of the body (Eph 5:23; Col 1:18) which is the Qahal/Ecclesia which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the full gospel of the Kingdom to all people and making disciples obedient to the full Word of God. (Ps 119:44; Mat 5:17-20; 28:18-20)
The local Qahal/Ecclesia is a body of believers in Yahusha (Jesus) who are joined together for the worship of God in spirit and truth, for the making disciples, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, meeting each other’s daily needs and the observance of all the ordinances in Scripture including: baptism (individually by Command), the Lord’s Supper (corporately by Command as a remembrance of Messiah), the Sabbath (corporately by Command as a sign of the Covenant) and all the Feasts of Yahuah (Passover etc. as remembrances of His appointed times) until He returns. (Mat 5:17-20; Eph 4:4; Ex 20:8; Lk 22:19; Acts 2:38, 5:31; Ex 12:14, 23:14-17)
The number of the “Qahal” is: “135.” Its meaning would be: “Holiness and Separation to God Magnified in Messiah to Grace and New Life.” The number of the “Ecclesia” is: “100.” Its meaning is: “Testing Multiplied in Holiness and Separation to God.”
THE TORAH (THE LAW / GOD'S INSTRUCTION)
The Law or more accurately the Torah (Instruction) which contains His statutes, ordinances, commandments, precepts, and laws has been present from the time of Adam’s fall (See our article: The Torah of Adam and the Law). Scripture states that Noah, Job, and Abraham all kept God’s Torah and King David was not only aware of the Torah of Moses; but, he was aware of the Torah of Adam as well. God’s “Torah” (or Law) which means His “Instruction” is equally His “Covenant” and “His Word” which is declared by God to be: Holy, Exalted, Honorable, Truth, Good, Righteous, Just, Perfect (Rom 7:12; Ps 100:5; Deut 4:8; Isa 42:21; Ps 119:42; Neh 9:13; Ps 19:7) Everlasting, Eternal and Forever to all Generations (Ex 12:14-15, 17; 16:34; Lev 16:29, 31, 17:7; Num 15:22-23; Ps 33:11, 105:8, 119:44, 112, 152, 160; Ecc 3:14; Isa 40:8; Jer 31:36 [Note: the “seed” of Israel includes Messiah!]; 1 Pet 1:25).
Remember, Yahusha is “The Word” (Jn 1:14) and likewise is Holy, Exalted, Honorable, Truth, Good, Righteous, Just, Perfect, Everlasting, Eternal and Forever to all Generations just as the Torah is and must be. The Torah is the Word and the Word is the Torah. He who was and who is and shall be the Word never changes as the Torah could never change (Isa 40:8; Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8). Yahusha (Jesus) is equally clear and states very plainly that we are not to even think that He came to do away the Law. He came to give its “true meaning” (Pleroo – Mat 5:17, See: Grace, below). Before any of the Law could pass away, heaven and Earth would have to pass away (Mat 5:18); therefore, all the Law (Torah) stands... every single word of it. However, this is where it must be understood what the Law is!
The Torah or the Law is not a means to salvation and it never was. It is not a magic formula to gain the favor of God on Earth or in eternity in Heaven. The Law is there for one purpose... to reveal God’s great love for us and to show us how to love our fellow man, love Yahusha and to love God for loving us first. The Torah is God’s moral code of conduct and standard of love. The singular purpose of the Law (Torah) is love. That is why the Law is there (Deut 11:22, 19:9; Jn 14:15, 23; 1 Jn 2:3, 5, 3:16, 19, 24, 4:6, 13, 5:2-3). When we love our fellow man by following the Torah of God, we are expressing our love back to God (Deut 6:5; Mat 22:37; Mk 12:30; Lk 10:26-29). And yes, this includes the Sabbath and the dietary laws. From Creation, the Seventh Day Sabbath has been the set appointed time for us to cease our labor, meet with God and draw closer to Him. It is prophetic and points to the Millennial Reign of the Lion of Judah (Rev 5:5), Yahusha, which is the future Sabbath of Rest (See: The Sabbaths, below). The dietary laws are there to keep us healthy. Every law which God gave has a good purpose behind it, even if we do not yet see it or understand it. Following Gods Torah is an act of love in faith, through which grace flows and expresses genuine belief in love that you are saved by the One who provided us salvation. (2 Jn 6)
The Feasts of Yahuah are all to be kept (as best we can) as memorials of His Divine Appointments. They are all prophetic and pictured within them is the work of God and His Son, Yahusha (Jesus) through His Holy Spirit. They are Gods set divine appointments with Humanity for all of time. These will be kept forever as memorial celebrations of God's great work of salvation. Yahusha was conceived on the Feast of Lights or Hanukah (Jn 3:16, 19) which means He was not born on Christmas. He was born nine months later on the Feast of Tabernacles (Jn 1:14). Christmas is a known pagan lie in which men such as Charles Spurgeon; “The Prince of Preachers,” abhorred and rejected as late as a.d. 1892! It was the festival celebrating the “birth” of the “Sun-god;” Tammuz, to whom children were sacrificed and burned alive (Deut 12:31). Keep Hanukah not Christmas. Yahusha died for us on the Passover and was the true Passover Lamb of God (Ex 12:27; 1 Cor 5:7). Easter was the festival of the pagan fertility goddess Ishtar or Ashtoreth (Jdg 10:6) to whom pigs were sacrificed. Some today still believe “Easter” is in Scripture. It is not! Where “Easter” appears in any English translation, it the word for “Passover” which is being wrongly translated as “Easter.” “Easter” (Ishtar) is not “Passover.” Keep the Passover, not Easter. Together, Christmas and Easter are equivalent to “the two golden calves” of Israel which Israel likewise placed God’s name upon in Bethel (House of God) to worship Him on a day they appointed (1 Ki 12:28, 32). This was the same thing Israel did after they came out of Egypt (Ex 32:8). When the Catholic Church replaced the Passover with Ishtar (Easter), they went so far as to create rules which prevent Easter from ever falling on God’s Passover. Remember, God does not change (Mal 3:6) and we promise you, He hated the first golden calf and the two golden calves that followed... because they were not what He commanded (Ex 20:4). These calves were used to worship the true God, replacing what He commanded. Understand that the Passover “Lamb” of God (to be eaten on the Passover) is today being replaced with the Ishtar “Pig” (which Christians traditionally eat on Easter). This is the very same animal that Yahusha cast demons into and which God declares “unclean” and “an abomination” to eat (Lev11:7; Deut 14:8; Isa 66:17; Lk 8:32-33). And today, we are to believe that God does not care because His Son’s name has been placed on the pagan festivals which are replacing His true prophetically appointed times? (Eze 11:12) We are to “destroy” everything associated with the pagan gods, not replace and rebrand them with God’s name! (Deut 12:1, 2, 3, 4, 31). While we may have no memory of what pagans did on these days, it is still fresh within the memory of God. For His final judgment on those who were responsible is yet to come. (Pro 21:16; Rev 20:5-6, 11-12)
The final “Christmas” and “Easter” celebrations to ever be kept by anyone, will be the ones which are kept before He returns to the Earth. After He returns as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah only the appointed times of Yahuah will be kept in the Millennium (Isa 46:1, 3, 9). Hanukah and the Passover will be restored among all His Elect Saints and all Nations will come to Jerusalem and keep the Feast of Tabernacles or suffer consequences. (Zech 14:16-19)
In Christianity, it is widely taught that Yahusha (Jesus) perfectly kept all the Law and was sinless, which is true as it had to be (Heb 4:15). He was the “Lamb of God without spot or blemish” (Ex 12:5; Jn 1:29, 36; 1 Pet 1:17-19). He was the Just and sinless given for the Unjust and sinful. Had he violated the smallest part of the Law in any way, He would have disqualified Himself as the sin-bearer. Only He who was without any sin could take all of the sin of the world upon Himself... which was something that no mere human could bear. Moses offered himself for Israel and God refused him (Ex 32:30-33). This is also why He had to be born of a virgin. The Woman (Eve) was deceived and sinned (Gen 3:13). Adam chose to sin (Gen 3:6; 1 Tim 2:14) and man’s sinful nature is passed on through the seed of men, for all were in Adam when he sinned. Herein lies the great dilemma that is known by every devout Torah believing Jew. Deuteronomy 13 absolutely prohibits changing any part of God’s Torah. God views this as idolatry. To even attempt to do so is sin and the penalty of this sin is death.
So, when a believing Jew is told that Yahusha (Jesus) changed the Law... they know He cannot be from God, let alone the promised Messiah. What Christians do not understand is that if Yahusha did change the Law (as most still claim), He sinned... was disqualified as being the sin-bearer... and was justly put to death under the Law as a sinner! Yet, the Scriptures are clear that He was without any sin what-so-ever (Heb 4:15; 1 Pet 1:17-19), which means that He never changed the Law. Deuteronomy 13 made it impossible for Him to do so. This also means that the group most responsible for Jews sinning by rejecting their own Messiah and Savior are the Christians who teach this in error. And here is where the grace of God will be needed the most among His children. Christians reject God’s Torah, believing it to be put aside and Jews reject their Messiah because Christians teach He put the Law aside. To our knowledge, this has been the best deception Satan has managed so far among God's children.
The truth is that Yahusha never changed the Law as He clearly states (Mat 5:17) and that He is the foretold Messiah of Israel. Remember, the Pharisees falsely accused Yahusha of changing the Law by doing things like healing on the Sabbath and allowing His disciples to pick and eat grain on the Sabbath. However, this was a lie and a false charge then... and it is a lie and a false charge today! The things which Yahusha rejected and sought to “change” are not in the Torah, they were and are “the traditions” which were added by men and made equal to or in some cases elevated above the Torah (Isa 29:13; Mat 15:9; Mk 7:9). We also must understand that Holy Scripture itself can become a false idol if we hold it to be our salvation... or a means to salvation apart from Mashiach (Dan 9:25-26; Isa 53:4-5, 7-8, 10-12). The truth is, Scripture is all about Yahusha! (Jn 5:39)
When we read Acts 15 and look to “the commandments” sent to new Gentile believers by the apostles, it is clear that the new Gentile believers were to immediately abstain from idolatry, sexual immorality and eating blood (Acts 15:20). Idolatry is the act of worshiping God other than as He has asked us to worship Him. These are the “Ceremonial” laws in the Tanakh. Sexual immorality is a major part of the “Moral” laws in the Tanakh. Eating blood is a major part of the “Dietary” laws in the Tanakh. These three categories in the Tanakh all carry a death penalty in the Law. These are not three minor points in the Law, they are major categories covered in the Law. Gentiles were then to learn more about this and the rest of the Law in the synagogues on the Sabbath (Acts 15:21). We also must understand that God has not placed His laws, statutes, ordinances, and commandments into categories like: “Ceremonial, Moral and Dietary Laws.” Men seeking to explain their disobedience to God have done this. It is one more “tradition of men” created by men (Lk 8:20-21; Jn 14:24). Here again, the great grace of God in forgiveness will need to abound to countless numbers of the deceived. But, God help the ones responsible for teaching this in ignorance (Mat 5:19; Rom 4:7) and even more so for those who should have known; or worse, knew what they were doing (Mat 18:6; Rev 18:21; Mat 7:23, 13:41, 23:28, 24:12). If we desire “Categories,” we need to adhere to God’s categories: “Good and Evil,” “Just and Unjust,” “Righteous and Lawless (Wicked),” “Clean and Unclean,” “Holy and Unholy.” These are all “Categories” found in Scripture and none of them have changed or been eliminated. Do not be deceived. There is only one spirit that would seek to change the things of God and it’s not the Holy Spirit. (1 Jn 4:3; Dan 7:25)
Yahusha (Jesus) tells the Ecclesia (Church) at Ephesus (The Beloved) that what He has against them is that they have “left their first love.” What they have left is the “first” and greatest commandment to “love” God! (Mat 22:37-38) How they return is to “remember” the “first works.” The “first works” are following the Torah as an expression of their love back to God (Rev 2:4; Mk 12:30; Lk 12:10; Deut 6:5, 12:10, 30:6; Rev 2:5). Likewise, Yahusha speaks to those who believed they knew Him. They recognize Him and call Him “Lord.” They offer divine miracles as their proof that they knew Him (Mat 7:22). Yahusha does not deny that the miracles took place; but, what He does say is, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt 7:23; 24:12) God can work through anyone; but, these never did the will of His Father (Mat 7:21). This is the context. To do the will of the Father is to practice the Law and to practice the Law is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul.
The word Hebrew word “Torah” appears exactly 220 times in the Tanakh. This would carry a dual meaning: “Division Magnified to Accountability” (See: Accountability, below) and “Testing of Two Groups Who Escape Magnified.”
For more on the Torah (Law) and what it is, please read “GRACE” below. This will further confirm what we have just said here.
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. The entire basis of grace is one thing and one thing alone... the unconditional love of God... which is dependent on nothing and no one. His grace is not dependent on our obedience... it is not dependent on our goodness... it is not dependent on our righteousness... nor is it barred by our unfaithfulness... our unbelief... or the quantity and depth of our sin. Nothing restrains His grace because it is the very image of His love... and that love appeared to us in His Son, Yahusha who expressed the great love of God for us by bearing the unbearable... all of our sin. Thus, salvation is by grace through faith in Yahusha HaMashiach (Eph 2:8-9). Grace cannot be earned or purchased. It can only be found and joyfully received... for it is the love of God. God’s grace has been there from the beginning.
While Scripture does not say it, Adam certainly found grace. In the day he ate the fruit God did not kill him (Gen 2:17) he received grace. God allowed Adam to live for “one of His years,” (Ps 90:4; 2 Pet 3:8) which for Adam was 930 years of life (Gen 5:5). And again, Scripture does not say it; but, Enoch also found grace. He walked so closely with God that one day God said, “Enoch, would you like to come home with me?” And, God took him alive into heaven (Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5). Noah found grace (Gen 6:8), Abraham found grace (Gen 18:3), Lot found grace (Gen 19:19) Joseph found grace (Gen 39:21). “Grace” is by no means a B’rit Chadasha or New Testament concept, despite what many Christians are taught and believe. In fact, it shocks most Christians to learn that Yahusha never once spoke the word “grace” in Scripture while on Earth! Not once... ever! He only spoke it as the Word of God and as recorded by the prophets. The word “grace” does not appear one single time in either Matthew or Mark. And, Luke only uses it once in speaking of Yahusha himself (Lk 2:40). In the Gospel of John, he appears to only use the word “grace” three times, also in a direct reference to Yahusha (Jn 1:14, 16, 17). You certainly noticed that we said “appears,” which brings us to what you likely do not know, because it was deliberately hidden from you by the translators. In fact, “grace” was given through the Law of Moses. We say this because God says so through the prophet John in John 1:17. Here is how it was translated in English:
"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (Yahusha Mashiach). (Jn 1:17)
As translated, it states the Law was given without grace or truth, but when Yahusha came He brought both. That directly contradicts Scripture and cannot be true. However, this verse has certainly been used in sermons too numerous to count to “prove” that very thing. The first obvious thing we can see is that the word “but” is in italics and is not in the original text. What you cannot see is that the translators have changed the original word order of the Greek text. Here is how it reads word-for-word in the original Greek text.
"For *the Law through Moses gave the grace and the truth through Jesus Christ came." (Jn 1:17)
*The context of John 1:17 is John 1:14. Three verses before this, in speaking about who Yahusha really was, John says... "the Word became flesh and tabernacled (dwelt) among us." The context reveals the "Word" to be "the Law of Moses." Thus, "Grace" = "The Law of Moses" (Torah) = "The Word" = "Yahusha!" They are all one and the same! Yahusha was filled with "grace" (Lk 2:40), i.e., He is the "Torah" (Instruction) of God! Thus, to "love" the "Torah" is to "love" Yahusha (Jesus)... and to cast off the "Torah" is to cast off Yahusha (Jesus). What we do to the "Law" and how we treat the "Law" is what we do... and how we treat Yahusha (Jesus). To love the Ten Commandments is to love Yahusha... to obey the Ten Commandments is to obey Yahusha!
This is a game-changer! Read again what the translators have told you God said. Now read and compare that to what God has actually said! Why was this changed? It was changed because of the consequences of letting it stand as God spoke it! You must understand that the same people who teach that the "Law" was done away with, are the people who changed the translation of John 1:17. If the Law was done away with... so was grace! And now you know why the translators changed it! Yet, John 1:17 is now in full agreement with the Tanakh and fits Yahusha’s actual words perfectly in Matthew 5:17...
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill (pleroo) give its true complete meaning." (Mat 5:17)
33.144 πληρόω (Pleroo): to give the true or complete meaning to something—‘to give the true meaning to, to provide the real significance of.’ οὐκ ἦλθον καταλῦσαι ἀλλὰ πληρῶσαι “I did not come to destroy but to give true meaning to’ (Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. – Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament)
Through the Torah (Law) grace was given. The truth of the Torah (Law)... is what came through Yahusha Mashiach (Jesus Christ)... not that the Law was ever absent truth or grace. The correct understanding of this verse significantly changes the meaning of “John 1” as v17 is the key.
Salvation is by grace and grace alone and is not of works. To keep all the Torah... or any of the ordinances, precepts or commandments contained within it to be saved is works. This includes any of the Ten Commandments. However, to love God with all our heart, mind and soul (Deut 6:5, 10:12; Mat 22:37) is to obey Him and wholeheartedly keep all His Torah! (Josh 22:5). Thus the Torah gives the grace in that He saved us before we believed and obeyed. And, it is all the Torah and the prophets which all testify of Yahusha! (Lk 24:27, 44; Jn 5:39)
This brings us to a very interesting fact. In Scripture, the number of “the Kingdom of God” is “70.” It is why God prophesied “Seventy” Sevens in Daniel (Dan 9:24). It is the prophecy of “the Kingdom of God.” It is the number of the whole house of Jacob (Israel) “in Egypt” (exile) which comprises the Kingdom of Heaven (Gen 46:27). John then tells us “the Law through Moses gave the grace.” In the Hebrew Scriptures the word “grace” (hen) is found exactly 70 times... and this also just happens to be the same exact number of times that the phrase; “The Kingdom of God,” appears in the B’rit Chadasha (New Testament)! This is not a coincidence, it is divine inspiration at work. It is God divinely confirming what He spoke through the prophet John. The Kingdom of God is the kingdom of believers born again by grace into the covenants of promise of the commonwealth of Israel (Eph 12:11-12). It is a kingdom populated by grace through faith... and this grace is found throughout the Tanakh.
Now, many will wonder about those who never knew this... what about them? That is a very easy question to answer. Yahusha died for all sin... known and unknown. There was no part of what He did that was insufficient. He paid for it once for all. This is the grace and great mercy of God under the “New” Covenant. Aman!
THE R E N E W ED COVENANT
We place our full faith and trust in the Covenant made in the blood of the Lamb of God, who was Israel’s prophesied Messiah. It is here and here alone that the Qahal (Church) finds the salvation of its members and gains its authority to preach the kingdom, make disciples and baptize all people into this Covenant. It was prophesied by God to take place and Yahusha fulfilled... and will fulfill this prophecy perfectly as it was spoken.
"Surely Adonai Yahuah (the Lord GOD) does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)
God has done nothing and will do nothing which has not been revealed through His prophets. It is all in the Tanakh... even what Yahusha said while hanging on the tree fulfilled the prophecies. Yahusha said nothing in the B’rit Chadasha that the Father had not already said through Him in the Tanakh (Jn 12:49). Yahusha did nothing that He didn’t see the Father doing (Jn 5:19). Further, neither the Father nor Yahusha change (Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8) because they truly are One (Jn 17:11, 21-22). There is nothing in the B’rit Chadasha spoken by the apostles which is not found in the Tanakh. Even when we come to the “Revelation” of Yahusha, this twenty-two chapter book has over eight hundred and fifty references to the Tanakh. When the First Century Qahal (Church) experienced its phenomenal growth among the Jews, it was in no small part that the apostles were all actually following God’s Torah. This, the Jews had never seen under their religious leaders and in this the Apostolic Qahal (Church) was formed and greatly blessed. It was all in the Torah and it was nothing new. It was in fact very old... and so was the prophecy of the “New” Covenant.
Every Jew knew the prophecy of the “New” Covenant as it is only spoken of in one place in Scripture through the prophet Jeremiah. To correctly understand the prophecy it is essential to know the Scriptural context of the prophecy. The context of a “New” Covenant is as follows: 1) The ten Northern Tribes of Israel had broken the covenant, been defeated and deported in full exile out of the Land some one hundred and fifty-three years earlier. 2) The Southern Kingdom of Judah had repeatedly rebelled and broke God’s covenant over these one hundred and fifty-three years and was now to submit to the servitude of Babylon in the Land for seventy years (Jer 27:6-17, 23:14-16; 29:1-10) or suffer seventy years of desolations out of the Land if they rebelled (Jer 25:1-3, 10-12; 2 Chr 36:21; Dan 9:2). 3) Babylon invaded in 605 B.C., Judah submitted, the Servitude began and Daniel was deported to Babylon (Dan 1:1, 6). 4) Judah rebelled again breaking the covenant, Babylon invaded again, Judah submitted and this time Ezekiel was deported to Babylon 597 B.C. 5) Judah rebelled breaking the covenant again and now their complete desolation was on the way. It was to be a desolation so complete that the unthinkable would happen... God would allow His temple to be destroyed in 586 B.C.
While God would restore Judah after the Desolations, He also knew Judah would continue breaking His covenant and eventually go so far as to murder His Son and bringing about the outpouring of His wrath upon Judah in A.D. 70. It is in this heavenly and earthly context that God now gives His people a future hope through Jeremiah not only for Judah; but, for the whole house of Israel. Although Israel and Judah had utterly broken His eternal covenant with Him, God now promises not a “New” Covenant; but rather, to “Renew” the eternal Covent which they had and would yet break again! Here, great care is required to understand what God has said. As with all prophecy, nothing should be added to it or taken away from it. Here is that prophecy...
"Behold, the days are coming, says Yahuah, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says Yahuah. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahuah: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Jer 31:31-33)
This is the one and only place the “new covenant” is prophesied. Therefore, it can only be this prophecy that Yahusha (Jesus) fulfilled on the night He was betrayed.
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the *new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you *renewed in My Father’s kingdom.” (Mat 26:26-29)
*The Greek word "Kain'os" appears twice in this passage. The translators again changed the word order (as they did in John 1:17... See "Grace" above) in the lower sentence to intentionally hide the truth. By doing this, they make it appear that Yehusha (Jesus) is speaking about a "new" cup of wine. In fact, He telling the disciples that He will not drink of this cup of wine again until He drinks it with them "resurrected" which is the physical "renewing" of their bodies! Shame on them! You can really start to see why Yahusha called the Pharisees of His day "a brood of vipers." More on this later...
We now need to look at and compare the Covenant which Israel broke and how this covenant was finalized and put into effect with Israel in the wilderness at Mount Sinai in Horeb.
Then he [Moses] took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that Yahuah has said we will do, and be obedient.” And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which Yahuah has made with you according to all these words. (Ex 24:7–8)
Israel was covered by the blood of animals. Yahusha (Jesus) replaced this blood with His blood and renewed the covenant which Israel and Judah had broken. However, this is not taught because of how it has been translated... not because the original Hebrew and Greek texts do not say this and agree in perfect harmony!
The Hebrew word for “New” is “Chadash.” It means “new” in relation to time, never having existed at any previous time.
The Hebrew word for “Renew” is “Chadasha.” It means “new” in quality, having previously existed before in a prior state. Since the time of the first century, Messianic Jews (like all of the apostles were) who believe in Yahusha (Jesus), have called the "New" Testament books, "The Brit (Covenant) Chadasha (Renewed).
In Jeremiah’s prophecy, it is the “renewing” (Chadasha) of the eternal covenant which Judah and Israel broke that is prophesied... not a “new” (Chadash) covenant. And this is exactly what Yahusha did as it is recorded in the original Greek texts!
The Greek word for “New” is “Neos.” It means “new” in relation to time, never having existed at any previous time.
The Greek word for “Renew” is “Kain’os.” It is a compound word consisting of “Kai” meaning “and or also” and “Neos” meaning “New.” It means “new” in quality, having previously existed before in a prior state.
Note: Strongs's tells us that "Neos" (#3501) and "Kain'os" (#2537) BOTH mean "New." Most people stop here and go no further... believing that "Kain'os" means "New." However, when the Strong's definitions are read the difference between these two very different words is discovered! "Neos" is "New," never having existed before and "Kain'os" is not "New," but rather, "Renewed," having previously existed in a prior state and made fresh again. In our minds, this is deceptive on Strong's part because the truth is only discovered by reading and understanding the actual definitions of both words. Tyndale (the first English translator - A.D. 1500) originally chose to render "kain'os" as "New." The King James translators did not oppose him. This put Strong's between "a rock and a hard place." So, they chose to support the translators by telling us that "Kain'os" is "New," but they could not avoid what the truth really was... so they do give us the correct definition. In this, they tell us that "Kain'os" means "New" and then they give us the definition of the English word "Renew." The same thing is equally true of the Hebrew words, "Chadash" (New) and "Chadasha" (Renewed). It has been said, "Lies or errors always require additional lies and greater error to prevent the truth from becoming known and exposing original lie or error." We have found this to be very true.
God prophesied through Jeremiah that the broken covenant would be renewed (Chadasha) and that is exactly what Yahusha did (Kain'os). Both the original Hebrew and Greek texts absolutely agree on this and are in complete harmony on this issue. However, there was a problem for the translators and this was not the only change they had to make to the Matthew text, above. They had to change the word order of verse 29 as well because “kain’os” (renewed) appears in both verses 28 and 29. And, if they had left the word order of verse 29 unchanged, people would have questioned the translation because it would not make sense. Translated correctly the passage should read as follows...
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the renewed covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you renewed in My Father’s kingdom.” (Mat 26:26–29)
Both of the occurrences of “kain’os” (renewed) were rendered as “new.” However, the error is exposed when the true meaning of “kain’os” and the original word order is restored. Yahusha was actually speaking of a time after the resurrection that He would drink this cup with us in a renewed state. It is not the cup of wine that is “new” it is we who are “renewed.” The translators changed “with you renewed” to “new with you” giving the verse an entirely different meaning. We are looking to be renewed... at the regeneration (Matt 19:28) or resurrection having previously existed before in a prior state. We do not want God to make a “new” one of us which has never existed before at any time. And, had they not changed the word order... that is what it would have said had they only changed the meaning to “new” and not changed the word order. This is how important the truth is. One word can be moved two words to the left in the text and the true meaning is hidden from view and lost for generations!
This brings us to the next BIG issue. God is extremely clear that the “Renewed Covenant” is only with Israel and Judah (period). There is no third party even hinted at called: “The Church” which we have already discussed in the Qahal, Ecclesia or Church. The Ecclesia (Church) was in the wilderness with Moses (Acts 7:38) and is Israel.
We say this because modern Protestant Christianity teaches that they are a part of this “New (Renewed) Covenant” and are separate from all Israel! They teach that “the Church” is under the “New Covenant” and Israel is under “Old Covenant.” However, to be a part of the “New (Renewed) Covenant” which Jeremiah prophesied and that Yahusha (Jesus) fulfilled, you must become a part of Israel or a part of Judah. There are no other options or alternatives. Nor does it work to attempt to say that Jesus (Yahusha) made some other “Covenant.”
First, no such prophecy of a “new” covenant exists! And second, no such prophecy of a “new” covenant exists!! And third, no such prophecy of a “new” covenant exists!!! We really cannot make this point clear enough!!!! This is critical to understand because... God does NOTHING unless He has revealed the secret through His prophets. It was with this verse that we began this section... and this is why we did this. Truly, there are no prophetic "surprises!" It is all in the Book! Had people only understood the prophetic requirements laid out by God and given to us in Scripture... a multitude of errors would have never occurred. And this is a big one. Again, prophecy is the proof... of the truth!
Fourth and finally, Yahusha (Jesus) said He was “renewing” the covenant in His blood. The proof that His blood “renewed” the Covenant, is that He (the Word of God) was resurrected and renewed! “The Word of God” who became flesh is eternal and forever. (Isa 40:8; Jn 1:1, 14)
Catholic Christianity recognized the truth of what we are telling you from their very beginning. Therefore, they claimed (and still claim) to have replaced Israel with all of the promises and blessings for Israel in the Tanakh having been transferred to them. In this, they claimed that God had permanently cast off all Jews and that Israel would never again exist as a Nation! This then gets extremely complicated to maintain from a Scriptural, prophetic and historical perspective. To do this, they have taken the literal Scriptures (Deut 18:22) and allegorized them (made them all non-literal). The error is exposed when a simple question is asked, "Where are the Jews today?" They are literally back in the Promised Land exactly as God prophetically promised after their 1,960-year punishment under the law was perfectly fulfilled. (Non-literal or literal? Oops!)
The truth is very simple! God made an eternal covenant with Israel. Israel was to be a light to all nations and bring the Gentiles into that covenant. Israel disobeyed in ways too numerous to count. On top of this, they added to and took away from God’s Torah (at times with the best of intentions) through their “traditions” (which Catholics, Protestants and modern Judaism all still do!) elevating these traditions above the Word of God. Israel became a divided nation and continued in their disobedience despite God’s repeated, continuous punishments and restorations under the Law. This is what the Book of Judges is all about. God had seen all of this before Creation (Isa 46:9-10) and had a solution... His very own Son, Yahusha. We are to keep the Covenant renewed in His Son’s blood, (Ex 19:5; 1 Pet 2:9) not to be saved, but because we have placed our faith in Him and we believe we are saved! Now, you might think this is "legalism." But, you only think this because you have never been taught what God's "Law" really is. We not only explain this, but we also prove it to you on this site under, "Loving God, His Instruction." You will be amazed to see what happens when we apply the modern teaching of "The Five Love Languages" (which is widely taught in the Protestant Church) to the ancient "Law" of God.
Yahusha came to explain the Torah (Law), restore the truth of the Torah and renew the eternal covenant in the Torah which Israel and Judah had both broken. In the process, He provided a once for all remission of all our sins (past, present, and future) which was a complete removal of all the charges against us under the laws of God... and specifically, "The Law of Sin and Death." This is the “Renewed Covenant.” We may accept His offer or reject it. If we reject it, we will each pay the price owed under the law for our sins. The price of sin... is death! If we accept His offer to pay the debt we owe... we receive eternal life in Him... which came from Him and remains only in Him. The life we receive at the resurrection will be eternal life in an incorruptible body with sin and death destroyed. We will be made "Kain'os" and "Chadasha" being "Renewed," having previously existed in a prior fallen state. We will not be made "Neos" with God making a "New" one of us that never existed before! As the Covenant was "renewed" by Yahusha (Jesus) so shall we also likewise be "renewed" in Yahusha (Jesus)! These two things are direct parallels of each other.
As the true profession of our genuine belief in accepting what He has promised, He asks us to love our fellow man. In doing this, we are loving our Father and Creator as well as His Son whom He sent. How do we do this "rightly" (or righteously) and love according to God’s moral standards? We follow His Torah and confess His name before men! That is how we express our genuine love and belief back to Him if faith. This is the truth of the “Renewed Covenant.” When Jews do this they are grafted back into the covenant which their fathers broke. When Gentiles do this, they are grafted into the family of God which is the Commonwealth of Israel... (Eph 2:12) and they share in all the promises made to Israel, including the promised resurrection of the Just... or should we say, "the resurrections” of the Justified. This is the full Good News of the Kingdom and our coming king, Yahusha, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
In summary, the Catholic Church (and others) claim to have replaced Israel as the true "Spiritual Israel." The Protestant Church held to and generally followed this tradition. However, there were those in the Protestant Churches who began to see the error of allegorizing or "spiritualizing" the Scriptures. In about A.D. 1850, they came to realize that God was not done with the Jewish people and many even began to predict that God would literally fulfill His prophecies and restore the Jewish people back to the literal Promised Land of Israel. Yet, what about the "Church?" If they were not Israel... who were they? This gave rise to the teaching that the "Church" was a "mystery" and not seen in the ancient texts of Scripture and operating under a "New Covenant." While closer to the truth, this teaching is filled with contradictions and God HImself seeing this, corrects the error!
"Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to Yahuah (the Lord) speak, saying, “The Lord has utterly separated me from His people [Israel]” (Isa 56:3)
When the Holy Scriptures were first translated into English by Tyndale, many errors were exposed and the result was 50,000,000 dead at the hands of the Catholic Church in an effort to maintain its control and to prevent the formation of this new "cult" which became known as the Protestant Church. Today, the original Hebrew and Greek texts of Holy Scripture have now been available to the average person for about the last twenty years. The result has been the formation of what many Protestants are labeling as a "cult," the "Hebrew Roots" movement. At each level of change, what we find are people who believe in and are unwilling to compromise over the literal word of God as it was originally written. As with anything new, some go too far and others not far enough. All any of us can do is seek the truth and follow it as best we are able. This is why in the seven letters to the "Churches" each believer is called to "Overcome!"
"There shall be a bodily resurrection of the “Just” and of the “Unjust;” for the “Just,” a resurrection unto new life; for the “Unjust,” a resurrection unto judgment one thousand years later (Dan 12:1-3, 10, 13; Jn 6:39-40; Act 24:15; Rev 20:4-6).
What follows is based on our future presentation: The Midrash of Resurrection... which will be really Good News for a multitude too numerous to count. (Rev 7:9-17)
The first coming and death of Yahusha HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) as “Messiah ben Joseph” was prophesied in Scripture to the exact time (Dan 9:24-26, 1 Pet 1:10-12). His second coming as Messiah ben David is equally prophesied in the Scriptures and will become known... to the exact time (Mat 10:26; Mk 4:22; Lk 8:17). However, He must first complete His prophetic role as Messiah ben Joseph. God has been perfectly fulfilling His prophecies in the “types” and under the Law for His people Israel and He will continue to do so (Mat 5:18). Yahusha’s coming will be personal and visible “as lightening” at the end of this present Age (Mat 24:27; Lk 17:24). This is the believer's blessed hope and it is a vital truth, which is the incentive to holy living (Deut 7:6, 14:2; 1 Pet 1:15; Ex 19:6; Rev 1:5-6, 5:9-10) and the faithful service of good works. (Rom 12:1; 1 Cor 15:58; Eph 2:10; Col 1:10; Tit 3:8; Jas 2:14, 17, 20, 22)
We presently hold that the “First Resurrection” will take place in a minimum of three parts as Scripture clearly and literally reveals this very thing. There will be a resurrection of the “Dead” and of “Overcomers” in Mashiach before the Great Tribulation (this is the Gospel of Matthew and the “Male Child” of Revelation 12:5; Isa 66:7). There will be a resurrection of the “Martyr’s” and the “Restored” at the Sixth Seal (this is the Gospel of Mark [Simon Peter] and the Woman’s other “offspring” in Revelation 12:17; Isa 66:8). There will be a resurrection of all Israel with the “Two Witnesses” (Rev 11:11) after the Great Tribulation (this is the Gospel of Luke and the deceived “Woman” (Rev 12:1, 6). This is why Yahusha’s Return is divided in Luke between Chapters 17 and 21... and in Chapter 17 it refers to the Days of Noah – Part 1 (Matthew), then the Days of Lot – Part 2 (Mark), then Chapter 21 and “your redemption” – Part 3 (Luke). This is why there is so much disagreement and confusion on this issue.
Further complicating the topic of "The Resurrection of the Dead" is "The Rapture." These are not the same things. In the first, the "dead" are restored and raised back to life once again in physical bodies. In the second, those who are alive and living have their physical bodies changed from a corrupt mortal body into an eternal incorrupt body. In both instances, they are taken into heaven after the change has taken place on the Earth. There are clearly two separate "Raptures" which can be identified in addition to the three (minimum) "Resurrections of the Dead." This then brings in the issue of "timing" and when these things will occur. We used Scripture and Scripture alone to identify all of these things. And, when you are able to see for your self what Scripture has always been showing us... we believe you too will finally understand what is coming very, very soon.
Today, each group has seen "truth" in part... (and this does not just include the resurrections) believing they have the whole truth. This is why there are three earthly Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and one heavenly Gospel (John). There will also be earthly gatherings and/or regathering’s to protect some of the elect and/or saints who were in deception; but, came to the truth and repented by keeping the commandments of God (1 Jn 5:2-3), preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and placing their faith in Yahusha. The Woman of Revelation 12 is a great example of this and Daniel has actually prophesied this very thing, but, due to a poor translation, this too has remained hidden.
“The Woman” (Eve) is the prophetic model or “type” of “The Woman” in Revelation (Law of First Use). Adam added “do not touch” to God’s commandment of “do not eat” the fruit. Satan used this as an opportunity to deceive “Woman” and Adam in his pride would not admit to adding to God’s command. Likewise, “The Woman” of Revelation 12 (Israel) is in deception which is why she is allowed protection in the wilderness for 1,260 days. It is widely taught that the second “Adam,” Yahusha (Jesus) and Israel’s true Mashiach (Messiah) changed God’s Torah. For this reason, Jews must reject Him under the Law of Deuteronomy 13... and thus they are deceived because not only did He keep all of the Law perfectly, He clearly stated that a believer should never even "think" that He changed any part of the Law... let alone teach this to others!
The Messiah comes most clearly into view through the prophetic types of... Joseph, Moses, Joshua (Yahusha / Jesus) and David, it is through prophetic types and Midrashic Patterns that the coming resurrections are most clearly seen, defined and become known. (Please see our future presentation: The Midrash of Resurrection).
This brings us to a point regarding "Resurrection" which is directly related to the "Renewed" Covenant" above. We pointed out (above) that like the Covenant was "Renewed" (Kain'os), we also will be "Renewed" (Kain'os) and Yahusha (Jesus) teaches this very thing using "wineskins" as a "model" for us. However, it has been hidden from your eyes by the translators of the English versions. Why? Because the word "Kain'os" (Renewed) that is in these passages has been translated as "New" instead of "Renewed." A wineskin was not a single-use "throw-away" item. And there was a reason why Yahusha chose wineskins as the "model." A used wineskin was immersed and soaked in water (the image of baptism) and the exterior rubbed with olive oil (the image of anointing) making it pliable and able to receive new wine once again. Here, Yahusha likens us to "wineskins."
"Nor do they put new (Neos) wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new (Neos) wine into new (Kain'os) wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Mat 9:17)
Here is how the passage should read with "Neos" having correctly been translated as "New" and "Kain'os" now being correctly translated to read "Renewed."
"Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into renewed wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Mat 9:17)
This may seem to be of little consequence to some. After all, what has really been lost? What is "lost in the translation" is the "imagery" of what Yahusha (Jesus) is presenting for us to know, and the very reason He chose "wineskins!" An old wineskin had to be "baptized" in water and "anointed" with oil... before it could be used again! To us, this is a huge loss! However, it can now become a huge gain for us today in discovering the truth. The wineskins are "kain'os" or renewed just like the "Covenant" was... and we shall be in the resurrection! Thus, the truth is revealed and an important Scriptural principle comes into view.
There are many other passages like this is Scripture... like when the apostle John tells us that he is writing a "New Commandment" for us to love each other (Jn 13:34). The passage makes no sense! How could loving each other be a "New Commandment?" Well, it is not a "new" commandment... it is a "renewed commandment" for us to love each other! We have personally seen pastors go into long explanations of what John meant in saying it was a "new commandment." Yet, once it is correctly translated to "renewed," no explanation is required! John is just reinforcing or "renewing" the commandment "to love" above all else. We cannot help but wonder what other things these pastors could have been teaching if only the verse had been translated correctly? We suspect God has an accounting of all the wasted time such things have caused, and it will be answered for. As for us, if we know the truth and fail to speak it, we participate in the sin, for we have loved something more than the truth. If we do this, and we do not repent, the day will come that we will likewise be held accountable for this.
"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. (Mat 12:36)
Every person will give an account of their lives to God (Heb 4:13) right down to every idle and thoughtless word spoken. Because of this, the question arises, “Is there an age of accountability which God gives us in Scripture?” While you may be fortunate enough to not realize it, this is a huge question for a great many people. It a question that can haunt anyone who has experienced the loss of a child or a youth. It is a question that deserves an answer from Scripture... if at all possible.
The most learned scholars tell us that no age of accountability is given in Scripture. Therefore, no one bothers to go, look and see what God say’s... because they believe He is silent on this issue. In the silent void, opinions then come forward with some of the best thinking people can muster. We try and avoid this at all cost. And here, in this simplest of all questions, the true depth of our lack of Scriptural understanding right up to this moment in time is put on display.
In our many questions to God about the meaning of numbers in Scripture, God showed us the answer. It was there the whole time. As we brought this answer forward the strangest thing happened, people did not like the answer because it was excessively graceful. In this instance, they felt God would be giving Grace to some who (in their opinion) did not deserve it. However, this is the very nature of grace... and the truth is... no one deserves it! The plain truth is that God does provide an age by which people become accountable to Him... and “Yes, it is extremely graceful by any standard held by people.” Here, God shows us just how much more grace He possesses toward us than we would grant to ourselves. And, it fits very nicely with Yahusha’s words...
"Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt 19:14)
"The kingdom of heaven is made up of little children and those who have humbled themselves like little children. Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Mat 18:3-4)
A parent is a child’s source of supply, protection, truth and above else... love. In humility, a child understands their relationship to a parent and trusts everything about that relationship. A good parent does not give a child everything they want because that is not loving. Above all else, a good parent teaches a child to become a loving person. To become humble (as accountable adults) is to return to that relationship with our Father in heaven and accept His lessons, trusting that He is teaching us to love others as He loved us. However, (as accountable adults) this is often not easy and requires a conscious effort on our part because parents and other adults have failed us. So, by what age does a person need to begin humbling themselves to God and by what age are they able to do so. This is what must be understood about an age of accountability to God. It is an age by which a person is able to humble themselves and becomes accountable to God to do so.
God places and sets the age of accountability at twenty (20) years old and above. This is purely a demonstration of the great grace of God by God. From the most conservative Scriptural perspective (2 Sam 5:4-5; 1 Chr 29:26-27), those who die on or before their nineteenth birthday and enter their twentieth year of life are forgiven of any and all sin and will enter the true Promised Land... Heaven. Now we will show you where in Scripture God not only say’s this; but, in fact, acts on this by doing it!
The sin of Adam and Woman was eating the forbidden fruit (Gen 2:17, 3:6) because eating it gave them “the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen 2:25, 3:7, 10-11). Adam and Eve then became accountable to God (Gen 3:22). It then becomes important not to just listen to what God say’s; but, to watch what He does after Israel has repeatedly fallen into sin. Israel finally arrives at the Promised Land; however, not only does Israel refuse to enter, they accuse God of bringing them to the Promised Land to kill them and their “children and little ones,” (Num 14:3) and threaten to kill Moses (the Law), Joshua (the Savior) and Caleb (the Faithful). God becomes furious and tells Moses He will kill them all and raise a new generation through Moses. However, Moses (the Law) stops God and instead God declares that only the ones who rebelled and are twenty years old and above will perish in the wilderness. Joshua, Caleb and Israel’s “little ones” will enter the Promised Land after wandering in the wilderness for forty years, knowing His rejection and all those twenty years old and above have perished. The “children or little ones” are not held accountable and they are defined by God as being under the age of twenty. What then becomes critical for us to understand, is WHY God is not holding the “children and little ones” accountable...
Moreover, your little ones and your children, whom you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them, I will give it, and they shall possess it. (Deut 1:39)
To anyone who says that “a little one or a child” may be held accountable by God... God says, No! And He tells us His reason, “they have no knowledge of good and evil.” Remember, it was “the knowledge of good and evil” which caused Adam and Eve to become accountable to God in the first place. Appropriately, it is then in the book of “Numbers” that God gives us the age of those who are accountable...
Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me. (Num 32:11)
Thus “your little ones and your children” are under the age of twenty and who are not accountable. This makes even further sense when you understand that it was at the age of twenty that a person was deemed by God to have the ability to go to war (Num 26:2) and first became accountable to bring an offering to God (Ex 30:14). It would therefore also be at the age of twenty that each person became personally accountable to God to keep the Torah of God and all His Sabbaths which are His set appointed times with His people.
When we then look to the divine inspiration of Scripture, the word “lawless” appears exactly 20 times in 18 verses and the Hebrew word “Torah” (See above) appears 220 times in 218 verses in the Hebrew Tanakh. This provides a direct link as to what the “lawless” are accountable to. The number “18” has a very strong association to the Holy Spirit, Judgment and the House of God in Scripture. The phrase, “My Father’s House” likewise appears exactly 20 times in 20 verses of Scripture. (Jn 14:2)
God created, set and established the Seventh Day as a Sabbath (Rest) at Creation (Gen 2:2-3). It was first given to Adam (Man) and therefore his descendants. God then reaffirmed the Seventh Day Sabbath (Rest) with the children of Israel (Gen 16:23, 30) and reminded them that He had previously established the Seventh Day as the day of Sabbath at Creation. (Ex 20:11)
Since God established the Sabbath on the Seventh Day of Creation, the only way this could change was if God had prophesied a future change (Amos 3:7). The simple truth is that God never prophesied changing the Sabbath; therefore, a change is not even possible. To break the Sabbath is a sin (Ex 31:4). Yahusha (Jesus) was sinless (Ex 12:5; Jn 1:29, 36; 1 Pet 1:17-19). Yahusha kept every appointed Sabbath perfectly as God commanded (Mk 1:21; Lk 4:16; Jn 18:20) including the final High Sabbath (Jn 19:31) when He rested in the tomb having ceased from all His labor on the tree. The apostles never changed the Sabbath, nor could they. All of them; including Paul, kept and met in the synagogues or at the temple on every appointed Sabbath, which included every Seventh Day. (Acts 13:14-16, 17:2, 18:4). Yahusha was and remains the perfect model for us in everything He did (Jn 13:15). The apostles all walked as Yahusha walked and said we were to do likewise (1 Jn 2:6). The Seventh Day Sabbath is the perpetual sign of the Covenant (See: A Renewed Covenant, above) between God and His people (Ex 31:13, 16; Eze 20:20).
The practice of keeping the Seventh Day of Sabbath continued well past the Temple’s destruction for some three hundred years and in fact well beyond this. The change did not begin in earnest until the Roman Emperor Constantine (a Tammuz Sun god worshiper) legalized Christianity, declared himself Bishop of the Church and issued an edict that the Sabbath (Rest) was to be moved from the God-appointed and sanctified Seventh Day to the First Day of the week (Sunday) on which he worshiped Tammuz. God prophesied this very thing in Ezekiel’s time, looking into the future (Eze 8:14-18) while Ezekiel was captive in Babylon. It was not a trivial thing then and it is not a trivial thing now! And, if you did not catch that... read it again. God did not change His appointed and sanctified day, a self-appointed Roman Emperor did!
Today, this is without argument from those who changed the Seventh Day Sabbath, the Roman Catholic Church. They openly admit that they did this by and under the authority that God has exclusively given to them to speak for Him on Earth. In fact, the Roman Church has taken issue with the Protestant Churches for altering the original Greek texts to make it appear that the apostles changed the Seventh Day of Sabbath to the First Day. The Catholics then state that since the Protestants are obeying the Roman Church on the Day of Rest (and worship), the Protestant Churches should return to Roman authority in all things!
Scripturally, the Hebrews referred to the days of the week by what God called them in Genesis. There is the First Day (Yom Echad), the Second Day (Yom Shaniy), the Third Day (Yom Sheliyshe), the Fourth Day (Yom Rabiy’iy), the Fifth Day (Yom Chamiyshiy), the Sixth Day (Yom HaShishshiy) and the Seventh Day (Yom HaShabiy’iy). The Seventh Day is then the only day that is given a “name” apart from its numerical name. The name which God gives it is “the Sabbath.” Sabbath means “Rest” and not Seventh. The Seventh Day (Yom Shabiy’iy) is always the Sabbath; however, a Sabbath (Rest) is not always the Seventh Day and it is never ever “a week” which is a group of seven days.
The Hebrews had a name for a Seventh (Shabiy’iy) in its order and sequence. They had a word for a group of Seven (Shibʿathayim) in number and quantity and this would be a “week.” The Protestants translators then translated the Greek word for “Sabbath” which is “Sabbaton” and which means: Rest as “Week” meaning: “A group of seven days.” They did this eight times in Scripture to make it appear that Yahusha (Jesus) resurrected on “the first day of the week” and that the apostles met on “the first day of the week” (Acts 20:7). In every one of these verses, the translators had to add the word “day” because “day” is not in any of the original Greek texts. What the original texts do say is that it was, “at the first of the Sabbath (as the Sabbath began)” or, “the first Sabbath (of the seven Sabbath count to Shavuot/Pentecost)” or, “one of the Sabbath’s” (of the seven Sabbath count to Shavuot/Pentecost).” Yahusha (Jesus) was resurrected on the Sabbath day as all the original Greek texts clearly state. This is why He healed on the Sabbath (Mat 12:10-13) for He was healed on the Sabbath and it is why He said, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (Dan 7:13-14; Mat12:8; Mk 2:28; Lk 6:5).
In addition to the Seventh Day Sabbaths, there are seven annual “Sabbaths” in Scripture. The additional Sabbaths in Scripture are: the first and seventh days of Pesach (Passover); the first day of Shavuot (Pentecost); the first day of Rosh Hashanah (Trumpets); the first day of Yom Kippur, the "Sabbath of Sabbaths" (Atonement); and the first and eighth days of Sukkoth (Tabernacles). There are then two types of one year Land Sabbath’s or “Sabbath’s of Years” in which the Land is not sown or harvested. A “Shemita” Land Sabbath occurs every seven years and a “Jubilee” Land Sabbath occurs the year following the seventh Shemita Land Sabbath. Regardless of the type of Sabbath, all of the Sabbaths are prophetic and point to God’s set appointed times with His people which is why no Sabbath could ever change.
The Seventh Day Sabbath in Creation is the prophetic model (Midrashic Pattern) of the one thousand year “Millennial Reign” of Messiah (Rev 20:4-6). This was seen, understood and taught by the Hebrew Sages, Yahusha and the apostles (Mat 12:8; Heb 4:1, 4, 8; 2 Pet 3:8-10; Rev 3:3). This is what would correctly be called Hebrew “Dispensationalism” and is spoken of as “Ages” in Scripture (Mat 12:32, 24:3; 1 Cor 2:1). The “Transfiguration” is clearly pointing at this very thing...
Now after six days Yahusha (Jesus) took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. (Mat 17:1–3)
It is after six days that Yahusha takes three (the number of “Gathering and Resurrection”) to a high mountain. Here Yahusha appears in glory... then Moses (The Law) and Elijah (The Prophets) appear with Him. This occurred after Yahusha said that some would see Him come in His Father's glory in His kingdom (Mat 16:27-28)... and that is the Millennial Reign. It is the ultimate great purpose that lies behind the Seventh Day Sabbath and why this is so important to honor by keeping it. The Seventh Day Sabbath is intended by God to be a weekly reminder of Yahusha’s return, our resurrection and His one-thousand-year reign with us.
As far as keeping the Sabbaths of Yahuah, every Sabbath begins and ends at sunset. The Sabbath is God’s set, appointed time to meet with His people. It is to be a day of rest for all. We are not to perform any work which is for our personal gain or profit and we are not to cause anyone else to work. We are not to do any preparation for work. We are to do only good work for God and others on this day which is not associated with our daily ordinary work. The Sabbath is not violated in the saving of a life, the healing of an illness or in meeting any of the needs of the body. Yahusha healed the sick on the Sabbath. He spoke of caring for a sheep that had fallen into a pit, losing an animal to water it and His disciples picked grain to eat on the Sabbath. While harvesting grain with a sickle would violate the Law, picking grain by hand to eat because you are hungry is not. It is never a violation of the Sabbath to honor and keep the Laws of God. Circumcision was to be performed on the eighth day after a child was born and if the eighth day was a Sabbath... the priest did not break the Law by keeping the Law (Jn 7:22-23). David took the consecrated showbread from the sanctuary to feed his men on the Sabbath and didn’t violate the Sabbath (1 Sam 21:4-6; Mat 12:4). In this light, when a man is found gathering wood on the Sabbath and is put to death for breaking the Sabbath (Num 15:32-35), it is certain that he had no need of the wood to keep warm, cook or provide light. None of these things are violations of the Sabbath and prohibited in the Law. In the same way, God reminds His people not to kindle a fire on the Sabbath (Lev 35:3) and the context reveals why. The context is the building and construction of the Tabernacle of Yahuah which required the smelting of tons of metals and the fires needed for the purpose of that work (Lev 35:5). God desires to spend the Sabbath resting with His people. He values this above all, not wanting us to be at any labor even when that labor is what He has called us to perform for Him. The Sabbath is a time to set our heart, mind, and soul on Him and to celebrate that relationship of love... in love.
There is then something that we miss in Scripture regarding the Sabbath. We recognize that the Father knows all things. He calls all of the stars of heaven by name (Ps 147:4). He has known the end from before the beginning (Isa 46:9-10). He knows and has numbered every one of our days (Ps 139:16). He knows everything we will ever do, right down to every word we will ever speak (Mat 12:36) and every thought we will ever think (Ps 94:11, 139:2). He, therefore, knew what we would remember... and He knew what we would forget! So, when God tells us to remember something... it is something which is very important for us and which He knows will be forgotten by a majority of us! When we then come to the Ten Commandments which God Himself wrote in stone on Mount Sinai (Ex 24:12, 31:18), there is one command which God sets apart...
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahuah your Elohiy. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days Yahuah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahuah blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Ex 20:8-11)
This is the one and only individual commandment in all of Scripture which God tells us to specifically remember. He did this because He knew it would be the one commandment above all the others which would be forgotten by a majority of those who acknowledge Him as the only true God. While so many have been made to forget through deception, He has not forgotten the day He appointed... and has never changed. Prophetically speaking, for God to move the Seventh Day Sabbath to what we would scripturally describe as either the First or Eighth Days, He would need to skip the Day of the Lord, forget the resurrections and move straight to the Great White Throne Judgement... which is basically the entire Book of Revelation. This is how important the Sabbath is from a prophetic point of view... and we can confirm this with the Hebrew Gematria.
When we look to the Hebrew Gematria, it is no coincidence that the Hebrew word “Sabbath” appears exactly One hundred and eleven (111) times in the Tanakh. The meaning of “111” is: Elohim (God) in Absolute Divine perfection of Holiness and Separation. And, this is what the “Sabbath” is pointing to!
The number “111” equally shares a direct tie to the number Eleven (11) which is the number of “Those Who Escape” (Gen 32:22; 37:9 [See: Yahusha (Messiah ben Joseph) above]; Mat 28:16; Mk 16:14; Lk 24:9, 33; Acts 1:26; 2:14). The number Eleven (11) appears exactly Twenty-four (24) times in Scripture. Twenty-four (24) is the number of: “The Divine Rule of Heaven and Earth,” which is why there are “twenty-four elders” around the throne in Heaven (Rev 4:4) with “the redeemed” of the earth (Rev 5:9). And just so you know, while the Greek word for “Redeemed” appears thirty-one (31) times in the B’rit Chadasha which is the number of “El” (God), it is only translated as “Redeemed” 11 times in 11 verses of the English translations. Now, where this truly becomes overwhelming is when we look at the word “redeemed” in the English translation Tanakh. It appears 135 times in exactly 111 verses. The number “135” is the number of the Qahal! (See: Qahal, above) And, of course Sabbath is: “111.” Now, when we look at the words: You shall observe, they appear exactly 111 times in 24 verses and the words: It is written in the Law of Moses, also appear 111 times in just 7 verses (as in the 7th Day) in the Tanakh and they appear 13 times in 1 verse in the B’rit Chadasha in the English translation. Now, “13” is the number of “Rebellion and Apostasy.” The Scriptural total for the words: It is written in the Law of Moses, is 124 times in just 8 verses. This is: “The Divine Rule of Heaven and Earth in Holiness and Separation to God Magnified (124) in (8) “A New Beginning and Dedication to God.” And again, we are back to the “Twenty-four Elders” around the throne of God who are seen by John on “The Day of the Lord,” which again is the prophetic “Seventh Day Millennial Reign” and is the prophetic “Seventh Day Sabbath.” You may have to read this several times and let it all sink in.
Finally, we will look very quickly at the amazing number of: “37” and how it has a direct tie to “111.” “37” is the number of: “Messiah” (30) at “The Divine Completion of Time” (7). It should, therefore, be no surprise that “37” is the number which represents: “The Absolute Divine Perfection of the Absolute Divine Perfection of All Things.” It is the lowest number which divides equally into the “Divine Numerical Perfection” of all “Numerical Digits.” These numbers are: 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888 and 999. As the antichrist is 666 (Divine Perfection of Fallen Man), Yahusha (Jesus) is 888 (Divine Perfection of a New Beginning and Dedication to God). When we divide “111” (The Sabbath/Millennial Reign) by “37” (Messiah at the Divine Completion of Time) we have the number “3” which is the number of: “Resurrection.” The Gematria in the Divine Inspiration of God’s Word does not just connect: Those Who Escape, Redeemed, Twenty-four Elders and the Resurrected to the Seventh Day Sabbath and the Millennial Reign as it is written in the Law of Moses which you shall observe, it shouts it out loud. And by the way, the word “Savior” appears exactly 13 times in the Tanakh and 24 times in the B’rit Chadasha for a total of 37 times in the English translation. (Jn 5:22, 27; Dan 7:13; Rom 1:18; Acts 17:30-31; Ps 9:8, 96:13, 98:9)
The question we feel obligated to pose to you at this point regarding the Sabbath is this...
“Will you choose to follow the word of a Roman Emperor... or the Word of God?”
We would also like to leave you with a final prophetic thought from His Word on this...
"Her priests have violated My Torah and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths so that I am profaned among them. (Eze 22:26)
These same things brought the wrath of God upon Judah. Here, Ezekiel is prophesying that it will come again for "the House of Israel." The House of Israel (Ten Northern Tribes) was already in captivity and God had never restored them! So, the prophecy is for our day and our time! How then can anyone who is a member of the House of God and does these same things today escape the wrath to come... when God does not change? Will God apologize to the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah for sparing “The Church”? Remember, God is a righteous judge who desires mercy, but mercy requires repentance.
The final “Sunday” (First Day) Sabbath to ever be kept by anyone, will be the one which is kept before Yahusha HaMashaich (Jesus the Christ) returns to the Earth as "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah" and "The King of Israel" to rule in the prophesied one-thousand-year Millennial Reign, the prophetic Great Seventh Day Sabbath of His Rest.
How important is prophecy? If you could KNOW that God was real, would that be important? Imagine for a moment, if you can, a world where God was known by all to be real and that He would hold them accountable for being unloving toward each other? We believe the world would be a very different place.
As you will see, "prophecy" is the method which God chose to evangelize the world and prove to all men and women everywhere that He is real! So, that is about as important as it gets. Yet tragically, among the believers who still make an effort to tell others about Yahusha (Jesus), few understand this. The "Churches" are in a constant search for the next new program or method to "reach the lost" and, they are failing. Even among their own children, vast numbers are leaving the "Church" soon after they reach the age of eighteen... and still, they cannot figure it out. So, they spent countless amounts of money on "Youth Programs." And, the numbers among those leaving continues to grow. The reason is simple, the children who were raised in the Church do not truly believe God is real. And, even among those who think that God may be real, they have been taught that no matter what, they have "Grace" without limit. But, all they know of "Grace" is that it is the unmerited favor of God. This is not entirely the fault of the "Church" as it has been hidden from them (See "Grace" above). The truly remarkable thing about all of this is that they have the answer. They have always had the answer. Why would people who believe in Scripture ever think that they had a better method than what God Himself chose? Why would they think they had a better way of doing it? All they have ever needed to do is teach their children about the very real prophecies of God. There is nothing like them, and they abundantly prove that God is very real. They equally prove everything else in Scripture to be real and true, including Yahusha (Jesus), the Son of God. In fact, apart from prophecy, it is impossible to rightly testify of Him!
"The testimony of Yahusha (Jesus) is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev 19:10)
Now, you need to understand what prophecy is and what it is not. Prophecy is the declaration of the will of God coupled with the advanced prediction of events yet to come or coupled with the advanced revelation of Divine knowledge.
Prophecy is what sets Judaism apart from all other religions in the world. And, it was the fulfillment of over three hundred of those prophecies by a Jewish man named Yahusha (Jesus) which caused eleven believing Jews in the First Century to proclaim that Israel’s prophesied Messiah had come. The testimony of these eleven Jewish men with hundreds of witnesses to the events of Yahusha’s life and resurrection began what we know as the “Judeo-Christian” faith.
Prophecy is God’s chosen method of evangelism (Isa 41:21-24, 44:7-8, 43:10-11, 46:8-10, 42:9) and it is the single most prolific attribute of Holy Scripture apart from truth. Holy Scripture is prophetic from the words “In the Beginning, God...” to “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” The purpose of prophecy is to provide Humanity with irrefutable proof that God is real and does exist, to give encouragement and a certain future hope to His people, to warn His people of what will come to pass and to call all of Humanity to repentance. For the non-believer, it is repentance toward their non-belief in God and for the believer, it is a repentance to fully return to the ways of God and reject all the “traditions of men.” (Deut 30:6; Ps 119:2; Isa 44:21-22; Eze 11:19, 36:26-27)
There are seven identifiable types of prophecy in Scripture that we have encountered and have come to understand. There is Direct Literal Prophecy, Prophetic Knowledge, Midrashic/Chiastic Prophecy, Prophetic Signs, Mazzarothic Prophecy, Gematric Prophecy and Prophetic Types and/or Foreshadows. Regardless of the type of prophecy, they all share one thing in common. All prophecy is literally fulfilled right down to every “jot and tittle” as it was spoken in its perfect order and sequence without exception (Deut 18:22; Mat 5:18). A “Midrashic Prophecy” will have multiple imperfect near fulfillments that are pointing forward to its final far fulfillment in perfection. In this, God provides us with previews of the coming prophesied events.
While prophecy is the most prolific attribute of Holy Scripture apart from truth, it is the least understood and the most neglected subject in all of Scripture by both Jews and Christians alike. For the Jews, the coming of Yahusha (Jesus) and their prophesied rejection of Him by the Jewish leadership (Gen 49:24; Isa 28:16; Ps 118:22; Isa 6:9-10, 53:3-4; Eze 12:2; Mk 8:31) prompted changes to be made which left most blinded to their Messiah. However, God also prophesied this (Isa 43:8) and that He would restore them with “uncircumcised hearts” (Lev 26:40-42). For the Christians, it has been one careless false prediction of Yahusha’s (Jesus’) return after another which has brought about a general attitude which ranges from a cautious distrust to outright disbelief in prophecy among significant numbers of them. However, had the Jews and the Christians alike understood and accepted that the prophecies were “sealed until the time of the end” none of this would have taken place (Dan 12:4, 9). When God sealed the book of Daniel, it did not just seal that book. It sealed all prophecies connected to the prophecies in Daniel as well. This included all of the prophecies in Scripture regarding the time of Israel and Judah’s punishments and the exact time of their restorations. This is why God did not seal the Book of Revelation (Rev 22:10). Daniel was already sealed and Revelation cannot be understood without the Book of Daniel.
What most Jews and Christians alike are unaware of, is that the first coming of Israel’s Messiah was perfectly foretold in Scripture to the exact day (Dan 9:24-26). In fact, the exact times of all of God’s judgments upon Israel are perfectly foretold in Scripture. Again, this includes the punishments which befell the Nation of Israel as well as the divided Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. God is a righteous judge (Ps 9:8, 19:9, 96:13). He has always prophesied of His Judgements to His children and promised to reveal them (Isa 44:7-8; Jer 23:20; Ps 119:7, 62, 106, 160, 164). When He sentenced the children of Israel to 400 years in Egypt and promised He would bring them back to the Promised Land... He told them (Gen 15:13; Acts 7:6). When He sentenced the children of Israel to 40 years wandering in the wilderness before He would bring them back again to the Promised Land... He told them (Num14:33). When He sentenced them to 70 years of servitude to Babylon... He told them (Jer 27:11). When He sentenced them to 70 years of desolations for rebelling against Babylon... He told them (Jer 25:11, 27:14, 17). When He prophesied the time of their coming Messiah and of Jerusalem’s destruction... He told them (Dan 9:24-26). God is a righteous judge... and a “righteous judge” never passes a judgement on anyone without telling them how long their punishment will be! Only an unrighteous judge would do this! This has always been the case with God and Israel and it remains the case to this day. When God removed the Northern Kingdom of Israel the exact time was foretold in the Law and the Prophets. When God later removed the Southern Kingdom of Judah the exact time was again foretold in the Law and the Prophets. All of it is in Scripture as it must be, for God is a righteous judge. God prophesied His regathering of Israel in 1948. God prophesied the restoration of Jerusalem to Israel in 1967. And, God prophesied the exact time of Israel’s final future punishment in the Law and the Prophets (Lev 25:1-22; Dan 9:27). This will all be included in our future presentations in very literal terms... for God has literally spoken all of it in the Scriptures.
It is all there in Scripture and God wants His children to know this and... to know that He is real... to know that Yahusha (Jesus) was and is His Son and Israel’s Messiah... to turn wholeheartedly back to Him... to repent where repentance is needed... to overcome the errors and teachings of men... to love Him and each other as He has loved us first. His great desire is that none should be lost or perish. (Eze 33:11; 2 Pet 3:9) In each phase of what has been prophesied to come upon us, we believe there is that final person who will repent and turn wholeheartedly to God. In each phase when this happens... the command will go out from the throne of God and the next phase will begin. You may quite well be the one whom God knows will come to Him. You may be the one He is waiting for to believe and repent.
The primary mission of this ministry is to share the prophetic things of God with you which we believe our Father in heaven has so generously shared with us. The prophecies of God are divine anchors for the people of God which we believe are designed to secure our faith and help us weather any of life’s storms. Our hope and our prayer is that you too might come to know and believe in the truth of the Kingdom of God and of the Kingdom of Heaven as perhaps you never imagined possible. He is the one true God of Israel. He is the God of the prophets and of prophecy. He is very real... He is very near... right at the door... if you hear Him knocking... open the door... and you have His promise that He will come in and dine with you (Mat 24:33; Rev 3:20).
Finally, if you are someone who does not believe in God. That's okay too! Once, we did not believe either. Here is our best suggestion. Even if you do not believe... tell Him! Then, tell Him that if He is real... you really want to know and ask Him to show you. There will likely be no immediate flashes of lightening or roles of thunder... and you may even feel a bit silly. And, the day may come when you have forgotten that you ever did this. Then, with no notice, you may be shocked at what happens... He will show up in the perfect way and at the perfect time for you to hear Him... and in an instant, you will know He is very real! Then again, read everything on this site... watch all the videos... God may just reach out in what you find here and begin speaking to you.
I personally did not believe in God. I was thirty-seven years old before I asked... or more correctly screamed at Him! Six months went by and I forgot all about it. I never even gave it a second thought. Then one day... God showed up and started speaking. What I knew about the Bible back then could have been written in a few short sentences. What He first led me to was a book. In this book, I learned that there was "prophecy" in the Bible. I had never heard of this before. No Christian I had ever known (and I had known many) had ever spoken about it. That was twenty-two years ago as I write this... and if you think I now know a lot about this book... I will tell you I have barely scratched the surface. It is phenomenal... and so far beyond what any man or group of men could do, it is simply beyond description. So... ask! You have eternity to gain... and nothing to lose.
All glory, honor, and praise to our Father in Heaven, Yahuah!
Amen, Amen, and Aman!
Come Lord, Come!
Shalom and Blessings to all...
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