A Statement of Faith (Summary)
This is a summary of our full Statement of Faith. The majority of the Scriptural references have been removed along with two-thirds of the detail provided in the full statement. We are providing this summary for your reading convenience. If you have any questions about why we are starting something here, please see our full statement. You will almost certainly find the answer to your question there.
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 (New Covenant / Testament) in the Greek texts. These original texts are the wholly inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God. They are perfect in their order and sequence down to each and every “jot and tittle.” These texts are prophetic from the first letter to the last letter written. Every writer of these Holy texts is a prophet of God. 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 when spoken and recorded.
Holy Scripture is a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all humanity everywhere. Holy Scripture is a progressive revelation and God is not done in revealing the truths and mysteries in His Word. Further, God has never at any time ceased fulfilling His prophecies in Scripture.
GOD – אלהי/ ELHY (El·o·hee) / 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. In reference to the "One" true "God," Yahuah (YHVH), He appears both "singular" as "One" in the use of "Elohiy" and in a "plural" form as "Elohim." It appears that even the human believer becomes a part of "Elohim" as God's Spirit or "The Holy Spirit of God" is united with our spirit at the time of salvation. We suspect the process and connection we share with the Father and Son now via the Holy Spirit, will be finalized and physically completed at the point of resurrection. There is simply much more going on here in Scripture than is widely recognized or discussed. We cannot ignore what Yahusha (Jesus) tells us in quoting Psalm 82:6, "Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ?’ " (Jn 10:34). What is the ultimate meaning and reality of this? We do not know, but, it is present in both the Tanakh and the B'rit Chadasha. As always, we make every effort to not "add" or "take away" from Scripture, but acknowledge what is written there. It is equally clear that there is and will only be "One" supreme God, who is both "Elohiy" (singular) and "Elohim" (plural and used singularly?). God is truly the "One" great mystery.
God is “One” and He is the Creator of all things. 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 in three visible physical forms or “persons” for lack of man’s ability to comprehend “Elohim” (God) in our finite and limited capacity.
Scripture reveals the “One” as "YHVH" (translated “the Lord”), the Father as seen enthroned in Heaven. "The Angel of YHVH" appears on Earth, whom we believe to be the pre-incarnate eternal Son of God, the Son of Man and who was born of flesh appearing in the physical presence of Yahusha (Jesus). And, we see the Holy Spirit of YHVH (Yahuah) also appearing on the Earth in both physically visible and invisible forms. Further, "the Spirit" is one whom Yahusha (Jesus) says, the Father will send when He (Yahusha) leaves.
Is the "Father" a separate being? Yes! Is the Father in the "Son?" Yes! Is the "Son" separate? Yes! Is the "Son" fully the Father? Yes! Is the Father "Spirit?" Yes! Is the "Spirit" in the Son? Yes! Is the Father and the Son present in the "Spirit?" Yes! Is the Spirit fully, the Father and the Son? Yes! Does the Father and the Son now indwell believers via the Spirit? Yes! Do we understand all of this? No! We only know it is all true.
What we presently know of the three revelations of the “One” true Elohim is as follows:
YAHUAH - יהוה (YHVH), THE FATHER
This is “The Name” of the ultimate supreme “One” enthroned in Heaven who is the source of all, the Ancient of Days and eternal. The Father is Spirit.
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). 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)
YAHUSHA - יהושע (YHVSHA), Jesus, THE 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 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. He will come for those who are His, His Bride, and Israel shall be saved. Once He completes His prophetic role as "The Son of Joseph" He will be crowned the King of Israel and in the "Millenial Reign" (during the "Age" to come), He will fulfill His role as Mashiach ben David (Messiah son of David).
THE HOLY SPIRIT – רוח ה קדש (RVCH H QDSH) RUWACH HaQODESH
The Holy Spirit is the agent of Creation and is a divine person, sent to indwell, rebuke, convict of sin, guide, teach and empower the born-again 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. It is also here that we find the unpardonable sin... assigning the clear work of the Spirit to that of evil and darkness.
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. They are all then more fully and abundantly revealed in the B’rit Chadasha. 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 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.
Man was originally created from the earth, perfect in the image and likeness of God. Woman is highly unique among all living as she was created from Adam and for Adam. 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. Woman was deceived, sinned and fell. Adam fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death which is separation from God and the division of the body from the soul and spirit. All people, having been in Adam when he fell are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, become accountable to God (See: Accountability, below), come to owe God the penalty of their sin; which is death and can only be saved through the atoning work of the Yahusha HaMashiach, the Son of God who offers to pay our personal debt to God.
SALVATION and THE PEOPLE of GOD
Salvation is of the Jews and has been provided through Yahusha HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) for all men who believe in Him, repent turning to God and are born again of the Holy Spirit who abides in each believer forever. When we believe, His Holy Spirit unites with and is joined to our spirit which is why we are “in” Messiah. These will receive the gift of eternal life, having become the children of God. We become Jews inwardly and are grafted into the family of God, which is the Commonwealth of Israel. 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 freeing us from the law of sin and death with the charges against us nailed to that tree. With this knowledge, we are baptized into the “One Body” of Mashiach, Messiah or Christ as our first act of faith in obedience. This is both how and why Yahusha said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” which is confirmed in the prophecy of the “New Covenant” (See below) made through Yahusha (Jesus). By this, we are saved and join our brothers and sisters of the Qahal or the "called out" ones (the Qahal-ed) of our Father in Heaven.
THE QAHAL, THE ECCLESIA, or THE 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 Qahalof Israel is the Ecclesiaof 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.
The Qahal (Ecclesia) of the New (or Renewed) Covenant (See Below) consists of all those who believe in 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.” Messiah is the head of the body 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.
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.
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 also 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, Everlasting, Eternal and Forever to all Generations.
Yahusha (Jesus) is “The Word” 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. 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 the Earth would have to pass away; therefore, all the Law (Torah) stands... every single word of it. However, this is where it must be understood what the Law (Torah) is!
The Torah or the Law is not a means to salvation and it never was. 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. For more on the Torah (Law) and what it is, please read “GRACE” below and see our separate page on this site, "Loving God." This will further confirm what we have just said here as truth.
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 sins. Thus, salvation is by grace through faith in Yahusha HaMashiach. 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.
“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 (Jesus) 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, with "the spirit, wisdom, and grace" being "in" Him (Lk 2:40). In the Gospel of John, he appears to only use the word “grace” three times, and also in a direct reference to Yahusha. 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. Here is how it was translated in English:
"For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (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 been used in countless sermons 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 texts. 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 all of the original Greek text without deviation.
"*For the Law through Moses gave the grace and the truth through Jesus Christ came." (John 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 is to obey Him and wholeheartedly keep all His Torah. 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!
The Kingdom of God is the kingdom of believers born again by grace into the covenant of promise of the commonwealth of Israel. It is a kingdom populated by grace through faith... and this grace is found in 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!
A R E N E W E D 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. Yahusha did nothing that He didn’t see the Father doing. Further, neither the Father nor Yahusha change because they truly are “One.” There is nothing in the B’rit Chadasha spoken by the apostles which are 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. Although Israel and Judah had utterly broken His eternal covenant, God promises not a “New” Covenant; but rather, to “Renew” the eternal event which they had broken. 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 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 new with you in My Father’s kingdom.'” (Mat 26:26-29)
We now need to look at 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 replaced this blood with His blood and renewed the covenant which Israel and Judah had broken. This is why John the Baptist declared, "Behold! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (*Jn 1:29). However, this is not taught because of how it has been translated... not because the original Hebrew and Greek texts do not say this.
*The context of John 1:29 is John 1:17 (See "Grace" above). Twelve verses before this, John says... "Grace" comes through the Law of Moses and the "Truth" comes through Yahusha Mashiach (Jesus Christ)!
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 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.
God prophesied through Jeremiah that the broken covenant would be renewed and that is exactly what Yahusha did! 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 reads 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 as you see above. 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 the translators not changed the word order... that is what it would have said if they had they only changed the meaning to “new” and not changed the word order. This is how important "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 upon 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.
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 way’s 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. God had seen all of this before Creation and had a solution... His very own Son, Yahusha. We are to keep the Covenant renewed in His Son’s blood.
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.
What follows is based on our future presentation: "The Midrash of Resurrection" which will be really "Good News" (Gospel) for a multitude too numerous to count.
We presently hold that the “First Resurrection” will take place in a minimum of three future parts as Scripture clearly and literally reveals this very thing. There will be a resurrection of the “Dead” and of “Overcomers” in Messiah before the Great Tribulation. There will be a resurrection of the “Martyr’s” and the “Restored” at the Sixth Seal. There will be a resurrection of all Israel with the “Two Witnesses” after the Great Tribulation. 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 the truth in part... (and this does not just include the resurrections) believing they have the whole truth. There will also be earthly gatherings and/or regathering’s to protect some of the elect and/or saints who were (and are) in deception; but, who then came to the truth and repented by keeping all the commandments of God, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and placing their full faith in Yahusha. The profit Daniel actually speaks of this, but due to a poor translation of the Aramaic, it also has been hidden from view.
“Messiah” comes most clearly into view through the prophetic types of Joseph the son of Jacob, Moses son of Amram, Joshua the son of Nun (Yahusha [Jesus] son of Eternity), and David the son of Jesse. It is also through prophetic "types" and Midrashic patterns that the coming resurrections are also most clearly seen, defined and become known. (Please see our future presentation: The Midrash of Resurrection)
"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the Day of Judgment." (Mat 12:36)
Every person will give an account of their lives to God 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?” 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 costs. 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. The plain truth is that God does provide an age by which people become accountable to Him... 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 with a parent and trusts everything about that relationship. This is the relationship we must have with God. 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 because eating it gave them “the knowledge of good and evil.” Adam and Eve then became accountable to God. 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,” 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 areaccountable...
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 are not accountable. This makes even further sense when you understand that it was at the age of twenty that a person had the ability to go to war and became accountable to bring an offering to God. Therefore, the age of twenty is when 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.
God created, set and established the Seventh Day as a Sabbath (Rest) at Creation. It was first given to Adam (Man) and therefore his descendants. God then reaffirmed the Seventh Day Sabbath (Rest) with the children of Israel and reminded them that He had previously established the Seventh Day as the day of Sabbath (Rest) at Creation.
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. 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. Yahusha (Jesus) was sinless. Yahusha kept every appointed Sabbath perfectly as God commanded including the final High Sabbath 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 appointedSabbath, which included every Seventh Day. Yahusha was and remains the perfect model for us in everything He did. The apostles all walked as Yahusha walked and said we were to do likewise. The Seventh Day Sabbath is the perpetual sign of the Covenant (See: A Renewed Covenant, above) between God and His people.
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 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 goes 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 in their English translations to make it appear that the apostles changed the Seventh Day of Sabbath to the First Day. The modern Catholic position on this issue is... 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! And truly, they have raised a valid point!
The Protestants translators 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.” 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 people on the Sabbath... for He, Himself was healed on the Sabbath! And, it is why He said, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” So also, His "Millennial Reign" is a prophetic "Sabbath" model and He will truly be the "Lord of the Sabbath" on Earth.
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. This was seen, understood and taught by the Hebrew Sages, Yahusha and the apostles. This is Hebrew “Dispensationalism” and it is abundantly spoken of as “Ages” within the Scriptures. 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 (six-thousand years... a day for a year) that Yahusha takes three (the number of “Gathering and/or 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 this, 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." The Sabbath is a time to set our heart, mind, and soul on Him and to celebrate that relationship of love... in love.
The Father knows all things. 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 Himselfwroteinstoneon Mount Sinai, 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 very specifically to 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.
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 - This was a future prophecy that is now being fulfilled!)
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 Great Seventh Day Sabbath of His Rest.
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 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 Yahusha Mashiach (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.”
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 prompted changes to be made which left most blinded to their Messiah. However, God also prophesied this and that He would restore them with “uncircumcised hearts.” 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 Christians understood and accepted that the prophecies were “sealed until the time of the end” none of this would have taken place. 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. 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. 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. He has always prophesied of His Judgements to His children and promised to reveal them.
God is a righteous judge... and a “righteous judge” never passes any judgment 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. 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. 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 wholeheartedly. 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.
All glory, honor, and praise to our Father in Heaven, Yahuah!
Amen, Amen, and... Aman!
Even So, Come Lord, Come!
Shalom and Blessings to all...
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