A "Statement" on Our Statement of Faith
Our statement of faith has evolved over many years and it continues to evolve as we seek the truth. What it would have said, twenty, ten or even five years ago would have each been very different from what it says today. This is in fact what every believer who is yielded to the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit should expect.
"Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You, I wait all the day. (Ps 25:5)
"Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle. (Ps 43:3)
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (Jn 16:13)
Our “Theology” (what we believe about God) is solely based upon the Word of God and what it states in the original texts.
“Yes, He loves the people; All His saints are in Your hand; They sit down at Your feet; Everyone receives Your words.” (Deut 33:3)
“Moreover, He said to me: “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears.” (Eze 3:10)
“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures [Tanakh] daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore, many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.” (Acts 17:10-12)
Each and every believer has a responsibility to personally verify what anyone tells them is true about the Word of God. What most do not recognize, is that this includes the English translations of all versions. The translators are in fact telling you what every Hebrew and Greek word means. They make every effort to do this with a word-for-word equivalent. However, this does not always work well, and the true meanings can become "lost in the translation." Additionally, the translators have added words, excluded words and in some cases rearranged the original word order of the texts as they deemed fit. At times, this not only appropriate but, necessary for the translation to be readable. However, it can become a license that allows a translator to make Scripture say what they want it to say, so they can support a particular doctrine. Therefore, it is necessary to check and see if they (whoever “they” actually are) got it correct? We all need to know if they had their own “teachings of men” or “traditions of men” that they wanted to support. The word, “translated,” appears thirteen times in Scripture and “13” is the Scriptural number of: Rebellion and Apostasy Requiring Atonement... which as a number appears exactly “13” times in Scripture.
“Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year, they rebelled… Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.” (Gen 14:4; 17:25 – God made Abraham cast Ishmael out.)
We will tell you that this is not a coincidence. It is the “Divine Inspiration” of the Gematria at work in the original texts and translations... and it is a divine warning from God.
The simple truth is, we do not even know who the translators actually were, what they believed, where theie beliefs came from, or who they were accountable to. The translator who created Codex Vaticanus was clearly instructed to alter this text and apparently did not want to do so. So, he did it in a way that would make it clear what was taking place. It likewise explains why this codex was found and recovered from the garbage. God had Codex Vaticanus it right where He wanted it. We have found things that range from the intentional reversal of two words (by Protestant translators)... to the unnecessary and intentional restructuring of entire verses with additional words added to the original text. You may be tempted to think that this is unimportant... and you would be wrong! Reversing just two words can change the entire meaning of a verse... and create a 2,000-year error... which is exactly what one such alteration in the Book of Revelation did. We are dealing with "truth" here... and God has placed warnings in His Word not to take anything away from it, nor to add anything to it, with severe consequences attached for doing either... and we believe Him! We believe this especially applies to translations. God also makes it clear that if and when we become aware of such things; if we choose to do nothing, we become participants in their sin and the error. All that is required for evil to prosper... is for good people to remain silent and/or do nothing. This is why we take this so seriously and use great care as we look into His Word.
“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahuah your God which I command you… Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” (Deut 4:2, 12:32)
“Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” (Pro 30:6)
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev 22:18-19)
“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” (Jas 3:1)
God’s truth can only be known from the totality of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts of Scripture…
“The sum total of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” (Ps 119:160).
Every change we have made in what we believe… has been made in prayer, slowly, cautiously and only when all the plain original texts on a given subject were consulted, understood and came into complete harmony with each other. We do not believe the process is complete and that we have understood the full truth. There are things that still remain hidden… and this too is a prophetic truth of Scripture…
“For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mk 4:22-23)
We recognize that we are all His works in progress and that we may simply be at differing points on the same path. We recognize that change is often not easy and some changes are more difficult than others. The changes we have undergone have come with the full spectrum of every emotion imaginable in every level of intensity possible.
That being said, we also recognize that many will at one point or another read or hear something on this site which may seem contrary to what they presently believe as a certain truth. We are not opposed to hearing your views and discussing them from the original Scriptural texts. If you want to know what the original texts actually say and you do not have access to these, tell us what you want and we will send it to you; or even better, we will tell you where you can get the necessary resources to simply check and discover these things for yourself. We additionally recognize the passion which many hold over certain teachings or doctrines. We share in this passion for His Word. The only questions we believe we must each ask ourselves are these, “Is this a teaching of God?” or “Is this a teaching of man?” Both of these have coexisted from the time of Adam and they continue to coexist today. The apostles, who became known as “a sect” called “The Way,” (Acts 24:14) rejected the “traditions” (1 Pet 1:18) and became separated from the Pharisees; as their leader Yahusha (Jesus), rejected all of the Pharisees “traditions” as “teachings of men” (Mat 15:2-6, Mk 7:3-8). What most believers do not realize, is that this was a major part of His first coming and one of the reasons He came. Yahusha only affirmed the teachings of God written in the Tanakh as truth.
“Do not think that I came to destroy (remove or throw down) the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy (remove or throw down) but to explain it more fully (Pleroo). 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 5:17-18)
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word [The Tanakh] is truth.” (Jn 17:17)
Yahusha (Jesus) did not run around the countryside confronting the errors and false teachings. He simply taught and explained the truth of the Hebrew Scriptures from the Hebraic perspective chosen by God with full “authority” (Mat 7:29; Mk 1:22; Lk 4:22). Not everyone was either willing or able to hear Him and many “turned back.” (Jn 6:66). Rather than suffer the condemnation of the religious leaders, many chose to align themselves with the various “religious leaders” of their time. As for the religious leaders… they were seeking to retain the authority which the government (Romans) had given them… and did not want to lose it to anyone.
“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Yahusha (Jesus).” (Mat 27:20)
But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” (Jn 19:15)
Some fifteen hundred years later, the Protestant Churches came into existence over this same issue. The “teachings of men” such as “indulgences” and “the torture of the saints” (to name but a few) had entered the “Church.” Today, “denominations” exists among Judaism and Christianity because of much the same thing. Yet, all denominations still continue to hold on to the “teachings of men” and to the “traditions” of the Jewish “Elders” or Christian (Church) “Fathers” to one degree or another. Today, even when the “leaders” are cornered and must admit to the errors, their ultimate conclusion is… “it does not really matter.” This parallels exactly what the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel did after the Kingdom of Israel became divided! Not only was God not amused, He became “furious” with Israel (Lev 26:27-28). So much so that He cast the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom out of His land in 722 b.c. and never restored them before the prophets ceased speaking. We should take this to heart and remember that “God does not change” (Mal 3:6). We, therefore, believe truth matters and we refuse to follow anything other than the pure Word of God as He delivered it once for all!
“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3)
The context of “Jude” and the “faith” to which he speaks is the “Tanakh” (Old Testament). So, the challenge still remains for each of us and it is a challenge we all still face today... seeking God’s truth first and choosing to follow it when we find it... even if it means others reject us. Remember, all of Yahusha’s (Jesus’) apostles faced this very thing.
“So, they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” So, when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.” (Acts 4:18-21).
“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying,
“Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5:27-31).
What separated them was the sure knowledge that truth mattered because they understood He was the truth. They understood that to knowingly reject the truth... was to reject Him. This is why truth still matters.”
“Then Yahusha (Jesus) said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Jn 6:67-69).
“Yahusha (Jesus) said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn 14:6).
We additionally believe we have entered a time where understanding the truth will now become even more critical as God begins holding His people accountable, first and foremost.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet 4:17-18).
In our Statement of Faith, we felt we needed to go beyond what is normal and customary by not only stating what we believe; but, by telling you why we believe this and where it is found in Scripture. Many things taught about God are not found in Scripture... and the age of a "teaching" is not proof of it being "truth." There will be some things in this statement which you have never heard of and will be a part of our future presentations. Among these presentations will be a presentation on the name of God (YHVH) which we presently believe is pronounced, “Yahuah.” This is based on the many and abundant names in Scripture which have the “YHV” of His name attached to them as a prefix or a suffix and are consistently pronounced as “Yahu.” However, continue to believe (as we always have), it is the sincerity of the heart that searches to know His truth, desires to obey His Word, and longs for a personal relationship with Him... which God desires most and is seeking.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn 4:23-24)
Whether you presently call Him Yahweh, Yahovah, Jehovah or… just “God” is not nearly as important to Him as your heart being turned toward Him! We believe He knows all the names by which sincere and faithful believers who love Him call upon Him and He hears and answers.
“If we had forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a foreign god, would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. (Ps 44:20–21)
After all, He is the Creator of all people and therefore, it was God who created the original language we once all held in common until God chose to “confuse” that language and subsequently created all languages (Gen 11:7). So, please bear with us as we move forward and continue to expand, clarify and detail the information in this statement and on our site.
We simply believe this...
“If the original languages of the Scriptures say it; that settles it, we believe it and we follow it.”
For in doing this, we can make and show no greater expression of true love to our Creator, Provider, Teacher, Redeemer, Savior, Restorer… and above all… our great God and Father… Yahuah!
We say this within the following context and understanding...
All of the original Scriptures are inspired and in their “sum-total” are the Truth.
Truth never changes and is eternal... as God never changes and is eternal.
Truth is always in harmony with itself... as God is always in harmony with Himself.
Truth is Scripture and never contradicts itself...as God never contradicts Himself.
Truth is knowable... as God is knowable.
All truths lead us to God... as all truths have come from God.
Any statement which is true about truth... is true about God because God is Truth.
Truth is perfect and inerrant... as God is perfect and inerrant.
Scripture is always first read and understood in its Scriptural context.
Scripture always defines Scripture in the light of all the relevant texts.
Scriptural truth is always literal and only beheld and known when the entirety of God’s Word is considered. Allegorical, metaphorical and/or other higher “spiritual” interpretations and understandings never replace the literal… and all such understandings and interpretations which are non-literal must only support what other literal texts plainly speak.
The greatest and most horrific errors in Scriptural interpretation have all come from stand-alone non-literal teachings of Scripture... and it continues to this day. Conversely, the greatest revelations of Scriptural truth have always come from and been founded upon a literal, plain, and simple reading of the text!
The greatest discovery that we have made regarding Scriptural interpretation, is that the things which we looked at in Scripture and said, "There is no way this can be literal," have now turned out to be exactly that!
With this understanding of “truth” and that which is “true” we strictly hold to and utilize the ancient Hebrew method of interpretation known as PaRDeS (or Paradise). The first rule of this method is that… all Scripture is first understood literally… every interpretation must have literal Scripture which it is supporting... and no interpretation of Scripture ever replaces or nullifies any literal interpretation of Scripture. First and foremost, “Truth” is always literal and in prophecy, where the temptation is greatest to find and accept non-literal or “spiritual” interpretations… there is never any exception to this rule. This is not true because we say so… it is true because Yahuah says so…
“When a prophet speaks in the name of Yahuah, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which Yahuah has not spoken…” (Deut 18:22)
Prophecy is the ultimate proof of the truth. It is prophecy and prophecy alone which reveals to the entire world that God is in fact real. Only God has known all things to the end… from before the very beginning!
“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…” (Isa 46:9–10)
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the Kosmos… He (Yahuah/God) chose us in Him (Yahusha/Jesus) before the foundation of the Kosmos, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Jn 17:24; Eph 1:4)
The Father declared us to be in the Son and loved the Son before the foundation of the Kosmos. This is at a point prior to the creation of anything… including “time” as we understand it! At creation Yahuah (God) then declared all things from “the end” to “the beginning” and set this present creation in motion with the words, “Let there be light!” God is able to “prophesy” because He is the One who declared it all (beginning with each one of us) before the Kosmos itself was created! This is why God chooses “prophecy” as the proof of His existence. Prophecy is what God chose as His method of evangelism. This understanding then opens the door to something truly remarkable… each one of us is in fact “prophetic!” We were all “declared” and made alive in Messiah… before we came into existence! We are all the products of prophecy and we would not exist without it! So, you might want to consider again the importance and the value of prophecy and gaining an understanding of it. We believe that you enter a whole new realm of relationship with God and find a depth of love for Him which you never imagined or thought possible. He is very real… and the love that He is… transcends all human words, thoughts, and emotions. Only in His presence will we begin to experience this… and this too is prophecy.
“It is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’” (1 Cor 2:9)
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” (Isa 65:17-18)
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Rev 21:1-2)
There are presently hundreds of prophecies in Scripture which have been fulfilled exactly as God spoke them. And, we are not speaking of ancient events. God’s prophecies have never at any time ceased being fulfilled and are being fulfilled today at what can only be described as… “an alarming rate.” By this, we then know and place our full confidence in a spectacular eternal future… because this is what God has prophesied for those who love Him.
Everything in this life is leading us somewhere. The truth is... it is either leading us to God... or it is drawing us away from God. These are the only two options. There is no neutral “grey area” where we can safely or innocently “stand.” The supposed “grey area” is the most deceptive of all lies and comes right out of the pit of hell! We are all moving through time and we are all either moving toward God or away from Him. This is the true journey of every person. To discover where something is leading you, follow it to its ultimate end and ask yourself a simple question, “Is this leading me to a greater knowledge of God and to Him or is this keeping me from a greater knowledge of God and leading me away from Him?” We are all called to become “overcomes” in the world or we will be overcome by the world (1 Jn). Again, there are only two options and there is no such thing as an unimportant truth, because He is the Truth and everything is leading us somewhere. We are either loving God with all we are according to His standards… or we are not! When we get this correct… we are moving toward Him in love. When we get this wrong… we are moving away from Him in sin... and failing to love. All sin is a failure to love… which is why there are none without sin, except One… and He gave His life in perfect love so that we might be found in Him… can you see it now? This is how love conquered all!
Our full “Statement of Faith” is currently a thirty-page document that addresses fifteen foundational subjects. It is so heavily laden with Scripture it was impracticable to place anything more than the Scriptural references for each subject in this document. Including the full Scriptural texts would have caused the document to grow to over one-hundred pages. As an example of this, we have included most of the full scriptural references in our first topic, HOLY SCRIPTURE.
None-the-less, all the references are here and what we state is fully supported by a multitude of Scripture in full harmony with each other and without contradiction. We suggest using the NKJV to check the references as it is generally the more accurate and readable of the English versions. What we are not doing is giving you one or two verses of Scripture in support of three paragraphs of what we say those scriptures mean. Our intention is not to get you to believe as we believe… but rather, that you believe what God has said. We have found that God has actually spoken for Himself quite well in the original texts… He is very clear and there is little valid reason for debate.
For your convenience, you will also find a “Summary” of this “Statement of Faith” on this site which is only fourteen-pages long. In the summary statement, we provide far less explanation of why something is true and only a minimum of Scriptural references remain.
Amen, Amen, and... Aman!
Shalom and Blessings to all...
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