DOCTRINES OF FAITH
We, members of the body of believers, base our faith on the inspired sacred Scriptures known as the Holy Bible (Scriptures). The basis of our faith is the Love that we have for our Creator, His Son and the brethren. We are committed to fulfilling the two great commandments as stated by our Savior in Matthew 22:37-40.
Yahshua replied: Love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest Commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
The love described here reflects the spirit of the entire Law of Yahweh. Yahweh has expressed His love for mankind through the gift of His Son (John 3:16-21). Yahweh is love (1 John 4:7-8, 16). Love is all important to our faith as true believers in Yahweh and Yahshua (1 Corinthians 13).
As Covenant believers, it is our determination to fulfill these two great commandments by having the Law (Torah) of Yahweh written in our minds and hearts (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8:8-11; Hebrews 10:16-18). This can only be accomplished if we are circumcised in our hearts and minds and thus we walk by the rule of Yahweh’s Covenant Law (Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 6:15-16).
We believe that those who possess the true love of Yahweh will willingly keep His commandments as an expression of that love (1 John 5:1-3). Those who know Yahshua keep His commandments and walk as He walked (1 John 2:3-6).
The Scriptures describe the true worshipers as those that keep the commandments of Yahweh and have the testimony and faith of Yahshua the Mashiach (Messiah) (Revelation 12:17 & 14:12). It is therefore our commitment to obey Yahweh’s Covenant Law through love. We understand that in these last days, Almighty Yahweh is causing His people to return to Him through the keeping of His (Torah) Law. By means of the same prophetic message proclaimed by the Old Testament prophet EliYah (i.e. teaching the people that Yahweh is the true Elohim), He is turning His people back to the way of worship that He established (Malachi 4:4-6).
His Son, Yahshua the Messiah, is the Word made flesh (John 1:14) and as such He is the physical manifestation of Yahweh’s perfect Law, the law of liberty, which is able to save our souls (James 1:21-25). We, therefore, understand our responsibility to prove our love for Yahweh, Yahshua, and our fellow man by keeping Yahweh’s Word, referred to as the Torah (1 John 5:3; John 14:15). By doing this from the heart, we prove our faith to Yahweh so that we might be reckoned as righteous in Yahweh’s sight (James 2:14-26).
As people of faith, we are responsible to exercise our faith through the works that He designated and established (i.e. the keeping of Yahweh’s commandments). The good works of the Law which we bring forth are the proof of our faith. We understand that we are saved by grace and not by our works (Ephesians 2:8-10). Salvation is a free gift from Yahweh which cannot be earned. It is given to those who make a covenant with Almighty Yahweh through the shed blood of our Savior (Romans 3:21-26) while remaining faithful to the end (Matthew 24:13). We have determined that Yahweh’s Word (i.e. His Covenant Law) is the Truth (John 17:17) and that the Truth sanctifies Yahweh’s people and sets them free from the bondage of sin (John 8:31-36) and its destructive ways (Romans 6:23). Sin is the transgression (i.e. breaking) of the Law (Torah) (1 John 3:4). It can only be recognized through knowledge of Yahweh’s Law (Torah) (Romans 7:7).
Without that knowledge it is impossible to know what sin is, and therefore it is impossible to repent (turn back to Yahweh). Those who worship Yahweh must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). It is our commitment to possess and maintain Yahweh’s Holy Spirit in our lives and within the body of believers by obeying the truth of Yahweh’s Covenant Law (Torah) (Acts 5:32). We seek to be a spiritual people in Yahweh’s sight by being born anew through water (water baptism into the name of Yahshua) and through the spirit (Yahweh’s Ruach Ha Qodesh) and thereby gain entrance into the Kingdom of Yahweh. This is a part of the conversion process which begins when a person recognizes the need to repent and to make changes from within, and then undergoes baptism. That process will culminate in a physical transformation into a spirit being upon Yahshua’s return (John 3:3-7; 1 Corinthians 15:35-54).
As members of The Body of Yahshua we have joined together to do the will of Almighty Yahweh by living our lives in subjection to Him as our personal witness, and by collectively proclaiming the truth of Yahweh’s Word until our Savior returns. With this determination and knowledge we therefore put forth this Doctrines of our faith as a testimony of our faith as followers of Mashiach Yahshua and to define the major foundational tenets of our beliefs in regard to the plan of salvation (restoration).
We believe that Yah’s assemblies should avoid being incorporated into the governmental system so as to have complete autonomy. We have not made any covenant with the Federal Government, such as a nonprofit agreement or tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3). Our One and only overseer is Yahshua, who reigns from on High and sits at the right hand of the Father.
We declare that Almighty Yahweh is the Great Creator of all things and that He alone is to be worshiped as the true Elohim (Mighty One) of the universe (Genesis 1 & Exodus 20:2-6). He has revealed Himself to His people through His Name Yahweh (Exodus 20:2 & 7; Genesis 12:8; 26:25; Exodus 3:13-15). The Name Yahweh means the self existing one. His Name is derived from the Hebrew verb of existence. He alone can give life and He alone can take life (Job 1:21). The Name of Yahweh is of great significance to His people. They know His Name and are called by it (John 17:6, 11-12, 26; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Isaiah 52:6). The 144,000 of the book of Revelation have the Name of the Son and the Father written in their foreheads (Revelation 14:1). Yahweh is a Spirit and those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24). In order to please Yahweh we must have faith in Him and believe that He will reward those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Ultimately, Yahweh’s people will rejoice in the period of the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-8). He shall give of the water of life and the tree of life, to those who have His name written on their foreheads (Revelation 22:1-4). Yahweh will supply the light for His people as they shall reign forever with Yahshua in eternity (Revelation 21:23 & 22:5).
We declare that Yahshua the Mashiach (Messiah) is the Son of Yahweh (Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). He came in the flesh having been born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). Being the Savior of the world, He is the manifestation of Yahweh’s love for mankind (John 3:16-21). His name means the Salvation of Yahweh (Matthew 1:21). Prior to coming in the flesh, Yahshua was a spirit which dwelt in eternity (Revelation 3:14; Colossians 1:15; John 17:5; Proverbs 8:22-31). He was the one who carried out the words of Yahweh and brought all things into being (Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; John 1:1-3, 10; Genesis 1). He is a separate being who, in purpose, is one with Yahweh (John 10:30) just as a husband and wife are two individuals who are one in purpose in their relationship (Genesis 2:24). Through the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-7), He wills that His people be one (in unity) with Him, one (in unity) with Yahweh, and one (in unity) with each other just as He is one (in unity) with His Father (John 17:21-22; Deuteronomy 6:4). He lived a life without sin (1 Peter 2:22). As the Lamb of Yahweh, He died for the sins of all mankind (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53:4-6; John 1:29, 35; Romans 3:24-26; Galatians 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:7; 5:1-2; Colossians 1:20-22; Hebrews 9:12, 15; Revelation 5:9-10). After three days and three nights, He was resurrected from the dead (Matthew 12:38-40; Matthew 28:1-2). Presently, He is in the heavens at the right hand of Almighty Yahweh (Matthew 22:44; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 1:3, 13; 12:2). He is the mediator of the new covenant between Yahweh and His people (1 Timothy 2:3-7; Hebrews 9:15; 12:24). Yahshua is the head of His body of believers (Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 1:18). At the end of the age of man, He will return to this earth gathering His people at the first resurrection to establish the Kingdom of Yahweh upon the earth (Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11-16). He shall reign for a thousand years and shall then judge all others in the second resurrection at the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20; John 5:22-29). After this, He shall present all things to the Father, and Yahweh will be joined to His people in the time of the new heavens and new earth (1Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 21 & 22).
HOLY SPIRIT (RUACH HA QODESH)
We declare that the Holy Spirit is the power from on high (Acts 1:8). It is not a being. It is a spirit force that proceeds from Almighty Yahweh. The Hebrew word for spirit is Ruach, which means breath or wind. In Greek it is called pneuma, which is defined as a current of air, a breeze, or breath (Acts 2:1-4). The Holy Spirit is the very breath or spirit that goes forth from Almighty Yahweh to accomplish His will. Yahshua promised to send the Holy Spirit power to His disciples so that they might witness the Truth of salvation throughout the earth (Acts 1:8). The Father sent the Holy Spirit in Yahshua’s Name as the Comforter, to bring all things to remembrance (John 14:25-26). The Holy Spirit is the spirit of Truth (John 14:16-17; 15:26-27; 1 John 5:7) and it is given to those who obey the covenant of Almighty Yahweh through Yahshua the Mashiach (Acts 5:32). Those who are immersed into the Name of Yahshua receive the gift of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands by the elders (Acts 2:38; 8:15-17; 19:6) and are sealed with the earnest of Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). It is then their responsibility to nurture that Holy Spirit presence in their life by developing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26) and the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). It is the spirit of life, by which we must walk (Galatians 5:16, 25). It dwells within those who qualify as sons (and daughters) of Elohim (Romans 8:1-17). We declare that the concept of the mystery of the Trinity is foreign to the scriptures and is of pagan origin.
We declare that a family is composed of a man (husband) and a woman (wife) and their children (Gen 2:23-25) biological or adopted. The union between a man and a man and a woman to a woman is an abomination to our Creator Yahweh (Lev 18:22; Rom 1:24-28). We are completely and vehemently opposed to same-sex marriages or civil unions! According to the Bible those who practice such things will not be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Yahweh (1 Cor 6:9). Similarly those who commit adultery will also have the same fate (Gal 5:19). We will not associate with those that have been in the assembly and that do such things (1 Cor 5:11); they must first repent and turn aside from their wicked ways. The marriage bed is to be kept holy; the body of the wife belongs only to her husband and vise-versa (1 Cor 7:2-5). One of the most important duties for the husband and wife is to raise righteous children that will not walk away from Yahweh (Prov 22:6). Therefore it is our duty to create a loving, peaceful and caring environment free of bad habits such as drinking, smoking, drugs, pornography, violence, etc. (Eph 6:4). It is our responsibility to discipline our children according to Yahweh’s word (Prov 13:24; 19:18; 29:15-17). We should take the time to educate our children in the ways of Yahweh continuously (Ex 10:2; Deut 6:6; 11:18-21).
We declare that there is an obligation for those who have a faith in Yahweh and Yahshua to prove their faith by obeying Yahweh’s Covenant Law from the heart (Hebrews 11). With the exception of animal sacrifices, which were in place until the Mashiach became our offering for sin (Genesis 3:15, 21; Psalm 51:16-17), the Law of Yahweh is still in effect (Matthew 5:17-20). The Mashiach taught that, if we are to enter into life, we must keep the commandments (Matthew 19:17). By choosing Yahshua as the Word made flesh and obeying Yahweh’s covenant Law through active love, we choose life (Deuteronomy 30:15-20; John 1:12-14). By obedience and praise, we offer spiritual sacrifices to Yahweh through Yahshua the Mashiach (Hosea 14:2; Philippians 4:18; Romans 12:1; Psalm 107:22; Psalm 116:17; 1 Peter 2:5). We find that even those perceived to be the least of Yahweh’s commandments are to be obeyed (Matthew 5:17-20).
We declare that sin is the transgression (breaking) of the Law of Yahweh (1 John 3:4). It is sin that separates us from Almighty Yahweh (Isaiah 59:1-8). Through His sacrifice, Yahshua removed the wall of separation between Yahweh and His people, making us acceptable in His sight through the offering and shed blood of His Son (Ephesians 2; Isaiah 53). We overcome sin, through acceptance of Yahshua the Mashiach as our Savior and Redeemer, by walking in His ways through obedience to His commands (Micah 6:6-8; 1 John 1:5-10 & 2:1-6). Willful sin brings the penalty of death (Hebrews 10:26-31).
We declare that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The first death is that of the flesh and lasts until the resurrection while the second death is total destruction in the lake of fire (Gehenna) and is reserved for those who, because of their wicked works, do not have their names written in the book of life (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). We find the doctrine of the never dying immortal soul to be foreign to the Scriptures (Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Revelation 20:14-15; Revelation 21:8). This was the first lie, told by Satan to Khawa (Eve) in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:3). When a person dies physically they lose the breath of life (Hebrew Neshamah) and remain in a state of unconscious rest (sleep) until they are resurrected (Genesis 2:7; Daniel 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Ecclesiastes 9:5). Yahshua is the only one who has ascended into heaven (John 3:13; Acts 2:34). All who do not have a place in the first resurrection shall stand before the judgment seat of Yahshua the Mashiach at the end of the 1,000 year reign and be judged according to their works and their knowledge of the truth (Romans 2:12-16; Revelation 20:12-13). The lake of fire is a consuming fire that brings instantaneous death, just as it did to Sodom and Gomorrah and it is not an eternal fire of suffering (Jude 7; Isaiah 66:24; Malachi 4:1-3).
Satan the Devil (adversary) is a being who is the father of sin and lies, he who opposes the Truth (John 8:44; Genesis 3:1-5; Job 1:6; 2:1). He is the great dragon, the deceiver of the whole world, and the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:7-10). He seeks to destroy all of Yahweh’s creation and makes war with those who keep the commandments of Yahweh (Revelation 12:17). During the 1,000 year reign of Yahshua, Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:2-3). At the end of the millennium he will be released and will again deceive the nations. Ultimately, he will be destroyed in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10).
We declare that repentance of past sins, followed by baptism into Yahshua’s Name, is the required action to make a covenant of life with Yahweh (Acts 2:38; Romans 6). That baptism is full immersion done backward, one time, into Yahshua’s Name. It is a sacred act that Symbolizes the burial of carnality and the flesh, and the resurrection of the spiritually cleansed person through Yahshua’s death and resurrection (Romans 6:4-11). This outward action indicates an inward change by which the individual brings forth evidence of having been changed from being carnally minded and motivated by the flesh, to being a spiritually minded person who is motivated by Yahweh’s Holy Spirit (Colossians 3:1-17). A person must have reached the age of accountability, approximately 20 years of age, (taking spiritual maturity into account) in order to be considered for immersion (Numbers 1:2-3; 14:29 & 32:11). Those who are baptized into Yahshua’s Name and remain faithful to the covenant will be in the first resurrection and will meet Yahshua in the air upon His return to establish the Kingdom of Yahweh on the earth (Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58). These faithful believers shall reign with Yahshua in His Kingdom upon this earth (Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:4-6).
We declare that the Kingdom of Yahweh will be established upon the earth at Yahshua the Mashiach’s second coming (Matthew 6:10; Revelation 11:15). This will follow the 3 ½ year period known as the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31). The government of that kingdom will be governed by Yahweh’s Torah (Law) (Matthew 6:33; Isaiah 2:1-4: Micah 4:1-5). The message of this coming Kingdom government was preached by Yahshua throughout His ministry (Mark 1:14-15; Acts 1:6-8). In the first stage of that kingdom the saints shall rule with Yahshua for a thousand years (Revelation 20:6 & 5:10). During that time the people who survive the tribulation will be ruled over by Yahshua and the saints (Daniel 7:27). The prince of peace will rule over the whole earth and the nature of the animals will be changed so much that even the wolf and lamb will lie down together (Isaiah 11 & 65:24-25). Yerusalem shall be the capitol of the whole earth and temple worship will be reestablished (Isaiah 2:1-4; Ezekiel 40-44). Following this will be the time of the new heaven and the new earth (Isaiah 66:22). At that time the New Yerusalem shall come down to earth and Yahshua shall be with the people (Revelation 21 & 22).
We declare that the weekly Sabbath is from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown and it is to be observed as a holy day by all worshipers (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Mark 2:27-28; Hebrews 4:8-11). The Sabbath is a special sign between Yahweh and His people (Exodus 31:12-17). The sanctity of the Sabbath is not to be violated (Nehemiah 13:15-22; Isaiah 56:1-8 & 58:13-14). Along with the weekly Sabbath we declare that the Sabbatical year and the Jubilee year are to be observed (Exodus 23:10-12; Leviticus 25; Deuteronomy 15). There are also prophetic implications in the commanded observance of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years. Yahshua will ultimately fulfill them by bringing liberty and release to His people when He returns to this earth (Luke 4:14-21; Isaiah 61:1-3).
THE BIBLICAL CALENDAR
We declare that the visible new moons are to be observed at the beginning of each scriptural month (Numbers 10:10; Psalm 81:3). After the lunar conjunction, the first appearance of the new crescent of light marks the beginning of the new scriptural month. Scriptural days begin and end at sundown (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; Leviticus 23:32). In order to be sanctified, the new moon must be sighted with the naked eye by at least two reputable witnesses. The visible new moons regulate the dates of the annual holy days of the sacred calendar. The first month begins with the sighting of the new moon when the barley is in the green ear (Abib) stage in Israel(Exodus 9:31 & 12:2; Deuteronomy 16:1, 16). The new moons will also be observed in the Kingdom of Yahweh (Isaiah 66:23).
THE FEASTS OF YAHWEH
We declare that the holy days of Leviticus 23 and Numbers 28 and 29 are to be observed as holy convocations. Evidence throughout the New Testament shows that Yahshua and the members of the Apostolic congregation observed these holy days (Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2; Luke 22:13-15; John 7:2, 10,14, 37; Acts 2:1; Acts 20:5-7; 1 Corinthians 5:8). These holy days are prophesied as being observed in the Kingdom of Yahweh(Zechariah 14:16; Isaiah 66:22-24; Ezekiel 46:1). They prophetically foreshadow things that are to come (Colossians 2:16-17).
We declare that the Passover observance commemorates the death of our Savior, Yahshua the Mashiach, as the Lamb of Yahweh that takes away our sins (John 1:29, 36). As instituted by our Savior, the foot washing service occurs prior to the memorial service (John 13). The Passover Memorial communion service is held once each year in the evening of the beginning of the 14th day of the month of Abib, soon after sundown (Numbers 28:16; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 & 11:23; Deuteronomy 16:6). This is at the same time that the original Passover service was instituted by Yahweh for the Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 12:3-14). The emblem of Yahshua’s body is unleavened bread (matzah; 1Corinthians 5:7). The emblem of Yahshua’s blood is the fruit of the vine. By partaking of the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (Luke 22:18), we renew our covenant relationship with Almighty Yahweh through the commemoration of the death of His Son. The Memorial emblems are to be eaten only by those who are spiritually circumcised in heart who have made a covenant with Yahweh through baptism into Yahshua’s Name (Exodus 12:43-48; Colossians 2:11-14). Passover day is the time of preparation for the Feast of Unleavened Bread which begins with a high holy day (Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14, 31, 42). It is the day on which all leaven is to be removed from our dwellings (Exodus 12:15; Deuteronomy 16:4). No leavened bread is to be eaten on Passover day (Deuteronomy 16:2-3). Passover day of itself is not a high holy day. In the event that a person is ceremonially unclean or away on a long journey on this day, Yahweh provided a second time on the 14th day of the second month on which they may observe the Passover (Numbers 9:1-14).
FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
We declare that the Feast of Unleavened Bread follows the Passover and is observed from the 15th to the 21st of Abib, inclusive (Leviticus 23:5-8; Numbers 28:17-18, 25). Unleavened bread is to be eaten throughout the feast and no leaven products or leavening agents are to be found in our homes during the feast (Exodus 13:6-7; Leviticus 23:6; Deuteronomy 16:3-4). Leaven represents malice and wickedness, while unleavened bread represents sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:8). Spiritually speaking, we are to remove all things that corrupt, such as false teaching, sin and hypocrisy (1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Matthew 16:6, 12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1-3). The first and seventh days of this feast are observed as high Sabbath days on which are held holy convocations of worship (Exodus 12:15-20; Numbers 28:17-25).
WAVE SHEAF OFFERING
On the evening of the day following the weekly Sabbath (Saturday) that occurs during the feast, we remember Yahshua as our spiritual wave sheaf offering (Leviticus 23:9-11). Yahshua the Mashiach is our first fruits offering (1 Corinthians 15:20-22; Revelation 1:5). He was resurrected on the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread as our spiritual wave sheaf to Yahweh and presented Himself to the Father on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1-2: John 20:15-17).
FEAST OF WEEKS (PENTECOST)
We declare that the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) is to be observed fifty days after the weekly Sabbath which occurs during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Our spiritual wave sheaf was cut when Yahshua was resurrected from the death at the end of the weekly Sabbath (Matthew 28:1-2). He represents our first fruits wave sheaf (omer) offering (John 20:15-17). The wave sheaf was waved by the priest on the day after the weekly Sabbath (Saturday sundown to Sunday sundown) which occurs during the Days of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:10-11, 15-16). The count to the Feast of Weeks is seven weekly Sabbaths plus one day, or fifty days. Pentecost is always observed on the first day of the week (Saturday sundown to Sunday sundown). When Passover occurs on the weekly Sabbath the omer would be waved by the priest the day after (the first High Sabbath of the Days of Unleavened Bread) and this would begin the count to Pentecost (Joshua 5:10-12). Traditionally, this day is recognized as the time that Israel ratified the covenant with Almighty Yahweh at Mt.Sinai (Exodus 24:1-8). The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) was the day when Yahweh’s Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Apostolic believers who gathered in the upper room according to the command of our Savior (Acts 1:1-11;Acts 2). This is the second of the three commanded pilgrim feasts (Ex 23:14-17; Deut16:16).
We declare that the Feast of Trumpets is to be observed on the first day of the seventh scriptural month (Leviticus 23:23-25). This is a high Sabbath day on which there is to be a holy convocation along with the blowing of trumpets (Leviticus 23:24: Numbers 29:1). The blowing of trumpets is significant of signaling the people and sounding an alarm (Numbers 10:1-10; Isaiah 58:1). Prophetically, this feast points toward the second coming of Yahshua the Mashiach (Matthew 24:31: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 11:15-18).
We declare that the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is to be observed on the tenth day of the seventh scriptural month as a strict day of fasting (Leviticus 23:26-32; Psalm 35:13; Isaiah 58:3-5). On this most holy day we remember the great sacrifice of our Savior (Leviticus 16; Numbers 29:7-11). We fast on this day, now, in anticipation of the prophetic wedding supper of the Lamb when we shall rejoice with our Savior when He returns (Matthew 26:29; Revelation 19:6-9).
FEAST OF TABERNACLES
We declare that the Feast of Tabernacles is to be observed from the 15th to the 21st day of the seventh scriptural month (Leviticus 23:33-34, 39-41). The first day of the feast is a high Sabbath day on which is held a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:35; Numbers 29:12). This feast commemorates Israel dwelling in booths (temporary dwellings) while they wandered in the wilderness (Leviticus 23:42-43). It is a prophetic type of the soon coming Kingdom of Yahweh (Zechariah 14:16-21), and is to be celebrated with love, joy and gladness for Yahweh and His people.
THE LAST GREAT DAY
On the 8th day of the feast is the Last Great Day (John 7:37-39; Leviticus 23:36). This is a high Sabbath day on which is held a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:37-38; Numbers 29:35-38). Prophetically, this day points toward the period of the new heaven and the new earth when Yahweh’s tabernacle will be with men and the fullness of the living water of the Holy Spirit will be given to those who thirst (Revelation 21:1-7; Revelation 22:1-22; John 7:37-39). The Feast of Tabernacles is the third commanded pilgrim feast (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16).
CLEAN AND UNCLEAN FOODS (Kosher)
We declare that the dietary laws pertaining to clean and unclean meats are still in effect (Lev 11: Deut 14). Only those meats which are approved of Yahweh, through His Word, are to be eaten (1 Tim 4:1-4; Acts 10:14; Acts 11:7-8). We must not misapply the dietary laws and use them to discriminate against anyone (Acts 10:28: Acts 10:34-35; Acts 11:12, 17-18). The laws pertaining to being ceremonially clean are to be taught and followed so as to make a distinction between that which is holy and that which is common (Ezek 22:26: 44:23: Lev 11-15). These laws teach us to be holy and sanctified to Yahweh (Lev 11:43-47; Deut 14:2; Matt 5:48). Yahweh expects us to apply these things spiritually and be a separate people who refrain from inappropriate associations which are considered unclean (2 Cor 6:14-18).
We declare that tithing is an important commandment necessary to feed the flock of Yahweh’s people and to promote the message of truth to others (John 21:15-17; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 11:7-9). The tithe is 10% of a person’s increase and it is holy to Yahweh (Leviticus 27:30-33). Tithes are to be used to provide for the needs of the brethren, to be given in charity or to be used for the teaching of the faith. The point is that we are to give 10% away so that Yahweh will not curse and accuse of stealing from him (Mal 3:7-12). Everyone is also commanded to keep a second tithe (tenth) of his/her income to cover all offerings and personal expenses incurred in attending Yahweh’s feast days (Deuteronomy 14:22-27). Once every three years, in the third and sixth year of a sabbatical cycle, a third tithe is also to be kept and used by each person to financially help those who are in need (Deuteronomy 14:28-29; Deuteronomy 26:12-15). Contrary to popular teaching the tithe does not have to go to any specific church or organization, however it is wise to give where the message of Yahweh’s word is being taught.
We declare that Yahweh has placed spiritual gifts within the congregation of believers for the benefit of the body as a whole (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). Among these is the gift of healings (1 Corinthians 12:9). Those who are in need of healing are told to be anointed with oil in Yahweh’s name and prayed for by the elders of the congregation (James 5:13-16).
We declare that the Law of Moshe-Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms are the three parts of the Old Testament Scriptures (Luke 24:44-45). These are the foundational texts with which the New Testament Scriptures are to be interpreted (James 1:21-25; 2 Timothy 3:14-15: Matthew 4:4; John 5:39). From Genesis to Revelation, the books of the Bible were all given by the inspiration of Yahweh and are in agreement (2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 10:35). The prophecies of Yahweh’s Word have declared the events of the end-time from the beginning (Genesis 3:15; Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 46:9-11; Revelation 19:10-16; Revelation 1:7).
THE ORDER OF AUTHORITY
We declare that Almighty Yahweh has established a rule of government within His spiritual body of believers. That government has Yahshua as its head. He has established various ordained positions of authority that through sound teaching, bring stability and strength to the body (Ephesians 4:11-16). This form of government is based upon the system of judges as established in the Torah (Deuteronomy 1:13-18; Exodus 18:13-26; Deuteronomy 16:18-20). It is the responsibility of the elders to make proper judgment within the body so as to maintain obedience to Yahweh’s covenant (1 Corinthians 5:1-5; Deuteronomy 17:2-13). Those ordained to the position of elders are required to meet specific qualifications (1Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9). They are to lead the flock of Yahweh’s people by being good examples, not ruling over the people in a harsh dictatorial way, but rather leading in a humble, loving way (1Peter 5:1-5). Yahweh’s ministers show their love and devotion to Yahweh and Yahshua by feeding the flock through the preaching of Yahweh’s Truth (John 21:15-17). They are responsible for protecting the body from attack by sinful people (1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Titus 1:7-11). They are accountable to Yahweh to do as the Apostle Paul did and declare the whole counsel of Yahweh to His people (Acts 20:26-28). They have been charged with preaching the Word of Yahweh so as to teach, reprove, rebuke and exhort all the brethren in sound doctrines (2 Timothy 4:1-4; Titus 2:1). The ideal central organizational government is based upon a non governmental incorporated council of elders which functions as a unit (Acts 15:2, 4, 6). Organizational issues and doctrinal questions are brought before the council where, after sufficient deliberation and discussion, decisions are reached by consensus (Acts 15; Acts 16:4). All decisions must be in agreement with the Word of Yahweh as indicated by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:1-5; John 14:15-17, 25-26; John 15:26; 1 John 5:7). Local congregations of sufficient size shall have their own council of elders who associate with other like minded assemblies. Ordinations shall take place as needs arise and the Holy Spirit moves on the elders to make those decisions (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 4:14). The elders are charged with closely examining those they ordain (1 Timothy 5:22). The leadership of the congregation shall conduct themselves in a manner that reflects love and respect for all of the brethren (1 Timothy 5:1-2; 1 Peter 5:1-4). The brethren are expected to similarly show love and respect for those who are in responsible positions (1 Timothy 5:17-20). With all humility we are expected to be respectful to Yahweh’s established leaders as they lovingly guide the assembly (Hebrews 13:7-17; 17; 1 Peter 5:5-6). Yahshua is the good shepherd who cares for His sheep (John 10:1-18; Ecclesiastes 12:11). The ministers must have the same love, and concern for the flock as Yahshua did. They must have a deep abiding love for Yahweh’s flock which motivates them to seek out those sheep that have strayed from the flock (Luke 15:3-7). Expressing mutual love and respect for each other within Yahweh’s Congregation will cause a close family relationship to develop among the brethren. That family relationship is the key to uniting Yahweh’s people together with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Yahshua.
Membership in Yahshua’s Body of Believers
We believe that in order to be considered a member of Yahshua’s Body of Believers a person must meet or be working towards the following standards: A person must be leading a converted life whereby they have repented of past sins and is keeping the Covenant of Almighty Yahweh as written in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. A person understands that our Creator leads a way of life not a religion (Acts 2:37 & 3:19) thereby their loyalty will always be centered on our Father and Savior. The person will at some point in their walk seek to be immersed into the Name of Yahshua the Mashiach (Acts 2:38). The person will understand that they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands of the elders (Acts 8:17 & 19:5-6). This person will understand that the body of Yahshua exists worldwide and is not centered on just one assembly or one group of people and/or location. This person will understand that Yahweh calls on all of humanity despite their race and/or gender (nobody will be discriminated). All are welcomed into the household of faith. This person shall demonstrate the love that Yahshua has demonstrated and they will obey all the commandments of Yahweh. This person will lead an unselfish life and concern themselves for the welfare of the other brethren. This person will understand that wisdom is too large for us to contain and they will accept that our Father will teach us at his will. Therefore we do not boast that we have all truth but that we will work towards obedience at the things that our Father has already taught us. We have an open mind for our Father and Savior to continue to teach us and we are ready for Him to unseal the things that have been hidden from those that are not his People! Halleluyah!