Important Information and Fundamental Facts
1. From before Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) time on earth until now the enemy has succeeded in keeping men and women from the truth of God’s word through a variety of man-made, imposed doctrines, and theological interpretations. Yeshua spent His entire ministry on earth fighting the traditions and doctrines of rabbinical teachings (NOT THE RECORDED WORD or LAW).
“Do not think the I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until Heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of the commandments, and teaches others the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees and Torah scholars, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20 TLV
Yeshua never changed anything in the word as dispensationalist or supersessionalist (replacement theology) would have us believe; the entirety of the word was fulfilled in Him because He is the word made flesh (the living, breathing, Son of the Almighty God). All the requirements and tenants of the Torah were fulfilled (filled full) in Him and you and I can now walk in Him as living sacrifices, fully redeemed, and ready for service to His kingdom until He returns or we go to wait with Him in Heaven. His sacrifices are perpetual and final. In other words, He is the living Torah and resides in us (as the new temple or Mishkan) through His Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha Kodesh). This is foundational to our walk in the Spirit.
It is now our goal, as believers in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus our Messiah) to understand the entire Bible from its Hebraic foundations in order to properly understand the Gospel and walk in this glorious new Covenant until He returns and establishes His kingdom forever. Amen.
2. Each covenant in the Bible has a sign as evidence. The Noach Covenant was a rainbow. The Abrahamic Covenant was circumcision. The Mosaic Covenant was Shabbot or Sabbath. The New Covenant is the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), the third person of the Trinity, was given to us as a comforter and a sign of the indwelling Spirit. The Jewish leaders of that day could therefore not deny that the Father chose to redeem and unite all men to Himself; the indwelling of His Spirit was the evidence. The Ruach HaKodesh now gifts us with the ability to walk supernaturally in ways that our ancient fathers could only imagine, even though there is biblical evidence of the operation of the Spirit in a limited capacity throughout the Torah. Additionally, the Torah (Law) was given to us on Mount Sinai in the form of written tablets (the Ten Commandments or Ten Words). The Spirit of the Law (the Holy Spirit) was given to us on the exact same day known as the Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot (Pentecost). This is evidence of the written law and the spirit of the law in contrast, yet connected and deeply meaningful as Adonai could then begin to write His laws on our hearts in fulfillment of Hebrews 8:8-12 and Jeremiah 31:31-34.
We therefore believe in the fullness of the Spirit’s (Ruach) operation and continue to walk in Him. We lay hands on the sick, and fully acknowledge all the gifts when prompted and in proper order.
3. In studying the Torah, many questions arise regarding the modern applicability of many of the requirements of the law for us. These questions can be confusing with regard to the modern interpretations of how to keep a Torah observant lifestyle. These issues are further exacerbated by the standard rabbinical dictates from the Talmud and other extra-biblical writings of men. For example, many of the traditions for Jewish observances of feasts, etc., can be confused as Biblical rather than man-made.
We understand the New Covenant as a higher expression of the Mosaic Covenant and a new covenant, filling full all the aspects and requirements of the Law. The daily application becomes spiritual rather than a covenant of works without diminishing any of the original meanings and “ways” of Adonai. Under the new covenant we are a new kingdom and priesthood with Yeshua as our new Kohen HaGadol (High Priest). Our lives are now “hid” in Him as we walk as servants, dedicating our entire lives to Him (in the same pattern as the Levites served under the Kohen, who served Adonai).
Yeshua was tempted by the Pharises and Teachers to blaspheme or refute the Law many times during His ministry on earth. He always turned the situation around by reminding them of the true meaning of the Law, turning their evil intentions against them and pointing out how their traditions ignore the higher and more important principles, particularly those found in the Ten Commandments. He constantly peeled the layers of traditionalism and revealed the true spiritual meaning of the Law, while never deleting or adding anything. Please refer to the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew5-7). We must therefore learn to follow Yeshua’s teachings from our hearts, manifested as deeds, directed from a spiritual purpose rather than empty and outward rituals.
For example, we keep the feasts because they perfectly point to the Gospels. The manner in which we keep them is a matter of tradition, although there are certain requirements we attempt to maintain, the focus remains on the meaning and obedience of His appointments and how they point to the gospel. Adonai called them Moed (appointed times) placing special emphases on their significance and continuation “throughout their generations” forever. Paul kept the feasts and refers to them constantly throughout his writings. Of course the early church continued to follow them for 3 centuries after Yeshua’s resurrection, until these and many other biblical principles were banned by the Nicean creeds in the mid third century A.D. due to their perceived Semitic connection.
Additionally, we also attempt to honor Adonai by maintaining a “biblical, not rabbinical” Kosher lifestyle, avoiding foods that even science has proven have associated health risks. All of the modern interpretative attempts to redact this principle in the New Testament are easily refuted.
These are but a few of the establishing tenants of faith we teach, but ultimately our purpose is to walk in the New Covenant with a full understanding of the whole bible and not just a partial new-testament-only focus as taught by many in the modern church.