The New Testament, as we know it today, did not exist until 360 years after the life of Christ. Therefore we know that the Bible Paul, Jesus, the Apostles had was the Old Testament. Paul himself says, in 2 Timothy, that the Old Testament is a guide for how we as Christians should live.
When we know that the Apostles, Jesus, and Paul believed in everything in the Old Testament, and we know that there was no New Testament until 360 years after Christ, we think it is impossible to understand the New Testament without first understanding the Old.
Therefore, we believe that the Old Testament interprets the New and not the other way around, and in line with Paul’s own words in 2 Timothy, we believe that the Old Testament has the highest authority in the Bible. Everything that is said, written, and learned in the New must be read in the light of the Old.
We believe that there are many good translations of the Bible and very many terrible ones. Therefore, we cannot take one translation as the word of God. The Bible we have today is only a translation of the word of God. But we believe the same as Paul, that the Old Testament is the word of God to us today. So what we find in the Old we can trust, even though it is a translation.
We believe as it says in the Old Testament, and like Jesus himself says in the Gospels, that God is 1 God. We do not see any basis for the doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible, but we believe our one God can be revealed in many different ways.
We believe our God, the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Israel, have a personal name. In the Hebrew language, the letter J does not exist. When God introduces himself to Moses in Ex 3:15, He says Yehovah with Y and not J. We, therefore, believe in the Bible, which says that God’s name is Yehovah.
We do not believe one must know the correct statement to be saved, but we believe one should show respect for our God by addressing Him by His name.
We believe our God, Yehovah, sent His Son to earth to show us how to live according to His Torah, atone for our sins, and make it legally possible for Yehovah to reconcile with us again. But we do not believe His name is Jesus. Jesus Christ was born in Israel, so we believe His name is Yeshua and not Jesus. Yeshua is an abbreviation for Yahoshua, which means Yehovah Savior. We, therefore, believe in the Bible, which says our Savior and Lord’s name is Yeshua or Yahoshua.
We do not believe one must know His name’s correct pronunciation to be saved, but we believe one should show respect for our God by addressing His Son by His correct name. We also believe it is essential to use the name Yeshua or Yahoshua because, in His name lies the proof of His divinity.
We believe the Bible says that Yehovah never changes, so He has not rejected the Jews. The Jews are still His chosen people, and His covenants and promises to them have not changed. But as Isaiah 56: 3 and Romans say, the true Jew is not the one who is circumcised. The true Jew is the one who is circumcised at heart and shows the circumcision in obedience to Yehovah’s Torah (the written Moselov.) Therefore, the Bible says that all can become true Jews through repentance and be circumcised at heart (Isaiah 56: 3,) as we also see in Egypt when a mixed congregation goes out with Moses.
Therefore, we believe that the one who is truly saved is the true Jew, regardless of your genetic heritage.
Therefore, we believe that salvation is not passive faith in Yeshua and what He did for us as the proclamation of grace presents it today. The Bible says in Matthew 7: 21-23, James 2, Romans 2:29, 1 John 2, 2 John 9, John 3 that salvation is repentance. When we repent from a life lived in lawlessness to a life where we obey His Torah, we are saved. This is something everyone can do; therefore, salvation is for all human beings who want to worship the God of the Jews Yehovah.
Can one be saved on the deathbed?
Yes, because repentance is a matter of the heart. He knows if you are dying, and He knows that you do not have time to show that you have repented at the moment of death. If you then repent just before you die, you are still saved if you believe Yeshua died for you. We believe true repentance will also always involve a strong belief in what Yeshua did for us on the cross. (Rev 12, Rev 14). He is now our sacrifice, and by our faith in Him and His death on the cross, we are obedient to the Torah, which expects us to sacrifice for our sins. We believe in the Old Testament, which says that the blood of goats and calves took away men’s unconscious sins. It is an anti-Semitic lie to think that it only covered sin. But we do not believe there are any laws in Yehovah’s Torah that provide the opportunity to atone for conscious sin. This changed on the day Yeshua was born. His sacrifice on the cross is greater than the Law of Moses because in His death, all of us who have deliberately broken Yehovah’s Torah could be forgiven. But we also believe as the book of Hebrews says, that this is a one-time offer. If we accept salvation through repentance and faith and then choose to sin intentionally with no reasonable motives, we are eternally doomed. What do we mean when we say “reasonable motives”? The Torah says if our motive for sinning is to avoid a greater sin, we can sin and atone for it by repentance and faith in the cross. But if our motive for sinning is not to avoid a greater sin, it would be a high-hand deliberate sin. To give an example: If we take someone’s life in self-defense for ourselves and family, it is a sin, but if we remain passive and those we were supposed to protect will lose their lives, it is a greater sin. In such a case, we are allowed to take life. If we have no other motives for sinning other than we just want to sin, it becomes a high-handed sin. One such example is the commandment not to eat pork; if we decide we know it is wrong to eat pork, but we want to do it anyway, it is a high-handed sin.
We believe Yeshua is 100% God and 100% human, but He is not Yehovah. How can He be both? We believe He had to be both to reconcile us to Yehovah and pay for our sins with His blood.
John 1 says He is Yehovah’s lamb who takes away the sins of this world. If He was only 100% God, then His sacrifice could not atone for the sins of men. If He were only 100% human, then His sacrifice would not be enough to reconcile us to Yehovah, and this is why:
In John 14, we see that following Yehovah’s Torah tells Yehovah that we love Him and want to belong to Him. We believe that when someone sins consciously (does something that is forbidden in His Torah), then it is the same as committing adultery against our God.
The Bible is well aware that all human beings have at one point, deliberately chosen to do wrong, so all human beings have consciously chosen to be unfaithful to our God. (high-handed sin)
In Numbers 5, Yehovah’s Torah says that when a fiancé is unfaithful, she should be sent away and the engagement broken. If she then wants to return to her fiancé and her fiancé wants to take her back, Yehovah’s Torah says it is forbidden. If someone has been unfaithful, it is a horrific thing to take our unfaithful fiancé back.
When we were unfaithful to Yehovah, we can be forgiven by repenting, but His law says we can not return to Him. It is abominable for Him to accept us only because of our repentance. At the same time, Yehovah has promised to gather the Jews again, but His law in Numbers 5 prevented Him from doing so.
Paul says in Romans that the only possibility Yehovah has is if He dies. If He dies a physical death, then He is free from His own Torah and free to take us back. Paul further says in Romans that we are free to be engaged to others when Yehovah dies.
When Yeshua dies on the cross as 100% human and 100% God, then His human side will atone for our sin while His Divinity will set Yehovah free from the Torah and us free from the part of the Torah that says we cannot return to Yehovah.
Therefore, Yeshua must be 100% God and 100% human without Him being Yehovah at the same time. This allows Yeshua as a man to atone for us and Yeshua as Yehovah to be released from His own law in Numbers 5. As mentioned earlier, we do not believe in the Trinity, but we do believe that Yehovah can reveal Himself in many different ways, and Yeshua is one of them.
We believe Yeshua spoke the truth in Matthew 5:17, 5: 22-23, 7: 21-23 and John in 1 John and 2 John 9, and Paul in Romans when they all say Yehovah’s Torah (Mosaic Law) applies to that day today for those who are saved.
Therefore, we believe the Sabbath is from Friday night-Saturday night at sunset. We also believe it is not wrong to worship on a Sunday because the only rule in the Bible about the Sabbath is not to make money and not to make others make money that day.
We believe that all who repent and are saved receive the Holy Spirit, but we also believe that you can lose your salvation and the Holy Spirit if you reject and deliberately ridicule (as in you know you are supposed to obey Torah but you just dont want to) Yehovah’s Torah after salvation.
We believe there is a difference between conscious and unconscious sin. We believe all Jews will continue to sin unconsciously, and we believe we will be forgiven if we repent (1 John 1: 9). But we do not believe it is possible to sin consciously (high-handed) after salvation.
We believe there are Apostles today, but today’s apostles do not have the same authority as the apostles of the Bible. Today’s apostles are more like how we see missionaries, people who have all the gifts of service in their lives, including prophecy.
We believe there are prophets today, but biblical prophecy is mostly about right preaching and least about the future. That said, we believe there are prophets who can preach about the future.
We believe in the gifts of grace given by the Holy Ghost.
We believe in the church’s authority structure and the family given in the Bible where the man is the woman’s head. But we do not believe the man should be a dictator; he should lead his house and family like a priest with love. For one day, he will be responsible to Yehovah for how his children and his wife lived their lives. That day he must be able to say he did what he could, and they must have nothing to blame him for.
We do not believe in tithing; the Torah says tithing can only be paid in the temple in Jerusalem. We do not believe in the firstfruits; the Torah says it can only be given in the temple in Jerusalem.
However, we believe that all converts have to support all services that proclaim repentance and salvation. Not everyone can, but those who can have an obligation to do so. (1 and 2 Corinthian letters)