Why do you refer to Jesus as Yeshua?
Yeshua is our Hebrew Messiah’s true name, and it’s the name that His mother, brothers, and disciples all called Him by. It means “Yah is Salvation”.
Yeshua is the shortened form of Yehoshua and is actually “Joshua” in English. As difficult as it is to believe, the name “Jesus” didn’t even exist until a few hundred years ago. For confirmation of the fact that His name is Yeshua or “Joshua” in English, simply compare the KJV translation of Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8 with any other English translation. What you will notice are glaring KJV translation errors which stem from the fact that the name in the original text was Yehoshua — the KJV translators incorrectly assumed that the passages were referencing our Messiah instead of Joshua the Son of Nun!
Why don’t you use the names God or LORD?
God and LORD are not proper names, they are simply titles. This is the very reason why so many religions claim to worship “god”, but they do not worship the almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth. The Father’s Name is YHWH, often pronounced as “Yahweh”, and it was stripped from the Scriptures and replaced with generic titles such as God and LORD due to the misguided traditions of men.
What is the Torah?
The Torah is the first five books of the Bible, and it contains the instructions by which we’re all to live. The word “Torah” is commonly rendered as “law” in English Bibles, but it is more accurately defined as “teaching” or “instruction”.
Are you Jewish?
No, we are not Jewish.
Are you a Christian?
Since we do not agree with Christianity’s foundational doctrine that the instructions of our Creator have been done away with, we do not consider ourselves to be Christians. We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
The reality is, the day-to-day walk of a Torah-observant believer in Yeshua Messiah stands in stark contrast to the lifestyle of a typical Christian. Some examples of this include observing the seventh-day Sabbath, the Scriptural Feasts, and abstaining from meat that the Father instructed us to avoid. Scripture provides clear instructions on how to live righteously — we’re called to hear and obey.
So what religion are you, exactly?
We are Torah-observant believers in Yeshua Messiah. We are Hebrews, grafted in to the Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13, Ephesians 2:19, Romans 11:17).
But why do you keep the Sabbath? Isn’t that a Jewish thing?
Scripture tells us that Shabbat (the Sabbath) was set apart and sanctified long before Mount Sinai (Genesis 2:3). It is a perpetual sign of the Covenant between the Father and His children (Exodus 31:13), and it’s for the native-born of Israel as well as the grafted in foreigner (Isaiah 56:6).
Who is Israel?
According to Scripture, Israel consists of those who hold firmly to the testimony of Yeshua Messiah and walk in obedience to the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The foreigner who keeps the Father’s Commandments and has the testimony of His Son can be grafted in just as easily as the unbelieving natural branches are broken off (Romans 11). Bloodlines do not matter, halleluYah!
The Commonwealth of Israel originally consisted of 12 tribes. Due to disobedience, the northern 10 tribes were scattered and lost but will once again be restored in the last days.
Are you saying that we are saved by works?
Absolutely not! We are saved by grace through faith, and that not of ourselves. It is the gift of Yah, not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). In addition to this, we also realize that we were created in Yeshua Messiah for good works, which YHWH prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (verse 10). Scripture tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:20) and the very definition of loving our Creator is keeping His Commandments (1 John 5:3). We desire to follow the Father’s instructions because we are saved, not to be saved.
One thing many fail to realize is that grace is not a New Testament anomaly. The grace of our Father has been in existence since the very beginning, and the gift of salvation has always been by grace through faith (Old and New Testament alike).
But didn’t Jesus nail the Law to the cross?
Despite the fact that this is a commonly-held doctrine taught in Christianity, Scripture clearly reveals that this belief is in error. Yeshua plainly instructed us not even to think that He came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets — that until Heaven and Earth have passed away not the least stroke of a pen would pass from the Torah until all is fulfilled. Whoever breaks the least of the Commandments and teaches others to do the same will be least in the Kingdom, while those who do and teach them will be called great (Matthew 5:17-19).
In Matthew 23, Yeshua issues instructions to observe all that the scribes and pharisees say to do whenever they sit on Moses’ seat, but He also goes on to warn against imitating what those same scribes and pharisees actually do. When one sat on the seat of Moses, he was only teaching from the Torah which are the instructions of our Creator as provided in the first five books of the Scriptures (Moses). We are to obey the Father and His Word, not the commandments of men.
At the end of the day, we are called to walk exactly as our Messiah walked (1 John 2:6). WWJD? He kept the instructions of our Father perfectly — not so we don’t have to, but that we would have a perfect example to follow.