Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth is the
Messiah (Mashiach, Hebrew for Anointed One; Christos, or "Christ" in Greek) of
YHWH. In the beginning, he was
the Word through which
the universe was created.
He became flesh to dwell among men, died at the hands of the Romans at the insistence of a
faction of Jews, was raised again to defeat death and the grave, becoming a
sacrifice for the sins of
man, and lives forevermore at the
right hand of YHWH. He
WAS, during his time in the flesh on earth, a PROPHET, speaking forth the word of his
Father. He IS, during this present age, our
HIGH PRIEST before
the King of the universe. When he
returns on the clouds
of glory, he WILL BE
KING of kings and
Master of masters.
The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative word of YHWH in its original version
(mostly Hebrew), but not inerrant because of the hand of man in copying and translating. It
is as pertinent today as when it was originally written and is "given by inspiration of
Elohim, profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness, that the man of Elohim may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good
works." (2 Tim. 3:16-17) It was written by Jews in the Jews' language (Hebrew, not Aramaic, the Syrians' language), and to be understood properly, it must be interpreted from that background.
I believe the Scriptures clearly teach that the Old Covenant "Law" (Torah) is still to
be obeyed and was not abolished as is currently taught in Christianity. The Torah is an
eternal, conditional (on the part of the people, not Adonai) covenant with Israel. The Torah
was broken by Israel. Adonai established a New (actually Renewed) Covenant with Israel,
which still has as its basis the Torah, Prophets and Writings (the Tanakh, or "Old"
Testament"). Whereas the Old Covenant was based on the written letter of the Torah, the
Renewed Covenant is based on the Holy Spirit writing the Torah on the hearts of Adonai’s
people. -- The
Restoration of Torah, pg. 4, Tony Robinson
Eternal life has always been a belief of the Jews, and the righteous of all nations will
have a place in the "world to come." The "immortal soul" is not mentioned in the Bible but
is an idea brought into Christianity by
"Salvation" in the Bible is never equated with "eternal life." At death, "the dust return(s)
to the earth as it was: and the spirit [breath; Hebrew ruach] shall return unto
Elohim who gave it." (
Eccl. 12:7) "The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing."
Resurrection at the end of
days awaits all, some to everlasting life and some to the "second death"
(Rev. 2:11; 20:6, 14;
21:8). Immortality is brought to light through the Gospel
(2 Tim. 1:10) --
Therefore, it was not known prior to that.
YHWH's (not "the Jews'") Holy Days are enumerated in
(the seventh-day Sabbath [v. 3],
the seven Days of Unleavened bread begun with the Passover sacrifice (Pesach) [v. 5-6], the
Feast of Firstfruits [v. 10], the Feast of Weeks (Shavu'ot [Pentecost]) [v. 15], the Feast
of Trumpets (wrongly called Rosh HaShanah, the New Year) [v. 24], the Day of Atonement (Yom
Kippur) [v. 27], the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) [v. 34], and the Eighth Day of Tabernacles
[v. 36, 39]) and elsewhere in the Torah (Instruction - the books of Moses). YHWH's people
will observe these Holy Days. The holidays of the Roman Catholic Church (Lent, Easter,
Christmas, All Saints' Day, etc.) are not found in the biblical canon, and the traditions
and practices associated with them were brought into Christianity by those enticed or
coerced into becoming Christians from pagan religions.
The doctrine of the "Trinity" was a belief of some early church fathers and was
instituted in the fourth century by what later became the Catholic Church. It is supported,
but not named, in the Bible only by
controversial passages which do not appear in the earliest known manuscripts.