Q. How old is the
The earth is no more than 6000 years old. What
the scientist use to calculate the age of items is not the problem
but rather how one is approaching the question. When scripture says,
"In the beginning" it means the beginning of time. Time is a
byproduct of creation. Therefore when G-d created the universe He
created it with time already in it. Thus, if on the fourth day when
G‑d created the trees, if one was to cut a tree down on the eighth
day one would find the tree has rings dating it to well over four
days, it could have rings dating it to 50, 100, 150 or even 400
The light from the stars that
are over 200 light years away would already be visible because G-d
built time into His creation. The scripture says that G-d created
the Sun, Moon and stars and He called them forth and it was so. The
stars were visible on the day they were created, yet if time was not
built into them they wouldn't have been visible for a very long
time. The light from the sun, the closest star, takes eight minutes
to reach the earth. So when the scientist date the earth and space they are not
incorrect, according to their reckoning, using the information at
their disposal and simply looking at the facts the earth is dated at
millions of years old although it has only been in existence for
Q. Why do you worship on
Saturday and not Sunday?
The L-rd gave His people the
Sabbath (sundown Friday till sundown Saturday) as a day of rest and
worship. There are whole books written on this subject and without
getting into too much detail the reason above should be enough. G-d
has never changed His Sabbath, and it must be stressed that it is
His Sabbath and not the Jews. To G-d there is but one Sabbath, the
Sunday replaced the Biblical Sabbath hundreds of
years after the Apostles had died, by the Church Fathers, who for the
most part were gnostic in their belief system and incorporated many
of the gnostic beliefs into Christianity. Sunday, as the name
suggests, was the day of sun worship and it was chosen as a
replacement for the Sabbath because of the familiarity of the
nations to its use. The nations were already familiar with this day
and it would make for an easier transition into Christianity if it
was chosen as the day of worship rather than the Sabbath which was
more Jewish in nature and at this time it was not popular to be
associated with the rebellious Jews. The very act of abandoning the
Sabbath was in itself an anti-Semitic action. The quick answer to
the question of why do we keep the Sabbath, because G-d told us to,
and that's all the reason we need. For more information on the
Sabbath please refer to our article on the Sabbath.
Q. Why do you put a dash in G‑d ?
In the Scripture we are told not to take the Name of the L‑rd our
G-d in vain. In fulfillment of this directive we place a dash in the
place of the o in both G-d and L-rd. This way if one was to discard
the paper the Name of G-d is written upon they are not desecrating it because it is
not spelled out in its completed form. It is nothing more than a
precaution to prevent us from breaking a commandment of G‑d. In
Judaism this is called a "fence."
Q. Why do you use Yeshua instead of Jesus?
Yeshua is the Hebrew name of the Messiah. Everyone would have used
this name when referring to him. It is the name his mother gave him
and called him by. We also see a very distinct difference between
Yeshua and Jesus. A few examples are, Jesus abolished the Law,
Yeshua kept the Law and instructed others to keep it as well, for
all time. Jesus abolished kosher, Yeshua kept kosher and
directed all others to keep it as well, for all time.
Q. Why do I see the
Messiah's name spelled so many different ways?
The Hebrew for Yeshua is יֵשׁוּעַ.
The first vowel, a צֵרֵי tzeirei,
which is transliterated or pronounced as "ei" as in eight or "e" as
in they. Therefore, the correct pronunciation of the Messiah's name
is Yeishua, the Yei being pronounced as "yea" in a vote meaning yes.
I use Yeshua purely because it has become the accepted spelling and
the last thing we need is another spelling of the name of the
The other ways I have seen it spelled are,
Y'shua and Yahshua. Of these Yahshua is not even a possibility. It
is used by what are commonly referred to as "Sacred Namers". I have many
friends that fall in this camp and I respectively completely
disagree with their assumption. Their is no historical evidence to
support Yeshua's name being pronounced Yahshua. The reason for their
pronunciation is that they surmise the Messiahs name must contain
the Yah of G‑d's Name. Again, this is because they believe it
should and no other reason.
The spelling Y'shua is also incorrect because
the ' implies that the vowel is a s'va which looks like two dots
placed on top of each other. Whereas some do transliterate it as an
"e" most correctly use the apostrophe to represent the vowel. It is
pronounced as a short "e" or somewhat sharp stop on the "e" (most of
the time). It is used for other purposes when more than one s'va is
used and then it is silent.
Q. Didn't Yeshua say he was the end of the
No, he never said that, a correct reading of the
verse in Romans 10.4 is as follows:
"For Messiah is the goal of
the Torah for righteousness to everyone who believes." And it was
Sha'ul (Paul) that said it, not Yeshua. The purpose of the verse is
to express that Yeshua is the purpose the Torah was given. The Torah
speaks of him and directs all mankind to him for righteousness.
Q. Do you keep the
Yes. I keep kosher. In the beginning I kept
what is termed "Biblical kosher" which means that I abstained from
treif (forbidden foods) such as shellfish, animals that do not have
a cloven foot and chew the cud, etc.. As my observance grew so did
my level of kashrut. I (or I should say we meaning my family and I)
started separating meat and dairy and only ate kosher meats.
This, as you might imagine, was a very big step for us. This meant
separating dishes and cookware as well. Our whole kitchen changed
which in turn changed our whole lifestyle. This was by far the most
complicated and far reaching change we have ever made.
is no direct commandment for the non-Jew to keep kosher. Rather, it
is a common sense one. (not to say that those that do not keep
kosher do not have common sense.) If believing Jews and non-Jews are
to sit at the same table they simply must have the same eating
requirements. If a non-Jew invites a Jew to dinner the Jew would
have to decline if the non-Jew did not keep kosher since the Jew is
required to do so.
Q. Doesn't the New Testament say that all
foods are clean?
Again, as mentioned above, the
scriptures never even imply that unclean foods may be eaten when
understood from their Hebraic perspective.
"because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is
eliminated, thus purifying all foods?"
In this verse it is
believed by the translators that the verse is referring to the
action of declaring all foods clean for consumption, yet when kept
in context it has nothing to do with the laws of kashrut (dietary
laws). Yeshua was never accused of this action by anyone. If the
leaders of the day that were attempting to trap Yeshua ever even got
a hint that he had declared pork clean to eat they would have
attacked him violently, yet we never see this happening. The NU-Text
equates the phrase "thus purifying all foods?" as a quote from Mark
and not Yeshua and for this reason many translations place these
words in parenthesis.
In Matthew 15.10-20 these verses are
better defined. Yeshua was never discussing eating kosher or treif
(non-kosher) foods, the topic was the washing of hands and rather it
makes the food unacceptable for consumption. Peter says that the
saying offended the Pharisees, had Yeshua declared all foods clean I
assure you that it would have done more than offend them they would have
1 Timothy 4:3 forbidding to marry, and
commanding to abstain from foods which G-d created to be received
with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
This verse is rather simple actually. The key to understanding it is
the phrase, "foods which G-d created to be received..." These foods
are defined for us in the Tanakh. They are the dietary laws found in
Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. The verse must be kept in context
and read from the beginning to determine what and who the verses are
Acts 10 is too long to quote but it is
concerning Peters vision of the sheet that was let down with unclean
creatures and animals and Peter was told to kill and eat. Peter of
course declined stating that no unclean food had ever touched his
mouth, yet G‑d said for Peter not to call unclean what He had
made clean. This happened three times and the sheet was taken back
up to heaven. Peter never did eat. This verse is a classic for G-d
making all foods clean but it actually has nothing to do with that
topic. Peter himself defined the topic later in Acts 11 as referring
to the Gentile believers. In no way can these verses be taken to
mean that G‑d had rejected His own laws of dietary foods.
Q. Why do you use Sha'ul instead of Paul?
We use the Hebrew name of Paul to emphasis his Jewishness and remind
people that he was a Jew, thought as a Jew and taught as a Jew using
Jewish idioms and nuances to convey his message.
Q. Do you believe in "Original Sin"?
Yes, we do believe in the concept of original sin. Adam was perfect
until the time that he followed the lies of Satan and thus he sinned
and was reduced in nature to fallen man. His sin was passed on to
all mankind and was only broken by the atonement of the second Adam,
Q. What is "Backsliding"?
Backsliding is the action of sinning. Whenever a believer sins he in
essence, backslides. We completely reject the notion that a true
believer can return to their previous life before accepting Yeshua
and still be redeemed. This is not backsliding, this is a rejection
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they
were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have
continued with us; but they went out that they might be made
manifest, that none of them were of us.
explains our view best. If a "believer" departs and returns to their
previous life, they were never a true believer to begin with, for if
they were they would have remained.
Q. Do you believe in "Once Saved Always
Yes, we do, however, as mentioned above, true
believers will never depart thus when one is actually redeemed they
are always redeemed or once saved always saved.
Q. I've been told that the Rapture can happen
at any minute, is this true?
No, unless that minute is
during the Festival of Rosh haShanah. The rapture is an event where
the believers are taken to heaven, both living and dead, for the
coronation of the Messiah as King. and the wedding of the King to
the Bride. All of these events are to take place on the Festival of
Rosh haShanah (Feast of Trumpets). Just as the Messiah was to suffer
and die on Passover the events just mentioned are to take place on
Rosh haShanah, it is preordained.
Q. If Yeshua was the perfect sacrifice, why
do you say sacrifices would still be offered if the Temple was still
Yeshua was indeed the perfect sacrifice but
that has nothing to do with the sacrifices of the Temple. The Temple
sacrifices were not designed to take away or even cover the sins of
the people. The faith of the people in those sacrifices are what
acquired their forgiveness. The sacrifices were to teach one the
seriousness of sin and they continue to do so even after the death,
burial and resurrection of Yeshua. Yeshua's sacrifice had no effect
on the daily sacrifices offered in the Temple and for this reason
the Apostles continued to offer sacrifices till the destruction of
the Temple in 70 C.E.
Q. Do you observe
the Jewish customs and ceremonies?
Yes, we observe the
Jewish customs and ceremonies concerning the Sabbath and Festivals.
It was to the Jews that G‑d gave the commandments and how to
observe them. Sha'ul (Paul) taught these customs everywhere he went.
It should be stressed here that there are different customs and
ceremonies among the different sects of Judaism. I observe the
Sephardic traditions but even among them there are differing
opinions as well on certain topics. The crux of the matter is that
whichever custom you abide by you should be fully convinced that it
is the correct one and then observe it.
These things take
time and you should move into them as G‑d gives you