Oftentimes those just beginning their return to the truth will ask, "What do I do now?" You might feel like you have a 1000 questions racing around your mind. Start by reading through the commonly asked questions answered below. This will give you a basic overview as to the foundation of emet, truth. Once you have a firm understanding of these principles and have confirmed them through your own research He will be able to begin building His House in you!
1) Q: Are you Jewish, Christian, or Messianic?
A: We are YAHUDIM (pronounced Yah-oo-deem). YAHUDIM is a Hebrew word meaning 'Worshipers of YAH.' The proper name for the Jews is Yahudim. We have been grafted back into Israel through the Hebrew Messiah Yahushuah. This could best be described as being within the framework of Yahadut. We are a Sect of Yahadut that believe in the Messiah of Israel -Yahushuah and that He was sent from Elohim, the Most High. Our beliefs are founded upon the Word of YAH contained within the TaNaKh (Torah, Nevi'im, Kethuvim) and the B'rit Chadasha (Renewed Covenant)--commonly called the Old Testament & New Testament. We are guided by revelations from YAHUAH Himself as He directs our path. We are all 'one' in the Messiah YahuShuah!
2) Q: Do you use LORD/GOD or the Tetragrammaton for the Father's Name?
A: We call upon our Father by the Name He instructed His people to use: יהוה(yod, hey, vav, hey). We often transliterate His Name by writing it in English letters as YAHUAH (pronounced Yah-OO-ah).
Throughout the course of history mankind has removed our Father's Name over 6000 times from His Word. No matter what intention(s) the scribes may have had, the fact remains YAH gave us His Name and commanded us to never forget it:
" Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra'el, YAHUAH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitshaq, and the Elohim of Ya'aqov, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations." Shemoth/Exodus 3:15
We also use the shortened form of His Name: YAH:
" Sing to Elohim, sing praises to His Name. Raise up a highway for Him who rides through the deserts, by His Name YAH, and exult before Him."Tehillim/Psalms 68:4
You might be surprised to learn that the word HalleluYAH is actually Hebrew and literally means: Praise YAH.
3) Q: Shouldn't we show reverence to the Father's Name by saying Adonai or ha Shem?
A: When people fail to call upon the Name of YAHUAH they are in fact disregarding the very command YAH gave directly to the people at Mt. Sinai:
" You do not bring the Name of YAHUAH your Elohim to naught, for YAHUAH does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught," Shemoth/Exodus 20:7
The Hebrew word lashav, commonly translated as "in vain" actually includes a much wider meaning: destruction, ruin, uselessness, waste. Lashav stems from the root word shoah meaning: devastation, destruction, wasteness. In the Hebrew language branch words also include the meanings of their root words. Therefore, to limit the translation to "in vain" robs the reader of the full picture of YAH's Word.
In fact, throughout the entire Scriptures we see that YAH's chosen people were continuously calling upon His Name. Let's take a look at one such instance:
" When Your people Yisra'el are smitten before an enemy, because they have sinned against You, and they shall turn back to You and confess Your Name,and pray and make supplication to You in this House, then hear in the heavens, and forgive the sin of Your people Yisra'el..." Melakim Aleph/1 Kings 8:33,34
In this example Shelomoh/Solomon was praying to YAH at the dedication of the Temple. All throughout this prayer Shelomoh was asking YAH to forgive His people whenever they turned from their wrongdoing and called upon His great Name.
4) Q: Isn't it true that YAH has many names?
A: No. YAHUAH has only one Name. However, He has been given many titles. If we look into the meanings of these words we can clearly see that they are descriptive titles and not names. For example: El or Elohim (Strong One), El Shaddai (Almighty El), El Elyon (Most High El), Adonai (Master), etc.
5) Q: Does it really make a difference if I call the Messiah yeshua or jesus or some other name?
A: Absolutely! If we were to meet and I mistakenly called you by another name, what would your reaction be? Most likely you would gently correct me the first time and reiterate what your name is. What if I then continued to call you by another name? Would you not be displeased and either correct me again or after exhausting your patience choose to ignore my conversation altogether?
How much more so for the only brought forth Son of Elohim? We know that the Messiah was born of Hebrew lineage. We know that He said He came in His Father's Name. When we look upon the Name YAHUSHUAH [יהושה-- yod, hey, vav, shin, hey] we can clearly see the Father's Name YAHUAH. In fact, the Name YAHUSHUAH is only one letter different than the Father's Name, that letter being shin (ש). YAHUSHUAH's Name means "YAH is our salvation." Hebrew names are given based upon their meanings not just because they have a pleasant sound.
The problem with the name yeshua is that it removes the Father's Name YAH altogether (a practice that began to take hold after the Babylonian captivity). Worse yet would be to use the term yeshu. !CAUTION! The term yeshu is actually an acronym with the meaning of "may his name be blotted out" (in reference to the Book of Life).For a more indepth study on the acronym Yeshu go to - http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/yahushuawikipedia.html
The name jesus christ is a recent change to the Greek name iesous christos. If you were to look in the 1611 edition of the King James Version of the Bible you would see the Messiah's Name printed as Iesous. Why, because the English letter "J" did not even exist until 1634.
6) Q: Isn't the name jesus christ or iesous christos a translation of the Hebrew Name YAHUSHUAH?
A: No. A key thing to remember is that names are never translated. For example, if my name meant "beloved" in English that does not mean I would use an equivalent word to "beloved" when speaking another language. Our names do not change from one language to another. However, names are oftentimes transliterated--written in English letters to convey the correct sounding. For example, if we started with the Hebrew name spelled:
דוד (dalet, vav, dalet), we could then transliterate this into the English name "David."
So then, is iesous a transliteration of the Hebrew Name YAHUSHUAH? No. The name iesous stems from several pagan deities and takes on the customary -us ending to honor their main pagan idol, ze*s. It was commonplace to add the -us ending to both the names of male children and cities to render honor to this false idol.
As well, christos was a term used to denote an "anointed one", which is similar to the meaning of Mashiach. However, the problem lies in the fact that the Greeks honored all their pagan deities with this title. There is no need to use a term commonly associated with idol worship when we have the perfect equivalent of the word Mashiach found in the English word: Messiah.
The Messiah's Name YAHUSHUAH means 'YAH is our Salvation.' Everytime we call His Name, we proclaim that the Father YAH is our salvation. No other name fits!
7) Q: Didn't the Messiah's sacrifice do away with all the requirements to obey Torah?
A: No. YAHUSHUAH was constantly teaching the people from the TaNaKh.
" Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and earth pass away, one yod or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done. Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens." Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:17-19
He rebuked the Pharisees not because they kept the Torah but because they had added to it with their words and man-made traditions.
" And YAHUSHUAH said to them, 'Mind! And beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.'" Mattithyahu/Matthew 16:6
YAHUSHUAH did not come to start some new belief system, He came to teach His Father's name to all the people:
" I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have guarded Your Word." Yochanan/John 17:6
" And I have made Your Name known to them, and shall make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me might be in them, and I in them."Yochanan/John 17:26
" I make known Your Name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I praise You." Tehillim/Psalms 22:22
This is why the Pharisees and Sadducees sought to kill Him, He was teaching the people to once again call on the Name of the Father and through the miracles that He worked the people were believing Him.
WHAT LAWS DO WE KEEP?
We keep Torah through obeying the Word of the Messiah as was commanded from Deut.18:18-20. The Messiah has explained that if we love YAHUAH our Elohim with all our heart, being, mind, and strength and love our neighbors as our self, then all 613 commands hang on these two. Also, written in Romans 13, we do the following word with our belief in YAHUAH our Elohim and His Messiah Yahushuah.
Rom 13:7-10 (7) Render therefore to all what is due to them: tax to whom tax is due, toll to whom toll, fear to whom fear, respect to whom respect.
(8) Owe no one any matter except to love one another, for he who loves another has filled the Torah.
(9) For this, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other command, is summed up in this word, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
(10) Love does no evil to a neighbour. Therefore, love is completion of the Torah.
After all is said and done, we do His Word (10 Commands) and show love and kindness to one another. Love completes the Torah. We must always obey our Messiah Yahushuah because He was the Prophet who came and will return. Let us keep our lamps lit in obedience to His word until the Messiah returns.
8) Q: Does the Sabbath take place on sunday?
A: No. The Sabbath or Shabbat was given to mankind as a day of rest in remembrance of YAH resting on the 7th day after the 6 days of creation. Nowhere in the Scriptures did YAHUAH ever change the Sabbath to the first day of the week. This change was made by the Roman emperor Constantine to reflect his worship of the pagan deity of the sun, hence the name was called sun-day. The Roman Catholic Church has even confirmed this change in various documents throughout the years.
A basic search through dictionaries, encyclopedias, and on-line sites will confirm that the 1st day of the week has always been sunday. That is why even now our calendars have sunday as the first day of the week.
9) Q: Do you celebrate christmas, easter, halloween, etc.?
A: No. With very little effort and research we see that all of these festivals originated in pagan idol worship. What might seem as harmless celebrations and get-togethers are actually abominations to YAHUAH:
" When YAHUAH your Elohim does cut off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, 'How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.'Do not do so to YAHUAH your Elohim, for every abomination which YAHUAH hates they have done to their mighty ones..."Devarim/Deuteronomy 12:29-31
Even after the Israelites had received the Word directly from YAHUAH at Mt. Sinai, they attempted to mix in pagan worship by building a golden calf and using it in service to YAHUAH:
" And Aharon saw and built a slaughter-place before it. And Aharon called out and said, 'Tomorrow is a festival to YAHUAH.' And they rose early on the next day, and offered ascending offerings, and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
And YAHUAH said to Mosheh, 'Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Mitsrayim have corrupted themselves." Shemoth/Exodus 32:5-7
Again YAHUAH warned His people not to walk in the ways of the nations that surrounded them:
" Hear the word which YAHUAH speaks to you, O house of Yisra'el. Thus said YAHUAH, 'Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the nations are awed by them. For the laws of these peoples are worthless, for one cuts a tree from the forest, work for the hands of a craftsmen with a cutting tool. They beautify it with silver and gold, they strengthen it with nails and hammers so that it does not topple." Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 10:1-4
10) Q: What Festivals do you observe?
A: We keep the appointed times as handed down from YAHUAH to His people:
Rosh Chodesh, Beginning of the month
Chag Matzot, Festival of Unleavened Bread
Sefirat HaOmer, Counting the Omer
Shavuot, Festival of Weeks
Yom Teruah, Day of Blowing Trumpets
Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement
Sukkot, Festival of Booths
These are listed in the Scriptures in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23 and Bemidbar/Numbers 28 & 29.
In addition we observe 2 other celebrations. Although these were not directly commanded from YAHUAH to His people there can be no doubt that these celebrations are in keeping with YAH's Word:
Chanukah, Festival of Dedication: Commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple after the removal of the desecrations set up by Antiochus IV.
Purim, Festival of Lots: Commemorates the deliverance of the Yahudim from the Persians through the hands of Queen Esther, Hadassah.
11) Q: Do you keep kosher?
A: Yes. We follow the dietary laws as commanded by YAHUAH to His people through Mosheh and Aharon found in Vayyiqra/Leviticus chapter 11. Yahuah told His people what were clean and unclean and what we can eat and what we should not eat.
" Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of YAHUAH your Elohim which I am commanding you." Devarim/Deuteronomy 4:2
" All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it - do not add to it nor take away from it." Devarim/Deuteronomy 12:32
" Every Word of Eloah is tried; He is a shield to those taking refuge in Him. Do not add to His Words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar."Mishle/Proverbs 30:5,6
12) Q: You speak out against pagan practices, yet you use the Jewish star, isn't that pagan?
A: No. It is not a star but a shield. The Magen David, or Shield of David, is actually representative of his name and what he accomplished. The modern Hebrew represents the dalet like so: ד
However, in the Paleo-Hebrew font the letter dalet was represented by a triangular symbol. When we take the first and last letters of David's name and write them in Paleo-Hebrew we have the appearance of two triangles. David reigned over the united kingdom of Yisrael (northern & southern tribes) and greatly expanded the kingdom. Thus, the meaning behind the joining of the two triangles is the joining of all the tribes of Yisrael together as one. These two houses once separated were now unified as the House of Yisra'el.
YAHUAH is our Shield, and He was David's Shield. YAH is the 'Shield' of our deliverance. Below is a link to an article by Uri Harel showing an extraordinary depiction of the Magen Dawid, go to http://www.hebrewworld.com/MUSIC/MFG.html
David was a man after YAH's heart. Elohim promised David the Kingdom. David began His dynasty with YAHUAH His Shield, the Sovereign above all.
It doesn't matter that people have found ways to diminish the Shield and have depicted it to be pagan, because if the devil can erase a symbol that represents a great people who follow the laws of Scriptures, he would. Discrediting the Shield is denying the existence of a set-apart nation who are chosen of YAHUAH. We are Yahudim and have returned to the ancient path of YAHUAH. The Name of YAHUAH is in this symbol!
If we are to consider that YAHUSHUAH, also of the lineage of David, will return to reunite the two houses once again we can see where the Magen David not only represents the past but also looks ahead to the future!
13) Q: Are you affiliated with any political party/leader/agenda?
A: No. The leaders at Family of Messiah are not politically inclined, but Heavenly-minded. We do not influence any to be involved politically, but encourage all to make YAHUSHUAH,the Messiah of Elohim, their King and Sovereign. He alone will save their lives in the last day. Everyone must look to Heaven where their Sovereign Messiah is seated, reigning over His people.
14) Q. What must I do to be saved?
A: Believe in the Name of YAHUAH and accept Yahushuah, His only begotten Son. Yahushuah has said that He comes in the Father's Name (Yoh./Joh.5:43). Be immersed in the true Hebrew Name of the Father--YAHUAH; the Son--YAHUSHUAH and the Set-Apart Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) who comes in the Name of YAHUSHUAH.
Act 4:12 “And there is no deliverance in anyone else, for there is no other Name under the heaven given among men by which we need to be saved.” (The Scriptures) All those who call on the Name of Yahushuah shall be saved! You must believe in Messiah Yahushuah!
Act 2:21 ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be saved.’1 Footnote: 1Joel 2:28-32, Rom. 10:13.
15) Q.What must I do to inherit everlasting life?
A. Keep His Commands. Mat 19:17 And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One – Elohim. But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.”
16) Q. What must I do to become perfect (complete)?
A: Fulfill His word: Mat 5:48 “Therefore, be perfect, as your Father in the heavens is perfect. "
The Messiah has commanded that we be made perfect, or complete, and the Scriptures tell us how.
Mar 8:34 And calling near the crowd with His taught ones, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow Me."
You have to walk in the truth forsaking all to follow the Messiah Yahushuah. Enter into His Covenant, the Renewed Covenant, so that you inherit the blessings of Elohim and have life. Click here for the Renewed Covenant.
17) Q. Why aren't the men of your Assembly wearing a beard? Is it not the Torah?
A. Yes, it is in the Torah. The men of this Assembly are free to grow a beard if they desire.
18) Q. What Calendar do you follow?
A. We use the Hebrew calendar--the same one that our Jewish brothers use. You can purchase our custom Family of Messiah Hebrew calendar on our store page.
Why do you use this one?
Many people have asked us this question and tried to 'persuade' us to use another calendar. Family of Messiah's intercessor took the issue of the calendar to Abba in prayer a couple of years ago, and the Word that He gave was for us to "Stay the course." We were instructed to continue the path that we had been on and to continue using the Hebrew (Jewish) calendar. This calendar brings together hundreds of thousands of Yahudim from all over the world to worship YAHUAH on the same date. There is unity in the people of YAH.
On May 20, 2010, after being introduced to another calendar and receiving more pressure to change, Ruth went to the Altar of YAHUAH to seek counsel on what to do concerning the calendar. Yahuah gave her a word, and we thought that we should share with you:
"Hear the Word of YAHUAH"
"Listen, listen to Me, listen to the One who is speaking to you, I am He, YAHUAH your Elohim. Considering your need for time, dates and seasons, turn this need of yours to Me, for I AM Who I AM, I am your time, your dates, your calendars! I AM the Beginning and I AM the End! All that you do, you do unto Me! I set the Sun in the heavens, for daylight and I set the moon in the heavens for light at night. The days are growing shorter and shorter and My day of wrath is drawing near. I AM the Master of the universe and I AM in charge of everything.
Do not come against My nation, for in doing so you come against Me. No one is in charge above Me. I dispersed My people throughout the world and I inspired a set standard of time so that they will all be in one accord to worship Me as one people. Together you will stand and divided you will fall. They will always stand as long as they follow Me. I am the One with the plan. It is all My plan to keep My people set-apart unto Me. When they sin I punish; when they obey, I reward - I Myself is the Timeline, says YAHUAH your Elohim. Seek to follow Me and I will lead you to everlasting waters."
After receiving this word, we will no longer take up the calendar issue. We will remain with the Jews on their Hebrew calendar and be united with our brothers, in keeping the weekly Sabbath and all the Appointed times of YAH. All believers in YAHUAH and Messiah Yahushuah must do all they can to be united with our brothers and to Israel in unity, for together we will stand and divided we fall. Let us all stand and unite for Righteousness!
21) Q. Why do you put the color green in your tallits (prayer covering)
A. Green represents our position in the Reign (Kingdom). We are Tsyion, in the center, like how the color green is in the center of the rainbow. The color green is placed into an Ashkenazi prayer shawl in the center of the two blue stripes. This symbolizes that we, the Set-apart Assembly, were given the Reign of Elohim, and we are re-united with Yahudah and Ephrayim. YAHUAH has restored His Kingdom to Yisrael, through the believers in Yahushuah the true Messiah of Yisrael. Through the Set-Apart Assembly of the Messiah, the two houses of Yisrael are united into One in the Kingdom Reign. We are the intercessors for all Israel. Our tallits and Temple flag reflect the restoration of the Reign of Elohim back to Yisrael through the Messiah Who is Ruler with the bride (the Assembly). The Green was revealed in 2004. The Temple flag was revealed in 2009. YAHUAH revealed all of this through dreams and visions to His set-apart one.
22) Q. How do we protect the Father's Name YAHUAH and the Name of His Messiah YAHUSHUAH?
A: By living a life that is pleasing to Him. We cannot call ourself a Yahudi/Yahudite (worshipper of YAHUAH) and live a pagan lifestyle. A pagan does not live according to the laws of Elohim, does not serve Him, and does not have any relationship with the Most High.
We do not take the Name of YAHUAH in vain; we do not bring it to nothing, nor make it common. If His Name is written on any form of literature and you no longer have use of the piece of literature, then set it aside in a box or bag. When you have gathered more literature, you open the earth (dig a hole) and bury them. Do not take any paper with His Name and throw it in the trash. We do not burn anything with His Name written on it. Bury old Scriptures, books, teachings, etc.
Many people are adding the Name 'YAH' to the suffix or prefix of their own personal name. If your name is not of the Hebrew language and you do not know the origin or meaning of your name, then do not add His name to your name. You can search for a Hebrew name that characterizes you either from Scriptures or do a name search, and find a name where His Name is already attached and you know the meaning of it. It is disgraceful to add the Father's name to a pagan name. Please do not do this.
We must keep His Name set-apart at all times and bring esteem to His Name, speaking words of kindness and love to one another at all times. Let those who have ears, hear what the Spirit is saying to the Assembly.