BY RICHARD SISON | 2017
The name "Hanukkah" derives from the Hebrew verb "חנך", meaning “to dedicate".
Ḥanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.
The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrew: שמש, "attendant"). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the holiday.
Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, “How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!” Yeshua answered them, “I have already told you, and you don’t trust me."
BY JONAH DOCTURA | 2017
In Colossians 2:16-17, Paul writes that the festivals are "shadows of things to come." As a review, the Appointed Sabbath Days of Adonai Elohim provide an "overview" of history, each reflecting a specific event in the life and work of Messiah.
The Spring Festivals of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost received a Messianic fulfillment within the events of the first coming of Messiah.
Because of this, either people missed or many believe that it is not unreasonable to think that the fall festivals speak to Messiah's return.
When Solomon built the first Temple, It was on Sukkot that the Spirit of G-d descended upon it. -Bro. Jonah Doctura, Elder-
BY RICHARD SISON | 2017
The Day of Atonement is considered as the holiest day in the calendar of the Jewish people. The Scripture calls this as Shabbat Shabbaton, the “Sabbath of the Sabbaths” (Lev 23:26-32). During this time of complete fasting, the Jewish people devote themselves to individual and communal repentance, teshuvah, returning to the right way. In Deut 30:15-16 Moses laid out before the children of Israel the two ways, “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the L-RD your G-d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the L-RD your G-d may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.”
Because the Yom Kippur marks the end of this special forty-day period of repentance, it is characterized by a sense of urgency and solemnity. The phrase, "Write us in the Book of Life", which is recited throughout Yom Teruah which is recited throughout Rosh Hashanah, is changed to, "Seal us in the Book of Life". The day ends with a long blast of the shofar, sounding a final appeal for G-D`s forgiveness as well as proclaiming the hope of the messianic and redemption.
It is better that we judge ourselves now that to be judged with the ungodly in the final
BY RICHARD SISON | 2017
Apostle Paul in his epistles to the Colossians says, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.” (Col 2:16-17). This is one of the most misunderstood passage about Paul.
The misinterpretation of this passage started with the wrong translation biased on the abrogation of the Torah. However, the Greek word “de” is a primary particle that can be used either as an “adversative” or “continuative.”
Adversative is used for contrasting while continuative is to bridge and support what
was and what is. Translators err in this matter for choosing adversative word - “but” - to differentiate Christ against the Torah and in the process have to add another word “is” making the passage appear to be in contrary to the Law of G-D.
Paul was very clear that the Feasts, New Moon and Sabbaths are typology and shadow or reflection of what is real similar to what was shown by G-D to Moses in the mountain.
The Scripture cannot contradict the Scripture. -Bro. Richard Sison, Elder-
We are a group of Messianic believers who adhere to both the older and newer covenants. We believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah and that He existed in the form of God (Phil 2:6), being the Word of God from the beginning, was with God from eternity past and all things came to being through Him (John 1:1-3). We believe that He is the image of the invisible God and by Him all things were created in the heavens and on earth and He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (Col. 1:15-17). We believe that Yeshua stepped out of eternity and became man in human flesh and dwelt among His people (John 1:14). We believe that He was born of a virgin (Luke 1:26-35) in the line of king David, his servant (Matt 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38).
We believed that Yeshua kept the Law (Torah) and all God’s commandments and He is the embodiment of the whole Torah, the Living Word of God. We believe that He came not to destroy the Law but to fulfill (Matt 5:17-19). We believe that He is the promised Messiah, the Saviour of the world. We believe that He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6) and that salvation can only be attained through Him by faith alone (Eph 2:8-9) as there is no other name under heaven that we can be save except through Him (Acts 3:12). In Him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:4).
We believe that Yeshua suffered and died in the cross for our sins (Matt 27:27-50) and He was buried (Matt 27:57-66) and was raised into life on the third day according the Scriptures (Matt 28:1-20; 1 Cor 15:1-4) and was seen by the apostles and over 500 witnesses (1 Cor 15:5-8). We believe that He ascended to Heaven after resurrection in the presence of many witnesses (Acts 1:9-10) and seated with the Father in glory (Acts 7:56; Heb 1:13) and that He will come back again in the same way He ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:11) at the time that only the Father knows (Acts 1:7) but when He comes back, He will judge the living and the dead (Matt 24:29-31; 25:31-46).
We believe that Yeshua sent the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) the Helper, the Councilor, from the Father (John 16:5-15; Acts 2:1-12). We believe that the Ruach Hakodesh is our seal and was given as a pledge of our inheritance and redemption (Eph 1:13-14) and that He (the Holy Spirit) will teach us all things and bring into remembrance all that Yeshua said (John 14:26).
We believe that all Scriptures (the Bible) is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17; Rom 15:4). We believe that the word of God does not change and Torah (Law) was not done away with (Matt 5:17-19; Luke 16:17) and that we are to keep His commandments (1 John 2:3-7). We believe that there is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy (James 4:12; Acts 7:28; Mal 3:1) and we believe that Yeshua is the giver of the 10 commandments and the whole Torah to Moses. We believe that Yeshua is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8; Rev 22:13). We believe that the believers should keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Yeshua (Rev 12:17; 14:12) and if we truly love Yeshua (Jesus), we should keep His commandments (John 14:15; 15:10). We believe in the two greatest commandments that is to love our Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. These two commandments summarized who whole Law.
We believe that we cannot be saved by good works but rather we were saved to do good works (Eph 2:10) and that we have to work our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). We believe that believers can still sin and can be forgiven when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us from our sins (1 John 1:9). We believe that salvation is permanent to those who are really saved (John 10:27-30; 1 John 5:13).
We believe in the Great Commission and evangelism and the Gospel of truth has to be propagated to all people (Matt 28:18-20). We believe that the Jewish people are the chosen people and that salvation will come to them in God’s time (Rom 11:25-29; Zech 13:8-9).
We believe in the seven years tribulation as mentioned in Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation. We believe in the snatching away of believers (Matt 24: 40-41; 1 Cor 15:51-53; 1 Thes 4:16-17) and we also believe in the resurrection of the believers being the first resurrection (Rev 20:4-6). We believe that Yeshua will reign as King in the Millennial Kingdom (Rev 20:4; Ezek 40-48).
We believe that angels are ministering spirits sent to render service for those who will inherit salvation (Heb 1:14). We believe that satan is the enemy of God and the devil is a roaring lion and is ready to steal, kill and destroy (1 Peter 5:8; John 10:10).
We believe that Sabbath is the day of worship, as it has been established from the beginning (Gen 2:3). Yeshua and His disiciples practiced them as mentioned in the 4 Gospels. Proper observance of Sabbath will be reinstituted in the Millennial kingdom (Ezek 40-48) and will be observed in the new heavens and new earth (Isa 66:22-23). We believe and adhere to the Appointed Times of God as stipulated in Leviticus 23 and keep the food commandments as identified in Leviticus 11. We, however, do not judge our fellow believers with regards to food or drink or Feasts, New Moon or Sabbath day for these are shadows of what is to come for the body of Christ (Col 2:16-17). We believe that these practices are not salvation issues and should not hinder the fellowship between brethren. We believe that love is supreme above all these things and we ought to love our neighbor fulfilling the royal law of Christ (James 2:8). We believe in the universal body of Messiah, among the brethren and we recognize that each believers and group of believers perform specific and unique tasks in building the kingdom of God.
We encourage you to join us in the discussion and we will answer your questions in the best we can in accordance to the word of God.
To keep and guard the Sabbath and the Seven Appointed Feasts as commanded in the Torah and to practice Biblical traditions.
2. To observe and obey all the commandments of the L-RD as stipulated in the Torah, repeated in the Tanakh and adhered in the Brit Chadasha.
3. To help the poor, the needy and sick especially those in the Body of Messiah through prayers, financial and moral support.
4. To support and help Israel and the Jewish people in every way we can.
5. To provide good teaching materials to help other believers grow in faith and knowledge of the L-RD.
6. To conduct outreach programs, preach the Gospel and to help others who are in need locally and internationally.
7. To unite with other Messianic congregations of the same beliefs and practices and establish relationship with the rest of the Body of Believers.
1. To bring glory, honour and praises and to serve the One True G-D Almighty and to His Son, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ), the Anointed One.
2. To diligently search out and implement the Hebraic and Jewish Roots of our faith.
3. To understand and carry out the true Biblical Teachings, as stipulated in the Torah, affirmed in the Tanakh and explained in the Brit Chadasha
4. To restore and adopt the Teachings and Practices of Yeshua, which were practiced and implemented by the 12 apostles and their followers in the first century.
5. To practice and propagate through good example the commandments of the L-RD to other people.
6. To preach the Gospel of salvation to all people.
7. To establish more Messianic congregations in Toronto and other parts of the world as the L-RD enables us.