Statements with Scriptural Support
As a group, we at Set Apart Ministries declare our faith in the God of Abraham, Isacc and Jacob--YHWH, as the Creator of the Universe. We affirm that Y'shua (one of the many ways to transliterate His Hebrew name into English; also known as Jesus of Nazareth) is fully God and fully Man. He is the Alef and Tav (commonly spoken in Greek as Alpha and Omega) Who does not change throughout all the ages. We accept His work on our behalf as the only Way, the Truth and the Life. We accept Him as the Living Word/Torah of YHWH. (Genesis 1:1-3; 3:15b, John 1:1-14; John 3:16; Luke 24:44; Revelation 1:8, 17-18.)
We believe that His Word, the Torah and the Brit Chadasha (commonly called the Old and New Testaments) to be inerrant as given in original languages, is God Breathed and all applicable for all time. We believe we are living in the later days spoken of by the prophets, nearing His return. We understand the Torah to present the righteous teachings of YHWH and that sin is being without these righteous teachings. We believe Y'shua to be the Living Torah, the embodiment of the echad YHWH. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 John 1:1-3; 1 John 3:4)
We believe Y'shua is the true Messiah, the Lion of Judah, the Branch Who will fully reunite all Israel. He was born of the virgin through the power of the Holy Spirit and became flesh, dwelling among us. He came intentionally through the plan of the Father before the Foundation of the world was established to be our Kinsman-Redeemer since sin had entered the world, and we need to be restored into fellowship with our Creator.
He was obedient to YHWH, allowing Himself to be crucified. He died and was buried. Three days and three nights later, He rose from the dead and lives at the right hand of YHWH, our Heavenly Father and Almighty God. According to the Holy Scriptures, Genesis to Revelation, Y'shua is YHWH Elohim appearing in the flesh as witnessed by many. We believe He has given those who look to Him authority and responsibility to mature into Him. (Deuterotomy 18:18-19; John 8:58, 10:33; Matthew 12:6-8, 9:35, 15:31; Isaiah 11, 53; Micah 5:2-4; Luke 24:46; Isaiah 8:14; John 2:22; Acts 3:15-17; Hebrews 13:20; 1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7; Revelation 5:5; John 1:1; Ephesians 4:11-16).
We believe we are made righteous in Messiah Y'shua through His atoning covenant blood and that He is the heart of Abraham's unconditional covenant. True circumcision has always been of the heart, which leads to confession, salvation, faith, grace, and to good works in Messiah. The conditional Mosaic covenant presents the eternal truths of Torah (God's teaching and instructions) to His people, the hearing (and obeying) of which brings about blessings or cursings (respond and be blessed, disobey and be cursed). In the New Covenant, Y'shua's Law is to be written on our hearts by the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) (Romans 4:13-16, 5:2, 10:10, 1 Pet 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:16, 29; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 10:38; 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 2:8; James 2:14; Deuterotomy 28; Ezekiel 36:26; Jerermiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 10:16; Galatians 2:16; John 5:46, 10:30, 14:2, 15:10).
We are a people whose heart's desire is to reunite the olive tree of Israel—both branches— Ephraim and Judah—into one, redeemed, nation of Israel—through Messiah Y'shua. We seek to arouse Ephraim from obscurity, and by example, to awaken Judah to the Messiah—and to be a part of the return to the ancient paths and the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel (Matthew 6:10, 12:25, 21:43, 24:43; Luke 22:29-30; Mark 13:34; Luke 22:29-30; 2 Chronicles 11:4; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Jeremiah 11:10, 16, 2:18, 21; Romans 11:17, 24; Ephesians 2:11-22; Acts 1:6).
We believe true Israel to be both the Jewish people, who are the identifiable representatives and offspring of Judah,(commonly called Jews) along with his companions, and the non-Jewish followers of the Messiah from all nations, who up to now, have been the unidentifiable representatives and offspring of Ephraim, and his companions (Genesis 48:19; Hosea 1-2, 5:3; Ezekiel 37:16; Jeremiah 31:6-9; Genesis 15:2-5, 26:3, 28:4; Hebrews 11:9; Isaiah 56:3, 6-8; Ephesians 2:11-22).
We affirm that the Jewish people have been kept identifiable as the seed of the patriarch Jacob, YHWH's covenant people, to preserve His Holy Torah, Feasts, and seventh day Shabbat (Sabbath); that the salvation of the Jewish people through their acceptance of Messiah Y'shua, will be the crowning act of mankind's redemption, and is necessary for the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel. Ephraim and his companions being the "wild olive branch," will stimulate Judah to want what they have. They are called to walk in a way that will make Judah jealous of their relationship with the God of Israel through Messiah Y'shua. (Genesis 48:19; Isaiah 11:13, 37:31, 32; Zechaniah 2:12; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Hosea 1:7; Romans 10:19, 11:11,14; Matthew 23:39).
We believe the non-Jewish followers of Y'shua are primarily returning Ephraim, those who were once among the Gentiles as "LoAmmi/Not a people," but have been restored to the commonwealth of Israel through their covenant with Israel's Messiah, and are no more "Gentiles." They fulfill the promised restoration of uprooted Ephraim, and Jacob's prophecy that Ephraim would become "melo ha goyim/the fullness of the Gentiles." As Ephraim, they have been kept in obscurity until recently and have been used to preserve the testimony of Y'shua, the Messiah of all Israel. Their awakening, recognition, and performance as Ephraim, and reunion with Judah, is part of the Divine plan for Israel's restoration to her Messiah and to the Kingdom of YHWH (Genesis 48:19; Hosea 1:9-10, 5:3, 8:8; Amos 9:9; Jeremiah 31:18-19; Zechaniah 10:7; Romans 9:24-26; 11:25-26; Ephesians 2:11-22).
We declare that Believers in Y'shua were not meant to replace Judah as Israel. As "Ephraim," they are part of the called out ones (ecclesia), and in these latter-days, the Father is leading them to join with their brother Judah. Judah (faithful Jewish ones who will receive Messiah) and Ephraim (faithful non-Jewish Messiah followers) ultimately will fulfill the destiny of the two houses of Israel. Together they will fulfill the prophesies about the one, unified, victorious people of Israel; one flock under our One Shepherd, Y'shua. (Jeremiah 31:9; Romans 8:29; Colossians 1:15,18, 2:12; Hebrews 12:22-24; Leviticus 23:2-36; Exodus 19:5; 1 Peter 1:1, 2:9; Jeremiah 3:18, 23:6; Zechaniah 8:13, 12:1-5; Matthew 25:31-46; Exodus 12:48-49; Numbers 15:15-16; Isaiah 56:3, 6-8; Ezekiel 34:1-31, 37:15-28).
We maintain that up to this general time "blindness in part" has happened to all of Israel (both houses), and as the blinders are lifted, non-Jewish followers in Y'shua will gain insight into their role as Ephraim, they will become defenders of Scriptural Torah and of Judah, and due to this character change, many Jewish people will accept Y'shua as Messiah. This process has already begun as indicated through the Messianic Jewish movement (Judah), the Christian Zionism movement (Ephraim), and the Messianic Israel movement (union of Judah and Ephraim) (Isaiah 8:14, 11:13; Romans 11:25, 26; Jeremiah 33:14-16, 31:18-19; Ezekiel 37:15-28).
Even so, come quickly, Messiah Y'shua!