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This document summarizes the beliefs of Without Spot or Wrinkle Ministries International. Yahweh commands that we prove all things ordained in His Word.
1. Foundation in the Old Testament
We affirm that the Old Testament is the basis for the New Testament. From many references made by Jesus (Yahshua) and His apostles to the Old Testament Laws, Psalms, and prophets, the authority of the Old Testament is easily seen, Luke 24:44, Acts 24:14.
2. Basis for the New Testament
We affirm that both the Old and New testaments are inspired, and that they are to be used for teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16. We are not to delete from either text, Revelation 22:18. We must not take from or add to Scripture, Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32.
3. The Father
We affirm that the Heavenly Father’s Name is Yahweh, Psalm 68:4; Isaiah 42:8; Jeremiah 16:21. Yahweh is His Name forever, and is the verb of existence, Exodus 3:14-15; Isaiah 63:12. He is the Supreme Ruler over everything. Worship is to be directed toward Him, Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy, 6:4, 13, 2 Kings 17:36, Psalm 99:9, Matthew 4:10. We are commanded to use and revere Yahweh’s Name, Exodus 20:7, Leviticus 22:2, Deuteronomy 28:58, Psalm 105:1, Isaiah 52:6, Matthew 6:9, John 17:26.
4. The Son
We affirm that the true Name for Jesus the Messiah is Yahshua. Yahshua is His G-d given hebrew name and it literally means "Yahweh saves" or "Yahweh is salvation." His Name is a contraction of YAHweh and hoSHUA. He literally came in His Father’s Name, John 5:43. Yahshua (Jesus) is the only name under Heaven that offers salvation to all those that would call upon it, Acts 4:12. He pre-existed before His earthly birth and was the spokesman for the Father in the Old Testament, Genesis 1:26; 19:24; Proverbs 8:25; Micah 5:2, John 1:1-3; 8:58; 13:3; 16:28-30, 1 Corinthians 10:4; Colossians 1:15-17. We believe that He came in human form and was born of a virgin by Yahweh’s own power, Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; John 17:5, Philippians 2:5-7. Jesus (Yahshua) lived a completely sinless life, Isaiah 53:9; 1 Peter 2:22, and died upon the cross through which we have atonement for our sins, Isaiah 53, Hebrews 9,. Crucified at the Feast of Passover, buried on Feast of Unleavened bread, and resurrected on the Feast of First Fruit, spent three days and three night in the tomb to be the mediator between mankind and Yahweh, Matthew 12:40; John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 3:1; 4:14.
5. The Holy Spirit
We affirm that the Holy Spirit is an invisible force proceeding from the Heavenly Father. It is in essence the mind and power of Yahweh, which is also bestowed upon the Son, Luke 24:49; John 15:26. The Holy Spirit is placed within those who are baptized into the saving Name of Jesus (Yahshua) the Messiah through the laying on hands of the presbytery, Acts 2:38; 5:32; 8:17; 19:6; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6. Through this power a person receives Yahweh’s strength to overcome sin and live a repentant life. We believe that the Holy Spirit constitutes a third person of a trinity.
6. Obedience to Torah and Old Testament Teachings
We affirm that the Bible commands the observance of all God’s teachings, statutes, and judgments in both Old and New testaments (except the sacrifices mentioned in Hebrews 9 and ritual circumcision), Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 7:6-11; Matthew 4:4; 5:17-20; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14. Through obeying His commandments we demonstrate our love for Jesus (Yahweh), John 14:15, 21; 15:12. Faith does not annul His loving instructions, Romans 3:31; James 2:14-17.
We affirm that upon true repentance a person is to be baptized into the saving Name of Jesus (Yahshua) the Messiah, Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:38; 4:12; 8:16; 10:43; 19:5; Romans 6:3. Baptism is by complete submersion.
We teach that the Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week and commemorates creation through Yahweh’s mighty hand, Genesis 2:2-3.
Jesus fulfilled the Jewish feasts
The way in which Jesus (Yahshua) fulfilled the Jewish feasts is a fascinating study. God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Jewish Feasts of Leviticus 23.
The Hebrew word for feasts (moadim) literally means "appointed times." God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of these seven feasts to reveal to us a special story. The seven annual feasts of Israel were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at set times appointed by God. They are still celebrated by observant Jews today. But for both Jews and Gentiles who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.
The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks) The final three holidays (Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.
Here is the prophetic significance of each of the seven Levitical feasts of Israel:
1) Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.
2) Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah's sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus' body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life. Through this perfect sacrifice we are sanctified.
3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah's resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in I Corinthians 15:20 as the "first fruits from the dead."
4) Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter's great sermon and his first proclamation of the Gospel.
5) Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) – The first of the fall feasts. Many believe this day points to the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:52).
6) Day of Atonement The holiest day in the Jewish year (a fast day not a feast day), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), is spent in fasting, prayer, and confession. This was one gracious day a year given by God that each individual could receive forgiveness. The high priest enters the holy of holies to make atonement for the nation by sacrificing an animal (Lev. 23:26-32). Jesus has provided our atonement, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Rom. 3:23) and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Him.
Hebrews 9: 11-14 The Blood of Christ fulfills the day of atonement
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they "look upon Him whom they have pierced," repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).
7) Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34) – The Feast of Tabernacles is a seven-day Feast, Exodus 23:16; 34:22; Leviticus 23:33-36, 39-43; Numbers 29:12-34; Deuteronomy 16:13-15. Jesus (Yahshua) set the example for all mankind by observing the Feast in the New Testament. We along with many scholars believe this is the birth date of Jesus (Yahshua) and this feast day points to the Lord's promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7). Further, we are told that all people in the Millennium will observe the Feast of Tabernacles, Zechariah 14:16-19; John 7:2, 37.
Should Christians celebrate these Levitical feast days of Israel today? These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Christians are not bound to observe the Jewish feasts the way an Old Testament Jew was. While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Jewish feast days, it is beneficial to study them. Certainly it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming. As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of the celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.
We affirm that tithing is a Biblical practice that all of Yahweh’s people are commanded to perform, Leviticus 27:30-33; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 23:23. A tithe is defined as 10 percent of a person’s income (increase).
We affirm that Satan is a spirit being who was cast out of heaven because of his pride, Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:13-19; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:7-9. Satan will eventually be destroyed, Ezekiel 28:16; Romans 16:20 ("bruise" = crush in pieces); Hebrews 2:14. Through the help of Yahweh we can overcome the wiles of the Adversary, James 4:7.
We affirm that love is a critical aspect of the true believer’s life. Yahweh requires that we all demonstrate love for him and our fellow man. The two greatest commandments are—loving Yahweh with all our hearts, and loving our neighbors as ourselves, Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Matthew 19:19; 22:34-40; James 2:8. Love is showing an unselfish and outgoing desire for Yahweh and our fellow man. Without love we have no hope of eternal life, 1 Corinthians 13.