WHO WE ARE
Restoring the Branches Ministry is an assembly of believers who are part of the body of Yahshuah HaMashiach, Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that we have been redeemed to serve our Elohim, and we exist to take YAH's healing, truth and light to the nations. We are disciples of Yahshuah (Jesus) who are striving to worship YAH in spirit and truth and serve Him in wholehearted obedience. We acknowledge that YAH's instructions are summarized by loving Him with everything and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Father is the highest authority and is the Supreme Power. He is the SOURCE of all things we see and do not see. We acknowledge the tetragrammaton name of the Most High God (Elohym) “Yud-Hey-Waw-Hey” in Ancient, Paleo, and Modern Hebrew (יהוה) script. YAH is the ultimate Sovereign. We will not force any particular Hebrew pronunciation of HIS name. Speaking his name in the proper Hebrew tongue is superseded by the way we hold, publish, and represent His NAME daily. We also look at God and Lord as descriptive titles representing to God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are general terms that can be used by any group.
We believe that Yahshua, known as Jesus/Iesus, is the Son of YAH. He is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). He is the physical manifestation and perfect representation of YAH dwelling with His people on Earth (Ex. 29:45-46, Lev. 26:12, Jn 14:9). He is the promise of Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel “ עמנואל” God is with us. He is the Mediator of the new covenant (1 Timothy 2:4-5, Hebrews 9:14-17). He is the Stone of stumbling to the house of Israel and Judah (Isa 8:14, 1 Peter 2:8). Yahshua is the Light to the tribes of Israel FIRST and secondly to the Goyim “גוי” who are the nations, gentiles, and/or non-descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Isa. 9:1-2,:8, 42:6, 49:6, 51:4, 60:3, Acts 26:33). Yahshua received power and authority from YAH the Source (Gen 49:8-12, Matt 28:18, Dan 7:13, Isa 9:6, Ps 110:1-7). No one is beside YAH, but Yahshua is echad “אחד” or one with the Father (Deut 6:4, 32:39-41, Jn 5:18, 8:56-59, 10:30, 14:6,:10-11). We believe in the virgin birth . Adam was the first man and Yahshua is the second man (1 Corinthians 15:45-49). The second man’s arrival must be greater than the first man’s arrival. We believe that YAH created the first man Adam by his hand and the second man was formed as a seed in the womb of a virgin by His Ruach (Spirit).
We believe in water baptism (mikvah) just as the scripture details (Matthew 3:6, 13-16, Luke 3:16, John 4:2). We also believe in the baptism of “fire” (Spirit/Ruach) as prescribed for the new covenant (Jer. 31:31, Heb 8:8-13) through Yahshua ( Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, John 20:20, Acts 2:38-39, 8:15-18, 1 Tim 4:14, Heb 6:2). We baptize by water in the name of יהוה YAH and/or ישועה Yahshua. Then we will pray for the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and lay hands on them in the name of the Yahshua the Messiah (Acts 8:18). We believe in the gifts and the order of the Ruach HaKodesh (1 Corinthians Chapters 12-14). YAH seeks those who worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24). We reject the trinity and any Greco-Roman ideology that originated at Babel under Nimrod and the tri-unial deity worship has been passed through every civilization till this day.
We hold to the Word of YAH as it is canonized from Genesis-Malachi ( 2 Tim 3:16). The Israelites, disciples, and apostles called the Old Testament the Scriptures. We look at the New Testament “Brit Chadasha” as the verification of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the commands given by Christ that magnify the Law (Isa. 42:21). We will stand on all things that agree with the Torah, are applicable today and edify our mind and spirit (Rom 15:4). The books that have been removed from the cannon or excluded will be viewed as the word of YAH, sources for historical references, and/or information to help understand the proper cultural context. If any scripture does not line up with the Torah then it can and will not be taken at face value (Deut 12:32).
We believe that the Torah (Law of Moses) takes you to Christ (HaMashiach). This is the physical evidence of faith by obedience (Gal 3:24). Obedience is the work or deed (Greek for ergon) used in Matt 5:16, Jn 14:22, Ja 2:22, and Acts 5:38. Salvation is not of the Law of Moses (Romans 4:13-14, Gal 3:17-19). The space of repentance allowed and the acquiring of Salvation is our GRACE from YAH by the blood of Yahshua to ALL men (Titus 2:11). This free gift can be forfeited just as it is attained (2 Tim 2:10 Ezek 14:6-23, 18:24-32).
We believe the Torah is NOT done away with. YAH gave His insight on how to interact effectively and respect one another. He also instructs us on how to love Him with all our heart, soul, and might. This humanitarian and monotheistic faith predates Exodus 19. Adam, Enoch, and Abraham knew this way of life (1 Tim 1:7-8 Acts 24:14-16). We acknowledge that the sacrificial laws in Leviticus are of none effect because Christ is ultimate atoning sacrifice (Hebrews Chapters 2,4, 7-10, John 1:29, Rev 5:5-13). All Levitical procedures will be reinstated when HaMashiach sits on the throne and sacrifices are re-instituted (Isa 56:6-8, Jer 33:15-18, Eze 40:42, 44:11, 46:24, 43:18-27).
We believe in and honor the 7th day Shabbat (Sabbath) from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. This is a set apart time blessed and sanctified by the Most High YAH (Exodus 20:8-11, Genesis 2:1-3). We honor the day by assembling ourselves together to hear the Word of YAH, worship, pray and fellowship.
The Feasts of Yah are set apart appointed times to meet with our Creator, the one who inhabits eternity. We believe in and honor His “moedim”: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and The Last Great Day. These days represent YAH’s plan of salvation. These appointed times are for our benefit. We cease from work, fellowship with like-minded believers, bring offerings (praise) to the festivals, and gain spiritual growth (Ex 23:17, Deut 16:16, Zech 14:16-18, John 7:2). We also observe and worship on the new moons ( Ez 3:5, Eze 46:3).
Any tithes (10% of increase) or offerings (no set amount) is for kingdom work! Most people are not in an agrarian culture where your increase is based off harvesting at certain times of the year, like the ancient Israelites. We receive our increase weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Therefore we are instructed to bring 10% to the place you take your offerings, local Levite, or congregation (Gen 14:20, Deu 12:6-8,:17-19). We strongly encourage that the second tithe (10%) is set apart for that family or individual to have provisions for themselves and the poor among us at the Feasts where Yah places His name (Deut 14:22-27).
We teach and believe that the Renewed Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 is as the scripture states for the House of Israel and Judah, or the tribes of Israel only. We believe that the Hebrew terms for congregation “adah” עדה, assembly “kahal“ קהל, and church “ekklesia” (Greek) are specifically speaking about the gathering or coming together of the Children of Israel (Ps 78:5, 147:20, Matthew 15:24). We believe that the broken branches in Romans 11 represent the 12 tribes of Israel and the wild olive branches represents the gentiles, nations, and/or non-Israelite descendants. We will use the Bible and other historical sources to affirm that the descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade were mainly Hebrews. We do not subscribe to the tribes of Israel only being one shade of brown or specific color. Through varying migration routes, different climates, diet change and intermingling amongst other people, this would be impossible and scholarly inaccurate to base tribal lineage off melanin levels. Practice of the Torah, establishment of Hebraic customs found within the culture, and historical proof of speaking and writing the language are the context clues. The Biblical text will be the main resource to establish the premise within the so-called black communities. The application of grace is why the natural branches are being restored to the vine. This same grace was shared to the nations. The restored and grafted seed must adhere to the Torah. “One law shall be to him that is home-born, and to the stranger that sojourneth among you” (Exodus 12:49). In this covenant ALL are required to repent, be baptized, and filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (Mk 1:9-11, 16:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Cor 12:13). We are aware of the Silk Roads, dispersion into southern Saudi Arabia, Europe, and also in the Indian Ocean via Trans-Saharan Slave Trade. There are numerous possibilities when it comes to the hidden ones (Ps 83:3). We firmly stand on the fact that no sinner will enter the kingdom regardless of lineage (Mk 10:17-27, 16:16, 1 Cor 6:9-10,15:50, Gal 5:21, Rev 21:6-8).