The Third Temple  The Center for
Messianic Learning 

Unapologetically Pro-Torah
Unashamedly Pro-Israel
Irrevocably Zionist
“… out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”
(Isaiah 2:3)
Jew and Gentile (Synagogue and Church), one in Messiah. (Ephesians 2:14)
“For He is our peace, Who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, …”

If your life is not in jeopardy for what you believe, you’re probably on the wrong side!
If you don’t believe Genesis 1-11, how can you possibly believe John 3:16?
“Indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted.” (2Tim 3:12)
It is what you actually believe that determines how you walk out your faith, “but avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” (Titus 3:9)

Please Note: Absolutely nothing on this website should be taken as anti-Church or anti-Rabbinic. I am not anti-anything or anti-anyone. I am only pro-Torah and pro-Truth (see “Philosophy”), but sometimes the Truth upsets our long-held beliefs. I know it certainly upset mine! For example, see “Why Isn’t My Theology Consistent Throughout the Website?”

Developing a
Systematic Messianic Theology

“The purpose of careful theological formulations is not to put barriers in the way of people who are seeking salvation, but to define clearly the truths upon which genuine [Biblical] faith rests, so that people will not be misled by false doctrines.” [Bowman]

“It must be clearly and unequivocally stated that theology cannot save you. Only faith in Messiah Yeshua can save you. Theology can only give you sound doctrine.” [RLS]

Unless otherwise specified, throughout the Theology section of my website I use the term “Torah” in the wider sense of including the entire body of inspired Scripture: both the Tanakh and the Apostolic Writings. I personally do not consder any other so-called “sacred writings” either inspired by God or authoritative for the Believer’s walk of faith. Thus, I do not consider the Mishnah (the “Oral Torah”) as part of Torah. You should make up your own mind.

[Explanations of rabbinic citations are HERE]

Under Connstruction
What the Torah Says About

Salvation is the free gift of HaShem brought to sinful man by the unconditional grace of HaShem and received solely by personal faith in the completed redemptive work of Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach. I believe that salvation comes by faith in the Person and completed work of Yeshua, plus nothing else!

Because of the fact of the eternal, unconditional, and unilateral promise of HaShem, because of the nature of the Word and promises of HaShem, and because of the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of HaShem, all the redeemed, blood-bought, regenerate, and sanctified children of HaShem have entered into an unbreakable relational covenant with Him, are completely and permanently indwelt by Ruach HaKodesh, and are constantly interceded for by Yeshua HaMashiach, our Kohen HaGadol. They are therefore secure in Mashiach forever.

Before the foundation of the world, for His own purpose and for His own glory, HaShem foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified all those who are to be redeemed; that is, “predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son” and adopted “as sons through Yeshua HaMashiach to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.”

The Scriptures refer to these individuals as His “elect,” all of whom have had their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from before the foundation of the world.

Although HaShem sovereignly elects some to salvation and glory, paradoxically the election of the saved in no way demonstrates that HaShem is responsible for the damnation of those who are not elect to salvation. The Scripture makes it quite clear that it is not HaShem’s will than any should perish. The Scriptures clearly teach that “whosoever will” may come to saving faith in Yeshua HaMashiach. The Scriptures just as clearly teach that “the elect” were chosen from before the foundation of the world. I believe that from man’s limited perspective he perceives that he has a measure of “free will,” but that from HaShem’s perspective HaShem is absolutely and completely sovereign, and is thus in total control of every event that occurs in time, space, and eternity. Although HaShem receives all of the glory and honor for all those who are saved, He in no way is to blame for any who are lost. I believe that these facts are in no way paradoxical or contradictory, only that they can only be properly understood from HaShem’s perspective.

I believe that it is the privilege of all Believers in Mashiach to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation and their freedom from “bondage” to the eternal penalties imposed by Torah through the testimony of HaShem’s Word which, however, clearly forbids the use of that liberty as an occasion to sin. Though free from “bondage to legalism,” I believe that every person is yet accountable to the standard of righteousness that HaShem has defined in His Torah. I believe that all mankind, and especially Believers in Mashiach, are obligated to obey all the mitzvot (commandments) of Torah except for those which are specific to life in Eretz Israel, or those which require the presence of a Holy Temple on Mount Moriah. However, I believe that no man has ever been, or will ever be, saved or counted as righteous through observance of or obedience to Torah, but only through faith in Him who is the Giver of Torah, plus nothing else.

I believe that at the moment of salvation, each person is literally transformed into a “new creation” which the Bible also refers to as a “saint” or “holy person” (2Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15)-- that is, a person who has been “set apart” (“sanctified”) by HaShem to be His precious possession and to serve His specific purpose.

I believe that sanctification is a “setting apart” of the believer unto HaShem and that it consists of three steps or stages in the believer’s life: positional sanctification, progressive sanctification, and ultimate sanctification. I believe that all Believers in Mashiach should live in obedience to Torah and in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all religious apostasy and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by HaShem. I believe that the Torah is the standard of righteousness by which each “saint” is to conduct his/her life.

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