John 1:1 says In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God and the Word was God. It was in the beginning that Word existed and was identified with God and as God. This pre-existent Word, which was in the beginning, which was with God and which was God, later became Jesus Christ and was commissioned by His own authority to come to earth to redeem mankind. John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved". God sent an extension of Himself to the world, not a separate being. The Old Testament indicates that the Messiah is God and the Everlasting Father: Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The first diet was given in Genesis 1:29 and included “every herb bearing seed”. The second diet was given in Gen 9:3 and identified “every moving thing that liveth” as food. The third and final diet given by God to mankind is disclosed in Leviticus 11:2-43. Here, God separates plants, animals, aquatic creatures, fowl etc. He goes into specific detail to delineate the things that were acceptable to be consumed as food and those that were not. There is no other diet found in the scriptures.
Paul declares in Romans 8:9, If any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His. Therefore, it is important for us to make sure we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, making sure our salvation. Jesus declares in John’s Gospel, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Jesus later explains, to be born again means to be born of the Spirit, where the Spirit of God dwells in the believer.
Matthew 3:16 indicates that Jesus was “in” the water and “came up out of the water” indicating that He was submerged during John’s baptizing of Him. John’s baptism perhaps established what was intended in Acts 2:38. Peter says in Acts 2:38 that the steps to salvation include “repentance” followed by “baptism”. Water baptism is a form of renewal in that one is submerged into a watery grave and rises from that grave a new creature (Romans 6:4.) Further, since through the first man, Adam, death entered into the world, unless we are born again of water and the Spirit, we cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5). That makes baptism essential to salvation.
7TH DAY SABBATH
We observe the 7th Day Sabbath which was established by God in Genesis 2:1-3, where God rested and blessed the 7th day of the week and further sanctified it (set aside, hallowed). God made clear His intentions in Exodus 20:8 when he gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai. He specifically commands in verse 8 to “remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy”. He further identifies the Sabbath as the first feast day in Leviticus 23:3, giving it a place of prominence within the realm of Holy Days.
God gave the 7th day Sabbath to His people as a sign Exodus 31:13 so that they would know that He was “their God”.
After delivering His people from 400 years of bondage in Egypt, God set them free through some miraculous acts, and established an order, giving it first to the priest and then to the people of God. In setting up the Levitical priesthood, God made it clear that he wanted certain things to be prominent among His people and further that they should commemorate the great acts of their deliverance and salvation in the wilderness on an annual basis and at a select time. God’s passion about His selected days to be observed is punctuated by the fact that He caused them to be memorialized and made a statute forever.
In Leviticus chapter 23 God first establishes the fact that the feast days that He was about to introduce were not the domain of Moses or any man, but they were His. This removed them from the domain of mankind altogether. He goes further to introduce His list of Feast Days and assigns them to specific dates for observance. God declares that “these are my feast” in Leviticus 23:2:
Abib 14 - Passover
Abib 15 - Feast of Unleavened Bread
Sivan 6 - Shavout/Pentecost
Tishri 1 - Feast of Trumpets
Tishri 10 - Day of Atonement
Tishri 15 - Feast of Tabernacles (First Day)
Tishri 22 - Feast of Tabernacles (Last Day)
These feasts are seasonal feasts. The spring feasts include Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost. The fall feasts include the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus Christ and his disciples continued in observance of the Feast days. Christ's death, burial, resurrection and promise of return to gather his people provides the spiritual application of the Old Testament observances. Christ was our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). As Jesus was punished for us during the time that led up to his crucifixion, scriptures were being fulfilled. By his stripes, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24). In his resurrection, He became the spiritual manifestation of the Feast of First Fruits. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept (1 Corinthians 15:20). The fall feasts speak to the second coming of Jesus. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:(1 Thessalonians 4:16). There will come a time when we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10). As believers, our hope is placed in Christ and Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. As believers, we also accept that until we are joined for eternity with God through Christ, we are just sojourners in this temporary dwelling place.
There are five core values that we adhere to as observers of the Old and New Testament:
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We believe that we are the children of God through the covenant He made with Abraham. The covenant included promises of both natural and spiritual blessings. By believing God, Abraham became the father of faith according to Romans 4:12. Jesus is the promised seed of Abraham. Our faith in Jesus brings us into harmony with the promises of the covenant made with Abraham (Galatians 3:25-29). New Bethel House of Prayer, Inc. adheres to doctrine that embraces the foundation of worship established in the Old Testament, with the liberty of the spirit of Christ granted in the new covenant (Roman 4:11-17, Romans 11:15-20).