10th (2013) Edition
COVENANTS, AUTHORITY AND LEADERSHIP
4.1. The history of Yahweh's dealings with the world consists of the establishment or restoration (and at times renewals or reformations) of various covenant relationships with, first, the Patriarchs (the first being Adam, the father of our race); and second, the nation of Israel (not to be confused with the modern Republic of Israel). These covenants define the spiritual and temporal relationship of Yahweh's people with their Creator and with one another and represent an unfolding of the divine purpose whose end is the complete restoration of the Kingdom of Elohim upon the earth through the Remnant. Each covenant marks a special dispensation of which there are eight:
4.1.1. The Patriarchal Covenant of Adam (Gen.1:27-30);
4.1.2. The Patriarchal Covenant of Noah (Gen.6:18b-21; 9:9-17);
4.1.3. The Patriarchal Covenant of Abraham (Gen.15:8-18; 17:6-8; 12:3; Ac.3:25; etc.);
4.1.4. The Covenant of Moses (Ex.2:25; 19-20; Dt.4:37; 7:6-8; 8:17-18; 9:4-6; 14:2; Ho.13:5; Am.3:2; Ex.6:6-8; 15:13; 20:2; 4:22; Dt.8:5; 14:1; 32:6; 1 Ch.29:10; Is.63:16; 74:8; Je.3:19; Ho.11:1; Mal.16; 2:10; etc.);
4.1.5. The Royal Covenant of David (Ps.89:3-4,26-37; 132:11-18; 2 Sam.7:12-17; etc.);
4.1.6. The Pre-Millennial New Covenant of Yah'shua-Yahweh after the Shavu'ot (Weeks, 'Pentecost') Order and Anointing (Gal.4:4; Heb.9:26; 13:20; 12:28; Mt.26:28; Mk.14:24; Lk.22:20; 1 Cor.11:25; etc.);
4.1.7. The Millennial Patriarchal Theocratic Covenant of Yah'shua-Yahweh after the Sukkot (Tabernacles) Order and Anointing which is being received and administered by the faithful and obedient Remnant prior to the Master's return of which NCAY is one of the forerunners (Jer.31:31-34; OB 58); and
4.1.8. The Post-Millennial Patriarchal Covenant of Yah-Yahweh the Eternal Father (Rev.21:1-22:11; 1 Cor.15:24)
4.2. The spiritual toqef or authority of NCAY to act in the Name of, and on behalf of, Yahweh is obtained inwardly and spiritually from Yahweh through the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) according, and in proportion, to its adherence and faithfulness to the covenants and mitzvot (commandments) of the Master Yah'shua made manifest by the spiritual fruits of its members (Mt.7:16; Rom.7:4; Gal.5:22; Eph.5:9; Col.1:10) and by the directives of the written Davar (Word);
4.3. The toqef (authority) of NCAY to prosecute its mission as a visible, organised body is obtained directly from the Patriarchate (the three presiding apostles who occupy the chairs of Peter, James and John -- Mt.17:1; Mk.5:37; 9:2; 13:3; 14:33; Lk.8:51; 9:28; Gal.2:9 cp. Ex.24:1-2,9) whose function is to appoint local and travelling Zaqenim (Elders) to serve in the local congregations or assemblies (e.g. pastors) and as missioners. The Presiding Patriarchate consists of three men and three women, making a total of six officers:
4.3.1. The Presiding Patriarch (also known as the First Patriarch and Presiding Apostle) who:
4.3.1.a. Presides over NCAY as a whole, calling International Conferences and Solemn Assemblies (as a rule on New Moons, Sabbaths, Annual Festivals, etc.) of the same whenever required;
4.3.1.b. Presides over the Melchizedek Priesthood as a whole to supervise the training and discipline of all the priesthood orders;
4.3.1.c. Appoints (through revelation) and presides over the other members of the Patriarchate (both patriarchs and matriarchs), who are his co-apostles, advisors or councellors;
4.3.1.d. Appoints (through revelation) and presides over, the Apostolate (Order of Twelve Apostles) after consultation with the several Priesthood Orders in order to regulate all the affairs of the local and central assemblies;
4.3.1.e. Regulates the affairs of, and presides over, the Holy Melchizedek Order and the Council of Patriarchs with its temple ministry and firstborn assemblies, and appoints their several officers;
4.3.1.f. Shall appoint an eventual successor with the agreement of the remaining eleven apostles, who shall normally be selected from amongst the existing apostles by revelation after prayer and fasting; and
4.3.1.g. Shall prepare and/or update the Constitution of NCAY in consultation with (a) the Patriarchate; (b) the Apostolate, and; (c) the Apostolic Council of Elders.
4.3.2. The Presiding Matriarch (also known as the First Matriarch) who, under the direction of the Presiding Patriarch:
4.3.2.a. Is to regulate the affairs of the women and children (up to the age of 16) of NCAY at large;
4.3.2.b. Presides over the Matriarchate consisting of the Presiding Matriarch and her two advisors or councellors;
4.3.2.c. Presides over the Council of Matriarchs with whom she consults, together with the other Matriarchs, in order to regulate the women's affairs in the central and local assemblies;
4.3.2.d. Is a counsellor to the Presiding Patriarch in the Patriarchate.
4.3.3. The Second Patriarch (also known as the Second Apostle) who, under the direction of the Presiding Patriarch:
4.3.3.a. Is a counsellor to the Presiding Patriarch in the Patriarchate;
4.3.3.b. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, the Apostolic Council of Zaqenim (Elders) and the General Council of Zaqenim (Elders);
4.3.3.c. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, all the Elders and Eldresses in NCAY at large, under the direction of the Presiding Patriarch.
4.3.4. The Second Matriarch, who, under the direction of the Presiding Matriarch;
4.3.4.a. Is a counsellor to the Presiding Matriarch in the Matriarchate;
4.3.4.b. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, the Sub-Apostolic Council of Eldresses and the General Sub-Council of Eldresses;
4.3.4.c. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, the Eldresses in NCAY under the direction of the Presiding Matriarch and the Second Patriarch.
4.3.5. The Third Patriarch (also known as the Third Apostle), who, under the direction of the Presiding Patriarch;
4.3.5.a. Is a counsellor to the Presiding Patriarch in the Patriarchate;
4.3.5.b. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, all the Apostolic Council of Shamashim (Deacons) and the General Council of Shamashim (Deacons);
4.3.5.c. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, all the Shamashim (Deacons) and Deaconesses in NCAY at large, under the direction of the Presiding Matriarch.
4.3.6. The Third Matriarch, who, under the direction of the Presiding Matriarch;
4.3.6.a. Is a counsellor to the Presiding Matriarch in the Matriarchate;
4.3.6.b. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, the Sub-Apostolic Council of Deaconesses and the General Sub-Council of Deaconesses;
4.3.6.c. Presides over, and regulates the affairs of, all the Deaconesses in NCAY at large, under the direction of the Presiding Matriarch and the Third Patriarch.
4.3.7. The Master Yah'shua haMashiach is the seventh (invisible) member of this Patriarchate, is its spiritual head today and physically assumes the Presidency of it in the Millennium, making this the perfect Millennial Order of Seven.
(Sections to be Added Later)
4.4. (Responsibilities of the other 9 male apostles)
4.5. (Women's Apostolate or the Order of 144)