Messianic Audio Teachings

Recorded 12/01/2014
Number 13 in the series Romans

In Romans 10:4, Paul declares that "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." Does this verse mean what most people think that it means? Does Paul mean to contradict Yeshua's own statement that he did not come to cancel the Torah? Unravel the riddle of this difficult saying in the midst of Paul's continuing discussion about the election of Israel despite the Jewish rejection of Yeshua.

Recorded 08/15/2015
Number 47 in the series Shabbat beShabbato

Life is full of good intentions: "One of these days, I'm going to start exercising and eating healthy." "One of these days, I'm going to get my life back on track." Have you ever noticed that "one of these days" never comes? This teaching about the Sabbath and God's Holy Days demonstrates how HaShem's appointed times are designed to interrupt our routine and provide opportunities for self-improvement, increasing godliness, and drawing nearer to God. We call this the "cycle of sanctification." We learn about how, just as Israel was commanded to sacrifice only at the place God chose to put his name, likewise, God's holy days function as "sanctuaries in time," chosen by God for all his people's participation. The forty days of repentence before the high holy days are an ideal time to get life back on track with renewed focus on repentance, prayer, and charity.

This teaching was originally presented to the community of Beth Immanuel on Rosh Chodesh Elul, Shabbat Re'eh, August 15, 2015 / Av 30, 5775, at the beginning of the forty days of repentance.

Recorded 08/08/2015
Number 46 in the series Shabbat beShabbato

Yeshua said that Miryam chose the good portion and it would not be taken away from her. What is the "good portion" that Miryam chose? In this teaching from Parashat Ekev, the Mitzvah of saying the grace after meals opens a discussion about the story of Miryam and Marta in Luke 10 and the importance of speaking words of Torah and the words of the Master at the Sabbath table. An important reminder about the distractions of materialsim.

Yeshua answered and said to her, "Marta, Marta, you are worried and alarmed about many things. Nothing is necessary except one thing, and Miryam has chosen the good portion that will not be taken from her." (Lukas 10:42-43, DHE)

This teaching was originally presented to the community of Beth Immanuel on Shabbat Ekev, August 8, 2015 / Av 23, 5775.

 

Recorded 11/24/1014
Number 12 in the series Romans

What about the Jewish people who rejected the Messiah? Did God "harden" their hearts? Why did they stumble over Yeshua, and what were the implications? Did the Messianic promises fail? Romans 9 is a pivotal passage for understanding Paul's theology regarding Messiah and Israel. This teaching takes the most difficult chapter of the Epistle to the Romans head on from a Messianic Jewish perspective.  

So then he has mercy on whomever he wils, and he hardens whomever he wills. (Romans 9:18)

Recorded 07/04/2015

The Bible is a book of blessings. And curses. Laying out a good curse on one's enemy is a lost art in today's world. Balaam was a master curser with the power of life and death in his mouth. Find out how the incredible power to curse has an equally powerful inverse which can change your life.

Recorded 11/17/2014
Number 11 in the series Romans

If Gentile believers receive the a share in the kingdom and the world to come and also enjoy the blessings promised to Abraham, what advantage does a Jewish believer have? What's the point of being a Jew at all? Does the inclusion of the Gentiles negate Jewish identity and priority? These are the questions that the Apostle Paul takes up in the much-misunderstood and often-misinterpreted ninth chapter of the book of Romans. 

What advantage has the Jew? What is the value of circumcsion? Much in every way. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Torah, the worship, and the promises. (Romans 3:1; 9:4)

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Recorded 06/04/2016
Number 33 in the series Shabbat beShabbato

I have three questions about Leviticus 26:42:

  1. Why are the names of the forefathers presented in reverse order in Leviticus 26:42?
  2. Why is Jacob's name spelled with an vav?
  3. And why does it say HaShem will remember his covenant with Abraham and Jacob, but regarding Isaac, the Hebrew does not use the word  "remember."

This teaching demonstrates how the land of Israel is an important part of the final redemption and the coming of the kingdom. The blessings in Bechukotai are prophetic descriptions of the land of Israel in the Messianic Era.

Recorded 05/03/2017

The case for religious Zionism and the fulfillment of biblical prophecy in the formation of the modern state of Israel. This teaching offers a sweeping overview of the story of Israel up until May of 1948 and the War for Independence. Includes a first-hand, on-the-ground teaching by Messianic Jewish pioneer and luminary Abram Poljak and a teaching on the synagogue's "Prayer for the State of Israel."

 

Recorded 05/17/2014

What’s the holiday of Lag Ba’Omer all about? This 2014 Shabbat teaching offers a collection of tales about the early second century sage Shimon Ben Yochai and an insightful discussion of Jewish mysticism in reference to the Gospel story of the road to Emmaus.

Recorded 09/15/2014
Number 10 in the series Romans

Does God predestine some people for salvation and others for torment? Where does that leave free choice? In this teaching on Romans 8, we look beyond the weary argument about predestination and free will to try to understand the words of the Apostle Paul from within the context of the argument he is making. Take a closer look at the meaning of resurrection and the hope in which we were saved.

Download the original class notes as a pdf in the link below.

 

Recorded 09/08/2014
Number 9 in the series Romans

What is the significance of the resurrection of Yeshua? In Romans 8, Paul enters into the deep mysticism of resurrection theology. The resurrection of Yeshua is prelude to the restoration of heaven and earth which will transform this present world into the world to come. Those in Messiah are swept up in that future transformation through His Spirit even now, and by that transformation, we have a hope for the future to come and victory in Messiah today.

Listen to this teaching and download the original accompanying handout as a PDF in the link below.
 

Recorded 04/05/2017
Number 41 in the series Apocalypse of John

Follow the river that flows from one end of the Bible to the other, from the Garden of Eden to the World to Come. This final teaching from the book of Revelation brings us back to the island of Patmos at the end of the book and the end of the Apocalypse of John series.

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book." (Revelation 1:3,  22:7)

Recorded 03/29/2017
Number 40 in the series Apocalypse of John

New Jerusalem is the capital city of the World to Come. What's the relationship between this world and the World to Come? What's the difference between Messianic Jerusalem and New Jerusalem? And why is there no Temple in New Jerusalem? Listen to a quick-paced run through Revelation 21 and take a taste of the World to Come.

 

Recorded 04/04/2017
Number 39 in the series Apocalypse of John

Will the dead be raised before the Messianic Era or after the Messianic Era? This teaching on Revelation 20 distinguishes between the Days of the Messiah and the World to Come and between the first resurrection and the second resurrection. Important information for sorting out New Testament eschatology.

 

Recorded 03/16/2017
Number 38 in the series Apocalypse of John

At the end of days, when King Messiah comes, there will be two sets of dinner invitations issued. You will want to RSVP for the right event, and make sure you aren't at the wrong one. This teaching on Revelation 19 issues an invitation to the wedding supper of the Lamb, takes us through the second coming of Messiah, and the exciting to conclusion to the first battle of Gog and Magog.

Recorded 12/10/2016
Number 7 in the series Shabbat beShabbato

The Sabbath Keeper is promised to "feed on the heritage of Jacob your father" (Isaiah 58:14). What is the "heritage of Jacob" and what is the relationship to Sabbath keeping? This teaching, a discussion of Isaiah 58:13-14 from Shabbat Vayeitzei 5777, wanders like a strange dream in many directions.

 

Recorded 03/08/2017
Number 37 in the series Apocalypse of John

Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great! Her smoke rises to heaven forever.

The nations lament over the fall of "Babylon the Great," and Revelation 18 eulogizes the city in the language and taunts fo the prophets of old. This teaching takes students on a tour of Bible prophecies to set the stage for the climactic collapse of the great city that sits upon seven hills, drunk with the blood of the saints, apostles and prophets, and seducing the nations with materialism, wealth, and immorality.

Recorded 02/15/2017
Number 36 in the series Apocalypse of John

Who is Mystery Babylon, the mysterious woman riding a seven headed steed in Revelation 17? Is it America? Iran? Syria? In this teaching, we will answer the question according to the way the symbolism would have been understood by a first century Messianiac believer living in Asia Minor.

Recorded 02/01/2017
Number 35 in the series Apocalypse of John

Seven angels pour out seven bowls (invoking the plagues with which God struck Egypt) as the armies of Gog and Magog assemble to make war on Jerusalem in the Battle of Armageddon. Get the inside information on the great end-times conflict and God's direct intervention for the salvation of his people.

Recorded 01/25/2017
Number 34 in the series Apocalypse of John

A majestic prelude to the final act of the redemption comes with a heavenly recitation of the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb. We see the seven angels preparing to pour out seven bowls of God's wrath upon the earth while the heavenly spirits of the martyrs take their places in the supernal temple to provide a choral accompaniment for soundtrack of the final redemption.
 

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