Messianic Audio Teachings

Recorded 12/21/2016
Number 30 in the series Apocalypse of John

The Book of Revelation depicts a terrifying beast rising out of the sea. The whole world goes astray after the beast, worshipping it and asking, "Who is like the Beast?" Who is the Beast? What do the seven heads, ten horns, and diadems represent? This teaching makes the connection between Daniel's vision of four beasts and the Beast that rises out of the sea.

 

Recorded 02/22/2014
Number 43 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The book of Hebrews warns us against allowing a bitter root to spring up in our lives, but the bitter root is probably not what you think it is. The Talmud says that one who says, "I will sin now and repent later, and sin again," is not forgiven. Take a look in the Torah to discover the real meaning of the bitter root. This teaching on Hebrews 12:11-29 challenges cheap grace while encouraging us to keep our eyes on the hope of the kingdom. 

Recorded 12/21/2013
Number 35 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What were the sacrifices supposed to accomplish? The writer of the book of Hebrews maintains that the animal sacrifices offered in the Temple cannot grant forgiveness for the world to come or the reward of eternal life. If so, why did God command the Israelites to offer sacrifices?

The contents of this discussion contributed to the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the Sacrifices?.

This sermon marks one year in Beth Immanuel's study of the epistle to the Hebrews, so it features a brief review of the first eight chapters of the book.

Recorded 04/06/2013
Number 12 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Does it ever seem like God is far away, distant, doesn’t hear your prayers; you don’t feel his presence; you can’t see him, and you don’t experience him? That's because we are on the wrong side of the sword that closes the way to Eden. Hebrews 4:11-16 speaks of a fearsome sword that divides soul and spirit, joint and marrow, and reveals the inner intentions of the heart. Discover the edenic background to the double-edged sword of the book of Hebrews and the Way to the tree of life.

Recorded 09/28/2017

On Rosh Hashanah, the heavenly court opens The Book of Deeds in which every day of your life is recorded. Who wrote this book? How did your signature get in it? Listen to a teaching from Beth Immanuel's first day of Rosh Hashanah 5778 about a biography of your life--your autobiography--written in heaven.
 

Recorded 10/26/2013
Number 28 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What does it mean that "the former commandment has been set aside" (Hebrews 7:18)? Does the priesthood of Messiah cancel the priesthood of Aaron and the Levitical system? This teaching explores the relationship between two different priesthoods in Hebrews 7:18-28, the Aaronic priesthood and the Melchizedekian priesthood.

The Aaronic priesthood was never in business to conduct souls to heaven or to attain eternal forgiveness and justification for sinners. That was not their job. Their job was to facilitate the worship of Hashem in the holy Sanctuary, to conduct the sacrificial services, to carry the blood of sacrifices to the altar, and to bestow Hashem’s blessing upon the worshippers and upon the nation. Getting people into heaven and raising them from the dead was not in the job description.

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 05/25/2013
Number 17 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The Evangelical Gospel can be reduced to "Jesus died to save you from your sins. Believe in him for the forgiveness of sins and you will go to heaven when you die." This sermon introduces the Six Elementary Teachings of Messiah with a look at Evangelicalism, our Evangelical roots, and the problems with the Evangelical Gospel, citing Scot McKnight's book The King Jesus Gospel.

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

Recorded 03/02/2013
Number 9 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, but the Messiah has the status of Son over the household. Hebrews 3:1-6 contrasts and compares the respective stations of Moses and Messiah in the household of God. This teaching considers the familial language the Yeshua and the apostles applied to the believers, and it discusses the concept of family loyalty and our obligations to one another within the body of Messiah.

How do we know that the Messiah will be more worthy of honor than Moses? The Holy One Blessed be He spoke of Moses saying, “My servant Moses is faithful in all my house,” but He spoke regarding the Son of David saying, “He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son.” Now who is greater, the servant over the household, or the Son of the household? Surely the Son is more worthy of honor than the Servant. Now the builder of the household has more honor than the household, just as the Creator has more honor than the creation. So the Son has more honor than the servant.

Recorded 08/10/2013
Number 26 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

After the resurrection of the dead comes the final judgment. According to Hebrews 6, the eternal judgment is one of the elementary principles of the Messiah, yet it is poorly understood among believers today. This teaching provides a quick synopsis of the subject.

The Final Judgment is a re-recording of a talk originally delivered on Shabbat Shoftim, Elul 4, 5773 corresponding to August 10 in the year of our Master 2013. This is the 26th installment in our studies in the book of Hebrews and the final installment in our special study of elementary teachings of the Messiah in Hebrews 6.

Recorded 04/28/2016
Number 18 in the series Apocalypse of John

Have the four horsemen of the apocalypse already begun to ride through the earth? Who are the mysterious riders? Discover the identity of the rider on the white horse, and learn to listen for the approaching hoofbeats--the footsteps of Messiah.

Recorded 03/30/2016
Number 15 in the series Apocalypse of John

What are the four living creatures around the throne of glory? What is the meaning of the face of the lion, the ox, the eagle, and the man? Take a peek behind the veil at the throne of glory and the worship of the Almighty in Revelation 4. This teaching on the heavenly temple reveals the connection between the heavenly worship service and the kedushah prayer in the synagogue liturgy today: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts. 

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 07/06/2013
Number 23 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The elementary principles include the subject of baptism and instructions regarding immersions. In this teaching, we look at the evidence from early Christian documents. Find out how the second-century Christians welcomed new converts into the body of Messiah. This teaching contains quotations from Justin Martyr's First Apology, from the Didache, and from the Apostolic Constitutions. The quotations are available in the PDF document below titled Initiation Texts.

Recorded 11/16/2013
Number 31 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What is the differences between the Letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law in Pauline terminology? This teaching discusses the promise in Jeremiah 31 regarding the Torah written on our hearts in the New Covenant, with reference to Paul's discourse in Romans 7-8 regarding the Spirit and the Law. A foundational teaching for everyone interested in Messianic Judaism and the role of Torah in the lives of disciples of Yeshua. This sermon became one of the primary lectures in the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?

Recorded 09/13/2015

In the first chapter of the book of Revelation, the risen Yeshua appears and declares that he holds in his hand "the keys to death and Hades." What are these keys and from where did he acquire them? What do they unlock?

This teaching, presented on Erev Rosh HaShanah 5776, discusses the resurrection of the dead in relationship to the shofar of Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi Yochanah said: The Holy One blessed be He has retained three keys in his own hands and not entrusted them into the hand of any messenger: the Key of Rain, the Key of the Womb, and the Key of the Resurrection of the Dead.” (b.Taanit 2a–b)

 

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 09/10/2015

The last blood moon in a series of four lunar eclipses, each falling on significant holy days, occurs on the first day of Sukkot 5776. Is it a sign from heaven? In this teaching from Beth Immanuel Plugged In, Pastor Lancaster sketches out an overview of the blood moon phenomenon and offers his own interpretation of the astronomical event.

 

Recorded 09/01/2014
Number 8 in the series Romans

Why does Paul refer to the Torah as "the law of sin and death"? What does it mean to say that we have "died to the law"? This teaching tackles some of the most difficult material in the Pauline epistles to try to make sense of Paul's theology regarind the Torah.

Download the attached PDF from the original 2014 class to follow along.

Recorded 05/11/2016
Number 19 in the series Apocalypse of John

The fifth seal opens and John sees the souls of those martyred "under the altar." The sixth seal is opened and "the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood" (Revelation 6:12). With the sixth seal, the tribulation on the nations begins, but not before an angel marks 144,000 from Israel. Discover the meaning behind the mark with which the angel seals the 144,000.

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