In this week’s class, Ross covers the subject of the Priestly Blessing. These fifteen Hebrew words, recorded in the fourth book of the Torah, in Torah reading Naso contain much that we should know. Ross begins the study with a passage from II Chronicles, which conveys that Israel has been without the True God, a teaching priest and Torah for far too long. The teaching seeks to show that Joseph is currently experiencing the hiding of the face. The priestly blessing speaks of the shining of the face. By carefully studying the subject of blessing in general and the words contained in the priestly blessing specifically, Ross points out that the word for blessing in Hebrew is associated with the word for “knee.” Could it be that divine blessing and perhaps even the restoration of Joseph is connected to prayer? You will not want to miss this class.
In this week’s class, Ross returns to the regular cycle of Torah and Prophet readings after completing his seven-part series on the Messiah. We begin our journey through the book of Numbers today and Ross focuses on the Prophet reading, which comes from the prophet Hosea. He explores a common misunderstanding, especially among Christians – namely, the identity of the group referred to as “not my people.” Who is this group? Are they Gentiles?
Does the bible suggest that Israel failed to attain righteousness because they attempted to do so through the “law?” And does it further suggest that because Israel failed to attain righteousness through the law that the Gentiles were able to attain it simply by faith?
Ross takes us back to the original prophecies concerning “not my people” and looks at the subject in context. He works through these ancient prophecies and in the process, clarifies some long misunderstood points from Scripture. You will not want to miss this teaching.
Iyar 28th on the Jewish calendar marks the day that Jerusalem was re-united and the Jewish people regained control of the Old City in June of 1967. I have always found the following piece to be worth sharing at this time every year. Could it be that the miraculous events of June 7, 1967 were foretold by the ancient prophet Daniel? Read the following comments from James Tabor and you decide.
It has been characteristic of apocalyptic groups, both ancient and modern, to try and make some sense out of the prophetic periods or numbers in the book of Daniel. We find indications of such in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament, in Rabbinic literature, and other ancient texts. They referred to these prophetic numbers as “the times and the seasons.” Moderns groups, particularly the heirs of William Miller, but others as well, have also delved into such things in an attempt to project the numbers of Daniel into our own time. Sir Isaac Newton was more interested in such matters of biblical and prophetic chronology than he was in physics and he spent many years working on such calculations. Modern scholars would of course see this as a vain enterprise, since the numbers of the book of Daniel seem to be well rooted historically in the period of the Maccabees. However, such historical readings have not deterred those who see these prophecies as having a kind of “dual” application, in the past but also projecting into the future. Some years ago I was reading the classic commentary of Adam Clarke, the 19th century Methodist biblical scholar, on Daniel. He commented, writing in 1831, that according to his calculations, based on the 2300 day/year prophecy of Daniel 8, Jerusalem would be “vindicated” in 1966, precisely 2300 years from the defeat of the Persian king Darius (the Ram) by Alexander the Great (the He Goat) in 334 BCE, when Jerusalem lost its sovereignty to a series of Greco-Roman powers. Since it is rare for anyone involved in “Bible Prophecy” to ever predict something long ahead of their lifetime, it stuck me as strange and a bit daring. He had made one error in his calculations. In moving from 334 BCE, which he saw as the beginning of period Jerusalem’s loss of sovereignty, when Alexander defeated the Persian ruler Darius, 2300 years forward, he had forgotten to add a year since there is no year zero. Hence his corrected prediction would be 1967 as the year when Gentiles would no longer exercise sovereignty over Jerusalem. Also, something Clarke did not know, but others have since pointed out, is that the battle at the Granicus River in 334 BCE took place on the Olympiad calendar corresponding to May/June.
In this teaching, the 7th and final in the Messiah Series, Ross offers perhaps his most important teaching ever. The class is based upon the subject first taught to him by his teacher James Tabor, from his book, Restoring Abrahamic Faith. In this teaching, Ross convincingly shows that the focus on a coming messiah, though expected by Jews and Christians is not the primary event of the last days, rather that the central event is the coming of Yehovah. Ross works through prophetic passages in an attempt to set the record straight. You will not want to miss this teaching! The focus of this teaching is in the final analysis, a case or mistaken identity or at the least a disproportionate focus on the person of “Messiah.” Surely our main focus should be on the Moshiya and not Mashiach.
This lecture was presented at the 70th Annual United Israel World Union Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina April 26th through April 28th, 2013. The theme of the conference was on Zionism and the title of this lecture is, The Dream of the Fathers. Beginning with a single phrase contained in the Israeli Declaration of Independence, Ross explores a prophetic dream that can be traced back all the way to the patriarch Jacob. Skillfully weaving ancient biblical texts and the words of Theodor Hertzl, Ross seeks to show that while the modern State of Israel represents a partial realization of the dream of the fathers, the prophets suggest a far greater reality for the descendants of Jacob. What was it that Jacob saw as he slept on a stone at Bethel? Playing off of a key Hebrew phrase translated as the restoration of the fortunes, Ross shows that the greatest event of human history will prove to be inspired by an ancient dream – the Dream of the Fathers.