This week, Ross covers the second of 4 lessons from the Joseph Saga. Again the theme of dreams plays an important part and once again Ross demonstrates that these ancient stories possibly contain prophetic clues. Ross puts forth the idea that the Hebrew people have always been the people of the dream. He presents examples of various stages of the prophetic plan being communicated by dreams and suggests that this is perhaps more important than we have realized. From the first appearances to the patriarchs we have elements of the plan delivered through dreams. What makes us believe that the same will not take place in the latter days? Ross also provides two examples of world leaders having dreams and Hebrews being called forth to give the meaning. The obvious question then becomes, will this happen again? And will the rise of present-day Joseph be preceded by the disturbing dream of a world leader? You do not want to miss this class.
In this week’s lesson Ross begins to teach the Joseph Saga. As we enter the final four classes of our Genesis series the focus is shifted to Joseph. Who was this son of Rachel and what does his story tell us about the latter days? The prophet Ezekiel speaks of the joining of two sticks: the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph. The identity of the stick of Judah is not a mystery, but who are those represented by the stick of Joseph? The revelation of the identity of Joseph unlocks the entirety of the plan for those that have eyes to see. This class is the first of four teachings meant to do just that. Our story ends today with Joseph presented as separated from his family, stolen from the land of the Hebrews, and forgotten. Ross begins to set forth the idea that this ancient story describes the descendants of Joseph and their present state. In future classes he will continue to explore the identity of Joseph. You will not want to miss these classes.
In this week’s class, Ross relates some of his experiences from his recent tour of the land of Israel. He begins by sharing a discovery of two scrolls in the ancient synagogue atop Masada. He then connects these texts with the story of Jacob’s return as foretold by the prophets. What could be the connection between the defenders of Masada and the returning descendants of Jacob? In this teaching Ross points out that the ancient promises declared to Jacob provide insights into the coming redemption. He makes the case that at a certain time history will meet with prophecy in the present. Could we be witnessing this meeting? You will not want to miss this class.
In this lesson, Glenn shares an insight into the Torah portion that came to him after being awakened early on Shabbat morning. He describes this amazing encounter with the God that Jacob referred to as “The Fear of Isaac” and the message he felt led to share.
Glenn discusses that this rich and full Torah portion contains a truth that is vital to the fulfillment of Yehovah’s plan for the family of Avraham and through them for all of humanity. His message will challenge the listener to examine their life to see if they have come to the realization that Jacob did concerning how they view and relate to Yehovah.
The Blessing and the Birthright were two customs that affected ancient covenants. Parsha Toldot relates the story of how Jacob obtained both the birthright and the blessing from his older brother Esau. This parsha provides the perfect opportunity to continue our study on ancient covenants. In this study, we discover that the Birthright and the Blessing did not originate with God’s call of Abraham, but had actually been established by the patriarch Noah. Not only do we discover the reason God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham as part of his Birthright, we also discover that many ancient Mesopotamian laws followed the custom of primogeniture (the double inheritance granted to the first-born). Yet, we also consider several stipulations within the Torah that help the customs of inheritance to function with better equity than they had in Mesopotamian societies. Join us as we rediscover how the Birthright and Blessing affected ancient covenants and retrace how the promises associated with these customs pass through the patriarchs until they are divided among the 12 sons of Jacob.