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I recorded this teaching in Lake City, Florida during a Shabbat meeting. I spoke about this on one of the Torah Portions but I made a special teaching and here I teach about the power of the Pass-Over of Yah into the houses of Israel in Egypt. Also, I will share how YHVH will Make the NEW COVENANT in Jeremiah 31:32. I pray that this teaching will make an Impact your spiritual life as much is change my own life.

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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

48 thoughts on “The Threshold Covenant”

  1. Cristina Monaghan

    Thank you so much for these teachings, I cannot think of anything more “rich” then the teachings re Covenant’s in light of the ANEC and ANET……. Oh my heart, Todah Abba, and thank you Rico for your hard work.

  2. Iris,
    While you may be correct about the idol worship, here is some more significance to the commandment:

    The Shabbat, like all other feasts, is a prophetic foreshadowing. The Shabbat foreshadows the 1000 year reign of Messiah Yeshua. So, why the command not to bring new light into the world? Because during the Shabbat millennium, we will have the Light of the World with us, and will have no need for new light!! And after the Shabbat millennium, Rev 21:23 says that there will be no need for the sun and moon because the Lamb is the light! (although I don’t think this means there won’t be a sun & moon, there just will not be a need for them in the city of Yerushalayim)


  3. Shalom Iris,

    Thank you for your kind words. I don’t doubt that you already understood that we aren’t replacing Yeshua as High Priest. I have listened to Rico many times and as such was trying to explain it in the way that he discusses it. I think where the problem lies in is how (in general) Christians use this “access to the Father” to do away with stuff that is not to be done away with. They believe that the Levitical priesthood and the sacrifices are done away with for good, and scriptures bear witness that they are not by any means. What changed was the high priesthood, and just in time too since the earthly high priesthood was corrupted! One thing funny with the whole business is when you think about Nadab and Abihu and how they were consumed by fire for incorrect worship, and then you look at pork-eating, Sunday-keeping, lawless Christians claim that they have access to the Father, I have to thank Elohim that they do not have access to Him in the way that the priests did because they would be toasty critters.

    Anyways, welcome to the blog. This is the first Messianic/Hebrew Roots blog that I have really had much to do with since most of the existing ones either haven’t had any posts in a while or they have ridiculous rules (for instance you cannot support the deity of Yeshua in anything you post). This forum is an answer to prayer for me because it’s hard for me to find anyone in person who desires to have deep spiritual conversations and I don’t have many chances to go to fellowships with other like-minded believers due to circumstances that I won’t go into right now.


    1. It is really a pleasure to be here Ryan – Thank you again. Rico is an awesome teacher…I feel the same way as far as like mindedness – I used to go to a Messianic Temple (50 mins away from my house) for three years…but I was not fulfilled (and kept bugging the Father about this). I found that there was still a great deal of compromise doctrinally and in the way the Sabbath and feasts are ‘kept’ (being that they were still influenced by the church – I found out later that they fall under the Baptist movement). We have stopped going for a year now but we gather together at home on Evert Shabbat and then study together with a live congregation in the day -time (elsewhere by internet) – I say all of that to say; like you, I too miss the ‘physical’ fellowship and the coorporate dances but some of the most blessed times with Eloheim has been when we sit together at the table (where two or three are gathered…). Father continues to be faithful to feed us and has heard our prayer for a greater depth of Torah study – Rico is a breath of fresh air – He has confirmed for me much of what has been shown to me (that goes against the grain). I pray for continued Wisdom for you and for all on this forum. Thanks again for your welcome and Thank you Rico (if you were to see this). May Yahweh continue to reveal His heart to you.


  4. It was the Father’s original intent that we not have an intermediary, that we have direct access to Him as Adam did. I believe it was even offered to Israel when YHWH offered to make them a kingdom of priests. Sadly, they rejected that offer (although it is not actually written as such) when they told Moses to go talk to God instead of Him talking directly to them. Right now, Yeshua is our High Priest, as most Christians are aware meaning that we have access to the Father through Yeshua, just like the children of Israel had access to the Father through Moses and Aaron. One day though, we will have direct access to the Father without any intermediary, whether that is in the 1000 year reign of Messiah or it is in the world to come, I am not positive. So why do I say we don’t have direct access to the Father? Because He doesn’t literally speak to us out loud in a voice that everybody can hear. I know some people say that God has spoken to them directly, and I am not going to refute that because I simply don’t know, but I can tell you there are plenty of devout followers of Messiah who will tell you that they have never heard the actual voice of God.


    1. I agree with your response Ryan – I don’t believe that we are disagreeing on our arguments per-say – its just a matter of perspective… I believe that where we differ is that I believe that the Sprit of Yeshua is also the Spirit of the Father…being all G-d, all man; and the fullnes of the Godhead bodily…But now we know him no more in the flesh – He is now more faithful over His house as a Son…Yeshua said He would lead us into all truth; and that His sheep hears His voice…As Moses spoke to the children on behalf of the people, so now The Son (which I believe is the same Spirit as the Father) speaks to us… – I am not going to be dogmatic about my arguments though…As Rico says when we know even as we are known, we are probably going to see that we are all wrong at some level anyway 🙂 – I would like to add though that I (we) have had the previledge of hearing the Ruach when I pray and on occation in times of praise (and He has warned, chastistised; directed and shown me (us) how to properly conduct our lives and shown us things to come; as promised in John – much things that could not possibly be of anyone/thing but the all knowing Eloheim). I have not attended church in five years (as you suppose) – I prayed one day at home and asked the Father to teach me and He has been my Rabbi ever since…(At that time I was reading the scriptures 6-8 hrs a day). When he speaks to me it always lines up with His Torah – He is the one that led us (you and I) to this forum. From the onset (over a decade ago) He dealt with me about the Sabbath and eating Kosher and he told me to drink more water and excercise with weights – I later found out that this is the scientific way to keep weight off). I would love to say that I have been immediately obedient on everything He has directed but I would be lying. In more recent years (three years now since our obedience) He has supernaturally taught me to joyfully observe His other feasts Days – (and He was the one that told my husband to wear his tallith in prayer and to study Hebrew). The very first time He spoke to my Spirit was concerning His Torah – One day…as I sincerely sought him (in His Word) about His way of prosperity and I asked Him how come I had never heard His voice, He gave me Joshua 1:8 and Jeremiah 29:11…later Romans 8:16 and shortly after Deut 8:16. He also admonished me that my faith MUST be based ONLY on the Word of Eloheim and therefore I must always measure everything. Over the past decade I have occasionally heard the voice of the Ruach…with the rewards for obedience and the retribution for disobedience. Like Rico, The Father has clearly shown my husband and I that we too are of Judah and Ephraim (still in the nations) and that he desires His 10,000s of Ephraim home…He has also communicated His desire for His people to repent and has guidanced me to completed a book concerning these things. (One day in 2008 I asked for a rainbow as I a sign of His faithfulness and He showed me one that same hour…and at least one each day for a whole month; at which time I asked how ong He could kep it up – His response “more than you could ask or think” – I have seen one (or more each day every since). I could go on and on as far as his directions etc. but to futility. I mentioned all of the above not to boast, (for He says “let him that boast, boast in that he Knows and understands Me…”) but to engender your prayers; for If I (we) have not been hearing from HIM then I do (sincerely) need your intercession. But if I am indeed hearing from my Heavenly Abba, then I pray that He will allow you to enjoy even a greater intimacy that I do now and have relied on… I feel a great love for you (even though we havent personally met)… I just want to thank you so very much for your comments and I greatly appreciate your kind responses. When I posted, I did not expect to be in a lengthy dialogue nor did I intend to be so vocal, but does he not lead us today (even as He did the prophets of old)? Did he not say even the least of them (Talmadeem) would be greater than the prophets in His Kingdom? I pray that I may be even one of the least.

      Would you believe if I told you that this is the first time I have ever posted anything on a blog? Please keep me in your prayers.

      Lots of love and respect
      Iris Grant.

  5. Ryan, Thanks for your post…and I appreciate your take. I was not aware that there were two veils (thanks for that info)…Also, I was not implying that we become High Priests as it is that we now have accesss to the father (not just once per year) – but now, for all times (daily), via our perpetual high priest. Bear in mind that the role of the High Priest was to interceed on behalf of the people, so that they would be in good standing with the Father…But do not negate the intent of the Father. ‘The people’ were (are) not just ‘subjects’ but sons. The Spirit of Elohim told my husband and I that we (His children)have not even begun to understand what Yeshua did for us; He said that we do not understand our Oneness with Him; that we are literally tangible components of His (Yeshua’s) physical body in the earth. He said, we now have access (oneness) with Him (The Father) through the Messiah (Ref John 17 – You in Me – I in them). He said that the desired relationship model existed in the beginning when He created Adam (who had the His untainted Spirit and hence was able to name all the animals), until he was tricked by the enenemy. He said the enemy had no power to by himself curse or cause the earth to be cursed, but he KNEW that if he tricked Adam he could use the power (invested) in him (Adam) to curse. As in the beginning, when we were in Adam…and sin passed to us, severing our union with the Father, He says, so it is now, in Yeshua, the LAST Adam. He said, from the very beginning, that has been His desire and intent all along – that we would be One with Him – This not figuratively. He said until this is understood, that we will not be able to walk into the level of freedom that was purchased for us. Paul said in Phillipians 2 that He is the fullness of the Father (Godhead) and “we are complete in Him.” Does that mean we are perfect? No, not in our righteousness; but when we covenant with Yeshua (which is what we do when we ‘confess’ the He is Yahweh)and walk in His constition; then by covenant, He receives us into His House – And all that we are and what belonged to us became His (all Junk)…And we get the awesome previledge of receiving ALL that the Father has(Him and all in Him) – That is the Power of Covenant!He (Possessor of heaven and earth) made covenant with Abraham,a mortal; sharing a meal with him and walking through the pieces…He could not break that covenant but Abraham and his seed had the potential to; so He came Himself and ratified that covenant (as THE SEED)- So now; having paid the debt for death, once for all times; He and all in Him (Yeshua) once again has access to the Father; we are saved – Zoe – We now have (again) life as Eloheim has it. The intent all along!


  6. Shalom igrantsuccess and welcome to the forum,

    Your understanding is based on a faulty assumption. The gospels do in fact state that the veil was rent in two, but fail to specifically mention WHICH veil. Hebrews 9:3 discusses that the Holy of Holies was behind the SECOND veil. Alfred Edersheim also mentions there being 2 veils. So which one ripped? Well, when you read Matthews account in chapter 27, you will see that the centurion and those with him actually witnessed the veil renting. They would not have been able to see the 2nd veil, only the one going into the Holy place from their position on the Mount of Olives (yes, to the East, not to the North like most Christians believe).

    Your quote of Hebrews 6:19-20 is completely inaccurate, that passage does not say that we enter the Most Holy place, it says that Yeshua enters for us, which is the role of a High Priest. If we were able to “enter the Most Holy place”, that would mean that we were all High Priests and would mean that Yeshua serves no purpose as a High Priest.

    Hebrews 10:19-21 seems to imply that we access to the Most Holy, but that understanding is stems from a lack of understanding of temple service language. This passage is simply once again stating that we have access to the Father through Yeshua, which means that Yeshua is in the role of High Priest and as thus is our intercessor, our intermediary to the Father, not that we go directly to Him. Before Yeshua, Israel had access to the Father through the appointed High Priest.

    Revelation 21:16 is prophesying of after the Millennial reign of Messiah when there will be no more sin, we will be spotless so there will no longer be a need for a temple or a priesthood. Since we will be as Adam before the fall, we will be able to speak with the Father.

    Hebrews 9:24-26 is once again stating that Yeshua is our High Priest, not that we are High Priests.

    I hope this helps deepen your understanding, I know that it is tough to unlearn what we previously considered sound doctrine that turns out to be little more than misunderstanding from centuries of the church studying scripture without a Hebrew understanding.


  7. Hi Rico, I just join a couple weeks ago (usually watch El-Shaddai). Thank you so much for the powerfull teaching on “Threshold.” It flew the hinges; opened up the threshold of the scriptures in a whole new light for me.I am a Jamaican and we know when we see fake and you are definitely not it. Lov e your down to earth approah and apparently teachable spirit..,hence I’mwriting. You mentioned something about the song “I enter the holy of Holies being inappropriate…I was floored; agreed with you for a moment and then was reminded of it’s accuracy – The veil to the Most holy place was rent by no human hands when the sacrifice was made (once for all times)by the Father; signifying that we now have access (through our Messiah) to the Throne room of Grace -The Mercy seat. We still must be careful though to enter through the door, with our sacrifice of praise, washing with the Word(at the lever)to eat a meal in an intimate cnadle light setting in the Father’s house…and then enter the Fathers abode by/with Messiah – the sweet savor – created by our prayers.

    “But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.” (Hebrews 9:7)

    We can now boldly enter into God’s presence, “the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)

    “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)

    The Holy of Holies is a representation of heaven itself, God’s dwelling place, which we have access now through Christ. In Revelations, John’s vision of heaven — the New Jerusalem — also was a perfect square, just as the Holy of Holies was (Revelation 21:16).

    “For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. …But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Hebrews 9:24-26)

  8. you mentioned Zeph. 1;9 in your teaching and said you would get to the part about why it was wrong to leap over as opposed to stepping over. I never did catch that unless i just missed it somehow. I would like to know the answer if you get this or if anyone else can point this out to me. My email is

    1. Can anyone shed more light on what it means “to kindle a fire” – I have always thought that there must be more to this than cooking…but perhaps i’m reading more than i need to – I was reading the book on Threshold covenant (recomended by Rico) and I came acrosss something very interesting. The author says the hearth (modern day stove or fire place) was a secred place; so I was wondering if it had anything to do with that – If one ‘kindles a fire” on the Sabbath (as opposed to going to the place of sacrifice; His Temple) it’s as if he is sacrificing to some other ‘god’ (since he is not doing what Yahweh commands – to hold a set-apart gathering (not like one does ev eryday). That brought me to wondering if lighting candles on Shabbath is appropriate because the ‘blessing’ says; ‘…who commands us to…’ but I have never really seen a command in the Torah to light Shabbath candle. Does anyone have greater understanding?


  9. Rico, this one teaching lets a person know what is expected of them in the Father’s House, all the answers being in the Torah, the rules of the house, if you will, the bride, the groom, the Father’s house and a little peice of land as Brad says. Your teaching, here ties it all together! THANK YOU
    I saw your personal note a few minutes ago, be assured we are all catching “it” from both sides, whenever we share the truth
    Blessings to you and your family
    Shalom, Homer

    1. La Palabra de HaShem es Luz, que importa que no se vea el lugar claramente. La ensenanza es lo que importa, no la tecnologia del hombre. Nos falta conocimiento si lo que vemos es lo material y no lo espiritual y la ensenanza que El Altisimo nos quiere presentar.
      Tremendo mensaje hermano Rico. Que Adonai y Yeshua le sigan llenando de conocimiento para que nos ensene lo que HaShem quiere que sepamos. Que importa que el area este oscuro, lo que es importante es La Palabra del Senor, nada mas.
      Gracias Rico por permitir que el Ruach HaKodesh le llene el corazon de tanto amor por nuestro Creador. Amen!!

      1. De acuerdo luzmagaly. 🙂 Escribe usted espanol muy bien. De donde es usted? Soy de Holtville California y soy estudianted de Espanol. Estoy aprendiendolo aqui a mi colegio. Me alegre que hayan muchas personas aqui que le aman a YHWH mucho en El Nombre de Yahshua Messias 🙂

  10. Yah has placed a law for the sun the moon and the stars so that they will run their course. He has placed a law for the sea and it doesn’t cross its boundaries. All of Yah’s creation follows His Laws but man. How great is our Elohim that He would think of man, the one that tramples on His Torah, to come into covenant with him and send His redeemer to their children’s children as a surety for the covenant. How awesome is out El and amazing are His ways! Thanks Rico for sharing what you’ve learned and praise Yah for giving understanding!

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