Yom Kippur | the Day of Atonement
- The Fall Feast of Redemption -
Yom Kippur Overview
Yom Kippur Teaching
Overview of Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur—the day of atonement is the second of the three fall feasts (Leviticus 16 and 23:26). This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among you; for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before YAHveh (the LORD). It is to be a sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may humble your souls; it is a permanent statute. “So the priest who is anointed and ordained to serve as priest... shall make atonement: He shall also make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. Now you shall have this as a permanent statute, to make atonement for the sons of Israel for all their sins once every year” (Leviticus 16:29-34). Of all the millions that professed Him and of all the millions YAHveh called His very own who were delivered out of Egypt because of the lamb’s blood, this did not guarantee they would enter the Promised Land. The Commandments were the only thing that separated Israel to make them separate and holy. When Moses, the mediator, was up on Mt Sinai, even after all the miracles YAHveh had just done to deliver them from the Egyptians, they made an idol—a god of a golden calf. They corrupted themselves with worldly revelry and quickly turned aside from the way YAHveh commanded by making a synchronistic religion of the calf and YAHveh. YAHveh (the LORD) knew how prone to evil and obstinate the people were and in His jealous and burning anger He said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book” (Exodus 32:33).
Therein is the need for the blood so that their names would not be blotted out of His book. This points to the feasts and culminates with this most important feast of the Day of Atonement by which their names would be reinstated in His book for another year by the covering of their sins in the blood, that they could go into the eternal promised land—His kingdom.
This feast needs to be looked at in the light of revelation in several vital aspects. First we see YAHshua (Jesus) as our Yom Kippur priest and as the once and for all sacrifice to die for our atonement —the covering and removal of our sins. “For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest… exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself” (Hebrews 7:26-27). In that respect He is the fulfillment of not only the Passover lamb but of the Yom Kippur atoning sacrifices. He is the covering of the blood of the sin offering and He is the scapegoat who bore on Himself all our iniquities and removes them as far as the east is from the west (Leviticus 16:15-17,21-22). This can be studied in great depth in other writings on the feasts, but the coming prophetic fulfillment is specifically towards unredeemed Israel who have not yet, as a nation, recognized her Messiah as that fulfillment to cover their sins and rebellion against YAHveh (the LORD).
The Time of Jacob's Trouble
- For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred -
This is going to be triggered as the time of Jacob’s trouble. “How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7). "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will” (Matthew 24:21). When Israel will once again in greater measure than ever in history, be the victim of worldwide hatred. “For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more” (Psalm 83:2-4). Anti-Semitism will be at its height and Israel will be dispersed once again and sifted through the nations. "For behold, I am commanding, And I will shake the house of Israel among all nations As grain is shaken in a sieve, But not a kernel will fall to the ground” (Amos 9:9).
Contrary to most prophetic Christian Zionist’s theologies everything regarding Israel’s dispersion was not completely fulfilled in previous times before Israel was reborn. It is a forthcoming end time prophetic event called “the time of Jacob’s trouble”. Many Gentile and Messianic believers are going to be so disillusioned by this because they understood this wrong. They believe the God of Israel is going to defend and uphold Israel in all their ways when Israel for the most part, does not rely on YAHveh or even turn to pray to Him. They are relying on their arms of flesh and they will be in more rebellion against YAHveh (the LORD) than ever. When “…they should put their confidence in YAHveh And not forget the works of YAHveh But keep His commandments, And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to YAHveh… They did not keep the covenant of YAHveh And refused to walk in His law” (Psalm 78: 7,8,10).
"It will come about in all the land," Declares YAHveh, "That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. "And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' And they will say, YAHveh is my God.'" (Zechariah 13:8-9)
"YAHveh (the LORD) did not set His love on you (Israel) nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because YAHveh loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, YAHveh brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. "Know therefore that YAHveh your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; but repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them; He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face.” (Deuteronomy 7:7-10)
YAHveh (the LORD) chose Israel to be His witnesses through blessings and through curses. She has witnessed His hand of blessings and miracles and she has experienced His horrible judgments for her rebellion against her Elohim (God) and Messiah. She stands as a testimony in spite of her rebellion to the sovereignty of the King of Glory, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. She is a testimony of blessings to those who believe and are covered in the Lamb’s blood and to those who rebel after all that has been said and done and follow their own wicked ways and incur the separation from Him, which will be eternal in the days ahead.
The judgments that will come before that eternal separation is YAHveh’s great mercy — Israel suffered over and over again and the “so called” church will suffer for rebelling and despising His word, which is blaspheming against Him. YAHveh is the sovereign King of Israel His judgments will once again fall on her— the last testimony of His faithfulness. With judgment follows blessings of the remnant of Israel that will be saved and all those joined with her through faith in the atoning blood of YAHshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). YAHveh will have the completion of this age beginning with Israel and ending with Israel under the sovereign proclamation, “choose you this day blessings or curses” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).
YAHveh (the LORD) has not changed He keeps presenting Himself as “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is not like shifting sands and He “is not a man that He should lie” (Numbers 23:19). The sovereignty of who He is will be made known through His sovereign judgments and blessings which will follow into His eternal kingdom for all who repent and are covered in the Passover and Yom Kippur Lamb’s blood.
Israel - God's Treasured Possession
“To the Extent that You Did It to One of These Brothers of Mine”
At the close of the age, when the Almighty’s plumb line of righteousness is stretched to measure people and nations and knowing “it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God” (1Peter 4:17) it is vital that we understand the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s love, purpose, and plan in and through the Jewish people. For YAHveh (the LORD) has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession” (Psalm 135:4). May He grant you eyes to see, ears to hear, and a tender heart on which to write these vital truths.
As believers in our beloved Savior and His atoning blood it is essential that we understand the true body that He died to create as a “new creation”—one new man (Ephesians 2:14-16). Then we can rightly discern the full measure of what His sacrifice on Calvary purchased and accomplished to the glory of His Father. Besides the Ten Commandments there are other covenant promises that are important for His people to be aware of. Because He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob it is important to understand the covenant and its requirements. The blessings and the curses regarding this spelled out mandate are in Genesis 12:3— “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
In the days we are living so many people worldwide are ignorant of two major core issues: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s eternal plan with His chosen people Israel and the plan of Satan to repeat his historic attempts to destroy them. Most people are influenced by Satan’s lies on this subject as if having a personal opinion on the subject is like politics where people feel free to do so—since it is the hot spot of the world with much focus, discord, clamoring Media, and personal opinions. However this is a subject that cannot be taken lightly, ignored, or dealt with on an emotional or intellectual level. The part of YAHveh’s heart, plan for eternal life, and promised blessing to Israel must be looked at through the standard of His scripturally recorded covenant.
This is such an accentuated time in the conclusion of this age that there is a special judgment for those who know YAHveh’s (the LORD’s) heart and humbly heed the call to be the extension of His love and lay down their lives for His Jewish brethren for "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me’ (Matthew 25:40). This very prominent judgment is going to separate the professing Gentile believers (goats) from the true circumcised in heart Gentile believers (sheep) who manifest the love and mercy of YAHshua (Jesus) in the time of Jacob’s trouble that they may come in and know their Messiah. His Jewish brethren will see the sacrificial love displayed through their very lives—sacrificed as YAHshua was, for their salvation. This critical judgment of YAHveh dividing the sheep from the goats regarding their treatment and attitude toward His firstborn chosen people—His brethren the Jews, is usually overlooked or misinterpreted yet it is so important that people’s salvation can hang in the balance because they do not house YAHshua’s (Jesus’s) love for His people and the obedience to allow Him to be seen in and through their sacrificial love.
All those who understand YAHveh’s heart and have YAHshua living mightily by His spirit in them are going to supernaturally watch YAHshua (Jesus) cause them to do what they could never do on their own. It is going to be a supernatural expression of His love to the point that it may cost them their lives. “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on YAHshua (Jesus), the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3).
For the joy that was set before YAHshua (Jesus), He endured the cross, shame and the utter humiliation of being naked with jeering masses spitting at Him and now He sits at the right hand of the Father. We are to die daily to our flesh for the joy set before us or else we cannot walk the walk. If we are living for just the next fix on this earth we will not have enough to get us through. We have to learn quickly to have our joys and mind set “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2) in the utmost way of dying to our flesh so that we can live eternally in the spirit.
“Therefore, since Messiah has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men (lust of the flesh), but for the will of YAHveh” (1Peter 4:1-2). But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2Peter 3:13 NIV). This is the badge of a real believer; it is nothing else. Real, faith-filled, redeemed believers of the Most High live with this hope, living righteously before YAHveh and leading others to do the same.
Prepare & Atone Yourself Before the Almighty
- A Prayer -
Prayer: YAHveh (LORD) You said, "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise and say, 'O YAHveh, save Your people, The remnant of Israel” (Jeremiah 31:7).' "Behold, I have inscribed [Israel] on the palms of My hands” (Isaiah 49:16). “ I have formed you, you are My servant, O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me” (Isaiah 44:21).
YAHveh, Your heart is set as the omnipotent Father whose love never fails. You will never forget your chosen people Israel; those who will love, obey and glorify You in word and deed in accepting You as their Ruler, King and Mashiach (Messiah). We pray for the lost sheep of the remnant of Israel preordained to come in in the midst of this coming time of Jacob’s trouble. We pray for the remnant of Israel and for the true body of believers that “one new man” who will be the only people on the face of the earth that stand separate from the global agenda, and global religious system and all that will be required for Israel and the church’s salvation. We pray for all the lives that will be laid down because of Your love and Your heartbeat pulsating through the redeemed elect that Israel might know You and come to You because they have seen the resurrected Mashiach (Messiah) lay down His life once again that a remnant will be saved.
YAHveh (LORD), may the light of the Son of Righteousness arise in the hearts of Your elect with healing and deliverance from all that has encumbered us. We pray that You prepare Your people to lay down their physical lives for Your namesake, glory and for the salvation of many— to the Jews first then to the Gentile. YAHshua - thank you for Your word that encourages us, “Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Messiah as Master in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (1Peter 3:13-15)
YAHshua (Jesus), prepare Your people for martyrdom with joy and gladness that we know You intimately in Your sufferings for the joy set before us to rule and reign with You our beloved reward, forever and ever in Your kingdom. Prepare Your remnant to endure victoriously to the end that we will be saved through and out of the tribulation that is coming. HalleluYAH for Your grace YAHveh (LORD)! Thank you for the wisdom and for the depth and the height and the breath of Your love that we might know it. May it causes us to lay down our lives that others can know You. The ultimate laying down of our lives is so others can see Your love extended and emanating once again given for their lives. Death O death where is your sting? We shall not die but live to proclaim the glory of You our risen King, halleluYAH! May Your perfect love be perfected in us that there will be no fear of death so that we would glorify You and lead many into Your kingdom. May we rejoice when we are persecuted for Your name knowing more of the glory of YAHveh rests upon us.
- Yahshua [Jesus] the Beginning & End of the Biblical Feasts -
The Creator of heaven and earth, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has seasons and a holy biblically proclaimed calendar to mark certain appointed times by which to meet with Him (see Leviticus 23). These biblically appointed times are given by our God to be a great blessing for His children. Through understanding them we are given an added light of revelation of the prophetic overview of His plan of glorious redemption through His Son who became the “once and for all ultimate sacrifice” for the “wages of our sin which is death” (see Hebrews 10:10, Romans 6:23). All the Feasts from the beginning to the end are a clearly prescribed map for our spiritual pilgrimage in following Yahshua [Jesus] who is “the way, truth, and life” (John 14:6). This is the season of the appointed Feasts of the seventh month (Biblical calendar). May we “behold the Lamb of God” and uphold His blood that covers and takes away our humbly repentant sins in order to have eternal life in His coming righteous Messianic Kingdom (John 1:29). Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah said, “I am … the beginning and the end” and indeed He is the beginning and the end of everything including the biblical feasts (Revelation 22:13). The Spring Feasts — Passover, First Fruits, and the Feast of Weeks have been perfectly fulfilled on time by our Savior’s death, resurrection, and the outpouring of His Holy Spirit [in Hebrew-Ruach HaKodesh]. The Fall Feasts — the Feast of Trumpets (traditionally known as Rosh Hashanah), Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement, and Sukkot - the Feast of Tabernacles, have been fulfilled in part. These last days in which we are living are accelerating toward the conclusion of the prophetic fulfillment of all the Fall Feasts. The Holy Spirit is sounding an alarm through many of His chosen mouthpieces. The Almighty’s urgent warning is sounding like a shofar powerfully proclaiming His words, “Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to My people their transgression … their sins” (Isaiah 58:1).
His Holy Spirit is warning of judgment on all unrepentant sin and sinners; those who continually rebel against the will of the Almighty and habitually disobey His holy Commandments. Yahshua [Jesus] frequently proclaimed, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” (Revelation 2:29). At this late hour all who hear the Holy Spirit proclaiming, “repent, repent, repent”, are wise because they have ears to hear and heed the spiritual message of the trumpet, piercing their souls with the “conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgments that are coming” (see John 16:8). This humble and wise remnant who responds to this mighty call to repentance are blessed in the Holy One’s sight; He explained, “… to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2). “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation …” because of the atoning blood of Yahshua [Jesus] the Yom Kippur sacrifice (2 Corinthians 7:10).
These Fall Feasts and the culmination of this age point to the Almighty Creator’s righteous indignation and judgments against sin. These judgments are already manifesting. Yahshua [Jesus] said they will continue to come forth as birth pains on a woman getting closer and closer together as Yahveh Almighty pours forth His righteous anger on all sinners and all who cause sin to prosper. These forthcoming judgments on this sin-ridden earth are a prerequisite in order to establish His home of righteousness for His redeemed remnant who have followed Him out of this doomed world system through the narrow gate on the “narrow path” that leads to eternal life (see Matthew 7:13).
The concluding Feast of Sukkot — the Feast of Tabernacles, will be fulfilled after the earth is almost completely destroyed because of the judgment on sin and sinners. Then comes the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles as was revealed to Apostle John, “… I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away … and I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, … And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them” (Revelation 21:1-3).
Behold the Lamb & Uphold His Blood
We are now at this critical juncture of the biblical time of Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32). The repentance that is evoked at the sound of the shofar during the preceding Feast of Trumpets points us to the holiness of God and how far short we fall because of our fleshy sin nature. Sin leads to death. Repentance and the covering of the blood leads to life. Our Savior said, “Unless you repent, you will all … perish” eternally (Luke 13:3). From the first day of Tishri [the Feast of Trumpets] when the shofar sounds calling the people to prayerful introspection, there are ten following days called “the days of awe”. This is a time sobriety and reverential fear of the Holy One causing His people to prepare their hearts for true repentance and the merciful provision of the substitute sacrifice and covering of its blood on the holy altar at Yom Kippur. It is a time when Israel knew that their lives hung in the balance. They knew that the Mighty God of Israel had called their attention through the sounding of the ram’s horn to the fact that He provided them a substitute [Yahveh Yire meaning Yahveh provides], symbolized by the ram caught in the thicket to spare Abraham’s son Isaac from death (Genesis 22:13).
The Almighty God and Creator, the Holy One of Israel, instituted the sacrificial system to precede and point to Yahshua [Jesus] our substitute, “the once and for all final sacrifice” (Hebrews 10:10). He bore our sins in His body, crucified on the tree at Calvary, so that our sins would not cause us to be separated from Him and His eternal righteous Kingdom. This was the fulfillment of the Almighty’s grace to provide the substitute, the final provision for a remnant who would behold the Lamb and by His Spirit uphold His blood through humble repentant hearts.
When the Holy One descended upon Mount Sinai, He gave His people the Ten Commandments, as the standard of righteous living by which they would remain in covenant union with Him (see Exodus 19). Israel was told, “Keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord Yahveh our God whenever we call on Him? ... So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments. …“Beware that you do not forget the Lord Yahveh your God by not keeping His commandments … which I am commanding you today.” (Deuteronomy 4:6-8, 13 8:11)
Simply put, Yahveh (God) gave His commandments to Israel entrusting them to be obedient to Him for His glory and to be “a light of revelation” and a “witness” to the Gentile nations (Luke 2:32, Isaiah 43:10). The Almighty’s plan for and through Israel was His infinite loving desire to bless His “chosen people” for their obedience and to draw the Gentiles away from the deception of their pagan gods to join with Israel in loving worship and obedience to the One true Holy God and His righteous Commandments.
Israel and all humanity has fallen short of the glory, the righteousness, the Commandments of Yahveh. On the Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur, Israel had ten days of repentance for their disobedience of the Ten Commandments. They came with fear and trembling knowing that their sins would condemn and separate them from their holy God. They understood that without holiness no one would be able to stand in Yahveh God’s presence. The Most High God made a provision for the deadly consequences of sin. He said, “… the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; …” (Leviticus 17:11). The grief over their sin leads them to their dire need of the blood sacrifice that would cover their repentant hearts.
We are witnessing the prophetic fulfillment of the biblical feasts. Judgments have already begun and are accelerating due to sin, which is rebellion against the Almighty and His Commandments. As inheritors of the sin nature of Adam and Eve, "There is none righteous, not even one”. We must repent, repent, repent, because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23). All of us continually break His Commandments and statutes and we need our sins covered in the Yom Kippur sacrifice that has been fulfilled by “the Lamb of God Yahshua [Jesus] who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
We are Approaching the Third Day
The following Scriptures are a prophetic preview of Yahshua [Jesus] who came down from heaven to explain the holiness of God “because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:45). We gain foundational insight from Yahveh’s words to Moses as warnings and instruction for His people. “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession … you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ … “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day Yahveh [the Lord] will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain [the holy mountain and presence of Yahveh].” After Moses [a prefiguring of Yahshua] had gone down the mountain to the people … he consecrated them [they were purified by the symbolic washing of their clothes] … Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day.”… On the morning of the third day there was … a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Yahveh [the Lord] descended on it in fire ... As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder … Moses went up and Yahveh said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord Yahveh and many of them perish… Yahveh replied, …“the people must not force their way through to come up to Yahveh, or he will break out against them.” (Exodus 19:5,6,10-21,24)
We must be consecrated and like Israel, have fear and trembling on us in the recognition and face of the Almighty who is a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). We can never push our way into the presence of a holy God who said, “without holiness no one will see Him”, they will die apart from Him (see Hebrews 12:14) No one will be able to ascend into His holy eternal presence without the consecration that comes through repentance and the covering of blood that makes us clean and righteous in His sight. Our sins will stand and condemn us unless we have repented for each sin we have been convicted of and then the blood of Yahshua [Jesus] will proclaim us righteous and justified in the sight of the Great Commandment Giver and Judge.
Yahveh God’s chosen people of Israel were required to consecrate themselves for two days so that on the third day, in a state of purification and holiness, they could ascend His holy mountain. Israel’s consecration points to our necessity to be purified through true repentance for breaking His commandments and thereby having our sins mercifully covered by our Savior’s atoning blood. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The King of Glory is holy, only the consecrated and pure in heart will see Him.
This example of Israel consecration in order to ascend into Yahveh’s presence is to motivate us because we are at the end of the age. Approximately two thousand years [“two days”] have past since our Messiah’s birth, death, and resurrection and we are approaching the third day when that loud trumpet shofar blasts and our holy God and Savior will call the consecrated, blood washed redeemed into His eternal presence and kingdom. Apostle Peter gives us understanding regarding the three days, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).
We are in the symbolic third day and Yahshua [Jesus] is calling us to be consecrated and eagerly waiting to ascend to see the King of Glory, our blessed Redeemer. Our God and Savior is alerting us to the fact that “He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness” according to His everlasting “covenant the Ten Commandments” (Psalm 96:13, Deuteronomy 4:13). It is written, “Behold, Yahveh [the Lord] lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants. … The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for Yahveh [the Lord] has spoken this word … The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant [the Ten Commandments]. Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left … Terror and pit and snare Confront you, O inhabitant of the earth … For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth shake. The earth is broken asunder, the earth is split through, the earth is shaken violently. The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard and it totters like a shack, for its transgression is heavy upon it, and it will fall, never to rise again”. (Isaiah 24:1,5-6,17,18b-20)
Apostle Peter affirms this prophetic coming end time scenario, “The day of the Lord Yahveh will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells … You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error [religious deception and distortion of truth] of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Master and Savior Yahshua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen”. (2 Peter 3:10-14,17-18)
Yahshua [Jesus] exhorts us, “Keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." "…The one who endures [through faithful obedience] to the end, he will be saved” (Luke 21:26, Matthew 24:13). Dear Ones, “We must “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Two thousand years have past; the third day is upon us. The Spirit of Truth, through a symbolic loud trumpet blast, is grasping the attention of those who will heed the call to humbly and wholeheartedly repent and turn away from sin and be covered in the atoning blood of the Lamb. Yahshua [Jesus] does not condemn us but He says, “… go and sin no more” (John 11:8).
The righteous remnant is preparing through consecration to be ready and eagerly waiting to hear the ultimate trumpet call to ascend into their Eternal God and Savior’s presence and kingdom. “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Messiah [Christ] will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord Yahshua [Jesus]” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The Holy Spirit is shouting loudly through His word, “The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness … and put on the Lord Yahshua Messiah [Jesus Christ], and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its desires” (Romans 13:12,14). It’s Midnight, very little time is left, we must repent for our many sins and be covered in the Lamb’s blood for the “kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” We are to fervently pray that we will be able to stand unashamed without our sins condemning us before Yahshua [Jesus] and hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant” “come and share in your Father’s eternal joy” (Matthew 25:21,23).
Yahshua [Jesus] Slain to Cover & Remove our Sins
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, the root word comes from the Hebrew word Kapher which means to cover. In Hebrew, the mercy seat, the cover on the Ark of the Covenant that housed the Ten Commandments was called the kapporeth — the covering. Yom Kippur is the day of the covering. The sacrificial blood on the altar covers our repentant hearts and averts Yahveh God’s righteous indignation and judgment. It is very important that we understand that these Feasts of Leviticus 23 are not just for the Jewish people; they paint a picture of the plan of salvation and define our daily walk and pilgrimage on earth in preparation for the kingdom. It keeps us on track with our God and Savior as we prayerfully meet with Him at these appointed times. During Yom Kippur we have a key Scripture, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [of sin]” (Hebrews 9:22). Yahveh God says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls” (Leviticus 17:11). The sacrificial blood is the focal point of Yom Kippur.
In Leviticus 23 and well as Leviticus16 there is much written about the purification of the High Priest. On that one day of Yom Kippur, one man — the High Priest, was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies on behalf of the forgiveness of sins for himself, his household, and for all of Yahveh God’s people [Israel and all those joined with her]. In Leviticus 16 we read about two goats that were part of the Yom Kippur sacrifice. One was the “scapegoat” the other was the sacrificial “sin offering”. Both these goats point to our Savior. The scapegoat lived and took the sins of Israel out into the wilderness symbolically to remove the sins far away from them (see Leviticus 16:21). The Holy One says, “as far as the east if from the west so far has He removed our sins from us” (Psalm 103:12). The other goat was sacrificed on the altar for the atoning of sin. Yahshua [Jesus] is our scapegoat who removes the penalty of our confessed sins as well as our “once and for all sacrifice” whose blood cleanses us of all repentant transgressions of His righteous Commandments (Hebrews 10:10).
Yom Kippur, points us daily for the need of Yahshua’s blood covering over our repentant sins. The writer of Hebrews encourages us, “let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). May you rejoice in the outpoured atonement, the blood of Yahshua [Jesus] the Lamb Who is always merciful to forgive and cleanse us with His blood. This is why Apostle Paul says, “I determine to know nothing but [Yahshua our Lamb] and Him crucified”, slain for our sin (1 Corinthians 2:2). As we work out our salvation, the Holy Spirit in mercy continues to convict us “of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” pointing us to Yahshua’s infinite love expressed in His sacrificial blood (John 16:8). Yahshua longs for us to come humbly with faith knowing that He is quick to cover our sins and clothe us in His righteousness. It is written “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yahshua [Christ Jesus]” because they are covered in His lifeblood and seen and welcomed as holy in the sight of the Father (Romans 8:1). “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds [breaking the Commandments] are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom Yahveh [the Lord] shall not impute sin” (Romans 4:7-8). Thanks be to Yahveh God who causes us to triumph over our sin nature through Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah and His sacrificial atoning blood.
Yahshua [Jesus] the Ultimate Sacrifice & Our High Priest
The Book of Hebrews is written to show us the fulfillment of Yom Kippur through Yahshua Messiah who became our “once and for all sacrifice” and our one and only High Priest who “lives to make intercession for us. “When Messiah appeared as a High Priest … He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands … and not through the blood of goats and calves.” “He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11-12). It is finished! Yahshua became the final and last ultimate sacrifice and our High Priest. The writer of Hebrews said, “How much more will the blood of Messiah [Christ], who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works [led by the flesh] to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) Let us praise His glorious name and wholeheartedly uphold His ultimate blood sacrifice through obedience to His Commandments, as we bring Him honor and glory through our redeemed righteous lives!
“So Messiah also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Hebrews 9:28). Those “who eagerly await Him” are those who are wholeheartedly denying their flesh in order to live in the Spirit and obey our God and Savior’s righteous Commandments. They are consumed with loving obedience to be found pure, spotless, and holy when they appear before their beloved Savior. For those who are deceived and not eagerly preparing and waiting, are on dangerous ground because they are half hearted and double minded to “take lightly such a great salvation” (see Hebrews 2:3). It is written, “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26). The good news of the gospel message is, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
This is the message of Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement. Brethren, our God and Savior is very explicit when He says if we willingly continue to sin there remains no further sacrifice “but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries [those who do not humbly obey and serve Him]”. “Our God is a consuming fire”! (Hebrews 10:27,12:29) “How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean [unholy] the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?” It is written, “How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 10:29, 2:3) Yahveh God says, “Yet in a very little while He who is coming will come and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back my soul has no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:37-38). Brethren, we have got to walk by faith and that faith will cause us to walk on paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, because righteous judgments are going to fall. Psalm 32 is for all of us at this time of Yom Kippur, “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! [kapporeth - Yom Kippur the covering of our sins] … When I kept silent about my sin my body wasted away … I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to Yahveh”; and You did forgive the guilt of my sin. Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found” (Psalm 32:1,3,5).
“NOW is the day of salvation”! There is little time left, we must seek and do the will of our Heavenly Father and Savior. It is written, “If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Messiah [Christ]” (1 Peter 1:13-19).
A Prayer of Godly Sorrow that Leads to True Repentance
Lets us conclude this Yom Kippur teaching with a humble repentant prayer including portions of Psalm 51. “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin [with the blood of Yahshua - Jesus the Lamb]. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight … Behold, You desire truth [and righteousness] in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop [Your blood], and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness … Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. … O God, the God of my salvation; then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise. For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; ... The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51:1-4, 7-12, 14-17)
Oh my beloved God and Savior, thank You that You have humbled and convicted me. My heart is broken and contrite. I truly thank You that You died for my sins as the Yom Kippur sacrifice and because of Your atoning blood and my humble repentant heart You have washed me clean. May I never take lightly such a great salvation. Please Holy Spirit, help me to diligently work out my salvation with fear and trembling knowing that You are a holy God and without holiness I can not be with You. Please forgive me for all the many ways that I sin against you in my words and deeds. You are holy and I fall so short of obedience to Your Commandments. Thank You, that You paid the price to deliver me from my sin through Your atoning blood that I might be seen and welcomed as holy and acceptable in Your sight. Thank you Yahshua [Jesus] for loving me so much that You died for me, taking my sins upon You, and clothing me in Your righteousness, so that I can be with You in Your kingdom. For the price You paid, I in return give my life to You, as a sacrifice on Your altar. Please fill me afresh with Your Spirit of grace and truth that will help me uphold Your blood by seeking and doing Your will in order to bring You the praise, honor, and glory that You deserve. Amen.
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever … Amen” (Revelation 5:13-14).
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