Yom Kippur | the Day of Atonement
- The Fall Feast of Redemption -
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 - Yahveh'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 Yahveh
- 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.
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- Redefining the Feasts of Israel Through the Ten Commandments -
Want to learn even more about the Biblical Feasts of Israel? Check out Terrye G. Seedman's book "Redefining the Feasts of Israel Through the Ten Commandments." The Holy Days pivot around the Ten Commandments, these were appointed times to meet with Him that would help them to walk by His spirit’s leading in these Commandments. Indeed, there would be no feasts if it was not for the Ten Commandments and the penalty of sin for not upholding them and there would be no need of Messiah. The Ten Commandments point us to Him and YAHshua the schoolmaster points us to the truth so we can walk in a way worthy of everything that He has taught us to be. “Not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6) This book unlocks truths from Yahveh's divine Ten Commandments to redefine the true meaning and fulfillment of the holy Feasts of Israel. Simply, the divinely appointed times, the feast days, pivot around the blood on the altar of sacrifice—on the mercy seat, for the forgiveness of sin and sin points us back to the Commandments. Therefore every feast is exalting the Commandments of YAHveh, exalting our Lamb who came and died because we can’t uphold the Commandments without His help. They are inextricably linked. You can’t separate the feasts from the Commandments and you cannot separate the Lamb of God who is the ultimate fulfillment of the holy temple, priesthood, and the sacrificial system’s substitutionary sacrifice for our sin nature. Learn all of this and more in this powerful book about Yahveh's divine commandments and holy feasts.
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