And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.
Yom Kippur is otherwise known as the Day of Atonement, which is the 2nd Holy Feast of the 3 Fall Feasts of God. Out of the total 7 Holy Feasts spanning from Passover in the spring to Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles in the Fall, Yom Kippur is the most solemn and pivotal High Holy Day, as it is when the entire nation of God were to have their sins atoned for. An earlier post spoke on the significance of the 3 Fall Feasts as being not simply literal Old Testament feasts, however also significant for Post-Christ era Believers for its spiritual symbolism and future Kingdom work by Jesus’ return.
Interestingly enough, this year’s Yom Kippur is uniquely special beyond its solemn context: it happens to be on the Fall Equinox on 9/23/15 (though the feast begins sunset 9/22 through sunset 9/23), which is also the day the False Prophet Pope Francis sets foot in D.C. for the first time, AND has its own trumpet to herald in a Biblical Jubilee year! That’s a super Holy Day with a few special convergences that makes it of particular interest to learn about and meditate on what God is using this year’s Yom Kippur to teach us.
And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.
From Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets through Yom Kippur was the “10 Days of Awe”, where one would prepare themselves and their households to have their sins confessed, atoned for, and rebuked by Yom Kippur. Unlike Passover, where individual sins were atoned through a lamb sacrifice, Yom Kippur was a NATIONAL atonement day for all inhabitants with God’s people for their sins to be forgiven. If someone did not have their sins sorted on Yom Kippur with the nation, they were cut off physically & spiritually from being a part of God’s people. Therefore, it was a major time of repentance and reconciliation with God, as the next Feast of Sukkot would mean celebrating God’s presence dwelling in delight with them.
And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness
Therefore, consider where we are as a nation and world with our relationship, if any, with the Heavenly Creator. It doesn’t take much to review our secular environment and private lives to see that we have fallen so far from God & His best for us that we are ripe for judgement. The intensity and breath of sins pervading our world is completely in line with Bible prophecy for the last days of this earth and warrants epic rectifying. However, as deserving as we are of the consequences of our sins, God is a Merciful God who does NOT delight in the wicked perishing, but delights in repairing our brokenness and shattered relationship with Him. He is the God of “second chances” (although, not for long), and provided us with a road-map on how to repair things from our end with Him.
Here is the connection for Hebrews (literal Israel) and Biblical Christians (spiritual Israel, grafted into the promises to Abraham’s seed via Christ) on Yom Kippur:
Old Testament Yom Kippur
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for itis the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spokenit.
New Testament/Current Yom Kippur Link
Therefore in all things he had to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Future Yom Kippur (Global Implications)
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Can you now see the significance of the Day of Atonement from the Old Testament through even the future 2nd return of The Messiah? Earthly & spiritual events nearly always parallel. God noted that it is the blood that carries life in it and is therefore precious and was what atoned for the sins of individuals and the nation. However, it wasn’t meant to be in vain, as God lamented in Isaiah 1, for those who took for granted the meaning behind Yom Kippur. God wants GENUINE revival, a GENUINE relationship & repentance with Him…He wants our hearts to truly desire turning all areas of our lives AWAY from sins and have them atoned for. How do we have them atoned for? Well, God already said in Isaiah goats & bulls aren’t a delight to Him anymore. Our works by our own means can’t do it.
BUT, One who was, is and forever is PERFECT already atoned for ALL of our sins, and that Perfect Lamb’s blood was of Jesus Christ/Yeshuah! Just as the High Priest with the atonement blood could enter the Most Holies of Holies through the veil, Jesus on the Cross ripped that same veil apart so that THROUGH HIM our sins could not only be atoned for, but we could enjoy God’s presence! ONLY through Jesus covering our lives with his blood can we “cross over” to God in reconciliation, as any other route or on our own we can NOT enter God’s Holy Presence, lest we die! We on our own are littered with sin, and sin cannot co-habit with God as He is sinless. Other “paths” to God are not paths, but death traps, as all other spiritual practices do NOT carry the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to cover the path to God; they can NOT “cross over”, nor pass the spiritual veil!
THIS is why Yom Kippur is so essential to understand! It highlights the very reason why Jesus Christ’s sacrifice & resurrection was not only necessary, but it was the ONLY door back to God! It was successful and thorough, ONE time sacrifice to atone for ALL who from then on would simply accept him! Yom Kippur shows that you cannot have God without Jesus’ redemptive work, meaning simply believing in God is NOT enough! The KEY is Jesus, God Incarnate, redeeming mankind through His blood atonement! It is THEN that we have the life that is “in the blood”, but from the eternal source of Jesus!
It’s so simple to cover you life with Jesus’ blood to atone for your sins, as you just confess your sins to God, repent in earnest from your sins, and accept Jesus as your Savior & to take your life from the ownership of Satan to the ownership of God through Christ. However, many people don’t want that simple salvation. They tarnish the beautiful sanctification of Our Lord and reject him. The sad thing is, this gift of Yom Kippur won’t last much longer as spiritual probation time runs out. As noted in Revelations 12, there is a global Yom Kippur coming that only those covered in The Lamb’s/Jesus’ blood can “overcome” the power of Satan. If you’re not covered in The Blood, you WILL be cut out of God’s Kingdom.
Therefore, take time this Yom Kippur to truly let God’s Word marinate within your soul, conscience, spirit, and life on its profound meanings. Realize how important it is to have your sins atoned for and by whom. Understand that without Jesus’ blood, you remain outside God’s spiritual camp and cannot enter otherwise. His Blood is the password to unlock your eternal life and restoration with God, and it’s freely given. But, you must CHOOSE it, reach out, and take it for yourself.
You don’t have to wait until 9/23/15 to atone for your sins, you can pray and invite Jesus into your life right now & be grateful for His blood!
Thank You, Abba God, for the wonderful gift of Yeshuah! Enjoy the following short study on Yom Kippur by Jonathan Cahn: