Yeshua in Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement
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It’s an honor share with you another revelation of God concerning Yeshua (Jesus) through the Feasts of the Lord!
What is Yom Kippur?
It is to be a statute to you forever, that in the seventh month (Tishri), on the tenth day of the month (Yom Kippur), you are to afflict your souls, and do no kind of work–both the native-born and the outsider dwelling among you. For on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. From all your sins you will be clean before Adonai. It is a Shabbat of solemn rest to you, and you are to afflict your souls. It is a statute forever. – Leviticus 16:29-31 TLV (emphasis mine)
The month of Tishri is known as the time of judgment because as you know the number seven means perfection, so the way to make perfection is through judgment (Isa. 1:27). From the beginning of the month of Elul (sixth month) to the tenth day of the seventh month are days of teshuvah (repentance), but the highest days are the ten days that runs from the first day of the seventh month to Yom Kippur, also known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim), because according to the tradition from the first day the people are inscribed in the book of Life and on Yom Kippur they’re sealed on this book to the year that has begun, so they should make prayers of repentance to have both things.
Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement because on this day, He gives His verdict concerning who lives and who dies. In Ancient Israel, this was a Holy Day because of the things that represents.
The Hebrew word kippur comes from the verb kaphar that means to cover, to atone, to propitiate, and to pacify. That’s the essence of this Feast.
How Israel were commanded to celebrate Yom Kippur?
This is also a feast; it’s solemn but it’s a celebration. What do we celebrate? We celebrate that we were inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life and that there’s no more sin in us. Why? Because of Yeshua’s sacrificial death.
God commanded Moses to tell his brother Aaron the laws about this Holy Day. The following is the law and the revelation thereof:
1. Not to come at just any time into the Holiest Place behind the curtain (v. 2).
This ordinance was given because the only day to enter behind the curtain was on Yom Kippur to make atonement for Israel’s sin. The other days, the kohen gadol (high priest) are not commanded to enter into the Holy of Holies.
2. Aaron must come with full-hands (offering) (v. 3).
The kohen gadol must present before God’s Presence with an offering (Deut. 16.16b).
3. Aaron must put only the linen garments and the linen turban (v.4).
The kohen’s garments for this feast were only the tunic of checkered work, linen undergarments, linen sash, and linen turban. That means that the breastplate and the ephod and its woven band were not to use on this Holy Day. Why? Because the linen represents the holiness and purity. These linen garments speak of righteousness through sacrifice.
4. Aaron must take an animal offering (vv. 5-10).
He slaughtered the sacrifice for his own sin as well as and his family’s. There’s another sacrifice with one goat which the lot for the Lord was placed on as a sin offering. This offering was given to cover sin because cannot make the give of the offering worshiper perfect with regard to conscience (Heb. 9:9).
5. He must present atonement for his own and his house sin (v. 11).
Aaron had to offer his offering to be right with God and then present atonement for the sins of the people. He could not be in sin to offer atonement for the people.
6. Aaron must take powdered incense to minister in within the curtain (vv. 12, 13).
After making atonement for his sin, he took a firepan with sweet powdered incense burning on coals of fire from the bronze altar. This is a symbol of our prayers and worship presented before God as a sweet offering (Rev. 5:8).
7. Aaron must put blood on the atonement cover (vv. 14, 15).
The atonement cover was over the covenant stones so the blood must be sprinkled on it fulfilling the demands of the Law, because without the shedding of blood, there’s no forgiveness (Heb. 9:22).
8. No one could be in the Tent of Meeting except Aaron (v. 17)
He, as a type and shadow of Jesus, was the only one able to offer this atonement for his own self, his family, and his people. That’s the reason why he is the only with permission to stay in the Tent on this day.
9. The blood of the animal offering must be put on the horns of the Bronze altar (v. 18, 19).
That means that the atonement is for everyone because the horns of the altar are talking about redemption to the whole world. This is a shadow of Yeshua’s sacrifice, giving us insight about salvation through His death. SALVATION is for EVERYONE!
10. Aaron was commanded to lay hands on the scapegoat to remove the national sin (v. 21a).
This is what we call identification because this goat took the sin of a nation through the laying on of hands. This is also a shadow of Jesus, because He carried our transgressions and iniquities on Him. This goat was sent into the desert representing that the sin has no more dwelling among the people. That’s what Jesus did on the cross, putting away the sin by His sacrifice (Heb. 9:26).
11. Aaron must take the linen garments off and wash himself with water like the man who took the scapegoat into the desert (vv. 23-26).
This represents the washing by the Word that cleanses us from sin, too. Because the Word of God is living (Heb. 4.12).
12. The animal offering is burned in fire outside the camp (v. 27).
That’s a shadow of Jesus’ sacrifice who was slaughtered outside the city on a hill (John 19:17), meaning the destruction of sin forever.
13. The one who burns them must wash his clothes and his body (v. 28).
As the kohen gadol, this man must wash himself with God’s Word from the contact with sin.
Prophetic Meaning of the Feast
As I taught you on my first article, this is a feast unfulfilled! This is the second feast of the autumn (the other ones are Yom Teruah a.k.a. Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot).
This feast represents the Second Coming of our Messiah, when He came again to put His feet on the Mount of Olives, to make atonement for Israel during the Great Tribulation, so He can destroy the Anti-Messiah (Anti-Christ) on Har-Megiddo (Armageddon), to start His Millennial Kingdom on Sukkot. I believe The Rapture (catching up) of the Bride will take place on Yom Teruah, because it is the day where the feast is centered around the blast of the shofar and there’s a moment in the feast where you do not know in what moment shofar will sound. Jesus told us Himself, “But of that day and hour no one knows.”
Chag Yom Kippur Sameach!