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Wednesday, September 26 2012
Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance
Jesus Christ was and is the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) Who the Father sent to create all good things (Satan is the creator of all evil things, by means of his morbid perversion of what was created good; see The First Rock Star). Jesus Christ existed from even before the Creation (see The First Act Of Faith):
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)
As plainly stated in the Scriptures quoted below, Jesus Christ was and is "the LORD God" Who delivered the Israelites in the Exodus (see Who Is The LORD?). It was Jesus Christ Who proclaimed His Law to humanity (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD, Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God). It was Jesus Christ Who Created His one and only True Sabbath Day (see When Is The LORD's Day? and Why Observe The True Sabbath?). It was Jesus Christ who proclaimed all of His true Christian Holy Days, beginning with Passover (see The Sacrifice Of Nisan 14 and Calendar of Christ's Holy Days).
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Among His true Christian Holy Days, Jesus Christ commanded the observance of the Day of Atonement - a fasting Holy Day that is and has always been Christian (see Standing Fast). Jesus Christ created it. As we will read plainly from the Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ commanded it to be observed as a prophecy of His fulfilling of it.
"23:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23:27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?], and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 23:28 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. 23:29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 23:30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 23:31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 23:32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath." (Leviticus 23:26-32 KJV)
Jesus Christ created the original Levitical Priesthood (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood and How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?). His instructions to the Levites, particularly the high priest, included his once per year entering the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle, which symbolized the Throne of God (see The Holy Place In History And Prophecy). There, where the Ark of the Covenant was located, he delivered the blood of the atoning sacrifice for the people, while at the same time sending away a live goat that was chosen to symbolize the cannot be killed Satan (see the Fact Finder question below).
"16:20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away [see the Fact Finder question below] by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 16:22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness." (Leviticus 16:20-22 KJV)
"For Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood"
The office of the Levitical high priest was created, not as an end in itself, but as a living prophecy of the mission of the Messiah. Everything that the Levitical high priest did in symbolism (except for the personal sacrifice for sin - Christ was already sinless; see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats) was actually achieved in deed by Jesus Christ.
"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house." (Hebrews 3:1-2 KJV)
The Day of Atonement portrays the delivery of the atoning Sacrifice made by the Lamb of God at Passover. The human high priest acted out the prophecy once per year on the Day of Atonement, but Jesus Christ fulfilled the prophecy when He returned to the Throne of God, where, as stated above, He now awaits His return.
"1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." (Acts 1:9 KJV)
Upon His return, the Messiah will have Satan put away - as portrayed by the "scapegoat" ("escape goat") on the Day of Atonement (see the Fact Finder question below).
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron [see The Coming World Dictator]: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of kings, and LORD of lords." (Revelation 19:11-16 KJV)
Fact Finder: Upon His return, the Messiah will have Satan put away - as portrayed by the "scapegoat" on the Day of Atonement. Why was that symbolism used for Satan?
This Day In History, September 26
46 BC: Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, in keeping with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1345: During the Friso-Hollandic Wars, the Frisians defeated Holland at the Battle of Warns.
1396: German and French "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) were defeated by Ottoman forces at Nicopolis. The Ottoman Empire, centered in Turkey, was the dominant imperial force in the Middle East for centuries, including over the land of Israel, until the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1580: Francis Drake returned to England after completing the first English voyage around the world.
1626: Lancelot Andrewes died at age 71. The English theologian and court preacher during the reigns of James I and Charles I oversaw the translation of the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures.
1687: The city council of Amsterdam voted to support the invasion of England by William of Orange.
1687: The Parthenon (the great pagan temple that was built in 447 BC; see Paul In Athens) in Athens was severely damaged in a battle between the Ottomans and the Venetians.
1777: During the rebellion of the New England colonies that were established by the British in the wilderness over a century earlier, the British army temporarily took back control of the British-built city known as Philadelphia. The city was planned, built and named by William Penn, an English land developer sent by King James. Ironically, Pennsylvania was named after William Penn - a life-long loyal servant of the king (Penn was born, died and is buried in England) who was not involved in the rebellion.
1829: The British "Scotland Yard" police organization was founded.
1854: The "Charge of The Light Brigade" during the Crimean War (1853-1856). The suicidal charge of an English light-cavalry brigade during the Battle of Balaklava in the Ukraine was made famous in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.
1872: The first Shriners Temple (called "Mecca") was established in New York City.
1907: New Zealand and Newfoundland became dominions of the British Empire.
1934: The British liner Queen Mary was launched.
1937: During the British Mandate that established the present-day state of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) Lewis Andrews, British district commissioner of Galilee and Acre and known friend of the Jews, shot by a group of Arabs while he was walking to church in Nazareth. Also killed was a police constable who was walking with him.
1945: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. OSS officer (the "Office of Strategic Services," that later became the Central Intelligence Agency), was killed by Vietnamese forces after he was mistaken as a French military man and ambushed. Dewey is regarded as both the first U.S. soldier and the first CIA agent to die in the Vietnam civil war i.e. it was imperial France that divided Vietnam into North and South. France was driven out in the 1950s; the U.S. replaced the French, while taking the side of the South. When the U.S. left in the early 1970s, the North overran the South and Vietnam was restored to what it was before France and the U.S. involved themselves in the southeast Asia nation.
1950: United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.
1959: Typhoon Vera, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, made landfall. It killed over 4,500 people.
1967: During the Vietnam civil war, the government of North Vietnam rejected a U.S. peace proposal that would have made the French-imposed division of Vietnam permanent.
1984: Britain and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese control in 1997 (which it did).
1990: In Russia, the Supreme Soviet ended decades of religious repression with a new law that prohibited government interference in religious activities.
1997: With Germany re-united (again), Chancellor Helmut Kohl laid the foundation stone for a new Chancellery building in Berlin (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
2009: Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.