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Thursday, November 7 2013

Leviticus 16: Putting Away Satan's Goat

The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God). The LORD created His Levite Priesthood as a living prophecy of the Sacrifice and the Deliverance of the Messiah (see Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and the Fact Finder question below; also Leviticus 12: The Messiah's Levitical Birth). The Levites were to given to do what they were commanded, just as Jesus Christ was given to do what He was commanded to do by the Father.

The Tabernacle

"16:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died [see Leviticus 10: Strange Fire]; 16:2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat [see Christ's Mercy Seat]." (Leviticus 16:1-2 KJV)

The Messiah was sinless, but those who were given to represent Him were sinners, so the priests, particularly the High Priest, were given to offer sacrifices for themselves that made them ceremonially sinless, in order that they would be fit to offer the sacrifices for all of the rest of the people (see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats).

"16:3 Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering. 16:4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on. 16:5 And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

16:6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. 16:7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 16:8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 16:9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 16:10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness." (Leviticus 16:3-10 KJV)

The High Priest was rendered ceremonially sinless just as the Son of God was recognized and declared sinless by the Father.

"16:11 And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: 16:12 And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: 16:13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: 16:14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times." (Leviticus 16:11-14 KJV)

Two goats were chosen for the Day of Atonement. One of them, which represented the Lamb of God, was slain. The blood was "delivered" to the Most Holy Place, which represented the Throne of God in heaven (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).

High Priest

"16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:

16:16 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.

16:17 And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel.

16:18 And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about.

16:19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel." (Leviticus 16:15-19 KJV)

The "live goat" was not killed because it represented Satan who is an immortal spirit who has no physical life to lose. It was however cast away from the presence of the people, just as Satan will be put away when the Messiah returns (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 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)

With the Messianic deliverance completed and the putting away of the source of evil, all that will remain is what is clean in God's sight (see Leviticus 15: Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness).

The Scapegoat

"16:23 And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: 16:24 And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people. 16:25 And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar.

16:26 And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp. 16:27 And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung. 16:28 And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp." (Leviticus 16:23-28 KJV)

The people of the LORD observe the Day of Atonement because it has always been Christian (see Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?).

"16:29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. 16:31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. 16:32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: 16:33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.

16:34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses." (Leviticus 16:29-34 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the Day of Atonement the "deliverance" of the Passover?
See Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance


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This Day In History, November 7

680: The Sixth Ecumenical Council began in Constantinople. The city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who created the antichrist Church of Rome and many of its anti-Biblical doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

Suez Crisis 1492: The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck the Earth in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.

1619: Elizabeth of Scotland and England was crowned Queen of Bohemia.

1659: The Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed, ending the Franco-Spanish War of 1648-1689.

1665: The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, was first published.

1775: John Murray, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, started the first emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmore's Offer of Emancipation. The program was stopped by the leaders of the New England revolution, most of whom were and remained slave owners through their entire lives (e.g. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were lifetime slave holders), including after proclaiming "freedom" and "all men are created equal" for themselves.

1783: The last person was publicly burned by Spanish Inquisition.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself emperor, thus ending the First Republic of France ("emperor" is an ancient Roman term that merely means that the leader of one country declares himself the leader of other people's countries, usually by invasion; see Emperor).

1837: Elijah Lovejoy, a prominent U.S. anti-slavery publisher, was killed by a mob while attempting to defend his newspaper's press.

1867: The first Parliament of Canada opened in Ottawa. The introductory throne speech was delivered by Governor General Lord Monck to Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his newly-elected cabinet.

1885: The "Last Spike" of the Canadian Pacific Railway completed Canada's first transcontinental national railway.

1917: British forces under Edmund Allenby defeated the Ottomans during the Third Battle of Gaza. With Beersheba already under their control, the way was then open for the British advance for the liberation of Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1917: The Bolshevik Revolution began; communists under Vladimir Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky in Petrograd.

1921: Benito Mussolini became the leader of the Italian Fascist Party.

1938: Ernst von Rath, the third secretary of the German Embassy in Paris, was murdered by 17 year-old German-Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, whose father had been among 10,000 Jews deported to Poland in boxcars shortly before; the retaliatory killing was used as an excuse by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to trigger the anti-Jewish "Kristallnacht" in Germany 2 days later.

1956: The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling upon Britain, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Egypt.

1973: The U.S. and Egypt announced restoration of full diplomatic links for the first time since the 1967 Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

2000: The Presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, one of the most contested and controversial elections in the history of the U.S.; Gore won the popular vote of millions of U.S. voters, while Bush won a U.S. Supreme Court decision of 9 judges that in effect declared Bush the winner (for which many critics claimed that the "Republicans on the Supreme Court decided the election").


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