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Saturday, October 4 2014
The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future
"The Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus ... by His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us"
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 (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word), while Satan is the mis-creator of all evil things, by means of his perversion of what was created good (e.g. see Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly? and What Is Sorcery?):
"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 The Kingdom Of The LORD God). 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 Why Observe The True Sabbath?). It was Jesus Christ who proclaimed all of His true Christian Holy Days (see 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 His Day of Atonement - a fasting Holy Day that is and has always been Christian (see also The Biblical History Of Christian Fasting). 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. With its direct connection to Passover (as explained below), the observance of the fast on the Day of Atonement is as much about "putting sin out of our lives" as is observing the Days of Passover, also known as the Days of Unleavened Bread (see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?).
"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 The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One). 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 and What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?). 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 whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people"
The office of the Levitical high priest was created, not as an end in itself (which would make it a "dead-end work"; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), 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 What Happens After The Messiah Returns?]: 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, October 4
23: Rebel forces captured the Chinese capital Chang'an during a peasant rebellion. They decapitated the emperor, Wang Mang, two days later.
610: Heraclius became Byzantine Emperor at Constantinople after overthrowing Emperor Phocas. Constantinople was named after Roman Emperor Constantine, the creator of the Church of Rome and many of its doctrines, including "Sunday" worship (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1209: King Otto IV of Germany was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1511: The formation of the "Holy League" of Ferdinand II of Aragon, the Papal States and the Republic of Venice against France.
1535 The first complete English-language Bible was produced by printer Miles Coverdale.
1582: The Gregorian calendar was ordered into use by Pope Gregory XIII. That year, to correct the season error accumulated by the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar), October 4 was to be followed by October 15. The order of the days of the week were not affected, but October 5 to 14 "did not happen" that year. Roman Catholic countries accepted the change, but Britain and its North American colonies did not accept the new Gregorian calendar for another 2 centuries, and Russia did not accept it until 1917. Today, the Gregorian calendar is used over most of the world (see Pope Gregory's Calendar).
1636: The Swedish Army defeated the armies of Saxony and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
1795: Napoleon Bonaparte rose to national prominence with his famous "Whiff of Grapeshot" - using cannon loaded with grapeshot ("a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot") to put down counter-revolutionary rioters at the French Legislature.
1824: Mexico adopted a new constitution and became a federal republic.
1830: Belgium became an independent nation apart from the Netherlands.
1853: After Russia refused to withdraw from the Danubian principalities, Turkey (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) declared war, thus starting the Crimean War; Russia against Turkey, England, France, and Sardinia. The war lasted 3 years.
1874: To stop further genocide of his people on the vast plains that they had freely lived on for many centuries before the white Europeans ("the white devils" as many native Americans came to call them) came, Kiowa chief Santana (the English pronunciation of a Kiowa word that means White Bear), known as "the Orator of the Plains," agreed to a military surrender in Darlington, Texas. In blatant violation of the surrender agreement, Santana was then sent to a penitentiary at Huntsville where he was imprisoned with common criminals and forced to work in road crews - thereafter spending his days, in chains, looking out to the open prairie that once was his homeland; he committed suicide in the prison 4 years later.
1883: The famous Orient Express train went into service.
1914: The first German Zeppelin raids on London (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1918: Boris III took over as Czar of Bulgaria after Ferdinand abdicated.
1920: The first successful airplane flight across Canada was made by Robert Leckie and 4 others. Total flying time was 45 hours and 20 minutes to cover the 3,410 miles (5,490 kilometers).
1930: A revolution began in Brazil which lasted into November, when Getulio Vargas became president.
1940: Hitler of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and Mussolini of Italy, and their foreign ministers, held a summit meeting in an armored train at the Brenner Pass.
1952: The first cardiac pacemaker was implanted.
1957: The official roll-out ceremony of the first supersonic CF-105 at the Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario. The Canadian designed and built fighter aircraft was the fastest fighter in the world at the time.
1957: The Russian Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, was launched, beginning the "space race."
1958: The first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) with flights between London and New York.
1963: Hurricane Flora killed 6,000 people in Cuba and Haiti.
1965: Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit the U.S. and address the United Nations.
1993: President Boris Yeltsin stopped a hardline Communist rebellion. After a 10 hour tank assault on the Russian parliament building, he fired Vice-President Alexander Rutskoi, and jailed other opposition leaders.