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Wednesday, September 23 2015
The Christian Day Of Atonement
"By His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us"
Jesus of Nazareth 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 In The Beginning Was The Word), while the rebel 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)
Jesus Christ was and is "the LORD God" Who delivered the Israelites in the Exodus (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). It was Jesus Christ Who proclaimed His Law to humanity (see When Did The Ten Commandments Begin? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD; also 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 Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity 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 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 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 actual 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 function 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 (see Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).
"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: The Messiah will have Satan put away on the day of the Messiah's return - as prophesied by the "scapegoat" on the Day of Atonement. Why was that symbolism used for Satan?
This Day In History, September 23
63 BC: Gaius Octavius, commonly known today as Octavian, was born. A grand-nephew of Julius Caesar, Octavian, with the official name Caesar Augustus, was the first emperor of the Roman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). He reigned from 31 B.C. to 14 A.D., which covered the birth and early life of Jesus Christ. Augustus is mentioned in the Bible (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
1122: The Concordat of Worms ("Worms" is the English rendering of the name of the German city Vorms) was signed between Roman Catholic Pope Callistus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V (a German king). The agreement ended the Investiture Controversy - a centuries-long (and not-yet-done) power struggle between the German emperor and Catholic pope (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes).
1338: The Battle of Arnemuiden became the first naval battle of the Hundred Years' War and the first naval battle using artillery. The English ship Christofer was armed with three cannons.
1459: The Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses.
1553: The Sadians became the rulers of Morocco in opposition to the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1578: English explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed from Plymouth, England, in search of the Northwest Passage. The passage was not actually found until 3 centuries later.
1723: The site of present-day Toronto was purchased from the Mississauga Indians.
1817: Britain and Spain signed a treaty to end the slave trade.
1846: The 8th planet from the sun was discovered by astronomers at Berlin University. A British astronomer had earlier calculated the presence of the planet, but it was not searched for at Cambridge until after the German discovery. We know the planet today by the pagan name Neptune.
1905: Norway and Sweden signed the Karlstad treaty, thereby ending their national political union.
1913: Roland Garros of France became the first to fly in an airplane across the Mediterranean Sea.
1939: The famous Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud died at age 83.
1941: During the Second World War, the first Nazi gas chamber experiments were conducted at the Auschwitz concentration camp (the gas chamber was not a Nazi invention; the U.S. began using it as a means of execution in 1924).
1972: Martial law was declared in the Philippines by Ferdinand Marcos.
1973: Juan Peron was re-elected as President of Argentina (he was overthrown in 1955). His wife, Evita, became the Vice President.
2004: Hurricane Jeanne killed over 1,000 people in Haiti.