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Wednesday, October 12 2016
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, October 12
539 BC: The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia captured Babylon - an event that later permitted the return of the people of Judah to Jerusalem (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).
1285: 180 Jews were burned to death in Munich, Germany, after refusing to convert to the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1492: Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the "New World" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). All four of the voyages of Columbus were actually limited to the area of the Caribbean Sea - despite popular myth and propaganda, none landed in North America.
1518: After the "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) began proceedings against him for heresy, 35 year old Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet at Augsburg. In the theological discussions that followed, Luther refused to recant his 95 Theses that he had posted on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. While Luther rejected the corrupt leadership of the Papacy, he, and most "Protestants" ever since, maintained nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1576: Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeded his father Maximillian II as Holy Roman emperor.
1692: Massachusetts Governor William Phips ordered an end to the Salem witch trials that caused numerous innocent people to be executed (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1702: In the War of The Spanish Succession, Admiral Rooke with 30 British ships defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay and seized 11 ships full of treasure.
1810: Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildurghausen. The festivities became an annual event and evolved into the present Oktoberfest festival of beer and bratwurst.
1811: Paraguay declared its independence from Spain and Argentina.
1822: Brazil formally became independent of Portugal.
1899: The Anglo-Boer War began in South Africa.
1918: A forest fire killed 453 people in Minnesota.
1928: The Graf Zeppelin became the first commercial dirigible to cross the Atlantic. The Zeppelin, named after its inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, made more than 500 trans-Atlantic flights until it was retired in favor of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg.
1933: Alcatraz was opened as a U.S. federal maximum-security prison.
1945: A few months after the Second World War in Europe ended, the Allied Control Council ordered the dissolution of the Nazi Party of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pounded his desk at the United Nations with his shoe after becoming angry during a debate.
1963: Archaeological research digs began at Masada in Israel.
1964: The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit. It was the first spacecraft to carry a multiple crew.
1970: President Richard Nixon announced the withdrawal of 40,000 more U.S. troops from the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam was divided into North and South by France; when France was driven out, the U.S. replaced French forces and took the side of South Vietnam).
1973: Spiro Agnew resigned as U.S. Vice-President after being convicted of tax evasion. He was replaced by Gerald Ford.
1984: 5 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army terrorist bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, during the annual Conservative Party Conference. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.
1992: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale struck Cairo; 552 killed, nearly 10,000 injured. The epicenter was not far from the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.