Feasts of Israel (Part 6)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL (PART 6: DAY OF ATONEMENT – YOM KIPPUR)
(PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC)
I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 6TH INSTALLMENT OF THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE SEEN HOW THE FEAST OF PASSOVER REPRESENTS OUR THE FIRST MAJOR ENCOUNTER WITH GOD, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PASSOVER, AS FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST ENABLES US TO HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE FEAST OF PENTECOST REPRESENTS THE SECOND MAJOR ENCOUNTER WITH GOD. THE FEAST OF PENTECOST AS FULFILLED IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, GAVE BIRTH TO THE CHURCH AND GIVES US THE POWER TO BE HIS WITNESSES. TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE TO MINISTER ON THE FEASTS OF TABERNACLES, WHICH INCLUDES THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS WHICH WE TALKED ABOUT LAST WEEK, “THE DAY OF ATONEMENT” OR “YOM KIPPUR”, WHICH WE WILL DISCUSS TODAY, AND THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, WHICH WE COVER NEXT SUNDAY, THE LORD WILLING. THE CELEBRATION OF THESE FEASTS BEGAN WITH THE CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS ON THE 1ST OF TIRSHI, FOLLOWED BY “THE DAY OF ATONEMENT” ON THE 10TH OF TIRSHI AND CONCLUDED WITH THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES ON THE 15TH DAY OF TIRSHI, THE 7TH MONTH IN THE HEBREW RELIGIOUS CALENDAR, BUT THE 1ST MONTH IN THE CIVIL CALENDAR. THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS (ROSH HASHANNA) & THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (YOM KIPPUR) ARE THE MOST HOLY OF DAYS FOR JEWS. OF THESE TWO DAYS THE OF ATONEMENT IS THE MOST HOLY. THE PERIOD OF TIME BETWEEN THESE TWO DAYS IS CALLED THE “DAYS AWE”, HIGH HOLY DAYS FOR ISRAEL.
II) HISTORICAL SETTING OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (YOM KIPPUR) LEV 23:26-32, (SEE ALSO LEV 16:2-34, NUM 29:7-11)
A) IN THE BIBLE THE JEWISH CELEBRATION OF YOM KIPPUR BEARS THREE NAMES: THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, AND THE SABBATH OF SABBATHS, AS THE MONTH OF TIRSHI WAS THE SABBATH OF MONTHS (THE SEVENTH MONTH).
B) IT IS A TIME OF IN WHICH ISRAEL WAS TO AFFLICT THEIR SOULS THROUGH FASTING, SOUL SEARCHING AND REPENTANCE. IT WAS A HOLY CONVOCATION, A TIME IN WHICH THEY WERE TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD
C) IT WAS ALSO A DAY OF SABBATH REST WHEN THEY WERE TO SET ASIDE THEIR WORK AND NORMAL DUTIES. LEV 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. 31 IT SHALL BE A SABBATH OF REST UNTO YOU…”
D) THE DAY OF ATONEMENT ALSO SERVED AS A REMINDER THAT THE DAILY, WEEKLY, AND MONTHLY SACRIFICES MADE AT THE ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING WERE NOT SUFFICIENT TO ATONE FOR SIN. EVEN AT THE ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING THE WORSHIPPER STOOD “AFAR OFF,” UNABLE TO APPROACH THE HOLY PRESENCE OF GOD, WHO WAS MANIFEST BETWEEN THE CHERUBIM IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES.
E)
WE SEE IN LEVITICUS 16 THAT IT WAS A DAY OF UNIVERSAL ATONEMENT. THE HIGH PRIEST MADE ATONEMENT FOR HIMSELF, THE ORDER OF PRIESTS, FOR THE PEOPLE FOR THE CONGREGATION, FOR THE BRAZEN ALTER, THE TABERNACLE AND THE SANCTUARY. THROUGH THIS THE TRUTH WAS MADE KNOWN THAT SIN MINGLES WITH HOLIEST OF MEN AND THEIR DEEDS, WITH THE HOLIEST OF PLACES. DEFILEMENT ATTACHES TO OUR HIGHEST ACTS OF WORSHIP, TO OUR BEST THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
F) IN LEVITICUS 16 GOD GAVE MOSES VERY SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR “THE DAY OF ATONEMENT” (WE WILL NOT READ THIS CHAPTER)
1) AARON WAS NOT TO JUST COME IN ANY TIME INTO THE HOLY PLACE WHERE GOD’S PRESENCE DWELT OVER THE MERCY SEAT. (HIS SONS HAD JUST DIED FOR OFFERING A PROFANE OFFERING TO GOD.)
2) HE WAS TO WASH HIS WHOLE BODY AND DRESS IN A WHITE LINEN GARMENT, NOT HIS NORMAL GOLDEN, ORNATE PRIESTLY GARMENTS.
3) HE WAS TO OFFER A BULL FOR HIS OWN SINS AND THE SINS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
4) THEN HE WAS TO ENTER THE MOST HOLY PLACE AND POUR INCENSE UPON THE COALS OF FIRE BEFORE THE LORD THAT THE CLOUD WOULD COVER THE MERCY SEAT.
5) THEN HE WAS TO TAKE TWO GOATS AND PRESENT THEM BEFORE THE LORD, CASTING LOTS. THE ONE ON WHOM THE LOT FELL WAS TO OFFERED AS A SIN OFFERING TO THE LORD. AARON WAS TO SPRINKLE ITS BLOOD BEFORE AND ON THE MERCY SEAT.
6) THE OTHER GOAT, “THE SCAPE GOAT” WAS STOOD FACING THE PEOPLE WHILE THE SIN OFFERING WAS MADE. THEN AARON WOULD COME OUT AND TAKE THE LAY HIS HANDS ON THE HEAD OF THE SCAPE GOAT AND CONFESS OVER IT THE SINS, INIQUITIES AND TRANSGRESSION OF ISRAEL, PUTTING THEM ON THE HEAD OF THE GOAT AND SEND IT AWAY INTO THE WILDERNESS.
7) THE GOAT WOULD IN EFFECT TAKE THE SINS OF ISRAEL INTO THE WILDERNESS, TO BE REMEMBERED AGAINST THEM NO MORE.
G) WHAT WAS LEFT OF THE BULL OF THE SIN OFFERING AND THE GOAT OF THE SIN OFFERING WAS TAKEN OUTSIDE THE CAMP.
III) HOW JESUS FULFILLED THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (YOM KIPPUR)
A) THE WORD ATONEMENT MEANS TO COVER – THE SAME WORD USED WHEN NOAH COVERED THE ARK WITH PITCH TO PROTECT NOAH AND HIS FAMILY FROM THE JUDGMENT OF GOD.
B) THE TWO GOATS TOGETHER WERE THE SIN OFFERING. ONE WAS SLAUGHTERED AS A BURNT OFFERING; THE OTHER WAS LED INTO THE WILDERNESS TO DIE AFTER THE HIGH PRIEST CAST THE SINS OF ISRAEL UPON IT.
C) THE NAME FOR THE SCAPE GOAT WAS THE “AZALZEL” WHICH MEANS “ONE WHO REMOVES BY A SERIES OF ACTS.
D) JESUS FULFILLED BOTH ROLES IN REDEMPTION’S PLAN. HE STOOD BEFORE PILATE FACING THE PEOPLE THAT DEMANDED HIS EXECUTION.
E) HE WAS SACRIFICED AT CALVARY FOR OUR SINS AND HE BORE OUR SINS: ISA 53:4 SURELY HE HATH BORNE OUR GRIEFS, AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS: YET WE DID ESTEEM HIM STRICKEN, SMITTEN OF GOD, AND AFFLICTED.
F) BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID OUR SINS CANNOT BE FOUND: PSA 103:12 AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HATH HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US.
IV) PERSONAL APPLICATION OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (YOM KIPPUR)
A) WHEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SINS HE DID NOT JUST COVER THEM. HE TOOK THEM AWAY. HE REMOVED THEM AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST NEVER TO BE REMEMBERED AGAINST US ANY MORE!
B) HE BECAME OUR HIGH PRIEST. HE DID NOT HAVE TO SACRIFICE FOR HIS OWN SINS FOR HE NEVER SINNED.
C) WHEN JESUS DIED UPON THE CROSS THE VEIL OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM GRANTING US ACCESS TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
D) THROUGH HIS SACRIFICIAL DEATH JESUS PROVIDED A NEW AND LIVING WAY: HEB 10:19 – 23: HAVING THEREFORE, BRETHREN, BOLDNESS TO ENTER INTO THE HOLIEST BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, 20 BY A NEW AND LIVING WAY, WHICH HE HATH CONSECRATED FOR US, THROUGH THE VEIL, THAT IS TO SAY, HIS FLESH; 21 AND HAVING A HIGH PRIEST OVER THE HOUSE OF GOD; 22 LET US DRAW NEAR WITH A TRUE HEART IN FULL ASSURANCE OF FAITH, HAVING OUR HEARTS SPRINKLED FROM AN EVIL CONSCIENCE, AND OUR BODIES WASHED WITH PURE WATER. 23 LET US HOLD FAST THE PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH WITHOUT WAVERING; (FOR HE IS FAITHFUL THAT PROMISED)
V) CONCLUSION: MANY BIBLE SCHOLARS THINK THAT JESUS WILL COME BACK TO EARTH DURING THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS FOR HIS CHURCH. MANY OF THESE SAME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT JESUS WILL COME BACK SEVEN YEARS LATER AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD WHEN ARMIES WILL SURROUND JERUSALEM ON THE JEWISH DAY OF “YOM KIPPUR”, THE “DAY OF ATONEMENT”. DAN 9:24 SEVENTY WEEKS ARE DETERMINED UPON THY PEOPLE AND UPON THY HOLY CITY, TO FINISH THE TRANSGRESSION, AND TO MAKE AN END OF SINS, AND TO MAKE RECONCILIATION FOR INIQUITY, (YOM KIPPUR?) AND TO BRING IN EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND TO SEAL UP THE VISION AND PROPHECY, AND TO ANOINT THE MOST HOLY. THERE IS GOOD REASON TO BELIEVE THIS THE ANCIENT FEASTS OF ISRAEL ARE TO BE FULFILLED IN CHRIST WHOM GOD HATH APPOINTED HEIR OF ALL THINGS. JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED (SACRIFICED) ON THE JEWISH FEAST OF PASSOVER; THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS GIVEN ON THE JEWISH FEAST OF PENTECOST. THE NEXT FEAST IN THE JEWISH RELIGIOUS CALENDAR IS THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS, FOLLOWED BY THE “DAY OF ATONEMENT”. COULD THIS SEPTEMBER 22ND BE THE DAY THAT THE LORD DECIDES TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS BY COMING FOR HIS CHURCH? SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT WE DO NOT KNOW THE DAY NOR THE HOUR BUT WE KNOW BY THE SIGNS AND PROPHECIES BEING FULFILLED THAT THE TIME OF “HIS APPEARING” IS NOT FAR OFF. ARE YOU READY????

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