Jesus in Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)


   Yom Kippur was observed on October 7-8, 2011. The Jewish observance of Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, falls on 10 Tishrei 5772 on the Hebrew calendar, which is from sundown on October 7th to nightfall on October 8th. The Day of Atonement is considered the most important day of the Jewish year. More people go to temple on Yom Kippur than any other holiday. Yom Kippur marks the end of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of teshuvah (Jewish reflection, repentance and return) that begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This is the time of year for repenting to people and to God, so that your name would be written in His book, according to Jewish traditions. Day of Atonement means "to cover".

Leviticus 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, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

   During biblical times, the high priest wore a white garment to be like everyone else rather than his normal priestly attire. He also would take the blood of the bull and sprinkle it on all the items in the Temple for spiritual cleansing. Then he would cast lots to see which goat would belong to God and which one became the scapegoat. He would lay both hands on the head of the scapegoat so that the sins of the nation would be transferred to the goat. This goat, the scapegoat, would then be led out into the wilderness to die. The priest would then take the blood of the goat that belonged to the LORD, and sprinkle it seven times on the east side of the Mercy Seat.
   According to Jewish tradition, a scarlet cord was tied around the neck of the one to the LORD, and also around the scapegoat, as well as around the doors to the entrance of the Holy Place. Once the scapegoat died in the wilderness, a miracle took place. The scarlet cord on the doors of the Temple turned white!

Isaiah 1:18

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

   This miracle happened every year until about 40 years before the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. How does Jesus fulfill this? He left heaven, putting aside His glory, to put on human form. He belonged to God and was God's scapegoat. He bled from seven places on His body. His blood was sprinkled on the real Mercy Seat in Heaven. He has already taken on our sins when we repent. Now, the Gregorian calendar we use is a bit deceiving with the BC and AD. To support some of their holidays and teachings, the Catholic Church had to “hide” a couple years to get the correct cycle going. This means that Jesus died on the cross when He was 33 years old, but the date was 31AD. Once Jesus died on the cross around 31AD, the scapegoat was no longer needed. This is why the scarlet cord has NEVER turned white again!

One can be Jewish without being Christian, but, cannot be Christian without Jewish Roots!


In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.





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