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Yom Kippur

One of the essential elements in the required rituals for the Day of Atonement  was for two goats to be brought for a sin offering before the Lord and presented to the High Priest. He then drew lots to decide their destinies (Lev 16:5,8). One would be sacrificed and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat (Lev 16:15). The other would be sent into the desert as the scapegoat (Lev 16:10, 20-22). In about 30 AD, Yeshua was presented to the High Priest and sacrificed on the cross while another named Barabbas, was set free. Barabbas means ‘son of the father’. Here were two men, both called ‘son of the father’ – one was sacrificed as a sin offering and the other set free.

In the Jewish writings called the Talmud, it is recorded (in both the Jerusalem and the Babylonian versions) that on Yom Kippur a red cord was tied around the doors of the Temple, which would sometimes miraculously turn white indicating that the sins of the nation were forgiven. This had happened for the 200 years before 30 AD, but for the 40 years before the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, it never happened. This is the time of the death and resurrection of Yeshua. The same passage also says that the doors of the temple, which were shut each night, opened of their own accord each morning, the western Menorah would not stay alight and the lot for the Lord (goat for sacrifice) always came up in the left hand. The statistical chances of this are about 1:5.5 billion. God gave the Jewish people clear signs that the old means of sacrifice were no longer necessary and that the way into the holy place was now to be open for all to enter.

When the High Priest entered the Temple, the first place he had to go was the brazen altar where he would sacrifice the animals and then proceed into the Holy Place and eventually the Holy of Holies. He could not go further without the blood of the sacrifice. In the New Testament we see that Yeshua’s blood sacrifice on the cross was not the end goal but rather the beginning of our Christian journey. Our purpose is to enter the holy presence of the Lord, dwelling with Him in the Holy of Holies. Yom Kippur is not the end; we must move forward to Sukkot.

Based on insights from ‘The Book of Mysteries’ by Jonathan Cahn and an article on the Talmudic writings at:

● Praise God that the ultimate sacrifice has been made and the way into the Holy of Holies is now open (Heb 9:11-12)

● Pray for the eyes of the Jews to be opened to see that the final sacrifice has been made and animal blood will no longer suffice (Heb 9:22-26)

● Let us enter His presence with full assurance of faith (Heb 10:19-25)

Day 10: Tuesday Sept 18