Why should Christians celebrate the Day of Atonement (also known as Yom Kippur)?

Long after Jesus Christ’s death, the Day of Atonement continued as an important Holy Day for the New Testament Church of God. What does the Day of Atonement mean for Christians today?


The Day of Atonement is the fifth of God’s annual Holy Days (Leviticus:23:26-32), following shortly after the Feast of Trumpets. Observed by fasting (verse 27; compare Isaiah:58:3), which means not eating or drinking (Esther:4:16), this day portrays the human race finally becoming at one with God.

At the return of Jesus Christ, Satan the devil, who now leads all of mankind astray (Ephesians:2:2; Revelation:12:9), will be bound (Revelation:20:1-3) so all humans of all nations can be reconciled to God.

In the New Testament Luke referred to this Holy Day as "the fast" in Acts:27:9.

When the meaning of the Day of Atonement is fulfilled in the future, it will set the stage for the sixth festival of God, the Feast of Tabernacles.

For more information, please read our booklet God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope For All Mankind.


CharlieM's picture

Atonement, counting inclusively, is 10 days after the Feast of Trumpets which pictures the return of Christ to claim His firstfruits (those both dead and alive in Christ now) - to be at one with Him then. But, Atonement's fulfillment allows all of those from the Millennium and the 2nd Resurrection the opportunity to be in the Kingdom of God. What a wonderful world it will then be. This makes it a very special day of celebration. And to think of the numbers of those who will then keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Thanks for continuing to teach us.

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