What is this Jewish festival all about? How does it relate to the biblical festival called the Day of Atonement?
[Darris McNeely] Many of our viewers are familiar with the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur, and often we get the question, “What exactly is Yom Kippur?” Yom Kippur is a very solemn day for Jews today in the world who keep this, but it is actually a day that is taken from Leviticus 23:27 Leviticus 23:27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation to you; and you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
American King James Version×that begins to describe a very solemn day – on the tenth day of what is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar or God’s calendar. It says, “There will be a day of atonement. It shall be a holy convocation to you, and you will afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire.” So again, we see that Yom Kippur is talking about what is called a day of atonement in the scriptures and is observed today by Christians who understand the deep significance of this festival in drawing us closer to Jesus Christ, to God the Father, and opening up a tremendous understanding about the nature and the way of our current world today and where it is going, and also the path to mankind becoming at one with God, which – if you break the word down, “atonement” – it really is talking about at-one-ment, or being at one with God – something that the world has never truly had. The Day of Atonement points to that day.
When it is kept with the full understanding of the Bible – the Old Testament scriptures and the New Testament scriptures – the Day of Atonement is a day of affliction, as it says, which means that one fasts, goes without food and water for 24 hours during that day. That is the biblical understanding of what the day is, but there’s much, much other significance to this. When we tie in the scriptural understanding and the full New Testament revelation that comes to this, the Day of Atonement tells us and helps us to understand that it is a time looking forward to a period when Satan the devil will be removed, and his influence will be removed from this world. 2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
American King James Version×– Paul tells us that Satan is the god of this world. Yes, there is a god of this world, with a little “g”, other than God the Father and Jesus Christ, and that satanic god has deceived the world and holds it captive. This is a tremendous biblical understanding. The Day of Atonement shows us a time when an angel with a key to what is called the bottomless pit in Revelation 20:1 Revelation 20:1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
American King James Version×descends and grabs hold of that serpent the devil and binds him in what is called a bottomless pit for a thousand years. This Day of Atonement signifies and points toward that tremendous event. And when that happens, the source of world deception of every form – religious, political, philosophical – every form of deception that has entrapped our world, causing suffering untold throughout the ages – the author of that, Satan, will be removed and his influence will be removed from mankind for that period of time. And then, as Christ returns, and as He begins to restore to this world a sense of balance and order that it has not had for some time, man can be truly then at one with God.
The Day of Atonement – what is called on the calendars that you might have “Yom Kippur” – has tremendous meaning for a Christian wanting to understand a fuller, deeper revelation of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, His life, His death, His resurrection, His purpose for His first coming, and more critically, His purpose for his second coming — to remove the source of suffering and evil from this world. Believe me, you want to understand what this Day of Atonement means, you want to keep this Day of Atonement. It is the one answer that will help you unlock one of life’s greatest mysteries and give you understanding to understand this current world and the hope that lies ahead. The Day of Atonement – look into it. Go to beyondtoday.tv and study into this topic.
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