YOM HAKIPPURIM – THE DAY OF COVERINGS!

An Overview in preparation for this day!

6th of the 7th month 2018/2019

Shalom all,

This coming 4th day evening begins the 10th of the 7th month, which means that sunset of this coming 4th day to sunset of 5th day, we will keep the day of “Yom Kippur” (sunset 19th Sept – sunset 20th Sept 2018). This day is also known as “The Day of Atonement” or better understood, from a Hebraic perspective, as The Day of Coverings!

 

Every year I like to share a brief overview of what Yom Kippur is all about, so that we are all equipped to recognise the significance and importance of this day and in the process, be reminded of the work that our Master and Elohim, יהושע (Yahushua) Messiah, has done for us and the promise that is to come, in the fulfilment of this very important Sabbath of Elohim.

 

To start this overview of this very important day, let us first take a look at the clear instructions that are given to us in:

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:27-32 “On the tenth day of this seventh new moon is Yom haKippurim. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. 28 And you do no work on that same day, for it is Yom Kippurim, to make atonement for you before יהוה your Elohim. 29 For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people. 31 You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings. On the ninth day of the new moon at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Sabbath.

On the 10th day of the 7th month is YOM HAKIPPURIM!

In verse 32 from the above quoted passage we take note that while verse 27 clearly tells us that the 10th day of the 7th month is Yom haKippurim, we are able to see when the new day starts, Scripturally!

This text is a great proof text that teaches us how our days are counted, or observed, from sunset to sunset, for it is on the 9th day at evening that the 10th day begins, showing us that we observe Yom haKippurim from evening (sunset) of the 9th (10th day begins) to evening (sunset) of the 10th (10th day ends).

Before looking at the Hebrew wording and the meaning of ‘YOM HAKIPPURIM’, let me first take you through the clear instructions that are given for us to observe on this day, as commanded in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:27-32.

On the 10th day of the 7th month you shall have:

A SET-APART GATHERING!

Let me remind you what this means!

A – Set-Apart:

The Hebrew word that is translated as set-apartcomes from the root word קֹדֶשqoḏeshStrong’s H6944 – and this means ‘apartness/ consecrated/ dedicated/ that which is dedicated and separated unto יהוה’. This word is pretty self-explanatory and carries with it great weight, in its identification of truly setting something or someone apart from another, with a clear distinction of being marked as separate and completely apart from the rest.

B – Gathering:

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘gathering’ comes from the root word מִקְרָא miqraStrong’s H4744, which means: assembly/ group/ convocation/ a collective of people gathered for a purpose/a calling together, which comes from the root word קָרָא qara – Strong’s H7121 meaning, ‘proclaim, call, read, summons, invite, to be called out.

 

This day of Yom haKippurim is a day where we are to have a QOḎESH MIQRA (a set-apart gathering)!

We, as a small fellowship, will be coming together on the 10th of the 7th month (this coming 5th day) and have a SET-APART time of prayer, worship and fellowship and I encourage all who receive our teachings and are not physically here with us, to make sure that they ensure that they set this day apart and have a set-apart gathering with others.

What we do each year is have all our members observe this day (starting at evening of the 9th day) with prayer, reading and fasting (which we will discuss shortly) and then we come together at around 5pm on the 10th day and have our set-apart gathering, to close this Sabbath of Sabbaths together, having a time of reflection, prayer and worship.

As we dig deeper into the significance of this day and the proper observance thereof, we can and should gain a greater lesson in understanding the importance of our set-apartness and the pursuit thereof.

Having set-apart gatherings, as commanded, teaches us how we, as the Body of Messiah, are to be set-apart and therefore, we recognise how important all of the Sabbaths and Feasts of יהוה are and that to neglect to keep all His Sabbaths and Feasts, as proper set-apart gatherings, may nullify one’s ability in being properly set-apart unto Him!

 

In the Greek, the word that is translated as set-apartness is ἁγιασμός hagiasmos – Strong’s G38 which means, ‘consecration, sanctifying, purification’, and this comes from the verb ἁγιάζω hagiazō – Strong’s G37 which means, make set-apart, be set-apart, to separate from profane things and dedicate to Elohim, which comes from the primitive root ἅγιος hagios – Strong’s G40; and its fundamental idea is one of ‘separation, consecration, and devotion to the service of Elohim’.

I think we get the picture! To be set-apart means to be devoted and dedicated to serving Elohim and to do so involves the need to be separated from the profane or common, lest the mixing of the two hinders the ability to distinguish between the set-apart and the profane!

 

We are clearly told in Scripture that the desire of Elohim is our set-apartness:

Tas’loniqim Aleph/1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 “For this is the desire of Elohim: your set-apartness! – that you should abstain from whoring, 4 that each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in set-apartness and respect, 5 not in passion of lust, like the gentiles who do not know Elohim, 6 not to overstep and take advantage of his brother in this matter, because the Master is the revenger of all such, as we indeed said to you before and earnestly warned. 7 For Elohim did not call us to uncleanness, but in set-apartness.

 

How are you doing in possessing your own vessel, which is your body, in set-apartness?

Have you truly separated yourself from the profane and common things or do you find the lines between the set-apart and profane being blurred by compromise and laziness!

 

We are also told to pursue apartness in:

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 12:14Pursue peace with all, and pursue apartness without which no one shall see the Master.

Why I am mentioning this verse is to highlight this vital fact being presented to us here – and that is – that without a proper pursuit of apartness we will not see the Master!

The Greek word for ‘pursue’ is the verb διώκω diōkō – Strong’s G1377 which means, to put to flight, pursue, persecute’, and also carries the meaning to follow after or to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing or earnestly endeavour to acquire and can also mean to suffer persecution! Suffer persecution:

Timotiyos Bět /2 Timothy 3:12 And indeed, all those wishing to live reverently in Messiah יהושע, shall be persecuted.

Pursuing set-apartness will bring on persecution – and knowing this reality the question is, “Will I obey the Torah of the House and be most set-apart?” One could, in many ways, state that the opposite of pursuing apartness would be to forsake apartness, and we are commanded to not forsake the Torah, which includes not forsaking the Torah of the House!

Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 43:12This is the Torah of the House: Upon the mountaintop, all the boundary of it, all around, is most set-apart. See, this is the Torah of the House.

Twice in this verse we see the clear phrase, “This is the Torah of the House

What is so very clear in this verse is the declaration of what The Torah of the House is and is given between the repetition of this phrase, placing emphasis on recognising what the Torah of the House is, so that the hearer does not neglect to know what is the Torah of the House.

The Hebrew word translated as ‘see’, that is used before the repeated phrase, “this is the Torah of the House”, is הִנֵּה hinneh – Strong’s H2009 which means, Lo! Behold! Look! See!, which is the prolonged form of הֵן hen – Strong’s H2005, and is an interjection that demands attention and is mainly used to emphasise the information that follows. Having declared ‘this is the Torah of the House’ and then expressed what it is, the interjection of הִנֵּה hinneh – Strong’s H2009 is used to get one’s attention by making it clear that ‘THIS IS the Torah of House’. While it may sound like I am repeating myself, it is done so with good intention, in order to get your attention, as we embrace what the Torah of the House is!!!

THE TORAH OF THE HOUSE = SET-APARTNESS!

 

And this day of Yom Kippur is the day which brings in our ability to see the Master, as it is on this day that He will come out of His Most Set-Apart Place and fetch His Bride that has made Herself ready and has pursued apartness, while destroying those who have not!

 

Due to the ‘perfect’ and ‘complete’ work of our Messiah and King (which this day reflects for us), we are able to be perfect and set-apart before Elohim, for that is what we are called to – to set-apartness!

And having been grafted into the Covenants of Promise by the Blood of Messiah that cleanses and washes us, we are now called to be a called-out people who are ‘perfecting’ set-apartness in the fear of Elohim!

 

How then are we to ‘perfect’ our set-apartness in the fear of Elohim?

By walking in THE PERFECT TORAH!!!

Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 7:1Having, then, these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim.

The main point I am putting across here is that when one does not observe the command to have a set-apart gathering then the pursuit of apartness becomes null and void!

The Greek word used for ‘perfecting’ is ἐπιτελέω epiteleō – Strong’s G2005 which means, to complete, accomplish, finished, perfected, performing, and therefore we recognise that we are in a race that we must complete, realising that it is Messiah in us that causes us to pursue and perfect set-apartness, as we stay in Him and walk, even as He did!

Many might claim that they have not neglected the Torah of the House while they ‘sit on the fence’, so to speak, and legalistically tick off their boxes of assumed obedience and minimum responsibility required for set-apartness, yet lack the fruit of being MOST SET-APART, and becomes clearly evident of this fact when they find themselves in the midst of those who are being zealous in their pursuit of being most set-apart!

We need to embrace the heart of Dawiḏ:

Tehillah/Psalm 119:29-33 “Remove from me the way of falsehood, and favour me with Your Torah. 30 I have chosen the way of truth; Your right-rulings I have held level. 31 I have clung to Your witnesses; O יהוה, do not put me to shame! 32 I run the way of Your commands, for You enlarge my heart. 33 Teach me, O יהוה, the way of Your laws, and I observe it to the end.

How fit are you in your pursuit of apartness? Are you running the way of the commands of Elohim? Are you running with exceeding joy and fervency to the esteem of יהוה, or have you, at times, found that you have parked yourself in a position that no longer pursues apartness because of a lack of breath as the result of the worries of this age, the deceitfulness of wealth and desires for other non-set-apart matters that have come and choked out the very word of life from your being, leaving you short of breath?

 

When one gives way to the pursuit of apartness and slacks off due to compromise and becomes lazy and idle in duty, neglecting the proper gathering and fellowship, and neglecting the proper daily meditating and study of the Word, then what happens?

Well, what may come first is the heartburn of compromise that eats away at one’s inner most being that will lead to envy and strife that can cause divisions in the House, after which contentions may arise and false doctrines be entertained and believed, due to the slackened pursuit of set-apartness, while assuming to maintain a self-constructed image of apartness that does not line up perfectly with the plumb line of the Torah!

What may happen as a result of this is that the infected ones who have neglected the Torah of the House and have strayed from the pursuit of apartness will find the following creeping into their lives: lethargy, inactivity, conformity to worldliness and if not corrected will lead to a losing of their first love for Elohim and the House/Body of Messiah, causing them to turn away from true love for Elohim, which is to obey His commands! Here the Torah of the House is clear – set-apartness!

 

When one drifts from pursuing apartness the House often experiences diminished gatherings as the desire to be joined in unity, by some, grows colder and colder to the point where they assume that they can walk a set-apart life on their own, thus deceiving themselves into thinking they do not need help, instruction or fellowship with others.

To do this is a breaking of the Torah of the House! Taking set-apartness for granted through the lack of a proper pursuit can cause one to end up being alone and discarded, hence the need to ensure that the zeal for the pursuit of apartness never fails or fades!

 

All of יהוה’s Sabbaths are commanded set-apart gatherings:

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:2-4 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘The appointed times of יהוה, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, My appointed times, are these: 3 ‘Six days work is done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a set-apart gathering. You do no work, it is a Sabbath to יהוה in all your dwellings. 4 ‘These are the appointed times of יהוה, set-apart gatherings which you are to proclaim at their appointed times.

 

At this point I want us to take a look at this Hebrew word for set-apartness, as it was written in the ancient pictographic script.

The Hebrew word קֹדֶשׁ qoḏeshStrong’s H6944 which means ‘apartness/ consecrated/ dedicated/ that which is dedicated and separated unto יהוה’, is rendered as follows, in the ancient pictographic letter/symbols:

shindaletquph 

Quph – קֹ:

This is the letter ‘quph’, which is pictured as quph, and is a ‘horizon’ and depicts the elements of ‘time’, as it pictures the sun in its rising and setting. It therefore carries the meaning of ‘circle’ or ‘to go around’, representing for us both, appointed cycles or times as well as eternity and speaks of continual adherence to the Appointed Times.

Dalet – דֶ:

This is the letter ‘dalet’ which is pictured as dalet, which is a ‘tent door. It can also have the meaning of a back and forth movement, as one goes back and forth through a tent door and so speaks of an access point. It can also carry the meaning of ‘dangle’ or hanging as the tent door would hang from the roof pole of the tent. It speaks a great deal in terms of understanding the door of the tent of appointment as the only means of access. And we also know that Messiah is ‘The Door’, for we only are able to have access into the Kingdom through Him! The commands are also to be written on the doorposts teaching us to remember to guard the commands of Elohim as we go out and come in, so that our going out and coming is in peace!

Shin - שׁ:

This is the letter ‘shin’ which in the ancient script is pictured as shin, which is ‘two front teeth’ and carries the meaning of ‘sharp or press, chew or devour’; which is what the teeth do, and also speaks of the sharpened word that comes forth from the mouth as the teeth ‘chew’ or ‘meditate’ on the Truth, making what comes forth pure and sharp! It also carries the understanding of consuming or destroying – as teeth do to food.

 

Looking at the rendering of this Hebrew word קֹדֶשׁ qoḏeshStrong’s H6944 in the pictographic form that renders set-apartness or to be set-apart we, are able to see what this clearly implies as we take note that this word can render for us the following meaning:

CONTINUALLY COMING TO THE DOOR OF APPOINTMENT TO MEDITATE ON THE WORD!

 

Our ability to be properly set-apart involves our ability to properly meditate on the Word on a daily basis as well as making sure that we do not neglect the set-apart Appointed Times that are clearly commanded as ‘set-apart gatherings’, which are ALL the Appointed Times of יהוה, as outlined and instructed in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23, which includes the weekly Sabbath – and of course – Yom haKippurim, which is the Sabbath of Sabbaths (which I will discuss shortly)!

Now that we have firmly established that, on Yom haKippurim you shall have a set-apart gathering, let us take a look at what else is commanded!

 

On the 10th day of the 7th month:

YOU SHALL AFFLICT YOUR BEINGS!

The Hebrew word that is translated here as ‘afflict’ is עָנָהanahH6031 which means, ‘to be bowed down, afflicted, humbled’ and it can also carry the meaning, ‘to be occupied or busy with’.

 

Busy or occupied with what? Well, the next word tells us what – our beings!

 

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘beings’ is the word נֶפֶשׁnepheshH5315 which means, ‘a soul, a living being, the inner being of a man’.

 

So then, Yom haKippurim is a day in which we are to HUMBLE OURSELVES and BE BUSY WITH OUR BEING – that is, we are to be spending the time reflecting on our life; and therefore, make sure that whatever needs to be dealt with must be dealt with properly.

Typically, this is understood and translated as the day when we deny our flesh of any food or drink, and fast, with the sole focus on humbling ourselves in prayer before our Maker, and then come together as His body, united as One in Him!

 

The Hebrew word עָנָהanah’ also carries the meaning of ‘giving an account or an answer.

This carries the picture of the one who humbles himself and comes to give an account of what he has done.

This can give us the picture of ‘coming clean’, so to speak, and confessing our sin.

 

In order to do that, one has to be looking at the One to whom you are coming clean to, and herein lies a powerful lesson in the ancient pictographic lettering of this word when understood in regards to Yom haKippurim.

 

In the ancient pictographic text, the Hebrew word עָנָהanahH6031 looks like this:

heynunayin 

 

Ayin - עָ:

The original pictograph for this letter is ayin and represents the idea of ‘seeing and watching’, as well as ‘knowledge’. as the eye is the ‘window of knowledge’.

Nun – נָ:

The ancient pictographic script has this letter pictured as nun, which pictures asprouting seedand gives the idea of continuation or an offspring or an heir, speaking of that which sprouts forth will be the heir of the promise of continuation, and represents one’s life expectancy.

Hey - הּ:

 

The ancient script has this letter as hey and is pictured as a man standing with his arms raised up and out as if pointing to something, and in essence carries the meaning of ‘behold’ as in when looking at something very great. It can also have the meaning to ‘breath’ or ‘sigh’ as when looking at a great sight and having your breath taken away so to speak! It also has the meaning of revelation or to reveal something by pointing it out.

When we understand the command for us to be ‘BUSY WITH’ OUR BEINGS, and ‘BE OCCUPIED OR BOWED DOWN AND HUMBLED’ before our High Priest and King, we are able to recognise, through these ancient pictographic symbols, the concept of fixing our eyes on Messiah, the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our faith.

The picture of the eye and the seed gives us the meaning of an ‘EYE OF CONTINUANCE’, meaning that we are continue to keep our eyes fixed on the One who is to be praised, for He has covered and cleansed us in His Blood!

On the 10th day of the 7th month you are to:

BRING AN OFFERING MADE BY FIRE TO יהוה!

We know that the offering made by fire was a whole burnt offering – that is signify that we are to come to surrender all and allow our lives to be presented as a living sacrifice.

It is on this day when the work that we have done in Messiah will be tested through fire!

The Hebrew root word that is translated as ‘bring and offering’ comes from the root word קָרַב qaraḇ – Strong’s H7126 which means ‘to come near, approach, appear, bring near, come forward, draw near, which is primarily a sacrificial word and signifies the presenting of a sacrifice or offering to יהוה. And it is from this root verb that we get the Hebrew word for ‘offering’, which is קָרְבָּן qorban – Strong’s H7133.

We are to draw near to Elohim, and He has given us His Sabbaths and Appointed Times where we can collectively, as His Preparing Bride, draw near unto Him together as one!

The Hebrew word קָרְבָּן Qorban – Strong’s H7133 means more than what is described as ‘offering’ or ‘sacrifice’. Basically, the root of this word denotes ‘being or coming into the most near and intimate proximity of the object (or subject)’. A secondary meaning entails actual contact with the object.

 

The mind-set of cruelty and terrible sacrifices must be dispelled as we learn to understand the Hebrew way, as opposed to westernised Greco-Roman influenced mind-sets!

Qorban is about intimacy with יהוה, which is certainly never a cruel sacrifice as some erroneously interpret it, but rather, it is a huge blessing. Too many people get very squeamish when they come to these parts of the Torah as they lack the ability in grasping the concept of drawing near to יהוה. And so, please recognise that we are not to look at ‘qorban’ (offering) as something grotesque and vulgar, but rather understand that it is an approach to our Husband!

It is not just simply about killing animals and feeding the priests, although these aspects play an important role; however, in fulfilling those aspects, we see just how it is a means for us, the Bride, being fully equipped and enabled to be perfectly drawing near to our Husband.

 

The Greek word that is used here in the LXX (Septuagint) for ‘bring’ is the word προσάγω prosagō – Strong’s G4317 which means, bring near, lead to approach, and this word helps us understand the clear significance of this DAY OF COVERINGS, as we are reminded that it is through the Blood of Messiah that we are enabled to draw near to Elohim and be cleansed as a Bride that is ready for Her returning Husband.

This Greek word is translated as ‘bring’, in:

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 3:18Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim, having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit

This day of YOM HAKIPPURIM signifies the complete working of our Master’s blood that causes us to be able to draw near to Him is complete set-apartness and Truth!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘an offering made by fire’ comes from the root word and אִשֶּׁה ishsheh – Strong’s H801 which means, offering made by fire

This day signifies the complete cleansing through fire that takes place and herein we can recognise the importance of the words of Sha’ul, as we celebrate our ability in drawing near and having been refined through the fire of the Word of Elohim, in:

Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 3:11-15 “For no one is able to lay any other foundation except that which is laid, which is יהושע Messiah. 12 And if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work shall be revealed, for the day shall show it up, because it is revealed by fire. And the fire shall prove the work of each one, what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work remains, which he has built on, he shall receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved, but so as through fire.

 

The concept of bringing an offering by fire also emphasises the clear picture of offering up our bodies as a daily living sacrifice – that is – a giving of our all unto Elohim, in complete set-apartness!

Our lives, as an offering, are to be refined through His Word, as we humble ourselves before our Master and Elohim and give thanks for His offering up of Himself for us!

 

As we consider the day of YOM HAKIPPURIM and our need to bring an offering made by fire, we recognise that we are to come before our Master with our all, surrendering totally before Him and the picture of fire teaches us how we are to be fully consumed by His presence so that nothing else can distract us in our ability in drawing near to Him, as we wash our hands and cleanse our hearts in complete set-apartness!

 

Now יהוה is calling, as a Husband from His Tent, for Yisra’ĕl to come and be with Him and offer ourselves to Him.

But He would not want us to come dirty and not having taken a bath first, or come dressed like a warrior or something else not very becoming of a prepared bride.

He therefore begins to give clear instructions as to the way He wants to be approached, so we will know how to be a bride who is pleasing to Him and be able to fully draw near to Him.

Ya’aqoḇ/James 4:8 “Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you. Cleanse hands, sinners. And cleanse the hearts, you double-minded!

 

To ‘walk in love’ is to walk in obedience to His commands and He has told us how we are to ‘draw near’ to Him and so we have the Appointed Times to do so, as well as the necessary ‘daily offering’ that we are to bring; as Sha’ul tells us:

Romiyim/Romans 12:1 “I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship.

 

On the 10th day of the 7th month we are to:

DO NO WORK

With Yom haKippurim being the Sabbath of Sabbaths (which I will explain shortly), we take note of the instructions for the Sabbaths, in:

Shemoth/Exodus 31:14 “And you shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being shall be cut off from among his people. 15 ‘Six days work is done, and on the seventh is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to יהוה. Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day shall certainly be put to death.

In verse 15 we are told that in 6 days work is done and on the 7th it is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to יהוה.

The word used in these verses for ‘work’ is מְלָאכָה melaḵah – Strong’s H4399 which means, occupation, work, business, craftsmanship and comes from the word מַלְאָךְ malaḵ – Strong’s H4397 meaning, a messenger, ambassador, envoy. The Hebrew root word for ‘done’ is עָשָׂה asah – Strong’s H6213 meaning, to do, work, make, produce, ta act with effect, to observe, to bring about, institute and can also mean, celebrate’.

Verse 15 is very clear – DO NO WORK ON THE SABBATH – that is to say that you do not do your normal ‘occupation’ or trade, nor do anything in regards to your daily business and work-related dealings that you would be involved in during the rest of the week!

Anyone who works on the Sabbath will be cut off and put to death!

 

Why do we do no work on the 10th day of the 7th month?

BECAUSE IT IS YOM KIPPURIM – TO MAKE ATONEMENT FOR YOU!

Yom Kippurimיוֹם כִּפֻּרִים – ‘The Day of Coverings – the Hebrew word ‘Kippurim’ is the plural of ‘Kippur

YOM KIPPUR – this day symbolises the complete purification of the Bride of Messiah – known as THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.

One might ask why do we have this day separate from Pěsaḥ (Passover) – isn’t that when we were redeemed?

This is a good question, yet יהוה’s Appointed Times are perfect shadow pictures for us and so, in understanding these great shadow pictures, it could best be explained as Pěsaḥ symbolising for us personal redemption – it was on that day we were bought at a price and received atonement for our personal sins.

Pěsaḥ symbolises for us the personal deliverance from bondage to slavery, as each household would put the Blood of the Lamb on their doorposts, so that they would be saved.

We each must accept, receive and apply the Blood of the Pěsaḥ Lamb, personally in our lives.

The Day of Atonement speaks of the national redemption of a nation.

Atonement means ‘to make ransom for or to cover over man’s sins

The English word Atonement was derived when the translator wanted to best describe what ‘kippur’ meant, as there was not a definitive English word to describe or translate the meaning of this and so, what he translated it to was – ‘At-One’ – therefore later being called ‘Atonement’.

This was the best way he could express what this day carries for us – it is when we are made to be ‘one’ with יהוה – be ‘at one with’ Him and finally be fully restored unto Him as a washed and purified body together as ‘one’!

So, this is also a day where we truly come and remember the ransom that was paid for us by the shed Blood of the Pěsaḥ Lamb – יהושע Messiah, once and for all and reflect on our lives as to how we are living out our covenant relationship with our Saviour, who is not only the Pěsaḥ Lamb, but is also the ‘ram’ that is provided for us, and the complete sin offering that covers us and cleanses us in His Own Blood!

The Hebrew word for atonement is כִּפֻּרkippurH3725 and comes from the root word כָּפַרkapharH3722 and means: to cover over, pacify, make propitiation, atone.

As a noun, it can also carry the meaning of ‘a ransom’, ‘gift’, or ‘to secure favour. It literally means to ‘cover over’ or ‘smear with pitch’ as in the sealing of a ship. Therefore ‘kaphar’ or atonement means to cover that which is bare or naked or shamed, and also means to ‘smear the ship so that your ship will not sink and drown all those aboard’!

 

Wow – we are ‘covered’ – that is - Atoned for by His Blood!!!

Noaḥ was commanded by יהוה to cover the ark inside and out with pitch – he was told to ‘Kaphar’ (cover) the ark with ‘Kopher’- כֹּפֶר H3724 (a covering):

Berěshith/Genesis 6:14Make yourself an ark of gopherwood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with a covering.

The Hebrew word כָּפַרkapharH3722 also means to ransom – and so, we know that יהושע has paid our ransom and atoned for us.

It also means to reconcile with someone who has the power of death over you, and to pacify the one who has the power to do you harm! We must realise that the punishment for sin is death, and no sin goes unpunished. Through the Atonement of יהושע for our sins we are reconciled to the One who has the power to put us to death!

 

When we look at the ancient pictographic script’s rendering of the words for כִּפֻּרkippurH3725, כָּפַרkapharH3722 and כֹּפֶר KopherH3724 we are able to see a powerful picture of the way which our Master Himself opened up for us to be One with Him!

 

In the ancient pictographic script, we see the following picture for these three words:

reshpeykaph 

Kaph - כִּ:

The ancient form of this letter is kaph - meaning ‘the open palm of a hand’. The meaning behind this letter is ‘to bend and curve’ from the shape of a palm as well as ‘to tame or subdue’ as one has been bent to another’s will (under their hand), as an open hand symbolises submission. This also can picture for us a palm or palm branch from the curved palm shape. The hand also speaks of one’s work, or under whose hand you submit and obey!

Pey – פֻּ:

This is the letter ‘pey’, which is pictured as pey, which is an ‘open mouth’ and carries the meaning of ‘speak and blow’, from the functions of the mouth, and can have the meaning of ‘scatter’ by blowing. It can also mean sword or beard as in things with edges, as well as a region in depicting a place with edges or boundaries. It also can represent that which has been spoken forth from the words of one’s mouth, as being established! This can also render for us a picture of that which has been opened, in terms of the way that has been opened by the Word of Elohim!

Resh – ר:

The ancient script has this letter ‘resh’ as  resh– and is pictured as ‘the head of a man’ and has the meaning of the head of a man as well as chief, top, begging or first. This letter can mean ‘top’ – as in the top or head of a body; and ‘chief’ – as in head of a tribe or people, as well as the one who rules the people.

 

When we consider the significance of these pictures that render the words כִּפֻּרkippurH3725, כָּפַרkapharH3722 and כֹּפֶר KopherH3724 we are able to clearly recognise the powerful working of our Master and Elohim, who has by His own Hand opened the Way for us to be joined to Him, who is our Head and therefore we can see the following:

THE OPEN HAND THAT OPENED THE WAY TO THE HEAD!

 

Our Master revealed His open Hand and took the nails in His Hands for our sin, in order that we can be cleansed and able to draw near to Him and be joined to Him, opening up for us the Way to Eternal Life in Him!

 

When I see the rendering of these pictures, with regards to Yom Kippur, I am reminded of the encounter that T’oma had with Messiah, in:

Yoḥanan/John 20:26-29And after eight days His taught ones were again inside, and T’oma with them. יהושע came, the doors having been shut, and He stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to T’oma, “Bring your finger here, and see My hands. And bring your hand and put it into My side – and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And T’oma answered and said to Him, “My Master and my Elohim!” 29 יהושע said to him, “T’oma, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” 

 

At the sight of the open hand of the Master, T’oma instantly recognised that יהושע is the only One True Master and Elohim and that by His death and resurrection His revealed hand opened the way for us to be joined to Him, our Head!

 

This day of coverings not only celebrates our covering in Messiah, our Head, but also celebrates the sure hope that we have in Him, coming for His Ready Bride that has cleansed herself through the cleansing of the Word, that our Head has provided through His open Hand of deliverance!

 

This 10th day of the 7th month is:             

A SABBATH OF REST!

In the Hebrew text, the wording that is translated as ‘a Sabbath of rest’ is written as follows:

שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹןShabbat Shabbaton.

The Hebrew word used for ‘rest’ is שַׁבָּתוֹןshabbathon’ - Strong’s H7677 meaning a ‘Sabbath-like’ rest or Sabbath observance and the Hebrew word for ‘Sabbath’ is שַׁבָּת Sabbath - Strong’s H7676, which is the intensive form of שָׁבַת shaḇath – Strong’s H7673 which means, to cease, desist, rest, observe, observe the rest, put an end, which expressed as a causative action can be understood as meaning, to cease or put an end to, remove, exterminate, destroy, cause to desist from; the intensive form שַׁבָּת Sabbath - Strong’s H7676 refers specifically to ‘theSabbath’, as in ‘the7th day of the week.

This is the only day outside of the weekly Sabbath that is actually referred to as a Sabbath in Scripture.

Other Feast days are called ‘sabbath-like’ days yet this day, regardless on which day it falls, is a Sabbath, marking it as the Sabbath of Sabbaths, as it is the day the brings to completion the full working of our deliverance!

THIS IS THE SABBATH OF SABBATHS!!!

Now this Sabbath is unlike the others, in that this is the day when we, as I mentioned, ‘afflict our beings’ and the stern warning we have here, is that anyone who does not afflict their being on this day, or if anyone works on this day, that being will be ‘cut off and destroyed from the midst of his people’!

Scripture is very clear on this – so, no excuses!

This day signifies so much for us, and it is so much more than just a day of ‘fasting’, as it is a culmination, and the bringing to completion, of the work of Messiah in us, as His redeemed body!

This is the day when the Master is coming out of the Set-Apart Place to begin to “complete His work on the 7th day”; and on that day, we will be able to show Him what we have made with that which He gave us - the talents which He has given us (each one according to his ability).

Now for many this may not be a very pleasing day as they have only viewed the Master from a viewpoint of being a ‘hard man’, and have not lovingly laboured for Him and have done nothing with what they had. But for us who labour daily in Him, working with what He has apportioned each one of us – this will be a wonderful day of hearing the words we all would like to hear… “Well done, good and trustworthy servant”.

The Parable of the Talents is a clear reference to this very day, when the Master comes back and the servants must give and account, as their ‘offering made by fire’, that is their works, are tested!

It is on this day when He comes back that we do not want to be found thinking about what we could have or should have done – for it will be too late. And so, as we keep this Feast as a shadow picture of what is to come, we should all be aware that it is certainly a time for us to take account of our walk in Messiah. Are you walking or running or simply standing still?

 

With this being the Sabbath of Sabbaths, we also are able to recognise the complete work of our Master that secures His House, that is us – for we are living stones being built up in Him and in the fullness of His Word we have the sure promise of our deliverance being made complete when He comes, as we recognise that there remains a sabbath keeping for us!

Iḇ’rim/Hebrew 4:9-11So there remains a Sabbath-keeping for the people of Elohim. 10 For the one, having entered into His rest, has himself also rested from his works, as Elohim rested from His own. 11 Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.

Sabbath-keeping is vital for us, as it is a sure sign of us ‘ceasing’ from our own works, our own ways and words!!!

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you do turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My set-apart day, and shall call the Sabbath ‘a delight,’ the set-apart day of יהוה ‘esteemed,’ and shall esteem it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, 14 then you shall delight yourself in יהוה. And I shall cause you to ride on the heights of the earth, and feed you with the inheritance of Ya’aqoḇ your father. For the mouth of יהוה has spoken!

 

When looking at the word שַׁבָּת Sabbath - Strong’s H7676 in the ancient pictographic text we recognise the importance of our proper observance of His Sabbaths as we see the following being rendering in the pictographic letters:

 tawbeitshin

Shin - שַׁ:

This is the letter ‘shin’ which in the ancient script is pictured as shin, which is ‘two front teeth’ and carries the meaning of ‘sharp or press, chew or devour’; which is what the teeth do, and also speaks of the sharpened word that comes forth from the mouth as the teeth ‘chew’ or ‘meditate’ on the Truth, making what comes forth pure and sharp! It also carries the understanding of consuming or destroying – as teeth do to food.

Beyt בָּ:

The ancient script has this letter as beit, which pictures a tent floor plan and means, ‘house’ or ‘tent’. It represents family and the importance of those who are inside the tent as opposed to the tent structure itself.

Taw – ת

 

The ancient script has this letter as tawwhich is pictured as two crossed sticks, and can represent for us seal, covenant, mark or sign; as this once again points to the complete work of Messiah in the renewal of the Covenant in His Blood that brings the two Houses of Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah together in Him, as One, for He is not only the ‘aleph’, but is also the ‘taw’ – the beginning and the end of all creation!

 

As we consider this Sabbath of Sabbaths we can see from the rendering of the word שַׁבָּת Sabbath - Strong’s H7676 in the ancient pictographic lettering, the following:

THE WORD OF THE HOUSE IS SEALED

 

This emphasises how the Sabbath is a sign that we are the House of Elohim, for it is His Word that marks us and the sign of that mark is our proper observance of His Sabbaths! If we do not guard to keep and observe His Sabbaths then we are not sealed, nor are we guarding His Covenant that His Blood causes us to be grafted in to and the one who does not observe the Sabbaths of Elohim shall be cut off from His Everlasting Covenants of Promise!

 

Taking this a little further by looking at the word שַׁבָּתוֹןshabbathon’ - Strong’s H7677 in the ancient pictographic script, we can see the following:

nunwawtaw beitshin

With the extra two letters:

Waw/vav - וּ:

The Ancient picture for this letter is waw, is pictured as a peg or ‘tent peg’, which was used for securing or tying the tent or other items. The possibility of it having a Y-shape is to show that it prevents the rope from slipping off. The root meaning of this letter is ‘to add, secure or hook’.

 

Nun – ן:

The ancient pictographic script has this letter pictured as nun, which pictures asprouting seedand gives the idea of continuation or an offspring or an heir, speaking of that which sprouts forth will be the heir of the promise of continuation, and represents one’s life expectancy. We also know that ‘The Seed’ is Messiah!

What we are now able to see from the term שַׁבָּתוֹןshabbathon’ is the following:

THE WORD OF THE HOUSE IS SEALED AND SECURED IN THE SEED

 

It is only by Messiah that we are able to be grafted in to His covenants of Promise and equipped to be marked as His covenant people by the proper observance of His Sabbaths – with YOM HAKIPPURIM being THE SABBATH OF SABBATHS!

 

In Wayyiqra/Leviticus, where the priestly service and sacrificial system is presented and discussed, the word which we have already looked at for ‘atonement’, which is כָּפַרkapharH3722, is used 16 times in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16 and 48 times in the entire book!

39 times, however, it is used in Wayyiqra/Leviticus in the specific description of the priestly service and sacrificial system where the other times are descriptive regulations in regards to the instructions for the Day – this alone is a wonderful representation for us – for it was the exact number of stripes that יהושע took across His back – and it is by His stripes that we are healed!!! By His Stripes and His sacrifice, we are covered, cleansed, redeemed and reconciled to Him!

 

Scripture clearly teaches us that atonement involves something which is lacking (or leaking in respect to a boat not sealed), and is in danger of judgement (or sinking) – and then having that lack (which is caused by sin) covered with something that will restore and keep it from sinking or being destroyed, just as the pitch applied to ancient boats would keep them from sinking!

 

It is only by the favour and loving-kindness granted by יהוה, who has the power of life and death over us, that His liberal smearing, or covering us, inside and out, that is the covering of the soul of man with His favour and loving-kindness through the blood of יהושע, our High Priest, that man can be kept from sinking in a relationship with his Creator. When sin occurs, a price must be paid.

 

YOM KIPPUR is the day when יהוה will be reconciled with His creation – a day set aside and appointed for Him to pardon, to cleanse and to forgive. It was only on this one day of the year that ‘one’ among the children of Yisra’ĕl were able to come ‘face to face’ so to speak with יהוה and live! – This occurred when only the high priest in office entered the Most Set-Apart place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept.

 

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16 gives us the entire ceremony that was instructed by יהוה, for the High Priest to perform, and clearly shadow pictures for us the perfect cleansing and atoning work of Messiah, our High Priest forever in the order of Malkitseḏeq.

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16:29-34 “And this shall be for you a law forever: In the seventh new moon, on the tenth day of the new moon, you afflict your beings, and do no work, the native or the stranger who sojourns among you. 30 For on that day he makes atonement for you, to cleanse you, to be clean from all your sins before יהוה31 It is a Sabbath of rest for you, and you shall afflict your beings – a law forever. 32 And the priest, who is anointed and ordained to serve as priest in his father’s place, shall make atonement, and shall put on the linen garments, the set-apart garments, 33 and he shall make atonement for the Most Set-apart Place, and make atonement for the Tent of Appointment and for the slaughter-place, and make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. 34 And this shall be for you a law forever, to make atonement for the children of Yisra’ěl, for all their sins, once a year.” And he did as יהוה commanded Mosheh.

 

This day of Yom Kippur was the day that was set-apart each year for the nation to be cleansed from all their sins before יהוה, and this is what we come to carefully consider, as we ‘afflict our beings’ each year, and recognise the perfect work of our High Priest and King, who has perfected for us the cleansing we need, in His own Blood. The blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin, and so was only a covering each year until the perfect Blood of Messiah that can take away sin, would come to cleanse us!

 

This Hebrew word for cleanse is טָהֵרtaherH2891 and means the following: “to be clean; to cleanse; purify’ made clean”, “properly to be bright; to be pure – that is physically sound, clear, unadulterated, morally innocent”, “to be purged, purify, to declare something or someone clean.

I hope you get the picture here!!! He makes us clean – really clean – by His Blood!

This Word טָהֵרtaherH2891 is used in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16:19, where the high priest would sprinkle the blood of the sin offering on the horns of the altar and all around, seven times.

The number 7, as we know, signifies perfection and so, by the Blood of יהושע there is a perfect cleansing, and a perfect reconciliation!

It is also used twice in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16:30, telling us that the atonement that is made for us is to cleanse us from all sin before יהוה!

And so, we can clearly see how the picture of Atonement is fully met by His sacrifice, and our cleansing in His Blood is sufficient in cleansing a Bride that makes Herself ready for His soon return, equipping His Bride to be cleansed from dead works and ready to serve the Living Elohim.

Iḇ‘rim/Hebrews 9:11-14But Messiah, having become a High Priest of the coming good matters, through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, 12 entered into the Most Set-apart Place once for all, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, having obtained everlasting redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the defiled, sets apart for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the everlasting Spirit offered Himself unblemished to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?

 

It is through the one-time atoning sacrifice of Messiah that He makes His Bride ‘taher’.

Because of this we have the full assurance that when we come to Him and confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!

Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us the sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

The Hebrew word for cleansing is טָֽהֳרָה tahorah – Strong’s H2893 meaning, ‘purifying, cleansing, becomes clean, purification’ and comes from the primary root verb טָהֵר taher – Strong’s H2891.

As we look at the Hebrew word טָֽהֳרָה tahorah we see a wonderful picture in this word alone that speaks of our need to come to Messiah who cleanses us from all sin. Why I say this is because, when we look at the ancient symbols of these letters we get a clearer picture of the very message of this total and complete cleansing that is given to us by the Blood of Messiah, contained in just one word!

טָֽהֳרָה tahorah – read from right to left, are the letters: ט -tet; ה -hey; ר -resh; הhey; and when you see this word as written in the ancient pictograph script we see the message clearly:

The original pictograph of these letters (from right to left):

heyreshheytet 

Tet – ט:

The original pictograph for this letter is tet, which is ‘a container made of wicker or clay’. Containers were a very important item among the nomadic Hebrews. They were used for storing grains and other items. Wicker baskets were used as nets for catching fish. The meanings of this letter are ‘basket, vessel, contain, store, clay vessel’.

Hey –ה:

The original pictograph for this letter is hey, which is ‘a man standing with his arms raised out’. The Modern Hebrew and original name for this letter is “hey”. The meaning of the letter is ‘behold, look, breath, sigh’ and ‘reveal or revelation’ from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out. It also carries for us the meaning of ‘surrender’ as we lift up our hands and submit to יהוה as we lift our hands in praise, declaring His authority under which we humbly submit!

Resh - ר:

The Ancient picture for this letter is resh, which is ‘the head of a man’. This letter has the meanings of ‘head or man’ as well as ‘chief, top, beginning or first’.

Now in terms of the cleansing we have in the Blood of Messiah, we see through this pictograph lettering of:

טָֽהֳרָה tahorah the following message:

 

We, as ‘CLAY BASKETS’ come and surrender to Him, and ‘RAISE OUR HANDS’ in acknowledgement of His perfect atonement, and confess our sins/lawlessness before our ‘HEAD’ and High Priest, יהושע Messiah; and put our lives into the hands of Him who ‘lifts us up’ from the miry clay, and makes us clean and purifies us from all unrighteousness!

 

We have been covered and cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb and we have the sure hope that we will soon be with Him forever. Yom Kippur is a time for us to reflect and remember what our High Priest has done for us, and be reminded that we are to walk as His Spotless Bride, as He cleanses us through the washing of His Word.

This is a day to afflict your beings – why?

Well, it is a day to realise and remember that we are to lay down our lives – to put to death the flesh and intercede for the rest of the lost Bride, as we embrace His work of salvation that will be made complete on this Day of Yom Kippur, and so as we continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, may we not take lightly the importance of this Great Day that pictures for us the work of Messiah יהושע who took His Blood into a temple not made with human hands and offered His Blood on the altar, perfecting for all time those who are set apart.

Therefore, let us draw near with a true heart in completeness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from a wicked conscience and our bodies washed with clean water and hold on to the hope we have, for He who promised is trustworthy, aměn!

 

COVERED AND CLEANSED; SECURED AND SEALED is what Yom Kippur pictures and proclaims for us, as a Bride being made clean and ready to be reunited with her Groom forever!

As we wait for Him, we are cleansed in Him by the putting off of the fleshly, and clothing ourselves with His righteousness, which is to be walking in obedience to His Torah as we eagerly await His imminent return with great anticipation!

So, in our obedience to the prescribed rehearsals of the good things to come, let us certainly be obedient in keeping this day as we are commanded to, laying aside the flesh and humbling ourselves before our Master, ready to give an account and be washed in His presence by His Blood, as He has imputed to us His Righteousness that we are to clothe ourselves in daily!

 

As we see from the instructions given to Aharon, as recorded in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16, we see a great shadow picture of the work of יהושע:

1 - The work had to be done alone

Aharon had no help from the other priests – only He could perform the required duties on this day, except for the ‘fit man’ who would send the scapegoat into the wilderness by his hand and the one who would burn the skins and flesh of the sin offering outside the camp. This is a wonderful picture of יהושע, for only He alone could pay the price for our sin, once and for all – for He alone is worthy. There is only One that saves – יהושע, there is no other way!!!

 

2 - The high priest put off his normal clothes

Aharon had to wash himself and change his clothes and put on the set apart linen, as a picture of being washed and clothed in righteousness. For these duties, Aharon did not wear his usual High Priest garments (the ephod and breastplate) but wore set-apart linen.

This is also a wonderful picture of יהושע who came to earth, as a man, and laid aside His deity.

He laid aside His garments of esteem and took upon Himself the form of a servant. His sinless life allowed Him to enter into the Most Set-Apart Place and make atonement for us. In one sense, He set aside His deity as described in Philippians, yet being the King of Righteousness who knew no sin and clothed in Majesty, was able to enter into the Most Set-Apart place.

The linen garments speak of sinless humanity of the Messiah and His Righteousness, and we know that as we are clothed in Him, we have become the righteousness of Elohim in Messiah, and ‘the fine linen’ are ‘the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones’ (Ḥazon/Revelation 19:8).

And so, ‘in Him’ we have access to the Most Set-Apart place!

We too must put off self and put on Messiah as we daily live our lives as a living sacrifice, clothed in righteousness – doing His will, obeying His commands!

 

3 - The high priest washed

As I said, Aharon had to wash before putting on the set apart linen and wash again before putting on His garments and offering the ascending offering in making atonement for the people. For the priest, this meant getting rid of any defilement and setting themselves apart for service in the set apart place. יהושע tells us in Yoḥanan/John 17:19 that He set Himself apart that we may be set apart in truth.

For us as believers this means we are to be washed by the Water of His Word as we approach Him. It is through the Word we are washed and we need to have the Word cleanse us from all impurity and sin!

 

4 - The high priest offered a sin offering for himself

Aharon did this so that he could be worthy to offer up the atoning sacrifice for the people. יהושע did not have to offer any sacrifices for Himself – for He was blameless, pure, set apart and exalted above the heavens.

 

5 – The high priest entered the Most Set-Apart Place

The high priest entered once a year:

1 – First with the golden censer of burning coals and hands filled with sweet incense and put fire on the incense to cover the lid of the atonement.

2 – Next, he took the blood from the sacrifice of the bull for himself and for his house and sprinkled it on the east side of the lid of atonement and in the front of the lid seven times

3 – He then took the blood of the goat - the sin offering for the people – and did the same as with the blood of the bull

 

The censer represents for us the esteem of יהוה and it also represents the prayers of the set-apart ones, so Aharon typifies the ministry of a mediator and an intercessor. יהושע is our High Priest and Mediator and lives to make intercession for us.

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 10:12-13But He, having offered one slaughter offering for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of Elohim, 13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being set apart.

 

We must also take careful note of Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16:17, which clearly states that while the High Priest goes into the Set-Apart Place to make Atonement, no man should be in the Tent of Appointment!!!

This shows us why there can be no other sacrifices or slaughter offerings done and no Temple will be rebuilt until Messiah Himself comes to rebuild; as Messiah, our High Priest, is in the Most Set-Apart place, making it clear than no man can be in the Tabernacle – hence, no Tabernacle can ever be rebuilt by man!

The perfect work of our loving Husband and High Priest in setting us apart and cleansing us, is all of His Hands alone and not ours!

The Day of Atonement is all about Messiah, the loving Husband presenting to himself a spotless Bride:

Eph’siyim/Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly and gave Himself for it, 26 in order to set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, 27 in order to present it to Himself a splendid assembly, not having spot or wrinkle or any of this sort, but that it might be set-apart and blameless.

 

Let us briefly take a look at the 2 goats and the ram:

The first goat is the goat for יהוה, which is commonly called the elevation offering and represents יהושע's righteousness being imputed to us, as He makes payment for our sin with His Blood.

The second goat is the goat for Azazel or ‘the scapegoat’.

The sins of the people are placed upon it and it was sent into the wilderness, representing for us יהושע taking our sin upon Himself and taking it away.

The two goats are a twofold picture that by the Blood of יהושע ,  our Master יהוה forgives our sin and removes (forgets) our sin for He remembers our sin no more. The sacrificial goat provides the covering for our sin and the scapegoat provides the removal of our sin and the ram offering is the ascending atoning sacrifice for us all.

It is also a picture of sin being defeated and Satan being sent into the Wilderness and bound, unable to trouble the Bride anymore!

 

Now we know that we are “Covered” – by His Blood. But what this Day of Atonement also signifies for us is a time of restoration of the two houses – a reuniting of a Groom with His Ready Bride – not half a Bride! And this day calls for us to afflict our beings, to kill the flesh so to speak and so too pray and intercede for the lost sheep of Yisra’ĕl!!!

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews clearly states that this Renewed Covenant will be concluded with the House of Yisra’ĕl and the House of Yehuḏah (It is not with the ‘church’)!

 

COVERED AND REUNITED – that is also the theme of Yom haKippurim!

Yom haKippurim is a time of remembering what our High Priest has done for us and what He will fulfil in the future, where we are now covered forever in His Atoning Blood and will one day soon be with Him forever. This is certainly a time to reflect on where your walk is with Him.

Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 37 is a clear chapter of the coming together of the two Houses and the complete atonement and cleansing that takes place by יהוה

Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 37:23And they shall no longer defile themselves with their idols, nor with their disgusting matters, nor with any of their transgressions. And I shall save them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and I shall cleanse them. And they shall be My people, and I be their Elohim

יהוה says that He will save Yisra’ĕl from the dwelling places where they have sinned and He shall cleanse them and they will be His people and He will be their Elohim!

This is speaking of this very Day of Yom haKippurim. There is a cleansing and a restoring of a lost Bride!

 

There are many Scriptures that clearly speak of a gathering of the Bride – the Great Reunion which will be fulfilled through the feast of Yom Kippur.

Kaphar’ and ‘taher’ – we have been covered and cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb and we will soon be with Him forever.

Yom Kippur is a time for us to reflect and remember what our High Priest has done for us and that we are to walk as His Spotless Bride as He cleanses us through the washing of His Word. This is a day to afflict your beings – why? Well it is a day to realise and remember that we are to lay down our lives – to put to death the flesh and intercede for the rest of the lost Bride, as we embrace His work of salvation that will be made complete on this Day of Yom haKippurim, and so as we continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, may we not take lightly the importance of this Great Day that pictures for us the work of Messiah יהושע who took His Blood into a temple not made with human hands and offered His Blood on the altar perfecting for all time those who are set apart.

 

Therefore, let us draw near with a true heart in completeness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from a wicked conscience and our bodies washed with clean water and hold on to the hope we have for He who promised is trustworthy, amen!

 

COVERED, CLEANSED, SEALED, SECURED AND THE GREAT REUNION is what Yom haKippurim is about – a Bride being made clean and reunited with her Groom, forever!

Be cleansed in Him as we wait for Him… Put off the flesh and clothe yourself with His righteousness – walking in obedience to His Torah, as we eagerly await with great anticipation His return!

 

So, in obedient rehearsals of the good things to come, let us certainly be obedient in keeping this day where we lay aside the flesh and humble ourselves before our Master ready to give and account and be washed in His presence by His Blood as He has imputed to us His Righteousness that we must clothe ourselves in daily!

 

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show favour to you; יהוה lift up His face upon you and give you Shalom! Aměn!

יהוה forgives