YOM KIPPUR OR
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
 
 
 
 
 
     After the solemn time of the Days of Awe are done, the Days climax by ending on God's High and Holy Day of Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement.)  Yom Kippur will begin this year at Sundown on Friday, 29 September 2017 and end at Sundown on Saturday, 30 September 2017.
 
     The most significant element of Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement is the Highest Realm of REPENTANCE.  It is when the whole Nation of Israel stops and REPENTS before God even today.  Almost everything shuts down in Israel for this Day of God.  Yom Kippur means "to carry away," "to pardon" and "to take away."  The process that would take place for this Feast of God when there was a Temple of God was very, very, exact.  As you continue to read of this High Holy Day, look at it through the prophetic and you will see our Lord! 
 
     The WEEK before the Feast, the High Priest would leave his family to stay at the Temple.  The reason for this is that the High Priest had to be COMPLETELY CLEAN before he entered the Holy of Holies on The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.  This was the one day of the year that a human could actually go into The Holy of Holies and that man had to be completely right with God and have no sin. 
 
     The High Priest would leave his home for he could not have any sexual relations with his wife and he had to purify himself from sinful thoughts, so not being around his wife would help him in this area.  The High Priest would prepare his mind and heart the entire week before Yom Kippur by going over his duties over and over for this Holy Day.  See, if he was not completely free of sin when he entered The Holy of Holies, he would die.  So, his preparation on this week was critical!  As the day grew closer the High Priest would read Scripture and pray and repent throughout this special week.  And on the night before he would not sleep and stay up all night so that he would not accidentally fall asleep and have a sinful dream.  He had "Priests in Training" with him.  Their assignments were to stay with the High Priest and assist him in staying awake and read to him Scriptures and help him keep mindful of his duties the next day.  Remember, this is life or death for him!
 
     On the day of Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement there is much preparation to do for the High Priest.  Many came to the Temple on this Holy Day to lay before The Lord, Fast and Repent.  All people would be repenting for their sins, their family's, neighbor's and Nation's sins.  What a sight, thousands of people lying prostrate before The Lord repenting and getting clean ALL AT ONE TIME!  A bull is selected and it is chosen for the atonement for the High Priest and his family's sins.  The High Priest lays his hands on the bull and confesses for himself and his family's sins.  The blood of that bull is taken and set aside and the rest of the bull was placed on the Burnt Altar. 
 
     Then two goats are chosen and lots are cast. (Leviticus 16:5-9)  One would say "Azazel" which means "scape goat" and the other would say "for the Lord."  When the lots are cast, the goat that will be selected for the "Azazel" or "scape goat" will be determined and the goat that will be chosen "for The Lord" will be determined also.  The goat that is "for The Lord" will be sacrificed and the blood used to enter into The Temple with.  The goat that is chosen to be the "Azazel" which means "scape goat" or "ransom" will have a crimson red rope hung on its horns.  Part of that red rope will be kept and hung on the doors of the Temple after the High Priest finishes his duties.  And all the while all of the Day's duties are being fulfilled; all the people are repenting, fasting and praying before God.
 
     The High Priest then takes some of the Bull's blood and some of the hot coals from the Burnt Offering (from the Bull) and he enters into The Temple.  Bells were put on his outer garment and a rope was tied around the High Priest.  If the ones outside the Temple stopped hearing the bells on his garment make noise, they would know that he had dropped dead and he would have been pulled out of the Temple.  Is this serious or what! The hot coals were put on the Altar of Incense and great smoke would come from it. This Altar was right in front of the curtain before The Holy of Holies.  With great awe, the High Priest would go behind that curtain with the blood of the Bull and sprinkle the blood on the Holy of Holies seven times.  He would then back out of the entire Temple.  (The reason he would back out is a symbol to God that He has never truned His Back on His People, so they would not turn their back on Him!) 
 

     When the High Priest exits the Temple he meets someone that has been moving the blood of the goat chosen “for The Lord” in a gold vessel called a mizrak.  This is done so that the blood would not clot.  The High Priest would pour some of the bull’s blood that he has been carrying into the blood of the goat “for The Lord” that has been in the mizrak.  The two bloods are mixed.  The High Priest then re-enters the Temple with the Bull’s blood and goat’s blood and enters The Holy of Holies again.  While in the Presence and Glory of God, the High Priest repents on behalf of the People of God.  He is literally in the astounding and marvelous Presence of God, Himself!  Remember, only one man at one time a year could even do this!  And it is taught by Hebrew scholars that while he is standing in the Presence of God when he spoke and prayed and repented . . . that another language would come out of him that he did not understand!  And when he left The Holy of Holies he stopped! (Like when we speak in our foreign tongue!)  The High Priest would then again, back out of the Temple. 

     The “Azazel” or “scape goat” that has been chosen again, has on it the crimson red rope and it is led into the wilderness outside the city to be taken to a high rocky place where there is a cliff.  Along the way as the “Azazel” or “scape goat” is led to the high rocky place, people would be along the path and would hit the goat and yell at it, “Take and go! Take and go! Take our sins and go!”  They would spit on the goat and pull the hair out of the goat as he moved.  They were not being mean to this animal, all of the Nation’s sins were on this Scape Goat and this was part of the atonement taking place.  The Scape Goat would then be led to the edge of a rocky cliff.  Part of the crimson red rope that was tied to the goat’s horns is divided and tied to a rock near where the cliff is.  The rest of the crimson red rope is then re-tied around the goat.  The Scape Goat is then pushed off the cliff to die.  Supernaturally, the red crimson rope that was tied to the rock at the cliff would turn to white when the Scape Goat died.  And back at the Temple, the other piece of red crimson rope would also turn white allowing everyone to know at the Temple that the ransom had been paid and everything was complete!
 
       Jesus fulfilled The Day of Atonement along with The Feast of Passover making Him The Lamb of God AND The Goat of God!  When the directions were given to God’s People before they exited Egypt they were told specific instructions.  Exodus 12:3,5 (AMP) tells us, Tell all the congregation of Israel, On the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb or Kid, according to [the size of] the family of which he is the father, a lamb or Kid for each house. . . 5 Your lamb or KID shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; you shall take it from the sheep or the GOATS."  A lamb or goat could have been used by the family at Passover!

     And in Hebrews 9:11-15 (NIV) we see, “But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a RANSOM to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”  Jesus is our RANSOM!  He is our “Azazel” or “Scape Goat” “Ransom!”  He entered as The High Priest, The Lamb and The Goat of God into “The Most Holy Place” or the “more perfect tabernacle” with His own Blood!  And only The High Priest entered The Temple on Yom Kippur, and our High Priest (Jesus) paid for this Feast too by doing just that!

     Jesus was led out of the City to a high, rocky cliff and hill called Golgotha!  Hebrews 13:12 (AMP) Therefore Jesus also suffered and died outside the [city’s] gate in order that He might purify and consecrate the people through [the shedding of] His own blood and set them apart as holy [for God].”  Along his journey of paying for us, Jesus was beaten, spit upon, His beard was pulled out and He was yelled at just like the “Azazel” or “scape goat!”  The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him.” (Luke 22:63 (NIV))They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.” (Matthew 27:30 (NIV))  “I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;” (Isaiah 50:6 (NIV)) “But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” (John 19:15 (NIV))
 
     Jesus’ Blood came out of seven places on His Body just like the blood was sprinkled seven times at Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement! He bled out of two arms, two feet, His brow, His side and His back, which equals seven!  And the Forerunner, John the Baptist identified and prophesied to Jesus’ identity as The Goat of God and The Lamb of God! He said, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which "taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29 (KJV))  Yom Kippur means “to carry away,” “to pardon” and “to take away.” John was shouting to everyone present there and to us now, Look! Here is the Lamb of God and The Goat of God which takes away our sin or is our Ransom!
 
     Even Jesus as High Priest was to have “priests in training” to stay up with Him and help Him the night before he was to fulfill Yom Kippur in the Garden of Gethsemane.  But, his “priests in training,” his disciples kept falling asleep! (Matthew 26:40)  And yet The Word tells us so clearly that Jesus was and is The Goat of God for it was prophesied that His Blood would cleanse us! “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)) Jesus, as our Scape Goat or “Azazel” made US and OUR SINS white as snow when he died for us, just like the crimson rope turned to white! (Excerpt of September 2013)  Yom Kippur is our Time to have our final cleaning and Time of Repentance with God.  Again, Church don't miss this Holy Time.