Blessings from A Rood Awakening! and Michael Rood. We have Yom Kippur right around the corner and we just wanted to take this opportunity to give you some education on what it is and why we should keep it as believers, as Christians, and as any people of God.
The first question is when you see Yom Kippur on your regular calendar, you think “what does that mean”?
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. Yom means day, Kippur means atonement. So it’s the Day of Atonement.
What does that mean for us as believers? That’s a very common question. Let’s start with what the bible says about Yom Kippur.
Leviticus 23:26 says “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, also on the tenth day of the seventh month there shall be a day of atonement. It shall be a holy convocation unto you and you shall afflict your souls.”
The next question is “But I’m a Christian. I’m not Jewish. Do I need to keep Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement?”
Numbers 15:15 says “One ordinance shall be for you of the congregation and also for the stranger that journeys with you or lives with you it is an ordinance forever in your generations.”
We have to remember that when the Israelites escaped from Egypt, Exodus 12:38 says there was a “mixed multitude” that went along with them. That means gentiles: Egyptian guards, slaves from other countries, and whoever else thought Pharaoh was crazy and wanted to escape with the Israelites.
That means there were gentiles, (i.e. non-Jews) in that mix before the 10 commandments were given or any other part of the Torah. These ordinances are NOT just for the Jews. They were for ANYONE who believed in the salvation of YeHoVaH — whether an escape from Egypt or the saving power of the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus).
Plus, the same word “forever” that is used in this passage is used in John 3:16. So if you believe that your salvation is everlasting you should believe that the ordinance of Yom Kippur is forever.
Commandments regarding all of the feast days can be found in Leviticus. Leviticus 16 is specific about the Day of Atonement:
“1 The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron when they offered before the Lord and died. 2 And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron your brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark that he die not; for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. ”
Here they are talking about the Tabernacle in the wilderness, in which is the Ark of the Covenant.
3 Thus Aaron came into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.” 4 “He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and it shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments.”
5 “And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.”
6 “And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. 7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.”
8 “Now Aaron shall cast two lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.” 10 “But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement for him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.”
Now why is this important? Does this sound like a familiar story?
Long before Yeshua (Jesus) was born, there was an atonement sacrifice that represented Him. He is an atonement for our sins.
The Father had all of this mapped out from the very beginning. When Yeshua was brought before the crowd with Barnabas, there were two to choose from. Yeshua was the one who took the sin, the atonement for us. He is the sin offering.
The most beautiful part about the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, is that we were atoned for by our Saviour, our Messiah. As you may know, all the Fall Feasts of the LORD like Yom Kippur, Yom Teruah, and The Feast of Tabernacles, all depict the end times.
Yeshua gave us a glimpse of that when he took the three disciples up on the mountaintop where He was transfigured before them. He did this on Yom Kippur. Why? He wanted to reveal His majesty to them as the coming King of Kings. When we all go up before him on that day of judgment, which is the Day of Atonement, we are going to appear before him. That is why we afflict our souls. What does that mean? To answer this question, I have one more verse to share with you.
So we know what the Day of Atonement is. We know that we should keep it as believers, any believers. We have to remember that during Moses’ time that there were no jews. There was only the twelve tribes, and we all came from those twelve tribes. We all came from Adam. So there was no distinction. This is hundreds of years before the land of Judah to begin with.
So how do we keep Yom Kippur? How do we keep the Day of Atonement?
Leviticus 23:31 “Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a shabbat of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls.”
So what does that mean? How do we “afflict our souls”?
At the end of our lives at the Day of Atonement, we are going to be so concerned with ‘what did I do with my life?’ that food is not even going to be a thought.
And that’s the idea of Yom Kippur.
The day is not about fasting; it’s about being so concerned with your eternity and whether you are right with the Almighty that food becomes unimportant. Most people will fast on this day in order to concentrate on that. That’s where “afflicting of our souls” comes from.
You should see Yom Kippur as the biggest job interview of your life. It’s the Day of Judgement. It’s the day that you look back on everything you accomplished and everything you didn’t accomplish throughout your life.
Just as we don’t eat on that day, we don’t work on that day. It is a special Shabbat (regardless of when it falls during the week). It’s a day to fast, not feast like the other high holy days.
On Yom Kippur, many people say “May your fast be easy.” But we say “No, don’t make it easy. Make it very serious.”
Again, this is preparing you for the times to come. We are living in a very different world than we were five years ago and things are serious. It’s down to the nitty gritty at this point. We want to challenge you to truly reflect on this Day of Atonement.
If you have questions, we’re here for you. You can call us at any time at 888.766.3610. We have a 24-hour call center that is here to pray with you and answer questions.
We are just scratching the surface of what Yom Kippur truly means and what it stands for. But we would love to be able to help you on this walk.