Feast of Atonement

Yom Kippur

Leviticus 16:30-31

The seven feasts are God blueprint for the future.

They are not Jewish feasts; they are feasts of the Lord.

The message of these feasts is for every person.

Mohed - set time or appointed time.

Mikrah - rehearsal A rehearsal of an appointed or set time.

Review the feasts we've already done. There is much to be said about the feast of atonement or Yom Kippur. We will try to stay focused on our points today and next week. This is probably one of the most important messages you'll hear. Feast of atonement has three messages. The message of sin forgiven. The message of repentance. The message of fasting and prayer.

The passage we read said “ye shall afflict your souls”. This is the Old Testament term for fasting. This day the high priest brought the sin offering; a bull and two goats. The bull sacrificed first for the sins of the priest and his family. The priest had to be found pure first. The lesson for today is that anybody is to be found pure if you're in a position of authority. Pastors, evangelists, Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, etc. God demands purity first of those in leadership positions. They being liable for a double judgment the Bible says. Be sure before you stand before people, you are found pure. Unthinkable that a homosexual or thief would stand to preach or to minister to people in anyway.

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. The high priest wore bells on his robe on this day on the other feasts the priest washed his feet and hands but on this feast he washed his whole body in a Golden tub his assistant put on him a golden robe to the floor with bells to his ankle was tied a rope if he went before the Lord with sin God would kill him if they heard the bells stop the news dead and pull him out knowing that now they had to make amends with God and go in to present the offering before the Lord (the mercy seat).

God demands holiness and purity and his church and his leadership without holiness and purity no man will see God. Our Bible is the holy Bible, our Savior is called the holy Child Jesus, the city we are going to is the holy city the new Jerusalem, our faith is a holy faith, the angels sing a holy song “holy holy holy Lord God Almighty who was and evermore shall be ” 1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

God demands holiness and nothing else will do. After the priest killed the bull, two goats were brought before the altar. One goes to purge the Temple of sins committed by the people of Israel.

Lev 16:15-16 15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: 16 And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins:

The second goat was called the scapegoat. Aaron laid his hands on his head and it was let go into the wilderness. Jesus fulfilled both of these roles. Jesus was first slaughtered at Calvary. (goat 1) Christ was mutilated unrecognizable as a man God then placed our sins on his head. Jesus felt the pain and penalty of our sins. (My God, why has thou forsaken me)

Isaiah 53:4-6 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Jesus then carried our sins away. God remembers no sin that has been washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ. No matter how big, no matter how small. God cannot see it, God does not remember it. Rabbical teachings teach that a crimson sash was attached to the door of the temple and to the horn of the scapegoat that was led into the wilderness. When the goat died in the wilderness, the crimson sash on the temple door turned white. It was a message to Israel that their sins were forgiven. 40 years before the destruction of the temple, the red sash stopped turning white. Why? 40 years before the destruction of the temple, Jesus died on Calvary. You are not saved by rams, goats, turtle doves, bulls. You are only saved by the blood of Jesus. Our sins are forgiven once and for all. Settled, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

He was referring to the sash on the door Sanctified, redeemed, set apart and white as snow by the blood of the Lamb of God. Atonement mean to cover. The same Hebrew word that is used to describe Noah when he pitched the ark inside and out. That pitch was substance that came between him and the judgment waters outside the ark Just as the blood covers and seals out souls You have a blood covering that nothing on this earth can penetrate. The devil, demons, sickness, nothing can penetrate it. Consider the power of the blood in the Bible.

1. The basis of our covenant with Christ

Matt 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

2. Blood gives eternal live

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. The blood is the basis of forgiveness

Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Blood makes us overcomers

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; Let the redeemed of the Lord say so The power is released by the spoken word of your testimony. You overcome satan when you testify what Jesus has done for you. Let’s apply it (Applied theology)

Speak after me: “Through the blood of Jesus I’ve been redeemed. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me now and forever from all sin. Through the blood of Jesus, I am justified, made righteous, justified as if I never sinned. Through the blood of Jesus I am sanctified, made holy, separated forever, separated from sin. Through the blood of Jesus. Satan has no power over me. Through the blood of Jesus I AM FREE! And free indeed!”

What you just said in the spiritual shook the gates of hell and sent every demon fleeing from this place. The second message of the Feast of Atonement is REPENTENCE. Not to condemn you or make you feel unworthy Not designed to fill you with false guilt Repentance is to restore you. It is to elevate you to your highest possible relationship with God Re-return, go back to where you came from Pent – highest point (penthouse) Turn and go back to your highest relationship with God The Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve walked with God Sweet communion, heaven on earth What they had in the Garden of Eden, we will have again They did not get kicked out of the garden because they sinned, they were kicked out because they refused to repent. Do you want that communion with God? That relationship?

Don’t justify your sin, repent. Repent and your fellowship with God will be restored. Adam faced trouble like a man, he blamed his wife Eve blamed the snake We cast blame on anything except ourselves. 21st century Christians do not accept their own wrongdoing (guilt) Rationalization for your sin is Satan’s substitute for repentance from sin. Is your fellowship with God broken? Has the Holy Spirit shown you sin in your life? Do you justify it? Oh Lord, if there be any sin (If, maybe, possibly) – you show it to me. And God shows you the egotistical prideful person you are. You say “I rebuke you devil, that’s not me”….and start claiming the blood. It is you. And you have been shown it is you by the Holy Spirit. So you justify it. Your past, I’ve been rejected, I’m been offended, betrayed, abused, my parents were like this, I’m going through a mid-life crisis, it’s my husband, it’s my wife, it’s my boss, whatever. SHUT UP – IT’S YOU!!! Shut your mouth and repent or you will get kicked out of the garden God has in store for you. Shut up and be restored Don’t throw away heaven on earth because of your stupid ego, or your petty jealousy, or I have to be right attitude, or your carnal desires.

God wants you to have the very pinnacle of the relationship he has for you. Shut up and repent There were two offerings in the OT. The sin offering (sins against God) The guilt offering (sins against man) The guilt offering had to be offered first God would not accept the sin offering if you didn’t bring the guilt offering first

Matt 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. NT - God won’t hear you, heal you, or bless you if you have aught against your brother. If you want your relationship with God to be straight you better make sure your relationship with people is in order. III. Third message of the Feast of Atonement is Fasting and Prayer

Lev 16:30-31 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

Afflict your souls is OT term for fast and pray Statute forever – means it will never end. Some say this is Old Testament – They are wrong!

Matthew 6 has three message

When you give, not if you give (Matthew 6:2)

When you pray – not if you pray (Matthew 6:5)

When you fast – not if you fast (Matthew 6:16)

Jesus fasted every Feast of Atonement, also for 40 days. The disciples all fasted Paul fasted Moses & Joshua fasted 40 days. They didn’t have a King James Bible or a 240 voice choir to lift them up but they have a relationship with God and they turned the world upside down.

Prophets of old and disciples of new, along with our Lord, all fasted. The whole nation of Israel fasted for 3 days for deliverance from the Hitler of that time – Haman. Had he been successful in exterminating the Jews, there would never have been a Bethlehem’s manger. (Jesus 40 days, and other times, Paul – 3 days, 40 days, Moses 40 days, Joshua 40 days, Daniel & Joshua 21 days; Elijah 40 days, Israel 3 days for deliverance from Haman, Esther went before the king after Israel fasted for 3 days, ) Abraham Lincoln saved this nation. Declared this nation would have a national day of fasting and prayer. We have become an ungodly nation with ungodly rulers. Nothing will save this nation but fasting and prayer.

Eight benefits of fasting Very healthy – purifies your body, pores of your skin, mouth, lungs, kidneys, liver, digestive tract. (1st 3 days of every month) Drink lots of water to flush your intestines of toxic poisons.

Spiritual Power – Luke 4:14 – Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. He came out of the wilderness with power.

America is looking for power demonstration in the church. The Gospel is a gospel of power Jesus said all power is given to me in heaven and earth.

Acts 1:8 – You shall receive power

Matthew 17:10 – This comes out through fasting and prayer – no power among disciples to deliver the boy. That is the picture of church in America today – no power. Protection – Ezra Ezra was toting gold & silver from the temple in Jerusalem for a number of miles through a bandit infested passageway.

Ezra 8:21 says Ezra proclaimed a fast before the Lord to seek a straight way for ourselves, our goods and our children. God gave him supernatural protection Deliverance from evil spirits

Matt: 17:10 This kind only comes out with fasting and praying Now I lay me down to sleep won’t work Pretending to dance on the demons won’t work Deliverance from addictive habits Isaiah 58:6 – oppressed, enslaved We are an oppressed nation a nation of slaves Our children are enslaved with drugs and worldly things Parents are enslaved with alcoholism, nicotine, materialism Cults are exploding Parents are letting children watch horror shows on television and wonder why they have fear – you need your brains inspected Deliverance from a life of resentment You can’t be happy because of what your daddy did to you or what your spouse or boss did to you. Grow up. Break the yoke with fasting and prayer. Guidance When you don’t know what to do in your home, marriage, business in your life, with your future. Fast and pray and God will show you the future. Daniel fasted to know God’s future for Israel The golden image – Nebuchadnezzar

Deut 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

We live beneath our spiritual inheritance and don’t know the power because we don’t fast and pray.