Day of Atonement

Day of Atonement

Day of Atonement

The plan of salvation encompassed much more than gifting repentant sinners with eternal life. It was to salvage the human race: to restore into the human soul the very nature and character of the Creator Himself. In order to do this, more needed to be done than just forgiving past sins. The very mind and soul of the individual needed to be cleansed and re-created into the image of the divine mind. This is the work that is done in the human heart on Day of Atonement.

The purpose of the atonement is at-one-ment. The fallen human nature, bearing the image of Satan, is to be brought back to being at-one with the Father. This plan was of such importance that it is the last prayer given by the Saviour recorded in scripture before He entered the Garden of Gethsemane where He was betrayed. Yahushua knew the time for His death had come. He wanted His disciples to know of the high destiny awaiting all who will surrender to this act of re-creation.

Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, . . . I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me . . . I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one as You, Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:1, 6, 20-23, NKJV)

One-ness with the Father and the Son! This is the high calling of everyone who will accept the invitation to come and be forgiven, cleansed and restored. On the Day of Atonement, the sins that have been transferred to the heavenly sanctuary by the blood of Yahushua shed in our place, are removed. The sinner may stand before Yahuwah Elohim as though he had never sinned.

Moreover, the damage that sin has done to the brain, is healed. Complete recovery from sin is the plan for Day of Atonement. The importance of the heart-work done in the days leading up to Day of Atonement is understood here. Only sins that have been confessed and forsaken will be blotted out on Day of Atonement. No cherished sin, clung to because it feels good and no one will ever know anyway, will be blotted out.

The blotting out of sins is a most precious gift. It recreates the neural pathways of the brain to what they were before the individual became addicted to that beloved pet sin. The person may be tempted again, because grace must always be tested. But in the mind that has been cleansed and restored, there is no driving emotional need to engage in the old habits and behaviors. The power of sin has been broken in the life and the person is restored to where he or she would have been had the sin never been indulged in the first place.

Romans explains this process. Sinners, enslaved to Satan, are freed from the chains of inherited and cultivated sin through faith in the Son of Yah. The love of the Almighty for sinners is seen on the Day of Atonement as He, against whom all have sinned, embraces, forgives, cleanses and restores His repentant child.

What then shall we say to these things? If . . . [Elohim] is for us, who can be against us? . . . Who shall separate us from the love of . . . [Yahushua]? . . . For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of . . . [Yahuwah] which is in . . . [Yahushua HaMashiach our Master.] (Romans 8:31, 35, 38-39, NKJV)

Leviticus 23: 26 And … [Yahuwah] spake unto Moses, saying,

27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto … [Yahuwah].

28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before . . . [Yahuwah your Elohim ].

In Leviticus chapter 16, where it found its place as the great purification of the people and of the sanctuary. Here it is reintroduced as one of the holy days. It is the one Jewish fast; to be observed as a day of holy convocation, a day in which to afflict your souls and to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, and in which no manner of work was to be done; inasmuch as, like the weekly sabbath, it was a sabbath of rest from the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even. The time of year at which it was appointed shows that one purpose of its institution was to make solemn preparation for the joyous festival of Tabernacles, which was to follow in five days’ time, when the people ought to be in a state of reconciliation with Yahuwah .

The days from Feast of Trumpets to Day of Atonement are days of continued soul-searching, preparing for the huge blessing awaiting those who by faith experience cleansing from sin on the Day of Atonement. All the Israelite nation was to unite; all believers today are to unite in repentance, confession and the restoration of every wrong. Thus, these feasts should not be thought of as simply “Jewish Holidays” – They are YAHUWAH’S FEASTS – ordained for every believer who, by faith, will embrace the perpetual covenant of His Grace which was solidified and made sure by the blood of Yahushua.

How To Prepare for Day of Atonement

How To Prepare for Day of AtonementOne effective way to prepare for Day of Atonement is to begin going through the 10 Commandments – one a day – and meditating on each one.

DAY 1. On Feast of Trumpets, ask Yahuwah to reveal to you any area of your life that, in principle, breaks the tenth commandment, “Thou shalt not covet.” Throughout the past year were there any times when by thoughts, words, or deeds any covetousness was experienced or demonstrated? If this sin influenced anyone, confession needs to be made and forgiveness sought.

DAY 2. On the second day of the month, prayerfully focus on the ninth commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” bearing false witness Ask for conviction of sin and remembrance of any time and anything that during the last year was false and dishonest. Make any confession or restitution necessary. Besides asking Yahuwah for forgiveness, a private list can be made to present before Yahuwah on Day of Atonement.

DAY 3. On the third day contemplate “Thou shalt not steal.” This commandment encompasses much more than unlawful gain or actually taking something belonging to another. Has an honest tithe been paid? Or have you stolen from Yahuwah? Have there been any omissions of helpfulness and charity to others that could have been done but were neglected? Isaiah says:

Is not this the [Day of Atonement] fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh [family]. (Isaiah 58:6, 7)

If you have “stolen” from others or from Yahuwah the good you could have done, but did not, then repentance and confession should be made. How exceedingly broad and deep are the meanings and applications of these commandments! Ask Yahuwah to open your mind to understand what He wants you to know about yourself.

DAY 4. The fourth day’s topic of meditation needs as much honesty as any other. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” applies to the mind as much as any overt sexual act. Throughout the year have you watched any movies or read any books or looked at any web pages glorifying lust and promiscuity? As the priest of the home, have your eyes and mind wandered? As followers of Yahushua, have any women of the family dressed in immodest attire?

Also, in the broader context of this commandment is the mandate to keep your worship practices free from paganism. There must be no spiritual “adultery,” no mixing of truth with falsehood, no Christmas and Easter mixed into worship of the Creator, Yahuwah.

DAY 5. “Thou shalt not kill” is the focus of the fifth day. If murder was actually committed, you are probably in jail! But how about rash or hasty words spoken that killed the spirit of another? Any action done or any words said that injured or diminished the life of another must be repented of in order to be forgiven.

DAY 6. The requirement to honor your parents is often easily dismissed. However, by contemplation on this commandment, the fuller application reveals responsibility to not only the earthly family, but also the religious family of fellow believers and the extended family in heaven. Is your life being lived in such a manner that all of your family in earth and heaven is praised and honored because of you?

DAY 7. The seventh day from New Moon and the Feast of Trumpets begins the “remembering” of the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Work of preparation must be done in order to fully enjoy a day of rest. Ask the Heavenly Father to bring to remembrance any times in the past year that you have deliberately violated the command to keep holy the Seventh Day Sabbath. You can also ask Him to show you any habits of thought or action that have led you to not honor the holy day in a proper, respectful way. He is ready to forgive and say, “Go and sin no more.” But that forgiveness must be requested.

DAY 8. On day eight will come the seventh-day Sabbath and meditation on the commandment that says, “Thou shalt not take the NAME of …[Yahuwah] in vain.” During the past year have there been times of neglect to call upon the NAME for deliverance from temptation? Has dishonor been given His holy NAME by choice of lifestyle or any behavior? Each day repentance and confession must go deeper and deeper into the mind.

DAY 9. The ninth day brings the second commandment which is against idolatry. Idolatry takes many forms. It does not need to be a graven image, but can be an idea or philosophy, another human being – even a spouse – or yourself in order to rationalize some sinful indulgence. Meditate and pray that your eyes be opened to understand the principles of the second commandment: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image . . . Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them . . . .” Ask to be shown what idolatry has crept into your life during the last year.

DAY 10. The Day of Atonement itself coincides with meditation of the first commandment. When the Saviour was asked, “What is the greatest commandment in the law?” He promptly replied, “You shall love Yahuwah your Elohim (deity) with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (See Matthew 22:35-38.) The first commandment is foundational because no other commandment can be broken without first breaking this commandment. It strikes at the very heart of sin when it commands: “You shall have no other deities before Me.” How broad and deep are the applications of this commandment! Only by earnest prayer and spiritual eyesight can the depths of rebellion be recognized, repented of and forgiven.

Salvation is by Yahushua’s blood, not by works. Do not be afraid to have your sins revealed to you. The Saviour has the solution: Day of Atonement! Full blotting out of the record of your sins is available. Restoration is possible! The yearly service was to look forward to the final blotting out of sin at the close of probation. How important then is participation in this yearly service as we draw close to the end of time!

Suggestions: Family worships should encourage each member of the family unit to meditate on the various commandments throughout the days from Feast of Trumpets to Day of Atonement. Discussing the various principles that are included in the Ten Commandments is helpful to everyone in the family.

Feast of Trumpets

Feast of Trumpets