The Lord said to Moses, ” the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves and present an offering made to the Lord by fire. Do no work on this day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 23:26-28, NIV).

Also known as Yom Kippur, this Sabbath is a very somber and holy day for Israel. This year it begins at sunset on October 3rd and continues until sunset on October 4th. For religious Jews, their sins are covered on this day for one year. From Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, the Jewish people have been repenting and turning to God with the hope that God seals their name in the Book of Life for another year.

Believers in Jesus know that He is THE Passover Lamb and for those who turn to Him as savior, they have been redeemed by His pure blood. The saints of Yahweh see the crucifixion as both  Passover and Atonement. However, the original Day of Atonement can be found in Genesis 3:21

” The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” (NIV).

Since sin entered the world, it was necessary for the Lord to cover the transgressions of Adam and Eve. So when this Holy Day was given to Moses it was based on what Jesus did in the Garden of Eden. It is a true sign of God’s mercy. Man should have been destroyed on that day but because Yahweh’s mercy exceeds His righteous judgment, mankind survived.

There will come a day when Israel recognizes Jesus as Messiah and Yom Kippur will be fulfilled. Daniel 9:24 is the key.

” Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy.” (NIV)

Yom Kippur will end the 70th week of Daniel, and begin the transition into the glorious age that creation has been yearning for: The Millennium. EJ