So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Feast of Yom Kippur: The day the book of Life is Sealed
September 13, 2013
Feast of Yom Kippur: A Day of Atonement
Today is a very special day for all humanity: Jews, Christians, and Gentiles or a believer of another faiths for today is the day appointed by God to seal the Book of Life. The rabbinical tradition begins by the blowing of the two silver trumpets at Rosh Ha Shana. At this time, the people were to prepare themselves for the next ten days called the Days of Awe to have good deeds outweighing their sins in order to have their name written in the Book of Life. Doing this time, the High Priest would also be going through intense preparations to carry the responsibility of coming into the Holy of Holies three times before God with his sacrifice first and then the sacrifice of the people. If at any time one of the sacrifices were not accepted, the high priest would instantly die in the Holy of Holies before God.
Jesus Christ was our sacrificial Lamb, which took place in the spring at Passover,
but fulfilled as the sacrificial Lamb required at Yom Kippur. Two calendar Holy Days
fulfilled as one event. Not using the blood of bullocks and goats that was sufficient one year, but His own blood as the final scapegoat once, and for ALL.
It is a custom for the Jewish faith to fast during the 24 hours of Yom Kippur as a
way of repentance, reflection, and reconciliation unto God as a bride preparing herself for her beloved for intimacy. However, as new believers in Christ Jesus, do we still need to fast? After spending time with the Lord about this question, the Lord reminded me that there were two silver trumpets blown at Rosh Ha Shana, just as there were two goats sacrificed: One goat was "unto the Lord" where this sacrifice was received in intimacy with God. The other goat took upon his horns the blood sacrifice of the first as sins of "another kind of beast" that was not God's identity that we would call sin of man. The horns of the goats represent the trumpets. The silver represents redemption. This second goat, the scapegoat, would be taken by a priest to the wilderness carrying a crimson-dyed piece of wool. Just before the priest would send the goat over the cliff to his death, he would take the wool and tear it into two pieces. He would then tie one piece to the goat's horns before pushing him over the cliff with both of his hands while the other piece of the wool was tied around the priest's wrist. As soon as the goat would be dead, a miraculous thing would happen to the wool around the priest's wrist: It would turn white as snow signifying that the sacrifices were finished and that God would bless the New Year with life and favor for the next year.
The writings in the book of Hebrews brings this through that Jesus finished this
for all mankind with his own blood and body, giving us today a New Year of eternal
life in Him now, not just when we get to heaven, not just based on our good works,
and not just for a year at a time. When Jesus hung on the cross he cried out, "It Is Finished"
So again I ask, is fasting necessary? There is a place to fast as a preparation of intimacy and oneness unto our beloved. For some it may be food or drink. For others it may be places, people, or things. What ever is more important to you than intimacy
with Jesus should be your fast "unto the Lord".
However, there is another trumpet/goat besides the one designated"unto the Lord".
With intimacy comes the ability to reproduce fruit. When the high priest
entered into the Holy of Holies, it was the only TIME the name of God could be
pronounced, YHWH, also known as I AM. The high priest did not wear his
"golden garments" at this time, but was clothed in white linen signifying purity
and holiness before God. When he came out of the temple's inner sanctuary,
the people saw the representation of God in the glory of intimacy,
not in royal attire. It is in this position of holiness that the high priest has the
authority to take the sins of the people and place them on the scapegoat.
Once the sacrifice was completed, the high priest would descend to the
Women's Court and read aloud from the Book of Leviticus before the congregation:
"For on that day shall the priest make 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 forever. And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you."
Then the high priest would close the scrolls and it was considered "sealed" with the names written in the Book of Life.
In Luke 4 we read, "Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent
me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.'"
From the Court of Women the High Priest' work was finished, it was completed.
It is the intimacy of the bride of Christ that leaves the inner court to release to the
people the identity of Christ in her whom the Bible calls the church. She is the one
given the authority to forgive sin, heal the sick, and raise the dead. Who so ever
sins you forgive, they are forgiven, and who so ever sins you retain they are retained.
What is the greatest "fast" we can give today to the world? Our time as new creations in Christ. Our world today is so busy with self-focus easily hiding behind texting and emails that we are raising a generation that has little value of spending quality time in the presence of another. Much of our socialization is about how to be a surface friend of doing things together, but not really coming into another person's world of what they may be dealing with in their heart. Our time given to another is priceless when it produces fruit of love, patients, peace, longsuffering, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faith, hope, and humbleness into the lives of another.
For God so loves you, He gave you the life of Jesus while you were still in ignorance
and self-absorbed thinking the world revolved around you owing you something.
I challenge you to fast a day, any day, giving 100% of your time devoted to whoever comes across your path that you will give them your time. Let a stranger know they are special to you and you value their life. Do you know their name? Do you see something beautiful about them that could edify and lift them up? You can't let offense enter in if they reject your time, and you can't put limitations of your time being given to
There is a story in the Bible where Peter and John went to pray unto the Lord. When they got to the gate called Beautiful there is a lame man that couldn't walk begging for alms. It was the best he knew to do to survive. Peter and John were preparing to worship "unto the Lord," but the Christ in them pointed out the lame man whom many others had walked by. Peter and John went to the lame man saying, "Silver, gold, money, or food I don't have (the natural level of Peter and John), but what I do have I will give to you (Spirit of Christ identity, I AM). I have Christ in me that says your sitting by the gate called Beautiful and you don't know that the real value of Christ in you can lift you up from the begging/complacent position you are stuck in. So, what does Peter and John do? In the NAME, nature, identity of Christ Jesus, they give this to the lame man and decree that he can rise up and walk away from where he had been sitting.
Jesus closed the book in Luke 4 and sat down. The Scripture He was reading from in Isaiah 61 is longer than the two verses Jesus read. The rest of the chapter is the responsibility of His bride bringing Heaven and Earth together as the Word being made flesh and dwelling among men on the earth.
So do you fast? Yes, but not only for purifying yourself "unto the Lord", but giving of the most precious gift every one of us has, our time into their world. Since we have the eternal life of Christ in us, we can bring heaven into someone else's time releasing the Father's love that decrees I see you special, beautiful, and loved. Rise up and walk out of whatever is holding you back from the fullness of who God created you to be in the image and likeness of Him in the earth.