The Nazarene's Way
(((BLESSED YOM KIPPUR!)))
According to 'The Scriptural Method' for determining the Full New Moon, today, October 19th on the pagan calendar of Pope Gregory XIII, is Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is highly esteemed by the Jews even though they keep it in an untimely fashion by rejecting the clear teaching of Scripture.
Lev 23:26 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 23:27 “On the tenth day of this seventh new moon is Yom haKippurim It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה.
Lev 23:28 “And you do no work on that same day, for it is Yom Kippurim, to make atonement for you before יהוה your Elohim.
Lev 23:29 “For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
Lev 23:30 “And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people.
Lev 23:31 “You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
Lev 23:32 ‘It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings. On the ninth day of the new moon at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Sabbath.”
Because the Jews keep their New Moon according to The First Visible Crescent, as do the Babylonians, or some variation on that theme they are approximately two weeks off from the correct date which is established by THE TWO GREAT LIGHTS of Genesis 1, i.e. the Sun and the Full Moon. Because the Jews compound their time keeping error by marking their days from sunset to sunset, as do the Babylonians, rather than from Sunrise to Sunrise as is clearly mandated by the days of creation enumerated in Genesis 1 and all of Scripture afterward, they then confuse the timing of Yom Kippur which begins the fast on the evening of the 9th.
Setting the timing of Yom Kippur aside lets consider briefly what it means to "afflict your beings". The Jews have interpreted this to mean 'fasting'. There are those within the Hebrew Roots Movement, and I've toyed with this too, that believe that "afflict your beings" means something more akin to a period of time of great introspection. And while there may be an element of truth to that, "afflict your beings" should probably be understood as 'fasting' from food from the evening of the 9th to the evening of the 10th allowing the 'fasting' to bring you to the point of personal introspection.
But there remains the question as to 'why' we're to 'afflict our beings' on Yom Kippur. It is a fact that Yahusha has or will fulfill each and every one of the Annual Moedim by some action of His ministry. On Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement Messiah Yahusha will 'judge' His Bride and it must not be lost that this 'judgment' comes BEFORE the Marriage Supper of The Lamb which is the fulfillment of Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles. I believe this 'judgment' on Yom Kippur is actually the 'consummation' of the Betrothal Phase of Messiah Yahusha's marriage covenant with His Bride!
Allow me to list all seven of the Annual Moedim along with their fulfillment via Messiah Yahusha and I think then you'll begin to have a better picture of the timing of events that pave the way for Messiah Yahusha to take His set-apart people as His Wife...
Passover... Messiah Yahusha becomes the Passover Lamb of YHWH and in Him ALL MANKIND have their redemption.
Feast of Unleavened Bread... Messiah Yahusha becomes The Deliverer of ALL MANKIND from the bondage of sin.
First Fruits... Messiah Yahusha becomes the First Fruit of those whom He has redeemed, i.e. ALL MANKIND, i.e. the Barley Harvest.
Shavuot... Messiah Yahusha becomes the First Fruit of the Elect of ALL MANKIND, i.e. the Wheat Harvest. Messiah also provides for His Bride by giving Her both His commandments (marriage ketuba) and His Ruach HaQodesh (Holy Spirit) on Shavuot.
Yom Teruah... Messiah Yahusha returns for His Bride
Yom Kippur... Messiah Yahusha 'consummates' the betrothal phase of His marriage covenant with His Bride resulting in the divorcement of many from His marriage covenant just as many others are sealed into His marriage covenant. (Ezekiel 20:33-38 and Luke 7:21-23)
Feast of Tabernacles... The 7-Day Marriage Supper of The Lamb!
I've written a provocative article on Yom Kippur in that I've never heard anyone approach Yom Kippur as I do, you can read that article by clicking on this link...
...and I hope you'll be blessed if you do!
May you be sealed in The Book Of Life!!!