Yom Kippur: Repentance, Forgiveness, and Redemption
The path to Yom Kippur is a path that takes us deep into the vast and perfect plans of the Creator of the heavens and the earth. It is an epic true story that after thousands of years continues to play out before our very eyes with its conclusion coming faster than most surmise. It was on the 10th day of the 7th month (Yom Kippur) that Moses descended Mount Sinai after the second 40 days, with the new tablets and his face shining from being in the presence of Adonai. When atoning for the sins of Israel in Exodus 32:32-33, Moses went so far as to say if You will not forgive the sins of Israel, blot me out of the book you have written. This is a powerful allusion to Yeshua Himself as the mediator between YHWH and ourselves for the atonement of our sins.
Traditionally this is a somber day, a time of Teshuvah (repentance), but also a day of jubilation for the global Body of Messiah as our sins have been forgiven and we have been redeemed. Yom Kippur is the picture and reality of Yeshua the Messiah step by step from types and shadows of millennia past up to His death, resurrection, ascension, and soon return. The perfect timing of God throughout His Word up until today and in the days to come, when properly understood, should instill the awe and fear of YHWH within every believer who understands the majesty and finality of Yom Kippur.
Scape Goat Holy Day
On the 10th of the 7th month (Yom Kippur) is the day known as the Shabbat of Shabbats, the day when all of the iniquity and sin of Israel was atoned for as the altar in the Temple of Adonai was cleansed with sacrificial blood. Two goats were brought before the High priest, and one goat was sacrificed who’s blood was then put on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant to atone for the sins of Israel.
The High priest then put both hands upon the living goat called Azazel, meaning “Complete Removal”. The High priest with his hands on its head then confessed all the sins of Israel upon it and was then carried into the wilderness bearing all of the sins of Israel. Sound familiar? It is a clear picture of Yeshua and Barrabas, and this entire Holy Day which had been celebrated for nearly 1,500 years was prophesying that Yeshua would both atone for and bear the sins of the world done through His crucifixion, death, and resurrection forever, not once a year, but once for all. While this leads to us to live a life of repentance, we also remember to keep this day Holy, as well as rejoice in our salvation through Yeshua.
Messiah Son of Joseph
The beloved son of his father, hated by his brothers, and sold into slavery, the life of Joseph is yet another foreshadowing of Yom Kippur and Yeshua, also the beloved Son of His Father who also suffered many trials. The life of Joseph took place even before the Law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. However, when Joseph’s brothers tricked their father into thinking he was dead after actually selling him into slavery for 20 silver coins, they used the blood of a goat and spread it all over Joseph’s rainbow coat to convince their father he had been killed. So, a goat was killed while another, Joseph, was banished into exile! Once again we see Yom Kippur and the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua whose adoptive father’s name just so happened to be Joseph, and who also just happened to be from the line of David as well. Son of Joseph Son of David. Perfect.
Savior of the World
If you thought that was all, not quite. When Joseph became the second most powerful man in Egypt they called him, Zaphnat Paaneah, which means, “Savior of the World.” As we all know, Joseph went onto save Israel and his brothers as well as much of the known world after storing 7 years of harvest for the famine to come. Yeshua, who was betrayed by his people and brothers for 30 silver coins, similar to Joseph’s betrayal by his own brothers, is the actual Savior of the World and instead of holding off famine, completely destroyed sin and death forever for those who believe in Him as Lord and Savior.
Joel 2 and the 7 Blessings
Joel 2 is one more prophecy that points directly to Yom Teruah (The Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur, except this time about what is coming. Joel 2:1-17 gives us a vivid and alarming picture of a great army coming to destroy Israel and Zion, and first a loud trumpet blast is sounded like that of Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) which we celebrated on Sep. 6th, a warning that the judgement of Adonai is coming and a warning to repent (Yom Kippur). After describing the great army coming to bring judgement on Jerusalem, Adonai Himself tells them what it means to truly repent in verses 12-13. If you weren’t sure what true repentance looks like, follow this example as if your life depended on it and follow suit.
“Turn and come to Me with all your heart [in genuine repentance], with fasting and weeping and mourning [until every barrier is removed and the broken fellowship is restored] Rip your heart to pieces [in sorrow and contrition] and not your garments.” Now return [in repentance] to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness [faithful to His covenant with His people]; And He relents [His sentence of] evil [when His people genuinely repent].
What follows such repentance is what we can expect this season on top of the triple blessing of the Shmita year. Read more about the blessings of the Shmita year here. These are the 7 blessings of Joel 2:
1. A double portion of rain (v. 23)
2. Financial Prosperity (v. 24)
3. Restoration (v. 25)
4. Special Miracles (v. 26, 30)
5. Adonai’s presence and favor (v. 27)
6. Blessings for your sons and daughters (v. 28)
7. Deliverance from harm or oppression (v. 32)
In many nations and collective regions of the world there is currently a fight for the future and what it holds, a clear line that has been drawn in the sand to either come together and truly repent as the Body of Messiah, or take our chances with the other guy, satan and see how that pans out. Both individually and as a global body, Yom Kippur is both a time to celebrate the salvation we have through the blood of Yeshua, but also to repent for the great sins and iniquities each of our nations have heaped upon themselves. It is one thing to repent of our own sins, but just as Israel repented in oneness in Joel 2, so too are we being called to heartfelt repentance in oneness for our nations.
Call to Action
From sundown September 15th to Sundown September 16th, is the duration of Yom Kippur. It is a time of open heavens, a day not to be taken lightly, a time for worship in Spirit and Truth, but also a time to get right with those you have un-forgiveness toward, or need to apologize to, and a time for personal repentance before Adonai. It is a time to get absolutely free of any bondage or chains that are holding us back from true fellowship with the Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit, because after Yom Kippur the preparation of the wedding begins, Sukkoth (The Feast of Tabernacles). Now is the time for the readying of the bride of Yeshua, to be sure she is spotless and without blemish, and that she has more than enough oil to last the night as she waits for her groom, Yeshua. His coming was prophesied through both The Word and yearly celebration of the feasts, He came for us and bore our sinful burdens unto death, ascended to the right hand of the Father so that we would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and now He is coming back soon beloved. It is time to go through true repentance both individually and for our nations so that we can live in the freedom of forgiveness of our sins as redeemed people in redeemed nations. Yeshua is coming soon. Adonai bless you and keep you!