The Jewish holiday that is known as Yom Kippur (The Day Of Atonement) is a feast day which can be found in the Old Testament, but which has been clearly FULFILLED already in Jesus Christ. You can find the details of this Old Testament feast day in Leviticus 16, 23:26-32 and Numbers 29:7-11. The New Testament fulfillment of Yom Kippur in Jesus Christ can be found by reading Hebrews chapters 8,9 and 10.
” . . .IT IS FINISHED . . .” (John 19:30)
which signified that Jesus the Christ (Messiah) had completed and finished the work that the Father had called him to do. It was no coincidence that the veil in the temple was torn in two, the moment that Jesus Christ died. It was no coincidence that it was torn from top to bottom either, because that was a sign that the Lord from above had done this thing.
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain (two) from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (Matthew 27:50-51)
In the New Testament book of Hebrews, the writer describes the Old Covenant along with it’s tabernacle offerings and sacrifices, mainly because he is about to show us the ultimate FULFILLMENT in Jesus Christ.
Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. (Hebrews 9:1-6)
The writer describes the Holiest of All (Holy of Holies) which is behind the second veil, in the tabernacle, and which also contained the Ten Commandments, the manna and Aaron’s rod that budded. He spoke about the service that the priests did in that tabernacle. The high priest would take the blood from the sacrifices, and put it upon the “mercy seat” which was the lid that covered the Ark of the Covenant.
But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. (Hebrews 9:7-10)
In this passage of scripture the Day of Atonement is being described, because that is the day when the High Priest, and him alone went behind that second veil, once a year with the blood offering which would be sprinkled upon the mercy seat. Today we can look back at those events and those sacrifices as types and shadows which pointed to the ultimate BLOOD sacrifice of Jesus Christ himself. Mercy is available for ALL of us today because Jesus Christ became the PROPITIATION (mercy seat) for ALL our sins, (Jewish and Gentile). These are described as carnal ordinances here, and it is speaking about the earthly animals, which were sacrificed, and the earthly ordinances which were meant to point to the HEAVENLY realities, fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14)
Here is the point that I want you to see right here ladies and gentleman. Jesus Christ is described here as the High Priest, and the PERFECT tabernacle. Jesus “tabernacled” among us almost 2000 years ago, and his purpose in coming was to die for our sins, and thus become the ultimate atonement. The Greek word kaphar is what is used here to translate the english word atonement and it is defined as follows:
to cover (specifically with bitumen); figuratively, to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel:– appease, make (an atonement, cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, purge (away), put off, (make) reconcile(-liation).
The death of Jesus Christ was meant to cover our sins, and to cancel them out in the sight of a holy God. We have been shown the greatest mercy that can possibly be given to any living human being, and what a terrible and soul damning thing, it is to reject this offer of mercy and forgiveness. The Bible makes it very clear that it is the BLOOD alone, which can atone for our souls.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)
As you take a look at the land of Israel you will notice that there is no longer a Temple standing there where animal sacrifices are being offered. The last temple was ultimately destroyed in 70AD, a judgment which was prophesied by Christ in a parable. (Matthew 22:1-14) The Jewish people still celebrate the feast of Yom Kippur, but they do it in a way, that is obviously unbiblical. I have read that some Jewish people celebrate the feast of Yom Kippur, by killing roosters or hens as atoning sacrifices, which they then swing around their head as a symbol of expiating sins. Others take their money and place it inside a handkerchief, and then give it to the poor . . .
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It is obvious by even this brief glimpse into the doctrines of mortal and venial sins, confession, penance, and purgatory, that the Roman Catholic Church has constructed one of the most unbiblical doctrinal systems that has ever been considered “Christian”. The fear, anguish, and religious bondage that such a system of “reward and punishment” creates, has tormented millions of lives for centuries, and continues to prey on those who are ignorant of the biblical way of salvation. To merely call such a system “a cult”, would be to throw it into the vast category of religions and quasi-religions that are currently making the rounds of our college campuses and city streets, snatching up many an unsuspecting youth. No, the Roman Church is not a cult. It’s an empire! With its own ruler, its own laws, and its own subjects! The empire has no borders, it encompasses the globe with its eye on every person who does not vow allegiance. It calls the members of other faiths “separated brethren” and has as its goal the eventual bringing together of everyone under its flag.
I know that many will not be convinced or moved by this article (or any of the others) to make such a conclusion. They are impressed by what they’ve heard about recent stirrings among the Catholics in the “charismatic renewal”. Many evangelicals (especially Charismatics) have been thrilled by the reports of Catholics speaking in tongues, dancing in the Spirit, having nights of joy and praise, even attending “charismatic masses”. Mouths that used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome have been quieted by the times. It no longer is in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”. Ah, that is just what She needs us to think! I’ve never completely understood why God led me to write these articles. But it becomes more clear with each day of study, and each page of research. Never has something so black and wicked, gotten away with appearing so holy and mysteriously beautiful . . . for so long! [Preacher and Songwriter Keith Green: The Catholic Chronicles]