The Day Of Atonement

According to the Bible Calendar (see also Bible Months), the tenth day of the seventh month (Tishri) is the Day of Atonement. Jews call it Yom Kippur.

In Hebrew Yom means day, (marked from sunset to sunset, as instructed by God), and Kippur means to pardon, or condone. The word atonement carries the meaning to English-speaking people. It means to make amends or to reconcile - to become "at one."

The observance of the Day of Atonement originates all the way to the time of Moses:

"And The Lord [see Rock Of Ages] said to Moses, "On the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves [i.e. fast] and present an offering by fire to The Lord. And you shall do no work on this same day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement for you before The Lord your God." (Leviticus 23:26-28 RSV)

The Lord commanded the Day of Atonement as a solemn annual observance of the Israelites. It's unique in that it's the only of the annual God-commanded Biblical Holy Days in which fasting was required. The fast was such a strict requirement that anyone who failed to do so would be cut off from the community.

All of the ancient Biblical Holy Days are significant to Christians because they individually symbolize the steps in God's Plan of Salvation (the very purpose of Christianity) for all humanity. There is only one God, and only one Way (see The Way) to eternal life.

Just as, for example, the Passover's slain lamb symbolizes the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (the "Lamb of God"), or The Feast Of Trumpets which pictures the future Return Of Jesus Christ, the Day of Atonement also has its significance to the Christian world - so much so that a number of large Christian churches and groups observe the Day of Atonement as a Holy Day, including the fast.

There are 3 elements of the Day of Atonement that apply directly to Christians:

The Day of Atonement signifies the 3 most vital aspects of Christianity:

1. Willing repentance on the part of those to be saved.

2. The completed sacrifice of Jesus Christ formally presented to God The Father to make atonement for the sins of humanity.

3. The final guilty verdict upon Satan as the source of all evil, and the sentencing of him to eternity in the abyss.

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1 John 3:8
See also The Lame Duck

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