Mar 21, 2015

Significance of Yom Kippur 2015

This blog was originally published in September 2014, but while factually correct, did not have much of a point other than to highlight interesting tidbits.  I hope time and recent study will open the subject further.  Two years ago, I stumbled upon the below fact and it has niggled around in my brain since:

June 7, 1967 - Jerusalem (recaptured for Israel)
17640 days = 49 years (360 day years)
September 23, 2015 - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

There are three interesting subjects here:  The Six Day War, 49 years, and Yom Kippur.

Being an American Christian, I didn't know much about any of these.  I doubt I am alone, perhaps you are in the same boat as me?  There is something there, some reason that this is important!  Let's see what we can find out together.

The Six Day War
First, let's look at the foreshadowing of the Six Day War.  This is a type of supernatural protection that Israel will experience in response to the Psalm 83 war and then again with a "Ten on the Hand of God Obvious Scale" during the Ezekiel 38-39 war.

May 1967 found the infant nation of Israel facing annihilation.  With Holocaust tattoos on their arms and horrors fresh in their minds, the Jews trembled as the world again turned toward their destruction.  They prepare for the worst.  Panic began to grip the nation until the Rabbis cried out to God.  They rallied the Jews of the world, who cleansed themselves and prayed.  They declared that the Lord God Almighty would save them, they exhorted each other to be strong in the Lord and the Power of His Might.  They sought God with a fervor that was unknown in modern history.

Nineteen years after the establishment of the modern state, they were faced with overwhelming odds.  Egypt from the South, Jordan from the West, and Syria from the North the enemies of Israel attacked.  God confounded the enemy, utterly destroyed the offensive on three fronts, and restored much of Israel's ancestral territory.

Even the most secular Jews recognized that this was the hand of God.  They praised the Almighty in Jerusalem where they had been banned from even visiting for decades and had not held as a territory in 2500 years.

Well, 49 is a derivative of 7 which we know is God's number of completeness
We know that every 7 years there is declared a Sabbatical year
49 years is 7 Sabbatical years
49 years follows a 50th year, which is the year of Jubilee

If you are unfamiliar with the Sabbath year, it is outlined in Leviticus 25:3-4.  (Johnathan Cahn and many other scholars have written extensively about this, check out this video if you are unfamiliar).

The Jubilee is ordained by God in Leviticus 25:8-10 and is ushered in on the Day of Atonement with the blowing of shofars throughout your land.   It is a sacred year where not only are the debts forgiven but slaves are freed and the land is returned to the original tribes.

What a glorious event!  So when is the next Jubilee year?  You guessed it, the Jubilee year is declared on Yom Kippur and according to the biblical calendar, it starts in 2015, this year.  (Check out this video for more about the Jubilee)

Yom Kippur:
So how is Yom Kippur significant?  What ties the recapture of Jerusalem, to Yom Kippur, to the Sabbath Year, to the Jubilee?

Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the year, the day set aside for the sins of Israel to be covered.  This is the holiest day of the year and was the only day that the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies and offered a sacrifice for the nation of Israel.  It was the only day that the priest was face to face with God. This is the day that he would utter the sacred name of the Lord (which God has removed from knowledge).  Yom Kippur is when the two goats would bear the sins of the people, one sacrificed in the temple the other led away into the wilderness.

Leviticus 23:27 “Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same month—nine days after the Festival of Trumpets. You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a day to deny yourselves (fast) and present special gifts to the Lord.
28 Do no work during that entire day because it is the Day of Atonement, when offerings of purification (fire) are made for you, making you right with the Lord your God.
29 All who do not deny themselves that day will be cut off from God’s people.
30 And I will destroy anyone among you who does any work on that day.

Those who don't accept and obey are cut off and destroyed.  We know that the judgments of the tribulation will accomplish this.

The Day of Atonement was set aside for the people to accept the atoning sacrifice made on their behalf by the High Priest; if they do not fast and rest they are cut off from their people and destroyed by God.  It also served as atonement for Israel so that eight days later Israel could make atonement for the nations during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Bringing It All Together:
So if the Jubilee is declared on the Day of Atonement, how do these things go together?  It doesn't seem to make sense!  You have the most solemn day in Yom Kippur and the most joyous day in the declaration of the Jubilee.  Look deeper, Yom Kippur is about accepting the High Priests service for dealing with sin, about the covering of shed blood, and getting right with God only then can you celebrate the blessing of Jubilee.

The Jubilee is about regathering the scattered people and restoring the original territory that God gave to Israel.  Prophetically, this will occur at the destruction of the forces that come against Israel in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38-39.

The ultimate fulfillment of Yom Kippur will take place sometime when Israel looks upon Yeshua, the one they have pierced, and mourn for him as one who grieves the death of an only son.  (Zechariah 12:10) For Christ has long mourned over Jerusalem and only when they recognize him, will he return unto them. (Matthew 23:37-39)

The Lord celebrates and commemorate the faithful supplication of Israel, 49 years to the day this Yom Kippur - Coincidence?  I doubt it.  Look up, for your Redemption Draws Nigh.