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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Messiah in Yom Kippur.
That is a lot of reading and I wanted to sum it up for everyone.
Essentially, Yom Kippur is the day that the Jews atone for their sins.
When the Temple was standing, two goats would be selected for the ceremony. One is the sacrificial lamb and the other the scapegoat that would bear their sins as far as the east from the west.
The High Priest would reach in and draw from 2 lots to determine if the sacrificial lamb was acceptable to God. In the 40 years after the beginning of Christ's ministry on earth, not once did he draw the token that indicated the sacrifice was acceptable.
In another part of the ceremony, after the sacrifice was made and the sins of the people were on the scapegoat, tradition states that a cord of red wool was tied on the horn of the scapegoat and to the temple door, before it was let go in the wilderness to bear away the sins of the people. When the red wool on the temple door superanaturally turned white, it was a sign that God forgave the people’s sin. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isa. 1:18).The Priests used to bind a shining crimson strip of cloth on the outside door of the Temple. If the strip of cloth turned into the white color, they would rejoice; if it did not turn white they were full of sorrow and shame (Tractate Yoma 67a). Jewish literature explains the Shekhina glory of God left the Temple forty years prior to its destruction. Three signs occurred to show evidence of this:.1.) The western candle of the menorah refused to burn continually..2.) The doors of the Temple would open of themselves..3.) The red wool no longer turned white supernaturally..This is especially significant because it indicated that God was no longer forgiving the sins of His people. The people were sorrowful because they began to realize more and more that the sacrifice of Yom Kippur did not have the power to cleanse their sinful hearts. That very year Jesus started His ministry, the very year that the blood of bulls and goats was no longer accepted as a sacrifice for the atonement of sin!
In the last forty years, before the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, the red cord on the Temple door, according to the Jewish records, the Talmud, never turned white again. The sacrifice had been made in His son. The partition to the Holy of Holies had been rent in two.

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