Prophecy & the Fall Feasts

        ((“Yom Kippur: THE High Holy Day!”))
 – Part V of V in a series

This is how it works:  Days start at sundown.  They go thru the next sundown.  And months start at the first sighting of the moon after it’s a ‘darkened’ moon… this is called the ‘new moon’.  How’s that for a super-ultra-lightning-fast recap of things?  ((grins!))  Well, according to Leviticus 23:27, on the TENTH day of the SEVENTH month, we are to celebrate Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement.  We are to do no work, and we are to ‘afflict ourselves’ for the Lord.  The new moon (for this month) was spotted the evening of September 20th, so the ‘first day’ of Tishri was September 21th… and that means the TENTH day of Tishri (<< The seventh month) is October 1st.  Which begins at sundown tonight, September 30th.  My point?  Tonight begins Yom Kippur!!

Yom Kippur in Tradition

Here’s what says:
Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. This day is, essentially, your last chance to change the judgment…

Most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue.  The services end at nightfall, with the blowing of the tekiah gedolah, a long blast on the shofar. It is customary to wear white on the holiday, which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise that our sins shall be made as white as snow (Is. 1:18).

The evening service that begins Yom Kippur is commonly known as Kol Nidre, named for the prayer that begins the service. In this prayer, we ask G-d to annul all personal vows we may make in the next year.

The concluding service of Yom Kippur, known as Ne’ilah, is one unique to the day. It usually runs about 1 hour long. The ark (a cabinet where the scrolls of the Torah are kept) is kept open throughout this service, thus you must stand throughout the service. There is a tone of desperation in the prayers of this service. The service is sometimes referred to as the closing of the gates; think of it as the “last chance” to get in a good word before the holiday ends. The service ends with a very long blast of the shofar.

So what we have is the last day, the final chance to atone for sins, and then the sealing up of everything.  Interesting that the Ark (which was symbolic for the seat of God in the OT) is to be kept open and thus the people must stand (much like standing before the Judgment Throne?).  Also interesting that the final service is the ‘closing of the gates’… since Rosh Hashanna was considered the ‘opening of heaven’s gates’.  The service ends with the last blowing of the shofar for the year.  Note also that we have the saints arrayed in garments white as snow.  What does this remind you of?  Revelation 7: 9-17?  The rapture?

Yeah, me too.

Yom Kippur in the Old Testament

Leviticus 16 goes into great detail about this particular feast.  There was a really kewl ceremony… involving two goats.  The one goat was slain as a sacrifice – Yom Kippur, you know, is the day the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and atoned for the sins of the people.  As for the other goat, a red cord was wrapped around its neck and it was paraded thru Jerusalem, then released into the wilderness to symbolically take the sins of the nations away.

Yom Kippur in the New Testament

You’ll recall last week I did a chart.  It was of the fulfillments of the Fall Feasts.  ((Oh… shit.  I just found the seventh one, didn’t I?  It was so obvious… how could I have MISSED it?  My gawsh…!!!!  THAT IS SO KEWL!!!!  Okay, but we need to stay on topic right now (I’ll geek later!).))  Anyhow, in my chart, I listed Yeshua’s calling (at age 30) to ministry as a fulfillment of Rosh Ha’Shana, His baptism as fulfillment of Yom Kippur, and his 40-day wilderness sojourn as Sukkot.  And actually, a few people asked, “What makes you think that happened on those days?”  Well… because of prototyping.  Yeshua was annointed by God, was offered up for our sins and began that walk at His baptism (his ministry beginning!), and immediately the Holy Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.  He was symbolically playing out the role of the sacrificial goat AND the scapegoat!  Little did anyone know that three years later, all this symbolism would give way to the REAL deal.

Yom Kippur and the Great Trump

Yeshua (in Matthew 24:30-31) said that at the ‘Great Trump’ the elect (His own) would be gathered out of the earth as He appeared in the clouds to meet them.  Now first, you have to know there are three ‘Trumps’ in the Jewish feasts.  The ‘First Trump’ is sounded at Pentecost, a sort of heralding announcing the bridegroom on the horizon.  ((Which is why I got so geeked in 2003 when there was an ‘engagement ring’ eclipse on Pentecost in the constellations of the bull (the coming groom) and the Plieades (seven churches)… it was a sign that the groom was ready for His bride.))  The ‘Last Trump’ is sounded on Rosh Ha’Shana… but it’s not really the last trump, because there’s another – the ‘Great Trump’. 

So why would they call it the ‘Last Trump’?  Because it brackets a period of time along with the ‘First Trump’.  Pentecost (the giving of the Holy Spirit) was the kick-off of ‘summer’ – this 2000 year period we’ve been in where we’ve been waiting for His return.  The ‘First Trump’ marked the start of that period… the ‘Last Trump’ ended that period.  Summer is over at the ‘Last Trump’.  And this also confirms my chart, because it shows Rosh Ha’Shana as the day something new is ‘set in motion’.  That means something old has to end.  VERY kewl stuff!

The actual *last* trump is the “Great Trump”.  This is sounded at the end of Yom Kippur, and it’s a long, loud blast.  It’s… pretty amazing.  And this is the trump Yeshua says we’ll be taken up during – the ‘Great Trump’.  And he’s not the only one. 

(1 Cor 15:52 KJV) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

(1 Th 4:16 KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first…

So is it the ‘Last Trump’ (Rosh Ha’Shana)?  Or could it be that it’s the last trump?  Because frankly, the ‘trump of God’ would be THE Great Trump… no less for Creator of the Universe.  The other two trumps are brackets, and don’t make sense.  It’s a possibility unconsidered until this point, which by the way fits WAY better with tradition, feast observation, and my chart… not to mention precedence and prototyping.  I’m going to have to change my stance on something, right here, right now.  Rosh Ha’Shana cannot be the rapture.  Because Yom Kippur is.  Whether this year or 50 years from now… it’s NOT Rosh Ha’Shana.

Yom Kippur in the ‘church’

I believed for YEARS that Rosh Ha’Shana was the rapture.  You know ‘the Feast of the Day No Man Knows’…?  Um… where did that information come from?  Because now that I’m looking at it, it’s NOT in scripture.  In scripture it’s called “Yom Teurah” – Day of the Awakening Shout, or “Rosh Ha’Shana” – Head of the Year.  So where did that come from?  If you know, please tell me, because I’d love to find out.  But it seems almost TOO convenient now.  And frankly, it doesn’t fit my chart at all.  Or with any of the scripture I just gave, which is even MORE important!

There are just too many parallels for it not to be that ‘shadow of things to come’ that Paul tells the Colossians about in 2:17.  It’s uncanny – either that, or brilliantly orchestrated for a grand finale of the earth… and the good thing is that we know what’s ahead.  That is our hope.

May I also take a quick moment to tell you that my friend Sylvia found another BS thing in my beliefs (just this morning!) that needs correcting?  I always thought that the Marriage Supper of the Lamb was 7 years long (the length of the Trib) because in the OT, Jewish marriage feasts were 7 days long.  But why ‘translate’ it from days to years?  That’s a church thing (again).  What if we’re raptured Yom Kippur (taken to the Judgment Seat of Christ), and then to a 7-day marriage feast… after all  ((grins!)) Sukkot is 7-days long, and up next!

Celebrating Yom Kippur

Anyhow, what’s on the agenda for this day?  Well, (and check out the symbolism in this) first comes the ‘Blessing of the Children’.  I’ve always worried about whether or not children would be raptured.  Frankly, they weren’t on the ark during the first major destruction prototype.  And those innocent little ones weren’t taken out of Sodom, either, during the second destruction prototype.  ((Both of which are referenced in the NT in regards to the end times… ‘as in the days of Noah’, and ‘as in the days of Lot’.))  So why do people believe all the children on earth will be raptured?  There’s no precedence, no scripture that backs that up.  ((Another BS church teaching.)) 

But here we have the beginning of ‘the judgment’ starting with a blessing on the children.  What I see here is that the righteousness of the parents being bestowed upon their children covers the child (child being a tricky word: some say as long as a child resides with his parent, others say until their bat/bar mitvah at 12, others say age 20, which is harder to swallow).  I do know that the children of Lot who dwelled with him escaped wrath and those outside of his home did not.  I also know that Noah’s sons that resided with him escaped wrath.  Either way, blessing the children is a VERY important part of Yom Kippur. So this evening we’re having a ‘Kid Nite’.  We’re having a ‘Finger Food Feast’ – with candles and everything, but we’ll be blessing (praying over) each child, and pledging them to the Lord… similar to a church ‘dedication’.  Then we’ll make the evening special with kid games and more, explaining that this is the beginning of a special time (another feast) and that they are a big part of it, as Yeshua loves little children, as well.

Yom Kippur then takes a VERY somber turn, as Leviticus 23 says we are to ‘afflict ourselves’ for the Lord.  The last meal before sundown (and the kid stuff) is the last of the ‘fun n’ games’ for the rest of the 24-hour period… because now we are preparing for atonement of sin, and turning our eyes to the Lord, from whence cometh our help.  Jews see ‘afflicting ourselves’ as fasting.  Of course children and pregnant women can’t exactly fast, but I’m going to be drinking only water and possibly eating only one kind of food (or considering not having meat or something – still working on that, personally.)

If you’re part of a Jewish or Messianic congregation, you’d attend Kol Nidre – I’ve done it once before.  Frankly, the practice isn’t scriptural, and the act of asking for forgiveness for vows you are GOING to make stems from the Middle Ages when Jews were slaughtered for their faith, and had to make vows in order to stay alive.  Not really relevant to us, now, and I didn’t much see the point in my life – I’d rather let my ‘yes’ be ‘yes, and my ‘no’ be ‘no’.  But the last service – Ne’ilah – would DEFINITELY be worth going to.  Partaking of the bread and wine in rememberance is also something we plan to do during our Yom Kippur… most likely our way to ‘break the fast’ at the end.

Yom Kippur in ‘the message’?

One last thing I want to mention.  Yesterday I posted about a message I received from Adonai.  The message was (it seemed) very cryptic.  “Two Days Completed.”  I suggested that it might reference the Good Samaritan parable about the ‘savior’ who pays for ‘two days’ stay at the inn and promises to return after that… which is an allegorical representation of the two-thousand year period our Savior will be absent before He returns for us.  I also suggested that it was possibly another meaning: that of the fall feast days, two have passed (Rosh Ha’Shana is a 2-day feast)… and now we are entering the ‘third’ day.  Then, while I was talking to Brian about it last night, it occurred to me that they are the SAME THING – the Samaritan story sets us up with the ‘key’… two and then a return.  The feasts are most likely the fulfilment of that pattern – two feast days and then the return.  Which puts Yom Kippur’s significance at WAY more than I had previously ever considered.  He was correcting me.  He was prepping me for great things, giving me hope and Truth.  And isn’t THAT a great way to go into this special day?

One DAY of AWE
Tonight begins Yom Kippur!

CLaRiFICaTioN:  Actually, since we’re operating on Israeli time,
Yom Kippur starts at 10:25am (EDT) today
watch the sunset move across the world here (link)!
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