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What is the Day of Atonement?

What is the Day of Atonement?

The Day of Atonement is a commanded Feast of YeHoVaH.  The Day of Atonement is all about sin and the Father providing a way for us to be forgiven.

When is the Day of Atonement?

The Day of Atonement is held on the tenth day of the seventh month of the Biblical Calendar. The 7th month is also known as Tishri on the Hebrew Calendar, which is September/October on the Gregorian calendar.

Leviticus 23:27 King James Version (KJV)
Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

What am I required to do for the Day of Atonement?

We are required to do no ordinary or servile work; assemble and have a Holy Convocation; afflict ourselves; and celebrate.

What does “afflict your souls” mean?

Leviticus 23:32 King James Version (KJV)
It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

Most commonly, the brethren will fast to afflict their souls.  However, there should be a gladness in our hearts because our Messiah has reconciled us to His Father and we are called the Sons and Daughters of the Almighty!

How do I celebrate the Day of Atonement?

The Day of Atonement is a Sabbath, so you should attend a Holy Convocation or Sacred Assembly.  You should afflict yourself and celebrate with Fellowship and Prayer.

Why do I “celebrate” on the Day of Atonement?

It is commanded and we celebrate because we have a Messiah who has atoned for our sins.

Leviticus 23:30-32 King James Version (KJV)
And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.  Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

Yeshua, our High Priest and sacrificial lamb, has atoned for our sins. 

Romans 5:11 King James Version (KJV)
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

The life of Yeshua was given for the sins of the world and provides all who believe resurrection power and eternal life.  This includes those who have died and those who are alive upon Yeshua’s return.

The life of Yeshua was given for the sins of the world and provides all who believe resurrection power and eternal life.  This includes those who have died and those who are alive upon Yeshua’s return.

Are we required to make an offering made by fire?

There are the responsibilities of the people and separate responsibilities of the Priests.  The people were never allowed to make the sacrifices or offerings made by fire.  That was always the responsibility of the Priests.  The people could not perform the Priests’ responsibilities; otherwise, they would be violating the Commands.  However, the responsibilities of the people continue. 

The blood of bulls, goats, sheep, and rams were only a temporary atonement.  The atonement of Yeshua was permanent.

Additional Scripture References:

  • Leviticus 16:29-31   
  • Leviticus 23:26-32
  • Numbers 29:7

Learn more about the Feasts!

QUOTES WORTH REMEMBERING:

The world needs to know that their sins have been paid for.  Not so that they can continue in sin, but that they can be reconciled to FatherFather Wants to Be Our Covering!

The best thing that you and I can do is stick to what is written and there is less of a chance that we will be misled.

If it is not in the Bible, where did it come from and why are we doing it?

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