The Day of Atonement and its significance (6)
This Feast is celebrated on the tenth day of the seventh month according to the sacred calendar and commemorates the day on which the sins of the Israelites, which were committed during the year, were atoned for (Lev 23:27). Today too, according to the teaching of Second Coming Christ Ahnsahnghong, in order to be forgiven of the sins committed during the year, we must celebrate the Day of Atonement.
Origin of the Feast of Atonement
The origin of the Feast of Atonement stems from the time of the Exodus when the Israelites had just been released from Egyptian rule. God called to Moses from Mount Sinai. Responding to God’s call, Moses went up to Mount Sinai. After 40 days and 40 nights, he received the Ten Commandments written by the hand of God. As Moses took a while to return back to the Isrealites, the people crafted a golden calf and worshiped it. They were eating, drinking, and dancing around it. Shocked and outraged by the sight, Moses, upon his arrival, shattered the two stone tablets at the foot of the mountain. Moses set the calf on fire, ground it into powder and scattered the ashes in the water.
Prophecy and Fulfilment
The Isrealites who had sinned against God, worshiping the idol, bitterly repented of their deeds. And in response, God gave Moses a new set of stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Since God gave the Isrealites a second chance to keep His commands, God showed His mercy and forgiveness. The day Moses received the second set of stone tablets with the Ten Commandments is the Day of Atonement. And It was to be commemorated every year (Ex 32:1-35).
The people’s sins were initially held in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary. But on the Day of Atonement their sins were transferred onto the scapegoat. The scapegoat was released into the desert, carrying all of the people’s sins, and eventually died. Our sins are carried by Christ throughout the year. But on the Day of Atonement, our sins are transferred onto Satan – the scapegoat – and prophesies the destruction of Satan who will be tormented in hell carrying all of our sins on his head.
(1) The Scapegoat Stands for Satan
In the Old Testament times, the priest sacrificed a bull as his sin offering. And a goat was sacrificed on behalf of the people. Two goats were brought before the alter and lots were cast to decide the destiny of two goats. One goat was to be sacrificed for God and the other was to be named the “scapegoat.”
Until this day, all the sins of the people have been held in the Most Holy Place. On the Day of Atonement, these sins were transferred to the head of the scapegoat to be sent away into the desert and die. This process reveals that our sins are put onto satan through the Feasts after being temporarily carried by Christ – the reality of the Most Holy Place. Satan will be tormented, carrying the weight of our sins, and suffer in the Abyss – the uninhabited land represented by the desert. We come to understand this principle through celebrating the Day of Atonement (Lev 16:6-22).
(2) Entering the Most Holy Place
The Day of Atonement is the only day when the high priest enters the Most Holy Place, alone.
Hebrews 9:7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.