BY RICHARD SISON | 2017
Day of Atonement is the most sacred and the holiest of all the Feasts. This is observed on the 10th of Tishrei, 10 days after Yom Teruah (Lev 23:26-32). This is the only Feast that requires fasting has a severe punishment of death penalty for those who violates it (v. 29-30). During this Feast, the L-RD requires a complete rest as it is a Shabbat Shabbaton or a Sabbath of the Sabbaths. The theme for this Feast is "judgment" for the enemies of G-D and also "atonement" His people. Literally, kippurim means covering in Hebrew. Although it was first instituted officially in Leviticus, it may had been celebrated in the ancient times. Many believed that the first Yom Kippur was in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned against G-D and they were judged (Gen 3:14-19) and the L-RD made the first covering from the animal's skin, thus it is dubbed us the "yom kippur" or "day of covering" and the saddest day in human history. This is also the "Yom" or the "Day" that the L-RD will save His people Israel as a nation (Zech 12:10; 13:8-9; Rom 11:25-26). Yeshua said when He was about to enter Jerusalem in Matt 23:39 "Barukh haba B 'Shem Adonai ", which means "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the L-RD".
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