Sep 222015


Joel Rosenberg: “At sundown, we begin Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is the highest holy day on the Jewish calendar, and one of great Biblical and historic and cultural importance to my people.

Since last Yom Kippur, millions of Jews have begun a quest to find the Messiah. For reasons I cannot fully explain, Jews are suddenly searching for answers to the deepest and most important questions concerning life and death and God and atonement and eternity, in numbers unprecedented in history.

Some are searching through the Hebrew Scriptures for answers. A stunning number are actually reading the New Testament, most for the first time. They are searching on Google for information about the Messiah.”

Opinion: For more on the Day of Atonement scroll down to our Sunday post.

Sep 212015

Yom Kippur:

The Day of Atonement is Israel’s most awesome holy day.

Leviticus 17:11 “For the life is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for your souls; for it is blood that makes atonement (covering) for your soul.”


Yom Kippur: Israel’s most awesome holy day, falls on the last day of the Ten Days of Awe.

Yom is Hebrew for day and Kippur is from the Hebrew word ‘kaphar’ meaning to cover. Atonement actually means a ‘covering’ of the sins of the past year. Yom Kippur falls on the 10th day after Rosh Hashanah completing the 10 Days of Awe and is five days before the 7th Feast: Tabernacles.

Yom Kippur is a solemn day of fasting and repentance and no work is allowed. According to Jewish belief, Jews who do not repent and observe are ‘cut off’ and will suffer death.

Prior to AD 70 and the destruction of the Temple, Yom Kippur was the only day that the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies and stand before God. In the ancient Yom Kippur ritual, before the High Priest entered there, a rope was tied to his feet in case a malady befell him and he had to be pulled out of the Holy of Holies.

Before the High Priest entered, he would make atonement for himself, for his family, and for his community. The priest had to enter empty-handed, all baggage checked at the door.

After becoming ritually pure, the high priest offered a bull for his sins and the sins of his household. Then two goats were set aside. Lots were cast, and one goat was chosen to be the scapegoat or “Azazel.”

The High Priest slaughtered the other goat to atone for the sins of Israel and brought the blood into the Holy of Holies. The scapegoat was sent away to be lost in the desert after the High Priest laid both hands on its head and confessed the sins of Israel. In this way, the sins of the nation were symbolically carried off into the desert. The hides, flesh, and offal of the sacrificial animals were carried outside the camp and burned.

In Deuteronomy 12:5-6 and in Psalm 132:13-14, God made it clear that sacrifices could only be made in the temple in Jerusalem, His chosen dwelling place. After the temple’s destruction in AD 70, it was forbidden to make animal sacrifices.

Today’s observation of Yom Kippur is based more on the tradition of men. Israel abandoned atonement by blood and substituted atonement through mitzvoth, or good works. Chicken or turkey is now substituted for lamb at the Yom Kippur meal.

Christian Application: Some prophecy instructors teach that Jesus was born on Rosh Hashanah and will return on Rosh Hashanah. If that is accurate, then it follows that the Day of Yom Kippur would be the day when “They will look upon Me, the One they have pierced and they will mourn (repent, atone) for Him as one mourns for an only child and grieve for Him as a father grieves for an only child” Zechariah 12:10.

Blood sacrifices for the payment for sin are not required in the New Covenant Church. Jesus Christ offered Himself as the ‘scapegoat’ and paid the sin debt in full for both Christian and Jew.


Click on the headline link above for the list of prayers of from the Jewish Service for the Days of Atonement


Sep 212015


Breitbart: “Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report sent a message Sunday morning excoriating Pope Francis during his trip to Cuba, depicting the head of the Catholic Church alongside Raul Castro and suggesting Francis would rather ignore the plight of political dissidents than endanger his warm welcome from the Castro regime.

Activists have criticized the Pope for failing to plan any meetings with Cuban political dissidents during his visit to the Communist Caribbean nation–while the government flagrantly and contemporaneously persecutes its Catholics. Just last week, the government violently arrested more than 50 protesters, mostly women, after attending Sunday mass.”

Opinion: My wife/editor also denounced the Pope in last Saturday’s post:  “Francis Plans to Duck Dissidents in Cuba Spawning Criticism”:

“Imagine speaking against our current Obama presidency (just listen to the Rep. presidential debates) and then being arbitrarily arrested countless times, arbitrarily having your home searched, being under constant police surveillance and harassment, and then being held in custody for many months or years without a trial or formal charges.

That is what happens to those who criticize or protest any facet of Castro’s Cuba. That is the “crime” of Cuban dissidents.”

An estimated 50 government opponents were detained and prevented from attending papal events since Francis arrived on Saturday, while Pope Francis exchanged gifts with Fidel at his mansion in Cuba.

Editor continued “When/if this totalitarian nightmare finally ends, the Catholic Church hierarchy will be indicted by the people as supporters of the Castro regime.

And Cubans, as they did after independence from Spain, will once again view the Church as having been on the wrong side of history.”




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