After the summer harvest of barley the first Fall festival is Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) which gives a picture of the ‘catching away’ of the Bride of Christ for ‘seven days’ of blessing followed by the marriage ceremony. Then the Great Tribulation follows where earth is judged – the Day of the LORD, until all Israel is restored to the LORD. Then follows the Kingdom of the King of Kings.
Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the Jewish year. In the Torah it is Yom Ha-Kippurim the plural pointing to the cleansing of a multitude of sins, transgressions and iniquities. Kippur originates from kofer meaning ‘ransom’ used in relation to ‘redeem’, therefore ‘to atone by offering a substitute’.
It was the only time in a year when the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies and call upon the Name of YHVH to offer blood sacrifice for the sins of the people. Innocent blood had to cover the sins of His people. It also signifies the climax of the ten “Days of Awe”, the repentance period, which was marked by fasting, praying and synagogue services.
One of the roles of our beloved Mashiach Yeshua is that of High Priest who offered true atonement for our sins by offering His own blood in the Holy of Holies made without hands.
According to Levitical law, when land was claimed in payment of debt, a kinsman could pay the price and redeem the land at a later time. A scroll is drawn up with the qualifications of how the obligations may be met written on the outside and sealed with seven seals. This scroll is then placed in the care of a priest in the temple. The redeemer has three requirements:
- Be fit, meaning closely related to the redeemed
- Be willing, not forced
- Be able, especially to pay the debt
The kinsman redeemer that fulfill the conditions, can then go to the priest and break the seals, to receive ownership of the land. This purchase could only take place in a Jubilee year.
In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God and the word was God, and through him all things were made and without him nothing was made and the Word was Jesus Christ. Earth belonged to God in the beginning, but just as the wages of sin was death (due to Adam’s sin), God also cursed the ground and gave it as bondage price to Satan. At the cross Jesus paid the redemption price for God’s people, which makes Him the Kinsman Redeemer worthy of opening the scroll with seven seals. As Kinsman Redeemer Jesus fulfilled all the requirements because he:
- Was fit, when he became related to the human race (Maria and the Holy Spirit)
- Was willing, He said ‘I come…to do thy will, o God’ Hebrew 10:7
- Was able as he was a sinless blood sacrifice
In Revelation we see that he is worthy of breaking the seals on the scroll. This scroll contains the final Judgments that will free earth and Israel form the yoke of Satan. The year 5776 is the next Jubilee year and starts on Tishri 15. In the Gregorian calendar that is 23 September 2015! The Day of Atonement!
It is important to keep in mind that the redeemer can only take the redeemed land after Atonement have been made. The book of Ruth illustrates how the kinsman redeemer, Boaz, took Ruth, a Gentile girl, as his bride. Jesus is the kinsman redeemer that will take His bride, the Church. Since Jesus became our Redeemer, we no longer have to offer blood for the forgiveness of our sins. The Atonement for our sins has taken place through Jesus Christ.
I find all of this absolutely amazing!