Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, which was the one day a year in ancient Judaism that the high priest was able to enter into the holy of holies, pass through the veil, and go into the presence of God. Then he laid hands on a live goat and put upon it all of the sin and iniquity of Israel—which was led away from the camp and into the wilderness to die. On that day, all sin and iniquity, all wickedness of spirit, soul, and body, was removed from the people of Israel and they had access to the holy of holies. In the same way, we are sanctified through Yeshua, our high priest, who was crucified for us, and now we too can enter into the heavenly presence of God.
The power of the resurrection of Christ includes everything that transpired through the crucifixion and the time he spent in the tomb. The veil in the temple was ripped open for Yeshua to enter into the presence of the Father with His blood to make His sacrifice. Then God raised Him up into the heavenly places and seated Him at His right hand.
In our salvation, we are reconciled to God because our sin has been forgiven. Our relationship with God has reconciled. In our sanctification, Yeshua takes us through the veil, giving us access to the presence of God, and so we are able to enter into the heavenly realms.
Our salvation is total and complete. It goes far beyond the forgiveness of sin and iniquity. Our whole nature of sin is removed and taken away from us and we are changed into His likeness, raised up into His presence, and seated in the heavenly places with Christ in His glory. God grant to us that we lay hold of the Day of Atonement and experience all that He has made available for us.
- Leviticus 16:2–20. “So the priest…shall make atonement.”
- Matthew 27:50–53. “Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two.”
- Luke 23:46. “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”
- Ephesians 1:18–21. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.”
- John 14:1–6. “No one comes to the Father but through Me.”
- John 12:26. “If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”
- John 17:19–25. “Although the world has not known You, yet I have known You.”
- John 14:14–19. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper.”
- Hebrews 6:18. “It is impossible for God to lie.”
- Hebrews 8:1. “We have such a high priest.”
- Hebrews 9:24. “Now to appear in the presence of God for us.”
- Hebrews 10:19–23. “For He who promised is faithful.”
- Ephesians 2:4–6. “Made us alive together with Christ.”
- Colossians 3:1–4. “Your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
- “We believe for complete sanctification and removal of sin and iniquity during the Day of Atonement. Now having been sanctified, we enter into the heavenly presence of God with Yeshua, Jesus, as our high priest.”
- “Just because we are going to dwell here on earth in the Kingdom, this does not mean that through our eternity we are not also going to have access into the heavenly realms where we can dwell with Him who is our Father in the heavens. The throne of Christ will be upon this earth. The throne of God will forever be in the heavens. We will have access to both throne rooms.”
- “There must be sanctification for us in order to enter the presence of God. Nothing unholy can enter His presence. This is the totality of the salvation that Christ bought on the cross.”
- Growing In God Podcast #6: The Day of Atonement
- Our celebration of Passover conveys the revelation of the blood of the lamb that covers us. It saves us from death and delivers us from bondage and leads us into the plan of God for our lives.
- We differentiate the Passover experience from the Day of Atonement because they really are two different things. Passover is our initial salvation experience. Atonement conveys the revelation of our complete sanctification—the removal of our nature of sin and iniquity. It also expresses our access to the holy of holies—we will have access to the heavenly dwelling place of God.
- Christ is our high priest of atonement. His sacrifice has ripped open the veil of Heaven and granted us access to be with Him, dwelling in the presence of the Father.
- Our Passover and Day of Atonement experiences proceed God’s Kingdom among men on the earth. So, we are not waiting for the return of Christ. This is something we should believe for and appropriate now.