Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur begins tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 4, 2022) before sundown and ends Wednesday night, October 5, 2022. It is the second of the Fall Feasts. 

Leviticus 23:26-32 NKJV “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”

Unlike all other feasts, Yom Kippur is not a celebration, but a time of reflection, repentance, and reconciliation.

Peter wrote, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.1” Yom Kippur is an appointed time by God, a time set aside so that we can humble ourselves before God and get right with Him before the Feast of Tabernacles.

One of the ways we humble ourselves is through fasting. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, when you pray, when you fast, and when you give2. All three are part of the Fall Feast season. We also humble ourselves by eschewing sex, washing, applying lotions or oils, and wearing leather shoes. We also wear white on Wednesday to symbolize purity and remind ourselves of eternity3.

On Yom Kippur we accept the invitation to draw near to God through fasting, praying, and giving so that when Tabernacles comes we are ready for the celebration.

Just as Jesus fulfilled Passover and FirstFruits in His death and resurrection, He fulfilled Pentecost with the giving of the Holy Spirit. So too will He fulfill Trumpets with the catching away of the Church, Yom Kippur with judgment, Tabernacles with His millennial reign, and the eighth Day Assembly with eternity.

While we wait for the ultimate fulfillment, let us honor our Lord’s sacrifice for our sins by humbling ourselves through prayer and fasting on Yom Kippur. We know as believers, our names are written in the Lambs’ Book of Life, which gives us even more reason to make sure we are walking closely with God on this side of Heaven.

I pray that if you decide to fast tomorrow Evening through Wednesday night you have a meaningful and easy fast. This is an appointed time, God doesn’t miss His appointments, draw away with Him tomorrow, and be blessed.

  1. 1 Peter 5:5-6
  2. Matthew 6:1-21
  3. 19 Yom Kippur Facts

Scripture Readings for the day of Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 5, 2022:

Morning Scripture Reading: Lev. 16; Num. 29:7-11, Isa. 57:14-58:14, [M: add Isa. 52:13-53;12,] Rom. 3:21-26; Heb.7-8.

Afternoon Scripture Reading: Lev. 18 [M: add Lev. 17], Jonah, Mic. 7:18-20, Heb. 9-10.

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