The Spiritual Significance of Yom Kippur


Feast:  Day of Atonement
Biblically Accurate or Hebrew Name:  Yom Kippur (Pronounced YOM kee-POUR), translated “day
of purging”, known as the Day of Atonement
Biblical Significance:  Yom Kippur is the day on which the children of Israel seek God to forgive the
sins of their nation.  The high priest only entered the Most Holy Place in the Temple on this day of the
year, and with a blood sacrifice for himself and the nation.  The scapegoat was also released into the
desert after the sins of the nation had been spoken over it.  This was a literal removal of demonic
influences upon the community, as those demons associated with the sins were led out, with the goat,
into the desert.  On this day, YHVH decided whether or not to forgive the children of Israel and send
their sins far away from them.  Hence, Yom Kippur is a day of prayer, repentance and deliverance.
Spiritual Relevance:  There is a final day of purging.  It is the day of the final judgment spoken of in
Revelation 20:11-15.  On this day, the Ancient of Days sits on His throne to judge all people.  He will
review the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life will be
eternally purged out of the presence of God and thrown into the lake of fire.  This is the fulfillment of
Yom Kippur.
Observance Suggestion:  As we receive an understanding of the final fulfillment of Yom Kippur, we
are moved to repent of our sins and intercede on behalf of the lost.  Scripture commands us to deny
ourselves on this day and do no work of any kind (see Leviticus 23:27-32).  Hence, we are to fast from
all food and beverages, even water.  This day is the Most Holy Shabbat of the year, so be sure not to
do any work of any kind (at a job or housework/chores), and gather together with other believers.  We
should confess and repent of our own sins, and seek God in intercession for those who do not yet
know Him.  We need a reminder that the lake of fire is real, and some people will spend eternity
estranged from God, in everlasting torment.
Notes:  This day is very significant for the children of Israel, but it should also be important to believers
who are not Jews.  We were told to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  If we are faithful in this commission, we will
decrease the number of individuals sent to the lake of fire.  But have we been faithful?  Are you and
your family or congregation faithful to witness to others?  This is a good day to review and renew our
commitment to sharing the love and the message of Messiah Yeshua with a dying world.
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