I have been contemplating why the Day of Atonement is one of the Fall Feasts of the Lord, which rehearses Yeshua’s second coming. I was also profoundly struck by the fact that Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is on the Sabbath this year. Even though the New Moon Kararite Calendar says that Yom Kippur starts Sunday night the 5th of October, I felt the Spirit leading me to celebrate today (on Shabbat) in accordance the Jewish Calendar. In fact, He had me drop all other things to do so.
Since Yeshua is the embodiment of at-one-ment, how can this feast represent something in the future – something associated with the Second Coming of the Messiah? What I felt the LORD told me is that the Sabbath is likened to a Queen and His Bride will literally be pure and spotless in this prophetic seventh day.
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is known by the phrase “face to face.” Since the veil was rent in God’s Temple in Jerusalem after Yeshua’s crucifixion, all those who have received the most precious gift of the Lamb of God sacrifice have access to the other side of the veil. Before this time the High Priest had to go behind the veil of God’s Temple once a year, and the whole nation would hold its breath because their fate depended upon God accepting the sacrifice. At this point, the High Priest was “face to face” with the mercy seat of God, which can also be translated the seat of atonement:
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then FACE TO FACE: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:9-12).
Making atonement for the people means cleansing them from all their sins. Are you and I sinless yet? Not yet, but His pure and spotless Bride will be! As priests of the Most High God after the Order of Melchizedek, it’s our role to enter beyond the veil and bring a heavenly revelation of what it means to be without sin on earth in our day. We must go back to the beginning – to the perfection before imperfection was. We need to present that reality in this world and materialize it into our nature, so that eventually corruption can put on incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:53).
The Order of Melchizedek is the predecessor for the Bride. It prepares the Bride. All those who have entered the Kingdom of God must be the royal priest that shepherds their inner Fire Bride forth.
We are in the prophetic seventh day, which can be called a prophetic Sabbath Reign. Since we have enter a Sabbath Year as well this year called the “shemitah,” I think that we should pay attention to the ancient analogy of the Sabbath being like a bride. Let’s listen to a Hebrew Sage named Abraham Joshua Heschel:
“The Sabbath is a bride, and its celebration is like a wedding. … Just as a bride when she comes to her groom is lovely, bedecked and perfumed, so the Sabbath comes to Israel lovely and perfumed, as it is written: “And on the seventh day He ceased from work and rested” (Exodus 31:17), and immediately after we read: “And He gave Moses ‘kekalloto’ ” [the word ‘kekelloo’ means when he finished, but it may also mean] as his bride, to teach us that just as a bride is lovely and bedecked, so is the Sabbath lovely and bedecked; just as a groom is dressed in his finest garments, so is a man on the Sabbath day dressed in his finest garments; just as a man rejoices all the days of the wedding feast, so does a man on the Sabbath; just as the groom does no work on his wedding day, so does a man abstain from work on the Sabbath Day; and therefore the Sages and Ancient Saints called the Sabbath a bride. There is a hint of this in the Sabbath prayers, In the Friday evening service we say Thou hast sanctified the seventh day, referring to the marriage of the bride to the groom (sanctification is the Hebrew word for marriage).” [The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel, Chapter 5 – Thou Art One, pg 47-48.]
May this particular day commemorating Face To Face find you coming together at a His particular time at His particular place to be married. Here’s to corruption putting on incorruption — the very DNA of God!!!
~ Robin Main
Originally published on October 4, 2014 via Facebook => https://www.facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries/photos/pb.436004819805351.-2207520000.1428511812./756153437790486/?type=3&theater
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