Day of Atonement - Yom Kippur
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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation [a High Sabbath], and you shall afflict [humble] yourselves and present a food offering to the LORD. And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whoever is not afflicted on that very day shall be cut off from his people. And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”
Appointed Time: Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Significance: Day of repentance and cleansing. “At-One-Ment” with God
Observance: A High Shabbat; a holy convocation when no ordinary work is done. It is a day of repentance, self-examination and atonement. We are to “afflict” ourselves; busy ourselves with bowed-down humility and present a food offering to ADONAI
Length: 24 hours, sunset to sunset
Yom Kippur is the Day of Cleansing. It is a High Shabbat; a holy convocation when no ordinary work is done. It is a day of repentance, self-examination and atonement; “At-One-Ment” with the Living God. We are to “afflict” ourselves; busy ourselves with bowed-down humility and present a food offering to ADONAI.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Father God has called us with the blast of the Shofar (Yom Teruah / Feast of Trumpets). We have readied and consecrated ourselves through His cleansing atonement (Yom Kippur / Day of Cleansing) – separated and presentable unto Him – for the Feast of Ingathering (Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles) is coming!
Allan R. Aguirre, "Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur),” from The Feasts Unlocked