Posted on Oct 11, 2016 | 1 comment

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is only two days away. Are you ready? If you are asking “ready for what?” than let me explain.

The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year for all of Judaism and is one of the Feast Days of the LORD listed in Leviticus 23. Read that last part again, one of the FEAST DAYS OF THE LORD.

Yes, that’s right the Holy One Himself, (no matter what you call him – Yahovah, Yahweh, God) designed this day as one of HIS feast days and commanded all those that followed Him to honor them for eternity. Well, that about says it all – and that is what spearheaded my search for truth and eventually led me to give up my generations of ‘churchianity’ and caused me to seek out the footprints of the Messiah and walk how he walked. When I read that it was to be kept for all eternity and for all our generations, well, someone tell me when eternity ended! So until that day, I’ll continue to honor and obey the King of Kings and serve Him as He desires.

So here we are, the sixth feast day is fast approaching and it’s not too late for you to join in withholyofholies all of Israel as they prepare their hearts to recognize the King as the books of life and death are sealed. One day, in the future, this scenario will play out in real life. The nations of the earth will finally be judged, each person will be judged and it will be in real time. So I ask you again, are you ready?

When you read the Torah you can see that this is the only time during the entire year that the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. He did so to offer a blood sacrifice for the sins of all Israel. Understanding this sacrifice, or the ‘life for life’ principle is necessary to understand  that the High Priest is the only one that can make intercession on behalf of the people. And our Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) did this once and for all – he gave his all for each of us.

According to the sages, man was created for the sake of teshuvah (תְּשׁוּבָה). The Day of “at-one-ment,”  begins at nightfall on Tishri 9 (this Tuesday evening) and continues 25 hours through the next day until nightfall. This day is marked as a solemn day and the traditions are of complete fasting, a day of prayer and going to synagogue. This is the day when we draw the closest to God – denying the pleasures of this world – so that we can reach a deeper level within ourselves in order to hear that still small voice within. It is not a typical ‘fast’.

When Moses first ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Torah (Pentecost – or in Hebrew Shavuot) it was seven weeks after the Exodus (which was exactly 49 days!) and the Hebrew date was Sivan 6. Then, 40 days later on the 17th of Tammuz he came back down to witness the golden calf incident and the tablets were violently smashed. And what did the shepherd of all shepherds do after that? Did he give up, walk away or rant and rave? No…he did not. He interceded for all of Israel for another forty days! He spent from Elul 1 to Yom moses_israel_camp_sinaiKippur (Tishri 10), another 40 days, pleading with Yahovah to spare all of them. Not only did the Holy One forgive all of Israel, He also revealed His name to Moshe (Exodus 34:4-8) and as Moshe returned to the camp, his face shone with the radiance of the shekinah itself! We too can experience this type of closeness with our Creator. Those last forty days that Moshe spent on the Sinai pleading for all Israel is the same time period we have just come through – and we are about to enter that last day.

If you are not currently celebrating the Feast Days of the LORD, prayerfully consider if you should. In my own journey, it began with the Sabbath. How can one just simply ignore one of the top commandments in the 10 we say we follow? It just wouldn’t leave my mind and my heart was drawn to find out if it was something that I should be doing. Well, 30 years later, I know it was the right thing to do, and I am still practicing and learning how He wants to be pleased. Man’s traditions and doctrines have given way to be able to walk in the footsteps of the Messiah. My King set these days in place in the beginning as a blueprint of what was and what will be and they will endure until He returns. Until then, I’ll keep practicing and rehearsing.

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May you also experience the heights of a Mt. Sinai revelation!

One Comment

  1. 10-12-2016

    I too went in search of the truth of the Father and Son’s name and it has lead me to YA-HU-AH AND YA-SHU-AH. Scipture even says the son’s name is in the father’s name. Which when presented to the body of my baptist church was met with disbelief and ridicule. So I dusted off my feet, left the church and delved into my studies. Which has led me to proper sabbath’s and holy day’s.So now there is no church for me.Because no one is speaking of these things.Only Jesus,God and titheing is heard in the church. Not true study of the word, proper worship. Even as knowledge is increased. Where is the true church?

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