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1)     Different Steps Which the High Priest Performed on the Day of Atonement

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Step #1 - The high priest selected a young bullock for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering for himself and for the rest of the priests and their households, and then entered into the outer court of the Sanctuary.

Step #2 - He then washed his flesh in water, and then put on all the holy garments of his priesthood.

Step #3 - He then sacrificed and spilled the blood of the bullock to atone for his and the other priest’s sins, and placed some of it’s blood into a small container.

Step #4 - Then he entered into the first apartment, took a censer and put some live fiery coals from off the Altar of Incense into it, then he took some incense in his other hand and entered into the second apartment.  While passing through the inner veil and into this most holy place, the high priest put this incense upon the coals in the censer which caused a cloud of fragrant smoke of sweet smelling incense to billow up and fill the room and which shielded his person from being directly seen by God.

Step #5 - The high priest then put the censer down, took the small container of the bullock’s spilled blood and with his own finger he sprinkled it’s blood upon the mercy seat, and then in addition he also sprinkled it’s blood in front of the mercy seat 7 times.

Step #6 - The high priest then left the censer within the most holy place, and went out into the first apartment where he then placed some of the bullock’s blood upon each of the 4 horns of the Altar of Incense, and then sprinkled it’s blood in front of the Altar 7 times.

Step #7 - The sinless high priest then went out of the first apartment into the outer court to the entrance door of the Tabernacle, and took two goats and a ram to make atonement for the children of Israel.  He cast lots upon the two goats, and the goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell was specifically chosen by God to be the sin offering for the children of Israel, while the other goat was called the Scape Goat and was kept alive.  The ram was to be kept as a burnt offering for the Israelites later on that day.

Step #8 - The high priest then sacrificed and spilled the blood of the goat chosen to atone for the accumulated sins of the children of Israel, then placed some of its shed blood into another small container, and then just like with the blood of the bullock, he brought the goat’s blood into the most holy place, sprinkled it on the mercy seat and then 7 times before the mercy seat, and then did the same process in the first apartment on and before the Altar of Incense, thus transferring the accumulated sins from the Sanctuary and onto himself.

Step #9 - Then the high priest went out of the first apartment, took the live Scape Goat and then laid both his hands upon the head of this and confessed over him all the iniquities, transgressions and sins of the children of Israel, transferring all the burden of sin from off of himself and now onto the Scape Goat for it to bear.

Step #10 - The high priest then gave this Scape Goat into the hands of a fit man who took this goat far away from the camp of Israel into the wilderness, where the goat was left to wander all alone until it saw death and never returned to bother God’s people again.

Step #11 - The high priest then went back into the first apartment, took off all his high priestly garments, washed himself again with water, put on the garments of the common priests’, and then came out of the first apartment, leaving these other holy garments behind.

Step #12 - He then took both the ram for the priests as well as the ram for the children of Israel and offered them both for a burnt offering unto the Lord to make another atonement for himself, and for the people.  This showed that not only were the priests and children of Israel forgiven for all the sins they had once committed and were sinless, but now they were also personally cleansed from all contamination from these sins, and made absolutely perfect, spotless and without blemish - as if they had never sinned in the first place!

     We also discovered that on this Day of Atonement all of the followers of God were not to be working, but were to be in an attitude of humbleness and self-abasement, chastening and afflicting themselves because of their past sinful actions, and focused upon what their high priest was doing for them.

2)     What represented the sinless high priest?

     This symbolized Jesus Christ, who was the only completely sinless human being this world has ever seen! (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15)

3)    What represented the bullock and the Lord’s chosen goat that were both sacrificed as atoning offerings?

     Both represented Jesus Christ becoming the chosen sacrificial victim and whose spilled blood can alone atone for our sins! (Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 9:14-15; Romans 5:10-11).

4)   What represented the blood being sprinkled 7 times before the mercy seat as well as the Altar of Incense?

     The number 7 symbolizes perfection, so being sprinkled 7 times symbolized that the blood of Christ alone can fully atone for and completely cleanse any and all of His forgiven people from all of their sins, to the point that they can be perfectly sinless and cleansed. (1 John 1:7, 9).

5)    What represented the Incense which the high priest with his own hand personally placed upon the live coals of fire in the censer?

     This represents that Christ personally takes our prayers and with His own hand purifies them by combining them with the incense of His own righteousness. (Revelation 8:3-4).

6)   What represented the cloud of sweet smelling incense shielding the person of the priest from being directly viewed by God?

     As our now purified prayers ascend up before God being mixed with the incense cloud of Christ’s own righteousness, these prayers are as a sweet smelling fragrance to God Almighty.  And since God only sees the righteousness of His Son and not how unworthy we really are, then we are in effect shielded from His view by being hidden in Christ.  God then gratefully answers each of our prayers according to His perfect will out of love for us in His Son.

7)     What represented the Scape Goat upon which the high priest as a sin bearer confessed all the forgiven sins of the faithful Israelites upon its head?

     The high priest represents Jesus Christ as our Great Sin Bearer, and the Scape Goat represents Lucifer.  So in the end, Jesus Christ will confess all the forgiven sins from all of His followers upon the head of Lucifer who is the author and originator of all sin.

8)    What represents the Fit Man taking the Scape Goat away from the camp of Israel and out into a land not inhabited?

     The Fit Man represents the 144,000 saints who have become fully sinless and perfect while they still lived in the midst of the greatest wickedness this world has ever known, and then remained sinless all the way until probation closed for the world and Christ no longer mediated between God and mankind.  The 144,000 are alone qualified to live during the time of the plagues without a Mediator and like the Fit Man to take the Scape Goat or Lucifer out into a land not inhabited, and then let him go in that desolate place.  And even though Lucifer makes a great effort to try and escape their hand, yet the 144,000 victoriously pass through this great time of Jacob’s trouble without a Mediator while maintaining their sinlessness and steadfastly refusing to commit any sin.  And after Christ comes and destroys all the wicked still living with His brightness and glory, then the Devil himself will definitely wander all alone in a completely desolate and uninhabitable earth for 1000 years (Revelation 20:2-3).

9)    What represents the bullock and the Lord’s chosen goat carcasses being burnt outside of the camp of God’s followers until nothing remained but ashes?

     This symbolizes that all who are dead in trespasses and sins, including the Devil himself, will perish in the lake of fire and they will continue to burn up until nothing remains of them except ashes.  Thus in the end, the responsibility for all sins that have been confessed and forgiven by Christ will themselves be placed upon Lucifer, and he will carry this immensely weighty burden all alone until he finally perishes in the lake of fire, and thus he will never be able to bother God’s people again throughout eternity!
     “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10.

     “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee....therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.” Ezekiel 28:14-15, 18-19.

     Any sins which were not confessed by the people had no blood spilled for, could not then be transferred to the Sanctuary, could not be removed or forgiven by the atoning sacrifice of the chosen substitute, could not be transferred to the Scape Goat, and thus the goat did not have to personally bear any of these sins himself.  This then revealed that the very person themselves who were guilty of committing these sins had to bear the full responsibility for their own sins, and in the end they will ultimately share the same fate of Lucifer by perishing in the lake of fire.  Thus all sin, including its author, as well as all those who refused to give sin up, will be forever removed, destroyed and will never bother God’s people again!
     “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire....the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 20:12-15, 21:8.

     “But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.  What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.  For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.” Nahum 1:8-10.

10)    Since the followers of God were to afflict their souls and not work upon this Day of Atonement, then what do these two things spiritually mean?

     Affliction of our soul would represent being in an attitude of humility and self-abasement, not in an attitude of pride and self-exaltation!  We are to be chastening and afflicting ourselves because of our past sinful actions, not continuing to live in sin and being carefree!  We are to use the precious time remaining in closely examining our own lives to see if all our sins have indeed been confessed and forgiven by God, and not using it in closely examining the lives of others to see if they have any unconfessed sins in their life.  If we discover in our personal investigation that we still have unconfessed sins in our own lives, then there is still time remaining to bring our sins to Jesus Christ and have them forgiven.  Because as soon as Christ finishes His mediatorial work, it will then be forever too late for any of us to find forgiveness for any of our sins!

     The spiritual meaning of not working on the Day of Atonement does not mean today that all of God’s followers must stop working and cease to earn a living at their particular job.  But this would represent that we must not allow ourselves to become so caught up in the things of this world, or to become so engrossed in our careers, or in schooling, or in anything else, that we do not have time to daily spend with God.  We must take time to study God’s word for ourselves, to learn and then practice the truths we discover, to ponder and think on and contemplate upon the plan of our salvation, and especially to closely examine our lives to see if we are indeed in the faith, because if all our sins have not been confessed and forgiven, then we cannot be saved.

11)    The entire Sanctuary, sacrificial system and priesthood was purposely arranged by the Lord God Michael to point all people towards understanding the great sacrifice that He would make as Jesus Christ in order to provide them salvation and freedom from sin!  That is why the sanctuary itself formed a cross.
     It was at the cross where the ultimate self-sacrificing, self-denying, self-abnigating, and self-humiliation of any being in the entire universe ever took place!  It was at the cross that the most amazing plan ever devised was carried out and accomplished, which allowed the Almighty God to remain just in punishing the unrepentant who had broken His law, and yet at the same time to remain merciful to the guilty repentant sinner by allowing a substitute to take their punishment!  And it was at the cross that the greatest example of love ever manifested for any living being occurred!  The way and character of the Lord God Michael was being revealed in the Sanctuary, and it clearly showed His character to be one of denying all aspects of self for the good of others out of love!  No other god on earth was like the Lord God Michael, nor was any other god on earth greater than He.

     “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?” Psalms 77:13.

12)    The underlining foundational principle upon which all the pagan religions were based upon eas the principle of selfishness: doing what you must in order to get what you desire.
     “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law....So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will.” The Book of the Law, Chapter 1, verse 40 and 42, by Aleister Crowley, written after “Crowley entered a state of trance” (http://www.thelema101.com/intro), at http://www.thelema101.com/liber-al, accessed 5-9-13).

     “An it harm none, do as thou wilt.” Wiccan or Witches Rede, from Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiccan_Rede, accessed 5-9-13.  

     This revealed that all the pagan religions were following the very same principles seen in the character of Lucifer, which was one of pure selfishness being exhibited through self-love, self-exaltation, pride and self glory.

13)    The underlining foundational principle of the religion of the Bible was based upon unselfishness: denying self in order to benefit others.
     “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law...to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5.

     “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31.

     “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.

14)    All the religions of the world, including every individual person on earth, clearly reveal the character of either Lucifer or God.  Any person will be able to see whether a church or an individual follows Lucifer or God just by examining what kind of actions or fruits are revealed!
     “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”  Matthew 7:15-23.

15)    In this antitypical Day of Atonement, with Jesus - our great High Priest - soon to finish His priestly cleansing work, who will you choose  to follow - God or Lucifer?
     “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21.

     “...Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters....If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone....Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  Revelation 14:7, 9-10, 12.

     “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15.