for "Scripture Sunday":
What if there was a room you could only go into once a year. And what if you were the only person in the world allowed to go there!
That’s what it was like for the high priest in Old Testament times. He alone was allowed into the Holy of Holies—the room where the Ark of the Covenant was, representing the very throne of God. And he was only allowed to go there once a year. That day was called Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement. This year it falls on Sept. 23.
God included some deep lessons in the fascinating ceremonies performed on that day. But few people understand the real meaning of these rituals and what they foreshadowed. This week’s featured article explores this symbolism and shows what it means for your life today.
Bottom line: God will soon remove the source of evil in this world, and He will begin reconciling all people to Himself!
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Why should Christians celebrate the Day of Atonement (also known as Yom Kippur)?
" Long after Jesus Christ’s death, the Day of Atonement continued as an important Holy Day for the New Testament Church of God. What does the Day of Atonement mean for Christians today?
The Day of Atonement is the fifth of God’s annual Holy Days (Leviticus 23:26-32), following shortly after the Feast of Trumpets. Observed by fasting (verse 27; compare Isaiah 58:3), which means not eating or drinking (Esther 4:16), this day portrays the human race finally becoming at one with God.
At the return of Jesus Christ, Satan the devil, who now leads all of mankind astray (Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 12:9), will be bound (Revelation 20:1-3) so all humans of all nations can be reconciled to God.
In the New Testament Luke referred to this Holy Day as “the fast” in Acts 27:9.
When the meaning of the Day of Atonement is fulfilled in the future, it will set the stage for the sixth festival of God, the Feast of Tabernacles.
For more information, please read our booklet God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope For All Mankind.
Leviticus 16 and the Day of Atonement
Atonement—the day of reconciliation
"The Day of Atonement pictures reconciliation between God and man. After Christ returns, one of the first steps taken will be the binding of Satan for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3). Why is this action so important?
Throughout humanity’s generations, from Eden to the present, Satan the devil has deceived all people into following a way of life that is contrary to God. He is described as the one “who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). "
Complete article at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/day-of-atonement/leviticus-16/
What is the Feast of Tabernacles?
"God’s plan for mankind involves restoration. The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes the restoration process.
Chronicling the activities of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, the book of John points out that when the “Feast of Tabernacles was at hand,” Jesus Himself “went up to the feast” and taught at the Temple in Jerusalem. This was done in observance of the final of three annual Festival seasons that are outlined in the Bible, particularly in the book of Leviticus.
These three seasons, the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Pentecost and the Fall Festival season, were all observed by Jesus and the first-century Church. The latter season is capped by the seven-day Festival of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day (Leviticus 23:33-36)."
Complete article at: http://www.ucg.org/what-is-the-feast-of-tabernacles
Things have been pretty busy around here the last two weeks with The Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, the Sabbath and then The Feast of Tabernacles, which isn't over yet. Some calendars say the last day is Monday and others say Tuesday. It all depends on where you are when you see the new moon. During the feasts we have been to churches in Willis, Conroe, Huntsville, and Cleveland, TX, and met some great folks.
Another new helper didn't work out, he wanted to work, then get high, then rest for a few days So Jay and I are back to remodeling the guest house ourselves. I can still do quite a lot, so I am the helper and 'gofer', and Jay does the hard work. Jay can only work mornings, and that is enough for me too at my age. We have pulled the carpet out of what used to be the bedroom, as it will now be a new kitchen and a new bathroom that will be accessible from the new bedroom, which used to be the kitchen and bathroom. We also cut a hole in the wall for a pass through between the existing living/dining room and the new kitchen. That really opened up the space and made it feel a lot larger.
I could quote all the passages and Bible verses that we have been reading during this holiday time, but it would take up the whole page.
I hope that everyone has been enjoying the Feasts and that y'all have a great day.