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Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

(This message is the printed form of the radio transcript by the same title. Please note that the dates recorded

within the text were current for the year when the message was first aired.

(The corrected date has replaced the original airing date.)

Peace and love be to you! The Hebrew Christian Witness which presents this program at

this same time and day of the week is a non-denominational, unaffiliated, and independent work

to make known to Jewish people first the full truth of the Jewish Bible which includes the

revelation that the God of the Jewish Bible can be known personally by us today! The Hebrew

Christian Witness never charges for its services. It does not solicit. It has nothing to sell. It is a

friend of the nation Israel, and of Jewish people wherever located. The official mailing address

of the Hebrew Christian Witness is: Post Office Box 2, San Bernardino, California, zip 92402.

Telephone number: 909-883-3910. You are welcome to write to us, or to phone us direct or


The Hebrew Christian Witness believes the Bible to be composed of both the Jewish

Bible and the New Testament. The Bible as such is believed to be the divine Word of the God of

Israel, who said, “O Israel, you have destroyed yourself, but in me is your help. (Hosea 13:6)

Sephardic Hebrew, the dialect of Israel, and Jewish (Yiddish) shall be spoken in this


The subject of this message is The Day of Atonement. What is regarded as the holiest

day of the Jewish religion, the Day of Atonement shall be observed, God willing, from sundown

Tuesday September 18

and ends in the evening of

Wednesday September 19

No day on the Jewish calendar is more awesome, fearsome, and meaningsome to

religious Jewish people than this High Sabbath of Sabbaths. It is regarded as the Day of

Reconciliation between God and man, and between man and man!! IT is a day of fasting –

twenty-four hours of total abstinence from food and drink. Prayer is offered to Jehovah, for

forgiveness of sins with the resolution that in the future the person shall strive to live more

piously, honorably, and nobly to God and to man!! Our Jewish Bible, in the Book of Leviticus,

chapter twenty-three, beginning with verse twenty-six, says that the day should be observed in

the following way, quote: “Jehovah said to Moses, the Day of Atonement shall be for you a time

of holy convocation, you shall afflict your souls, and present an offering made by fire to

Jehovah. You shall do no work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make

atonement for you, before the Eternal Being, your God. Whatever soul that shall not be afflicted

in that same day, shall be cut off from among his people. You shall do no manner of work. It is

a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings; it shall be to you a Sabbath of

solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls. End of quotation.

Three times, in this very brief section of sacred Scriptures from the Law of Moses, the

One God states that a Jewish person shall not work – shall do no business! During the hours of

the Day of Atonement, the penalty for violating the commandment is death!! Although no direct

mention of fasting is made in this portion of Holy Writ, from the time of Moses, compliance to

the command to “afflict the soul” was in part accomplished by fasting. The penalty of violating

the commandment to afflict the soul is death!! Complete and proper obedience of the Law,

demands that there be an offering made by fire to Jehovah. In the sixteenth chapter of the

Levitical section of the Law, this offering is described in detail. For the sake of time, the passage

shall be read only in English, quote: “Jehovah said to Moses, ‘Thus shall Aaron come into the

holy place: with a young ox for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering…He shall take from

the congregation of Israel two male goats for a sin offering. Aaron shall offer the ox as a sin

offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. Then shall he take

two goats, and set them before Jehovah at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Aaron

shall cast lots upon the two goats, one lot for Jehovah, and the other lot for the scapegoat. Aaron

shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and offer it as a sin offering, but the goat

on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before Jehovah to make

atonement with it and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. Then he shall kill the

goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood within the veil, sprinkling it

on and before the mercy-seat. He shall present the live goat and shall lay both his hands upon

the live goat, and confess over him all iniquities of the people of Israel, all their transgressions

and all their sins…and send him away into the wilderness…on this day shall atonement be made

for you to cleanse you from all your sins: you shall be clean before Jehovah. End of quotation.

Leviticus 17:11: The life of the flesh is in the blood and I have given the blood upon the

altar to you to make an atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes an atonement for

the soul.”

This perpetual sacrifice could and must be performed only in the holy temple in the holy

city of Jerusalem by the High Priest without any on-lookers!! After the destruction of the second

holy temple in seventy a.d. , to Jewish traditions was added the one known today as slinging

kaparot. As a substitute for the required atoning sacrifice, now religious Jewish people seeking to

comply with this eternal command do as follows: The male Jew takes a rooster, the Jewess takes

a hen, and each person swings the fowl three times overhead while repeating a prayer that their

sins be placed upon the fowl!! Another method is to substitute a coin, swing it overhead three

times, and then give the coin to charity. Still other ways of seeking to adhere to the sacred

command of God are to regard study of the Talmud, suffering of the righteous, and death as

suitable substitutes. Each one of the following is invalid, illegal, and unholy: unbiblical,

unsanctioned, and sin!! Would that our Jewish people would hearken to the Talmudic section of

the Day of Atonement, in yoma (herein the rabbis wrote, quote: “There is no atonement except

by blood.” End of quotation. And that blood must be of animals described in our Jewish Bible,

placed upon the holy altar of the holy temple in Jerusalem, Israel!!

What about the fact that for more than 19 centuries our people have been without the holy

temple, holy priest, and holy sacrifice?? God of Israel permitted the destruction of the holy

temple, the cessation of the holy priesthood, and the interruption of the animal sacrifices that

Jewish people might see that the animal sacrifice was a type, a picture of a person who would be

the personal fulfillment of the sacrifice!! Our Jewish prophet, Isaiah, spoke of a person when

inspired of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, He wrote, “All we like sheep have gone astray: we

have turned everyone to his own way: and Jehovah has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all:

surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: He was wounded for our transgressions:

He was bruised for our iniquities: the punishment of our peace was upon Him: and with His

stripes we are healed. Jehovah let befall Him the guilt of us all. He was cut off out of the land of

the living: for the transgression of His people was he stricken. He poured out His soul – His

life’s blood – unto death; He bore the sin of many.” End of quotation.

The scapegoat of the sacrifice required by the Law of God, was a shadow of the personal

scapegoat described by our Jewish prophet Isaiah. The description of the personal scapegoat –

the personal substitute – the personal kaporah, the personal korban was a shadow of the person

known to the people of the world for almost two thousand years as Jesus the Nazarene! The

Orthodox Jew, Saul of Tarsus, who became the Orthodox Jewish Christian, Paul the Preacher,

said of Jesus: “He, who knew no sin, became the sin offering for us that we might be made the

righteousness of God in Him.” Peter, another Orthodox Jew who became a zealous protagonist

of Jesus the Nazarene, writing under the direct and divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit of the

substitutional death of Jesus, said: “He personally bore our sins in His own body on the cross that

we might live unto righteousness.” Referring to Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, Paul wrote under

the direct and divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “Messiah died for our sins…He was

buried…but He rose from the grave on the third day.” End of quotation. Thus, the Jewish Bible

tells of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Jewish Messiah who would be the sinbearer and

the scapegoat for all Jews, Jewtiles, and Gentiles – for the human race!!

The Holy New Testament, promised by God through His holy prophet Jeremiah, records

that Jesus the Jewish Messiah, after arising from the grave was seen to ascend into heaven from

which place He shall return with power and great glory to establish Israel as the servant nation of

God and the head of all nations!!! With Jerusalem as its’ capitol!!

In a special letter written to us Jewish people found in the New Testament Book of

Hebrews regarding Jesus, our Messiah, it is written: “Now Messiah has come…the High Priest

of the good things which were to come…the Law, possessed only a dim outline of the benefits

Messiah would bring…It was not with goats’ or calves’ blood, but with His own blood that He

entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, having won for us eternal reconciliation with

God…Christ, the Messiah is consequently the administrator of an entirely new covenant, having

the power, by virtue of His death, to redeem transgressions committed under the Old Covenant,

and to enable those who obey God’s call to enjoy the promises of the eternal inheritance. So by

virtue of the blood of Jesus, and you and I, my brother-Jews, may now have courage to enter the

Holy of Holies, by the way of the One who died and is yet alive, by virtue of that one offering,

He has perfected for all time every one whom He makes holy. The Holy Spirit Himself,

endorses the truth for us when He says, first: ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them…I

will put my laws in their heart and upon their mind also will I write them…and their sins and

their iniquities will I remember no more. Where God grants remission of sin there can be no

question of making further atonement…and without the shedding of blood there is no remission

of sin.’”

All of your sins, all of your iniquities, all your transgressions can be forgiven! You can

know in your heart that they have been forgiven! Your conscience can be made clean! Your

questions about life here and hereafter can be settled! You can know that you have the right

answers! You can know that your name is inscribed in God’s Book of Eternal Life!! You can

know that you believe exactly as the One, True, and Living God, wants every person to believe!

How can you know these things?? Simply by accepting the atonement that Jesus made about

two thousand years ago in Jerusalem, when He voluntarily went to a cross, and when Yehovah,

His Father, placed upon Him, sinless Son of Yehovah, all of the sins, the violations of God’s

commands, by all Jews, Jewtiles, and Gentiles of all time, and he shed His sinless blood unto

death, laid in a borrowed tomb for three days, arose out of it, was seen on at least twelve

different occasions, and then was seen to ascend into heaven where He is now alive, sacred

Scripture says, that He might hear your call for the salvation of your eternal soul. When you

call, He will give you faith to believe that you have received the greatest of the gifts of God,

salvation, and that your name is inscribed in God’s Book of Eternal Life! Through prayer right

now, please ask the only Living Savior-God, Jesus, to be your Savior!