This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll continue with our theme of sanctification and the fall holy days. Ten days after the Day of Trumpets, we observe the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. It is on this day that the High Priest prepared all of Israel through repentance and sacrifice to enter God’s presence. In a messianic context, it is a day to review the laws, covenants, and signs of the Messiah’s redemption and of sanctification. Believers at the Day of Atonement affirm and/or rededicate themselves to the covenants whereby they became Yehovah’s sanctified people having overcome universal and personal sin becoming His Zion. In the Book of Isaiah, these reached the spiritual category of Zion/Jerusalem!
The Day of Atonement is observed this year on October 5.
In part 1 of this series, we introduced the Process of Sanctification and in part 3, we saw God’s Appointed Times provided an overview of a developing relationship with Yehovah/Yeshua as His sanctified people. Moreover, in part 2 we saw how Yeshua perfected the Law making it full and complete. We saw that the perfection of the Law included seven covenants indicating a state of fullness, completion and perfection. We can integrate these concepts as a basis for our observance of the Day of Atonement as a messianic fulfillment and in our preparation to meet the returning Messiah.
Born of the Water
We have learned that the “gate” to the path of Sanctification is the Doctrine of Messiah – Faith, Repentance and Baptism. In a messianic context of the Day of Atonement, we review and affirm the concepts and actions of being Born of the Water.
Born of the Spirit
We have also learned that Yeshua perfected the law, which include a fulness of His covenants. Each of these covenants have a sign that is a witness of actively living in that covenant. These concepts are reviewed on the Day of Atonement and in summary look like this –
** The priesthood here is Melchizedek and Levitical Priesthood functions are integrated in with the Melchizedek Priesthood. Melchizedek Priesthood authority is essentially obtained by the making of the priesthood oath/covenant - Hebrew 7.
Born of God
The capstone of Sanctification is to be Born of God - “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for the Spirit remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” – 1 John 3:9. Being Born of God includes the concepts of a Baptism of Fire – a trial of faith, Baptism of the Spirit wherein a Believer becomes a new creation of the Holy Spirit is changed from their natural/carnal nature, and finally they are sealed up to God and their covenants become unconditional and everlasting.
The Hight Priest’s role was to prepare all Israel to enter the presence of the Lord. In a messianic context, the High Priest functions under the Melchizedek Priesthood and the Davidic Covenant, and leads a community of Believers through a review and affirmation of the Messiah’s Redemption and through the Process of Sanctification. Inherit in the Davidic Covenant is the Office of High Priest.
The Restoration of All Things
We can expect God's Endtime Servant to implement this Messianic observance of the Day of Atonement when he restores all things!
The climax of the Day of Atonement was the High Priest entering the Holy of Holies and standing in the presence of God. In a messianic context, Believers here realize their relationship with God and meet the returning Messiah.