“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)
Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown Today
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. It’s the holiest day of the year. It begins at sundown today and ends at sundown tomorrow.
Each year on Yom Kippur, two perfect goats were selected. They placed a crimson colored ribbon around the neck of one of them and sacrificed the other. The second goat was called the “scapegoat”.
Blood from the scapegoat was collected, and the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies to sprinkle it on the Ark of the Covenant.
When the scapegoat’s blood was sprinkled on the Ark of the Covenant, the crimson colored ribbon around the neck of the other goat miraculously turned white, and the live goat was taken to the Judean Hills outside Jerusalem and set free.
The atonement sacrifice symbolized Yahweh’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.
In 30 AD, the year that the Messiah was crucified, the crimson colored ribbon around the scapegoat’s neck stopped turning white. In 70 AD, the Romans destroyed Yahweh’s Temple, and the sacrificial system was abandoned. It has not been reinstated to this day.
This is my explanation in The Trilogy:
The Temple’s destruction was significant. In his book The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount, this is how Gershom Gorenberg explained it:
“Until 70 C.E., Judaism centered on the Temple and burnt offerings. Strikingly, the two Jews most responsible for post-Temple religion are remembered as predicting the sanctuary’s destruction. ‘There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down,’ the Gospels quote Jesus as declaring. That was about 40 years before Titus. ‘Forty years before the Temple’s destruction,’ says the Talmud, a crimson ribbon that miraculously turned white each Yom Kippur ceased doing so—that is, the ritual inside Herod’s edifice had gone hollow—and the doors of the sanctuary opened by themselves, as if to allow enemies to enter. ‘Sanctuary, Sanctuary,’ said Yohanan ben Zakkai, a leading rabbi of the time, interpreting the signs, ‘I know that your destiny is to be destroyed.’” (Gorenberg, Gershom. The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount, New York, The Free Press, 2000, p. 68.)
The exact quote from the Talmud that Gorenberg referenced reads as follows:
“During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple the lot did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-coloured strap become white; nor did the westernmost light shine; and the doors of the Hekal [the Temple] would open by themselves….” (The Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 39b, p. 186)
30 AD to 70 AD was a critical interval in the history of the world. In 30 AD, the year the Messiah was crucified, Yahweh sent a powerful message to the Children of Israel. Every year on Yom Kippur until 30 AD, the high priest would tie a crimson ribbon around the neck of the scapegoat (see Leviticus 16: 7-10), and miraculously it turned white after the sacrifice of the goat whose lot was to die.
That event symbolized Yahweh forgiving the sins of His people, and it is not a folktale. It really happened every year on Yom Kippur until the Messiah was crucified in 30 AD. Leading rabbis and Jewish sages who lived during that time confirm it.
Yahweh’s message was clear. The sacrifices for sin required by the Law, which were only symbols of the ultimate sacrifice that Yahweh would make Himself, were no longer acceptable to Him. The Messiah’s death on the tree fulfilled the requirements of the Law concerning sacrifices for sin for all time.
His was the perfect sacrifice. It will never be repeated. According to Paul, Yahweh “wiped out the record of our debt to the Law, which stood against us” (Colossians 2: 14 from The New Jerusalem Bible) by nailing it to a tree.
In 30 AD, the priests understood that their sacrifices were no longer pleasing to Yahweh, but they continued making sacrifices anyway until the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 AD. In that pivotal year, the rabbis eliminated the sacrificial system altogether, and it has not been reinstated to this day.
There are mountains of evidence to prove the facts that I have presented here.
G’mar chatimah tova (גמר חתימה טובה). That’s Hebrew for “May you be sealed in the Book of Life”.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.