Thoughts about Yom Kippur 2014 from a Messianic Jew
The one common thread among all Jewish people that do not know the Son of God is that they believe God will let them into heaven based on their good works. They believe they are righteous before a HOLY GOD. The Jewish people are no longer the people of the book / Bible. Rabbinical teaching is now held higher than Gods Words in Scripture.
Nothing in the Old Testament gives you assurance that when you die you would be with God. There is nothing that guarantees you the assurance that your sins are forgiven.
For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
In the days of the Temple the Torah instructed you to bring a sacrifice to the Temple for your sins. You would have laid your hands on the animal’s head, symbolically transferring your sin to the head of the innocent animal. The animal would have been killed in your place and its blood would have been placed on the altar to make atonement for your sin, in accordance with the commands God gave Moses in Lev. 17:11.
But, today there is no Temple. The same God who had commanded that forgiveness of sin be sought through blood sacrifice had allowed the total destruction in 70 AD of the only place on earth where He had commanded that sacrifice to be made.
All that is left of that Temple is the Wailing Wall. Without the ability to offer a sacrifice, how then can a Jew follow Gods instructions for obtaining forgiveness?
Leave it to the Rabbis to come up with an official answer from God to this problem. On Yom Kippur, the most solemn of days, when people ask the Lord to forgive their sin’s , the Rabbi’s now allow Jews to make a sacrifice using a Chicken.
They will swing the poor chicken around their heads in a circle, 3 times and say something like this: This is my sacrifice that dies for my sins. This chicken shall go to its death; but I shall go to a good, long life and to peace.
This is my replacement, this is my healing, and this is my atonement. Then the chicken is slaughtered and usually given to the poor for food.
You will not find a chicken anywhere in the Old Testament being used as an atonement for sin. The Jewish people must make a decision, either to follow the Priests and Rabbis or to follow the Word of God.
You know why the Temple is no longer necessary; the Jews do not need it. The final sacrifice has been made! A Holy God demanded the ultimate price be paid to obtain forgiveness of sin. Yet in His profound and incomprehensible love for you and I, He paid that price Himself on HIS CROSS.
Isaiah tells the story of the Messiah, the Son of God and HIS act of Redemption on the Cross more than 700 years before it happened in Ch.53: 5-6.
Yet the world WILL SEE ONE MORE JEWISH TEMPLE. It will be built for the coming FALSE MESSIAH, The ANTI-CHRIST.