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Book Excerpt: The Hijacked Elephant

Christ And The Duality Of The Atonement

The duality of the Day of Atonement [Yom Kippur],1 both of the old covenant, the flesh, and the new covenant, the Spirit, are referred to in the New Testament Book of Acts. “But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ [the second time] which before was preached of you …." [quote from the apostle Peter, Acts 3:18-20].

“But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets [in the Old Testament], that Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled” refers to the first three high holy days already fulfilled by Christ. The two days of Unleavened Bread and the day of Pentecost.

“The times of refreshing shall come” is a future reference to the Day of Atonement to be fulfilled by Christ. In other words, the Day of Atonement has a spiritual fulfillment, which was spoken of by the prophets in the Old Testament. As you should have come to fully see by now, both the Old Testament and the New, the entire Biblical record is one book written for the same people. Christ is the central character in both. He ties them both together. This is the point made here in the Book of Acts, most likely penned by Luke in the early 60’s of the first century.

Luke continues in Acts, “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken of by the mouth of his holy prophets since the world [Greek, aion, age/ages] began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto him shall you hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.” Remember, the physical ordinances of the high holy days were given to Moses for the children of Israel including the high holy Day of Atonement.

The times of refreshing, the times of restitution is a specific reference to the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement in which all things will be reconciled to Christ. It is the national reconciliation of both the House of Israel and the House of Judah. And it is part of the Biblical record since the world, the ages, began.

The commentary of Jamieson, Fausset & Brown, [JFB] points out that this turns upon the national reconciliation of Israel. [See Mat. 15:24]. “ … when the times of refreshing shall come—rather, in order that the times of refreshing may come; that long period of repose, prosperity and joy, which all the prophets hold forth to the distracted Church and the miserable world, as eventually to come, and which is here, as in all the prophets, made to turn upon the national conversion of Israel.” [See Gen. 49]. The church, again, is a reference to individuals, who should be the first-fruits [Rev. 20:6], though as the commentary states even in the late 19th century, they were, and as a nation, we are more so now, distracted, walking off in paths the prophets and apostles set before us.

The national conversion of Israel is the fulfilling of the future Day of Atonement. There is a prophecy in the Book of Isaiah that refers to the future fulfillment of the Day of Atonement by Christ. “Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel [Christ, see the Feature article, And It’s Still A Mystery], his Holy One, to him whom man despises, to him whom the nation abhors, to a servant of rulers, kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose you.

“Thus says the LORD, in an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the Earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages [our abandoned Genesis birthright]; that you may say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, show yourselves.

“They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger or thirst; neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; for he that has mercy on them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from afar: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim [Heb, Ciyniym, meaning thorns, referring to those people who live at the extremity of the known world; scholars believe this may have been an 8th century BCE reference to China]. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O Earth; and break for into singing, O mountains: for the LORD has comforted his people, and will have mercy on his afflicted.” [Isa. 49:7-16].

The Day of Atonement was a day in which Israel was to afflict themselves before God [a day of fasting] in consideration of the seriousness and solemnity of what this day portrayed for them on a national scale. And indeed, the events preceding this future day, the time of Jacob’s trouble [what we commonly call the Apocalypse, the 42 month reign of Babylon the Great over the children of Israel], will greatly afflict Israel. While we have forgotten the ways our LORD has given us, Christ will not forget Israel though it may appear that way to the remnant survivors of these days.

1 2023, sunset 24 September to sunset 25 September

For more details, see the Feature article, The Relevance Of The Holy Days In The Plan Of God In The Last Days. Also see the book, The Hijacked Elephant for more information about Christianity and the relevance of the holy days. Now a complimentary download at the bottom of the Home page.

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