YOM KIPPUR – AND “ABOUT HALF AN HOUR”, Cathy Hargett
Yom Kippur is appointed by Elohim as a day of self-denial. I am reflecting on this Feast Day, and the power of it is still resonating inside. I feel quiet and expectant and almost like I can hear the thunder rumbling in the distance…the sound of the imminent reappearing of Yeshua and the coming of the great and terrible Day of the Lord and then finally, Succot, and the Restoration of all Things.
As we continue moving into these last days before the reappearing of Yeshua ha Mashiach, I can’t help but feel such an urgency to proclaim to all who know Yeshua that there is a calling on us who have said “yes” to walking on the highway of holiness. We are to join with Him in sounding the shofar, in humbling our hearts, and crying out for Israel and the nations. The Day of Judgment is surely at hand.
The connection of our High Priest, Yeshua, to Yom Kippur, the Day of Judgment, and the Day that He will appear the second time, is recorded in the Word for all of us to see, for the Word of the Lord is true and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword. It is the day to proclaim God’s covenant with Israel as His choice for the blessing of the nations – it is so clearly stated in the Word, yet many have not yet seen. He wants us to understand, and He shows us through His appointed feasts.
“Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Messiah was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” Heb. 9:28
Both Pesach and Yom Kippur are revealed in these verses. He is definitely coming again, a second time.
We know the timeline of God’s plan from the Feast Days, some are clearer to us than others, meaning the ones that have already happened.
But now as we anticipate the fulfillment of Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Succot, He shows us parts of the mysteries that we will soon know when we see Him face to face. The trumpets, the fast, the last and great trump, and the final dwelling-place of Elohim on this planet in Jerusalem are not just stories – these events are sure – we prophesy of them when we obey His call to celebrate the feasts.
Yom Kippur – a solemn day – the only Feast Day that the Lord commanded be a day of self-denial – a day of trembling on the inside – could it be that the silence of half an hour in heaven shows us the coming fulfillment of Yom Kippur?
I have been asking Him about the days between Yom Kippur and Succot, the Feast of Rejoicing….this pause between judgment and joy. Before the final seven trumpets blast, Revelation 8:1 tells us there is silence in heaven for about half an hour. The trumpets are given to the angels. Then it is recorded that a golden censer with the prayers of all God’s people are offered on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of it, along with the prayers of God’s people, go up before Adonai. After that, the angel takes the censer, filled with fire, and hurls it to the earth amid thunders, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. There is much to take place between Yom Kippur and Succot.
How can we keep from connecting Yom Kippur with Revelation 8:1….”When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour”.
Thinking of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement, collecting the fire from the altar, offering the incense and re-emerging….scholars say that this ceremony would have taken about half an hour.
Truly, Yom Kippur alerts us to what is to come – the Day of the Lord….pondering the incense part of this day- in Revelation, the prayers of the saints symbolize the incense offered to Elohim. Have we ever, as Kingdom people, known such a time as this when incense of prayers of repentance and cries for mercy should be offered up to God for Israel and the nations….so grieving the spiritual condition of the nation where I live in the United States. He is crying out to us to celebrate and observe Yom Kippur in Spirit and Truth.
Have we, as Kingdom people, ever had more reason to repent for the defilement of the earth and the peoples of the earth? Are we not in a day of such moral degradation and impurity that only the Lord can rescue us. So grateful for His faithfulness and His mercies new every morning, and that after the judgment of Yom Kippur comes the joy of Succot. (Hos. 3:4-5; Ezek. 20:43; II Chron. 7:14-16)
It is right to ponder what must take place before the end will come. Judgment will come. But also for sure is that the return of the King of Glory to this planet will come after that, and He will bring us into the Everlasting Joy of the fulfillment of the Feast of Succot.
Perhaps, we still have “about half an hour” before the final sounding of the final and great trumpet.
“Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because He has roused Himself from His holy dwelling.” Zech. 2:13
Selah.Cathy HargettHighway to Zion Ministries, Inc.www.highwaytozion.org