The Day of Atonement (Part One)

John Basalyga at Bowens Mill Small Group Gathering

March 27, 2010

 

(Brother Buddy Cobb’s opening) You guys are going to have to really stay tuned to catch what is going to be ministered, OK? Because, it is going to flip everything that you have thought about upside down. This is what God is doing; He is turning everything upside down. That was the reputation of the disciples; these are they who were going around ‘turning the world upside down’ (Acts 17:6). When the truth comes out, it is always coming upside down to what has already been received and acknowledged as truth. So we have to be careful what you hear and how you hear it; that requires that you stay focused. You have to get your mind focused and you have to be looking to the Spirit to bring it into focus, otherwise you won’t be able to see it or understand it. So you are going to have to stay with your eye single, looking to one source of light—that’s the Lord Himself—because unless He turns the light on, you will never see it. So, to some, the same word can be ‘life unto life’ what can be to others ‘death unto death’ (2 Co. 2:16 ).

 

This is what is happening now in these days; God is bringing forth the truth that is actually upside down to everything that has been accepted as the truth up to this point, because He has saved this type of understanding and truth until the end . When does He serve the best wine? At the last. So now, if you are an old wine skin, it is going to be difficult for you to get the new wine in; it will destroy the vessel that is containing the old wine. This is why it is very important that you understand this, because what you are going to be hearing now is going to be an upside down version of how you have probably heard these things before. It is going to be brought into a light where you can see the rightness of it being now presented in what seemeth to be upside down.

 

(John Basalyga’s prayer) And so, God, we just ask that You open our understanding and we look to You, God, for Your Spirit to witness and to convince, and to cause us to understand what You have for us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

(John B. begins) As we look at some of these things, like Brother Buddy said, some of these things are going to look to be different than the way that we have looked at them before, but I think that there is enough scripture to support and it actually puts it in a context in which we can really understand it.

 

I want us to look at the way the Atonement works; the new covenant, New Testament, the way the Day of Atonement works in what Jesus Christ came to do. I shared this at Hoonah and I wanted Brother Buddy and Joe McCord and John Jeffreys to be there especially to get a witness on some of this stuff. The witness should really be in the Body. So this is where we want to go.

 

For a foundation, we will start in Hebrews, chapter 8. I think when you read Paul, you get a picture from Paul that he had a real clear understanding of the way that revelation and understanding comes. When Paul writes about how types and shadows are used in the plan of God to explain things, he says in two places—one is in Romans 1 and the other is in 2 Corinthians—that in order for us to understand anything from the type and shadow realm, we have to clearly see the invisible first . So that the invisible things from Him are clearly seen first before they can be understood by the things that are made.

 

So Corinthians says that we are not to be looking at the things which are seen, but the things that are unseen. What has happened, and I think a lot of us have been guilty in this, is that we have looked at natural types and shadows and we said, “The type is like this, therefore, the spiritual reality is this. All we have to do is understand the type and the shadow.” The problem with types and shadows is the shadow will never explain the thing that it is taking the shadow off of. You can never get a clear picture of what a shadow looks like.

 

There is a scripture in Jeremiah that says, ‘As the day grows on, the shadows grow longer and longer, and the shadows get more distorted.’ So when we get to the end of the age, as the day grows on, if all you are doing is looking at types and shadows, it is going to get more and more and more distorted. So that, the church that is not looking at the invisible things, but is looking at the things that are seen, are going to have a wrong picture of what God is doing, because the shadow realm was never meant to explain the eternal without first seeing the eternal.

 

So, Paul sees the eternal and when he sees the eternal, he starts recognizing something; that there is a difference between the shadow realm and the image realm. When you look at me, do you see the same thing I see when I look in the mirror? What are you seeing? You are seeing reversed, so that whenever you get into the true image realm, the image realm is going to reverse a lot of the things that the shadow realm appeared to be showing. Paul saw this and he starts reversing shadows all the way through the New Testament. I’ll give you two or three examples here.

 

In one, Paul said, “I started looking at the eternal and I recognized something; God has a grafting process whereby He is grafting us into Christ. The grafting us into Christ is the wild being grafted into the Good. When I saw that, I looked at grafting. Now that I see the eternal—that He is grafting the wild into the Good—I can look at the natural and I can explain it. When I look at the natural, I recognize that what God is doing is contrary to nature; it is reversed. Because, in nature, what you do is graft the good into the wild.”

 

Now if you simply look at the natural type of grafting, you try to pull all of the eternal realities off of that, what you would say is that this is the way grafting works; therefore, this is the way it works in the Spirit, but it doesn’t work that way; it’s reversed.

 

When we look at the types and the shadows, and this has been taught for years and years and years, I want us to go in our minds to the Tabernacle study. In the Tabernacle study, we have what is called an Outer Court. For simplicity, I don’t want to get off on a bunch of rabbit trails; we’ll just take these terminologies of the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies. The way that it is taught, we would all agree, is that the Outer Court is the body, the Holy Place is the soul, and the Holy of Holies is the Spirit.

 

Now under the Old Testament economy, you had three feasts: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Under the Old Testament economy, you brought your sacrifices to the Outer Court; you went to the Holy Place and into the Holy of Holies. Passover has been typed as the Outer Court experience; that’s in the Old Testament “shadow realm”. When we get born again in our Passover experience, the Spirit of God goes into the Holy of Holies. So that what He is going to do is reverse the way in which the process or the plan of salvation works, so that Passover answers in the New Covenant as the Holy of Holies experience. If we reverse it, Tabernacles answers to the resurrection of the body, which is the Outer Court experience. Tabernacles is actually celebrated in the Outer Court in the Old Testament.

 

What you are looking at is, in order for God to work this thing, you have to work it which way; in or out? You have to work out your salvation. In order to work it out , it has to get in , but before Jesus Christ came, the way into the Holy of Holies is not made known. It appeared that the way God worked was from the outside to the inside. This is the way the church still puts the emphasis on the body as the first thing that God wants to deal with by saying that God wants to heal your body, God wants to give you riches, etc. They haven’t seen the truth that God wants to work from the inside to the outside. That is the only way that it will ever work.

 

Until Jesus Christ comes, the way into the Holy of Holies isn’t made known, so there is a reversing of the patterns, a reversing of the shadows, and a reversing of the types. We’re going to see this also with the Day of Atonement.

 

We need to examine ourselves when we look at scripture. For this people, we have had such a clarity of revelation that is not coming from types and shadows; the revelation is coming directly from the throne of God. As it is coming from the throne of God, then it can be understood by the things that are made.

 

If we see a natural father, we say that a natural father is like “this”. In the shadow realm, “this is how he is”; so therefore, God must be like “this”. What we have done then, and Paul warns us of this in Romans 1, as soon as we make the creature like the creator, now we have turned the truth of God into a lie because we can’t explain God being a father by looking at a natural father. But when we understand God as a Father, we can then understand the things that are made, when God wants to show it to us that way. Otherwise, we will get a convoluted idea of God and we’ll get this idea that as a natural father, I would only give good gifts to my children and I would never break my child’s arm in order to bring him into a perfection. Well, God would! He took His Son to the cross and nailed Him there!

 

Now God is a Father, who is jealous for His children and wants to bring them into the same relationship (as Jesus), but you can’t understand it by looking at the natural. Paul says that we don’t look at the things that are seen, but we look at the things that are unseen.

 

Now in Hebrews 8, (this is the basis of what we are going to be talking about here), we see this pattern, this type, and the shadow that he talks about in verse 5. Let’s start in verse 4:

 

Hebrews 8:4-8 ‘For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law; who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith , Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:’

 

If you are taking notes, the first thing I want you to write down and you can look at this later; I don’t know why we have never seen this:

 

Hebrews 8:9(a) Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers…’

 

Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers.

 

How many times have we ever heard it preached that God is going to make a new covenant based upon the old? He doesn’t do it that way! It’s a completely new covenant! New promises! New tabernacle! Everything is new in this! New man!

 

Look in Colossians when he is talking about the shadow:

 

Colossians 2:16-17 ‘Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.’

 

Why does he say, ‘the body is of Christ’? Because this is what all of the shadows are coming off of; the body that is Christ produces the shadow, so that there is a light that is behind the body that is producing the shadow. Everything that we see in this visible realm is a shadow speaking of Christ. When God starts opening our eyes, what we see is, the shadow represents that there is something real and that there is light behind that something that is real.

 

I can take my hand and put it on the wall and make a shadow of a giraffe by my hand. If you were to try to explain my hand by the shadow and say it has a neck and it looks like a giraffe; you could really be deceived. So, God does not want us to look at shadows (to explain the real).

 

Moses’ Tabernacle is the shadow realm. Look in Hebrews 10:

 

Hebrews 10:1-2(a) ‘For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image, of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered?’

 

What he is saying is here is the difference between the image and the shadow realm. Moses’ Tabernacle was there to show us one thing: what does not work! For 1,500 years they went from Outer Court to the Holy Place and it did not work; it didn’t make anyone perfect! But it was a shadow of something to come.

 

In the shadow realm, you have substitutionary offerings; in the real realm, you do not have substitutionary offerings. In the shadow realm, you have all these different sacrifices.

 

When we look at how the Day of Atonement is set up, there are, I think, 12 or 15 sacrifices on the Day of Atonement. We can see on the Day of Atonement there is a need for sacrifices; there is a need for a High Priest; there is a need for a fit man in the wilderness. You can see all these things and you can see there are two goats: one for a sin offering and one for a scapegoat.

 

If you would look at the shadow realm, we would dissect everyone of those sacrifices and there is a bull and a goat offering for the High Priest, there are two goats offered for the people, there is a High Priest, and a fit man; these all talk to specific things. Well, that’s the way it looks in the natural realm. What we are going to see when we look in the spiritual realm is a lot of this is going to change.

 

We go back before Moses when all of the religions of the world have one thing in common. They understood that when there was a famine, a pestilence, or a plague—something coming in on the land—they understood one thing; God was mad. Because God was mad, what did every religion do? Sacrifice.

 

Before Moses comes, did anyone understand why God was mad? No. Because what God was going to do through Moses was, for the first time, when God offered up a sin offering through Moses, people were going to come to an understanding of why God is mad. All the way up until Moses, all of these offerings that are being offered, nobody understood why God was mad, but they do know something; He needs a sacrifice.

 

Moses is going to come and say, “The reason God is mad is because your sins and iniquities have separated you and you need a sacrifice in order to deal with sin.” Now all of a sudden, Israel and all the different families on earth have just been given a revelation: God is mad because of your sin; here is an offering.

 

Until Moses showed up, there are no sin offerings anywhere in the Bible. Sin offerings do not show up until Moses. What we do have is a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and we have all these lambs and sacrifices that are slain up until that time, and they are a picture of something for us; that God was going to keep us in a place of substitutionary offerings until a sin offering could show up that could actually ‘make the comers thereunto perfect’.

 

The Passover lamb, when it was offered, is not a sin offering . The Passover lamb, when Moses starts revealing the sacrifices, answers to one offering and one offering only; that is a peace offering .

 

When you go through the sacrifices in Leviticus, Leviticus 1 is the burnt offering; Leviticus 2 is the meal offering; Leviticus 3 is the peace offering; Leviticus 4 is the sin offering; Leviticus 5 is the trespass offering. Those five offerings, when they are offered properly, can bring you back into a relationship with God.

 

When Israel opened this book, they did not understand how this could ever be fulfilled; because in order for you to offer a burnt offering, you had to be without sin. No Israelite could ever open up Leviticus 1 through 5 and fulfill them, 1 through 5. But there was something in them that knew that when God put that order there, somebody had to fulfill 1 through 5, and that was going to take a man who was going to come without sin. So that when a man does show up without sin, he is going to open the book and fulfill it, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. A burnt offering is offering yourself; a meal offering is offering your service. Once you have offered yourself and your service, you can make peace with God. Jesus did that before He offered the sin offering and before He offered the trespass offering.

 

The sin and the trespass offering are going to answer to two offerings that we are going to see in the two goats. The sin offering was offered for one sin— a particular sin . The trespass offering is offered for the sin nature .

 

There was a revelation of those two offerings; there were two things that were the cause of man’s dying and the cause of man’s separation. Not only were they the sins that they were producing: the stealing, the adultery, the fornication, the rest of that— the sins were separating them, but also the nature was separating them . Moses is only going to reveal half of the truth. Paul is going to come in Romans 7 and he is going to reveal the other half of the truth. The two things were going to have to be taken care of, in what we call the Day of Atonement, where God is not only capable of taking away the sins , but He is also going to be able to take away the nature and birth us in a new creation.

 

If God simply took away the sins and left us in the old creation man, we are no better off than we were before. So, what is going to happen in the death of Jesus Christ is the body of Jesus Christ—the natural blood that comes out of Him—is only able to forgive the sins of man and reconcile him; it is not able to save him.

 

So, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15, “If Jesus be not raised, you are still in your sins, even though He died and shed His blood to forgive you of your sins.” Paul tells us in Romans 7, “I started fulfilling the law and I found that even after I’m fulfilling the law and I’m not committing sins (plural), that I am still dying and there has to be another law working here. This other law is in this carnal nature. Who is going to deliver me from that? That is in the new creation.”

 

So Jesus had to do two things. He first had to deliver us from the sins that were separating us. That is what He is going to do with the sacrifice of His body ; by His body we are reconciled. But, by His life , which is His soul going in before God, becoming Spirit, He is able to save us.

 

The two aspects of that are so that now, He can birth us into a new creation life. It is when you get into this new creation life, where the Spirit now is flowing and the blood can actually cleanse us from all sin, because that is conditional on two things: 1) Walking in the Light, and 2) Having fellowship one with another.

 

If you are walking in the Light (as He is in the Light) and having fellowship one with another, ( then) the blood of Jesus Christ (His Son) cleanses us from all sin.’ (1 John 1:7)

 

The church has identified that all we have needed is the blood. The blood is substitutionary and substitutionary will never make anybody perfect; never. It will never do it. If the substitutionary offering could do it, then you didn’t need the death of the offerer . Because, substitutionary offering said that one could die in your stead and you don’t have to die. But, it is evident in the scripture that we have to die.

 

So, I see that there are three things that we have to die to. Brother Buddy has got two and I think we are both on the same page on this.

 

The one thing we have to die to is sin . That is the nature.

 

The next thing we have to die to is the law , which produces the sins.

 

Then, we have to die to the sins , so Peter says that He nailed our sins to the cross having been dead to sins.

 

There are some people who are still living in sins from 10 or 15 or 20 years ago and they can’t die to those sins. They committed something that Jesus Christ cleansed them from and they are still living in them. You need to die to that.

 

You also need to die to the flesh with its affections and lusts; that is the definition of what we have to die to—‘they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.’ (Galatians 5:24)

 

Then you have to die to the law so that when you die to the law of God, which is the Ten Commandments, He puts us in a new creation man where He opens up another law; the law of faith. Before faith comes, we are still under the law, even though He has reconciled the whole world back to Himself. So God is going to have three specific dispensations to show what can happen under these three dispensations.

 

Adam to Moses—everybody died, but did God impute sin? No, God did not impute sin. Why did God not impute sin? There was no law. So what He wanted to show from Adam to Moses was, even if He does not impute sin to you, you still die. Why do you die? Because there is a carnal nature there. (Brother Buddy Cobb added here, “It is called the law of sin and death.”) It is the law of sin and death working there; that is what Jesus Christ delivered us from.

 

Then He goes from Moses to Christ for 1,500 years where He brings in a period that He does impute sin to show something; that we are still dying. Here’s the law and you are still dying.

 

Then He goes from Jesus Christ until now; God was in Christ reconciling the world and not imputing their sins. In this age of grace, He has given us of His Spirit, so that now we find ourselves in another dispensation where God is not imputing sin, but now He is giving us of His Spirit. Now He is going to say, “Now, can you walk in life?” Yes, you can. Now you can sow to the Spirit because once He gives you the Spirit, you can sow into the Spirit.

 

This whole teaching is based on this one fundamental principle: The way into eternal life is by sowing into the Spirit. In order for us to sow into the Spirit, we have to have the Spirit to sow in. Until Jesus Christ came to deliver the Spirit, we could not sow into the Spirit.

 

So now what we are going to do is look at the way the Old Testament economy worked and we are going to see that under the religious year of Israel, it opens with reaping.

 

Did anybody ever wonder why the religious year opens with reaping? It opens with a lamb in Passover. The Passover lamb is sacrificed and it keeps man until the Promise that is to come. The reason the religious year opens in reaping is because until Jesus Christ comes, whatsoever Adam sowed, that shall we also reap. There was no way for us to get into a position where we were sowing to the Spirit as long as it was a religious year.

 

But Israel had two years; they had a religious year and an agricultural year. The agricultural year started on the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets was the sounding of a new year—a ‘new planting’ year—that was bringing in a new covenant—a New Testament—that was going to start off this year with sin being dealt with, because the Day of Atonement is right at the beginning of this year. In the beginning of this year, what you have is, you are going to be given new seed.

 

When you look at all of the covenants of natural Israel, all covenants started on the Feast of Trumpets; they did not start on the Feast of Passover. Israel’s religious year started off with the peace of God where you were reaping and ends with the Day of Atonement where He was actually going to take away the sins for that year. But what those substitutionary offerings could never do, was make the ‘comers unto perfect’ because it answered to a shadow realm.

 

So now what happens, we have this religious year that is a 7 month religious year. The agricultural year is also a 7 month year and starts with Tabernacles and ends with Passover. When you look at the way that year works, nobody could ever get saved under a religious year that started off that way in the shadow realm.

 

When you go to the new covenant, we’re going to see that God is going to reverse the whole thing so that the Day of Atonement is going to come in and it’s going to bring in a new covenant and the beginning of a new year. It’s going to deliver us the Spirit and it’s going to deliver us the seed. This new covenant is going start off with the forgiveness of sins, whereas the old covenant ended with the forgiveness of sins.

 

Wouldn’t it be great to get into a covenant where God was not going to remember your sins and your iniquities? Wouldn’t that be great? There’s the New Covenant!

 

Now in order to do that, everything’s on hold until Jesus Christ comes. When Jesus Christ comes, He’s going to come as the Lamb, but the Lamb is going to move. Now when Jesus comes—Day of Passover—He is getting ready to be sacrificed. Paul later sees that what is going to happen is that Jesus Christ, on the Day of Passover, is going to go into another tabernacle made without hands, with His blood, to reconcile, and He is going to identify that what is happening on that day is really not the Day of Passover, but what is the Day of Atonement.

 

When Jesus is coming into Jerusalem, He comes in riding on a donkey and they are waving branches before Him and all the palms. What feast is this? Tabernacles; that is not Passover. He is going to be slain without the camp; which feast is that? That is Day of Atonement; that is not Passover. He is going to go into the Tabernacle as a High Priest and make an offering for sin; which feast is that? That is Tabernacles.

 

He is going to bring two days together; He is going to bring the Atonement and the Passover in one day. Now look over in Leviticus chapter 6.

 

The sacrifice that could actually take away sin, nobody can eat of it, right? This is found in Leviticus 6. There are listed here, two sins offerings. One can be eaten and the other one cannot.

 

Leviticus 6:25-26(a) ‘Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the Lord: it is most holy. The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it:’

 

This is the sin offering that is offered everyday during the year, except for the Day of Atonement. In verse 30, it says:

 

Leviticus 6:30 ‘And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.’

 

This is the fiery ordeal that Jesus Christ had to go through on the cross when He was burnt outside the camp.

 

You have two sin offerings here. When the priest that offered the sacrifices in Israel went up to the temple—you see this picture in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The priest that ministered in the temple in Jerusalem, lived in Jericho. They traversed that path all the time. What they did was, they had a stint that they ministered in the temple in Jerusalem. When they got to the temple, their job was to offer sacrifices as priests for the people and guess what they ate? They ate the sin offering in the Holy Place, verse 26. This is what they ate; this was their food.

 

So if ever there came an offering that could actually take away sin, and you did not need to have another sin offering being offered, guess what you just took away from the priests? Their food! You would stop the ceremonies!

 

There were two things that the priests lived off of; the one was the sin offering and the other was the tithe. They had in their law a real interesting thing; all of the crops in Israel were considered to be unclean until the tithe was paid. So that if “Brother Brian” had a big field of wheat next to me and if I wanted to buy a 100 bushels of grain from him, “Brother Brian” had to pay a tithe off of the whole field before I could buy one kernel of grain from him.

 

What they had done was, they had made the economy in Israel such, that the priests and the Levites were dependent upon a sin offering continually to be preached and a tithe continually to be preached, the same as it is in the church today. But if sin is ever dealt with, so that we don’t need another sin offering, and if the tithe happened to be something other than the money you brought to them, then all of a sudden you didn’t need religion anymore, because you didn’t need another sin offering and you didn’t need a tithe.

 

There was no interest in the priests stopping the sin offering; the same way as it is in the church today! There is no interest in stopping the sin offering! So what they want to continue to preach is, you are still a sinner that needs the grace of God, so you still need to come to church every Sunday to let us convince you that you still need the blood of Jesus Christ, being shed 2,000 year ago, to do this. (Brother Buddy Cobb added here, “And don’t forget to bring the tithe!”) (laughter)

 

So, there are two messages that keep the religious system going out there; the sin offering—the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood. You will see this over in Nehemiah where it says, “Will you quit being sorry! The joy of the Lord is your strength!”

 

This fits right into this Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement is going to bring in a new covenant that starts off with no sin and your sins and iniquities are not going to be remembered anymore. And what He is going to do is get rid of the sin offering because there is not going to be anymore need for a sin offering. And, He is going to do away with the tithe because the tithe is not the stuff that you were bringing, but it was the tithe—a remnant—that was going to return unto the Lord.

 

So, why would you ever gather together if you didn’t need a sin offering and you didn’t need a tithe? Because this is the gathering together of the people He is looking for, that is actually going to fulfill this feast where they are actually sowing a new seed in a new covenant. (Brother Buddy Cobb added, “Then the people will be gathered unto Him!”) Yes, and a tenth (tithe) will return!

 

Turn to Leviticus 16. (Charles) Spurgeon has an excellent sermon on the Day of Atonement. He said that when you look at the sacrifices on the specific Holy days, there were more than just the sacrifices that were listed. You have the morning sacrifice, the evening sacrifice; there were something like six rams and a lamb—I don’t have the exact number right now—there was either 12 or 15 offerings that were to be offered on the Day of Atonement.

 

What Spurgeon says is that, originally, it was the High Priest, himself alone, who was the only one who could offer all these 16, or so, offerings. Later on, it took 50 priests to offer them. I want you to get a picture of this on the Day of Atonement because there were definitely a lot of offerings that were going on. Spurgeon’s point is that when Jesus Christ does what He does on the Day of Atonement, He is going to fulfill all of the sacrifices and all of the offerers because there is only One Person that is going to be able to do what He did. You don’t eat of that offering because you don’t have a part in that offering that He does to reconcile men back to God. He alone can do that because He is the spotless Lamb—the Lamb without spot or blemish.

 

The little flannel-graph, white High Priest that we saw when we were in Sunday School, who seemed to get through the Day of Atonement without any spot of blood on them—anybody that has ever sacrificed one animal knows what a bloody mess it is, let alone offering 16 of them.

 

When this High Priest was offering all these sacrifices—because He is specifically carrying the blood in every time it leaves—he must have looked like a bloody mess. It almost looks as though he were the offering!

 

Tom and I, in Upsala , sacrificed a bull; Marge and Julie gave us raincoats to put on because they didn’t want the clothes covered with blood. Well, the High Priest didn’t have that. He (Jesus Christ) goes in to do this and He is going to fulfill this Day of Atonement and He is going to do it all and He is going to do it all Himself; both the sacrifices and as the their offerer , as the High Priest.

 

How many goats does it take to get the people reconciled back to God and the sins taken away? It’s two; Leviticus 16:5:

 

Leviticus 16:5 ‘And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering,’

 

You need to circle the word “a” sin offering in that verse. In the Old Testament, you needed two goats for a sin offering. When you look at the shadow realm, that two goats would signify that there are two separate sacrifices, and when we look at the real realm, how many lambs is it going to take to reconcile all the people and save them from their sins? One.

 

So Paul says, “Let’s look at the eternal and then take the eternal and put them above so that we can understand the eternal by the things that are made. When we look at things that are made, it is written down in such a way that we can understand it, when we have the spiritual insight.

 

In order to sanctify the people, you needed to have one goat that died and reconciled through the blood, but you had to have one goat to take away the sins that the blood couldn’t do. So God looked for a goat that could both die and live and He couldn’t find one.

 

Now why didn’t God use lambs? Because the Old Testament was dealing with the rebellious nature of man and the rebellious nature of man could never take away sin; it could only purify the flesh—it could never make the ‘comers unto perfect’.

 

But here comes this one Lamb that is able both to die and to live! So God is going to use one Lamb in order to do this. Now look over in Hebrews.

 

This Day of Atonement—above everything else that it is—is a sin offering that is being offered for all of the people. If you take the Old Testament types of the three feasts: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles; and see that we are coming into Tabernacles and see that in Tabernacles is the Day of Atonement; if you look at it that way, you would have to say that because the Feast of Tabernacles is still a future event; therefore, the Day of Atonement is a future event. If you think that the Day of Atonement is a future event, then you still think there is another offering for sin. If you still think there is another offering for sin, guess who you think that other offering for sin is? You!

 

But, let’s look at this the way that it actually is. When Jesus Christ does what He did 2000 years ago, He is going to completely fulfill this Day of Atonement so there is going to remain no more sacrifice for sin.

 

So Paul is looking at this, and here again what he is doing in Hebrews chapter 9, is looking at what Jesus Christ did in the eternal and when He went into the Holy of Holies and what He is going to do is make a way into the Holy of Holies.

 

Hebrews 9:24-28 ‘For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into the heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.’

 

Hebrews 10:9 ‘Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.’

 

So He takes away the first covenant that was never able to make anybody perfect, and He establishes the second (covenant) that is able to make the ‘comers unto perfect’.

 

Go over to verse Hebrews 10:1:

 

Hebrews 10:1-2(a) ‘For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered?’

 

So, what happens when the offerings in the Old Testament covenant in 70 A.D., when the temple was destroyed,—what happens when the offerings cease to be offered? What is that an evidence of? Specifically, The Offering showed up that could make the ‘comers unto perfect’. You see, if The Offering shows up that could make them perfect, then they cease to be offered. 70 A.D. God removed the temple, took away the altar, for there is no more need for any sin offerings because The Offering showed up to make them ‘unto perfect’.

 

What God is going to do is to make you perfect as pertaining to the conscience ; so that perfection is walking in a clean conscience (Brother Buddy adds, “Holding faith in a pure conscience.”—1 Tim. 3:9) , so that in order for you to walk perfect, all you have to do is walk with a conscience, that is clean of any sin, which the sacrifice is going to do. (Brother Buddy adds, “Conscience void of offense.”)

 

So the sacrifice shows up. ‘In the volume of the book, it is written of Me.’ So, ‘He takes away the first, that He may establish the second.’

 

Hebrews 10:10-18 ‘By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. ’ And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after he had offered (12 sacrifices? Two sacrifices?) one sacrifice for sins for ever , sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.’

 

Period. So, here Jesus Christ comes and He sits down and He eats a Passover lamb with them. Then, He goes into His experience where He is going to go in as a High Priest to offer the Lamb before God.

 

When Jesus mentions the Passover, what does He tell you to eat in the Passover? This is My body; eat the bread and the wine. Where do you see anybody offering bread and wine in the scripture? Melchizedek. Where is the Lamb?

 

Here is what happens here: Jesus fulfilled the Passover now, to show us there has been a change of Priesthood. The Passover Lamb is going to go into the Day of Atonement.

 

(Someone in the group asks John to go over this part again and He continues…) When Jesus mentions the Passover, He does not say anything about the lamb, because He is the Lamb. The Lamb is gone into the Day of Atonement now. The Passover Lamb is going to be sacrificed for us as the Atonement; not as the Passover Lamb. When He is sacrificed as the Atonement, you cannot eat of that. But what you can eat of is the Bread and the Wine.

 

The Bread and the Wine is significant of who the Priest is. The Priest is Melchizedek; here He is offering Bread and Wine. The Lamb now is an eternal Lamb that can take away sin and make the ‘comers unto perfect’ and He is going to do it by one offering that is able to both die and able to live.

So there are going to be two aspects in the blood of Jesus Christ in His death and in His resurrection. The one is going to be able to reconcile and the other is going to be able to save. The one that lives is able to save and the one that dies is able to reconcile. The same way as in the Old Testament covenant; the dead lambs and the dead rams and the dead everything, could reconcile to the Holy Place as pertaining to the flesh, but it could never save. (Brother Buddy commented, “That’s right.”) They needed a live one. God couldn’t find an animal to do that, but He found it in Jesus Christ. (Brother Buddy comments, “It could never make them perfect.”) But this One, (Jesus) could.

What happens on the day of Passover, is Jesus eats the Passover and says, “This is my blood and my body, signifying the priesthood. The Lamb goes into the Day of Atonement and Paul says, “And now, He makes the way into the Holy Holies so that we can enter into the Holy of Holies.”

The scripture in Deuteronomy says ‘the life of the flesh is in the blood’. The significance of that scripture is that the life in the flesh is in the blood, because now the life that we have now is in the Spirit and the life of the Spirit got taken from that shed blood (what the natural blood was a type of—what it represented—the life—the soul). Jesus’ soul was represented in the blood and when Jesus died on the cross, the natural, red blood that comes out of His body—that liquid—goes down into the earth to do something; reconcile the earthy man. That’s why it goes into the earth; ‘except a seed go into the earth and die’.

So the body gets offered so that the natural, red blood can go into the ground and reconcile. His soul gets offered for sin and goes in before God. Jesus walks into the presence of God with His own soul, or His own blood. Here is the blood that goes into the Holy of Holies.

 

Hebrews 9:11-12 ‘But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood (His own soul) he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption…’

 

Now if you want to cross out “for us” in that verse; that word “for us” is in italics. The way this actually reads is “He entered once into the Holy Place and found for Himself , that word, look it up, “having obtained” means “ having found for Himself eternal redemption.

 

This is in the third person in the Greek. The English only has a first person and second person; “I do something for you” is first person. “You do something for me” is second person. Third person is “You do it for yourself”. This is in the third person; what Jesus was doing here was for Himself. For until Jesus finds eternal redemption for Himself, He can never become the author of our eternal salvation and give us something. He has to be the Captain of our Salvation, so what He has to do is go before God with His own blood—His own soul—that is going to go before God. God is going to accept it and when that soul gets accepted before God, God joins soul and Spirit and He that is joined to the Lord is One Spirit.

 

And now, that Spirit now that can save us, which answers to His blood. Did you follow that? You have to really get your mind around that. (Brother Buddy adds, “This is why it says in Romans 5:10, ‘we are reconciled to God by His death, we will be saved by His life.”)

 

Because now, the life is not in the blood that is in the flesh; the life is in the Spirit. That spirit got joined to the soul of Jesus, which answered to the blood. (Buddy asks, “His life, where? In you ; that is what saves you.)

 

Did you follow this? So there are two aspects of His blood; there’s the red liquid that the church thinks they are saved by, but they are not saved by that; they are reconciled by that. That is a great thing! Forever reconciled! That’s answers to the goat that died to reconcile, when you read in it Leviticus 16; the one goat that died, he took the blood in and he reconciled all of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies; everything is reconciled in the Tabernacle by the blood.

 

The blood in the Old Testament forgave you of sins, so you had to have the shedding of blood for the remission of sins. In the new covenant, the new covenant, itself, contains the forgiveness of sins. It is the new covenant where ‘Your sins and your iniquities I will remember no more.”

 

In order to bring the new covenant in, that had in it no remembrance of sins, you had to have that shedding of blood to bring that new covenant in, because without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. But, the forgiveness is not in the blood, the forgiveness is in the covenant. The blood establishes the covenant. Until there is the death of the Testator, the covenant is not brought into force. The covenant that is brought into force has in it, the forgiveness of sins. You cannot bring that in without the shedding of blood.

 

Who was the testator of the first covenant—the old covenant? Who gave the first covenant? Who gave the second covenant? God is the Testator of both! God is the one Who gives covenants. God is the Testator of the first covenant and He is the Testator of the second covenant. Anybody that reads that, that says there must be the death of the Testator, also says that there’s got to be the death of God, but God can’t die! The purpose in God showing that was not to show that God needed to die, but simply that there needed to be the shedding of blood.

 

Whose blood does He accept for the first covenant? The blood of bulls and goats. Whose blood does He accept for the second covenant? His Son’s. In neither case does God have to die. All He wanted to show was that without the shedding of blood, you cannot bring in the New Testament. God was willing to accept natural animals to bring in the first covenant and He accepts the blood of His Son to bring in the second covenant.

 

Now that the Son laid down His life and sheds His blood, the new covenant comes in, and under this new covenant, we have the forgiveness of sins. If you want to go read the covenant, you will find that in that covenant, it was signed with His blood because without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.

 

He goes in to get eternal redemption for Himself, so that now He can be the author of eternal redemption for us and show us the way to get into the Holy of Holies.

 

So let me just read this to you again and then show you because I don’t want you to think that He didn’t go do this for us. There is an order in which God does things; the first thing God does, is Jesus Christ goes to procure Himself something. When He did, He got a name better than any other name. Jesus obtained something for Himself when He went before God with His own blood, which was His soul that was offered for sin. ‘The life of the flesh is in the blood.’

 

Hebrews 9:12 ‘Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having “ found for Himself ” eternal redemption.’

 

Then in verse 24, it says:

 

Hebrews 9:24 ‘ For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us : (and “for us” is not in italics!)

 

It is a truth that what He did, He did for us, but He couldn’t do it for us , until He did it for Himself! This is what Hebrew 5:7 says, “He cried out to Him who was able to save Him from death” and He becomes the author of eternal salvation to all those that do the same thing that He did and obey God ! He could never become the author if He didn’t get it for Himself! This is what this is saying in Hebrews 9.

 

He goes in to find an eternal place and He does this on the Day of Passover, and what He is doing is, He is fulfilling the Day of Atonement.

 

Now go back over to Leviticus 16, verse 20. The context leading up to this is the first goat is slain; it is dead and it reconciles the Holy Place.

 

Leviticus 16:20-22(a) ‘And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: and the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited :’

 

Where is the “land not inhabited”? When Jesus Christ came down from heaven, who was living in heaven? God. Was anybody living with Him? No; the son of man came down from heaven and it says, ‘No man has ascended into heaven’, right? Who was living with God in the Holy of Holies? Nobody!

 

When Moses found God in the wilderness, who was living with God? No one. Until Jesus Christ comes, God is an “uninhabitable place” because who can dwell in eternal burnings and who can dwell in sequential fire?

 

What Jesus Christ is going to come and do is, He is going to reconcile the place which is uninhabitable, which is God, and make it habitable for us! So He says, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you so.” Who is living in those mansions? Nobody! But He is going to the uninhabitable place, which is God, to make it habitable for us! He said, “I’m going to make a way that where I am, you can be also, and in those places, you can live there, too!”

 

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