Yom Kippur is a “Shabbat Shabbaton” – a “Sabbath of Sabbaths”; a High Holy Day, the “Day of Atonement.” It is a special day set aside to atone for our sins of the past year.
People might wonder why a Christian would celebrate the Day of Atonement. Some might think this is a Jewish holiday. They would be absolutely in-correct. The Feast Days and Holy Days are set aside by the God of the Universe, the God of Israel. Here is a sentence from the Bible when Yahwey; the God of Israel, was speaking to Moses.
Leviticus 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts.
Some might also incorrectly think that these days are only set aside for the Jewish peoples. If that were true, God would have only spoken to the tribe of Judah.
Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. ~ Revelation 22:14
If we intend to enter into the gates of the city, we too must do the same works as Abraham, just as Yahushua said to those Jews which did believe on Him. He told them, “If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?” Yahushua told them that He knew that they were Abraham’s seed but that they seek to kill Him. He told them that He spoke what He had seen with His Father and they spoke what they had seen with their father and that His word had no place in them. Again they said to Him, “Abraham is our Father”, to which Yahushua replied, “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.”
So… what are the works of Abraham?
Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.
Abraham adhered to every word that came from the mouth of His Holy God and Abraham was not a Jew. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. So if we are Christ’s and Abraham’s seed, then shouldn’t we also be obeying every word that comes out of the mouth of God, just like Abraham?
Yom Kippur is known as a day of prayer and has numerous prayers associated with it. Most revolve around the central theme of repentance and return.
This is the season to be reconciled to our Holy God. Back in the day, this was the time of year when the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies and make atonement first for himself and then for the children of Israel. Yahushua has entered once into the Heavenly Sanctuary after making atonement with His own blood. Christ offered His own blood through the eternal Spirit, without spot; thereby purging our conscience from dead works so that we might serve the Living God. Rules and rituals could never have cleansed the heart, but the blood of Yahushua is more than capable to allow us to enter boldly into the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find His grace. However, just like the children of Israel waited outside both the tabernacle and the temple annually, we are still awaiting for His return to come out of the Heavenly Sanctuary.
Hebrews9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.