Brief Sermon Notes: Day of Atonement 2021
Oct. 16, 2021 (10th day of 7th month)
Matt. 26:29 Jesus, on Passover night, said that He would drink and eat with us again in the Kingdom.
We automatically assumed that He meant eat Passover with us.
But actually, He was referring to the Marriage Supper.
The Marriage Supper would be when we first eat with Him. Of course.
We now know that we will be caught up into Heaven for the Marriage Supper on The Day of Atonement.
This will break our fast in such a wonderful way.
Of course the spirit doesn't require food.
So actually it won't be our physical bodies that eat on that day, but rather our spiritual energy/plasma bodies.
The Passover Communion represents the beginning of our salvation, when we are born again as new babes in Christ with only a sip of wine and only a bite of unleavened bread. That's all that we can handle as babies. The Spring season represents new life and beginnings.
The Day of Atonement in/near the Autumn of the year represents the end of our long journey and the conclusion of our salvation if we make it into the first resurrection.
And the end, there won't be as much remaining on the Earth to be eaten. As we would have most of our supplies already eaten, and the trumpets will destroy much plant/tree life.
But also, after we break our fast on that Day of Atonement in Heaven, we will eat much at the Marriage Supper, not needing to worry about stomach aches or headaches.
Mark 2:18-20 Jesus said that we don't fast when we are with the groom (husband at the marriage supper).
Everyone else was fasting, but Jesus and his disciples didn't fast as often as the religious people.
(When we don't have much of Jesus, we fast more, to seek Him and to gain Him and to grow in that relationship when we are young babes in Christ. But after we reach a certain maturity in Christ, we really don't need to fast as often, as we are in the closer presence of the groom. More spiritually mature people are also less focused on the law and more on enjoying living with Christ. That doesn't mean that we stop obeying Christ, or that we stop keeping the commandments.)
And we will break our fast before the end of the Day of Atonement of that year of his return.
Ancient Jewish tradition was to fast on their wedding day until the actual public marriage ceremony.
(Public ceremonies are not required by God. It was only a tradition. But nevertheless, we can sometimes find important things in Jewish traditions that have some sort of connection to ancient doctrinal teachings.)
Although it is not recorded in the Talmud, an ancient tradition advises bride and groom to fast on the day of their wedding. They fast from daybreak until after coming under the marriage ceremony covering/canopy under which a Jewish wedding ceremony takes place, eating their first meal at the end of the ceremony.
Two reasons are advanced for fasting. First, tradition records that the sins of the bride and groom are forgiven on their wedding day. Because it is a day of forgiveness, it is considered a day of spiritual inventory and of repentance, akin to Yom Kippur—as represented by the fasting, the wearing of white, and the recitation of the confession at prayers.
Reminder: First day of Fiesta of Tabernacles is Thursday Oct. 21 which will be a "high Sabbath" and we will have special services at a time to yet be announced.
If you are traveling long distances, you should do the traveling on the previous days. If you are setting up a tent, it should be done the previous day.
Tents should be taken down on Friday after the Last Great Day. Traveling away from your fiesta location should be done on Friday, not the final Thursday, as that will also be a "high Sabbath".