Sunday, September 27, 2020

Are We Commanded to Fast On Yom Kippur?

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, September 2019

To answer the question about whether or not we should fast on Yom Kippur, we must go back to the beginning, where the first Day of Atonement took place.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:21“Unto Adam also, and to his wife, did YHWH Elohiym make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

The Hebrew word “coats” in the above passage is #H3801 kethoneth, meaning “to cover, a garment, a robe.” 

In Leviticus 23:27, we are commanded to have a “Day of Atonement” (Yom Kippur). The Hebrew word for “atonement” (kippur) is #H3725.

The very next verse is interesting, because it uses two different words for the English word “atonement.”

Wayiqra (Leviticus) 23:28 And you shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement (kippur), to make an atonement (kaphar) for you before YHWH your Elohiym.

The first time the word “atonement” is used in the above verse, it is the Hebrew word “kippur,” and the second time in the verse, it says “kaphar.”

Kippur or “kippuriym,” is plural for the word “kaphar,” which literally means “to cover.”

Thus, the first mention of someone being “covered” (after they had sinned), was in Genesis 3:21, where we are shown that Adam & Chawah (Eve) were clothed (covered) when YaHuWaH shed the blood of a lamb, and made coats of skins for them. 

Now, I know what many of you are thinking. You are saying to yourselves “Maria, where does it say that YaHuWaH slaughtered a lamb to make coats of skins for them?” 

Some people purport that Adam & Eve did not have skin on them until after the fall. They say that they were simply “disembodied spirit beings,” like an aura of light. They say that after the fall, they were made “flesh and blood.” Beloved, this belief is rooted in Gnosticism, and is not supported by scripture. 

Those who purport that Adam & Eve were not flesh and blood until after the fall, did not read the previous chapter in Genesis 2, where man was created from the dust of the earth. The Hebrew word for “dust,” (aphar) means “dirt, clay.” Before the fall, Adam & Eve were made of flesh and blood, as seen in Genesis 2:23. The Hebrew word for “flesh,” (basar), means “flesh, skin.” Modern Science has even proven that human flesh contains the same mineral content as soil, thus confirming that we are made from dirt.

Genesis 2:7 And YHWH Elohiym formed man of the dust [aphar, earth, clay] of the ground, and breathed, into his nostrils, the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh [basar, body, person, flesh, skin]: she shall be called woman.

Another reason why we can be sure that an animal was slaughtered to make the coats of skins for Adam & Eve, is because of what it says in the book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

This means the first blood atonement for sins took place after Adam & Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If there had not been atonement made for them, they could not have qualified to be the ancestors of our Messiah, according to the genealogical record in Luke’s gospel.

There are hints in the story between Genesis 3:7-21, where we are shown a prophetic shadow picture of Messiah as the ultimate atonement for sins!

Stay with me, and you are going to see a clear contrast between the pride of humanity, versus the humility of our Messiah. In Genesis 3:7, we are told that Adam & Eve sewed fig leaves together to “COVER THEMSELVES!”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 

Obviously, YaHuWaH did not accept vegetation as a proper COVERING FOR SIN! 

Adam and Eve were trying to “hide” their sin, rather than to confess it!

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them, shall have mercy.

Before YaHuWaH covered their sin with skins, he wanted them to first recognize their nakedness. He wanted them to be naked, spiritually, (fully exposed), so they could see the depravity of their own fallen nature:

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Adam & Eve were trying to cover themselves physically, but that was like “putting the cart before the horse.” YaHuWaH was after something else that could not be attained by covering the exterior. He wanted them to have a “broken and contrite heart.” 

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices [zebach] of Elohiym are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O Elohiym, you will not despise.

This reminds me of Matthew 23:25 when our Messiah said the following words to the religious leaders: “Woe, unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you make clean the outside of the cup, and of the platter, but within, they are full of extortion, and excess.”

It was only after YaHuWaH allowed them to be naked and exposed, (spiritually), thereby causing them to be humbled, that he covered their nakedness with ANIMAL SKINS!

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:21 Unto Adam, also and to his wife, did YHWH Elohiym make coats of skins, and clothed them.

The Hebrew word for “skins” is #H5785, “owrwhich literally means “skin, hide, leather.However, the root word is #H5783 “uwr meaning “to be bare, to be made naked. What this means is that Yah had to use the skins of other naked creatures to cover Adam & Eve with. In other words, an animal became their substitute for sins, until the seed should come(Galatians 3:19).

In Genesis 4:3, Cain brought forth the fruit of the ground (vegetation), as an offering unto YaHuWaH. In Genesis 4:4, Abel brought the firstlings of his flock. The Hebrew word “firstling is #H1062 “bekorah, which means “birthright.” 

In other words, only by the blood of a lamb are we counted worthy to be born-again into our birthright or inheritance! The Hebrew word for “flockis #H6629 “tsonewhich means “a goat or a lamb.

What are we seeing here? We are seeing that Abel brought forth the only thing that could account him worthy to be called “the firstborn.What was it that gave Yisrael the right to be called “my firstborn son?

Exodus 4:22 And you shall say unto Pharaoh, Thus says YHWH, Yisra’el is my son, even my firstborn.

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out, from the sheep, or from the goats.

What are we seeing here? Cain was the firstborn (just like Esau), and Abel was the second born (just like Jacob). And yet, Esau (being physically born first), did not inherit the promise. Jacob, (being the second born), inherited the promise, because he was zealous for what YaHuWaH had to offer. 

He valued it, whereas Esau did not. And the same thing was true of Cain. He only offered vegetation, which is not an acceptable offering to cover sin. Why? Because cultivating crops is something that one does “with the works of his own hands. 

In other words, it is easy to take pride in your own work, and thus begin to believe that you are righteous on your own. However, a shepherd, (which is what Abel was), had to learn relationship with his sheep in order to bring them up properly!

Cain was filled with pride, and thought his own works had value apart from YaHuWaH. Abel was humble, and was willing to give the best of his flocks to make an acceptable offering before YaHuWaH. In other words, Abel valued relationship, whereas Cain valued his own accomplishments, which is pride.

It was only after Adam & Eve were put on trial, that they had to come “FACE-TO-FACE” with YaHuWaH, and acknowledge their sin. And once they recognized their sin, YaHuWaH made coats of skins for them.

In other words, Yom Kippur means “Day of Covering!”

YaHuWaH himself, manifested as the High Priest Melchizedek, the Messiah, Yahuwshuwa who “walked among them” in the Garden, and he performed the first “Yom Kippur” sacrifice to “cover the nakedness of their sins.”

In Leviticus 16, the High Priest is commanded to cast lots to see which of the “twin goats” would be “killed,” and which one would be “sent away.”

Immediately after YaHuWaH “killed” a lamb and covered Adam & Chawah (Eve), he had to “send them away” from the garden as a picture of the “SCAPEGOAT.” 

How did Adam & Eve picture the scapegoat? 

The word “scapegoat” literally means “goat of departure” (Azazel) in Hebrew. However, the dictionary defines scapegoat as “The innocent party that takes the blame for the guilty party.”

Adam & Eve were not innocent, for they had disobeyed Elohiym when they ate of the forbidden fruit. However, the main culprit was the serpent. It was the serpent that beguiled (deceived) Eve, and subsequently, Eve convinced her husband Adam to eat the forbidden fruit as well.

In Genesis 4:1, we read that Adam & Chawah (Eve) “CONCEIVED” and bore Two Boys: Qayin (Cain) & Hebel (Abel). 

The names of these two brothers tells a story of BOTH HOUSES OF YISRA’EL:

The name “Cain” (Qayin) comes from a root word in Hebrew:

#7069 qanah kaw-naw' a primitive root; to erect, i.e. create; by extension, to procure, especially by PURCHASE (causatively, sell); by implication to own:--attain, buy(-er), teach to keep cattle, get, PROVOKE TO JEALOUSY, possess (-or), PURCHASE, RECOVER, REDEEM.

*Note: this is Yom Kippur language!

In Revelation 19, (on the Day of Atonement), our Messiah will return on a white horse, and he will REDEEM, PURCHASE, AND RECOVER his bride!

You will also notice that this word “qanah” means “TO PROVOKE TO JEALOUSY!”

In Romans 11:11, we are told that the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) fell from grace, and caused salvation to come to the Gentiles aka “The House of Ephrayim” in order to “Provoke the Jews to jealousy!”

Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? Elohiym forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Therefore, Cain represents the House of Yahuwdah (Judah), because they killed their own Messiah when they shouted “CRUCIFY HIM!”

The name Hebel (Abel) means the following:

#1892 hebel habel {hab-ale'}; from 1891; EMPTINESS OR VANITY; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb:--X altogether, vain, vanity.

It may seem strange that Abel was righteous, and yet his name means “emptiness, vanity, something transitory.” For Adam & Eve, they ended up losing both sons. Abel died, and Cain was sent away, thus, they were left “empty.” Abel’s life was ended before he could bear children, and thus, his life ended “in vain.”

These two brothers are a prophetic shadow picture of Both Houses of Yisra’el (Isaiah 8:14). Throughout history, we have seen that these two houses have “TRADED PLACES.”

Judah became more like Ephraim, and Ephraim has become more like Judah, so that both houses could be equalized in the end. In the same way, Abel bore the sin of his brother Cain when he was killed. 

It is the same thing that happened to our Messiah, (when he bore the sins of humanity), even those who crucified him. Cain was now having to bear the guilt for his brother Abel, and thus he represents the House of Judah.

Even though Abel was righteous, he represents the House of Ephraim, because he was killed as a result of Cain’s “idolatry” which is “vanity” and emptiness:

Hosea 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

Qayin (Cain) represents the “SCAPEGOAT” because he was “SENT AWAY.”

Hebel (Abel) represents the “SACRIFICIAL GOAT” because he was “SLAIN.”

Adam & Chawah (Eve) lost both of their sons as punishment for their sin in the garden.

Similarly, King David was punished when YaHuWaH took his son that was born to him by Bathsheba. This was a judgement that was brought upon David, because he had her husband (Uriah) killed in battle, attempting to cover up his sin of adultery with her.

In Genesis 4:15, YaHuWaH pronounced “VENGEANCE” on anyone who slays Cain:

“And YHWH said unto him, Therefore whosoever slays Qayin (Cain), VENGEANCE shall be taken on him SEVENFOLD. And YHWH set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”

In Revelation 19:2, our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa will return on a white horse to 
“AVENGE,” the blood of his servants, that were martyred for their testimony of Yahuwshuwa.

This day will mark the “The Seventh Day Sabbath Millennium.” 

2nd Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with YHWH as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

It will be the 6,000th year since creation, taking us into the 7th millennium. This will be the future “DAY OF VENGEANCE,” which will take place on Yom Kippur, and it will be the 120th Jubilee year (50 x 120 = 6,000). Genesis 6:3 gives us a clue as to how many years are appointed to humanity:

Genesis 6:3 And YHWH said, my Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 

The Hebrew word for “years” (shanah) in the above passage is not limited to a 360-day year. It can also mean “an age.” Thus, 50 x 120 = 6,000 years. On the 6th day of creation, is when YaHuWaH formed mankind in his own image, therefore, the number “6” is the number of “mankind.” 

It is therefore, fitting that the kingdoms of this present world, (the kingdoms ruled by men), will end when Yahuwshuwa returns, as he will usher in his new millennial reign. 

Yahuwshuwa will finally REDEEM, PURCHASE & RECOVER all that the enemy has stolen from Adam & Chawah (Eve), and their TWO SONS!

These two sons of Adam & Eve are a prophetic shadow picture of “BOTH HOUSES OF YISRA’EL!”

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of YHWH, and THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR ELOHIYM; to comfort all that mourn.

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has AVENGED the blood of his servants at her hand.

Are we commanded to fast for Yom Kippur?

There are certain ministries that are purporting that there is no such command to fast for Yom Kippur. However, these ministries are woefully uninformed about what the Hebrew Scriptures teach on this subject, consequently, they are misleading the sheep.

The instructions for Yom Kippur in Leviticus 23:27, command us to “AFFLICT OUR SOULS.”

What exactly does this mean?

The Hebrew word for “afflict” (anah) means “to subjugate, to make weak.”

The Hebrew word for “soul” (nephesh) means the following: “appetite, desire, passion.”

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 58:3 gives us a clue that fasting is connected to afflicting our souls:

Wherefore have we FASTED, say they, and you see it not? Wherefore have we AFFLICTED OUR SOUL, and you take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your FAST you find pleasure, and exact all your labours.”

Notice, that afflicting one’s soul is equivalent to fasting! The Hebrew word for “fasting” means the following:

#6684 tsuwm tsoom a primitive root; TO COVER OVER THE MOUTH, i.e. to fast:--X at all, fast.

As we have already seen, the word “KIPPUR comes from another root word “KAPHAR,” which means “TO COVER!”

When was the first DAY OF COVERING?

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did YHWH Elohiym make coats [coverings] of skins, and clothed them (COVERED THEM!)

Therefore, Yom Kippur is synonymous with having our sins “covered!”

Adam & Eve sinned when they “ATE” (which is the opposite of fasting). And what did they eat? They ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which  they were forbidden to EAT.

Therefore, when we FAST we COVER OUR MOUTH!

This is to remind us of the original sin in the garden which began with EATING!

This is a great way to show YaHuWaH that we are willing to REVERSE THE CURSE brought into the world by Adam & Eve!

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

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6 comments:

  1. SHALOM BELOVED I LOVE YOU BLOG! so wonderful PRAISE YAHUAH! I do not see evidence of an animal being slain to cover Adam and HAWA in Genesis 3

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  2. Jony Buss, where did the animal skins come from?

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    1. well, it does not mention animal skin but skin I always thought that it is the skin we live in now since before Adam and Hawah were clothed in light.

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    2. Jony Buss, I am so glad that you raised this issue, because it gave me more content to admmend the blog. If you read the blog, you will see that I added this following explanation, which I believe makes it alarmingly obvious that the skins made for them was the skins from a first-born lamb.

      Abel brought forth the only thing that could account him worthy to be called “the firstborn.” What was it that gave Yisra'el the right to be called “my firstborn son?”

      Exodus 4:22 And you shall say unto Pharaoh, Thus says YHWH, Yisra’el is my son, even my firstborn.

      Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out, from the sheep, or from the goats.

      What are we seeing here? Cain was the firstborn (just like Esau), and Abel was the second born (just like Jacob). And yet, Esau (being physically born first), did not inherit the promise. Jacob, (being the second born), inherited the promise, because he was zealous for what YaHuWaH had to offer.

      He valued it, whereas Esau did not. And the same thing was true of Cain. He only offered vegetation, which is not an acceptable offering to cover sin. Why? Because cultivating crops is something that one does “with the works of his own hands.”

      In other words, it is easy to take pride in your own work, and thus begin to believe that you are righteous on your own. However, a shepherd, (which is what Abel was), had to learn relationship with his sheep in order to bring them up properly!

      Cain was filled with pride, and thought his own works had value apart from YaHuWaH. Abel was humble, and was willing to give the best of his flocks to make an acceptable offering before YaHuWaH. In other words, Abel valued relationship, whereas Cain valued his own accomplishments, which is pride.

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    3. Jony Buss, here is another problem with that theory of Adam & Chawah being clothed with only light, so that they did not get skin until after they sinned.

      Gen 2:21  And YHWH Elohiym caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up THE FLESH instead thereof; 
      Gen 2:22  And the RIB, which YHWH Elohiym had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 
      Gen 2:23  And Adam said, This is now BONE OF MY BONES, and FLESH OF MY FLESH: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 

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    4. Jony Buss, the Hebrew word for "flesh" in the above verses is as follows:

      #1320 basar baw-sawr' from 1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphem.) the pudenda of a man:--body, (fat, lean) flesh(-ed), kin, (man-)kind, + nakedness, self, skin.

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