The Day of Atonement…and You!
“You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an ever-lasting ordinance” (Exodus 12:14 NKJV).And today we must understand the significance of the blessings God pours out on His people during those special feasts and seasons. We also need to understand the instructions He gave us to follow so we can become who He expects us to be and receive his special blessings on this holy day. Scripture says the Day of Atonement was one of the three times each year when the Israelites were commanded to bring an offering. After fasting, weeping, mourning, and rending their hearts, then came the time for them to present an offering. Why three times a year? There are many references to the number “3” throughout the Scriptures. It’s used 467 times in the Bible, the number of completeness. So it is no accident that God directed the children of Israel to bring an offering three specific times of the year. And the Atonement offering continues to be critical for believers today. Please don’t miss this vital point! This offering is your divine appointment with God Himself! It’s part of your preparation for what is to follow.
Seven Blessings of the Atonement Offering
- A Double-Portion Blessing “He will cause the rain to come down for you—The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23 NKJV). The former rain prepares the land for seed time, and latter rain prepares it for harvest. During the first month of the Jewish New Year, both rains come together! This double-portion blessing still happens today for those who present a Day of Atonement offering to the Lord.
- Financial Outpouring “The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil” (Joel 2:24 NKJV). If we obey the covenants of God, He promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so big that we won’t have room enough to receive it (see Malachi 3:10).
- Restoration “I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25 NIV). God promised that He will give back to you whatever the devil has taken away from you.
- Miracles “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you” (Joel 2:26 NKJV). God promised not only to provide you with plenty but also that He will deal wondrously with you. Imagine an outpouring beyond anything you´ve know before!
- God’s Divine Presence “I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other” (Joel 2:27 NKJV). Everywhere you go, His presence goes with you.
- Blessings Upon Your Family “I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days” (Joel 2:28-29 NKJV). God desires for your family to build a great heritage of faith and follow Him all the days of your life (see Psalm 115:14).
- Deliverance “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Joel 2:32 NKJV). This includes those of us who have been “grafted” as wild olive branches into the tree (see Romans 11:11-24), and this promise of deliverance is available to believers everywhere!
The Number “3” and Your Appointment with Destiny
“They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 16:16-17 NKJV).This could be your month of divine breakthrough, especially as we move into the Year of Jubilee. Begin unleashing the seven blessings of the atonement in your life by planting your Day of Atonement seed to take the Gospel to the world. Then watch what God does! Let me share what I believe He is saying is important about this special offering: the number “3.” Why “3”? Because it is the number of completeness. There were three times a year when God commanded His people to bring offerings. “3” is the number of the Trinity, and Jesus rose from death on the third day. Three is a significant number throughout the Bible, but God wants to do an even greater work. Gideon’s small band of 300 was victorious against impossible odds—estimated to be at least 135,000 Midianites and Amalekites! The Bible says the multitude was like “grasshoppers” (Judges 7:12). Multiplication is critical, and 300 is powerful far beyond human multiplication.