4. FACE TO FACE
Another traditional name for Yom Kippur is “face to face”. We know that no man could ever see God and live; however, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies and be in God’s presence, or “face to face” with God. This was a most solemn moment, and the people were gripped with anxiety as the high priest was in there, waiting to see if God would accept the sacrifice. A bright cloud was over the mercy seat, at God’s presence in there.
Now, get this: Paul tells us:
1 Corinthians 13:12 - For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Paul above speaks of something that only happens on Yom Kippur. AND:
2 Corinthians 3:18 - But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Another close encounter above.
But here’s the clincher.
When the high priest exited the Holy of Holies, the people breathed a huge collective sigh of relief, for from the VERY MOMENT when the high priest emerged from the Holy of Holies on the Day of Attonement, they knew that they were absolutely sinless and blameless before the Lord, and could set out upon yet another year of sin and hilarity, until the next year. LET US GO TO EPHESIANS 5:27 now: where Paul speaks of the mystery of Christ and the bridegroom, the church:
Ephesians 5:27 - That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish
There it is folks. We cannot be presented on Rosh Hashanah, which is WHILE WE ARE REFLECTING AND REPENTING, during the 40 days of repentance, but only after our High Priest, our Lord, “exits” the Holy of Holies (heaven), having secured our TOTAL AND COMPLETE REDEMPTION and ATTONEMENT, thereby being able to present us to Himself as a spotless bride as in Ephesians 5:27 above.
In Leviticus 25:9-11, we see that the year of the Jubilee, was to be heraled in on Yom Kippur, the Day of Attonement. And we know that the Jubilee year, was one of the REDEMPTION of lost property or rights, or indebtedness. The REDEMPTION (being redeemed by His blood sprinkled in the Holy of Holies before the Father) mentioned in the song of the 24 elders, speaks of this liberty, and rest, which we acquire at His coming. And, in Joel 2:12-16, it says:
Joel 2:12-16 - Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me (Sabbath of Return) with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. (which He did for the Ninevites at Jonah’s 40 days’ call to repentance) Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast (Yom Kippur) , call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify (cleanse) the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
There’s those elders, on a fast day, when the bridegroom and bride emerge.
This would indeed be the Julilee of the church, and this Jubilee can ONLY HAPPEN ON YOM KIPPUR as per Leviticus 25:8-13
Leviticus 25:8-13 - And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession.
And, Christ our Savior sacrificed Himself, for us, so that we may look forward to celebrating that Jubilee with Him:
Hebrews 10:21-25 - And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
What day approaching? The day when our hearts are sprinkled with His blood (our High Priest) for attonement, which is YOM KIPPUR.