Day of Atonement – October 7th 2022

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Day of Atonement – October 7th 2022

(no work or school)


What does one do?

No work (and no school), for example, take it as a vacation day or day without pay, and/or a provide parent’s note to the teacher. The Bible verse is Leviticus 23:31-32, “You shall do no manner of work… It shall be to you a Sabbath of rest.” The Biblical day starts in the evening (Leviticus 23:32, Genesis 1:5). So, for the area of Vancouver, BC down to the Seattle, WA area, the Day of Atonement starts at 8:22 pm Thursday, October 6, 2022, and goes until 8:20 pm Friday October 7, 2022. For everywhere in the world, this special day starts on Thursday evening, when the last residue of sunlight has left the sky, and the sky becomes pitch black. Genesis 1;1-5 defines the “evening” as when there is no light.

Fast and pray. The Bible verse is Leviticus 16:29, “You shall afflict your souls”. The Hebrew word for ‘afflict’ means to ‘bow down’. or ‘lower oneself’ before the Lord Jesus This is a humbling attitude in prayer. Though fasting is not required, fasting both food and water is recommended because it aligns one’s body with what is happening in one’s soul (Deuteronomy 9:18, Ezra 10:6). Apostle Paul recorded that fasting was how everyone kept the Day of Atonement (Acts 27:9). Note that fasting includes fasting from sexual activity to keep the day holy (1 Samuel 21:4, Leviticus 15:16-18)).

Go to church (online or in person). The Bible verse is Numbers 29:7, “You shall have … a holy assembly”. Please join us online here at

Other things one can do. Remove all ornaments from one’s body (wedding rings, ear rings). The Bible verse is Exodus 33:4-6, “The LORD said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel … put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what to do to you.”

Why is October 7 so important?

The reason October 7, 2022, is so important is because it is the 10th Day of the Biblical 7th Month. This is the real Day of Atonement. It starts on Thursday October 6 at 8:22 pm and goes to Friday October 7, 8:20 pm for the Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA area (Psalm 104:19).

This is a world-wide event! For other places around the world, it begins on Thursday evening October 6 when the last residue from the sun has left the sky (pitch black) and goes for 24 hours.

Christ’s work finished on the cross?

The reason there is a Day of Atonement is for the church body to get together for cleansing from Jesus for corporate sins.

After Christ paid for our atonement on the cross, people in the church still had contentions and bitterness (1 Corinthians 1:11, Ephesians 4:31), so the Church as a body still needs renewing and cleansing every year. An example difference between a personal sin and a corporate sin is that one person may not have sinned, but yet another person may still have been offended. Another example of a corporate sin may be evil that our parents did that affected all of the children, or a philosophy brought in from the culture that has weakened the church’s influence. Jesus appointed one day per year, forever (Leviticus 16:31), for our High Priest, which is now Jesus, to cleanse us as a group. We see in Revelation 1-3 that each church has an angel, and we see in Daniel 10:13 that a country has an angel. So, not only are there individual sins which place marks on the church as a whole, but there are also group spiritual dynamics that go up and down. The Day of Atonement is a cleansing for the body of Christ as a group. God told us which particular day it would be so that we could all book it on our calendars to come together.

DId not Jesus finish His work at the cross?

When Jesus paid for our sins, of course, that work was final (“once for all”, Hebrews 10:10), but if we look at Jesus’ ministry as our High Priest, that work just began! The cross was just the beginning of His work!

Jesus “obtained a more excellent ministry” (Hebrews 8:6). He is not just “doing nothing”. He is ministering! “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us“. (Hebrews 9:24, Hebrews 8:2). For us!

Just because Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, that did not stop people from sinning. New sins are being committed all the time. We still need to ask Jesus today both for forgiveness and for His atonement. In Leviticus 16:29 and 31, God said, the Day of Atonement “shall be a statute forever”. In Leviticus 23:31, it says, “The LORD spoke (that is Jesus, the Word of God) saying … It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.” It occurs every year on the Tenth Day of the Seventh Biblical Month.

Come and let Jesus lift the weights from off your shoulders — weights that you are so used to, that you do not even realize that you have — until Jesus takes them away!

A link to God’s Calendar is on the right side of the Home Page.

Do I have to do a total fast?

Note that fasting is not a requirement for the Day of Atonement, but fasting really helps to align one’s body with “afflicting one’s soul”, which is required. The day is required to be holy, though, so one should fast from sexual activity (Leviticus 15:16, 1 Corinthians 7:5).

The Bible describes “fasting” as going without food and water (Deuteronomy 9:18, Ezra 10:6). Firstly, fasting as the Bible describes is a blessing. Secondly, this total fast helps the body hibernate, and that actually makes it easier to fast. Since it is also a day of rest, sleeping also makes fasting very easy..

To end any fast, please eat soup and liquids for the first meal so that the body is not damaged by shocking it.

What if I tried fasting before and it did nothing?

Biologically, healing hormones are released into the body after about 13 hours of fasting. So, if one only fasts one meal, one may not feel any difference. Similarly, spiritual blessings are proportional firstly to the accuracy of an action pleasing God, and secondly to the effort put in. Fasting does please God (Matthew 9:15), but fasting only one meal is a limited effort, so it may be difficult to see the spiritual blessings.

In terms of fasting any other day during the year as compared to fasting on the Day of Atonement, that comes back to the first point that spiritual blessings are proportional to the accuracy of an action pleasing God. Anything that we do that God has commanded, is a guaranteed blessing! I recommend trying God’s Day of Atonement and allow God to show you the difference.

Colossians 2 – the Feasts nailed to the cross?

Firstly, the point of this invitation is to join together to fast and pray on an appointed day. If you love Jesus, and agree that it is not a sin to fast and pray, would you be willing to love Jesus with us on this particular day?

Regarding Colossians 2, it says:

“Beware lest any man spoil you … after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. You, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses … Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in part of an holyday, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath Days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. … Wherefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why … are you subject to ordinances, … after the commandments and doctrines of men?” (Colossians 2:8,13,16,17.20 and 22)

Regarding Colossians 2:16-17, unfortunately, this is one of the most misquoted scriptures in the Bible. We can see from the context that throughout Colossians 2 is a warning not to fall into the doctrines of men, but to stay in the doctrines of God. So, we need to ask ourselves, which side are the holy days on? Were they traditions of men, or were they appointed by God? God says that He appointed the holy days. He appointed the moon for seasons (Psalm 104:19). He was the One who blessed and sanctified the Seventh Day (Genesis 2:3). He declared that the Sabbath is His Sabbath, and the feasts are His feasts (Isaiah 56:4-6, Leviticus 23:3). These were not doctrines of men. God declares Himself that they are His. This is critical to see because this places the holy days on the side of “Christ’s doctrines”. Misplacing them on the other side as “man’s doctrines” is completely out of context of the chapter, out of context of the scriptures, out of context of Paul’s actions, and out of context of the history of the church. Some modern translations even go as far as to add words or change words from the original Greek text to take what God had declared holy and place it on the side of “man’s doctrines”, Colossians 2:16-17 is part of the 95% undisputed Greek text, so there should be no excuse for changing the original. The above quotation is from the King James Version, and can also be seen in an interlinear Bible.

To understand the text, we need to put the verb tense into Paul’s timeline. We need to ask ourselves, was Colossians written before Jesus died, or afterwards? Clearly, it was written afterwards because Colossians speaks about Christ’s death. History places the writing of Colossians around AD 62, which was 32 years after Jesus died. What is key is that the wording in Colossians 2:17 is present tense. It says, “Which are a shadow of things to come.” The word “are” is present tense, so it is referring to approximately AD 62. The words “to come” refer to the future, which would be after AD 62.

There is the answer. In AD 62, Paul says that the feasts “are” presently a shadow of things still to come. In AD 62, the feasts were still being kept by the Colossians and the Laodiceans (Colossians 2:1), and Paul was encouraging them to not be discouraged from keeping them.

People have confused the “shadow” phrase in Colossians 2 with how it is used in Hebrews 10:1. In Hebrews, it is in past tense. Hebrews 10:1 only refers to the sin offerings, and says that those animals were “offered” (past tense). It says that those offerings foreshadowed Jesus’ sacrifice for sin. In Colossians, though, the phrase is used in present tense, not past tense.

Paul encouraging the Colossians to stay with the feasts is consistent with Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians to continue keeping the feasts. Here, he is very explicit.

“For even Christ our Passover is sacrifices for us: Therefore let us keep the feast” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

The feasts, in fact, existed throughout Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles – the feast of Unleavened Bread in Philippi (Acts 20:6); Ephesus (Acts 18:21);, and Corinth (1 Corinthians 5:8). Paul’s life is testimony that they did not end at the cross.

Some people claim that God’s laws were nailed to the cross because Colossians 2:14 says “Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.” We need to ask the question, are God’s laws “against us’? No, because Moses says, that God’s commandments are ‘life and good’ (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). They bring blessings, length of days, and security to keep one’s home. Psalm 119 enumberates how wonderful God’s commandments are. Apostle John instructs the New Testament believers that the Old Testament laws are “not grievous” (1 John 5:3). So, what is ‘against us’? The ‘handwriting of ordinances that was against us’ (v..14) was the condemnation for breaking God’s laws. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6.23) It was these wages, the punishment for breaking God’s laws, that was against us. It was this punishment that was nailed to the cross, because Jesus forgave us. Forgiveness does not destroy God’s laws. It establishes His laws by calling us to obey them.

Further, the laws of God cannot be nailed to the cross, because they are eternal.

“All His commandments are sure. They stand fast forever and ever.” (Psalm 111:7-8)

Within the context in Colossians 2 of God’s doctrines versus man-made doctrines, verse 16 can only be an affirmation to stay in the Christian faith. It says, Therefore, do not let anyone judge you in portions of the feasts. The wording is “therefore” and “in” (“inside”, “doing them”), so it is referring to “keeping” the feasts. No one was going to judge the Colossians if they were not keeping the feasts, because that would be the same as all the other pagans. The pagans would only be judging them for keeping the feasts. Paul was admonishing the Christians to stay in their new faith of keeping the portions of the feasts (“in respect of” is the Greek word for “portion of”). Paul was referring to all “the parts” of the feasts, such as holy assembly, the correct day, and worshipping God, but excluded the animals sacrifices. The animal sacrifices fell into the “but” portion at the end of the sentence, where Paul refers to those as being fulfilled by the physical body of Christ. Note that Paul does not say “because” or “and”, which would have followed if Paul was against the feasts. He says “but”. The feasts are established “but”, or “except for”, the sacrifices which are now the “physical body is of Christ”.

Church history is also consistent with Paul’s admonishment to keep the feasts. The holy days (without the animal sacrifices for sin) were part of the teachings of the apostles to the Gentiles. An example of this is, in AD 193, the bishop of Rome wrote to the city of Ephesus to ask their churches to change the date of Passover. The churches in Ephesus got together, and their council rejected the request. They voted to keep the Passover on the Fourteenth Day of the FIrst Month, because that is how it was commanded in the old testament, and that was how the apostles had taught them to keep it. In other words, the Gentiles were keeping the Biblical feasts. They received Paul’s admonishment, and did not let anyone judge them or discourage them from keeping the feasts.

As Colossians 2:17 states, the feasts are still foreshadowing future events (they are still on-going). For example, the feast of trumpets is on the First Day of the Seventh Month. This day prophetically has not happened yet, and could be the day of the last trumpet that sounds before Jesus comes again. Even today, the rapture is still in the future, which puts the Day of Atonement even farther into the future because that Day comes after the feast of Trumpets. Another example that the feasts did not end is that, when Jesus died, the feast of Pentecost did not end. The Holy Spirit anointed the apostles on that special day, which was approximately 50 days after Jesus died. Simiarly, when Jesus died, He did not end the Passover. either He said, continue keeping the Passover in remembrance of Me.

This is all consistent with prophecy. Isaiah and Zechariah prophesied that the worship that takes place on God’s New Moons will continue far into the future (Isaiah 66:23), and keeping the feast of Tabernacles will continue far into the future (Zechariah 14:16)

The timing of the writing of Colossians shows that Colossians 2:16-17 is actually a command to stay in the faith of keeping God’s feasts. God declares that the feasts are His feasts. Paul says, don’t let anyone beguile you away from the doctrines of God to fall into the doctrines of men.

The key to the feasts, the reason why so many of them today have no power, is because people are not celebrating them on the correct Biblical day. The exact day matters. The exciting thing about this invitation for September 17, is that it on the exact Biblical day. Would you join us?

“O taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8)

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3 thoughts on “Day of Atonement – October 7th 2022

  • September 28, 2022 at 9:28 PM

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  • September 28, 2022 at 9:33 PM

    The day of Atonement is a day that is ordained by the Heavenly Father. For the Israelites to afflict their souls by not eating or drinking for an entire day. And to humble their hearts by giving prayers and praise unto the Lord. They also had to sacrifice an offering to receive mercy for the year’s sins.

    Leviticus 23:

    v26- And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
    v27- Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
    v28- And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.
    v29- For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.
    v30- And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.
    v31- Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
    v32- It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

    The Lord spoke thru the Apostle Paul and instructed Israel concerning what was abolished in the law.

    Hebrews 10:

    v1- For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
    v2- For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
    v3- But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
    v4- For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
    v5- Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
    v6- In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
    v7- Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
    v8- Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
    v9- Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
    v10- By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

    The Apostle Paul explains in those verses that the Levitical laws of sacrifice were done away in Christ. Now concerning the day of Atonement wherein Israel was commanded to both sacrifice and fast what did Christ replace? THE SACRIFICE!

    Now let’s read the historical account of what Paul did concerning the Day of Atonement.
    Paul keep the Day of Atonement

    Acts 27:

    v1- And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band.
    v2- And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
    v3- And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.
    v4- And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
    v5- And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
    v6- And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.
    v7- And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;
    v8- And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
    v9- Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the FAST was now already past, [10th day of the 7th month/day of Atonement] Paul admonished them,
    v10- And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

    The apostle Paul kept the Day of Atonement in the faith of Christ.

    Let’s continue to prove the point in a letter Paul wrote to the Israelites in Rome.
    Paul wrote a letter to the Roman

    Romans 5:

    v8- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    v9- Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
    v10- For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
    v11- And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

    What the sacrifice of animals could not do in reconciling us unto the Father, Christ did.

    Paul understood that which is why he kept the day of the fast according to the law. Yet without sacrifice and there is no condemnation because of Christ.
    Remember there is mercy in Christ. Anyone sick, on medication, or infants under age can make a decision to observe. Which no man can judge.

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