Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Paula White: ATONEMENT: A Holy Celebration
When you receive and hold on to the Word of God in your heart, it will do everything God has promised.
God’s promises do not depend on circumstances. God’s promises will bend your circumstances to His will.
Yet, it is not sufficient to sit back and say, “I believe…” You must act upon your faith by appropriate deeds and actions. James 2:20 reminds us that “Faith without works is dead.” Faith is an act.
Let’s look at what the Word of God says:
“Three times in a year shall all the males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose…in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty”
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the lord thy God which he hath given thee”
God designed 7 feasts in Leviticus 23. They were His own holy days (or, holidays) with specific instructions given for their observance and celebration. These “Divine Appointments” are days on which the people are invited to assemble in prayer, worship and thanksgiving. There was eating and drinking in festive joy at some, and solemn, sober reverence of God at others.
The purpose of the holy days, or as I like to call them, divine appointments, is for spiritual elevation. God wants to take you to a higher place, a deeper place in Him with a greater quality lifestyle.
When we honor and give distinctiveness to the day of Atonement, we align ourselves with the desires of God, allowing spiritual opportunities of His blessings and benefits that it offers us. This facilitates the restoration of all that God has promised us, as found in the book of Joel and throughout the scriptures.
The day of Atonement reveals the essential necessity of prayer, consecration and dedication to position yourself through repentance for restoration by Jesus Christ.
Atonement is about what Jesus has done!
“Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people”
When does this verse refer to the Lord being jealous for His land and having compassion on His people? After the repentance and cleansing of the Day of Atonement. After a time of fasting and prayer, we receive the BLESSING of the “Feast of Tabernacles”, which is a type and shadow of the restoration of ALL that God has promised!
“And it shall come to pass afterward…”
Joel prophesied that an outpouring of the Holy Spirit would “Come to Pass” in the last days. This word segment means “to exist, to become, to happen, be brought about.” It is akin to another word meaning, “to breathe or to be.”
The wind of God’s Spirit is His breath. So, we could translate this as, “GOD WILL BREATHE…”
Joel said this outpouring would take place “afterward”. This word is a compound of 2 Hebrew words:
1) “Achar” = “The hind part, after that”
2) “Ken” = “Set upright, certain, fixed, stable, to be erect, to establish, prepare, apply
This outpouring of the spirit takes place “afterward”…AFTER the time of righteous preparation. After the time of corporate fasting and prayer that happens on the Day of Atonement, there is a restoration promised in the verses of Joel chapter 2.
The RESTORATION includes:
1. Increase – A Double Portion
3. Fresh Anointing
4. God’s Power – Miracles
6. Financial Abundance
7. No shame but deliverance
8. God’s Presence
The TRUMPET has sounded. You have HONORED God in His Holy days. You understand the secret for all the Day of Atonement Blessing which is clearly revealed in God’s Word. May God restore that which was lost during this season of miracles. God bless you!