From sacrifice into the sanctuary
The Role of the Two Goats on the Day of Atonement
The Final Cleansing
Sin confessed, sin transfered
We often hear the argument that sin was taken care of at the altar of sacrifice and all the priest had to do was present the blood before the mercy seat as proof that the penalty was paid and the sins blotted out. They say sins were never transferred anywhere. Yet is this the Biblical presentation?
We will see that indeed, the priests transfer the sins of the penitant into the sanctuary. Then, on the day of atonement, when the sanctuary is cleansed, the sins are once again transferred out of the sanctuary and eliminated. Let's look at the Levitical process.
After the penitent sinner has confessed his sins upon the head of the sacrificial animal and taken it's life (Lev. 4:4,15,24,29) the priest performs one of two kinds of rituals.
1. In the case of the sin offering for a fellow priest, or for the whole congregation, the officiating pries sprinkled some of the blood seven times before the veil in the holy place as well as on the horns of the altar of incense. (Lev. 4:6,7, 17,18)
2. In the case of the sin offering for other individuals, the officiating priest sprinkled the blood on the horns of the altar of burnt offering in the court. Pours out the blood at the base of the altar and then he eats some of the flesh of the sin offering. (Lev. 6:26; 10:17) By eating the flesh, the priest became the sin-bearer. "to bear the guilt..to make an atonement for them."
We see the priest always had to have his own sins taken care of before he could make atonement for anyone else's sins. No priest can atone for his own sins. In those cases sin was transferred to the sanctuary through the sprinkling of blood. The purified priests then could eat of the flesh of the sacrifice and make atonement for the people.
It is not until the day of atonement at the end of the Jewish ceremonial year, that the sins are dealt with in symbolically final way.
The Passover at the beginning of the year showed that God's children could be "under the blood". To have Christ's blood applied to their lives. They could have their sins covered. For blessed is the person whose sins are covered.
Romans 4.7-8 - "Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin."
The Day of Atonement is the day of the cleansing of the sanctuary/temple. How is it that the sanctuary/ temple was defiled. This is not dealing with mere hygienic issues, this is dealing with the principle of cleanness and purity in opposition to contamination/defilement. Leviticus 16:16 states that this atonement for the holy place must be made because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins, — that is why the Priest must make this atonement for the tabernacle of meeting which stands in the midst. Obviously the tabernacle has been defiled by the sins of the people, and on the day of atonement, the scriptures clearly state an atonement must be made for the tabernacle itself.
Then notice what happens at the end of the rituals on the day of atonement.
Remember the sacrifice was already made, the priest already entered the holy and most holy place with the blood, where he makes an atonement for the holy place, because of the sins of the people, it is when he returns from making an atonement that he lays both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confesses over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgression in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat" (Lev. 16:21) Here we see a clear representation of sin being transferred by the laying on of hands. Where did this sin come from? Was not the sin forgiven at the sacrifice? Was not the presenting of the blood in the Most Holy Place enough? Did this not blot out the sins already? Where did these sins come from which the priest placed upon the head of the scape goat after making an end of atoning?
Here we see something so obvious it amazes me that people refuse to see it.
The sanctuary needed to be cleansed because of the sins of the people which had been transferred from the confessing sinners upon the sacrificial animals throughout the year, and then transferred into the sanctuary, either by the priest sprinkling the blood, or eating the flesh of the sacrifice. On the day of atonement, an atonement is made for the tabernacle, to cleanse the sanctuary because of these sins accumulated there.
Sacrifice is made, the cleansing blood is applied at the mercy seat as well as at the altar of incense. The sanctuary is cleansed. The priest returns from the cleansing of the sanctuary "when he has made an end of atoning for the tabernacle of meeting and the altar" (Lev. 16:20) Then he goes and places ALL the sins upon the goat who is cast far out, forever banned (this goat is not the sacrifice )
The Role of the Two Goats
The two goats on the day of atonement represent the two main figures in the great controversy, contending over which is worthy to receive worship.
Satan has sought to set his throne above the throne of God. (Isaiah 14:13,14) He is the originator of sin, the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Mankind has bought into his deceptive idea that living apart from God's ways of righteousness is true liberty. The deceptive idea that liberty means doing away with God's laws.
God (in trinity) is the one who gave those ten commandments and declared it the law of liberty! (James 1:25) Satan originated the rebellion against God law, for sin is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4) and has deceived people into thinking that is liberty.
Yet the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) The results of sin lead to uncleanliness of character, mind and soul, it defiles and degrades and leads to misery and death.
God, sent His Son, Jesus, to take the penalty for that broken law. To do this, Christ took upon himself our sins. Just like the sacrificial animal had the sins confessed upon it.
Hebrews 9.28 states that "Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many."
And Isaiah 53:11 "He shall bear their iniquities", . thus giving every human being the full opportunity to receive atonement of reconciliation once again with the great God of Heaven.
WORTHY WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN to receive honour and glory!
It was Christ whose blood was shed for the remission of our sins. On the day of atonement it is the blood of the sacrificed goat which accomplishes the cleansing of the sanctuary with respect to all the accumulated sins of the people.
Hebrews 9.23 tells us that, "It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these."
Here we see the heavenly sanctuary needs to be cleansed with the better blood of Christ. What does the heavenly sanctuary need to be cleansed from? The earthly day of atonement clearly says the sanctuary needed to be cleansed because of the transgression of ALL their sins. (Lev. 16:16)
Now 1 John 1:9 rings clearer--"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse."
"Unto 2300 days/years, and then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." Dan. 8:14
For Isreal the Day of Atonement was a day of judgement. It meant life for all those who, during the ceremonial year had followed God's plan for getting rid of sin and defilement; but it meant being "cut off" or death, for all those who, during the ceremonial year had refused to avail themselves of the divinely appointed plan that would bring forgiveness and cleansing from sin. (Lev. 23:26-32) In the heavenly day of atonement it is also a day of judgment when "thrones are set up, the ancient of days takes His seat, thousands and thousands of ministering beings stood watching. The court is seated, the books are opened. (Daniel 7:10-11) Our high Priest "coming with clouds to the Ancient of Days." (Dan. 7:13) In the end the counterfeit system and its' followers are "cut off" and the saints inherit eternal life.
After the priest, in the earthly sanctuary, has made a complete end is made of the atonement the second goat receives his just dues for deceiving a world into sin. He is punished with all the sins and agony he has caused. He is cast forth out of the camp. His blood is not shed for he cannot bring any remission for anyone's sins. No ritual atonement or expiation was executed on the scapegoat. The rite of the scapegoat is rite of elimination of sin and uncleanness.
The phrase "shall present it alive to make atonement over it (lekapper alaw) is best understood that this goat would be alive while atonement is being made for the people, it has no role in the atonement service itself. The atonement rites were all preformed and completed before the final elimination rite in which this live goat was the key player. Then we see a clear act of transferring the totality of the sins of Gods people, in figure, upon the scapegoat. The term "zazel" is the name of a demon, which, according to one scholar, is used in the book of Enoch to depict the ringleader of the rebel angels. This second goat represents God's adversary, the instigator and deceiver of mankind, now he receives the burden of all the misery he has caused and is cast out of the camp along with all who refuse to search their hearts and obtain the cleansing which comes only from Christ's shed blood.
The Final Cleansing
When Christ comes the second time to gather His people from the four corners of the earth, we find God's people cleansed and righteous, arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, fine linen of righteousness (Rev. 19:8) The wicked are slain. (Rev. 19:17-21) The true instigator of all sin is sent into the wilderness for 1000 years (Rev. 20:2-3) The false god and his worshipers will be destroyed, with a fire whose results are eternal destruction. Sin will never rise again.
See the sequence on the day of atonement --Sacrifice is made, the cleansing blood is applied at the mercy seat as well as at the altar of incense. The sanctuary is cleansed. The priest returns from the cleansing of the sanctuary "when he has made an end of atoning for the tabernacle of meeting and the altar" (Lev. 16:20) Then he goes and places ALL the sins upon the goat who is cast far out, forever banned (this goat is not the sacrifice ) it is an elimination rite that symbolizes the taking away of all accumulated sins of God's people forever. Let us be at one ment with the true God! Part of that at one ment means getting rid of the false god from our lives.
James 4.7-10 - "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness."
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."