“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 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. 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” (Leviticus 23 v 26-28)
In the Hebrew calendar the Day of Atonement begins at nightfall starting the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishri (which falls in September/October), and continues until the next nightfall. It is always observed as a one day holiday, both inside and outside the boundaries of the land of Israel, in contrast with many other Jewish holidays, which are observed for two days in the Diaspora.
In 2009, Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement) begins at sunset, starting the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, which is Sunday 27th September 2009, and ends at sunset on Monday 28th September 2009. Then the Feast of tabernacles (the Festival of Sukkot) begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur.
The Day of Atonement is based on the Latin translation of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. The Bible calls the day Yom Hakippurim (Hebrew, "Day of the Atonements"). The day is commemorated with a 25-hour fast by Jews, but normally a 24 hour fast by Christians who observe it. If they are physically able--nursing mothers, small children, pregnant women, and various afflicted others are not expected to fast--this is consistent with Jewish practices in this area as well. In this fast individuals go without food or drink.
Some Christians keep the biblical holy days on slightly different dates according to their understanding of when the first day of the month actually begins. Those that believe the first day of the month is at the first appearance of the crescent moon, keep the Day of Atonement and the other Holy Days on slightly different dates.
The Day of Atonement comes during the time of celebration of the harvest, and it also is the day from which the JUBILEE YEAR started. The Day of Atonement comes after the Feast of Trumpets (also known as Rosh Hashana) and is considered to be part of God's plan of salvation as shown in the biblical holy days given to the twelve tribes of Israel, including Judah. The fasting day also gives them pause before the Feast of Tabernacles which is a time of rejoicing and feasting that begins five days later.
Christians with an interest in Biblical theology believe that the Day of Atonement, the sixth of the Feasts of Israel, will mark the very last day of this age. They believe that the Day of Atonement will be the final day to repent and that this epic future day will come on the eve of the last judgement.The generally accepted dates for the Day of Atonement will occur on the following dates
28th September 2009
18th September 2010
8th October 2011
Prepare yourself for the forthcoming season of Jubilee! The children of Israel knew when the feasts and Jubilee was coming and therefore prepared themselves accordingly to participate. They also looked forward in anticipation to what God would do, but I take this opportunity to remind every reader that there is a greater celebration awaiting all of us, when our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shall return. Prepare yourself for the ultimate season of jubilee. For many people it will be a gnashing of teeth and for others it will be a time of rejoicing. On that glorious day the trumpet shall sound and every knee shall bow and confess that He is KING OF KINGS, and LORD of LORDS.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 6 v23)