Atonement: Kapar [kaphar /kaw·far/] Strong’s 3722
A. Verb: to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation

This word is best known from «Yom Kippur» the Day of Atonement. The Law of Moses required the high priest to go into the holiest place one day each year with the blood of the sin offering, a bull, to make atonement for his sin and the sin of the people.

Kapporet [kapporeth /kap·po·reth/] Strong’s 3727 From 3722
B. Noun: mercy-seat, place of atonement.

In the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant. The mercy-seat was on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant concerning which God said:

Thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark… And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat. Exodus 25:21-22

The place of atonement was the place where one could meet and commune with God. Romans 5:11 tells us we have received the atonement through the blood of Christ and are reconciled to God and now we can meet with Him and commune with Him at any time.

Jesus Christ now sits on the mercy seat and we have the sure mercies of David. David was a murderer and an adulterer; he had a man murdered so he could take the man’s wife, but when he repented, God forgave him and blessed him! This shows us that there is no sin so horrible or terrible that we cannot go to our High Priest Christ; Christ Jesus, and receive forgiveness and cleansing – the sure mercies of David (Isaiah 55:3, Jeremiah 31:20, Acts 13:34).

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  1. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the Blood of Christ
    by Stephen Yulish PhD

    During the Jewish High Holy Day of Yom Kippur (tonight), the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:29-34), the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies in the Temple to sprinkle sacrificial blood on the Mercy Seat of the Ark to cleanse the sins of the people of Israel (Leviticus 16:20-22). A crimson cloth was placed on the outside of the Holy of Holies which would turn white when the process worked (Isaiah 1:18) and it always did. It always did until forty years before the destruction of the Temple, when according to the Jews own Talmud (rabbinic commentary),Yoma 39 a & b and Rosh Hashanah 31b, this crimson cloth stopped turning white. Also, the lot that the High Priest picked for the goat to be sacrificed to the Lord ceased coming up in his right hand and began coming up in his left hand which was the hand which always was for the scapegoat (Leviticus 16:7-10) which had all the sins placed on it and led out of town.

    According to the rabbis own commentary (Talmud) the western light in the Temple would not keep burning as before and the doors of the Temple would no longer open by themselves!

    What happened forty years before the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD?

    Jesus the Christ died for our sins once and for all around 30 AD. He became the scarlet thread of salvation. By His blood, our sins are washed away and we are white as snow. The Temple and its blood sacrifices of goats and bulls (Leviticus 17:11) were no longer needed to cleanse us of our sins (Hebrews 9:11-15). Jesus is all we now need. He is our High Priest who made atonement for our sins once and for all in a holy place not built by human hands (Hebrews 9:24-26).

    Praise His Holy Name!

  2. The blood of Christ found sprinkled on the Mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.

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