The Final Sprinkling

By John J. Blanchard

September 26, 2012: Day of Atonement

Good morning, brethren, on this Day of Atonement 2012.  How have you done since the last Passover, and in particular how have you done changing your life, getting ready, and analyzing your life since Trumpets?  These last ten days is what the Jews call the days of awe and we are supposed to pay attention to ourselves.  We should really try to sort things out, so we can get more in line with God’s will.  If you are like me, you have more improving yet to do, but you took it seriously because this is indeed a serious day.

When you look at ancient Israel—those who became God’s chosen people—God had a purpose for that.  It was a very serious purpose.  I want to start by turning to Exodus chapter 19.  We will start reading in verse 3:  “And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:  “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”’  These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

A HOLY NATION

God wanted to make this people a people of kings and priests and a holy nation.  There had never been a holy nation on earth before.  These people were going to have a special relationship with God.  If you wanted to be holy and be able to have God live with you as a people, there were certain things you were going to have to do.  God had to instruct the people, so they could learn about His form of government, His law, His plans for mankind, and His plans for them.  There was a lot that He had to teach them, and they had to have intermediaries between God and the people.  Moses was one.  As we will see, the high priest was one.

The Book of Leviticus gives us some particular instructions about today, the Day of Atonement.  If you would, turn to Leviticus chapter 19.  God gives instructions of what it is like to be holy and what you have to do to be holy.  It is a lot of work to be holy, and they learned that in a physical sense and a spiritual sense, in some ways, back in the Old Testament times.  We, of course, are learning both also, spiritual and physical ways to be holy.

Leviticus chapter 19, starting in verse 1:  “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them:  “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”’”

God says, you are going to be holy because you are My people and I am holy.  That is a tall, tall order.  If you turn a few pages, He starts to tell the people in Leviticus 23 about the holy days and what some of the requirements of being holy would be.

Turn now to Leviticus 23 where it is speaking specifically about today, the Day of Atonement.  Read Leviticus 23:26-32.

This is a solemn day of rest.  There should be no work.  He does not even want us preparing food, so we are fasting.  We need to meditate about the purpose of the day, what God is trying to accomplish through His holy days, and what it means to be holy.  God is saying this is a very important day.  This is the day that pictures you becoming at one with Me, and you are going to be holy because you are My people and I am holy, He says.  This is a requirement.

Because God said you will keep this day forever, there are a few people on earth that still do it.  Someday the entire world will do it, but we are among the few of the billions of people that understand how serious this day is.

I looked up the meaning of the Day of Atonement in the Hebrew, and it is the word kaphar (#3722, Strong’s, 1995) which means to cover, to expiate, to condone, to placate or cancel, appease, make atonement, cleanse, forgive, be merciful, pardon or purge away.  God is using this day to teach us that we have to cooperate with Him to be cleansed.  There is a lot of work to being cleansed.  The high priest and the people of ancient Israel soon learned of the requirements.

Another definition of kaphar is a village as protected by walls.  God says, I know it is going to be tough.  You are in the world.  I have called you to be a holy people, and it is tough to be holy.  I am going to protect you!  I will be your God.  I will be your fortress.  I am going to give you the help you need in order to get this done.  That is a wonderful promise from God.  He knew it would be tough, but He is going to help us.

Therefore in the midst of a very dark world full of sin, violence, and human suffering, God created in this holy nation something like an oasis.  It was a land, a country, a nation of people that had special relationships with Him.  They had special protection and special understanding of His holy days.  It is the same with His people today.  That is why we are here.  We have special understanding.  We have special blessings.  He is our God, and He says, I want to work with you.  We need to feel like a protected village, but we need to take our responsibility to become holy very seriously.

DEALING WITH SIN

In the ancient times they were given a physical system of dealing with sin to get clean.  Once a  human being became dirty—once they had sinned—they could not get it off themselves.  You just can’t get if off yourself.  It requires a greater sacrifice and greater good than we can muster.  That’s why back then they had a system in place with a high priest, the holy of holies, a temple, and a sacrificial system, so that they could deal with this.  As soon as they sinned, they knew they could never be holy again.  How could they become part of this holy nation, they thought.  They knew it was serious because if they did not take it seriously, they would be cut off and killed.  It was very important.

Let’s turn to Leviticus chapter 16 and read more of the instructions about how to get holy and clean.  In Leviticus 16 it talks about the Day of Atonement again.  Leviticus 16, verse 1:  “Now the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered profane fire before the Lord, and died; and the Lord said to Moses:  ‘Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just anytime into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.’”

I am sure they took that seriously because the two sons of Aaron did die for not following instructions carefully.

Continuing in verse 3:  “Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place:  with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering.  He shall put the holy linen tunic and the linen trousers on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired.  These are holy garments.  Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on.”

The first thing the high priest has to do is to make sure he is clean.  Then he puts on the clean garments in order to enter the Holy of Holies on one day of the year.  That is today.  We are going to deal with sin.  God says, this is how we are going to take care of things.

Continue reading Leviticus 16:5-10.

In other words, get it away from the people.  The people who were ready to have their sins dealt with are the Lord’s lot.  The people who are not ready, go off into the wilderness, so to speak.

TWO DESTINIES

There were these two lots.  One, of course, represented Jesus Christ’s people, and one Satan and  his people.  These two lots are determined on this day.  The high priest gets clean, and then he takes the two goats.  He figures out which one during this ceremony is going to be God’s and which one will be Satan’s.  That is all determined by lot.  It is just an example.

Aaron has to sort these things out because he is actually dealing with two destinies in advance.  Not that we are destined to sin or destined to be evil, but there are two destinies that people can end up on.  You can see that track all the way through the Bible.  There is good and there is evil, but then there are five wise and five foolish.  There is always a choice to be made.  You have these lots that are representing two different choices.

Continuing in verse 11 of Leviticus 16 as the high priest does his cleansing work here.  “And Aaron shall bring the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house, and shall kill the bull as the sin offering which is for himself.”

We have the high priest getting cleansed.

Verse 12:  “Then he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring it inside the veil.  And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die.”

Often the incense and the fire in the censer represents prayers, like we are praying to God to be forgiven.  These are brought in by the high priest signifying that we want to be forgiven and repent.  We want to change.

Continuing in verse 13 of Leviticus 16:  “And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die.  He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.”

What is going on here?  He starts with the east side.  We know the sun rises in the east.  The truth will go around the world from east to west.  We understand the significance to the east side.  He says we are going to start here.  After you are cleaned, you are going to go through this ceremony, and you are going to work toward cleaning yourself, the people, and as we understand it eventually the whole world.  This is all be enacted in the Old Testament.  We need to try to glean what God is talking about here.

Reading the last sentence in verse 14 again, we will break into it:  “…and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.”

Seven, of course, is the number of perfection, but there is probably more to it than just that.

Let’s continue in verse 15.  “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat.  So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.”

CLEANSING SEVEN CHURCH ERAS

Here we see he is going to go through this procedure, and it is for the sins of the people.  That is the congregation of Israel.  That is the Church at that time.  This sprinkling on the mercy seat seven times with his finger is for the congregation of Israel.  It is not yet for the world.  It is to clean up God’s people.  I want to make that an important point because we are now God’s people today.  I want to bring that up to our time in just a minute.

Let’s continue in verse 17 of Leviticus 16:  “There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Holy Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel.  And he shall go out to the altar that is before the Lord, and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and some of the blood of the goat, and put it on the horns of the altar all around.  Then he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, cleanse it, and consecrate it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.”

Aaron is a type of Jesus Christ—a high priest—and he has to go through and cleanse God’s temple, His people, and His tabernacle seven times.  Also there is a former and a latter fulfillment.  Does it not make sense that Jesus Christ does that with His Church seven times as our High Priest?

The connection I want to draw is that the congregation of the Church is divided into seven Church eras, and each era has to be cleansed until that era is completed and so many people have taken their calling seriously.  They have to get rid of their spots and blemishes.  The coming together of the bride of Christ is not just at the very end of the age.  God is dealing with His bride throughout the Christian dispensation.  Each era has to have their opportunity to be cleansed.  Therefore our High Priest works in seven consecutive or chronological steps.  That’s what I think Aaron was being shown to do in the Old Testament.  He sprinkled the blood seven times.  Do this for Me seven times.

After this is completed, it is very interesting to see what happens in the Old Testament.  Now let’s go to verse 20 of Leviticus 16:  “And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place, the tabernacle of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat.  Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man.”

After the cleansing has taken place seven times and God is done working with His people, He says now it is time for judgment.  It is time to sort the sheep from the goats.  It is time to separate and make a distinction here.  That is what I want to focus on for a minute.

It is all in chronological order.  It is very important for us to understand that God is working in the same chronology today.  We don’t know because we can’t see Christ working.  We feel Christ working.  We have faith that He is working.  We know He is our High Priest.  We are going to talk about some of those Scriptures in a minute, but we cannot comprehend when He was done sprinkling each era!  We will not be able to comprehend when He is done sprinkling this era—when He is done working, saying, it’s ready now to move on to the innumerable multitude.  It is ready now to separate what used to be by lot, but now it is by how serious we took our calling.  This is about the children of Israel.  This is about the congregation—the church.  How serious did we take it?  Or was there a lack of seriousness or a rejection of it?  Unfortunately, there have been some people who have rejected their calling.

This is the time when God says we are going to sort all of this out.  That is why this is a serious day.  It is a wonderful day and a serious day at the same time.

Then He goes on in verses 29 to 34, which you don’t have to read, to say you will do this every year forever.  I want you to understand My plan, and I want you to tell each generation of people every year to take My calling and your reception of that calling seriously.  Really deal with it each year.

It is easy for us to treat this lightly.  By far the vast majority of Christians do.  They think this Old Testament is hocus pocus.  But we are going to see here now with New Testament Scriptures that it was all meant to teach us something very valuable for our time.  We are to learn from it.  If we treat it too lightly, it is a very foolish thing to do.

OLD TESTAMENT EXAMPLES

Let’s turn to I Corinthians chapter 10 first of all.  All those things that were going on were not just Old Testament hocus pocus.  They were examples for us today.  Starting with Jesus Christ’s first twelve disciples, right on down through to us, they are examples for us.  I Corinthians chapter 10, beginning in verse 1:  “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink.  For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

There was a spiritual component to what they were doing, and they understood that.  They understood that forgiveness was spiritual, but they had to do physical things to attain it.

Continuing in verse 5 of I Corinthians 10:  “But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.  Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.”

All these things that went on in the Old Testament are for our examples, including what went on in that Holy of Holies on this day, the Day of Atonement.

Continuing in verse 7:  “And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.’”

We think in the Church that we are not idolaters because we do not put up statues at services.  But we can worship money, we can worship things, and we can worship our own bodies.  There are a lot of things that can become an idol.  We need to take that seriously.

Verse 8:  “Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell…”

Unfortunately, that goes on, too.

Verse 9:  “…nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.”

Have you ever heard any complaints in the Church?  I will tell you right now, I have been a complainer in the Church.  We all do it from time to time, but we need to be growing out of it.

Verse 11 of I Corinthians 10:  “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Hence, we want to take this day seriously because this could be a way of escape. If we are having trouble dealing with sin, this is like our last chance before the Millennium starts to get rid of it, chronologically speaking, if you follow what I am saying.  Each year as we prepare now to go to the holy days and have a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles, in the chronology of things this is like the last day to say to God, I am sick of myself!  Help me deal with it.  Then we can go have a nice Feast of Tabernacles without complaining, without immorality, or without people doing whatever.  We can go there knowing we have dealt with that.  It’s over and let’s rejoice!  Let’s rejoice!  Someday that will be an actual fulfillment of when some of God’s people enter the Millennial rest and some don’t. They are left behind.  It does not mean God will not offer them salvation.  I am just saying, we know some are left behind.  On that fulfillment of Atonement, it is a sad time because not everybody goes up at Christ’s return.  Some are left behind to deal with some sins yet.  We have to take this seriously now while there is time.  That is my point there.

Let’s turn to I Peter.  Go over a few pages, please, to I Peter chapter 2, verse 9 where it is speaking to Christians we are told here.  “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

Do you see a correlation to the Exodus when He said, you are My holy people, my special people, a holy nation of priests and kings?  Of course, there is a connection.  That connection comes through on everything else as well.

PUT AWAY SIN

Let’s back up to verse 1 where we will get the drift here.  I Peter 2, verse 1:  Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

He says put away sin.  Get it out of your life.

Continuing in verse 4 of I Peter 2:  “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’  Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.’  They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.”

You are talking about people who have been appointed.  They have been given a calling.  They are disobedient and not taking it seriously.  They are stumbling over Christ.  We often talk about that at Passover.  If you do not recognize the body of Christ, many sleep and many are sick.  This is God’s way of warning us that sometimes we are not taking our calling seriously.  We all get sick, don’t take me wrong.  But he says, many—not all the time—many are having these problems because they are stumbling over the body of Christ.  In other words, that’s what is mentioned here.  The body of Christ is the Church.  When we offend, we slander, we complain, and we are difficult, we are harming the body of Christ.  We are actually stumbling over Christ.  We are being disobedient.  If we do not repent, the point here is we are in serious trouble.  We are in very serious trouble.

God wants everybody to go up and receive that new body—all the ones who were appointed to their calling, but we know that is not going to happen to everybody.  It is serious for us.  We need to pay attention!  There is a division, a separation, between those who are obedient and those who are not.

OUR HIGH PRIEST

Our High Priest fortunately is working constantly to rectify this.  Whether it is through chastisement in our lives, through trials in our lives, through teaching, or through inspiration, He is constantly working and ready and able to forgive us as soon as we ask!  That is His job.  He wants us all to be as perfect as possible.

Turn to Hebrews chapter 4, verse 14:  “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Just as the high priest took in the prayers of the people and the supplications for them and cleaned them up symbolically with the blood, Christ takes our prayers to the Father.  We are told here He is our High Priest, diligently doing way more than Aaron could have ever achieved.  He is willing to do it constantly for us.  We have to use it.  We have to be trying and attempting this.  We have to be asking for forgiveness.

Let’s go back up to verse 11 of the same chapter.  Hebrews 4, verse 11:  “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”

We all want to enter the Millennium.  I want you all to enter the Millennium.  I want us all to have a fine reward.  It is something each of us has to work on personally.

Verse 12 of Hebrews 4:  “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

We can all look good like the Pharisees and be cleaned up on the outside, but the word of God knows the intents of our heart.  He knows what is going on in our mind, and He is judging by that.  But He gives us lots of help and lots of guidance on how to handle this and how to use Him as a High Priest to get things rectified while there is still time.  That’s His job, and He loves His job!

Turn to Hebrews chapter 8, verse 1:  “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying:  We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.  For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices.  Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.  For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle.  For He said, ‘See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’  But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.”

We understand what’s going on in the invisible world of our High Priest because of what was done with Aaron and the priesthood physically on this earth in the Old Testament.  We know that what they did was a copy, a shadow, and a forerunner of what Christ is doing today.  Seven times Christ has applied His blood to the Church.  He said, let’s do this with each era.

THE SEVENTH SPRINKLING

We are getting close to the final sprinkling!  At some point the game has to be over.  At some point God has to say, enough is enough, and that is God’s decision to make.  Now We are going to send you back, and We are going to separate the sheep from the goats.  We are going to make a judgment call based upon what people did with their calling.

Going down to Hebrews chapter 9, read Hebrews 9:1-9.

Everything they were doing was symbolic, so we could grasp it because we can’t see Christ go to the Father with our prayers.  We can’t see Christ taking away our sins with His blood.  We just have faith that it is getting done.  Because we can study the Old Testament and see how this all worked, we can understand the system.

Continuing again in verse 9 of Hebrews 9:  “It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience—concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.”

They could not get it done permanently in the Old Testament times because it was a physical sacrificial system.  But Christ changed all of that with His reformation of things.  We now deal with the High Priest, and He goes straight to the Father on our behalf.

How did Christ attain the ability and the assurance that He could do this for us?  He did this by dying for us like the sacrificial animals in the Old Testament.

Hebrews 9, verse 16:  “For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.  For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.”

It is like a will.  If I have a last will and testament, it does not take effect until I die.  That is what we are being told here.

Verse 18:  “Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.’ Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.  And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

The testator had to die for our sins to be removed.  There is no other way, but that is the sacrifice.  It is the only sacrifice we need, other than the sacrifices we have to make in our covenant agreement with Jesus Christ and God the Father that we will work to become holy.  That is our job.  For the times we fall down, our High Priest does His job, but we have to take the whole thing seriously or it all breaks down.  It all breaks down.  That is the importance of taking today seriously—the Day of Atonement.

Read Hebrews 10:11-18.

We do not need another offering for sin.  Christ did it all.  But we have to make the system work by agreeing to try to be holy and using our High Priest for all those times we fall short.  That requires self-examination.  That requires us to try to change.  That requires us to take God’s holy days and Sabbaths seriously and not to trample them like working on these holy days.  He says, please do not work on My holy days or I will have to punish you.  It is for your benefit if you end up getting punished.  All chastisement is because God loves us.  If we do not respond to it, like an incorrigible child, He will have no recourse when the Day of Atonement is fulfilled but to let us take the lot we have selected by our disobedience.

We do not know when the seventh sprinkling is over, but we want to take it seriously.  We know there is assignment of guilt, and that is what today is representing.  There will be an assignment of those who have accepted their remission of sins and have really tried hard to get rid of spots and blemishes as the bride of Christ.  There will be those who fell short one way or another.

This day is both very somber but very wonderful.  It is always difficult to see someone get chastised or punished, but God loves us all.  I would rather be punished before the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement and change rather than God wait until the Day of Atonement and say, John, you did not measure up!  I would say, I wish you would have told me!  He tells us every year on the holy days and every Passover.  He is telling us to continue to work on these things.  He says, I am right there by your side as your High Priest to help you when you fall short.

This day is going to represent much more than just us, for when this day is fulfilled, this world that is in such turmoil right now is going to feel the negative broadcast of Satan stop all at once!  Can you imagine that?  They are not going to understand what happened at first, but it is going to stop.

A MILLENNIAL REST

The voice that pushes people to these frenzied actions like riots, shootings, killings, and the blowing up of children with devices and IED’s will stop.  All of that desire is going to stop.  People will ask, what happened?  I don’t feel the same way about those people over there anymore!  I want peace.  It will be because Satan will be gone, and that is our job to get ready as the bride of Christ, so today can be fulfilled.

The rest of the world will be able to feel this burden come off them—these negative thoughts.  Then just like in our chronology of the holy year, Atonement will be quickly followed by the Millennium.  Won’t that be fantastic!  It will be that first Millennial rest when the world is beginning to understand what God really intended all along.  We will all get along, and they will see God really is wonderful.  The world is going to rejoice after the seventh sprinkling.

Turn to Revelation chapter 19, verse 6:  “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia!  For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!  Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’  And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.  Then he said to me, ‘Write:  “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”  and he said to me, ‘These are the true sayings of God.’”

Soon there will be a great multitude around the world that no one can number.  They will feel the burdens come off their minds.  When they feel a peace that they have never understood could even be possible, they are going to say, wow!  The bride made herself ready.  Now we can have a Millennium!

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