Jewish-Israelite deception concerning the “Day of Atonement”
Apparently, many of Jacob’s children today believe, in error, that the Day of Atonement forgave the sin of the individual; not so, the Day of Atonement was National; that is, for the sins of Israel as a Nation relevant to Israel’s Covenant relationship with God. The sole purpose of the animal sacrifices was to point Israel to the coming Messiah who would take away the sins of the World and to allow the individual offering the sacrifice an opportunity to express “faith” in God and thereby find righteousness (a right standing) with God through that faith.
The animals offered for an individual’s sin could NEVER take away sin or make atonement but it was the “faith” of the one offering the sacrifice that established “righteousness” with God not the sacrifice or the blood of an animal (Hebrews 10-11). Even though an individual in the Hebrew Scriptures was made positionally “right” with God through their faith; that is, believing that God is true and will do what He has promised, their “faith” was NOT reckoned as atonement; therefore, the Old Testament saints, upon death of the body in Time, their spirit was detained in Sheol-Paradise (Abraham’s Bosom, Luke 16) awaiting Messiah’s atonement (Psalm 16:10) as nothing impure is permitted to enter the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27). The blood atonement of Messiah is the ONLY acceptable atonement permitting access to the Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit tells us that while Messiah’s human body laid in the tomb subsequent to His Crucifixion, Messiah descended into Sheol (Hades-Paradise) and preached liberty i.e. the Gospel to the captives there and these were taken on-high by our Lord into the Kingdom awaiting the resurrection of the righteous (Ephesians 4:7-10; 1 Peter 3:19). Subsequent to Messiah’s death, burial, resurrection, those who die in the New Covenant having trusted-believed in Jesus as Lord, these are now, subsequent to death of their body, translated immediately into the presence of our Lord awaiting the resurrection of the righteous for service in the New Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 5:8).
NO ONE, Jew-Israelite-Gentile-Man-Woman will find life in the Kingdom of God through self-righteousness or works of the Law (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9) but ONLY by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord believing that Jesus died to pay their sin-debt, a debt they could never pay through their own efforts (John 14:6; John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-10).