The Temple On Yom Kippur – Dwight Nelson’s Sermon

Dr Dwight Nelson, senior Pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church preaching on the topic , The Temple on Yom Kippur.

□ Leviticus 16:29-24—Yom Kippur
□ Hebrews 9—Yom Kippur
• Angel Rodriguez: “Cleansing as an image of atonement presupposes that we understand sin as a contaminating agent that needs to be removed in order to restore things to their pristine original state. This is particularly the case in the book of Hebrews, in which the image of cleansing reaches an important level of significance within salvation history. The idea that Christ made purification for sins is central in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” (Spanning the Abyss: How the Atonement Brings God and Humanity Together 145)

• Hebrews 1:3—through his life and death Christ has brought about purification or cleansing (Gk: katharismos—”catharsis”) from sin.

• The three essential cleansings of Christ’s sacrifice:

#Cleansing #1—for past sin.

o Hebrews 9:15

# Cleansing #2—for present sin.

o Hebrews 9:14

#Cleansing #3—for future judgment.

o Hebrews 9:22-28 binds together the ancient Day of Atonement with a future day of judgment,.

o What Calvary provided is the once for all sacrifice of the Lamb of God that would eventually cleanse the record of sin from God’s sanctuary above and the presence of sin in God’s people below.

o Clearly there is a Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement cleansing that comes at the end of time—in the judgment immediately preceding the return of Christ.

# Rodriguez: “In Hebrews the cleansing of the sanctuary refers to the realities of the final judgment, the consummation of the salvation of God’s people, and the ultimate defeat of evil power. Thus the epistle unveils the typological significance of the Day of Atonement, enriching our understanding of the work of Christ for us.” (149)

□ Daniel 7, 8 and 9—Yom Kippur

• Daniel 8:14—”And he said to me, ‘For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.'”

• Daniel 8:26—”‘The vision concerns the distant future.'”

• In what the English physicist and Bible scholar, Isaac Newton, would later call “the crown jewel of the Old Testament,” Gabriel gives to Daniel the stunning prophetic timeline for the Messiah’s coming to Daniel’s people (Dan 9:24-27) as the beginning point for the even more astounding timeline for the commencement of God’s final Yom Kippur judgment in heaven (Dan 8:14).

• For a detailed video study of this prophecy, go to and click on to “The Spectacular Prophecy Nostradamus Missed”

• Rodriguez: “Contextual analysis allows the interpreter of the prophecy to determine the 2300-day period as beginning in 457 B.C. and ending in A.D. 1844. Many Christians consider that aspect of the apocalyptic vision offensive. Such an attitude is understandable although not acceptable. It is understandable in that those who have grown under the influence of the rationalism of modernism are unwilling to accept that a human being could make predictions that received their fulfillment 2,300 years later. But that attitude is not acceptable, because Scripture should determine the assumptions and presuppositions of the reader and not the other way around. The interpretation of prophecy is not arbitrary. It has been reaffirmed on exegetical and theological grounds.” (145)



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