Universal Salvation: The Plan of God Part Four
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
The Day of Atonement, known as the At-one-ment, is the next holy day in the plan of God. Having returned to the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and having raised the firstfruits in the first resurrection, Jesus' attention is now focussed on the seven last plagues, the abyssing of Satan and his demons, and all the preparations necessary before the start of the next millennium. The next millennium is when the general resurrection will begin. Let us have a look to see what part Jesus has to play in the reality of the Day of Atonement.
Leviticus 23:26-32 says: "26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 27 'Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.' "
So they had to meet; they had to fast; and it was also a Sabbath.
Leviticus 16, which deals with the two unblemished goats, describes the Day of Atonement. UNIVERSAL SALVATION! Satan Part Three showed that this was the ultimate in salvation, because it rescued everyone, including Satan and his demons, from the lake of fire.
At this point, just before the millennium starts, Satan has to be abyssed for a thousand years.
Revelation 20:1-3 says: "1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit (the abyss), and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while."
Note that the thousand years spoken of here, is the thousand years during which Satan is abyssed. It is not the same as the thousand years of Jesus' rule. The abyss is death for Satan and his hordes.
"Why is that?"
Because Satan and his demons are cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death. Therefore, somewhere along the line, they must have died a first death. Can you recall the parallel between Satan and the King of Babylon? Just look at what it says about Satan, superimposed over the King of Babylon:
Isaiah 14:12-15: "12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit."
Can you believe what it says about Satan, there in verse 15 ? "Yet you shall be bought down to Sheol…"
That is death; that is non-existence.
As Ecclesiastes 9:10 says: "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave (Sheol) where you are going."
And Ecclesiastes 9:5 says: "For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing."
Satan and his demons are well and truly dead, for a thousand years. But as most of you will already know, they are coming back.
So the Day of Atonement, here, is dealing with the second goat, where Jesus takes tighter control over the entire spirit realm, throwing Satan and his demons into death; thereby allowing everyone in the general resurrection to be at one with God, and to start off with a clean slate. There will be no evil influences allowed upon mankind, until Satan is resurrected near the end of Jesus' rule of a thousand years. Further, the process will result in the whole of the universe being at one with God, when everyone will finally be resurrected from the lake of fire.
So basically, the Day of Atonement, here, is fulfilling that part of the procedure leading up to the sending of the scapegoat into the wilderness at the hands of Jesus, and sin never being allowed, ever again.
THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, OR THE FEAST OF INGATHERING
Next comes the Feast of Tabernacles, also translated as the Festival of Booths, and sometimes known as the Feast of Ingathering.
Exodus 34:22 says: "And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year's end."
In Israel, there were two yearly harvests: the early spring harvest, representing the harvesting of the firstfruits; and the later main harvest, representing most of mankind who are not in the firstfruit calling. Two entirely different harvests, at two entirely different times.
Leviticus 23:33-42 says: "33 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 34 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. 37 These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day - 38 besides the Sabbaths of the LORD, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the LORD. 39 Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest. 40 And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths." ' "
It was necessary for all males (it was compulsory) to go up to Jerusalem, and to make and live in booths.
Nehemiah 8:14-16 says: "14 And they found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, 15 and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, 'Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.' 16 Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim."
The Israelites were commanded to live for one week in booths, which were all made of the same materials. Both rich and poor lived and ate their food in their booths, showing their equality. And since the Feast of Tabernacles pictures the millennial rule of Jesus, this also pictures that everyone at that time will have equal access to the same things.
Because the Feast of Tabernacles celebrated the main harvest, we are obviously looking to the reality of the main harvest to be the general resurrection. At this time, all of the firstfruits will have been raised to eternal life; it is now, at the start of the thousand-year rule of Jesus, that the general resurrection will begin. Everyone who has ever lived will be brought back during this period, and it is how they conduct themselves during this period, which will determine by which method they will be dealt with at the end of it. See "Universal Salvation! The Lake of Fire Part Three". Either way will result in eternal life, and ultimately Universal Salvation: because we are saved, not by our works, but by grace.
"But is not the Feast of Tabernacles eight days long?"
No. It is seven days long. On the eighth day there is a little-known feast called the Great Last Day, and it takes place after the Millennium has finished.
Be sure to read our next article entitled, "Universal Salvation! The Plan of God Part Five The Great Last Day"
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