The Day of Atonement
The reign of the Church is called the 'Day of God' on earth -- a day the Israelites called 'Atonement' (because it was the one day each year fixed in the Law when sins could be atoned for).
On that one day each year in accord with the Old Testament, the High Priest of Judaism was able to enter the Holy of Holies and offer sacrifice for sin in a vain attempt to cleanse the people of Judea from the sin that bound them to death.
Converting the era of His word into a 'day ' of light, Jesus handed this holy 'day' to the entire world. The light that emanated from His message was described by the
prophets of scripture as 'daylight'.
Just as long as His light shines on earth, the sun shines. Or, better, the 'Son' shines. It is 'daylight'. It is a 'day' that has lasted since that first Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended to earth in obedience to the command of God.
The brilliance of the light of Christ unites the 'Day of Atonement' specified in Hebrew law with the thousand-year 'Day' which Jesus initiated for our reconciliation with God, defining in both, identical concepts.
Once year, as a part of the original Hebrew ceremony, the High Priest would take two perfect unblemished goats -- one he would kill, offering it up in sacrifice to God, and on the back of the other (which remained alive), he would load all the sins of the people. This 'scapegoat' as it was called, would then be led out to the desert and given over to Satan.
Jesus, of course, stopped all this ritual in its tracks, absorbing this entire ceremony in Himself, by taking the sins of the people on His own back by being led out of Jerusalem and handed over to Satan to be crucified.
In the crucifixion, Jesus is the sacrificed goat. In the communion ritual that perpetuates the sacrifice, Jesus is the goat that has been led alive out into the wilderness, carrying on His back the sins of the people. Thus, in Him, the sacrifice is perpetuated and the 'day' of atonement continues.
It will last until the perpetual sacrifice is withdrawn.
The Bible's comparison of Jesus to sunlight and therefore, to the 'day', is a reflection of the kind of light which forms this holy time of atonement: the light of the Son. This light is the millenium. It is the perpetual moment of Jesus preached openly all across the earth.
From the very beginning, the Bible has used the metaphor of light to describe the nature and substance of God and His word. Jesus is portrayed as the 'day' and his reign as 'daylight', while Satan is seen as 'darkness' and his rule as the 'night'.
The 'thousand years' constitutes a single day in the light of Christ -- the day of God when the Gospel of Christ has been freely preached almost everywhere on the planet (in every conceivable kind of church and language) with little hindrance -- bringing the offer of God's mercy to all people in an environment which has encouraged repentance and faith.
1. 'The Clock of God, Chapter 17, 'The Conversion of the World'
2. 'The Clock of God, Chapter 18, 'The Millenium of Christ'
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