It just so happened that this year before the Atonement Day/ Yom Kippur, the Dead Sea in Israel turned blood red. This reminds me of the ten plagues in the Bible that God sends Moses to rescue the Israelites out from Egypt. The first plague is to turn the river into the blooding years.
Do you think that this is a coincidence, or is God reminding us of his salvation and repentance?
[What is Yom Kippur?]
Actually, the seven festivals of Israel mentioned in the Bible are not festivals of our cultures or festivals of our countries but the festivals of Our God.
These seven festivals were all directly passed down by Our God to Moses for the Israelites to follow and obey them.
The festivals in spring include Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost. Whereby festivals in the autumn include the Fest of Trumpets that herald the coming of Jesus again, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Now we are entering the autumn season of the year. The Israelis regard the Feast of Trumpets as their New Year, and they blow the shofar to remind the Israelis that they will be entering the Day of Yom Kippur with ten days left.
[What is the Day of Atonement/ Yom Kippur?]
It is the most sacred, most valued, and most important festival for The Jews. It is the day when they pray to God for repentance and forgiveness. The Jews believe that only by their sincere repentance during this period, their sin can be forgiven and atonement so that they can receive God’s blessing in the following years. Because God hates sins and values righteousness. HE will not tolerate sin but HE will forgive people when they repent for their sin.
[Exodus 34:7] “maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
So on this day, the whole country of Israel will be at a standstill.
As mentioned in the Bible, [Leviticus 16:29-30]:
“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you— 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.”
Fasting during Yom Kippur can be regarded as a symbolic atonement and a manifestation of self-restraint, allowing Israelis who celebrate the Day of Atonement to focus on their self-reflection and repentance, without interference from external affairs.
For myself, these few days, with a humble and repentant heart, I repent for myself, my family, my ancestors, our company, and our country. I ask God for HIS mercy and forgiveness. And bless us with his ever-lasting love.