THE MEANING OF THE OFFERINGS
The big mistake is to think that the Atonement is synonymous of Forgiveness. The Atonement is the absolute necessity of Holiness in dispelling the sin (the contrary of holiness). This process is, in fact, a destruction that
leads to death and "cover" or "erase" the sin. While Divine Forgiveness, is to keep alive the human sinner (sinful condition inherited from Adam), while the absolute necessity for Atonement is respected, over the base of the sacrifice of Christ (Atonement
It is for this reason that our sins are forgiven on the basis of the atoning value of the blood of Christ poured out (once forever, the Nisan 14th, 33 C.E. (and not directly on the value of the
Ransom (or Exchange) of the sacrifice of Christ)).
The propitiatory sacrifice represents a bloodshed accompanied by the complete destruction of the body inherited from Adam and which represents nothing more nor less than
the death that erases the sins (Romans 6:23 a). This atonement process can be done in view of God's forgiveness, on the basis of the active propitiatory value of the blood of Christ, which results in the ransom value of the resurrection (heavenly and earthly resurrections)
(The exchange of the human body for the Great Crowd) (Hebrews 9:22; Acts 24:15).
For example, for
the Jews with the Jewish religion, the day of Atonement, the TISHRI 10th, which is called in Hebrew "YOM KIPPUR" (YOM = day) + (KIPPUR = Atonement) is also called the great FORGIVENESS. It is true and it is false.
is true that there will be Forgiveness of God, for the goat for Azazel, in the Atonement Day (Leviticus 16:7-10). This goat was the carrier of the confessed sins of the House of Israel sent far from the presence of God (to illustrate the Forgiveness of God):
“But the goat designated by lot for A·zaʹzel should be brought alive to stand before Jehovah in order to perform the atonement upon it, so that it may be sent away for A·zaʹzel into the wilderness (…) Aaron will lay both his hands
on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the errors of the Israelites and all their transgressions and all their sins, and he will put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man designated to do this.
22 The goat will carry upon itself all their errors into a desert land, and he will send the goat away into the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:10,21,22).
Returning to the Great Tribulation, it is true that in TISRI 10th,
there will be a Forgiveness of God for a part of humanity that is living now and will survive through this dramatic moment. However, this great FORGIVENESS of God will be on the basis of an Atonement (made on the Nisan 14th, 33 C.E. (once for all
time)): the Atonement Value of the blood of Christ: “After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes;
and there were palm branches in their hands. 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (…) In response one of the elders said to me: “These who
are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” 14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they
have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”” (Revelation 7:9,10,13,14).
It is false for the Goat used as an Atonement Sacrifice for the sake of the Goat for Azazel, as it is written
in Hebrews: “Yes, according to the Law nearly all things are cleansed with blood, and unless blood is poured out no forgiveness takes place” (Hebrew 9:22). It is interesting to note that the inspired declarations of Paul are made in the framework
of the explanation of the Atonement Day. During the Great Tribulation, there won’t be a “Great Forgiveness” for the victims of this great worldwide Atonement (Revelation 14:18-20; 19:11-21). If it is necessary the Atonement for the Forgiveness
of God, the contrary is not true. The necessity of Atonement is linked to the Most Holiness of God that is an absolute requirement of God, it doesn’t need the Forgiveness of God. The Atonement Process is an Absolute necessity of Holiness, Forgiveness
depends on the feelings of God (He is not obliged to forgive: the necessity of forgiveness is not absolute (Matthew 6:14)): “The one who exercises faith in the Son has everlasting life; the one who disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of
God remains upon him” (John 3:36).
The Atonement without God's forgiveness is neither more nor less than a destruction of the person (as a sinner), which blood remains on his head: “David said to him: “Your
blood is on your own head, because your own mouth testified against you by saying, ‘I myself put the anointed of Jehovah to death.’” (2 Samuel 1:16; Joshua 2:19; 1 Kings 2: 32,33,37; Ezekiel 33:4; Acts 18:6). The biblical expression of “bloodguilt”
means that the own blood of the sinner remains on his head, his own blood will be used (in his death) for his own atonement without forgiveness of God.
This atonement process represents an erasure of the sins by the complete
destruction (without God's forgiveness) of the sinner. In that case, the sinner has his “blood upon” him, which suggests destruction without forgiveness and without the resurrection (Isaiah 34: 6 compared with Revelation 14:18-20; Leviticus 20:13;
see Matthew 25:46).
The Burnt Offering of animal is the symbol of what belongs to Jehovah as ransom and allows the preserving alive and the resurrection
(Hebrews 10:39). As Jesus Christ said, what belongs to God, as creation with life, is always alive: “I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’? He is the God, not of the dead, but of the living.” (Matthew 22:32).
The burnt offering is closely connected with everlasting life.
The burnt offering prophetically represents what belongs to Jehovah, in the form of a ransom (someone bought by Jehovah in exchange for a price paid by Him (in
that case, the Human Life of His Son Jesus Christ(John 3:16))). This ransom will concretely become a resurrection (for the dead) or an exchange of body (for the Great Crowd that will survive to the Great Tribulation). The burnt offering can also prophetically
represent what belongs to Jehovah in the form of a sacred service in the temple. This is illustrated by the sacrifice of the daughter of Jephthah, which is not a human sacrifice, but a symbol of the fact that this young woman was dedicated by his father (in
spiritual burnt offering), to serve Jehovah in the Tabernacle with a sacred service (judges 11 (: 31: 38-40). Thus, Christian baptism
is also a spiritual human sacrifice as a spiritual burnt offering to Jehovah (Matthew 28: 19, 20; see Revelation 7:15 the Great Crowd makes a "sacred service in the Temple").
The biblical fact that the burnt offering can
represent by belongs to Jehovah, by the resurrection, is confirmed by the sacrifice of burnt offering of ram made in Nisan 16th, representing the resurrection of Christ: “On the day you have the sheaf waved, you must offer a sound young ram
in its first year, as a burnt offering to Jehovah” (Leviticus 23:12). This burnt offering of ram and the offering of first-fruits prophetically represented the resurrection of Christ in Nisan 16th. This is also confirmed by the Apostle Paul,
under inspiration, in terms of the wave offering of the first-fruits (including the burnt offering of ram) made in Nisan 16th: “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep in death”
(1 Corinthians 15:20).
There is the same confusion between the biblical expressions of Ransom, Atonement and Forgiveness according, the Sacrifice of Christ. Why? Because they have the same result: The Everlasting Life (by
preserving alive and resurrection) (Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 10:39). Also, the Atonement based on the Forgiveness of God, results, on end, to a Ransom (by preserving alive, by the exchange of the Body). Atonement is a process of disappearance of sin for the
Absolute Necessity of Holiness required by God (Matthew 26:28). The Ransom is a process of life, by the exchange of body (by Healings, Rejuvenation and
Resurrection) (Matthew 20:28):
“With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God
himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3,4; Isaiah 35: 5,6; John 5:28, 29; Acts
Perfumed incense, Grain offering, Drink offering
incense represents the prayers of Jehovah’s Worshipper made for God: “And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp and golden bowls that were
full of incense, and the [incense] means the prayers of the holy ones” (Revelation 5:8; 8:3-5).
The Grain offering and the Drink offering was always connected with the burnt offering. In the biblical context, they
represent the sacred service or the ministry to serve God. And the “sweet-smelling odor” of these burnt offerings is the good relation relationship and the precious standing with Jehovah (Ephesians 5:1,2; Philippians 4:18; Acts 10:4 “Your
prayers and gifts of mercy have ascended as a remembrance before God” ; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 “a sweet odor of Christ” compare with Ecclesiastes 7:1).