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Jesus Christ, the one through whom the resurrection will take place

“For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with hands, which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, so that he now appears before God on our behalf”

(Hebrews 9:24)

In this part of the study about the Atonement Day and the Redemption by Resurrection, we will see how the high priest Jesus Christ, will justify the heavenly resurrection of the 144,000, the earthly resurrection of billions of humans and the survival of the great crowd, coming out of great tribulation, based on the value of the sacrifice of his sinless human life. In Hebrews chapter 9, the apostle Paul shows that this will be done on Ethanim (Tishri), 10, on the Day of Atonement. As we have seen above, depending on the context, the burnt offering symbolizes redemption (ransom) through resurrection. For that, let us go back to the dramatic celebration of the Atonement Day described in Leviticus chapter 16. We saw that in the part of the atoning sacrifices of the bull and the goat, that it is the representation of what will happen at the great tribulation. According to the prophecy of Zechariah chapter 13, regarding to the great tribulation, particularly, verse 8, humanity will be divided into three parts: The sacrifice of the bull symbolizes the death and the instantaneous resurrection of the 7000, to complete the 144000 (which are part of the propitiatory sacrifice of the bull) (1 Thessalonians 4:17; Apocalypse (Revelation) 11:11–13). The second animal, the goat, sacrificed represents both the death of all of humanity who suffered the death inherited from Adam, but also of humans who will not survive the great tribulation (Romans 5:12; Revelation 19 :11–21). Finally, the goat for Azazel, the animal that survives this dramatic day, represents the part of humanity that will come out of the great tribulation as the great crowd (Revelation 7:9–17).

However, in this dramatic celebration, there are two sacrifices that are associated with both the propitiatory death of the bull and that of the goat, these are two animals, offered as burnt offerings to God. These two burnt offerings to God, represent redemption by the heavenly resurrection of the 144,000 (the group representing the bull) and by the earthly resurrection of all of humanity dead from the consequences of the sin inherited from Adam (Romans 5:12). It is very interesting to note that the body of the animals sacrificed in a propitiatory way and that of the animals of the burnt offering, are treated in a very different way, which reinforces the understanding of the symbolic meaning of this dramatic celebration, linked to the atonement (the restitution of life to God by shedding of blood, with the destruction of the body of the animal), and the burnt offering to God which symbolizes the redemption (ransom) by resurrection. Here is what is written about what people had to do, after the contact with the goat for Azazel and dead animals in a propitiatory way:

“The man who sent away the goat for Azazel should wash his garments and bathe himself in water, and after that he may come into the camp. And the bull of the sin offering and the goat of the sin offering, whose blood was brought into the holy place to make atonement, will be taken outside the camp, and their skins and their flesh and their dung will be burned in the fire. The one who burns them should wash his garments and bathe himself in water, and after that he may come into the camp” (Leviticus 16:26–28).

Verses 3 and 5 of chapter 16 of Leviticus, associate with the two propitiatory sacrifices, two burnt offerings: “This is what Aaron should bring when he comes into the holy place: a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. (…) He should take from the assembly of the Israelites two young male goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering” (Leviticus 16:3,5). This demonstrates that these propitiatory sacrifices (restitution of life to God by shedding of blood), do not go without God’s forgiveness and the hope of redemption (ransom) by the resurrection (symbolized by the two burnt offerings).

When were presented the burnt offerings of the two rams? After the dramatic celebration of the propitiatory sacrifice of the two animals and the survival of the goat for Azazel: “Aaron will then enter into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments that he put on when he went into the holy place, and he will lay them down there. He must bathe himself in water in a holy place and put on his garments; then he will come out and offer up his burnt offering and the people’s burnt offering and make atonement in his own behalf and in behalf of the people. He will make the fat of the sin offering smoke on the altar” (Leviticus 16:23–25). The atonement mentioned in this text, concerning the burnt offering, is not linked to the guilt of the people (propitiatory sacrifice), but more to the forgiveness of God, which allows the redemption (ransom), by the resurrection, according to Hebrews 9:22.

Therefore, the first burnt offering, represents the redemption by the heavenly resurrection of all 144,000. This heavenly resurrection of the entire group of 144,000, shortly before the great tribulation, is represented by the marriage of the lamb, between the King Jesus Christ with his bride, the New Jerusalem (144,000) (Revelation 19:1–10; 21:2). This heavenly resurrection is designated as the first resurrection which will take place at the beginning of the millennial reign: “And I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given authority to judge. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshipped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years” (Revelation 20:4–6).

The second burnt offering represents the redemption through the earthly resurrection of the mankind who died as a result of Adam’s inheritance of sin (Romans 5:12). However, Revelation 20:5 implies that this earthly resurrection will not take place until the end of the thousand years. What does it mean ? Jesus Christ said there would be a resurrection of judgment (John 5:28,29 (Christ’s statement on the resurrection of judgment); Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:11–13). God will consider all of mankind as resurrected, only after the end of this judgment, which will take place at the end of the thousand years. This means that if the planetary fulfillment of the Day of Atonement will begin on the Ethanim (Tishri), 10, in the great tribulation, but will not really end until after the end of the thousand years (as far as the whole burnt offering of the second ram (the earthly resurrection of all mankind))…

Paul explains the deeper meaning of the Day of Atonement of Ethanim (Tishri), 10, in Hebrews 9. Consider the case of a human who will be resurrected (righteous or unrighteous). The dead human is cleared of his sins: “For the one who has died has been acquitted from his sin” (Romans 6:7). However, for the deceased human (or the group of humans) to be resurrected, Jesus Christ must intercede with God, presenting the value of his sacrifice, represented by his shed blood. This unique event will take place once and for all, on the Day of Atonement to allow the humanity to be resurrected, during the millennial reign: “However, when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have already taken place, he passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. He entered into the holy place, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but with his own blood, once for all time, and obtained an everlasting deliverance for us. For if the blood of goats and of bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who have been defiled sanctifies for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of the Christ, who through an everlasting spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we may render sacred service to the living God?” (Hebrews 9:11–14).

On the planetary Day of Atonement, at the great tribulation, when there will be a full blotting out of the sins of the world (impersonal result (without feeling)), Jesus will appear before the Person of Jehovah “for us” (action in behalf of mankind) , presenting the active value of the ransom of his blood to allow the redemption of deceased humans, by the heavenly resurrection (Hebrews 6:19) and the earthly resurrection (John 5:28,29) and the propitiatory value of his blood for members of the Great Crowd, allowing them to come out of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:9–14). The everlasting deliverance, is the freedom from the yoke of the death sentence due to the inherited sin from Adam (Romans 5:12 and 6:23). The heavenly and earthly resurrection is the tangible symbol of the redeeming value of the blood and the body of Christ, presented before God, once for all, on the Day of Atonement, in view of everlasting life (for the heavenly and earthly resurrected ones and the Great Crowd):

“Therefore, it was necessary for the typical representations of the things in the heavens to be cleansed by these means, but the heavenly things require far better sacrifices. For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with hands, which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, so that he now appears before God on our behalf. This was not done to offer himself often, as when the high priest enters into the holy place from year to year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise, he would have to suffer often from the founding of the world. But now he has manifested himself once for all time at the conclusion of the systems of things to do away with sin through the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is reserved for men to die once for all time, but after this to receive a judgment, so also the Christ was offered once for all time to bear the sins of many; and the second time that he appears it will be apart from sin, and he will be seen by those earnestly looking for him for their salvation” (Hebrews 9:23–28).

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