The feast days were given so that all could understand the Plan of Redemption. Then, it was given in types and symbols- but since Jesus died, we are really living it. The literal Pentecost happened, and we are now living in the antitypical Day of Atonement. This is important for us to understand because it is Present Truth, literally. This is what is fascinating:
There were different requirements of the people for the day of Atonement, but what stands out is that the people had to be perfect before the Lord when the priest went into the Most Holy. This is what is actually required now. Jesus is in the Most Holy- God's People must be perfect now. But how? This is where the Message of Righteousness by Faith plays its vital role:
God promised to reconcile us to Him as soon as Adam and Eve sinned. Gen. 3:15. He explains how he does it in Jer. 31:33. By creating in us a New Heart, he replaces the old sinful one. What must we do? We must believe that God CAN and WILL do what He promised:
Righteousness= Right Doing by Faith= Believing that God will do what He promised.
So every moment, I must allow God to create in me a New Heart by placing His Law there. The problem is that I don't always allow God to do so. It is possible to have the Perfect Heart one second, and the next lose it. It's up to me. The closer I come to God by relying on HIm, the more I understand why it's so important. My motive changes. I no longer do things to gain salvation, but to vindicate God's character. And this is EXACTLY what this generation is called to do: VINDICATE GOD'S CHARACTER. This is the Atonement Day message.
The more I study it, the more beautiful it becomes.