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Introduction                          and they which have pierced him, and all
          The Feast of Trumpets foreshadows   the tribes of the land shall wail because of
        the regathering of Israel. Having been   him” (Rev 1:7 JND). Graphically, Zecha-
        reassembled in her land, there will then   riah depicts every family convulsed with
        be national repentance, as pictured in the   grief: “And the land shall mourn, every
        Day of Atonement. A repeated order for   family apart” (Zec 12:12). The repentant
        that solemn day was, “Ye shall afflict your   nation will then benefit from the Messiah’s
        souls” (e.g., Lev 23:27). 1           sacrifice, for “in that day there shall be a
        Sifting                               fountain opened to the house of David
                                              and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for
          The foregoing assumes that after the   sin and for uncleanness” (13:1). They will
        Church Age God will resume dealings   then admit the shocking offense of their
        with Israel. Presently, the nation is experi-  forefathers in rejecting the Christ. They
        encing a divinely imposed blindness; that   had perceived Him to be “stricken, smit-
        blindness is neither total nor final (Rom   ten of God, and afflicted” on account of
        11). It is not total, exemplified in the fact   blasphemy. Now they will comprehend
        that Paul got saved, and illustrated from   the true reason for His suffering: “He was
        Elijah’s day, when 7,000 refused to bow to   wounded for our transgressions, he was
        Baal (vv1-10); this blindness is “in part”   bruised for our iniquities” (Isa 53:4-5).
        (v25). It is not final; it is in place only   Salvation
        “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come
        in” (v25). The blindness will be lifted, and   It is then that “all Israel shall be saved”
        in tribulation days many from the nation   (Rom 11:26). It is then that their “fall” will
        will be genuinely blessed (e.g., Rev 7:1-8).  give way to their “fulness” (v12). It is then
                                              that “a nation [shall] be born at once” (Isa
          After the Lord’s appearing, Jews in   66:8). It is then that the iniquity of that land
        general will leave their adopted lands   shall be removed “in one day” (Zec 3:9).
        and head for Israel, but only true believ-  Leviticus 16 outlines the elaborate
        ers will be admitted to enjoy kingdom   sacrificial ritual connected with the Day
        blessing. There will be a sifting process   of Atonement, but chapter 23 makes the
        “in the wilderness” (Eze 20:35). Among   simple statement, “Ye shall ... offer an of-
        the immigrants there will be “the rebels”   fering made by fire unto the Lord” (v27),
        who “shall not enter into the land of Is-  followed by the instruction, “Ye shall do
        rael” (v38). Unbelief debarred a previous   no work in that same day” (v28). Obvi-
        generation from entering Canaan (Heb   ously, chapter 16 anticipates the cross,
        3:19), and these too will experience divine   whereas, within the structure of the feasts,
        judgment.                             chapter 23 sees the day as foreshadowing
        Sorrow                                Israel’s repentance. The reference to the
          Genuine Jewish believers will “afflict   offering demonstrates that while afflicting
        their souls,” for “every eye shall see him,   their souls will be necessary for their resto-
        ¹ Bible quotations in this article are from the KJV   ration, the foundation of their blessing will
        unless otherwise noted.               be the sacrifice of Christ. The ban on “any

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