Jean Stepnoski (30 Aug 2015)
"Yom Kippur: Day 1 of 4 Days of Festivals of Joy According to Zechariah 8:18?"

   According to the prophet Zechariah, 4 specific fast days for Israel shall become "festivals of joy and celebration for the people of Judah."  Messiah / Christ is the head of the tribe of Judah and all the tribes of Israel and those engrafted in from the Gentiles. Are they festival days now? No. This is the order of the 4 days according to the Hillel Calendar: Tammuz 17, Av 9, Yom Kippur, and Tevet 10. There is a problem with this order since Yom Kippur is listed third even though it really is by far the most important day of the 4, number 6 of the Feasts of the Lord. Where might it be listed first?
   However! There is another important calendar for Israel, according to YEARS rather than months with the Hillel Calendar, the Spiritual Calendar. This other one begins at the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah, Rosh Hashanah) at Tishri 1. It is the Civil Calendar, the King's Calendar, the Regnal Year Calendar. This is associated with Sabbatical cycles and Jubilee cycles. Guess what? With the King's Calendar, the order  begins with the most important of the 4 fast days listed by Zechariah. The order is the following: Yom Kippur, Tevet 10, Tammuz 17, then Av 9. Might these be fulfilled in order according to the Hillel Calendar or the King's Calendar? Which? When? One of the 4 fast days will be fulfilled FIRST and become a festival day of joy and celebration forever. Will one or more lead the way, in fulfillment, before the Second Coming and Millenial Reign?
   Yom Kippur is the most solemn day of the year in Judaism, on either calendar. However. even during the Second Temple period when Messiah / Christ lived, Yom Kippur was one of the 2 annual days, the other was Av 15, for bridal selections and abductions, mass weddings, and great JOY. Not so for Tammuz 17, Av 9, or Tevet 10. Not ever.
   Even now, as Yom Kippur ends at sundown on Tishri 10, the days of Tishri 11-14 ahead are busy days of increasing JOY, with assorted preparations for the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) which is the concluding Feast of the Lord of the 7. A harvest feast, it is called "The Season of Our Joy" with harvest done, harvest in, and harvest home. From Tishri 11 to 14 is only 4 days. It seems feasible that the harvest was meant to be over for Israel on or before Tishri 9, not Tishri 14. Why? From Tishri 11-14 were the days to get all materials ready and build the succahs. The irony? Yom Kippur is at harvests end, earlier than Sukkot.
   Of the 4 fast days, ONLY Yom Kippur spiritually transitions toward 7-8 days of joy and celebration! And according to the Ancient Jewish Wedding Model, the wedding and wedding festivities extended for 7 days. In the Scriptures, 7 is a number of completion. There will be 7 years, a final shavua of 70 to fulfill the 70th Week of Daniel. Look at all the 7 folds converging around Tishri 10 to 15.
   Will Yom Kippur in 2015, ending the 10 Days of Awe and the Jonah-like 40 days of Repentance and Teshuvah, be Day 1, of the 4 fast days, to become a festival of joy and celebration? The event of The Blessed Hope will surely be for those who eagerly await and watch for "the joy of his appearing" among the dead and the quick resurrected in Christ! Joy supreme for the Heaven delivered, to the Heavenly Chuppah to join the King of Kings Bridegroom of the Ages, and escape the snare of the fowler! Will Yom Kippur in 2015 become a Festival Day of Ineffable Joy and Celebration Forevermore? We shall know soon, dear Doves!
With Love and Shalom,