Jean Stepnoski (31 Aug 2014)
"Spiritual Bookends: From Av 15 (TuB 'Av) to Yom Kippur: 55 Days"


   From the date of Av 15 in 2014, 8-11, until 10-3 on Yom Kippur Eve are 55 days. Yom Kippur is day 55. According to Hebrew Numerical Meanings, the number 55 is the bride number. These were important spiritual bookends for Israel, during the Second Temple period. These 2 days were the happiest of the year, with themes of bride selection and abduction (like harpazo), and weddings. Intensely romantic days.
   How very different Yom Kippur has become since the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. Now, there is one day when weddings do not occur in Judaism. Only Yom Kippur. Now it is a solemn day, the culmination of 40 days of teshuvah, of repentance. It is a day for fasting, afflicting of the soul, for 24-25 hours.
   A logical inference is that there is only one day of the year when the Messiah/Christ would not be expected to go to the wedding canopy ( the chuppah) and marry. Yom Kippur would be indeed "a day you think not" for The Blessed Hope.  Messiah/Christ warned about drunkenness, carousing, dissipation, cares of life, and sleepiness on the day the trap/snare is used to capture "the earth dwellers" as they are called in the Book of Revelation. What observant Jew would want these on the Solemn Day of Atonement, on Yom Kippur!
   What is the traditional color for Yom Kippur? White. A bride wears white. The maidens dancing in the vineyards wore white on Av 15 and on Yom Kippur. The saints will be dressed in clean white linen.
   It is traditional for a Jewish groom and bride to fast before going to the wedding canopy. Paul made reference to Yom Kippur as "The Day" and "The Fast" and it is the day of the Great Trump of the Shofar.
   The period from Av 15 to Yom Kippur links to the 2 multiple weddings days of the year when the Messiah lived during the Second Temple period.  These were Spiritual Bookends for Israel of old.  Might the 55 day period leading to Yom Kippur be momentous in 2014? We shall see.
With Love and Shalom,