By The AV Booth Guy (Tom)
What Does Anti-Typical Day of Atonement Mean?
What does it mean to us that we’re living in the anti-typical day of atonement?
We hear this stated quite often in Adventist circles. Often brought up when discussing the 2300 year prophecy from Daniel chapter 8. Pastors, speakers and teachers will say, “We’re living in the anti-typical day of atonement.” People in the congregation often shake their heads in agreement, “yup, yup, we’re living in the anti-typical day of atonement”.
But, if you went to an Adventist and asked, what does that actually mean? What does that mean for us today? Are we supposed to do something? How are we supposed to apply that knowledge to our lives today? I would make the case that many Adventists wouldn’t be able to explain it or more importantly wouldn’t know how to apply it to their lives today.
Living in the anti-typical day of atonement is an important concept to understand. Hopefully, I can make that clear in this post.
Terminology = Anti-typical
Before we get into the application for us today, let’s define some of the terminology in the phrase, anti-typical day of atonement. We need to understand what that means and then we can get into the details.
Let’s begin with anti-typical, also referred to as anti-type.
The easiest way to explain this, is to replace the word type or typical with the word symbol or symbolic. So the typical is the symbol. So therefore, the anti-typical is the anti-symbol or the non-symbol or the real thing.
For example: The sanctuary service was full of symbols that pointed to the anti-symbol or the real thing in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. The lamb that was sacrificed in the temple was a type or a symbol of Jesus, and the actual Lamb of God who was sacrificed on the cross was the anti-type (real thing).
So the anti-typical day of atonement just means the real day of atonement.
Terminology = Atonement
Atonement is the process by which the broken relationship between God and sinners is restored through the obedient life and sacrificial death of Christ on the cross as shown in the New Testament and the death of the sacrificial lamb as shown in the Old Testament (the type pointing to the anti-type).
Ellen White and many others refer to Atonement as At-one-ment, because the process restores the separation between God and man (sinners). They also sometimes capitalize the word Atonement based on how it is used because Jesus is our Atonement. He’s the one that repaired the broken relationship through His blood on the cross.
Everyone has transgressed the law of God and are in need of a Saviour. Because of sin, mankind has been separated from God. How can that relationship be restored? Only by the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour who will cover us with His righteousness if we repent of our sins and accept His free gift of salvation.
“Christ's sacrifice in behalf of man was full and complete. The condition of the atonement had been fulfilled. The work for which He had come to this world had been accomplished. He had won the kingdom. He had wrested it from Satan and had become heir of all things.” (Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles, page 29.2)
“Men may comprehend the spirituality of the law, they may realize its power as a detector of sin, but they are helpless to withstand Satan's power and deceptions, unless they accept the atonement provided for them in the remedial sacrifice of Christ, who is our Atonement—our At-one-ment—with God.” (Ellen White, Heavenly Places, page 146.4)
The atonement event was the restoration of the perfect law of God and His government through Jesus Christ who kept the law perfectly during His life and then died on the cross for everyone’s sins. Everyone that chooses to repent of their sins and accept the free gift of salvation are then covered by the righteousness of Jesus. The relationship between God and man is therefore restored to perfection as it was in the garden of Eden.
“Satan is continuing the work on earth that he commenced in heaven. He leads men to transgress the commandments of God. The plain “Thus saith the Lord” is put aside for the “thus saith” of men. The whole world needs to be instructed in the oracles of God, to understand the object of the atonement, the at-one-ment, with God. The object of this atonement was that the divine law and government might be maintained. The sinner is pardoned thru repentance toward God and faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. There is forgiveness of sin, and yet the law of God stands immutable, eternal as His throne.” (Ellen White, Signs of the Times, March 20, 1901, par. 5)
Terminology = Day of Atonement
So what exactly is the day of atonement?
In the sanctuary services the priests would conduct at least two sin offerings each day, morning and evening. But, those individuals that knew they had sinned, would have to go to the sanctuary and also make a sin offering.
The Israelite that sinned would bring for instance, a lamb without blemish because it was a symbol or type of Jesus, to be sacrificed for his sins. The priest would officiate the ceremony, but the sinner would have to place his hand on the head of the lamb and pray for forgiveness. Symbolically, the sins would be transferred from the sinner to the lamb.
Then, the lamb would be killed by the sinner by slitting it’s throat. It was an emotionally painful process on purpose. Just as his sins symbolically killed the lamb, all our sins literally killed Jesus on the cross when He died for our sins. So imagine having to slit the throat of a little lamb that did nothing wrong.
So, the sins went from the sinner to the lamb and from the lamb out in the blood (the blood represented sin). The priest would take the blood (or sins) and sprinkle that on the alter and in the Holy Place. This would symbolically transfer the sins from the sinner, to the sacrificial lamb, to the blood, and finally to the sanctuary. This would occur all day long throughout the whole year. Those sins would symbolically build up in the sanctuary.
Then, once a year, on the day of atonement (also referred to as the day of judgment), the High Priest would have two goats brought to him at the sanctuary. One goat would symbolically represent Christ and one would symbolically represent Satan (referred to as the scapegoat or by the Israelites as Azazel).
The first goat would be sacrificed as a symbol of Jesus on the cross. The High Priest would then take the blood into the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary and sprinkle the blood with his fingers on the mercy-seat (the lid of the ark where the Ten Commandments were stored). He would then go back into the Holy Place and would touch the horns of the golden altar with the blood.
Symbolically now all the sins that had built up during the year were now transferred to the High Priest. That is why the day of atonement is associated with the ‘cleansing of the sanctuary’ in Daniel 8:14, because the sins that were built up for the whole year would be symbolically transferred to the High Priest and taken (or ‘cleansed’) from the sanctuary. But Daniel 8:14 is primarily referring to the heavenly sanctuary and the investigative judgment.
The High Priest would then lay his hands on the goat and confess all the sins of the Israelites. This ceremony would then symbolically transfer the sins to the second goat (scapegoat) and that goat would be taken out into the wilderness by a strong man. This symbolically represents Satan during the thousand years on a destroyed planet, during the millennium (see Revelation 20 for more details).
So at this point, the sins were symbolically transferred from the sinner, to the sacrificial lamb, to the blood, to the sanctuary, then to the High Priest and finally to the scapegoat.
There is a lot more involved, but I wanted to give the highlights here as a background to understand what the day of atonement symbolically represents. If you want to know the details, go to Leviticus 16.
By the way, the Jewish nation still practices this ceremonial day without the sacrifices and other symbology. This year (2023), the day of atonement, or as it is referred to today as Yom Kippur, begins on September 24 at sundown and goes until sundown on the 25th. It is a ceremonial Sabbath and a fast day (more on that later).
Symbolically, the sacrifice of the lamb was for the forgiveness of sins and the day of atonement was for the blotting out of sins (the cleansing part). The anti-type was the actual death of Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and the investigative judgment which began in 1844 was for the blotting out of sins which is occuring right now.
The investigative judgment is the judgment that must take place before Jesus returns the second time with His reward. We don’t have enough time to go into the details of the 2300 year prophecy of Daniel 8:14 and how it began in 457 B.C. and ended in 1844 A.D (maybe another blog post in the future).
“At the time appointed for the judgment—the close of the 2300 days, in 1844—began the work of investigation and blotting out of sins. All who have ever taken upon themselves the name of Christ must pass its searching scrutiny. Both the living and the dead are to be judged “out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Ellen White, Great Controversy, page 486.1)
So the investigative judgment began in 1844 and we’re now living in the anti-typical day of atonement (again, also referred to as a time of judgment). But instead of a day, it is a continuous amount of time until the second coming of Jesus.
Just as Jesus was the anti-type, we are the anti-typical congregation living during the time of judgment. The Adventist church is the remnant church which is right now a part of the anti-typical congregation (right now God has believers in all denominations, but at some point there will only be the remnant church). Although, you can make an argument that the remnant church is the only true anti-typical congregation since the Adventist church is the only denomination that understands the sanctuary message and the role of our High Priest in heaven.
Jesus fulfilled His part and is continuing His work in the sanctuary in heaven (the cleansing part - the investigative judgment - the blotting out of sins), so we are expected to fulfill our part here on earth. What is that?
Application for Today
So what did it mean to the Israelites in a practical sense during the day of atonement? What does that mean for us today? The good thing is that the Bible tells us what we’re supposed to be doing. The Bible tells us that there were four things that the Israelites (as the typical congregation) were supposed to be doing on the day of atonement.
As a side note, the day of atonement followed the feast of trumpets which was a warning to all Israelites of the coming judgment. That is another reason the day of atonement is called the day of judgment. The whole year would build up to this moment. The Israelite priests would literally blow trumpets that could be heard throughout the camp as a warning of the coming judgment.
Leviticus 23:27-28, “Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God.”
There are four things they were to do.
One, It shall be an holy convocation.
Two, Ye shall afflict your souls.
Three, Offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
And four, Ye shall do no work in that same day.
Do you see those four things?
Let’s unpack all four because that will tell us what we’re supposed to be doing as the anti-typical congregation living in the anti-typical day of atonement.
An Holy Convocation
On the day of atonement, the people were to gather for religious worship.
Hebrews 10:21-25, “And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
This basically says, that if you refuse to gather to worship, then you have an “evil conscience”.
Here’s a statement from author and evangelist Stephen Haskell on this verse.
“The one that takes no pleasure in meeting with those of like faith to worship God, has an “evil conscience” and has lost faith in the near coming of our High Priest from the heavenly sanctuary.”
Even though we can worship everyday through family worship, and even personal worship (even though this specifically refers to gathering), we can definitely take one day out of the week to worship God in a large gathering of people of like-minded faith at the church.
The task on the day of atonement was to gather as a whole congregation and not as individuals or in small groups. If at all possible, we should gather at church on the Sabbath to worship God. There may come a time in the near future where gathering at church may not be possible due to persecution, but for now, we should gather at church.
The reason for gathering together is also given, it is to “provoke unto love and to good works”, so we are to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ and to do good works like outreach, visiting the sick, helping the homeless, visiting those in prison, and assisting the elderly.
The verses also say that we should be “exhorting one another”. This means that when we gather we should comfort, encourage and strengthen one another. We’re not supposed to gather to gossip, point fingers, undermine or be judgmental of each other (I’m guilty of this sometimes as well).
Here’s another statement from Stephen Haskell.
“This first requirement is a spiritual thermometer by which every Christian can test his spiritual condition. If he absents himself from the worship of God because he takes no pleasure in it, his spirituality is very low.”
We had a lot of people not come back to church after Covid. Where did they go? I guarantee you the majority of them aren’t going to another church, for whatever reason they just used that event as an excuse to stop coming to church. I would guess that their spirituality is lower than when they were coming to worship together with us here in church.
So, the first requirement is to worship together with like-minded believers in order to provoke each other to love and to do good works, and also to encourage, strengthen and comfort each other.
Afflict Your Souls
Afflict your souls means to search your hearts, put away every sin and to spend much time in prayer. But more specifically it means to humble yourselves before God by repenting of your sins.
Of course, for the Israelite it was only a twenty-four hour period of time (although they did a similar thing for the feast of trumpets leading up to the day of atonement), but for the anti-typical congregation, it is the period which began in 1844 and goes to the universal close of probation sometime in the near future (more on 1844 in a bit).
“The individual who realizes that the judgment is going on in the heavenly sanctuary, and that his name will surely be presented before that great tribunal, will search his heart and pray earnestly that God will accept him. We need often to meditate upon the work of our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, lest by having the mind filled with earthly thoughts, we, like the foolish virgins, will find when too late that the bridegroom has come, the door is shut; that the work is finished, and we have no part in it.” (Stephen A. Haskell, The Cross and Its Shadow, page 223)
It is a solemn event that began in 1844, at the end of the 2300 year prophecy, where all the saints that have ever lived are now being judged in the heavenly process of the investigative judgment. This is a pre-advent judgment that must take place before the second coming of Jesus Christ, who comes with His reward to give to all those that have faithfully accepted the free gift of salvation. Just as the Israelites spent much of the day of atonement in prayer, we, as the anti-typical congregation should spend much time in prayer as well. Not only should we be praying for ourselves, but more importantly we should be praying for others. Jesus is coming soon and time is running out. Too many of us are focused on things that don’t matter in the big picture. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus and try to bring as many people with us as possible, through the proclamation of the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14.
Just as the Israelites were asked to prepare themselves for the day of atonement by putting away sins, we should also prepare ourselves for the return of Jesus by putting away sins. This simply means that we should repent of whatever sins we’ve committed and ask for forgiveness before the door of probation closes forever. It also means that we should continually grow and improve as a Christian as part of the process of character surrender and character growth.
Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
We must remain focused on the heavenly kingdom and not on worldly things like politics, sports, video games and movies.
Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Total surrender means to surrender to the will of God. Choose to follow God and to put away your sins (passions and worldly things that are taking up the majority of your time and becoming idols for you). Of course, I’m not talking about all worldly things, like jobs, but it is those things in life that take up the majority of your time like hours of worthless entertainment and excessive social media.
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The more we surrender to God, the more we will reflect the character of Jesus and we will show the fruit of the Spirit in our lives through our actions and behavior.
Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Don’t worry, sanctification, or growing in Christ, is a life-long process. For most, the changes will not occur overnight (the Lord knows I still have a lot of work to do in my own character). Just keep moving forward. Just keep growing in Christ and don’t give up. Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep walking the narrow path.
Matthew 5:29-30, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”
The process of character growth is what Jesus was referring to in the verses above. What offends you? Is it alcohol, pornography, maybe you shouldn’t be watching certain things, or listening to the wrong music or maybe it’s drugs or being a glutton (more on appetite in a bit), or maybe it’s anger issues, or a lack of faith? Those are the types of things we should be searching our hearts for and then prayerfully with the strength of the Holy Spirit, we should ‘cut’ those things off from our lives.
Don’t expect to be “perfect” overnight, the Israelites had the feast of trumpets and twenty-four hours to prepare, but luckily for us we have a lifetime to prepare. The unfortunate thing is that no one can be sure when that lifetime will end. Anyone can have a heart attack or get into an accident or get hit by a bus, so if you haven’t surrendered fully to Jesus, repented of your sins and asked for forgiveness, then please do so today!
Afflict Your Souls and Appetite
During the day of atonement, the Israelites in connection with searching hearts, putting away sins and prayer, they would fast for the entire 24 hours.
Since that was the typical day of atonement and we’re the anti-typical congregation living during the anti-typical day of atonement, that doesn’t mean we should be fasting the whole time. We’d all die of starvation.
What it does mean is that we should have regular fasting in our lives as Christians and that we should strive to master our appetites. The Israelites had complete control of their appetite for that 24 hour period.
We as the anti-typical congregation living in the anti-typical day of atonement should also have complete control of our appetites. That means we should be exercising temperance in our daily lives. That’s staying away from bad things and having good things in moderation. We should have self-control. This is a tough concept for many people.
1 Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
Could appetite be that important to God? The short answer is yes. Here are some examples of the importance of appetite in God’s plans.
The very first test of loyalty and obedience given by God to Adam and Eve was a test that involved appetite. They were told that they could freely eat from every tree in the Garden of Eden, with the exception of the one tree called, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God loved us so much that He made the test of loyalty as easy as possible! Eat everything you want in the garden except for one tree and our ancestors failed in that simple test of appetite and self-control.
The very first temptation of Christ by Satan was a test of appetite. This was done after Jesus had fasted for 40 days and was obviously hungry.
Matthew 4:3-4, “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
In the first chapter of the book of Daniel, one of the first tests for Daniel and his faithful friends was on appetite. They were told to eat the king’s food and they refused to defile themselves and instead they asked to eat vegetables.
Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
Daniel 1:12, “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat [vegetables], and water to drink.”
Ellen White confirms the fact that appetite, or the control of appetite, is an important aspect in the lives of all believers in Christ.
“The apostle's words of warning to the Corinthian church are applicable to all time and are especially adapted to our day. By idolatry he meant not only the worship of idols, but self-serving, love of ease, the gratification of appetite and passion. A mere profession of faith in Christ, a boastful knowledge of the truth, does not make a man a Christian. A religion that seeks only to gratify the eye, the ear, and the taste, or that sanctions self-indulgence, is not the religion of Christ.” (Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles, page 317.1)
The gratification of appetite was important enough to be included with a list of characteristics of self-indulgence and therefore should not be a part of one’s life as a follower of Jesus.
Here’s another statement about the gratification of appetite and the withholding of offerings to God.
“Men are tempted to use their means in self-indulgence, in the gratification of appetite, in personal adornment, or in the embellishment of their homes. For these objects many church members do not hesitate to spend freely and even extravagantly. But when asked to give to the Lord's treasury, to carry forward His work in the earth, they demur.” (Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles, page 338.2)
The control of appetite (temperance) is so important that Ellen White often mentions this when discussing the character development of the church’s youth.
“The elevation or deterioration of the future of society will be determined by the manners and morals of the youth growing up around us. As the youth are educated, and as their characters are molded in their childhood to virtuous habits, self-control, and temperance, so will their influence be upon society.” (Ellen White, Adventist Home, page 15.2)
“Dear youth, God calls upon you to do a work which through His grace you can do. “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Stand forth in your God-given manhood and womanhood. Show a purity of tastes, appetite, and habits that bears comparison with Daniel's. God will reward you with calm nerves, a clear brain, an unimpaired judgment, keen perceptions. The youth of today whose principles are firm and unwavering will be blessed with health of body, mind, and soul.” (Ellen White, Adventist Home, page 301.3)
Jesus warns us about overeating during the time of the investigative judgment.
Luke 21:34-36, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
“…the Saviour designs that His people, during the antitypical day of atonement, shall take heed to both the quantity and the quality of their food. One can becloud the mind and ruin the health by overeating of the best of food.” (Stephen A. Haskell, The Cross and Its Shadow, page 225)
Afflicting our souls not only includes humbling ourselves by putting away sins and prayer, but also includes gaining control of our appetites under the principles of temperance, especially during the time of the investigative judgment.
Offer an Offering
“In the antitype we do not offer burn-offerings of bullocks and rams; but God expects us to fulfil the antitype of the offering consumed upon the altar. He desires that the whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; that the entire life of the Christian be laid upon the altar, ready to be used as the Lord directs.” (Stephen A. Haskell, The Cross and Its Shadow, page 227)
This means total surrender to God (doing the will of God), which is closely tied to afflicting our souls. As a church we should turn from our lukewarm status as the Laodicean church, and turn away from our sins and stop having one foot in the world and one foot in the church. The individuals in the church need to take a stand for God and be different from the world.
We are to accept the anti-typical sin-offering of Jesus on a daily basis.
Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
We are to die to self on a daily basis.
1 Corinthians 15:31, “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”
How can we practically accept the sacrifice of Jesus on a daily basis?
By knowing Jesus through the study of His Word, the Bible. We can’t pick up that cross and follow Jesus if we don’t know Him.
We must be like the Bereans and search the scriptures daily.
Acts 17:11, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. Whereas the Israelites made offerings that were symbolic of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice before the second coming of Jesus. We are to prepare ourselves physically and spiritually.
Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Do No Work
Of course, in the typical day of atonement the congregation kept the day as a Sabbath, but the anti-typical congregation that is living in the anti-typical day of atonement is not expected to live every day as the Sabbath and do no work or personal business.
Just as the Israelite congregation had a focus on God on the ceremonial Sabbath associated with the day of atonement, we are to have a focus on God every day throughout our lives until the universal close of probation. We are to seek God first.
Matthew 6:31-33, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
We are cautioned in scripture to not be overwhelmed by the cares of the world, so that we not forget what our focus should be, which is Jesus Christ and His soon coming.
Luke 21:34, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”
Surfeiting deals with appetite and means over-eating or being a glutton, which was discussed as part of afflicting our souls. Drunkenness deals with alcohol but more specifically it deals with temperance as mentioned earlier, also under afflicting our souls.
‘Cares of this life’ is when we allow the distractions of the world to interfere with our focus on God, like worrying about worldly stuff which prevents us from staying focused on God through prayer and Bible study and by attending church with like-minded believers.
What is one of the things we’re supposed to do during the Sabbath? We’re to keep our focus on God throughout the day. As the anti-typical congregation, we are to focus on God by being involved in outreach, spreading the three angel’s messages, spreading the gospel, helping others and being involved in church ministries.
Here are the main points to remember when it comes to the anti-typical day of atonement.
It is a judgment which began in 1844 (the investigative judgment).
We must gather together to comfort, encourage and strengthen one another.
We must do good works together (not for salvation, but because we love God and He asks us to do good works).
We must choose whom we will follow (surrender to do the will of God) and continue to grow as Christians (growth).
We must pray, fast and apply temperance to our lives.
We must focus on Jesus’ soon return and prepare ourselves and warn others.
Hope this helps in your understanding of the anti-typical day of atonement and what it means for us today. Even though this post was a long one, I'm sure I left a lot out, so I encourage everyone to study this topic on their own.
Topic taken from a book by Stephen N. Haskell, The Cross and Its Shadow, first published in 1914, but now published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Bible verses are from the King James Version.
Ellen White quotes are taken from the Ellen G. White Database, but can also be accessed here, https://egwwritings.org.