On the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the High Priest brought the blood of the sacrifice into the Holy of Holies. This day reminds us of the importance of the blood of Messiah who was offered as a sacrifice for us (Hebrews 7-10). The blood of Yeshua (Jesus) has greater significance than the physical blood cells that came out of His body on the cross (John 19:34). The spiritual power of that blood lives on and still speaks today (Hebrews12:24).
The blood gives validity and enforcement to the covenant. A covenant is a divine unbreakable contract. The covenant is composed of words. The covenants of God to mankind are written in the Bible, both the “Old” and “New” Covenants. The blood seals and signs the covenant. The person has given his life on behalf of the covenant and guarantees it. The soul of the covenant partner is in his blood (Leviticus 17:11).
When God cut covenant with the people of Israel, Moses sprinkled half of the blood on the altar and half of the blood on the people.
Exodus 24:6, 8 – Moses took half of the blood and… sprinkled it on the altar.
And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying, “Here is the blood of the covenant which YHVH has cut with you.”
The blood touched the covenant and the people. There are words of blessing and curses in the covenant. The blood brings those blessings and curses into effect. The blood applies the covenant to the people, puts it into operation. When we believe in the covenant and the blood of atonement, great spiritual power is released.
The covenant has conditions and results. The terms of condition require a blood sacrifice. The results are the blessings and curses. When we believe in the blood of the covenant, the curses are turned into blessings. Our sins are forgiven, our souls are delivered, our bodies are healed, our families are blessed, our finances are redeemed, and the devil is defeated (Revelation 12:10-11).
Many Christians are aware of the power of blood covenant regarding their personal salvation. In the history of the people of Israel, the covenant was also collective; not just on an individual person, but on the nation as a whole. They would rise or fall together; be blessed or cursed together. The people of Israel received the covenant as a nation by declaration.
The people said, “All that YHVH has said, we will do and we will hear.”
They put the covenant into action by their words, by their declaration of faith. In the gospels, we find that the people put the covenant into effect in exactly the wrong direction. They declared their rejection of the Messiah, and they brought the blood of the covenant onto themselves as a curse instead of a blessing.
And all the people said, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
They released the corporate power of the blood, not the way it was intended, but just the opposite. They brought destruction upon themselves, their nation and the generations to follow. The Temple was razed, the nation destroyed, and the people sent into exile.
If there was so much power in the blood when it was used against what it was intended for, how much more will happen when it is used in the right way (Romans 5:15; 11:12). Reversing the power of the blood will bring the opposite results. The people of Israel will be regathered, the Messiah will be received, and the kingdom of Israel will be restored (Acts 1:6).
When the power of the blood was enacted for evil, our people were dispersed among the nations. When the power of the blood will be enacted for good, the nations will be gathered to Jerusalem to submit to the kingdom of Yeshua (Isaiah 2:2-4; Zechariah 14:16).
In the end times, a remnant of faith in Israel will cry out for the blood of Yeshua to be upon them, not for destruction but for restoration. When that remnant reaches a critical mass, the revival will break forth and all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26).
At the end of the Day of Atonement, a long shofar blast is sounded (Leviticus 25:9-10). This shofar is the same as the last great trumpet that is sounded at the time of the rapture and the Second Coming (I Thessalonians 4:16; I Corinthians 15:52). The shofar at the Day of Atonement is the sign. The cry of the remnant to enact the blood is the power. The invitation by the remnant for the Messiah to return is the pre-requisite (Matthew 23:37-39). The Second Coming of Yeshua is the result.
This week in Jerusalem, three Messianic congregations met in unity on the Day of Atonement to celebrate the feast. After a day of prayer and fasting, we called out together in faith, “His blood be upon us, and upon our children and upon our nation” and “Blessed be He who comes in the name of the Lord, Yeshua, King of Israel.” Then we sounded the last great trumpet.
We ask you to stand with us in faith for the curse to be reversed, and for the power of the blood to bring God’s destiny for Israel, the Church, and the nations.
Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.
He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.
Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.