“The Great Day of Atonement”, Part 6

And when he has made an end of the atoning for the [Most] Holy Place (sprinkling the blood upon
the mercy seat
), the tabernacle of meeting (i.e. the “Holy”, placing the blood upon the horns of the
Incense altar
), and the altar (i.e. the “Court”, placing the blood upon the horns of the Brazen altar),
then shall he bring [forth] the live goat
(the ‘scapegoat).” Lev 16:20

Brother Russell in the Question Book, Page 689 suggested at the time that the holy place here
spoken of in
Lev 16:20 represented the Court and that the tabernacle of the congregation [or
meeting] represented the tabernacle proper with its two adjoining compartments, the Holy and
the Most Holy
, now this is somewhat different from the understanding we have gleamed through our
study of the preceding verses as explained in Brother Frey’s
Notes on the Tabernacle.

The “holy place” of Lev 16:16 is really the Most Holy, for the Holy is covered in the expression
“the tabernacle of the congregation” in the same verse. “And he shall make an atonement for the
holy place” therefore means that he shall make an atonement for the Most Holy.” (
Notes on the
Tabernacle
”, Page 638)

However this in no way changes the significance of what the Pastor would have us to understand in
regards to what is being implied, his thoughts as follows,

“After the priest with the blood of the bullock and of the goat had made reconciliation, atonement,
satisfaction, for the Court and for the Tabernacle;
it does not mean for those places, but for those
people who are in
those conditions. As, for instance, all whom we call the household of faith belong in
the court condition, the holy place; and all who belong to the Royal Priesthood are in the Tabernacle
condition, the Holy or in the Most Holy. Our Lord himself, and some of his brethren have already passed
into the Most Holy, and some others are in the Holy, or first of these apartments. It would seem to be
after the satisfaction of justice, in respect to all of these, the full offering of the Lord's merit, and the full
acceptance of the whole matter, that then the sealing would take place with the
Scape goat.” (Q 689)

















Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the Scapegoat, confess over it all the iniquities of
the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the
head of the goat, and shall [then] send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable
man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release
the goat in the wilderness
.” (Lev 16:21, 22)

“Remember that we are now dealing with things future,
that shortly follow after the completion of the
sin-offering”, the “Lord’s goathas not yet been wholly consumed, consequently the “little flock
represented by the body of the Priest, has not yet gone beyond the second Vail into the “
Most Holy”, the
condition of spirit perfection; thus the special work with regards to the living “scapegoat” will not occur
until after that.” (
T 69)

Nevertheless in regards to the foregoing text several questions come to mind,

1) What or who is represented by the “Scapegoat”?

2) What is implied by its being sent away “into the wilderness”, into an “uninhabited land” and this by
the hand of “
a suitable or fit man”? Who or what is this “man of opportunity”?

3) If the Day of Atonement sacrifices were completed with the sprinklings of the blood of the Bullock
and that of the Lord’s goat upon the mercy seat followed by the reconciling of the Court and the
Tabernacle with the blood then what specifically are these sins, these “
iniquities of the children of
Israel confessed upon the Scape goat
”?

We understand that this ‘Scapegoat’ which was [likewise] presented for sacrifice [before the door of
the Tabernacle
] with [that] of the other [goat], but [which] failed to sacrifice, and follow the example [as
set forth by
] the bullock, represents a class of God’s people, who have made the [same] covenant
to become dead to the world, to sacrifice their justified human nature, [
even as did that of the
other class, the ‘Lord’s goat’ class
], but [these have] failed to perform the [actual] sacrifices
covenanted
. This ‘goat’ does not represent’ those who have drawn back unto perdition; those who have
returned as the sow to wallowing in the mire of sin (
Heb 10:39; 2 Pet 2:22), but [rather] a class which
seeks to avoid sin, to live morally, and to honor the Lord; yet seeking also [at the same time] the honor
and favor of the world, they are held back from the performance of the sacrifice of earthly rights, in the
service of the Lord and his cause.” (
T 68)

The ‘Scapegoat’ class , i.e. ‘The Great Company’ or ‘Great Multitude’, if you will, Rev 7:9;13-17,
though ‘
castaways’ as regards the prize (1 Cor 9:27) are nevertheless objects of the Lord’s love; for at
heart they are friends of righteousness and not sin, hence by his providences, [
that is by or] through
the circumstances of life
, the Lord will cause them to come through ‘great tribulation’, thus
accomplishing for them, [
that for which they did not willingly relinquish, in compliance with their
covenant
], ‘the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit [the new life in them] may be saved in the
Day of the Lord Jesus
1 Cor 5:5.” (T 69)

“They consecrated their justified human life, and God accepted that consecration and
reckoned them,
according to their covenant, dead as human beings and alive as
new--spiritual-- creatures. But, by their
failure to carry out the contract of self sacrifice,
they cut themselves off from the “Royal
Priesthood”
from membership in the body of Christ—“Every branch in me that bears not fruit, he
takes it away
.” (John 15:2)

These are in a pitiable condition; they have failed to win the prize, therefore cannot have the
divine nature, nor can they have restitution to perfect humanity with the
rest of world in the
next age
, for in their consecration, they gave up these rights (their restitutional rights, their earthly
life rights
) for the opportunity to run for the divine nature (the “heavenly calling”, Heb 3:1; Eph 4:
4
, the only calling now proffered). But nevertheless the Lord loves them, and will deliver those who
through fear of death, (fear of contempt--fear of the reproach borne by the bullock and goat,
beyond the Camp--in the Wilderness, or separated, dead condition) were all their lifetime
subject to bondage--bondage of fear of
men and men’s traditions and opinions which always
brings a snare, and keeps back from obedience to God--even unto death
(Prov 29:25; Heb 2:
15
). T 69, 70




















This class, represented in the ‘Scape goat’, will be sent into the wilderness the condition of
separation from the world,
of sorrow and disappointment, (the “land of seclusion” or “cutting
off
Compare Matt 25:11, 12 and John 15:2) forced thither by the ‘man of opportunity,’
unfavorable circumstances
, there to be buffeted by the adversity until they learn the vanity,
deceitfulness and utter worthlessness of the world’s approval, and until all human hopes and ambitions
die, and they are ready to say, God’s will, not mine be done… When all the members of the ‘
Little Flock
shall have gone beyond the ‘
veil’, divine providence, the hand of the Lord, will set free those bound ones,
who through fear of death are all their lifetime subject to bondage (understand their fear is not
one of physical death, for this is not what they fear, but rather it is their fear of detachment from the
world, its ways and means, the fear of sacrificing all of this, of letting go, it is this which they fear, this is
their bondage
). The hand of the Lord will free them of this bondage  by overthrowing the many theories,
creeds, and traditions of men, and the great nominal church organizations, in and to, and by which his
people of the ‘
Scape goat’ class [have been] held, hindered from hearing and obeying the Lord’s voice.”
(
T 70-72)

The hand of the Lord will likewise free those of this self same class who are not necessarily bound to
any man-made creeds or religious systems, but who are nevertheless
bound to the mentality of this
world
with its hopes, aims and ambitions, most of which are founded upon self interest, i.e. selfishness,
what wonder that they lack the spirit of self-sacrifice found in the Lord’s goat class.


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