In Tractate Yoma 39b, the Talmud quotes a Baraisa (meaning “outside” – These pieces were written by rabbinic scholars who lived during the time of the Mishnah) that discusses numerous remarkable phenomena that occurred in the Temple during the Yom Kippur service. (this is over the expanse of 40yrs; prior to the 2nd Temple destruction of 70ce). The Talmud.. states,
The Rabbis taught that forty years prior to the destruction of the Temple the lot did not come up in the [high priest’s] right hand nor did the tongue of scarlet wool become white…
(Talmud, Tractate Yoma 39b)
(The lot this speaks of is) ..when the High Priest picked one of two stones,.. this selection was governed by chance, and each year the priest would select a black stone as often as a white stone. But for forty years in a row, beginning in 30 CE, the High Priest always picked the black stone! The odds against this happening are astronomical (2 to the 40th power). Or .. approximately .. 5.5 billion to one!
..the Temple doors swung open every night of their own accord .. for forty years, beginning in 30 CE. (this also 40yrs; prior to 70ce) see Jerusalem Talmud; Sota 6:3.
The fourth miracle was that the .. Menorah in the Temple (that was to stay perpetually lit) went out (Menahot 89a,), .. Every night for 40 years (over 12,500 [actually over 14,600 + leap month years] nights in a row) .. of its own accord no matter what attempts and precautions the priests took to safeguard against this event! (The odds against this happening are even more astronomical 2 to the 4000th power or 500 billion to one!) – parenthetical inclusions mine
Yoma 39b – “Our rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the lot (‘For [YHWH]’) did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson colored strap become white; nor did the western most light shine (Ner-ha-Ma’arabi); and the doors of the Hekel (the large doors into the Holy Place) would open by themselves.”
All these things happened in confluence on Yom Kippur/DoA; 40 consecutive yrs btx 30ce (Yahshua’s Paryer & Crucifixion) till The Temple’s destruction in 70ce never again to function to this day.
What does all this (& Ex.29:33, Rom.5:11) tell us about the Day of Atonement? Not mentioned till after the Covenant-breach/break of Ex.32 thrust under the Levitical Priesthood? (Gal.3:19/Heb.7:11)
They Yom Kippur/DoA fasted for 40yrs till the Temple’s destruction in 70ce. It did not change the interim or final out come. The evidence is; it was not ever again accepted; even with a standing Temple.
Now there is none – What do you think? Rom.5:11 is conclusive that Yahshua *is* our Melkizedeq Kippur/Atonement. And has been with No standing Temple for 2000yrs. This is ongoing- No matter how many temples they intend to build.
Conclusion – We should honor Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement – As a Qahal Edah in Set-Apart Mikqra – We should Praise and Thank Yah for what He has done – Fasting for the Believer in this Melkizedeq age to attain that which has already been accomplished is clearly inappropriate questioning what has already been given as ineffectual/deficient.
And even for the Jews that don’t remember their history.
The Choice is Yours – But the Decision is His – Shalom