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2 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course Lesson 18

An Open Letter from the Staff...

YEHOVAH God’s Holy Days constantly
remind us how, step by step, YEHOVAH is working out
His Master Plan.
The first three of these -- Passover, the Days of
Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost -- picture the first
harvest of souls. The last four show the plan
YEHOVAH God has for completing salvation for the
The Day of Atonement is perhaps the most
unusual Holy Day of all. For it is the one day on which
YEHOVAH God has commanded us to fast! WHAT,
exactly, is FASTING? What is its purpose? The purpose
of fasting is to humble oneself -- to help us to see
ourselves as we are! And to see YEHOVAH God as He BIBLE
Fasting on the Day of Atonement means LESSON 18
denying yourself food and water for 24 hours -- from
sunset to sunset. Fasting is NOT penance NOT A
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HUNGER STRIKE to force your own will on
Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH).
YEHOVAH God. Mahatma Gandhi fasted that way. A
Christian is to fast in order to humble his or her own
fleshly mind with its carnal will and to draw closer to
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YEHOVAH God. To ACKNOWLEDGE his or her own
NOTHINGNESS and ask for YEHOVAH’s strength.
Yeshua the Messiah RECEIVED the strength
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to resist the Devil’s strongest temptation by fasting 40
days and nights! Spiritually, he was at his strongest at
YOUR ENROLLMENT has been paid by
the end of 40 days, because he was COMPLETELY
humble before YEHOVAH God. YEHOVAH, of others. Bulk copies for distribution not
course, doesn’t ask or expect us to fast 40 days. He only given or sold.
commands one day of us each year, though we are also ADDRESS COMMUNICATIONS to the
told to fast voluntarily at other times. Editor at the following address:
A little hunger on the Day of Atonement serves Hope of Israel Ministries, P.O. Box 2186,
to prove to every one of us that we, as Job, are just like Temple City, California 91780, U.S.A.
WORMS (Job 25:6) -- puny, insignificant little _________________________________
creatures down here inwardly WARRING WITH ONE
ANOTHER! How absolutely DEPENDENT we are on About Our Cover...
the food and the water of this earth!
Fasting on the Day of Atonement reveals to us Many churches believe the so-called
how much we still love ourselves. How DIFFICULT it “scapegoat” represents Satan carrying
is to give up some of SELF! This day is a TEST to see away mankind’s sins -- but is this really
which we will put FIRST. WILL it be the cry of the true? Can Satan the Devil make atonement
body for food or the sincere desire to obey YEHOVAH for YEHOVAH’s people?

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