"When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the
Tent of Meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. He
is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all
wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – all their sins – and put them
on the goat’s head." Leviticus 16:20, 21.
Two goats were taken; one for the Lord and one for the scapegoat. The
one for the Lord, representing Jesus and His death to pay the penalty for our sins, had already been slain in verse 15. This scapegoat can not
be Jesus. He did not nor does He ever bear sins twice for us. Hebrews is
very explicit about that. "So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the
sins of many people…" Hebrews 9:28 (Notice, "many", not all.)
So who does the scapegoat represent?
When we go back into Biblical history,
we see an important principle taking place. Lucifer is always trying to
get us to sin by breaking God’s law, and Jesus is trying to get us to resist
and turn away from sin by keeping God’s law.
Lucifer is the originator of sin. Sin belongs with him and on him. We
only choose whether or not to participate with him in his original sin. We are not the originator of sin, Lucifer is.
What Leviticus 16 is trying to symbolize through these two goats is
quite simple. Jesus pays the penalty for our sins, if we confess and turn
away from them. But He is not going to keep them and bear them forever. Sin and sinner will be destroyed forever says the
Bible. It will not be
hanging around, either on Jesus, or in an "eternally" burning hell. Sin
will be eternally destroyed; never to rise again.
Since the wicked will receive the reward for their sins, they will be
paying the price for their sins. They will have to accept the wages of
their sin: death. They will die for their own sins because they refused to
accept the sacrifice of Jesus for their sins. They did this by refusing
to turn away from their sin through faith in the power of Christ. They
may have believed in Christ historically, but they refused to believe in
Him and His teachings to stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments
for eternal life.
Now that those sins are accounted for, what happens to the sins of the
saints that have been confessed, turned away from and taken from the saints through
the power of Christ? Christ paid the penalty, but what happens to the sins?
That is what the scapegoat is all about. The scapegoat, "will carry on
itself all their sins to a solitary place…" Leviticus 16:22.
"Azazel, in Jewish legend, demon or evil spirit; symbol of
in ancient rites of Yom Kippur sins of Jewish people were transferred to
scapegoat who was sent into the wilderness to the evil spirit and thrown
to its death; described in later rabbinic writings as fallen angel." Compton’s Encyclopedia
The scapegoat represents the devil, Lucifer, the originator of sin. When the time comes, as we shall see later, all the sins of the righteous
people, whom Jesus took away from them and stored up in the heavenly temple,
will be placed on the head of Lucifer. He brought them into this world,
he can have them back. Not only will he have to pay the penalty for his
own wickedness, but also he will have to accept responsibility for all
the sins he provoked the righteous to commit.
He will "carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place." Lev. 16:22.
That is exactly what will happen. In the end of time, Lucifer will be "seized…that
ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him,
to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years
were ended." "But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the
devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where
the beast and the false prophet had been thrown." Revelation 20:2, 3, 9, 10.
The universe is now clean. Sin has been destroyed. Sinners and
the originator of sins have been destroyed. All sins have been wiped out. Not one sin will be left in a universe that has a "new heaven and a new
earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away." "He will
wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning
or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation