The Miracles of the Temple

Further clues linking Yom Kippur and Azazel to the bitter water trial and Lilith can be seen in the history of the
only two miracles take took place in the Temple on a regular basis.  These miracles were the Sotah’s bitter
water trial and the changing of the scapegoat’s scarlet woolen cloth to white on Yom Kippur.  Tradition has it
that the Sotah trial never failed to deliver its miraculous curses against the adulterous woman, and that the
scarlet cloth never failed to turn white on Yom Kippur, at least until 30 CE.  After that date, the same year of
Christ’s crucifixion, the miracles suddenly ceased.  For the 40 remaining years of the Temple’s existence, the
bitter water and scarlet cloth miracles were replaced by three other ill foreboding miracles.  The first was that
the main lamp of the menorah could not be maintained lit by the priests.  Despite their best efforts, every
night for 40 years it went out.  This main lamp was the mother lamp from which all the others were lit.  Its fires
were always to be kept burning.  The second ill-boding miracle the Talmud relates is that the Temple door to
the Holy Sanctuary opened of their own accord each night.  This exposed the Holy Place.  Yohanan ben
Zakkai, the leading Jewish authority leading up to the time of the Temple’s destruction, declared that this was
a sign of impending doom.  The third ill-boding miracle concerned the lots for the Scapegoat.  For the last 40
years of the Temple’s existence, during every Yom Kippur ceremony the lot was always found in the priest’s
right hand.  It was considered a good omen if the lot for the Scapegoat was found in the priest’s left hand.  
The odds of this happening by chance are astronomical.  

Why did the bitter water and scarlet cloth miracles stop?  Edersheim explains that the scapegoat’s scarlet
cloth miracle ceased because the ultimate atoning sacrifice, of which the Yom Kippur ceremony was just a
prophetic foreshadowing, was completed.  This was Christ’s crucifixion.  And now we see that the bitter water
trial stopped for much the same reason.  The story of the trial’s supernatural promised seed and its atoning
sacrifice was now completed.  
Next: Summary of Evidences for Azazel
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