I’ve had more than one person ask me to explain a bit more about this erroneous teaching of the seventh-day adventist that Satan bears our sin and thus has something to do with our atonement. And I be that most everyone on YouTube now that watches my videos knows that the seventh-day adventist scholars and members believe that Satan is the one who bore our sins and not Jesus as the Bible says. And Christians are well aware of the dangers that even suggesting this Satan has anything to do with atonement can bring. It brings in a false Jesus. It brings in a false gospel. One of the best ways I know how to do this is to clear it up through the Bible and this erroneous notion that Satan bears our sins like Jesus is simply cleared up through the Bible. Using the Bible will help Christians to understand it fully but understand that it will not help Seventh-day Adventist to understand it because they have no choice but to interpret the sacred writings by what I call that a AEWV and that is the authorized Ellen White version. That simply means this: Seventh-Day Adventist scholars have no choice but to interpret the Bible according to the writings of Ellen White and that’s the bottom line. Doesn’t matter what she interpreted wrong or not. They have no choice but to do that if they’re going to remain seventh-day Adventists.
When you look at Leviticus 16:21, it shows where on the day of atonement, the high priest after sprinting the blood on the mercy seat would go back out then and place his hands on the horns of the scapegoat, signifying a transfer of the sins of Israel, while they confess the sins of Israel. This scapegoat then was carried out into the wilderness. The meaning of the scapegoat in Strongs is “azael” and the literal meaning of “azael” is the goat of departure. The seventh-day Adventist err in saying that the scapegoat is Satan and thus teach that Satan bears our sins and not Jesus. Also by saying that Satan is the scapegoat suggests that Satan has something to do with our salvation, which he doesn’t. In other words somehow another Satan is making atonement for our sins. And why do you suppose the literal remaining of “azael” or the scapegoat is the goat of departure. Simply for the fact that there’s a scriptures pointing out that when the confessions were made and the priest laid his hands on the horn of the scapegoat, he was carried out in the wilderness. As he departed from them, never to return again. But one of the bigger issues to me come from concerning the scapegoat being Satan come from Leviticus 16:10. And remember on the day of atonement, the sins of Israel was being atoned for, they were being confessed and they were being atoned for. And in Leviticus 16:10, you can read “but the goat on which the lot fell is to be the scapegoat shall be presented before the Lord.” Remember the lots were cast, one would be the sin offering and one be the scapegoat. And it was to be presented to the Lord. It was presented to the Lord to do what? The answer is in the verse: to make atonement for him. By saying that the scapegoat is Satan then teaches that Satan is the one making the atonement and not Jesus Christ. That he had something to do with our atonement, which is absurd. That is so ridiculous to even try to suggest that. How in the world can Satan make atonement for us? Absolutely nowhere in the scripture teaches that Satan bears our sins and not Jesus. But because they don’t have any reputable scholars who can get one word right there and see that it is a go-to-departure, they’re teaching now that Satan bears our sins and not Jesus. There are some in the SDA who want to make take a giant leap all the way over to Revelations chapter 20 and they see there an angel coming down and taking Satan and cast him into the bottomless pit. “There’s the transfer sins. They’re placing their hands on Satan and throw him into the bottomless pit.” Bad news for you. You see the high priest is the one who went out and places his hands on the horns of the goat. Jesus is our high priest that the sins were transferred to. In Revelation 20 you have an angel coming out and taking hold of Satan not to confess sins. He’s laying hands on him all right but not to confess sins but to throw him into the bottomless pit. So in Revelations 20 it is an angel and not Jesus who is taking the hold of Satan, throwing him into the bottomless pit, not confessing the sins of the people. So again it is absurd to even try to go to chapter 20 of revelations as though chapter 20 of revelations and Leviticus 16 day of atonement have any connections whatsoever. All it is is a giant leap of ignorance to me to even say that. And think about this, Christians, Seventh-Day Adventists don’t understand it but I’ll tell you: John 1:29 where Jesus is coming down in the water to be baptized and John the Baptist says “behold the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” “Behold the azael of Satan that takes away the sin of the world”, that’s how the SDA would want to read that behold it was Satan who would take away the sins of the world. It doesn’t say that does it? It says “behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. Of course the killer verse is always 1 Peter chapter 2 which says “Jesus himself bore our sins”, not Satan. The bottom line is that only one person fulfills the role of both goats in the day of atonement and that person is Jesus Christ. To say different is preaching another Jesus and another gospel that is no gospel at all.