The Sanctuary

So we had to work back late at work this evening because of stock take. While we were going around doing the scan one of my colleagues was quizzing me on what why I believe what I do. He ended up getting me to explain the Sanctuary to him. It was actually very interesting as he repeated back what i was saying and simplified it very clearly which was rather startling.

As SDA’s we believe that the Feast of Yom Kippur, Also known as the day of Atonement or the Cleansing of the Sanctuary has been underway since Oct 22 1844.

And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (Dan 8:14)

That the sins of those who accept Christ by faith are transferred buy merit of his blood to the sanctuary and the record of them is on/against the veil that hangs between the Holy and Most Holy Place. Since 1844 Christ has commenced the work of removing the record of those sins and he will not return until the last Christian’s character is perfected and his Sins are blotted out.

My colleague described the matter along the lines of “So Jesus is cleaning the curtains in heaven and you guys are still messing them up, and he can’t come back until you stop making them dirty.”

 Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.  {COL 69.1} 

It was fascinating to see someone who doesn’t profess any flavor of Christianity grasp a concept that so many other Christians fail to understand.

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3 thoughts on “The Sanctuary

  1. It’s great he understands the concept which you believe so simply, but I believe it also shows the flaw in that belief. As a parent you realise that your children will continue to muck up the curtains until they learn that they shouldn’t, but then comes along the next child who will muck up the curtains until they learn not to. Just as the endless line of God’s children continue to be born and have to go through the process of learning from their mistakes, therefore never will there be a point when the curtains are ever as perfect as they were when first hung. Only when the Curtain Maker returns will the curtains be made perfect, not the other way around. IMHO. 🙂

    • Hmm, I guess you can philosophise you way to that line of thinking. But I just take the Bible as it reads.

      There will be a time where the intercession ceases.

      Revelation 22:11-12 (KJV)
      He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. [12] And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

      And when that happens the process of putting away sins is over.

      The whole purpose of the gospel is that we might be like Jesus.

      Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV)
      And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; [12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: [13] Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

      It really comes down to one question.

      Does Jesus save is “in” our sins or “from” our sins?

      Does the Word of God have the power to do that which is says?

      Jude 1:24 (KJV)
      Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

      It doesn’t merely say to present us faultless, but rather to keep us from falling.

      Faith is believing that the word of God has power in itself to achieve the thing spoken, and depending on that word to achieve the thing spoken.

      Is it possible for God to lie?

      Absolutely not, for when he speaks, the thing spoken happens. It’s only the selfish heart of man that can resist its working in out lives.

  2. Hi Michael,

    To your last statement, I totally agree that God Does not Lie.

    That is a human trait, where we lie to ourselves in particular, especially when we are trying to make the Gospel substantiate a philosophy such as the 1844, Investigative Judgement. We seek an interpretation of God’s truth to support a mis-interpretation. Even in the face of so much information to the contrary.

    My belief stems totally from the Gospel and Gospel only. Not from a Political person such as E.G White. Yes I believe she was inspired in some of her writing, and did much for health reform etc, but without any knowledge of the early SDA church and her writings, the 1844 interpretation is simply that. An interpretation, which I believe time has proven to be incorrect. Along with the Perfection Doctrine.

    It is interesting that reading your Bible quotes in your last reply, as a non perfection and or Investigative Judgement believer, they have no relevance to the point you are making, as ones bent on the gospel certainly pulls our interpretation in a certain direction.

    Yes we absolutely should aspire to be like Jesus, but we are totally incapable of doing it. If we could, there would have been no purpose in Jesus dying on the Cross for our sins.

    I will continue to study and also look at the information your are putting forward. Not to prove you wrong, but to keep seeking the real truth as we all should be. 🙂

    All the best.

    Duncan

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