This Gospel ISV - Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdomwill be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimonyto all nations, * and then the end will come.” Matt 4:23; 9:35; Rom 10:18; Col 1:6, 23 KJV - Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdomshall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. What is THIS GOSPEL?
Separation Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knewthat they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hidthemselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Gen 3:8,9
The Gospel in the New and Old Testament At no time in the world ’s history has anyone ever earned salvation by his own works. In both Old and New Testaments,people were saved by the grace of God and the merits of Jesus. The following texts make it clear that people who lived beforethe cross were saved on the same terms as were people in New Testament times. "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16. "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them." Hebrews 4:2. "For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Galatians 2:16. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any othergospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8.
The Old Testament itself teaches salvation through Christ. The "scriptures" spoken of in the following texts are the Old Testament. These texts make it clear that the Old Testament scriptures teach the same gospel of salvation through Christ that we find in the New Testament. "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3. "From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:15. "Then he said unto them, `O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that theprophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?’ And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke 24:25-27."All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16.
The Bible presents one gospel from Genesis to Revelation, one plan of salvation for humanity. The Bible calls it "the everlasting gospel" (Revelation 14:6), the "everlasting gospel" Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, ... (Psalm 105:10; Hebrews 13:20)Psalm 105:10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the deadour Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, ...
Separation Behold, the Lords hand is notshortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That itcannot hear. But your iniquitieshave separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. Isa 59:1,2
The Gospel And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And betweenyour seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." Gen 3:15 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
Every sacrifice offered, every ordinanceperformed, was to be an expression of faith in Christ. "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice." Hebrews 11:4."Through faith he [Moses] kept the passover,and the sprinkling of blood." Hebrews 11:28.
The Gospel 1. Taking away of sins…and2. Restoring our relationship with God
The One GospelFor indeed the gospel was preached to us as wellas to them; [Israel] but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Heb 4:2
What Gospel was preached to Israel? Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:5,6 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Psalm 77:13 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them; Exodus 25:8 Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of thethrone of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
The Significance of the Old Testament Sanctuary Services• Every element in the Old Testament ritual system was specifically designed by Christ to illustrate His own work in the plan of salvation. Every lamb that was slain prefigured Christ, the Lamb of God, who would be offered for the sins of the world. Everything the priests did pointed to Jesus, our great High Priest in the courts above.• By contemplating the meaning of the ceremonies he performed, an Israelite could understand the entire gospel of salvation. The gospel of Christ is in the Old Testament illustrated just as clearly as in the New Testament it is proclaimed.
Cont’d The ceremonial system centered around the sanctuary and its services. It should not surprise us then that every major scene in the book of Revelation is oriented with respect to the temple in heaven where Christ is ministering for us. The heavenly temple is specifically mentioned 14 times in Revelation (3:12; 7:15; 11:1, 2, 19; 14:15, 17; 15:5, 6, 8; 16:1, 17). Revelation is full of sanctuary terminology. Twenty-eight times in Revelation Jesus is called the "Lamb". References to sanctuary furniture such as the candlesticks, the altar of incense, and the ark of the testament are found throughout the book. Other references to the temple in heaven include Psalm 11:4; 18:6; 102:19 Isaiah 6:1; Habakkuk 2:20; Malachi 3:1; and Hebrews 8 and 9.
The tabernacle on earth was patterned after thetemple in heaven. It consisted of two apartments, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it”. Exodus 25:8-9
Made after the PatternFurther, the tabernacle built by Moses was made after a pattern. TheLord directed him, "According to all that I show thee, after the pattern ofthe tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even soshall ye make it." And again the charge was given, "Look that thou makethem after their pattern, which was showed thee in the mount. " Exodus25:9,40. And Paul says, that the first tabernacle "was a figure for the timethen present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices;" that its holyplaces were "patterns of things in the heavens;" that the priests whooffered gifts according to the law, served, "unto the example and shadowof heavenly things," and that "Christ is not entered into the holy placesmade with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into Heaven itself,now to appear in the presence of God for us." Hebrews 9:9, 23; 8:5;9:24.
The Pattern of the sanctuary:• Remind that the wilderness sanctuary was patterned afterthe heavenly sanctuary.• Emphasize that Jesus Christ is the central figure in theheavenly sanctuary.• Highlight that the services and symbols of the earthlysanctuary pointed to Christ.The central figure of the sanctuary in heaven is Christ. It isaround His life, death, and resurrection that the hope ofeternal life is based.Thus, the services and symbols used in the sanctuary onearth pointed to Christ, to the beauty of His character, and toHis love and justice.
The Way of Salvation39 Court Holy Place Word Eph 5:26 Washed by the Most Holy Place I am the I am the door Way… I am the John 10:9 Jesus Christ 1 light John Advocate, 8:12 Judge Jn 2:1 John Behold 5:22 I am the bread the Lamb John 6:35 Jn 1:29
Gospel in the Sanctuary Court Holy Place Most Holy Place Altar of Sacrifice Laver Table of Altar of Shewbread Candlesticks Incense Ark 1. Messiah 2. Priest 3. JudgeChrist Cross Cleansing The Truth The Way The Life Advocate John 1:29 Eph 5:26; I John 6:35 John 8:12; Heb 7:25; John 1:9 Ps 119:105 Rom 5:10 Mal 3:5 Birth/Courtship Growth/Engagement Maturity/ Marriage Repent Baptism Bible Study Witnessing PrayerUs Victory John 3:16; Acts John 3:5 John 5:39 Matt 5:14 1 Thess 5:17 John 15:5 2:37,38
Everything in the Sanctuary Pointed to Christ● Christ is the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world (John 1:29)● Christ is the light of the world that lightens every man (John 1:9-12; 8:12)● Christ is the living bread who came down from heaven to give us eternal life (John 6:32-51)● Christ is the mercy seat (propitiation), through whose redemption we have salvation full and complete (Romans 3:24, 25)● Christ is our intercessor against the accusations of Satan (Hebrews 7:25)● Christ is the veil that bore our sins in His flesh (Hebrews 10:19,20)
The Sanctuary Revealed the Fall and Restoration of Man • In Adam, humanity sinned, was defiled, and condemned to death. In Christ, the same humanity was reconciled to God, cleansed from all defilement, and justified to life (Romans 5:18) • Through faith in Christ, sinners experience salvation
This is the good news of the gospel and the truth ofrighteousness by faith. All this was revealed in the Sanctuary model given to Moses:
● The Sanctuary was where God met sinners (Ex. 25:22; 29:42, 43)● Today He meets us in Christ (2 Cor. 5:19)● The Sanctuary was where God revealed Himself to sinners (Ex. 29:46)● Today He reveals Himself to us in Christ (John 14:7-9)● The Sanctuary was where God dwelt with sinners (Ex. 25:8; 29:45, 46)● Today He dwells with us in Christ (Matthew 1:23; John 14:23)● The Sanctuary was where God spoke to sinners (Ex. 29:42; Lev. 1:1)● Today He speaks to us in Christ (Hebrews 1:2; John 8:43, 47)● The Sanctuary was where God accepted sinners (Lev. 1:4)● Today He accepts us in Christ (Ephesians 1:6)● The Sanctuary was where God forgave sinners (Lev. 4:20, 26, 31, 35)● Today He forgives us in Christ (Ephesians 1:7)
Three Steps in the Atonement By studying the plan of salvation as illustrated in the OldTestament sanctuary services, we may learn much about the great work of atonement.The word "atonement," or at-one-ment, refers to the process whereby man is reconciled to God. ATONEMENT is a word that we do not normally use today. Instead we prefer to use the words RECONCILE or RECONCILIATION, which basically mean the same thing [look for example at Rom. 5:11 in the KJV and the NIV, which, incidentally, is the same as the NKJV]
The word atonement means removing any barrier that hascaused the separation of two people, thus bring them togetheronce again. Hence, when this happens, they have beenreconciled. When used theologically, the word atonement refersto the expiating or removing of our sins which has separated ussinners from a holy God [read Isa. 59:1, 2, 3].1 Behold, the Lords hand is not shortened, that it cannotsave; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and yourGod, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he willnot hear. *3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingerswith iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hathmuttered perverseness.
On the cross the sins of the entire human race was atoned for by thedeath of Jesus Christ. As a result sinful humanity was reconciled toGod. This atonement or reconciliation was perfect, full, and complete.This is part and parcel of the good news of the gospel and theNew Testament clearly teaches this [read Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:18, 19;Col. 1:19, 20].Does the fact that sinful humanity has already been reconciled toGod mean that there is no final atonement?There is going to be a final atonement. But how can there be a finalatonement, to be accomplished sometime in the future, if theatonement on the cross was full and complete?Salvation in the Bible is presented as both an objectivetruth as well as a subjective experience, the problem issolved
As an objective truth, all Christians can claim I am alreadysaved in Christ [Eph. 2:6]. This is what gives us assuranceof salvation.But as a subjective experience, we Christians must alsoadd I am being saved daily from the power and slaveryto sin (i.e., I am being sanctified), as well as I will besaved at the second advent of Christ from the natureand presence of sin (i.e., I will be glorified).The same truth or idea must be applied to the doctrine ofatonement. As an objective truth the entire human racehas already been reconciled to God. But as a subjectiveexperience the atonement has more than one phase, ofwhich the final atonement is the culminating one.
Atonement Experienced The Bible show at least threephases of the subjective experience of the atonement or reconciliation:
1. The reconciliation between mankind and God. Please note: Idid not say between God and mankind. That has alreadytaken place on the cross. In other words, reconciliation or at-one-ment is a two-way affair. As far as God is concerned, Hehas already reconciled Himself to mankind by the death of HisSon. What is left is for us humans to be reconciled to Him [2Cor. 5:18-20.]2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us tohimself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministryof reconciliation;19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the worldunto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; andhath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though Goddid beseech you by us: we pray you in Christs stead, be yereconciled to God.
2. The Bible also speaks of atonement as an on goingapplication through the high priestly ministry of Christ in theheavenly sanctuary. While Christ is the Saviour of allmankind, He is the priest or mediator of only the believerswho have by faith been reconciled to God. We believers arestill sinners, in and of ourselves, and Satan uses this toaccuse us before God day and night [Rev. 12:10]. However,while Satan does this, Christ is daily or continually applyingHis blood to defend our atonement or reconciliation [Heb.2:17].Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be madelike unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful andfaithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to makereconciliation for the sins of the people.
3. Lastly, the Bible speaks of a final atonement when sin will beeradicated and the whole universe will be at-one-ment with God. Eventhough we Christians stand perfect in Christ and have the fullassurance of salvation we still have sinful flesh. Therefore, there is noat-one-ment or peace between the flesh and our converted mindsRomans 7: 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver mefrom the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christour Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God;but with the flesh the law of sin.Hence, we long for the redemption of our bodies [read Rom. 8:22-25;Phil. 3:20, 21].Phil 3: 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence alsowe look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shallchange our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto hisglorious body, according to the working whereby he is able evento subdue all things unto himself.This is part of the final atonement.
Furthermore, until Christ comes we are living in a world which is, to alarge degree, still under the control of Satan, the enemy of souls. As aresult, we Christians may describe ourselves as citizens of heaven butliving in enemy territory. That means Satan can make and does makelife hell for us. So we look forward to the second and third coming ofChrist so that we may live in heaven and the new earth at-one-ment[Rev. 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the firstheaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was nomore sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, comingdown from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned forher husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell withthem, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be withthem, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears fromtheir eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, norcrying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former thingsare passed away.5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all thingsnew. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true andfaithful.]
This is what the doctrine of final atonement is all about. It is notadding to the finished atonement of the cross, but making real inexperience what Christ has already obtained for mankind by Hisbirth, life, death, and resurrection. The final atonement is theclimax, the Halleluia Chorus of the plan of redemption. It is aglorious doctrine that we must not be ashamed of, because itpoints us forward to the reality of salvation, which at the momentis ours only by faith[Heb. 11:11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,the evidence of things not seen.]
When the doctrine of the final atonement is understood in thecontext of legalism, it becomes a terrible doctrine which robs usof the joy of salvation. But correctly understood, the doctrine ofthe final atonement is of tremendous help to believers to hold onto our confidence in Christ[Rev. 22:20, 2120 He which testifieth these things saith,Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.Amen.]
A study of the sanctuary reveals three steps in the process: sacrifice, intercession, and cleansing.
Sacrifice • This step was symbolized in the Old Testament by the daily slaying of animals. A perfect lamb without blemish was required, and sacrificed in the courtyard. Every drop of blood that was shed in those rituals pointed to the sacrifice of Jesus for lost mankind. His death paid the full price for our redemption.
1. Lamb, 2. Without blemish, 3. killed at twilight, 4. the Lords Passover, 5. Dont break any bones• The next day John seeth Jesus • And about the ninth hour coming unto him, and saith, Jesus yielded up the ghost; Behold the Lamb of God, Mat 27:46,50 which taketh away the sin of • For indeed Christ our the world; Jn 1:29 Passover, was sacrificed• Forasmuch as ye know that ye for us 1 Cor 5:7 were not redeemed with • Then the soldiers ... came to corruptible things, as silver and Jesus and .. they did not gold, from your vain break His legs John 19:31-37 conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18
After the penitent sinner has confessed his sins upon the head of the sacrificial animal and taken its life (Lev. 4:4,15,24,29) the priest performs one of two kinds of rituals• 1. In the case of the sin offering for a fellow priest, or for the whole congregation, the officiating pries sprinkled some of the blood seven times before the veil in the holy place as well as on the horns of the altar of incense. (Lev. 4:6,7, 17,18, 4:2733)• 2. In the case of the sin offering for other individuals, the officiating priest sprinkled the blood on the horns of the altar of burnt offering in the court. Pours out the blood at the base of the altar and then he eats some of the flesh of the sin offering. (Lev. 6:26; 10:17) By eating the flesh, the priest became the sin-bearer. "to bear the guilt..to make an atonement for them."
Romans 4.7-8"Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, andwhose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lordwill not impute sin."
Intercession • This step was symbolized by the daily duties performed by the priests in the holy place, or first apartment of the sanctuary. Incense was continually offered before God, mingled with the prayers of the saints. This represented Christ’s priestly intercession for His people which He began after His ascension to heaven. Through Christ’s first apartment ministry the sinner’s guilt is pardoned, and Christ’s righteousness is imparted to His people.
Cleansing• The third step was illustrated once each year in the Old Testament ceremonies. The tenth day of the seventh month was called the Day of Atonement. It was the day on which the sanctuary was cleansed. It was considered the most solemn and significant event of the year. On that day the whole congregation appeared before the Lord that they might be made "at one" with Him. Sins which had been brought to the sanctuary throughout the year were figuratively removed from it on that day. But those who failed to humble themselves before God were cut off from the people.
Cont ’d• On that day the high priest alone appeared before God behind the veil of the Most Holy Place. With him he took the blood of a goat and a censer of coals from the altar of incense. This represented the final phase of Christ ’s work in the heavenly sanctuary, performed in "the time of the end." The work of atonement is not complete until the sanctuary is thus cleansed.• Scripture references to the Old Testament Day of Atonement include Leviticus 16 and Leviticus 23:27-32. Information on the end-time cleansing of the sanctuary is found in Daniel 8:14; Malachi 3:1-5; and Hebrews 8 and 9.
Sacrifice is made, the cleansing blood is applied at themercy seat as well as at the altar of incense. The sanctuary is cleansed. The priest returns from the cleansing of the sanctuary "when he has made an end of atoning for the tabernacle of meeting and the altar" (Lev. 16:20) Then hegoes and places ALL the sins upon the goat who is cast far out, forever banned (this goat is not the sacrifice )
The Brazen Altar of Burnt Offerings• Exodus 27:1-8, 38:1-7.• After confessing his sins over the animal and slaying it, the sinner let the priest as mediator take the lamb (or whatever animal was offered) and place selected portions of it (such as the fat, Lev. 4, 9) on the Brazen (Brass) Altar of Burnt Offerings, to be consumed by the flames. For those too poor to offer an animal, an offering of flour was permitted (Lev 5:11), which was also burned on the Altar. The Altar was constructed of Acacia wood, covered with brass. The Acacia wood symbolized the works of humanity, that but for the brass covering would be consumed by the fire.
• The brass was a symbol of suffering, so this Altar represented the suffering and death of Jesus Christ that covers and protects the repentant sinner from the divine fire of Judgment. The Altar had at each of its corners, a horn, representing the power, strength, honor, and victory of God.• Before being sacrificed, the animal was secured to the horns of the Altar (Psalm 118:27). Blood from the sacrificed animal was placed on the horns of the Altar by the priest, and the rest was poured out at the bottom of the Altar (Exodus 29:12, Lev 4:7). The fire for the Brazen Altar of Burnt Offerings was a special divinely lit fire, that was started by fire coming down out of heaven (Lev 9:24). This symbolically represents the fire that will ultimately consume all sinners, known as the lake of fire in Revelation.
The Laver• Exodus 30:18-21, 38:8• Located between the Brazen Altar of Burnt Offerings and the Sanctuary, the Laver was a basin filled with water used for ritual cleansing. The Laver was made from the brass "looking glasses" (mirrors) of the women. Before handling the animal sacrifices brought by the people, the priest would have to cleanse his hands and feet with water from the Laver. This was symbolic of the act of baptism. Baptism is a declaration of the repentant sinner that he has been buried with Jesus Christ and resurrected with him as a new creature (Rom 6:4-13). The polished brass of the Laver is to be a "looking glass" revealing our sins, and showing us our need for a Savior, that we might be baptized and receive the righteousness that God offers us through His Son Jesus Christ. If the priest were to neglect this act of cleansing, he would be struck dead as a result (Exodus 30:21). Why? Because to reject the cleansing righteousness of Jesus Christ is to die in ones own sin.
Justification or Forgiveness orPardon The Brazen Altar of Burnt Offering and the Laver were both outside of the Sanctuary proper, to the immediate east of the entrance. It was also in this area that the animals were slain for the services. These activities carried on outside the Sanctuary represented the process of justification or forgiveness or pardon and reconciliation of the sinner through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, and the acceptance of that vicarious sacrifice of the Lamb of God by the repentant sinner.
The Golden Candlestick (Menorah)• Exodus 25:31-39, 37:17-24.• Inside the Sanctuary itself, in what is known as the first apartment, or Holy Place, were three pieces of furniture. To the south side of the room was a large golden candelabra, or Menorah, that had six branches off of a central candlestick. The Menorah used pure olive oil as fuel. It was the job of the priests to daily trim the wicks (which were made of old priestly garments) and refill the bowls of oil, so that the Menorah would constantly be a source of light for first apartment or Holy Place. The Menorah represented Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world, and the olive oil was symbolic of the Holy Spirit and the wicks were symbolic of the righteousness of Christ. The Menorah also represents the seven churches of Revelation, who are to share the light of the gospel message with the rest of the world. It can be found in Revelation 1:12 and 4:5.
The Table of Showbread• Exodus 25:23-30, 37:10-16.• On the north side of the Holy Place was a small table known as the table of Showbread. It was constructed of Acacia wood and covered with gold. On it were kept 12 loaves of unleavened bread (Leviticus 24:5-9). These loaves were symbolic of Jesus, who is the bread of life (John 6:35), but they also represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Also kept on the Table of Showbread, were offerings of wine (Number 28:7), so both the bread and the wine of the Lords supper were represented here. The Table of Showbread is alluded to in Revelation as a throne before the Candlestick, in chapter 4 verses 2-5.
The Golden Altar of Incense• Exodus 30:1-10, 37:25-29.• On the west side of the Holy Place, immediately before the veil separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place, was a small Golden Altar of Incense. In it was a brass pot, containing hot coals from the Brazen Altar of Burnt Offerings, and it was here that a very special blend of incense was burned by the priest, which filled the Sanctuary with a sweet smelling cloud, representing the prayers of the believers. Sacrificial blood was sometimes put on the horns of the Golden Altar of Incense (Lev. 4:7, 18). The Golden Altar of Incense also figures prominently in the book of Revelation (Rev 8:3-5) with regard to the end of judgment, or close of probation on humanity.
Sanctification• The activities in the first apartment, or Holy place, represented the daily process of sanctification of the repentant sinner in preparation for the final judgment which occurred on the Day of Atonement, observed today as Yom Kippur.• A true and complete sanctified life will involve Bible study, Prayer and Witnessing
The Veil of the Sanctuary• Exodus 26:31-33, 36:35, 2 Chronicles 3:14• This veil or curtain between the two apartments of the Sanctuary, the Holy and the Most Holy, has great significance. This is because it was this veil that tore at the very moment Jesus died on the Cross, symbolic of the end of the need for the human Levitical priesthood as mediator between man and God-• Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;• Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
• Luke 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.• The veil represents the torn body of Jesus (Hebrews 10:20). It is only by passing through this veil that access is possible to the Most Holy place of judgment. The tearing of the veil is symbolic of the death of the Lamb of God, which now permits the believer in His atonement immediate access to the Most Holy place, of God, the place of judgment, through the new High Priest Jesus Christ, the one and only mediator between man and God.• 1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;• The faithful have full and complete access to God, without the need of an earthly mortal priest to represent them.
The Ark of the Testimony of God• Exodus 25:10-22, 37:1-9.• This was a box constructed of Acacia wood covered with Gold. Inside it was kept the two tables of stone upon which the Law of God (The 10 Commandments) was written. Later it also contained Aarons rod that budded, and a pot of manna. The lid of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat (Exodus 25:17), and above it was where the glory of the Lord was present, between two covering cherubs, or angels, on either end of the Ark. The Mercy seat, or lid, represented Jesus Christ, the mediator for humanity between the Law of God, that requires the death of the sinner, and a merciful God. The High Priest was the only person allowed to enter the Most Holy place where the Ark was kept, and that was only on one day of the year, the Day of Atonement (known today as Yom Kippur).
• The Ark of the Testimony from Solomons Temple was secreted away before the Babylonian capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and was never present in Herods Temple. The armies of Titus found the Holy of Holies quite empty in 70 A.D. The Ark remains unlocated today, although there are numerous speculations about its whereabouts.• In Revelation (which was written about 95 A.D.), the Ark is seen in Chapter 11, verse 19. It is interesting to note that John is seeing the Ark of God in the heavenly Sanctuary, not the earthly Sanctuary (which was utterly destroyed in 70 A.D. by the armies of Rome).
Judgment• The activities on the day of Atonement symbolized the people of God, seeking representation by their High Priest Jesus Christ in the judgment, who met all the demands of the law perfectly and then was sacrificed for our sins. He paid the price for our disobedience, though he was perfectly obedient. The Hebrew Sanctuary illustrates that ultimately all humanity will be judged by the standards of Gods Law. Those with faith will keep the Law perfectly through Jesus Christ. Those without faith will not have been able to keep the Law of God, and must die as a result. After all, the wages of sin is death. Since the Law of God could not be changed, Jesus died for us, in our place, to satisfy the Law.• By faith, we will take on the righteousness of Christ and be judged as keepers of the Law, with a right to the tree of life and eternal life.• Just as all Israel sought representation by the High Priest on that day, we should be fervently seeking our High Priest, Jesus Christ, to represent us in Judgment.
Meaning of furniture and colors in the sanctuary
Description (The Brazen Altar; Exodus 27:1-8)• When you enter the Tabernacle through the gate, which is on the east, you come to this altar first, made of acacia wood, known for its hardness and durability. It is harder than oak. The boards are overlaid with brass. 7.5’ square and 4.5’ tall, with a horn on each corner to tie the animals to. A mesh or grate of brass is inside midway down where the offerings are burnt.• V. 3 tells us of these utensils, some to get rid of ashes, others to carry blood into the Holy of Holies. The fleshhooks allow the priest to move the sacrifice. The firepans were used to move the coals of fire from place to place when the Tabernacle was transported...it was a perpetual fire. The first ever sacrifice there was consumed by fire from God in heaven which was never to go out. They also used these firepans to move fire inside to the altar of incense.• The word ‘altar’ literally means, “A place of slaughter.” In the OT man had to do this to meet with God. But why not today? Our altar at the front is a different kind of altar.
Hebrews 13:10-12 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11 For the bodies of thosebeasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Jesus is our sacrifice, once and for all!In the brazen altar we see the person and work ofChrist:• The acacia wood is incorruptible. • The tree it comes from bears hard thorns, like the ones beaten into our Savior’s brow.• If you pierce that tree at night by morning it will put off a resin that is used for medicinal purposes...reminding us of the spear put into His side and out flowed blood and water, healing our souls!• The brass overlay shows it is a place where sin is judged
A convicted sinnerImagine a man standing outside the white linen fence of theTabernacle. He wants to come inside and be with God, but herealizes he cannot because that white linen stands for God’spurity. He knows he’s not worthy, for he had stood at the base ofMt. Sinai and heard the thunder of God’s law, and he hadseverely broken it time and again. He stands there as a convictedsinner, guilty. To try to climb the fence or jump over would meaninstant death...there’s only one way in. It’s the gate that isJesus...the gate to the sheepfold (John 10:7, 9). “I am thedoor...” • He looks at that beautiful gate: • White for purity or colour of righteousness • Blue (Number 15:37-41) – colour of obedience • Red – (Leviticus 17: 11) colour of sacrifice (colour for the blood) • Purple – colour of royalty • Red+Blue ----->Purple (sacrifice and obedience make full loyalty)•Will he be allowed in? Only if he has the proper sacrifice. And ifhe does then it doesn’t matter what he’s done.
White, Blue and RedIsaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: thoughyour sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be redlike crimson, they shall be as wool.Numbers 15:37 ¶And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 38 Speak untothe children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in theborders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they putupon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 39 And it shall be unto youfor a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandmentsof the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and yourown eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40 That ye may remember,and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41 I am the Lordyour God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I amthe Lord your God.Numbers 17: 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it toyou upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the bloodthat maketh an atonement for the soul
Purple• Covered The Altar. Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it. (Numbers 4: 13)• Purple has become the symbol of royalty, but it clearly was a symbol that was related to the priesthood and sacrifice when God used it. This color was in the priests garments and the coverings of the sanctuary and the doorways. Significantly, the altar of sacrifice was covered in purple when the sanctuary was moved. (Numbers 4: 13). This prophecy was fulfilled when he was dressed in purple at the trial.• Covered The Priest-King. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; (John 19: 2; Mark 15: 17)• The priest is the lawyer for the government and law of God. He studies this law and teaches it to the people and administers justice. Therefore, Christ becomes our priest and defender before God. The color purple is in the doors to the sanctuary because the sanctuary is the place where we go to get justice from God.
• Badger skin – Christ veiled His divinity with humanity (Christ the lowly Saviour) (Exodus 26:14)
The covering materials of the sanctuary represents Christ• Badger skin – Christ veiled His divinity with humanity (Christ the lowly Saviour) (Exodus 26:14)• Skins of ram dyed red – Christ the sacrifice (sacrificial Saviour) (Exodus 36:19)• Covering of woven goat hair – the righteousness of Christ (Christ the sinless Saviour) (Exodus 35:23)• Inner or royal covering (blue, scarlet & purple) – Christ the worthy King (Christ the exalted Saviour)• Vail of blue, scarlet and purple (Exodus 26:31 - “And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:”)• Gate of the court and Door to the tabernacle (Exodus 27:16; 36:37 “And he made an hanging for the tabernacle door of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of needlework; * “)
Seven annual Jewish feasts in type and anti-type
The Gospel in the Feasts Spring Feasts Autumn Feasts Passover Unleavened First Fruits Feast of Trumpets Day of Feast of Tabernacles Nissan 14 Bread Nissan 16 Weeks Tishri 1 Atonement Tishri 15 First Month Nissan 15-21 First Month Sivan 6 Seventh Month Tishri 10 Seventh Month Lev 23:5; Ex First Month Lev 23:9-14 Third Month Lev 23:23-26 Seventh Month Lev 23:33-36 12 Lev 23:6-8 Lev 23:15-21 Lev 23:27-3259 Crucifixion Christ in Resurrection Pentecost Second Advent Pre-Advent Judgement Homegoing at 1 Cor 5:7 Tomb 1 Cor 15:20 Acts 2:1-4; Movement Dan 7:9,10; Second Advent John 6:51; Rev 5:6 Rev 14:6,7 Rev 11:19; 14:7 Rev 14:14-16 John 12:24 Type/Symbol Antitype/Real 1844 Court Ministry First Apartment Ministry Second Apartment Ministry
The Gospel Timetable 2300 Years Most Holy 490 Years Court Holy Place Place A.D 31 1844 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlastinggospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.“ Rev 14:6,7
Which Gospel is Complete?Court Holy Place Most Holy Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Ps 77:13
The Way to the Most Holy Then I took the little book out of the angels hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when Ihad eaten it, my stomach became bitter. And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.“ Rev 10:10,11 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, "Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. Rev 11:1
Finding the Most Holy Place All heaven watched with the deepest interest the reception of thefirst angels message. But many who professed to love Jesus, and who shed tears as they read the story of the cross, derided thegood news of His coming.… Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited by the second; neither were they benefitedby the midnight cry, which was to prepare them to enter with Jesusby faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. And by rejecting the two former messages, they have so darkened their understanding that they can see no light in the third angels message, which shows the way into the most holy place.
Finding the Most Holy Place I saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches had crucified these messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy, and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there. Like the Jews, who offered their useless sacrifices, they offer up their useless prayersto the apartment which Jesus has left; and Satan, pleased with the deception, assumes a religious character, and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself, working with his power, his signs and lying wonders, to fasten them in his snare.
False Worship caused by lose of where Jesus is in the Sanctuary Some he deceives in one way, and some in another. He has different delusions prepared to affect different minds. Some look with horror upon one deception, while they readily receive another. Satan deceives some with Spiritualism. (Contact with fallen angels) He also comes as an angel of light and spreads his influence over the land by means of false reformations. The churches are elated, and consider that God is working marvelously for them, when it is the work of another spirit. The excitement will die away and leave the world and the church in a worse condition than before. EW 260, 261
Satan sends power and light I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne; they did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, "Father, giveus Thy Spirit." Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satansobject was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive Gods children. Early Writings 56
Do You know the Way to the Father?Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:5,6 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Ps 77:13