1. THE PLAN OF SALVATION ILLUSTRATED BY THE OLD TESTAMENT SANCTUARY SERVICE.
“THY WAY O GOD, IS IN THE SANCTUARY.” Ps. 77:13
THE EARTHLY SANCTUARY with its two apartments, its furniture, and its daily and yearly services, represented the heavenly sanctuary and its services in its two-fold ministration.
THE PRIESTS represented Christ.
THE SACRIFICES represented Jesus, the Lamb of God, who, by the sacrifice of Himself, atoned for the sins of the world. The type points to the antitype; the shadow to the reality.
THE DAILY SERVICE represented Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross and His ministry for us in the Holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.
THE EARLY SERVICE represented Christ’s work for us in the most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary.
As the yearly service was on the Day of Atonement and was a work of Judgment, so with the antitype.
THE EARTHLY SANCTUARY was CLEANSED on the Day of Atonement. Lev. 16:30-34; 23:26-30.
THE HEAVENLY SANCTUARY is cleansed on the antitypical day of atonement – 1844 to the close of probation.
Dan. 8:14, “And he said unto me. Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be CLEANSED [justified, restored, vindicated].”
Acts 3:19. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be BLOTTED OUT, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
What THE EARTHLY SANCTUARY was to Israel, the heavenly sanctuary is to US.
WHAT THE DAYLY AND YEARLY SERVICES were to them, the daily and yearly services of the heavenly sanctuary are to US.
What THE DAY OF ATONEMENT was to them, the antitypical day of atonement is to US.
What the CLEANSING OF THE EARTHLY SANCTUARY was to them, the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary is to US.
What THE BLOTTING OUT OF SINS was to them, the blotting out of the sins in the heavenly sanctuary is to US.
“Is the typical system, which was a shadow of the sacrifice and priesthood of Christ. THE CLEANSING of the sanctuary was the last service performed by the high priest in the early round of ministration. It was the closing work of the atonement – a removal or putting away of sin from Israel. It prefigured the closing work in the ministration of our High Priest in heaven, in the removal or blotting out of the sins of His people, which are registered in the heavenly records. This service involves a work of investigation, a work of judgment; and it immediately precedes the coming of Christ.” GC 352
“By virtue of the atoning blood of Christ, the sins of all the truly penitent will be blotted from the books of heaven. Thus the sanctuary will be freed, or cleansed, from the record of sin.” PP 357, 358.
“Is the type, this great work of atonement, or blotting out of sins, was represented by the services of the Day of Atonement, – the cleansing of the earthly sanctuary, which was accomplished by the removal, by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, of the sins by which it had been polluted. … In the final atonement the sins of the truly penitent are to be blotted out from the records in heaven. …” PP 358.