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    The book of Revelation is a revelation of Christ’s work in the heavenly sanctuary. The first chapter presents Him walking in the midst of the seven candlesticks, guarding and directing His people. In the fourth chapter, we have a view of the throne of God in the heavenly sanctuary, with the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne. The eighth chapter reveals our great High Priest adding much incense with the prayers of His people, as He presents them before the throne. The eleventh chapter opens the most holy place and reveals the ark of God’s testament containing His law. With these facts before us, a study of the book of Revelation is not complete without a chapter on the sanctuary and its service. MarginI saw seven golden candlesticks;
    And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man. Revelation 1:12, 13.
    These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. Revelation 2:1.
    There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Revelation 4:5.
    Another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
    And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:3, 4.
    SSP 363.1

    The earthly sanctuary was a type of the heavenly one. In it, men divinely appointed by the Lord served “unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.” The sanctuary was surrounded by a court. In this court the people assembled and the offerings were slain. No blood was ever shed within either the holy or the most holy place. This was the type, and plainly revealed the antitype. Christ came and offered His life in the antitypical court,-this earth,-where His people, dwell. He then entered the heavenly sanctuary with His own blood, to present it before the Father in man’s behalf. The people could enter only the court of the earthly sanctuary; none but the priests entered the holy places.SSP 364.1

    The people of God to-day are in the outer court,-the earth, and by faith follow their High Priest who officiates for them in the holy places.SSP 364.2

    There was virtue in every service of the ancient sanctuary to the one who by faith cooperated with the priest in the service. Those priests served “unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,” and our High Priest is now performing the real work, of which that was a shadow, and every individual, who will by faith follow Him in that service, will be blessed. Every morning and evening the high priest in the ancient sanctuary entered the holy place and placed fresh incense upon the fire which was constantly burning upon the golden altar. Sufficient incense was placed there each morning to last all day, and at evening the supply was sufficient to keep the fragrant smoke ascending through all the dreary hours of the night. As Israel encamped about the tabernacle MarginWho serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Hebrews 8:5.
    Thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the hanging at the court gate. Exodus 40:8.
    Hebrews 9:7.
    Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 9:12.
    They (the priests) shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die. Numbers 18:3.
    For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
    How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:13, 14.
    Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.
    And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it. Exodus 30:7, 8.
    Numbers 1:53.
    each sleepless one could detect the fragrance of the incense of the sanctuary as it was borne upon the breezes of the night. While the priest was placing the incense on the sacred fire, and the dense volume of fragrant smoke ascended, the prayers of the whole multitude ascended with the smoke. What could more fitly represent the real incense,-Christ’s righteousness,-which He adds to the prayers of His people from the golden altar before the Father’s throne in heaven? The earthly priests served “unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.” Those who believe this may know that every morning there is an abundant supply of Christ’s righteousness offered, and as they pour out their soul before God, their prayers will not ascend alone; for the great High Priest will add “much incense” with them, and the Father, looking upon the righteousness of His Son, will accept the feeble petitions of His child. All day and all night the incense ascended; it represented a never failing supply, and testified that whenever a sinner cries out for help there is righteousness for him. MarginThe temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament. Revelation 11:19.
    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2.
    According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
    And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the tune of incense. Luke 1:9, 10.
    Revelation 8:3, 4.
    Revelation 5:6, 8.
    Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2.
    For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17.
    He shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord. Exodus 30:8.
    SSP 364.3

    Upon the north side of the holy place stood the golden table, bearing its twelve loaves of bread. This bread was called “bread of the presence.” Exodus 25:30. (Young’s Trans.) Christ is the “living bread,” who ever liveth to make intercession for His people. As the bread was ever before the Lord, so Christ ever liveth in the presence of the Father, as the representative of fallen man. The twelve loaves into which the bread was divided, represented the twelve tribes of ancient Israel, and also the twelve thousand of each of the twelve tribes which form the one hundred and forty-four thousand, who follow the Lamb wheresoever He goeth. God gave a strict command that bread used on the Sabbath should be baked on the sixth day, that there be no baking done on the Sabbath; but this “bread of the presence” MarginHe put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the vail. Exodus 40:22.
    I am the living bread which came down from heaven. John 6:51.
    Hebrews 7:25.
    Thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.
    And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord. Leviticus 24:5, 6.
    Thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. Exodus 25:30.
    He said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. Exodus 16:23.
    was made on the Sabbath, placed upon the tables on the Sabbath, and the old bread that was removed was eaten on the Sabbath day. Everything connected with the service of the table of shew bread was Sabbath service. It must surely teach that Christ has special blessings for His people on the Sabbath, and that fresh supplies of His Word, the “bread of life,” should be placed upon His table; and as the priests ate the same bread the following week which they had placed fresh on the table, and it was assimilated and became a part of themselves, so Christ would have every one of His followers who sets forth afresh the bread of life each Sabbath day, eat the same bread themselves and let it become a part of their own lives. The people of God are “an holy priesthood,” embassadors for Christ, representing Him upon the earth.
    SSP 366.1

    The golden candlestick represented the church of God. It was of beaten work, many heavy strokes of the hammer were necessary to blend the pieces of gold into one complete whole and form the perfect candlestick. In like manner, it takes many trials and chastisements to eradicate pride, envy and covetousness from the people of God, and blend them into one complete church, “without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.” The candlestick upheld seven lamps; these lamps in the earthly sanctuary, were a type of the “seven lamps of fire burning before the throne in heaven, which are the seven spirits of God.”SSP 367.1

    Christ says of the church, “Ye are the light of the world.” The Spirit of God shines forth upon the earth through the church. The MarginThe sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath. 1 Chronicles 9:32.
    Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the Lord continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
    And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute. Leviticus 24:5-9.
    So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away. 1 Samuel 21:6.
    Isaiah 56:2, 3.
    Isaiah 58:12-14.
    Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12.
    Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. Isaiah 52:11.
    1 Peter 2:5.
    2 Corinthians 5:20.
    The seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Revelation 1:20.
    And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made. Exodus 25:31.
    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. 1 Peter 4:12.
    For by one Spirit are we all bap tized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
    For the body is not one member, but many.
    But now are they many members, yet but one body. 1 Corinthians 12:13, 14, 20.
    church, the candlestick, upholds the light, guiding souls to the Lord. The candlestick was one whole piece. An individual that is out of harmony with the body, the church, is not a part of the candlestick. The work of dressing the lamps every morning and evening was not given to the Levites; but Aaron, the high priest, the one who represented Christ in the fullest sense, cleaned and refilled the lamps. He served “unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.” In the heavenly sanctuary, every day Christ performs the work of which this was a type. It is the privilege of every child of God to believe, as each morning he pleads for strength and wisdom for the day, that Christ in heaven is pouring out an abundant supply of His Holy Spirit to meet every need. At the close of the day, as he reviews his failures and mistakes, he may know that as on earth the high priest lighted the lamps every evening, so Christ, the great High Priest, is giving of His Holy Spirit to cover all the work of the day.
    SSP 367.2

    Throughout the year the service was conducted in the first apartment of the earthly sanctuary. Provision was made for high and low, rich and poor, to bring an offering for sin, and by so doing show their faith in the “Lamb of God” that would take away the sins of the world.SSP 368.1

    The sinner brought his innocent offering to the door of the tabernacle, and laying his hands upon its head, confessed his sins, thus in type and shadow, transferring them to the offering. What could more fitly represent the one who, realizing that he is a sinner, confesses his sins, laying them all on Jesus, the only One who can save His people from their sins? MarginAaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.
    And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations. Exodus 30:7, 8.
    For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
    If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:10, 13.
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.
    If he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering. Leviticus 5:11.
    If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.
    And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Leviticus 1:3, 4.
    Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21.
    SSP 368.2

    In some offerings, a portion of the blood was taken by the priest into the holy place and presented before the Lord. In every sin offering where the blood was not taken into the holy place, a portion of the flesh was eaten by the priest in the holy place. The flesh was assimilated and became a part of the priest, thus typifying Christ, who “bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” Christ entered the heavenly sanctuary with the same body that hung upon the cross; He also entered with His own blood. It was necessary in the type to carry both the flesh and the blood into the sanctuary to fully represent the work of Christ. It took all the offerings to represent the complete work of Christ. Each offering typified some special portion of His work.SSP 369.1

    After either the blood or the flesh was presented before the Lord in the holy place, the fat was separated from the offering by the sinner, and the priest burned it upon the brazen altar, thus typifying the final burning of sin. It was a sweet savor unto the Lord; for it represented the burning of sin without the sinner. The remainder of the blood was poured out upon the ground at the base of the brazen altar, thus typifying that the earth would be freed from the curse of sin by the blood of Christ. Day by day throughout the year, this service was carried on in the first apartment. The blessing of the Lord attended it, and at times the bright MarginLeviticus 4:5, 6.
    Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord?
    Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded. Leviticus 10:17, 18.
    Leviticus 6:30.
    1 Peter 2:24.
    Hebrews 9:12.
    Leviticus 4:8-10.
    Leviticus 4:31.
    The wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. Psalm 37:20.
    Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. Isaiah 43:24.
    Leviticus 4:30.
    Numbers 35:33.
    At the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. Exodus 29:42.
    glory, representing the visible presence of God, would fill the first apartment, and the Lord would commune with them at the door.
    SSP 369.2

    The tenth day of the seventh month was the crowning day in the tabernacle service. This was the only day when the service was carried past the second veil into the most holy place.SSP 370.1

    Before the priest offered the sin offerings for the day, he offered a bullock for his own sins and for those of his household. Two goats were chosen and lots cast upon them, one lot for the Lord, the other for Azazel, the evil one. The goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell was offered for a sin offering; the high priest entered the most holy place with this blood, and sprinkled it upon the mercy seat eastward, seven times. He then came out to the golden altar that had been touched so many times during the year with the blood of the sin offerings and with the blood of the Lord’s goat, cleansed it from all the uncleanness of the children of Israel. When he had made an end of cleansing the sanctuary, when every confessed sin had been removed from the sacred place, the high priest came forth, bearing the sins of the people, and laid his hands upon the head of the scapegoat, confessing over it all the sins of the children of Israel. Then the goat, bearing the sins, was led away into the wilderness, and the people were free from the sins forever.SSP 370.2

    The type was a beautiful service, but the antitype is far more beautiful. Christ our High Priest officiated in the first apartment from His ascension into heaven until the end of the two thousand three hundred days of Daniel 8:14, when the heavenly sanctuary was to be MarginAnd there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. Exodus 29:44.
    Leviticus 16:29, 30.
    Into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people. Leviticus 9:7.
    Leviticus 16:11-14.
    Leviticus 16:7, 8.
    Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:
    And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.
    cleansed. This period ended in the autumn of 1844; at which time Christ entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. In the type all trace of sin was removed upon the tenth day of the seventh month. This day was called the day of atonement, or at-one-ment, because the sins that separated God and His people were then removed.
    SSP 370.3

    In the antitype, Christ forever removes the sins of His people, and in order for this to be done, there must be an examination of each case. Daniel saw the books of heaven open, and John says the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books. Removal of the sins necessitates an examination of every individual case. Since 1844, Christ and the heavenly beings associated with Him, have been examining the records of heaven. The name of every one who has ever confessed his sins, will come up in review before the Father. The words come back to earth, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.” When every case is decided, Christ closes His work and leaves the sanctuary. He then lays all the sins of His people upon Satan, the antitypical scapegoat, and he is left upon the desolate earth during the thousand years.SSP 371.1

    In the type, after the sins were laid upon the scapegoat, the priest cleansed the court; the bodies of the offerings were burned in a clean place. When the sun set on the eve of the day of atonement, the ashes in the clean place were all there was left of that which represented sin MarginAnd there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel.
    And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the Lord; and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about.
    And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.
    And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:
    And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
    And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. Leviticus 16:15-22.
    Hebrews 4:14.
    Hebrews 9:24.
    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. Acts 3:19.
    Daniel 7:9, 10.
    Revelation 20:12.
    Revelation 3:5
    Psalm 7:16.
    For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Hebrews 13:11.
    and denied the sanctuary. In like manner, when the great antitypical day of atonement closes, all there will be left of sin, sinners, and Satan, will be the ashes under the soles of the feet of the righteous on the new earth. After Satan’s long conflict with God and His people, he will be destroyed, and his ashes, fertilizing the new earth, will only add to its beauty.
    SSP 371.2

    Thus ends the long conflict. Never again will the harmony of the universe be marred by sin. Sorrow and pain will no longer be felt by the beloved of the Lord; but throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity songs of praise and rejoicing will come from lips touched with eternal youth. “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” MarginEven the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt. Leviticus 4:12.
    Ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 4:3.
    I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
    All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. Ezekiel 28:18, 19.
    Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary. Psalm 150:1.
    SSP 372.1

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