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The polluting of the building

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In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.  Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.  All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.   


Query:

Daniel 8:

13 Then I heard one Saint speaking, and another saint said to that certain Saint which spoke, “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?”

 

14 And He said to me [Daniel], “To two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed [or, restored to its rightful place, margin]”.

  

15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a Man. 16 And I heard a Man's voice between the banks of Ulai [from in the middle of the river], which called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision”.  

What pollutes the heavenly sanctuary that it is in need of cleansing?  How long was it going to take?  And did Gabriel explain it fully to Daniel (and us)?

Response:  

The temporary building was used by the Spirit to teach many spiritual lessons to those who enquired – let’s look at some of them, for they are limitless.  As John wrote: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen”.  John 21:25.  And this applies to lessons from the sanctuary too!

 

 

 

 

The sanctuary tent was divided into two, and the only way into the second room was through the first.  In the first room, on the priest’s left was the seven-branched solid gold lampstand which represented the Light of the world through His Agent the Holy Spirit.  (John 1:9.) Opposite this was the gold-plated table on which were placed the twelve loaves of showbread every Sabbath.  (Numbers 4:7; 1 Chronicles 9:32.)  These represented His word, the Bible, which was fresh every week for them as they relaxed on Sabbath.

Directly in front of the priest and up against the second veil was the gold-plated altar of incense/prayer to the Father.  On this a priest would place fresh incense every morning and evening at 9am and 3pm as a picture of the righteousness of the Son of God being mixed with the prayers of God’s people to show that they were acceptable to Him.  (Revelation 8:3-4.)  The smoke from that altar would drift up and over the curtain into the second room which housed the throne representing the presence of God.  The actual prayers were being said in the courtyard while the new burnt offering lamb for the day or night time was being laid on the altar of sacrifice in the courtyard.  (The time for this was set by the angle of the sun – mid-morning and mid-afternoon – the third and the ninth hours of the day, our 9am and 3pm.)   

In this way the LORD showed that the courtyard corresponded to a sanctified area of the earth and the building represented a place in heaven.

The first room also typified the continuing religious progress of the follower of God based on the dedication of the LORD shown by the lamb on the altar in the courtyard, which was a picture of Christ continually bringing sanctification to the penitent, for it was a priests-only room.  The courtyard was the place where the “saints” could be “sanctified” or “separated” and protected from the world by the “wall” of Christ’s righteousness, but the first room was where the RESULTS of their separation were handled. 

In the great prayer of Christ, speaking of His disciples, He said,

John 17:

14 “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth”.  

The truth sets us “free” in ways which are not always immediately obvious.

Most of this the ordinary Israelite had to see “by faith” because he or she had no access to the building (I repeat, it was a priests-only area), although they could congregate in the courtyard.  (It was not until Israel took on the manners of the heathen that they banned women from there and relegated them to a courtyard of their own.  Such segregation was never in God’s mind.)  This is what He said about that:

Leviticus 12:

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be [ritually] unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. 3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying thirty-three days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, NOR COME INTO THE SANCTUARY, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.  

 

5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks [14 days], as in her [monthly] separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying sixty-six days. 

 

6 And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a BURNT offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a SIN offering, TO THE DOOR OF THE TABERNACLE OF THE CONGREGATION, to the [on-duty] priest: 7 who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood.  This is the law for her that has born a male or a female. 

 

8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtle [doves]s, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering [two different things]: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The same freedom was carried over into the New Testament times, until again the Pagan ideas prevailed.  There it is written:

Galatians 3:

26 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.  

 

After the entrance of the Israelites into Canaan under Joshua, the sanctuary and its services were sometimes used, but mostly neglected, for the best part of the next five hundred years!  “In those days there was no king [or police force] in Israel [to make them behave religiously], but every man did that which was right in his own eyes”.  Judges 17:6.  

When they did use it, the people concentrated on the ark of the covenant (which many believed had supernatural powers), and forgot the Presence who made it important.  The sanctuary was erected in various locations until David came up with the idea of transporting it to Jerusalem and replacing the tent with a permanent structure.  Then, when his request to build a solid stone temple financed from the loot taken from the various conquered and slaughtered nations around him was refused, the privilege was “allowed” to his son, Solomon, who seems to have fought only one war of aggression.  “And Solomon went to Hamath-zobah [the fortress of Zobah in Syria], and prevailed against it”.  2 Chronicles 8:3.  (See also 1 Chronicles 22:7-10.)

Solomon’s temple was constructed along the same lines as the tent, but was twice the size and filled with extra furniture. 

This first temple was erected during the most prosperous period of Israel’s history.  Vast stores of looted treasure for this purpose had been collected by king David, and the plans for its construction were given by divine inspiration.  (1Chronicles 28:12, 19.)  Solomon, the wisest of Israel’s monarchs, completed the work, and ever since it has been know as “Solomon’s temple” and rarely called “The temple of the LORD”. 

It was a symbol of divine truth and man’s desire gone horribly wrong! 

This temple was the most magnificent building the world has ever seen.  Yet the LORD declared by the prophet Haggai, concerning the SECOND temple, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, says the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, says the LORD of hosts”.  And,

“And I will shake all nations, and the Desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts”.   (Haggai 2:9, 7.)

What did this mean?

After the destruction of the first temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 586BC, it was rebuilt about seventy years later (c. 515BC) by a people who from a life-long captivity in Babylon had returned to a wasted and almost deserted country.  (Ezra 6:14.) There were then among them aged men who had seen the glory of Solomon’s temple, and who wept at the foundation of the new building, that it must be so inferior to the former.  (Ezra 3:10-11.)  The feeling that prevailed is forcibly described by the prophet in these words: “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory?  And how do you see it now?  Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?”  Haggai 2:3.  Then was given the promise that the glory of this latter house should be greater than the former.

If they had built the temple described in Ezekiel it would have been better.

“Then he [an angel guide] brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looks toward the east; and it was shut.  Then said the LORD to me; ‘This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.  It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same’.”   Ezekiel 44:1-3.

For centuries the Jews vainly endeavoured to show wherein the promise of God given by Haggai had been fulfilled, yet pride and unbelief blinded their minds to the true meaning of the prophet’s words.  The second temple was not honoured with the cloud of God’s glory, but with the living presence of One in whom dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9) – One who was God Himself manifest in the flesh. (1Timothy 3:16.)

The “Desire of all nations” had indeed come to His temple when the Man of Nazareth taught and healed in its sacred courts.  In the physical presence of Christ, and in this only, did the second temple exceed the first in glory.  But Israel put from her the proffered Gift of heaven. With the humble Teacher who passed out from its golden gate a day before the crucifixion, the glory forever departed from the temple.  Already were the Saviour’s words fulfilled, “You house is left to you desolate”.  Matthew 23:38. 

He had made the solemn and startling statement to His disciples, “Verily I say to you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down”, which was accomplished by the Roman army forty years later.   Matthew 24:2. 

From that time on the Son of God could try and get the attention of His people to the real temple – the one He had built in heaven as a teaching aid! 

Later the following letter was written:

Hebrews 8:   (The letter to the Jewish Christians):

1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the LORD pitched, and not man.  

 

3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this Man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if He were on earth, He should not be a priest [He was from the wrong tribe], seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 who serve to the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, “See, says He, that you make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the mount”.

  

6 But now has He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the Mediator of a better covenant [a new set of rules], which was established upon better promises.  (See note 1.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 For if that first covenant [set of rules] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them [the animal sacrifices], He says, ‘Behold, the days come, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not, says the LORD.  [See note 2.]

 

10 “For this is the covenant [the new set of rules] that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD; [then] I will [be able to] put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people [through the Abrahamic covenant]: 11 and they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD’: for all shall know Me [personally], from the least to the great. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more”.

  

13 In that He says, A NEW covenant, He has made the first old.  Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away.

 

And it is written in another place:

Romans 2:

28 “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God”.  

And that’s the way it has always been, for the rituals and ceremonies in both the Old and the New Testament (the books of the two covenants) are only pictures of the realities.

But the query was:  How long?  Which means that there must be a beginning and an ending to the imposition of the counterfeit sanctuary in the minds of men, and the ensuing persecution of the LORD’s host.

In connection with this we have the following prophecy:

Daniel 8:

22 Now that being broken [the great horn, v21], whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the [Greek] nation, but not in his [Alexander’s] power [Daniel 11:4].

 

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors [of that time] are come to the full [c. 168BC], a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences [Satan’s “language” of behaviour], shall stand up [the Roman nation in two parts, the legs of iron.  Daniel 2:32-33]. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power [Satan was right behind it from the beginning]: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his [religious] policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

 

26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut you up the vision; for it shall be for many days [years].

27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.  

As we can now appreciate, the thought of his people being subjected to great persecution and the temple being polluted through a very long time was too much for the gentle Daniel – he fainted!  He had accepted the idea of the seventy years exile which he had read about in Jeremiah’s book (Jeremiah 25:11-12;  29:10) but this was another thing altogether! 

But as we have already discussed, the Roman Papacy which sprang from one of the brass “thighs” of Greece (the kings of the north and south, Daniel 11:5), was very successful in substituting an earthly system in place of God’s heavenly one.  Between the years 538AD and 1798AD it controlled the area of Europe with an iron hand while expanding into other parts of the world, which meant that it had great power over the minds of men and women for that period of 1260 day/years.  This was told to Daniel but he found it impossible to comprehend.

Daniel 12:

6 And one [Gabriel] said to the Man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?”

 

7 And I heard the Man clothed in linen [which represented His righteousness], which was upon the waters of the river, when He held up His right hand and His left hand to heaven, and swore by Him that lives for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when he [Satan] shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people [note that!], all these things shall be finished”.

  

8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, “O my LORD, what shall be the end of these things? [Aren’t You going to win?] 9 And He said, “Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end [which began in 1798]. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried [by the persecutions]; but the wicked [the rejecters] shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

  

11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away [538AD], and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be [another period of] a thousand two hundred and ninety days [years].

 

12 [And a third!]  Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days [years].

  

13 “But go you your way till the end be: for you shall rest [die], and stand in your lot at the end of the days [the final judgment]”.  

However, a change in religious thought came after 1798 (helped on by the recent French Revolution), and this prepared the minds of men for the new message of the 1830’s and 40’s.  At the same time, the arising nation of the United States of America began to have great influence on the free thinking of mankind.  Men and women everywhere began to see more clearly that the union of church and state which was the basis of the Papacy was not Biblically based, and looked for a new way.  This was given them when many of the Protestant leaders of the time embraced the call of the Advent people under William Miller and others like him all over the world.    

It was then that the LORD was able to raise up a people who looked to heaven for their Saviour and found Him in the heavenly tabernacle.  Ever since then, they have endeavoured to lead others into seeing the same picture – the fact that the sins of God’s people have been, and still are, polluting the sanctuary by bringing “death” into it.  (We should never forget that the Son of God is the real sanctuary.)  As the Spirit says, “Thus says the LORD GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into My sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel”.  Ezekiel 44:9.

However, although the “cleansing” of the sanctuary doctrine is being made known among men, and the fierce persecutions of Europe have ceased, the polluting is still carrying on and the persecution is smouldering in the wings, waiting only for the final days to burst into flame again.  In the meantime, Christ is still having His burden added to!

Conclusion:

The “restoring” of the heavenly sanctuary which began in October 1844 is actually the preparation for the lifting of the burden that our forgiving and cleansing Saviour has been bearing since sin began.  It involves the checking of the records to see who has (and who has not) retained their new heart.  This is for the benefit of the people of the universe, for God knows already, but they need to be assured that those who come up in the first resurrection are going to fit into their society, and remain that way for eternity.

So what we need to do now is look at the services of the earthly sanctuary and ask the Spirit to translate them into terms of the NEW covenant (the new set of rules) – in other words, to take the physical and general and make it spiritual and specific.

 

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Leviticus 14:

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 

2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest: 3 and the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy BE HEALED in the leper; 4 then shall the priest command to take for him THAT IS TO BE CLEANSED two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet [cloth], and hyssop: 5 and the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: 

If the leprosy has already been healed then from what is he to be cleansed? 

And what happened to the other bird?

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Note 1:

A “covenant” is an agreement between two parties by which they bind themselves to FULFIL CERTAIN CONDITIONS.  In the Old Testament it was first of all to offer a completely burnt sacrifice, and later to be circumcised and eat the Passover lamb, attend the sanctuary and go through its rituals – in the New Testament it is to be baptised and attend the LORD’s supper.  In the everlasting covenant it is to keep the Ten Commandments, and of course, this applies to the other two as well, for the everlasting covenant is the over-all one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covenant

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Covenant

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  • Covenant (religion), a formal alliance or agreement made by God with a religious community or with humanity in general   BACK

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Note 2:

This is a quote from The Sanctuary, by O.R.L. Crozier, published 1846 - page 13 in my edition – (I have inserted the words in the square brackets.)  I believe that this book laid the foundation for the sanctuary teaching in the church.

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THE MOSAIC LAW [of sacrifices etc.] IS WHAT PAUL IN HEBREWS CALLS THE FIRST COVENANT, which the Lord made with the “Fathers when he took them by the hand, to lead them out of the land of Egypt,”  Hebrews 8:9; Jeremiah 31:32; 1 Kings 8:9. [See note 3.] 

THIS WAS NOT THE COVENANT OF PROMISES MADE WITH ABRAHAM, nor does it at all affect that.  This [everlasting] covenant of promise made to Abraham and his seed, Christ, was confirmed 430 years before the Law was given, and “no man disannulleth or addeth thereto.”    

“And this I say, That the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the Law, which was 430 years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promises of God of none effect;” Galatians 3:17.  The inheritance is not of the Law, but of promise; verse 18 . . .

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This [Mosaic] covenant was to continue only “till the seed (Christ) should come;” then “a new covenant” was made: Isaiah 42:1,6; 49:5-9. [See note 3 again.]  

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Some other references to the everlasting covenant can be found at Genesis 9:16; 17:7, 13, 19 and many other places.   BACK

 

 

Note 3:

The following texts which are mentioned in Crozier’s book are from the King James Version and are unchanged – the brackets are in the originals – but I have added the upper case emphasis.

Hebrews 8:9:

“Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my COVENANT, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 

Jeremiah 31:31-32:

31 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:  32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 

1 Kings 8:9:

“[There was] nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made [A COVENANT] with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 

Isaiah 42:1, 6:

1 “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles . . . 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and GIVE THEE FOR A COVENANT of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 

Isaiah 49:5-9:

5 “And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb [to be] his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6 And he said, ‘It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth’.

 

7 “Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, [and] his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, [and] the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

 

8 Thus saith the LORD, ‘In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and GIVE THEE FOR A COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;  9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, “Go forth”; to them that [are] in darkness, “Show yourselves”.’  They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures [shall be] in all high places.    BACK

 

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