To meet man’s great life and death emergency after Adam’s sin, God instituted the sacrificial system beginning with Adam the new human sinner, and his offspring to follow, and they began to populate the earth at God’s command in order to raise enough subjects for God’ kingdom. Sin is our great enemy. Through the processes of the sacrificial system: going back to Cain’s unacceptable grain offering, and Abel’s approved of lamb sacrifice—“Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world,” (John 1:29) Satan has sought to disrupt this sanctuary service which began to take protracted, more complex form at the time of Moses leading out the Children of Israel through the wilderness of sin and into the Promised land flowing with milk and honey. The parallelism here shows that today God’s church is stumbling still in the wilderness as sin runs rampant and every foul wind of false doctrine blows into the church as we line up to either worship the antichrist system, or the Creator Himself by keeping the commandments of God and having faith in Jesus.
Him who knows all, and transcends space and time, has through His great loving desire to save us, has taken supernatural steps predicting everything in the future with what we have to do--- to cleanse not only the ancient Most Holy temple on the Day of Atonement all the way forward to Oct.22, 1844, when Jesus Christ began cleansing the sanctuary in heaven as sins were confessed, forsaken, names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life—and names rejected and listed with unconfessed sins in the Book of Death. The Bible speaks in Daniel 2 of a prophetic metal man revealing the set-up and fall of earthly kingdoms that progresses with the head of Gold which is Babylon, (Daniel 2:32) the chest and arms of silver, designating Medo Persia the next historical ruling kingdom to arise; then the belly and thighs of bronze reveals ancient Greece as Alexander the Great swiftly conquered by fitly representing his kingdom with eagles wings on a leopard in Daniel 7:6 as he conquers the world in 11 years.
The Word of God aforetime prophesied that a time would come when God’s truths will be cast down by a power known as the little horn power - papacy (Daniel 8:9). Daniel 8:11,12 records, “Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, …and the place of his sanctuary was cast down….and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered”.
What sanctuary Bible truths did this power cast down?
Altar of sacrifice (Exodus 29:18) – Represents justification by faith; having faith in Christ’s complete and perfect sacrificial atonement for forgiveness (Romans 5:9). This truth was cast down by adding the need for Christ to be re-sacrificed (a) and penance (b) as a means of forgiveness to faith alone in Jesus.
Laver (Exodus 30:18) – Represents cleansing and hence baptism by immersion as prescribed in the word of God (John 3:23; Mark 1:10). This truth was cast down by the practice of infant baptism and baptism by sprinkling.
Altar of incense (Exodus 30:1) – Represents direct communion and prayer with God (Psalm 141:1). This truth was cast down by the introduction of human priests and Mary (c) as mediators between God and sinful man (1 Timothy 2:5).
Table of showbread (Numbers 4:7) – Represents the word of God which man must live by (Luke 4:3). This truth was cast down by making inaccessible the Bible to the masses and persecuting whoever had access to the word of life (d).
Seven branch candle stick (Numbers 8:2) – Represents witnessing and shining the light of Christ through the believers (Matthew 5:14). This truth was cast down by persecution of the saints who professed to openly share the word of God (e).
Ark of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 10:4, 5) – Represents judgment, mercy and the law of love, the 10 commandments, by which man shall be judged (James 2:12). This truth was cast down by tampering with the law of God and changing the Sabbath commandment (f).
But how long will this little horn power practice and prosper in keeping the truths cast down?
Daniel gives the answer in the same chapter. “How long shall …the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Daniel 8:12, 13).
According to Daniel, the sanctuary truth will be restored at the end of the 2300 prophetic days which happens to end in 1844. Were these truths restored by 1844 and how were these truths restored? Notice how they were restored:
(Please note the following names in conjunction with many other godly people in Christ which we have not mentioned were instrumental in restoring the truths of God).
Altar of sacrifice – God raised up Martin Luther (AD 1,483-1,546), founder of the
and He begins to preach justification by faith alone. Lutheran Church,
Laver – God raised John Smyth (AD 1,576-1,612), founder of the Baptist and he restores baptism by immersion.
Altar of incense – God raised up John Calvin (AD 1,509-1,564), founder of the Presbyterian and he restores the truth and the emphasis about direct communion with God.
Table of shewbread – God raised up John Wycliffe (AD 1,328-1,384), and he translated the Bible to common language making the precious word of God accessible to the people.
Seven branch candle stick – God raised up John Wesley (AD 1,703 -1,791), founder of the Methodist, and he restores the truth about witnessing, evangelism and outreach.
Ark of the Covenant – During 1830’s, God raised up various people from various denominations such as the Baptist, the Methodist and many others who eventually would unite to form a movement, which would later become the Seventh Day Adventist movement. This movement began to preach the message of God’s Judgment (Revelation 14:7) and confirmed the validity of all of God’s moral commandments. In addition, this movement holds on to all the truths of God restored and as revealed in the sanctuary.
Hence just as Daniel prophesied, at the end of 2300 prophetic days which ended in 1844, the sanctuary truths were restored. Now know that Jesus Christ is our High Priest presiding within the Most Holy compartment in the heavenly temple as God’s people receive their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life as we will soon cast our golden crowns at His feet proclaiming, “He died for me!” Amen.
a) "The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross," (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1366). "...this sacrifice is truly propitiatory," (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1367).
b) According to The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, Vol. 1, 1969, p. 141, "Penance is a sacrament by which sins committed after baptism are forgiven."
c) The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 969, affirms that Mary is a mediatrix: “Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.... Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix”.
d) "Canon 14. We prohibit also that the laity should be permitted to have the books of the Old or New Testament; unless anyone from motive of devotion should wish to have the Psalter or the Breviary for divine offices or the hours of the blessed Virgin; but we most strictly forbid their having any translation of these books". (Source: Heresy and Authority in Medieval
Europe - http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/banned.htm)
e) On March 12th, 2000, at the
Vatican in , Pope John Paul II formally asked forgiveness for the various persecution sins committed by the Catholic Church over the last two millennium. In his "Day of Pardon" homily, the pope confessed: "... we cannot fail to recognize the infidelities to the Gospel committed by some of our brethren, especially during the second millennium. Let us ask pardon for the divisions which have occurred among Christians, for the violence some have used in the service of the truth and for the distrustful and hostile attitudes sometimes taken towards the followers of other religions". See also: http://biblelight.net/pope_to_seek_forgiveness.htm Rome
f) "It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church." Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News,
, March 18, 1903. See also: http://biblelight.net/sylvester-I.htm Elizabeth, New Jersey
Recommended material: The Blue Print by Pastor Ivor Myers.
Recommended material: The Blue Print by Pastor Ivor Myers.