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Heavenly Sanctuary ( 318 )
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Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the phrase . . .
 
heavenly  sanctuary
Related Phrase:   Sanctuary of the New Covenant 
 
I was also shown a sanctuary upon the earth containing two apartments. It resembled the one in heaven, and I was told that it was a figure of the heavenly. The furniture of the first apartment of the earthly sanctuary was like that in the first apartment of the heavenly. The veil was lifted, and I looked into the holy of holies and saw that the furniture was the same as in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. The priest ministered in both apartments of the earthly. He went daily into the first apartment, but entered the most holy only once a year, to cleanse it from the sins which had been conveyed there. I saw that Jesus ministered in both apartments of the heavenly sanctuary. The priests entered into the earthly with the blood of an animal as an offering for sin. Christ entered into the heavenly sanctuary by the offering of His own blood. The earthly priests were removed by death; therefore they could not continue long; but Jesus was a priest forever. Through the sacrifices and offerings brought to the earthly sanctuary, the children of Israel were to lay hold of the merits of a Saviour to come. And in the wisdom of God the particulars of this work were given us that we might, by looking to them, understand the work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary.  {EW 252.2}
 
 
Jesus is about to leave the mercy seat of the heavenly sanctuary, to put on garments of vengeance, and pour out His wrath in judgments upon those who have not responded to the light God has given them. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Ecclesiastes 8:11. Instead of being softened by the patience and long forbearance that the Lord has exercised toward them, those who fear not God and love not the truth, strengthen their hearts in their evil course. But there are limits even to the forbearance of God, and many are exceeding these boundaries. They have overrun the limits of grace, and therefore God must interfere and vindicate His honor. {CET 185.3} 
 
 
But the Lord gave me a view of the heavenly sanctuary. The temple of God was open in heaven, and I was shown the ark of God covered with the mercy seat. Two angels stood one at either end of the ark, with their wings spread over the mercy seat, and their faces turned toward it. This my accompanying angel informed me represented all the heavenly host looking with reverential awe toward the law of God, which had been written by the finger of God. {CET 85.4} 
 
I was shown the grievous disappointment of the people of God that they did not see Jesus at the expected time. They knew not why their Saviour did not come; for they could see no evidence that prophetic time had not ended. Said the angel, "Has God's word failed? Has God failed to fulfill His promises? No; He has fulfilled all that He promised. Jesus has risen up and shut the door of the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary and has opened a door into the most holy place and entered in to cleanse the sanctuary. All who wait patiently shall understand the mystery. Man has erred; but there has been no failure on the part of God. All was accomplished that God promised; but man erroneously believed the earth to be the sanctuary to be cleansed at the end of the prophetic periods. It is man's expectation, not the promise of God, that has failed."  {EW 250.1}
 
I was then bidden to take notice of the two apartments of the heavenly sanctuary. The curtain, or door, was opened, and I was permitted to enter. In the first apartment I saw the candlestick with seven lamps, the table of shewbread, the altar of incense, and the censer. All the furniture of this apartment looked like purest gold and reflected the image of the one who entered the place. The curtain which separated the two apartments was of different colors and material, with a beautiful border, in which were figures wrought of gold to represent angels. The veil was lifted, and I looked into the second apartment. I saw there an ark which had the appearance of being of the finest gold. As a border around the top of the ark, was most beautiful work representing crowns. In the ark were tables of stone containing the ten commandments.  {EW 251.3}
 
Chosen men were especially endowed by God with skill and wisdom for the construction of the sacred building. God Himself gave to Moses the plan of that structure, with particular directions as to its size and form, the materials to be employed, and every article of furniture which it was to contain. The holy places made with hands were to be "figures of the true," "patterns of things in the heavens" (Hebrews 9:24, 23) -- a miniature representation of the heavenly temple where Christ, our great High Priest, after offering His life as a sacrifice, was to minister in the sinner's behalf. God presented before Moses in the mount a view of the heavenly sanctuary, and commanded him to make all things according to the pattern shown him. All these directions were carefully recorded by Moses, who communicated them to the leaders of the people.  Patriarchs of Prophets, page 343.2
 
Related Phrase:   the heavenly temple
  
 
in  the  heavenly  sanctuary
 
Behold the apostle preaching in the synagogue at Corinth, reasoning from the writings of Moses and the prophets, and bringing his hearers down to the advent of the promised Messiah. Listen as he makes plain the work of the Redeemer as the great high priest of mankind--the One who through the sacrifice of His own life was to make atonement for sin once for all, and was then to take up His ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. Paul's hearers were made to understand that the Messiah for whose advent they had been longing, had already come; that His death was the antitype of all the sacrificial offerings, and that His ministry in the sanctuary in heaven was the great object that cast its shadow backward and made clear the ministry of the Jewish priesthood.  {AA 246.2}
 
 
As with holy boldness Paul proclaimed the gospel in the synagogue at Thessalonica, a flood of light was thrown upon the true meaning of the rites and ceremonies connected with the tabernacle service. He carried the minds of his hearers beyond the earthly service and the ministry of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, to the time when, having completed His mediatorial work, Christ would come again in power and great glory, and establish His kingdom on the earth. Paul was a believer in the second coming of Christ; so clearly and forcibly did he present the truths concerning this event, that upon the minds of many who heard there was made an impression which never wore away.  {AA 228.3}
See separate pages for the phrase
"in the heavenly sanctuary" - -  Minister of the New Covenant
   
The correct understanding of the ministration in the heavenly sanctuary is the foundation of our faith.  -  Letter 208, 1906   Evangelism, page 221.2  
 
Series of Video presentations about the Sanctuary by Pastor Stephen Bohr
 
Here is a list of the topics presented
  1. His Way is in the Sanctuary
  2. The Sanctuary’s Angels
  3. Death and Life in the Sanctuary
  4. The Incarnation’s Seven Secrets - Godhood of Jesus
  5. The Lamb of God Slain
  6. Reaping the Sanctuary’s Benefits
  7. A People Close to His Heart
  8. The Triangle of Sanctification
  9. The Sanctuary’s Two Covenants
  10. The Bible’s Foundational Prophecy
  11. The Chronology of the Judgment
  12. The Sanctuary Shall be Cleansed Part 1
  13. The Sanctuary Shall be Cleansed Part 2
  14. Three Stages of Israel’s history
  15. The Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks Part 1
  16. The Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks Part 2
  17.  Found! The Ark of the Covenant!
  18.  The Manna Test
  19.  Disappointment in the Sanctuary
  20.  As a Thief in the Night
  21.  God on Trial
  22.  The Judgment’s Three Stages
  23.  The Scapegoat and Revelation’s Millennium
  24.  A Monumental Conversion Experience
  25.  In Antichrist’s Temple Part 1
  26.  In Antichrist’s Temple Part 2
  27.  The Sanctuary’s Financial Secrets
  28.  The Holy and Profane
  29.  The Two Temples
  30.  The Sanctuary and the Prophetic Gift
  31.  Three Inseparable Doctrines
  32.  Home At Last
 
 


 
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