the Subject of the Sanctuary
he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the
sanctuary be cleansed. Dan. 8:14.
We should be earnest students of prophecy; we should not rest until we become
intelligent in regard to the subject of the sanctuary, which is brought out
in the visions of Daniel and John. This subject sheds great light on our present
position and work, and gives us unmistakable proof that God has led us in
our past experience. It explains our disappointment in 1844, showing us that
the sanctuary to be cleansed was not the earth, as we had supposed, but that
Christ then entered into the most holy apartment of the heavenly sanctuary,
and is there performing the closing work of His priestly office, in fulfillment
of the words of the angel to the prophet Daniel.
days had been found to begin when the commandment of Artaxerxes for the restoration
and building of Jerusalem, went into effect, in the autumn of B.C. 457. Taking
this as the starting point, there was perfect harmony in the application of
all the events foretold in the explanation of that period in Daniel 9:25-27.
. . . The seventy weeks, or 490 years, were to pertain especially to the Jews.
At the expiration of this period, the nation sealed its rejection of Christ
by the persecution of His disciples, and the apostles turned to the Gentiles,
A.D. 34. The first 490 years of the 2300 having then ended, 1810 years would
remain. From A.D. 34, 1810 years extend to 1844. "Then," said the
angel, "shall the sanctuary be cleansed."
in reference to the messages of the first, second, and third angels was correct.
The great waymarks we have passed are immovable. Although the hosts of hell
may try to tear them from their foundation, and triumph in the thought that
they have succeeded, yet they do not succeed. These pillars of truth stand
firm as the eternal hills, unmoved by all the efforts of men combined with
those of Satan and his host. We can learn much, and should be constantly searching
the Scriptures to see if these things are so.
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