THE LAST CONFLICT - The Sanctuary will be purified

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In Daniel 8:14 there is a statement that claims our study. It says, "Until two thousand three hundred afternoons and mornings; and the sanctuary will be cleansed."

Any statement regarding the sanctuary is important. In particular, it is the text quoted above. He declares that, at a certain time, the sanctuary will be purified. This is somewhat extraordinary, as the earthly sanctuary was purified every year, on the Day of Atonement. Why, then, should there be a certain time "two thousand three hundred days" before this special purification was carried out?

Daniel's eighth chapter contains an important prophecy. Describes Daniel's view of a ram and a goat:

"In the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that appeared to me at the beginning. And I saw, in the vision (happening, when I saw it, that I was in the citadel of Susa, in the province of So I saw in the vision that I was by the river Ulai, and I lifted up my eyes, and I saw, and, behold, a ram was before the river, which had two points, and the two points were high, but one was taller than the other, and the tallest rose last.

"I saw that the ram was slapping to the west, and to the north, and to noon; and none of the animals could stand before him, nor was there anyone who could get rid of his hand; and he did as he pleased, and as I was considering, behold, a goat came from the west over the whole earth, but without touching the ground; and that goat had a notable tip between its eyes; and went to the ram that had both ends , whom I had seen before the river, and ran against him with all the strength of his strength, and I saw him approach the ram, and be angry with him, and struck the ram, and broke both ends, for there was no strength in the ram to stop before him;

 

And he threw him to the ground, and trampled him underfoot; there was no one who could free the ram from his hand. And the goat was magnified in a great way; but, being in its greatest strength, that great point was broken: and four also notable rose in its place, to the four winds of heaven ". Dan. 8: 1-8.

The interpretation is given in verses 20 and 21: "That ram that you saw with two points are the kings of Media and Persia; but the furry goat is the king of Greece; and the big point that he had between his eyes is the king first ".

Among the commentators there is unanimous agreement that "the big tip" is Alexandre the Great. While he was still "in his greatest strength that great point was broken". Vers. 8. In its place four others appeared, denoting the four divisions of the Great Empire by the death of Alexander. Vers. 22.

The part of prophecy that we are especially interested in begins with verse nine. "And from one of them came out a very small point, which grew a lot for noon, and for the east, and for the beautiful land. And it was enlarged even to the army of the sky; He laid them on the ground and stepped on them, and he magnified himself even to the prince of the army: and by him the continuous sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was thrown to the ground. because of transgressions; and he threw the truth to the ground; he did it, and he prospered. Then I heard a saint who was speaking; and another saint said the one who spoke: How long will the vision of continuous sacrifice, and devastating transgression, last so that give up the sanctuary, and the army, in order to be stepped on? And he said to me: Up to two thousand three hundred afternoons and mornings; and the sanctuary will be purified ".

it is evident that the prophecy refers to the "very small tip" that "has grown a lot", Alexander is the "big tip". Dan. 8:21. The power symbolized by the small tip started in an obscure way, but "grew a lot". it is noteworthy what this tip does. It will "wonderfully destroy" God's people. Vers. 24. This is done, not so much by war, but "because of tranquility", that is, in peace. Vers. 25. is knowledgeable and cunning, acting through "deception". Vers. 25. it is powerful, but "not by its own power", and "did it, and prospered". Vers. 24 and 12.

 

it is a proud power, for "in his heart he will magnify himself", "and he magnified himself even to the prince of the army", Vers. 25 and 11. it is a persecuting power, for it destroys "the strong and the holy people", and an entire "army" was handed over to be trampled on. Vers. 24, 10 and 13. It teaches false doctrines, and "cast the truth to the ground". Vers. 12. Fight against the truth; the sanctuary is "thrown to the ground" and trampled, and this "because of transgressions". Vers. 11-13. The peak is reached when he rises "against the Prince of princes". it is then broken "without hands". Vers. 25. When Daniel saw all this in vision, he was so affected that, he says, "I weakened, and I was sick for a few days." He was amazed at the sight, and neither he nor anyone else understood it. Vers. 27.

We are especially interested in the time mentioned in verse fourteen. The conversation held by the two angels was evidently for Daniel's benefit. The view of the ram and the goat seems to be related only to carry the story of the small tip that "grew a lot". When Daniel saw the persecutions carried out by this power, and how he prospered by cunning methods and magnified and destroyed "wonderfully", he naturally wondered how long it would last. In the conversation of the angels, he is told that there must be a period of two thousand and three hundred days, during which, "the sanctuary and the army" would be "trampled", and that evil power was to prosper.

How will this power "strengthen your strength, but not by your own power"? It seems like a contradiction. How could "throw some from the army and the stars" down and step on them? How could he tear down and trample the sanctuary? How could I cast "the truth to the ground" and prosper in this work? However, it is precisely what there was to do. Vers. 24, 10-12 and 25. Daniel was astonished, not understanding the vision.

But he was more than astonished. When he saw what that power would do to the sanctuary, to religion, to the people of God, to the truth, he was "sick for a few days". Vers. 27. There was a blasphemous power that would persecute God's people, trying to destroy the truth, and prospering in that endeavor. Even the sanctuary would be thrown to the ground and pinned down.

 

The only ray of hope for this vision was time. The sanctuary and the truth would not be forever chased. This would return to its pedestal. It would claim itself. At the end of two thousand three hundred days the sanctuary would be cleansed. That time God's people were to wait.

Such an event, in itself, could not, however, represent great comfort to Daniel. What did the two thousand and three hundred years mean? When should they start? When is it over? I didn't understand it. He began to study more fervently than ever. His study led him to understand "from the books that the number of years, of which the Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah, in which the desolations of Jerusalem were to end, was seventy years". Daniel 9: 2. However, he had not yet received light on the two thousand and three hundred days. Did these have any relation to the end of the seventy years? Would they start, at the end of this period? Daniel did not know. So he gave himself over to prayer. It was necessary to receive light on the issue.

Some commentators maintain that the small tip, which has become excessively large, represents the kingdom of the Seleucids, especially under the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes and Antiochus the Great. This opinion justifies serious objections. it is true that these kings persecuted. They were cunning, wicked, arrogant. However, it could hardly be said that they were more than others, before and after them. No one will say that they were bigger than Alexander the Great. The vision, however, requires it. Antiochus Epiphanes, to whom many think the passage especially refers, was a persecutor; intervened in the sanctuary ritual; nevertheless, however, it was not so big that it deserved the attention given to the small tip view. For a few brief years he played his part in the drama and passed, leaving no trace like Alexander's,

The vision of Daniel chapter 8 is an isolated one. Medo-Persia and Greece are not mentioned there for the first time. Chapter 7 deals with a related subject and mentions the animals that represent Medo-Persia, and Greece, also referring to a "small tip".

 

The prophet says: "While I was considering the tips, behold, another small tip went up between them, before which three of the first tips were pulled out; and, behold, on this end there were eyes, like the eyes of a man, and a mouth that spoke grandly" . Dan. 7: 8. This small tip intrigued Daniel. I wanted to know more "from that point ... that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke grandly, and whose opinion was firmer than that of its companions". Vers. 20. He saw that "this point made war against the saints, and won them over". Vers. 21. He further saw that "he will utter words against the Most High, and destroy the saints of the Most High, and he will change the times and the law; and they will be delivered into his hand for a time, and times, and half a time" . Vers. 25. Finally, however, "the judgment will be established, and they will take away their dominion, to destroy it and to undo it until the end. "Vers. 26. The chapter thus ends:" Here the vision ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts startled me a lot, and my face changed in me; but I have kept these things in my heart ". Verse 28. it is easy to see that this prophecy deals in general with the same events considered in chapter 8.

Daniel had been disturbed by what he had seen. In chapter 7 he was presented with a persecuting power that waged war on the saints of the Most High, speaking against God, taking care to change times and laws "a power that was different from other kings (Vers. 24), and that would be destroyed after all. This power it was the "small tip", which had eyes like those of a man, and a mouth that spoke grandly. Who would be represented by such power? Daniel thought long and was puzzled. "My thoughts amazed me a lot." ("disturbed", Trad. Bras.), He confesses. Vers.28 But he kept the subject in his heart. He was sure that God had greater knowledge. Chapter 8 goes back to that power, and Chapter 9 continues the explanation.

it is impossible to conceive that the small tip of Daniel 7 is Antiochus Epiphanes or any other Antiochus. Almost all Protestant commentators in the old school agree that it refers to the papacy, in which it is immediately seen that it finds complete fulfillment. How could it be true of any of the Antiochs, who "waged war against the saints, and won them over.

 

Until the Elder of days came , and the saints of the Most High were given judgment; and the time has come when the saints possessed the kingdom "? Verses 21 and 22. Antiochus has long been dead. Only a short time has reigned. Of what power other than the papacy, it is true that it waged war on the saints of the Most High, or tried change times and laws?

Are not the wit, the wisdom, the vast politics of the papacy expressively suggested by the tip that had "eyes, like a man's eyes, and a mouth that spoke grandly"? Vers.8 We believe that we are on a solid exegetical basis when we maintain that the small point of Daniel 8 is Rome, first pagan and then papal; and the small tip of Daniel 7, the papacy.

These considerations will help us in our attempt to establish the significance of the two thousand and three hundred days of Daniel 8:14. They occur in the midst of a prophecy that deals with a power that has existed longer than any other on earth. This period being part of a prophecy, there is no doubt that it is a prophetic time. In this case, the two thousand and three hundred days represent just as many years, according to the consecrated interpretation of the prophecies. "One day I gave you each year". Ezeq. 4: 6.

If we accept the view that the small tip of Daniel 8 refers to imperial Rome and the Roman Catholic church, it becomes our duty to discover any possible relationship between it and the sanctuary mentioned in Daniel 8:14. Let us now consider this matter.

The Roman Catholic church is an attempt to restore Israel's old theocracy, with the ritual of the sanctuary that accompanied it. The Catholic Church has adopted Judaism as the main part of the ritual, along with some pagan ceremonials. It has an established ritual of the sanctuary, with its priests, high priests, Levites, singers and teachers. It has a sacrifice service, culminating in the mass, with the accompanying ritual and the offering of incense. It has its feast days, according to the Israeli custom pattern. It has its candles, its altar of incense, its table with bread and its main altar. In evidence is the sink with the holy water; daily mass is observed. the parallel between the ancient Israeli and Roman Catholic religions is almost complete.

All of this would not be very important, were it not an attempt to obscure Christ's true work in the heavenly sanctuary.

 

The Old Testament period ended, when Christ began His work in the heavenly sanctuary, it was God's intention that the sanctuary services on earth would cease. The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom "and the whole temple was later destroyed" meaning the cessation of the ritual on earth and the inauguration of service in heaven. Christ entered a temple not made by hands. He entered heaven itself, to minister there on our behalf. Men are invited to come to Him, take their sins to Him and receive forgiveness. The ritual of the earthly tabernacle prepared men to look for the true sanctuary in heaven. The time had come to make the transfer.

The Catholic Church does not understand or appreciate the work of our high priest in heaven at all. He does not understand that the ritual of the earthly sanctuary should not prevail. He reestablished the old ceremonies and beliefs, trying to get men to practice an outdated ritual. And, to a large extent, it was successful. "The whole earth marveled after the beast". Apoc. 13: 3.

This, as has been said, tended to obscure the work of Christ. Men have lost knowledge of the heavenly sanctuary and the work of Christ there. His attention was drawn to the rival work of His would-be vicar on earth. While Christ in heaven forgives sins, the priest on earth claims to do the same thing. While Christ intercedes for the sinner, the priest does the same. And the conditions imposed by the priest to receive the forgiveness of sins, are much easier than those of Christ. Men have completely forgotten that there is a sanctuary in heaven. This truth was thrown to the ground. Successive centuries have passed, and the church has kept men in complete ignorance of the very important work taking place in heaven, while extolling what it had to offer, merchandising with the most sacred.

The papacy thus became truly a competitor, a rival to Christ. He tried to expel Him from the spirit of men, in which he had remarkable success. it is the task of the church, appointed by God, to draw attention to Christ and the truth. it is the only instrument that God has to instruct men. When Christ ascended on high to begin His ministry in the heavenly sanctuary,

 

it has become the duty and privilege of the church to proclaim these news to the ends of the world. Thereafter there would be no more sacrifices on earth. That was up to the old dispensation. The Levitical priesthood had also ceased. The veil was torn, opening up to the new and living man. Men had free access to God, being able to present themselves boldly before the throne of grace, without human intercessor. All the people of God had become a royal priest, and henceforth no man should stand between a soul and its Creator. Access to God was opened to all.

That the papacy would become a rival, a competitor of Christ, is not a mere figure of speech. Consider the situation. Christ is our High Priest. On Calvary he died, as the Lamb of God. He shed blood on our behalf. Mosaic sacrifices, for centuries, had been prophecies of this. Now came the reality, of which it was only shadows. As in the Old Testament the death of the lamb was not enough, having to be supplemented by the ministry of the priest, who sprinkled the blood on the altar or in the holy place, the same was true with the death and blood of Christ. Having provided the blood, Christ became "Minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord founded, and not man." Heb. 8: 2. Thus, "Christ coming, the High Priest of future goods, through a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands, that is,

The Sanctuary mentioned here does not refer to the earthly tabernacle. "Why did Christ not enter a sanctuary made by hands, a figure of the true, but in the same sky, to now appear for us before the face of God". Heb. 9:24. Before God, Christ intercedes and presents His blood, which he does not sanctify merely for the purification of the flesh, as was done with the blood of goats and calves in the past, "How much more the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself immaculate to Will God purify your consciences from dead works, to serve the living God? Heb. 9:14 Anyone who wishes to purify conscience can therefore "boldly ... enter the sanctuary, by the blood of Jesus, by the new and live the way that He consecrated us,

 

by the veil, that is, by His flesh, and having a great priest over the house of God, let us come with a true heart, in complete assurance of faith; having the hearts cleansed from bad conscience, and the body washed with clean water ". Heb. 10: 19-22. In the Old Testament, no one but the priest could enter the sanctuary. Today everyone can. it is a" new and I live the way that He consecrated us ".

This blessed new and living way is the privilege and duty of the church to make known. Each can go directly to Christ. It is not necessary, as in the sanctuary on earth, for a priest to intervene. This has been abolished. Every man can present himself directly to his Creator, without human intervention. You can boldly enter the sanctuary.

The papacy, however, thought and taught differently. He tried to establish the Old Testament belief that man can approach his Creator only through special representatives, such as priests. Men have been turned away from God more than ever. The church closed the new and living way opened by Christ, and led men to seek to approach God through the priesthood, which had to appeal to some patron saint who had an influence with Mary, who, in turn, exercised influence with Christ, and Christ with God. The whole system was an attempted reincarnation of the Mosaic ordinances that had been definitively abolished, and which could not be compared with the new and living New Testament path.

What was the result? Men flocked to the church in Rome, forgetting the heavenly sanctuary and its Minister. The Roman church has effectively obscured the ministry of Christ, so much so that few Christians are aware of the existence of a temple in heaven, not to mention the ritual that takes place there. Day by day Christ awaits the opportunity to present His blood, hoping that men will find the new way. Very few, however, find it. On the other hand, millions flock to the Roman church, to receive indulgences and forgiveness of sins there, under acceptable conditions. The papacy almost succeeded in rendering the ministry of Christ of no effect. He inaugurated another ministry, established, not in the promises of the gospel, nor in the basis of the new covenant, nor in Christ as High Priest,

 

but in the vain promises of an earthly priest who himself lacks the forgiveness and power of Christ's atoning blood.

Saying that the papacy tried to replace Christ's true mediatorial work with a false mediation system, we are well aware of the fact that the Roman Catholic church believes in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, that He is man's advocate and intercessor and that He is through Him that we are saved. Regarding the case, the following statements are pertinent:

"There is nothing that the faithful should derive more joy from than the reflection that Jesus Christ constituted our advocate and intercessor before the Father, with whom His influence and authority are supreme". "Okay, there is only one mediator, Christ the Lord, who, only, reconciled us by His blood (1 Tim. 2: 5), and who, having accomplished our redemption and entered the sanctuary once, never ceases to intercede for us . Heb. 9:12; 7:25 ". " Catechism of the Council of Trent , Pages 59 and 247, translated by Rev. J. Donovan, 1829 edition.

"We can present ourselves to God with all confidence, says S. Arnoldo, since the Son is our mediator with the eternal Father, and the mother is our mediator with the Son". " Glories of Mary , by Afonso Liguori, doctor of the church, page 224, revised edition.

it is with regard to the ministering of blood, in the relationship that exists between man and Christ , that the papacy sought to erect a false system. There saints, and especially Mary, were interposed between the soul and God. This we find a very serious perversion of the truth, seen as it interposes strangers to mediation as necessary to approach God, when the Scriptures teach that "there is only one God, and one Mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ man". I Tim. 2: 5. The Bible does not recognize anyone else as a mediator, and teaching the church in any other way is to make the truth of God ineffective.

There are, therefore, two ministries that promise men forgiveness and the cancellation of sins: that of Christ in heaven and that of the papacy on earth. Each has a priest and the accompanying ceremonies. Each seeks full power to forgive. The papacy boasts of having the keys of heaven. It can open and close. he is the master of a treasure of merits without which very few can be saved.

 

He is in possession of the "host", the holy mystery of God. He has an infallible boss. It has power over purgatory. You can pardon punishment. He claims to have authority over the kings of the earth. Does not recognize superior. it is supreme.

All these pretensions would fall to the ground, if only men knew the true ministry of Christ. The knowledge of the truth about the sanctuary is the only antidote to the false claims of the Roman hierarchy. For this reason it is important for the papacy that the question of the sanctuary remains unknown. For this reason God made His people the depository of His truth concerning the sanctuary.

We do not need to go into detail about the mathematical problems of the two thousand and three hundred days. We refer the reader to The Conflict of the Ages , by Ellen G. White, and other Adventist denominational works. Suffice to say that these days "or earlier, years - started in 457 BC and ended in 1844 after Christ. That year the sanctuary should be purified.

it is evident that this purification cannot refer to the earthly sanctuary. This one was destroyed a long time ago, suspending the ritual. It has to refer, therefore, to the heavenly sanctuary, from which it is said, in effect, to be purified "with better sacrifices" than those of the Old Testament. Heb. 9:23.

We have already studied in detail the question of the purification of the sanctuary on earth. This purification was a symbol of the purification of the sanctuary of heaven. As the priests ministered in the first compartment of the tabernacle each day of the year, until the great Day of Atonement, so also Christ ministered in the first compartment of the heavenly sanctuary until the time of its purification. That time was 1844. Then Christ passed into the final phase of His ministry. He entered the Most Holy. Then began the time for Judgment, also called investigative judgment. This work completed, the time of probation will end and Christ will return.

We also wish to draw attention to the word "purified", used in Daniel 8:14. In Hebrew it is tsadaq , translating to "justified", that is, to become or be considered just. Some translate: "Then the sanctuary will be justified". Others: "Then it will be the vindicated sanctuary". Still others: "Then the sanctuary will receive the recognition it deserves".

 

The word contains the idea of ​​restoration, as well as purification.

These meanings of the word are important, in view of the fact that it was the subject of the shriveled shrine and the truth cast down. Will the time ever come when the subject of the sanctuary is given its legitimate place again, when God vindicates its truth and the error and secret machinations are discovered? Yes, respond to prophecy, the time will come; an evil power will arise that will persecute the people of God, obscure the question of the sanctuary, cast down the truth, and prosper in this work. It will establish its own system, in competition with that of God, trying to change the law, deceiving many by its cunning policy. However, it will be unmasked. At the end of the two thousand and three hundred days, a people with light will appear on the question of the sanctuary, a people who will follow Christ, by faith, to the most holy, and that he will have the solution capable of breaking the power of the mystery of iniquity, going out to fight for the truth of God. Such a people will be invincible. He will boldly proclaim the truth. It will make the supreme contribution in defense of the truth of the sanctuary. It will build "the formerly desolate places"; it will raise "the foundations from generation to generation"; will be called "repairer of ruptures, and restorer of paths to live". Isa. 58:12.

The final conflict will be well defined. Everyone will understand the risks and the consequences. The main point will be the worship of the beast or the worship of God. In this conflict the temple of God will open in heaven, and men will see "the ark of His covenant ... in His temple". Apoc. 11:19. God's people on earth will have a part in showing men the open temple. On the other hand, the apostate church will open its mouth "in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle , and those who dwell in heaven." Apoc. 13: 6.

it is a great privilege to be allowed to take part in a work like this. But if we want to win, we have to know where we are and why. God grant us grace to be found faithful.




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