Exploring the Heavenly Sanctuary
Upholding the official beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and spreading the three angels' message of Revelation 14:6-12
Note 1. - Study Exodus, chapters 25 to 30.
Note 2. - For 359 days the service of the sanctuary had to do with the first apartment. The ten commandment law within the ark in the most holy place demanded the life of the sinner. (1 John 3:4; Rom. 6:23.) Thus the sinner, recognizing his guilt, brought this offering. Then laying his hands upon the head of the innocent victim representing the Christ to come, he confessed his sin, the animal was slain, and its blood put on the horns of the altar and poured at the foot of the altar. Thus the sins of all who confessed were pardoned, and in type transferred to the sanctuary.
Note 3. - The tenth day of the seventh month was the day of atonement. On this day the sanctuary was cleansed of the blood record of sins confessed during the year. The only ones passing the test of this yearly judgment day were those who had confessed every known sin. In a service strictly conforming to God's instructions, the high priest took the blood of the Lord's goat into the most holy place, where the visible presence of God appeared. The sprinkling of the blood there transferred the sins to the high priest in type, after which he cleansed the outer apartment, and then transferred the guilt to the goat representing the one responsible for all sin, Azazel or Satan. The goat was then loosed in a desert place, a "land of forgetfulness."
Note 4. - Ezra started on the "first day of the first month," answering to April in our calendar. He arrived at Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, in the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes, 457 B.C., answering to our August and September. Thus the first half of the year 457 B.C. was past when the decree went forth.
Note: This quiz is based on "Fundamentals of the Seventh-day Adventist Faith", 1941, British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Watford, Bible Study No. 22, "Christ Our High Priest".
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