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Yahuwah's Way In The Sanctuary

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As the earthly priesthood was nailed to the cross, the way was open for Yahushua to enter upon His priestly ministry in heaven to officiate in man's behalf in the sanctuary above.

To learn how the sanctuary in heaven runs we need to study the sanctuary on earth.

 
hebrew tabernacle / sanctuary in the wilderness

Levitical Services

1. What was the first sacred service introduced among the Israelites?

“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to Yahuwah throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.” Exodus 12:14–20.

Answer: The Passover service.

NOTE: “The Passover was followed by the seven days' feast of unleavened bread. On the second day of the feast, the first fruits of the year's harvest, a sheaf of barley, was presented before [Yahuwah]. All the ceremonies of the feast were types of the work of [Yahushua]. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was an object lesson of redemption, which the Passover was intended to keep in memory. The slain lamb, the unleavened bread, the sheaf of first fruits, represented the Saviour.” The Desire of Ages, page 77.

2. Which homes were assured of deliverance from death?

“And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:7, 13.

Answer: Homes that applied the blood on the two side posts and on the upper door post of their houses.

NOTE: “The Passover was to be both commemorative and typical, not only pointing back to the deliverance from Egypt, but forward to the greater deliverance which [Yahushua] was to accomplish in freeing His people from the bondage of sin. The sacrificial lamb represents the Lamb of [Yahuwah], in whom is our only hope of salvation. Says the apostle, [Yahushua] our Passover is sacrificed for us. 1 Corinthians 5:7. It was not enough that the paschal lamb be slain; its blood must be sprinkled upon the doorposts; so the merits of [Yahushua's] blood must be applied to the soul. We must believe, not only that He died for the world, but that He died for us individually. We must appropriate to ourselves the virtue of the atoning sacrifice.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 277.

3. What strict prohibition did Yahuwah make regarding blood?

“And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.” Leviticus 17:10–14.

Answer: That blood should not be eaten.

NOTE: From the earliest times, man was prohibited from eating blood. When permission was given for man to eat flesh, the command was imperative that blood should not be eaten. ‘Flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.’ Genesis 9:4. Repeatedly Israel was forbidden the eating of blood. ‘Ye shall not eat anything with the blood.’ Leviticus 19:26. ‘Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.’ The eating of blood was so great a sin that the record states: ‘Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.’ Leviticus 7:27.…To this day the orthodox Jew refuses to eat any flesh with the blood.…The instruction to refrain from the eating of blood is carried over into the New Testament. The first general council convened by the apostles in Jerusalem commanded all the Christian churches to abstain from eating blood. Acts 15:20. This command was reinforced by the Holy Ghost. Verse 28. The precious blood of the Son of [Yahuwah], which was spilled in Gethsemane and shed on Calvary, made atonement for the soul of man. The blood of [Yahuwah’s] Son cleanseth from all sin. [Yahuwah] desired that man should recognize the purpose of the blood. F. C. Gilbert, Messiah in His Sanctuary, 17, 18.

4. What is necessary for the remission of sins?

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22.

Answer: Blood is necessary for the remission of sins. This has a special meaning for us. If it was necessary in ancient times for the unclean to be purified by the blood of sprinkling, how essential for those living in the perils of the last days, and exposed to the temptations of Satan, to have the blood of the Anointed applied to their hearts daily. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of the Anointed, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Yahuwah, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living Eloah? Hebrews 9:13, 14.

5. What was Moses shown while he was on Mount Sinai with Yahuwah?

“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. . . . And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.” “And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.” “Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it.” “And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which Yahuwah had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.” Exodus 25:8, 9, 40; 26:30; 27:8; Numbers 8:4.

Answer: The heavenly sanctuary.

NOTE: “Turning again to the book of Hebrews, the seekers for truth found that the existence of a second, or new-covenant sanctuary, was implied in the words of Paul already quoted: 'Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.' And the use of the word 'also' intimates that Paul has before made mention of this sanctuary. Turning back to the beginning of the previous chapter, they read: 'Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a Minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Master pitched, and not man.' Hebrews 8:1, 2.

Here is revealed the sanctuary of the new covenant. The sanctuary of the first covenant was pitched by man, built by Moses; this is pitched by Yahuwah, not by man. In that sanctuary the earthly priests performed their service; in this, Yahushua, our great High Priest, ministers at Yahuwah's right hand. One sanctuary was on earth, the other is in heaven.

Further, the tabernacle built by Moses was made after a pattern. Yahuwah directed him: 'According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. And again the charge was given, Look that thou make them after their pattern, which was showed thee in the mount.' Exodus 25:9, 40. And Paul says that the first tabernacle 'was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices;' that its holy places were 'patterns of things in the heavens;' that the priests who offered gifts according to the law served 'unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,' and that '[the Anointed] is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of [Yahuwah] for us.' Hebrews 9:9, 23; 8:5; 9:24.” The Great Controversy, page 413.

6. How much of the design for the sanctuary was shown to Moses by Yahuwah?

“Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom Yahuwah put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that Yahuwah had commanded.” “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of Yahuwah when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” Exodus 36:1; Hebrews 8:5.

Answer: All manner of work for the service of the sanctuary.

NOTE: "It was [Yahushua] who planned the arrangement for the first earthly tabernacle. He gave every specification in regard to the building of Solomon’s temple. The One who in His earthly life worked as a carpenter in the village of Nazareth was the heavenly architect who marked out the plan for the sacred building where His name was to be honored." Christ’s Object Lessons, page 349.

7. What was the purpose of the sanctuary and its symbols?

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them.” Hebrews 4:2.

Answer: The gospel of Yahushua reflects glory upon the Jewish age. It sheds light upon the whole Jewish economy, and gives significance to the ceremonial law. The tabernacle, or temple, of Yahuwah on earth was a pattern of the original in Heaven. All the ceremonies of the Jewish law were prophetic, typical of mysteries in the plan of redemption. The rites and ceremonies of the law were given by Yahushua Himself, who, enshrouded in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, was the leader of the hosts of Israel; and this law should be treated with great respect, for it is sacred.  Paul presented it before the Jews in its true position and value, showing its place in the plan of redemption and its relation to the work of Yahushua; and the great apostle pronounces this law glorious, worthy of its divine Originator.

Yahushua Becomes A Priest

8. How does Paul show that the sanctuary prefigures even the saving work of Yahushua in heaven?

“Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For the Anointed is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Yahuwah for us.” Hebrews 9:21–24.

Answer: The priests entered into the earthly with the blood of an animal as an offering for sin. Yahushua 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 Yahushua 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 Yahuwah the particulars of this work were given us that we might, by looking to them, understand the work of Yahushua in the heavenly sanctuary.

NOTE: "Important truths concerning the heavenly sanctuary and the great work there carried forward for man's redemption were to be taught by the earthly sanctuary and its services. After His ascension, our Saviour was to begin His work as our High Priest. Says Paul, [Yahushua] is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of [Yahuwah] for us. Hebrews 9:24. As [Yahushua's] ministration was to consist of two great divisions, each occupying a period of time and having a distinctive place in the heavenly sanctuary, so the typical ministration consisted of two divisions, the daily and the yearly service, and to each a department of the tabernacle was devoted. As [Yahushua] at His ascension appeared in the presence of [Yahuwah] to plead His blood in behalf of penitent believers, so the priest in the daily ministration sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice in the holy place in the sinner's behalf.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 357.

9. What could the sacrifices of the earthly sanctuary never achieve?

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. . . . And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.” Hebrews 10:1, 11.

Answer: Before Yahushua came, a ceremonial holiness could be obtained by offering the blood of bulls and of goats; but these sacrifices could not cleanse the conscience. They were but a representation of Yahushua, the great sacrifice. The substance of all the sacrifices and offerings, Yahushua came to this world to do Yahuwah’s will by offering Himself. He came as the world’s Redeemer, to stand at the head of humanity. The Holy Spirit comes to man through Yahushua. We are given a decided testimony regarding the value of Yahushua’s offering. Yahuwah’s word declares, ‘By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Yahushua, the Anointed, once for all.’ It was a whole and entire sacrifice that was made for us.

10. By contrast, what work does the sacrifice of Yahushua do for those who are sanctified?

“For by one offering he [Yahushua] hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14.

The Priesthood Changed

11. Why are the children of Yahuwah no longer to look to the earthly sanctuary?

“For the Anointed is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Yahuwah for us” “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Master pitched, and not man.” Hebrews 9:24; 8:1, 2.

NOTE: When [Yahushua] at His ascension entered by His own blood into the heavenly sanctuary to shed upon His disciples the blessings of His mediation, the Jews were left in total darkness to continue their useless sacrifices and offerings. The ministration of types and shadows had ceased. That door by which men had formerly found access to [Yahuwah] was no longer open. The Great Controversy, page 430.

12. What important qualification did Yahushua need in order to be our High Priest?

“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to Yahuwah, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” “For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to Yahuwah, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.” Hebrews 2:17, 18; Hebrews 5:1, 2.

Answer: In order to elevate fallen man, Yahushua must reach him where he was. He took human nature, and bore the infirmities and degeneracy of the race. He who knew no sin became sin for us. He humiliated Himself to the lowest depths of human woe, that He might be qualified to reach man and bring him up from the degradation in which sin had plunged him. ‘For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.

NOTE: “The plan by which alone man's salvation could be secured, involved all heaven in its infinite sacrifice. The angels could not rejoice as [Yahushua] opened before them the plan of redemption, for they saw that man's salvation must cost their loved Commander unutterable woe. In grief and wonder they listened to His words as He told them how He must descend from heaven's purity and peace, its joy and glory and immortal life, and come in contact with the degradation of earth, to endure its sorrow, shame, and death. He was to stand between the sinner and the penalty of sin; yet few would receive Him as the Son of [Yahuwah]. He would leave His high position as the Majesty of heaven, appear upon earth and humble Himself as a man, and by His own experience become acquainted with the sorrows and temptations which man would have to endure. All this would be necessary in order that He might be able to succor them that should be tempted. Hebrews 2:18.” Patriarchs and Prophets page 64.

The Hope Of Sinners

13. How does the knowledge of having such a High Priest affect our relationship to Yahuwah?

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Yahushua, Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 4:15, 16; Hebrews 10:19, 22.

Answer: "The throne of grace is itself the highest attraction because occupied by One who permits us to call Him Father. But [Yahuwah] did not deem the principle of salvation complete while invested only with His own love. By His appointment He has placed at His altar an Advocate clothed with our nature. As our Intercessor, His office work is to introduce us to [Yahuwah] as His sons and daughters. [Yahushua] intercedes in behalf of those who have received Him. To them He gives power, by virtue of His own merits, to become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King. And the Father demonstrates His infinite love for [Yahushua], who paid our ransom with His blood, by receiving and welcoming [Yahushua’s] friends as His friends. He is satisfied with the atonement made. He is glorified by the incarnation, the life, death, and mediation of His Son." Testimonies for the Church, Volume 6, page 363.

As a priest, [Yahushua] is now set down with the Father in His throne. Revelation 3:21. Upon the throne with the eternal, self-existent One is He who hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows, who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin, that He might be able to succor them that are tempted. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father. Isaiah 53:4; Hebrews 4:15; 2:18; 1 John 2:1. His intercession is that of a pierced and broken body, of a spotless life. The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead for fallen man, whose redemption was purchased at such infinite cost. The Great Controversy, page 416.

Would you like to invite Yahushua into your life to mediate on your behalf before His Father?