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What was abolished and nailed to the cross?

Discussion in 'New Adventist / Bible Study' started by reddogs, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    So what was abolished and nailed to the cross, lets go over it. Many people conclude, that when the New Testament speaks about a law that has been abolished and nailed to the cross, it includes the 10 Commandments. Well you may have to go back and restudy the New Testament since there are instances in the New Testament where Paul or one of the other authors commands their readers to obey one or more of those commandments. For example, Paul says in the following passage:

    Ephesians 6:1-3
    (1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
    (2) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise)
    (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

    Yet we read Paul in another instance say that the commandments have been done away with:

    Ephesians 2:15
    (15) Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace

    Yet despite what some might want to say, there is a difference here. One of these is a commandment contained within the Decalogue, the 10 Commandments, of which Moses said that God “added no more”–Deut. 5:22. The other is, says Paul,“contained in ordinances.” There is not one instance in the New or Old Testament where the 10 Commandments are referred to as ordinances. However; we find some other laws referred to as ordinances. Notice:

    Exodus 12:17
    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.

    Exodus 12:43
    And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

    Numbers 19:2
    This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke

    Numbers 18:8
    And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever.

    Hebrews 9:1
    Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.

    As we can see from the above examples, what was an ordinances had to do with the various laws which dealt with feast days, the services of the priests, the offerings, and the worldly sanctuary. This easy to understand fact is but one example of instances in the bible where it is made crystal clear that there were differences in the laws. Another one of these is in the fact that….

    One is Spiritual while the other is Carnal.

    Notice the following verse:

    Hebrews 9:9-10
    (9) Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
    (10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

    There are those ordinances again. Notice How Paul refers to them as carnal. Were the 10 Commandments also carnal… or spiritual? If spiritual, then there is a clear difference between them. Let’s take a look:

    Romans 7:14
    (14) For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

    By reading the context of Romans 7 we know that the law Paul is referring to here is the law of 10 Commandments, because he quotes the 10th one in verse 7. Therefore when he says that the law is spiritual, he is saying that the 10 Commandments are a spiritual law. We here have clear proof that there is a big difference between the laws of ordinances, and the moral law of 10 Commandments, for, one is spiritual, and the other is carnal.

    Some have a hard time dealing with this one, but there is more. Notice that a separation is shown even in…

    The manner in which they were given.

    At the foot of the Mount, Moses and the people stand astonished at the thunderous sound of God’s very own voice blasting from the top of Mount Sinai. Suddenly the following words are heard…

    Exodus 20:2
    I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage…

    Soon after assuring the people that they have been taken “out” of bondage, God gives them his perfect law. We note that the first time the law if given to the Israelites it was publicly spoken by God himself. Let’s take a look:

    Deut. 4:12-14
    (12) And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.
    (13) And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
    (14) And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
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  2. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    Now let’s quickly break these verses down:

    In verses 12 and 13 God publicly "spoke" the Law of Ten Commandment at their hearing:

    “And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words… he declared unto you his covenant… even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.”

    But after “speaking” the 10 Commandments, in verse 14 we read that God privately gives Moses the "statutes and judgments" for him to teach the people:

    “And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.”

    If there were no difference, then friends, why were they treated differently? Not only this, but they were also place in “separate” locations. The 10 Commandments were specifically written on Tablets of Stone, and God himself wrote them (Exodus 31:18). Of course because this is such clear cut proof that there were separations within the laws, our opponents have found ways to attack these facts. Let us examine two of their responses:

    Response #1: God stopped speaking the 10 Commandments because the people told him to.

    To the above we are shown the following verses:

    Deuteronomy 5:23-27
    (23) And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness,(for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
    (24) And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
    (25) Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.
    (26) For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
    (27) Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.

    It is true that the people responded this way after hearing the words of the Lord, but can it really be said that they caused God to stop speaking? Can we really stop God from doing anything? Some might argue that we can (and we disagree), but let us back up just one more verse and include it in our examination:

    Deuteronomy 5:22
    These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

    Notice that as soon as God spoke the words, the 10 Commandments, Moses said that God “added no more.” In other words, God spoke the 10 Commandments, then stopped speaking. He himself chose not to add any more then those 10. Therefore the out-cry of the children of Israel was not what cause God to cease from speaking his law. They did that soon after God stopped speaking the law and “added no more.”

    Response #2: The 10 Commandments are also written in the book of the law.

    But it was not written in the book of the law by the finger of God! And that's the difference. Although we find the 10 Commandments in the book of the law, God did not write it there... Moses did. So we still see a separation here. God literally wrote the 10 Commandments alone, and Moses wrote the rest of the law, including the history of Mount Sinai with its giving of the 10 Commandments.

    In Deuteronomy chapter 5 we find Moses repeating the law to the children of Israel. But there are a couple of things we should keep in mind. The Israelites that were here present, were not the same ones that were present at mount Sinai. At this point in time, when Moses began reiterating the law to the Israelites, was at the point in which they were just about to enter the promised Land of Canaan. Their “fathers,” the ones that were present at Mount Sinai, all died in the wilderness because of their unbelief. God said that they would not enter the land, but that their children would. And since the tablets of stone containing the written law was placed “inside” the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:16), it was not visible to these who did not experience the burning mount. Therefore, they “needed” to be “reminded” of what their fathers were taught “before” they entered the Promised Land. From chapter 1 of Deuteronomy to chapter 5 we see Moses rehearsing their history to them, so it shouldn’t of been a surprise that we find the 10 Commandments there again. But note carefully that there is a difference between the 10 Commandments of Deuteronomy 5 and the original one given in Exodus 20. The Sabbath commandment is spoken differently:


    Exodus 20:8-11 as originally given by God
    (8) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    (9) Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
    (10) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
    (11) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.


    Deuteronomy 5:12-15 as rehearsed by Moses
    (12) Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
    (13) Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
    (14) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
    (15) And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

    Quite a difference, but the same has been done to the fifth commandment:

    Exodus 20:12 as originally given by God
    Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.


    Deuteronomy 5:16 as rehearsed by Moses
    (16) Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

    Notice the rest of the law:


    Exodus 20:14-17 as originally given by God
    (14) Thou shalt not commit adultery.
    (15) Thou shalt not steal.
    (16) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
    (17) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.


    Deuteronomy 5:18-21 as rehearsed by Moses
    (18) Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
    (19) Neither shalt thou steal.
    (20) Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
    (21) Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

    The point is that since the original was hidden inside the Ark, Moses had to depend on his memory to be able to rehearse the law once again to the children of the Israelite fathers. Those found in Deuteronomy is “not” the original law, but simple a rehearsing of the original. Therefore if we remove the “book of the law” along with its recap of history, we still have the original law as spoken by God in Exodus 20. And that the original law as spoken by God will endure forever is made crystal clear by Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:19, where he says in regards to the Christian way of living:

    1Corinthians 7:19
    Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
  3. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    In fact, this verse also shows…

    Another distinction between the ceremonial law of circumcision and the commandments of God.

    Some have argued that Paul is not taking about any of the 10 Commandments in this chapter, but we disagree. If this entire chapter is read one will quickly notice from the immediate context that Paul is talking about the 10 Commandments:

    1 Corinthians 7:1-2
    (1) Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
    (2) Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

    The bible teaches that God’s commandments are “broad”–Psalm 119:96. And since fornication is a sexual sin, it is related to the seventh commandment, the one forbidding adultery. In fact, even a look at the Greek word translated fornication will show this:

    From G4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively idolatry:- fornication.

    Paul is teaching throughout this chapter that it does not matter in what position you are found when you come to the Lord, as long as that in that position you don’t violate God’s commandments. For circumcision is nothing… but keeping God’s commandments IS something (verse 19)!
    Another example of a separation between laws if found in Leviticus chapter 23. Here…

    God himself makes sets a separation.

    When the seventh day Sabbath and the feast days are introduced, God is careful to let them know that the seventh day Sabbath is to be regarded as “separate” from the feast days:

    Lev 23:37-38
    (37) These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
    (38) Beside (Hebrew: separation) the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.

    The literal translation of “beside the sabbaths of the Lord’ means just that… besides the Sabbaths of the Lord! Notice that as God began introducing the ceremonial sabbath feast days, he included the seventh day Sabbath because it too is a “holy convocation”–verse 2. But he makes sure they understand that the Sabbath of the Lord and these feast sabbaths are to be regarded as “separate.” Some have argued that verse 38 is actually making a separation between the offerings of the feast days and the offerings of the Sabbath day. We agree! But that separation is found in the “remaining” portion of verse 38:

    “…. and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.”

    The beginning part of thise verse, however, is a separation between the seventh day Sabbath and the feast sabbaths. Some critics have cited us this verse from the NIV version, which reads as follows:

    Leviticus 23:38
    These offerings are in addition to those for the LORD’s Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the LORD.)

    However, notice how honest the NIV translators were, that in a footnote at the bottom of this chapter, they give an alternate way of rendering verse 38:

    23:38 Or These feasts are in addition to the LORD's Sabbaths, and these offerings are..

    being honest, because not only is this the intended meaning of this verse as rendered by most versions, it is also what the original Hebrew expresses. Literally, the beginning part of verse 38 is:

    ...'aside-from sabbaths-of Yahweh and-aside-from gifts-of-you'...

    So verse 38 is yet another clear fact that there is certainly a distinction made by God between the sabbath feast days and the “Lord’s Sabbath,” which is the Seventh day Sabbath (see Isaiah 58:13). The word “besides” is not only used here to separate the feast days from the Sabbath day, but it is also used in another instance separating the covenant made in Moad, where this book of the law was written, with the covenant made at Sinai, where the tablets of stone were written:

    Deuteronomy 29:1
    (1) These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside (hebrew: separation) the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.

    Horeb and Sinai are two names for the same location. Note carefully that God once again sets a separation between the covenant given in Moab and that which was given as the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai. How much clearer can God be!

    Some have tried going to many sources to prove their points, but the bible is very clear on this point… there are distinctions made between Gods 10 Commandments and laws and ordinances in the Old Testament.
  4. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    Now there is one part of the Bible that was not inspired, think about it....

    The 10 Commandments was not inspired, it was written with the finger of God.

    Moses knew the 10 Commandments and made clear as that was which given to him directly from God, and they are distinct from the ordinances and the scripture clearly tells us....

    Nehemiah 9,29
    29And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments,(which if a man do, he shall live in them and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.

    Here is a good explanation....There is a law which was abolished, which Christ "took out of the way, nailing it to his cross." Paul calls it "the law of commandments contained in ordinances." This ceremonial law, given by God through Moses, with its sacrifices and ordinances, was to be binding upon the Hebrews until type met antitype in the death of Christ as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. Then all the sacrificial offerings and services were to be abolished. Paul and the other apostles labored to show this, and resolutely withstood those Judaizing teachers who declared that Christians should observe the ceremonial law.

    Christ himself declares that he came not to destroy the law of ten precepts, which was spoken from Sinai. He says, "Verily I say unto you,"-- making the assertion as emphatic as possible,--"Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled." Here he teaches not merely what the claims of God's law had been and were then, but that these claims should hold so long as the heavens and the earth remain. This testimony should forever settle the question. The law of God is as immutable as his throne. It will maintain its claims upon all mankind in all ages, unchanged by time or place or circumstances. The ritual system was of altogether a different character, and typified the death of Christ as a sacrifice for the broken precepts of the moral law. "I am not come to destroy," Christ says, "but to fulfill,"--"to magnify the law and make it honorable," as Isaiah, hundreds of years before, had prophesied respecting the Messiah's work.

    "To fulfill the law." In his own life the Saviour gave the children of men an example of perfect obedience. In his teachings he made clear and distinct every precept of the divine law; he swept away the rubbish of erroneous tradition with which the Jews had encumbered it; he illustrated and enforced its principles, and showed in all its particulars the length and breadth and height and depth of the righteousness required by the law of God.
    The Pharisees were dissatisfied with the teachings of Christ. The practical godliness which he enjoined condemned them. They desired him to dwell upon the external observances of the ceremonial law, and the customs and traditions of the fathers. But Jesus taught the spiritual nature of the law and made clear its far-reaching claims. Love to God and to men must live in the heart and control the life, as the spring of every thought and every action.

    There is perfect harmony between the law of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. "I and my Father are one," says the great Teacher. The gospel is the good news of grace, or favor, by which man may be released from the condemnation of sin, and enabled to render acceptable obedience to the law. The gospel points to the moral code as a rule of life. That law, by its demands for undeviating obedience, is continually pointing the sinner to the gospel for pardon and peace. Says the great apostle, "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid. Yea, we establish the law." And again he declares that the "law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Enjoining supreme love to God, and equal love to our fellow-men, it is indispensable alike to human happiness and the glory of God.
  5. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    The Ceremonial Ordinances where nailed to the Cross, no longer does a man need to sacrifice a lamb,
    as Christ is "THE Anti-typical" Lamb
    "who takes away the sins of the World"

    In the Tabernacle which was a Copy of the Heavenly, Moses created the earthly it was based on specifications and Instructions He received from God (like Noah had when he built the Ark)

    Before Christ's Great atonement, the High Priest would Sprinkle a spotless lambs Blood on pretty much everything, on The Ark which Held the Commandments, and as for The Lamb itself The Sin's Were Spoken over it and prayers and incense were offered up to God and the Sin's where ALSO placed onto a Goat (representing Lucifer) was Taken by a Strong man into the wilderness representing His 1,000 year isolation, after Christ Returns

    Christ is that Greater and Better High Priest who offers His own Sinless Blood with His Greater Sacrifice, in the Tabernacle there are two rooms ->The Holy Place
    and --->The Most Holy Place
    which the scripture points in prophecy which Christ went to in 1844, see If you are to count 2,300 years upwards from 457 BC (destruction of the Temple) you get 1844.

    Hebrews 9:12

    King James Version (KJV)

    12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

    Hebrews chapters 8 and 9 points to how after his death, resurrection and ascension, Jesus Christ entered the heavenly sanctuary as the great High Priest, "making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice". Christ ministered his blood in the first section of the sanctuary (the holy place) until October 1844; after that time he entered the second section of the sanctuary (the Most Holy Place, or Holy of Holies) in fulfillment of the Day of Atonement.

    "[Christ] ascended on high to be our only mediator in the sanctuary in Heaven, where, with his own blood he makes atonement for our sins; which atonement so far from being made on the cross, which was but the offering of the sacrifice, is the very last portion of his work as priest..."

    Atonement was done at the cross—the sacrifice was sufficient. For when Jesus died for man's sin, it was enough to purchase man's salvation and man cannot add anything to it. Yet, the atonement involves more that just sacrifice. The process of redemption, the restoration of man's broken relationship to at-one-ment with God, was part of the process which culminates with Christ coming to pick up the redeemed.
  6. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    Here is a great explanation on the Sanctuary truth by O. R. L. Crozier.
    The Sanctuary was the heart of the typical system. There the Lord placed his name, manifested his glory, and held converse with the High Priest relative to the welfare of Israel. While we inquire from the scriptures what the sanctuary is, let all educational prejudice be dismissed from the mind. For the Bible clearly defines what the Sanctuary is, and answers every reasonable question you may ask concerning it.

    The name, sanctuary, is applied to several different things in the O.T.; neither did the Wonderful Numberer, tell Daniel what sanctuary was to be cleansed at the end of the 2,300 days but called it THE SANCTUARY, as though Daniel well understood it, and that he did is evident from the fact that he did not ask what it was. But as it has now became a matter of dispute as to what the sanctuary is, our only safety lies in seeking from the N.T. the Divine comment upon it. Its decisions should place the matter beyond all controversy with Christians.

    Paul freely discusses this subject in his Epistle to the Hebrews, to whom the typical covenant pertained. He takes up their "tables of the law", which had then become a snare to them, admits all they claim relative to their primitive use and importance, and then explains their object, and end.
    Hebrews 9:1. "Then verily the first Covenant had ordinances of Divine service and a worldly sanctuary,(ch. 13:11). For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the tables and the shew-bread; which is called (Hagin) Holy. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the (Hagia Hagion) Holy of Holies; which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant, overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; and over it the cherubims of glory overshadowing the Mercy-seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly."

    A particular description is found in the last four books of the Pentateuch. "Sanctuary" was the first name the Lord gave it; Exodus 25:8, which name covers not only the tabernacle with its two apartments, but also the court and all the vessels of the ministry.- This, Paul calls the Sanctuary of the first covenant,
    "which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices;" Hebrews 9:9.

    "But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands;" verse 11.
    The priests entered the "figures" or "patterns of the true," which true, are the "heavenly places themselves" into which Christ entered when he entered "heaven itself;" verses 23,24. When he ascended to the right hand of the Father "in the heavens" he became "A minister of the Sanctuary (Hagion, Holies) and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man;" Ch 8: 1,2. That is the Sanctuary of the "better (the new) covenant", verse 6.

    The Sanctuary to be cleansed at the end of the 2,300 days is also the Sanctuary of the new covenant, for the vision of the treading down and cleansing, is after the crucifixion. We see that the Sanctuary of the new covenant is not on earth, but in heaven.- The true tabernacle which forms a part of the new covenant Sanctuary, was made and pitched by the Lord, in contradistinction to that of the first covenant which was made and pitched by man, in obedience to the command of God. Exodus 25:8.

    Now what does the same Apostle say the Lord has pitched!
    "A city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God;" Hebrews 11:10.

    What is its name? "The heavenly Jerusalem;" ch. 12:23, Revelation 21: "A building of God, an house not made with hands eternal in the heavens; 2 Corinthians 5:1. "My Father's house of many mansions" John 14:2.

    When our Saviour was at Jerusalem and had pronounced its house desolate, the disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. Then he said:
    "There shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down": Matthew 24:1,2.

    That temple was their Sanctuary: 1 Chronicles 22:17-19; 28:9-13; 2 Chronicles 29:5,21; 36:14,17. Such an announcement would tend to fill them with sadness and fear, as foretelling the derangement, if not the total prostration of their entire religious system. But to comfort and teach them, he says,
    "In my Father's house are many mansions;" John 14:1-3.

    Standing, as he was, on the dividing line between the typical covenant and the anti-typical, and having just declared the house of the former no longer valid, and foretold its destruction; how natural that he should point his disciples to the Sanctuary of the latter, about which their affections and interests were to cluster as they had about that of the former. The Sanctuary of the new covenant is connected with New Jerusalem, like the Sanctuary of the first covenant was with Old Jerusalem. As that was the place where the priests of that covenant ministered, so this is in heaven, the place where the Priest of the new covenant ministers. To these places, and these only, the New Testament applies the name "Sanctuary," and it does appear that this should forever set the question at rest.

    But as we have been so long and industriously taught to look to the earth for the Sanctuary, it may be proper to inquire, By what scriptural authority have we been thus taught? I can find none. If others can, let them produce it. Let it be remembered that the definition of Sanctuary is "a holy or sacred place." Is the earth, is Palestine such a place? Their entire contents answer, No! Was Daniel so taught? Look at his vision.

    "And the place of his Sanctuary was cast down;" Daniel. 8:11. This casting down was in the days and by the means of the Roman power; therefore, the Sanctuary of this text was not the Earth, nor Palestine, because the former was cast down at the fall, more than 4000 years, and the latter at the captivity, more than 700 years, previous to the event of this passage, and neither by Roman agency.

    Paul teaches that his Sanctuary is in heaven.
    Again, Daniel 11:30,31, "For the ships of Chittim shall come against him; therefore shall he be grieved and return, and have indignation (the staff to chastise) against the holy covenant (Christianity), so shall he do; he shall even return and have intelligence with them (priests and bishops) that forsake the holy covenant. And arms (civil and religious) shall stand on his part, and they (Rome and those that forsake the holy covenant) shall pollute the Sanctuary of strength."

    What was this that Rome and the apostles of Christianity should jointly pollute?
    This combination was formed against the "holy covenant" and it was the Sanctuary of that covenant they polluted; which they could do as well as to pollute the name of God; (Jeremiah 34:16; Ezekiel 20; Malachi 1:7). This was the same as profaning or blaspheming his name. In this sense this "politico-religious" beast polluted the Sanctuary,(Revelation 13:6,) and cast it down from its place in heaven,(Psalm 102:19; Jeremiah 17:12; Hebrews 8:1,2, Dan. 8:11) when they called Rome the holy city,(Revelation 21:2) and installed the Pope there with the titles, "Lord God the Pope," "Holy Father," "Head of the Church." &c., and there, in the counterfeit "temple of God " he professes to do what Jesus actually does in his Sanctuary; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8. The Sanctuary has been trodden underfoot (Daniel 8:13), the same as the Son of God has; Hebrews 10:29.

    Daniel prayed, "Cause thy face to shine upon thy Sanctuary which is desolate;" Daniel 9:17.- This was the typical Sanctuary built by Solomon. "Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy Holy Mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of thy holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning:" Wisdom of Solomon 9:8; 1 Chronicles 28:10-13. It has shared in the 70 years desolations of Jerusalem; Daniel 9:2; 2 Chronicles 36:14-21. It was rebuilt after the captivity; Nehemiah 10:39.

    Moses received the patterns of the Sanctuary, built at Sinai when he was with the Lord 40 days in the cloud on the Mount; and Daniel [David - Crozier later explained that this word was incorrectly printed] received the patterns of that built by Solomon, which superseded Moses' with its chambers, porches, courts, the courses of the priests and Levites and all the vessels of service, &c., "by the spirit," 1 Chronicles 28:10-13.
    It is manifest that both Moses and David had prophetic visions of the New Jerusalem with its Sanctuary and Christ, the officiating Priest. When that built by Moses was superseded by Solomon's, the Ark was borne from the former to the latter: 2 Chronicles 5:2-8. The Sanctuary comprehended not only the Tabernacle, but also all the vessels of the ministry, enclosed by the court in which the tabernacle stood; Numbers 3:29-31; 10:17,21. So the court in which the Temple stood was properly called the Sanctuary.-- Prideaux.

    We learn the same from 2 Chronicles 29:18, 21. "We have cleansed all the house of the Lord, and the alter of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shew-bread table with all the vessels thereof." The altar of burnt-offering with its vessels stood before the Temple in the inner court, the whole of which are in verse 21 called the Sanctuary.

    Well, says one, is not Palestine called the Sanctuary? I think not.
    Exodus 15:17,- "Thou shall bring them in and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in; in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established." What is it which the Lord "has made to dwell in," which his "hands have established?" Paul says it is "A City; " Hebrews 11:10; a "Tabernacle," Hebrews .8:2. "A Building in the heavens," 2 Corinthians 5:1. And the Lord has chosen Mt. Zion in Palestine for the place of its final location; Psalm 132:13,14. "For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath designed [desired - Crozier later explained that this word was incorrectly printed] it for his habitation. This is my rest forever; here will I dwell; for I have desired it." "He brought them to the border of the Sanctuary, even to this mountain;" (Psalm 78:54) which was its chosen border or place; but not the Sanctuary itself, any more than Mt. Moriah, on which the Temple was built, was the Temple itself. Did they regard that land as the Sanctuary? If they did not, we should not.
  7. reddogs

    reddogs Contributor Supporter

    A view of the texts in which the word occurs will show: "Let Them make me a Sanctuary;" (Exodus 25:8),
    "The shekel of the Sanctuary," (Exodus 30:13) and above twenty others like it.
    "Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise-hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the Sanctuary;" Exodus 26:1-6,
    [see Exodus 36:1]. "Before the veil of the Sanctuary," Leviticus 4:6.
    "Carry your brethren from before the Sanctuary." Leviticus 10:4.
    "Nor come into the Sanctuary;" Leviticus 12:4.
    "He shall make atonement for the tabernacle;" Leviticus 16:33.
    "Reverence my Sanctuary;" Leviticus 19:30; 26:2.
    "Nor profane the Sanctuary of his God;" Leviticus 21:12.
    "Vessels of the Sanctuary;" Numbers 3:31.
    "Charge of the Sanctuary;" Numbers 3:32,38.
    "They minister in the Sanctuary:" Numbers 4:12.
    "In the Sanctuary and in the vessels thereof;" verse 16.
    "And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the Sanctuary, and all the vessels of the Sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it;" Numbers 4:15; 7:9; 10:21.

    "That there be no plague among the children of Israel when the children of Israel come nigh unto the Sanctuary;" Numbers 8:19.
    "Thou and thy sons and thy Father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the Sanctuary;" Numbers 18:1.
    "He hath defiled the Sanctuary of his God;" Numbers 19:20.
    Joshua "took a great stone and set it up there under an oak that was by the Sanctuary of the Lord;" Joshua 24:26,
    "All the instruments of the Sanctuary;" 1 Chronicles 9:29.
    "Build ye the Sanctuary;" 1 Chronicles 22:19.
    "Governors of the Sanctuary;" 1 Chronicles 24:5.
    "The Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the Sanctuary;" 1 Chronicles 28:10; 2 Chronicles 20:8.
    "Go out of the Sanctuary;" 2 Chronicles 26:18; 29:21; 30:8.
    "Purification of the Sanctuary;" 2 Chronicles 30:19; 36:17.

    I have given nearly every text, and, I believe every different form of expression in which the word occurs till we come to the Psalms; so that every one can see what they understood the Sanctuary to be. And of the fifty texts quoted, not one applies it to the land of Palestine, nor any land. That Sanctuary, though enclosed with curtains, was called "the house of the Lord," (Judges 18:31; 1 Samuel 1:7,24), and was pitched at the city of Shiloah at the time of dividing the land; Judges 18:1,10, hence it was called the "Tabernacle of Shiloah," (safety and happiness), Psalm 78:60. The Lord forsook it when the Philistines took the Ark (1 Samuel 4:3-11) and "delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand;" verse 21.

    It was brought back to Kirjath-jearim (1 Samuel 7:1,2), thence to the house of Obed-edom, thence to the city of David which is Zion,(2 Samuel 6:1-19; 5:9) and thence, at the direction of Solomon, the Ark was conveyed into the Holy of Holies of the temple (1 Kings 8:1-6), which was built in Mount Moriah near Mount Zion: 2 Chronicles 3:1.

    The Lord has chosen Zion to dwell in rest forever:(Psalm 132:13, 14) but as yet he had dwelt there but a short time, and then in curtains made with hands; but when he shall appear in his glory he will have "mercy on Zion" and build it up; then Jerusalem upon it, shall be "a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down;" (Psalm 102; Isaiah 33:20). And then "the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;" verses 18, 19. The Song of Moses,(Exodus 15) is evidently prophetic, and contemplates the happy scenes of the Eden Zion.

    And so Ezekiel has it. The Lord will bring the whole house of Israel up out of their graves into the land of Israel; and then set his Sanctuary and tabernacle in the midst of them for evermore. The Sanctuary is not "the land of Israel" nor the people; for it is set in their midst, and is built and forms a part of the city whose name is, "The Lord is there."
  8. BishopJordan1

    BishopJordan1 Prophetic Direction

    Not a lot of Christians no this, but God actually molded us and created us together with our assignments for this world. But when we came to earth, we have forgotten these assignments which leads us to being lost, not knowing what we should be doing in life. Most people never discover their true assignment, and as a result fail to fulfill their true calling, the calling that God has carefully planned for them. This often leads to aimlessly wandering on earth, feeling discontent with life. They know in their hearts that there’s something more, but they can’t quite put a finger on it.