THE WORK OF JESUS
AS OUR HIGH PRIEST
THE WORK OF JESUS
AS OUR HIGH PRIEST
The 19th study in the series.
Studies written by William Carey.
Presentation by Michael Salzman.
All texts are from the New King James
version.
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What happens at the end of the 2300 day
prophecy?
Daniel 8:14
And he said to me, “For two thousand
three hundred days; then the sanctuary
shall be cleansed.”
- The sanctuary is cleansed.
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Before we can understand what is
meant by the cleansing of the
sanctuary at the end of the 2300 days
(years), we must know what sanctuary
is spoken of in this prophecy. Note:
Numbers 14:34 equates prophetic days
to years.
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Was there a sanctuary on earth?
Hebrews 9:1-5
Then indeed, even the first covenant
had ordinances of divine service and
the earthly sanctuary.
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2- For a tabernacle was prepared: the
first part, in which was the lampstand,
the table, and the showbread; which is
called the sanctuary;
3- And behind the second veil, the part of
the tabernacle which is called Holiest of
All:
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4- which had the golden censer and the
ark of the covenant overlaid on all
sides with gold, in which were the
golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's
rod that budded, and the tablets of the
covenant;
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5- and above it were the cherubim of
glory overshadowing the mercy seat.
Of these things we cannot now speak
in detail.
- Under the direction of God, Moses
erected a tabernacle in the
wilderness which is expressly called
the sanctuary. Its services continued
from the giving of the ceremonial law
on Mt. Sinai to the
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crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This
tabernacle of Moses was later merged
into the beautiful temple at Jerusalem.
When Christ died upon the cross, the
veil in this temple was rent (Matt.
27:50,51), showing that the service of
God in this building had ended. This
temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 by the
Romans.
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Is there another sanctuary?
Hebrews 8:1,2
Now this is the main point of the things
we are saying: We have such a High
Priest, who is seated at the right hand
of the throne of the Majesty in the
heavens,
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2- a Minister of the sanctuary and of the
true tabernacle which the Lord erected,
and not man.
- A heavenly sanctuary has taken the
place of the earthly sanctuary built by
men. In this sanctuary, in heaven,
Christ ministers for us as our great
High Priest.
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Since this heavenly sanctuary took the
place of the earthly sanctuary at the
death of Jesus on the cross, the
sanctuary that was to be cleansed in
October, 1844 must of necessity be the
heavenly sanctuary where Jesus
ministers for us now.
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What was the sanctuary of Moses
patterned after?
Hebrews 9:23
Therefore it was necessary that the
copies of the things in the heavens
should be purified with these, but the
heavenly things themselves with better
sacrifices than these.
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The earthly sanctuary that Moses built
was a type, figure, pattern, or shadow
of the heavenly sanctuary. As the
earthly sanctuary had its two
apartments, so the heavenly has both a
holy place and a most holy place.
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What was the duty of the high priest?
Hebrews 8:3,4
For every high priest is appointed to
offer both gifts and sacrifices.
Therefore it is necessary that this One
also have something to offer.
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4- For if He were on earth, He would not
be a priest, since there are priests who
offer the gifts according to the law;
- The service of the priests in the
earthly sanctuary, in the former
dispensation, was a type, or figure, of
Christ’s ministry in the heavenly
sanctuary during the Christian
dispensation.
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And since the ceremonies of the
sanctuary ceased at Christ’s death on
the cross, the earthly priesthood also
ceased. A careful reading of the book
of Leviticus will show that the
ceremonies in the earthly sanctuary
consisted of two parts, a daily
ministration in the first apartment (Heb.
9:6), and an annual ministration in
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the second apartment (Heb. 9:7). The
service in the second apartment was
carried on at the end of the religious
year, at which time the sanctuary was
cleansed, a final disposition being
made of the sins of the people for that
year (Lev. 16:6-22).
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What is the sacrifice used in the
heavenly sanctuary?
Hebrews 7:27
Who does not need daily, as those high
priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for His
own sins and then for the people’s, for
this He did once for all when He offered
up Himself.
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On the cross, Jesus made a sacrifice
offering ONCE FOR ALL -- an offering
that is sufficient for the sins of all
men. But only those who accept Him
receive the benefits of His great
sacrifice.
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Where did Jesus minister?
Hebrews 9:24
For Christ has not entered into the holy
places made with hands, which are
copies of the true, but into heaven
itself, now to appear in the presence of
God for us;
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After offering Himself as our true
Lamb and Sacrifice, He ascended to
the first apartment of the Heavenly
sanctuary to plead the merits of His
shed blood for those who accept Him
as their Savior.
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What is our High Priest Jesus doing in
the sanctuary now?
Hebrews 7:25
Therefore He is also able to save to the
uttermost those who come to God
through Him, since He always lives to
make intercession for them.
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Jesus is able to save to the uttermost -He intercedes for all who will come to
Him (1 John 2:1). Just as surely as we
accept Him, and are true to Him to the
end, He secures forgiveness, salvation,
and eternal life for us. Jesus served as
man’s High Priest in the first apartment
of the heavenly sanctuary until the end
of the 2300 day/years in 1844.
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Then, according to Daniel 8:14, the time
came for the cleansing of the
sanctuary. In ancient times the high
priest of the Levitical service cleansed
the sanctuary once a year on the great
Day of Atonement, also known as the
day of Judgment.
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On this day, the high priest closed the
yearly round of service by a special
ceremony in the most holy place. So in
the antitype, Jesus must have passed
into the second apartment of the
heavenly sanctuary in 1844 to perform
the closing ceremony of His priestly
work.
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What happens after the sanctuary is
cleansed?
Hebrews 9:28
So Christ was offered once to bear the
sins of many. To those who eagerly
wait for Him, He will appear the second
time, apart from sin, for salvation.
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When He finishes His work as Priest in
the second apartment, Jesus will
appear without sin to enter upon the
divine program of actually making an
end to sin.
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What happens to the sins that are
cleansed from the sanctuary?
Isaiah 43:25
I, even I, am He that blots out your
transgressions for My own sake; And I
will not remember your sins.
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Now is the time to make sure that all
our sins are blotted out while Jesus is
finishing His priestly work in the
heavenly sanctuary.
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Do you wish to be ready for Jesus’ exit
from the heavenly sanctuary and His
glorious return?
The End

THE WORK OF JESUS AS OUR HIGH PRIEST