SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 33
THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY, WHEN AND HOW DONE?
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THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 33, 34
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THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY, WHEN AND HOW DONE?
IF YOU WERE NOTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU
CHOOSE TO BE?
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Grow In Grace Or Else Die
This afternoon I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, page 65, beginning with the last paragraph.
"The germination of the seed represents the beginning of spiritual life, and the development of the plant is a beautiful figure of Christian growth. As in nature, so in grace; there can be no life without growth. The plant must either grow or die. As its growth is silent and imperceptible, but continuous, so is the development of the Christian life. At every stage of development our life may be perfect; yet if God's purpose for us is fulfilled, there will be continual advancement. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime. As our opportunities multiply, our experience will enlarge, and our knowledge increase. We shall become strong to bear responsibility, and our maturity will be in proportion to our privileges."
What is our need of prayer this afternoon? -
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THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY-
WHEN AND HOW DONE?
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF D. SEVENTH-
SABBATH, MARCH 27, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our text is found in Daniel chapter eight, verse 14. I shall begin with verse 13.
Dan. 8:13, 14 -
To this question, "How long shall be the vision concerning the daily, and the
transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden
under foot?" came the answer, "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall
the sanctuary be cleansed." That is, within the 2300 days the daily shall be taken
away, the transgression of desolation set up, the sanctuary and the host shall be
trodden underfoot. After this the sanctuary is to be cleansed. "Every morning"
(margin), denotes 24 hour days -
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Dan. 8:16, 17 -
Gabriel's explanation that at the time of the end shall be the vision, shows that the paramount importance of the vision is the cleansing of the sanctuary, and that it takes place not in Daniel's time, and not before the time of the end, but after the 2300 days, in the time of the end.
Now since the 2300 days began somewhere in the fifth century before Christ (as
seen in the following verses), and since the vision was to be for many days, for
the time of the end, then obviously the 2300 days must be computed a day for a year
as in Ezekiel 4:6. The 2300 days, therefore, are actually 2300 years, in the end
of which the sanctuary is cleansed. What signs are to mark the time of the end?-
Dan. 12:4 -
The angel explained that at the time of the end many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. And the fact that men are now running to and fro and that knowledge has been increased in itself proves that we are now living in the time of the end, that the vision is now to be understood, and that the sanctuary is now to be cleansed.
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Here you see where the prophetic history of this vision begins. It begins with
Dan. 8:23 -
In the latter end of the Medes and the Greeks, when the transgressors, the Jews, are come to the full, another king or kingdom was to stand up. It was of course none other than Rome, the kingdom which overran the four Grecian divisions.
Dan. 8:26, 27 -
Daniel here confesses that the meager explanation which Gabriel gave concerning the vision was not sufficient. None could understand it.
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Consequently, as time went on and as he still could not understand the vision although the set time for liberation had come, he graphically said:
Because Gabriel was to begin where he left off (Dan. 8), he counselled Daniel first to consider the vision. Then said Gabriel:
Dan. 9:24 -
Since Gabriel is here explaining the vision of chapter 8 -
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Let us now study the subject with the aid of this chart.
The seventy weeks are actually 490 years. Mark that during these 490 years, Daniel's people, the Jews, were to make an end of sin and make reconciliation for their iniquity, or else be hopelessly given up. Next Daniel was told where the 70 weeks begin:
Dan. 9:25 -
From the commandment to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem to Messiah the Prince,
to Christ, there were to be 7 weeks (49 years), and 62 weeks (434 years) -
Dan. 9:26, 27 -
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end of the war desolations are determined. And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."
Just what was to take place during the first seven weeks or 49 years I am not prepared to say, but in the end of the next 62 weeks, or 434 years the Messiah was to be cut off, crucified. During the remaining week, the 70th, He was to confirm the covenant with many, and in the midst of it He was to be cut off, crucified; that is, there were to be 3 1/2 years from His baptism to the crucifixion, and 3 1/2 years after the crucifixion in which He was to confirm the covenant. This completes the 70 weeks and brings us to the time to apostles were commanded to go out and preach the Gospel to the Gentiles: One named Cornelius (a Gentile), and Peter (a Jew and an Apostle) were both given a vision: Cornelius was instructed to see Peter and Peter was commanded to meet Cornelius. See Acts, chapter 10. The Jews as a nation failed to make an end of sin and were therefore rejected, given up.
Christ's own sacrifice at the end of the first 3 1/2 years replaced the sacrificial ceremonial system, and thus He caused the sacrifice to cease in the midst of the week. All this, time and event, you see, took place exactly as Gabriel predicted.
Nevertheless, even with this added explanation, Daniel still was not able to comprehend all
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that was in the vision. But as time went on, and as his burden for the deliverance of his people increased, knowing that the time had come, he prayed for light. His prayer is recorded in the first part of chapter 10, after which the angel appeared and again explained:
Dan. 10:21 -
Daniel was then promised all the light that could be given, not only on the vision of Daniel 8, but on all that is noted in the scripture of truth in connection with the vision. That which the angel showed him is recorded in Daniel 11 and 12:
Chapter 11, you will see, begins with the vision of Daniel 8, with the kings of
By this long prophetic history and geography as seen in chapters 11 and 12, the angel brings us up to the time of the end, to the time the cleansing is to take place. And here is the nature of the cleansing according to the angel's word:
Dan. 12:1 -
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trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."
By delivering the righteous, He thoroughly separates the righteous from among
the wicked -
Dan. 12:2, 3 -
The wicked that arise with the righteous in this mixed resurrection are also to be separated from the righteous. The wicked are to be put to shame and everlasting contempt, but the righteous are to be given eternal life.
Dan. 12:10 -
The living righteous shall be purified, but the wicked shall become even more wicked.
Dan. 12:11, 12 -
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Here another block of time from within the 2300 days is introduced, beginning from the time the daily is abolished and the abomination set up. (The daily represents something which should not have been abolished, and the abominations represent something that should not have been set up. The word "sacrifices" is supplied and does not belong in the text. For light on these read Tract No. 3, The Harvest.)
It should be noticed, however, that the promised blessing (the cleansing) does not begin until after the 1335 days, or years, expire.
Now since the 2300-
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fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you."
None of the living can actually be cleansed from all their marks of sin while among the Gentile nations, you see. They must first be separated from the hypocrites and Gentiles, then brought into their own land, there to be sprinkled with clean water, cleansed from all their filthiness and from all their idols, when they get to their own land, not before. Even a new heart is to be given them there, and a new spirit also. Thus will the Lord cause them to walk in His statutes and keep His judgments forevermore. Thus shall they return and dwell in the land of their fathers, Palestine, and thus shall they be God's people eternally. These things, you see, are premillennial.
Let us now examine the cleansing according to the prophets Joel, Malachi, and
Joel 3:21 -
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The old covenant has been to keep the commandments while they are written, not on the heart, but on tables of stone, against the will of the stony heart. But the new covenant is to cleanse them from their stony hearts, and to write the commandments on their hearts of flesh.
Jer. 31:34 -
When God's people are thus cleansed, they shall all know the Lord. Then they shall indeed be His people, His nation. And God's guarantee is this:
Jer. 31:35, 36 -
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which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is His name: if those ordinances depart from before Me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever."
Does God do this because His people have been good or because He wants to vindicate His name? Let us see:
Plainly, the Word declares that the sanctuary is to be cleansed, that the land also is to be reclaimed, and the Kingdom restored, not by reason of the people's goodness, but for God's name's sake, for His own goodness sake. The heathen, too, will know what God has done for His people, for the Scriptures show that all this shall take place right before their eyes. This same cleansing Christ describes thus:
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Here is truth that the Denomination has overlooked: they think that they are to make a bee line to the throne of God for the Millennium. But according to the scriptures, here you see the people must first be separated from among the heathen, then cleansed from all their filthiness, and thus be enabled to stand in the presence of a pure and eternal God. Thus is the sanctuary among the living cleansed, and thus are the people to be fitted to reign with Christ a thousand years.
Brothers, Sisters, make certain that you be found, not among the goats on His left, but with the sheep on His right if you are to hear the King say, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Matt. 25:34).
And remember that we have now been living "in the time of the end" for some years. Moreover, this light has now come because the cleansing of the living members of the church is at hand.
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