Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Heb. 9:28.
NOTE. - That is, to those who stand waiting and watching for His appearance as did the people of Israel for their high priest to appear to them, Christ will appear to His people; and at that time He will have laid upon the head of the great scapegoat (Satan) the sins of His people, which have been atoned for. Then Satan will bear these sins (as did the typical scapegoat) to an uninhabited region, the desolated earth while the saints will be enjoying the glories of heaven during the one thousand years. When will the sins of the righteous be blotted out? "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:19.
What immediately follows the blotting out of sins? "And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things." Acts 3:20, 21.
While Christ as high priest is still before the Father, what is given Him? "One like the Son of man came... to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him." Dan. 7:13, 14.
And when He comes to earth; what is His purpose? "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thess. 4:16, 17.
But before any are thus raised at Christ's coming, what decision must be rendered in their cases? "But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead." Luke 20:35.
NOTE.-We see that the typical sanctuary service is fully met in the work of Christ. And as the atonement day of the old dispensation was really a day of judgment, so the atonement work of Christ will include an investigation of the cases of His people. All who shall be "accounted worthy" to have a place in His kingdom will be called to dwell with Him when He comes again to earth to gather His people.
Is there a specified time for the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary? "And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." Dan. 8:14.
How may one know that this does not refer to the earthly sanctuary? "He said unto me, Understand, a son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision." Dan. 8:17.
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