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“Thy way, O God is in the Sanctuary.” Psalm 77:13.
Throughout the Christian era, the devil has done everything possible to obscure Christ’s High Priest ministry in the heavenly sanctuary.
After His death for our sins He ascended to be the Priest of the true sanctuary—the Heavenly. For some two thousand years He has been ministering His atoning blood in the removal of the guilt and power of sin in His earthly followers. His work for the salvation of fallen mankind is NOW culminating in the Day of Atonement services, in the presence of the Father in the Most Holy Place. He is laboring to remove the presence of sin from His cooperating followers; thus allowing Him to blot out the records of their sins, cleansing not only them, but the Heavenly Sanctuary as well.
Uriah Smith uses the same scholarly approach as in his better known work Daniel and the Revelation. He leaves no stone unturned in his presentation of this all important topic. The reader will be convicted of the validity, and seriousness, of this long, too often, neglected subject. The following is from the books Preface, written by the author in 1877:
“That which is perhaps most calculated to excite our wonder in connection with this subject is the fact that a question so intimately connected with, and so essentially modifying, some of the most important subjects of the Bible, should have lain so long unnoticed. And this furnishes all the greater reason why, now that light is shining upon it, and its commanding position in the great temple of truth is discovered, the most earnest efforts should be made to bring it to the attention of the people.
“This subject is intimately connected with the prophecies, and this may be one reason why it has not sooner come up for consideration; for it has been reserved to this present generation, living in “the time of the end,” to behold the seal broken from the prophetic page and to see a wonderful increase of knowledge respecting its soul-inspiring utterances. But an understanding of the subject of the sanctuary is essential to the understanding of some of the most important of these prophetic records.
“There is, it is said, in Rome a room the walls of which are covered with tracings which to the beholder, as he enters, appear but a mass of inextricable confusion. But as he reaches one certain point in the room, immediately all lines fall into place, all forms assume their due proportion, the laws of perspective assert their sway, and the room appears covered with harmonious and beautiful imagery.
“The sanctuary occupies this true point of perspective in the prophetic apartment of the Sacred Scriptures. From it the unity and harmony of the prophetic lines can be seen as from no other standpoint.
“It is interwoven also with subjects of the greatest practical importance; and we commend it to the reader as having a wider bearing and involving a greater number of important topics than any other subject to which our attention is called by the unfoldings of prophecy.”— U.S. July, 1877.
THE CHAPTER TITLES ARE:
The Subject Introduced
Connection with Prophecy
Exposition of Daniel 8
The Year-Day Principle
Daniel 8 Explained by Daniel 9
“Determined,” Daniel 9:24, Means “Cut Off”
The Seventy Weeks
Intermediate and Closing Dates of the Seventy Weeks
The Original Advent Faith
What is the Sanctuary?
Points of History
Destruction of the Temple
The Sanctuary Offered by Ezekiel
The Sanctuary Rebuilt
The New Covenant Sanctuary
A Sanctuary In Heaven
Ministration of the Sanctuary
Cleansing of the Earthly Sanctuary
The Ministration of the Heavenly Sanctuary
Within the Vail
Between the Cherubim
The Priesthood of Christ
Cleansing of the Heavenly Sanctuary
A Work of Judgment
The Opening of the Temple
Finishing of the Mystery of God
The Tenth Day of the Seventh Month
The Close of Probation
The Seven Last Plagues
The End of Sin
The Subject Concluded