The Hour of His Judgment—Part Two

A prophecy from the book of Daniel gives us the starting date of the judgment.

by Betsy Mayer


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THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

When Daniel was told that the sanctuary would be cleansed at the end of 2,300 years (Daniel 8:13, 14), his Jewish mind connected this prophecy to Yom Kippur—the solemn Day of Atonement which the Jews observed once a year. But this connection also deeply perplexed him. Why would 2,300 years have to pass before the yearly cleansing of the sanctuary could be observed in Jerusalem? As explained earlier, he equated this with a delay in the restoration of the sanctuary and the Jewish nation.

We now know it wasn’t the earthly sanctuary that was to be cleansed. Its services were abolished when Jesus died on the cross. The book of Hebrews tells us that after Jesus returned to Heaven, He entered the heavenly sanctuary. Hebrews 9:11–15.

The earthly sanctuary, in its small and limited way, gives us an idea of Christ’s work as our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. On the solemn Day of Atonement, the high priest moved from the holy place to the most holy place to conduct the work of the final atonement and of the judgment of God’s people. Leviticus 16 describes the special work of heart searching and soul purification God’s people performed on that day. If they had not confessed and forsaken their sins before the high priest left the sanctuary, they were cut off from the congregation. Why? Because after the high priest left the sanctuary he was no longer able to mediate for sins. The solemn Day of Atonement was a yearly prophetic enactment of the last phase of Christ’s ministry for sin—a ministry that would prepare His people to live without His continual mediatorial work in their behalf. When Christ’s people are cleansed from sin, then the sanctuary can be cleansed from the record of sin, and He can return to claim His church.

JESUS COMES FOR A PURIFIED CHURCH

Daniel’s prophecy tells us that since 1844, we have been living in the time of judgment. According to careful Jewish reckoning, the yearly Day of Atonement fell on October 22, 1844. And just as Jesus died right on schedule—right as the Passover lamb was ready to be slain—so He was precisely on time when He passed from His work in the holy place to the most holy place, to begin His final work of atonement.

How long will this solemn “day” of atonement last? We are not given a definite time, but we know it ends just before Christ’s Second Coming, and the signs for this event are all around us.

Soon, Christ’s high priestly ministry in the sanctuary will end. But before that time, through the power of the Holy Ghost and their own diligent effort, all sin must be removed from the lives of His people. When Jesus finishes His work in the Most Holy Place, He will exchange His priestly garments for kingly garments. Then He will come for His perfected, purified church, “not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but…holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27. May you and I be ready for His soon appearing.


Betsy Mayer is the managing editor of Last Generation magazine.

Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 25.3. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283.

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