Why Study the Sanctuary?
The book of Hebrews, in chapter nine, describes a sanctuary, or tabernacle in heaven, not built with human hands. Hebrews 8 describes the old testament sanctuary, or earthly sanctuary as a shadow of heavenly things, and refers back to when Moses was shown the “pattern” while on Mt. Sinai. This “pattern” that Moses was shown was the sanctuary in heaven.
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” Hebrews 8:1,2. Likewise, the book of Revelation continually makes reference to the sanctuary in heaven as well as its furnishings.
The old testament sanctuary is like a blueprint, that lays out the plan of salvation. We just need to understand the language and meanings of the symbols. By studying the old testament sanctuary structure, furnishings, materials and even colors within, as well as the sacrifices and associated annual feast days, we can accurately identify the prophetic events and times of the new testament plan of salvation. Just like the old testament sanctuary enabled God to dwell among His people, the sanctuary in heaven enables His kingdom to eventually be established and ultimately He will say: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." Revelation 21:3
If this concept sounds new or strange, it reveals just how far Christianity has drifted from its origin. Jesus Christ through his life and teaching continually referred to and literally fulfilled the symbols of the sanctuary. His apostles taught this as well. In fact, every one of the new testament writers refers to some element of the sanctuary or its services. How can we claim to correctly understand what is written in the new testament if we don't even understand the very things the writers are referring to?
The purpose of this website along the provided studies, are designed to give an introduction to this incredible teaching model that reveals the entire plan of salvation including the meaning of the symbols of the books of Daniel and Revelation. It is the key that unlocks the work of the Messiah, the prophecies of the last days, as well as the path of victory for each individual willing to travel God's true plan of salvation.