The Sanctuary as Defined by the 27 Fundamentals

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Dear Reader, 

The real crux of the dispute between differing factions on the Sanctuary and Atonement issue is whether or not Christ is our EXAMPLE as well as our SUBSTITUTE. This gets even more important in the case of the 144,000, because God says that they are finally without guile--sin--OVERCOMERS. Notice the following excerpt from the fundamental doctrine book which you quoted. All it mentions is Christ as our SUBSTITUTE. You can search the statement of belief that you posted for the word EXAMPLE, and you will not find it. Read what Ellen White said about Christ as our EXAMPLE.


"In the incarnation, God united the divinity of Christ to our corporate humanity that needed redeeming. This qualified Him to be our Substitute and Representative. Then, by His perfect life and sacrificial death, He fully redeemed mankind. In the resurrection, Christ raised our humanity cleansed and glorified, which He took to heaven to represent us in His priestly ministry." From SDA Statement of Beliefs on the Sanctuary.


"Thorns sprung up.--The thorns made it impossible for the wheat to mature (see Luke 8:14). In the same way secular interest prevent the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23) from reaching maturity. Religion is relegated to the subordinate position of being only one interest among many. For lack of cultivation it withers and eventually dies. That which the thorny-ground hearers lack is a moral transformation (COL 50). To them, justification is the sum and substance of religion, and they fail to realize that the Christian life consists essentially in the process known as sanctification--the process by which evil traits and tendencies are replaced by the perfect life-pattern of Jesus Christ." SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, 405.


To them, the substitutionary element is the sum and substance of religion. New Movement SDA Leaders, do not even mention the EXAMPLE element of Christ’s Incarnation act in their statement of Fundamental Beliefs. This is a spiritual outrage. This is a blasphemic outrage, because Christ was raised to take away our iniquities and His indwelling Divine Nature will do that as far as the 144,000 are concerned. But the SDA Omega of Apostasy New Movement church does not even distinguish between the 144,000 and the great multitude. Read the following link to see if you agree with the New Movement and whether or not you are part of the Omega of Apostasy. Here is the 27 Fundamental Book’s item on the Sanctuary Message.


What this effectually achieves is this: If the 144,000 do not overcome by the New Covenant of the law being placed in the heart of man by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost Divine Nature Spirit of Christ, 2 Peter 1:4, not only is the New Covenant GONE, but the Sanctuary and the Atonement are GONE. How? Why? Because there can be no cleansing of the Sanctuary if at least the 144,000 do not overcome. There can be no proving that Satan was wrong in the great controversy between he and Christ as to whether or not the law is necessary and can be kept by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The omega of apostasy New Movement SDA church supports the claims of Satan that it is impossible for God’s people to keep His commandments this side of glorification—before the close of probation. That teaching voids the very purpose of the Incarnation for which the Son of God was raised:


Act 3:26  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.


Instead we are taught that Christ’s substitution for our sins saves us in our sins, not from our iniquities.


"The Power of God in the Third Person.--The prince of the power of evil can only be held in check by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.-- Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37. (1897).


No need to check ANYTHING if the proviso of the Atonement was merely to provide a substitute for our sins.


I will tell you a truth friend: New Movement SDA leaders don’t even distinguish between the 144,000, the martyrs and the great multitude. Ironically, their error in teaching Christ’s SUBSTITION ONLY, renders the Sanctuary, the Atonement and the New Covenant GONE, while claiming to teach all three. The all encompassing question to the issue is this: Does any New Movement SDA leader, other than a handful who believe and teach Last Generation Theology, believe that the 144,000 will overcome all sin before the close of probation at which time the sanctuary will be cleansed and Christ will come? This is the question you should always pose when reading the teachings of SDA leaders.


Sanctuary Gone Atonement Gone -- "In a representation which passed before me, I saw a certain work being done by medical missionary workers. Our ministering brethren were looking on, watching what was being done, but they did not seem to understand. The foundation of our faith, which was established by so much prayer, such earnest searching of the Scriptures, was being taken down, pillar by pillar. Our faith was to have nothing to rest upon--the sanctuary was gone, the atonement was gone." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.


See if you see a distinction in the following Spirit of Prophecy statement:



 "Nearest the throne are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep, intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian characters in the midst of falsehood and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for their faith. And beyond is the "great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, . . . before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." Revelation 7:9. Their warfare is ended, their victory won. They have run the race and reached the prize. The palm branch in their hands is a symbol of their triumph, the white robe an emblem of the spotless righteousness of Christ which now is theirs." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 665.


Ellen White said that only the 144,000 go into the Temple on Mt. Zion. Only Philadelphians are made pillars (leaders) in that temple, Early Writings, p. 19, and Revelation 3:10-12. For a much more in depth study see this link:




#9 – The Sanctuary Message
(John 2:18-22)




One of the major doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the sanctuary message. This is how the main thrust of this fundamental doctrine is described:


There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man. In it, Christ ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and began His intercessory ministry at the time of His ascension. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2,300 days, He entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry. It is a work of investigative judgment which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin, typified by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. ...The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and, therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus.


Not only has this unique doctrine of our church made no positive impact on the Christian church at large, but it has come under fire, first from non-Adventist scholars and, more recently, from some of our own scholars. Does this mean we have been following cunningly devised fables?


My honest belief is that our pioneers who first formulated this doctrine from their study of the Bible, and which was later endorsed by Ellen G. White, were lead by God, in spite of their limitations.


Therefore, what we are going to do in the next four studies, as part of this series on the gospel issues in Adventism, is to carefully and honestly examine this doctrine on the sanctuary. In this study, we will consider the sanctuary message itself and then, in the next three studies, examine [the events of] 1844 and the investigative judgment.


After the death of the apostles, the leadership of the church fell into the hands of the Gentile believers (Church Fathers). They saw very little value in the sanctuary doctrine; to them it belonged to the Jewish dispensation. Consequently, the sanctuary truth became obsolete until the mid-19th Century when the Seventh-day Adventist Church brought it to the forefront. It is our major theological contribution to Christendom.


Yet, as I already mentioned, its impact on has been both negative and controversial. Why is this so? Could it be that we have repeated the same mistake as the Jewish nation did? [Read Acts 7:44-51.]


God’s purpose through the Sanctuary was not to point to buildings and furniture, even though there is a literal sanctuary in heaven, but to reveal His plan of salvation in Christ. The Sanctuary is God’s master model plan of redemption. Through it, He has revealed the whole plan of salvation from beginning to end — His earthly mission as well as His heavenly ministry. It is His visual aid to clearly show mankind the various stages of our redemption, in and through His Son Jesus Christ. It is His “show and tell.”


In the incarnation, God united the divinity of Christ to our corporate humanity that needed redeeming. This qualified Him to be our Substitute and Representative. Then, by His perfect life and sacrificial death, He fully redeemed mankind. In the resurrection, Christ raised our humanity cleansed and glorified, which He took to heaven to represent us in His priestly ministry.


He will continue this High Priestly ministry in the heavenly Sanctuary until the Great Controversy is brought to an end, when sin will be eradicated and everlasting righteousness will be ushered in. This, in a nutshell, is the whole purpose of the sanctuary message. It is to give us humans a clear picture of the whole plan of salvation so that our faith in God and our future hope becomes fully established.


1.  The Sanctuary was God’s Master Model Plan of Salvation

§  Compare Exodus 25:8 with John 1:14.

§  Hebews 9:1-5, 10 describes the earthly sanctuary and its ceremonies. This was the old or first covenant:  salvation in type.

§  Hebrews 10:5-10 describes the anti-type of the sanctuary message. This is the new covenant:  salvation in reality.


Unfortunately, the Jewish nation failed to see the real significance of the sanctuary model and, therefore, placed their emphasis on buildings and rituals rather then what these things pointed to. This is the whole point Stephen made and which led to his martyrdom. Christ tried to correct them [read Jn. 2:19-22.] We must not repeat their mistake.


2.  Everything in the Sanctuary Pointed to Christ

§  Christ is the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world [John 1:29].

§  Christ is the light of the world that lightens every man [John 1:9-12; 8:12].

§  Christ is the living bread who came down from heaven to give us eternal life [John 6:32-51].

§  Christ is the mercy seat (propitiation), through whose redemption we have salvation full and complete [Romans 3:24, 25].

§  Christ is our intercessor against the accusations of Satan [Hebrews 7:25].

§  Christ is the veil that bore our sins in His flesh [Hebrews 10:19,20].


3.  The Sanctuary Revealed the Fall and Restoration of Man

§  In Adam, humanity sinned, was defiled, and condemned to death.

§  In Christ, the same humanity was reconciled to God, cleansed from all defilement, and justified to life [read Romans 5:18].

§  Through faith in Christ, sinners experience salvation.


This is the good news of the gospel and the truth of righteousness by faith. All this was revealed in the Sanctuary model given to Moses:


d.  The Sanctuary was where God met sinners [read Ex. 25:22; 29:42, 43].
Today He meets us in Christ [read 2 Cor. 5:19].

e.  The Sanctuary was where God revealed Himself to sinners [read Ex. 29:46].
Today He reveals Himself to us in Christ [read John 14:7-9].

f.    The Sanctuary was where God dwelt with sinners [read Ex. 25:8; 29:45, 46].
Today He dwells with us in Christ [read Matthew 1:23; John 14:23].

g.  The Sanctuary was where God spoke to sinners [read Ex. 29:42; Lev. 1:1].
Today He speaks to us in Christ [read Hebrews 1:2; John 8:43, 47].

h.  The Sanctuary was where God accepted sinners [read Lev. 1:4].
Today He accepts us in Christ [read Ephesians 1:6].

i.    The Sanctuary was where God forgave sinners [read Lev. 4:20, 26, 31, 35].
Today He forgives us in Christ [read Ephesians 1:7].



Too often our emphasis on the sanctuary message is our own subjective experience, whereas its main purpose is to point to the truth as it is in Christ.

Because of the sanctuary message, we have a total picture of the plan of redemption, from beginning to end. Hence, we can be absolutely sure of the future. This, in turn, gives us everlasting hope.