Drop The Courtyard Mentality
Salvation is the great need of every soul. If you are suffering from the merciless and gnawing pangs of hunger, probably a morsel of bread could be a saviour to you. If you’re at the mercy of a creditor with bankruptcy hewning your last treasure, a grant could be to you a saviour. And so everyone needs a saviour. An atheist, agnostic, skeptic, deist, and a darwinian, all need a saviour. Nevertheless, all the problems I have mentioned above can be solved by education, thrift and discipline. Everyone has been endowed with the ability to break loose from poverty, ignorance, stupidity and most of the problems that easily overcomes us on earth. So I want to start by a bold statement: “Christ did not die on the cross because of hunger, poverty or teenage delinquency.”
So why did He Die?
God does not do for man what he can do for himself. Nothing has caused a lot of heartache as sin. In fact the problems I have stated above are resulting from sin. While we have a way out of most problems of life there is one problem that declares us impotent. This problem has pushed us all between a rock and a hard place. To this end all of us need a saviour. Exposure, education, royal birth or living in a good neighbourhood cannot help us. Yoga and self persecution cannot save us from this tyrant. I’m talking about your darling sins cherished and embraced, disappointing and enslaving. Our natural tendencies to evil are so automatic like the currents of Niagara falls. Christ died to solve the problem of sin. “The cross of Calvary is endowed with power to break every cultivated and inherited tendencies.”
How do God solve the Sin Problem?
The case of Adam and Eve in the garden East of Eden will be our underpinning lesson. After pronouncing the case of the fallen man—a consequence of their act of disobedience—God began the process of solving the sin problem. NLT Genesis 3:21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. A lamb was slain because humans fell, a testimony that sin leads to death. KJV Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. This will take us to the sacrificial system instituted in the second second covenant at sinai. The covenant in Eden is the old covenant, also known as the covenant of grace. So the sacrificial system was not introduced in Sinai—it was introduced in Eden—because it was a type of solution to the sin problem and sin did not begin in Sinai.
We had daily sacrifices which was done by the Priest in the Holy Place of the sanctuary. Everything began in the courtyard where the sacrificial lamb was killed. But once in a year the High Priest entered the most Holy places.
KJV Leviticus 23:26-31 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, “Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
The day of atonement was a typical day of judgement. Anyone who didn’t practice it as is outlined was to be cut off from God’s people, denoting a concept of judgement.
Antitypical Day of Atonement.
KJV Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Based on Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6, Luke 13:31-32, 2300 prophetic days means twenty three thousand years. So at the end of this period the sanctuary was to be cleansed.
When does this time begin?
KJV Daniel 9:24-25 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
70 weeks (490 years) were cut off (from the 2300 years) for Daniel’s people (the Jews). And this began at the command to rebuild and restore Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile, given by King Artaxerxes I (465-424 BC) in his seventh year; 457 BC. 2300 years after 457 BC takes us to the year 1844 AD. So the Cleansing of the Sanctuary Spoken by Daniel the Prophet began in 1844. Again this scene is synonymous to the judgement presented in Daniel 7:9-13, which comes after the activities of the little (538-1798). 1844 is a few years after 1798. Do you know the little horn?
The earthly sanctuary was destroyed in 70 AD, when Roman soldiers under Titus, Destroyed Jerusalem. Therefore, the sanctuary spoken of is the Heavenly Sanctuary. The cleansing of the sanctuary is the same as atonement or Judgement. When Christ comes, His reward is with Him and it’s the judgement that determines what reward is given to whom. So I would like to make it clear that in 1844, Christ entered the most Holy place of the Heavenly sanctuary and when he came out, there was no more atonement.
In the Courtyard, we had a sacrificial lamb, but in the most Holy place we have no more lamb to die instead of the transgressor of God’s law. Do you believe that Christ is in the doing the final work of atonement?
Your conviction of this truth will determine how you live! If you really believe that Christ is in the final stages of His ministry in the Heavenly sanctuary, then you cannot live in the outer court as if you still have another saviour to die yet again!
Hebrews 2:3-4 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
The Judgement Has Set
The judgment has set, the books have been opened;
How shall we stand in that great day,
When every thought, and word, and action,
God, the righteous Judge, shall weigh?
How shall we stand in that great day?
How shall we stand in that great day?
Shall we be found before Him wanting?
Or with our sins all washed away?
The work is begun with those who are sleeping,
Soon will the living here be tried,
Out of the books of God’s remembrance,
His decision to abide.
O, how shall we stand that moment of searching,
When all our sins those books reveal?
When from that court, each case decided,
Shall be granted no appeal?