Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3


The Sanctuary

Lesson 21

Marking Code: TS
Marking Color: Orange
Key Text: Exodus 25: 8, 9, 40


  1. Exodus 25: 8, 9, 40. God directed His Old Testament people to build a sanctuary as a place He could dwell with them. Its symbols and rituals were designed to point forward to the Lamb of God and His atoning ministry. It was the gospel in miniature thousands of years before Christ came. By studying the sanctuary service, we will find that the plan of salvation becomes electrifyingly clear.


  1. Hebrews 9. The two apartments (or rooms) of the sanctuary-the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place-represents phases of Christ’s ministry. The Holy Place corresponds to His earthy ministry, and the Most Holy Place corresponds to His heavenly ministry. Each room had furniture that represented the activities of its phase of ministry.


  1. Hebrews 8:1. The priest in the sanctuary service represented Jesus, our High Priest.


  1. Hebrews 9:12. The blood of the animals that were offered as sacrifices represented the blood of Jesus.


  1. John 8:12; Revelation 1:20. The candlestick, or lamp stand, in the Holy Place represented Jesus, the Light of the world. And His church.


  1. John 6:35; 48-63. The “showbread” in the Holy Place represents Jesus, the Bread of Life, and His Word.


  1. Revelation 8:3,4. The incense offered in the Holy Place represented the prayers of God’s people.


  1. Leviticus 4:27-31. The daily service in the Holy Place represented the plan of redemption and Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary. Sin was symbolically transferred from the sinner to the sacrificial animal. Jesus daily intercedes for us and applies His blood to cover our sins.


Hebrews 8:1-5; 7:25; 9:24.


  1. Leviticus 16:4-22. The yearly service took place once each year on the Day of Atonement in the Most Holy Place. It was a day of judgment when the sins that had symbolically accumulated in the sanctuary throughout the year were cleansed. It represented the heavenly ministry of Jesus-the judgment.

  2. Matthew 27:51. When Christ’s sacrifice as the Lamb of God was completed, the veil separating the two rooms in the sanctuary was torn apart from top to bottom. This signified that the sacrifice was complete and that the human priesthood and sanctuary services had fulfilled their purpose. Then Jesus took His place as our High Priest in heaven.  



  1. Hebrews 9:25,26. Jesus entered the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary in heaven once in the last days of the world. This ministry was symbolized by the yearly service of the sanctuary on earth when the high Priest entered the Most Holy Place once each year on the Day of Atonement.


  1. Revelation 22:11. When Jesus leaves His work as our High Priest in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary, the destiny of every person will be sealed for eternity.


  1. Isaiah 43:25. We need to let Jesus blot out our sins while His ministry in heaven is still going forward.




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