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Time Components of The Cleansing of the Sanctuary

CLEANSING (Justifying) OF THE SANCTUARY (me - 1 Corinthians 3:16)

Justification: To be made free from the law of sin and death

To be made righteous - Romans 8:1-4,19; Romans 6

Three Phases of the Ministration Of Christ Our High Priest to Justify us:

  1. Propitiation/Expiation:  the atoning victim, or sacrifice for our pardon, justification, and sanctification -  1 John 1:7; Romans 3:25; 1 Peter 1:18-19;  2 Corinthians 5:14-21

  2. Advocate: Christ standing at the right hand of God to plead for us all the divine resources of his love and sympathy - 1 John 2:1 EGW commentary; Ephesians 4:7-32 Grace; Ephesians 3:16; Romans 8:26-39 (Gift of the Holy Spirit)

  3. Judgement: Have we availed ourselves of the first two gifts? He that hears, believes and does good has everlasting life. John 5:21-30,38,42,44,45-47. Are we the measure of Christ (Ephesians 4:13,30). Are we rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17)? Will we stand or fall during the storm of temptation(Matthew 7:21-27)? Romans 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Judgement involves all three phases above.

Christ had been doing first two ever since He ascended.

What Does His judgment look like?

John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

45  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

2 Corinthians 3

Ministration of death/letter versus Ministration of life/Spirit

Same law and knowledge of God ministered two different ways

Because of blindness due to sin

Gospel removes blinders -

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

John 8

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

So what does it mean, “the hour of his judgment is come?”


Strong's Definitions: κρίσις krísis, kree'-sis; decision (subjectively or objectively, for or against); by extension, a tribunal; by implication, justice (especially, divine law):—accusation, condemnation, damnation, judgment.

Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Daniel 8:13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.


Strong's Definitions: צָדַק tsâdaq, tsaw-dak'; a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) right (in a moral or forensic sense):—cleanse, clear self, (be, do) just(-ice, -ify, -ify self), (be turn to) righteous(-ness).

How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation

Looking at the context of Daniel 8 we have to understand that the little horn power had been continually (daily) desolating or destroying  the sanctuary of strength for 1260 years. And we need to understand that the sanctuary he was destroying was the mind regarding Christ, our true high priest, and the removal of sin and the gift of righteousness.

The little horn power is the papacy. To understand this you need to understand the prophecies of Daniel 7,8 and Revelation 13 and 2 Thessalonians 2 and the 1260 day time prophecies in Scripture.

Daniel 8:13 “to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?” = 1260 years

God allowed the man of sin, or the little horn power to reign for 1260 years to reveal his true character. (2 Thessalonians 2).

TRODDEN UNDERFOOT (1260 years Papal Persecution)

It is important to understand. This sanctuary cleansing was predicted in revelation 11:1-2 as a measuring. A measuring is a term used for judgment (Matthew 23:32). With the atoning blood and grace of God are we the measure of the Perfect Man? But after the 1260 years, the Gentile world would be included in the message of the cleansing of the sanctuary.

Revelation 11:1And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles (Romans 11:25; Luke 21:25; Daniel 8:10,13): and the holy city(New Covenant Jerusalem) shall they tread under foot forty and two months (Luke 21:24, Revelation 13:5-7; Daniel 7:25).

The 1260 years of papal persecution started in 538 AD when the Byzantine emperor, Justinian in the Code of Justinian began to make civil laws enforcing papal religious observances.  In this way the Roman state was united with the papacy to persecute the people of God. This church/state is called the little horn power which became great in Daniel 8:9-12.  During this time, the papacy persecuted the saints of the most high and thought to change the times, and laws (specifically the 10 commandments of God and the role of Christ as our High priest)  (Daniel 7:25).   This period ended in 1798 AD when the French General Berthier took the Roman Pontiff captive. For one year, the papacy lost state power.  This is the first fall of the papacy. Babylon is fallen.

We call 1798 the beginning of “the time of the end”.

In Daniel 8:17 we are told the “chazown” or 2300 day vision of Daniel 8:1-14 will be at “the time of the end”.

In Daniel 8:19 tells us that “ at the time appointed, the end shall be” informing us that “the time of the end” is an appointed or prophetic time.

In Daniel 8:26 Daniel is told to shut up the vision, for it shall be for many days, telling the reader not to expect it at anytime soon.

“The time of the end” is mentioned in Daniel 11:27 as not happening yet, but, being future, at “the time appointed.“

In Daniel 11:35 we are told about a time of persecution which will precede “the time of the end“ which is “yet for an appointed time.” These were the 1260 years of papal persecution discussed previously as being “trodden underfoot”.

In Daniel 11:40 we are told that “at the time of the end “the king of the south would push at him. For context, “him” refers to “the vile person” to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom, but who would come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by flattery (Daniel 11::21). In scripture, the king of the south is a reference to the king of Egypt (Genesis 12:9-10). Egypt is a prophetic symbol of the Gentile world that does not believe in God or the atheistic world (Exodus 5:2). In the prophetic scripture above, at the time of the end, atheism would be warring, or pushing against the little horn power, seen in Daniel 11:21, as the vile power who obtained its kingdom, literally by flattering the people. This, pushing or warring against the Roman Catholic Church, by an atheistic power, happened right on time for the fulfillment of“the time of the end“ during the French revolution in the late 18th century.

In Daniel 12:4, Daniel is told to “shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end.“ These words tell the reader that the book of Daniel will be unsealed at “the time of the end.“. This was fulfilled in Revelation 10.

Daniel 12:5–7, we are given a look at a man clothed with linen who is Jesus Christ, acting the part of high priest. He is standing on water. In answer to the question, “how long shall it be to the end of these wonders?“ he says, “it shall be for a time, times, and half,“ signifying when the end would start. He also says, “when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished,“ signifying when “the time of the end“ would be finished. This prophecy tells us we are now living in “the time of the end.“

In Daniel 12:8, we find that Daniel did not understand the time prophecy concerning “the time of the end“ of Daniel 12:5–7. In Daniel 12:9, the angel is unconcerned and says, “go thy way, Daniel: for thy words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.“

And finally, in Daniel 12:13, Daniel is told to, “go thy way till the end shall be for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.“ This is a death and resurrection experience. Not that Daniel himself would be resurrected, but instead that his words recorded in the book of Daniel would be resurrected to stand, at the appointed time of God, in the time of the end.

Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

After the 1260 year period of desolation or destruction and persecution by the little horn of what constitutes true character and worship of God, there would need to be a special cleansing of the sanctuary message to get people ready for the second coming of Christ. This is encapsulated in the first two Angels messages of Revelation 14:6-8.

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

The Judge of the Universe need to make things right again. This involved executive judgment.

In Daniel 8:26 we are told the “vision will be for many days“ meaning, long time into the future. Using the “day for a year“ interpretation of prophetic time in scripture, supported by Ezekiel 4:6, Luke 13:32, and Numbers 14:34, and the 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9:24–27, we see that 2300 days in prophecy is 2300 years.

If we know the starting date, we can find out when the 2300 – day vision is fulfilled, and the cleansing of the sanctuary begins. There are time hints in the book of Daniel as to the start and end times for the 2300 – day vision.

The hints regard the “MAREH“ connection. With study, we can see that “the appearance” of the mighty Man or “MAREH” vision  of Daniel 8:15-16 and explained by the angel Gabriel in  Daniel 9:23-27 is connected to the 2300 – day vision “CHAZOWN” of Daniel 8:1-14, for the following three reasons:

  1. The appearance of the mighty Man was given to help Daniel understand the 2300 – day prophecy of Daniel 8 (Daniel 8:15-16).

  2. The (mareh) appearance of the mighty Man explained in Daniel 9:23–20 27, as the 70-week prophecy, started in the times of the kings of the Medes and the Persians during the beginning of the 2300 – Day prophecy of Daniel 8 (Daniel 9:25).

  3. The MAREH or 70 – week prophecy, according to Daniel 9:24, is “determined“ which, in Hebrew means “cut off.” The MAREH is a time prophecy cut off of another time prophecy. The time prophecy previously mentioned, is the CHAZOWN or 2300 day prophecy of Daniel 8:1-14.

In Daniel 8:27 we see that Daniel did not understand the vision (MAREH) of Daniel 8:15-16 any more than he understood the vision (CHAZOWN) of Daniel 8:1-14.

But Daniel is told in Daniel 9:25, that the MAREH began with “the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem.“ This command to restore and build, Jerusalem was given by the Medo- Persian kings, taking us back in relation to the beginning of the 2300 – day vision (CHAZOWN), which was illustrated by the ram of Daniel 8:3–7.

We can calculate the MAREH (first appearance of the Mighty Man - Christ’s first coming) three different ways:

  1. The start date of the MAREH should be “the going fourth of the commandment, to restore, and to Bill, Jerusalem“ as seen in Daniel 9:25. This verse specifically mentions building the street and walls. One decree, found in Ezra 7:14, is historically dated in the autumn of 457 BC. This was the decree of King Artexerxes Longissimus, who gave the Jews, permission to worship and to govern themselves under God in Jerusalem and the financial and material means and freedom to finish rebuilding the house of God in Jerusalem. Ezra viewed this decree and previous decrees as authorization to rebuild Jerusalem and its walls as per his prayer to God in Ezra 9. To have their capital city and governing and religious freedom was to have a wall again in Judah and Jerusalem (Ezra 9:9). Ezra 9:9 also mentions the “kings of Persia“ which is a reference to the ram of Daniel 8:1-3. The decree of Artexerxes found in Ezra 7:12–26, dated historically, in the autumn of 457 BC, most closely correlates to the fixed time constraints regarding the Messiah in the prophecy of Daniel 9:24–27, which surrounds the time of Christ baptism (anointing of Daniel 9:24) and death (cut off) of Daniel 9:26–27. Before this last commandment, to allow the building process to go forward in Ezra 7:12–26, when Ezra came from Babylon from King Artexerxes with a second wave of returning Hebrews, the Samaritans were upset and wrote to King Artexerxes warning him to stop the rebuilding of the “walls“ Ezra 4:11-16. Consequently, we know that the decree in Ezra 7:6–27 was the final decree enabling the Jews to finish building the walls of Jerusalem. This decree was written in the seventh year of King Artexerxes (Ezra 7:7) which would be 457 BC.

  2. The second way, we can calculate the end of the 2300 – day prophecy is to use the 70 week prophecy to get our bearings regarding the anointing of the Messiah. In Daniel 9:25, we are told that from the date of “the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem unto the Messiah, the prince, shall be seven weeks, and three score, and two weeks“ or, in other words, 69 weeks. The word Messiah means “the anointed one.” Jesus was referred to as the Messiah, and he was anointed with the Holy Ghost at his baptism in the autumn/winter of 27 a A.D. (Acts 10:37-38). This was somewhere around his 30th birthday (Luke 3:23) before the 40 days in the wilderness of Matthew 4:1–2, and before the Passover of John 2:13–21. We count 15 years from AD12 until AD 27 to get our date because of Luke 3:1, which gives us the approximate date of his baptism as being “in the 15th year or the reign of Tiberius, Cesar.“ we can then count back 69 weeks or 483 days and change days to years. This brings us back to 457 BC.

  3. The third way to calculate the 2300 days is to determine the date of the end of the 70 week prophecy. We are given 70 weeks as the time allotted for the “MAREH” vision (Daniel 9:24). Using the prophetic time principle that a day in prophecy equals a year, we find out that 70 weeks becomes 70×7 days or 490 days, which translates to 490 years. Looking at the prophecy in Daniel 9:27, we see that the Messiah was to be cut off in the midst of the 70th week. The midst of a week which is 3 1/2 days, using the day for the year principal, translates to 3 1/2 years after Christ was anointed to the date of his death. During the ministry of Christ, we discovered that four passovers went by until he was crucified. This period covers his ministry of three years, and brings us to the spring of AD 30. After his death, there would be 3 1/2 more years until the 70 week prophecy was completed. The prophecy of Daniel 9:24 said, “70 weeks are determined upon my people, and upon the holy city.“ The word determined means cut off. Was there an event that demonstrated a “cutting off“ time for the Jews 3 1/2 years after Christ died? Yes. At Stephens death, the rulers in Jerusalem began to persecute, Christ followers and in so doing rejected the messages sent by the Holy Spirit through the followers of Christ to the Jewish nation (Acts 7:51-60). Persecution against the followers of Christ caused Christians to flee Judea, and begin to take the gospel to the Gentile world (Acts 8:1). Remember, Christ told the disciples to begin preaching in Jerusalem after he ascended (Luke 24:47). But He also also commissioned them to go to the world, and to preach the gospel (Matthew 28:19). The act of putting Stephen to death, per the Jewish leaders, ended the 490 year probationary time for the Jewish nation to accept Christ, which had been determined upon Daniel’s people, the Jews (Daniel 9:24). Jesus talked about this time to come as a “ fill up the measure“ in Matthew 23:30–36, or a type of judgment on the generation who was responsible for crucifying Christ.  It is interesting to note that forgiveness is in the heart of the 70 week prophecy. When asked how often we should forgive, Christ said, 490 times (Matthew 18:21-22). Here Christ is referring to to the probationary period or period of long suffering in forgiveness given the Jewish nation, in the 70 week prophecy, to accept or reject him. They chose to reject him and the Spirit of God when the leaders of the nation stoned his servant messenger, Stephen, and began to persecute his disciples.

With a proper understanding of the 70 – week prophecy or MAREH, we now have the first 490 years of the 2300 year prophecy. In conclusion, we are encouraged by the 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9 to use the year of the baptism of Christ and the year of the cross of Christ as our fixed time references for the first 490 years of the 2300 day prophecy. We can count  backwards or forwards from these reference points to get the dates for the 2300 day prophecy. Using today’s Gregorian calendar, 2300 years -457 years (BC years) equals 1843 years (AD years). But because there is no zero year between BC and A.D., we have to add a year. This takes us to the Autumn of the year 1844, which would be only 46 years after the beginning of “the time of the end.”

The event that was to happen at the end of the 2300-day prophecy was the cleansing of the sanctuary (Daniel 8:14).

The cleansing of the sanctuary refers to the cleansing of the sanctuary of our heart and mind from believing the lies Satan propagated for 1260 years by the “man of sin.“ But people in 1844 thought it meant the cleansing of the earth, by fire from the Lord second coming. In fact, these people were called Adventist, because they believed that the Daniel 8:1-14 prophecy referred to the date for the second coming of Christ. They were sorely disappointed when Christ did not come. However, with closer inspection of Bible truth, those who continued to study saw that Daniel 8:14 was the beginning of a cleansing of the sanctuary of our minds, and the church as it is related to the temple in heaven. The “man of sin” was to be exposed. The truth about the true high priest, Jesus Christ, as he ministers his atonement in the sanctuary in heaven, for cleansing of our minds was to be known. Hearts were to be purged of sin, and a false picture of God.

Seventh-day Adventist were led by this study to acknowledge the three angels messages of Revelation 14:6–13.

In conclusion, the CHAZOWN would not be understood until “the time of the end“ or the 1260 day prophecies were fulfilled in 1798 A.D. The time components of the 2300 – day prophecy of the little book of Daniel can be understood if we understand the 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. The hour of His judgment is come is fulfilled in 1844 A.D., with the fulfillment of the time prophecy announcing, “the cleansing of the sanctuary.“

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