Most Christians have studied the Bible in small dribbles over a lifetime. But our generation doesn’t have a lifetime to learn the basic doctrines of our faith.
Last Sabbath at church someone questioned me about the wisdom of teaching on the Sanctuary, referring to my Messiah’s Calendar series. Their perspective is that this teaching is too advanced and people need simpler teachings.
I pondered this for a while. God gave the Sanctuary to the children of Israel so that they could be co-participants with Him in their salvation. They could not save themselves through their participation and the blood of bulls and goats couldn’t blot out sins. But by bringing their animals to the priest and going through the rituals of the sacrificial offerings and the feast days of the religious calendar they would better understand what a high price their redemption cost.
My response to my church sister in the moment was that the Sanctuary is the Plan of Redemption in pictures, the illustrated Plan of Redemption. God used images and symbols to make the Plan of Redemption accessible to the understanding of a people that had been in slavery for over 400 years and couldn’t read or write. So the Sanctuary system, although theologically very deep, is really not difficult to understand.
We should study the Sanctuary because it contains the pattern of Jesus’ ministry as well as of our Christian walk. It’s also the blueprint for end time Bible prophecy, even beyond the Second Coming of Christ. It equips us to understand what happens in the Millenial period and how “the sin problem” is completely solved forever, never to arise a second time.
The Sanctuary is the foundation and the backbone of the Christian faith, although most Christians have never studied this topic or to paraphrase Acts 19:2: “We had not so much as heard whether there be any Sanctuary”
Last but not least, this generation needs to finish a great work in a short time. There’s no time for baby food anymore. We need real spiritual food to make it through the time of the end.
Most Christians have studied the Bible in small dribbles over a lifetime. But our generation doesn’t have a lifetime to learn these basic doctrines of our faith. (Many Christians cringe when they hear the word “doctrine”, but Jesus used the word Himself. It simply means the foundational teachings and beliefs of our religion).
Whether it be the state of the dead, the Final Judgment, the unfolding of end time events, the power of Jesus’ ministry on earth and in heaven, the relationship between law and grace, and even proper diet, the Sanctuary opens up a much deeper understanding of the Word of God and our covenant relationship with Him. The kind of faith that we’ll need to finish the work and be ready to greet our Savior comes through this deeper knowledge of heavenly things and by abiding with Jesus where He is right now, in the Most Holy Place.
Everyone today is so used to the sugar-coated Christian post on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. You know what I mean, the cute graphic of the encouraging verse of scripture that everybody likes or re-tweets. Nothing wrong with that. But if that’s your only spiritual food, you’re on the verge of starvation and don’t even know it! There’s a real famine in the land for the Word of God as the prophet Isaiah had predicted.
Listen to what the apostle Paul had to say about spiritual immaturity in Hebrews 5:12-14:
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”.
There’s only a short time left for us to mature into Christians who will be able to stand in the time of trouble that’s almost upon us. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The 30-second sound byte or the scripture tweet just won’t do it.
So don’t come to Messiah’s Calendar expecting 30-second sound byte teachings because you’ll be disappointed. Instead, gird up the loins of your mind and be willing to go deep into the Word of God. You’ll get a yummy, fulfilling, enriching and uplifting experience of God’s mysteries. The Sanctuary teachings took my own walk with Jesus to a whole new level.