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Copyright, June 3, 1976
Excerpts from studies given Sept. 1975
Ben L. Roden
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"Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. 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? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." – Daniel 8:11-14.
The Spirit of Prophecy, commenting on the text, shows the word, "sacrifice," was supplied; but that we must hold to the "Daily" as it is evident that a vital truth is involved in the words, "Daily" and "Sanctuary." It was also pointed out that the word "Daily" is correct. Consequently, we must learn what more this vital truth holds for us today. (Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 130, 131; Early Writings, p. 74.)
"... to be offered daily (Num. 28:3, 6).... ln the Talmud, when tamid is used independently as here [Dan. 8:11], the word consistently denotes the daily sacrifice. The translators of the KJV [King James Version], who supplied the word 'sacrifice,' obviously believed that the daily burnt offering was the subject of the prophecy." Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 842. [Brackets Ours]
To say, "Daily Sacrifice," would be somewhat like the colloquialism, "two twins." Only one word in each case is necessary – the meaning is obvious. "Twins" means "two." "Daily" includes two sacrifices, morning and evening, and the rendering is continual, endless.
The true understanding of the word "Daily" involves the morning and evening sacrifice, at the third and ninth hours. "Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season... two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; ... It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord... And the other lamb shalt shall offer at even: as the meat offering of the morning,
and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord." – Numbers 28:2-4, 6, 8.
According to the Sanctuary service, every day involved a morning and evening sacrifice. Hence, when the "Daily" was referred to, Israel understood it involved a sacrifice, morning and evening. In fact, the one term suggested the other. Notice the marginal rendering of the text in Daniel 8:14, "Unto two thousand and three hundred days." Margin, "evening and morning." (2300 morning sacrifices and 2300 evening sacrifices or 2300 days – dailies.)
In the antitype, Christ fulfilled the Sanctuary law of both the morning and the evening sacrifice. He was nailed to the cross at the third hour, 9 o'clock (Num. 28:4). "And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him." Mark 15:24,25. He died at the ninth hour, 3 o'clock (Num. 28:8). "And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he called Elias. And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." – Mark 15:34-38.
"When the loud cry, 'It is finished,' came from the lips of Christ, the priests were officiating in the temple. It was the hour of the evening sacrifice... All is terror and confusion. The priest is about to slay the victim; but the knife drops from his nerveless hand, and the lamb escapes. Type has met antitype in the death of God's Son. The great sacrifice has been made... A new and living way is prepared for all. No longer need sinful, sorrowing humanity await the coming of the high priest. Henceforth the Saviour was to officiate as priest and advocate in the heaven of heavens. It was as if a living voice had spoken to the worshipers: There is now an end to all sacrifices and offerings for sin. The Son of God is come according to His word, 'Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God,' 'By His own blood' He entereth 'in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.' Heb. 10:7; 9:12." – The Desire of Ages, pp. 756, 757. (Paren. Theirs)
He arose in time, early the first day of the week, to present the wavesheaf at the third hour (9 o'clock in the morning) in the Heavenly Sanctuary; then, returned to earth the same morning with those who ascended with Him, and labored forty days to gather the 120 who received the outpouring of the Spirit on the very day of Pentecost: "For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day." – Acts 2:15.
Remember, the one hundred and twenty received the outpouring of power on the day the first-fruits were offered, Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus was raised from the dead; conclusive proof that these
ceremonial offerings were not nailed to the cross, but were observed by Jesus and the disciples after the crucifixion.
"The ceremonial law was given by Christ. Even after it (typical) was no longer to be observed, Paul presented it before the Jews in its true position and value, showing its place in the plan of redemption and its relation to the work of Christ; ... The solemn service of the sanctuary typified the grand truths that were to be revealed through successive generations... the bleeding victim on the altar of sacrifice testified of a Redeemer to come..." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 367. (Paren. Ours)
These facts help us to see that the ceremonial law was not nailed to the cross: only the sacrifice, the Lamb of God, was nailed to the cross to meet the demands of the law.
"Broadly speaking, the law of Moses consists of three parts. The first is the Ceremonial law, the law of the temple – the sacrificial law. This law, of course, we today must not observe, except in antitype..." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37, pp. 14, 15.
The Seventh-day Sabbath is a "Daily" in that it consists of a morning and evening sacrifice (Num. 28:9, 10). According to Leviticus 23:3, it is the first feast mentioned. The same is true of each of the special sabbaths enumerated in the chapter, each of which has its special offering, besides the continual, morning and evening sacrifice, the "Daily."
"Not only the sanctuary itself, but the ministration of the priests, was to 'serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.' Hebrews 8:5. Thus it was of great importance; and the Lord, through Moses, gave the most definite and explicit instruction concerning every point of this typical service. The ministration of the sanctuary consisted of two divisions, a daily and a yearly service. The daily service was performed at the altar of burnt offering in the court of the tabernacle and in the holy place; while the yearly service was in the most holy." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 351.
"The daily service consisted of the morning and evening burnt offering, the offering of sweet incense on the golden altar, and the special offerings for individual sins. And there were also offerings for sabbaths, new moons, and special feasts." Ibid., p. 352.
"Every morning and evening a lamb of a year old was burned upon the altar, with its appropriate meat offering, thus symbolizing the daily consecration of the nation to Jehovah, and their constant (continual) dependence upon the atoning blood of Christ... The apostle Paul points to these sacrifices as an illustration of what the followers of Christ are to become. He says, 'I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.' Romans 12:1."–Ibid., p. 352. (Paren. Ours)
"How better could we do this than to observe the "Daily," the morning and evening sacrifice? Christ Himself became a Living Sacrifice for us in the Heavenly Sanctuary. For the servant of the Lord tells us: "By
blood and by incense God was to be approached – symbols pointing to the great Mediator, through whom sinners may approach Jehovah, and through whom alone mercy and salvation can be granted to the repentant, believing soul... The hours appointed for the morning and the evening sacrifice were regarded as sacred (holy, set aside), and they came to be observed as the set time for worship throughout the Jewish nation. And when in later times the Jews were scattered as captives in distant lands, they still at the appointed hour turned their faces toward Jerusalem and offered up their petitions to the God of Israel. In this custom Christians have an example for morning and evening prayer. While God condemns a mere round of ceremonies, without the spirit of worship, He looks with great pleasure upon those who love Him, bowing morning and evening to seek pardon for sins committed and to present their requests for needed blessings." Ibid., pp. 353, 354. (Paren. Ours)
"Morning and evening the heavenly universe behold every household that prays, and the angel with the incense, representing the blood of the atonement, finds access to God." – Manuscript 15, 1897. See S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, 971.
"True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realization of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every heart should be deeply impressed. The hour and place of prayer are sacred, because God is there." Prophets and Kings, pp. 48,49.
"Abraham, 'the friend of God,' set us a worthy example. His was a life of prayer. Wherever he pitched his tent, close beside it was set up his altar, calling all within his encampment to the morning and evening sacrifice." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 128.
"The most important part of the daily ministration was the service performed in behalf of individuals... Such was the work that went on day by day throughout the year. The sins of Israel being thus transferred to the sanctuary..." Ibid., pp. 354, 355.
So it is now, we have such an High Priest Who is entered "into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us." – Hebrews 9:24,
We have need of a daily, yes, hourly (morning, 9 o'clock and evening, 3 o'clock) mediation for sin and uncleanness, much the more as the day approaches when wickedness and uncleanness are on every side do we, as believers, need the "bread of the presence" ever near "before the face of the Lord" for us (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 354).
"Moses made the earthly sanctuary, 'according to the fashion that he had seen.' Paul declares that 'the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry,' when completed, were 'the patterns of things in the heavens.' Acts 7:44; Hebrews 9:21, 23. And John says that he saw the sanctuary in heaven. That sanctuary, in which Jesus ministers in our behalf, is the great original, of which the sanctuary built by Moses was a copy." Ibid., p. 357.
"The heavenly temple, the abiding place of the King of kings, where 'thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him,'... no
earthly structure could represent its vastness and its glory. Yet important truths concerning the heavenly sanctuary and the great work there carried forward for man's redemption were to be taught by the earthly sanctuary and its services." Ibid., p. 357.
"And what was done in type in the ministration of the earthly sanctuary is done in reality in the ministration of the heavenly sanctuary." The Great Controversy, p. 420.
"As anciently the sins of the people were by faith placed upon the sin offering and through its blood transferred, in figure, to the earthly sanctuary, so in the new covenant the sins of the repentant are by faith placed upon Christ and transferred, in fact, to the heavenly sanctuary." Ibid., p. 421.
"And as the typical cleansing of the earthly was accomplished by the removal of the sins by which it had been polluted, so the actual cleansing of the heavenly is to be accomplished by the removal, or blotting out, of the sins which are there recorded. But before this can be accomplished, there must be an examination of the books of record to determine who, through repentance of sin and by faith in Christ, are entitled to the benefits of His atonement. The cleansing of the sanctuary therefore involves a work of investigation – a work of judgment. This work must be performed prior to the coming of Christ to redeem His people; for when He comes, His reward is with Him to give to every man according to his works. Revelation 22:12." Ibid., pp. 421,422.
"It was seen, also, that while the sin offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin..." Ibid., p. 422.
"Christ was the foundation of the Jewish economy. The whole system of types and symbols was a compacted prophecy of the gospel, a presentation in which were bound up the promises of redemption." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 14.
"After His ascension, our Saviour was to begin His work as our High Priest. Says Paul, 'Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us' Hebrews 9:24. As Christ's ministration was to consist of two great divisions, each occupying a period of time and having a distinctive place in the heavenly sanctuary, so the typical ministration consisted of two divisions, the daily and the yearly service, and to each a department of the tabernacle was devoted." Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 357.
"As Christ at His ascension appeared in the presence of God to plead His blood in behalf of penitent believers, so the priest in the daily ministration sprinkled the blood of sacrifice in the holy place in the sinner's behalf." Ibid., p. 357.
"Thus in the ministration of the tabernacle, and of the temple that afterward took its place, the people were taught each day the great truths relative to Christ's death and ministration..." Ibid., p. 358.
The Angel, Who is Christ Himself, "in the messenger He sends" (Christ's Objects Lessons, p. 79),
is today teaching the "Daily" ministration of His blood in the Sanctuary above and is calling all Israel to the daily worship hour, 9 and 3, that each may be prepared to stand in the great and dreadful day in which Elijah commands all to, "Remember ye the law of Moses, my servant... with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." Malachi 4:4,5.
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken .... And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him." Deut. 18:15,19.
"And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word." 1 Kings 18:36. Elijah's work is to restore a system of true worship.
'Elijah' another prophet "like" Moses, teaches the same commandments, statutes and judgments for modern Israel. Likewise in our day, on New Mt. Carmel, we are in the time of the purification of the Church, the Investigative Judgment of the Living; therefore, we are commanded to observe the "Daily," morning and evening sacrifice.
"Your obeying 'all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments' of the moral law of Moses, you see, is your evidence that you have been born again, that you have been endowed with power from above, that you are enabled to choose the good and to refuse the evil, that you are the children of God. Keeping the commandments and the statutes in the Lord, then, is the light and shield of your life. It is the outward sign that by the life of Christ you have overcome (Rev. 3:12; 2:17) the Enemy of your soul and body. This system of worship, therefore, is truly the Righteousness by faith that brings the righteousness of Christ in the people of God... be convinced of the truth which I have tried to present to you, for it is your life, your prosperity, your health and happiness, your eternity." Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37, pp. 24, 25. (Paren. Ours)
This is the seventh round, and those who desire to stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb, live forever, never to see death; will be found observing His ordinances, laws, and statutes, including the morning and evening sacred hours of worship, at 9 A.M. and 3 P.M., as restored by the Elijah of today, when Christ our High Priest offers His blood in behalf of all repentant sinners. They will be one of the 144,000 and a part of God's great army to the whole world in this generation.
Remember: "That as the Elijah of Christ's first advent was one person, and also as the Elijah of Mt. Carmel of old was one person, not a multitude of priests, then by parity of reasoning the Elijah of today must also be one person, not a multitude of ministers." General Conference Special, 1954 Reprint, p. 32.