|DOES THE BLOOD OF JESUS DEFILE? OUR DAY OF ATONEMENT
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that according to the scriptures, almost all things are to be cleansed with blood. My friend this is not speaking of a physical cleaning; you would not want to wash your clothes in blood would you? No this is speaking of spiritual and ceremonial cleansings; for the verse tells us “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission” or Forgiveness.
You may not think of blood as a cleansing agent, but when it comes to the filth of the soul, there is no other solution. The bible teaches us that we have all sinned, and have worn the filthy garments of our sins (Zechariah 3:3). Every one who doesn’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior stands in the same condition as the priest Joshua, of whom the bible says stood before the angel in filthy rags. What does the bible teach mars our apparel?
Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
The works of the flesh, which is sin, discolors our garments; with one blot we become wholly unfit to enter the Kingdom of God. To the so called ‘good people’ who do not know Jesus, GOD says “your righteousness is as filthy rags”. And one day these ‘good people’ who have thought they were not in need of a cleansing shall hear the fearful words, “I know thee not”. There is but one thing that can cleanse you so that you will be found acceptable in the eyes of the Almighty, and that is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 7:9-14 …”These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”.
My friend if you want to stand on that sea of glass some day, then you have to be washed in the blood of the Lamb. What does it mean to be ‘washed’ in his blood?
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Now I want you to think for a moment. When you were a kid, did your mom ever dress you up real nice and tell you not to get dirty; but you went outside and played any ways; and you got those nice clean clothes dirty? And your mom could look at the stains that your disobedience caused, and she could tell exactly what you had been doing. The green stains were from the grass, the mud was from the riverbank, and the black stains were from the coal bin. What ever you came in contact with left a mark upon you didn’t it?
Now think about sin. Sin is the transgression of God’s law. It is an act of disobedience. When a person disobeys, that sin leaves a stain. Not only upon the conscience of the person, but also upon the record books of heaven.
The bible tells us that there is a book of Remembrance (Malachi 3:16), there is a faithful record of every sin that a person ever committed, and one day the sinner will face their book. The bible says the books will be opened and the dead will be judged out of those things that were written in the books. The bible says that GOD shall bring every work and along with every secrete thing into Judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14); Jesus said that man shall give an account for every idle word that they spoke. My friend every sin has left a faithful stain upon the record books of heaven. And there is but one thing that can remove the stain.
Hebrews 9:22-23 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
The bible says that the patterns or the shadows of the Mosaic Law were purified with the blood of these animals, but the heavenly things must be purified with a better sacrifice. For the record books of heaven could never be cleansed with the blood of bulls and goats. What does it take to cleanse the heavenly things? Look at vs. 24
Hebrews 9:24-26 For 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: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
It is by the precious sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can have the stains of our sins removed from the heavenly places.
How did Heaven become Defiled?
There are some who teach that when Jesus ascended to heaven he bore the sins of the people with him and thus defiled God’s Heavenly temple; But my friends that is not the bible. When Jesus died on that cross every sin, ever committed was placed upon Him, and he bore the credit of our sin to the death. He suffered our judgment, in our place. And when he died that “Second Death” he was released from our penalty.
Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin
Paul says in Rommans 6:10: "Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him: For in that he died, he died unto sin once; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God." Christ is no longer the sin-bearer. All the sins he ever will bear, he bore on Calvary's cross.
Jesus did not defile Heaven; the record of our sin was already there. When Jesus ascended he began to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary at that moment, blotting out the sins of all those who have believed in him, for he had paid their debt at the cross. The heavenly Day of Atonement commenced two thousand years ago.
Why do some people believe that heaven was defiled by the confess sins of God’s people? Because some people tell us that the earthly Day of Atonement, the Yom Kipper of the Jews was the day that the sanctuary was cleansed from the defilement of all the confessed sins of the previous year.
Why do these people not realize that if the blood sprinkled by the priest upon the altar defiled it, then, inasmuch as the earthly sanctuary and its services were a type of the heavenly sanctuary and its services, it follows that the heavenly sanctuary was free from defilement until Christ ascended and sprinkled his blood and thereby defiled it? Who is willing to take the responsibility of declaring that the blood of Christ, which the Holy Scriptures call "precious blood," was so defiled with sin after Christ had paid the penalty on Calvary that when he sprinkled that blood, it defiled the sanctuary? The blood of Christ is represented in the scriptures as cleansing - never defiling! Christ bore the sins to death, he bore them till the price was paid, which was with his life.
My friend was it the confessed sins of God’s people that defiled the Sanctuary?
Leviticus 20:1-3 "And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, Again thou shalt say unto the children of Israel; whosoever he be of the children of Israel or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed to Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people: because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name."
Here the bible says that who ever lives in the midst of Israel that gives his child to the false god Molech was to be killed because he defiled the Sanctuary and God’s holy name. It was the willful sin, not the confessed sin that defiled the sanctuary, also look at the book of Numbers.
Numbers 19:20 "But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the Lord.”
My friend confession is a part of cleansing, it is part of purification; it is the unconfessed sins that defiled the Lord’s temple.
Why is this? Why did GOD say his earthly sanctuary was defiled by the sinful deeds of these unbelievers? Simply, GOD chose the nation of Israel as his peculiar people; he chose them as the nation that would represent him to the world. He was the head of this nation. And when they sinned they cast reproach upon him and upon his truths; thus defiling his sanctuary.
And this sin could only be cleansed by the death of the transgressor, whose death was represented by the blood. Thus the blood of the sinner, or the sinner’s substitute instead of defiling the sanctuary, cleanses the sanctuary. The same is true of the heavenly sanctuary. Turn with me to Leviticus
Leviticus 21:9"The daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father."
When God created this world, it became a part of his household. Adam is "the Son of God." Luke 3:38. "We are also his offspring." Acts 17:28. God said, "Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool." GOD and his throne are joined to this planet, as a Father is to the head of his household. When Adam sinned, his sin defiled the sanctuary of God; one of God’s created children was a sinner, it cast reproach upon GOD, and it marred the record book of heaven and all the universe looked to God to purge his sanctuary of that sin. And what is true of the sin of Adam is true of the sin of all of Adam's children. Consequently, the heavenly sanctuary was defiled as was the earthly, by the sinning of the sinner, and not by the sinner's confession of that sin.
WHEN IS OUR SINS BLOTTED OUT?
Ezekiel 33:15-16 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
When we repent will GOD mention any of our past sins against us? God says he will not! Do you know why?
Jeremiah 31:33-34 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
My friends when GOD forgives he also forgets, and he says he will forgive and not remember the sin any more. In one place it states; “thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea”. Micah 7:19
The bible teaches that Jesus made the atonement on the cross, the “Day of Atonement” began over 1900 years ago. The very moment we believe upon him, we receive that personal atonement.
Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Jesus did not wait 1800 years to begin to blot out the transgression of his people. But rather the bible says that when we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9), and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1st John 1:7).
THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT?
ARE YOUR SINS BLOTTED OUT WHEN YOU REPENT?
The bible evidence is undisputable; when a person repents and turns to GOD through Jesus Christ, that person’s record of sins is blotted out. Yet the advocates of 1844 tell us that only ‘forgiven’ is written next to the record of our ‘forgiven sins’, and that the sins will not be blotted from the record books until all the angels have investigated our records. This investigation they say, began in 1844 with the records of the dead saints, and will soon begin upon the living. My friend, if you know anything about the bible, you will know that it does not speak of such a thing!
Yes there is a ‘pre-advent’ judgment, because when Jesus returns all the cases of the world are already decided; but this judgment isn’t hard to understand. When a person dies, their case is closed. If you die in Christ Jesus you will not come into condemnation, into a judgment that decides if you are ‘good enough’ to enter heaven; he took that judgment upon himself at Calvary, and you are left with his spotless record. If you die lost, you will face your record book of sin at the Great White Throne Judgment and NO ONE has lived good enough to be declared innocent there. The bible says “God knows those that are his”, He doesn’t have to review the books to make sure and not one verse of the bible teaches that the angels are reviewing the books. There is NO investigation of the true Christian’s ‘record book’, because his sins are blotted out, he has a blank page. As can be seen by following verse”
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
We are clearly told here that when we repent our sins are blotted out. The proponent of the 1844 doctrine will say, “Hold on, this verse teaches they will not be blotted out until the ‘times of refreshing’, which is after 1844. My Dear Reader does this verse say that? Does the word “When” mean ‘until 1844’? Absolutely not, the word when shouldn’t even be used in this verse in the first place. The word for ‘when’ in the actual Greek Text is “hopos”, and this is the only place where it is translated ‘when’ in the KJV. The actual meaning is “That” or “So that” and it is translated this way 46 times in the bible. Here are a few other Bible Versions that has the correct translation.
Acts 3:19 Repent, therefore, and reform your lives, so that the record of your sins may be cancelled, and that there may come seasons of revival from the Lord (WEY)
Acts 3:19 reform ye, therefore, and turn back, for your sins being blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord YLT
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; ASV
Acts 3:19 So then, let your hearts be changed and be turned to God, so that your sins may be completely taken away, and times of blessing may come from the Lord; BBE
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, for the blotting out of your sins, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (DBY)
This verse is also plainly in reference to Peter’s statement in Acts chapter two.
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized (A symbol of conversion)… for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (A Refreshment from the presence of the Lord).
My friends, don’t let anyone deceive you, when you repent you are forgiven and your sins are blotted out. Here is a question that shows the danger of this 1844 doctrine; if you do not believe your sins are blotted out, are they really blotted out?
Jesus said this: Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith be it unto you.”
IF THERE IS NO INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT, THEN WHAT DO THESE VERSES ALLUDE TO?
Leviticus 23:26-32 And the Lord said to Moses, The tenth day of this seventh month is the day for the taking away of sin; let it be a holy day of worship; you are to keep from pleasure, and give to the Lord an offering made by fire. And on that day you may do no sort of work, for it is a day of taking away sin, to make you clean before the Lord your God. For any person, whoever he may be, who takes his pleasure on that day will be cut off from his people. And if any person, whoever he may be, on that day does any sort of work, I will send destruction on him from among his people. You may not do any sort of work: this is an order for ever through all your generations wherever you may be living. Let this be a Sabbath of special rest to you, and keep yourselves from all pleasure; on the ninth day of the month at nightfall from evening to evening, let this Sabbath be kept.
Here God is teaching by type what is true about Calvary. The ‘Lord’s Goat’ was offered for all the sins of the people of Israel, confessed and unconfessed (Leviticus 16:16) to make atonement for the nation of Israel; yet those who did not acknowledge this event by fasting were cut off. This is a perfect shadow of the plan of salvation.
Christ was offered for the sins of the whole world; past and future, for those that had been confessed, those who will be confessed and for those whom God knew would never be confessed. Yet the merit of this all-compassing sacrifice is not credited to those who do not acknowledge it through repentance. Those who do not repent shall be cut off. This is all this ‘type’ is teaching.
THE JUDGMENT OF REVELATION 4-6 AND DANIEL 7
Revelation 6:9-11 And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a great voice, saying, How long, O Master, the holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And there was given them to each one a white robe; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little time, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, who should be killed even as they were, should have fulfilled their course.
Those of the 1844 persuasion tell us “See here the souls of the saints do not receive their Robes until after the judgment begins in Revelation 4, which corresponds with Daniel 7:9-13! Thus these martyrs had to be ‘investigated’ before they could be declared righteous”.
Dear reader, clearly Revelation four and the verses alluded to in Daniel 7 do depict the same judgment scene, but it is not the judgment of the saints, by no means. It is the judgment of the wicked, gentile world; who will be judged, and found guilty and finally defeated at the return of Jesus Christ. This judgment began at the ascension of Christ. If you read the judgments of the 7 seals, or the 7 trumpets, or the 7 plagues, these are all dealing with the wicked world; and the same is so in Daniel 7, where judgment is against the ‘wicked horn’ the last gentile ruler of this earth.
Daniel 7:26-27 But the judgment shall be set, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
It is this ‘little horn’ that persecutes and destroys God’s saints, it he that sheds the blood of the Lord’s martyrs.
Daniel 7:21 I continued looking, when, this horn, made war with the holy ones,—and prevailed against them:
At the very moment the blood is shed, it begins to cry out for justice to GOD, like the righteous blood of Abel. And to the precious martyr, who dies in the grace of our Lord, to him is assured a white robe. Revelation 6 is not teaching that after these ‘martyrs’ are killed, 1800 years later they will be investigated, and if found worthy given a white robe, what a shame to mar these verses with that nonsense. They are given the robe of Christ’s righteousness at conversion, and assured they will have it at the resurrection. Their fait is sealed when they breathe their last breath, their case settled for eternity.
Please notice the 24 elders are wearing their white robes and their crowns before the books are open in the judgment (Revelation 6:1). How did they escape this ‘investigative judgment’?
Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
The ‘souls’ of the martyrs were crying out for justice, and God delivers them justice, he brings into judgment those who murdered them.
Daniel 7:22 until that the Ancient of Days, came, and, justice, was granted to the holy ones of the Highest,—and, the time, arrived, that the holy ones should possess, the kingdom. (ROTHERHAM)
Dear reader, the only way one can find an investigative judgment in these verses is if their mind is predisposed that there is such a thing. I ask the readers if Moses, Elijah and Enoch had to face this investigative judgment? Clearly they were found worthy, and were taken to be with the Lord; and they have walked upon the streets of GOD for centuries and have fellowshipped in the glory of GOD; will their books be opened, and every sin discussed among the angels and Christ, to see if they truly repented? Do you not see how comical this doctrine truly is?
IS THE SCAPE GOAT SATAN?
Leviticus 16:21-22 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
The scapegoat is said to ‘bear all the iniquities’; who does the bible say bears the iniquities of us all?
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Clearly the scapegoat represents Jesus Christ as the sin bearer.
Yet those of the 1844 persuasion tell us that Satan is the sin bearer, that ultimately the guilt and sin of all of God’s children will be laid upon him, and he will be bear them to the death. Dear reader does this not make Satan our ultimate Savior? The bible says Jesus bore our sins, he did so once, forever. He bore our guilt to the grave. Our sins will not be resurrected and placed upon Satan. Satan will only bear his own sins when he is punished on that final day.
Some may ask, how can a goat that is not sacrificed represent Jesus? The scapegoat typifies the removal of our sins forever from the books of judgment. The scapegoat was lead to where it would never be seen, and from whence it would never return again and this was ensured by its death; and this is a proper type of Christ, who has borne all the sins of all his people in his own body on the cross, and all the punishment due unto them; and so has made full satisfaction for them, and has removed them from them, as far as the east is from the west; even out of the sight of avenging justice; so that when they are sought they shall not be found, nor shall they ever return unto them, or be brought against them any more. I ask the 1844 believer to give me ONE VERSE that teaches Satan will bear the confessed sins of God’s people.
This same teaching is symbolized by the offering of the two doves. One dove was killed over running water, and its blood was then sprinkled upon the living dove, and which was let go.. I certainly hope the Adventists will not say the "living bird" that was covered in the blood of the sacrifice represented Satan! How sad that men see Satan, where they should only see the risen Savior.
"Come out of her My people" - Jesus Christ
OUR DAY OF ATONEMENT