Last post we took a look at the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary as prophesied in Daniel 8. This time we’re going to take a closer look at this phase of Christ’s ministry, this pre-advent judgement.
Let’s take another look at the order of events in Daniel 7, just to refresh our memory. If you haven’t already done so, I highly suggest reading the post on Daniel 7
Nebuchadnezzar saw the rise and fall of 6 powers in his vision of the beasts:
- Babylon – The lion
- Medo-Persia – The bear
- Greece – The leopard with it’s 4 heads
- Pagan Rome – the fourth beast, something Daniel had never seen before
- Divided Europe – The ten horns
- The Papacy (Daniel 7:1-8) – The little horn
Then we come to this interesting passage. Daniel sees a courtroom seated and books being opened (Daniel 7:9-10). He sees a judgement scene. Judgement seems to occur sometime after the papacy is in power. But, that doesn’t mean much. If we look further down in down Daniel 7 though, we see another clue. Remember the 1260 day prophecy, the time, times and half a times
Three times in Daniel 7, we see this judgement phase reiterated. Always after the little horn’s power has waned, after the 1260 days, the time, times and half a time. So, we know it happens sometime after 1798, when the pope was taken prisoner and the papacy appeared to be ended.
So, let’s check out Daniel 8 and see if it agrees. Remember, in Daniel 8 we see:
- Medo-Persian – The ram
- Greece – the goat with 4 horns
- Papal Rome – the little horn that grows
After this 2300 day prophecy, Daniel hears that the sanctuary will be cleansed. So, we know from Daniel that this judgement phase will begin at the end of the 2300 day period, in 1844, and heaven erupts in praise (Revelation 19:1-3). Three angles go out declaring three messages at this time.
The first angel warns us to worship God, because judgment has come, and to worship Him to made the heaven, the earth, the sea and the springs of water (Revelation 14:7). This is a direct call back to Sabbath keeping. Christianity has shifted it’s worship over the centuries. Throughout the Bible we are called to worship God, our creator. I believe one of the purposes of substituting Sunday for Sabbath was to misdirect our attention. Sabbath is a reminder of creation, a day of remembrance for our Maker. Instead, Christianity barely recognizes it’s maker. More and more Christians doubt the creation story every year with entire denominations denouncing it’s veracity. We have shifted our worship from God as our Creator to God as our Savior, and while that is also something worthy of praise, it lessens God’s role in our life.
We’ll continue with the other angels’ messages in a later post. For now, let’s get back to Daniel.
Daniel is told that the sanctuary must be cleansed because of the grievous sins committed against it. That it’s been desolated, and tramped underfoot (Daniel 8:13-14). How so? Well, we know from the verses before it. These are the list of sins of the little horn:
He exalted himself as the prince of the host – In other words, he claimed to be equal to Christ. Well, it’s not hard to find quotes from the Catholic church substantiating this. You can find many throughout history, like this one:
“The pope is the supreme judge of the law of the land . . . He is the vicegerent of Christ, and is not only a priest forever, but also King of kings and Lord of lords“–La Civilta Cattolica, March 18, 1871.
By him the daily sacrifices were taken away – Remember the tabernacle? The daily sacrifice was the lamb that transfer the sin from the Israelite to the holy place, making intercession for God. This is Christ’s job, to stand between us and God, to be our lamb. He is our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). But, catholic doctrine teaches that you should not go to God directly, that you confession to a priest is better, if not required.
Is the Catholic who confesses his sins to a priest any better off than the non-Catholic who confesses directly to God? Yes. First, he seeks forgiveness the way Christ intended. Second, by confessing to a priest, the Catholic learns a lesson in humility, which is avoided when one confesses only through private prayer. Third, the Catholic receives sacramental graces the non-Catholic doesn’t get; through the sacrament of penance sins are forgiven and graces are obtained. Fourth, the Catholic is assured that his sins are forgiven; he does not have to rely on a subjective “feeling.” Lastly, the Catholic can also obtain sound advice on avoiding sin in the future. – Catholic.com
The place of His sanctuary was cast down – The place of Christ’s sanctuary is heaven, where Christ is working to cleanse the sanctuary, and to provide last-minute intercession for us with God the Father. But, the papacy have brought it down to earth, instead of pointing people to Christ in heaven for intercession, they have pointed people to an earthly system for the redemption of their sins.
He cast the truth down to the ground – Instead teaching the truth of the Bible, the papacy has made it’s own system of religion, a mix of Christianity and paganism.
That’s one of the reasons, the other is of course for our own sins due to our sinful nature (Leviticus 16:16). We all fail, and eventually, all this sin must be accounted for. Christ took on our sins, like the lamb in the sanctuary system. His death removed it from us, but it still must be properly assigned to whom it belongs to, as signified by the scapegoat in the old sanctuary system.
That is why there needs to be judgement, even after Christ’s death. We need to have our sins not only removed from us, but rightfully assigned to who is ultimately responsible. If we accept Christ, our sins will be transferred to Him, and ultimately to Satan. If we don’t, we get to keep them. For Christians, judgement is a good thing, because it wipes our slate clean. Judgement will be in our favor (Daniel 7:22). In fact, judgment will start with the believers (1 Peter 4:17) with Christ as our advocate, telling God that He was taken on our sin (1 John 2:1).
The next post we’re going to continue looking at judgment. We’re going to see that this pre-advent judgement is really only for the believers. Those who don’t believe will be judged during the 1000 years, the so often misinterpreted millennium. We’re going to see what the Bible really says about it.