Christ in His Sanctuary: Introduction Index
Research Material
  • I. The Sanctuary Truth
    • An Introduction
      • Writing of what must be accomplished by the emerging Seventh-day Adventist Church before the Lord shall come, Ellen G. White in 1883 said:
        • "The minds of believers were to be directed to the heavenly sanctuary, where Christ had entered to make atonement for His people." (1SM 67)
      • In a crisis on 1906. in which certain of the basic teachings of Seventh-day Adventist were threatened, Mrs. White wrote:
        • "The correct understanding of the ministration in the heavenly sanctuary is the foundation of our faith." (Ev 221)
    • The End of the 2300 Days
      • Among the prophecies forming the foundation of the advent awakening of the 1830's and the early 1840's was the prophecy of Daniel 8:14 "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." Ellen White, who passed through the experience, explains concerning the application of this prophecy: (CIHS 3)
        • ┬áIn common with the rest of the Christian world, Adventists then held that the earth, or some portion of it, was the sanctuary. They understood that the cleansing of the sanctuary was the purification of the earth by the fires of the last great day, and that this would take place at the second advent. Hence the conclusion that Christ would return to the earth in 1844. (GC 409)
      • The prophetic period came to its close on October 22, 1844. The disappointment to those who expected to meet their Lord on that day was great. Hiram Edson, a careful Bible student in mid-New York State, describes what took place among the company of believers of which he was a part: (CIHS 4)
        • "Our expectations were raised high, and thus we looked for our coming Lord until the clock tolled twelve at midnight. The day had then passed, and our disappointment had become a certainty. Our fondest hopes and expectations were blasted, and such a spirit of weeping came over us as I never experienced before. It seemed that the loss of all earthly friends could have been no comparison. We wept and wept, till the dawn dawn.... (CIHS 4)
        • “I mused in my heart, saying: ‘My advent experience has been the brightest of all my Christian experience.... Has the Bible proved a failure? Is there no God, no heaven, no golden city, no Paradise? Is all this but a cunningly devised fable? Is there no reality to our fondest hopes and expectations?’... (CIHS 4)