The Good News of the Judgment

Our High Priest in the Judgment Hour
William Diehl

In Paul's epistle to the Hebrews he clearly shows that the earthly sanctuary service was God's method of dealing with sin until the "time of reformation". The great "reformation" which took place was when our Lord commenced His work in the "Most Holy Place", the heavenly sanctuary, as the one mediator between God and Man as a "high priest akin to that of Melchizedek". The "figure" that Paul refers to is that the two apartments of the sanctuary represent the two priesthoods. The Levitical priesthood and the "Melchizedec" priesthood of our Lord. In Paul's analogy, "first apartment" (the Old Covenant ratified with the blood of lambs and goats) passed away with the coming of the "second apartment" (the New Covenant ratified with the precious blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ)

Any effort to show that our Lord was not our High Priest mediating His blood before the holy Law of God until the date October 22, 1844 cannot be demonstrated from Paul's epistle to the Hebrews or from the other epistles of the New Testament. Daniel the prophet clearly shows that the High Priestly ministration of the Messiah (the "daily") would be "cast down" by the "little horn" of Rome until the time of "restoration" of the Temple. This refers to the Protestant Reformation in general and the evangelical Christian movement in particular which were raised up in the providence of God near the end of time to fully restore all of the true Gospel that papal Rome had taken away.

Thus in the final days before Christ returns God is restoring the proper distinction yet harmony between the Law and the Gospel, the true mortal nature of man, the true Sabbath day, and the justification of repentant believing sinners before the holy Law of God by the unmerited grace of God alone through faith alone in the sinless life and atoning death of our great High Priest, Jesus Christ alone. The prophecy of Daniel 8:14 is an allegorical apocalyptic text referring to the restoration of the apostolic Gospel of Jesus Christ just prior to His glorious appearing when the final judgment and destruction of the "fourth dreadful Beast" with the "little horn" will take place.

Paul's point in his epistle to the Hebrews is that the COMMON priests performed their work in the outer apartment in the daily ministration of the sanctuary, but the HIGH PRIEST when into the MOST HOLY PLACE once a year. Paul's analogy is that the way into the heavenly "most holy place" was not opened so long as the first tabernacle stood.

Paul is not saying that just as there are two apartments in the earthly sanctuary there must therefore be two apartments in the heavenly. He is saying that the two apartments of the earthly tabernacle represented the two priesthoods or two ministrations— the Levitical earthly priesthood and the Melchizedec heavenly High Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. As our High Priest, our Lord has entered into the very presence of God and is set down in His throne judging the world until all His enemies are made His footstool. If you wish to believe that Paul and the other apostles believed that Christ did not enter the most holy place until 1844 then you will have to present your Bible texts to show this was the belief of apostles who fully preached the Gospel of Christ.

There is a big difference between teaching that God is RESTORING the Gospel of the high priestly most holy place ministry of our Lord which had been cast down by the Antichrist and teaching that the high priestly ministry of our Lord did not BEGIN until 1844. This is really the only difference between what you and I are proposing.

To state as you do that if what I am teaching is true, the entire reason for the existence of the Reformation movement is destroyed is ridiculous and I think that you know it is ridiculous. The message of God's final people is to restore the Law and the Gospel to their rightful harmony. The Gospel is that Christ is the one Mediator between God and Man and that He is our Mediator and High Priest because He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we might become the "righteousness of God" in Him. Forgiveness of sin and eternal life is the free gift to all who repent and believe. This restoration message includes the restoration of the Sabbath as being the memorial to Christ as our Creator and to Christ as our Redeemer who finished His redemptive work for the human family 1900 years ago on the cross of Calvary. The EVERLASTING GOSPEL is the reason for the existence of the any evangelical Christian movement and God raised us up to finish this proclamation to all the world. This means that we are to declare the sins and errors of Babylon, the Antichrist, and invite all to come out of the darkness of false religion and receive the seal of the living God. Our gospel must be the same Gospel of the apostles or we will be "accursed".

Gal 1:8 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema. 9 As we have said before, so say I now again, if any man preacheth unto you any gospel other than that which ye received, let him be anathema."

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