“And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”” Daniel 8:14 NKJV
As earth's history draws to a close and God's great work of redemption is about to be consummated, the light which is shining upon the gospel will only grow more brilliant. God's last day people are a people who will grasp the truth of his love and the beauty of the atonement like no other generation ever has. So how does the message of the sanctuary provide a foundation for such a full understanding of the Father's heart and the work of redemption?
All of humanity has the DNA of sin courses through its veins. A twisted picture of God accounts for the fall of men and angels. Satan suggested God was not all loving but rather primarily interested in maintaining power and control over his subjects. This artfully communicated conception of God plunged unnumbered beings into darkness. Redemption requires not only a payment for sin that men might be restored to the fellowship of heaven, it requires a revelation and vindication of the Father's heart toward all of creation. For eternity to be secure God's character must be manifested in such a way as to prove all of Satan's accusations utterly baseless.
Finally for all to be set right and for creation itself to be delivered from the burden of sin, justice demands that the one responsible for spreading the cancer of sin be called to account. God's character was perfectly manifested upon the cross and the at-one-ment between God and man was made available through Christ's sacrifice.
The final work before Satan can be called to account is the revelation of why the redeemed can be brought back into the fellowship of heaven. Satan, aptly called the accuser, before accepting his own demise, argues against man's redemption based upon the many sins believers have committed.
Scripture reveals at the end of the millennium that the wicked and Satan himself will be called to account but at this time the wicked are not the topic of discussion. Satan's best arguments are put to shame by Christ who with all of heaven behind him reveals the faith of each redeemed soul. Jesus does not argue against sins committed but reveals that the false accusations against his Father's character have been ultimately refused by the redeemed. He shows how each individual fought the good fight of faith and overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.
Because of their faith Jesus declares his perfect sacrifice counts on their behalf. To the joy and celebration of all heaven Jesus is now vindicating one after another after another of those who have placed their trust in him, not based upon their own merits, but upon his. This is the message of the Heavenly Sanctuary and the heart of our message as Seventh-day Adventists.
Still Seeking His Face,