In the first half of Leviticus (1-15) we see individual sacrifices for sin. We see the leprous being cleansed, the pregnant woman, and all manner of uncleanness of the people. But in chapter 16, it is the sanctuary that’s being cleansed of all the uncleanness and sins of the people.
Chapters 1-15 - sanctuary defiled by the uncleanness and sins of the people.
Chapter 16 - the sanctuary is cleansed from all uncleanness and sin.
Chapter 17 onwards - people told how to keep the sanctuary clean or to avoid defiling the sanctuary through their sins.
The book of Leviticus teaches us how God deals with sin and uncleanness. The sacrifices represent the death of Jesus on the cross. His death makes it possible for man to be cleansed or justified of his sins. The High Priest, Jesus, bears our sins inside the sanctuary. But, on the day of atonement, the sanctuary will be cleansed of all sins and the camp of God free from sin forever.
According to the prophetic word, the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary started in 1844 at the close of the 2300 days/years prophecy of Daniel 8:14. Jesus, our High Priest entered the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary to perform this important work of the final removal of sin from the sanctuary and from the people of God.
The duty of the congregation on that solemn day was to do soul searching to ensure that all is well between their souls and God. Today, we have a similar duty to ensure that when Jesus puts down the scepter and declare that His work is done, that we are found on the right side of justice.
This is an awesome time to be alive. Revelation 14-15.
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