Further Study: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved
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“The intercession of Christ in man’s behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross.

By His death He began that work which after His resurrection He ascended to complete in heaven. We must by faith enter within the veil, ‘whither the forerunner is for us entered.’ Hebrews 6:20. There the light from the cross of Calvary is reflected. There we may gain a clearer insight into the mysteries of redemption. […]

Inside Story: Free Indeed!
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Esther* slipped across the North Korean border into China.

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But she still wasn’t free. She knew that if she was caught, she would be sent back to North Korea and imprisoned or even killed. While in China, she met an Adventist woman who befriended her. The woman offered Esther a place to stay and introduced her to Jesus.

One day Esther was stopped by security police. Without a Chinese passport, Esther was arrested and sent to […]

12: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Last Things: Jesus and the Saved December 19, 2012]

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1. Pivot point: The cross. How were people saved before the cross? Or were they? Is the cross symbolic? If so, what does it symbolize? What does it mean? What is the reality behind the symbol? When in human history did God begin offering the promise of redemption? If Satan was defeated at the cross, why does he keep tempting us?

2. Heavenly sanctuary. […]

Thursday: Death and Resurrection
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In the New Testament, one of the events connected with the second coming of Christ is the resurrection of those who died believing in Him.

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In fact, as far as most believers are concerned, that is the most important part of the Second Coming, because most of Christ’s followers will be dead when He returns.

What do the following texts teach us about the resurrection of the dead at the time of Christ’s return? 1 Thess. 4:13-16

1 Cor. […]

Wednesday: Awaiting the Advent
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Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.

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What is the message here, and why is it so relevant to us today, living when we do? How can we take these words and apply them in the practical moments of day-to-day living?

So much exists in those verses, but one point should stand out so clearly, and that is the hope that those Christians awaiting the return of Christ should have. Certainly, we need to be watchful and sober so that […]

12: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Christ’s ministry in the heavenly sanctuary, the second coming, and the resurrection stand together as a message of hope for those who trust in Him.

[Teaching plan for Last Things: Jesus and the Saved December 17, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Hebrews 8:1-5.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do the rites of the earthly sanctuary explain what Christ is doing for us in heaven as our […]

Tuesday: The Second Coming of Christ
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Study Acts 3:19-21.

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How does the blotting out of sins that is mentioned here relate to the cleansing of the sanctuary that we studied yesterday?

While Peter may not have known the “times or seasons” (Acts 1:7), his reference to Joel’s prophecy in Acts 2:14-21 points to his appreciation of the fulfillment of prophecy in his time. In his prophetic frame of mind it seems evident that “Peter, speaking by inspiration, and thus beyond his own finite understanding, is referring, […]

Monday: The Heavenly Sanctuary: Part 2
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The earthly sanctuary service revealed three phases of salvation:

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substitutionary sacrifice, priestly mediation, and judgment. The Bible teaches that all three phases of salvation are embodied in the ministry of Christ on behalf of sinners.

Read Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:24-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21. How does Christ’s death on the cross satisfy the substitutionary aspect of salvation?

What do these texts say about both Christ and mediation on behalf of sinners? 1 Tim. 2:5, Heb. 7:25.

Just as animal sacrifices pointed to the death of […]

Sunday: The Heavenly Sanctuary: Part 1
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Fundamental Belief No. 24 opens with the following words:

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“There is a sanctuary in heaven – the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man” (see Heb. 8:2). One of the matter-of-fact assumptions of the Bible is the existence of a heavenly sanctuary (Ps. 11:4).

Read Hebrews 8:1-5. What is the main point taught in these verses?

The earthly sanctuary is portrayed as a type, or pattern, of the heavenly; this means that, at a minimum, the former has […]

Sabbath: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved
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Read for This Week’s Study: Heb. 8:1-5; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 9:23; Acts 3:19-21.

Memory Text: “ ‘Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began’ ” (Acts […]