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  1. Thank-you for this Biblical study on the sanctuary. It clarifies many questions being asked!

    I noticed you started with reference to the feasts.
    I have found the feasts present a map of redemption's story! Much of the confusion concerning the sanctuary doctrine becomes clearer when we look at the map!

    As you mentioned:
    Passover represents Christ's death upon the cross. Passover was the first day of a seven day feast called the feast of unleavened Bread. Passover represents Christ's blood being shed on the cross for the remission of sins.
    The feast of Unleavened Bread Bread signifying God's Word, and leaven symbolizing sin.
    In preparation, the Israelites would do major house cleaning to be sure nothing with leaven (yeast) was anywhere in the house. Again symbolizing as Christ died for us, now we are to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to Christ. The picture here illustrates that Christ takes away our sin. In fellowship with Him the old way of life is swept away, buried with Christ. 1Cor. 5:7-8 "Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump...for Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed."

    Then came the feast of the first fruitsparalleling the early spring harvest of barley. (Wheat is harvested in the fall). This feast takes place on the first day (Sunday) after the first Sabbath following the Passover. This means on the day Roman soldiers were binding up Jesus for crucifixion, the servants of the Sanhedrin were binding up the barley sheaf getting it ready for the presentation of the first fruits in the ceremony on the day after the Sabbath! The day Christ arose, the barley first fruit was being presented at the temple! No one could harvest, or touch their barley, before this ceremony took place!
    Amazingly, the resurrected Jesus told Mary, "Don't touch me I must first ascend to my Father" (John 20:17) But later that day Thomas could touch Him (John 20:27). Jesus first had to present Himself as the sacrifice for the human race before anyone could touch Him! And He took with Him a "first fruit" of selected humans raised from the dead as a token of the harvest yet to come. (Matt. 27:52-53)

    But those who came forth from the grave at Christ's resurrection were raised to everlasting life. They ascended with Him as trophies of His victory over death and the grave. These, said Christ, are no longer the captives of Satan; I have redeemed them. I have brought them from the grave as the first fruits of My power. (DA 786)

    Penticost The outpouring of the Holy Spirit. "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit" (Zech.4:6) The work of lifting people from sin would go forth.

    The Fall Feasts point to the closing work of Christ

    Feast of Trumpets
    Trumpets were blown, marking the "new moon" or beginning of each month. Thus seven trumpets represent seven new moons from the beginning of the salvation year, to the seventh month.
    In the seventh month a special Feast of Trumpets took place at the beginning of that month.
    The feast of trumpets(Rosh Hashanah)took place ten days prior to the day of Atonement. The trumpets announce that very soon Messiah is coming, get ready! An alarm clock rousing people from slumber that something important was coming.
    Those ten days, between the feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement were to be spent making things right, preparing for the day of Atonement.

    I believe the feast of trumpets points to the Millerite movement, when the announcement went out "The bridegroom is coming". The great movement to awaken people that Christ was coming very soon, get ready! 1843

    The Day of Atonement
    The pre-Advent judgment when the list of all who will be present at the Lamb's Wedding supper is reviewed and finalized. Sins must be sent to the sanctuary before our case comes up.
    When each case is presented it is determined whose sins were confessed and covered by the blood of the Lamb, and who is hanging on to their sins. This process began in 1844 for the dead, when it closes the redeemed living will be sealed. He who is just (justified) will remain just, he who is filthy (clinging to sin) will remain filthy. (Rev. 22:11)

    The feast of Tabernacles
    Both a harvest feast, as well as celebrating the end of Israel's wilderness wandering. This represents the last great harvest of the redeemed reaching the promised land of heavenly Canaan! No longer wandering in earth's wilderness.

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