The 1888 message is especially
"precious" because it joins together the true biblical idea of
justification by faith with the unique idea of the cleansing of the
heavenly sanctuary. This is a Bible truth that the world is waiting to
discover. It forms the essential element of truth that will yet lighten
the earth with the glory of a final, fully developed presentation of
"the everlasting gospel" of Revelation 14 and 18.
the Bible Says
White Supported This Message
"Forgiveness has a broader
meaning than many suppose. . . . God's forgiveness is not merely a
judicial act by which He sets us free from condemnation. It is not only
forgiveness for sin, but reclaiming from sin. It is the outflow of
redeeming love that transforms the heart" (Thoughts from the
Mount of Blessing, p. 114).
"The subject of the
sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by
the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position
and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for
them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy
the position which God designs them to fill. . . .
"The sanctuary in heaven
is the very center of Christ's work in behalf of men [justification by
faith]. It concerns every soul living upon the earth. It opens to view
the plan of redemption, bringing us down to the very close of time and
revealing the triumphant issue of the contest between righteousness and
understanding of the ministration in the heavenly sanctuary is the
foundation of our faith" (Evangelism, p. 221).
"The subject of the
sanctuary was the key which unlocked the mystery of the disappointment
of 1844. It opened to view a complete system of truth, connected and
harmonious, showing that God's hand had directed the great advent
movement, and revealing present duty as it brought to light the position
and work of His people" (ibid., p. 222).
"God's people are now to
have their eyes fixed on the heavenly sanctuary, where the final
ministration of our great High Priest in the work of the judgment is
going forward—where He is interceding for His people" (ibid.,
"We are in the day of
atonement, and we are to work in harmony with Christ's work of cleansing
the sanctuary from the sins of the people. Let no man who desires to be
found with the wedding garment on, resist our Lord in his office work.
As He is, so will His followers be in this world. We must now set before
the people the work which by faith we see our great High Priest
accomplishing in the heavenly sanctuary" (Review and Herald,
January 21, 1890).
"Christ is in the
heavenly sanctuary, and He is there to make an atonement for the people.
. . . He is cleansing the sanctuary from the sins of the people. What is
our work?—It is our work to be in harmony with the work of Christ. By
faith we are to work with Him, to be in union with Him. . . . A people
is to be prepared for the great day of God" (ibid., January
"The mediatorial work of
Christ, the grand and holy mysteries of redemption, are not studied or
comprehended by the people who claim to have light in advance of every
other people on the face of the earth" (ibid., February 4,
"Christ is cleansing the
temple in heaven from the sins of the people, and we must work in
harmony with him upon the earth, cleansing the soul temple from its
moral defilement" (ibid., February 11, 1890).
"The people have not
entered into the holy place [most holy], where Jesus has gone to make an
atonement for his children. We need the Holy Spirit in order to
understand the truths for this time; but there is spiritual drought in
the churches" (ibid., February 25, 1890).
"Light is flashing from
the throne of God, and what is this for?—It is that a people may be
prepared to stand in the day of God" (ibid., March 4, 1890).
"You have been having
light from heaven for the past year and a half, that the Lord would have
you bring into your character and weave into your experience. . . .
"If our brethren were
all laborers together with God, they would not doubt but that the
message he has sent us during these last two years is from heaven. . . .
"Suppose that you blot
out the testimony that has been going during these last two years
proclaiming the righteousness of Christ, who can you point to as
bringing out special light for the people?" (ibid., March