What is Jesus Doing Now in Heaven?
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In John 14:1-3, Jesus promised that he would be going to heaven to prepare a place for us. He said he would come back to take us there. It is almost 2,000 years since he went back to heaven. What is he doing, and why has he not come back as yet? Read the following explanation.
The Old Testament sanctuary, served as a place where sins were confessed daily by sinners, as they sacrificed animals which died in the sinner's place. The sins symbolically accumulated in the sanctuary and once every year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest entered in the holy of holies to cleanse the place. On this day, sins were expunged from the sanctuary. You can read how this happened, in Lev. 16.
According to the Bible, what happened in the earthly sanctuary was a type or copy of what happened in heaven. In building the earthly sanctuary, God advised Moses to follow the plan He showed him on the mountain (Ex. 25:9,40; see Heb. 8:5). So the practice in the earthly sanctuary pointed to a better sanctuary in heaven where Christ ministers (Heb. 9:23-24). When Christ died on the cross, he replaced all the animal sacrifices that were offered in the earthly sanctuary; he was "the lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." (John 1:29).
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Paul says that the earthly sanctuary functioned to teach us about the heavenly sanctuary (Heb. 9:1). He says that there is a sanctuary in heaven too, the great original, where Christ ministers, not with the blood of bulls and other animals, but by his own blood shed on calvary (Heb. 8:1-2; 9:11-12). John, the revelator, said that in some of his visions, he saw a sanctuary in heaven (Rev. 15:5; 11:19). So is Jesus now in the heavenly sanctuary? What is he doing?
In Dan. 8:14, the angel told Daniel this: "And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." We have seen that "cleansing the sanctuary" meant the work of the high priest on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16). How do we know when this cleansing will take place? Prophetic days are equivalent to a year (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6). So, 2,300 days would mean 2,300 years. But when did the period start?
In Dan. 9:24-25, the Scriptures say: "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."
Scripture in Daniel talks of 70 weeks: 69 weeks upto the coming of the Messiah and 1 week of his ministry but he would die in the middle of the week. The decree to rebuild Jerusalem was issued by the Persian King Ataxerxes in 457 BC. 69 weeks = 483 years, to the Messiah. It comes to 27 AD, which is when Christ was baptised. The 70th week is 7 years between 27 and 34 AD. The verse we read says that the Messiah was "cut off" in the middle of that week. We all know that after 3 and half years, Christ was killed in AD 31. 70 weeks alloted to the Jews ended in AD 34. The Jews were regarded as the chosen people and God gave them time to set the record straight. But they abused the privilege (Isaiah 5). When this happened, others were now officially invited to the King's banquet (Matthew 22:1-14). What happened this year?
In AD 34, the gospel was officially opened to the Gentiles (it doesnt mean that there were no gentile christians before this time). This began when Stephen was killed. The Jews were determined to reject Christ. In Acts 8:1,4, scriptures say that persecution broke out against the church and as the apostles scattered, they preached the word (verse 4). The gospel went to other peopld who were willing to come to Christ. Most of you reading this were invited in this manner.
Back to the sanctuary. We have now removed 70 weeks or 490 days (years) from 2,300 days (years) as at AD 34. There is a period of 1810 years left to the time of cleansing of the sanctuary (Dan. 8:14). This leads us to AD 1844. This is the year, therefore, that Daniel says the heavenly sanctuary shall be cleansed (as per the angels information).
In 1844, Jesus entered the holy of holies of the heavenly sanctuary to do the final cleansing work before he comes to take us home. We do not know when he will come out, and hence usher in the Second Coming of Christ. But Christ has told us to be ready at all time:
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing."
Jesus is presently interceding for you and me in the heavenly sanctuary as our high priest (Heb. 8:1). Like in Lev. 16, once the exercise is over, the judgement will be complete, and when he will come, his reward will be with Him (Rev. 22:12). The fact that he has not come is because he wants us to repent, so that we are not lost (2Peter 3:9). He also wants everybody to hear the gospel "then the end will come" (Matt. 24:14).
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