“The Great Day of Atonement”, Part 4

“All the trials and difficulties which the Master underwent in laying down of his life preceded him as a sweet
incense, a precious perfume, beyond the veil, into the Most Holy, as shown in the type.” (
R 5712)

Many students of God’s Word have erroneously assumed that the Apostle’s statement found in Hebrews
Chapter 9 verse 27
that, “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this [to face] judgment.”
is in regards to the world’s judgment to come, following their death’s, thus many have been left to
believe that death ends all probation, believing that if one does not except Christ prior to their death
they are eternally damn, that their next waking thought will be the time of their “
krima”, the final
, “the judgment” (pronounced), rather than their “krisis” period, the time or period of
their judgment
, however a careful examination of the context reveals the true intent of this statement,
it has nothing whatsoever to do with mankind’s future judgment, but was in regards to the judgment
which came upon the high priest when he entered the ‘
Most Holy’.

“Each time a priest went into the ‘Most Holy’ on the atonement day he risked his life; for if his sacrifice
had been imperfect he would have died as he passed the ‘
second veil’, he would not have been accepted
into the ‘
Most Holy’ himself, nor would his imperfect sacrifice have been acceptable as an atonement for
the sins of the people, hence any failure meant his death, and the condemnation of all for whose sins he
attempted to make reconciliation, [
this was the judgment mentioned in Heb 9:27,28].” (T 87)

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed
once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin,
but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him

And so the antitype was fulfilled, our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus passed under the antitypical second
veil, when he died at Calvary; and had his sacrifice been in any manner or degree imperfect he would never
have been raised out of death, the ‘
judgment’ of justice would have gone against him. But his
resurrection, on the third day proved that his work was perfectly performed, that it stood the test of the
divine judgment.” (
T 87, 88)

Any interpretation of this text, which [attempts to apply] it to the common death of humanity in
general, is thoroughly contradicted and disposed of by the context
.” (T 88)

For he has set a day (a future day, a thousand year day) when he will judge the world with justice
by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the
.” (Acts 17:31)

The incense from the `Golden Altar’ having preceded him and been satisfactory, the High Priest
passed under the second `vail’ into the `Most Holy.’
So with Jesus; having for three and a half year’s
offered acceptable incense in the `
Holy,’ the consecrated and spirit begotten condition, he passed beyond
the `
Second Vail,’ death. For three days he was under the `Vail’ in death; then he arose in the
perfection of the divine nature beyond the flesh, beyond the vail, `
the express image of the Father’s
.’ He was `put to death in the flesh, but quickened (made alive) in spirit,’ `sown a natural
human) body, raised a spiritual body.’ Thus our Lord reached the `Most Holy’ condition, the
perfection of spirit being, at his resurrection
.—1 Pet 3:18; 1 Cor 15:44.” (T 57, 58)

He (Aaron) shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy
seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some blood with his finger
seven times
.” (Lev 16:14)

“And it was only a few days thereafter that he ascended on high and approached the Mercy Seat, there to
appear in the presence of God for us, as the Scriptures declare. Bear in mind that he did not appear for
the world, but for us, for believers.
He is not the world’s advocate before the Father, but rather
ours, the consecrated, however in due time we along with him (if proven worthy) shall jointly
compose the world’s
mediator. We have an advocate with the Father, he is our representative,
and now speaks
for us alone. (1 John 2:1)

In the type this is shown by the statement that
the priest sprinkled the blood upon the Mercy Seat
and before the Mercy Seat
in the shape of a cross, the head of the cross being on the Mercy
Seat, the lower end of it pointing and extending toward the veil

The Apostle tells us that Christ offered up his own blood, but by this we do not understand him to mean
that any of the literal blood of Jesus was taken into heaven, but rather as the bloodshed represented the
sacrificed life of the Lord, so in the antitype our Lord presented before the Father the evidences of his
applying a measure of that benefit, a measure of the merit of his sacrifice on behalf of the
church, his body, and all the household of faith, but none of it on behalf of the world, none of it
outside the household of faith
. This is clearly shown in the type, for the priest, we are told, made an
offering for himself and his house
(Verse 11). His house, the Levites, typified the household of faith,
himself represented his sons the under priests, and in the antitype represented the Church, the members
of the body of Christ under Jesus as the Head, as it is written, `
God gave Jesus to be the Head over
the Church, which is his body

The statement of the type is most explicit; that the atonement made for this sacrifice, by the
sprinkling of the blood of the bullock, was atonement
not for all the people but merely for a
limited, special class of them
, all belonging to one tribe, the Levites, who represent here the
household of faith
. (Lev 16:6, 17)” R 3708:5, 6

“The type shows that the great Priest not only sacrificed, but additionally that he made appropriation of
the merit of that sacrifice in the `
Most Holy’ before he offered the second sacrifice—the `Lord’s goat.’
How was this fulfilled? We reply that forty days after our Lord completed his sacrifice at Calvary and rose
from the dead, he ascended on high, appeared in the presence of God for us (
his members or body and
his house
). He applied the merit of his sacrifice on our behalf, and secured for all consecrated
believers of this Gospel age
full reconciliation with the Father (justification) and full privilege to
become dead with him to earthly interests and restitution favors, and alive with him to the
glories, honors and immortality of the Spirit nature
.” (R 4546:2)

Then he shall kill the goat of the sin-offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the
veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and
before the mercy seat
.” (Lev 16:15)

Both of these animals [the bull and the goat] represented the High Priest; the bullock our Lord
and Head, and the goat, his body, the church. When the high priest sprinkled the blood of the
bullock, it represented,
‘his own blood’, the merit of his own sacrifice. He applied it for us, not
for the world
; hence only believers (those fully consecrated), and not the world in general have
received the blessing secured by our Lord’s sacrifice,
thus far, (those blessings consisting of At-one-
ment with God, and the rights to restoration and restitution
). Meantime, according to divine intention
the church has gradually been in the process of selection, this according to each ones
willingness in sacrificing
(foregoing) earthly interest (both the interest of the present earthly life and
that of the future, secured through Christ sacrifice, i.e. their earthly restitution rights
). These choose
walking in the footsteps of their master; filling up the sufferings of Christ; laying down their
lives for the brethren

Our presentation of ourselves (
our consecration) to the Lord was at the door of the Tabernacle, as
represented by the tethering of the goat there, thus we offered ourselves (
Rom 12:1), and when we
were accepted our sacrifice as the Lord’s goat class begun. This acceptance was indicated by the killing
process. Henceforth we ceased to be men and were recognized on
a new plane* as ‘members of the
body of Christ’, without any headship of our own. Consequently when at the end on the Day of
Atonement, the antitypical high priest shall make a further presentation of the blood of the goat upon the
mercy seat,
it will be ‘his own blood’ in two senses of the word;

1) It will be his own in the sense that all the merit was originally his and only appropriated to us
in order that we might have the opportunity to share with him in sacrifice, the sacrificial merit
merely passed through us, ‘the Lord’s goat’ class
. We were favored by privilege accorded of ‘suffering
with him that (in due time) we might be also glorified together with him’. It is not necessary to question
whether our sacrifice could add anything to the merit of the transaction, because no more merit was
necessary than that which our Lord had and which he applied on our behalf.

2) The blood (merit) which our Lord will apply as soon as the church shall have finished her
share in his sacrifice will be ‘his own blood’, in the sense that he accepted or adopted us as his
members, we losing our personality in the transaction in the same manner that a bride loses her
name and her individuality at marriage
. All that we have and are belong to the great bridegroom, and
we are delighted that he is pleased to count us in with himself in any sense of the word in connection with
his sufferings of this present time, and the glories which shall follow.” (
R 4493:2-4)

*Our journey began in the ‘camp’ condition, even as it has been with all men that being with the
exception of the Man Christ Jesus who alone was brought into this world, perfect and without sin. The
camp’, represents the state of all mankind, presently sinners all in need of atonement
, this is pictured on the “Chart of the Ages” by plane “R”, from the ‘camp’  we
entered through the ‘
gate’ or ‘door’ (Christ Jesus) into the ‘court’ of the tabernacle, rising to plane
“N”, the state of justification, representative of all who have put their faith in Christ, believers in
general, typical of the Levite class who rendered service in the tabernacle courtyard area, however this
justification is only
tentative in nature, not actual, it is based solely upon faith, thus it is designated
faith justification from here most believers do not venture any further content enough with having
been brought once again into fellowship and peace with God (
Rom 5:1). They are satisfied with this
much because little or no sacrifice (suffering for Christ’ sake) has been asked or required of them.

However we do not reach
actual justification in this life until first we are willing to figuratively tether
ourselves at the door of the tabernacle in full consecration and are accepted by the Lord as members of
his body. Upon acceptance (the merit of his righteousness being applied to us) we are then
and thus able to become joint sacrificers with our Lord, able to present holy and acceptable
sacrifices (
Rom 12:1) upon God’s altar. Thenceforth we are no longer recognized in the flesh as men, by
God, but being spirit begotten we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, and are represented on the Chart of
the Ages as having risen to
plane “M”, the spirit begotten plane or condition. In the Tabernacle
picture this would be indicated by those who have gone beyond the first ‘veil’ into the ‘Holy’, or
the first compartment of the tabernacle proper

“After having sprinkled the `Mercy Seat’ (literally, the Propitiatory, or place where satisfaction is made)
with the blood of the bullock seven times (perfectly), `
Then shall he kill the goat of the sin-offering
that is
for the people, and bring his blood within the Veil, and do with that blood as he did with
the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the Mercy Seat and before the Mercy Seat
.’ (Verses
14, 15

In a word, all that was done with the bullock was repeated with the `Lord’s goat.’ It was killed
by the same High Priest; its blood was sprinkled just the same; its fat, etc., were burned on the
altar in the `Court’ also. (It is worthy of notice that while a prime bullock is always very fat, a
goat is a very lean animal. So our Lord Jesus, as represented by the bullock, had a great
abundance of the fat, of zeal and love for his sacrifice, while his followers, represented by the
goat, are lean in comparison.) The body of the `Lord’s goat’ was burned in like manner as the
bullock—`outside the camp.’

“The Apostle Paul explains that only those animals which were sin-offerings were burned outside the
camp. And then he adds, `
Let us go to him without the camp, bearing the reproach with him.’ (Heb
) Thus is furnished unquestionable evidence not only that the followers of Jesus are
represented by this `
Lord’s goat,’ but also that their sacrifice, reckoned in with their Head, Jesus,
constitutes part of the world’s sin-offering. `
The reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen
upon me
.’—Psa 69:9

As with the bullock so with the goat in the sin-offerings: the burning `outside the camp’
represents the disesteem in which the offering will be viewed by those outside the camp—not in
covenant relationship with God—the unfaithful

The sacrifice of the goat class is viewed from three totally different perspectives depending upon which
of three classes one is associated with.   

(1) From those likewise within the “Holy” (the fully consecrated condition) though few in number, these
sacrifices are viewed as sweet incense rising from the Altar before the LORD (
the Golden Incense
), penetrating even to the mercy seat.

(2) From those occupying the “Courtyard” (or the tentative justified condition), a much more
numerous class typical of “
the household of faith” in general, from their perspective these sacrifices
and self-denials are viewed as acceptable to God as pictured by the fat of the “
Lord’s goat” which was
burnt upon
the Brazen Altar in the courtyard, “a sweet aroma to the LORD”.

(3) From those outside the “Camp” a class far removed from God, his “enemies through wicked
” of whom our Lord foretold, “They shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my
”, from their perspective these sacrifices are seen as the consuming of “the filth and off scouring
of the earth
”. (T 61, 62)

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