FROM: THE GREAT
CONTROVERSY, ELLEN G. WHITE
CHAPTER 23, What is
the Sanctuary?; 1888 first copyrighted
GC418 Day by day the repentant sinner brought his offerings to the door of the tabernacle,
placing his hand upon the victim's head, confessed his sin, thus in figure transferring them from himself
to the innocent sacrifice. (No text is quoted.)
This is the first of six repetitions of “transferring” sins into the sanctuary in
four pages of The Great Controversy, pages 418-421. Since Jesus Himself is the One
who “transfers” sin into the sanctuary to defile it, SDAs inadvertently make him the worst of the
three defilers of the sanctuary in Daniel 8:9-14.
However, God’s Word does not teach that the atoned sins of believers were “transferred”
to the sanctuary and defiled it. The sin stopped “at the door of the tabernacle”; sin did not enter to defile
it. At the door of the tabernacle the blood of the perfect sinless substitute sacrifice (Jesus Christ) atoned
for and washed away the sin the instant He died. Christ "did not know sin." "God" the Father
(not the sinner) "made Him to be sin for us" (2 Cor 5:21) --- He legally imputed sin to Christ. Christ did
not become a sinner; He was affected by sin but not infected by it. The sins remained washed away to the
foot of the cross; they did not defile the Presence of God.
GC418 The blood representing the forfeited life whose
guilt the victim bore, was carried by the priest into the holy place, and sprinkled before the veil, behind
which was the ark containing the law that the sinner had transgressed.
"No! No! No!" A thousand times "No!"
The blood, represened the holy, perfect, sinless, life of the Substitute sacrifice, was evidence
(the receipt) that the perfect redemption price had been paid!!! The blood recorded the finished atonement and
redemption. Jeremiah 17:1 reads "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond:
it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars." Again, the atoned forgiven
sins had been washed away at the doorway of the sanctuary.
GC418: By this ceremony the sin was, through the
blood, transferred in figure to the sanctuary. (No texts is quoted.)
Second repetition of “transfer.” This is insane theology only taught by Seventh-day Adventists.
GC418: In some cases the blood was not taken into the holy place, but the flesh was to be eaten by the priest,
as Moses directed the sons of Aaron saying “God has given it unto you to bear the iniquity of the congregation.”
Leviticus 10:17. Both ceremonies alike symbolized the transfer of the sin from the penitent to the sanctuary.
Third repetition of “transfer.”
“Bear” the iniquity” means to bear the ministry of priests in atoning for sin with sacrificial blood.
Again, there was no “tdransfer” of sin into the Presence of God. The very idea of such is simply ridiculous.
GC418: Such was the work that went on day by day throughout the year. The sins of Israel were thus transferred
to the sanctuary, and a special work became necessary for their removal. (No text is quoted.)
Fourth repetition of “transfer.”
Notice that Jesus is not credited with being the One who actually transfers the sin into the sanctuary.
SDAs give Him the credit for cleaning it, but not for defiling it. This EGW statement emphasizes that Jesus “daily”
blood defiles rather than cleans or atones.
GC420: … but the sin was not canceled by the blood of the victim.
The sacrificial “victim”
was Jesus Christ. The SDA “double-atonement” teaching is laughable. Yet they quote Hebrews 9:22 often
-- “without the shedding of blood is no remission” --- meaning “no full and final remission”
to SDAs. However, when the sacrificial blood was shed daily at the entrance to the sanctuary, remission occurred. The
phrase “and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven” occurs in Leviticus 4:20,
26, 31, 35; 5:10, 13, 16, 18; 6:7; 19:22). Indeed, the sin was canceled because the debt had been fully paid.
The responsibility for the atoned sin was transferred --- not the sin itself! There is no mention of the transfer of
sin into the sanctuary in the Bible.
GC420: A means was thus provided by which it was transferred to the sanctuary.
Fifth repetition of “transfer.”
Whether the word is “defiled” or “transferred to,” SDAs cannot deny they teach that Jesus
defiled the heavenly sanctuary. In SDA theology the “means” was Jesus Himself who carried atoned sins
in His sinless blood into the heavenly sanctuary to defile it.
GC420: By the offering of blood the sinner acknowledged the authority of the law, confessed
his guilt in transgression, and expressed his desire for pardon through faith in a Redeemer to come; but he was
not yet entirely released from the condemnation of the law.
Incomp0lete atonement is another example of SDA theology at its worst. Ellen G. White failed
to grasp that the sinner was offering the perfect sinless blood of Jesus Christ which certainly released the sinner
from the condemnation of the law. The perfect sacrifice had been brought and accepted; Jesus’ life-blood had been
shed; the atonement-redemption price had been fully paid, and the priest had announced “it shall be forgiven”
(Lev 4:26, 31, 35; 5:10, 13, 16, 18; 6:7; 19:22). Yet
EGW erroneously says that the sinner was “not yet entirely released from the condemnation
of the law.” Thus, according to SDA theology, none can be in heaven and none can have assurance of salvation
until their records had been scrutinized sometime after 1844.
GC420: On the Day of Atonement the high priest, having taken an offering from the congregation, went into the most holy place with the blood of this offering, and sprinkled it upon the mercy
seat, directly over the law to make satisfaction for its claims.
No. No. No. The “satisfaction” had been made the instant the sacrifice died and
the blood was shed at the doorwar of the sanctuary! The most holy spotless sin offering which had been presented before
the LORD (Lev 16:5, 7; Numb 18:9) had the residual sins of the congregation confessed over it (Lev 16:29, 31;
23:27, 32). Its blood was brought into the Most Holy Place as proof, or evidence, that the payment had already
been made (Jer 17:1). Since God does not require double atonement for the same sins twice, the Day of Atonement ritual
was not a second redemption for sins covered by the daily ministration. This was a final residual cleansing of
all remaining “un-atoned” sinfulness of Israel. Atoned sins are the only ones which do not defile! (See
Lev 15:31; 18:28; Numb 5:2, 3; 19:13; 35:34; compare Lev 16:16-20, 30). Also, if confessed and atoned DAILY sins had defiled the sanctuary, so also would confessed and atoned
YEARLY sins have defiled it.
GC420: Then, in his character of mediator, he [the high priest] took the sins upon himself
and bore them from the sanctuary.
If any priest had touched an unclean thing or person, or had defiled himself with sin, he would
have been instantly unfit to serve and would require another sin offering for cleansing. Like all other daily,
seasonal and yearly sin sacrifives, the atoned sins did not enter the sanctuary to defile it; rather they were washed
away by the blood at the entrance of the sanctuary where the sacrifice died. The life-given atoned. The blood
was merely the proof of payment; the blood recorded the finished act of atonement as it was brougnt into the sanctaury
(Ex 12:13; Heb 9:22). On the Day of Atonement the high priest removed the record (the accountability) of all atoned
sins from the entire sanctuary (not only the MHP) --- beginning with the Most Holy Place. Read Leviticus 16:16.
Compare with the last phrase of 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
GC420: Placing his hands upon the head of the scapegoat, he confessed over him
all these sins, thus in figure transferring them from himself to the goat. The goat then bore
them away, and they were regarded as forever separated from the people.
The Bible does not say “thus in figure transferring them from himself to the goat.”
EGW said that! The temple was “cleansed” from its accountability for sins. Atoned sins never made it past
the doorway where the sacrifice died! And the high priest certainly did not carry “sins” inside the
sanctuary because he would have been defiled and unclean! The scapegoat also represented Christ. He was the equal second
half of the ONE most holy sin offering from the people (16:7).. The lot could have fallen on either goat! The scapegoat
presented a visual demonstration to Israel that their sins were forever removed. “All these sins”
refers, not to previously confessed and atoned sin, but to the residual general sinfulness of Israel. See Lev 16:16-20,
30. Again, neither the high priest nor the person who handled the second goat was considered defiled afterwards.
Neither was required to offer a sin offering afterwards!
Since the New Covenant sanctuary in heaven is not located “in the midst of a sinful people,”
it does not require a corresponding Day of Atonement ritual. The cleansing described in Hebrews 9 is comparable,
not to the Day of Atonement, but to the inauguration to begin the new ministry. Compare Exodus 24:4-8 and 29 with Hebrews
Such was the service performed "unto the example and shadow of heavenly things." And what was done in
type in the ministration of the earthly sanctuary is done in reality in the ministration of the heavenly sanctuary.
Almost every text in Hebrews 8 and
9 is contrast, not fulfillment. Hebrews 9:9 says the old ritual was “a figure for the time then present.”
It seems that SDAs only want to keep the Day of Atonement and even then they do not make it a whole year as per their
false principle of “a prophetic year for a literal day.”
GC421: So did Christ plead His blood before the Father in
behalf of sinners, and present before Him also with the precious fragrance of His own righteousness the prayers
of penitent believers. Such was the work of ministration in the first apartment of the sanctuary in heaven.
EGW describes Christ as an Old Testament
priest which He was not. This is the first time Ellen G. White has referred to the priest as Christ and to the
blood has His blood. It has previously been "the blood represented the forfeited life of the sinner" (GC418).
Now the same blood which she said “transferred” sin into the sanctuary and defiled has the “precious
fragrance of His righteousness.”
GC421: For eighteen centuries this work of ministration continued [only] in the first
apartment of the sanctuary [the holy place]. The blood of Christ, pleaded in behalf of penitent believers, secured
their pardon and acceptance with the Father, yet their SINS still remained upon the books of record.
Without explanation, on the same page the
same blood which “secured pardon and acceptance” also defiled the sanctuary --- though only patially because
those sins are still in jeopardy of being blotted out. Also ignored is the discussion of how sins from Adam to Calvary
were mediated and forgiven in the heavenly sanctuary.
GC421: As in the typical service there was a work of atonement at the close of the year …
Jesus does not repeat the Old Testament
sequence. The entire Old Testament sequence ended with the New Covenant promise of Hebrews 8:12 “their sins
and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Also, SDAs make no effort to explain why the prophetic “Day”
of Atonement lasted over one year (1844-1845) and violated their “one day for one prophetic year”
principle. It has already been over 173 years since 1844.
GC421: As anciently the SINS of the people were placed by faith upon the sin offering and
through its blood transferred, in figure, to the earthly sanctuary, so in the New Covenant the SINS of the
repentant are by faith placed upon Christ and transferred, in fact, to the heavenly sanctuary.
Sixth repetition of “transfer.”
Seventh repetition of “transfer.”
CONCLUSION: No matter how bad SDAs describe the littler horns of pagan and papal
Rome (Dan 8:9-12) and no matter how much SDAs blame the papacy for changing the Sabbath, these defilements are
NOT the focus of the Investigate Judgment. They are NOT the focus of the SDA “first angel’s message and
their judgment did NOT begin in 1844. They are totally irrelevant to the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary of
atoned sins of the saints which defile it.
When Daniel 8:13-14 is
placed back into its context of Daniel 8:9-12 and the defiler of 8:14 is compared to the defilers of 8:9-12, SDAs have
inadvertently made the most heretical and cultic blunder of any Christian denomination: they have made Jesus Christ
Himself the worst (of the three) defilers of the sanctuary!!!
By totally ignoring their own ponderous descriptions of 8:9-12, they inadvertently
in 8:14 ascribe blame for defiling the heavenly sanctuary on Jesus Himself because He still carries the atoned
sins of believers into it. As priest, Jesus, “in fact” even now continues to take His own blood
containing atoned sins of the saints and continues to defile the heavenly sanctuary --- per SDA doctrine.
Russell Earl Kelly, PHD