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What Is He Doing?

CHAPTER 16

It is well for us now to look at the sons of God and know what they are doing. It is also well for us to know why the sons of God do what they do. The sons of God follow the Word of God as it is written. They take counsel and instructions from the patriarchs and prophets of all time. But they do something more. They hear the voice of God speaking to them personally. The witness of the ones who have lived in ages past, and has recorded their testimony in the Scriptures, is in agreement with the witness of God's voice they have recognized speaking to their hearts.

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. (Dan. 7:13) Here, pictured, is the coming of Christ to His Father in the heavenly sanctuary. He [Jesus] comes to the Ancient of days in heaven to receive dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, which will be given Him at the close of His work as a mediator. (GC 480) The prophet Daniel sees a wonderful representation of the last work of Christ regarding the salvation of men upon the earth.

Why Enter The Sanctuary?

The question might be asked, Why should we know this? If someone goes into a store in New York, should that make any difference to someone in California? Yes, it would be important for one in California to know, if he needed to go into the store in New York at the same time. Is this a mystery? To some degree it is. How is it that one can be here and there at the same time? If Jesus entered into a heavenly place, why would it be important that we, too, enter into that place?

...He [Jesus] now stands by the ark, and where the faith of Israel now reaches. (EW 42) This is a most important key. The faith of Israel reaches where Jesus is. By faith we carry on the work Jesus is carrying on. If we were not told where He is, we would not have knowledge to understand where we are. It is written, And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fathers name written in their foreheads. ...They follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. (Rev. 14:1 & 4) How would it be possible to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth, by faith, if we did not know where the Lamb was or what He was doing?

Besides this, why should we follow Him by faith unless we had something to do? If we follow the Lamb wherever He goes, that necessarily has us doing what He is doing. Would it stand to reason for us to go about watching someone do something but never participate in it ourselves? 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 essential at this time, or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. ...We must by faith enter within the vail, whither the forerunner is for us entered. (4 SOP 313)

It is essential for us to understand where Jesus is and what He is doing so that we can occupy the position God has designed for us to fill. We must by faith enter the Most Holy place and be with Him there so we can do the work that He has designed for us to do. Jesus' person is in the heavenly Most Holy place. Our person is here but, by faith, our understanding and activity are in heaven. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in the world. (1 John 4:17) As Jesus is in heaven, so are we in the world. Jesus is doing something in heaven, and correspondingly we are doing something on the earth. Precisely, we are doing what He is giving us to do and we are doing those things He is doing for us. We are able to do this because we can see Him doing it.

Now Christ is in the heavenly sanctuary. And what is He doing? Making atonement for us, cleansing the sanctuary from the sins of the people. Then we must enter by faith into the sanctuary with Him, we must commence the work in the sanctuary of souls. We are to cleanse ourselves from all defilement. (Ms 8a 1888)

Notice, While the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary...there is a special work of...putting away of sins among Gods people. The two things are simultaneous. The work is going on in the earth because Gods people see it going on in heaven. This unity of purpose and action is the great gift of God. We are working as one with the God of heaven. We follow Jesus wherever He goes.

We Have Been Given His Glory

It is the will of God that we should be so thoroughly identified with His Son that we shall be one with Christ as Christ is one with the Father. Through faith we may be wholly one with Christ, we may have our entire soul, body and spirit bound up with Christ in God, so that we shall share in the very same love wherewith Christ is loved by the Father.

And we are to be sharers in His glory for Christ says, The glory which thou gavest me I have given them. What is that glory? The character of Christ. Can we ask any greater endowment? To have any place in heaven, to be in the presence of Christ, seems a blessing too great for sinful human beings to enjoy. But the marvelous mercy and goodness and love of God are beyond our comprehension. By accepting Christ as his personal Savior, man is brought into the same close relation to God, and enjoys His special favor as does His own beloved Son. He is honored and glorified and intimately associated with God, his life being hid with Christ in God. (Paulson Collection p. 106 (Feb 6, 1894))

The believer has the same intimate relation with God that Jesus had. We enjoy the same special favor. We have received the same glory and honor. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them.... (John 17:22) We are one with Christ in God. Our work is the work of Christ. What we see Him do we do. Where we go, He has led. We watch Him and know what to do. We see Him and we know who we are. He is our true self. ...The powers of the soul are imbued with the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God. ...Subjection to God is restoration to ones self, to the true glory and dignity of man. (DA 466) When the believer receives God into the life, he does whatever he wills and whatever he wills is what God is willing in him. We have been given the mind of Christ. We have His new heart. We have His power and life and we have His will. We have become our true self the image of God.

The next thing mentioned in Daniel reveals another aspect of the heavenly sanctuary. It is said of Jesus, And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom.... (Dan. 7:14) It is written of Gods sons, But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. ...The Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. ...But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his [Satans] dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High.... (Dan. 7:18, 22, 26-27)

Why is it that the children of God have boldness during this day of judgment? Why is it that they do their work with confidence? It is because they know that the Spirit that actuates them is the Spirit of Christ. It is because they know that their will is Christs will in the flesh. They know that Jesus is doing what they are doing. The judgment is not completed, but it is active. Gods people bring the truth home to the hearts of the hearers. The hearers then bring judgment upon themselves.

The judgment now taking place on the earth is the judgment that brings complete cleansing to the sanctuary in heaven. This also is the judgment that brings complete cleansing in the lives of Gods people. Because Gods people are living completely cleansed lives, judgment comes upon the whole earth and condemnation comes upon the whole earth in the face of this light. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)

Power To My Witnesses

In the Revelation, we can see the principle working which involves judgment. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. ...And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. (Rev. 11:3, 5-6)

The judgments that have come upon man through the hands of Gods servants are just. Elijah prayed that it should not rain upon Israel for three years. For three years it did not rain. No rain was one of the greatest judgments that could ever be pronounced upon a nation. Rain represented all their provision and currency. This judgment brought the nation to poverty and great distress. Now was that loving? Yes, it was not only loving, but also it was Gods love. It was the most loving thing Elijah could have done for them. It was the most loving thing Jesus could have done.

The judgments that are brought upon the rebellious are the most loving thing that can happen. You have heard, The most important thing is love. We should love each other. Thats right. And sometimes the greatest love comes in the form of a good curse, so that man can be delivered from his self-destruction.

During this time of judgment, Christians will love more than ever. Their love will be seen in intercession for those struggling for understanding and desiring to know the Lord of heaven. Their love will also be seen in withdrawing their intercession from rebels and the evil-hearted so that their own creations will come upon their heads. In this way they will get a view of themselves and perhaps repent of their wickedness and come to the Saviour. The apostle Paul made this statement of his own work. Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. (1 Tim. 1:20) The Devil helps the wicked learn not to be wicked.

Yes, Christians know the intercession of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. God tells His servants when to intercede for someone and when to cease intercession. He tells His servants also what judgments should come. The body of Christ simply pronounces the will of Christ since His will is their will. He is doing all these things in the heavenly sanctuary during this time of judgment.

Too Late!

The time comes when an individual cannot be reached. It may be one who has known the truth and turned from it, seeking to draw off other believers from the church. These individuals have formed a hollow square and turned their weapons against the church. They will not repent. From the sanctuary in heaven comes the pronouncement, "Their probation has ended. Too late! Too late!" Out of the mouth of the sons of God comes the pronouncement, "Your probation has ended. Too late! Too late!"

Then I saw Jesus lay off His priestly attire and clothe Himself with His most kingly robes. Upon His head were many crowns, a crown within a crown. Surrounded by the angelic host, He left heaven. The plagues were falling upon the inhabitants of the earth. Some were denouncing God and cursing Him. Others rushed to the people of God and begged to be taught how they might escape His judgments. But the saints had nothing for them. The last tear for sinners had been shed, the last agonizing prayer offered, the last burden borne, the last warning given. The sweet voice of mercy was no more to invite them. When the saints, and all heaven, were interested for their salvation, they had no interest for themselves. Life and death had been set before them. Many desired life, but made no effort to obtain it. They did not choose life, and now there was no atoning blood to cleanse the guilty, no compassionate Saviour to plead for them, and cry, Spare, spare the sinner a little longer. All heaven had united with Jesus, as they heard the fearful words, It is done. It is finished. The plan of salvation had been accomplished, but few had chosen to accept it. And as mercys sweet voice died away, fear and horror seized the wicked. With terrible distinctness they heard the words, Too late! too late! (EW 281)

Jesus works through the people of God to intercede. Gods people are Jesus interceding for the race. They have pleaded and cried for their families and friends. They have wept into the night for the weak and faltering. The day comes when they know there is nothing they can do or say which will bring the sinner to repentance. They know they have no more intercession to give for the one who mocks and derides. They know that probation has closed and they have nothing more for them. The sons of God no longer pray for the rebellious. They repeat the words of Christ, Too late!

Some of the scoffers will say, That isn't nice. That is an awful thing to say. Yes, it is awful. But it is only the echo of the rebels heart that comes from the mouth of the saints of God. They are done, and we are done with them. We will give them up to the corruption that they love. Our love will let them go. When God in His people people cease interceding for the hard-hearted, there will only be "a certain fearful looking for of judgment". The plagues will fall on the heart of one so often invited to the feast of Christ, but who would not sit at His table.

The Third Angel

I then saw the third angel. ...Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention. (EW 118) ...The third angel, proclaiming the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, represents the people who receive this message and raise the voice of warning.... (1 T 77) Fearful is our work and awful is our mission. We are to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things engross our whole mind and our whole attention.

How do we select the wheat from the tares? It is done through judgment. We receive from the sanctuary in heaven our instructions. We understand that Christ is doing what He has shown us. In turn, we bring the message to the people. We bring them the seal of God. The people either accept the seal or reject it. If they reject it, after they have received a knowledge of the truth, we know they are bound up as tares. If they accept it, and settle into it so that they cannot be moved, they will be sealed in the heavenly garner.

The sealing time is now. If we receive the image of God, if our souls are cleansed from every moral defilement, the seal of God will be placed upon our foreheads, and we shall be prepared for the closing scenes of this earths history. (SD 342) The closing scenes represent the time we live before God without an intercessor.

If we are sealed, we will not be moved when all intercession for man is gone. We will not be moved, though we be alone. We will be able to hear horror stories about our brethren and remain steadfast and faithful. The people of God will find that, through any storm or in any perplexing circumstance, their faith will hold; for it is the faith of Jesus.

Probation Will Be Closed

When the message has been rejected, and the tares are bound up for the burning, the Church is made aware by Christ that the probation of the rejecters is ended. If one cannot be brought to repentance in the face of the full light of truth, he then effectively ends his probationary time for salvation.

When ones probation ends and he begins receiving the plagues of his creation, he begins to be made aware of himself and to see the folly of his way. Even so, it is too late to redeem him. In the solemn assembly of the last day, in the hearing of the universe, will be read the reason of the condemnation of the sinner. For the first time parents will learn what has been the secret life of their children. Children will see how many wrongs they have committed against their parents. There will be a general revealing of the secrets and motives of the heart; for that which is hid will be made manifest. Those who have made sport of solemn things connected with the judgment, will be sobered as they face its terrible reality. Those who have despised the Word of God, will then face the Author of the inspired oracles. We cannot afford to live with no reference to the day of judgment, for though long delayed, it is now near, even at the door, and hasteth greatly.... (SD 343) Amidst the present conflicts and temptations, in this our day of probation, we are to form characters that will prepare us to obtain a life that measures with the life of God. (SD 337) This is the time designated for this great work to be accomplished. This is the day when all will make their decision.

The Melchizedek Priesthood

Jesus received a special priesthood, And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest who is made not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. (Hebrews 7:15) There is a key to the Melchizedek priesthood. It is the power of an endless life. The apostle Paul describes the levitical priesthood. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death.... (Hebrews 7:23) The levitical priesthood changed because the priests died. Not so with the Melchizedek priest, because he never dies. He has an endless life. He has everlasting life.

Jesus was a forerunner. Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:20) Of this Melchizedek, it is written: Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. (Hebrews 7:3) Those who lived at the time of Jesus would say, He has a mother and her name is Mary. Jesus died. I saw Him die on the cross. I have even seen His descent written in the book of Matthew. Of the priesthood today, similar statements could be made of the believer. Yes, the flesh cannot see the implications. It is not the flesh that enters into priesthood, but the life of God. It is His everlasting life. The Melchizedek priest never dies. It is after the order of an endless life. This priesthood never ends.

Who is this priesthood who works in the sanctuary by faith? And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Rev. 1:6) We are kings. Jesus is the King of kings. We are priests. Jesus is the High Priest. He is the Priest of priests. The children of God enter into the priesthood with Christ. The image of the sanctuary paints a most graphic picture. As Jesus ended His ministration in the holy place and closed the door of that apartment, a great darkness settled upon those who had heard and rejected the message of His coming, and they lost sight of Him. Jesus then clothed Himself with precious garments....A breastplate of curious work was suspended from His shoulders. As He moved, this glittered like diamonds, magnifying letters which looked like names written or engraved upon the breastplate. (EW 251) Of Aaron, the high priest of Israel, it is written, he shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually. What a beautiful and expressive figure this is of the unchanging love of Christ for His church! Our great High Priest, of whom Aaron was a type, bears His people upon His heart. (GW 34)

Our names are written on the covering of Jesus. We, by faith, stand in the sanctuary, on His heart, doing the work with Him. Because we went into the sanctuary with Jesus here, we will go into the sanctuary with Jesus in heaven. There were all kinds of trees around the temple to beautify the place: the box, the pine, the fir, the oil, the myrtle, the pomegranate, and the fig tree bowed down with the weight of its timely figs these made the place all over glorious. And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, Only the 144,000 enter this place, and we shouted, Alleluia. (EW 19) We have entered into the temple here in a very special way, and we will be entering the temple there as well.

He Will Show You Things

Jesus said, I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (John 16:12-13) Jesus is now saying things to His people that He could not say before. He is giving things to the Holy Spirit to tell us. He does not speak of Himself, neither do we speak of ourselves, but God speaks of and to us.

We have been in travail for hundreds of years. It has seemed that sin always won out in the long run. Kingdoms would rise and fall, but in the end everyone died. Wars and famines increased and there has been trouble on every hand. The times and prophecies seemed locked in a fog and we kept hoping for something to come to pass. We were in sorrow and weeping but the world rejoiced. We were as dead men waiting for life. Then, in a moment, the man child is born and our joy is realized. Christ is born in His people in a powerful way. We see the kingdom, by faith realized in our lives, and our joy is full. Now the realization is that the Father, Himself, is connected to us by this man child through the name (character) of Jesus. In His character, we ask the Father anything and He gives it to us. The man child has been born, Jesus has come in the flesh, and our joy is full. The Lamb has overcome the beast and his kingdom is destroyed. His building is ready to topple into a heap.

Michael Is Standing Up

This final work is well described in Daniel 12:1-3. "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

When Michael stands up, so do His people. Notice that Michael stands for "the children of thy people." He is standing for the believers. He is delivering them. In Daniel, the words "stand up" indicate a nation taking power. (See Daniel 8:22-23). When Michael stands up, He tells His people, "Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem. ...Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee...." (Isaiah 51:17, 22-23)

The Lord is standing for His people and His people are standing up for Him. Many that sleep in the dust awake. "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." (Ephesians 5:14) This is that time. The Lord is bringing probation to an end. "But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. ...And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." (Dan. 7:18 & 27)

What is He doing? Jesus is giving the kingdom to His children. What are they doing? They are possessing the kingdom. "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

Have you considered which army you are in? Have you understood the issues at hand? Take this moment to yield your heart to the great High Priest. Do this every day. "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." (Dan. 12:10)

Yes, it is true. The gates of hell shall not prevail against Him.


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