In the first part of this series, we clearly saw in the Bible (without interpreting it) that the sanctuary in heaven is the headquarters of salvation - where Jesus our High Priest intercedes for us.
We saw that God determined how each item in the heavenly sanctuary relates to specific aspects of our salvation.
If you haven't already read it, please click on this link below for part 1 of this series dealing with Salvation in the Courtyard and the Holy Place
We saw that the courtyard of the earthly sanctuary is where the Justification by Faith experience took place, and also where the sacrifice for sin and the final destruction of the lost took place (on the altar of burnt offerings). This symbol or "type" points to the earth as the courtyard where we experience the ultimate Justification by Faith, where Christ was sacrificed for our sins, where Christ forgives us of our sins, and where the lost will finally be destroyed after all that can be done for them was done by God to try to save them.
After entering the courtyard and being justified, we entered into the first apartment of the sanctuary - the Holy Place - to daily experience Sanctification by Faith. We learned that this is the source of our daily connection with Christ through Bible study, our faith in Christ in everything, our prayer life and the Holy Spirit daily abiding in us. The crown around the table of shewbread and the golden altar of incense represents the crown of eternal life we will receive. The gold all over the furniture and the walls of Holy Place represents the faith we must be sanctified by. This showed us that Sanctification is not because of works, though it includes works, but is based on Faith. Now that we have been Justified and Sanctified by faith, we are ready to enter into the Most Holy Place directly before God seated on His throne. Before we enter there, let us see what the veil before the Most Holy Place represents that pertains to our salvation.
THE VEIL AND ITS COLORS
TYPE (SYMBOL): The veils and curtains of the Sanctuary (including the veils before the Holy and Most Holy Places) were made up of four colors: blue, purple, linen (white) and red/scarlet/crimson. They had angels embroidered all within them:
1 Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.
31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linenof cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:
36 And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.
The linen used was white:
2 Chronicles 5:12:
Also the Levites which were the singers,... being arrayed in white linen ...
ANTI-TYPE (THE REALITY): There is a real door/veil in Heaven leading to the real Most Holy Place - the throne room of heaven. It is mentioned in Revelation 4:1-3 where John saw "a door opened in heaven" and immediately saw God the Father seated on His throne.
1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
However real this veil (or door) in heaven is, the ultimate veil/door is Jesus.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
By faith in Him and through His blood, we go directly through Him (the veil) into the real Most Holy Place where God is enthroned. While we are there by faith, we ask the Father for forgiveness of our sins and for help in time of need - especially when tempted to sin and disobey Him. When we ask, we receive power from God to not commit sin and remain pure, just like Jesus did when He lived here on earth as a man:
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Just like the veils and curtains in the earthly sanctuary had angels embroidered in them, the real temple in heaven has an infinite number of real angels in it as the photo above depicts.
Revelation 5:11 and 15:6:
5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
The colors in the veil each represents a real principle relating to our salvation which Christ also fulfilled.
The Color Purple
The color purple is a symbol throughout the Bible of royalty and kingship. When it applies to God and the sanctuary, we see that God first and foremost is King, Lord and Ruler of all. These texts tell us that the wearing of purple was usually reserved for Kings:
And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that wason the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks.
And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.
Though mocking Jesus, the Roman soldiers clothed him with purple signifying He is King:
Mark 15:17 (see also John 19:1-5):
17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
The Bible tells us that, if we are faithful to the end, we too will be kings and priests, reigning with Jesus:
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
The Color Blue
God used the color "blue" to represent obedience to His commandments and that we should be holy. The Israelites had to wear a blue band on the fringe of their clothes as a constant reminder of this:
37 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations,and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
Jesus, the veil also fulfilled the obedience the color blue symbolized:
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
Just like Jesus obeyed and fulfilled the "blue" aspect of the veil, we in these last days must by faith in Christ obey God's commandments - like the last generation of saints will do in the time of the end just before they are taken to heaven:
1 John 5:3:
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
The Color Red/Scarlet/Crimson
Red (scarlet/crimson) represents our sins and iniquities that we have committed - both in the heart and in our actions.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
It is no coincidence then that Satan is represented as a great red dragon in Revelation 12:3,9 - him being full of sin and iniquity. Notice that the colors blue (obedience to God) and white (righteousness) are totally absent.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads....
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Also, his girlfriend - the great whore of Revelation 17:3,4 is clothed in scarlet. The beast she rides is colored scarlet also. Once again, as is the case with the red dragon, the colors blue and white are totally absent.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
The Color White/Linen
The white linen represents the righteousness we receive from Jesus by faith. It also represents purity and freedom from sin:
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will
not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
The blood of Christ washes us to be white and pure from our filthy sins. This cleansing is done through faith - which gold represents. We learned this in part one of this series:
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes,and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
1 Peter 1:7:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Once again, as is clearly portrayed in the Scriptures, you can see how each detail of the Sanctuary symbols deal with the reality of each aspect Salvation - even down to the colors. The idea that the details of the sanctuary do not matter is a bad idea based on either not seeing, or ignoring these clear scriptures. Yes it is true that we cannot take an aspect of the sanctuary and make something of it that Scripture does not tell us to make, however when the Bible does use a symbol in plain language we must take it exactly as it is used by the Bible.
The Sanctuary is not "just a doctrine" as many suppose, but it is the very epitome of the Salvation that is experienced through Christ. Why? Because this is where Christ our High Priest is interceding for us, and these Sanctuary symbols show and point to the real Plan of Salvation that Christ is currently working out on our behalf.
As we read the following statements in the Spirit of Prophecy, look how the Sanctuary symbols fit in our salvation:
From The Faith I Live By, page 116:
As the penitent sinner, contrite before God, discerns Christ’s atonement in his behalf,and accepts this atonement as his only hope in this life and the future life, his sins are pardoned (he is washed and made white by Jesus' blood). This is justification by faith. (this is the experience in the courtyard).
Sanctification (the daily Holy Place experience) is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ. Wrongs cannot be righted nor reformations wrought in the character by feeble, intermittent efforts. It is only by long, persevering effort, sore discipline, and stern conflict, that we shall overcome.
It [sanctification] is not merely a theory, an emotion, or a form of words, but a living, active principle, entering into the everyday life. It requires that our habits of eating, drinking, and dressing be such as to secure the preservation of physical, mental, and moral health, that we may present to the Lord our bodies—not an offering corrupted by wrong habits but—“a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.”
The Scriptures are the great agency in the transformation of character.... If studied and obeyed (blue symbolizes obeying God's commandments), the Word of God works in the heart, subduing every unholy attribute.
There is no such thing as instantaneous sanctification. True sanctification is a daily work, continuing as long as life shall last.
The Faith I live By, page 116
Consider these statements in the Spirit of Prophecy as you contemplate where you are in your walk with Christ in this "time of the end" in which we live. If there are sins still active in your life and character - especially after the Holy Spirit has convicted you deeply at any point in your life about whatever sin or sins, take this to heart.
Now that we have examined the veil and its symbols of our walk with Christ, we are now ready to walk by faith within the veil into the Most Holy Place.
We will take this walk in the next part of this series.