Fact or Fiction
Taking a Glance at the Investigative Judgment
Because of their erroneous belief that God's throne has always been in the sanctuary and that Christ after ascending on high sat there at the right hand of His Father, men have put forth every effort possible to prove that Christ entered "within the veil" immediately after He left His disciples. . . We must therefore diligently entreat the Lord for the promised Comforter to lead us into all truth, and to save us from being presumptuous and from blindly taking things for granted and forming conclusions without digging beneath the surface.
Earthly Things Reveal Heavenly Things
Since earthly beings, themselves having never been in heaven, are naturally strangers to heaven's realities (1 Corinthians 2:9), then in order for God to make heavenly truth known unto them, He must reveal it by means of earthly realities with which they are familiar. Hence through the sanctuary work on earth is seen the sanctuary work in heaven (Hebrews 9:1-9). Indeed, the sanctuary above being the pattern of the one below, the services of the
have existed in heaven.
"I looked exclaimed the Revelator about 96 A. D., upon being shown the throne in the sanctuary, "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. And Immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne . . . and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. . . . And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.. . .