Sabbath School

Our Prophetic Heritage

Scripture: Rev 10; 14:6-12

Leading Question: What is the most effective way today to direct attention to the work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary?

Several issues present themselves in connection with the study of the three angels’ message of Revelation 14. Those are addressed below

The Investigative Judgment Has Three Main Problems

As a belief, the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine of the sanctuary offers a marvelous reading of the Hebraic worship system. This analysis reveals a glorious picture of Jesus Christ that was, among other ends, designed to prepare the Jewish, covenant people for His arrival; His First Coming. It did not accomplish this, for the most part, due to the intransigent disobedience and self-assuredness of the Israelites. Yet, today, it stands, for those Christians who will look, as a luminous architectural and temporal analogy to the work of God, in us, that Christ completes.

The Eschatological Day of Atonement

Scripture: Daniel 8-9

Leading Question: How can Jesus help us address the issues in Daniel 8?

Open Court, Open Investigation

Among ancient Near Eastern perspectives of deities in judgment East, Yahweh’s courtroom is fairly unique.

The Pre-advent Judgement – A Sure Outcome

Nearly two years ago my Aunt adopted a little girl who has become an integral part of our family. This summer, as part of the legal process of adoption, the family attended a celebration hearing where the judge declared that she was an official part of the family and gave documents to my cousin and her ‘forever family.’ It was not lost on me that the last time I had been in a similar courtroom it had been a fear-inspiring experience; the judgement had been uncertain.

Christ Our High Priest

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.

Reflections on Christ, Law, and Sacrifice


Editor’s Note: This week’s SS lesson is about Christ our Sacrifice, a topic that commands consideration of the requirements of the law. In the upcoming fall issue of Spectrum, Ivan Blazen makes the case for Christ our Law. What follows is an excerpt from that article. To read the entire article, be sure your membership/subscription to the Spectrumjournal is current. The issue will be mailed the first week of December.

Getting Our Goat

With the Day of Atonement as the subject for our lesson this week, it is time to consider the meaning of the two goats,  ask who is Azazel, look at what comes after forgiveness and talk about the role of the community in restoration of a right relationship with God. 
Leviticus 16 describes in detail the procedures and animals associated with the ancient Day of Atonement:  the bull that is sacrificed for the sins of the priest, the goat that is chosen and on whom the sins of Israel are placed before he is lead out into the wilderness.

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