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So let us begin…
The coming of Christ as our high priest to the most holy place… Daniel 8:14
the coming of the Son of man to the Ancient of Days… Daniel 7:13
the coming of the Lord to His temple… Malachi 3:1
this is also represented by the coming of the bridegroom to the marriage… Matthew 25:10
All of these events are the same event. Christ going into the Most Holy having several different purposes. He went in for the marriage, went in as High Priest, went in for the cleansing of the Temple and to receive from His Father a Kingdom. Part of the question is, are all of these events the same thing, or do they each represent a different purpose that occurs simultaneously or follow one after the other?
It is well understood that all of these events take place in Heaven and involve the Most Holy Place. These events also involve the Holy Place because this is where all of these events have their beginning. The question is, is there any kind of a time laps between certain of these events, and if so do we have any kind of an indication given to us; from the bible or the writings of Sister White?
What is a metaphor, and how are we to relate that metaphor with the real world?
METAPHOR, n. [Gr. to transfer, over, to carry.] A short similitude; a similitude reduced to a single word; or a word expressing similitude without the signs of comparison. Thus “that man is a fox,” is a metaphor; but “that man is like a fox,” is a similitude or comparison. So when I say, “the soldiers fought like lions,” I use a similitude. In metaphor, the similitude is contained in the name; a man is a fox, means, a man is as crafty as a fox. So we say, a man bridles his anger, that is, restrains it as a bridle restrains a horse. Beauty awakens love or tender passions; opposition fires courage.
METAPHORIC, METAPHORICAL, a. Pertaining to metaphor; comprising a metaphor; not literal; as a metaphorical use of words; a metaphorical expression; a metaphorical sense.
METAPHORICALLY, adv. In a metaphorical manner; not literally.
The understanding of what a metaphor is relating to, or what the metaphor has taken the place of is of vital importance. Sometimes people have gotten to caught up with the parable, prophecy or vision to realize/understand the true meaning and importance of the metaphor. These are what we will be looking at as we go through all of this study. Examples of metaphors given in the Bible relating to our topic are; Bridegroom/Christ; Bride/New Jerusalem; 10 virgins/church; Marriage/? (what does it really mean?) and guest/church. We have the answers to all of these, but do we? Could there be, is there something that we have missed because of the views/ideas of men? And, where did we get the ideas/understanding of these meanings from? As we saw at the beginning of this portion, there are four events, the first 3 are the reality, the 4th is a metaphor. Does the metaphor encapsulate the other Three?
Here are the reality’s given in the Great Controversy on pp.426-27 and the metaphors that we associate with them. Next week I will explain what some of the problems are. Because all of what follows comes from just one paragraph found in the Great Controversy it will help keep this simple, kind of. There is more in other places but what follows is a good start.
Christ receiving the Kingdom from the Father; this is the reality.
The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. Marriage is the metaphor given for this event.
The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, is the capital and representative of the kingdom; this is the reality. (What Kingdom, might be in question)
The Holy City, the New Jerusalem is called “the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”; Bride/wife are the metaphors used for The Holy City/New Jerusalem.
As most will agree, the Lamb is the metaphor used for Christ.
But they are to understand His work, and to follow Him by faith as He goes in before God.; this is the reality
the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church; virgins and Bridegroom are the metaphors that represent the church and Christ.
There are two times that the term guest is used. In one of those the word guest along with another word are in italics. Why?
In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9; What is the reality, are we sure?
said to be the guests at the marriage supper.; marriage supper is the metaphor for… ? Again, do we really understand fully what is/will be taking place?
For the third time in one paragraph we are told…
He will receive the New Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom,; the reality
“prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Daniel 7:14; Revelation 21:2. bride/husband are the metaphors and again bride represents the New Jerusalem while husband represents Christ.
This should give everyone enough to think about and ponder over the weekend and into next week. Read what Sister White wrote on pp.426-27 slowly. Digest each sentence for what it reveals. Ask the Holy Spirit to make things clear and plain. And if you find yourself arguing with the Holy Spirit, don’t be surprised. As we study things and find there is a different reality then what we thought it will happen. Even the Disciples argued with Jesus and questioned what He said, until He left the tomb empty.