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Chapter 12: The Flow of Sin
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Chapter 12: The Flow of Sin

Dan L. Kelly, Elder Emeritus

We have been quite focused on the old Sanctuary in the desert of Sinai in the days of Moses, Israel and the Exodus discovering the function of the rituals in the cleansing of God’s people from their sin. We have seen how it was necessary for them to kill lambs, bulls and goats in sacrificial offerings and have the priests “minister” the sacrifice in various ways. We have been watching the sin symbolically travel into the Holy Place and then on into the Most Holy Place by virtue of the Daily services causing a symbolic pollution of the Sanctuary. Then we have noted how the old Sanctuary was cleansed or justified on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

But we have also seen in our study that this was, indeed, all symbolic because “the blood of bulls and goats could never take away sin.” 1 Therefore we established that this was a “Sandbox Illustration” of a reality that is going on in the “true Tabernacle that the Lord pitched and not man” 2 in the Heavens. It is here that Christ has served us as our Great High Priest since the end of the longest time prophecy in the Bible, Daniel’s prophecy of the 2,300 days/years, when the antitypical Day of Atonement began.3

At the end of our last chapter, we left Jesus in the Most Holy Place in His Heavenly Ministry having cleansed/justified the Most Holy Place in the stream of the prophecy. But having performed this work, He, as our Sin Bearer still bears that sin and it is necessary for us to examine what the final disposition of that sin is.

In order that such an examination might be accomplished, we should probably review, very briefly, the travel of sin out of the old Tabernacle. For, we recall that it is there that we get a picture of what takes place in reality, in the Heavenly Sanctuary.

On the Day of Atonement the High Priest selected two goats and cast lots over them, one for the Lord and one for Azazel or the Scapegoat. The goat that was chosen for the Lord’s goat was killed and offered as a sin offering but had no sin confessed over it and no hands laid on it to symbolically transfer sin to it. It was a clean goat and offered clean blood representative of the sinless Jesus and His sacrifice. You may recall that from reading chapter 9. This clean blood was then ministered in the Most Holy Place displacing the sin laden blood that had “polluted” the Most Holy Place all through the year. Then that sin was symbolically carried out from Sanctuary to the Courtyard by the High Priest where he placed both his hands on the live goat transferring the sin, in figure, to him. That goat was then taken into the wilderness never to return to the camp of Israel again.

The entire camp of Israel was clean.

Now I must warn you, the scapegoat, or Azazel, is interpreted in many ways. The Hebrew says “the goat (one) sent away.” It is best to accept this interpretation because the issue itself is a Hebrew or Israelite issue. It is not prudent to go to pagan Mythology or, even “Christian” mythology, to try to identify Azazel. But, if one does so, he will find that Azazel is always a demon or foul character of some sort – the epitome of evil. He is never a good or honorable messenger of God in any sense of the word. So, again we say, it is best to read what scripture says and allow it to explain itself. It, that is Scripture, says that the sin is placed on the scapegoat and that he is sent away, by the hand of a fit man, into a land not inhabited never to return into the camp of Israel.4

When Jesus, as our High Priest, leaves the Most Holy Place laden with the sins of His people which have been confessed and repented of in the Atonement process, He, as our Sin Bearer, bears them out from the Presence of God the Father – the Place of His Throne – the Most Holy Place. Jesus completes His High Priestly ministry when He places the sin, finally removed, on the one ultimately responsible for all sin – from the first fall of Adam to the last person to ever confess anything before the throne of grace. They are placed on that one fallen angel who wanted to be “God” but never could: Lucifer, now known as Satan, the epitome of evil, whom the scapegoat typified. He, the author of sin, will be the one upon whom the final disposition of sin appropriately rests. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire…” never to return any more!5

Some would say, “No! No! You’re making Satan our sin bearer!”

No! I reject that very thought! The sin is finally placed on him not to bear it, but for the purpose of its destruction.

Our Lord Jesus has borne our sins to the cross of Calvary. He has carried them through the veil into the very presence of God for us. He has placed them before God being the propitiation, to give us forgiveness and redemption. Then He will have cleansed the very same Mercy Seat, the Throne of God, by removing the sin that we have caused Him to bear, and transport it again – Bear it – out of the presence of God and place it exactly where it belongs – right where it originated: on Satan. Azazel. The one sent away!

With the destruction of Satan, The Atonement, in all is broadest aspects is complete.

You see, the Atonement was complete at the cross of Calvary in the sense that not one thing can be added to what Jesus has done there. But it is not complet-ed until full reconciliation, restoration and restitution is made. Then what exactly, was completed at the cross? The atoning Sacrifice was completed. There is nothing that you or I or that anyone can add to the Sacrifice of Jesus. He made that sacrifice full and complete. Not one thing can be added. Nevertheless, looking at the Sand Box Illustration, we plainly can see that the Sacrifice in the courtyard, at the brazen altar would have been an exercise in futility were it not for the ministering of the blood by the priest.

Further, that sacrifice and ministry, together, would have been of no avail were it not for the Day of Atonement and the final cleansing of God’s people and His Mercy Seat.6 It was absolutely imperative that all be completed in order that the people of God could be made At One with God with the final disposition of sin. For, we must remember that it was sin that had separated between us and our God in the first place.7 And while Jesus bridged the gap, the breach still had to be permanently repaired by the removal of sin. And, casting them, in any way other than metaphorically, into the deepest part of the sea is insufficient. That still allows them to remain, albeit in the Marianna Trench or some other deepest part of the ocean. Additionally, if we insist on making Jesus continue to carry our sins for eternity, we immortalize sin and make the scriptures lie when they say, “he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.”8 Sin and all associated with it will be eradicated. The Sanctuary, the Sandbox Illustration, shows us how.

If there were nothing else after the eradication of sin this whole matter of Salvation would be anticlimactic! There is, however, something that comes after! With just this simple introduction to the next – and final – chapter, you probably have your mind fixed on some grand suppositions!! You would be correct! For, “Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him!”9

Let’s see if we can get into the final chapter and see what the culmination of the Atonement has for us – and, for Him!

Dan L. Kelly
Elder Emeritus

End notes:

  1. Hebrews 10:4
  2. Hebrews 8:2
  3. Daniel 8:14
  4. Leviticus 16:20-22
  5. Revelation 20:10
  6. Without the final cleansing (or justification) of the Most Holy Place sin would be immortalized and remain forever either in the throne room of Heaven or carried about by Jesus. The reference to the sins being ‘cast in the depths of the sea’ is a metaphor and should be seen as that, referencing the absolute destruction of sin and its originator.
  7. Isaiah 59:2
  8. Nahum 1:9
  9. 1 Corinthians 2:9