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    SABBATH AND SANCTUARY TRUTHS CLOSELY RELATED

    Mrs. Rachel Preston was there, a former Seventh Day Baptist, urging the claims of God’s holy Sabbath. But it was the force of the impression by way of the heavenly sanctuary that drove home the conviction to William Farnsworth’s heart that in this time of the near coming of Christ, the Lord was calling men to obey all His commandments.HEVI 116.12

    The as yet undiscovered truth of the heavenly sanctuary and the judgment hour was apparently already shedding some rays of light in advance. It is suggestive of the close relation that the Sabbath and the sanctuary truths were to bear to one another in the full advent message which was to be developed.HEVI 116.13

    This experience of our first Seventh-day Adventist, in taking his stand for the commandments of God in 1844, is of special interest to us in view of the scene shown by the Spirit of prophecy as this message rose:HEVI 116.14

    “The third angel closes his message thus: ‘Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ As he repeated these words, he pointed to the heavenly sanctuary.”HEVI 116.15

    And there is just where our first Adventist pioneer in Sabbathkeeping was led to look for help in making the decision. The angel surely pointed him to the sanctuary. How closely together these experiences are seen to come as the time came for the movement to be fully developed.HEVI 116.16

    Note also that as those who accepted the Sabbath light in 1844 were being prepared by the Spirit to look toward the heavenly sanctuary, so also those who led out in the study of the sanctuary truth were being prepared to look toward the Sabbath. We have already, in a preceding article, quoted the late P. Z. Kinne’s statement regarding Hiram Edson, who was the first to see the light on the sanctuary and its cleansing. Elder Kinne wrote:HEVI 117.1

    “Brother Edson told me that soon after he received the light on the sanctuary he himself was impressed that the seventh day was the Sabbath, but without any conviction that it was important to keep it.”HEVI 117.2

    Doubtless that impression helped to place him in a receptive attitude, so that the moment he heard the evidence for the Sabbath presented, he sprang to his feet, saying: “Brother Bates, that is light and truth! The seventh day is the Sabbath, and I am with you to keep it!”HEVI 117.3

    The factors and agents were all being drawn together as the definite advent movement and message were taking shape.HEVI 117.4

    Again, in the first vision given for the remnant church by the Spirit of prophecy, in 1844, the heavenly sanctuary was described, with the “glorious ark” within the veil, the ark that held the law of God engraved on the two tables of stone. In this first vision, also, were shown the 144,000, who “were all sealed.” (See “Early Writings,” article, “My First Vision,” pp. 13-20.)HEVI 117.5

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