What was He to take away in the midst of this week?
"And in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." Verse 27, next clause.
NOTE-Ancient Babylon took away the typical service by the destruction of the temple at the
capture of Jerusalem. This service was restored at the rebuilding of Jerusalem, but was perverted into mere
formalism by the Jews, and was taken away by Christ at the first advent, when He blotted out the
handwriting of ordinances, and "took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross." Col. 2:14. He then became
"a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man." Heb. 8:2.
Thus He established the service in the heavenly sanctuary. The little horn, the Papacy, as far as was within
its power, took away from the people the mediation of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and substituted for
it the Roman priesthood, with the Pope as Pontifex Maximus, or high priest. Power over this truth of the
gospel and over the people of God was allowed to the Papacy because of transgression (Dan. 8: 12, R.V.),
just as the people of Jerusalem were given into the hand of the king of ancient Babylon for the same
reason. 1 Chron. 9:1. Thus has the Papacy "cast down the truth to the ground," and has trodden underfoot
the sanctuary and the people of God.
In what is the true poetry of life to be found?
Why does God manifest such mercy and long-suffering toward men?
What concrete example makes clear the meaning of this doctrine?
To what place was Christ taken?
After conferring over this matter, what decision was reached by the apostles?
Of what family does Paul speak in Ephesians?
What promises are made by Christ to the overcomer?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle