Fundamental Beliefs
Of Seventh-day Adventists

(Continued From Part Four)

Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary

There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man. In it Christ ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and began His intercessory ministry at the time of His ascension. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, He entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry. It is a work of investigative judgment which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin, typified by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second Advent.
Heb 8:1-5 + Heb 4:14-16 + Heb 9:11-28 + Heb 10:19-22 + Heb 1:3

Heb 2:16,17 + Dan 7:9-27 + Dan 8:13,14 + Dan 9:24-27 + Num 14:34

Ezek 4:6 + Lev 16 + Rev 14:6,7 + Rev 20:12 + Rev 14:12 + Rev 22:12

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The Second Coming of Christ
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Savior's coming will be literal, personal, visible and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will die. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present condition of the world, indicates that Christ's coming is imminent. The date and time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times.
Titus 2:13 + Heb 9:28 + John 14:1-3 + Acts 1:9-11 + Matt 24:14

Rev 1:7 + Matt 24:43,44; 26:64 + 1 Thess 4:13-18 + 1 Cor 15:51-54

1 Thess 1:7-10 2:8 + Rev 14:14-20; 19:11-21 + Matt 24 + Mark 13

Luke 21 + 2 Tim 3:1-5 + 1 Thess 5:1-6

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Death and Resurrection
The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord. The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later.
Romans 6:23 + 1 Tim 6:15,16 + Eccl 9:5,6 + Psalms 146:3,4

John 11:1-14 + Col 3:4 + 1 Cor 15:51-54

1 Thess 4:13-17 + John 5:28,29 + Rev 20:1-20

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The Millennium and the End of Sin
The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. During this time the wicked dead will be judged; the earth will be utterly desolate, without living human inhabitants, but occupied by Satan and his angels. At its close Christ with His saints and the Holy City will descend from heaven to earth. The unrighteous dead will then be resurrected, and with Satan and his angels will surround the city; but fire from God will consume them and cleanse the earth. The universe will thus be freed of sin and sinners forever.
Rev 20:1-15 + 1 Cor 6:2,3 + Jer 4:23-26

Rev 21:1-5 + Malachi 4:1 + Ezekiel 28:18,19

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The New Earth
On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning in His presence. For here God Himself will dwell with His People, and suffering and death will have passed away. The great controversy will be ended, and sin will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love; and He shall reign forever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:13 + Isa 35:1-10 + Isa 65:17-25 + Matt 5:5

Rev 21:1-7 + Rev 22:1-5 + Rev 11:15

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INDEX of Beliefs

The 27 fundamental beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists:

1. The Holy Scriptures
2. The Trinity
3. The Father
4. The Son
5. The Holy Spirit
6. Creation
7. The Nature of Man
8. The Great Controversy
9. The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ
10. The Experience of Salvation
11. The Church
12. The Remnant and Its Mission
13. Unity in the Body of Christ
14. Baptism
15. The Lord's Supper
16. Spiritual Gifts
17. The Gift of Prophecy
18. The Law of God
19. The Sabbath
20. Stewardship
21. Christian Behavior
22. Marriage and the Family
23. Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
24. The Second Coming of Christ
25. Death and Resurrection
26. The Millennium and the End of Sin
27. The New Earth

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