Daniel has shown that a Christian altar exists in the outside world and will have an immense impact on the circumstances surrounding the end of the world. (See the perpetual sacrifice). This is a visible altar and the liturgy which emanates from it are well understood by most Christians.
However, a more important altar in Christ exists at the same time. This is the invisible altar that Jesus and the prophets talked so much about. It is an inner altar located within the human soul.
The sacrifices conducted on this unseen altar, Peter said, are "the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God". (1 Peter1:5). They are not offered in church, nor do they involve ministers or priests. They are the acts of obedience to the commandments of Christ, and as such constitute the threads which make up the wedding garment of the bride, the heavenly Jerusalem which will descend in glory from heaven at the end of time. (Rev.19:8).
The bible shows that there were, in Hebrew theology, two priesthoods, and that each of these played a strategic role in the sacrifices offered to God by mankind. One was the outer altar administered by the lower priesthood, the Levites. This is the altar that correlates with the perpetual sacrifice described by Daniel. It involves communion and church service.
A second altar was very exclusive. It existed inside the temple in Jerusalem and was called the Holy of Holies. It could be entered only one time a year, and only by the high priest. No one else was ever allowed entrance to this chamber.
At the time Jesus was crucified, the covering hiding this altar was ripped from top to bottom, showing that Jesus had snatched out of it the true Holy of Holies, the spiritual altar of God. He deposited it into the hearts of those who believed in Him, allowing them to conduct services whenever they wanted to. And He made all who are baptised in His name, high priests in the service of God, under a lineage that stems from the Apostle Peter.
While no one can enter heaven from the outer altar, services on the inner altar are essential for this end.
1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 14, 'The Royal Priesthood'
2. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 10, 'The Peace Treaty'
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