Hebrews 9:23, speaking of Moses purifying the earthly tabernacle and Jesus the heavenly home with blood, says,

It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

I thought the blood cleansed of sin. If so, then why was it applied to heavenly things? Or was the blood applied for a different reason to these two places?

  • Some ideas A. Consider how spectacularly glorious and holy Christ's sacrifice was. B. For example even though God made Adam perfect, it was not yet good until he created Eve. The New Testament has "We are being transformed from glory to glory" In math there are at least two different infinities. All the rational numbers or integers are one size, but all the real numbers are a much larger infinity. – nickalh May 22 '15 at 21:02
  • C. Currently, Satan himself has access to heaven. Likewise, many interpret certain passages in Isaiah, Revelation and possibly Ezekial as suggesting that demons were originally angels who rebelled. They then warred against God. This could necessitate a cleansing. D. For most purposes wiping a table with a sanitizer cleans the table. Perhaps the heavenly things went from 99% pure to 99.999% or 100% pure such as a clean room used for electronics assembly. – nickalh May 22 '15 at 21:03
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    I'm not quite sure what what your second set of questions are asking. See below. Also, the quoted verse only suggests Christ cleansed the items in the heavenly temple, not that all of heaven needed cleansing. – nickalh May 22 '15 at 21:03

In Moses' time, the sanctuary was cleansed once a year on the Day of Atonement.

(Leviticus 16:30 KJV) For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.

On this day, two goats are chosen. One is sacrificed on behalf of the congregation for their sins, and the blood is sprinkled inside in the holy place inside the veil, on the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:15). Sin is transferred from the sinner, through the blood of the sacrifice, into the Sanctuary.

Once the High Priest has made an end to reconciliation, he walks in the courtyard to the other goat (the live goat) (Leviticus 16:20):

(Leviticus 16:21) And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

By this act the sanctuary is fully cleansed, with sin removed from the sanctuary by the merits of the spotless sacrifice, and resting ultimately on the Scapegoat (or Azazel in Hebrew).

Now, through Hebrew 8, we know that the earthly sanctuary is merely a copy of the true Sanctuary in Heaven. All patterns and ceremonies are merely an enactment of the true services in Heaven.

In the Heavenly sanctuary, Jesus is both the spotless sacrifice and our High Priest. In fact, the true mercy seat exists in the Heavenly Sanctuary, on the ark of covenant in heaven; "And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament." (Revelation 11:19). Thus in the heavenly sanctuary, services are performed to address sin that were represented by the services on earth.

When we sin and are forgiven, our sins are removed through the blood of the sinless sacrifice. However, they do not disappear, but are transferred by the blood into the Heavenly Sanctuary. The book of remembrance keeps a record of all our sins until the Judgement. The Day of Atonement represents a period in heaven when the Sanctuary is cleansed. Sins are blotted out from the book of remembrance through the merits of Jesus, and will be placed ultimately unto the Scapegoat. By this, justice is served.

(Daniel 8:14) And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

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Heaven and all things in heaven were defiled by the rebellion of Satan and the fallen angels, who followed Satan in his rebellion against God.

Revelation 12:4 shows that when Satan rebelled against God, one-third of the angels under him followed. Ephesians 6:12 says that these rebellious angels are forces of evil in the heavenlies. Furthermore, Ephesians 2:2 says that Satan is the ruler of these evil spirits, these forces of evil in the air. Therefore, when Satan rebelled, some of the angels under him also rebelled; these rebellious angels became the evil spirits in the air, the rulers and authorities of the air, with Satan as their leader.

So all the heavenly things needed to be purified. Christ accomplished this purification with His own blood when He entered into heaven itself (Heb. 9:24).

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  • This is a little difficult to believe, for Jesus died for the sins of the world, not for demons or angels. He does not expect those creatures to believe on Him and be saved. – Steve Dec 13 '17 at 16:05
  • That is just one aspect. In typology, the tabernacle and all things pertaining to it were sprinkled and purified by the blood of the sacrifice. – pehkay Dec 8 '19 at 4:52

Based upon the testimony of scripture there is some connection between man and heaven.

Jeremiah 17:1 says:

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; With the point of a diamond it is engraved On the tablet of their heart, And on the horns of your altars.

If the earthly temple was just a copy of the true in heaven then there must be an altar in heaven.

From Rev. 11:1

Rise and measure the temple of God, the ALTAR, and those who worship there.

It can be argued that our sins are in some way written or recorded on the altar in heaven and this must be cleansed to make a complete end of sin.

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  • This did not answer the question: "Why?" – Steve May 25 '15 at 19:14

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