CHRIST – THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST
Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: Hebrews 9: 28 reads, “Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Who are these who will look for Christ?
Answer: The Apostle is here tracing the work of Christ as the great High Priest. He represents our Lord as having offered the Sin-offering, on the Day of Atonement, in its two parts – the bullock and the goat (Leviticus 16) – and as being now in the Most Holy. When He has accomplished His work, He will appear the second time – not to repeat any of the offerings of the Gospel Age, not as a Sin-offering – but He shall appear unto salvation, to all those who look for Him. One might think that his words apply to the Church, for they will know of His second appearance. They will have an appreciation of that fact before He will be revealed to the world. He will appear to them that look for Him.
But our Lord’s going into the Most Holy at the close of the antitypical Day of Atonement with the blood of the Lord’s Goat class, would indicate the death of that goat – the Church’s complete sacrifice. The Underpriests will be with Him, as members of Himself. Then He shall come forth the second time, after this second presentation of the blood, not to offer a sacrifice – for the sacrificing will all be finished – but to bless the people.
Who then are these who look for Him and to whom He will appear the second time, unto salvation? We answer that in the Time of Trouble, and subsequently, the whole world will begin to look for the Deliverer. All nations will be desiring Him – not as a Sin-offering again, but for their salvation. As mankind get their eyes open to their need of salvation, they will be looking for this deliverance by the Christ in glory. They will never see Him with their natural eyes (John 14: 19), but they will look for, and see Him, with the eye of faith (Revelation 1: 7).
At that time many nations shall say, “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths” (Isaiah 2: 2, 3). Other Scriptures assure us that, when He shall appear, the Bride class shall appear with Him in glory. It is after the sacrificing is all finished and the Church glorified that He comes forth the second time unto salvation, saving and blessing all the people. The high priest in the type did not return into the Most Holy again, but lifted up his hands and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people, and they gave a great shout and fell upon their faces (Leviticus 9: 23, 24). So the people of the world will prostrate themselves before the great Messiah (Philippians 2: 9-11). This will be the work of Christ during the thousand years – uplifting mankind and giving them the benefit of the Atonement Sacrifice.