The sanctuary reveals the three distinct works of Jesus our Saviour. His work as the “Lamb of God” in the court, His work as “High Priest” in the holy place, and His work as High Priest and “Judge” in the most holy place. After Jesus finishes His work in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary He returns to earth to execute His judgment.
The change of garments
In the chapter “The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Judgment” we have seen that the Day of Atonement was the day when the sanctuary was cleansed from sin. After the high priest finished his work of cleansing the sanctuary he changed his garments.
Leviticus 16:23, “And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth”
So there is the putting off the linen garments of the high priest and then the putting on of another garment.
John saw Jesus as High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary dressed with the attire of the High Priest. He wrote, “The Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle” (Revelation 1:13).
After Jesus finishes His work in the sanctuary, after the cleansing of the sanctuary, John saw Jesus with new attire when He returns to the earth to execute His judgment.
Revelation 19:11-13, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
What kind of vesture is this? John continues,
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16). It is vesture or garment of a king—the kingly vesture!