The gospel repeatedly emphasized throughout the book of Hebrews is that 'Jesus the Son of God is the great high priest who has passed through the heavens' (Heb. 4.14; see also 6.19-20, in reference to the account in Heb. 5; etc.). You might notice that that sounds exactly like the celestial high priest named Jesus in early Jewish theology (Element 40) undertaking the very task described for the celestial Jesus in the Ascension of Isaiah (Chapter 3, §1). We saw that in the earliest discernible redaction of the latter, the Jesus who passes through the heavens dies in outer space, in the sublunar heaven, not on earth. This also appears to be what the author of Hebrews believes:
The sum of what we've said is this: we have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of His Majesty in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle that the Lord set up. not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices, therefore it is necessary that this One have something to offer, too. For if He were on earth. He would not be a priest, since there are already priests who oiler gifts according to the law. and who only give service to the copy and shadow of heavenly things [because Moses was instructed to make on earth copies of the things he saw in heaven] (Heb. 8.1-5).
This certainly seems to say Jesus died in outer space. Because here we're told that Jesus not only performed his sacrifice in the celestial temple (as in Heb. 9, as we'll see in a moment), but that he had to do so. Otherwise the magic of it wouldn't have worked. We're also told that Jesus wasn't ever on earth—instead, he could only have been God's celestial high priest (so as to perform the ultimate sacrifice) if he wasn't on earth. Because "if he were on earth, he would not be a priest", since earth already has its priests—but Jesus needs to be a priest, in order to mediate the new covenant (Heb. 8.6). We're also told here the same thing Isaiah was told in the Ascension: that everything on earth has a duplicate version of it in the heavens (hence Element 38). The implication is that Jesus' blood must have been spilled on the heavenly duplicate of God's altar—not on earth, where there already are priests making blood sacrifices, which are less effective than celestial ones. Yet Jesus, being perfect, was the most powerful sacrifice of all (Heb. 7.27-28).
47. This also entails that the high priests on earth are the earthly copies of Jesus, who is the celestial high priest, the 'realized' Platonic form of all human high priests: that is. the perfect and eternal high priest of which all earthly priests are but poor and mortal imitations (the actual Platonic form would be a thought in the mind of God: see Element 38). After Christ's resurrection, his copy on earth became the Christian church (I Cor. 12.27: Col. 1.18. 24). which was also a copy of the celestial temple (Element 18). because the temple is the body and Christ (as its high priest) is the spirit inhabiting it. Believers, being the parts of Christ's body, are similarly imagined as being the new temple priesthood in 1 Pet. 2.5 and 2.9 (tending their body as the temple).
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