What does a sanctuary symbolize for the Seventh Day Adventist?

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Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For most Seventh Day Adventists, consecrated objects on earth represent their heavenly counterparts. Seventh Day Adventists believe that Jesus ministers from a heavenly sanctuary. The church sanctuary mirrors that heavenly sanctuary. Therefore, people respect it as a sacred space. The church sanctuary looks like an ancient Hebrew tabernacle. There is little ornament or distraction in the sanctuary. People do not behave casually in it. Children are taught not to run, play or talk loudly in the sanctuary. Entering the sanctuary, one should empty one’s mind of earthly thoughts and focus on communing with God.