I found many SDA critics quoting Heb 9:12 from Modern Bible Translations and say Jesus entered once for all into the Most Holy Place after His ascension as opposed to what SDAs believe that He entered in the year 1844.
For example (All emphasis supplied by me)
NIV says “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”
New Living Translation says “With his own blood–not the blood of goats and calves–he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.”
New King James Version says “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”
But King James Version translated this differently
KJV says ” Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemptionfor us.”
So which is the correct translation.
Let us see the greek words used by Paul to refer to Sanctuary, Holy Place and Most Holy Place in the book of Hebrews.
He used ‘hagion’ to refer to the entire two apartment sanctuary Eg., Heb 9:1, he used ‘hagia’ to refer ‘holy place’ Eg., Heb 9:2 and he used‘hagia hagion’ to refer to the ‘holiest’ or “Most Holy Place’ Eg., Heb 9:3.
In Heb 9:12 Paul uses ‘Hagia‘ which means the Holy Place.
Jesus entered into the Holy place in the sanctuary after His ascension.
Addtional Information: Many critics argue think that God was in the Most Holy Place so Christ must have gone to Most Holy Place when He entered into the sanctuary.
From the book Revelation let us see where was Christ when He ascended.
When Apostle John first sees Jesus in the book of Revelation He sees Him in the holy place not the most holy place.
Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
The Greek word used here in Revelation 1:12 for candlestick is “luchnia”. It is the same word used in Hebrews 9:2 for the golden candlestick of the earthly sanctuary. The Septuagint (LXX), which is the Greek version of the Old Testament, uses the same word when describing the golden candlestick of the earthly sanctuary in the Holy Place. http://dedication.www3.50megs.com/Sanct_Revelation.html
When we go further in Rev 4 we see God in the Holy place not in the Most Holy Place
Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:
The word “door” “thura,” in Revelation 4:1 appears many times in the Septuagint in direct reference to the door into the sanctuary. Leviticus 3:1 tells us the sacrifice is killed at the “thura” of the tabernacle. http://dedication.www3.50megs.com/Sanct_Revelation.html
In Rev 4:5 we see God sitting in the Holy Place where there were seven lamps of fire.
Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
In Rev 5:8 and 8:3 we see the altar of Incense
Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, andgolden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
After the dark ages we see Christ moving to the Most Holy Ministry.
Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Did God moved from Holy Place to the Most Holy place after the dark ages.
The prophet Daniel in his vision sees that God’s throne is not fixed to one location but rather it has wheels so it moves from one location to another.
Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire.
And when Daniel sees God’s throne with wheels, it is right after he sees the little horn in his vision i.e., right after the dark ages “Dan 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. ”