We find the answer in The Great Controversy, 426.
“The coming of Christ as our high priest to the most holy place, for the cleansing of the sanctuary, brought to view in Daniel 8:14; the coming of the Son of man to the Ancient of Days, as presented in Daniel 7:13; and the coming of the Lord to His temple, foretold by Malachi, are descriptions of the same event; and this is also represented by the coming of the bridegroom to the marriage, described by Christ in the parable of the ten virgins, of Matthew 25.”
These are all descriptions of the same event pointing us to the investigative judgment!
- The coming of Christ to the most holy place to cleanse the sanctuary – Daniel 8:14
- The coming of the Son of man to the Ancient of Days – Daniel 7:13
- The coming of the Lord to His temple foretold by Malachi – Malachi 3:1-3
- The coming of the bridegroom to the marriage – Matthew 25:6
Another important point is that the cleansing of the sanctuary, which began on October 22, 1844, is the same event described in the parable of the ten virgins as “the coming of the bridegroom to the marriage.” Matthew 25:6.
“In the summer and autumn of 1844 the proclamation, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,’ was given. The two classes represented by the wise and foolish virgins were then developed—one class who looked with joy to the Lord’s appearing, and who had been diligently preparing to meet Him; another class that, influenced by fear and acting from impulse, had been satisfied with a theory of the truth, but were destitute of the grace of God. In the parable, when the bridegroom came, ‘they that were ready went in with him to the marriage’ (Matthew 25:10).” The Great Controversy, 426.
Also, consider the following:
- In the summer and autumn of 1844 the proclamation, “Behold the Bridegroom cometh” (Matthew 25:1–6) was given.
- Two classes were developed
- Wise virgins—true believers
- Foolish virgins—professed believers