FROM THE BOOKLET “EZEKIEL’S TEMPLE AND SACRIFICES”
BY TH WHITEHOUSE
They were to be burnt offerings, sin offerings, meat offerings, trespass offerings and peace offerings. Read the full list and mark the details of the ordinances in chapters 40: 39; 42:13; 43:18 to end; 44: 27-29; 45:17 to end; 46. In the two latter chapters the sacrificial observances of Sabbaths and new moons, as well as the daily sacrifices, were to be resumed. If the Millennial Age is to be a period during which the worship of God is to be compulsorily accompanied by the unceasing flow of animal blood it will be very unlike the blessed time foretold in that lovely conception of it visioned by Isaiah (Ch.ll: 6-9):
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fading together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox...they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
[NOTICE HOW HE PUTS “SACRIFICIAL OBSERVANCES OF SABBATHS AND NEW MOONS, AS WELL AS THE DAILY SACRIFICES” WELL YES SACRIFICES WILL BE AS UNDER THE OLD COVENANT WITH ANCIENT ISRAEL. JUST BECAUSE WILD ANIMALS WILL BE TAME AND WILL NO LONGER HURT AND DESTROY, DOES NOT MEAN CERTAIN CLEAN ANIMALS CANNOT BE KILLED AND EATEN. THERE IS NO VERSES IN THE BIBLE SAYING THAT DURING THE AGE TO COME, EVERYONE WILL BE A VEGETARIAN - NOT ONE SINGLE VERSES SAYS THAT WILL BE SO - Keith Hunt]
Further, chapter 45: 21 ordains the restoration of the Passover, to be observed with seven days eating of unleavened bread, and sin offerings of bullocks, rams and kids.
Now, if this refers to Millennial times, was not St. Paul sadly mistaken when he declared in l Corinthians 5: 7, that 'Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us'?
[OH WOW…. THIS VERSE OF PAUL’S HAS BEEN PERVERTED RIGHT OUT OF CONTEXT BY SO MANY. IT REMINDS ME OF THE MIDDLE 1960s WHEN A “HUTTERITE” COLONY NEAR WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, SPLIT IN TWO. ONE HALF OF THEM HEARING THE “WORLD TOMORROW” RADIO BROADCAST BY THE THEN “RADIO CHURCH OF GOD” WANTED TO LEAVE AND FIGURED THEY SHOULD HAVE HALF THE GROUP’S BANK ACCOUNT FOR YEARS AND DECADES OF THE WORK THEY HAD DONE. IT WENT TO COURT; THE LOCAL CHURCHES WERE ON THE SIDE OF THE HUTTERITE GROUP THAT WAS STAYING. THREE “TOP GUNS” OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES WERE AT THE HEARING TRIAL. ONE OF THE TOP GUNS GOT UP IN THE WITNESS STAND AND QUOTED 1 CORINTHIANS 5: 7, THAT “CHRIST OUR PASSOVER IS SACRIFICED FOR US.”
THOSE “TOP GUNS” WERE GOING TO THEOLOGICALLY TEAR THE RADIO CHURCH OF GOD TO PIECES.
HERMON HOE WAS SENT FROM PASADENA TO DEFEND THE HALF HUTTERITE GROUP WHO WANTED TO LEAVE THE COLONY. HE STOOD IN THE WITNESS STAND AND SAID, “BUT LET IS NOT STOP WITH WHAT HAS BEEN QUOTED, LET US CONTINUE TO READ THE NEXT VERSE, “THEREFORE LET US KEEP THE FEAST NOT WITH OLD LEAVENED, NEITHER WITH THE LEAVEN OF MALICE AND WICKEDNESS, BUT WITH THE UN-LEAVENED BREAD OF SINCERITY AND TRUTH.”
ON HEARING THIS THE THREE “TOP GUNS” FROM THE “CHURCHES OF WINNIPEG” GOT UP AND ANGRILY WALKED OUT NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
SO YES CHRIST IS OUR PASSOVER SACRIFICED FOR US, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE FEASTS OF GOD ARE THEN “DONE AWAY WITH” OR “ABOLISHED” - I PROVE ON THIS WEBSITE THAT IS NOT THE CASE AT ALL. EVEN THE PROTESTANT TEACHERS CONYBEARE AND HOWSON IN THEIR FAMOUS BOOK “THE LIFE AND EPISTLES OF PAUL” OPENLY ADMIT 1 CORINTHIANS 5 TEACHES THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IN THE FIRST CENTURY A.D. OBSERVED THE FESTIVALS OF THE LORD - Keith Hunt]
If St. Paul was right they are wrong who regard Ezekiel's restored Passover as Millennial; if Christ be indeed the very 'Lamb of God Who taketh away the sin of the world', if St. John truly visioned Him ascending the throne in heaven 'a Lamb as it had been slain', then surely Ezekiel's vision related only to the possibilities of pre-Christian times.
[NOT TRUE AT ALL; I PROVE UNDER “SABBATH AND FEASTS OF GOD” SECTION ON THIS WEBSITE, THAT THE FEASTS OF GOD WERE OBSERVED BY THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH OF GOD. MOST THEOLOGY TEACHERS WITH ANY GOOD SENSE OF READING THE NEW TESTAMENT, LIKE CONYBEARE - HOWSON - ADMIT THE FEASTS OF GOD WERE OBSERVED IN “CHRISTIAN TIMES” OF THE FIRST CENTURY A.D.
I CORINTHIANS 5:7 DOES NOT ABOLISH THE FEASTS OF GOD, FOR VERSE 8 SAYS BECAUSE CHRIST DIED FOR SINS, WE ARE TO KEEP (WHICH IS IN THE PRESENT TENSE - WE SHOULD BE KEEPING) THE FEAST NOT WITH WICKEDNESS BUT IN SINCERITY AND TRUTH - Keith Hunt]
On this question of the resumption of blood sacrifices in the future, study Hebrews 10, especially verses 1-14. In verses 5-9 our Lord's First Coming is expressly stated to have been in order that by the taking away of the legal sacrifices through the offering of His own Body He might establish the will of God, and so 'we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (v. 10).
[I WILL COME BACK TO THIS SHORTLY - Keith Hunt]
Why should it be supposed to be necessary, by the restoration of sacrifices, to establish the will of God in the Millennial era if that has already been done by our Lord 'once for all'?
[I WILL EXPLAIN ALL THIS - Keith Hunt]
Moreover, from Hebrews 10: 16-18 we learn that the New Covenant being now in operation there is no further need of sacrifices.
Verse 18, 'there is no more offering for sin.'
Verse 14, 'By one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.'
So then the all-sufficient Sacrifice, and the last ever to be offered, was that of Calvary! Is it conceivable that in the better days to come we shall renounce that Blessed Substance of final redemptive achievement for the renewal of vain type and shadow?
OKAY MY FULL ANSWER
CAN YOU THINK OF ANIMAL SACRIFICES BEFORE MOSES? WELL IF YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK OF GENESIS YOU WILL SAY YES!
CAIN AND ABLE OFFERED SACRIFICES! AND SO DID NOAH!
BUT AS MOST SCHOLARS ADMIT, THIS WAS INDIVIDUALS DOING SO. THERE WAS NO “SET SYTEM” OF ANIMAL SACRIFICES BY A PRIESTHOOD IN A TABERNACLE OR TEMPLE.
NOW WERE PERSONS LIKE ABLE AND NOAH “SAVED” TO SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION?
YES THEY WERE! READ HEBREWS 11.
WERE ANIMAL SACRIFICES EVER A PART OF PROCURING SALVATION?
NO THEY WERE NOT! CAN YOU REMEMBER THE VERSE THAT PROVES THAT ANIMAL SACRIFICES HAVE NEVER EVER BEEN REQUIRED FOR SALVATION?
HERE IT IS: “BUT IN THOSE SACRIFICES THERE IS A REMEMBRANCE AGAIN MADE OF SINS EVERY YEAR. FOR IT IS NOT POSSIBLE THAT THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS SHOULD TAKE AWAY SINS” [HEBREWS 10:3-4].
ANIMAL SACRIFICES WERE NEVER A PART OF SALVATION! ANIMAL SACRIFICES COULD NOT TAKE AWAY SINS; THEY WERE NEVER EVER REQUIRED FOR SALVATION! THEY WERE FOR ANOTHER REASON, THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SALVATION.
DID GOD WANT A PRIESTHOOD, TABERNACLE/TEMPLE, WITH ANIMAL SACRIFICES, FROM THE BEGINNING WITH ISRAEL?
THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING NO!!
READ AGAIN JEREMIAH 7: 21-23.
IT WAS NOT IN GOD’S THOUGHT OF MIND TO IMPOSE A RIGOROUS TEMPLE/SACRIFICING SYSTEM WHEN HE BROUGHT ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT!!!
GET THAT CLEAR IN YOUR MIND….. GOD NEVER INTENDED ISRAEL TO HAVE A TEMPLE, PRIESTHOOD, AND DAILY, AND FEAST SACRIFICES. HE JUST WANTED THEM TO OBEY HIM!
A TEMPLE, PRIESTHOOD, ANIMAL SACRIFICES, WERE BROUGHT IN, FOR OTHER REASONS THAN FOR SALVATION INTO ETERNAL LIFE.
HEBREWS 10 HAS SHOWN US ONE REASON….. “THERE IS A REMEMBRANCE AGAIN MADE OF SINS EACH YEAR.”
ANCIENT ISRAEL WERE MAINLY CARNAL NATURED, THEY WERE SINNERS, THAT NEVER REALLY, OR NEVER VERY OFTEN OBEYED GOD’S LAWS, COMMANDMENTS, PRECEPTS, STATUTES, AND JUDGMENTS. THEY NEVER HAD THE HEART TO DO SO - DEUT. 5:29; AND 29:4.
ONCE MORE READ NUMBER 11 CONCERNING THE GIVING OF GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT TO PEOPLE IN ISRAEL….. FEW, VERY FEW, WERE EVER GIVEN IT!
I STATE AGAIN, SALVATION FROM THE VERY BEGINNING HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME FOR EVERYONE!
AND IT HAS NEVER INCLUDED ANIMAL SACRIFICES!
ANIMAL SACRIFICES I REPEAT WERE FOR ANOTHER REASON/S, NEVER FOR SALVATION!
GOD’S CHILDREN FROM ADAM TO THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST THE MESSIAH, HAVE ALWAYS KNOW THE WAY TO SALVATION. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, ACKNOWLEDGE SIN (HENCE YOU KNOW WHAT SIN IS), ACKNOWLEDGE YOU ARE A SINNER; REPENT AND BE CONVERTED (TURN AROUND AND WALK AWAY FROM SIN), ACKNOWLEDGE A GOD BEING WOULD COME AND TAKE AWAY, WASH AWAY YOUR SINS, THROUGH HIS SHED BLOOD; HAVE FAITH IN THAT SACRIFICE; THEN YOU COME UNDER THE GRACE OF GOD; THEN YOU ARE IN A “SAVED CONDITION” - KEEP IT THAT WAY IN YOUR HEART AND MIND AND YOU WILL BE IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION, TO GLORIFIED ETERNAL LIFE AT THE COMING AGAIN OF THE GOD MESSIAH TO EARTH TO BRING IN THE AGE TO COME FOR 1,000 YEARS.
GOD’S CHILDREN FROM ADAM TO JESUS’ FIRST COMING NEW THIS ONE AND ONLY WAY TO SALVATION AND LIFE ETERNAL!
THOSE AT AND FROM THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH GOD TO SHED HIS BLOOD, HAVE KNOW THIS ONE AND ONLY WAY TO SALVATION AND LIFE ETERNAL!
THAT ONE AND ONLY WAY NEVER INCLUDED ANIMAL SACRIFICES; ANIMAL SACRIFICES WERE FOR OTHER REASON/S.
NOW LET ME PROVE TO YOU THAT DOING ANIMAL SACRIFICES NEVER EVER TOOK AWAY ANYTHING FROM THE SACRIFICE OF THE MESSIAH GOD. SOME PEOPLE THINK (LIKE THIS AUTHOR OF THIS BOOKLET) THAT DOING ANIMAL SACRIFICES IS BLASPHEMOUS TOWARDS GOD; THAT DOING THEM AFTER THE SACRIFICE OF THE GOD MESSIAH SHEDDING HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS, IS SOMETHING LIKE KICKING THE GOD BEING BETWEEN THE LEGS, PLEASE EXCUSE MY EARTHLY WAY OF PUTTING IT, BUT YOU SHOULD GET WHAT I MEAN VERY CLEARLY FROM THAT WAY OF SAYING IT.
GET READY FOR A SHOCK!
QUESTION: DID THE PHYSICAL SIDE OF THE OLD COVENANT FOR ISRAEL STOP AND END AT THE CROSS?
ANSWER: WELL YES AND NO!
THE PHYSICAL TEMPLE CONTINUED AFTER THE CROSS; THE PRIESTHOOD OF LEVI CONTINUED AFTER THE CROSS; THE RITES OF THE TEMPLE (INCLUDING ANIMAL SACRIFICES) CONTINUED AFTER THE CROSS.
ANYONE READING THE BOOK OF ACTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THAT!
TURN TO ACTS 18: 18
PAUL “SHORN HIS HEAD….FOR HE HAD A VOW.”
MOST BIBLE SCHOLARS HAVE NO TROUBLE WITH THIS, THEY ADMIT PAUL PUT HIMSELF UNDER A “NAZARITE VOW” OF NUMBERS CHAPTER 6.
NOW READ ALL OF NUMBER 6!
TEMPLE RITES AND SACRIFICES WERE PART AND PARCLE OF A NAZARITE VOW!
ACTS 18 TELLS US PAUL SHORN HIS HEAD AT CENCHREA….NOT JERUSALEM. BUT HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO JERUSALEM - VERSE 21.
IT DOES NOT TELL US IF PAUL DID THE SACRIFICES AT JERUSALEM FOR COMING OUT OF A NAZARITE VOW. AND HE DID NOT HAVE TO UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT (MORE LATER ON THIS). BUT HE WILLFULLY DECIDED TO FOLLOW A NAZARITE VOW FOR A CERTAIN LENGTH OF TIME!
NOW YOU SEE IF YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE, THAT A NAZARITE VOW (GROWING YOUR HAIR LONG FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND OTHER THINGS NOT DOING AS GIVEN IN NUMBER 6) IS REQUIRED FOR SALVATION. MOST TODAY WOULD LAUGH AT SUCH AN IDEA, THAT SUCH A PHYSICAL THING IS REQUIRED FOR SALVATION. BUT PAUL DID IT, NOT BECAUSE HE HAD TO FOR SALVATION, BUT BECAUSE HE SIMPLY WANTED TO DO IT! MAYBE DOING OR I SHOULD SAY NOT DOING, CERTAIN THINGS UNDER A NAZARITE VOW, HELPT HIS MIND FOCUS IN THE SITUATION HE WAS IN; WE ARE NOT TOLD THE REASON HE DID IT, BUT HE DID DO IT, AND NOT BECAUSE IT WAS REQUIRED FOR SALVATION; HE FOR WHATEVER REASON DECIDED TO PUT HIMSELF UNDER THAT VOW FOR A TIME.
NOW LET’S LOOK AT AN EVEN BIGGER AND PLAINER PASSAGE, THAT WILL BLOW MOST PEOPLE AWAY, FOR THEY READ RIGHT OVER IT, NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IT ALL MEANT ON THE PHYSICAL SIDE OF THINGS.
TURN TO ACTS 21.
I WANT YOU TO READ VERSES 17 TO 26.
READ IT SLOWLY…… IT SHOULD HIT YOU RIGTH BETWEEN THE EYS FOR WHAT IT SAYS AND FOR WHAT PAUL DID!
PAUL GOES TO JAMES AND AND ALL THE ELDERS WERE PRESENT. PAUL TELLS THEM HOW GREAT THINGS GOD HAD DONE THROUGH HIS MINISTRY.
THEY TELL HIM, “PAUL YOU SEE HOW MANY JEWS ARE BELIEVERS, AND ARE ZEALOUS FOR THE LAW (MEANING ALL THE LAW OF MOSES AS THE CONTEXT SHOWS). BUT THEY ARE INFORMED THAT YOU TEACH ALL THE JEWS AMONG THE GENTILES TO FORSAKE MOSES, SAYING THAT THEY OUGHT NOT TO CIRCUMCISE THEIR CHILDREN, NEITHER TO WALK AFTER THE CUSTOMS.”
NOW THE TRUTH OF THIS IS:
PAUL TAUGHT NO SUCH THING PER SE. FROM THE WRITINGS OF PAUL YOU SHOULD, CERTAINLY ALL SO-CALLED “SCHOLARS” SHOULD, KNOW, PAUL WAS NOT AGAINST DOING CIRCUMCISION OR ANY OF THE LAWS OF MOSES IN THE TEMPLE RITES (CONTEXT HERE IN ACTS SHOWS), IF YOU WANTED TO DO THEM! BUT THEY WERE NOT AND NEVER WERE ORDAINED OF GOD (YES THEY DID COME FROM GOD YOU KNOW) FOR SALVATION! THEY GAVE YOU NO BROWNIE POINT ON THE ROAD TO SALVATION.
PAUL TAUGHT YOU NO LONGER HAD TO DO ANY TEMPLE RITES, WHICH INCLUDED, THE NAZARITE VOW, AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES. PAUL WAS TAUGHT OF CHRIST (GAL.1) HENCE JESUS TAUGHT HIM THAT ALL TEMPLE RITES WERE GOING TO STOP IN 70 A.D. WHEN THE TEMPLE AND JERUSALEM WOULD BE DESTROYED BY THE ROMAN ARMIES; AND THAT UNDER THE “NEW” COVENANT/TESTAMENT, NO TEMPLE RITES NEEDED TO BE DONE….. BUT AS THE TEMPLE STILL FUNCTIONED AND THE PRIESTHOOD….. THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH DOING TEMPLE RITES, INCLUDING ANIMAL SACRIFICES….. BUT ALL THAT PHYSICAL STUFF GAVE YOU NOTHING AS FAR AS SALVATION WAS CONCERNED. PHYSICAL TEMPLE RITES WERE NOT EVER A PART OF SALVATION. BUT AS THE TEMPLE STILL STOOD, IF YOU WANTED TO DO THEM YOU COULD; IT WAS NOT BLASPHEMOUS AGAINST GOD (I GUESS NOT FOR IT WAS GOD WHO INTRODUCED THEM TO ISRAEL) TO DO TEMPLE RITES, BUT IT GAVE YOU NO POINTS FOR SALVATION. THERE WERE OTHER REASONS MAYBE TO DO THEM, BUT NOT FOR SALVATION.
OBVIOUSLY THERE WERE MANY JEWISH BELIEVERS IN CHRIST THE MESSIAH, WHO STILL WANTED TO DO TEMPLE RITES AND SACRIFICES, AS THE ELDERS TOLD PAUL.
THEY ALSO TOLD HIM THEY HAD TOLD THE GENTILES THEY DID NOT NEED TO DO THEM!
SO THE ELDERS ALSO KNEW WHAT PAUL REALLY TAUGHT, AS THEY THEMSELVES KNEW THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER; AS CHRISTIANS UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT AGE, NO ONE HAD TO DO TEMPLE RITES OF ANY KIND—— BUT IF YOU WANTED TO DO THEM WHILE THE TEMPLE STILL STOOD YOU COULD, YOU WERE NOT BY DOING THEM KICKING GOD IN THE TEETH, AND DISRESPECTING THE MESSIAH’S SACRIFICE. TEMPLE RITES INCLUDING ANIMAL SACRIFICES NEVER EVER TOOK AWAY SINS!
THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS NEVER COULD TAKE AWAY SINS, BUT IN THEM WAS A REMEMBRANCE OF SINS EVERY YEAR, EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR WHILE THE PRIESTHOOD FUNCTIONED IN THE TEMPLE.
NOW UNDER THIS NEW TESTAMENT AGE THOSE CALLED AND CHOSEN, THOSE WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN THEM, UNITED WITH THEIR MIND, DID NOT NEED THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS TO REMIND THEM, TO TEACH THEM AS A PHYSICAL LESSON, TO BRING REMEMBRANCE THAT ONLY THE BLOOD OF THE MESSIAH COULD TAKE AWAY, WASH AWAY SINS.
SO UNDERSTAND, THE TEMPLE AND ALL ITS RITES VIA A PRIESTHOOD DID COME FROM GOD. IT WAS GOD WHO HAD ISRAEL INSTITUTE IT! ALL OF IT WAS A GODLY THING BECAUSE IT DID COME FROM GOD; GOD TOLD MOSES TO INSTITUTE IT ALL!
WHILE IT STOOD, THE TEMPLE AND ALL THINGS TO DO WITH IT, IT WAS NOT WRONG TO DO THOSE THINGS WHILE THE TEMPLE FUNCTIONED, IF YOU WANTED TO!
THIS IS WHAT PAUL TAUGHT….. YOU DID NOT HAVE TO DO TEMPLE RITES, BUT IF YOU WANTED TO DO THEM YOU COULD DO THEM!
AND SO THE ELDERS ASKED PAUL TO DO TEMPLE RITES (VERSES 23-26)…..READ IT!
PAUL WENT INTO THE TEMPLE UNDER THE NEW TESTAMENT AGE, AND DID TEMPLE RITES….HE PURIFIED HIMSELF WITH THEM….UNTIL THAT AN OFFERING SHOULD BE OFFERED FOR EVERY ONE OF THEM!
WOW….MY OH MY, HERE’S THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER!
O IF PEOPLE WOULD ONLY READ ALL THE BIBLE!
MANY JEWISH BELIEVERS IN THE MESSIAH STILL HAD A ZEAL FOR ALL THE LAW OF MOSES, INCLUDING TEMPLE RITES. THE TEMPLE AND ALL THINGS DONE IN IT, WAS FROM GOD, ISRAEL DID NOT MAKE IT UP; IT WAS GOD WHO GAVE IT ALL TO MOSES TO INSTITUTE.
THE TEMPLE WAS STILL STANDING; IT WOULD NOT BE DESTROYED UNTIL 70 A.D.
YOU COULD IF YOU WANTED, DO TEMPLE RITES; YOU WERE NOT BEING SACRILEGIOUS, ILRELIGIOUS, DISRESPECTFUL, TOWARDS GOD AND CHRIST’S SACRIFICE, AT ALL.
PAUL DID THOSE RITES TO PROVE HIS TRUE TEACHING, AND TO SHOW SOME HAD FIGURED IT ALL WRONG ABOUT WHAT HE REALLY TAUGHT.
THE TEMPLE OF EZEKIEL IN THE AGE TO COME AND ALL ITS RITES AND SACRIFICES, WILL NOT BE SACRILEGIOUS OR PROFANE TOWARDS GOD,
FOR GOD IN THE PERSON OF CHRIST JESUS WILL HAVE IT ALL INSTITUTED AGAIN FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.
THE LARGE PART REASON FOR THAT I WILL TELL YOU IN THE NEXT STUDY.
I DO NEED TO ANSWER HEBREWS 10 AND THE OVERALL OF THE BOOK OF HEBREWS.
GOD NEVER WANTED A SYSTEM OF ANIMAL SACRIFICES AS HE HAD TO INSTITUTE IN ANCIENT ISRAEL; THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS AND A PRIESTHOOD OF DAILY MINISTRATIONS OF PHYSICAL THINGS, NEVER TOOK AWAY SINS (VERSE 4, 11).
PAUL IS PROVING ALL OF THIS THROUGHOUT THE BOOK OF HEBREWS.
HE IS TELLING THE HEBREWS, REMINDING THOSE HEBREW CHRISTIANS AND ANYONE ELSE READING, THAT THERE WAS ONLY EVER ONE SACRIFICE FOR SALVATION, THE BLOOD SACRIFICE OF THE SLAIN MESSIAH GOD. HE IS TELLING THEM HIS THEOLOGY RIGHT FROM THE GETGO, RIGHT FROM THE DUGOUT; HE LEARNED IT ALL NOT FROM ANY MAN (GAL. 1). HE IS TELLING THEM THAT THEY HAD THE FREEDOM TO WORSHIP IN THE TEMPLE, TO DO ALL THE RITES OF THE TEMPLE, BUT IT MEANT NOTHING FOR SALVATION. AND NOW THE TIME WAS SOON TO COME (MOST SCHOLARS AGREE THAT THE BOOK OF HEBREWS WAS WRITTEN JUST YEARS BEFORE THE TEMPLE WOULD BE DESTROYED IN 70 A.D.….SO AROUND 65, 66, A.D.) THAT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR HEBREW CHRISTIANS TO UNDERSTAND THE HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD LEVI PRIESTHOOD, AND JESUS’ PRIESTHOOD, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD PHYSICAL TEMPLE AND THE NEW TESTAMENT AGE TEMPLE (OF BELIEVERS); THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL ANIMAL SACRIFICES AND THE ONE AND ONLY ONE TRUE SACRIFICE FOR SALVATION - THE MESSIAH GOD SACRIFICE. PAUL WAS PUTTING ALL THE PHYSICAL OF THE OLD COVENANT IN TRUE PERSPECTIVE WITH THE TRUE SACRIFICE OF GOD, FOR SALVATION. HE WAS PROVING TO THEM WHAT THE NEW COVENANT WAS REALLY ALL ABOUT, AND THAT SOON THE “OFFICIAL” DAY AND TIME FOR THE OLD COVENANT TO END WAS COMING AND IT WOULD FULLY FANISH AWAY (CHAP. 8: 13 - READ THE CONTEXT). HE WAS TELLING THEM FULLY THAT THEY HAD A BETTER HIGH PRIEST, A BETTER TEMPLE AND CITY (CHAP.12: 18-29), AND WHEN THE OLD WAS GOING TO BE DESTROYED, AND THEY COULD NEVER PARTAKE OF THE TEMPLE RITES AGAIN IN THIS AGE; THEY NEEDED TO GET THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE, THE OLD PHYSICAL WAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN COMPARISON TO THE NEW. THEY HAD BEEN ALLOWED FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS TO PARTAKE OF THE OLD RITES IN A PHYSICAL TEMPLE IF THEY WANTED TO, BUT NOT FAR AWAY IN TIME, THIS OLD PHYSICAL WAS GOING TO BE DESTROYED AND WOULD VANISH AWAY.
PAUL WAS TEACHING THEM THEY NEEDED TO SEE THE HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE NEW COVENANT; THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALL THE PHYSICAL OF THE OLD, AND THE SPIRITUAL OF THE NEW; THEY SOON HAD TO LEAVE BEHIND ALL THE PHYSICAL OF THE OLD COVENANT BECAUSE IT WAS SOON TO VANISH AWAY, IN A DRAMATIC DESTRUCTION BY THE ARMIES OF ROME; BUT OUR EYES AND MIND AND HEART NEEDED TO BE ON THE NEW WHICH WAS GLORIOUSLY MUCH MUCH BETTER.
I NEED TO FINISH THIS STUDY WITH WHAT PROTESTANT FUNDAMENTAL TEACHERS HAVE COME TO SEE IS THE TRUTH OF THIS MATTER.
FROM THE BOOK “THE POPULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIBLE PROPHECY” by Tim Lahaye and Ed Hindson
The relationship between the atoning work of Jesus Christ and the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament has raised many questions for Bible theologians. This is especially true in light of the book of Hebrews and Old Testament prophecies concerning worship during the millennium. The answer may have to do with distinct functions in the plan of God for the blood of sacrificial animals and for the precious blood of Christ. This distinction is especially significant for understanding the reinstatement of animal sacrifices during the future millennial kingdom of Christ.
The atoning work of Christ is infinite in value and therefore eternally sufficient and effective for those who put their trust in Him. The book of Hebrews especially emphasizes the contrast between the substitutionary work of Christ and the blood of bulls and goats in the Old Covenant (see Hebrews 7:19; 9:9; 10:1,4,11,18). The New Covenant is infinitely superior to the Old Covenant of Moses, which was "only a shadow of the good things to come" (10:1 NASB). However, neither Hebrews nor the rest of the New Testament teaches that Israel as a nation has been forever set aside by God. The Old Covenant given by God to Israel through Moses has ended, but the New Covenant (stemming from the Abrahamic covenant) is in place and will be applied to Israel during the millennium. The contrast in Hebrews is between the shadowy, insufficient nature of the Old Covenant and the sufficient, permanent nature of the New Covenant.
During the present age, national Israel has been "rejected" (Romans 11:15-22) because of "transgression," "failure," and "unbelief (11:11-12,23). But that has not terminated Israel as a nation (11:11). Some day it will experience divine "fulfillment" (11:12) and "acceptance" (11:15). The church has not supplanted Israel in God's program, for "the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (11:29).
The New Covenant promises a new heart through the Holy Spirit for the entire nation of Israel (Ezekiel 36:26-27), the restoration of the regenerated nation to its ancestral land (36:28), and a dynamic, functioning theocracy of 12 tribes with a great new city and Temple (Ezekiel 40-48; see Deuteronomy 30:1-4). When this covenant is fulfilled for Israel, its high priest will be the Messiah Himself, not a descendant of Aaron (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7).
MENTION OF ANIMAL SACRIFICES
Isaiah foresaw not only God's New Covenant with Israel but also a Temple in the holy land (2:2-3; 60:13). Animal sacrifices would be offered on its altar by Egyptians (19:21) and Arabians (60:7), through priests and Levites (66:21), at God's "holy mountain" with burnt offerings and sacrifices on God's altar (56:6-7; 66:19-20).
God revealed the expression "a new covenant" first to Jeremiah. This New Covenant included the offering of animals on the altar of a Temple in the holy land. God announced through him, "I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth....David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man before me" (33:15,17-18). Thus Jeremiah, while stating the total demise of the temporary Old Covenant (31:32) and anticipating the national regeneration provided in the permanent New Covenant (31:31-34; 32:38-40; 33:6-13; 50:5), included animal sacrifices offered by Levitical priests as permanent aspects of this New Covenant for national Israel.
Ezekiel also described the New Covenant, including a provision for "My sanctuary in their midst forever" (37:26,28). This sanctuary or Temple is described in great detail in chapters 40-48. Included in the description are the different types and characteristics and purposes of its animal sacrifices (40:38-43; 42:13; 43:18-27; 45:15-25; 46:2-15; 46:20-24). Other prophets who spoke of the future Temple include Joel (3:18), Micah (4:1-5), and Haggai (2:7,9).
We will consider the theological issues arising from these descriptions by answering three questions: (1) What was the true function of animal sacrifices in the Old Covenant? (2) What are the fundamental differences between Ezekiel's picture of the New Covenant system of worship and the Old Covenant system of worship? (3) Would a worship system involving animal sacrifices represent a step backward for New Covenant Israel during the millennial age?
FUNCTION OF ANIMAL SACRIFICES
Animal sacrifices could never remove spiritual guilt from the offerer (Hebrews 10:4,11). One major purpose of these sacrifices (as teaching symbols) was to prepare the people of Israel for their Messiah and His infinite atonement. Another purpose was to provide a temporal, finite, external, and legal "forgiveness" through an "atonement" (a ritual cleansing—Hebrews 9:10,13) made by a priest (Numbers 15:25-26). This was not merely a prophetic anticipation of Christ's atoning work. In the Old Covenant, God provided a highly complex and rigid structure for his "kingdom of priests." National transgressions would receive national forgiveness when legitimate priests offered appropriate sacrifices to God at the Tabernacle or Temple altar. This forgiveness was promised regardless of the spiritual state of either the offerer or the priest.
However, such sacrificial blood could never cleanse the conscience or save the soul (Hebrews 10:1-2), so God repeatedly sent prophets to call His people to love and obey their God from the heart. Apart from such genuine faith, all the ceremonially "kosher" animals in the whole world would avail nothing in the spiritual realm (Psalm 50:7-15; Isaiah 1:12-20; Jeremiah 6:20; 7:21-23; Hosea 5:6; Amos 4:4-5; 5:20-27; Micah 6:6-8). It has always been true that "it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins" (Hebrews 10:4). But it was also true then, under the Old Covenant, that "the blood of bulls and goats….sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh" (Hebrews 9:13).
In the Millennial Temple under the New Covenant, future sacrifices will have nothing to do with eternal salvation, which only comes through true faith in God. Future animal sacrifices will be "efficacious" and "expiatory" only in terms of the strict provision for ceremonial (thus temporal) forgiveness for national Israel. Thus, animal sacrifices will be not only memorial (like the bread and cup in church communion services) but also temporally atoning for believing Israel (Ezekiel 43:20,26; 45:15,17,20). Hoekema notes, "If the sacrifices mentioned in Ezekiel are to be understood literally, they must be expiatory, not memorial offerings" (Hoekema, p. 204). The distinction between ceremonial and spiritual atonement is significant, for it is at the heart of the basic difference between the theocracy of Israel and the church, the body and bride of Christ.
ISRAELS WORSHIP IN OLD AND NEW COVENANTS
The Temple of the millennium will be vastly different from those of Solomon, Zerubbabel, and Herod. The outer court, gates, walls, grounds, locality, and furniture will all be different. The Temple will not have the ark of the covenant, no pot of manna, no Aaron's rod, no tables of the Law, no cherubim, no mercy seat, no golden lampstand, no show-bread, no veil, no holy of holies, no high priest, no evening sacrifice (West, pp. 429-30),…..These modifications indicate that the millennial sacrifices will focus on sanctification grounded upon the reconciliation already provided by Christ.
NOT A STEP BACKWARD FOR ISRAEL
It is the conviction of the present author that consistent dispensationalism must teach the practice of animal sacrifices for a restored and regenerated Israel in the millennium. But would such a worship system represent a great step backward for New Covenant Israel? Israel will be under a New Covenant program, not the Old Covenant given to Moses, which was never designed to guarantee salvation. Millennial Israel will have the entire New Testament available to them, including the book of Hebrews. They will know about the full and finished work of Christ. They will see no conflict between Ezekiel and Hebrews, and they will understand the omission of a high priest in Ezekiel 40-48 as opening the door to the Melchizedekian High Priest of Psalm 110:4, Jesus Christ Himself.
Believing Jews [WELL ISRAEL ARE MORE THAN JEWS - THE HOUSE OF JUDAH IS ONLY THREE TRIBES - JUDAH, LEVI, AND BENJAMIN - Keith Hunt] will experience regeneration and sanctification just as Christians do today—by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus. These future Jewish believers will not be glorified (they will be survivors of the Tribulation and their descendants). The New Covenant theocracy of Israel will retain its distinctive Israelite characteristics—a promised land, a temple, appropriate animal sacrifices, and an earthly Zadokian priesthood (subordinate to Jesus Christ).
These sacrifices, illumined by a corporate understanding of the true significance of the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world, will be appreciated all the more for what they can and cannot accomplish for the offerer. For non-glorified millennial Israel and her Gentile proselytes throughout the world (see Psalm 87; Isaiah 60:1-14; Zechariah 8:20-23), the continued presence of a sin nature will call for constant instruction and exhortation in revealed truth. Not even a perfect government will automatically solve this deep, universal problem. In distinction from the perfection of the eternal state described in Revelation 21-22, Christ will "rule all nations with a rod of iron" (Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15) and with strict controls, especially in religious practices (see Zechariah 14:16-21). Even though outward submission to these religious forms will not necessarily demonstrate a regenerate heart, it will guarantee protection from physical penalties and temporal judgments. Those who love Christ will exhibit a genuine spirit of submission to His government. But those who do not truly love Him will follow Satan in global rebellion at the end of Christ’s righteous reign, and they will be destroyed in cosmic fire (Revelation 20:7-9).
FORM AND CONTENT OF WORSHIP
How can vital spiritual instruction be accomplished for citizens of the millennial kingdom through a system of animal sacrifices?
If it is theoretically possible for the church today to achieve a spiritual, symbolic, and pedagogic balance in the use of the bread and cup in communion, then it will be all the more possible for regenerated Israel to attain the divinely intended balance between form and content within the structures of the New Covenant. It is not only possible but prophetically certain (in the view of this author) that millennial animal sacrifices will be used in a God-honoring way (Psalm 51:15-19; Hebrews 11:4) by a regenerated, chosen nation before the inauguration of the eternal state. (See the article titled "Millennial Temple.")
—John C. Whitcomb
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Several Old Testament prophets predicted that during the millennium, Israelite believers will worship God in a way that requires a new Temple. Note the following references:
Moses saw on the mountain, which God commanded him to construct (Exodus 25:8-9).
The Temple of Ezekiel 8-11 was clearly the literal Temple of Ezekiel’s day, even though the prophet saw it "in the visions of God" (8:3) while he himself was still in Babylon (8:1). These four chapters mention "the door of the north gate of the inner court" (8:3), "the porch" (8:16), "the altar" (8:16), "the threshold of the temple" (9:3), and "the east gate of the Lord's house" (10:19).
Chapters 40-42 give no indication whatsoever that they describe an ideal Temple instead of a literal Temple. In fact, one finds descriptive formulas that are similar, if not identical, to those in chapters 8-11: "in the visions of God" (40:2; see 8:3), "a gateway on the inner court" (40:27; see 8:3), "the porch of the house" (40:48; see 8:16), "the altar" (43:18; see 8:16), and "the gate that faces toward the east" (43:1; see 10:19), through which the glory of the God of Israel is seen returning exactly as He had departed in 10:19 and 11:23. If the Millennial Temple is not to be a reality, why insist that the return of the God of Israel will be a reality?
God promised to the line of Zadok an everlasting priesthood (1 Samuel 2:35; see 1 Kings 2:27,35). This confirms God's promise of an everlasting priesthood to Zadok's ancestor Phinehas (Numbers 25:13), which confirms His promise of an everlasting priesthood to Phinehas' grandfather Aaron (Exodus 29:9; 40:15; see 1 Chronicles 6:3,50). Furthermore, God confirmed this promise of an everlasting priesthood through Jeremiah (33:17-22), who linked the perpetuity of the Levitical priests with the perpetuity of the Davidic kingship and the perpetuity of the earth's rotation on its axis! In view of these promises of God, confirmed again and again, it is highly significant that the Millennial Temple of Ezekiel will have the sons of Zadok as its priests (40:46; 44:15). The intrinsic probability of this being fulfilled literally is strengthened tremendously by the mention of 12,000 Levites who will be sealed by God during the yet future(Revelation 7:7). If these are literal Levites, it would hardly be consistent to maintain that the Temple is spiritual or figurative. And if God's promises to Aaron, Phinehas, and Zadok may be spiritualized, how can we insist that His promises to David (2 Samuel 7:13,16) will be fulfilled literally?
The Bible teaches that although true Christianity does not require an earthly temple, altar, or sacrifices (John 4:21; Hebrews 7-10), such provisions will exist for Israel following the rapture of the church [RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS, NOT SOME “SECRET” RAPTURE - Keith Hunt] (Matthew 24; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1-2; see Hosea 3:4-5;). Furthermore, Revelation 20:9 indicates that Jerusalem, the "beloved city," will once again be "the camp of the saints" during the millennial age.
OBJECTIONS TO A LITERAL MILLENNIAL TEMPLE
The area of the temple courts (about one square mile) of Ezekiels Temple would be larger than the entire ancient walled city of Jerusalem, and the holy portion for priests and Levites (about 40 by 50 miles) would cover an area six times the size of greater London today. Some say that it could not possibly be placed within present-day Palestine between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea (Ezekiel 47:18). The millennial Jerusalem would be about 40 miles in circumference and thus ten times the circumference of the ancient city.
However, Israel will have the only sanctuary and priesthood in the world during the millennium, so the temple courts and sacred area will need to be greatly enlarged to accommodate the vast number of worshipers and the priests who will serve them (Isaiah 2:3; 60:14; 61:6; Zechariah 8:20-23). Various Old Testament prophecies speak of great geological changes that will occur in Palestine at the time of Christ's second coming, so it is not impossible to imagine a 2500-square-mile area for the Temple and city fitted into a reshaped and enlarged land (see Isaiah 26:15; 33:17; 54:2; Zechariah 14:4-10). The latter passage speaks of new valleys, new rivers, and a flattening of portions of land "like the Arabah" (NIV) that "will be raised up." The entire Dead Sea region may be lifted up more than 1300 feet, above the present sea level, for it will contain fish "of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea" (Ezekiel 47:10). Revelation 16:20 states that toward the end of the Great Tribulation, gigantic earthquakes will cause islands and mountains to vanish. Both Testaments thus speak of topographical and geographical changes that will accompany the inauguration of the millennial kingdom. Jerusalem itself, the beloved city (Revelation 20:9), will be the capital of the world, and its size will surely be proportionate to its importance.
Some people cannot imagine why a system of animal sacrifices would be reinstituted after the one perfect sacrifice of Christ has been accomplished, especially in the light of Hebrews 7-10. This may be the most formidable objection to a literal interpretation of Ezekiel's Temple.
However, several considerations tend to modify the force of this objection. First, the millennial system of sacrifices described by Ezekiel differs profoundly from the Aaronic system. It is not simply a reinstitution of Mosaic Judaism. Pentecost points out that there will be no ark of the covenant, tables of the law, cherubim, mercy seat, veil, golden lampstand, or table of showbread (Pentecost, pp. 520-24). Instead of a high priest, a prince who has some royal or priestly powers will be on duty, but he will actually be neither king nor high priest. The Levites will have fewer Temple privileges, except for the sons of Zadok, who will serve as priests. The feast of Pentecost is omitted, as well as the great Day of Atonement and the daily evening sacrifice [THIS DOES NOT MEAN THOSE FEASTS WILL NOT BE OBSERVED…. PENTECOST IS THE BIRTH OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH; IT IS HIGHLY, VERY HIGHLY DOUBTFUL THAT SUCH A FEAST WILL BE ABOLISHED - Keith Hunt]. The dimensions of the Temple and courts are changed, and they are removed from the city. The later rabbis, who lost the true significance of Old Testament prophecy, were deeply troubled by the contradictions between Moses and Ezekiel, and they hoped that Elijah would explain away the difficulties when he returned to earth.
Second, though animal sacrifices and priests have no place in Christianity, this does not mean that they will have no place in Israel …… The Scriptures make a clear distinction between Israel and the church. The fact that God will have finished His work of sanctification in the church by the time of the rapture [RESURRECTION IS CORRECT NOT SOME “SECRET” RAPTURE WHICH IS NOT TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE - Keith Hunt] is no warrant for assuming that He will have finished His work of instruction, testing, and sanctification in Israel. In fact, one of the main purposes of the 1000-year earthly kingdom of Christ will be to vindicate His chosen people Israel before the eyes of all nations (Isaiah 60-61)…..
Third, even in the age of grace, God uses the symbolism of the bread and the cup of communion to remind Christians of the awful price that Jesus paid on the cross. Drinking of this "cup of blessing" (1 Corinthians 10:16) does not involve a re-offering of the blood of Christ in contradiction to the book of Hebrews, but it serves as a powerful "remembrance" of Christ and a powerful proclaiming of "the Lord's death until He comes" (1 Corinthians 11:25-26). Likewise, in the context of distinctive Israelite worship, the five different offerings, four of them with blood-shedding, will serve as a constant reminder to the yet unglorified millennial Jews [ISRAELITES - 13 TRIBES - Keith Hunt] of the awful and complete sacrifice that their Messiah, now present in their midst, had suffered centuries earlier to make their salvation possible. In view of the fact that bloodshed may exist nowhere else in the entire world (Isaiah 11:6-9), such sacrifices upon the Temple altar would be doubly impressive. However, such sacrifices will not be voluntary and purely memorial as is true of the Christian communion. Ezekiel says that God will "accept" people on the basis of animal sacrifices (43:27), and they are "to make atonement for the house of Israel" (45:17; see 45:15). In other words, just as in Old Testament times, the privilege of life and physical blessing in the theocratic kingdom is contingent upon outward conformity to the ceremonial law. Such conformity did not bring salvation, and this has been God's plan in every dispensation. It is a serious mistake, therefore, to insist that these sacrifices will be expiatory. They could not completely take away guilt (Hebrews 10:4) and thus cleanse the conscience of the Old Testament Israelite (Hebrews 9:9,14), nor will they in the millennial kingdom age. But these sacrifices will be effective (as they once were) in sanctifying millennial Israelites "for the purifying of the flesh" (Hebrews 9:13,23; see 9:10) as an essential purification ritual because of God's infinitely holy presence in their midst (Hullinger, pp. 287-89). For this reason, their symbolic and pedagogic value, unlike the communion service, will be upheld by a system of forced participation. For example, those who decide to neglect the annual feast of Tabernacles will be punished by a drought or a plague (Zech-ariah 14:16-19). The offerings will serve as effective vehicles of divine instruction for Israel and the nations during the kingdom age. (See articles titled "Ezekiel, Eschatology of" and "Millennial Sacrifices.")
—John C. Whitcomb
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AS BEFORE STATED BY MYSELF, IF YOU BELIEVE IN CERTAIN PARTS OF PROPHECY ABOUT THE RETURN OF THE MESSIAH CHRIST JESUS, AS BEING LITERAL, THEN YOU REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BELIEVE THE OTHER PARTS OF THE SAME VERSES AND PASSAGES AS LITERAL ALSO.
IT IS GOOD TO SEE THAT THIS HAS BEEN UPHELD BY THE AUTHORS IN THIS SECTION OF THEIR BOOK. IT CAN BE NO OTHER WAY OR IT WOULD BE TRUE AS SOME ATHEISTS SAY, “YOU CAN MAKE THE BIBLE SAY ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO SAY.”
THE AUTHORS ABOVE HAVE COVERED THE SUBJECT OF A TEMPLE AND PRIESTHOOD AND SACRIFICES IN AN OVERALL COMPLETE AND TRUE WAY.