FROM  THE  BOOKLET  “EZEKIEL’S  TEMPLE  AND  SACRIFICES” 


BY TH WHITEHOUSE

THE SACRIFICES


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


Millennial Sacrifices


ENNIAL SACRIFICES

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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Hoekema, Anthony A. The Bible and the Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979.


Hullinger, Jerry M. "The Problem of Animal Sacrifices in Ezekiel 40-48." Bibliotheca Sacra 152 (July-Sept. 1995), pp. 279-89.


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Pentecost, J. Dwight. Things to Come. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1964.


Ryrie, Charles C. The Basis of Premillennial Faith. New York: Loizeaux, 1953.

Sauer, Erich. From Eternity to Eternity. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1954.


Walvoord, John F. The Millennial Kingdom. Findlay, OH: Dunham, 1959.


West, Nathanael. The Thousand Years in Both Testaments. New York: Revell, 1880.


Whitcomb, John C. "Christ's Atonement and Animal Sacrifices in Israel." Grace Theological Journal 6.2 (1985), pp. 201-17.


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MILLENNIAL TEMPLE


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


Its Size


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.


Animal Sacrifices


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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Zondervan, 1959.

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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.


Keith Hunt