Q. In my study of the scriptures, I do not believe that the animal sacrifices will be practiced during the Millennium. Hebrews 9:12 says that the Messiah entered into the Holy place not with the blood of goats and bulls, but with His own blood, and did so for all time. If the blood of goats and bulls could not take away sins during the time of the Israelites, what makes you think that it would during the 1,000 year reign of the Messiah?
I am sorry, but I have to respectfully say that this simply is not true. There will not be animal sacrifices during the Millennium. I personally believe that this belief seriously devalues the Messiah’s own blood poured out for all of mankind.
A. Thank you for the correspondence. While we certainly understand your position and why you believe what you do, Ezekiel makes it clear that animal sacrifices will be restored in the millennial Kingdom. We see several examples of this in Ezekiel 44-46. Consider the below examples:
“And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith my Sovereign Yahweh. And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession. They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs,” Ezek. 44:27-29.
“Thus saith my Sovereign Yahweh; In the first month, in the first day of the month, thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary: And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it upon the posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court.” Ezek 45:18-19.
“Thus saith my Sovereign Yahweh; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened. And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.”
Some have claimed that Ezekiel’s prophecy is not pertaining to the Millennium, but was a conditional promise based on Judah’s repentance. However, several key passages in Ezekiel 44-48 suggest that this is future and could not be historic.
Between Ezekiel 44 and 46 a prince is motioned 16 times. While it doesn’t mention this prince by name, Ezekiel 37:25 identifies David as “…their prince.” It reads, “And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.” If David is the prince spoken of in Ezekiel 44-48, Ezekiel’s temple must be prophetic. David is also called “king” in Ezekiel 37:24.
Ezekiel 47:1-12 speaks of a river with trees for the healing of the nations. This language seems to be prophetic. We do not see promises of this magnitude until the Messiah returns.
Ezekiel 47:13 to 48:35 describe the boundaries of the 12 tribes. Based on prophecy, Israel being gathered and restored will not occur until Yahshua’s return, Jeremiah 23:5-8. See also Ezekiel 37:15-28.
Assuming that Ezekiel confirms sacrifices will be restored, do we know the reason why? Scripture indicates that the Messiah’s role will change in the Millennium. This is indicated by the fact that His name will change to “Yahweh our Righteousness,” as stated in Jeremiah 23:6. Based on this, we believe Yahshua’s role will change from “salvation” to “righteousness.” His role in the Millennium will be to restore righteousness to the earth in anticipation of His Father’s coming, 1Corinthians 15:28; Revelation 21:1-3.
Regarding this diminishing Yahshua’s sacrifice, while we understand and appreciate your concern, we do not agree. First, we do not believe that sacrifices will be required for the saints or those from the first resurrection. And second, only those who never accepted Yahshua prior to the Millennium will be required to participate in these sacrifices. Therefore, the inadequacy is not with Yahshua, but with the people.
Saying this, we do not believe this point is a salvational issue, but are convicted based on the evidence that sacrifices will be restored in the millennial Kingdom.
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