Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Exodus 29.34-46, but we’ll start by reading from Verse 31.
READ EXODUS 29.31-46
The Bible spends quite a bit of time on the animal sacrifices which GOD appointed as the way to make atonement for the sins of the people. Sin is breaking The Law of Moses which are GOD’s Laws.
1 JOHN 3.4.
But The LORD teaches that the animal sacrifices must be made at the entrance of The Temple. And if a sacrifice is NOT made at The Temple to offer it to The LORD, that person from the House of Israel, or the non-Jewish person living among them will be cut off from His people. Leviticus 17.8-9
Of course there is no Temple in Jerusalem today. The Romans destroyed it in 70 C.E., A.D. making it unlawful to sacrifice animals. Yeshua The Messiah is our Atonement for all our sins. That was the central purpose for His first coming, to give His Life to make atonement for the sins of His people and all the world. John 12.27.
However, The Bible teaches that when Messiah returns, He will reinstate the animal sacrifice in The Millennium at the entrance of the door at The Millennium Temple. And we’ll learn in this study why The LORD will bring back the animal sacrifice in The Millennium even though Messiah Yeshua is our Atonement forever. And The Messiah will be living among us in Jerusalem. And we’ll get to that in a moment.
EXODUS 29.36 GOD commanded the Jewish High Priest to offer a young bull for a sin offering for atonement every day. That is a statute forever when there is a Temple in Jerusalem.
EXODUS 29.37 This Commandment is for the ordination of the Priests. Seven days an atonement was made for the altar. And whoever or whatever touched the altar became Holy.
EXODUS 29.38 Two lambs of the first year were offered daily to The LORD for atonement continually. That is forever as long as there is a Sanctuary in Jerusalem. Continually in Hebrew is TAH’MEED meaning forever.
EXODUS 29.39-42 These offerings must be continued forever throughout your generations at the door of The Tabernacle of the Congregation before The LORD.
EXODUS 29.43-46 GOD will Sanctify The Tabernacle by His Glory, and He will Sanctify the altar and the Priests who minister to Him in the Sanctuary. And GOD will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their GOD. And they will know that it is He, The LORD their GOD Who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt.
For many years, I have thought why will there be animal sacrifices for atonement in The Millennium when The LORD GOD, Yeshua The Messiah is our Atonement forever, and He will be living with us bodily in The Millennium, Face to face?
The LORD GOD has it written in His Law of Moses, as we just read. He commands His Jewish people to offer animal sacrifices to Him throughout our generations. And as Isaiah 66.22 reads, Israel and the descendants of Israel, the Jewish People will remain before The LORD GOD forever, as the new heavens and the new earth will remain before Him.
So why will The LORD GOD reinstate the animal sacrifice in The Millennium when we already have our Atonement for our sins forever through Yeshua The Messiah?
There will be a Temple in The Millennium in Jerusalem and there will be animal sacrifices at The Temple. That is Law according to The Law of Moses. And that is all explained in Ezekiel Chapters 40-48. EZEKIEL 42.8, 13
But, yes, we are assured that we have atonement in Messiah Yeshua for the forgiveness of our sins. ROMANS 5.11, ISAIAH 53.10
Now, Ezekiel Chapters 40-48 are prophesies of The Millennial Temple that will be built in Jerusalem when Messiah returns. But some Bible expositors interpret that The Temple in Ezekiel is something other than The Millennium Temple.
Some view the last nine Chapters of Ezekiel to be Solomon’s Temple before its destruction in 586 B.C.E., B.C. but that is not possible because of the different dimensions of The Temple built by Solomon as those in Ezekiel’s description of The Temple.
Then there are some who believe that The Temple in Ezekiel 40-48 is a description of the second Temple that was built by the Jewish exiles when they returned from the Babylonian exile in 516 B.C.E., B.C. But again, the description of the Second Temple is not the same as Ezekiel describes.
Then there are those who claim that The Temple in Ezekiel is a picture of the Church and its blessings in this age. This age, perhaps being today. But the well-know Christian Bible commentator C. I. Scofield writes, “That is impossible because of the large areas of Christian doctrine that are omitted.”
Let’s look at some Christian doctrine that is omitted in EZEKIEL 44.23-27.
VERSE 23 There are no clean or unclean animals in Christian doctrine. All are clean disregarding GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. Deuteronomy 14, LEVITICUS 11
VERSE 24 Christian doctrine has abolished all GOD’s Judgments, Laws, and Statutes that are written in The Law of Moses. And Christian doctrine does not Hallow, or make Holy GOD’s Sabbath on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. And Christian doctrine has abolished all GOD’s Sabbaths pertaining to His Festivals in Leviticus 23. All in violation of the Laws of The GOD of Creation.
VERSES 25-26 I’m not sure if Christian doctrine observes these Laws, or not.
VERSE 27 Christianity was established well after the destruction of the first and second Temples. Thus Christianity has never offered an animal sacrifice to The LORD for the atonement of their sins.
Thus The Temple described in Ezekiel Chapters 40-48 is not a picture of the Church and its blessings in this age. The Temple described in Ezekiel 40-48 is a Jewish Temple that will be built in The Millennium when Messiah Yeshua returns to establish His Messianic Kingdom in Israel. And The Millennial Temple in Jerusalem will be for all who believe in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua, and as Isaiah 56.6-7 reads, For all who keep GOD’s Sabbath on Saturday and take hold of His Covenant. GOD’S Covenant is His Word, and His Law of Moses.
Thus, the animal sacrifice for atonement will be reinstated in The Millennium. EZEKIEL 45.15-17
VERSE 15 Reconciliation in Hebrew is KAH’FAHR meaning to make atonement for sins, and have reconciliation with GOD.
VERSE 16 The prince in Israel will be King David who will serve under King Messiah. EZEKIEL 37.25, ZECHARIAH 14.9
VERSE 17 (EZEKIEL 45.17) Non-Jewish people join in fully with The House of Israel by obeying GOD’s Laws that are all written in The Law of Moses. And that includes belief in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua. The sin offering, or the animal sacrifices are to make reconciliation and atonement for The House of Israel. NUMBERS 15.14-16, DEUTERONOMY 18.18-19
So why do we need another atonement for our sins when we already have Messiah Yeshua as our Atonement? We don’t. We do not need another atonement. So why will GOD reinstate the animal sacrifice in The Millennium?
First of all, the animal sacrifice must continue when there is a Temple standing in Jerusalem.&nbs
p; That is GOD’S Law written in the Law of Moses. And there will be a Temple in Jerusalem during the 1,000 year Millennium. EXODUS 29.38, 42, LEVITICUS 3.12-17, NUMBERS 28.1-3
And the animal sacrifices for atonement will be for those Jewish people whom GOD will gather from all the nations outside of Israel and bring them into The Messianic Kingdom in Israel at the start of The Millennium. They were not redeemed, nor were they resurrected or raised up the last day. And the animal sacrifice will be for those Jewish People who will remain in Israel at their Messiah’s return who also were not redeemed. And the animal sacrifice will be for those who will be born during The Millennium. And for Gentiles whom GOD will bring in during the Millennium. The animal sacrifices will be for them for the atonement of their sins, for reconciliation with their GOD.
EZEKIEL 39.25-29, EZEKIEL 47.21-23, ZECHARIAH 14.1-3
The animal sacrifice will be offered daily in The Millennium to The LORD. But like today, there will be individuals who were not raised up the last day who will not turn from their sins of breaking GOD’S Law of Moses. They will not turn to GOD and do that which is Lawful and Right in the sight of GOD by obeying His Law of Moses. Those individuals who disobey GOD in the Millennium will be cursed and perish even though satan will be locked up for the 1,000 years, and The Land of Israel will be pure without any curse. ISAIAH 65.20
However, the person who dies in the Millennium and is right with GOD, who is obedient to His Law of Moses, Yeshua the Messiah says in JOHN 11.25-26, Though he were dead, yet shall he live.
REVELATION 20.1-3, ZECHARIAH 14.10-11
ZECHARIAH 14.10 The Land of Israel shall be turned as a plain, meaning it will be pure and sterile.
ZECHARIAH 14.11 No more utter destruction means no more curse.
And The Millennium will be like the Garden of Eden, and GOD Almighty, The Messiah Yeshua will teach us The Law, His Law of Moses. ISAIAH 51.1-4
And the true Believer in The LORD who follows GOD’S Laws written in The Law of Moses, will be with The LORD forever. 1 THESSALONIANS 4.13-18, 1 JOHN 3.2, PSALM 17.15, ZECHARIAH 14.1-5
As will those Gentiles who have blessed the Jewish People. They too will be with the LORD forever. And their atonement in Messiah is forever. GENESIS 12.3, MATTHEW 25.31-46
And The Millennium will be a magnificent and perfect place to live. It will be like The Garden of Eden. A dwelling place of peace, gladness, joy, and thanksgiving and so much more.
ZEPHANIAH 3.14-20, ZECHARIAH 2.10-11
So why will GOD reinstate the animal sacrifice for atonement in The Millennium?
Because it is GOD’s Law written in The Law of Moses that the animal sacrifice must continue when there is a Temple in Jerusalem. And there will be a Temple in Jerusalem during The Millennium.
And the animal sacrifice for atonement will be for those people who enter the Millennium but were not resurrected or raised up the last day, nor were they redeemed. The animal sacrifice will atone for their sins. And by their obedience to the Holy One Of Israel, The Messiah Yeshua, they will join the Family of GOD, and inherit Eternal Life.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein