Q. I’ve been studying about the idea of sacrifices in the millennium and I find that there is an apparent problem. As I read Hebrews 10:1-18 it is essentially saying that Christ died once and for all for our sins and that sin offerings are not what the Lord wants anymore.
You say that the Ezekiel sacrifices are only a memorial and not for sins since Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Here is my problem however, in the book of Ezekiel no where does it say this is done as a memorial. He says these are specifically “sin offerings” and once they become “sin offerings” they cannot come after the cross because this is completely against the teaching of Hebrews which show that sin offerings are no longer required by the Lord because Christ died for sins once and for all. Perhaps I am misunderstanding something and I was wondering what you think?
A. The simple facts are that Ezekiel’s prophecies are chronological. The End Times Rebirth of Israel is foretold in Chapters 35-37. The great battle where they are re-awakened to their covenant with God is in 38-39 and the Millennium is in 40-48. The Temple Ezekiel is describing there has never been built and is called the 3rd Temple by Jewish Scholars. There are many differences between it any any previous one. The altar and interior furnishings will be different. There will only be 3 Holy Days instead of the current 7. They’ll celebrate the Passover but without a lamb, etc, etc.
The fact that Ezekiel doesn’t say the sacrifices are only memorial is irrelevant. The sin offerings in the Old Testament were called sin offerings even though they didn’t cleanse the people from their sins. They only reminded them that a redeemer was coming who would. At the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week the Jews will build a Temple and offer sacrifices for sin. (Daniel 9:27) They won’t cleanse anyone from their sins. And the Millennium sin offerings won’t cleanse people from their sins either. They’ll both serve as a reminder that a redeemer has come who did.
If you believe in the divine authorship of Scripture then you have to accept the idea that God told Ezekiel to write these things because that’s the way He’s going to do them, whether we understand it or not.