Q. I was looking at your site and you say that the millennial sacrifices are for remembrance. What scripture supports that? Every one I found says they are to make atonement for sin. Please explain this.
A. In the Old Testament sacrifices for sin were mandatory, but they didn’t do any good unless they were offered in faith that a redeemer would come to save them. While there’s no Old Testament verse that actually says this, we know it’s true because when the sacrifices were not offered in faith they were abhorrent to the Lord. For example, during the time before the Babylonian captivity when Judah had sunk into idolatry, the Lord said,
“I am bringing disaster on this people the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law. What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me” (Jeremiah 6:19-20).
In the Millennium sacrifices will again be required, even though the Redeemer has already come. Since we know animal sacrifices cannot atone for sin (Hebrews 10:11), and since we have the example of the Old Testament to show they had to be offered as an act of faith, logic tells us the same will be true in the Millennium. The difference is they’ll be demonstrating their belief that the Redeemer has already come. Therefore they will be offering their sacrifices as a remembrance of what the Lord has done. As it was in the Old Testament there’s no millennial verse that actually says this but we can infer it through our study.