Q. Thank you for your work on your website and the thought and study that goes into your articles. I am sure you are instrumental in many coming to faith in Christ and others to grow in the knowledge of Him.
I have a question regarding the life of the Jews in the millennium. According to Ezekiel the Jews will have a Temple and will return to sacrificing animals as they did in the Old Testament. My question is why will they do this and why would God require it for these Jews who were the Elect and accepted Christ as the Messiah before the 2nd Coming? It would seem that their acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice for their sin would be like the tribulation saints and the Church’s which forgave sins both past and future and did not require any more sacrifices. Also, what will the tribulation saints who are alive at the 2nd coming, who enter the Millennium, be doing in regards to worship?
A. The Lord didn’t have Ezekiel explain why there will be animal sacrifices in the Millennium, only that there will be. Nor is it clear that those who accept the Lord during Daniel’s 70th Week will need to participate. The most likely reason is to give those who enter the Kingdom below the age of accountability (born after the Rapture) or are born during the 1000 years to see what the Lord has done for them so they can make an informed decision on letting His death apply to their sins. By the way, this won’t apply only to Jews but to all the people of Earth. As it has been through history some will and some won’t.
Where worship is concerned, the clearest reference is in Zechariah 14:16-17.
Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.