I would be grateful if you could supply such Scriptures as would clarify the points you have raised, so that I can pin them down to Scriptural fact. (If you don't have the time I will understand
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In Christ Jesus
Chris, I would be honored to give you my impressions and verses that I have derived my opinions from.
Hebrews 10:4 says that the blood of animals only "covered" over the sins of men until The Lamb of God would give His blood as the complete atonement which cleanses us of sin. I am sure we all know and understand that fact. Neither keeping the Law or giving animal sacrifices saved anyone. It was all by faith. The animal blood was a type of what Jesus would ecentually do.
"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”
Zech 14:v.21 ...........
“Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.”
Isa 66:23 .............
"And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me," says the LORD.
Isa. 66:23 teaches that we will keep the Sabbath, it also teaches we will keep the New Moon festival! This is on earth in the Millennium period- not in heaven."
If the Sabbath and feast days and the sacrifices are done away with in Christ how do we reconcile these two seemingly contradictory positions? How can there be a return to the sacrificial system without taking away from the meritorious sacrifice of Christ?
Millennial Israel will have at its center the Temple. Sacrifices according to Ezek. 40:38-39
, will continually be done during the Kingdom Age as seen in Ezekiel 45:13 – 46:15
. The key IMO is the fact that the millennial offerings are distinctly Jewish nature, of Jewish history and will be administered by Jews, their commemorative purpose will be embraced by Gentiles who will join in celebration of the millennial King who will be on earth.
IMO this is what is taught to us in Zechariah 8 v.23..........
'In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying, We will go with you for we have heard that God is with you'.
Now........ it should not be mistaken for a reinstitution of Mosaic law system, since Moses sacrificial system did not take away sin but Jesus' last sacrifice did.
The problem is easily solved if we view them as being COMMEMORATIVE rather than EFFICACIOUS.
The sacrifices will be a memorial, just as communion is practiced today looking back. They will not be propitiation, or efficacious (they will have no power to redeem) but are a reminder of what took place. The reason this will be instituted is because there will be many unbelievers born in the Millennial period, they will be sinners that will need to understand the sacrifice Christ did. Since his sacrifice is the final one, that cannot be repeated the types he fulfilled will be illustrative of his accomplishment. Just as the church is commanded to continue the Lord's Supper until he comes.