According to dispensationalists, animal sacrifices will be reinstituted during a future millennium along with a new temple in Jerusalem. The resumption of animal sacrifices, according to John MacArthur, is the new, old way to memorialize Christ:
“Israel rejected their Messiah, but when they have received Him and are in His kingdom, they will have a memorial of sacrifices that point to Him. They will have missed the memorial of the Lord’s Supper, but will then have their own memorial sacrifices for 1000 years.” (MacArthur Study Bible, footnote Ezekiel 40:38-47)
Don’t know about you, but its things like this that confuse many Christians concerning a 1000 yr. millennial. How can MacArthur’s interpretation of Ezekiel 40, as well as that of other dispensationalists, “jive” with the biblical facts that,
Ezekiel 40-48 never speaks or even hints of memorial sacrifices…The text explicitly denies that these are memorial sacrifices in any way; 14 times the text calls for a sin offering (Ezekiel 40:39; 42:13; 43:19, 21, 22, 25; 44:27, 29; 45:17, 19, 22, 23, 25; 46:20)….Leviticus describes the purpose of the sin offering as “making atonement” (Leviticus 4:20, 26, 31, 35, etc.). These are animal sacrifices to atone for sin – not as memorials.
Dispensationalists diminish the cross of Christ by even suggesting a restoration of bloody, atonement-purposed, animal sacrifices. In doing so, they practically reject the larger portion of the book of Hebrews which teaches us that the old covenant is finished, obsolete, along with it’s sacrificial system. Hebrews 8:13; 9:26, 29.
“We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. …By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. …And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.” (Hebrews 10:10, 14, 18)
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