Why animal sacrifices are required in the Millennial

In Ezekiel, we clearly read that Jews will be required to keep the Law of Moses including making animal sacrifices in the Millennial Age. (Ezekiel 45, 46) This is very hard for Christians to understand because the book of Hebrews clearly says that Jesus Christ, through His own sacrifice on the cross, has done away with the need for animal sacrifices. All Christians agree that it is only the shed blood of Jesus Christ that has the power to take away our sins. So, why then would God reintroduce animal sacrifices in the Millennial Age?

Many Christians reconcile this apparent contradiction by saying, "During the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, the animal sacrifices will be object lessons that look BACK in remembrance to what Jesus has done for us on the cross, similar to the way the Old Testament sacrifices looked FORWARD to what He would do on the cross". We find this explanation inadequate and unsatisfactory. One thing we know for sure is that the Bible does not contradict itself.

The key to understanding the reason for animal sacrifices in the Millennial Kingdom of God is to appreciate that God has kept the Israelites as a distinct nation, separate from the Gentile nations, both racially through the descendants of the line of Jacob, and religiously through the Mosaic Law. The Law of Moses is always important to a Jew, whether he is an unconverted Jew or a born again, converted Jew.

In the Millennial Kingdom, the surviving Jews and their children will not, all at once, together become born again believers. We know that repentance and faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is an individual and personal matter. This is why the Jews who are not yet born again believers will reintroduce their traditional practice of animal sacrifices in the Millennial Ezekiel Temple. There can be no doubt that once a Jew becomes a born again believer, he will no longer be required or want to observe animal sacrifices. However, this does not mean that the Law of Moses is no longer relevant for him or that it becomes abolished.

All born again believing Jews in the Millennial Age, will be free from the legalistic observance of the Law of Moses. Of course, this is also true for Jews who are born again believers in this present age. However, the Law of Moses is not done away with for believing Jews as they keep it in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. (Romans 7:6) This is why all Jewish festivals like the Feast of Tabernacles and the Day of Atonement will still be kept by all Jews in the Millennial Kingdom whether they are born again believers or not.

The Bible is clear that in the Millennial Kingdom, all surviving Jews and their children will ultimately accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour, but first each one of them will need to repent and be ashamed of his or her sins.

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