Blood Sacrifices in the Millennium

Have you ever wondered about the blood sacrifices in the Millennium?

And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering. And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering. [Ezek 40.38-39]

There's a very simple (and biblical) explanation for this, and that explantaion also serves to remind us of the importance of paying attention to every word of Scripture (to always ask ourselves, "What does the Bible say?").

There are many who say that blood (animal) sacrifices mentioned in the context of the Millennium in prophecies like those we see in the latter portion of Ezekiel (Ezek 40-48) are simply incorrect, that the prophet failed to "see" and take into account the ultimate sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. If they are right, then Scripture is not inspired by God (because God mostly certainly "saw" the cross!). But, if Scripture is inspired by God (and it is), then why do we see blood sacrifices mentioned in prophecies about the Millennium?

We should ask that question because the Bible says that Christ's blood sacrifice on the cross obtained for us eternal redemption (Heb 9.22 with 9.11-14). And because that redemption is eternal, there is no more need for any other sacrifice.

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. [Heb 9.12]

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God... For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified... Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. [Heb 10.12, 14, 18]

So, if after Christ's sacrifice on the cross there is no more need for animal sacrifices for the sins of man, why do we see the reinstatement of the Mosaic animal sacrifices in the Millennial prophecies of Ezekiel? The answer is simple: They are a didactic tool.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. [Col 2.16-17]

The animal sacrifices that are reinstated during the Millennium serve as a teaching tool. They will be used to teach by "picture and type" (visible, tangible lessons) what God has done for the salvation and sactification of sinful man through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa 2.1-4; Zech 14.16).

And here's the lesson to learn about the importance of the very words of Scripture (Prov 30.5 cf. Ps 12.6; Mat 24.35): Colossians 2.16-17 says that the elements of the Mosaic Law are a shadow (a picture and type; a didatic/teaching tool) of "things to come." When Paul wrote Colossians (approximately AD 64, after the death, resurrection, and ascention of Christ), those "things" were still yet "to come." In other words, Paul did not say that the elements of the Mosaic Law were a shadow of things that already came (the cross), but rather of things still yet future in the Church Age (things still yet to come).

The antitypes (the things to come that are pictured in the elements of the Mosaic Law) are, even during the Church Age, still "to come"--they are still yet future. The pictures and types contained within the Mosaic Law, with all it's rites, rituals, and even animal sacrifices, point to things yet to come after the Church Age. And according to prophecies like Ezekiel's, they point to the things in the Millennium.

The elements of the Mosaic Law (including animal sacrifices; Ezek 40.38-39) will be used during the Millennium to teach sinful men about the ultimate sacrifice that God provided in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [Isa 2.1-4]

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up [to Jerusalem, where the temple will be and where the sacrifices will be performed; Ezek 40.38-39] from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. [Zech 14.16; the feast of tabernacles forms part of the Mosaid Law (Lev 23.33-43) and will be used as a didactic/teaching tool to instruct the nations in God's Law and His ways.]