Saturday, January 8, 2011

An Insane Teaching: Animal Sacrifices Will Be Reinstituted?

One of the most insane teachings, I have encountered are those who believe Jesus Christ will reinstitute animal sacrifices in the "millennial" kingdom. This is tied to the last article on this blog, where they look forward to the temple being rebuilt in Jerusalem [even if used for some time by the Antichrist]. They back this up with Chapter 43 in the book of Ezekiel namely Ezekiel 43:40-48.

This is some immense bunk being sold in the hyper-dispensationalist-Zionist "evangelical" community. See here, from someone who believes this way, they seriously believe the animal sacrifices will be brought back supposedly to deal with sin in the millennial kingdom. Here the over-riding error comes in, based on the temple teachings, that I discussed earlier:

"The passage that is the most extensive, giving the greatest detail, is Ezekiel 43:18-46:24. It should be noted that this is part of a greater passage dealing with the millennial kingdom, a passage that begins with Ezekiel 40. In Ezekiel 40, the Lord begins to give details of the temple that will exist during
the millennial kingdom, a temple that dwarfs all other temples previously built, even Herod’s temple that was quite large, which existed during the earthly ministry of Christ.

After giving details concerning the size and appearance of the temple and the altar, the Lord then begins to give detailed instruction as to the animal sacrifices that will be offered (Ezekiel 43:18-27). In chapter 44, the Lord gives instructions as to who will be offering sacrifices to the Lord. The Lord states that all of the Levites will not be offering blood and fat to the Lord due to previous sin; it will be those from the lineage of Zadok (verse 15). Chapters 45 and 46 continue to mention that animal sacrifices will be made."

Not every pretrib or dispensationalist teacher believes this but there are many that do, Walvrood, J Dwight Pentecost, Tim LaHaye, [see here too] as well as many others. According to this website, Chuck Smith has preached this and is quoted as saying:

“Even as we have our communion service in remembrance of what Jesus did in his death for our sins, so when sacrifices are re-instituted in the kingdom age, they will not be for the purpose of putting away sin, but they will be memorial offerings by which we will be reminded of that sacrifice by which the sins were put away and we will be looking back at the cross and the sacrifices that was made there by Jesus Christ.” (Ezekiel 40-48 (1979-82 Audio), Chuck Smith, Start: 22:40 End: 27:45)

To be honest, this idea of "new" animal sacrifices is beyond bizarre. It actually moves everyone back to animal sacrifices that Jesus Christ had done away with.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Now let's look at even more scripture:

Hebrews 10 tells us the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is FOREVER!

Hbr 10:11 ¶ And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

Hbr 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Hbr 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Hbr 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Back in Hebrews 7, we read:

Hbr 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Hbr 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [maketh] the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

There are many other verses that speak against this too:

Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple.

Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.


Hbr 10:6 In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Hbr 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law;

Talmudic Jews and Kabbalists WANT THE JEWISH TEMPLE SACRIFICES BACK because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. What are we to make of "Christians" who teach they will get their wish one day? Even here the Catholic flavor of never-ending sacrifices [of the Catholic Mass] being needed for "sin" via their false priesthood is present instead of trusting in the blood of Jesus Christ. This is a slap against Jesus and the shed blood of the Lamb and blasphemy beyond measure. To me this smacks of definite infiltrators who wish to deceive.


Anonymous said...

Amen, BB. Mr. Smith should perhaps remember that it was the Supper that was the Memorial that sinned was remitted, which is a thanksgiving. As for those passages in Ezekiel, that was describing the temporal earthly temple to be built upon Israel's return from the Babylonian captivity. That description had only spiritual meaning of the Gospel Age Temple which is the Body of Christ. At the chapter describing the waters going out of the temple, this is a vision of the Gospel going out after the sacrifice of Christ. The waters go out into all the world, and wherever that Water goes, it cleanses and revives. There is nothing whatever describing any rebuilt "millennial" physical temple because there will BE no such temple. Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

Hi Anon,

I agree, that is the temple Ezekiel is describing after the Babylonian captivity, it is such an incredible stretch to take it to nowadays and deny the living waters. If one reads the surrounding chapters 41, 42, 44, and 45, their interpetation makes no sense.

I am realizing the whole pre-trib rapture stuff has set up a wide variety of false teachings in different circles. I know not very many know about this particular one.

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but Smith's statement is just insensible. Talk about perfect eisegesis. Not to mention a huge slap in the Lord's face. And this from a supposed line by line Bible teacher.

Anonymous said...

Christians need to stop defending and promoting this antichrist nonsense.

Take Heed said...

Last year, I was drawn to Calvary Chapel and attended for several months because of their "line by line" teaching of the Scriptures. At a men's dinner, I overheard the Pastor mentioning "the restoration of animal sacrifices" and thought that was WAY OFF. I knew it was strange but didn't exactly understand why. BB, thanks for explaining and exposing this false doctrine! Your blog is a huge blessing, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Father you were delivered from that! Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

Yes Smith's statement is insensible. It just floors me how anyone claiming to be Christian can embrace this type of blasphemy. When I first heard about this teaching, I was in shock, I couldn't believe anyone who had read any of the Bible [like the whole book of Hebrews] could even fall for this stuff. It is total antichrist stuff.

The whole "line by line" BIble teaching of Calvary Chapel really is a way they do bring people in, the Catholic church claims to read the whole Bible in a year, I remember being impressed too that they read the Bible chapter by chapter, but what does it matter if its all misinterpeted?

Praise God, Take Heed you were delivered from this stuff as other poster mentions. I am not surprised you heard it there. It is so OFF, I was in shock, I couldn't believe people had fallen for this stuff. Thanks for your encouragement Take Heed!

Anonymous said...

That kind of thing occurs because they are fixated on earthly Israel. The true Israel has been and still is all those who are of the same Faith as Abraham had, whether they were the uncircumcised before the flood (as Abel) or after the flood before and up to Abraham (such as Noah who was before and after the flood); the circumcised and the uncircumcised (such as the widow woman who had her son raised from the dead and the Syrian general healed of leprosy)after the time of Abraham; the circumcised and the uncircumcised (such as Cornelius) from the time of Christ's advent and the circumcised and uncircumcised after the advent of Christ. By being fixated on an earthly Israel (Jerusalem) which Paul called "Hagar", they affect the interpretation of the Epistles, producing these corrupt doctrines. Those who speak against them are accused of believing "replacement theology".

What they can't seem to grasp is that Jacob was his original name--not Israel. It was the I AM that renamed him "Israel", and He named him this because the Covenant pertained to the heavenly Israel ALL ALONG. The earthly Israel simply displayed in a temporal fashion the Promises that He would apply to the heavenly Israel. In other words, the physical circumcision was a temporal way to demonstrate the spiritual circumcision which Christ would accomplish to all those of that same Faith as Abraham had. Such a circumcision, which earthly believing Jews and Gentiles both receive when they are raised in Christ, makes them CITIZENS of the Heavenly Jerusalem. THAT is the true Israel, whose citizens have been since the time of Abel. Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

Thank you anon, I agree they all focus on earthly Israel and ignore the difference between spiritual Israel and the secular country of "Israel".

This verse is totally ignored.

Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Anonymous said...

...that would just give them a reason to use those 15,000 guillotines that had been shipped to the USA.(Google: Guillotines on U.S.Soil!) Because animal sacrifice is blasphemy and many of us would never go along with it.

Bible Believer said...

Yeah I know about the guillotines [remember seeing an article about 5 years ago and about a certain Georgia law]. I believe Inquisition is coming for Christians [and others who refuse to join with the system] in America. You are right the animal sacrifice is total blasphemy,

Denise Matteau said...

I am just beginning to watch this sacrifice heresy. I am a Spirit-filled Christian who is convinced we are indeed in the end times, but I take the text of Thessalonians very seriously where it warns us not to try to calculate or even involve ourselves in these events (I am not good tat citing the verse number, but look in the 4th-5th chapters of First Thessalonians).

I also watch political strategies and the tie-ins between the various forms of Rapture heresy and the accelerating momentum of the lunatic-left totalitarians in the USA are legion. Most would not notice this since the rapture evangelicals and the lefties appear to be opposite ends, but when you look at non-Christian apocalyptics such as the various environmental extremist stuff, you may notice a growing convergence. Very scary, and not "conspiratorial" so much as movement-coalescent, mass-psychology stuff.

Here is something to notice: there is an eccentric old jesus freak named Dave McKay who wrote a book that was intended as a rebuttal to Tim LaHaye's rapture theology. McKay made the interesting assertion that the pre-trib rapture theology of LaHaye et al is more likely to feed violence among Christians than the other interpretations of Thessalonians, such as the para and post-Trib scenarios. His book, "Survivors", is a novel that includes chapter-by-chapter commentary comparing the post-Trib interpretation to the LaHay interpretation, presenting his arguments that the issue is one of a violent heresy vs the peaceful perseverence of Christians to the return of Christ.

Now, you can take whatever stand you want on the beliefs but I did notice that this innocuous book aroused a group of professional haters to chase down anyone seen reading or attempting to distribute or sell McKay's novel. They have numerous hate threads up in an "anti-cult" site and the energy of this hate group is actually supported by a USA-funded institute, the Rick A. Ross Institute. I say "US- funded" because the anti-cult fighter, known for his violent history (including a felony conviction in Arizona), Rick Alan Ross, is also the same person who was paid as a goverment consultant in the infamous Branch Davidian tragedy in which Ross orchestrated his agents to provoke/frighten the Davidians into the stand-off and more recently Ross has accepted funding from the Chinese government to "fight" the Falun Gong followers, who have been targetted for extreme torture by Ross's employer.

All of these threads coming together form something more effectively frighteming than any human conspiracy could be, on its own.

A simple and pure reading of Thessalonians should bring most people to the point of what we Christians are told to do in Scripture: to "aspire to live quietly" (revised standard version) and remain peacefully unperturbed while this all goes on.

Anonymous said...

Also, scripture is very plain that the offering of bulls and goats do not make remembrance of Christ, but remembrance of sin. Are we to go into this 1000 year period and do sacrifice to honor and thank God for the sin that held us bound? According to the dispensationalist, the answer to that should be yes.

1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. Heb 10:1-3 (KJV)

Bible Believer said...

Anon, Thank you for the scripture. I am questioning lately the idea of a millennial kingdom ON THIS EARTH, it seems to help set up for the Antichrist and nothing more. I plan to write about that soon, though studying now on it. It is a complex topic. Hebrews 10 in one full swoop proves this animal sacrifice teaching FALSE.

brian messinger said...

my batist church is teaching animal sacrifices now---so they kicked me out for opposing my video in youtube--under brianmessinger---title my church believes in animal sacrifices...
this is just sick we must fight for the faith jude 1:2-4 remeber itis not againt flesh--oh but itis against spiritual wickedness

Anonymous said...

No animal offerings millenial kingdom!

Teresa G. said...

I am looking at Isaiah 60:7 which also discusses same topic. Seems God is saying it will bring Him glory, but I don't get it. Jesus was the Sacrifice. ..why is this acceptable per Is. 60:7 ?? Any thoughts?

Teresa G. said...

I got it now (sort of, partially). Is. 60:7 refers to the Millenial Kingdom, Rev. 21:22 refers to the Eterbal Kingdom. But, I still don't know why animal sacrifices ok in Mill. KOG....why it brings glory per Is. 60:7...unless ut is a "memorial sacrifice" that looks "back" to what Christ did on the cross. Seems odd to me, but I'm not God.

david shannon said...

I have been a believer for many years and was brought up in the faith by dispensational teachers - jVernon Mc.gee, John MacArthur Chuckn Smith, Ironside, Dallas Theological teachers, etc. I knew and taught the whole thing. I used to think RC Sproul was excellent but misguided when it came to end times. Now I find myself on the other side. I just read Ezekiel again and am very confused and conflicted. How could we ever re-institute animal sacrifices in view of Hebrews and entire New Testament? On the other hand, the temple description is downright a building specification - very specific and not symbolic. And what about the water flowing from the temple with such purity it causes all kinds of fish with fruit trees on either side that never die and leaves with healing powers. That sounds heavenly. How do we marry the temple with river and sacrifices to One time sacrifice of the Lamb of God?

Anonymous said...

If you believe the Bible to be the word of God then you have to believe every word of it. The temple described in Ezekiel has never been built - not even by the Israelites after Babylon, because that temple was rather simple and Herod tried to make it more elaborate but it wasn't as is described in Ezekiel. Read your Bible, do a precept upon precept study on Ezekiel. You will see for yourself - be a berean.

Anonymous said...

No one is arguing the fact that Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin! Yet, the argument posed in this article focuses solely on that idea. All the teachings I have heard on millennial kingdom sacrifices teach that the sacrifices are made for THANKSGIVING--NOT FOR SIN! Therefore, in light of that, this article does NOT debunk anything!

Anonymous said...

Your inflammatory rhetoric, suggesting that it is "insane" to believe the promise of Zion in the Millennial Kingdom, is to be repudiated and demonstrates that you are unable to think clearly...

Bible Believer said...

I don't believe in a millennial kingdom on this earth.

Todd Ott said...

To the anonymous who claims the sacrifices in the millennium are for thanksgiving, read Ezekiel. It says the sacrifices in this supposed millennial temple are for a sin offering, NOT a memorial or thanksgiving.

Lorrie said...


A few keys that helped me understand:

Christians will be in heaven during millenium!

Israel will be a nation of priests to the other gentile, unbelieving peoples to bring them in.

Jesus IS the one sacrifice for all. The renewal of the animal sacrifice is to point them to their sin.

And finally, the Hebrew word "olam" and greek words "aion/aionian" mean an unspecified time; age or eon. Wherever you read "forever, ever and ever etc. Correct it with the inspired meaning.