Question: In Ezekiel 44 and beyond, we read a lot about sacrifices. It’s my understanding that these chapters refer to the millennium and our love offerings (not blood) but I don’t know why is there such detail about specific offerings. For example:
Ezekiel 46: 4 And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the Lord in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish.
5 And the meat offering shall be an ephah for a ram, and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.
6 And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.
7 And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and an hin of oil to an ephah.
Any light you could shed on this subject would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Susie.
Please turn your Bible with me to a few verses prior to the Scripture you mentioned.
1 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.”
What has just been described is not the future, but history.
Revelation documents the Gates of the City during the Eternity never shut, nor is the moon needed.
23 “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
24 “And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.”
25 “And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.”
There will be no night in God’s Holy City, meaning the Gates of the City will never need to be closed which documents we are talking about two completely different time references in Revelation and Ezekiel.
Further, there will be no blood sacrifice during the Millennium or in the Eternity.
For the same reason there is no blood sacrifices today.
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior became our Passover Lamb. His blood was shed for one and all times as He was Worthy (Revelation 5:12). Before the time of Christ, on passover, lambs were sacrificed. Christ fulfilled the sacrifice of passover by becoming that sacrificial Lamb.
Christ also became our Sabbath, (Mark 2:28, see: Is The Sabbath On Saturday?).
Let us document that.
8 “For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.”
9 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”
10 “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”
If we enter into the rest of Jesus Christ, then we have ceased from our own works. When Christ died on the Cross He did not just give us freedom from blood sacrifice, He gave us life.