Millennial Sacrifices

Since January 2008 I have posted an archive of my lessons. Because we all are growing in our walk with the Lord, some of my understandings and opinions have changed. In September 2009 I wrote about sacrifices made during the Millennial Kingdom. The lesson was entitled Sacrifices of Praise.

In this lesson I find that I was right, but I was wrong. I was correct in stating that because of the great sacrifice of His own life made by the Lord Jesus, there was no further need for sacrifice for sin. I was also correct in noting that there will be sacrifices made during the Millennial Kingdom. These sacrifices may be “sacrifices of praise” to the Lord, but there is another reason for millennial sacrifices.

First, we must recognize that the transference of sin from man to an animal, and the subsequent sacrifice of that animal never paid for sin. (Hebrews 10:4, 11) Even on the Day of Atonement, the sins of Israel were covered, not forgiven. The root of the Hebrew word translated as “atonement” is kapar (Strong’s H3722) which means “to cover,” as when Noah covered the Ark with pitch.

The Lord dwelt with man in the wilderness Tabernacle. The requirements of various procedures and sacrifices were to cover man’s sinfulness in order to not defile the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. The priests were in the presence of the Most High God. Their sins had to be covered in order to enter the Holy Place. In the Millennial Kingdom the Lord will return to the Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 43:4-5). Again, sacrifices will be required to cover the sins of man so as to allow the priests to enter and not defile the Temple.

The Glory of the Lord will dwell in the Millennial Temple. The Lord Jesus will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Even though Satan will be locked in the Abyss for one-thousand years (Revelation 20:2-3), the priests that will serve in the Temple will still be men and have mankind’s sinful nature. Their sin must be covered.

It is amazing to me that mankind, after living in a time of peace and harmony for a millennium, or one-thousand years, will still rebel against the Lord. At the end of the Millennial Kingdom, Satan will be released and will gather rebels who will number as the sand of the sea (Revelation 20:7-9 ) and will march against the “beloved city” or Jerusalem.

I cannot understand the rebellion, but the reason for Satan’s release is simple. The Lord God always gives us a choice. At the end of the Millennial Kingdom mankind will be given a choice. Amazingly, many will choose rebellion and will suffer the consequences.

How I look forward to the Millennial Kingdom, no matter what role the Lord has for me to do. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen and Amen!

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