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Here is something that I am trying to understand about something Dispensationalists believe.
I have been told that during the millennium, the OT sacrificial system will be reinstated.

As I think about this; I do not want to be overly critical of that view, because it may be a little bit more nuanced than that.
However my first reaction to it, is it sounds like blasphemy.

Does anyone have any knowledge to clarify my thoughts on the matter?

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That depends upon what version of Dispensationalism you are referring to. wink


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The only thing I can say that I do not know of its truthfulness. However, they attributed it to John MacArthur.

I have been doing a little research into this belief and it appears that most Premil-Dispensational.
Among the sources that I found helpful, in understanding their position is: https://www.gotquestions.org/millennial-sacrifices.html

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Most premillennial scholars agree that the purpose of animal sacrifice during the millennial kingdom is memorial in nature. As the Lord’s Supper is a reminder of the death of Christ to the Church today, animal sacrifices will be a reminder during the millennial kingdom. To those born during the millennial kingdom, animal sacrifices will again be an object lesson. During that future time, righteousness and holiness will prevail, but those with earthly bodies will still have a sin nature, and there will be a need to teach about how offensive sin is to a holy and righteous God. Animal sacrifices will serve that purpose, "but in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year" (Hebrews 10:3).
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The primary objection made to the idea of animal sacrifices returning during the millennial kingdom is that Christ has come and offered a perfect sacrifice for sin, and there is therefore no need to sacrifice animals for sin. However, it must be remembered that animal sacrifice never removed the sin that spiritually separated a person from the Lord.
So it would appear that although I disagree with this view; it is not quite as serious an issue as I was led to believe.

Thoughts?


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I have no idea what Progressive Dispensationalism teaches. But, classic Dispensationalism, e.g, Darby and Scofield did teach that the OT sacrifices would be reinstated. Personally, I consider this to be damnable heresy for it totally contradicts all of the OT sacrificial system which was a "shadow" of what was to come, i.e., the atonement of Christ which was able to save to the uttermost. He actually secured the salvation of the elect and thus there is no need to repeat the inferior sacrificial system which would be a gross digression.


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I did an edit to my last post; and after I submitted it, I realized you replied.

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Again, the animal sacrifices never served as a actual payment for sin:

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Hebrews 10:1-4 (ASV) 1 For the law having a shadow of the good [things] to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect them that draw nigh. 2 Else would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those [sacrifices] there is a remembrance made of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
Those sacrifices did more than simply point out individual's sins but primarily, it was to point away from them, they being inadequate to remedy the sin problem. They were shadows of that which is signified in the coming of Christ who is the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. Therefore, why would the OT sacrificial be reinstituted since all has been accomplished? And further, Christ instituted the Lord's Supper for believers as a remembrance, not the unsaved. It is the Gospel that is the effectual means by which sinners are pointed to Christ as the Redeemer of sinners. The Gospel is that, through the work of the Spirit, that repentance and faith in Christ is given and sinners are saved (Rom 10:12-17; 1Thess 1:5, 2:13; Jam 1:8; 1Pet 1:23).


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I agree that sacrifices in a supposed future 1000 year kingdom is blasphemous and a damnable heresy. Some years back I bought the John MacArthur Study Bible to see what dispensationalists today teach. Here is the annotation from Ezekiel in that book:

"40:38-47 This section describes "chambers" for the priests, and raises the question of sacrifices in the millennial kingdom. They will exist as vv. 39-43 indicate, but will be no more efficacious then they were in OT times. No sacrifice before or after Christ saves. They only point to Him as the one true Lamb who takes away sin. The Lord's Supper is a memorial that looks back to Calvary and in no way diminishes the cross. Israel rejected their Messiah but when they have received Him and are in His kingdom, they will have a memorial of sacrifices that point to Him. They will have missed the memorial of the Lord's Supper, but will then have their own memorial sacrifices for 1,000 years."

What a mess you end up with going literal when it is obvious it is NOT literal. A "memorial" when the Lord is there with the prints in his hands for them to see?


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