Worship in The Millennium – Ezekiel 43-45

I. The Bronze Altar

a. The location of the altar

Psalms 100:1-4 1 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. 3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. 

b. The construction of the altar

c. The purpose of the altar

  1. To present a substitutionary sacrifice

2. To present a blood sacrifice

Leviticus 17:11 11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ 

II. The Millennial sacrifices

Zechariah 14:16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 

Isaiah 56:6-8 “Also the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, To minister to Him, and to love the name of the Lord, To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath And holds fast My covenant; 7 Even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” 8 The Lord God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, “Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.” 

Isaiah 66:21 “I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites,” says the Lord. 

Jeremiah 33:15-16 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. 16 ‘In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: The Lord is our righteousness.’ 

Ezekiel 20:40-41 “For on My holy mountain, on the high mountain of Israel,” declares the Lord God, “there the whole house of Israel, all of them, will serve Me in the land; there I will accept them and there I will seek your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your holy things. 41 “As a soothing aroma I will accept you when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. 

a. Similarities between the Aaronic and Millennial system

  1. Worship centers on the altar

2. There is a reinstitution of the Levitical system

3. There are prescribed rituals for cleansing

4. There is an observance of the feast days

b. Differences between the Aaronic and Millennial system

  1. The temples are different

2. The priests are different

1 Samuel 2:35 (NASB) ‘But I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always. 

3. The furniture and implements are different

4. There is the addition of the prince

c. The purposes of the sacrifices

  1. It is not for the expiation of sins

Hebrews 10:4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 

1. Burnt (Lev:3-17)
2. Grain (Lev 2:1-16)
3. Peace (Lev 3:1-17)
4. Sin (Lev 4:1-35)
5. Trespass (Lev 5:1-6:7)
6. Drink (Lev 23:13, 37)

1. Burnt (Ezek 40:39)
2. Grain (Ezek 45:15)
3. Peace (Ezek 45:15)
4. Sin (Ezek 40:39)
5. Trespass (Ezek 40:39)
6. Drink (Ezek 45:17)

Hebrews 9:28 (NASB) so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. 

Hebrews 10:10 (NASB) By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 

Hebrews 10:12 (NASB) but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, 

2. It will be for a memorial

Hebrews 10:4 (NASB) For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

This is a permanent memorial sacrifice, maintained in the presence of the revealed glory. It is not sacrifice rendered with a view of obtaining salvation, but sacrifices in view of accomplished salvation


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