This is one of the main difficulties I’ve heard about the whole literal millennium deal – that in Ezekiel (and Joel, Micah, Daniel, Haggai) the temple will be rebuilt and that there will be sacrifices.
The question is this: “Why would animals be sacrificed during the millennial age, when Christ’s death upon the
cross did away with them?”
“Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the house and ministering in the house; they shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them.” (Ezekiel 44:11)
But if this isn’t literal – what is it? Do we throw it out?
Dr. Craigen of the Master’s Seminary Faculty says this:
“Non-dispensationalists have as much difficulty harmonizing this passage with their theological schemes, for if they reject a literal interpretation of these chapters [in Ezekiel], they are unable to offer any real exegesis of the texts” (p. 23 – http://www.pre-trib.org/pdf/Craigen-APreliminaryCritique.pdf).
The issue of sacrifices always kinda freaked me out – I mean, Jesus did it once for all right?
But it is interesting that Paul didn’t seem to have much of an issue with sacrifices:
“Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purifying himself along with them, went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.” (Acts 21:26)