Eschatology and Ecclesiology Kingdom of God – Part II.
Eschatology and Ecclesiology Kingdom of God – Part II
“For the concept of the Kingdom of God involves, in a real sense, the total message of the Bible. Not only does it loom large in the teachings of Jesus; it is to be found, in one form or another, through the length and breadth of the Bible....The Bible is one book. Had we to give that book a title, we might with justice call it “The Book of the Coming Kingdom of God’” (John Bright, The Kingdom of God, p. 197).
The Mediatorial Kingdom of God through History
New heavens & earth
“Mysteries of the
Kingdom” (Matt 13)
Animal Sacrifices in the Millennial Kingdom
Passover – Lev 23:5
Unleavened Bread – Lev 23:6-8
Pentecost – Lev 23:9-22
Trumpets – Lev 23:23-25
Atonement – Lev 23:26-32
Tabernacles – Lev 23:33-44
New Year – Ezek 45:18-20
Passover – Ezek 45:21-24
Unleavened Bread – Ezek 45:21-24
Tabernacles – Ezek 45:25
Burnt – Lev 1:3-17
Grain – Lev 2:1-16
Peace – Lev 3:1-17
Sin – Lev 4:1-35
Trespass – Lev 5:1 – 6:7
Drink – Lev 23:13, 37
Burnt – Ezek 40:39
Grain – Ezek 45:15
Peace – Ezek 45:15
Sin – Ezek 40:39
Trespass – Ezek 40:39
Drink – Ezek 45:17
Sacrifices are reminders of Christ’s work on the cross, just as the Lord’s Supper is.
Thus they do not contradict the teaching of Hebrews.
OT sacrifices pointed forwards; millennial sacrifices point backwards.
Ezekiel nowhere even hints that these are memorials.
Ezekiel teaches that they make “atonement” (45:15, 17, 20); same word as that used in Leviticus.
Millennial sacrifices provide for cleansing of inanimate objects and temporal cleansing of the flesh, just as they did in OT.
“Ezekiel 40–48 indicates that during the millennium God’s glory will return to the temple where sacrificial ritual will take place and in which offerings will make atonement. For Ezekiel the concept of atonement is the same as it was in the Book of Leviticus, namely, an act that wipes away and purges uncleanness.
This purgation will be required because the divine presence will once again be dwelling in the land. As argued earlier, impurity is contagious to both persons and sancta. Further, impurity is inimical to Yahweh, who refuses to dwell among a people if uncleanness remains untreated. Because of God’s promise to dwell on earth during the millennium (as stated in the New Covenant), it is necessary that He protect His presence through sacrifice” (Hullinger, p. 289).
Next Week: Millennial Systems Part I
Syllabus pp. 186-203
Benware pp. 81-120