- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Friday, 20 November 2009 11:00
Yes. At the end of Ezekiel 39, God speaks of gathering His people from the lands of their enemies and pouring out His Spirit on them (vv 25-29). The last nine chapters, from 40 to 48, picture the Millennial temple and city. Seven of those nine chapters refer to offerings and to the priests who offer them. The city and the temple are literal, for the rebuilding of the city (40:2-3) and the return of the glory of God (43:2) are linked with the literal destruction of the city (40:1) and the departure of God’s glory (43:3). Therefore we must also interpret the priests and the sacrifices literally.
Which of the offerings will be offered? (Zechariah 14:21)
The last nine chapters of Ezekiel include references to all five of the major offerings. The sin offering is mentioned 14 times, the trespass offering four times. Eighteen times Ezekiel refers to the burnt offering(s), and 14 times to the meal offering(s). "The sacrifice" is mentioned three times, twice in conjunction with the burnt offering; the other time the priests are boiling it - not burning it - in preparation for eating. This would refer to the peace offering.