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Will there be sacrifices in the rebuilt Temple? Will this be an abomination to God?

Thank you for asking a really great question.

Many of us have grown up in Church with a theology that says that Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice, putting an end to the sacrificial system. While it is built on truth, its conclusions about the sacrificial system being done away with clashes directly with the practice of the early disciples.

For example, after he wrote most of his NT letters, Paul the Apostle headed back to Jerusalem and happily agreed to pay the costs of four believers who were completing their vows. This included the believers offering a range of sacrifices in the Temple – costing in todays terms literally thousands of dollars. Neither these believers, nor Paul himself had an issue with performing this service. In Acts 24:17 Paul further explains that his purpose of going to Jerusalem in the first place was to give alms and offerings (in the language of the day, this clearly meant to sacrifice in the Temple). The book of Acts highlights further that the disciples met regularly in the Temple and were in high esteeem with all the people (which would have been hard to do if they suddenly rejected the God-given sacrificial system). Furthermore, Acts 6:7 describes that a number of priests joined the faith, and again there is no mention of them ceasing their work in the Temple because of their new found faith.

In essence the sacrifice of Jesus is on a higher level and represents a higher priesthood and does not do away with the Aaronic priesthood, it just serves a higher function. After all, the Aaronic priesthood was never able to take away sins in the first place. Furthermore, the Aaronic priesthood appears to be coming back into action in the Millennium according to the prophecies of Ezekiel.

It is true that the Aaronic sacrifices pointed to Jesus and gave much light on what He did for us. As such, these sacrifices would have taken on extra deep layers of meaning for these early disciples.

I hope this helps you, and let’s all continue to explore for ourselves what the Bible says of this topic.

I explore a similar topic in this video – ‘Can Christians support the rebuilding of the Temple?’:

What do you think of the 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and the seeming worship of giant bull?

The scenes of a woman riding a giant mechanical bull and it being worshiped during the opening ceremony certainly has prophetic implications.
While Birmingham is known to be represented by a bull, it certainly looked and felt like worship of a giant beast.

Another layer to consider is that the woman riding the bull also is reminiscent of the Myth of Europa, the pretty princess (of whom Europe is named) who was raped by the God Zeus masking himself as a bull. This myth is increasingly being promoted all over Europe

For more see https://charismamag.com/spriritled-living/watch-now-they-are-bowing-down-and-worshipping-baal-right-in-front-of-our-eyes

What Tours to Israel do you recommend?

Julie Roche from Shekinah Tours organises regular tours to Israel at the very best possible prices, you can contact her at https://shekinahtours.com.au/
 Also, we can recommend the following regular tour operators:
Dr Kameel Majdali – see www.tan.org.au
Celebrate Messiah – see www.celebratemessiah.com.au

What is your understanding of Paradise, Abraham’s Bosom and the Resurrection?

This is a huge topic! 
I have a teaching on the Resurrection available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmyDB1YSFnM
For more details on Paradise and Abraham’s bosom from a 1st Century context, I recommend the in depth 4 hour teaching series ‘What about heaven and hell’ available on MP3 at https://ffoz.com/what-about-heaven-and-hell-mp3.html

Did the High Priest say ‘It is Finished’ when he offered the Passover sacrifices in the Temple?

There is a teaching going around that when the High Priest finished the final Passover sacrifice, he would say ‘it is finished’, and that this was at the same time as Jesus’ final words.

While a Jewish understanding of the Passover offers us many rich insights into the final hours of Jesus on earth, there is no record in Jewish writings or tradition of the High Priest having this custom. For more details see  https://ffoz.org/discover/passover/messianic-mythology-and-passover.html

FFOZ are by the way a very very good resource for deep diving into the Jewish background of the NT. 

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