One of the most perplexing questions that pops into in my mind when studying the Levitical Sacrificial System is the following:
If Yeshua fulfilled the requirements of the Levitical sacrificial system, then why will the 3rd temple be built and sacrifices begin again?
Isn’t that one a stumper?
When the Temple is rebuilt and sacrifices start up again, nowhere do we find the Bible condemning this behavior.
This is a real mystery and in someway has me wondering if the simplistic black and white notion that Yeshua just replaced the Levitical sacrificial system is as accurate as the gentile church has made it out to be.
Another interesting point is that the New Testament calls believers today “temples of God“.
“Don’t you know that you people are
God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”
-1 Corinthians 3:16
Even Yeshua said He was greater than the temple.
“I tell you,
there is in this place something
greater than the Temple!”
“We heard him say,
‘I will destroy this Temple made with hands;
and in three days I will build another one,
not made with hands.”
The church teaches that mankind became “temples of God” on Shavuot (the Hebrew word for Pentecost).
That’s not entirely accurate.
On Shavuot or the Day of Pentecost, there wasn’t one gentile in the upper room when the Spirit descended.
Second, this wasn’t the first time that the Spirit came to dwell within man.
All the so-called New Testament gifts of the Holy Spirit can also be found in the TANACH.
Now maybe it can argued that this was the first time that the Holy Spirit came to dwell PERMANENTLY in man.
Maybe, maybe not, I’m not 100% sure at the moment.
One thing I feel like I can say with confidence is that the only thing that made the Temple a temple of God was God’s Spirit.
Without God’s Spirit dwelling there, the temple was nothing but a hollow structure.
The same thing goes for human beings.
It is only the Spirit of the Lord dwelling within us that makes us temples of God.
Now here’s another stumper.
The Scriptures strongly imply that the Lord’s Spirit will return to the Temple when it’s rebuilt.
Therefore, in no way do I think believers should adopt the viewpoint that the coming 3rd Temple will be redundant.
Nor should we be judgmental towards those Jews who yearn for the Temple or the efforts being made in preparation for the 3rd Temple.
The Bible is clear that ritual sacrifice will begin again.
Let’s not forget that Yeshua, His disciples, and early believers constantly gathered at the Temple.
So what are some possible answers to the difficult question I posed at the beginning of this post?
Will the 3rd Temple and the revived ritual sacrifices have a different purpose and meaning than before Yeshua walked the earth?
Will it be a visual confirmation and monument to the fact that the Lord has chosen Jerusalem as His eternal capital?
Will it simply be a commemoration of the Lord’s salvation plan and a clear demonstration of what Yeshua fulfilled?
When the Temple services are reestablished and the fire of the Brazen Altar is rekindled, when a parade of bulls, sheep, and goats are lined up towards the Altar, will these events be the key trigger that moves the heart of the Jewish people to realize that Yeshua of Nazareth fulfilled all of this.
I just don’t know for sure.
You may wonder why even write about a question to which you have no answer?
I write about it because it is a question that cannot, should not, be ignored.
And also in the hopes that there might be somebody out there who can shed some clarifying light on this topic.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“And all they who believed, were together;
and whatever belonged to them,
was of the community.
And they who had a possession,
sold it, and divided to each one as he had need.
And they continued daily in the temple,
with one soul: and at home,
they broke bread and took food rejoicing,
and in the simplicity of their heart.”