The Compatibility Of The New Covenant And Future Animal Sacrifice -- By: Jerry M. Hullinger
JODT 17:50 (Spring 2013) p. 47
The Compatibility Of The New Covenant And Future Animal Sacrifice
* Jerry M. Hullinger, Th.M., Th.D., professor of Bible, Piedmont International University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Dispensationalists have generally argued that the Temple of Ezekiel 40–48 will be realized and functional during the millennium. The dispensational belief has received sharp criticism from those of a nondispensational persuasion. While there are many legitimate issues to be discussed, this article will focus upon one factor which will lend credence to the dispensational approach. The one factor is that the realization of the Temple seen in Ezekiel 40–48 is closely connected with the restoration of Israel in Ezekiel 36–39; or, stated differently, the full realization of chapters 36–39 is seen in 40–48.1 If this is true, then the enactment of the New Covenant2 will be seen to be compatible with the future Temple and millennial sacrifices.
JODT 17:50 (Spring 2013) p. 48
The Provisions Of The New Covenant
There are several provisions to be found in the New Covenant.3 First, Israel will be regathered. Second, Israel will be one nation ruled by one king. Third, Israel will no longer be idolatrous. Fourth, Israel will be cleansed and forgiven. Fifth, God will tabernacle among Israel in a visible way. Sixth, Israel will be known to the Gentiles as a nation blessed of God. In addition, the Covenant promises the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the universal knowledge of God, an obedient heart on the part of the nation, and the establishment of a new city that will be characterized by holiness and immovability. The present age reveals that Israel is not experiencing these provisions nor have they ever experienced them. Furthermore, they are not being blessed by God in a covenant sense, they are not recognized as the people of God, and God is not visibly dwelling in their midst. Moreover, the sequence of events stated by Jeremiah in his New Covenant text (ch. 31) revolve around the nation being regathered and restored to the land and then experiencing blessings. There has never been such a historical sequence. Therefore, it is concluded that the New Covenant has not been fulfilled by the nation but will be during the k...
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