Ezekiel's Temple and Sacrifice

I have recently been in correspondence with a person concerning several matters of interpretation and the latest was about Ezekiel's Temple. The correspondent stated his belief in a literal future temple, with literal animal sacrifices, and even circumcision in the flesh (at least for the priests and their assistants).

Below is my response.

Dear xxxxxxx,

Greetings in the name of Jesus our Lord.

You seem to have already worked out an interpretation of Ezekiel's Temple that is satisfactory to you. That is fine. The details of this temple, and whether it is past or future, are not of major concern to me right now as my ministry is that which has been given to us by God for the present era. That is, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation to proclaim the unsearchable riches of God in witnessing to the love of God sealed by the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling [or conciliating as in the CV] the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Cor. 5:18-20).

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

"And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2).

Jesus' sacrifice is the only "sin offering" that will ever be needed and that makes me suspect of Ezekiel's temple as a future event since the passages describing it state that "sin offerings" are made in this temple. If it is future, and in a time when Israel will have accepted Jesus as Lord, as the "sin offering" for all mankind, then there is no way that other "sin offerings" would be made by them. The passage does not state that these "sin offerings" made in the temple are symbolic either, but that they are actual offerings for sins as performed in the Old Testament Temple. Jesus' sacrifice for sin is effective for the present and future ages and there will never be another sacrifice needed for sin.

Therefore, my concern, as stated above, for the present, is proclaiming the reconciliation, Jesus' sacrifice for sin as sufficient forever, and that turning from sin and godliness is profitable for all.

"For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach" (1 Tim. 4:8-11).

"This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men" (Titus 3:8).

As a summary, I state below a profession of faith as seen on my website.
We believe, that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments contain a revelation of the character of God, and of the duty, interest, and final destination of mankind.

We believe there is one God, whose nature is love; revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of grace, who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness.

We believe, that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected; and that believers ought to maintain order, and practice good works, for these things are good and profitable unto men.

We believe that God, as the moral governor of the universe, will restore righteous and equitable rewards and punishments upon all mankind according to their several characters or deserts; but that all punishment will be remedial, and consequently limited.

In Christ,
Brother Ken
General Overseer: True Grace Ministries