Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Atonement, Dispensationalism, Ezekiel 40-48, Millennial Kingdom, New Covenant Sacrifices
Christianity | Ethics in Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Bacon, Ian, "The Plausibility of Animal Sacrifices in Ezekiel 40-48 Literally Operating in the Millennial Kingdom Under the New Covenant" (2018). Masters Theses. 494.
This thesis delves into the controversy surrounding the presence of animal sacrifices in Ezekiel 40-48. In these chapters Ezekiel depicts a temple that dispensationalists believe to be literally fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom.Yet, some claim that a literal understanding of these sacrifices in the future negates the work of Jesus on the cross. The response by many dispensationlists is to argue that these sacrifices will be performed to memorialize the death of Jesus. This thesis proves that the sacrifices in Ezekiel 40-48 are for purification purposes to atone for the contamination of sin so that the glory of Christ may reside in the Millennial Temple. They do not undermine the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross, as His substitutionary sacrifice atones on a far superior level that any animal sacrifice ever could.