These are heady days watching world events. Daily we see prophetic events or portents that declare time may be very short.
Among the most recent developments is the attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, and previous executive director of The Temple Institute. Glick is perhaps the foremost proponent in Israel of rebuilding the Temple and beginning anew Temple sacrifice.
For years the Temple Institute has been preparing for this eventuality, but the assassination attempt, rather than stifle or scare the discussion has forced it to the forefront of the Israeli collective mind. Make no mistake, this is becoming a defining issue at a defining moment.
Christendom has long proclaimed all sacrifice over and done with and will likely therefore condemn any altar service in Israel on the Temple Mount. Before outright rejecting any and all sacrifice, I would ask my brothers to take a deep breath and consider the wiser course of action is to SAY NOTHING! Let me explain.
First, we have discussed some major parts of the ‘sacrifice’ issue before. Further, we have discussed the fact that Scripture articulates sacrifice in the Millennial Kingdom. Both of those articles pose significant challenges to the traditional understanding in Christendom.
Secondly, we know that Ezekiel 43 & 44 specifically tells us the Prince will come and oversee the priesthood offering the burnt offerings and the blood. Ezra 3:1-6 offers a stunning picture of the coming of this Prince in the telling of Yeshua the High Priest, son of Yozadak setting up an altar on the Mount before the Temple was rebuilt. Interestingly, it happened on the first day of the seventh month (Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets!!).
3 Now when the seventh month came, and the sons of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brothers arose and built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God. 3 So they set up the altar on its foundation, for [a]they were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, burnt offerings morning and evening. 4 They celebrated the Feast of [b]Booths, as it is written, and offered [c]the fixed number of burnt offerings daily, according to the ordinance, as each day required; 5 and afterward there was a continual burnt offering, also for the new moons and for all the fixed festivals of the Lord that were consecrated, and from everyone who offered a freewill offering to the Lord. 6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, but the foundation of the temple of the Lord had not been laid.
The remez in this passage is absolutely stunning! Two groups of people back in the land, gathered as one man with a High Priest named Yeshua reinstituting sacrifice on the altar while the peoples of the land were terrifying them. Of great significance is the fact that the Temple had NOT been built. Right here is precedent for ten or twelve men to haul stones onto the Mount and reinstitute sacrifice without a Temple!! (And, the world will immediately be in an UPROAR!!)
Knowing that sacrifice is yet future, it should in no way surprise us that the altar is incredibly important, if not central. (This takes nothing from Yeshua, I recommend reading the above linked article ‘the ‘sacrifice issue.’) The altar is of MAJOR importance and the Father is not happy with anyone who speaks against His altar!!
Here is a terrific service and teaching that speaks directly to the Glick assassination attempt, prophecy and NOT blaspheming the altar. The speaker is somewhat controversial on other topics, but I think he is spot on with this one! (And, the service has some very nice liturgy.)
The bottom line is this: If you do not understand the importance of the altar and you are not sure whether it is of God or not, then SAY NOTHING. Just keep a closed mouth and let God sort it out, but do not err greatly by jumping on the ‘condemnation bandwagon.’
Read and research the provided links and see what Scripture says without the traditions of the 2nd-15th centuries. (Paul offered sacrifices in the temple some 20 years after the resurrection of Yeshua, and he did so at the behest of James the Just. See Acts 21:26)
Simply, sacrifice is part of the future Millennial Kingdom. Study it out and whatever you do, do not speak against the altar.