The idea that God needs blood sacrifice to forgive sin forms the basis of Christian sin sacrifice theology.

The doctrine of Jesus’ sin sacrifice is taught by establishing paraellels to Old Testament practice of sacrificing unblemished animals as sin offerings. Jesus, being the “only begotten son of God”, is supposedly the “perfect” sacrifice that took away sin once and for all(Hebrews 9:28)… and those who believe Jesus died for their sins are forgiven.

All that sounds fine and dandy. But what if the Bible foretells a time when the practice of animal sin sacrifices would return?

Ezekiel 39 describes a great future war in which Israel emerges victorious. In the next chapter, written during Ezekiels 25th year in exile, Ezekiel writes about his visions of the restored temple. In Ezekiel 43, he goes on to write about the regulations for animal sacrifices.

“Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says…
You are to give a young bull as a sin offering to the Levitical priests…You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar and on the four corners of the upper ledge and all around the rim…You are to take the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the designated part of the temple area…

“On the second day you are to offer a male goat without defect for a sin offering…When you have finished purifying it, you are to offer a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect….You are to offer them before the Lord, and the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the Lord….

“For seven days you are to provide a male goat daily for a sin offering…you are also to provide a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect….For seven days they are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; thus they will dedicate it….the eighth day on, the priests are to present your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar…
-Ezekiel 43:18-27

Altars… unblemished animals… burnt offerings… Levitical priests…. it reads like something from the book of Leviticus, doesn’t it? The problem is that these details on animal sin sacrifices were prophetic visions, timed to take place after the war of Ezekiel 38-39 , which Christians believe is a future event).

Now, my questions are simple….

1. If OT style sin sacrifices are prophesied to be restored in the future… just where does it leave Christian ideas of Jesus being the “perfect” sacrifice, who took away the sins of the world once and for all?

2. If OT style sin sacrifices are prophesied to be restored in the future… then what was the point of Jesus being sent down, abused, tortured and finally sacrificed as the “perfect” sacrifice to take away the worlds sins once and for all?

3. For those who believe God himself took on the form of a man and came down to be sacrificed…. just why would God go back to accepting sin sacrifices of unblemished animals if the job was already done with the crucifixion sin sacrifice of the perfect sacrifice, Jesus?