By: Steve Barwick

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For Christians, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ fulfilled and replaced those animal sacrifices, while hanging on that cross at Calvary, becoming our once-for-all sacrifice (Heb. 10:10).

So the blood ritual sacrifices are over with. Period. Next to worshiping the antichrist himself, making animal sacrifices in God's name from the Temple Mount would be the ultimate blasphemy against Christ by the so-called 'God's Chosen.' For a Christian to support such a thing would constitute open participation in that blasphemy against Christ by God's very enemies.

The institution of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount would be a public relegation by the false Jews of Christ's great, atoning blood sacrifice on Calvary to that of the mundane, while exalting the false Jews as being those who have true communion with God through the sacrifice of the blood of animals.

Of course, the elect should expect such things from the false Jews, as they pretty much live to blaspheme the name, character and authority of Jesus Christ. So their great pronouncement of building a portable altar that will allow them to resume animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount does not surprise me.

In other words, rather than seeing the re-institution of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount as being a sign of the worst kind of blasphemy against Christ Jesus ' negating his sacrifice on Calvary and placing the sacrifice of the blood of dead animals in place of His precious shed blood ' these Christians are seeing it as a blessed sign of Christ's Second Coming, and are thankful to Christ's enemies for bringing it about.

Only one problem, of course: The 'Christ' these false Jews will ultimately usher in with their blasphemous animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount is the anti-Christ, not Jesus Christ. And that's who these Biblically illiterate Christians will fall down and worship ' side-by-side with the false Jews ' thinking he's their Lord and Savior.

Yes, it might 'seem right' to rejoice alongside the false Jews over their newly finished portable sacrificial altar. After all, the Christian churches have been teaching for years that 'Christ can't come until the Jews rebuild the temple.' And this is certainly a step in that direction. (Though I have my doubts that a physical temple needs to be built for the end to come.)

But dear Christian, take a minute and think about it from a Biblical perspective. The animals to be sacrificed on that portable altar on Mount Zion for the sins of man are being offered in replacement of Christ Jesus. You are rejoicing over your own Lord and Savior being replaced by the carcasses of dead animals that cannot save anyone, ever.

Now, you might say, 'Yes, but it's a sign that our Lord's coming is one step closer.' And of course, it is. But it's also a sign that the arrival of the false Christ, who comes to this earth to 'deceive the whole world' (Rev. 12:9) is one step closer. And unfortunately, that's the 'Christ' most Christians on this earth will be fooled into worshiping, when he arrives to Jerusalem pretending to be God.

Our heavenly Father repeatedly warns us not to get caught up with the doings of the false Jews. Through Paul, writing in II Corinthians 6:14, we're told by our heavenly Father, 'Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?'

The 'unbelievers' Paul is speaking of in this verse are the false Jews who rejected Christ. Contrary to what's taught in the Christian churches today, that verse is most decidedly not talking about atheists. After all, we're supposed to help atheists come to the light of Christ.

As used here, by St. Paul, in proper context, the word 'unbelievers' refers to the false Jews who denied Christ altogether'who caused His crucifixion'and who have sought to overthrow the Christian church from the very first day of its establishment. Them, we are to have no communion with, which is to say, nothing spiritually in common with.

So do we rejoice in their drive to re-establish animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount? God forbid. Only the most Biblically ignorant of Christians would even consider doing so.

The wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience because of their great swelling words of deception and blasphemy against Christ. They're getting ready to re-institute animal sacrifices on Mount Zion, and they're telling us, in essence, it's going to help bring God home. But our heavenly Father had His fill of animal sacrifices a l-o-o-o-n-g time ago, saying in Isaiah chapter 11:

Isa 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

The ritual blood sacrifices were all types of Christ, our Lord and Savior Who would come to this earth as the Lamb of God, and willingly give His life for our sins. But over the course of time, that meaning became lost on the people of Israel, and the sacrifices became little more than empty rituals designed to fill the coffers of the false Jews of the temple who had taken over the priesthood in Jerusalem. That's why our heavenly Father no longer delighted in their sacrifices ' i.e., Christ, which they symbolized, was being left out of the picture.

Again, it was empty, ritualistic tradition that brought people into the temple of God. Much the same as today, the people were busy playing church, and in the process, missing out on the broader spiritual picture. They were leaving Christ out of the picture, when in reality, He was, still is, and always will be, central to the picture.

If Christ isn't the central focus, then it is indeed iniquity. Even in Old Testament times, you could sacrifice every bull, goat or sheep on the face of the earth, and it would have no impact whatsoever on one's salvation, if you did not understand that the animal sacrifice was symbolic of that Lamb of God who was to come in the future, to provide the once-for-all-time sacrifice by which man can be saved.

Our heavenly Father is not a big fan of playing church, nor of religious ritual for the sake of ritual. He wants us to worship Him out of knowledge and understanding of His will to save His children and restore them to His family household through Christ Jesus, the Messiah (II Peter 3:9). Religion for any other purpose is just play-acting.

The sacrifices made during the course of the 'new moons' and 'appointed feasts' became a loathsome thing to our heavenly Father, because the knowledge of Christ (which the sacrifices pointed to) was being left out of them.

The Jewish religious leaders had convinced their congregations that the sacrifices alone could rid them of their sins. But this was not so. The sacrifices were designed to allow the people to look forward in time to the ultimate, once-for-all times sacrifice of the Messiah of God. It was the 'seeing' of His forthcoming sacrifice in those ritualistic Old Testament animal sacrifices that brought about the forgiveness of sins. Put another way, the blood being shed during those animal sacrifices of old was symbolic of the blood of Christ. But once He came to this earth and gave His life for our sins, no other sacrifice was necessary ' ever again ' except for the sacrifice of our love to Him (Hebrews 13:15).

The false Jews can sacrifice all of the bulls, sheep and goats they want on that mountain, and spread their arms wide to the Lord in prayer if they want to. But it will do them no good whatsoever. When they leave Christ out of the equation, God steps out of the room and leaves them all standing there by themselves, covered in the blood of bulls and goats and sheep.

We are not to be partakers of the deception and blasphemies being brought about by the enemies of Christ. If they want to slaughter animals on Mount Zion, let them. But for a Christian to rejoice and be glad in this blasphemy, thinking it's the sign of Christ's imminent arrival, is a serious error.

Spiritually speaking, Christians who rejoice with the false Jews at this re-institution of animal sacrifice on Mount Zion are being 'partakers with' the false Jews in their blasphemy against God and His Christ who put an end to the need for animal sacrifices once and for all times.

For me, this is the sad part. You see, as Christians we were all once in darkness. Every one of us. But once you come to the Lord and start studying His Word in earnest, you're supposed to come out of the darkness and into the glorious light of the Lord, which means you're supposed to come into the Biblical knowledge and understanding that sustains and protects Christians from getting wrapped up in the tissue of lies this world is based upon.

So when I see Christians gushing over the blasphemous works of the false Jews, as if those works could possibly have anything at all to do with our heavenly Father and His Christ, or with salvation and the forgiveness of sins, then it indeed saddens me to see the extent to which the deception has engulfed this world already.

Do you believe the re-institution of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount is a thing of 'goodness and righteousness and truth'? Do you think it's part of the 'fruit of the Spirit'? Why would the Spirit of Christ support the re-institution of animal sacrifices on Mount Zion, after Christ paid that price once and for all times on that same mount?

As a Christian, if you actually believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His generous and loving act of redemption and personal sacrifice on that cross at Calvary, you could not possibly applaud the re-institution of animal sacrifices on that same mount. Why? Because the offering of animal sacrifices is like spitting in God's eyes, and saying, 'We don't want or need your Christ. We'd rather just ritualistically burn animals instead. Enjoy the smoke.'

Do you think the false Jews don't know that our heavenly Father already rejected their animal sacrifices, stating to them in Isaiah 1:11, 'To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.'

If you'll think about it, critically, for just a moment, perhaps you'll come to realize that the re-institution of animal sacrifices by the false Jews is not designed to please God, but instead, to please their own father, the devil (i.e., John 8:44), by insulting God and His Christ. Again, by re-instituting these ritualistic animal blood sacrifices the false Jews are in essence saying to God, 'We don't want or need your Christ.'

Institution of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount is certainly not 'acceptable unto the Lord.' It is a negation of everything He's done, through Christ, on our behalves.

Best advice you could ever follow, and it doesn't cost you a dime. The re-institution of animal sacrifice on the Temple Mount is indeed an unfruitful work of darkness. It can't save anybody. It can't get even one tiny sin forgiven. It's a complete waste of time, in terms of salvation and deliverance. Don't get wrapped up in it. Watch it, sure, just as you'd watch all of the other important news and events of these end-times in relation to Bible prophesy. But understand it for what it actually is ' an attempt by the false Jews to stick their thumbs in God's eye.

In Ezekiel chapter 8, your heavenly Father has already told you how corrupt the temple priesthood is, and what those secret (and idolatrous) things are that they do inside and outside of the temple. The word 'shame' in the above verse means a filthy thing. What they do in the course of their worship practices is indeed spiritually unclean, because it eliminates Christ from the picture, altogether, meaning it rejects both God and His Savior and counts on vain religious ritual to 'save' man.

So gently and kindly reprove your fellow Christians when you see them falling for this blasphemous nonsense which is clearly designed by the false Jews to deny Jesus, to snuff at God's will, and to further the aims of the antichrist and his children.

You can't wake up from the spiritually dead on your own. But you can put in the footwork that leads to it, and Father will bless you with the rest, if you're sincere. You have to study your Father's Word, and learn how to rightly divide it. You need to know the difference between the events leading up to the antichrist's arrival, and those leading up to Christ's arrival.

Christ Jesus is in no way magnified by the re-institution of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount. Instead, He is relegated to a status of spiritual impotence by the false Jews. And the false Jews are raised (by Biblically illiterate Christians) to the status 'God's chosen' servants working to usher in the Messiah.

Listen, Christian, you're the one supposed to be working to usher in Christ, by carrying for His Word of Truth to others. Can you imagine sitting at the judgment seat of Christ in the not-too-distant future, and when asked 'What did you do to help usher in Christ's Second Advent?' you'd have to answer, 'I supported and embraced the false Jews in their re-institution of animal sacrifices on Mount Zion.'

The bottom line is this: Their rock is not our Rock (Deuteronomy 32:31). Their god is not our God. And until Christians figure that out, they'll continue to fall for these stories of Jews working hand-in-hand with God to usher in the kingdom of God on this earth.