[UPDATE] I had a number of kind folks contact me after my first article on Ezekiel’s temple and they provided me with additional resources I hadn’t considered or might have forgot in the initial posting of this article. So I wanted to update my list below. Also, check the comments. One commenter provided an extensive reading list that goes beyond what I studied that may be useful for serious students.
I plan to do a study for my continuing series defending premillennialism on Ezekiel’s temple vision from Ezekiel 40-48. Those chapters are considered a major problem for the idea of a future, millennial kingdom because Ezekiel describes animal sacrifices taking place in the temple that is supposed to be built. If he is describing a real temple, well then animal sacrifices would be a step back to the old covenant. Any thought of animal sacrifices atoning for sin diminishes Christ’s final cross work of salvation.
I believe it is an important objection to answer, so I’ll endeavor to lay out my case for why I believe Ezekiel’s temple will be a real, literal building with a reinstated Zadokian priesthood ministering with in it.
It order to utilize my time, I wanted to provide my sources for my research ahead of time so I can just have a link on hand I can refer people back to. Additionally, just a word about comments. I certainly will welcome them agreeing and disagreeing, but I plan to finish my study first before I open comments. In other words, I’m not opening comments under each post. but will wait until I’m done. Then I will present one post that lays out and answers common objections to my position and with that post I’ll open comments. Make sense?
In the meantime, let me list my sources for my study:
Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Vol. 7 – Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Ralph Alexander, Ezekiel).
NICOT series Book of Ezekiel, Vol. 2, Chapters 25-48, Daniel Block
NAC series, Ezekiel, Lamar Cooper
Prophecy of Ezekiel, Charles Feinberg
Leviticus 1-16, Jacob Milgrom
Old Testament Introductions:
An Introduction to the Old Testament, Raymond Dillard & Tremper Longman.
An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets, Hobart Freeman
The World and the Word – An Introduction to the Old Testament, Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker, and Michael Grisanti. Ezekiel, pp. 394-404, Mark Rooker.
General Biblical Studies:
Answers to Jewish Objections to Jesus, Vol. 2, Michael Brown
A Proposed Solution to Animal Sacrifices in Ezekiel 40-48, Jerry Hullinger
The Greatness of the Kingdom, Alva McClain
The Temple and Bible Prophecy, Randall Price.
Christ’s Atonement and Animal Sacrifice in Israel, John Whitcomb