But here is a tantalizing tidbit. The window for another attempt to reinstate passover sacrifices has passed… or has it? Read this passage from Numbers 9, and notice that God appointed a second opportunity to celebrate the Passover for those who were unable to do so during the normal time.
Passover Regulations - Numbers 9 NET
1 The Lord spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt: 2 “The Israelites are to observe the Passover at its appointed time. 3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you are to observe it at its appointed time; you must keep it in accordance with all its statutes and all its customs.” 4 So Moses instructed the Israelites to observe the Passover. 5 And they observed the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight in the desert of Sinai; in accordance with all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the Israelites did.
6 It happened that some men who were ceremonially defiled by the dead body of a man could not keep the Passover on that day, so they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day. 7 And those men said to Moses, “We are ceremonially defiled by the dead body of a man; why are we kept back from offering the Lord’s offering at its appointed time among the Israelites?” 8 So Moses said to them, “Remain here and I will hear what the Lord will command concerning you.”
9 The Lord spoke to Moses: 10 “Tell the Israelites, ‘If any of you or of your posterity become ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body, or are on a journey far away, then he may observe the Passover to the Lord. 11 They may observe it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight; they are to eat it with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs. 12 They must not leave any of it until morning, nor break any of its bones; they must observe it in accordance with every statute of the Passover.
Now that just seems amazing to me. Knowing that God doesn’t make commandments or exceptions lightly, and furthermore that many of them have not only a practical reason but also a prophetic analogy to teach, it begs a question. Could the passover sacrifice be made exactly one month later this year on the Temple Mount and still officially count? And do you know what one month later will be this year? May 14th, the 74th anniversary of the declaration of the State of Israel (Sat, 14 May 2022, after sunset = 14th of Iyyar, the second month, 5782). I admit that this sounds like a long-shot, but hope ever springs eternal. :) And if not this year… we’ll wait for next year, or maybe a red heifer will be found and sacrificed. From what I understand, though, the first sacrifice to be reinstated will either be a lamb on the Passover or the red heifer.