For Jews, who rejected Jesus as their Messiah, animal sacrifices were stopped in A.D. 70 when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by the Romans. Jesus predicted this in the gospels. For Christians, animal sacrifices stopped with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Some were pressured by the Jewish community to continue to offer sacrifices, either because they rejected Jesus or felt His death was not enough (works legalism). The book of Hebrews deals with this topic; it shows that the Old Testament sacrificial system was temporary and that the coming of Christ fulfilled the sacrificial system.