I don’t intend to argue the point; however, I don’t read in scripture where this is suggested, that the priests cannot be forgiven, would you mind showing me in scripture where such is either stated or suggested?
What I see is that in the OT where those that have broken the covenant are forgiven over and over and over again when God could have simply obliterated the people… David comes right to mind here!
Do we also not read in the Book of Daniel Ch11 around Vs 33 that those that did not fall and with wisdom will help those that have fallen and in Vs 35 do we not read that those that have fallen will be “purged, purified, and made clean until the end of time.”
Also in 2Mcabees1, do we not read about the purification and rededication of the temple and the people to God? Would not this suggest that those that have made the sacrifice before the statue of Zeus are not necessarily lost for all time?
Respectfully, I do ask for some reference within scripture that either implies or explicitly condemns those priests that made the sacrifices before Zeus during the reign of Antiochus are condemned for all times.