Monday, March 7, 2016

The Red Heifer

I received my newsletter from The King Is Coming ministries (Ed Hindson) this morning and there is a good article about the red heifer of end time prophecy.  I thought it interesting enough to share with you.

Numbers 19:1-22

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “This is the statute of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the people of Israel to bring you a red heifer without defect, in which there is no blemish, and on which a yoke has never come. And you shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be taken outside the camp and slaughtered before him. And Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. And the heifer shall be burned in his sight. Its skin, its flesh, and its blood, with its dung, shall be burned. ...

Recently, the Temple Institute ~ an organization in Jerusalem founded in 1987, as a non-profit educational and religious organization located in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem's Old City that seeks to rebuild the prophesied Third Jewish Temple ~ has announced they are working together with an Israeli cattleman to raise a red heifer in Israel, in strict accordance with the biblical commandment.  The project is the culmination of years of research at the Temple Institute that fuses ancient religious texts and modern science.  "We've been working on this for decades,  The red heifer has to be supervised and cared for in a special way since its birth  And it's very complex."  Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute told Tazpit News Agency.

(Supposedly there have only been nine red heifers in Israel's history.  Mamonides, the Jewish Sage, said that in the days of the tenth red heifer the Messiah would come.)

According to Rabbi Richman, raising a perfect red heifer in accordance with the strict biblical commandment would require constant supervision, advance planning, and meticulous preparation.  For example, in order for a red heifer to be considered kosher for biblical use, it must literally be raised from birth under specific conditions and in a controlled environment, which has never been attempted in Israel during modern times.  Anav Silverman of Tazpit notes that the end result of this program will be the introduction of the Red Angus breed into Israel.  Rabbi Richman also added that it would also improve the quality of cattle in Israel in general.  This method, authorized and approved by Israel's Ministry of Agriculture, has already proven successful with the birth of a number of male Red Angus.

One of the prophetic implications of this event has to do with the prophesized Third Temple.  Many Jews believe that the Messiah cannot come and hail the End of Days without the Third Temple existing in Jerusalem.  Many Christians believe that during the tribulation period Jews will construct a Third Temple in Jerusalem which will ultimately be desecrated by the Antichrist (Isaiah 66:1-6; Daniel 9:27; 11:36-45; 2Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 11:1-2).  The exacting details of this Millennial Temple are given in Ezekiel chapters 40-47 and make it clear that this Temple will involve the restoration of the priestly roles of service in the Temple.  As such, a red heifer will be needed for purification purposes.  Perhaps this effort by the Temple Institute to breed a red heifer is an aspect of God setting the stage for the prophecies to be literally fulfilled. had this to say:

The Bible does teach that one day there will be again be a temple of God in Jerusalem (Ezekiel chapters 41-45). Jesus prophesied that the antichrist would desecrate the temple (Matthew 24:15), and for that to occur, there obviously would have to be a temple in Jerusalem once again. Many anticipate the birth of a red heifer because in order for a new temple to function according to the Old Testament law, a red heifer would have to be sacrificed for the water of cleansing used in the temple. So, when a red heifer is born (which is quite unusual) it might be a sign that the temple will soon be rebuilt. said this:

What is a red heifer and why is it significant? Based on Jewish standards recorded in Numbers 19, the Jewish people could never be purified or able to rebuild their temple without the ashes of an unblemished red heifer. Jewish tradition holds that a red heifer heralds the Messianic era.

For prophecy watchers, it is definitely something to keep your eyes on. The temple will be rebuilt in fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and temple practices will be reinstituted, so we know that there will be a spotless red heifer provided to allow that to take place. The heifer is not determined to be perfect until its third birthday.                                           

Over the past few years, several red heifers have been born around the world. But each one has been either imperfect or not in Israel at the right time

Prophecy is fascinating to me.  When we study all the prophecies that have been fulfilled, it's exciting to know future prophecies will certainly be fulfilled also.

Our God is an Awesome God!