Red Heifer Birth Paves Way For Renewed Temple Service

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This is news, but doesn't really belong in the news section because of it's spiritual significance. This is, by my recollection, about the fifth or sixth heifer that's come along in the last twenty years. All the others were disqualified for one reason or another, so let's cross our fingers on this one.

Last Tuesday, the Temple Institute’s Red Heifer program was blessed with results; an entirely red female calf was born, paving the way for re-establishing the Temple service and marking the final stage of redemption.​
Almost three years ago the Temple Institute inaugurated its Raise a Red Heifer in Israel program. Due to laws restricting the importation of live cattle into Israel, the Temple Institute imported frozen embryos of red angus, implanting them in Israeli domestic cows. The pregnant cows were raised on cattle ranches in different locations throughout the country. The cows are giving birth this summer with several calves already having been born.​
One week after it’s birth, the newborn red heifer was certified by a board of rabbis as fulfilling all the Biblical requirements. The rabbis emphasized that the heifer could, at any time, acquire a blemish rendering it unsuitable. They will be inspecting the calf periodically to verify its condition.​
The red heifer was the main component in the Biblically mandated process of ritual purification for impurity that results from proximity or contact with a dead body. Because the elements needed for this ceremony have been lacking since the destruction of the Second Temple, all Jews today are considered ritually impure, thereby preventing the return of the Temple service.​
The red heifer is described in the Book of Numbers.​
“This is the ritual law that Hashem has commanded: Instruct B’nei Yisrael to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid. Numbers 19:2​
Several heifers have been found in recent years that seemed to qualify but ultimately were unsuited for the ritual. Earlier this month, two calves born in Israel to the Institute’s red heifer program were deemed to be unsuitable for the performance of the mitzvah. One calf was a bull while the second, a heifer, had a small patch of white hair which disqualified her.​
The heifer, born from a natural birth, must be entirely red, with no more than two non-red hairs on its body. It must also never have been used for any labor or have been impregnated. The existence of such a heifer is considered a biological anomaly and very rare. Fortunately, the ritual requires an infinitesimally small quantity of ashes. From the time of Moses, who personally prepared the first heifer, until the destruction of the Temple, only nine red heifers were prepared. Nonetheless, this was sufficient to maintain the ritual purity of the entire nation for almost 2,000 years.​
According to Jewish tradition, there will only be ten red heifers in human history with the tenth heifer ushering in the Messianic era. Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides), the most renowned medieval Jewish scholar known by the acronym Rambam, wrote in his explanation of the mitzvah that “the tenth red heifer will be accomplished by the king, the Messiah; may he be revealed speedily, Amen, May it be God’s will.”​
Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute, commented on this on the institute’s website.​
“If there has been no red heifer for the past 2,000 years, perhaps it is because the time was not right; Israel was far from being ready. But now… what could it mean for the times we live in, to have the means for purification so close at hand? With the words of Maimonides in mind, we cannot help but wonder and pray: If there are now red heifers… is ours the era that will need them?”​
The laws pertaining to the mitzvah are myriad and considered by the sages to be the archetypal chok, an inexplicable Torah commandment accepted solely on faith. Before entering the land of Israel after the Exodus, the heifer was burned outside of the camp. In the days of the Temple, the heifer was taken to the Mount of Olives across a causeway built specifically for this purpose to ensure that there was no inadvertent contact with areas along the way that may have been contaminated by dead bodies.​
Cedarwood, hyssop, and wool or yarn dyed scarlet are added to the fire, and the remaining ashes are placed in a vessel containing spring water to purify a person who has become ritually contaminated by contact with a corpse. Water from the vessel is sprinkled on the subject, using a bunch of hyssop, on the third and seventh day of the purification process. The priest who performs the ritual then becomes ritually unclean, and must then wash himself and his clothes in running waters. He is deemed impure until evening.​
No less stringent than the laws pertaining to the heifer are the laws pertaining to the site where the heifer is burned. Almost 30 years ago, Rabbi Yonatan Adler, who is also an archaeologist, performed an in-depth study into the textual references to the site where the red heifer was burned, publishing his results in in the Torah journal Techumin. His calculations, based on the Holy of Holies being located where the Dome of the Rock stands today, led him to a spot where Dominus Flevit, a Catholic Church built in 1955, now stands. Archaeological surveys discovered unique characteristics of the site that corresponded to descriptions in the Talmud.​
What a cutie!

Here's a piece from GotQuestions with a little more about this might mean..

What is the significance of a red heifer in the Bible?
Question: "What is the significance of a red heifer in the Bible? Is a red heifer a sign of the end times?"
Answer: According to the Bible, the red heifer—a reddish-brown cow, probably no more than two years old which had never had a yoke on it—was to be sacrificed as part of the purification rites of the Mosaic Law. The slaughtering of a red heifer was a ceremonial ritual in the Old Testament sacrificial system, as described in Numbers 19:1-10. The purpose of the red heifer sacrifice was to provide for the water of cleansing (Numbers 19:9), another term for purification from sin. After the red heifer was sacrificed, her blood was sprinkled at the door of the tabernacle.​
The imagery of the blood of the heifer without blemish being sacrificed and its blood cleansing from sin is a foreshadowing of the blood of Christ shed on the cross for believers’ sin. He was “without blemish” just as the red heifer was to be. As the heifer was sacrificed “outside the camp” (Numbers 19:3), in the same way Jesus was crucified outside of Jerusalem: “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood” (Hebrews 13:11-12).​
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.​
 





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You Zionists are gonna mess around and end up summoning Dajjal. And then end up worshipping Dajjal.
I think there is an odd tension at play with Israel and Christians. Way too many prophecies have already come to pass to think that the remaining ones won't.

Is it "good" that Israel generally does not yet recognise the one who came as their Messiah? I think not.

Is it good that they believe they need the Temple and the Law (which were a shadow) instead of the Gospel? That would be another "no".

Can and will God use all this to bring them to the point when they get what they think they want, only to realise that they were wrong about the "one they pierced". I think so.

It that end result prophecied? Certainly.

Read the end of Matthew 23...

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”
 





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I think there is an odd tension at play with Israel and Christians. Way too many prophecies have already come to pass to think that the remaining ones won't.

Is it "good" that Israel generally does not yet recognise the one who came as their Messiah? I think not.

Is it good that they believe they need the Temple and the Law (which were a shadow) instead of the Gospel? That would be another "no".

Can and will God use all this to bring them to the point when they get what they think they want, only to realise that they were wrong about the "one they pierced". I think so.

It that end result prophecied? Certainly.

Read the end of Matthew 23...

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”
They are working to bring Dajjal.

 





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This is news, but doesn't really belong in the news section because of it's spiritual significance. This is, by my recollection, about the fifth or sixth heifer that's come along in the last twenty years. All the others were disqualified for one reason or another, so let's cross our fingers on this one.

Last Tuesday, the Temple Institute’s Red Heifer program was blessed with results; an entirely red female calf was born, paving the way for re-establishing the Temple service and marking the final stage of redemption.​
Almost three years ago the Temple Institute inaugurated its Raise a Red Heifer in Israel program. Due to laws restricting the importation of live cattle into Israel, the Temple Institute imported frozen embryos of red angus, implanting them in Israeli domestic cows. The pregnant cows were raised on cattle ranches in different locations throughout the country. The cows are giving birth this summer with several calves already having been born.​
One week after it’s birth, the newborn red heifer was certified by a board of rabbis as fulfilling all the Biblical requirements. The rabbis emphasized that the heifer could, at any time, acquire a blemish rendering it unsuitable. They will be inspecting the calf periodically to verify its condition.​
The red heifer was the main component in the Biblically mandated process of ritual purification for impurity that results from proximity or contact with a dead body. Because the elements needed for this ceremony have been lacking since the destruction of the Second Temple, all Jews today are considered ritually impure, thereby preventing the return of the Temple service.​
The red heifer is described in the Book of Numbers.​
“This is the ritual law that Hashem has commanded: Instruct B’nei Yisrael to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid. Numbers 19:2​
Several heifers have been found in recent years that seemed to qualify but ultimately were unsuited for the ritual. Earlier this month, two calves born in Israel to the Institute’s red heifer program were deemed to be unsuitable for the performance of the mitzvah. One calf was a bull while the second, a heifer, had a small patch of white hair which disqualified her.​
The heifer, born from a natural birth, must be entirely red, with no more than two non-red hairs on its body. It must also never have been used for any labor or have been impregnated. The existence of such a heifer is considered a biological anomaly and very rare. Fortunately, the ritual requires an infinitesimally small quantity of ashes. From the time of Moses, who personally prepared the first heifer, until the destruction of the Temple, only nine red heifers were prepared. Nonetheless, this was sufficient to maintain the ritual purity of the entire nation for almost 2,000 years.​
According to Jewish tradition, there will only be ten red heifers in human history with the tenth heifer ushering in the Messianic era. Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides), the most renowned medieval Jewish scholar known by the acronym Rambam, wrote in his explanation of the mitzvah that “the tenth red heifer will be accomplished by the king, the Messiah; may he be revealed speedily, Amen, May it be God’s will.”​
Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute, commented on this on the institute’s website.​
“If there has been no red heifer for the past 2,000 years, perhaps it is because the time was not right; Israel was far from being ready. But now… what could it mean for the times we live in, to have the means for purification so close at hand? With the words of Maimonides in mind, we cannot help but wonder and pray: If there are now red heifers… is ours the era that will need them?”​
The laws pertaining to the mitzvah are myriad and considered by the sages to be the archetypal chok, an inexplicable Torah commandment accepted solely on faith. Before entering the land of Israel after the Exodus, the heifer was burned outside of the camp. In the days of the Temple, the heifer was taken to the Mount of Olives across a causeway built specifically for this purpose to ensure that there was no inadvertent contact with areas along the way that may have been contaminated by dead bodies.​
Cedarwood, hyssop, and wool or yarn dyed scarlet are added to the fire, and the remaining ashes are placed in a vessel containing spring water to purify a person who has become ritually contaminated by contact with a corpse. Water from the vessel is sprinkled on the subject, using a bunch of hyssop, on the third and seventh day of the purification process. The priest who performs the ritual then becomes ritually unclean, and must then wash himself and his clothes in running waters. He is deemed impure until evening.​
No less stringent than the laws pertaining to the heifer are the laws pertaining to the site where the heifer is burned. Almost 30 years ago, Rabbi Yonatan Adler, who is also an archaeologist, performed an in-depth study into the textual references to the site where the red heifer was burned, publishing his results in in the Torah journal Techumin. His calculations, based on the Holy of Holies being located where the Dome of the Rock stands today, led him to a spot where Dominus Flevit, a Catholic Church built in 1955, now stands. Archaeological surveys discovered unique characteristics of the site that corresponded to descriptions in the Talmud.​
What a cutie!

Here's a piece from GotQuestions with a little more about this might mean..

What is the significance of a red heifer in the Bible?
Question: "What is the significance of a red heifer in the Bible? Is a red heifer a sign of the end times?"
Answer: According to the Bible, the red heifer—a reddish-brown cow, probably no more than two years old which had never had a yoke on it—was to be sacrificed as part of the purification rites of the Mosaic Law. The slaughtering of a red heifer was a ceremonial ritual in the Old Testament sacrificial system, as described in Numbers 19:1-10. The purpose of the red heifer sacrifice was to provide for the water of cleansing (Numbers 19:9), another term for purification from sin. After the red heifer was sacrificed, her blood was sprinkled at the door of the tabernacle.​
The imagery of the blood of the heifer without blemish being sacrificed and its blood cleansing from sin is a foreshadowing of the blood of Christ shed on the cross for believers’ sin. He was “without blemish” just as the red heifer was to be. As the heifer was sacrificed “outside the camp” (Numbers 19:3), in the same way Jesus was crucified outside of Jerusalem: “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood” (Hebrews 13:11-12).​
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.​
Poor heifer. God's creation that wants to live. Raised only to be killed. What a cruelty.

There is no God in any of that within a million miles.
 





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Anyway, the point of all this is that the prophesied third temple cannot be built without the ashes of a perfect red heifer. If this turns out to be an acceptable candidate, it's a necessary building block toward fulfillment of the prophecy.
 





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You Zionists are gonna mess around and end up summoning Dajjal. And then end up worshipping Dajjal.
The visionary Irish poet, W.B. Yeats, saw the situation clearly enough in the 1920's, when he wrote (the embedded links are my own interpretation) of the Antichrist and its correlative, the Second Coming ...


"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"
 





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:Do_O:eek: It would be funnier if the zios were not serious!
[B]Zaid Hamid[/B]‏Verified account @[B]ZaidZamanHamid[/B] 14h14 hours ago
And then they have the audacity to call Muslims as "fundamentalists", "extremists".... A "red calf" is now going to decide the foreign policy of the Israeli entity and the bloodshed that will follow.... This sounds surreal, unbelievable...
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180911-end-of-days-prophecy-announced-by-jewish-fundamentalist-group-linked-to-israel-government/amp/ …
 





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:Do_O:eek: It would be funnier if the zios were not serious!
[B]Zaid Hamid[/B]‏Verified account @[B]ZaidZamanHamid[/B] 14h14 hours ago
And then they have the audacity to call Muslims as "fundamentalists", "extremists".... A "red calf" is now going to decide the foreign policy of the Israeli entity and the bloodshed that will follow.... This sounds surreal, unbelievable...
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180911-end-of-days-prophecy-announced-by-jewish-fundamentalist-group-linked-to-israel-government/amp/ …
Right now, Jews can't even pray at their own holiest site -- the Temple Mount -- because if they do, gangs of Muslims attack them.

But people are supposed to believe that the third temple is going to be built on the rubble of Al Aqsa tomorrow.
 





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Same here! :D
It will be quite the ratings booster, i have to say, if the embassy move is anything to go by.
This whole discussion brings to mind in image of a play. If you have ever watched one, they usually encorgage you to pick up a program. In there it sets out the characters involved in the drama, and gives you an outline of the action.

With this particular drama, various conflicting programs have been circulated to the audience. The names of the cast are largely the same... but when you compare their roles they are very different characters. The overview of the play and especially the final act are also at odds.

As it looks like the action is about to unfold, I suspect the correct program may become easier to identify. Some people may set aside the programs they were given and decide to share with others instead.
 





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Right now, Jews can't even pray at their own holiest site -- the Temple Mount -- because if they do, gangs of Muslims attack them.

But people are supposed to believe that the third temple is going to be built on the rubble of Al Aqsa tomorrow.
As I see it, and leaving the by now well established mutual distrust between the regional Jewish and Muslim communities aside as a secondary, though important, issue, the ashes of a red heifer indicate far more than a desire of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount -it's the precursor to not only the so called "messiah," the one who, in contrast to Jesus Christ, comes in his own name and is accepted by especially Orthodox Jews, but also the reinstatement of the sacrificial system as a whole, with its officiating Levitical priesthood.


Let's play "what if" for a moment, and the question is open to all, especially Christians. You, @Thunderian, are not obligated to answer, unless you so desire, of course. What if the Jewish Temple were somehow able to be rebuilt, whether on the exact location of the Dome of the Rock or somewhere nearby, allowing the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque to remain in the "outer court of the Gentiles," or some such thing approaching concession between the two, or three, if one includes Christian Zionists, warring parties. The Temple Institute are reportedly prepared to resume the sacrifice of animals, with a few things thus far lacking, chiefly, as I understand, a red heifer for what are considered purification purposes, hence the op, and, not least, a newly rebuilt Temple itself. If a perfect red heifer were found, and the Jewish ritualists were able, according to their halacha and laws, to resume animal sacrifices, and their Lord, once again, "smelled a pleasing aroma" wafting upward, and, as in the days of Solomon, they sacrificed sheep and oxen without number, so much so that, presumably with CNN and Sky News cameras reporting, the Temple becomes filled with a cloud, so that the officiating priests can not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of their LORD has filled the Temple, will that cloud-like phenomenon be caused by God or Satan (or other)?
 





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Palestine Vs Israel live on Showtime and sky sports box office
Pakistan Vs India on the undercard.
Will smash ppv records.
Hahaha.
It will be one hell of a show and i honestly can't wait! 30mins of Israel News Now is often very difficult for me to get through but this temple stuff will certainly spice up a usually dreary program.

@Serveto
Welcome back btw.

Interesting post and for us Christians, that don't believe in that, we'll actually be put into a tight spot because all these 'incredible' things will be transpiring before our own eyes, the evidence of the senses that we won't possibly be unable to deny. That will be a real test to one's belief system. Especially if fire falls from the sky, consuming the sacrifice.
 





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@Serveto, we know from the Bible that a third temple will be built. The actual specifics of how it comes about are not detailed, but I imagine it's going to be part of a peace deal between Israel and the Arab nations.

It should be noted that there is plenty of room on the Temple Mount for the existing mosque and a Jewish temple, so there's no reason to believe the temple can only happen if the mosque is leveled.

As for whether the cloud of God's presence will fill the third temple --why would it? God dwells inside the believer, and not in any temple.

I think that, once again, Christians and others who don't make an effort to understand Bible prophecy are mistaking the observation and noting of fulfilled prophecy as an endorsement of the events themselves. It's a little bit like accusing the weather man of being on the hurricane's side, just because he points to the signs of it's coming, and predicts the destruction that will ensue.

Christian Zionists didn't write the Bible, and we aren't making these things happen.