Red Heifers arrive in Israel to be used in the Third Temple (Nov 2022)
RED HEIFER PICTURE
In September 2022, five red heifers (young cows) arrived in Jerusalem from a ranch in Texas. What makes this arrival so significant and how does it tie in with end-time prophecy?
Both the Old and New Testaments predict that during the end-times the Jews will again worship in the temple in Jerusalem. The second temple was destroyed in 70AD and only a part of the Western Wall of the temple remained. For the last almost 2,000 years the Jews have not had a temple, and instead worshipped in synagogues- without going through the rituals of the temple.
In the end times the prophet Daniel predicted the “abomination of desolation” when the Antichrist, who by then would have allowed renewed temple worship, declares himself to be God, whilst defiling the temple (Dan 9;27; Dan 11:31; Dan 12:11). Jesus also referred to this (Matt 24:15-16). So if the Antichrist is going to defile the temple, and he will only come on the scene during the Great Tribulation, it obviously implies that the Third Jewish temple will exist at the time.
The Temple Institute, a Jewish organization, has been preparing for the rebuilding of this temple for many years. (https://templeinstitute.org/)
Garments for the priests are being made, all the utensils needed for rituals have been obtained, and priests are in training for their duties, as we speak. There are six young priests ready to serve. Worshipping choirs have even practiced their worship songs. The main items that were missing were the temple itself, and the heifers that need to be slaughtered to purify the Jewish worshippers and “take away their sins.”
The Israelis tried in 2008 to breed red heifers, but blemishes were found on them. The Torah demands that they must be without spot or wrinkle. Jewish rabbis examine them with a magnifying glass- inch by inch, looking for little white hairs. Having more than one hair will disqualify them. For the first time since 70AD, perfectly red heifers, certified so by different rabbis, have been bred in Texas, USA, and shipped to Israel.
Numbers 19 in particular, explains the procedures to be followed in the rituals of the red heifer. These are expounded upon in the writings of the Jewish Oral Tradition (the Mishnah). This is also explained on the Temple Institute website as follows: “ (the red heifer is) providing the ashes for the purification process. This heifer must be brought to the “Mount of Anointment,” a precise location on the Mount of Olives, opposite the eastern gate of the Temple Mount. There the heifer must be slaughtered and burned. Afterwards, its ashes are mixed together with natural spring water. It is this solution, called by Torah “the waters of sanctification,” which is used to sprinkle on those who are impure.”
Of course the Jews do not realize that it was Jesus Christ who was the perfect sacrifice, whose body was broken and blood was shed for the purification of mankind. We do not need the ashes of heifers, we have the perfect sacrifice in Jesus. We need to admit that we are in need of a Savior, accept Him into our hearts, and confess Him as our Lord (Rom 10:9,10)
The Torah says that the heifers must be more than two years old- at least two years and one day old, and no more than four years old (else they are no longer heifers, “young” cows.)
The heifers that were shipped to Jerusalem are, at the time of writing, all between 6 and 10 months old, which means that the first heifer will be ready for slaughter at the end of 2023.
If these are indeed the heifers that will be used for the first temple sacrifices, it goes without saying that the temple must be built before then. Before that the Antichrist must be revealed, and more or less at that time the Rapture of the Church should occur. So the arrival of the heifers holds great prophetic importance. We do not know whether the temple will be built next to the Islamic Dome of the Rock or al-Aqsa Mosque, that is currently on the Temple Mount, or whether the Dome or Mosque will be demolished first. The latter seems unlikely to me. This Mosque compound is the third holiest site in Islam, so my guess is that it will in fact be the Antichrist (Jewish expected messiah) who arranges a Peace Treaty between the Moslems and the Jews, where the outcome will be inter alia to allow the Jews to build their temple on the same mount.
What is very significant is that the red heifer is not only mentioned in the Jewish Torah, but also in the Islamic Quran. The Quran’s second chapter is called “The Red heifer” or “The cow”, and is the longest chapter in the book (286 verses)!. In 2:67-71 (the verses differ depending on which Quran version you read) it talks about the red heifer without blemish that is sacrificed and offered to God.
So it seems that the red heifer holds religious importance both to Jews and Moslems. This might very well then be a unifying factor between the two religions- a major step towards syncretism and a good reason for Moslems to allow the Jews to build their temple next to their “holy” site.
Then there are coincidences, which to us might hold no significance, but they do to the Jews. In Judaism there is no such thing as coincidences. Examples follow:
- According to the Mishnah, there have been nine red heifers offered to date, i.e. from Moses to the destruction of the Second temple in 70AD. The well-respected Jewish sage Maimonides predicted that, not only will the discovery of the 10th heifer coincide with the arrival of the Jewish awaited Messiah, but also that it will be offered to God by the Messiah himself.
- Our Roman year 2022 is 5783 in the Jewish calendar. The Jews use the numbers of each year to make an acronym, so each year has a title. The year 2020 was 5781, and its acronym meant “The year of the Red heifer”. Rabbis at the time thought the heifer would be found then, but was disappointed when it wasn’t. They heifers were only discovered the next year. In hindsight they realized though that 5781 was the year the heifers were conceived! The next year, 2021, or 5782 had an acronym which means “The year of the Red Heifer in Israel”. The heifers arrived in Israel on Sept 15th, 2022, i.e. 12 days before the end of that year!
- Two years prior, Sept 15th was “incidentally” also the date when the Abraham Accords was signed. The purpose of the Accords is to bring Jews and Moslems closer together – since their forefathers both came from Abraham. The Jewish rabbis generally have great faith in these Accords in the belief that it will lead to the much-awaited peace their Messiah (the Antichrist) will bring.
With or without these coincidences, the arrival of the heifers is indeed a sign of the times. It shows us how close we are to the coming of the Lord Jesus! Let’s make sure we are ready for His coming. After all, the second last sentence in the Bible (and the last thing Christ said there), reads “ Surely I come quickly” (Rev 22:20)