Red Heifer without blemish born in Israel for first time in 2000 years!
A Red Heifer without blemish was born this month in Israel, for the first time in two thousand years. Could this be a viable candidate to fulfill the Jewish and Christian Prophecy that foretells the End of the World is near?
The Temple Institute thinks it is. They are a religious organization that was founded in 1987 in Jerusalem for the purpose of rebuilding the Holy Temple. A sign that declares it is time to build the Temple is the promised birth of a perfect Red Heifer which is to be sacrificed in the Temple.
In Numbers: 19 in the Old Testament the Lord tells Moses and the Israelites to bring a “a red heifer without defect or blemish” to burn as part of a cleansing ceremony. The sacrifice of a red heifer is essential for the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem, which will bring the Messiah and Judgment Day.
Only a few candidates for the Holy Red Heifer have been found over the centuries, and they were all disqualified due to blemishes or pregnancies, which is why the The Temple Institute has become so interested in this latest birth. So far this Red Heifer is a perfect match, although this could change as the animal grows. The animal will be examined again in three months time to see if it has developed any blemishes which would disqualify it.
The extreme rarity of the animal, combined with the detailed ritual in which it is used, have given the Red Heifer special status in Jewish tradition. Because the state of ritual purity obtained through the ashes of the Red Heifer is a necessary prerequisite for participating in Temple service, efforts have been made in modern times by Jews wishing for biblical ritual purity and in anticipation of the building of the Third Temple to locate the Red Heifer and recreate the ritual. However, multiple candidates have been disqualified.
The Christian tradition explicitly equates the Red Heifer with Jesus. In the New Testament, the phrases “without the gate” (Hebrews 13:12) and “without the camp” (Numbers 19:3, Hebrews 13:13) have been taken to be not only an identification of Jesus with the red heifer, but an indication as to the location of the Crucifixion. Some Fundamentalist Christians believe that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ cannot occur until the appearance of a Red Heifer born in Israel.