JNS: 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. more …
Opinion: We first posted the headline last week and have had inquiries as to the significance of the red heifer.
Numbers 19:1-2 “Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which a yoke has never come.”
- The cow must not have hairs of any other color after three years
- The cow must be in perfect health, and
- The cow must never have been used to perform work
The heifer is then slaughtered and burned “outside of the camp” (Temple). Cedar wood, hyssop (Psalm 51:7), and scarlet are added to the fire, and the remaining ash is placed in a vessel containing pure water.
Ezekiel 36:25-26 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”.
The Third Temple:
Since every living Jew is considered ceremonially unclean and not permitted to enter a new Temple, producing a living red heifer for ceremonial cleanliness is required prior to the construction, and is paramount among signs that the Messiah is about to return.
Christians can see a clear comparison between the red heifer and the Lord Jesus:
- Both had to be perfect (sinless) specimens
- Both were taken outside the “camp” to be destroyed
- In both cases the High Priest observed but did not officiate
(Thanks to Jerry for sending in the video)