According to the Temple Institute, a completely red heifer has been born at an undisclosed location in Israel, and many are calling this a “miracle”. Temple worship can never be instituted without the ashes of a red heifer, and so Jewish leaders have been searching for one for years. But the requirements for the red heifer are extremely strict – it cannot have more than two white hairs anywhere on its body, it must have never been used for any sort of labor, and it must have never been pregnant. Throughout all of history, there have only been 9 perfect red heifers, and there hasn’t been one for close to 2,000 years. And even though many in Israel are very eager to restore Temple worship, they knew that it could never happen until the 10th red heifer had been found. In recent years, other red heifer candidates have been identified, but blemishes that later appeared made them unsuitable. Could it be possible that the search is finally over?
The Temple Institute has posted video footage of the new Red Heifer on YouTube…
On the 17th day of Elul, 5778, (August 28, 2018), a red heifer was born in the land of Israel. The red heifer candidate is being raised and specially cared for under the auspices of the Temple Institute’s ‘Raise a Red Heifer’ program.
The “Raise a Red Heifer” program is now three years old, and cattle ranches all over the land of Israel have been participating…
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.
This new red heifer has already been inspected and approved by a board of rabbis.
But of course additional inspections will be necessary, because the appearance of a blemish could render it unsuitable at any time…
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 absence of a red heifer has been one of the primary obstacles blocking the return of Temple worship. The following excerpt from a Breaking Israel News article explains why…
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.
For centuries, many Jewish leaders have believed that the appearance of a 10th red heifer would be a harbinger of the Messianic age.
Now that a red heifer has appeared, it is inevitable that many in the Jewish community will be looking for the appearance of a Messiah. Here is more from Breaking Israel News…
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.”
For those of us that believe in Jesus Christ, this is also an extremely exciting development, because it potentially represents a major fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
The following comes from one of my previous articles…
Traditionally, many Orthodox Jews have believed that the spotting of a red heifer would herald the coming of the Messiah.
And if this red heifer does indeed turn out to be a suitable candidate, one of the biggest obstacles to rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem will have been removed.
For Christians, this is an extremely exciting development as well.
The Bible tells us that there will be a Temple standing in Jerusalem in the last days, and that the Antichrist will defile it.
But that Bible prophecy could never be fulfilled until a red heifer was found.
We will wait and see if this red heifer stands the test of time, but at this moment it looks like we genuinely have reason to be excited.
A red heifer has been born, and that means that the building of the next Temple is now much, much closer then ever.
This article originally appeared on Unexplained Mysteries. About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.