April 10, 2002 Israel National News reports: "In these days
of difficulty for the Land of Israel, there is encouraging news as well.”
It can now be revealed that less than one month ago, a “Red Heifer” was born in Israel. After the
heifer's owner contacted the Temple Institute, on Friday, April 5th, 2001, Rabbi
Menachem Makover and Rabbi Chaim Richman traveled to the farm where the heifer
is located, to inspect and validate her status.
The rabbis found her to
be kosher and were satisfied that this heifer could indeed be a candidate to be
used in the process of purification of the Temple priests described in the book
of Numbers, chapter 19.
According to Numbers 19, no priest can go into
the Temple who has not washed himself with the ashes of the “Red Heifer.” So having a red heifer is one
of the most important Biblical signposts that the time is approaching when the
third Jewish temple will be rebuilt.
Numbers 19:1- describes the process
of purification of the priests using the ashes of the “Para Aduma,” which is
Hebrew for the “Red Cow.”
“This is the statute of the law which the Lord
has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an
unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been
placed. You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside
the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. Next Eleazar the priest shall take
some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle some of its blood toward the
front of the tent of meeting seven times. Then the heifer shall be burned in his
sight; its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned.
The priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it
into the midst of the burning heifer. The priest shall then wash his clothes and
bathe his body in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest shall
be unclean until evening.”
When the verse say, “no defect,” it means
there cannot be a single white hair found anywhere on the heifer’s body. The red
heifer must be 3 years old before it can be sacrificed. This is Biblically
significant because it is the first “Red Heifer,” born in Israel in 2,500 years.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RED
The significance of the
“Red Heifer” is two fold. First,
it is a sign from the Lord that the time is drawing near for the third Jewish
Temple to be rebuilt. Second, it is a Biblical sign that we are definitely
approaching time of the tribulation and the coming of the Anti-Christ written
about by Daniel, Jesus, Paul, and John.
The Apostle John spoke of the
3rd Jewish Temple in Revelation 11.
“Then there was given me a measuring
rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and
the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the
temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they
will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.” Revelation 11:1-2
In this most interesting prophecy, John is commanded by the angel of God
to “Measure the temple of God and the altar.” John had to see it to measure it,
so he knew its exact dimensions. He was further instructed to “leave out the
court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given
to the nations.”
The court that is located “outside the temple,” will
undoubtedly have a Mosque with a gold dome on it. It will be given to the
nations who do not worship the God of Israel, or the Son of God.
the nations will tread the holy city Jerusalem underfoot for forty-two months.
How long is 42 months? It is 3 ½ years! The treaty spoken of by Daniel is for 7
years, so the nations will tread Jerusalem underfoot for the first 3 ½ years of
the peace treaty made by the Anti-Christ
How does this prophecy align
itself with Daniel, Paul, and Jesus?
“And he will make a firm covenant
with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to
sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who
makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is
poured out on the one who makes desolate.” Daniel 9:27
speak of the time when the Anti-Christ will make a seven-year peace treaty with
the Jews and Israel. In the middle of the treaty, three and one half years, he
will put a stop to the sacrifice and grain offering, and sacrifice a pig on the
altar of the third Temple. This act is referred to as “The Abomination of
The Jews performed “The sacrifice and grain offering,”
spoken of here during the time of the first and second temple. In 70 A.D. the
Roman general Titus destroyed Jerusalem, burned the Temple and tore down its
massive stones until not one was left standing. The Romans dispersed the Jews
throughout the nations of the earth, and no sacrifice has been performed since
that day, because there has been no third Jewish Temple.
Anti-Christ to stop the “sacrifice and grain offering,” there must be a 3rd
Jewish Temple. Daniel was the first to prophesy about this coming event. Jesus
further confirmed it as well as the Apostles Paul and John.
appearance of the Anti-Christ is described in Daniel. What will he do when he
makes his appearance here on earth? He will perform many of the exact same acts
that his predecessor Antiochus Epiphanes did before the time of Christ.
“ Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do
away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of
desolation.” Daniel 11:32
This verse in Daniel is a reference to
Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian king who sought the destruction of the Jews
during the time of the 2nd Temple. Antiochus sought to make changes in “times
and laws,” just as the Anti-Christ will do.
“He shall speak pompous
words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given
into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.” Daniel 7:25
Antiochus made the following changes in times and laws concerning the
Jews. Any Jew caught breaking one of these laws was immediately put to death.
· Outlawed celebrating and practicing the Sabbath.
reading or owning a Torah.
· Outlawed circumcision.
· Outlawed the
celebration of the Passover and all other Jewish Festivals.
· Outlawed the
regular Jewish sacrifices and offerings.
· He desecrated the temple by
erecting a statue, an idol, with a likeness of himself as a representation to
all that he was God.
· He sacrificed a pig on the altar of God in front of
the Temple, and this act became know as “The Abomination of Desolation.”
Antiochus Epiphanes was a precursor to the coming Ant-Christ who will
speak out against God and persecute those who believe in God and His Son Jesus
Christ. He will also institute changes in “times and laws” just as Antiochus
did, and many of the changes will once again be perpetrated against the Jewish
Notice the length of His reign is prophesied in these verses to
be for a time, times, and half a time. A time is one year, times equals two
years, and half a time is one half of a year. Therefore, His rule and reign will
last for exactly 3 ½ years!
Jesus confirmed the prophesies of Daniel
when He spoke of the coming Anti-Christ. Jesus prophesied the Anti-Christ would
stand in the “holy place” and commit the same act as Antiochus Epiphanes
committed, “The Abomination of Desolation,” on the altar of God.
“Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken
of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader
understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.” Matthew
These prophetic words spoken by Jesus further reinforce the
truth that the Anti-Christ will stand in the rebuilt third Temple. The Holy
place is the Holy of Holies, the inner most part of the Temple. A place so holy
that only the Jewish High Priest could enter the “Holy of Holies,” once a year
on Yom Kippur.
An important part of this prophecy may seem strange to
many, because Jesus commanded the Jews who were living in Judea during this
time, and see the “Abomination of Desolation,” to flee to the mountains. Why
would Jesus make such a prophecy?
“For then there will be a great
tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until
now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have
been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” Matthew
The reason is stated clearly in these verses. When this event
takes place we are to recognize that the time of the “great tribulation,” will
have come upon the earth. A time that will be so terrible that unless the days
had been shortened, no life would have been saved.
Like Daniel and Jesus
the Apostle Paul spoke of the time of the Anti-Christ and the tribulation, just
as Jesus did.
“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it (the day of the
Lord) will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness
is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every
so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of
God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still
with you, I was telling you these things?”
2 Thessalonians 2:3-5
The “Day of the Lord,” spoken of by Paul is fast approaching. Once this
day arrives, Paul prophesies just as Daniel and Jesus that the man of
lawlessness would be revealed.
“The man of lawlessness is revealed, the
son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or
object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying
himself as being God.
Paul’s prophecy fits exactly with the description
of the coming Anti-Christ given by both Daniel and Jesus. This prophecy also
confirms the prophecy given by both Daniel and Jesus as to where he will “be
revealed.” The verses prophesy he will be revealed “In the temple of God,” the
rebuilt 3rd Jewish Temple.
This description exactly fits with Daniel’s
description of what he will do when he goes into the “Temple of God.” He will
say monstrous things against God the Father and God the Son, and he will take
his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
Mishna, from the time of Moses to the destruction of the Second Temple, nine red
heifers were burned. “One by Moses, one by Ezra, and seven from the time of Ezra
to the destruction of the last Temple in 70 AD. The Mishna teaches the “tenth
cow will be sacrificed by King Messiah.” Mishna Para 3:5, a belief held by
Israel’s chief Rabbis today.
The book of Hebrews writes of this ritual.
“For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer
sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve
the living God?” Hebrews 9:13-14
Paul wrote of the “ashes of a heifer
sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh.”
This refers to the commandment by God to the Jews regarding the cleansing of a
Priest with the ashes of a “Red Heifer.”
Paul makes the point that to the Christian believer it is
the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from our dead works to serve the
living God. The blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer cannot
suffice to cleanse us from your sins, only the blood of Christ.
INSTRUCTED US TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGN OF THE TIMES:
us to recognize the signs of the times, and the “Red
Heifer” is one of the more visible and interesting
The “fig tree,” is another sign Jesus told us to recognize.
Throughout the Bible, Israel is often referred to as the fig tree. Jesus
gave the church a specific word regarding the “fig tree,” and what to do when
you see it put forth its leaves.
“Now learn the parable from the fig
tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you
know that summer is near; So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize
that He is near, right at the door.” Matthew 24:32-33
Israel is the “fig
tree,” which the Lord has raised up to become a nation
after 2,500 years
of extinction. In 1948, Israel was a barren land, a land with almost no trees of
any kind. It was a wasteland and a swamp. Fifty-four years later Israel is like
the Garden of Eden, and its fruit has filled all the nations of the earth.
Israel, the “fig tree,” has put forth its branches, and the church is
instructed by Jesus, “When you see all these things, recognize that He is near,
right at the door.”
Recognize the sign of the times and understand that
He is right at the door. Are you ready to receive Him?