Does the arrival of the Red heifer in Israel tell us that the False Messiah is already among us and that the Third Temple is about to be built?

“Five rabbi-approved red heifers arrived from Texas to receive a ceremonious welcome at Ben-Gurion Airport, and set off a flurry of speculation about the prophetic significance of their presence in Israel and whether we are heading toward a Third Temple period. or the ‘last days.’

And the internet was filled with questions:

“Does the arrival of the heifers in Israel set in motion the coming of the Messiah, or the return of Jesus, as Christians believe?”
“Does it mean we have entered the fast track to the End Times and the Tribulation?”

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE OLD TESTAMENT OF THE RED HEIFER?

It was for the priests to be ritually pure to operate the Tabernacle unless the ashes of a pure red heifer were obtained and properly handled.

Also, such ashes were necessary to consecrate the priests who would serve in the First Temple, which was built under the supervision of King Solomon of Israel.

Such ashes were also necessary to consecrate the priests who would serve in the Second Temple, rebuilt under the efforts of Nehemiah, the governor of Jerusalem, and Ezra the priest and then dramatically enlarged by the Roman king Herod some 2000 years ago.

After the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and burned Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the Jews have had no sacred sanctuary on Mount Moriah, widely known today as the “Temple Mount.”

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the prophets spoke of another Temple, a Third Temple, to be built in the “last days” of history.

Undoubtedly, there are many obstacles to building the Third Temple.

One is the fact that the Temple Mount is today the site of the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, two of the holiest buildings in the world for 1.8 billion Muslims.

Any effort to remove those Islamic buildings, or even to build the Third Temple next to those buildings without the broad and deep consent of Muslims, could trigger an apocalyptic war against Israel.

But as we have seen, another critical obstacle has been the long absence of a pure, flawless red cow that could be ritually and properly sacrificed by trained Levitical priests capable of obtaining the required ashes.

Religious Jews, like those who work for and support the Temple Mount Institute, are beginning to wonder if the Messianic era is about to begin.

WHAT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT MEANING OF THE RED HEIFER?

Many Messianic Jews and evangelical Christians also believe in the biblical prophecies that a Third Temple will be built in Jerusalem, exactly where the First and Second Temples once stood on Mount Moriah.

Therefore, some believe that the ashes of a red cow are important to build that Temple.

However, neither Messianic Jews nor evangelicals believe that blood sacrifices in any future Temple can provide forgiveness of sins (atonement) for any man, woman or child.

The New Testament is very clear that only the shed blood of the Messiah – Jesus of Nazareth – who sacrificed Himself on the cross can atone for sins, and only if a person truly repents of his sins, accepts Jesus’ death as payment for his sins, believes in Jesus’ literal, bodily resurrection and by faith receives Him as Messiah, Savior and Lord.

Moses’ approach – written in the “Mosaic Covenant” of the Torah – to atonement ended 2,000 years ago with the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the subsequent destruction of the Temple as judgment against those Jewish leaders who unjustly condemned Jesus to death and convinced the Roman government to crucify Jesus on Calvary.

Thus, the sacrifice of a colored heifer is no longer necessary, nor useful.

Neither are the sacrifices of any other animal.

God no longer accepts animal sacrifices, because we are not in the Mosaic Covenant age; we are in the New Covenant age.

Our perfect and sinless Messiah has been sacrificed and has also risen from the dead.

According to the scriptures, this is the only sacrifice God will accept as payment for our sins.

In fact, this is precisely what the writer of Hebrews explained, specifically pointing out that Christ’s sacrifice is better than the blood of cows, red or otherwise.

“But when Christ appeared as high priest of the good things to come, He entered by the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is, not of this creation; and not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, He entered once for all into the Most Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on the unclean sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ [the Greek word for Messiah], who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, that having died a death for the remission of the transgressions which were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” ( Hebrews 9:11-15)

SO DOES THE COMING OF THE RED HEIFERS TO ISRAEL MEAN THAT THE MESSIAH WILL SOON RETURN?

Now that we understand these important differences between the Modern Orthodox rabbis and the teachings of the New Testament, let us address the question of whether the arrival of the red heifers in Israel is a sign that the Messiah will soon return.

Here we must make a critical distinction.

The Bible teaches that in the “last days” Christ will come for His true followers to protect them from the wrath of Satan in the days of judgment known as the Tribulation.

At that time, Christ will rapture all true born-again followers of Jesus off the earth, away from their friends, neighbors, classmates and co-workers who do not know Christ personally, and all this will happen in the blink of an eye. eye, in a millisecond of time.

This event is widely known by biblical scholars and laymen as the “Rapture” of the Church.

The Apostle John speaks of this in John 14:1-3.

“Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you may be also”.

The Apostle Paul writes about this in I Corinthians 15:51-52.

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

The Apostle Paul provides more details in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 .

“But we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [ l ] and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive [ n ] and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Of this event, we have no idea when it will happen.

Now, in Matthew 24 (and Mark 13 and Luke 21) Jesus tells us that in the “last days” there will be several signs that will not provide a precise time but will indicate that the season of His coming is drawing near.

Among these: false messiahs, false teachers, false prophets, wars and rumors of war, earthquakes, famines, natural disasters, pandemics (“pestilence”) and other terrible events.

Another key sign: the rebirth of the State of Israel (i.e., “the parable of the fig tree” found in Matthew 24:32-33).

While Christ, and the Apostle Paul, and the Apostle John, spoke of the Third Temple not only being built but being fully operational in the last days, none of them spoke specifically of red heifers.

So, let’s say for the moment that any or all of these five red heifers are ritually pure and could be sacrificed soon.

That being said, there is another prophetic event coming.

Arab media cite arrival of red cows as a threat to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Arab media cite the arrival of the red cows in Israel as a threat to the “Al Aqsa Mosque” in Jerusalem. The announcement comes during major Jewish holidays and at a period when the IDF is involved in ongoing operations to combat terrorism in Samaria.

Arabic-language media outlets, including the “Al Manar” channel, which is closely associated with Hezbollah, report on the Temple organizations’ intention to make a sacrifice on the Temple Mount. The Arab announcement comes just weeks after Boneh Israel , an organization that connects Israel-loving Christians to the Holy Land, brought five young red cows to Israel with the intention of reinstating the Torah commandment associated with the red cow.