THE RED HEIFER
compiled by Dee Finney
OUR SURPRISE VISITORS
These wonderful visitors arrived promptly at 8 a.m. this
morning - 2-11-04
The tiny heifers were adorable - but hidden behind the mothers.
There were some of every color one can think that cows come in, including red.
They had broken through a fence adjoining our property and delighted in
enjoying fresh grass in our front yard.
The Ashes of the Red Heifer
By Don K. Preston
According to Jewish sources no flawless red heifer has been born in Israel since the fall of Jerusalem in A. D. 70. One Jewish activist said "We have been waiting 2,000 years for a sign from God, and now He has provided us with a red heifer." The calf is thus viewed as a sign of the imminent coming of the Messiah and reestablishment of the Temple with its sacrificial system.
Some suggest the Ark of the Covenant is hidden somewhere near the Dead Sea, on the Jordan's west bank. According to one tradition, Jeremiah was the last to see the Ark and hid it in Mount Nebo on the Jordan River's east bank (now Jordan). According to another tradition it was taken to Egypt for safekeeping during the reign of Josiah.
The Israeli Temple Institute, an Ultra-Orthodox organization dedicated to rebuilding the Jewish Temple, is reported to have said; "the Ark is under the temple mount and will be revealed at the proper time - when the temple is rebuilt".
According to Scripture, the Messiah (Jesus) cannot come (2nd time) until the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem. The Temple would be unfinished without both the real Ark of the Covenant and ashes of the Red Heifer
Joe Mason says:
An interview with Clyde Lott
These links are primarily about Clyde Lott, a breeder of cattle, and the Biblical prophesy about the red heifer. Various parts of the story made connections for me. I came to the part of the story where the writer speaks of the tribulation where the two witnesses will be slain on the streets of Jerusalem, and after three days, rise from the dead. While the enemies of the witnesses are rejoicing, "the whole world will watch as they stand up alive, resurrected from the dead." This could not have happened in the past, before worldwide television coverage of news events.
This, of course, refers to the verses of Revelation 11. If the Twin Towers symbolize the two witnesses, then this fits with the idea that the enemies of the USA are rejoicing now.
I suddenly got the idea of viewing the two olive trees (witnesses, lampstands, prophets) as symbolic of the United States. Some say that the USA is the "mighty nation" that was to come from the Tribe of Manasseh, as part of the covenants. (Great Britain is the "company of nations" that was to come from the Tribe of Ephraim.) See:
The Lost Tribes
I felt that this "mighty nation" of the USA was represented in Black Elk's great vision by the blue man in the water who battles the horse riders from the four directions. See:
The blue man may also be symbolized by Superman, the USA as the super power world policeman. When no crimes are being committed he remains Clark Kent, a "harmless turtle." Prior to the Gulf War, a snail mail friend had a dream of Superman constraining Gilgamesh (ancient Babylonian king) down. After the war, Colin Powell made the comment, "You don't tug on Superman's cape" (from the song by Jim Croce).
"The Book of Knowledge, The Keys of Enoch" uses this special way of spelling: The "New JerUSAlem," indicating the USA connection in the future.
I remembered that Revelation 11:2 speaks of the holy city being trampled over by the nations for 42 months (3 1/2 years). I picked up my Bible and started to read chapter 11 of Revelation again, with this new concept in mind.
Revelation 11:4-6 fits well:
(4) "These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth. (5) And if any one would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes; if any one would harm them, thus he is doomed to be killed. (6) They have power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire."
There was also a drought in Black Elk's vision before the blue man was killed. This is also related in James 5:17 and Luke 4:25, referring to the story in 1 Kings, where Elijah prayed that it not rain and it did not rain for three years, six months. Then he prayed again, this time for rain, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.
These are the next verses of Revelation 11:
(7) "And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends from the bottomless pit will make war upon them and conquer them and kill them, (8) and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which is allegorically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. (9)
For three days and a half men from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations gaze at their dead bodies and refused to let them be placed in a tomb, (10) and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. (11) But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them."
It struck me that verse 11:9 is like a mirror of Revelation 9:11. Verse 11:9 is the one that could not have been fulfilled until the time of worldwide television. Many people, as we speak, are gazing at the television pictures of the "dead bodies" of the Twin Towers now laying in the streets of the great city.
Some say the USA, or certain cities, like New York or Los Angeles, are the New Babylon, in the sense of the mix of races and traditions. The "Sodom" connection may hint at the old ways being destroyed. There are people in the world now who are rejoicing over the destruction of the Twin Towers. The USA has been considered a "torment" to certain peoples and nations for some 200 years.
The 11:11 verse may indicate that the Towers will be rebuilt in 3 1/2 years.
But, I do think this has the greater meaning of the eventual uplifting of the USA and the entire world. Revelation 11 continues with verse 12:
"Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 'Come up hither!' And in the sight of their foes they went up to heaven in a cloud."
As I stated in my "Pollen Path" article, this seems to indicate an ascension. See:
Continuing with Revelation 11:
(13) "And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven."
(14) The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come."
Although I have read these verses quite a few times, I just about fell out of my chair when I read of the "seven thousand people" killed. I believe the number of people thought to be killed in the Twin Towers disaster is about 6,700 at this time, and climbing. It seems likely that the total will be near "seven thousand." The rest of the people being terrified also fits the situation now. All day today, people on television shows were speaking of the possibilities of terrorists attacks using weapons of mass destruction.
The Twin Tower disaster was not caused by an earthquake, of course, but metaphorically it fits with the events.
Take heart, the eventual outcome seems to be quite positive - a leap to the heart chakra level of consciousness evolution by humanity.
Regards and best wishes,
The teachings about the red heifer are not just for the Hebrews and the Christians:
Scarlet thread is mentioned in connection with the rites of cleansing the leper (Lev. 14:4, 6, 51) and of burning the red heifer (Num. 19:6). It was a crimson thread that Rahab was to bind on her window as a sign that she was to be saved alive (Josh. 2:18; 6:25) when the city of Jericho was taken.
Mohammed copied the teachings perfectly and made of it many verses of the Qur'an .
Internalizing Three Phases of Religious Behavior
Phase 1: The Moses-Phase: Sectarianism
The Moses-phase of religion is least internal or relatively external, in the sense that the laws of conduct are not rationally justified to the believer but given as Divine Laws to obey. Rituals are followed because of tradition and denominational membership. Sentences of Scriptures are applied to life in a literal sense without much concern for its more interior or spiritual sense. In this fundamentalist phase of religious behavior we tend to be dogmatic and intolerant, and there is a lack of clear separation between cultural and religious loyalty. I call it the Moses-phase because the Five Books of Moses (or Pentateuch or Torah) represent the mentality of the Old Testament as a whole. In this non-spiritual religious orientation, external rituals, prescriptions, and proscriptions are strict and unforgiving, exacting harsh punishment and retribution upon the unfaithful and disloyal. Compliance is from fear or superstition, and is attendant with the hope of reward or merit. Status differences are based on one's degree of compliance and earned merit through strict adherence to ritual.
All religions that are in the fundamentalist phase evolve similar behaviors involving the personal use of holiness that may be attached to some physical object or person. Holy shrines and miracles performed by holy men exist in all major religions on our earth when they pass through their own Moses phase. Intercessionary prayer, either for expected voluntary payments or for charged services, are offered in many Christian churches today, and is a mainstay feature of radio and television evangelism.
Besides ritual and holiness, sectarianism leads to an anti-scientific attitude and orientation that is very harmful for intellectual and rational development. An example is Creationism, which is the rejection of scientific knowledge and rational thinking whenever these appear to be contradicted by a literal reading of the Old Testament.
The Moses phase is based on the emotion of fear, which is external or below the spiritual level.
In the Moses phase we are not capable of understanding the personalist universal and symbolic idea that "neighbor" means "any human being" and therefore one is not allowed to mistreat strangers or enemies. "Love thy neighbor" means family, friend, and all those that we like or share a fate with. That's in the external natural Moses phase. To the extent that we accept the New Testament re-definition of "neighbor" as universalist and personal, namely, excluding no one, to that extent we have crossed into the inner worship, the spiritual worship of the New Testament.
In the Moses-phase we define "neighbors" as those who are of the same ethnic or denominational group ("tribe").
In the Moses-phase "holiness" of a person corresponds to consciensciousness of obeying all regulations.
The central idea of the Mosaic religion was that we are unsavory to God when we commit sins unless we follow God's precise laws about ritual purification from sin. And this meant animal sacrifices, an ancient practice that was widespread in the middle east at around the time when the Hebrews were to conquer the Land of Canaan (or Palestine). The book of Leviticus is replete with very precise instructions about when to sacrifice, what animals to sacrifice, how to prepare them for the kill, what to do with the blood, how to dispose of the carcass, and many other details of timing and accompanying mandatory ritual procedures. To the external worship of the natural mind, this concrete physical proof was required before one could feel forgiven and pure once more.
The idea of God in the Moses phase is a natural idea as shown by the fact that we separate self from God. God is a force outside of us. He may be distant or absent, while natural phenomena play themselves out. We want to counter this distance by doing things that bring God closer, like ritual, prayer and sacrifice. The fact that we have an idea like "God is watching us" or "God knows what I think" indicates that our idea of God is natural and external.
In the Moses-phase of religion, holiness and rituals are viewed externally. The saintly person is endowed with magical powers. There is an orderly hierarchy of predestined positions allocated to each, and one's spiritual status is measured by how much one is endowed.
In our external phase of religion we behave as if we were Moses people. For example, in childhood we believe and fear the omnipresent Eyes of God. We believe that we can offend God by our actions, and indeed this is the appearance given in the Old Testament. We believe that we need to appease God by performing certain requisite rituals like washings and penitence. Sin is an external blemish that can be removed by the Grace of God. We believe in meriting a place in heaven through loyalty and steadfastness to ritual, icon, and prayer.
Those who are unfamiliar with the Old Testament but live in a Western culture obtain this sectarianism from indirect sources in society, all of which ultimately are based on the Old Testament and the New Testament. Those who are from a non-Western culture, and therefore religion, draw their sectarianism from their own religious books and popular teachings. If for instance a native of Bangladesh were to understand the Moses phase of themselves, they need to be told what "Moses" is, and perhaps they need to find a Moses of their own who has done for them what Moses the Hebrew has done for Western culture and religion.
Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock; and he said to them, Hear now, you rebels; must we bring water for you out of this rock? And Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod. Nonetheless much water came out Then Jehovah said to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not believe in Me and honor Me as holy in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you will not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. (Num. 20:10-12)
In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the Tent of Meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness. (Lev. 16:16)
When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: "Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers (Deut. 32:35)
But the LORD said to me, "Tell them, `Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.'" So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the LORD's command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country. The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah. You came back and wept before the LORD, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you. (Deut. 43-45)
Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all things that Jehovah hath done in your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; and Jehovah hath not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, even unto this day (Deut. 29:2, 4).
I know the figment of the people which they do at this day, before I bring them into the land which I sware (Deut. 31:21).
I will hide My faces from them, I will see what is the last of them; for they are a generation of perversities, sons in whom is no truth.
That "the tables" here signify the external of the Word, is because they are here distinguished from the writing, which denotes its internal. But when they are not distinguished from the writing, then by "the tables" is signified the internal and the external of the Word together, thus the Word in the whole complex (as above, n. 10452). The reason why they are here distinguished, is that the tables were broken, and yet the same words were afterward written by Jehovah upon other tables which were hewn out by Moses. The external of the Word is the sense of its letter. This sense of the letter is signified by "the tables" because this sense is like a table, or a plane, upon which the internal sense has been written.
That the tables which were the work of God were broken by Moses when he saw the calf and the dances, and that by command of Jehovah other tables were hewn out by Moses, and on these were afterward written the same words, and thus that the tables were no longer the work of God, but the work of Moses, whereas the writing was still the writing of God, involves a secret as yet unknown. The secret is that the sense of the letter of the Word would have been different if the Word had been written among a different people, or if that people had not been such as it was
As therefore the sense of the letter of the Word was made such for the sake of that people, therefore those tables which were the work of God were broken, and at the command of Jehovah others were hewn out by Moses. But whereas the same Divine holiness was still within, therefore the same words which had been written upon the former tables were written by Jehovah on the latter, as is plain from these words in Moses:
Jehovah said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, that I may write upon the tables the words that were on the first tables, which thou broke. And Jehovah wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten words (Exod. 34:1, 4, 28).
At that time Jehovah said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and I will write on the tables the words that were on the first tables which thou broke. And Jehovah wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten words, and Jehovah gave them unto me (Deut. 10:1-4).
That Jehovah did not acknowledge that people as His own people (although it was so said for the sake of the agreement of the internal sense with the external), but as the people of Moses, is evident in these passages:
Thy people have corrupted themselves, which thou madest to come up out of the land of Egypt. Go, lead the people unto the place I told thee (Exod. 32:7, 34).
Jehovah spoke unto Moses, Go up, thou and the people which thou hast made to come up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land of which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And I will send an angel before thee; for I will not go up in the midst of thee, for thou art a stiff-necked people (Exod. 33:1-3).
The like is signified by Moses being put in a cleft of the rock, and not being allowed to see the faces of Jehovah, but only the back parts (Exod. 33:22, 23); and in like manner by Moses, when the skin of his face shone, putting a veil over his face when he spoke to the sons of Israel (Exod. 34:30-35). What the quality of that people was to be, is foretold by Jehovah to Abraham, when it was His will that his seed should inherit the land of Canaan, and it is said:
After Abraham had divided a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, in the midst, which were for entering into a covenant, a deep sleep fell upon Abraham, and behold a terror of great darkness falling upon him. And when the sun was set, there was thick darkness; and behold a furnace of smoke, and a torch of fire that passed between those pieces (Gen. 15:9, 10, 12, 17).
What is interesting to note is a dream I had a few days ago:
2-3-04 - DREAM - I was in the country and came to a barn where a farmer was going to slaughter one of his sheep. (A ram) He dragged the sheep into the barn and the sheep obediently lay on the floor where the farmer dragged it, while he went to get a knife to slit its throat.
I didn't want to watch this horrible sight, so I tried to leave the barn and went the wrong way. I didn't want to get caught by a group of teen-aged boys I heard coming so I ran through a different doorway and discovered that the barn was a maze inside.
I finally had to confront the boys and I had a knife in my hand to hold them off with. I tried to cut a slit in the floor and drop through to the floor below, but it was like there was a big net on the floor and I couldn't cut through it and make a big enough hole to get through. It just scored marks in the floor.
I finally made it outside and ran through the fields. It was a beautiful area, rather terraced in long flat strips. I came to a river and it looked frozen and I thought maybe I could cross the river on the ice; but the ice was yellow with pollution and weeds stuck up through it. The ice was soft and rubbery and I knew it wasn't safe, so I crawled back to shore, glad that I hadn't fallen through the ice and drowned.
What I didn't know at the time is this:
February 2 is the beginning of the Muslim Eid Al-Adhha-
This holiday is the end of Ramadan and noted as the
feast of sacrifice. The date for this Holy Day is
Feb. 2, 2004. Islamic Feast of Sacrifice. The most
important feast of Islam. It concludes the Hajj and
is a three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness
to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.
During this celebration, Muslims commemorate and
remember this incident, by themselves slaughtering
an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat.
To go back to the Old Testament history we have God's Covenant with Abraham stamped with this number of Divine perfection (Gen 15). It was (like David's, 2 Samuel 7) Divinely "ordered in all things, and sure." God was ONE, i.e., the one party to it; for Abraham, who would willingly have been the other party, was put to sleep, that the Covenant might be unconditional, and "sure to all his seed." The Divine seal is seen in the choice of three animals, each of three years old (the heifer, the she-goat, and the ram). These, together with the two birds (the dove and the pigeon), made five in all, marking it all as a perfect act of free-grace on the part of a sovereign God.
Accordingly, a few weeks ago, a little she-goat kid arrived in our yard from somewhere. I didn't take its photo like I did with the cows, but it was pretty amazing. It came up on the porch, and ate my rose bushes. I wanted to keep it, but it had a mind of its own and eventually ran down the road, looking for another place to surprise someone.
RED HEIFER BORN - OPENS WAY FOR THIRD TEMPLE
3/16/97 - Sunday Telegraph (London)
According to London's Sunday Telegraph of March 16, 1997, a team of rabbinical experts have confirmed the birth of a red heifer. Such an animal is necessary for purification of the temple site according to Numbers 19:2-7.
Rabbinical teaching states that, since Herod's Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., no flawless red heifer has been born in Israel.
According to the article, the heifer, which is 6 months old now, must be at least 3 years old before it can be used in a ritual sacrifice. [Arutz-7 article below says 2 years old.]
1999 - Red Heifer born in Texas
Red heifers are rarely born in Israel; perhaps only one time per generation. It was a miracle when one was born. Even though they are rare, it was sufficient because it takes only a small amount of red heifer ash to mix with pure water for purification. There were nine red heifers born while the the Tabernacle and two Temples existed. The tenth red heifer is predicted to be born in the end-times for the Third Temple. No red heifers have been born in Israel since the destruction of the Second Temple. When the rebirth of the State of Israel occurred in 1948, and increasingly after the liberation of the Temple Mount in 1967, the cry has gone out to God for the rebuilding of the Temple. A group called the Temple Mount Faithful Movement was founded to make this happen during our lifetime. Meanwhile, efforts were begun to find the ashes which had been hidden by priests before the destruction of the Second Temple. Archeologists began digging in the area of Jerusalem and Qumran in the Dead Sea area. At the same time, reports of red heifers being born began to appear. One was born in northern Israel. In 1998 another red heifer was born in the Ayalon valley where David defeated Goliath. Since then, red heifers have not only been born in Israel but also in the United States on the ranches Christians who support Israel.
A red heifer must be raised in a very special way as it is a holy thing completely dedicated to God. Raised in a special stall and fed only special food. The female heifer cannot be raised with other calves particularly males. The heifer is forbidden to be used for any work whatsoever. Almost 2,000 years went by with no red heifers being born; but now, they are being born one after another in Israel and in the United States to ranchers such as Clyde Lott.
Red Heifer Born
It came quietly, but it could prove to be a bombshell. It wasn't even expected, considering its run-of-the-mill parentage. But the strictest rabbis have confirmed that an all-red cow born on a kibbutz in northern Israel in the fall of 1996 does qualify to become the means of initiating a renewed Levitical priesthood. (See Numbers 19 for the procedure.) Only nine such heifers have been recorded in history!
Rosh HaShanah has long been the time when the Jews have expected the resurrection of teh dead to take place: the heifer would be ready to qualify for sacrifice (when it is two years old; 3 by the biblical reckoning which includes the gestation period in its age) by the month of Elul 1998 (the month immediately preceding Tishri, the first day of which is...Rosh HaShanah)! There is a biblical precedent for the sacrifices to begin before the Temple foundation is laid--on Tishri 1, no less! (Ezra 3:6) So it could come very soon.
We can't be dogmatic; this one is not guaranteed to survive. (Indeed, some Israelis who think they can't afford more trouble from the Muslims have already hatched some plans to kill it--or at least disqualify it by damaging its body.) But even if not, there are alternative plans already in motion, the biggest one coming from a Mississippi Christian, who has perfected another potential strain of "holy cow" in Nebraska to the satisfaction of the rabbis. Keep your eye on the eastern sky!
There have been stories published about a number of red cows. Reports of cows being bred in Sweden, Switzerland, Texas and Mississippi have been published in various media.
|The Red Heifer
Apr 10, 2002, 15:02
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 HEIFER:
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.
Notice, 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
These verses 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 Desolation.”
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.
For the 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.
The coming 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
SEE MORE: http://www.voicefromzion.org/artman/publish/article_35.shtml
The mainline orthodoxy believes that they have to have the ashes of the red heifer to cleanse the vessels and the priests before the Temple can be rebuilt.
What is a red heifer and why is it significant?
Based on Jewish standards recorded in Numbers 19, the Jewish people could never be purified or able to rebuild their temple without the ashes of an unblemished red heifer. Jewish tradition holds that a red heifer heralds the Messianic era.
For prophecy watchers, it is definitely something to keep your eyes on. The temple will be rebuilt in fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and temple practices will be reinstituted, so we know that there will be a spotless red heifer provided to allow that to take place. The heifer is not determined to be perfect until its third birthday.
Over the past few years, several red heifers have been born around the world. But each one has been either imperfect or not in Israel at the right time.
For several years dedicated Jews have been reproducing all of the instruments needed in the Temple sacrifices. The last that I heard they were raising money to reproduce the Menorah, which is a candlestick with 7 branches and made out of gold. Estimated cost was a million dollars. The Garments of the High Priest and the other priests are being woven from pure linen cloth. There are 2 or 3 schools that are teaching young men the Old Testament laws in sacrifice and offerings.
There is no doubt about it, Israel is getting ready to rebuild the Temple. But there is one important factor that can stop it. Not only will it stop it but even if they get a Temple built and have all the instruments made, the garments made and the priests taught in sacrifices and offerings they cannot, according to the Law of Moses, perform their rituals until they have found a very special cow. The news that I was speaking about was about this very special cow, a "red heifer" which was recently born in Israel. For years they have been attempting to genetically engineer a strain of red heifers but this heifer, named "Melody", was not of that strain. She was naturally born of a black and white cow and a brown bull for a father. Her birth was considered to be a "miracle" by the orthodox Jews who say that it is a sign from God and now work can begin on building a new, Third Temple in Jerusalem.
Now, what is this business about a "red heifer" and why are some people so excited? Turn to Numbers 19:1-10 and read it. What you have just read is one of the most unusual rituals described in the Bible.
What they would do is take a young female cow, it had to be red without one white or black hair or any other blemish of any kind. They would take the heifer outside of Jerusalem over to the Mt. of Olives and kill it by cutting its throat. Then they would take the blood and sprinkle it towards the Holy of Holies in the Temple across the Kidron Valley. Then they would take the carcass and burn it on top of a large pile of wood. While it was burning they would throw in a piece of cedar wood, a branch of hyssop and a piece of scarlet material. Then after the whole animal was burned to ashes, priests would gather the ashes in a clay vessel and carry them back to the Temple. Then they would sprinkle the ashes into a large cistern of water. Those waters then became, "waters of purification". The water was used to purify people from certain defilements.
For instance, anyone that touched a dead body was considered "unclean" for 7 days. On the third day he was to take some of the water of purification, the water with the ashes in it and wash himself with it. If he didn't do this on the third day he would not be considered "clean" at the end of 7 days. Another example, if a man died in a tent, the tent was unclean for 7 days. That included everything in the tent and anyone coming into it until it was considered clean again. Everything had to be washed with waters of purification.
Verses 11 thru to the end of the chapter tells how the water was to be used for the purpose of purification. This sacrificing of the Red Heifer has only happened a total of 9 times since Moses received the Law on Mt. Sinai. The reason is because the ashes mixed with water goes a long ways. The last time it was performed was just before the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.
Subj:[greatdreams-forum] eglah and parah
There are 2 Hebrew words in the Hebrew text of the bible that stand for a .female cow.
Its .parah. that appears in Numbers 19 as the red heifer who cleanses the children of Israel from being defiled by touching death
The red heifer (the Hebrew word translated to the English word red is ..Adam) must meet 3 criteria
1 the heifer must be entirely red
2 have no blemish
3 upon who a yoke has never been placed
The Adam parah is used this way ...
1.It is killed by someone not the priest outside the camp
2. The other person burns the red heifer ..its hide flesh blood and dung are all burned together
3. The priest takes cedar wood hyssop and crimson thread and throws them into the burning heifer
4. The priest and the man then go and immerse themselves in water and are contaminated until the sun sets
5. Someone else who is clean collects the ashes after words he immerses self in water and is contaminated until the sun sets
6. The ashes are put in spring water inside a vessel
7. A clean person takes hyssop and dips it into the vessel of spring water and ashes .. and sprinkles the water onto everything that is contaminated by the death of person .. on the 3rd and 7th day
8. People who are contaminated by touching a dead body (NOT an unsolved murder case) must cleanse themselves on the 3rd and the 7th day of their contamination .. on the 7th day they are clean .. if they have cleaned themselves on both the 3rd and 7th day
9. The clean person who uses the hyssop to sprinkle the spring water and ash combination ..then becomes contaminated and has to immerse himself in water . he becomes clean again when the sun goes down
In Numbers 19 there are 7 references to the heifer
The other word for a female cow is .eglah. the eglah is also is used to cleanse the children of Israel from death .
Deuteronomy 21 (here the heifer is referred to 4 times in this chapter ...her criteria
1. A heifer that has done no work
2. That has never pulled with a yoke
The eglah is used this way
1. The heifer is brought by the elders of the nearest city to a harsh valley which cannot be worked or sown
2. The elders cut the heifer's head off with an axe to the back of the neck
3. The priests blesses with the Name of Hasher
4. The elders wash their hands over the heifer and say "our hands have not spilled this blood and our eyes did not see. atone your people Israel that you have redeemed, O Hasher: Do not place innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel"
5. The blood of the one slain is then removed from the murder site
6. Those who touched the dead body then must be cleansed with the red heifer on the 3rd and 7th day of their contamination
Another parallel between the 2 heifers is that they are both used as Proper Nouns within the bible
Parah ~ is the name of a city inside the land of Benjamin .. Joshua 18:23
Eglah ~ is the name of one of King David's wives ....
According to Jewish tradition Eglah is David's nickname given to Michel ... Michel was King Soul's daughter and David's 1st wife
Her story is almost never told and so most don't know this woman ever existed ..It starts the end of chapter 17 of 1 Samuel
.. so David chopped the giants head off .. Saul said . "Whose son are you? and took him into his home
. David and Saul's son Jonathan become best friends . and David became great in battle .and did his best in all that he set his hands to ..why Hashem honored David with success in everything Saul sent him to do
Then one day David came home after a hard day of slaying Philistines and was greeted by rejoicing women
..1 Samuel 18:7.. all the rejoicing women saying David slays 10s of thousand . Saul slays thousands .. Saul dwelled on David being loved by the people more than they loved him
Dwelling lead to murderous thoughts . and Saul tried to kill David 2 times ..verse 11.. but David eluded him .
Saul was afraid of David's power and made him captain of a thousand
Saul then conceives a plan to rid himself of David.He tells David he could have his oldest daughter Mara as a wife . but only if he fights war ..thinking.. .let it not be my hand that kills him . but the hand of the Philistines against him ... while David was off being a warrior Saul gives Merab to someone else .thinking David was not going to return
vs 20 . Michel's in love with David . and they tell Saul to see if its proper in his eyes for them to marry . Saul thought she would be a snare to him ..vs 25.. Saul says I desire no dowry for my daughter only the foreskins of 100 Philistines . so David and his men went out and fetched king Saul 200 Philistines foreskins and so David and Michel were married [David's 1st wife]
And Saul saw and understood two things
..vs28.. 1.God was with David in everything David did
2. His daughter loved David
.. Saul dwelled . feared . hated .and. was jealous of David all the more and whenever they ventured forth, David was more successful than all the other servants of Saul and his reputation became quite the outstanding thing.He was a hero to the people
chapter 19 .. Saul tells Jonathan about killing David ..Jonathan tells David ..vs2.. stay hid in the secret place . while I go talk to father . Jonathan tells him .. Hashem has brought great salvation to Israel thru David . so why . Jonathan asks ..vs5.. should you sin by shedding his innocent blood . he has not sinned against... Saul listened and decided not to kill him ...and then . vs8 . more war . David gets more glory . and Saul again throws a spear at David .. David goes to his home and his wife Michel ..vs11.. Saul sends messengers to watch and kill David but Michel ..vs17.. saves her husband thru the use of deceit
After David escapes into the wilderness Soul marries his daughter Michel to another man
chapter 20 .. vs.2 Jonathan says, "It would be a sacrilege; you shall not die!..." Saul's intention is to kill David and David retreats to the wilderness to hide
chapter 21 .. the Kohen (high priest) gives David both sacred bread and Goliath's sword
chapter 22 .. Saul gives orders "surround and kill theKohanim (priests) of Hashem, because their hand is also with David...." David shelters the lone survivor
chapter 23 .. David is betrayed ..vs28.. this is why that place is called 'the Rock of Divisions'
chapter 24 .. David spares Saul's life 'I do not wish to harm you' David says to Saul .. Saul is remorse
..vs17.. calling David his son ..vs23.. David ascends to a stronghold
chapter 25 .. Samuel dies .. David takes the advise of the woman Abigail Nabal's wife . which saves his life
Nabal dies and David takes Abigail as his wife. .
After this David married Ahinoam (now the husband of two wives
..vs44.. Saul had given Michel as a wife to Palti son of Laish of Gallim
The next mention of Michel is 2 Samuel 3 ..Saul is dead Abner defects
2 Samuel 3:12-16
"Abner sent messengers to David from his place, saying, 'Whose is the land [if not yours]?' and saying, 'Seal your covenant with me and behold - my hand will be with you, to turn all of Israel to you' "[David] said, 'Good, I shall seal a covenant with you - but I request one thing of you, that is, 'You shall not see my face, unless you bring Michel daughter of Saul when you enter to see my face.' David then sent messengers to Ish-bosheth son of Saul, saying, "Give me my wife, Michel, whom I married to myself with one hundred Philistine foreskins." So Ish-bosheth sent and took her away from her husband, from Paltiel son of Laish. Her husband accompanied her, constantly weeping for her, until Bahurim. Then Abner told him, "Go. Turn back." and he turned back."
Then Abner rallied Israel to David .. David becomes king over Israel
Chapter 6... David retrieves the ark . learns something of respect on the road with the ark . enters Jerusalem dancing before the ark
vs20-23 ..David returned to bless his household. Michel daughter of Saul went out to meet David and said, "How honored was the king of Israel today, who was exposed today in the presence of his servants' maidservants, as one of the boors would be exposes!"
David answered Michel, "In the presence of Hashem, Who chose me over your father and over his entire house to appoint me as ruler over the people of Hashem, over Israel - before Hashem I shall rejoice! And I shall behave even more humbly than this, and I shall be lowly in my eyes; and among the maidservants of whom you spoke - among them will I be honored!"
Michel daughter of Saul had no child until the day of her death." also see 1 Chronicles chapter 15
< Tanach for this verse 23 .. As a punishment for her haughtiness, she bore no children after this incident, but she had given birth previously (see 3:5). The Sages interpret "no child until the day of her death" to mean that she died in childbirth.>>
According to tradition Queen Eglah David's main wife is Queen Michel . David's first wife .. queen eglah is mentioned two times
2 Samuel 3:5
1 Chronicles 3:3
She bore David's 6th Son whose name was Ihram .... which means "remnant of the people" as written before according to tradition she died giving birth to him for punishment for her behavior towards David
The next mention of queen Michel is 2 Samuel 21:8 quoting verses 7-9 "The king had mercy on Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul, because of the oath of Hashem that was between them - between David and Jonathan son of Saul. So the king took the two sons of Rizpah daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul - Armoni and Mephibosheth - and the five sons of Michel daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel son of Barzillai the Heholathite. He delivered them into the hand of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the mountain before Hashem; all seven of them fell together. They were put to death during the first days of the harvest, at the beginning of the barley harvest."
<<the note in my Tanach concerning Michel here ..Actually Michel did not have so many children (6:23) Furthermore, her sister Merab was the one married to Adriel (1 Sam 18:19) The Talmud explains that Merab gave birth to these five children, but they were adopted and raised by Michel, so she was considered their mother.>>
In Loving Spirit
Vendyl Jones and Jim Long relate this:
saw a vision in my bed; and behold, a cow sprung forth from the earth; and
this cow was white. Afterwards a female heifer sprung forth; and with it
another heifer: one of them was black, and one was red. The black heifer then
struck the red one, and pursued it over the earth. From that period, I could
see nothing more of the red heifer."
(The original files are no longer on line)
Late in 1997, right after Joe Mason and Dee Finney got together to research dreams and coincidences, this occurred:
12/97 - 6:36 a.m. I was laying behind Joe who was reading a book. I didn't know what he was reading.
I heard a voice in my head. It said, "Blue Willow House. Secure Door. Many will die. It's so simple. I wouldn't want to tackle it. Have faith.
I then saw a man's ring. It was red and gold with a crown on it.
The voice then said, "Utilize 1 cow".
The voice then said as a message to Joe, "Your father's father was there 1,000 years ago.!!!"
The voice said, "It's mysterious and secret. It is not to be known until the time of trouble shall come."
I was concerned for Joe who prefers to think only positive thoughts. The voice said to me, "It will bring you to ruin. Fine! Then don't tell him the secrets."
I saw a coupon book. It closed. The cover said, "BED SPRINGS" (bed springs are coils = dna?)
6:46 a.m. The voice finally said, "Put this aside now and drink coffee together".
7:04 a.m. Joe's notes:
I wrote down some of Dee's visions and voice messages. As she was seeing and hearing these things, I was reading Daniel Walsh's "Lost Tribes of Israel Study Maps" Volume 3. Just prior to Dee's message about the Willow house, I read the part on page 2 about King Zedachiah being a "willow tree". He was the king captured by Nebuchadnezzar in the fall of Jerusalem. Zedachiah's sons, the Royal bloodline, were killed. This was the descendant line of Kings from Pharez; the line from his twin, Zerah is called the "cedar" tree. These twins were the firstborn sons of Judah and Tamar.
When they were born, it was a strange breech birth. A hand came out of the womb first. The midwife tied a scarlet thread on the hand. Then the hand withdrew back into the womb. Then the other twin was born first, who was Pharez, followed by his brother with the scarlet thread on his hand who they called Zerah. He came to be known as "Zerah of the Scarlet Thread". In Daniel Walsh's books, he states that the bloodline of Zerah were the Kings when the tribes lived in Egypt in the land of Goshen. When they returned to their homeland, the Pharez line became the ruling bloodline of the Kings. At the battle of Jericho, the only family that helped Joshua and his men was Rahab, the harlot who live din the walls of Jericho. She signaled to the spies by placing a scarlet thread in the window.
This was a sign of Zerah of the Scarlet Thread.
Dees vision rather shows that the bloodline of the royal Kings are NOT in control. They have had their power usurped. It states in Revelation 3:11 - I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. (12) He who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my god; never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. At the end, in Revelation 21:22-27, the Kings of the earth bring their glory into the New Jerusalem.
Rev. 21:22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. (23) And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is it's light, and its lamp is the Lamb, (24) By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it. (25) and its gates shall never be shut by day - and there shall be no night there; (26) they shall bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. (27) But nothing unclean shall enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of Life.
The Volume is titled, "Jeremiah's Journey". His mission was to " the never-ending Davidic line to the Zerah Branch. The map shows the journey eventually reaching Cornall and Ireland.
Dee and I both dreamed the gold and red ring as possibly being King Solomon's ring. The bloodline is traced in Matthew 1 to Abraham. The Old Testament traced Abraham to Adam, which mean "RED" as well as "MAN". the "Blue Willow" may fit with the Pharez line.
Jeremiah 48:10 10 Cursed is he that does the work of the Lord with slackness; and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.
It is right to determine the work of God with zeal. However, it must be correct.
Numbers 19:1-13 1 Now the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron, 2 "This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded: Tell the people of Israel to bring you a red heifer without defect, in which there is no blemish, and upon which a yoke has never come. 3 And you shall give her to Elea’zar the priest, and she shall be taken outside the camp and slaughtered before him; 4 and Elea’zar the priest shall take some of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of her blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. 5 And the heifer shall be burned in his sight; her skin, her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall be burned; 6 and the priest shall take cedarwood and hyssop and scarlet stuff, and cast them into the midst of the burning of the heifer. 7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterwards he shall come into the camp; and the priest shall be unclean until evening. 8 He who burns the heifer shall wash his clothes in water and bathe his body in water, and shall be unclean until evening. 9 And a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place; and they shall be kept for the congregation of the people of Israel for the water for impurity, for the removal of sin. 10 And he who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until evening. And this shall be to the people of Israel, and to the stranger who sojourns among them, a perpetual statute. 11 "He who touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days; 12 he shall cleanse himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day, and so be clean; but if he does not cleanse himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not become clean. 13 Whoever touches a dead person, the body of any man who has died, and does not cleanse himself, defiles the tabernacle of the LORD, and that person shall be cut off from Israel; because the water for impurity was not thrown upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is still on him. (RSV)
The purpose of the Red Heifer was to cleanse the tent of meeting. It was to bear sin and the impurity of Israel. The ashes were to be gathered up and stored in a clean place outside the camp. They were kept for the people of Israel for the water for impurity. Thus, this object was the source of the material used for the sanctifying waters that purified Israel. This whole structure was to combine to make the sacrifice of purification. It is followed immediately by the rite of the cleansing of those that were impure by reason of their handling a dead person.
All of these times and events relate back also to the Passover Sacrifice. Christ is widely understood to have been the Passover Sacrifice and, by his death on 14 Nisan, he saved and sanctified Israel. He required, however, to fulfil a number of other sacrifices at the same time to enable the all saving aspect of the redemption to take effect. All those that buried Messiah were held to be unclean for seven days. In other words, they were unclean up until the last Holy Day of Unleavened Bread. On the Passover, therefore, they had to see the corpse down off the cross before sundown so that the people were not unclean. Given some of the rabbinical views, they would have been unclean for the entirety of the feast. However, the Dead Sea Scrolls show that the later interpretations were wrong. They took the body down before dark so that they did not profane the first Holy Day. This Holy Day commenced on the Wednesday evening at nightfall. The Red Heifer was the instrument that sanctified the people in this circumstance. It was not the Passover lamb that performed that function initially. It was for this reason that Messiah had to be placed in a clean tomb that had borne no other corpse. This was symbolic of the remains of the heifer. Messiah had to remain uncontaminated until his ascension. His death satisfied multiple and, indeed, the entire sacrificial requirements of the Temple once and for all.
He was buried at sunset and his resurrection was widely accepted in the early centuries as being in the evening at sunset. Thus he was three full days in the tomb from sunset to sunset. The ancient letter of Pilate to Tiberius Caesar (in the first Greek form) says:
And on the evening of the first day of the week there was a sound out of the heavens, so that the heaven became enlightened seven-fold more than all the days. And at the third hour of the night also the sun was seen brighter than it had ever shone before, lighting up all the heaven.
The second Greek form (whether one or both are genuine or not) states the following:
And on the first of the week, about the third hour of the night, the sun was seen such as it had never at any time shone, and all the heaven was lighted up ... (ANF, Vol. VIII, pp. 460-463).
Pilate was held to have later become a Christian. The letter seems to indicate that the darkness that covered the earth on the crucifixion was understood to have been replaced by light at the resurrection which was signalled by light up until the third hour or 9 pm. This was understood as being accompanied by the heavenly Host and a number of resurrections from the dead. Some manuscripts detail 500 resurrections took place (ibid.).
The purpose, here, is to note the texts as understanding the resurrection to have taken place at the beginning of the evening of the first day of the week. Thus, Messiah was in the tomb three days and three nights. This clean receptacle was symbolic of the receptacle for the remains of sanctification.
This sacrifice was also the mark of salvation and the inheritance of Israel given to Abraham.
Genesis 15:1-21 1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." 2 But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Elie’zer of Damascus?" 3 And Abram said, "Behold, thou hast given me no offspring; and a slave born in my house will be my heir." 4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, "This man shall not be your heir; your own son shall be your heir." 5 And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6 And he believed the LORD; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7 And he said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chalde’ans, to give you this land to possess." 8 But he said, "O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?" 9 He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." 10 And he brought him all these, cut them in two, and laid each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away. 12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and lo, a dread and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the LORD said to Abram, "Know of a surety that your descendants will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and will be slaves there, and they will be oppressed for four hundred years; 14 but I will bring judgment on the nation which they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete." 17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphra’tes, 19 the land of the Ken’ites, the Ken’izzites, the Kad’monites, 20 the Hittites, the Per’izzites, the Reph’aim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Gir’gashites and the Jeb’usites." (RSV)
God told Abraham he would receive an inheritance. Eliezar of Damascus was his heir at that time. He was also told to sacrifice a heifer, a she-goat and a ram all three years’ old with the dove and the pigeon.
This sacrifice pointed towards the heir and the replacement of the priesthood symbolised by Eliezar with the sons of the promise of the priesthood of Melchisedek. The sacrifices were three years’ old, seemingly symbolising the witness of the ministry of Messiah and John the Baptist (see the papers The Sign of Jonah and the History of the Reconstruction of the Temple (No. 13) and Timing of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection (No. 159)). The sun was dark at the evening as it was with the crucifixion and, at evening when it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between the pieces of the sacrifices which had been split in two. The birds were not so split signifying the Holy Spirit and its role in the process. The presence of God is symbolised here passing between the pieces which was identified with the establishment of His covenant. This process involved the promise of the birthright and the redemption of the nations of Abraham within Israel which would bear the messianic promise. This act looked towards the covenant that would be fulfilled in Messiah.
The sacrifice of an unyoked heifer also involves guilt and judgment.
Deuteronomy 21:1-9 1 "If in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, any one is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him, 2 then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure the distance to the cities which are around him that is slain; 3 and the elders of the city which is nearest to the slain man shall take a heifer which has never been worked and which has not pulled in the yoke. 4 And the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer’s neck there in the valley. 5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister to him and to bless in the name of the LORD, and by their word every dispute and every assault shall be settled. 6 And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley; 7 and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, neither did our eyes see it shed. 8 Forgive, O LORD, thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and set not the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of thy people Israel; but let the guilt of blood be forgiven them.’ 9 So you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD. (RSV)
In this way also, the guilt of innocent blood was purged from Israel. The unyoked requirement signifies freedom from slavery to another religious system.
The power of judgment also passed into the kingship. Thus, judgment also rested with Messiah, again symbolised by this form of sacrifice.
1Samuel 16:1-5 1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons." 2 And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ 3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me him whom I name to you." 4 Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?" 5 And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." And he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice. (RSV)
The sons of Jesse were both the sacrifice and the guests. Messiah was of the line of David through Nathan and also secondarily of Levi through Shimei (see the paper Genealogy of the Messiah (No. 119)).
The red heifer was sacrificed outside of the camp. This could not be closer than the one thousand yards from the Ark of the Covenant which was given as the distance of the tribes from the Ark of the Covenant on the march. The cities then had a thousand cubits for the Levites as pasture grounds and then the outer areas from the wall were also two thousand cubits (see Num. 35:1-5). The law forbade anyone but the sons of Aaron to camp in the east of the tabernacle and anyone who came into that area was to be put to death (Num. 3:38). This applied also to Jerusalem. Then the sons of Aaron sanctified the Kohathites (Num. 4:19 ff) and so on down to each level of the priesthood and of the nation. Thus, the sacrifice and sanctification process began at the high priest and worked through the orders of the priesthood and the nation.
The sacrifices were understood according to the Mishnah as follows:
Jerusalem did not have to bring a heifer whose neck is to be broken (9.2. H Neusner Mishnah, Yale University Press, p. 462)
A blemish does not invalidate the heifer for the blood guilt (9.5.C, ibid.).
The elders of the town wash their hands in the place where the heifer’s neck was broken saying Our hands have not shed this blood (9.6.A & B, p. 463). Pilate did this for them in the case of Messiah.
The priests say Forgive O, Lord your people Israel whom you have redeemed, and do not allow innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel (Deut. 21:8; 9.6.F). They did not have to say And the blood shall be forgiven them (Deut. 21:8) because it is a function of God through Messiah and not of the priesthood.
The red heifer is traditionally slain in a rugged valley (9.5.D). (Hence across the Kidron).
If the neck of the red heifer is broken and then the murderer is found, then the murderer is to be put to death in its place. If he is found before the heifer is killed, then the heifer is not required to be killed and goes to pasture. However, Messiah died for the sins of the world and the blood guilt was on Israel and could not be removed except through his sacrifice.
If murderers became many then the rite of breaking the red heifer’s neck is cancelled (9.9.I.A). This cancellation was based on Hosea 4:14.
The composite rules of the Mishnah regarding other sacrifices and red heifers:
The red heifer is not to be kept waiting unless a hair turns black [and] it should not [otherwise] become unfit (1.1.E.2; pp. 1012-1035).
If there were on it, two black hairs or white ones inside a single follicle it is unfit (2.5.A, p. 1015).
If they were in two hollows or opposite [adjacent] to one another, it is unfit. R. Aqiba says Even four even five, and they are scattered about - let one uproot them. Eliezer says even fifty but Joshua b. Beterah says even one on its head and one on its tail it is unfit.
The Midrash has conflict in the interpretation and thus the red heifer now in Israel would be unfit, but Aquiba would root them out and this is no doubt what will be done. When two rabbis disagree, who is right? The answer would be given both of them. So it will be the case here.
Seven days before the burning of the cow they bring the priest from his house to the chamber and bring him into the north-east corner of the Temple building called the stone house (3.1.A). He is purified with the waters of purification. He is sprinkled every day for seven days (3.1.B). However, it is only to be done on the third and the seventh days according to R. Yose (3.1.C) and this applies to the one for the Day of Atonement.
The Mishnah records that there were courtyards in Jerusalem built on rock which had hollows under them so that there could be no grave beneath for these purification rites.
The priest proceeds from the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives. A cup, with stones, is filled from the pool of Siloam (Div. 6, Purities 3.3, pp. 1015-1016). They made a causeway from the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives with arches (ibid., 3.6). The costs of the Red Heifer, the Azazel goat and the red thread (Lev. 16:5) were all borne from the funds of the heave offering of the [sheqel] chamber (Div. 2, Sheqalim 4.2, ibid., p. 256). The ramp for the red cow was at the high priest’s expense according to Abba Saul (ibid., 4.2.C). The cow went alone (Div. 6, ibid., 3.7, cf. Num. 19:3).
The elders of Israel preceded them on foot to the Mount of Olives where there was a house for immersion (3.7.F,G). They rendered the priest who burns the cow unclean because of the Sadducees (3.7.H) (i.e. the literal intent of the Bible) so that they could not say that it was done by one on whom the sun has set (3.7.I). So they immersed him once here before the sacrifice (3.8.A-C, cf. Neusner, ibid., p. 1017).
The hight priest was immersed there and the logs of wood were laid out for a fire. It was made into a kind of tower and windows were in it facing westward (3.8.A-D) – in other words, back to the Temple Mount.
Water was taken from the pool at Siloam by youth detailed for the task.
The heifer was bound and laid with its head southward and its face westward (3.9.A). The priest stood on the east and slaughtered the animal with his right hand facing towards the west and received the blood in his left hand. He then dipped his finger in the blood and sprinkled seven times, once for each dipping, towards the house of the Holy of Holies (3.9.B-G).
Having completed sprinkling, he wiped his hand on the body of the animal. He then descended and kindled the fire, which Aqiba says were the dry branches of palm trees. (These were waved before Messiah the previous first day of the week or Sunday, perhaps symbolically).
The heifer was burnt and cedar hyssop and scarlet wool were bound together and thrown into the fire and the beast was then beaten with rods and crushed with stone hammers and stone sieves. The ashened cinders and the bone are crushed and the rest is left (3.10; 3.11.A-E).
The ashes are divided into three parts – one is placed on the rampart (3.11.G), one is placed on the Mount of Olives (3.11.H) and one is divided among all the priestly watches (3.11.I).
The act is done in white garments and it must be aimed directly at the Holy of Holies (4.1 to 4.2). The regulations concerning the mixing of the waters of purification are extensive and quite too tedious to be concerned with here.
The red heifer is required for the purification of those who were unclean because of dead bodies and other matters. We see from the Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q, 276-277, Frag. 1) that they were only considered unclean until the evening from and by this process (see Wise, Abegg and Cook The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996, pp. 284-285). However, the sun must set on them for this purpose (4QMMT:4Q394-399, Section B5, ibid., p. 360, cf. Num. 19:2-10; Mishnah Parah 3.7; 4.4)
The tenth heifer
Much has been made about the heifer now in Israel being the tenth heifer. This number sequence is thought by Judaism to have a specific application to Messiah and to the establishment of the Temple.
The explanation of this thinking is found in the Mishnah (Parah 3.5). The numbering of the significant heifers prepared under the law is taken from this text as being prepared by the following people in the restoration of the tabernacle or temple system:
The first was prepared by Moses.
The second was prepared by Ezra.
Five were held to have been prepared from Ezra onwards (according to R. Meir 3.5.D). Seven were prepared from Ezra onwards according to the sages (3.5.E).
The seven were held to have been prepared as follows:
Simeon the Righteous and Yohanan the High Priest did two each.
Elyehoenia b. Haqqof, and Hanamel the Egyptian, and Ishmael b. Phiabi did one each. The Ishmael b. Phiabi here is the first who was high priest circa 15-16 CE. He was appointed by Valerius Gratus (15-26 CE). Ishmael b. Phiabi II was high priest in circa 59-61 CE. He was appointed by Agrippa II and was seemingly executed at Cyrene. Many at this time had gone over to the Romans including the high priests (Josephus Wars, VI 2, 2; see Shurer History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ, Vol. II, pp. 230,231,234).
The concept is that the great periods involving the Temple had one of the Great High Priests preparing it. The tenth red heifer is to be done to herald the reconstruction of the Temple and the last and greatest High Priest, namely Messiah. The argument rests on the process of the restoration and the views of the rabbinical authorities during the Temple Period and the commentators on the law.
Messiah was the last red heifer, the Passover and High Priest designate all in one. The Jews are essentially correct in their understanding of the significance but refuse to accept that it has already happened.
The high priest in the year of the sacrifice and dedication was Joseph surnamed Caiaphas (Jn. 18:24, cf. Schurer, ibid.). He was high priest from 18-36 CE. He prophesied the year of the crucifixion that Jesus was going to die for the nation (Jn. 11:51).
The trial of Christ before Annas mentioned in John 18 was not a formal trial and could only have been a preliminary hearing to commit him to trial. Annas could only have been a divisional or deputy high priest and not the high priest as we know from the text. He then sent Christ to the high priest (Jn. 18:24) who, as President of the Sanhedrin (beth din), could only try Christ on a capital charge with the full seventy one, or the subdivision of twenty three, of the Sanhedrin to hear it (see Mishnah Sanhedrin 1.1.E-F; cf. Schurer, ibid., p. 225). Annas is mentioned as high priest with Caiaphas in Luke 3:2 in the fifteenth year of Tiberius, i.e. 27/28 CE. He may have been the Ab-beth-din or the President of the Sanhedrin. Schurer holds that the terms Nasi and Ab-beth-din were only used of the ruler or actual head of state and his deputy exclusively until post-Mishnaic times. The title Rosh-beth-din has the same significance (mR.Sh. 2.7; 4.4; cf. ibid., p. 217). Schurer understands the high priest as being the Ab-beth-din. Schurer holds that the term Nasi is not applied until Judah ha-Nasi at the end of the second century CE (see Schurer, ibid., p. 217 and n. 72). Mantel shows the various theories that the practice came in the first century CE (Gamaliel II or Yohanen b. Zakkai, cf. ibid.).
The New Testament seems to be evidence that the practice was introduced from this period in the long reign of Caiaphas and that Schurer is wrong. However, there is no evidence that the terms were used outside of the ruling Sanhedrin.
In terms of tenure, Joseph Caiaphas was at least equal with the former high priests mentioned – although the Mishnah makes more of Ishmael for whatever reason.
The ninth and tenth heifers were already sacrificed long ago. If the ninth heifer was sacrificed by Ishmael ben Phiabi as the Mishnah claims, then that was in 15/16 CE and was coincidental with the Messiah achieving adulthood under the law at 20 years of age.
The tenth heifer was sacrificed in 30 CE by and under the high priesthood of Joseph Caiaphas and Annas as seen above. This tenth heifer symbolised the sacrifice of Messiah and the dedication of the new Temple in 30/31 CE built not of human hands but with the Holy Spirit and which was composed of blocks of living stones.
The tenth heifer was thus already long gone before the destruction of the Temple. The symbolism built up to Jesus Christ who was Messiah. This new attempt is like trying to re-invent the wheel. It is a specific attempt to deny Messiah in the face of the entire evidence that substantiates his authenticity and the dedication of the spiritual Temple built with the Holy Spirit and power of God.
Judaism is without excuse in its rejection of Messiah. The Temple was destroyed because it had to be destroyed in order to be replaced by a spiritual edifice not built by human hands. The tenth heifer sanctified a new priesthood of the order of Melchisedek which replaced the old order of Aaron.
We now turn to the site and the sacrifice which occurred at the Mount of Olives. What is the significance of the matter to the ministry of the Messiah? This is examined in the paper Golgotha: the Place of the Scull (No. 217).
Tradition records that a red heifer in our generation is a herald of the Messianic era. It is certainly an important development towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Our sages taught that Israelis redemption can be compared to the dawn. "In the beginning, it progresses very slowly...but as it continues, it grows brighter and brighter."
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