the Red Heifer Here?
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Why is this significant?
The Jewish Rabbis must have a "perfect" Red Heifer for purification of the Temple. Without the Red Heifer there can be no purification and without purification there can be no Temple worship. The Red Heifer affords the opportunity to build the Jewish Temple, which as of this day (07-03-2002) does not exist.
Here are the relevant verses for purification of the temple with a Red Heifer.
Numbers 19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
Numbers 19:2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:
Numbers 19:3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face:
Numbers 19:4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:
Numbers 19:5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:
Numbers 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer .
Numbers 19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.
Numbers 19:8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.
Numbers 19:9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.
Numbers 19:10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.
Numbers 19:11 He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.
Numbers 19:12 He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.
Numbers 19:13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.
Numbers 19:16 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.
Numbers 19:17 And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:
Why is the existence of the Temple important? The answer is that the Bible says that during the Tribulation Period (the 7 years), an agreement will exist allowing the Jews to have sacrifice in their temple. During the midst of this 7 year Tribulation (also called Daniel's 70th week), the Antichrist will enter the temple and stop the worship and cause that HE (the antichrist himself) be worshipped. Since the Tribulation Period requires that a Temple exist and since the Red Heifer is necessary to purify the Temple, then, we can safely ask "Can the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ not be soon?"
Here are the relevant verses for the antichrist in the Temple.
This is Daniel's description of the events (yet future) written around 606BC.
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate .
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up , there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
This is Paul's description of the same event.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
This is Jesus Christ's description of the same event.
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Matthew 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Matthew 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Matthew 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Matthew 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation , such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
The words of Jesus Christ show that the Great Tribulation (described in the Book of Revelation) will occur when the Jewish Temple worship is restored and eventually interrupted by the antichrist.
Go to the Rabbi's site and see the Red Heifer for yourself.
Recent developments show that a March is planned for July 18, 2002 to encourage the immediate building of the temple. The marchers are planning to bring two 6.5 ton cornerstones with them and set them in place. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
End of 07-13-2002 Addition
In a related development- A friend of mine recently was returning from a trip to Paris on business and he met the well known Jimmy DeYoung (Bible teacher who lives in Israel) and got a chance to ask him one question- "Is the ark of covenant under the Dome of the Rock?"
Jimmy's answer- He "knows" from the rabbis that it IS under the Dome.
Don't know how we missed this, but, the particular Red Heifer born in the spring of 2002 has been disqualified. The disqualification took place in November 2002. The fact is that once a heifer has passed the age of 2 years its status becomes questionable.
The disqualification is on the link above which shows the pictures of the heifer. I have just not returned to the page until today.
In a related development-
Third Temple preparations begin with priestly garbOn Monday, the Temple Institute started preparing to build a Third Temple on Jerusalem's Mount Moriah, the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa mosque, by inaugurating a workshop that manufactures priestly garments.
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