Red Heifer

Israel's Red Heifer
May 30, 1997 - Those who are eager to build the Third Temple are excited about the birth of "Melody," the red heifer, but opponents think it ought to be shot to preserve peace in the area.

Has The Red Heifer Appeared In Israel?
The "Shavuot 1997" issue of Hatikva Ministries' Newsletter explains why the birth of this animal may be so important at this time in history.

Pictures of The Red Heifer
The Gates site (Hatikva Ministries - Joseph Good) also offers audio teaching tapes about the situation, a video tape, and visits to the place in Israel where the Red Heifer is kept.

The Red Heifer
This article, written by Debbie Good, begins with the definition: "A heifer is a young female bovine (cow) prior to the time that she has produced her first calf. God has specified a 'red heifer' for the purification of the Israelites whenever they were 'unclean'. It gives much helpful information about this situation.

Red Heifer Born - Opens Way For Third Temple
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 19:2-10.
Red-Heifer Days
April. 11, 2002 - Rod Dreher, senior writer for the National Review, asks a surprising question:
"Could this little calf born last month in Israel bring about Armageddon?"
Though many will laugh, he believes this is a very serious question. Without the ashes of a perfect red heifer, Jewish people could not be purified, and enabled to rebuild their Temple. If this heifer turns out to be an acceptable sacrifice it will awaken the desire of many Israelis and Jews worldwide to rebuild the Temple and prepare the way for the Messiah. The Temple can only be built on the Temple Mount, where there are very significant Moslem shrines. In the present atmosphere of anger against suicide bombers, it is conceivable that this news could trigger fresh attempts to blow up the Dome of the Rock.
Source:National Review

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.]
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.
September 10, 1999 / 29 Elul 5759

Red heifer birth wanted in Israel

Jewish Telegraphic Agency
NEW YORK - If Clyde Lott has his way, several hundred cows will be flown to Israel this December. And the Mississippi preacher has some unlikely allies in his quest: Jews living in Israel and the West Bank.

The cows, the first of what Lott hopes will be 50,000 sent to the Jewish state, are part of his plan to fulfill a prophecy that a red heifer being born in Israel will lead to the "Second Coming" of Jesus. The return of Jesus is part of a Christian apocalyptic vision of the end of time, which includes the slaughter of those who don't accept the Christian messiah as their savior.

A cattle rancher and ordained minister with the National Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, Lott believes, like most fundamentalist Christians, that three preconditions mentioned in the Bible are necessary for the coming of the messiah: the state of Israel must be restored; Jerusalem must be in Jewish hands; and the Temple, last destroyed in 70 A.D., must be rebuilt.

The modern state of Israel, of course, was established in 1948, and since 1967, the Jewish state has controlled all of Jerusalem. That leaves the rebuilding of the Temple, and since a red heifer was part of the sacrificial ritual in the Temple, many believe the birth of a red heifer in Israel will signal the Temple's return. Many Jews believe that the same preconditions will bring about the coming of the Jewish messiah.

An apparently red heifer, Melody, was born in Israel in 1996, but it soon grew a white tail.

Lott's quest began 10 years ago, when he heard from a preacher that the apocalypse might be approaching.

In 1989, Lott drove to Jackson, Mississippi's capital, and asked the state's agriculture minister, Roy Manning, for help. Manning wrote to the American envoy in Greece in charge of Middle East agricultural exports, explaining the prophetic connection.

The letter eventually made its way to the Temple Institute, a private organization in Jerusalem dedicated to rebuilding the Temple. The institute contacted Lott and invited him to come to Israel.

Lott and the members of the Temple Institute, which is headed by Rabbi Chaim Richman, didn't talk about their religious differences, preferring to focus on their common desires to help Israel prosper and to see a red heifer born there.

The birth of a red heifer would "unquestionably be seen as a sign from God to take further steps in rebuilding the Temple," says Richard Landes, the head of Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies.

But this could have disastrous political implications because rebuilding the Temple on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which contains several Muslim holy sites, could antagonize the entire Arab world.
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.
NEWS FLASH: Red Heifer Born in Israel!
April 8, 2002 - A one month old red heifer, born in Israel, has been validated by rabbis to be kosher. The Temple Mount Institute says,
This heifer could indeed be a candidate to be used in the process of purification described in the book of Numbers, chapter 19. This is an important development towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.