NO WOE ZONE
Biblical Chronology and an End Times Perspective
The Red Heifer
The red heifer brings the promise of reinstating Biblical purity, welcoming the Messiah, and rebuilding the Holy Temple for all nations. This view is spearheaded for the Haredim by the Temple Institute, located near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem who states, "The Temple Institute's ultimate goal is to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, in accord with the Biblical commandments." They are special breeding red heifers, have all the priestly vestments, vessels, and altars made to occupy Temple III, and the blueprints are prepared. Temple priests have been raised since childhood. The Sanhedrin is already in place. The ultra-orthodox Jews of this generation are encouraged make it happen. [Details on their website at www.templeinstitute.org.]
In the Revelation we have read there will be a rebuilt Temple where the two witnesses will preach. Christians need a Temple III which precedes the return of Jesus Christ as Messiah. Ultra-Orthodox Jews need their Messiah to precede construction of Temple III. Before or after?
Temple III will only be built where the Dome of the Rock now squats, so requires the Temple Institute. It and Al Aqsa Mosque occupy the Temple Mount, Islam's third most holy site. Destruction of the Dome of the Rock will trigger war. Not a local war. Not the Great Tribulation. Just a basic World War with a religious flavor. Temple III = WW III.
Knowing such an outcome, who would blow up the Dome of the Rock? An American Christian and an Australian Christian have been previously arrested in their attempts, just so they could say, "Come Lord Jesus." A number of earlier Jewish plots have been foiled. And there are certainly militant Muslims that would do it to unite Islam against the world, and, of course, blame the Jews. But these bunglers didn't have today's technology.
A drone is one of those whirligigs that can deliver your Amazon order or a well-placed explosive. A child's toy can be turned into a strategic weapon. Fly it low to the Dome and press the button. All it takes is one motivated fanatic who thinks God/Allah/Jehovah has called him to welcome Jesus/Mahdi/Messiah by preparing the way for Temple III. Only one religiously-motivated person with a nice toy, a chemistry set, and a little practice can change our world, digging millions of graves.
So why is the red heifer at the front of the line? We read in Numbers 19 that Moses was in charge of burning this cow without yoke or blemish, along with cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet wool thrown in the fire. The ashes were mixed with pure water and the solution would purify an unclean person, notably one contaminated by death. There were nine red heifers burnt and used through the destruction of Temple II in 70 AD. Why do we need a 10th red heifer?
The Haredi Jews require it as an expression of their love for God and his requirements. They are the Ultra-Orthodox that some characterize with their curly sideburns and funny hats. They describe themselves as the most religiously authentic group of Jews. If it is written in the Torah, the first five books of Moses, that is their main guide, along with some clarification from the Mishnah Tractate Parah. Moses and the priests in Solomon's Temple and Temple II had the ashes of a red heifer for purification, so they must also have those ashes. A true Jew must have a 10th red heifer for purification. Period.
A guiding word from the Lord came after Moses and the first two red heifers when Ezekiel (36:24-26) confirmed, "I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you." That clean water is the "water of cleansing" mixture from the ashes of the red heifer. (Numbers 19:9) This was done with another seven red heifers in Temple II after the gathering from Babylon. It is now confirmed for a 10th red heifer in re-gathered Israel. Ezekiel goes on to describe a Temple not yet built.
The Haredim represent over one and a half million worldwide, and about 13% in Israel. They seldom intermarry and their birth rate is more than double the local average. The men refuse to serve in the military so they can study the Torah while the wife works. CNN has a short video HERE with a flavor of their dedication. They are active with the Temple Institute. They are active in politics. With a 10th red heifer they could be active in your future.
An all-red calf was born in Israel on October 28, 2018. If it reaches two years of age without blemish and no odd-colored hairs it is officially a red heifer. But now there are two (2) red calves in contention for the funeral pyre. An informative Israeli article published March 6, 2019 is HERE which fills in more background details. Later a sample non-red heifer was burned to Biblical specifications to determine how much "water of cleansing" can be prepared, noted in an August 15, 2019 report HERE.
From a Christian perspective you might like the Perry Stone video "Ashes of the Red Heifer" HERE. Stone relates the red heifer as a picture of Jesus and His crucifixion. He also notes the red heifer to precede a Temple III. The Temple Institute says they do not need the earlier ashes to mix with the new whose location might be suggested in the copper scroll.
Rabbi Azariah Ariel has been charged with overseeing the search for a red heifer by the Temple Institute. He is quoted as saying, "For them to be considered heifers, as the Bible describes, they must be two years and one day old." The Rabbi also has stated the red heifer is a specific requirement of God that might make others possible, but separates it from God's timing for the Messiah and Temple service.
So we presently have potential red heifers available in less than two years. Will that encourage a super-Orthodox to finger a control box for a blown drone? Haredi children are specifically being raised to be pure before God and serve in a new Temple. In February, 2019 I went through the exhibit at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, and in two places they were specifically encouraging the youth of today to prepare the way for a new Temple. On their website you can purchase blue T-shirts with with a new Temple in progress and the words "Temple Under Construction!" in sizes for 1½ years old and up. How old are you required to be to fly a drone?
Dedication? The Haredi males do not work or serve in the military and are immersed in Torah study virtually 24/7. They dress the part. They live the part. Their support for exemption from military service split the Israeli parliament requiring a new election in Israel on September 17, 2019. They will justify their spiritual existence by fulfilling their calling by G-d to be ritually pure after a several millennium hiatus.
For decades I have advised, "When you see the Dome of the Rock destroyed on CNN, don't sit there and watch the news. Get to the market and abuse your credit card. Prop up your bed with extra cans of beans." I've had some guesses as to timing, but no worry until someone flattened the Dome.
Torah scholar Maimonides stated, "... and the tenth red heifer will be accomplished by the king, the Messiah; may he be revealed speedily, Amen, May it be God's will." One defining characteristic of this future Messiah will be his triumph in war... a future Dome-flattening war.
For the ultra-Orthodox Jew the ashes of a red heifer are necessary for ritual purification, a precursor to Messiah and a new Temple. This will herald the era for the fulfillment of the Divine promise of Israel's future. Ritual purification and simple methods may inspire a dedicated Jew in a blue T-shirt to clearing the Temple site by removing the Dome of the Rock. A war is necessary to reveal the Messiah. Temple III = WW III.
Timing? Are you ready for the water of cleansing?
PS, The ritual with the red heifer is known as a hok, a biblical law for which there is no apparent logic. It has the unexplained effect of making the persons who prepared the ashes ritually impure, but all who were sprinkled became ritually pure. Just do it. The Perry Stone video above draws a parallel with the crucifixion of Jesus, but it is a bit subtle and of no interest to the Haredim. Perhaps there is a parallel with the golden calf coming of age.
PSS, WW III will be the war that completes the Great Commission and sets up events for End Times. If you believe you will avoid any war in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture please consider the Last Day.