The Temple Institute announced the birth of an entirely red female calf that “brings the promise of reinstating Biblical purity to the world”.
Red heifers feature in end times tales in both Christianity and Judaism.
The cow’s birth and sacrifice is said to proceed the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
And the Third Temple’s construction – following the destruction of the previous two – heralds the arrival of the Jewish Messiah.
While some Evangelical Christian theologians have linked the building of the Third Temple to Judgement Day.
Rabbi Chain Richman, director of the Temple Institute, hailed the red heifer’s birth as suggestions the time could be right for the Third Temple.
The Temple Institute announced the birth of the red heifer on their YouTube page with the video “Red heifer candidate born in Israel”.
It includes a video of the red calf and its mother – revealing “a perfectly red heifer was born in the land of Israel”.
The cow went under “extensive examination by rabbinical experts” who confirmed she is a “viable candidate for the Biblical red heifer”.
They admitted however the cow could be disqualified through natural causes.
Temple Institute bosses founded their Raise a Red Heifer in Israel program three years ago and have trying to breed a perfectly red cow.
Frozen embryos of red angus cows have been imported and implanted into traditional Israeli domestic cows, reports Breaking Israel News.
The newborn red heifer was verified by a board of rabbis from the Temple Institute as fulfilling the prophesied requirements.
Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible states the cow must be red “without blemish”, must not have worked.
It is claimed there have only been nine true red heifers – and the 10th will herald the construction of the Third Temple.
The Temple Institute believes a red heifer will be needed to be scarified to complete the ritual of purification for the temple – heralding the coming of the Jewish Messiah.
Red heifers have previously been found by the organisation – who have then disqualified them for not meeting prophetic standards.
One was found in 1999, but was disqualified for being male – and a second was born in 2002, which was found to have a patch of white hair.
Writing on the Temple Institute’s website, Rabbi Caimen said: “Does this perhaps mean that the appearance of a red heifer in these waning end times is an indication, a forerunner of the appearance of the Messiah himself, who will officiate at its preparation?
“If there has been no red heifer for the past 2,000 years, perhaps it is because the time was not right; Israel was far from being ready.
“But now, what could it mean for the times we live in, to have the means for purification so close at hand?”
He added: “We cannot help but wonder and pray: If there are now red heifers… is ours the era that will need them?”
Evangelical Christians believe the construction of the Third Temple all herald their own end times prophecy.
The prophecy has even been linked to the US President Donald Trump moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
Rabbi Hillel Weiss said he believes Trump’s decision over the embassy is the first stage of bringing about the end of days.
And then a third Rabbi, Pinchas Winston, claimed ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel is building to the Messiah.
While this was happening in Israel, Coptic Christians were facing persecution in nearby Egypt, when authorities ordered 15 more days of jail for Christians arrested on Aug. 22 in Egypt for worshipping in a house without a permit, rights activists said.
After Muslim mobs demonstrated against the Virgin Mary and St. Mahrael church in Luxor Governorate, 435 miles south of Cairo, police accused five Coptic Catholics of worshipping without a permit, according to Coptic rights activist Safwat Samaan.
Police closed the church in Al-Zeneeqa village, in Esna, which has been holding worship services at the site for 18 years, according to Samaan. Five Muslims were also arrested, with another 10 arrested on Aug. 24 as they prepared another demonstration against the church, according to U.S.-based Catholic publications The Tablet.
The Copts were arrested even though they did not take any action against the demonstrators, the Catholic outlet reported. Besides charging the Christians with worshipping in an unlicensed venue, they charged them and the Muslims with illegal gathering, disrupting public peace and inciting sectarian strife, according to local media.
The church was the third one in Luxor closed in four months after Muslim extremists protested their existence, giving police the pretext of “security” threats for shuttering them. Hundreds of churches have submitted applications for legalization under a law passed on Sept. 28, 2016 regulating church construction, with little hope of obtaining licenses soon.
In the past 11 months, authorities approved only 220 of the 3,730 church and other ministry buildings that have applied, Watani newspaper reported on Aug. 26. Many churches have already waited 15 years for decisions on their applications for permits, and at the current rate, it will take 17 years to obtain decisions on applications from “unofficial” churches, according to Watani.
Human Rights Watch has described the 2016 law’s restrictions over construction and renovation of church buildings discriminating against Christians.
“The new law empowers provincial governors to approve church building and renovation permits, previously the domain of security services,” The Tablet reported. “However, it grants a governor the right to deny a building or renovation permit on security and public safety grounds, which allows mob violence to dictate the matter. Usually, such mob attacks serve as a pretext for closing the church, especially in upper Egypt where perpetrators act with impunity.”
In Beni Suef Governorate, a member of the security forces responsible for protecting St. George Church in Zaytoun village, some 75 miles south of Cairo, on Aug. 25 charged into their building and shouted, “You are infidels …All of you are infidels,” the Catholic outlet reported….
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 9th, 2018