The Temple



The last Jewish Temple was destroyed in AD 70 by the Romans. Since then the Temple Mount has been occupied by various shrines to Islam, and for a short time, by a Christian Church.

The Jewish people have always wanted to rebuild a temple on the holy site. It is generally considered impossible to rebuild it under the current political situation, because to do so would precipitate a world war between Muslims and Israel.

According to Ezekiel, Chapters 40 through 48, a massive temple will be built during the Millennial Kingdom. But the events prophesied by the Book of Revelation require a temple at the mid-point of the Tribulation Period when the beast (Antichrist) will have an image of himself erected there for all to worship. This will be part of the "Mark of the Beast" scenario explained in Revelation 13.

The Temple Mount Institute has produced most of the furnishings for a new temple, has conducted training for priests, and may even have collected materials to start the construction, hopefully in the near future. Permission to do so would presumably be part of a peace agreement.

One necessary condition for dedication of a new temple is the sacrifice of a perfect "red heifer." Unfortunately, occasional reports of a possible specimen have all failed to materialize. When an approved red heifer is found, it will undoubtedly increase interest in starting the work of establishing the Temple once again.

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Guess where Temple-worthy red heifer was found

Feb. 7, 2017 - Bentsion Hershcovich is a rabbi in Baja, Mexico.

He says he went to a remote area of the coastal peninsula to buy milk on a dairy farm, but was shocked to see a perfect specimen and vital element of purification of the Third Temple right in front of his eyes.

Source: WND
PHOTOS: Chabad Shaliach in Mexico Reports Finding Para Adumah - The Yeshiva World

Prophetic Significance of The Red Heifer

Temple Institute Raising a Genuine Red Heifer

July 13, 2015 -

Under the guidance of Temple Institute rabbis, frozen embryos of Red Angus cattle will be implanted into domestic cattle in Israel, leading to the introduction of this breed into the Jewish state.

Source: IsraelNationalNews

Red Heifer Reported! Share the News!

May 22, 2014 - This information was posted on the Facebook page of The Temple Institute. If it turns out to be valid, it will be the first candidate for the necessary sacrifice to dedicate a new Temple. Their article says:
We have recently received photographs from a rancher in Arkansas showing what appears to be a perfectly red heifer. Note that in this untouched photograph the heifer has a red nose and reddish hooves, essential markings of a red heifer. . . Perfectly red heifers, as this appears to be in the photograph are a rare occurrence among Red Angus cattle.
Source: End Time Shofar Blog
Facebook page for The Temple Institute - See their post on May 22, 2014.
The Red Heifer - The Temple Institute
Jun. 26, 2014 - Torah condition for 3rd Temple now met? - WND

Audio: US Congressmen Visit the Temple Mount, Pesach Sheni & More

May 14, 2014 -
Two US congressmen participated in a fact finding mission of the Temple Mount early Wednesday morning. Congressman Andrew Harris (R- Maryland) and Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) witnessed firsthand how non-Muslims are discriminated against at the Holy site.
Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute commented "It was an honor to guide these two distinguished congressmen and their wives on the Temple Mount." He is the author of ten books including Mystery of the Red Heifer.
Source: Israel National News

Red Heifer Disqualified

October, 2002 Unfortunately, the Red Heifer born in Israel during April of this year has become disqualified.
Source: The Temple Institute

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

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.
Source: Temple Mount Institute (Story no longer online)

U.S. Ministers and Israeli Rabbis are joining hands in a restoration ministry
June, 1998 - Newsletter about Clyde Lott's red heifers in America [Nebraska], and plans to ship them to Israel.
- (Story no longer online)

Imperfections found in the Red Heifer
Jan. 28, 1998 - WeekEnd's article, Biblical and Prophetic impact of the Red Heifer By Chet Lockett gives an update on the situation.
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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.
- (Story no longer online)

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.
- (Story no longer online)

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.
- (Story no longer online)

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.
Holy Cow? The Red Heifer - Chuck Missler

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3/2/97 - From Arutz 7 through Calvary Chapel Jerusalem

A document that was presented to the Jerusalem District Court this week shows that the Government of Israel never made an official decision to forbid Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. The document, which was presented by the defense lawyers in the trial of Chai V'Kayam members, was prepared by the Cabinet Assistant Secretary in 1986. The implications of the document are that the Supreme Court justices were repeatedly deceived when they were told that the government had forbidden Jewish prayer. The government did make one decision on this issue: a one-time ban on Jewish prayer on the Mount, some two months after the Six-Day War. Yehuda Etzion, leader of Chai V'Kayam, told Arutz-7 today that the proof that the decision was not meant to be binding is found in a protocol of a government meeting that was held some weeks later. According to the protocol, one minister attempted to cite the decision as grounds for forbidding prayer on the Mount, and then-Minister Menachem Begin protested, "I was the one who suggested the original proposal then, and the decision applied only to that specific case. We never made a decision to forbid Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount." (Arutz 7)

2/23/97 - F.Y.I. - Israel In The News

Nearly 1,000 people participated in a unique dinner Monday night in honor of the Jerusalem Temple and Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. Samples of music and instruments that may have been sounded by the Levites in the Temple were played, and speakers described how Jews would ascend to the Temple with their sacrifices. Rabbi Dov Lior explained that many rabbis permit the ascent to the Temple Mount even now, after proper halakhic preparations have been made (ritual immersion, knowing the permitted locations, etc.). MK Rabbi Benny Elon bemoaned the fact that the Temple Mount is effectively not under our control. He said, "How can we not cry when we hear the police cheerfully report on the Moslem Ramadan prayers at the site of our Holy Temple?"

Meanwhile, the Council of Yesha Rabbis has issued a call to "all rabbis who permit it" to encourage their congregants and students to visit the Temple Mount. This is the first time that the Council has taken such a position. Rabbi Daniel Shilo of the Council explained that in light of the recent Arab moves to eradicate all Jewish presence on the Mount, and their increased presence there, and their turning of Solomon's Stables into a mosque, it has become more urgent to make the Jewish presence felt there. He said that for the last few months, the Council had been attempting to remedy the scene with "quiet, behind-the-scenes" activities, but that they did not bear fruit. The Council statement emphasized that the ascent to the Mount must be made with the proper Halakhic preparations, and only to the permitted areas. (Arutz Sheva)

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.]

Here is more confirmation of this fascinating development.: Tuesday, March 18, 1997
Date: 97-03-18 13:17:18 EST
From: (Arutz-7 Daily News) [Israel]


The birth of a red heifer (cow) in a farm in the religious youth village of Kfar Hasidim (near Haifa) has excited sectors in the religious community. A delegation of some 25 experts, including Rabbis Yisrael Ariel and Yoseph Elboim, visited the farm last week to examine the six-month old cow, and concluded that it is in fact an acceptable red heifer, according to Torah requirements. However, the cow must be at least two years old before it can be used. Until then, the cow will be carefully watched to ensure that nothing occurs to invalidate its status. According to Biblical law, the cow's ashes are used for purification from certain forms of impurity, and is therefore a prerequisite for the renewal of Holy Temple service.
Arutz Sheva News Service Tuesday, March 18, 1997 / Adar Bet 9, 5757

Our sources:
DAILY NEWS FROM ISRAEL - ISSUE 237 - 16th March 1997 and Arutz-7, March 18th (Thanks to Judy Gregerson)
ICEJ NEWS SERVICE MAR 17 (Thanks to Sharon Luzzi)

Israel's Red Heifer

(SNS News Service -Israel-5/29-AP) Some claim she is a harbinger of the Messiah. Some call for her destruction. Others find the attention she is getting ridiculous.

Ten-month-old Melody, believed to be the first red heifer born in the Holy Land in two millenniums, seems happy just lying around in the shade. But the debate over her theological import is one of the more bizarre signs of the growing rupture between religious and secular Israelis.

"The red heifer is one of the most important signs that we are living in a special time," says Gershon Solomon, head of a group dedicated to rebuilding the ancient Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans .

In ancient times, the ashes of a red heifer were mixed with spring water to purify high priests before they entered the Temple. There are fears that some groups might interpret Melody's birth as a sign the time is right to rebuild the Temple on the site that now houses some of the holiest shrines in Islam.

Asked whether his group advocated that, Solomon would say only that he believed the Dome of the Rock and al-Aksa Mosque could be dismantled and moved to Mecca -- a move that could hurt if not destroy prospects for regional peace.

Even though mainstream religious groups have not rallied around the cow, some secular Israelis see her as a threat.

"The potential harm from this heifer is far greater than the destructive properties of a terrorist bomb," the liberal Haaretz newspaper wrote recently, recommending Melody be shot.

Menachem Friedman, an expert on religious affairs at Bar-Ilan University, said Melody's birth created "a very delicate situation."

"We don't know how radical groups .. will use it," he told The Associated Press. "People are looking for those signs, and talking seriously about it."

Melody's birth 10 months ago caused a flurry of media interest, coinciding with a religious revival and coming shortly after an election in which religious parties posted a record showing.

Shmaria Shore, the rabbi of this agricultural village (Kfar Menachem) in northern Israel, said hundreds of have flocked here to catch a glimpse of Melody.

Shore said pure red heifers seem to have died out in Israel since the post-temple period, and that it is rare to see a red heifer without white or black spots. He took pains to point out that Melody, who is a darkish red, may not be the genuine article because of several imperfections.

Shore, who immigrated to Israel from New Haven, Conn. 24 years ago, hopped into Melody's pen and, magnifying lens in hand, coaxed her over. "Here, you see some white hairs," he said, pointing to the tail. "And here -- her eyelashes only start off as red, but turn to black!"

Melody's mother is from a group of visually unremarkable black-and-white cows penned in down the hill at Kfar Chasidim; but she was artificially inseminated with sperm taken from an anonymous bull in Switzerland.

From Bible_Prophecy-L List, 5/30/97

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