Red Heifer

Bible Prophecy in the News This Week – 9/18/22

This newsletter focuses on the prophetic significance of 5 red heifers that arrived in Israel this week. This event may impact one of the most famous (and controversial) prophecies in the Bible–Daniel 9:27

All end-time theories must include an explanation for how to understand Daniel 9:27.

Daniel 9:27

“in the middle of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering.”

Daniel 9:27

Who is ‘He’ and what ‘sacrifice and offering’ does he end?

In Daniel 9:27, determining who “he” is will result in vastly different end-time beliefs. Is ‘he’ the Devil incarnate, or is ‘he’ God incarnate? Here’s a brief discussion of these two options:

  1. Futurists believe “he” in this verse refers to the Antichrist, the Devil incarnate. In their view a literal, 7-year, ‘70th week of Daniel’ happens at the end of this age. They believe:
    • In the end time the Jews will reinstate animal sacrifices on a stone altar in Jerusalem and they’ll build a third Temple, but “in the middle of the week” the Antichrist will stop these sacrifices (the middle of 7 years is 3.5 years).
    • Then the Antichrist will commit the abomination of desolation in the third temple, fulfilling Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15, and Mark 13:14.
    • People who believe this is how to understand Daniel 9:27 are very excited that the Jews may now be getting a pure red heifer. I explain why below.
  2. Others believe the “he” in this verse was Jesus when He was crucified after a 3.5-year earthly ministry, ‘in the middle’ of Daniel’s 70th week. In this Historicist view the 70th week of Daniel was completely fulfilled during the 1st Century. They believe:
    • His death on the cross put an end to the Levitical sacrificial system. (Hebrews 9:11-10:18)
    • Most of the Book of Revelation has been fulfilled by events during the last 1900 years
    • There are many ways the ‘abomination of desolation’ could’ve been fulfilled. Most historicists believe in one of these options:
      • The destruction of the Temple in 70AD
      • The Islamic Dome of the Rock on the Jerusalem Temple Mount
      • The Roman Catholic Papacy sitting in the (spiritual) temple of God

Joel Richardson provides an excellent summary of the various ways to understand Daniel 9:24-27. His conclusion is that the Futurists are correct. He believes Daniel’s 70th Week is a literal 7-year period in our future, with a literal temple, with the Antichrist committing a literal ‘abomination of desolation’ in this future temple.

Today, Israel is Ready for the Temple

In alignment with the Futurist’s view, the Temple Institute in Israel has all the items necessary to start daily sacrifices now. They’re also ready to initiate the Levitical priesthood and build the Third Temple. They have all the plans and materials. They’re just waiting for YHWH to open the door so they can implement all these things.

Here’s a short video by the Israeli Temple Institute.

If the Futurists are correct, there seems to be only two things that need to happen before Daniel’s 70th week can start:

  1. The Jews need permission to construct an altar and initiate Levitical sacrifices on the Temple mount. This permission could come either through negotiation or military conquest.
  2. A perfect red heifer is required before Levitical priests can perform animal sacrifices. This is because Levitical priests are ritually unclean until they’re purified by the Water of Purification.

The Water of Purification

According to Numbers 10, the ashes of a red heifer are mixed with water to become the “Water of Purification.” This Water of Purification is required for the following cleansing rituals:

  • Purification of Levitical priests before they can perform their ministry
  • Purification of unclean Israelites after they touch a dead body
  • Purification of anyone who is ceremonially unclean

Now you can see why a red heifer is a prophetic linchpin. If you subscribe to the Futurist belief that the Antichrist will stop animal sacrifices on the temple mount, the ashes of a red heifer is a prerequisite. Here’s the logic behind that statement:

  • Before the Antichrist can cause the sacrifices to cease, the animal sacrificial system must be started in Israel
    • According to Numbers 8:7, before Levitical priests can offer sacrifices they must be ceremonially purified by the “Water of Purification”
      • The “Water of Purification” is made by combining the ashes of a perfect red heifer with pure water (Numbers 19)

End-Time Significance of a Red Heifer

If one of these red heifers satisfies the requirements, it will be the first time since the Romans destroyed the temple in 70AD that Israeli priests could offer animal sacrifices in Jerusalem.

Red Heifer Requirements

Here are the red heifer requirements from both Numbers 19:1 and the Jewish Talmud:

  1. The red heifer must be absolutely perfect in its redness.  Even two hairs of any other color will disqualify it.  Even its hooves must be red.
  2. It should be three or four years old.  Although older animals could be used, younger can not.
  3. It must be free of any kind of internal or external defect or blemish.
  4. It must not have been used for any type of physical labor and never have been placed under a yoke – not even once!

Is Daniel’s 70th Week About to Begin?

If you can overlook the references to the non-Biblical Rosh Hashanah tradition during the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), this is a very good video.

Judaism vs Truth

Old Covenant Practices

This newsletter has been all about Jewish/Levitical/Mosaic covenant beliefs and practices. Please allow me to clarify a few points to remove any confusion:

Sacrifices

Since Jesus died for our sins there is no value in old covenant animal sacrifices. In fact, I believe modern Israeli animal sacrifices will be an (unintentionally) blasphemous statement of disbelief in the Messiah, who loved them and died for them. (Hebrews 9-10)

Priesthood

The Levitical priesthood is obsolete. It has been replaced by the Messiah’s Melchizedek priesthood.

God’s Law

Under the New Covenant the Mosaic Law is replaced by the Law of Christ.

God’s Temple

Jesus pronounced the temple’s destruction, saying ‘not one stone will be left on another,’ and ‘your house is left to you desolate.’ (Matthew 23:38, 24:2)

Today, the Body of Christ is God’s temple. (1 Cor 3:16, 2 Cor 6:16)

Therefore, rebuilding what God destroyed is a vain effort. God will not return to their temple.

Carnal Things for Carnal Mankind

I believe God will allow Israel to reinstate all these carnal, ‘old covenant’ things because carnal, physical things are what fleshly, unregenerate men understand.

Without faith in the Messiah people cannot be filled with God’s Spirit. As a result, they literally cannot comprehend the spiritual things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Israel Hardened

According to Romans 9-11, God hardened Israel in unbelief so that the Gentiles could be saved. As a result, the Jews aren’t totally to blame for their disbelief toward their Messiah.

Conclusion

With the things above plainly said, if the Futurist perspective is correct:

  • God will allow the Jews’ to make an agreement with the Devil’s world system. This agreement will permit the Jews to reinstate the Levitical priesthood, do animal sacrifices, revere the Mosaic law, and build a stone temple.
  • The Antichrist will break the agreement. According to Daniel 9:27 he will halt the sacrifices and offerings, and then he will set up the abomination of desolation in the temple.
  • When the land of Israel is almost totally annihilated, the surviving Jews will ‘look upon Him whom they pierced.’ They’ll repent and believe in Yeshua. Then, YHWH will deliver them. (Zechariah 12-14)

End-time Chart

The timeline below is from my Sequence of End-time Events article. It details my current understanding of the end-time transition period, from one age to the next.

As you can see in the diagram below, I lean toward the Futurist viewpoint. (I’m researching the Historicist perspective, but haven’t been swayed to that perspective yet.)

If the Futurists are correct, and if the Jews now have an acceptable red heifer, we’re just waiting for Jews to get access to the Temple Mount to start daily sacrifices after purifying the priests with the Water of Purification.

As of today I believe we’re in the time of the 3rd Horseman–Shortages. You can easily match many of the items under the 4 Horsemen with events in this week’s news.


Three Destinies for Christians

As I discuss in more detail in my Sequence of End Time Events article, Christians will soon be forced to sort themselves into one of three destinies:

“If anyone is destined for captivity, into captivity he will go; if anyone is to die by the sword, by the sword he must be killed.” Here is a call for the perseverance and faith of the saints.” (Revelation 13:10)

Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum’s leader, hoped that the Covid-19 crisis would be the catalyst for the Great Reset. But the Covid pandemic didn’t get it done. It wasn’t dire enough to reset the world’s economies and bring national governments under a single global authority. 

As a result, the globalists know they need a larger event. This event will probably cause the distribution of electricity, food, water, and fuels to stop; for a week, a month, or as long as it takes to make the nations desperate for a solution. Many things could cause this stoppage: a solar flare, an economic collapse, a terrorist or nuclear attack, etc.

Regardless of whether it’s caused by a natural disaster or manmade, the globalists will use this event to trigger the Great Reset. The event will bring desperate nations into a central currency, begging for relief, and they’ll willingly submit their sovereignty under a global government.

Then, according to Rev 13:10 (above), every Christian will be forced to choose one of these destinies:

  1. 95% of believers will willingly trade their freedom for food, water, and shelter. They’ll surrender themselves into government control, which means captivity. In captivity, they’ll eventually be forced to either comply by taking the “mark of the beast,” or die.
  2. Patriots and constitutionalists will be killed if they forcefully rebel against the new government. Jesus said, “All those who draw the sword shall die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)
  3. A small remnant of God’s disciples will be prepared to persevere in the wilderness in a “camp of the saints” during the great tribulation. (Revelation 12:6, 14) This experience is called “The Greater Exodus,” and it’s rehearsed every October in the Biblical Feast of Tabernacles. I’ll elaborate more about this in future newsletters.

One of the main reasons I’m publishing this newsletter is to share this information with my subscribers so that they can understand and prepare themselves to consciously choose (and prepare for) the third destiny–perseverance.

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