21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of
separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even.
Christians should understand the above scriptures represented a "type" of
Christ. For the sacrifice of the "red heifer" was the forerunner to the ultimate
sacrifice of Christ which could do so much more than "purify the flesh".
Remember that the red heifer was to be "without spot" (Num 19:2). Compare this
with the following passage written by Paul in the book of Hebrews; he explains it well:
It is this water, The Water of Purification, which is required by the Israelites today.
It is needed to "purify" today's Levitical priesthood and to "purify"
the temple mount in preparation for the Third Temple.
Coming into contact with a group from Israel, he began communicating and eventually
worked a deal to provide them with the biblically defined red heifer.
The original agreement was to provide 200 pregnant red heifers, which would be shipped
via ocean lined to Jerusalem. Statistically, these pregnant heifers would produce 100
bulls and 100 heifers. The resultant 100 heifers would become the "potential"
Time went by, and this event did not occur. The interest and motivation had by no means
disappeared but are fervently still there. The plan had now reached a much grander scale.
The goal now is to repopulate the nation of Israel with this man's breed of cattle stock.
So instead of 200 heifers, they are planning to ship thousands of heifers to Jerusalem.
As you read this, the heifers are grazing in the plains of Nebraska. I have been told
that they are very gentle and a very good breeding stock. They have never been haltered,
worn a blanket and are visually spotless and free from defect. A rabbi from Israel will be
examining them this spring (1997).
Most of this information has been obtained from a tape interview of Clyde Lott by
Hatikva Ministries and from telephone conversations with him.
Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, March 18, 1997
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.
THE MID-EAST DISPATCH, DAILY NEWS FROM ISRAEL - ISSUE 237 - 16th
RED HEIFER SIGNALS THIRD TEMPLE
The birth of a red heifer in Israel is being hailed by religious Jews as a
sign from God that work can soon begin on building the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
A team of rabbinical experts last week confirmed that the animal, born six
months ago on a religious kibbutz near the north Israeli port of Haifa, meets the correct
Biblical criteria for a genuine holy cow. According to the Book of Numbers (XIX: 2-7), the
animal is needed for an ancient Jewish purification ritual.
"Speak unto the children of Israel that they bring thee a red heifer
without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke," says the fourth
book of the Old Testament, also part of Jewish holy scripture, the Torah.
The heifer will be slaughtered and burned, and its ashes made into a
liquid paste and used in a ceremony which religious Jews believe they must undergo before
they can enter the old Temple site in Jerusalem to start building a new structure.
Since Herod's Temple was destroyed by the Roman emperor Titus in AD 70, no
flawless red heifer has been born within the biblical land of Israel, according to
The birth of the animal, to a black-and-white mother and a dun-colored
bull, is being hailed as a "miracle" by activists who want to rebuild the Third
Temple and prepare the way for the Jewish messiah's entry to Jerusalem.
The faithful will need to wait until the heifer is at least three before
it can be used in a ritual sacrifice. That would enable religious Jews to start the new
millennium (a Christian event, but still regarded as portentous) in a state of purity.
News of the red heifer's appearance, however, will not be well received by
Muslims. The site of the old Jewish temples in the Holy City is now occupied by one of
Islam's holiest shrines, the Dome of the Rock. Jewish extremists want to destroy the Dome
and the adjoining Al-Aqsa mosque to make way for a new temple. In 1985 a group of Jewish
terrorists were jailed in Israel for planning to destroy the Dome with high explosives.
But Jewish activists say they regard it as their divine mission to build a
new Temple. "We have been waiting 2,000 years for a sign from God, and now he has
provided us with a red heifer," said Yehudah Etzion, the ringleader of the Eighties'
plot to blow up the Dome, who was present at last week's inspection of the red heifer at
Kfar Hassidim. "There were a couple of little white hairs which worried us, but the
rabbis are satisfied that it is the red heifer referred to in the Bible," said Mr
Etzion. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (London) 3/1
Boston Globe 04/06/97 (p A1)
By Ethan Bronner, Globe Staff
Watched over by an armed guard in a skullcap and visited by rabbis and
other seekers of meaning, this rust-colored six-month-old heifer is hailed as a sign of
the coming of the Messiah and decried as a walking atom bomb.
Of a variety believed extinct for centuries, the red heifer is seen by
some as the missing link needed for religious Jews to rebuild their ancient Temple in
Jerusalem. Sacrificing the animal in its third year and using its ashes in a purification
rite would allow Jews to return 2000 years later to the Temple site, a spot holy to both
Jews and Muslims.
With tensions already high over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's decision to build a Jewish neighborhood in the section of Jerusalem
Palestinians consider theirs, many fear that the calf's arrival could create an explosive
``That cow represents the risk of a massive religious war,'' said Avraham
Poraz, a member of Parliament from the leftist Meretz Party. ``If the fanatics get a hold
of it and try to take over the Temple Mount, God knows what will happen. It only takes a
few crazies to endanger all our lives.''
In terms of historic gravity, some have drawn a loose analogy with Dolly,
the cloned Scottish sheep. But if Dolly stands on the frontier of science, the calf of
Kfar Hasidim harks back to the most ancient tribal ritual.
Born to a black-and-white mother and brown father on a northern Israeli
farm run by a religious high school for troubled and orphaned students, the calf was
brought to the attention of Rabbi Shmaria Shore shortly after its birth.
Shore, a native of Providence, said he had his doubts and, after checking
with ancient texts, invited a number of rabbis from Jerusalem to come to give their views.
They did so several weeks ago and quickly spread word that something truly miraculous
seems to have occurred.
To understand the significance of the heifer requires a knowledge of
long-abandoned practices in the extinct Temple as well as a grasp of the place the Temple
holds in the collective unconscious of religious Jews.
For strictly Orthodox Jews, the Temple stands for the Jewish people's
direct link to God, its place as His chosen people. Built by King Solomon around 950 BC
and destroyed and rebuilt and expanded over the succeeding centuries until its final
destruction by the Romans in AD 70, the Temple was the center of Jewish life where daily
animal sacrifices were overseen by the priestly classes of Levites and Cohens.
The Temple's destruction meant that Jewish religious life had to be
re-created. Prayer, Torah study and good works became substitutes for animal sacrifice as
a means of seeking favor and forgiveness from God, a development that many modern Jewish
thinkers have welcomed. But a yearning for the days of the Temple has never entirely died.
One byproduct of Israel's victory in the 1967 war that brought the Old
City of Jerusalem under Israeli control is the revival of interest among a small number of
Jews in rebuilding the Temple because of the link they believe it offers to God and the
cosmic centrality it might signify for Jews everywhere.
This has caused concern not only because few Jews wish to return to animal
sacrifices and priestly classes but because the site of the Temple has been occupied for
the past 1,300 years by the third-holiest shrine in Islam, the Dome of the Rock and
Holy to Muslims and Jews
Those mosques were built when Islam spread through the region in the 7th
century. Most scholars say the mount was chosen for their location precisely because of
the belief that it was a holy place. The Prophet Mohammed is said to have ascended to
heaven from there.
A few Jewish fanatics have been caught trying to blow up the mosques to
make room for a new Temple that would anchor a renewed Jewish kingdom and trigger the
arrival of the Messiah. Most everyone else believes such a move would launch a war with
the world's 1 billion Muslims.
The fear of such an act is nonetheless keen. Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat recently showed a meeting of the Islamic Conference Organization in Pakistan a
photo montage sold by Temple advocates that depicts the mount with the ancient Temple in
the place of the two mosques.
Arafat indicated that the current battle over a Jewish housing project in
East Jerusalem is but the first step on a path leading to the new Temple. Last September,
when Israel opened a new exit to an archeological tunnel near the mount, Muslims rioted,
saying the Jews were seeking to bring down the mosques.
The vast majority of Jews fiercely reject dreams of returning to the
mount, content to have the one remnant of the Temple, the Western Wall, as a symbolic link
to a bygone era and leave it at that. And they have been generally unworried about the
zeal of a handful of Temple faithful for two reasons.
First, to avoid friction with Muslims, the Israeli government forbids
Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. And second, the rabbis have ruled that religious Jews
may not even walk on most of the mount for fear that, in their impure state, they will
pollute the holiest of earthly places.
But that is where the new heifer comes in.
In the days of the Temple, all who entered it had to be made spiritually
clean by being sprinkled with a substance whose main ingredient came from the ashes of a
red heifer burned in its third year.
A rare breed
The sages described the heifer as a rare breed. Only nine were recorded in
religious texts to have existed and the strain has long been assumed extinct, thus making
it impossible to contemplate a return to Temple ritual.
Orthodox Jews still pray three times a day for the rebuilding of the
Temple. But, Jewish scholars say, most have not taken the prayer literally.
``It has always been a kind of nostalgia,'' remarked Daniel Sperber, an
Orthodox Jew and professor of Talmud at Bar Ilan University, outside Tel Aviv. ``Most
people relate the rebuilding of the Temple with the coming of the Messiah. Until he turns
up, we don't have to worry much about it.''
But most religious Jews consider the mount to be an exceptionally holy, if
temporarily occupied, spot. They will not speculate on when the Temple will replace the
mosques but many believe that, one day, it will.
The creation of Israel and the recapture of Jerusalem have reawakened a
belief among the rapidly growing ultra-Orthodox community that something divinely inspired
is unfolding here. The red heifer is simply the next sign.
A dozen rabbis have examined the calf and said she is the long-awaited
ritual heifer, meeting, so far, all the criteria described by the ancients. If the calf
lives unblemished for another 18 months, she can theoretically be put to use.
``It is written that it is the 10th heifer that the Messiah will discover
and here we have the 10th heifer. This is a clear sign that the Messiah is near,'' said
Rabbi Ido Weber Erlich of Jerusalem in an interview on Israel Radio.
For the workers at The Temple Institute, on a cobblestone alley inside the
rebuilt Jewish quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, the arrival of the heifer is an
The institute recreates the implements of the Temple, from the pale flaxen
robes worn by the priests to the golden incense jars and lyres used at prayers. There is
already a portrait of the new heifer on the institute wall.
``For us, the heifer is a milestone,'' said Rabbi Menachem Makover, deputy
director of the institute. ``During the diaspora, everything was missing. No one knew
about the crown worn by the high priest, for example. Now we see that everything that was
gone is slowly coming back.
``We used to say, `We don't have this,' or `We don't have that,' but that
is no longer an excuse. We still have political problems with the Arabs. But from above
someone is leading us to these tools. We didn't ask for the red heifer. Suddenly it
This is the kind of talk that makes Arabs and many Israelis nervous.
David Landau, a journalist with the liberal daily newspaper Haaretz, and
himself an Orthodox Jew, wrote an opinion piece recently titled, ``The Red Heifer: It's No
Joke.'' in which he called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his security services
to take this problem in hand now.
Landau says that while a bullet to the head of the calf might be the
ticket, less radical action might also be considered since any blemish or irregularity to
the calf would ruin it for liturgical purposes.
Rabbi Shore, who presides over the religious school here, says the only
execution carried out by Israel was that of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann 35 years ago and if
the state were to do the same to the red heifer, ``I don't know whether I'd laugh or
Some rabbis are urging that the calf be used to breed a herd of red
heifers so that such an attack not end what has begun.
Shore says the heifer's arrival poses other, still-unsolved problems, such
as finding a ritually pure member of the priestly Cohen class to slaughter it. But many
difficulties in the renewal of Jewish life in Israel have already been solved, he said,
and this, too, might have a solution.
``Some people say, `Blow up the mosques,' but I don't see it that way,''
he said. ``The Temple is at the core of the spiritual life of the Jews, and it must come
when the Jews are truly ready for it. Of course, rebuilding the Temple may come as
something violent and hostile.
``The Temple Mount is the source of blessing for the entire world. It is
not just a piece of real estate. So this opportunity we have must not be wasted.''
The Story Several weeks(?) ago I received a newsletter from Israel all
concerning the preparations and building of the Third Temple. In this newsletter was one
sentence that said that Rabbi Ariel of the Temple Institute announced that a practice
altar had been built and that a red heifer had been born. I checked several other sources
quickly, but to no avail. There was nothing to be found for a couple of weeks. Then, one
of the news services I receive from Israel came out with the news, about a paragraph in
length. It was followed in the next two or three days with essentially the same
information. The news services confirmed that Rabbi Ariel was in attendance for inspection
and qualification of the red cow born at a kibbutz around Haifa named Kfar Hassidim. In
fact, Rabbi Ariel was one of two rabbis who confirmed that this red heifer met all the
restrictions to qualify as the 'parah adumah'. The article went on to say that one of the
parents of the cow was black and white spot, the other parent was dun colored. No one
expected a red cow from these parents. The birth, therefore, is regarded as miraculous.
There were two white hairs on the cow that worried the rabbis at first, but did not
disqualify the animal. The article further announced that the cow was about 6 months old.
We had always suspected that the rabbis were looking into alternatives to
Clyde Lott's cows. After all, they don't owe us any information, and any we have received
from them has been quite welcome. We have always regarded Clyde very highly, but it is
clear that this red heifer is not of his herd, which has yet to take place as far as we
By this time, there are several news groups who have shared the news of
the cow's birth, even news groups from Israel. There has been a great amount of interest
and excitement generated in the past few weeks concerning this news.
My husband, Joseph Good, is in Israel even as I write this message. A
couple of days ago he and the group he was with were able to see this cow. What follows is
part of a letter I sent to one of our staff (and a copy to several friends). It is the
account, as well as I could remember, of Joseph told me over the phone several hours after
he had seen the red heifer.
Since talking with Joseph again, he said that the heifer is in isolation.
In addition, he said her horns were small, as she is not full-grown, but they are pointed
on the ends, indicating that they are not just nubs.
Hope this information is what you had hoped for. Keep in touch if I can be
of further service.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a letter from Debbie Good. To reach her please
contact Hatikva Ministries. Thank you.