The birth of a super rare cow in the Middle East has become the talk of theological circles for the prophecy it heralds.
Born in Israel, the first ‘red heifer in 2,000 years’ was announced by the Temple Institute on its YouTube channel, reports the Mirror. The calf and its mother are now undergoing “extensive examination” to determine whether its pedigree is “blemish free”.
The organisation believes the red female calf “brings the promise of reinstating Biblical purity to the world”. In prophecy, such a birth signals the coming of ‘Judgement Day.’
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In both Christianity and Judaism, red heifers feature in tales about the “end of times”. The birth and sacrifice of the red cow is said to precede the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem. In mainstream Orthodox Judaism, the rebuilding of the Temple will happen before the coming of the Jewish Messiah.
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The two previous temples have been destroyed. However, The Temple Institute and other organisations have been established with the goal of building the Third Temple on Mount Moriah or the Temple Mount. But some theologians believe the construction of the Third Temple is linked to ‘Judgement Day’ or the ‘end of times’.
Director of The Temple Institute, Rabbi Chain Richman, believes it’s now time to build the Third Temple following the birth of the red heifer. The video on the Institutes’s YouTube channel shows the calf with its mother and proclaims: “a perfectly red heifer was born in the land of Israel”.
The calf has since undergone “extensive examination by rabbinical experts” who confirmed she is a “viable candidate for the Biblical red heifer”. The prophecy says the cow must be red “without blemish”.