Red heifer is not a sign of the end time
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By Craig C. White
There is a lot of buzz today about a red heifer being raised in Israel. They say that this “rare” red heifer is appropriate for temple sacrifice, therefore it is a sign that a new temple will be built in Jerusalem soon. Now hold on for just one moment. A red heifer isn’t a rare thing at all. Zillions of red heifers are bought and sold like cattle, because that’s what they are. On top of that; it is not even necessary to have a red heifer in order to reestablish a temple in Jerusalem. A red heifer is not a sign of the end time.
A red heifer is mentioned in just one verse in the Bible. In Numbers 19:2 a spotless red heifer is prescribed as a sin offering. It is not associated with the establishment or dedication of a temple.
Numbers 19:2 This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying, 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:
No, a red heifer is not a sign of the end time but the fact that the Jews in Jerusalem are preparing a red heifer as a sacrifice for a new temple could be. You can follow the heifer herd if you like but when Jesus returns you will be left standing in the field.