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Q: What is the meaning of the "red heifer" in the Bible? ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: What is the meaning of the "red heifer" in the Bible?
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what is the meaning of the "red heifer" in the bible?

Request for Question Clarification by justaskscott-ga on 26 Sep 2002 12:24 PDT
Do you want the meaning from a particular Jewish or Christian
perspective?  An Orthodox Jew, for example, might view the red heifer
quite differently than, say, a Methodist.

Clarification of Question by wds6-ga on 26 Sep 2002 14:31 PDT
I wanted to know the significance, meaning of the "red heifer" in the
Bible, from a Jewish and Christian perspective.  How does that figure
in.  Why did it happen?  What does it mean?
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the "red heifer" in the Bible?
Answered By: actualwolf-ga on 26 Sep 2002 19:39 PDT

From the Book of Numbers, Chapter 9:

And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

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
And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her
forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face"
( )

The Red Heifer is a mythical beast that, according to certain
interpretations of prophecy, will appear shortly before Armageddon. 
All Christian and Judaic intepretations of this verse seem to revolve
around Armageddon.  I did not find a single Red Heifer link that was
not explicity concerned with the Apocalypse.  So we can assume that is
where the answer to your question lies.

The standard Armageddon theory goes something like this: according to
the Book of Revelations the world will end upon the return of the
Messiah and God's chosen will ascend to heaven.  The Messiah will
return on Temple Mount, and can only return after the Third Temple has
been constructed there. ( )

The sacrifice of a flawless Red heifer is necessary to ensure
appropriate construction of the Temple.

From Dr. Gary Collett, Apocalyptic Biblical Scholar 
( ):

"The significance for us is in regard to the rebuilding of the Temple.
The Temple Mount has been trodden down by Gentiles for nearly 2000
years. The Temple was destroyed after it was defiled by Titus and has
laid waste until covered over by Islam. Before a Temple can be
rebuilt, the site must be cleansed. Before animal sacrifice can be
reinstated, the site and stone altar (of course an altar must be
constructed first) must be cleansed."

The Red Heifer is to be sacrificed (Numbers 19:1-22 gives very
detailed instructions as to how) and burned.  The ashes will be used
to purify the temple site to ensure that it will be worthy of the

Search Strategy:

"red heifer" +bible
"temple mount" +armageddon

Sites Used

The Skeptics Annotated Bible

The Temple Mount


Haydid Learning Center

Links of Interest

Rabbinical Analysis of _The Mystery of the Red Heifer_

Red Heifer Sightings

hope this helps,

Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the "red heifer" in the Bible?
From: fireangel-ga on 07 Apr 2004 09:48 PDT
From a Jewish perpective this could not be more incorrect.  There are
many stories of Red Hefers in Jewish tradtion.
One story in the talmud bavli(gemara) is a non-jew who the rabbis
approach to buy a special precius stone to fix the High Priests
garments, the Rabbis offer more and more money but this Non-jew
refuses to wakeup his father to get the key to the chest of jewels
becuase his father fell asleep with the key. As a reward a Red Hefer
is born to his flock which is much more valuable than any stone in
those times.

a jewish perpective showing when the chapeter of the red heifer is read:

and 1/4 way down

the Red hefer is even used in the bible to turn the men who are impure
on the first passover pure for a special second passover.

the REd hefer or Parah adumah, is considered the ultimate represtation
of the limits of human intelect. According to Judaism, we are not
supposed to understand the Laws of the Red hefer and rather accept
this as a symbolic giving in to G-d's plan for the world. Even solomon
who is made out to be the smartest man who ever lived did not
understand the full significance of the red hefer.

furthermore a red Hefer does not have to be perfect. A Parah Adumah
can have either one or two non-red hairs but not three or more

Chag Pesach Sameach

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