The Temple Institute in Israel announced that a red heifer was born a couple weeks ago on August 28. Websites from the Temple Institute to CBN and other Christian news sites are now abuzz saying the birth of a red heifer signals the end of days, and the building of the third Temple.
From the Signpost perspective the general picture is the same—yes, a red heifer signals a third Temple may be built soon. However, with the Signposts in mind the course of events by which the third Temple is built changes greatly.
Numbers 19 and Red Heifers
Numbers 19 tells us the ashes of a perfect red heifer is to be used to purify the area of the Tabernacle (or Temple) to make the area ritually clean, so sacrifices can be offered. A heifer, for those who don’t know, is a cow that has not borne a calf and is under the age of three.
According to the Temple Institute, a Jewish organization ready to build the Temple, nine red heifers have appeared over the course of Jewish history. So they are very rare. It is believed a tenth red heifer will be used to purify the grounds for the third Temple.
If this little red calf is the red heifer, it must be burned within the next three years to collect its ashes. This would also suggest the ashes would be needed and used, i.e. to build and consecrate the third Temple.
The Popular Picture
Popular premillennial theology says the third Temple will be built at the beginning of the seventieth week, i.e. the seven-year Tribulation. The idea is that it would be okay for the Jews to build their Temple because the Antichrist will sign a peace treaty with Israel.
As I write about in Chronicles, and have written about on this website, the real picture may be very different. Because most prophecy students only have the Tribulation in mind, and not the Four Signposts, everything is pinned to the Tribulation. Everyone is missing the Second Signpost and the crazy world that will ensue starting with that prophesied event. It will occur years before the Tribulation begins.
The More Likely Picture
We know how the Signposts are derived from Scripture (its written about in detail in Daniel Revisited). We see signs of the coming Second Signpost seemingly from all over the Middle East—in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere. In the middle of the chaos that will be the Iranian regime’s attempt to spread its Revolution to other Muslim countries, I believe the Psalm 83 war (if it is to really happen) can really only occur during the Second Signpost. Psalm 83 tells us Israel will win a great victory. Daniel 11:41 suggests when Antichrist invades Muslim countries to build his empire, the western half of Jordan—containing the peoples listed in Psalm 83—will escape his grasp, possibly due to Israel having conquered that region during the Second Signpost.
It is at that time, there would be nothing to stop the Jews from building the third Temple. The local Muslim peoples would have been defeated in the Psalm 83 war, and the Muslim peoples further away from Israel will be occupied fighting the great Sunni-Shia War of the Second and Third Signposts.
Connecting the Dots
You should be able to see, now, how the red heifer could be related to the Second Signpost. It’s a series of things to be connected.
If the Second Signpost is soon, and the Psalm 83 war accompanies that Signpost, the third Temple will be built during or after the Second Signpost. In other words, the third Temple will be built soon.
And—oh look!—there’s the red heifer needed to consecrate the new temple area!
God is indeed in control.