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The Red Heifer

Recently the birth of a red heifer was reported and some speculate that such a birth is both unique and a sign that Messiah will quickly come and the Third [Ezekiel] Temple will be built. This claim is based on the reasoning’s of certain sages [including Maimonides] that a red heifer is required to dedicate a new Temple.

We do know that Messiah will come within the next few years from the Holy Scriptures, by the 2300 Day Prophecy and Ezekiel 4.  

The Temple Institute consists mainly of one extended family and those folks have maintained a zeal far above the people and other priestly families.  It would not be at all surprising if that family is in fact descended of Zadok, which family has been promised by God to officiate in the coming Ezekiel Temple which Messiah will build after he comes (Ezekiel 40 – 48). 

These folks have been working tirelessly to prepare for the coming of Messiah and the building of the Ezekiel Temple, and no doubt Messiah will increase understanding and complete their training when he comes. 

Yes. my friends Messiah the Christ is coming and he will come in the very near future, and after he comes he will build the Ezekiel Temple.  Nevertheless the nations must be humbled and brought to sincere repentance so that they will accept him when he comes, and that process will involve 1260 days of severe trials. 

Please see the News and Prophecy Articles category for many articles on that subject, and see the Daily News and Prophecy Blog for regular updating of world events leading to the coming of Messiah.

 

The Red Heifer

The Red Heifer had the very specific purpose of cleansing those who had handled or been exposed to dead human beings.

For non cattle people a heifer is a virgin cow, usually under two years old.

The Red Heifer must be killed before the high priest outside the camp, just as Christ was killed outside the city walls; and must be wholly burned with cedar wood, and hyssop, and with scarlet [threads] cast into the fire.

The redness of this heifer being typical of the red of the blood of Christ shed for us; the red heifer being of the cattle kind, was typical of strength and patient service of Christ, while its virginity was representative of total loyalty to God and purity from sin.  These things are an allegory of Christ.

The burning of the whole heifer represented serving the God the Father wholeheartedly, the cedar was to be burned and to rise up as a sweet smelling smoke, typical of the service of Christ as a very sweet and acceptable thing to God the Father.   The scarlet was typical of the shed blood of Christ, and the hyssop typical of the cleansing quality of the sacrifice of Christ.

Numbers 19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 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:

The yoke being typical of the yoke of the bondage to Satan and sin; therefore never having been yoked was representative of Jesus Christ who was without any sin.

19:3 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: 19:4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times: 19:5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn: 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.

The red heifer took on itself the uncleanness of the world, just as Jesus Christ took upon himself the sin and uncleanness of the world.  Therefore the high priest and everyone involved in the killing and the burning of this heifer was unclean and must be washed and remain unclean until the sun set and a new day began.

19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. 19:8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.

The ashes were then to be gathered up by a clean person and used to cleanse from the uncleanness of being in contact with the dead, death being the ultimate result of sin.

19:9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.

The clean ash gatherer’s become unclean by their contact with the ashes, because those ashes represent Messiah the Christ the Lamb of God taking OUR sin and death upon himself.

19:10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.

 

The Uses of the Red Heifer Ashes

Uncleanness by contact with a dead person

Death being the wages of sin, and all have sinned except Christ; therefore contact with the dead is a type of contact and being made unclean by sin.  The operative word here is DEATH.

Those who have become unclean by touching the dead are to cleanse themselves with the ashes of the red heifer mixed with water on the third and seventh days.

This cleansing was done on the third and seventh day’s, and the unclean person was made clean at sun set ending the seventh day. 

The beginning of the eighth day represents a new beginning for the person, cleansed by Christ from the uncleanness of sin; just like the Feast of the Eighth Day represents a new beginning for mankind , with all sin removed from humanity and mankind now changed to spirit going forward into eternity in complete unity with God forever. 

At the END of the seventh day of  the Feast of Tabernacles; the Eighth Day Feast represents all cleansed and changed humanity going forward into eternity in peace with God, with all uncleanness of sin and even death itself being destroyed.  

19:11 He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. 19:12 He shall purify himself with it [the ashes of the red heifer mixed with water] on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.

Here we see that Christ calls the converted human person; “the tabernacle of the LORD”; revealing the prophetic nature of this ritual.

The red heifer was an allegory of the need to apply the sacrifice of Christ [the ashes mixed with water]; the ashes representing Jesus Christ the ultimate sacrifice for all our sin and uncleanness, and the water, typical of the Spirit and Word of God, which makes us clean by replacing our sin with the righteousness of living by every Word of God.

Ephesians 5:25 . . . even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Only those having their uncleanness of sin, which brings death, atoned for by sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ and who then go onward to sin no more, zealously living by every Word of God; shall be accepted as pure spiritual virgins and resurrected as a part of the congregation of the bride.

Numbers 19:13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.

ANY and ALL association with sin and the wages of sin [death]; MUST be atoned for; because NO uncleanness of sin, or pollution by any association with evil, will be permitted in the resurrection to eternal life.  Those who claim that it is godly Christ-like love to tolerate sin: are LIARS!

We are to be zealous to prove every word of men, and we are to reject anything that is not consistent with every Word of God.  No one who tolerates a diversity of doctrine from God’s Word, uncleanness or sin; will be in the resurrection to spirit!

Jesus Christ here condemns any association with death [which is the wages of sin and compromise with the Word of God], and requires cleansing atonement for this uncleanness, which is typical of all uncleanness of sin in the spiritual sense.

19:14 This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days. 19:15 And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean. 19:16 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

Mosaic cleansing with the red heifer from defilement by any dead body.

A clean person is to mix the ashes with running water [living as opposed to stagnant (dead) water], and sprinkled with a branch of hyssop [a plant with cleaning properties]; sprinkling the unclean person and things on the third and seventh days.

The clean person doing the sprinkling then also becomes unclean, and must himself wash and remain unclean until the evening [sunset].

Then the person and things remains unclean for seven days, and shall be clean at sunset ending the seventh day and have a new beginning on the eighth day.

19:17 And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: 19:18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: 19:19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

If a person does not sincerely repent and seek the cleansing of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to be applied to him; he is cut off from God.  Anyone who idolizes and follows any man contrary to the Word of God, and is not zealous to live by every Word of God, will reap the wages of his sin and will be cut off from Jesus Christ and God the Father.

19:20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify [spiritually: sincerely repent] himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.

19:21 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.

This teaching absolutely prohibits any tolerance of the spiritual uncleanness of doctrines diverse from the scriptures; and of the willfully sinful among the assemblies of the called out.

19:22 And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.

 

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  1. James, you said this:

    “We are to be zealous to prove every word of men, and we are to reject anything that is not consistent with every Word of God. No one who tolerates a diversity of doctrine from God’s Word, uncleanness or sin; will be in the resurrection to spirit!”

    My question regards “tolerating.” When I go out to eat with friends and family, often they eat unclean meat in front of me, and I tolerate it. I don’t tell them it’s unclean or that they are sinning. Also, I tolerate and befriend people (including family) who live a diverse lifestyle, cohabitate without being married, break the Sabbath, etc… Am I wrong to tolerate these sins by not speaking out against them and by allowing sinners to be a part of my life, and will it keep me from eternal life?

    We are not to tolerate any sin in ourselves and in the assemblies of those who call themselves baptized members of the body, but we cannot shun the unconverted.

    1 Corinthians 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

    10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

    11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

    12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without [the congregation]? do not ye judge them that are within [we are to judge those within the congregation]?

    As Paul says, we are to maintain a godly standard within the congregation and reject the wilfill sinner from the congregation Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

    Nevertheless we are to leave the unconverted to God, and not totally disassociate ourselves because we have no choice but to live in this world and get along as best as possible without sinning ourselves; but we do have a choice about the congregation and people we associate with for spiritual purposes.
    James

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