Originally posted by DarkWolf
Now ... does the Bible make reference to these 9 cows, and that they were sacrificed by various priests (one being Eleazar)... or is this just how things happened, but it wasn't commanded by the Bible, the Church just assumed God wanted priests to slaughter red cows for the rest of time?
I mean, I know what the significance of the red cow is, but what I'm unclear on is if only the Eleazar one was mentioned in the Bible or not.
It was a law given by God that it be performed by the high priest of the time. Therefore,
Also, I have to wonder ... if the last was done after Jesus died, thus sealing the new covenant (ie: no more sacrifice) ... why is it believed that the red cow an exception to that rule?
This was a law given by God that the high priest at the time carrys it out. And from what I have been able to find out, the bible only speaks on a red heifer that one time in regards to who is to sacrifice it. The rest, I think, is Jewish tradition.
The reason there is an "exception" here is because the Jews do not believe that the Messiah came the first time, and it is also a divine sign that work can begin on building the Third Temple in Jerusalem. According to prophecy, it is this newly built temple that is defiled by the anti-christ in the middle of tribulation period, refered to as the 'abomination of desolation'.
My take is this, all these things going on in the world right now could/might be a fulfilment of prophecy. But the return of Jesus will not be until the abomination of desolation occurs.
Jesus said this:
Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
This is the one thing I am watching out for, so yes, the red heifer is important, because the temple will be rebuilt, the same temple that the anti-christ sets up shop in.