Among some fundamentalists in the Jewish and Christian faiths, there has been an obsession of the coming of a flawless red heifer as a divine harbinger. Both Jewish and Christian breeders have been trying to engineer the harbinger by breeding a flawless red heifer in order to bring about the building of the Third Temple and/or the second coming of Christ.
The Bible states “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”. (Numbers 19:2) The red heifer must therefore be perfect and even a hair of a different color can be enough for rabbis to disqualify a calf. Rabbis carefully examined heifers hair by hair to find the perfect red heifer as they also import frozen embryos to genetically jumpstart the biblical prophesy.
Rabbi Chain Richman, director of the Temple Institute, hailed the red heifer’s birth as an indicator that it is time to build the Third Temple — the key step for the End of Times.
For many of us, the global effort to breed a perfect red heifer seems perfectly bizarre and irrational. However, the Temple Institute is dedicated to preparing the reconstruction of a Third Temple in Jerusalem, and has been attempting to identify Red Heifer candidates.
This effort is closely followed by evangelists in the United States as discussed below: