Drew chatted with Professor Roy Schoeman about something that’s not just your everyday chit-chat: the Red Heifer Prophecies. 🐄 Have you heard of this??
This is no ordinary cow tale. It’s a tale as old as time, or at least as old as the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament, mixed with a dash of modern-day buzz. The prophecy talks about a super rare, completely red heifer, which is not just any regular farm animal. This heifer is spotless, never been yoked, and its ashes are super important for religious rituals.
🤯 There’s chatter about efforts in Israel to breed this unique red heifer, aligning with the biblical requirements. Why? Because some believe it could be a signal for building the third temple in Jerusalem. Now, this isn’t just architectural news; it’s entwined with deep messianic expectations.
Here’s where it gets even more interesting! Unlike specific prophecies or signs, the Catholic Church emphasizes readiness for Christ’s return rather than predicting dates. So, while we’re all ears about the return of Christ, as mentioned in Matthew 24, we’re also reminded that nobody knows when it’s going to happen—only God does.
Enter Professor Roy Schoeman, a theologian and a Catholic convert. He dives deep into this subject, tracing it back to its roots in Judaism. He shares that there have been only a few red heifers throughout history, and their ashes were crucial for ritual purity. The current excitement revolves around a few heifers in Israel, especially one nearing the age of three, perfect for the ritual.
But here’s the twist! Professor Schoeman points out the interesting tie between the red heifer and Christological symbolism, where the red heifer parallels aspects of Christ’s sacrifice.
And, of course, no prophecy chat is complete without a touch of talk about the end times. The discussion goes into the prophecy of a 10th red heifer signaling the Messiah’s coming.
Drew and Professor Schoeman also touch upon the fascinating Christological echoes in the red heifer story, linking it to Christ’s sacrifice. They delve into how this intertwines with Catholic theology, the return of Christ, and the signs of the times we live in, like wars and the spread of the gospel.
The conversation wraps up with a reminder to stay spiritually vigilant and to pray for all to come to the fullness of truth in Christ’s Church.