In Jewish theology, the red heifer is essential to the rebuilding of the third Holy Temple in Jerusalem and will be needed to be sacrificed to complete the ritual of purification for the Temple.
Jews believe this event is part of the process that would mark the coming of the Messiah and the final judgment.
But the significance of the red heifer also relates to Christians who believe the completion of the third Temple is a symbol heralding the second coming of Jesus Christ.
It is claimed there have only been nine true red heifers, and the 10th will herald the construction of the third Temple. Several red heifers have been born in the past, but have been disqualified for not meeting the Biblical requirements.
To meet requirements, the heifer must be born from a natural birth and be entirely red with no more than two non-red hairs on its body. It must also never have been used for any labor or have been impregnated.
The Bible refers to the red heifer in Numbers 19 which begins, "And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: This is the ordinance of the Torah which the Lord has decreed, saying, Speak to the children of Israel and have them bring you a red heifer without defect, in which there is no blemish, and upon which never came a yoke..."
Rabbis emphasize that the heifer could, at any time, acquire a blemish rendering it unsuitable.
Watch the Video update below from the Temple Institute which is at the forefront of preparing for the rebuilding of the third temple, including training Levite priests, preparing Temple instruments and now watching over two perfect red heifers: