A RED heifer being born can signify the end of the world as we know it, according to the Old Testament.
In Christianity and Judaism the breed feature in stories about the end times.
What is a red heifer?
The red heifer (also known as the red cow) was a cow brought to priests for sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible.
Jewish and Christian fundamentalists believe that once a red heifer is born in Israel they will be able to rebuild the Third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
But in order to do this, they would have to demolish what stands on the hill today – the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic holy temple.
In mainstream Orthodox Judaism, once the Temple is rebuilt the world will welcome the coming of the Jewish Messiah.
Why does the bible say they trigger Armageddon?
Some theologians say the building of the Third Temple is linked to “Judgement Day” or the “end of times”.
This apocalyptic event will bring what Christians call “the rapture” – where all Christian believers (living and dead) will rise into the sky and join Christ.
Humanity will then face the Last Judgment.
During this time everyone who was moral and believed in God will have the privilege of having their name written in the Book of Life.
The fate of non-believers isn’t quite so promising. For them the rapture means everlasting punishment of their souls in hell.
For everyone whose name isn’t in the book will be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 21:8).
In September 2018, the prophecy appeared to be coming true with the birth of the first red heifer in Israel in 2,000 years.
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What breeds of cow are red?
One breed is the Red Angus.
The reddish-brown-coloured breed of beef cattle is selected from the population of Aberdeen Angus cattle and further bred for its colour.
They are commonly reared in England and Scotland.
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