Third Temple Prophetic Portents :: By Jeff Van Hatten

We are now in 2021, so it may be helpful to look back a year or two and see where we may be standing on the prophetic calendar. 2018 saw five prophetic portents just in regard to the Third Temple. Below is a synopsis of those major events:

  1. The Red Heifer

Numbers 19:2 – “Tell the people of Israel to bring you a young red female cow without fault or defect and which has never borne a yoke.”

According to The Temple Institute, on the 17th day of Elul, 5778 (August 28th, 2018 on the Gregorian calendar), a red [adom H122] heifer [parah H6510] (Parah Aduma) was born in the land of Israel, foreshadowing the rebuilding of the Third Temple and the arrival of their long-awaited Mashiach (Messiah). At one week of age, the heifer underwent an extensive examination by rabbinical experts and has been certified by the Rabbis as meeting all of the scriptural requirements. Two new red heifers were born in the early months of 2020 and are currently possible candidates for the Parah Aduma (10th Heifer). In August, Rabbi Azaria Ariel inspected the current red heifer candidates and found that one of the two previous candidates has a few hairs which aren’t sufficiently red but could still qualify according to Jewish Law.

The Significance of The Red Heifer

Numbers 19:4 – “Eleazar the cohen is to take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle this blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times.”

If… and I say, if… the red heifer turns out to be The tenth Parah Aduma, then the building of the Third Temple may be close at hand, even at the door. Why, you ask? In order for the priests to be ceremonially clean, they must be sprinkled with the blood of a red heifer.

Two hundred Kohen priests have been identified through DNA testing and must now be consecrated for service. The anointing oil was found in an Archeological dig in April 1988. The Mediterranean Sea Snail, which disappeared in 70 A.D., has returned in great numbers and now makes it possible for the precious blue and the purple dye required for the High Priestly garments to be manufactured. (Oil and snails – just two more supernatural events!)

Only one requirement is still missing – the red heifer. None of the current priests are ceremonially clean. They cannot be cleansed until the water of separation is recreated. And that requires the ashes of a perfect red heifer! That heifer must be in its third year. In other words, at least one day older than two years old, but not yet four years old. That is a very small window of the time during which the priests can be made eligible to serve – a mere 360-day period.

Bottom line: IF the current qualified red heifer is THE tenth Parah Aduma needed, then the building of the Third Temple must be accomplished within the next two years. The Temple must be sprinkled with the blood of the red heifer BEFORE the priest is declared cleansed. The priest who sprinkles the blood is ceremonially unclean until that evening (Numbers 19:7).

Scripture does not tell us how long this Temple will be in use before the Tribulation Period starts, but I doubt it will stand for long before Yeshua raises the dead and raptures his Bride! Now that is significant.

  1. The Falling Stone

Habakkuk 2:11 –”A stone shall cry out from the wall, and a rafter shall answer it from the woodwork.”

On Monday, July 23rd, 2018, in the Hebrew Year 5778, a massive stone fell out of the Kotel section of the Western Wall onto the Robinson’s Arch used for egalitarian prayers. The stone fell from the ninth level of stones and happened the day after the fast of Tish’a B’Av (9th of Av).

The Significance of the Falling Stone

Some rabbis believed that the event signaled a permanent end to the Jewish exile and the beginning of the supernatural regeneration of the Third Temple. Rabbi Yekutiel Fish agreed that the time for the true end of the exile has arrived.

  1. The Thick Mist

Isaiah 44:22 – “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

On September 30th, 2018, in the Hebrew Year 5779, the last day of Sukkot of that year, a thick mist began to rise up from out of the ground on the northeastern corner of the Temple Mount, enshrouding the holy site and obscuring the base of the Dome of the Rock. The mist remained for approximately half an hour, remaining close to the ground and confined to the Temple Mount Compound. This happened during the Hoshana Rabbah service which represents the day when redemption is at hand!

The Significance of the Thick Mist

When Rabbi Yosef Berger heard of the sighting, he calmly commented, “It very well could be that a major battle was being waged on the Temple Mount on the spiritual plane, and the only part of it that we could see was the smoke…. It has been clear all year that a war is being waged for the Temple Mount.”

  1. The Slithering Snake

Micah 7:17 – “They will come trembling out of their hiding places like snakes slithering on the ground. They will tremble in the presence of Yahweh our God; they will stand in awe of You.”

On October 31, 2018, a Coin Snake was witnessed wriggling out from between the stones of the Western Wall. The snake made its appearance at the same time as a hotly contested mayoral election, whose main debate was about which candidate would allow the Third Temple to be built! The Sanhedrin wrote letters to both candidates demanding they address this issue and build the new Temple. They had already written letters to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin demanding the same thing.

The Significance of the Slithering Snake

Some rabbis teach that the snake will make a reappearance in the days before Messiah’s appearance at the end of the age and that the fixing [tikkun from kûn H3559] of the snake will be accomplished in the Third Temple.

  1. The Stone Altar

Isaiah 9:1 – “The people that walked in darkness have seen a brilliant light; On those who dwelt in a land of gloom Light has dawned.”

The Sanhedrin produced a declaration to the 70 nations that was read in Jerusalem on the last day of the Chanukah holiday in December. The Chanukah ceremony included the consecration of a stone altar formed of easily transported loose stone blocks that has been prepared for use in the Third Temple. Kohenim (Priests) wearing Biblically mandated apparel led the ceremony and reenacted the Korban Olah Tamid (the daily offering).

The Significance of The Stone Altar

Genesis 11:8 – “From Bavel Yahweh scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city.”

Exodus 24:1 – “Then Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Come up to me, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar.'”

Deuteronomy 32:8 – “When Elyon divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.”

Micah 4:1-4 “In the acharit-hayamim Zion will be established as the highest mountain and all nations will gather there to worship Yahweh.” [synopsis]

The Stone Altar ceremony in December of 2018 was stringently called “a dress rehearsal” because the Temple is NOT YET established. Only then can the actual ceremony be done. Since then, each year, many have participated in the practice sacrifice of the Passover offering at the foot of the Temple Mount. In March of 2021, the Passover ceremony was limited in number due to Covid-19 but was broadcast live. The veil is being lifted from the minds of the Jewish people, and they are beginning to understand that Prayer and Charity do not atone for sin; it takes a blood sacrifice — i.e., a perfect lamb! This may open the doors to believers to present the Gospel of Yeshua. Pray for Israel, support Israel, encourage them to accept Yeshua as their Mashiach.

Highly significant was the invitation that went out to seventy (70) nations. Yahweh separated the people into seventy (70) nations at Babel (Genesis 11). There were seventy (70) elders who were invited to the meal with Yahweh at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 24). The borders of the nations were fixed at seventy (70) (Deuteronomy 32). Micah 4 tells us that the nations will be gathered in the end times to worship Yahweh at Mt. Zion, at the Temple Mount.

The invitation for regathering the seventy (70) nations has been issued. It is just a matter of time before Yahweh regathers the nations to Zion to worship him. Now that is significant.


The state of Israel is a fact, and Jewish authorities are preparing to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. The appearance of the red heifer, the falling stone, the thick mist, and the slithering snake all are seen as prophetic implications that the time is ripe. All of the gold and silver utensils and the garments needed for Temple worship have either been recovered or remanufactured. The Kohenim have been trained, and the Stone Altar has been dedicated. Only the Ark of the Covenant awaits recovery.

The Third Temple will be built and will be desecrated by the Antichrist at the midpoint of the tribulation period. The red heifer, if still found to be ceremonially clean, is a warning sign that the return of Yeshua is at the door, is imminent, is not far off, is just moments away from happening. Perhaps the stone seen falling from the Kotel Wall of the Temple Mount is another sign. Perhaps the thick mist seen on the Temple Mount is another sign. Perhaps the snake seen exiting from the Kotel Wall of the Temple Mount is another. Perhaps the dedication of the stone altar is yet another warning sign! Yahweh’s supernatural intervention into our timeline is still happening. What do you say?

Final Thought

Prophecy, as foretold by the Hebrew prophets, continues to unfold in an escalating pattern. The stage is nearly completely set. The great and terrible Day of Yahweh, Jacob’s Trouble, hastens forth and will not delay. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.