The Path through New York

I was standing on a street in New York City, just outside of Manhattan Island. I could see dark blue buses pulling up to a crowded bus stop. The buses were packed, and many people were trying to get on. A few were also getting off, but most were trying to get on. Next, I saw a map of New York and Manhattan Island with a dark blue path leading up one part of the city, then turning onto the island and leading across, then returning on a separate parallel path. The path formed the shape of the Greek letter Gamma ( Γ ), or a half “T.” This pattern was that used by the high priests in the temple when they would sprinkle the blood on the Alter of the sacrificial lamb (see description below). I then heard several voices, one calling out a code name which was either “red sheep” or “red heifer.” When I looked at the map and heard the voice, and I knew the path led through a part of the city that was dangerous, and I felt fear.

I have been reading a book called “The Temple,” written by Alfred Edersheim. Here is what I found: “The opening of these gates was the signal for actually slaying the sacrificial lamb. The sacrifice was offered in the following manner. One priest drew forward the windpipe and gullet of the sacrifice, and quickly thrust upwards the knife, while another caught the blood in a golden bowl. Standing at the east side of the alter, he sprinkled it, firs at the northeast, and then at the southwest corner, below the red line which ran around the middle of the alter, in each case in such manner as to cover two sides of the alter, or, as it is described, in the form of the Greek letter gamma ( Γ ).” The next day I looked at an actual map of New York and realized the path in the dream led from the northeast to the southwest of the City just as described in Edersheim’s book.

And here is what I found from Edersheim’s book on the red heifer. “There is a remarkable analogy between three sacrifices, which, indeed, form a separate group. The scape-goat, which was to remove the personal guilt of the Israelites; the red heifer, which was to take away the defilement of death, as that which stood between God and man; and the living bird, dipped in the water and the blood, and then let loose in the field at the purification from leprosy, which symbolized the living death of personal sinfulness, were all, either wholly offered, or in the essentials completed outside the sanctuary. In other words, the Old Testament dispensation had confessedly within its sanctuary no real provision for the spiritual wants to which they symbolically pointed; their removal lay outside its sanctuary and beyond its symbols. Spiritual death, as the consequence of the fall, personal sinfulness, and personal guilt lay beyond the reach of the Temple-provision and pointed directly to Him who was to come. Every death, every case of leprosy, every Day of Atonement, was a call for His advent, as the eye, enlightened by faith, would follow the goat into the wilderness, or watch the living bird as, bearing the mingled blood and water, he winged his flight into liberty, or read in the ashes sprung from the burning of the red heifer the emblem of purification from spiritual death.”