Friday, August 8, 2014

Tishah B'Av The 9th of Av

A lesson in Trust and Faith . . .

What happened on the 9th of Av? (Av, in the Lunar calendar of the Bible is August).  What was set in motion?

The troubles associated with the Ninth of Av began in 1313 BC when the Israelites refused to go into the promised land and remained in the Wilderness. Consequently that generation of Israelites never enters the Holy Land, they die in the Wilderness. Only their children had that privilege, after wandering in the desert for another 38 years.

The first Temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av in 423 BC.
The second Temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av in 69 AD
Both Temples were destroyed on the same day and month, (9th of Av),  that the Israelites refused to Trust God and go into the Promised land!

When the Jews rebelled against Roman rule, they believed that their leader, Simon bar Kochba, would fulfill their messianic longings. But their hopes were cruelly dashed in 133 CE as the Jewish rebels were brutally butchered in the final battle at Betar. The date of the massacre? Of course—the 9th of Av!
One year after their conquest of Betar, the Romans plowed over the Temple Mount, our nation's holiest site. on the 9th of Av!

The Jews were expelled from England in 1290 CE on, you guessed it, the 9th of Av!

In 1492, the Golden Age of Spain came to a close when Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand ordered that the Jews be banished from the land.
The edict of expulsion was signed on March 31, 1492, and the Jews were given exactly four months to put their affairs in order and leave the country. The Hebrew date on which no Jew was allowed any longer to remain in the land where he had enjoyed welcome and prosperity?  Oh, by now you know it—the 9th of Av.

Ready for just one more? World War II and the Holocaust, historians conclude, was actually the long drawn-out conclusion of World War I that began in 1914. And yes, amazingly enough, Germany declared war on Russia, effectively catapulting the First World War into motion, on the 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av.

There are many more significant world events connected to the 9th of Av. Many are happening now.
Study it you will be amazed.

What can we make of all this?

Jews see this as another confirmation of the deeply held conviction that history isn't haphazard; events – even terrible ones – are part of a Divine plan and have spiritual meaning. The message of time is that everything has a rational purpose, even though we don't understand it.

I wonder what will be next . . . Remember this all started with a refusal to 'Trust God.'

Tishah B'Av - Aug. 4th-5th ( The 9th of Av in the Jewish Lunar Calender is very signifigant to Jews and it should be signifigant to Christians and the Whole world!

Here is a little about it.
Pay close attention to the last paragraph.

Tishah B'Av (תשעה באב, the "ninth [day] of [the month of] Av") is an annual day of mourning that recalls the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people over the centuries, but most especially the destruction of the Holy Temple and the ongoing galut (exile) of Israel. This year Tishah B'Av begins Monday August 4th at sundown and runs 25 hours until Tuesday, August 5th, one hour after sundown. The customs for observing the holiday are similar to those of Yom Kippur.

Tishah B'Av is generally regarded as the saddest day of the Jewish year (and even sadder than Yom Kippur) since it was on this date that both the First and the Second Temples were destroyed and the Jewish people were forced into exile. The root of these tragedies is said to go back to the Exodus from Egypt, when the LORD decreed a 40 year exile from the Promised Land because of the Sin of the Spies on the ninth of Av. In addition, Aaron died on Av 1 (Num. 33:38), and this was said to foreshadow the destruction of the Temple. The sages call this prophetic principle: ma'aseh avot siman labanim (מַעֲשֵׂה אֲבוֹת סִימָן לַבָּנִים): "The deeds of the fathers are signs for the children." (Believers in Christ are the Spiritual offspring of our Jewish Forefathers).

The ninth of Av is the lowest point of a three week period of mourning that began with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz (which was undertaken to recall the first breach in the walls of Jerusalem by the Babylonians before the First Temple was destroyed three weeks later). The period of the "Three Weeks of Sorrow" is intended to instill a sense of teshuvah (repentance) and to prepare for the Messianic redemption to come.

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