Tisha B’Av (9th of Av)
In Hebrew, the 9th of Av is called Tisha B’Av. Av is a month on the Jewish calendar. It occurs on different times on the Gregorian calendar, but usually in July, August or September. For more on the calendar issue, check out Guy Cramer’s research.
Tisha B’Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 BC; the second by the Romans in 70 AD).
Although this holiday is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.1
Tisha B’Av is the culmination of a three week period of increasing mourning, beginning with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which commemorates the first breach in the walls of Jerusalem, before the First Temple was destroyed. During this three week period, weddings and other parties are not permitted, and people refrain from cutting their hair. From the first to the ninth of Av, it is customary to refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (except on the Shabbat) and from wearing new clothing.
The restrictions on Tisha B’Av are similar to those on Yom Kippur: to refrain from eating and drinking (even water); washing, bathing, shaving or wearing cosmetics; wearing leather shoes; engaging in sexual relations; and studying Torah. Work in the ordinary sense of the word [rather than the Shabbat sense] is also restricted. People who are ill need not fast on this day. Many of the traditional mourning practices are observed: people refrain from smiles, laughter and idle conversation, and sit on low stools.
In synagogue, the book of Lamentations is read and mourning prayers are recited. The ark (cabinet where the Torah is kept) is draped in black.”
So here is a more complete list of significant events on this date in Jewish history and why it is a time of mourning for the nation of Israel:
Tisha B’Av will occur on the following days of the Gregorian calendar:
For additional holiday dates, see Links to Jewish Calendars.
Jewish Year 5770 : sunset July 19, 2010 - nightfall July 20, 2010
In an e-mail, Roger Jones brought to attention a correlation of the 9th of Av and the European Neighbourhood Policy working to bring peace in the Middle East through financial/political agreements between Europe and participating nations, including Israel. The 7-year ENP runs from January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2013 and has a mid-term review in 2010. Here is what he said...
My own research leads me to a different conclusion as to the timing of the abomination of desolation. I don’t believe the 7-year confirmed covenant with many from Daniel 9:27 is referring to the 70th week of Daniel. Why? The first 69 weeks were God dealing with Israel as a nation. What Daniel says is that the week-long covenant being referred to is not God’s, but Satan’s through the man of sin, the future prince of the Romans who destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD according to Daniel 9:26.
One other point that makes me think it is not involves the 360-day prophetic year. The first 69 weeks were fulfilled to the day in 360-day years while our current calendar upon which the “week” of the ENP is based is 365-day years. So from 1/1/2007 to 12/31/2013 is actually 2,556 days instead of the 2,520 that comes from 7 360-day years. It seems that if the first 69 weeks were fulfilled on that calendar, the last week would follow suit.
Jewish Year 5772 : sunset July 29, 2012 - nightfall July 30, 2012This quick study looks at this notorious date in Jewish history. Both Solomon’s temple and Herod’s temple were destroyed on this day by Babylon (586BC) and Rome (70AD) respectively. Those aren’t the only tragedies to befall the Jews on this day. I believe this study will help show how Armageddon may be the straw that breaks Israel’s back, causing her to call upon Yeshua, recognizing Him as their Meshiach Nagid over 2,000 years after He presented Himself at the Triumphal entry. It was then that Christ told them they would not see Him until they acknowledged Him as their Messiah.
This stone being spoken of is Christ. He was the stone the builders rejected, but He has become the chief cornerstone. Israel’s accepting of Yeshua as their Meshiach Nagid is what prompts Christ’s return in glory since they won’t see him till they say, “blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” This happened at the triumphal entry, which is why the Pharisees told Christ to silence his followers. They recognized that Yeshua was being called the Meshiach Nagid. Mark 11:1-11
So what does this have to do with Christ returning in glory? Remember what is going on as Israel is protected in the wilderness just before Christ returns in glory.
Imagine you are Israel, protected in the wilderness, but seeing millions of men in armies marching toward Jerusalem. now imagine that is happening just before the 9th of Av. I think that might be what causes Israel to call upon Yeshua as a nation recognizing Him as their Meshiach Nagid. Then He will return in glory and defeat the gathered armies.
Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
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