The Following are special dates for our serious consideration that we might take the time to honour theme. May these enrich your walk with the Creator of the Heavens.
YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 66: 22-23 “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says YHWH (the Lord), “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says YHWH (the Lord.) Shalom!
Av- The Month of Judgement & Mercy
Within this month we will find much that is seen as contrary as it reveals great times of Judgement but also a hope of mercy. The ninth day of the fifth Jewish month Av is the lowest point in Israel’s history. It is the day of the sin of the ten spies bringing back a bad report and the day of the destruction of both temples. If we are to be overcomers in this season, we must see beyond the giants in the land to see it as “our land” because the Lord says it is! However, the destruction of the temples is a constant reminder that:
“righteousness makes a nation great, but sin degrades any people.” (Proverbs 14:34 Complete Jewish Bible)
Also, we read that Aaron’s death on the first day of Av gives us cause to remember that with authority comes great responsibility. Frustration and anger with the people of Elohim can cause us to act out in sinful ways and wrongly portray the heart of Elohim the Lord toward His people as Moses and Aaron did at the waters of Meribah. Moses struck the rock, but Aaron was standing with him. Also, Aaron’s priestly garments were passed to his son Eleazar on top of Mount Hor before Aaron died there. This is a good time for older generations to reflect and determine to cross over as faith filled counsellors to those destined to take our place. We are wiser and stronger crossing together.
The tribe associated with Av is Shimon [Simeon]…meaning “to hear.” There is a need to be careful in the way we hear in this season. In the fifth month of Av, Hananiah, the prophet, was hearing one message from “heaven” while YirmeYahu [Jeremiah], the prophet, was hearing a different message. It is therefore hard to associate the month with hearing since the examples including the spies that entered Canaan but rather refused to hear. This is a good month to be trained in the way we hear. Hearing and faith are linked so use your dreams this month to help you discern the source of what you are hearing. The Ruach Ha Kodesh [the Holy Spirit] “will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (Yahuchanan/John 16:13)
The Month of Av is reflected in the tribe of Shimon who chose Levi as his partner in executing justice on Shechem over Dinah & their fiery trait causing them to act impulsively as with Yoseph. Zeal therefore can be used for holy pursuits or rash judgements leading to impurity, so it demands great vigilance. Therefore, it must be blended with mercy [Chessed] and love for his fellows. Pinchas a descendant of Levi is labelled by the Talmud as a son of a zealot by avenging an act of immorality that saved many lives securing him the Priesthood by Elohim for his divine zeal.
Though the 15th of Av is not mentioned in Scripture it is considered a time of joy which will become apparent when Mashiach redeems us. Despite all the pain of this month we are aware that even during the sad days of Av our merciful Father in heaven our Av is paving the way for our final redemption. Even so, that Israel exists is proof of the mercy of the Holy One upon his people. One day the lamentations of our present day will come to an end so the 15th of Av is a time to embrace the comfort of our Father & we too must rejoice in the Mercy of our Heavenly Father who will complete this when Yahshua Ha Mashiach [the Messiah] comes to sit on David’s throne & finally brings peace & perfect redemption to Israel & the World.
The 9th of Av then is of particular concern as many of the calamities that befell the Jewish people happened then as history can attest and so is very significant:
The History of the 9th of Av:
1312 BC the spies gave a bad report & Yisrael wandered for another 38 years in the wilderness.
586 BC The Babylonians destroyed the 1st Temple.
70 AD the rebuilt 2nd Temple was destroyed by the Romans.
135 AD over 500,000 Jews were butchered by the Romans at the battle of Betar.
1095 AD The first Crusade declared by Pope Urban II in which 10,000 Jews were massacred on the 1st day was the 9th of Av.
1290 AD The Jews are expelled from England accompanied by pogroms & property & book confiscation beginning on the 9th of Av.
1306 AD King Philip IV of France expelled all Jews from his Kingdom. 100,00 Jews were arrested & their assets confiscated for his gain. Again, on the 9th of Av.
1492 AD As a result of the Inquisition the Jews are expelled from Spain at great loss of property. Queen Isabella gave the Jews 3 months to leave Spain with the final day being the 9th of Av.
1648 AD The Chielminicki massacre began in which the Cossacks killed 250,000 Ukrainian & Polish Jews.
1929 Mufti Hajj Amin Al Hussein stirs up riots against all Jews at the wailing wall resulting in the Hebron Massacre.
1941 AD Heinrich Himmler on the 9th of Av enacts the final solution killing over one third of the World Jewish Population.
1942 AD on the 9th of Av the Germans began mass transportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka to be exterminated.
1989 AD Iraq walks out on talks with Kuwait regarding recognition of Israel as a Jewish state on the 9th of Av.
1994 AD The deadliest bombing in Argentine’s history occurred in the Jewish Community in Buenos killing 85 & injuring 300, occurred on the 9th of Av.
2005 AD After disengagement from the Gaza strip Israel expelled 8,000 Jews living there on the 9th of Av.