Today begins the fifth biblical month of Av. Today is a Day of Fasting because of all historically that has happened. The name of “Av” literally means, “Father”. Av derives from the root, which means, “to will” or “to desire.” It is the lowest point in the Jewish calendar because of the destruction which happened on this day. Notice the following events that took place on this date:
Av 9- 587BC- The armies of Babylon destroyed Solomon’s Temple
Av 9- 70 AD- The Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple
Av 9 135 AD- The final defeat of Jews by Rome
Av 9 1095 AD- The 1st Crusade is launched, which kills thousands of Jews
Av 9 1290 AD The Jews are expelled from England
Av 9 1492 AD The Jews are expelled from Spain
Av 9 1942 AD The Jews are deported from Warsaw ghetto’s to the death camps
Av 9 2005 AD The expulsion of the Jews from Gaza began.
Why is this? The 9th of Av was the date Israel’s sin of unbelief at Kadish Barnea. God brought Israel out of Egypt by His mighty hand and power. The spies went into the promise land and brought back a report of unbelief. Two spies said we can take the land God has promised. On The 9th of Av, Israel chose to listen to the voice of UNBELIEF! God designed this month to celebrate the month to enter the Promise Land. The spies said, “We don’t have the strength to take the land.”
So this is the month for us to break the old iniquitous patterns in our life of unbelief and doubt. As Hebrew 4:1-2 says, “they refused to mix the promise with faith.” As a result the month of Av began a month of destruction and mourning.
It is the month of the Hebrew Alphabet: TET- is a picture of a womb, a month when earth contracts, the secret pregnancy moves into the earth realm.
Israel had a chance to repent of their unbelief and obeying the voice of negative report and they did not. In fact God gave them a second chance. Satan uses this to bring a curse in you life so you are visited.
How did Israel go into the same sin again. When Jesus walked on this earth, Israel committed the same sin again at Kadesh Barnea…Hebrews tells us when Jesus came they tasted the good fruit of the age to come. They heard His words and they saw His miracles, but turned their back in unbelief and refused to enter or receive His promise of the Messiah.
When Israel believes in Jesus as Messiah the curse of the 9th month of Av will be broken.
GOD STILL WANTS AV TO BE A MONTH OF BLESSING AND CELEBRATION OF HIS GOODNESS. Av is the month that presents us with a choice.
1. We can choose to receive a curse
Or we can choose to break a curse!
2. We can choose to believe God’s promises! WE can choose to enter into God’s promise land and blessings.
3. So receive God’s promise and mix it with FAITH this month.
AV IS THE MONTH TO BREAK INIQUITUOUS PATTERNS IN YOUR BLOODLINE. As blood bought Christians, you are grafted in the covenant of Abraham. We must have spiritual discipline in place this month so that the old mind sets and patterns do not come in and wipe you out.
This is the month to deal with the roots in our generations. Av is the month to hear and understand. If a word has been given and you decide not to heed that word, consequences with begin.
This is the month of Leo (the Lion) This is the month the Lion roars. That means this is an incredible month of prophecy. The most incredible months to prophecy to you promise, destiny, and purpose.
This is the month for God to execute His will and purpose. Sometimes he will tear down and rebuild because the iniquities are so bad. This is the month the earth contracts. So we should watch where the earthquakes take place and where they are occurring.
The Hebrew letter for this month is TET. It is a picture of a womb. Certain things will conceive in this month. This is a month when what has conceived in private will be shown in the physical realm. Like a woman who is pregnant. She can keep it pregnancy private for awhile, but then she begins to show. This month the Kingdom of God will advance through partnerships. Be very aware who you are aligned with in partnerships this month.
This month also coincides with new level of discernment. Discernment with who opposes you and bad advice, like the ten spies.
Read Psalms 32:8-11, He takes hold of the reigns and guides you by His eyes…
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Years ago I pastored in a denomination where we would raise offerings to support missionaries through promising to give a monthly amount or annually by signing a Faith Promise card. This was a great idea for a great cause of world evangelism. Little did I know the importance of such a vow and God’s view of making and oath. This week’s Torah Reading addresses this very thing.
A vow or oath is an oral promise to which a person voluntarily obligates himself. Vows and oaths have not disappeared from the world. If a Roman Catholic enters the priesthood, he takes certain vows. If a person becomes a monk or a nun, he or she takes the vows of the order. When a man and woman get married, they exchange vows. Vows are like extra-solemn promises for which we expect God to hold us accountable.
If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. (Numbers 30:2) In Hebrew, a vow (neder, נדר) is a type of oath by which a person binds himself or herself to perform a certain act or refrain from a certain thing. A vow is understood as a promise, obligation or prohibition that a person declares upon himself or herself. The Nazarite vow of Numbers 6 is a good example of a biblical vow.
Oaths are similar to vows. When a politician begins his term, he takes an oath of office. Before testifying in a court of law, a witness is required to take an oath to tell the truth, sometimes by swearing on a Bible or other holy book. An oath (shavuah, שבועה) can be any statement, formal declaration, or promise that a person swears to uphold.
In Bible times, oaths were taken in the names of the gods. The idea was that if the person taking the oath proved false, the gods would deal with him. The Bible warns us not to take oaths in the names of other gods (Exodus 20:13.). Instead, if one must take a vow or an oath, he should “fear only the LORD … and swear by His name” (Numbers 5:21). When a person in the days of the Bible wanted to make a vow or an oath, he would say something like, “May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I do not do such and such.” Or he might say, “As the LORD lives, I will do such and such.”
You shall not be double-minded nor double-tongued; for to be double-tongued is a snare of death. Your speech shall not be false, nor empty, but fulfilled by deed. (Didache 2:4-5)
However, taking an oath or a vow in the name of God is a risky enterprise. The LORD warns us not to “swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God” (Leviticus 19:12). This is part of the meaning of the commandment “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). God says if a person takes His name in vain, He will not leave that person unpunished. That is why Yeshua warned His disciples against needlessly taking oaths (Matthew 5:33-7; 23:16—22).
If a person does take a vow or oath, he should make every possible effort to keep his word. Not only that, a person should treat everything that comes out of his mouth as if it were a solemn vow. The Torah says, “He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth” (Numbers 30:2). This requires being careful about everything we say, not just vows and oaths. (Excerpts taken from First Fruits of Zion Weekly Torah Potion)
The Hebrew Meaning of the number four is: completion, wholeness, or fullness, and freedom. Four is the value of the Hebrew letter dalet, “ד” meaning door. This indicates place because a “place” extends in the four directions. This is why we have the expression, “the four corners of the earth.” As spoken of the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 11:11-12.
The number 4 derives its meaning from creation. On the fourth day of what is called ‘creation week’ God completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our sun, the moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 – 19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to divide the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time. They were also made to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons.
Interestingly, the Hebrew word for ‘seasons’ in Genesis 1:14 is moed (Strong’s Concordance #H4150), which literally translated is “appointed times” (divine appointments) in reference to God’s festivals. This is the earliest known allusion to what would later be called the Holy (or Feast) days (periods) of worship, which are seven in number.
The 4th of the Ten Commandments is to remember and keep God’s holy Sabbath day (Exodus 20:9 – 11). The Sabbath day is tied directly to the creation week. God himself made the period between Friday sunset and Saturday sunset extra special when he rested on it after bringing everything into existence the previous six days (Genesis 2:1 – 3, Exodus 20:11).
Appearances of the number four
One of the top ten most frequently mentioned women in the Bible, Eve, is only referenced four times (Genesis 3:20, 4:1, 2Corinthians 11:3 and 1Timothy 2:13).
Psalm 107 is the only section or chapter in God’s word that contains the exact same phrase four times (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21 and 31).
The apostle Paul was a man familiar with 4 major first century cultures. He was a Roman citizen, he was a Jew who spoke Greek as well as Hebrew, and he was a Christian.
The Garden of Eden had a river which parted into the headwaters of four other rivers. These rivers were the Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and the Euphrates (Genesis 2:10 – 14).
After Jesus was nailed and hung on a cross, Roman soldiers divided up his clothes into four parts (one for each soldier – John 19:23).
The four witnesses of God on earth are miracles, wonders, signs and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 2:4).
The number of times rainbows are referenced in scripture are four (Genesis 9, Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:3, 10:1).
In Ezekiel’s well-known ‘wheel in the middle of a wheel’ vision (Ezekiel 1, 10) he sees four living creatures transporting a throne with four sides and four wheels. Each of the living creatures (likely Cherubim, a class of angels) has four faces (the face of a man, lion, ox and eagle) and four wings (1:6).
Later in the book that bears his name, Ezekiel is told to proclaim to Israel that an end is coming upon ‘the four corners of the land’ (Ezekiel 7:2). In chapter 14 the prophet is told by the Eternal to ask Israel’s unrepentant elders to repent or else four sore judgments will come upon Jerusalem. They are the sword, famine, wild beasts or animals, and pestilence (14:21).
Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 4
There are 4 gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. Each of these emphasizes a unique aspect of his sacrifice and ministry. Matthew’s focus is on Christ being the son of David and a King. Mark highlights the suffering servant aspect of his ministry. John proclaims Jesus is the One and Only begotten Son of God. And Luke showcases him as the Perfect Man.
As we celebrate The 4th of July Today. May God’s wholeness, completeness, rest, and freedom be upon you and your family. Shalom
I have taught for years to honor the Shabbat. As a Messianic Gentile this is counter cultural in church society of America. The Lord told me this when struggling with Saturday (Shabbat) or Sunday as the day of Worship. “Worship Me on Saturday and then again on Sunday. It will be as if two bookends for your weekly observance. At the end and the beginning.” This article will help you understand the importance of our Jewish Roots of Christianity.
Is God a Globalist or a Nationalist
I believe the Bible’s account of the Tower of Babel gives us insight to that question. Genesis 11 says,
Now the whole earth had one language and one [a]speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and [b]bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called [c]Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
Notice verse 1 says the whole earth had one language and one speech. Let us “make a name for ourselves.” Now here is God’s response, “Indeed if the people are one and they all have one language, and this what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come let Us go down and there confuse their language that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Satan’s plan has always been a Globalist Luciferian world that worships him. God knows that if Satan can manipulate people he can accomplish this goal. The Globalist elitist and leftist are playing into his hands. Man wants to rule, divide, and conquer with an iron sword and fist, i.e. the rider of the black horse in Revelations. God said in Genesis 11, if man can do this then they can do anything. So God scatters them and breaks this up by giving each group their own language. Thus begins Nation groups. Like in Genesis 11 God is not going to allow Man to control His timing and season when the man of sedition, anti-christ is revealed which will usher in one world gloabalism. I believe God is saying man is not going to control my prophetic time table. We know in scripture there is going to be a last day awakening of epic proportions. The gospel of Yeshua, Jesus Christ will be preached to all nations.
God also is a Nationalist in his Covenant relationship with Israel. Israel is the apple of His Eye. He constantly warned them not to enter marry with the other Nations of the world. He ask them to have borders to protect, guide, and preserve their heritage. He commanded Israel to teach their children His covenant Torah and Prophets daily. Israel’s history is one of disobedience to God’s loving covenant and they were taken in exile and enslavement many times. And the Temple was destroyed twice.
For those of us who are God fearing people, Israel is an example of God’s loving Fatherly protection from the evil of this world. May God Bless this great Nation and give us Peace.