The New Year 5781 A Year To Open Your Mouth and Breathe


Today is the First day of the Biblical month of Tishri. Those who know what the Spirit is saying and set their days upon the season, timing, and days to the Feasts of the Lord realize today is a weighty day of God’s Holy Presence as we close the door on this past year, 5780 in the Biblical Calendar.

This past Friday night at sundown we enter into the New Year of 5781. The Hebrew language is so colorful and pictorial in meaning deeper than our English language. The Number “80” is a picture of a mouth wide open. So starting Friday nightwe entered in the year and decade of the MOUTH WIDE OPEN!

Pey” is the Hebrew letter for the number 80, a picture symbol of a mouth. Discerning when to speak and when to be quiet will be a critical component during the next decade if we are to see the Kingdom of God growing in our lives and our world through our declarations of faith. The Hebrew letter “Ayin” (the eye) gives insight, but it is the “Pey” (mouth) that gives insight expression. Wisdom is the key.

The mouth is the expression of the breath. Through our mouths the breath becomes vocalized. The main channel through which breath is exchanged is through the mouth, thus the mouth becomes a powerful expression of the Breath of the Holy Spirit. It can also become a powerful expression of our own breath. In the Hebrew alphabet “Pey” follows “Ayin,” which emphasizes that sight precedes expression. Those who have spent a great deal of time seeing what God is saying should have no difficulty in the next decade also expressing His thoughts in word and deed. Conversely, because the eyes are more emphasized than the mouth, those who are blind will speak blindly, an unceasing mindless chatter due to blind consumption.

What Should we Declare in this New Year 5781?

  1. Declare the Impossible IS Possible!
  2. Declare I am the Righteousness of God!
  3. Declare Thy Will Be Done!
  4. Declare Prayer is powerful! A Prophetic Word to the Church

The saints in Heaven are asking the army on earth to pray, not to retreat, or to leave the Church but to Pray for Her. To hold fast against the assails of the devil of which the gates of hell will not prevail! (Matthew 16:17-19).

Declare with me “I will widen my mouth in prayer to you O’ Lord! I will widen my mouth in repentance. I will widen my mouth against the lies and tactics of the enemy. I will widen my mouth to stand firm against the onslaught of hell against my family, church, and Nation. I will widen my mouth to pray for your Bride, your shepherds in the earth, and all your holy anointed ones. Grant me the Grace in prayer to stand firm until the Last Day.”

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How we begin, sets the trajectory for the rest of the year!

Shalom Friends!

So much of our lives seem to have been canceled or put on hold as a result of the global pandemic. From the regular rhythms of church and school to celebrations like weddings and anniversaries, cancellations abound. But I have good news today: Yeshua and His Kingdom cannot be canceled! The Messiah and His mission continue to march on! His Holy Days have not been canceled! Join us on this Friday at 7pm on FB Live as we celebrate the Biblical New Year, 5781 with many believers both Jewish and Gentile.

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Why Should Christians Celebrate The Feast? Seven Blessings

In nine days begins The Feast of Tabernacles with The Blowing of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah, September 19-20. Seven Blessings of Celebrating Feasts of Tabernacles. Why should Christians Celebrate The Feast? I thought that was a Jewish Tradition.

One of the most important observances of Torah is in the Biblical calendar when God tells the children of Israel: “These are the appointed feasts of the LORD that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts” (Leviticus 23:2). No where in scripture does it say that the Feasts are Jewish only. He gave them to the Jewish people to celebrate Him. But through Yeshua the Gentiles have been grafted into the same blessings and observances. Romans 11:17

The Jewish people and Gentiles are to join in with God through Yeshua HaMashiac in sanctifying his holy days as they observe them in the manner he prescribed. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans, “The Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God” (Romans 3:2). Included in “the oracles of God” that have been entrusted to the Jewish people is the Sabbath and the festivals. Indeed, as Israel stood at the base of Mount Sinai God instructed the Jewish people in his calendar and gave the festivals for them to observe and pass on from generation to generation.

Moadim at Creation
However, before the instructions on the festivals are given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, we find the festivals mentioned in general at creation. Let’s turn to Genesis 1:14:
God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.”

On the fourth day of creation God created the lights in the sky as markers for seasons, days, and years. However, we miss something in the Hebrew with almost all English translations. “Seasons” is the Hebrew word moadim (מעדים) and this is the first occurrence of the word. Moadim is the plural of mo’ed, which means, “a set time,” coming from the root ya’ad (“to set, designate,” יעד). David Rudolph, in a bulletin, “Festivals in Genesis 1:14, Tyndale bulletin 54, no.2(2003): 23-20, points out that in every other instance where the plural moadim appears in the Hebrew of the Torah English Bibles translate it as “festivals “ and argues that it should be translated as such here in Genesis 1 as well. In turn it would be rendered “And let them be for signs and for festivals, and for days and years.” This is how it is understood in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan:
And the Lord said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens, to distinguish between the day and the night; and let them be for signs and for festival times, and for the numbering by them the account of days, and for the sanctifying of the beginning of months, and the beginning of years, the passing away of months, and the passing away of years, the revolutions of the sun, the birth of the moon, and the revolving (of seasons).” (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Genesis 1:14)

This means that the festivals of Israel are first introduced and alluded to here in creation. Although the festivals were later committed and entrusted to the Jewish nation, they contain universal truths and applications for all mankind to celebrate. God set up these holy appointments with his people from the beginning of creation. It’s no wonder then that we find the festivals alluded to in the book of Genesis.

So, as we celebrate the Moadim (Festival or Feasts) of our Lord which is today the beginning of Feast of Tabernacles with Rosh HaShannah the Blowing of Trumpets, September 19-20, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, September 28, and Sukkot, Tabernacles, Oct. 3-9 let us be reminded of the SEVEN BENEFITS SPOKEN IN SCRIPTURE who honor God’s Holy High Convocations:


  1. Holy Spirit’s Glory and Power: John 7: 37-38
  2. Revelation and Illumination: John 8: 12
  3. Prosperity and 100 Fold Harvest: Malachi 3:8, Mark 4: 20
  4. Favor Psalms 118: 5-8
  5. Victory Over My Enemies: Psalms 118: 10-13
  6. Strength to Live and Not Die: Psalms 118: 14-17
  7. Abundant Joy and Rejoicing: Psalms 118: 24-29
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Day 4 of Elul: The Law of Displacement

Day Of 4 of Teshuvah of Biblical month of Elul. Teshuvah means RETURN or REPENTANCE as in to the Lord. Blow your Shofar 4 times. The Number 4 in Hebrew has to do with Times and Seasons. Not only as to Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. But to do also with God’s Moadims: The yearly Feasts, Monthly new moons, and the weekly Shabbats.

The month of Elul has to do with the Law of Displacement: Light displaces darkness, you don’t get rid of it, just turn on the light, darkness must flee. Daniel said, “you get rid of evil by acts of righteousness.” Walk right and darkness will flee.

So what do you need to Displace over your life? Write in comments…

Father, in the name of Yeshua, King Jesus I displace:

Sickness with the Faith for healing.

Sin and disobedience with Repentance and confession.

Offense, Bitterness, and Hate with walking in forgiveness.

Jealousy and Covetousness with Thankfulness and Praise for what I have and where I live and work.

National Lawlessness and Rioting with Declaring Revival and Holy Spirit outpouring of God’s Love.

Division and Strife with Unity.

Deceit, falsehood, and lying with Truth and Light.

Destruction, Mayhem, and fighting with Peace, Protection, and Victory.

Speaking things that are not as though they are!
Speaking life disbursing darkness with your tongue.
Praying the opposite until wrong becomes right

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Be Careful Your Sins Don’t Find You Out

Tonight at sundown begins the 12th Biblical month of Elul. This is very significant beacause it is the time of Return and Repentance called in Hebrew, “Teshuvah.” Thirty days from tonight is Rosh Hashanah beginning the Feast of Tabernacles and 10 days after Rosh Hashanah is Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. So the next 40 days is a time of repentance and returning back to Adonai your Father.

Seasons and timing are very important in Hebraic thought and to God. During this 40 day period the story of the prodigal son takes place. That is why every day the Father watches to see if his rebellious son is coming home. Because it is the 40 days of return, Teshuvah.

This month is also known as the month when the King is in your field, the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. In Hebraic thought, all other time of the year the King is in his palace. To have an audience with him one must go to the palace hoping he is accessible. But during this month the King comes to your field. This is the Timing and Season Yeshua, King Jesus May return. I will blog on the significance of Rosh Hashanah, the Blowing of Trumpets in a later blog this month.

Join Debbie and me as we Return by confession, repentance, and reading the book of Ruth this month. It is customary to blow the trumpet (shofar) every day for the next 40 days as an Alarm in preparation for the Day of Atonement is approaching.

“Be careful your sins don’t find you out! Shalom!

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The Hebrew Meaning of Life

I believe my days are numbered. Numbers are big with our Father, Adonai. In the Biblical calander we are in the month of AV. AV means Father as in “Abba Father”, “Pappa.” The Hebrew language is an Alpha Numeric language. Meaning every letter represents a number and every word is a number also. So then words form pictures.
This past Wednesday was the 15th of AV. Seventeen means One and Love which is Thanksgiving.
This past Friday was the 17th day of AV. Seventeen means Victory.
Yesterday was the 18th day of AV. The primary significance of the number 18 is LIFE. In Hebrew, the same word for life is “ZOE”- is number 18. It is such a big deal for the Jewish people that anytime they give financial gifts to others, it is always in multiples of 18. EIGHTEEN is the number that represents LIFE in Yeshaua, King Jesus. For the believer Life is always multiplying.
The Hebrew word “chai” means ALIVE which is comprise of the 8th and 10th letter of the Hebrew Alpahabet. The Slogan “To Life” (L’chaim!”)
18 the Number of The Breath Of Life:
• In Humans the average of Breaths per minute is 18.
• The number 18 is life for some and death for others.
• The Bible List 18 traitors.
• There were 18 judges given to kingless man.
• There were 18 questions demanded of Yeshua, King Jesus.
The Bondage to Sin and Man Times 3:
In the negative, the number 18 (3 X 6) or the number of man, man, man is associated very closely with the flesh.
Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Finally, today August 9, 2020 is the 19th day of AV. Nineteen in Hebrew means “ordering your fruit.” Ten in Hebrew means “Order” and 9 in Hebrew means “Fruit. Did you know that in Hebrew 11, known as the chapter of Heroes there are 19 people mentioned as heroes?
Wow, what a week to allow God to breath LIFE in you and me. L’chaim, Be ALIVE!
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Today Is Victory Day

Tonight at sundown in the Biblical Calendar is VICTORY Day. This is the day to celebrate God’s victory, protection, provision, mercy, and grace in our lives. It is likened to the day WWII ended. The streets were filled with people celebrating Victory.

For us who follow the Biblical Calender through Hebraic understanding it is a day to give thanks. Tu B’Av (Hebrew: ט״ו באב, the fifteenth of the month Av) is a minor Jewish holiday. In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a holiday of love (Hebrew: חג האהבה‎, Hag HaAhava), similar to Valentine’s Day. It has been said to be a “great day for weddings”.

Tu B’Av begins at sundown on Tue, 04 August thru sundown Wed, August 5, 2020. A day of loving God by being thankful. When we Thank God In praises His Blessings come upon us. Rev. 4: 9-11 says, “Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and THANKS to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

The number Fifteen is three times five. Three represents perfect completion and five represents grace, or God given ability to overcome something. With the number fifteen, what you have is grace perfectly completed where we enter into God’s rest. Hebrews 4:9, says, “there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”

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How To Get Back What The Devil has Stolen:

Today is a very important day. Do you know why it is so important? Today is a very important day if you are a believer in Yeshua, King Jesus. Today is the first day of the month of AV in the Biblical Calendar. This is the month for those of us that are living during the era of AD, “after Christ” when we can choose to see God reverse the curse and redeem our time and season. The sad thing is for people who are living BC the time “before Christ” not choosing Yeshua may experience some of the most horrific events since WWII.

AV is the 11th month of the civil calendar of Israel. This is the month to get low, to get back what the devil has stolen from you. This is the month to walk in two scriptures: Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and contrite heart–these, O God, You will not despise.” and 1 Peter 5:6, “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”

On the 9th day of AV through out history evil things happen to the Jewish People. It was like America’s 9/11. Every one remembers 9/11 in America. Well Israel date is 11/9. Do you know on the 11th month and 9th day these following things happened?

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 killed 50 thousand of Jews by the Pope Urban II.

Av 9 1290 AD The Jews are expelled from England by King Longshanks, remember the movie Brave Heart, FREEDOM. Yea that guy.

Av 9 1492 AD The Jews are expelled from Spain. It became unlawful to be a Jew in Spain. And a Jewish Sailor named Columbus was hired to take the Jewish people to a New World. So when BLM and Antifa want to destroy the Statue of Columbus it is a very Anti-semitic act.

Av 9 1942 AD The Jews are deported from Warsaw ghetto’s to the death camps after they decided to take up arms and fight. Fifty thousand were killed by Nazi’s.

Av 9 2005 AD was the expulsion of the Jews from Gaza strip and given to Israel’s enemies. This is where most of the rockets and bombs come from into Israel today.

Why has this been such a horrible day for Israel? Because it was on The 9th of Av Israel’s sin of unbelief at Kadish Barnea took place. 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.

I wrote early in this blog a very significant thought for this month. If you want to get back what the devil has stolen from you, you must get low. Because it is in a lowly position the devil can’t see you. He hates humility. The devil hates a person who mourns and repents of sin. This month is a timing and season of PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE!

July is the month when you can see the NeoWise Comet in the night skies. According to astronomers it is happening in the later part of July 2020. It takes the NeoWise Comet 6800 years to orbit the earth’s atmosphere. That means the last time it could be seen in the night sky was during the time of Adam and Eve. According to scripture a thousand years is like a day to the God. There are 2000 years between Adam and Abraham, 2000 thousand years between Abraham and Yeshua, King Jesus, and 2000 years between Yeshua and today. That is 6 days and the NeoWise Comet takes 6800 years. What is that saying to us prophetically? It is time to get WISE in a NEW Way. The Comet is showing the world that the 7th Day is near and the 7th day is the millennial reign of Yeshua, King Jesus, The Day of the Lord. For the next 9 days get low because those who do on AV 15th/August 5th is Jubilee Victory Day. Shalom!

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Five Major Historical Events of the Bible

Today in the Biblical Calendar is the beginning of what is called, “Dire Straights.” Five great catastrophes occurred in biblical history on this day which is Tammuz 17.
1. Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai — in response to the sin of the Golden Calf. (Exo 32:19)
2. The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals.
3. Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.
4. Prior to the Great Revolt, the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll – setting a precedent for the horrifying burning of Jewish books throughout the centuries.
5. An idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple – a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.
This is a time to reflect on our relationship with Adonai are Father. To learn from Israel’s history and make application to today.
The first one has to do with idol worship. While Moses is communing with Adonai the children of Israel build themselves a golden calf to worship. Moses comes down from Mt. Sinai and sees the golden calf, gets angry and breaks the stone tablets which represents the Covenant God made with Adonai’s finger.
Application: Idolatry in any form or fashion will break covenant with Adonai and cause us to be angry.
Secondly the daily offerings of animals by the priests for the worship and praise of Adonai stop because of the enemies siege on Jerusalem so no animals could be brought into the Tabernacle.
Application: No matter how bad it gets, Yeshua King Jesus has become our daily sacrifice and according to Hebrews 13:10:16, We are to bring a daily sacrifice of praise with our lips.
Thirdly, Jerusalem’s walls were breached on this day before the destruction of the Solomon’s temple in 70A.D.
Application: No matter how chaotic the world seems to be. No matter how hopeless things are going don’t allow the enemy of your soul to breach the walls of your faith and heart.
Fourthly, On this day the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll before the people mocking Adonai and the Holy Torah.
Application: With all the media bombarding people today through News Sources, Rewriting History as Revisionist, and social media, if ever before we must know the word, memorize the word and believe the Word of God is today. The majority of Christians go to church for years and listen to sermons but not study and read God’s word for themselves.
Fifthly, an idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple – a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.
Application: we need to focus on, “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phil. 4:8.
May God bless you during these next three weeks to practice and learn from our past and run to Yeshua, King Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Shalom
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Why The “Cancel Culture” is Biblically and Fundamentally Wrong

Three Weeks Called, “DIRE STRAITS”

Five years ago at this time my wife and I were in the CNN Tower Hotel in Atlanta for a Business Trip we had earned with the insurance company I worked for. The first night was during this time referred to as “DIRE STRAITS.” We were at the pre-dinner gathering for hors d’oeuvres when we met two insurance agents from Los Angeles who were orthodox Jews. They had ordered a kosher meal for the banquet. I mentioned to them if they were aware that this was the time of year called “Dire Straits” and the 9th day of Av? They got excited and asked me how I knew about this important time of the Jewish Calendar. I then told them what I have written below. They were amazed, saying, you know more about this than we were taught in the Synagogue.

For those unfamiliar with the period called the “dire straits”, it is a 3 week time period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av on the biblical calendar. This year, 2017, it falls between July 11th and August 1st. The first day and the last day are two of the fast days as mentioned in Zechariah 8:19. This is a time period set aside to repent and ask for forgiveness for the sins of our forefathers as Daniel did in Daniel 9:3-19.

These three weeks have always been troublous times for the nation of Israel. The 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av are linked together historically as days on which Israel has been punished for sin. The Lebanon war that broke out a few years ago started on the 17th of Tammuz. In Zech 8:19 it is prophesied that some year that day will turn to a day of rejoicing.

Tzom Tammuz – The Seventeenth of Tammuz

Five great catastrophes occurred in biblical history on the 17th of Tammuz:

  1. Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai — in response to the sin of the Golden Calf. (Exo 32:19)
  2. The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals.
  3. Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.
  4. Prior to the Great Revolt, the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll – setting a precedent for the horrifying burning of Jewish books throughout the centuries.
  5. An idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple – a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.
    Notice that two of these events have a second fulfillment yet to come –

The daily sacrifices will be stopped and an idolatrous image will be set up (Dan 11:31; Eze 8:3-5; Rev 13:14-15).

Tisha B’Av – The Ninth of Av

The Israelites were in the desert, recently having experienced the miraculous Exodus, and were poised to enter the Promised Land. But first they sent out a reconnaissance mission, to assist in formulating a prudent battle strategy. The spies returned on the eighth day of Av and reported that the land was unconquerable. That night, the 9th of Av, the people cried. They insisted that they’d rather go back to Egypt than be slaughtered by the Canaanites. God is highly displeased by this public demonstration of distrust in His power, and consequently, with only two exceptions, that generation of Israelites never entered the Holy Land. Only their children had that privilege, after wandering in the desert for 40 years.

Many calamities have occurred on this date in history:

  1. The spies returned from their scouting mission into the Promised Land and 10 of the 12 gave an evil report filled with fear. Standing in doubt, they were slanderous of God’s Word and promise because He said He would go before them, fight their battles and deliver them into the land. Only Joshua and Caleb gave a report filled with faith. The Israelites were sentenced on Tisha B’Av to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until that generation had died out. Only Joshua, of the tribe of Ephraim and Caleb, of the tribe of Judah were permitted to enter the Promised Land. (Num. 13-14)
  2. The 1st Temple, Solomon’s Temple, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. 100,000 Jews were slaughtered and millions more exiled. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin were carried captive to Babylon. The actual fire was set on the 9th of Av. (2King 25:8-9; Jer. 52:12-13)
  3. The 2nd Temple, Herod’s Temple, was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD on the 9th of Av led by Titus. Some two million Jews died, and another one million were exiled. The Roman army laid siege to Jerusalem and on the 17th of Tammuz the Daily Sacrifice was again stopped. Roman centurions on the 9th of Av burned the Second Temple. The extreme heat of the fire caused gold of the Temple to melt and run into the cracks and crevices between the stones. When the fire cooled the Roman soldiers used wedges and crowbars to overturn every stone in their search for the gold. Luke 19:44 fulfilled. One year later on the 9th of Av the Romans plowed the Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem to prepare the area to be turned into a Roman colony. Micah 3: 12 fulfilled
    4. The Bar Kochba revolt was crushed by Roman Emperor Hadrian. The city of Betar — the Jews’ last stand against the Romans was captured and liquidated. Over 100,000 Jews were slaughtered. (135 AD) The Temple area and its surroundings were plowed under. Jerusalem was rebuilt as a pagan city — renamed Aelia Capitolina — and access was forbidden to Jews.
  4. In 1290 King Edward I (Longshanks) ordered the expulsion of all Jews from England on the 9th of Av. (And they did not settle there again until Oliver Cromwell gave them that right in 1657.)
  5. During the Spanish Inquisition, Ferdinand and Isabella issued the Alhambra Decree, on March 31, 1492, ordering all Jews to leave Spain by the end of July 1492. July 31, 1492 was Tisha B’Av. It was during this time that Christopher Columbus, who may himself have been of Jewish descent, left to ‘discover’ America.(Note that if you use a Jewish calendar converter to check this, it may show July 31 as the 27th of Tammuz. If so, the converter has failed to take into account the Gregorian Reformation, which skipped 11 days on the calendar. If you add the 11 missing days and convert August 11 instead of July 31, you will see that “August 11” 1492 is the 9th of Av.)
  6. World War I broke out on the eve of Tisha B’Av in 1914 when Germany declared war on Russia. German resentment from the war set the stage for the Holocaust.
  7. On the eve of Tisha B’Av 1942, the mass deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka
    9. On Tisha B’Av, August 14, 2005, 8,000 Jewish settlers were forcefully expelled from their homes in Gush Katif, the Southern Gaza strip.

Typically the book of Lamentations is read on the 9th of Av
God would allow such events to befall their people. What was the cause of such a harsh punishment? Their sages have taught (Talmud, Yoma 9b) that the First Temple was destroyed because of following three things:
1. Sexual immorality
2. Widespread murder
3. Idolatry

The Second Temple, however, the sages taught, was destroyed because of one singular reason: baseless hatred (sinat chinam).

Gemora teaches that such a severe judgment was meted out despite the fact that Jews at the time occupied themselves with Torah, observed mitzvot and practiced charity. People would hate one another without a cause, slander their fellow Jews for having differing beliefs, hypocritically accuse each other of violating halachic standards, and be uncharitable to those from other Jewish sects who may not have been living up to their specific customs:

“In the times of the second Bais HaMikdosh, the “murderers” of the time did not feel that what they were doing was wrong. They did not consider their murderous actions as transgressions. Rather, they viewed them as appropriate, and even a “mitzvah!” And why was that the case? When these people saw their brethren committing various transgressions, they said to themselves “These people are Sadducees; these people are apostates who deny the validity of the Torah and the supremacy of G-d. These people are rebellious and must die, as they legally deserve such!” Were these “righteous” murderers correct? No.” (Rabbi Yehudah Prero, A Hate Worse Than Death)

It has been said that the Messiah would come “in a generation that is totally innocent or totally guilty”. Jesus called the generation of his day a “wicked and adulterous generation” (Matthew 12:39). It was said of him that he was sent to save his people from their sins. We are also told that he too became a target of that same baseless hatred that the sages taught was prevalent at the time:

If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (John 15:24-25)

It is precisely in that environment of baseless hatred by a sinful generation that Messiah was rejected by the corrupt Rome-appointed Jerusalem leadership who were in charge of the Temple at that time. Jesus foresaw what would happen to Jerusalem and to his beloved temple within its walls
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. (Luke 19:41-44)

Today, we are the spiritual temple of God. Though this temple be besieged from without, we are to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered and avoid the baseless hatred that destroys from within.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1Cor 3:16-17)

Our Lord taught us to love one another. As end time events unfold, let’s remember that our Lord warned us that we would be betrayed by those who are of our own house (Matt 10:17-36) and that those who persecute us will think that they are serving God (John 16:2). But He also told us that we should love one another even to the point of laying down our lives for our brother. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1John 3:15-16)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13

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