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.”
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!
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:
- Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai — in response to the sin of the Golden Calf. (Exo 32:19)
- The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals.
- Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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
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
Revelation 6, Joel 2, and The Feast of Pentecost.
Take a few minutes to view this teaching.
In Revelation 6:1-2, “there is a description of the first Horse and it’s Rider, “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”
This description has to do with an Anit-Christ spirit that we are seeing across the world at this time. Notice, the rider had a crown (corona) and held a bow. Bow in the Greek means “Toxin”. And he rode out as a conqueror bent to conquest. This is amazing to me that we are seeing this before our very eyes. From the power grabbing of world leaders, Governors, and Congress, not to mention the WHO, CDC and others. The Globalist and Liberal leaders taking every opportunity to use this pandemic for their agendas.
Through this Covid19 pandemic we have seen many of our own civil liberties taken away. There is the division of family, Churches, States, and citizenry. The division of for a mask against a mask, stay at home not to stay at home, and essential, nonessential.
I believe this is a testing to see how people will react and how the masses will respond. If you haven’t figured it out yet this is not just about following the authorities and living safely. We are in a season of warfare. If this was a dream, what would all this mean?
I believe we are experiencing Revelation 6:1-2 before our very eyes. This is not only a test for the world from a earthly standpoint but I also believe Heaven is watching and this is a test from an eternal standpoint. The story of Gideon in Judges is a great example of what is happening.
Gideon is chosen by God hiding in the wine press because the enemy has stolen all the harvest. God chooses Gideon to lead the army of Israel to win the victory. God tells Gideon to Choose the men of faith for battle. First he tells the men who are afraid and walking in fear to go home. They are disqualified. The rider on the white horse wants us to walk in fear. God makes it clear when we are afraid it causes paralysis, confusion, and lack of vision. God numbered the army and ten of thousands went home.
Secondly, God told Gideon to have the rest of the men to drink water from the brook. The ones who drank water like a dog were disqualified. The Bible says, Yeshua Jesus is living water. If we drink of Him we will never thirst again. Those who drank water like a dog is likened to people who drink the living water of Yeshua Jesus with Carnality. Take Revelation and use it to exalt oneself, act prideful, or with a haughty spirit lord their knowledge over man. It also would be the like the teacher who teaches but does not live the word they teach.
Thirdly, there were the 300 men, band of Gideon who listened to God, obeyed His voice and followed God’s directions. They were the Kingdom people who listen to what the Spirit of the Lord was saying and did not fear nor were carnal. They lifted up their torch which was hidden in a pot, the light of Yeshua Jesus contained in their earthen vessel bodies, and blew the Shofar, their trumpet of Praise, Thanksgiving, and Worship. An Angel of the Lord, one Angel slew 170,000 of the enemy in one swell swoop. Wow!
God is looking for a mighty band of Kingdom Warriors like Gideon’s army who are not afraid and will not fear, who drink from the living water Yeshua Jesus with a pure heart, and obey and follow the Lord’s voice in His timing and season. Think about it, we are living in the biblical year of 5780. Eighty is the Hebrew number of Pei. Pei is a picture in Hebrew of the mouth wide opened. This is the year and decade to open our mouths and declare and demand the Lord’s promises. To taste and see that the Lord is good.
Yet, the rider of the white horse has given the majority a spirit of fear and pandemic to where we are ordered to wear a mask and cover our mouths. I’ve always have taught what is in the physical is a picture of what is in the spiritual realm. My prayer for you today is, you will not walk in fear, nor receive truth carnally, but you will be Kingdom minded and hear God’s voice with a Kingdom perspective. We are living in a New Wine Skin. Shalom!
Thoughts coming after Feast of Pentecost, Covid-19, and Rioting and Looting:
If ever before the Body of Christ, Kingdom people need to be connected to the True Vine it is now. I was directed to John 15 during the season we find ourselves.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
In my spirit I heard:
1) If ever before God’s People need to stay connected to Adonai
2) Walk in PEACE.
3) Be careful to not respond with the flesh to all that is happening.
4) Walk in LOVE.
Secondly while reading Revelation 6 the Four Horseman referred to are happening and corresponding with the Feasts of the Adonai.
1) The first rider on a white horse carrying a bow in his hand which in the Greek is Toxin and a crown in Hebrew means Corona. Thus the Covid-19 pandemic came at Passover
2) The second rider on a fiery red horse which is causing hate, fire, and mankind to kill each other came at Pentecost.
3) The third rider is on a black horse and has a scale in his hand which represents mass shortages. I believe because of this pattern we are seeing emerging this will be this fall at Tabernacles.
These are only signs of the beginning of sorrows and tribulation. How we respond is crucial how we walk with the glory presence of Yeshua Jesus during this time. So do not walk in fear but faith. Do not walk in anger, hate, and discord, but in Love. Keep your focus on Yeshua Jesus and stay connected to the True Vine. Shalom!
This past weeks Torah reading was found in Numbers 16:1- 18: It is the story of Korah and some of the men of Israel challenging Moses and Aaron being leader and High Priest of Israel. Adonai didn’t take to that very kindly and destroyed Korah and all who followed such nonsense. Can you imagine Lineage of High Priest being from Korah and not Aaron. The blessing would not be Aaronic but Koranian!
When you study this passage by the Numbers it is very interesting and apropos to the time and season the world is experiencing today.
In this week’s Torah portion, Korah the Levite led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron along with the help of some other “men of renown.” At the heart of Korah’s rebellion is a desire to not just minister in the Tabernacle but to usurp priesthood from Aaron the High Priest and his descendants. The Hebrew word for “priesthood” is kehuna. Kehuna (priesthood) and hakohen (the priest) both have a numeric value of 80.
In Hebrew, we write the number 80 with the letter Peh, which means “mouth.” Eighty is both the number of the priesthood and the mouth. This connection makes sense because at the heart of priestly service is the use of the mouth/peh to praise, pray, and intercede on behalf of the people. Our mouths can either be used for good to bring blessing in fulfillment of our priestly calling or for evil, stirring up dissension like Korah. Those who use their mouths for harmful purposes such as gossip, slander, and manipulation “will be [spiritually] unclean”/tamei yih- yeh, which adds up to 80.
There is authentic power in the peh, the mouth. We are currently in the Decade of the Peh, 5780, on the Hebrew calendar. Eighty is also the number of “breakthrough.” Paratz, the Hebrew word for “breakthrough,” begins with the letter peh. This detail teaches us that the peh (the mouth) is foundational for breakthrough. Life and death are in the power tongue, or one could say, “the mouth.” Spiritual, emotional, and material breakthrough begins with prayer, praise, and the declaration of God’s promises.
We can see this fact in two ways. First, the Hebrew word for “heal” is rapha , whose middle letter is a peh . This arrangement is no accident. It points to the truth that spoken prayer and blessing are central to releasing God’s healing power.
Secondly, the phrase “with salt”/be-malach also equals 80. The Israelites were required to offer every sacrifice with salt. The ultimate purpose of the sacrifices was to draw one near to God. In the same way, words that are “seasoned with salt” bring us closer to the Lord and others.
Never underestimate the power of the peh /mouth! We must make sure we do not allow our mouth to be like that of Korah, but rather our speech must be positive, uplifting, and kind. As Paul exhorts us, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, to know how you ought to answer everyone” (Col 4:6).
Speak this Shabbat Blessing over your family, household, and city
According to your Faith, may it be unto you.” Or according to your obedience my it be So.
May The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
May The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
May you reach the purpose for which you were created. May you have courage above your peers.
May you have more passion for the things of God than others think is necessary.
May you dream more than others think is practical, and may you expect more than others think is possible.
May you choose wisely, without earthly bias.
May You have people to influence that you have not yet met.
MayYou have lives to change that are waiting for your arrival.
May You be strategically placed wherever God takes you by His grand design, just so you can become all He made you to be.
That place is the place you can best grow, the place you can be most fruitful, the place where the future is changed because of your presence.
May you see vistas that others do not even know exist.
May you see God in every petal of every flower and in every blade of grass for each of them are designed by His hand.
May you bless your children and may they become giants in the faith under the mighty hand of God.You will not fail, you were made by God to be here—for such a time as this.