The 9th of Av is the date on the Hebrew calendar that portends serious trouble for the Chosen. This year, that date falls on August 4th to 5th — a day preceded by fasting and prayer for 3 weeks — asking the Lord to not allow Israel to suffer another terrible setback as has happened before.
From www.RedMoonRapture.com, a list of events which have racked the Jews in the past – all on Tish’a B’Av:
1313 BC – The 12 spies Moses sent into the Promised Land returned with a bad report, causing the Nation of Israel to wander in the desert for 40 years.
586 BC – The First Temple built by King Solomon was destroyed. Israel was led into the Babylonian exile by Nebuchadnezzar.
70 AD – The 2nd Temple built by Ezra and Nehemiah was destroyed by the Romans on the 4th of August, 70 AD
132 AD – The Romans crushed Bar Kokhba’s revolt and destroyed the city of Betar, killing over 100,000 Jews on July 8, 132 CE
133 AD – Following the Bar Kokhba revolt, Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the Temple and the surrounding area in 133 CE
1096 AD – The First Crusade officially commenced on August 15, killing 1.2 million Jews in France and Germany.
1290 AD – The Jews were expelled from England on July 25, 1290.
1306 AD – The Jews were expelled from France on July 21, 1306.
1492 AD – The Jews were expelled from Spain on July 31, 1492 and the Spanish Inquisition began.
1914 AD – World War I begins on the 1st of August with Germany declaring war on Russia.
1941 AD – SS commander Heinrich Himmler formally received approval from the Nazi Party for “The Final Solution”. 50% of all Jews on earth were killed.
1942 AD – Deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to the Treblinka death camp begins.
This list of events, all of which transpired on the same date of the Hebrew calendar, is a strong indication that the King of the Universe is in control. I do not expect Israel to have any setbacks in 2014 as the imminent War of Psalm 83 will result in a huge win for Israel with the virtual annihilation of their immediate Muslim neighbors. I expect that war to be preceded by the Rapture, considering verse 3 of that Psalm with reference to “thy hidden treasured ones””. Is there anything that could encourage Muslims everywhere to attack Israel more than the instantaneous global absence of all true Christians? From that point to the end of the Age, Israel will have to fend for herself.
Nevertheless, I encourage the people of God everywhere to fast in the week prior to Aug. 4th and ask the Lord’s mercy be extended to Israel this year. Even a limited fast of just veggies without usual merriment and with prayers for the peace of Jerusalem will move the heart of our kind and caring Savior.
For the Jewish perspective on Tish’a B’Av, see these links: