The Ninth of Av
By Kurt Bomar
Av is a month on the Jewish Calendar. This year it falls on the evening of July 26th through the evening of July 27th. It’s an important day in the Jewish calendar and we should keep an eye on it every year. God seems to plan prophetic events around the Jewish calendar. Let’s look at what’s happened historically on the 9th of Av.
- The spies returned from canvassing the promised land and the people said “We won’t go in!” This led to 40 years of wandering in the desert and the death of that entire generation of Jews beginning on—the 9th of Av.
- After years of disobedience, in 586 BC, the armies of Babylon destroyed the first Temple and massacred thousands of Jews—on the 9th of Av.
- Because Jesus was rejected by the Jews, in AD 70, the second Temple was destroyed, again with numerous deaths—on the 9th of Av.
- About 100 yrs later, the Romans crushed the Jewish city of Bethar killing over 100,000 Jews—on the 9th of Av.
- The Crusades of the middle ages, which killed thousands of Jews began on Aug. 15th, 1096—the 9th of Av.
Are you getting the picture that this is not a happy anniversary for the Jewish people? But it’s not over.
- In 1290, all Jews were expelled from England—the 9th of Av.
- In 1492, all Jews were expelled from Spain—the 9th of Av.
- WWI began in 1914. This would lead to WWII and the holocaust in which 6 million Jews would be exterminated. It all began on—the 9th of Av.
This July 26th and 27th, let us keep our Jewish friends in prayer. Their unfaithfulness to God and their rejection of Messiah seem to be the reason for their suffering. Pray that they recognize Jesus as the true Messiah, for it is He alone who can break this curse.
Kurt Bomar is the pastor of Walnut Grove Church located in Avery County. You are welcome to join them on Sundays at 11:00 AM for worship! (When we are allowed to meet in the building again). You can read more Christian news from Kurt Bomar HERE.