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Subject: Tisha B'Av, The 9th of Av, Prophecy
July 1, 2001
Jerusalem, the "centre" of the world -- symbolized
in Moses' Wilderness Tabernacle, promised before the
time of Solomon's dedication of the Temple, found
written In The Beginning.... (1)
If I forget you Jerusalem
May I forget my right hand
May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
If I ever don't think of you
If I don't raise up Jerusalem above my highest joy (Psalms 137:5,6)
The Temple is the Earthly representation of a "house"
(His Temple) for G-d who "dwells" in His city, Jerusalem. (2)
G-d chose Jerusalem and the Temple in order to "cause his name to dwell" upon the face of the Earth. (3)
"As the navel is set in the centre of the human body,
so is the land of Israel the navel of the world...
situated in the centre of the world, and Jerusalem in the centre of the land of Israel,
and the sanctuary in the centre of Jerusalem, and the holy place in the centre of the sanctuary,
and the ark in the centre of the holy place, and the foundation stone before the holy place, because from it the world was founded."
Midrash Tanchuma, Qedoshim.
Unlike many who have referred to Mt. Sinai as G-d's dwelling place, Sinai was never identified as the dwelling place of The Most High G-d. The Earthly dwelling has been given to only one, permanent location, and that being the location of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem of which has long been laid to ruin, "The ways of Zion do mourn. All her gates are desolate" (4) Only its foundation, the sacred rock, is still known today and where now stands, Al Aksa Mosque or Dome of the Rock, a holy site to Islam.
An old adage claims that history does indeed repeat itself. Sadly, this has indeed proven true over and over again for Israel during the three-week period known as Between the Straits (bein ha-mezarim) and/or The Dark Time between the 17th of Tammuz (Shiv'ah Asar be-Tammuz) (when the Babylonians took the walls of Jerusalem) and the 9th Day of Av (when the city ultimately fell). (5)
Zechariah 8:19 refers to the 9th Day of Av being the fast of the 5th month (from Nissan) (the 11th month of the civil year). According to Zecharia 8:19, lamentations were observed 4 times per year: in the 4th month because of the conquest of Jerusalem, in the 5th month because of the burning of the Temple, in the 7th month because of the assassination of Gedaliah, and in the 10th month because of the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem. (6)
This year, July 8, 2001, is the fast day of the 17th of Tammuz,
for the Jewish people which begins a three-week period of
national mourning. It is when Moses broke the Ten Commandments
after descending from Mt. Sinai when G-d told Moses to prepare the people for 2 (2,000) more days and then He would "come down" on the 3rd day (or 3,000th year). This time-period is forever marked in history because it is when the walls of the City of David, Jerusalem, were overrun. Tammuz marks the beginning time-period that ends with the fast of Tisha B'Av, when the 1st and 2nd Temples were destroyed. Tisha B'Av leads the way to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
Tisha B'Av is a time of deep mourning for the loss of the Holy Temple. The First Temple was destroyed on the 9th Day of Av by the Babylonians in B.C.E. 586 and the Second Temple was demolished by the Romans in 70 A.D. (Beit Hamikdashs). (7)
The Western Wall, located in Jerusalem, is also known as "the Wailing Wall." It is the stone remnant of what is left of the Holy Temple stained with the dried tears of the thousands upon thousands of Jewish mourners who weep over its loss, but yearn for its rebuilding. For so long a time, a symbol of sorrow, hope, and a promise of Jewish redemption. Hope is found mentioned in Isaiah 51:3, when the early prophets revealed a future time when Zion will be comforted, and to Messianic believers also in Revelation 21:4: "And G-d shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
After 1,931 years since the destruction of the Holy Temple plus 70 years of Babylonian captivity (equals 2,001 years of exile), the Jewish people still yearn for the promise of Psalm 90:4 "a thousand years in your sight is like yesterday when it passes." The culmination of Hosea 6:2: "After two days He will revive us, in the third day He will raise us up, and we will live in His presence."
It is their (our) struggle, their destiny, their identity, and their
A History of Tragedies Occurred on the 9th of Av
The Mishna explains the fast because of 5 tragedies that befell Israel on this day: (1) The Israelites would not enter the Promised land of Israel; (2) the destruction of the 1st Temple; (3) the destruction of the 2nd Temple; (4) the capture of Betar; and (5) the city of Jerusalem was overtaken. (8)
In addition to the destruction of the First and Second Temples, historically, the time-period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th Day of Av, have coincided with other great tragedies for the Jewish people. In remembrance of Tish B'Av, the Israelites were forbidden entrance to the Promised Land, judged to wander the desert wilderness for 40 years because the spies returned to the Jewish encampment with an evil report on the Land of Israel. This caused fear and rebellion among the people which brought judgment from G-d. (9)
During Tisha B'Av Solomon's Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians which began the 70-year captivity. The Babylonians worshipped among their deities, the god, Jupiter, who was equated with Marduk. At the time, the Babylonians thought Marduk to be more powerful because he conquered Judah. The resulting victory shifted many Judeans' loyalties and this brought about the unfaithfulness and idolatry of Judah. Later, the destruction of the Second Temple occurred on Tisha B'Av which began the 1,931 year exile.
During Tisha B'Av, the Romans' destroyed the Temple Mount and plundered Jerusalem. The Bar Kochba revolt (aka Simon Bar Cochba, a Mashiach-type to the Jews) was halted by Emperor Hadrian (135 C.E.), and the fortress of the Betar rebellion was overrun. (10) The following year Hadrian built a pagan Temple of Jupiter with a city dedicated to the god, Jupiter (the Babylonian Marduk), on the original Temple site. Hadrian renamed Jerusalem 'Aelia Capitolina' and also renamed Judea 'Palestine.' The Jews were forbidden entrance to the city, and even to look upon it. Later in history, the Temple Mount was again renamed by the Muslims as Al Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Today, "under the Dome of the Rock is a pentagon-shaped rock with one portion elevated (where icons or statues of idols, i.e., Ashtoreth, were housed...)." (11)***
Christians continued the lamentations of Israel when Pope Urban II began the First Crusade, and in 1290, where the Jews were removed from England under King Edward I. In 1492, the Spanish Inquisition removed Jews from Spain, and in this same year, the Messianic Jew, Christopher Colombus, sailed in search of the New World and hopes for the future.
This may be true for those who imigrated to the America's, but not so for those throughout many parts of Europe. In 1555, the Jews were separated and moved into a Roman ghetto, and in 1914, World War I began which lead to the eventual rise of Hitler. In 1942, Nazism, World War II, and the Holocaust killed Polish Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto who were taken by the Nazis on Tisha B'Av, deported, and numbered among the 800,000 innocent victims exterminated at Treblinka.
In 1990, the Gulf War begins, and Saddam Hussein (a type of Nimrod/Marduk) raised his fist against Kuwait and the world; and in a symbolic representation of Marduk and Hadrian's planetary deity, the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, in 1994, smashed 20+ fragments into the planet Jupiter striking the planet with an estimated energy equivalent of 6,000,000 megatons of TNT. The resulting explosions created a scattering of fireballs that left behind huge, dark variations on the planet's surface.
For many traditional Jews, it is believed the Mashiach (or Moshiach) meaning "annointed one," the Jewish King, will appear on Tisha B'Av to rebuild the 3rd Temple on the location of the present-day Temple Mount. He will be born of the Tribe of Judah (Yehuda) whose symbol is the "lion," representing the month of Av. "Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a great lion." (12)
The 3 weeks from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th Day of Av are representative of the 3rd Day (i.e., 2,000 years x 3rd day 6,000 years): Psalm 90:4, "a thousand years in your sight is like yesterday when it passes." The culmination of Hosea 6:2: "After two days He will revive us, in the third day He will raise us up, and we will live in His presence." The first Sabbath after the 9th Day of Av is called Shabbat Nachamu (consolation or be comforted) for the next 7 weeks leading to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are one of consolation and redemption. (13)
The time-period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th Day of Av is historically represented as a people who mourn, but as the 3rd Day nears, will be a time-period represented in the hearts of a people who will rise up against their oppressors. It is symbolic of redemption and promise, for whoever rules the Temple Mount, rules Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. Prophetically, before there comes a time of victory, there will be a time of deep sorrow.
Many people, who do not understand the prophetic significance of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, fear the apocalyptic attachments associated with this time-period; but the future of Jerusalem has been written in the Holy Scriptures long ago. Prophecy revealed an Apocalyptic Middle Eastern War will begin and end over a small, but holy, piece of ground in Jerusalem: the Temple Mount. It's important to know that it is G-d's plan and not man's, man is simply the instrument by which the Hand of G-d moves upon Time. This prophecy can only be understood through spiritual eyes; yet will be witnessed by all as a testimony of Truth found written from the Beginning of Time.
The next three weeks will be a very tense and dangerous period
in the Middle East. -- Time usually reveals its truth in the Calm
before the Storm.
"Thus speaks the L-rd of Hosts, saying,
This people say, The time is not come, the time that the L-rd's
house shall be built.
Then the word of the L-rd came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
Is it time for you, yourselves,
To dwell in your well-timbered houses,
While this house lies waste?"
Please pray for "all" people of Yaoshor=FAl (Israel)...
and the peace of Yaoh=FAshua-ol=E9ym (Jerusalem) --------
Abundant blessings to you...
'beh hol Sh=FAam' (in the Name of)
YAOHUSHUA hol-MEHUSHKHAY, (The Messiah, Jesus Christ)
Shirley Ann(a) Miller, Sr. Editor
Lampholder Publications, 2001
References and Selected Site Links:
(1) I Kings 8:12-13
(2) Isaiah 8:18
(3) Deut. 12:5
(4) Judg. 5:5; Ps. 68:9; Lamentations 1:4
(5) Lamentations 1:3; Jeremiah 39:1-2
(6) II Kings 25:1, 8-9, 25; I King 8:33; Zech 7:5
(7) Ta'anit 29a; Rosh haShanah 18b, Ta'anit 26b, 29a
(8) Ta'anis 4:6
(9) Deut. 1:45; Numbers 13-14; Talmud - Ta'anit 29a
(10) Rosh HaShanah 18b, Ta'anit 26b, 29a
(11) Yaohushua Org, 1999 ***
(12) Numbers 23:24
(13) Isaiah 40
Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol 3, Pg 936-937
Talmud (Ta'anit 26b)
Whiston, History of the Jewish People, 1860
The Book of Revelation
Ohr Somayach http://www.ohr.org.il/special/9av/index.htm
Tisha B'Av http://www.jewfaq.org/holidayd.htm
Frequently Asked Questions about the Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter http://www.isc.tamu.edu/~astro/sl9/cometfaq2.html#Q3.10
*** Jah-Pater, Arabic for Jupiter
"Jah, corrupted into Ja, offers no difficulty to the Bible student... Pether, or Piter, to open as a gate, as a line of descent, whence Pater and Father in modern languages, to set free. 'Setting free' originates a stream of water and a course of events; and the line of pedigree is originated by the father, man by Adam, the Jews by Abraham." Throughout ancient history, Jupiter was considered to be the father of the gods; Jupiter has many faces and appeared as a "bull and ram over whose head is Deltoton, the triangle, by the ancients considered a sacred, mysterious, and divine emblem, showing the name of G-d, and placed by Jupiter in the heavens" (Rolleston, 1862).
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