It can’t just be coincidence.

(I first posted this in July 2012, but since we’re coming up to the 9th of Ab again, I thought it was worth repeating.)

In Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, the emperor is warned by an old soothsayer to “beware the ides of March.”  Soon after that, he’s assassinated by several senators including Brutus, his supposed friend. 

I’m actually not a big Shakespeare expert, but I’d like to say – be watching the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av this year but especially in the coming decade. Jews call it “Tisha B’Av” which means “9th of Av”. It’s a terrible date in Jewish history, and one we need to be aware of.  The 9th of Av usually falls in mid-to-late-summer. That’s the easy way to remember it.

This year the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar this year falls on this coming sabbath, August 13, 2016 of our Gregorian calendar. 

I am NOT saying anything will happen on this date this year, or next.  But I want my readers to know that it can’t be mere coincidence that so much has happened on the 9th of Av on the Hebrew Calendar. As I write this, we are in the period of time they call “the Dire Straits” – from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av.  Remember it as roughly our month of July most years. It was during this time that calamity after calamity has befallen Israel. 

For example, it was during this time that Moses dashed the two tablets of the 10 commandments to the ground during the gold calf incident.  It is a day of fasting among Orthodox Jews.  Maybe nothing will happen this year on the 9th of Ab but it wouldn’t surprise me if in a coming year something huge happens to Israel.

Could more calamities befall Israel around this period of time, on the 9th of Av in a soon coming future year?  See the history for yourself, then form your own conclusion if you think this date leaves a particularly loathsome aftertaste in our Creator’s mouth:

Click here – on Continue reading – to see at least SEVEN more examples of tragic events that happened to Jews on the 9th of Av since the time of Christ on earth.

Want more confirmation?

Sobering, isn’t it? This is not the exhaustive list. But it makes the point. Yahweh does seem to either cause or allow horrific disasters against the Jews on this date. We need to pray for the repentance of Israel as well as our own countries. Don’t stop doing that.  I gave a couple sermons some years back about that. And you and I need to be repenting of our own sins and turning and going the other way.  It seems so often that these calamities occurred after a time of serious sin or apathy in our land.

Our modern nations as well  – USA and Britain  and others – seem to be wanting to distance themselves from God. They want to forbid military officers from praying, or having a Bible on their desk, or having school prayer – while we painfully sacrifice and dismember unborn little boys and little girls in the name of “women’s health rights”.  What about the little women in their womb? What about their rights?  Believers need to speak up – and need to be praying fervently about all these things and so many more.

We are also told to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).  Let’s all pray: Dearest Abba, our amazing Father in heaven, please send us your Son to bring an end to the way of sin, to the war and destruction of our Enemy’s way – and to usher in Yeshua’s millennial reign here on earth. Please don’t delay, dear Abba. We love you Father. We love you Yeshua, our salvation.