Did you know that both Temples burned down on the exact same date on the Hebrew calendar?
Whenever you read that God spoke to one of the prophets on a certain day of a certain month, you should pay extra attention. Dates are very important in the Bible.
The Jewish months play a significant role in the way God governs His world.
The Sages teach that certain months are strong where during others one must be careful on how to conduct his affairs. We learn from the Bible there are three integral elements that come together infusing light into the world at very specific times. Chosen people, chosen times, chosen place – if you would like to “triangulate”.
“These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times…”
Let’s break it down. Ever had your car’s timing out? You push the gas pedal but the car just doesn’t seem to go? The sparks are just not firing in the right sequence, and the outcome is that the car is hardly moving, if at all. For a car to actually move, the four spark plugs need to fire in an exact timing sequence, one after the other in order to get the wheels turning. In the same way, Jewish festivals infuse sparks into the world at exact times; influencing and directing the “clockwork behind the scenes” to run correctly – wheels within wheels.
Unlocking a deep truth
Let’s get back to both temples burning down on the same date – there is a very important key you need to see here. The Prophet Zechariah speaks of the days when fasts will turn into feasts in the days coming. Let’s see what’s written in Zecharia:
‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful seasons; therefore love ye truth and peace.”
Where do these fasts come from? They are never mentioned in the Torah? How did they work their way into the Prophets? You see the life of the Jewish People as a new born nation, only started after the giving of the Torah. Practically living it, and sometimes forsaking it, brought about a history that is recorded in the writings, the prophets and the Talmud. And here is the thing that will blow your mind even more, Zechariah spoke before the second Temple destruction. He didn’t know there will be another temple destruction, and yet it happened on the same timeline, same dates. But he spoke also of days coming in the future, when these sad, destructive times, times that he didn’t even know will repeat themselves over the existence and history of the Jewish people, will eventually turn, for good.
The cycle of the fasts
As feasts have cycles, so do fasts. The main events happened like this:
10th month (10 Tevet) Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem
4th month (17 Tammuz) Walls were breached during second temple period. During the first temple period the walls were breached on the 9th.
5th month (9 Av) Both Temples burns down. They burn into the 10th of Av
7th month (3 Tishrei) Jewish autonomy ends during the first temple period after the assassination of Gedaliah the righteous governor of Judah.
These 4 fasts cycles within a three and a half year cycle.
Many other calamities befell the Jewish people during these days. This is not happenstance and the ash layers that were found during the excavations at the City of David at the very place where this history played itself out confirm these times of distress. There is no better place to experience the Bible coming to life than the streets and ancient foundations of the ancient Biblical Jerusalem – City of David. No words can tell these stories better than the very stones themselves, the broken pieces of pottery, the Babylonian spearheads and the Roman sword that was unearthed during our excavations. Two ash layers were found. That of the Babylonian exile and that of the Roman. Both of them revealed treasures of immense significance.
Making the shift
The fast of Tammuz (or the fast of the 4th month) is in a few days – not only did Israel commit the sin of the Golden Calf on this date, the Tamid offering ceased on this day, an Idol was placed in the temple and Apustamus burned the Torah (ominously reminiscent of what happened in the times of the holocaust). But also on this day the precious walls of Jerusalem were breached. Protection crumbled. The fast of Tammuz kicks off what is known as the three weeks of mourning or “between the straits“. It is the three weeks that leads up to the most dire day of the year – Tisha b’AV (9th of Av) – the day when the footstool of the Most High, the Holy Temple, was completely destroyed.
But in the last decade or so, Ancient Jerusalem herself has been gently prompting us to see how this once destroyed and forsaken city is readying herself for a new chapter, literally shaking off the dust and ashes. A prelude, if not the very start itself of this long awaited prophecy, turning our faces towards days of “joy and gladness, and cheerful seasons“.
The tide is turning
There is no better way to identify with these days than to be in the Ancient Jerusalem at this time. You see, the tide is turning. And as much as we mourn these destructive days, we anticipate their turning into feasts. But more than that, you can now help us to turn the tide by supporting these key excavations. Buy a Jerusalem Watch coin or join a membership and become a tangible part of Biblical Prophecy fulfillment.
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• SUPPORT crucial excavations at the City of David
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