FROM THE SADNESS OF THE JEWS TO THE CELEBRATION OF SINGAPORE
I have been on a several month hiatus from writing, as Israeli and world events have driven me to the prayer chamber with intercession for Israel and Singapore being great priorities. I shall begin again as world events: the rush to Armegaddon, the coming one world government, the crash (maybe) of the dollar, the insanity and severity of the hatred towards Israel (physically and spiritually) and most importantly: the very soon return of Yeshua!
And yet I have not even touched on all the weather anomalies , and signs and wonders in the heavens! I do need to mention in this letter,some other important events as follows:
The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the palestinian authority is making preparations to carry out wholesale bloodshed in September. At that time, the PA plans to ask the United Nations to officially recognize it as an independent country, and to grant it membership status within the international body.
The foreign minister said PA officials, despite claims of “non-violent action,” are instead preparing to flood checkpoints with tens of thousands of PA Arabs who might then force their way past IDF soldiers and into Israel's major cities.
This comes at about or near the time Israel and the U.S. will have to take some decisive action against Iran's nuclear threat, which could destroy or cripple both countries.
Today the 9th of Av (also corresponds with the 9th of August) is a day of great mourning and solemnity for the Jewish People as this is the day commemorated in history as the destruction of both the Temple of Solomon and also the 2nd temple. For those interested in a more detailed explanation of “Tish b’ Av”; I have included some additional paragraphs below.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SINGAPORE!!!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO A NEW NATION UNDER THE SUN!!
MAY THE GOD OF ISRAEL BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU AND MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU AND TO BE GRACIOUS TO YOU AND TO GIVE THE PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING!!!!!!!!!
Tisha B'Av: Mourning the Destruction and looking forward to our coming Messiah
The fast of Tisha B'Av, the "saddest" day in the Jewish calendar.
In Jerusalem, the fast begins Monday at 7:35 pm, ending the following night at 8:00 pm.
Many religious Jews will even start at mid-day on Monday
Its name literally means "the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av," the date of some of the greatest tragedies to have befallen the Jewish People. Tisha B'Av is a day of lamentations that marks the anniversaries of the destruction of the First and Second Temples by the armies of Babylon and Rome, respectively.
The Jewish Sages enacted Yom Kippur-like restrictions on Tisha B'Av, including no eating (minimal wetting of hands and eyes is allowed), drinking, washing, use of cosmetic oils, and marital relations. Leather shoes are not worn, and even Torah study -- a major source of Jewish joy -- is restricted to topics connected with the Destruction of the The Temples, and Tisha B’Av. Sitting on chairs is not permitted until the afternoon, Tefillin and Tallit are donned only at the mincha (afternoon) service.
The hour before the onset of Tisha B'Av is marked by a “mourning meal,” consisting only of a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes, bread, and water. It should be eaten while sitting on low stools or on the floor, with each person sitting alone in a different corner of the room.
The regular evening prayer service is followed by the reading aloud, in a traditional mournful melody, of Eichah from the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
Beside the destruction of the Temples, Jewish history is replete with a list of calamities that took place on this 9th of Av, including the following anomalies:
God said, following the sin of the spies, as recounted in Numbers chapters 13-14, that Israel would not be allowed to enter the Promised Land until the entire unbelieving generation had died out.
The fall of Beitar, (near Jerusalem) was the last fortress to hold out during the Bar Kochba revolt in the year 135 AD.
A year later, the Temple area was plowed over, marking the last milestone of national Jewish presence in our homeland until 1948 and June,1967.
The Jews of Spain were expelled by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492.
World War I erupted in 1914.
Mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka death camp began on Tisha B'Av eve of 1942.
The Jews of Gush Katif spent their last legal day in their homes in Tisha B'Av of 2005, and were expelled three days later.
Despite the sadness of the day, the saddest part of the regular daily prayers - tachanun - is not recited, in the anticipation of the final joyous Redemption that will render Tisha B'Av a day of joy.
In fact, among the observant Jews (early Jerusalem 1920's), there were those who whitewashed their houses on the afternoon of the fast, so that it would be freshly cleaned and ready to welcome the Messiah.
Many tens of thousands of people spend Tisha B’Av, or parts of it, at the Western Wall – which, together with the Temple Mount, is the sole remnant of the Second Temple. Visitors spend hours mourning the destruction, the Exile of the Divine Presence and the unredeemed state of the Nation of Israel by reciting and studying the traditional Tisha B’Av lamentations and the Scroll of Eichah (Lamentations).
The Ramot (a northern suburb of Jerusalem) synagogues conduct a yearly reading of Megillat Eicha, Jeremiah's Lamentations as he witnessed the destruction of the First Temple, at the ampitheater on Mount Scopus, overlooking the Temple Mount.
The conservative “Women in Green”, march around the Old City with evening prayers and the reading of Eicha.
Israeli law forbids the opening of restaurants, clubs and theaters on Tisha B’Av. However, various events are held. They include many centers of discussion on Monday night around the country, and lecture programs on Tuesday morning at various study centers all over the country.
shalom b’Yeshua, Melech HaOlam
David of Zion