Monday, July 11, 2016

Do you know what time it is?

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes,
who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness
and reveal the counsels of the hearts.
Then each one’s praise will come from God.
1 Corinthians 4:5

And now you know what is restraining,
that he may be revealed in his own time.
2 Thessalonians 2:6

…who are kept by the power of God
through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:5

I must work the works of Him
who sent Me while it is day;
the night is coming when no one can work.
John 9:4


So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, 
called the Devil and Satan,
who deceives the whole world; 
he was cast to the earth, 
and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 12:9  (Also Daniel 7:24-25)

In Genesis 1:14
GOD said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky
..... to serve to mark the seasons and days of years."

Unlike our, Western - Gregorian, calendar the biblical calendar dates
 can not be predetermined, but are fixed by observation. 

5th Month - Av  (2016 calendar)     ~~~~      9th of Av


The Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar, with 12 lunar months of 29 or 30 days, which is about 10 days short of a solar year, so 7 years in every 19 have an extra month.  This ensures that the seasonal feasts keep to their correct season. Each day begins and ends at sunset.

Biblical Calendar – Starts in the spring
(there is also a Civil calendar that begins with Rosh Hashanna in the fall)
Hebrew calendar month
Corresponding western calendar months (varies)
Nisan (Abib, Aviv)
March April
Iyyar (Ziv)*
April May
May June
June July
Av (Ab)*
July August
August September
Tishri* (Ethanim)
September October
Heshvan (Marcheshvan, Bul)
October November
November December
Tevet (Tebeth)
December January
Shevat (Shebat)
January February
February March
Adar Bet (Adar Sheni)
Adar II (Second Adar)
March April
(Leap month)


My times are in your hand: 
deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
and from them that persecute me.  Psalm 31:15

Time related articles:

The 9th of Av, or Tisha B'Av 
literally means "the ninth (day) of Av" in Hebrew

(begins at sunset on Wednesday, July 13 through sunset Thursday, July 14, 016)

Shiloh in Judah handout (printable)

Tisha B'Av, the 9th of Av, is regarded as the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and it is thus believed to be a day which is destined for tragedy. Tisha B'Av falls in July or August in the Western calendar.
Five specific events occurred on the ninth of Av that warrant fasting (other calamities also followed on or near this date):
1.   The twelve spies sent by Moses to observe the land of Canaan returned from their mission. Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, brought a positive report, while the others spoke disparagingly about the land. The majority report caused the Children of Israel to cry, panic and despair of ever entering the "Promised Land." For this, they were punished by God that their generation would not enter the land. Because of the Israelites' lack of faith, God decreed that for all generations this date would become one of crying and misfortune for their descendants. (See Numbers 13Numbers 14).
  1. The First Temple built by King Solomon and the Kingdom of Judah was destroyed by the Babylonians led by Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BCE (Anno Mundi [AM] 3175) after a two-year siege and the Judaeans were sent into the Babylonian exile. According to the Talmud in tractate Ta'anit, the destruction of the First Temple began on the Ninth of Av and the Temple continued to burn throughout the Tenth of Av.  (Jeremiah 52:12)
3.   The Second Temple built by Ezra and Nehemiah was destroyed by the Romans in August 70 CE (AM 3830), scattering the people of Judea and commencing the Jewish exile from the Holy Land.
4.   The Romans crushed Bar Kokhba's revolt and destroyed the city of Betar, killing over 500,000 Jewish civilians (approximately 580,000) on July 8, 135 CE (Av 9, AM 3892).
5.   Following the Bar Kokhba revolt, Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the Temple and the surrounding area, in 135 CE.


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