” Again the word of the Lord Almighty came to me. ‘ This is what the Lord Almighty says: The fasts of the fourth (Tammuz), fifth (Av), seventh (Tishri), and tenth (Tevet) months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore, love truth and peace.’ (Zechariah, 8:18-19, NIV).

For the Jewish people, Tammuz 17 until Av 9 is a time of mourning, reflection and a heartfelt outreach to Yahweh. Historically, it was a time where Israelites have felt that God was “hiding His face” from them. This time period is known as “Between the Straits” (Lamentations 1:3, KJV). On the morning of Tammuz 17, there is a fast in remembrance of the city walls of Jerusalem being breached by the Babylonians (586 B.C.) and by the Romans (70 A.D.). Av 9 laments the destruction of the first and second temples.

Is it any wonder that Israel’s enemies are attacking her during this time period? Egypt tried to broker a cease fire on Tammuz 17 (July 15). For six hours the IDF did not fire into Gaza. Hamas, however rejected the cease fire and fired 50 rockets. The war has escalated and the enemy of Zion is losing. Israel discovered that Hamas was planning to use the underground tunnels in Gaza to infiltrate Jewish cities on Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah), the first of the 3 fall high holy days (September 24/25). This has caused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.

The enemies of God will not go down quietly. Satan opposes the saints and seeks to change the set times and laws. (Daniel 7:25). The deceiver knows that Jesus will return and turn these days of mourning into feasts of joy. For Satan’s puppets, Israel must be eliminated. Av 9 (August 4/5) is the next day of importance. Evil will intensify and a major event will occur. Those who truly seek The Almighty will be redeemed. We must stand by Israel no matter the cost!- EJ

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