July 18, 2006

Jews around the world observe a day of fasting marked by war in Israel

Jews around the world mark the beginning of a three week commemoration of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temples with a day of fasting marked by war in Israel.

These three weeks begin today on the Jewish calendar, the 17th of Tammuz, and they end on the 9th of Av, both of which are days of fasting marking the day of the 9th of Av, when both Holy Temples were destroyed some 2,500 years ago respectively, with these present fast days marked by intensifying war in Israel.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

As war rages in Israel's Southern and Northern regions, the Jewish people mark a day of fasting to remember the destruction of the Temples past and to look forward to a future Temple in Jerusalem, that is according to Bible prophecy.

History reveals to us that both the first Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago and the second Temple rebuilt by the Jews returning from the Babylonian exile some 2,500 years ago were both destroyed on the same day over 600 years apart, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. Therefore, the 17th day of the Jewish month of Tammuz marks the beginning of a three week period of time that is set aside yearly to remember the Temples, their destruction, and to pray for the next Temple to be rebuilt.

Interestingly, this period of looking back and looking forward fits the scenario found in bible prophecy for the Last Days. Ezekiel 40-46 describe a Temple that the Messiah will rule and reign from in the future 1,000 year Kingdom, a Temple to be built by the Messiah, Jesus Christ according to Zechariah 6:12. However, the next Temple to be found on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem will be the Temple of Antichrist, according to Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15, II Thessalonians 2:4, and Revelation 11:1-2. All the preparations for that Temple are ready right now.

Jews marking the loss of the first two Temples is indeed evidence that Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.