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THREE WEEKS OF MOURNING BEGINS TONIGHT

THREE WEEKS OF MOURNING BEGINS TONIGHT
(Israel News)

“Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the LORD your God
when He led you in the way?” (Jeremiah 2:17)

Tonight at as the sun sets, the Jewish People will remember a tragic coincidence: on the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz in both 586 BC and in AD 70, after a lengthy siege, the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Babylonians and the Romans respectively.

And in yet another remarkable coincidence, the First and Second Temples were destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC and by the Romans in AD 70 – three weeks later on the 9th of Av.

In Judaism, the breach of Jerusalem’s walls and the subsequent destruction of the
Temple is considered no mere coincidence. It was caused by rebellion and idolatry.

“And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them…. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’ And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods.” (Deuteronomy 31:16-18)

The current walls that surround Jerusalem where built between AD 1535 and 1538 during the Ottoman Empire. Around 1000 BC, David and Solomon extended the original walls that were built by the Jebusites. Ezra and
Nehemiah rebuilt the walls destroyed by the Babylonians.

The Jewish People call the three-week period that begins tonight and ends on July 16 The Three Weeks or Bein ha-Metzarim (Between the Straits). (Lamentations 1:3)

To mourn the breach of Jerusalem’s walls and to begin the process of teshuvah (repentance), the Jewish People will not eat or drink from dawn to dusk tomorrow.

During the next three weeks, Orthodox Jews will limit celebrations—not carrying out marriages and avoiding other expressions of joy, such as playing musical instruments and reciting songs of praise.

Although this is a time of mourning, it is also a time of hope since Zechariah prophesied that the 17th of Tammuz would be transformed into a day of joy.

“The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.” (Zech. 8:19)

An Jewish man prays at the Western (Wailing)
Wall, the last remnant of the Holy Temple.

The 17th of Tammuz is a minor fast that carries the hope of a major promise:

On this day and throughout The Three Weeks, the Jewish People look forward to the coming Third Temple and the Messianic Era when the Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace) will reign in Jerusalem.

However, 99.9% of God’s Chosen Jewish People here in Israel do not yet recognize that Yeshua (Jesus) has fulfilled the Messianic prophecies as the suffering Messiah; and that when He returns to rule in Jerusalem, He will be coming as King Messiah.

“I have placed My chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on My holy mountain.” (Psalm 2:6)

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