In particular, it is the date that both Temples were destroyed and the Jewish people forced into exile.
587 BCE (3338)- The First Temple is destroyed by
Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.
70 CE (3830)- The Second Temple is destroyed by Titus and the Romans
It is interesting to note that other tragedies have fallen on this date as well:
Sin of the Spies that started the 40 year exile from the promised land
135 CE (3895) - The Romans defeat Bar Kochba's and Emperor Hadrian turns Jerusalem into a Roman city.
1290 (5050) - King Edward I of England signs an edict expelling allJews from England.
1492 (5252) - The Alhambra Decree takes effect, expelling the Jews from Spain and from all Spanish territories.
1914 (5674) - World War I begins when Germany declares war on Russia
1940 (5700) - Himmler presents his plan for the "Final Solution" to the Jewish problem to the Nazi Party.
1942 (5702) - Nazis begin deporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
This year, Tisha B’Av begins at sundown on Monday, August 8, 2011 and ends one hour after sundown Tuesday, August 9th and the same type fasting as for Yom Kippur applies. Because of the tragedies that have befallen this day, it is considered the saddest day of the Jewish year but there is good news!
Adonai has said that He is closest to the ones who need comfort.
“How Blessed are those who mourn! For they will be comforted.” Matt 5:4
It is also said that this fast day marks the time of a coming great joy! Zechariah, the prophet, foresaw the time when the fast days of Israel would be turned to appointed times of great joy. This will occur at the coming of Yeshua, Ha-Maschiach of Y’Israel (Jesus, Messiah of Israel).
And so we declare: “Nachamu, Nachamu ami – Comfort and keep comforting my people, says your God. Tell Yerushalayim (Israel) to take heart, proclaim to her that she has completed her time of service, that her guilt has been paid off, that she has received at the hand of Adonai double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1
Why should we as Messianic Jews and Gentiles relate to the days of Israel? Because Israel beats with the heart of God. Her goodness is His blessings and her future belongs to Him. His throne shall abide there in the coming reign of Yeshua and her pulse shall beat in the heart of every believer. Stand strong with her believers in Yeshua. Stand and know the Lord Adonai is with you and with her and His goodness, His favor, His Shalom shall be upon you. Amein.
Tzom Kal – May your fast be easy.