We are just a few days away from July 20, 2019 which is the 17th of Tammuz in the year 5779 on the Hebrew Civil Calendar. You may be wondering why is this day significant to Christians? In Judaism, the 17th of Tammuz is a “Fast Day” (abstaining from food and water), and commemorates the breach of the walls of Jerusalem BEFORE the destruction of the 2nd Jewish Temple by the Romans in 70AD. The 17th of Tammuz “kicks off” a 3 week mourning period that leads up to Tisha B Av, or the 9th of Av, the day that commemorates the destruction of BOTH Jewish Temples. Both Jewish Temples were destroyed on the same day, but hundreds of years apart. The first Temple (Solomon’s Temple) was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587BC and the 2nd Temple (Herod’s Temple) was destroyed by the Romans in 70AD. Some may wonder, why would this day hold any significance to the Christian? Jesus was Jewish, and because the Jewish Temple is a foreshadow of both our bodies and of the “Church” (body of believers, not a building or denomination) as the current Temple of the Lord, this day is very significant. Jesus said that He would destroy the Temple, and then raise it up again in 3 days. Jesus was speaking of His body! The Church of God IS the Body of Christ!
Also, did you know that Tisha B Av, or the 9th of Av is also known as the “9th day of the 11th month” on the Hebrew Civil Calendar? 9/11….Ring a bell? Somebody certainly thought THAT day was important!
Tammuz 17 is a “historic day of calamity” for the Jewish people. Historically, upon seeing the Israelite’s sin of the golden calf, Moses smashed the Tablets that contained the ten commandments written by the finger of God on the 17th of Tammuz. Since the 3 week period from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av represents the season when the Temple was destroyed and the people were exiled from the Promised Land, it is called yemei bein ha-metzarim (the days in the midst of distress), a phrase taken from the book of Lamentations. In short, the 3 weeks of sorrow, culminating in the solemn day of Tisha B Av, represent the saddest and most solemn days on the Jewish calendar. During this “season” there is a great emphasis on the need for Repentance (Teshuvah), and salvation of the people.
The fast of the 17th of Tammuz coincides with American Independence Day every 10 to 20 years (most recently in 1996 and 2015, and will happen again in 2034 and 2080). The most famous of these occurrences was on July 4, 1776, when the United States declared independence.
Before the time of the 2nd Temple (Herod’s Temple), this famous “Fast” day was commemorated on the 9th of Tammuz and not the 17th. Although both Temples were destroyed on the 9th of Av, the walls of Jerusalem during the 1st Temple siege were breached on the 9th of Tammuz by the Babylonians and the walls of Jerusalem during the 2nd Temple siege were breached on the 17th of Tammuz by the Roman army. To keep it simple, the Jewish people now commemorate the breach of the walls of Jerusalem from both “eras” on Tammuz 17.
Something very significant happened in America on Tammuz 9, 2015 (the day that the walls were breached by the Babylonians). This significant event of the walls being breached in America did not go unnoticed by several prominent theologians and Biblical teachers. Given what is happening on America’s southern border, the walls of this nation have clearly been breached. There is a flood of migrants pouring across the southern Border of America that is so large, it is overwhelming the healthcare and border patrol systems.
On Tammuz 9, 2015, the Highest Court in the land, the American Supreme Court, struck down the traditional BIBLICAL view of marriage in favor of the secular view. In “celebration” of the high court’s decision, the American White House was lit up in rainbow colors, the colors of the LGBTQ community. However, all Bible believing Christians understand the TRUE meaning of the Rainbow, that it is a sign of God’s Covenant with mankind not to flood the earth with water and wipe out all mankind. The Rainbow is a COVENANT sign of God’ s MERCY, but the LGBTQ community have taken the rainbow and made it their symbol of PRIDE and defiance of God’s traditional, BIBLICAL view of marriage. On the 9th of Tammuz, the day that the ancient walls of Jerusalem were breached by King Nebuchadnezzar of BABYLON, America created GREAT CONFUSION (BABYLON) by allowing the walls (hedge of protection) to be breached by our defiance of the traditional BIBLICAL view of marriage. Since 2015, America has seen APOCALYPTIC floods, hurricanes, FOREST FIRES, tornadoes, snow storms, and even the massive earthquake last week in California.
Remember, the walls of a city (or a nation) REPRESENT a hedge of protection around that city (or nation). America’s walls have been significantly breached, and have remained breached for several years, as thousands and even millions of migrants pour over the southern border. This “open border” policy is being touted as “good, kind, and noble” by the democrats (now the “socialist” party of America), as it was in Europe, but sadly, it’s being used to smuggle tons of illegal drugs and weapons across the border, drugs that are killing American citizens every single day of every single year. Just a week or so ago, there were 9 overdose deaths in a single day in one city in Ohio.
Another consequence of the open border policy is that our healthcare and border patrols are being overwhelmed resulting in the fact that none of those people who are flooding across the border being cared for properly. Many in this same democratic (socialist) congress who claim to care about these people (illegal migrants) voted against giving them beds, linens, and other comforts. The “catch and release” policy dictates that even once illegal immigrants are caught, they must be released into the population. The US Democratic (now the “socialist”) congress absolutely encourages illegal immigration and WILL NOT allow lawmakers to deport them back to the country of origin, even those who are dangerous criminal illegal immigrants. Embedded in this huge and ORCHESTRATED migration surge, are many “fake families” flooding across the border, using the cover of “family” for the purpose of human trafficking minors into sex slavery. Sadly, there seems to be a significant market for this horror in the United States.
This is the direct result of having the borders of the United States breached. America has decided to kick God out of the country and we will reap the consequences of our actions. Even the question of citizenship has been denigrated and “forbidden” on the new American census. Democratic lawmakers (self-proclaimed “socialist” party) DO NOT want the citizenship question to be asked, and make the accusation that even asking the question is RACIST! If it doesn’t agree with their GLOBAL, open border, “socialist” IDEOLOGY, then it’s RACIST (regardless of skin color). No “citizenship”, no flag, no pledge of allegiance, no American language, no border, no laws = no country. Where did this idea of a world without borders and WITHOUT GOD (ELOHIM: FATHER/SON/HOLY SPIRIT) originate? The Tower of Babel!
The ultimate consequence in Israel of the walls being breached was the complete destruction of Jerusalem, both of the Jewish Temples, and EXILE, the ultimate punishment. America is sadly heading in the exact same direction as ancient Israel at “warp speed”. Because of our IDOLATRY, our walls have been breached. We noted in the beginning of this post that both of the Jewish Temples were destroyed on the 9th day of the 11th Hebrew month of Av..a “type” of 9/11. This was NOT a coincidence. Israel and America were both founded on Judeo/Christian principles. Israel was CHOSEN by God, and America CHOSE God. America and Israel are “sister nations” in a sense, sort of reminding me of the northern 10 Tribes of Israel (Ephraim) and the southern 2 Tribes of Israel (Judah). Historically we know that Ephraim was destroyed first (before Judah) and taken into exile never to return. Because America is not directly mentioned in Bible Prophecy, it would make a lot of sense to assume that SOMETHING is going to happen to America to “take her out” BEFORE anything happens to Israel. America’s 9/11 was a very sobering day and one that showed her that she wasn’t “too big to fall“. When a nation who once knew God and benefited from amazing BLESSINGS from God, then turns her back on God, well, that nation can expect JUDGMENT. 9/11 was sent to America as a message from the enemy, but can also be considered a message from God to turn and REPENT. But, America did NOT repent, and in-fact, has gone faster and faster into spiritual idolatry, into materialism, into sexual immorality, abortion (including infanticide) and all things anti-God, even trying to wipe God off of every Government institution, military and educational system.
The Senate on Monday voted AGAINST a bill that would have put in place requirements for the care of infants born after failed abortions — and could have sent doctors to prison if they failed to comply.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), fell short of the 60 votes it needed to move forward, with 53 senators voting in support of the measure and 44 voting against. In fact, the CDC reports that from 2003-2014 at least 143 infants died after being born alive during an abortion procedure, and the report admits that this is almost certainly an underestimate.
The result, we now have a large portion of the Government and population who deny that the nation has a border, who hate and denigrate the flag, who hate the national anthem, who hate pledge of allegiance, the constitution, the founding forefathers, the police and any semblance of “law and order”, all American History, and anything that makes this country…a sovereign nation”.
This phenomena is not only happening in America, but also in Europe and other sovereign nations where “nationalism” is equated by the MSM as being the new “fascism”, when the truth is the ACTUAL Nazis (fascists) were self-proclaimed socialists, and NOT capitalists or nationalists. These same people (MSM) and their blind followers are also leading the charge to silence FREE SPEECH and to intimidate Conservative Christians (persecution). Sadly, much of the Church has joined the charge, and is standing toe to toe with the anti-American, anti-patriotic, anti God and anti-nationalist views.
What did we expect? This happened while the Church was SLEEPING, or worse, while the church marched itself headlong into APOSTASY. I recently heard a Pastor state that the biggest idol in the Church today, in his opinion, is “relevancy”. The more the Church tries to look like the world, the less it looks like Jesus. This world needs more Jesus, not more “world”.
I would love to paint a rosy picture, that this nation (America) will turn back to God, and that it will once again serve Him…but I don’t believe that is going to happen. The walls have been breached. Walls, themselves, are now being called “racist”. 9/11 was a “shot across the bow” foreshadowing the coming destruction of the “Temple” (Church) and the nation. God warned the Church via His letters to the 7 Churches in the book of Revelation to REPENT or He’ll remove their lampstand. Those letters are for the GLOBAL CHURCH community today. We, as a Church (body of Christ), as the people of God, need to WAKE UP and prepare ourselves for upcoming persecution. Judgment begins in the house of God.
But the Good News is that NONE of this has taken God by surprise. Jesus Christ has a plan to raise up His faithful REMNANT during this time of great apostasy and judgment and He will draw hearts to Him before the Rapture. This is the great harvest of souls. Although it may be too late to save America (or any particular nation), it’s not too late to deliver the message of the Gospel (Good News) to any who would receive Jesus’ message of HOPE in this lost and dying world. The world, and all of it’s “lusts”, is passing away. Jesus is going to create a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH, for the old is passing away!