July 9: Tisha’b’av

– Destruction of Jerusalem

We take a brief pause from our End Times series to recognize another time when God brought judgment to Jerusalem.  This is a warning that God is holy and must punish disobedience, especially in the nation and city that bear His name. 

For the Jewish people, the next three weeks, called “Dire Straits,” are a time of increased mourning, culminating at sundown on Tisha b’Av (9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar.)

The focus of this great sadness is the destructions of the Temple.  Yes the Temple was destroyed twice, ON THE SAME DAY!  But incredibly many great tragedies have befallen the Jewish people ON THIS SAME DAY.

Of course there is a traditional explanation for this unique day, but it has no basis in Scripture.

For more information on the Dire Straits and Tisha b’Av see:



The Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezzar, destroyed the First Temple while Zedekiah was king of Judah. The destruction began with the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 52:3

 For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, till He finally cast them out from His presence. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

About 100,000 Jews were killed during the invasion.

  Jeremiah 52:12-16

 Now in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month (which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. He burned the house of the Lord and the king’s house; all the houses of Jerusalem, that is, all the houses of the great, he burned with fire.  And all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down all the walls of Jerusalem all around.  Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive some of the poor people, the rest of the people who remained in the city, the defectors who had deserted to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the craftsmen. But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poor of the land as vinedressers and farmers.

The Temple was completely destroyed and Judah was carried away captive from its own land (verses 17-28)



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