Hebrew Month of Av
Hebrew Month of Av
The Hebrew month of Av is the 5th month on the Hebrew calendar. The name Av means “father” and from a root which means ‘to will or desire’….God gives us a free will, along with the gift of desire. Do you desire your will or God’s will? He gives us the power of choice.
The people of Israel misused the power of choice to choose unbelief, resulting in vicious cycles of destruction. Some examples of those include:
Av 9 – 587BC The armies of Babylon destroyed Solomon’s temple.
Av 9 – AD 70 The Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple
Av 9 - AD 135 The final defeat of Jews by Rome.
Av 9 – AD 1095 The first Crusade is launched which kills thousands of Jews.
Av 9 – AD 1290 The Jews are expelled from England
Av 9 – AD 1492 The Jews are expelled from Spain.
Av 9 – AD 1942 The Jews were deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the death camps.
Av 9 –AD 2005 The expulsion of the Jews from Gaza began.
All these disasters came because of a cycle of unbelief by the Jewish people. So for us this is a month that reminds us we have a free will, we don't need to fall into that trap. By faith we are inheritors of the blessings of Abraham, in addition, under the new covenant of Jesus blood, we can stand against any patterns or cycles of iniquity the devil tries to put on us.
Av is also the month of the tribe of Simeon, which revealed that when he screwed up, there is still redemption. God is the God of the second chance!
The Hebrew letter for this month, is the letter TET, which is the picture of a womb, which means certain things can be conceived this month. The earth itself is having birth pangs, until the sons and daughters of God are manifest, or as The Message says, ‘All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us, it’s within us! The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. Romans8:22-25
Are we in the end times? Maybe so! Be blessed in your waiting!