The Date this year is:
sun-down Friday 20th to sun-down Saturday 21st July 2018.
Tisha B’Av a.k.a 9th Av is on YAH’S weekly Sabbath this year 2018/5778 but will be observed on the day after which is 10th Av.
This week is Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath of Vision. It is called this because the Haftarah/Haftorah reading on the Shabbat preceding Tisha B’Av is from Isaiah 1, which begins, “The vision [chazon] of Isaiah son of Amoz . . .” In this passage YAH accuses Israel of just going through the motions. They are living their lives far from YAHUVEH and steeped in wrongdoing, but are expecting HIM to accept their acts of devotion. HE will have none of it.
Isaiah 1 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah:
A Nation Sick With Sin
2 Listen! Heavens, and hear, earth,
for Adonai has spoken:
“Sons I have raised and brought up,
but they have rebelled against Me.
3 The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its manger,
but Israel does not know,
My people do not understand.”
4 Oy, a sinful nation,
a people weighed down with iniquity,
offspring of evildoers,
sons dealing corruptly!
They have abandoned Adonai.
They have despised Israel’s Holy One.
They have turned backwards.
5 Where will you be struck again,
as you stray away more and more?
The whole head is sick,
the whole heart faint.
6 From the foot to the head
there is no soundness.
Wounds, bruises and raw sores:
not pressed, nor bandaged,
nor softened with oil.
7 Your land is desolate;
your cities are burned with fire;
strangers devour it in your presence—
overthrown by strangers.
8 So the Daughter of Zion is left
as a sukkah in a vineyard,
as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers,
as a besieged city.
9 Unless Adonai-Tzva’ot
had left us a small remnant,[a]
we would have been as Sodom,
we would have been as Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of Adonai,
you rulers of Sodom!
Give ear to the Torah of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 “For what is it to Me—the multitude of your sacrifices?”
“I am full of burnt offerings of rams
and fat of fed animals.
I have no delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs or he-goats.
12 When you come to appear before Me,
who has required this at your hand—
trampling My courts?
13 Bring no more worthless offerings!
Incense is an abomination to Me.
New Moon and Shabbat, the calling of convocations
—I cannot endure it—
iniquity with solemn assembly.
14 Your New Moons and your Festivals
My soul hates!
They are a burden to Me.
I am weary to bear them.
15 When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you.
When you multiply prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood!”
Scarlet Sins as Snow
16 “Wash and make yourselves clean.
Put away the evil of your deeds
from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil.
17 Learn to do good,
seek justice, relieve the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.”
18 “Come now, let us reason together,”
“Though your sins be like scarlet,
they will be as white as snow.
Though they be red like crimson,
they will become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obey,
you will eat the good of the land.
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
you will be devoured with the sword.”
For the mouth of Adonai has spoken.
Restore the Faithful City
21 How the Faithful City became a harlot!
She once was full of justice,
righteousness lodged in her—
but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
your wine diluted by water.
23 Your princes are rebellious
and friends with thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
and chases after rewards.
They do not defend the orphan,
nor does a widow’s case come to them.
24 Therefore says the Lord Adonai-Tzva’ot,
the Mighty One of Israel:
“Oy! I will get relief from My foes
and avenge Myself on My enemies.
25 Then I will turn My hand on you,
purge away your dross,
and remove all your alloy.
26 I will restore your judges as at first,
your counselors as at the start.
Afterward you will be called
City of Righteousness, Faithful City.
27 Zion will be redeemed with justice,
her repentant with righteousness.”
28 But there will be a crushing of transgressors and sinners together.
Forsaking Adonai, they will be consumed.
29 For they will be ashamed of the sacred oaks
that you desired,
and embarrassed because of the gardens
that you have chosen.
30 For you will be like an oak of withering leaf,
like a garden that has no water.
31 So the strong will become tinder
and his work like a spark—
both will burn together,
and no one will quench them.
It is a requirement in the TORAH of all males in particular (but women are not excluded) must appear before YAH three times yearly for the pilgrimage moedim/set times or appointments as per (Exodus 23:17).
Exodus 23:17 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
17 Three times in the year all your men are to appear before AdonaiElohim.
Jewish law also stipulates that if one is blind in one or both eyes, he should not appear before YAH at those times (b.Chagigah 5b). It is interpreted/understood that this mitzvah/command, “to appear before YAH” uses the Hebrew word yera’eh, which means “will appear.” But, since the Hebrew text does not contain vowels, this word could also be read as yireh, meaning “will see.” Since a blind or partially blind person cannot fully see, he is exempt from this mitzvah.
What does this imply in relation to this Sabbath?
Well, firstly, ask yourself what the point of appearing before YAH is? Isn’t it to have fellowship with YAH and in the process have revelations of and from YAH Almighty! If one is blind in any way and most particularly spiritually, it would be difficult for them to see YAH, that is to say, have a vision of YAH unless YAH intervenes by opening their eyes.
Note that the three times of appearing before YAH yearly on HIS moedim are a means to be seen by YAH as well as to see YAH. We are to pant for this in our daily lives, not just three times yearly!!!
This Shabbat is also called “Devarim/Words,” which is also about pursing YAH panting after YAH no matter what! At the same time, it is the Sabbath of “Vision.” Can you connect the two? This is a Sabbath of Deliverance from various forms of bondage to Satan, for example spiritual blindness, evil cycles/patterns, etc! The two names for this Sabbath are very much connected and it is interesting that they appear on exactly the same day this year (2018)!
Throughout the Book of Yeshayahu/Isaiah, we see the Prophet having a series of visions. The one that stands out to the most is the one recorded in Isaiah 6. We are meant to be like him.
Isaiah 6:1-10 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Judah’s Encounter with Adonai
6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw Adonai sitting on a throne, high and lifted up,[a] and the train of His robe filled the Temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above Him. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 One called out to another, and said:
“Holy, holy, holy, is Adonai-Tzva’ot!
The whole earth is full of His glory.”[b]
4 Then the posts of the door trembled at the voice of those who called, and the House was filled with smoke. [c]5 Then I said:
“Oy to me! For I am ruined!
For I am a man of unclean lips,
and I am dwelling among a people of unclean lips.
For my eyes have seen the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a glowing coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips.
Your iniquity is taken away, and your sins atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of Adonai saying:
“Whom should I send, and who will go for Us?”
So I said, “Hineni. Send me.”
9 Then He said:
King Uzziah had to die for YAHudah/Judah (Kingdom) to see or have an encounter with the LORD YAHUVEH!
King Uzzuah had to die in order for Yeshayahu Ha Navi/Prophet Isaiah!
If we “trample” YAH’S courts by just going through the motions (not genuine or heartfelt) as Israel did, then we will neither be seen by YAH nor see YAH. We will have no communion, no connection with YAH!
Today, can be Shabbat Chazon or Black Shabbat—a day of vision and seeing, or a day of darkness and blindness.
This Sabbath is also called “Devarim/Words!” This is where we are given a glimpse into our future, we are reminded of our history as mankind with YAH and afterwards warned against repeating mistakes that can cost us a place in the Shammayim/Heavens!
The Book of Deuteronomy/Sefer Ha Devarim is all about worship! How do you worship YAHUVEH, YAHUSHUA and SHKINYINYAH GLORY Almighty?
“Shabbat Devarim” ties in well with “Tisha B’Av” as it gives some good answers to how to break, destroy and reverse the Tisha B’Av curse(s).
Galatians 3:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
“Curse” in Hebrew is: “KELALAH.”
The Book of Deuteronomy/Sefer Ha Devarim makes it very clear that the opposite of “BLESSINGS” is “Curses.”
“BLESSINGS” in Hebrew is: “BERAKHOT.”
“BLESSING” in Hebrew is: “BERAKHAH.”
If The Month of Av is known to the Orthodox Jews as the “Month of Curses or a Curse,” that implies that it is “originally meant to be a Month of Great Blessings!”
The Curse and Evil Cycle/Pattern of 9th Av is discussed in greater detail on the page about the Month of Av.
Here, we focus on praying against the Curse and Evil Cycle/Pattern!
Jabez was leading a cursed life but YAH turned his life around after praying a simple prayer as per 1 Chronicles 4:9-10.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name [a]Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my [b]territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
How much more power and authority do we bear, we in this generation against Satan and all his evil against us, we that have the weapon of the mighty and precious Blood of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH as a result of HIS sacrifice for us all?
There is Great and Mighty Power in the Name above all names which is YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH and HIS precious Blood!!!
You / We do not have to be sad any longer on Tisha B’Av! You/We do not have to mourn any more! 🤣😂
Yes, great evils have taken place throughout the history of Tisha B’Av but we do not have to dwell on that and mourn! It all started with a lack or TESHUVAH/Repentance!
Let us, instead treat Tisha B’Av like Yom Kippur by spending time in Teshuvah and Tefillah as well as Thanksgiving unto ABBA YAHUVEH, YAHUSHUA A MASHIACH and SHKINYINYAH GLORY Almighty! In all things, we give thanks and praises unto YAH Almighty!
The Curse and Evil Pattern/Evil Cycle of Tisha B’Av can be broken and destroyed by YAHUSHUA’S mighty and precious Blood but you have to repent first so as to close every avenue/door/gate that satan has a foothold and/or stronghold to you/us in order to successfully attack then break and destroy the curse as well as evil pattern/cycle of 9th Av!!!
Isaiah 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
This Sabath is named The “Sabbath of Vision!”
What does Prophet Habakkuk say about “the vision”?
(See the answer in bold below:)
Habakkuk 2 King James Version (KJV)
2 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Ask YAH to give you a new/fresh vision for 9th Av/Tisha B’Av!
When you receive one, write it down making it plain!
Then run with it until YAH brongs it to pass!
Shabbat Chazon / שבת חזון
Shabbat Chazon (“Sabbath [of] vision” שבת חזון) takes its name from the Haftarah that is read on the Shabbat immediately prior to the mournful fast of Tisha B’Av, from the words of rebuke and doom coming from Isaiah in the Book of Isaiah 1:1-27. It is also referred to as the Black Sabbath due to its status as the saddest Shabbat of the year (as opposed to the White Sabbath, Shabbat Shuvah, immediately precededing Yom Kippur).
Shabbat Chazon begins at sundown on Fri, 20 July 2018.
This may be a Black Sabbath to the Orthodox Jews, but we Messianic Jews and most particularly in this Ministry, do not recognise any Sabbath as a dark one!
YAH’S Sabbath is a day of joy/rejoicing and rest of mind!!! Let YAH have HIS way!
YAH’S Sabbath is a day to hope in YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH who will one day return on a Sabbath for HIS Bride (and Guests) to catch them away/elope with them to the Heavens for the Lamb’s Wedding/Marriage Supper plus protect them from YAH’S coming judgement!
I implore you to call upon YAH and HIS name this Sabbath as commanded in Psalm 91:14 so as to receive YAH’S covering and protection from Satan’s evil agendas, darting arrows, etc!
- Spend time in deep Tefillah unto YAH pleading with YAH to have mercy upon Israel (both the Wild Olive Tree and Cultivated Olive Tree) as well as destroy the curse as well as evil pattern/cycle of 9th Av. A guide is written below.
- Let not the curse, evil pattern/cycle spoil the joy of YAH’S Sabbath for you and YAHUSHUA’S Bride plus Guests, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!!!
James 5:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
- Enter YAH’S Gates with Thanksgiving in your heart and into HIS Courts with Praise (Psalm 100)! Thank YAH for the gifts of life, family, good health, Shalom, Sabbath, Journey Mercies, Answered Prayers, His Mercies that are new every morning, etc.
- Confess Psalm 51
Confess your sins unto YAH
Confess Israel’s sins unto YAH
Ask YAH to soak and wash you in YAHUSHUA’S Blood so as to cleanse/purify you from all known and unknown sins.
Zechariah 2:5-7 Names of God Bible (NOG)
5 I will be a wall of fire around it, declares Yahweh. I will be the glory within it.’
- Barricade yourself, your family, YAHUSHUA’S Bride and your environment with YAHUSHUA’S Blood and RUACH HA KODESH Fire, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- Read Luke 10:19 and Ephesians 6 as well as Matthew 11:12
Matthew 11:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
- Open the eyes of my heart, o YAH, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- ABBA YAHUVEH, let Joel 2:28-30 and Acts 2 be fulfilled and renewed in my life. Intervene in my dreams and visions cleanse them with YAHUSHUA’S Blood and RUACH HA KODESH Fire plus take control of them in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN! Let every door to Satan in my dreams and visions be closed/sealed permanently by YAHUSHUA’S Blood, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- I cancel every Satanic dreams and visions and agendas that I have ever had, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN! I also cancel and destroy their manifestations, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- I command every good and GODLY dream and vision to begin to manifest in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- Let every delay, barrier and limitation to manifestations of YAH’S Holy Prophecies for my life and for YAHUSHUA’S Beloved Bride plus Guests be uprooted and destroyed by RUACH HA KODESH Fire, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- (Pray aggressively; it’s spiritual warfare) Ask YAH to close every evil open avenue, door, gate, etc that Satan has to you and Israel permanently so that there’s no more opportunity for attacks on YAH’S People on 9th Av.
- Ask/Cry out unto YAH to have mercy on HIS People and destroy every curse placed upon them and most particularly 9th Av curse. Let every such curse be nullified by YAHUSHUA’S mighty and precious Blood, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- Let every evil cycle and pattern assigned for 9th Av and The Month of Av generally be broken and destroyed by the power in the Blood of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH which was shed for us for deliverance, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- Let every curse of 9th Av/Tisha B’Av as well as any other curse over my life, be turned into YAH’S Blessings for HIS People, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- Give me a new and fresh vision, oh YAH and help me to run with it until its manifestation, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
- Let every barrier and limitation to manifestation of answered prayers, holy prophetic words and blessings of YAH be destroyed by RUACH HA KODESH Fire, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!!!
- Begin to thank and praise and worship YAH ALmighty for who HE is and answers to prayer! For HE who has began a good thing will see it through to completion, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
Water this prayer throughout the rest of the month of Av as YAH leads you to! You can water it by spending time in Praise and Worship and Thanksgiving consistently before YAH Almighty as a sign of emunah/faith in YAH that HE has already done it and that it will manifest physically in time!
This year, Tisha B’av is commemorated on Sunday, July 22, which is the tenth of Av. The ninth of Av, Tisha B’av, falls on Shabbat, when it is not appropriate to fast and mourn, so it is delayed one day.