I Knew You When

Music HighwayOn August 1, 2017 it will be, according to the Hebrew calendar, the 9th of Av. Many Jews of all nations have not forgotten the history, deep significance and startling “coincidences” that also occurred on that day.

What happened on that day amazes me!

What do I want to talk about? Answer: The 9th of Av.

Here are my thoughts on this:


What is the Hebrew month, Av?
According to Wikipedia, “Av is the eleventh month of the civil year and the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. The name is Babylonian in origin and appeared in the Talmud around the 3rd century.”

The 9th of Av and Our Calendar
The month of Av in the Hebrew calendar is the fifth
month from Nisan which occurs in the spring.

But please note that Nisan is the first month of
the Hebrew ecclesiastical year when the Jews
keep the Passover. It usually falls in the spring
in our months of March or April. Nisan was the
month when Jesus was crucified and rose again
from the dead.The month Av occurs five months

The Hebrew Calendar Does Not Align With
Our Western Calendar. Therefore:

The 9th of Av in 2015 fell on Sunday, July 26.

The 9th of Av in 2016 was on Sunday, August 14.

The 9th of Av in 2017 starts this Monday evening,
July 31, and goes through the daylight hours of August 1.

The 9th of Av in 2018 will occur on Sunday, July 22.

Historical Events Occurring On the 9th of Av
1) Out of the twelve spies sent to the land of Canaan by Moses (Numbers 13), 10 of them brought back a bad report to the people. The other two spies, however, Joshua and Caleb, reported the land as ready to be occupied. But the people rejected them and listened to the 1o spies (Numbers 14). This, according to Jewish scholars, occurred on the 9th of Av. From then on the Israelites were “exiled” in the wilderness for 40 years.

2)  Solomon’s Temple was destroyed by the Babylonian Empire by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC on the 9th of Av. The nation of Judah went into captivity, into exile, in the land of Babylon for 70 years.

3) King Herod’s Temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman Empire. It was on the 9th of Av. Many, if not most of the Jews, afterwards, became scattered from their homeland throughout Europe. An exile, so to speak.

4)  100,000 Jews were killed when they rebelled against the Roman Empire on July 8, 132 AD. It occurred around the 9th of Av.

5)  In the following year, 133 AD, the Romans plowed over the area where the temple had stood in Jerusalem. It occurred on the 9th of Av.

6)  The First Crusade officially began on August 15, 1096.  About 10,000 Jews were soon killed by that Crusade campaigns in France and Germany. Eventually, the total number of Jews killed during the time of the Crusades became 1.2 million. It all started on the 9th of Av.

7)  On July 18, 1290 A.D. the Jews were expelled from England. Another exile of the Jews occurred. This was on the 9th of Av.

8)  On July 22, 1306 A.D. the Jews were expelled from France. This was on the 9th of Av. Another exile.

9)  On July 31, 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain. This was actually  on the 7th of Av, two days before the 9th of Av. Yet another exile.

10)  Germany entered WWI on August 1-2, 1914.
This was on the 9th of Av. By 1945, over six million
Jews were killed by the German government after
being exiled from their homelands
to death and concentration camps.

11)  It was on August 2, 1941 when the Nazi introduced “the final solution” by Heinrich Himler to exterminate the Jews throughout Europe and the world. This was on the 9th of Av.

12) On July 22, 1942 a mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto of Poland to concentrations began. It was the 9th of Av.

There are more coincidences that happened on the 9th of Av that could be listed. I only posted twelve of them. But as you can see, many deportations or exiles of the Jews occurred on that day.

Could any of the end-time calamities mentioned in the book of Revelation come to pass on the 9th of Av?  That is not the purpose of this post. Just remember that Jesus Christ has specifically told us not to set dates as to when He is to return. It will be a total surprise to everyone, okay? We, instead are to watch. Watch what?

Watch Yourselves
Christ also told His disciples on the night He was arrested (exiled away from them)  to watch. To be awake in prayer. To not be sound asleep!

In Matthew 26:37-40, the meaning of “watch” is primarily physical. Jesus was disappointed with the disciples, Peter, James and John when He saw them sleeping in the garden of Gethsemane – not remaining awake – during the moments preceding His arrest.

Christ was not telling them there to watch international, breaking news and prophesy what may occur on earth based on developing world events. What were His words all about?

Well, what Jesus next said to Peter had a deep, spiritual meaning. He said, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing [i.e., intentions are good], but the flesh [mere human willpower] is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

It is the watching of your own spiritual condition, which
includes prayer, that Christ was referring.

The apostle Paul later told the church to be:

Awake to righteousness, and do not sin (1 Corinthians 15:34).

Being awake is equated with being righteous and not neglecting God through a lifestyle of sinning. Paul was writing this to the church at Corinth, which shows that even church-going Christians can be spiritually asleep in varying degrees.

Paul also wrote:

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed  (Romans 13:11).

In other words, since we are now in the time of the imminent, second coming of Christ, it is  urgent that we stay awake spiritually and not be sleeping! Indeed, we are in the midst of ever-increasing, fearful, end-time events that is quickly attaining the grand climax of humans being able to survive. I am sure most of you Christians understand what I am saying and what is at stake. If ever there was a time to pay attention to Christ and be spiritually immersed in the things of God, it is now!

At the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knew in advance the destruction of the temple was approaching –  not only the one in Jerusalem (later in 70 AD) – but also His own soon destruction of His body through His death on the cross.

Therefore, was Christ also telling His disciples to be watching (be praying)  over their own temples, their bodies, by being ever mindful of their spiritual condition? I say, yes to that. Jesus Christ was telling His disciples to watch for themselves. I find it amazing that He said this when most, if not all, of the disciples were asleep when He came over and spoke to them. Oh well, it could very well be someone was half awake at that moment, perhaps Peter or John, who later gave testimony of it for us to read about it today in the Bible. I may be wrong here.

Why would Jesus tell His disciples to watch when they were asleep? Can we be asleep knowing these words of Christ? Can we, as a church be sleeping? Yes, it is possible. The Parable of the Ten Virgins is interesting in this regard (Matthew 25:1-13).

Therefore, be primarily mindful and observant about your spiritual condition – and secondarily, the state of the world. Yes, there will be signs of His return. Yes, we can be hopeful that what is occurring in the world may be signals of His return. But keep your eyes mostly on Christ and His kingdom.

And of course, we should always have hope and not believe “that He is delaying His coming” (Luke 12:45). God is still on schedule. He has not revised His timetable.

Adam and Eve were deported, exiled, out of the garden of Eden.

Other Possible Temples
I) The Garden of Eden
Could the garden of Eden been God’s first “temple” that Adam and Eve were placed to manage? Did that “temple” fall, cease to exist, soon after Adam and Eve were deported (exiled) out of it? Were they expelled from it on the day that would have corresponded to the 9th of Av? Just my wild, crazy thoughts here!

II) Melchizedek’s Temple
In Genesis 14:17-18,   Abraham met Melchizedek who was king of Salem (vs. 17) AND also a priest (vs. 18). The apostle Paul called him a king AND a priest (Hebrews 7:1) concluding that Jesus likewise is King and High Priest. Okay …

If Melchizedek then was a priest, did he have a temple
on earth? Hmmm. Also, as king, what kingdom did he rule?
Where exactly was his kingdom of “Peace” (Salem)?

I may never know the answers in this age. What do
you think are the answers?

III) Abraham’s Family
Prior to meeting Melchizedek, in Genesis 14:8-12,  Abraham’s family were taken captive, (exiled) by warlike kings in the region. Did this occur on what corresponds to the earth’s location in it’s revolution around the sun to the 9th of Av? Probably not, but then again, maybe.

IV) Ezekiel’s Temple
Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in the 590s – 570s BC. God commissioned him to prophesy against Jerusalem before being exiled into Babylon. Judah was soon going into captivity.The northern Israelite tribes were already exiled and dispersed throughout the nations about 100 years earlier by Assyria.

But then later, while the nation of Judah was in captivity, the prophet Ezekiel gave visions of another temple (Ezekiel 40 -48). Whether this is symbolic language or an actual temple yet to come is not clear to me. It does NOT describe Herod’s temple the Jews used in Christ’s day.

Here are my other crazy thoughts: If each Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), will these temples, our bodies, “be destroyed” when Christ returns? Think about it. We are still flesh. If so, will the temple described in Ezekiel be referring to us Christians as spirit beings perfectly fit together as God’s temple forever? What do you think?

God Has Always Known You
Anyway, the YouTube song below reminds me of Ezekiel 16 NKJV about how God has known the nation of Israel even before she was born. This chapter in Ezekiel relates how God deeply loved the people of Israel – especially the inhabitants of Jerusalem; how He gave her the best of food, clothing and shelter to her. God adorned Jerusalem and Israel with the best of jewelry.

But in the end, Judah turned her back against God who loved her. She went after other gods. She even sought other suitors behaving as a harlot toward strangers – even without pay.

God, regrettably had to let her go. The destruction of the temple when the nation went into exile reflects God’s final recourse about His woman – Israel – who He knew from when she was innocent and needed His help.

Related post:
Building The Temple


Single.  source: 45cat.com

I Knew You When   (1965)
lyrics – Joe South (1940 – 2012)
music – Joe South
sung by – Billy Joe Royal  (1942 – 2015)
genre – Rock
side A – “Steal Away”
album – Down in the Boondocks


Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I knew you when you were lonely
I knew you when you were only
A girl all alone without love
I knew you when

Vinyl, 45 rpm. Source: 45cat.com

I knew you when you were sad and all alone
You didn’t have anyone that you could call your own
I knew you when your heart belonged to only me
I used to be your only love
Now your love is just a memory

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I knew you when you were lonely
I knew you when you were only
A girl all alone without love
I knew you when
I knew you when – we used to have a lot of fun

But someone else could offer more
Now I’m the lonely one
I knew you when you were just a scared little girl
But that was many tears ago
Before you came up in the world


Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I knew you when you were lonely
I knew you when you were only
A girl all alone without love (Yeah yeah yeah)
I knew you when (Yeah yeah yeah)




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Joe South in 1970

As sung by the song’s composer, Joe South:




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