Quick note – you can dive in deeper if you want – but something struck me today – Billy Graham’s daughter is calling for a day of prayer and fasting on 7-7-7. Okie – dokie – seems convenient – except that is also the 9th of Tammuz..which rings a bell – right?
An older post from: http://choshvei.blogspot.com
What’s fascinating is that both gemaras learned on the 9th of Tammuz discuss the bringing of the daily Tamid offering!
Why is that so fascinating?
For on the 9th of Tammuz the walls of Yerushalayim were breached which led to the cessation of the Tamid offering. The 9th of Tammuz was essentially the beginning of the actual destruction of the Beis HaMikdash for the Babylonians entered the city on that day. (Yirmiyahu: 52; 7) A prophecy in the Book of Zechariah (8; 19) states that four fasts will become days of joy.
a little more background:
The fast of Tammuz, according to Rabbi Akiva’s interpretation, is the fast mentioned in the Book of Zechariah as “the fast of the fourth [month]” (Zechariah 8:19). This refers to Tammuz, which is the fourth month on the Hebrew calendar. This fast was originally on the ninth of Tammuz. After the destruction of the Second Temple, the fast was moved to the seventeenth.
I would read Isaiah 58 a few times before I decided to Fast with these people. And Ezekiel 8.
But the timing is interesting.