Eight National Disaster Which Befall Israel and/or the Jews On the Ninth Day of Av
Listed below are the eight (8) total disasters to befall Israel on the Ninth Day of Av.
Disaster #1 -- The twelve spies returned with their report that God cannot deliver the peoples living within the Promised Land into their hands as He had promised. Israel lost faith in God and was condemned to die in the wilderness wanderings, 40 years.
Disaster #2 -- Solomon's Temple is destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 B.C.
Disaster #3 -- The Romans destroy the Second Temple in 70 A.D., thus directly fulfilling Jesus' prophecy of Matthew 24:2.
Disaster #4 -- The Roman Army plowed Jerusalem with salt in 71 A.D.
Disaster #5 -- The Romans destroy the army of Simon Bar Cochba in 135 A.D. This victory sealed Israel's fate as a nation. Israel was effectively annihilated after this victory, with the Jewish survivors thrown out of the land and forbidden to return. The Great Diaspora was officially under way.
Disaster #6 -- England expelled all Jews in 1290 A.D. Truly, God meant what He threatened 2,000 years before Jesus Christ when He said that, if Israel did not obey His commandments, He would: "..scatter you among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other ... and among these nations you shall find no ease and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot; but the Lord will give you there a trembling heart, failing of eyes [from disappointment of hope], fainting of mind, and languishing of spirit. Your life shall hang in doubt before you; day and night you shall be worried and have no assurance of your life." [Deuteronomy 28:64-66; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Disaster #7 -- Spain expelled the Jews in 1490 A.D. [Ditto above]
Disaster #8 -- World War I is declared on this date, 1914, bringing Russia into the war, and causing the Czarist Government to launch great Jewish persecutions in Eastern Russia.
Disaster #9?? --
(This information is taken from Armageddon: Appointment With Destiny , by Grant R. Jeffrey. p. 72+)