Israel had made the incredible journey, from the parting of the Red Sea to the edge of the Promised Land. Then, for 40 days 12 spies went into the Promised Land. On the eighth of the month Av, the spies came back to report to the nation of Israel. But in the evening, beginning the ninth of Av, the nation of Israel was in sorrow because they felt too small in number concerning the great promise that God had given them. They complained they were grasshoppers in the eyes of the giants of the land. What resulted was that the entire nation of adults died in the wilderness during the next 40 years of wandering.
But the story did not end there. After Israel built the first temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, it was later destroyed by the Babylonians ~ also on the ninth of Av. A second temple was then built in Jerusalem, and it was also destroyed on the same exact day ~ the ninth of Av!
Two months ago the Lord gave me a vision of a giant “X” over the United States. It was so huge that the first leg extended from Southern California to the iron mines of Minnesota. The second leg of the “X” went from New Orleans to Seattle, Washington. When my family’s prayer journey came to the center where the legs of the “X” crossed, we were in Laramie, Wyoming. And you guessed it ~ on the ninth of Av! I had a dream that morning about the church, and the decision that needed to be made in the spiritual realm. Little did I know, we were making a decision if we were going to cross over into the Promised Land.
I will not tell you the details of what happened now, but in the next few months you will know. But I share this with you because I sense in the Spirit that many of you are being asked by the Lord, “Are you ready to take on the giants that are sitting on your blessing, and go in to possess the promises of God?”