The 9th of Av is drawing near

A Special Announcement regarding
the 9th of Av from BYNA

In preparation for the quickly approaching and solemn occasion of the 9th of Av, beginning at sundown August 10th thru the 11th at sundown this year, BYNA is offering some helpful materials for its subscribers.  Please take the opportunity to look into purchasing this very informative book The LIST and its companion, 40 Days of Repentance: A Companion Guide to The LIST. This guide provides daily meditations on repentance leading up to the 9th of Av. Even though the 9th of Av is only about a week away, you can still enrich your understanding and experience of this day on the Hebrew calendar and be more prepared for this day next year. For the last several years BYNA contributors have authored readings for the 40 Days of Repentance leading up to Yom Kippur. Many of those writings also appear in this companion guide to The LIST. Later this month, BYNA will be sending out new daily guides for a meaningful time during the 40 Days of Repentence which begins on Elul 1, Sunday, September 1st, 2019. 

The Importance of Weeping with Those Who Weep:                           Invitation to the Nations 9th of Av                                                             by Albert J. McCarn

August 04, 2019

In Romans 12:15, Paul exhorts us to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. This is a basic requirement of humanity: treating others with dignity and respect regardless whether we like them or agree with them. Job’s friends taught us this lesson by simply sitting in silence with Job for several days while he processed his grief (Job 2:11-13). Their act of compassion opened the way for dialogue and for the Lord to work on the hearts of each man. They may not have understood Job’s grief, but they did see his deep hurt, and they knew the only way they could begin to help was to demonstrate their solidarity with him.

Could we do the same with our fellow servants of the God of Israel who also grieve? Every year, our Jewish brethren fast and mourn on four special days to remember the woes that have come upon them and on all Israel. These are the fasts of the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th months (17th of Tammuz, 9th of Av, Fast of Gedaliah, and 10th of Tevet)1. We from the Christian or Messianic side of the family have been oblivious to their national grief for far too long – even though we have been a primary cause of that grief. Although we have learned to appreciate the Feasts of the Lord and understand how they relate to our Messiah, until now few have made the effort to understand the days of sorrow Jews have observed for centuries.

The reason is simple: until now we have felt no connection to the Jewish people, and thus have seen no need to understand why they mourn. In recent years, our Father has burdened many Christians and Hebraic disciples of Yeshua around the world to address our connection with our Jewish brethren and their national grief. A very important development in that process happens this year at the 9th of Av, the Fast of the 5th month. It is called the Nations 9th of Av (, so named because Christians and Messianic believers are coming to Jerusalem to participate with Jews in this day of fasting and mourning on August 10-11. There will be a gathering on the walls of Jerusalem to read the book of Lamentations according to the Jewish tradition, and to pray in repentance. In addition, simultaneous solemn gatherings are planned in several locations. As of this writing, those locations are:

· Columbus, Ohio

· Kannapolis, North Carolina

· Brandon, Florida

· Plano and Arlington, Texas

· Wheat Ridge, Colorado

· Fullerton, LaHabra, and Cupertino, California

· Kansas City, Missouri

· Salford, England, UK

· Radlett, England, UK

· Sofia, Bulgaria

The Nations 9th of Av has received favorable attention from Orthodox Jews in Israel in that they recognize how far this could go in healing the breach between Christians and Jews.2 For those of us who are coming to understand our Hebraic identity as Ephraimites, this is doubly significant in that it brings us a step closer to the reconciliation of both Houses of Israel and the long-awaited Messianic Age. That is why BYNA is taking part. Several of our faithful intercessors will be in Jerusalem for the main gathering, but that is only one aspect of BYNA’s participation. In addition to the live events, BYNA is joining with the National Day of Repentance, the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, Phoenix Campus, Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, and Prayer Surge Now to facilitate a 26-hour prayer conference call from 6pm Eastern time on Saturday, August 10, to 8pm Eastern on Sunday, August 11.3 During the call, we will humbly step into a profound attitude of repentance as we address the centuries of persecution Jews have suffered at the hands of our Christian forefathers.

Are you sensing a call to be part of this process? Please consider prayerfully how you might participate in one of these events. To connect to the 9th of Av prayer call in the US, dial 515-604-9956 and, when prompted, enter access code 845011#. International callers may connect at numbers provided on this web page: ·                                                       To connect to an Int’l 9-Av Phone Conference Call, click this link: 

That link provides much important information about preparing to participate in the call. There is a 9th of Av fact sheet available for free download which explains what the day is all about. In addition, there are links to editions of the two documents we will refer to on the call: The LIST: Persecution of Jews by Christians Throughout History; and 40 Days of Repentance: Companion Guide to The LIST. Finally, there are focus guidelines and a declaration of repentance that all participants should know and agree to before dialing in.

It is time that we look at the fasts of Judah and see if there is a way to connect with our Jewish brethren in these times of reflective mourning. Who knows but that our Heavenly Father may be waiting for just that to do a wondrous work in all our hearts? Zechariah 8:18-23 says these four fasts will one day become days of joy, gladness, and cheerful feasting for the house of Judah. The Nations 9th of Av is a step toward fulfillment of that promise. Will you be part of the fulfillment?

For more information, please visit

1 Explanations of these fast days are available at at these links:

2 See for example the July 28, 2019 article by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Breaking Israel News, “Will Christian Repentance on the 9th of Av Help Bring Redemption?” (

3 BYNA’s 6-hour shift will be from Midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific to 6am Eastern/3am Pacific, with facilitation by Executive Director Al McCarn, Finance Director Marcus Bowman, Elder Ed Boring, Executive Secretary Julia Johnson, and Strategic Prayer Directors Ron & Candi Runyon.



The LIST is a compilation of more than 800 atrocities committed by Christians, Christian nations, or in the name of Christ, against the Jews over the past two millennia. Never before has this amount of research been compiled into a single volume by Christians, for Christians.

The LIST reveals the riveting truth about Christian involvement in not just the Holocaust, the Crusades and the Inquisition, but a massive collection of atrocities you may have never known about.

Besides its breadth of scope, The LIST goes deep as well. You will read Martin Luther’s antisemitic writings which were used as the blueprint for the Nazis during Kristallnacht in 1938. You will read portions of the anti-Jewish writings from our highly respected Church fathers. You will watch history unfold as the Jews are restricted, confined, and even blamed for natural disasters, paying with their freedom, their possessions, and ultimately their lives.

The LIST is well-researched, and is a reference source written without malice. Yet we challenge any reader to enter this book and not to leave it without great pause for ponder. Starting simply, The LIST will begin to pull you into its many stories, as the pace quickens and hatred rises. You will inevitably find yourself asking, “How could this have happened?”, followed by “What now prevents its repetition?”

Along with other Christian contributors we write our observations and response prayers to the truth exposed in this volume in the highly-recommended companion volume: 40 Days of Repentance: A Companion Guide to The LIST, also published by Root Source. We pray that this pair of books fulfills for you the words of our Lord in John 8:31: that in “knowing the truth” it will indeed “set you free”.

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If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land  of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.” Leviticus 26:40-42

What is the “iniquity of their fathers”? This passage has often been used by Christians as a prayer of repentance for generational sin in the family bloodline. But could it be that there is another dimension to that phrase? Could it be that the message for today is that it is time to apply these verses over the Church at large?

What IS The LIST? It is a very detailed view through the window of time into the sins of our Church forefathers committed against the Jewish people throughout Christian history. The LIST is comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and almost overwhelming in its scope in revealing the depth and depravity of the sins of our Church forefathers.

Reading through The LIST can be likened to attending a familiar and well-loved church for a long time, only to discover a staircase leading down to a previously unknown basement. As I walk down the stairs I am engulfed in darkness. What should I do? I could just go back upstairs and “ignore” the basement. Instead, I look for and find the light switch (that is, I read The LIST). With the basement now bathed in light, I realise that it is a chamber of horrors and torture that has been used against the Jewish people. In MY basement. Of MY church. It is now beteween me and the LORD to decide what I should do about this.  

About the 40 Days of Repentance ~ Companion Guide to The LIST

Each day is a reflection on a particular event or theme that emerges from The LIST. That day’s meditation then closes with a prayer of repentance.

This 40-day devotional can be used as a repentance prayer journey leading up to the 9th of Av or Yom Kippur, and is intended as a Companion Guide to “The LIST.”

From the editorial team, it is our hope and prayer that readers will engage with the heart of the Father as each one begins a 40-day repentance prayer journey. You will never be the same!

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