Biblical timeline events in July remind us that God is at work in every generation. July we mark some interesting events on the Bible timeline calendar, the death of several important biblical characters, the return of the 12 Spies from spying out the Promised Land, and Ezra’s arrival in Jerusalem.
Let’s look and see what events took place in July. Get ready to mark your calendar!
July 9 – Tamuz 29
- Death of Paul: According to Syriac Church History, the Apostle Paul was beheaded in Rome on this day. Paul knew he was going to die and penned the beautiful words of 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
July 10 – Av 1
- New Moon/New Month: The month of Av begins today. Av is pronounced “ahv”.
- Aaron: Av 1 is the day scripture records the death of Aaron at the age of 123 on Mount Hor. Aaron was the brother of Moses and Miriam. Numbers 33:38-39
- Ezra: The second group of captives who had left Babylon under the leadership of Ezra arrived in Jerusalem. Ezra 7:8-10
July 16 – Av 7
- Destruction of Jerusalem: After months of being under siege, the destruction of the city of Jerusalem began under the leadership of Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard for Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon. 2 Kings 25:8
July 17 – Av 8
- Twelve Spies Return: After spending forty days spying in the Promised Land, the twelve spies, sent by Moses, returned to camp on Av 8. They brought back with them the produce of the land, including a cluster of grapes so large it took two men to carry it. Numbers 13:21-25
July 18 – Av 9
- The Rebellion: The spies reported to Moses and the children of Israel about the land, the people, and the cities they had investigated in the Promised Land. Ten of the spies gave a bad report, but two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, encouraged the people to trust God for the conquest of the land. The people rebelled against God. As a result, God punished them and made them wander in the desert for forty years. Numbers 13:1-14:10
- First Temple Destroyed: King Nebuchadnezzar ‘s army destroyed the First Temple on Av 9 and took the people of Judah captive to Babylon. This Temple was not rebuilt until the exiles returned from Babylon under the leadership of Zerubbabel. After 70 years, the Temple was rebuilt. 2 Kings 25:9-17
- Second Temple Destroyed: On Av 9, 70 AD, the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus in Matthew 24:2. The Second Temple was originally built by the exiles from Babylon and later remodeled by Herod the Great.
- Fast Day: Today is traditionally a fast day to commemorate the tragic events that have taken place on this biblical date in history. The prophet Zechariah refered to this fast day in Zechariah 7:3, 5
July 24 – Av 15
- Wives for the Tribe of Benjamin: Traditionally, this is the day the men from the Tribe of Benjamin took wives from the other tribes. Judges 21:23
July 26 – Av 17
- Death of Mary: Mary, the mother of Jesus, died this day according to tradition. Mary would have been called Miriam by her family and friends. Matthew 1:18
The biblical events in July will help us to remember the importance to trust God and obey Him.
Each month has new and unique events, if you want to find out what happened next on the Bible timeline, check out the Biblical Calendar.