The 9th of Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar and is second only to the day of Atonement in importance. This day commemorates many tragic events in Israel's past that occurred because they rejected the true God. With Christ's return, the nation of Israel will recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah, turn back to God and be restored.
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.