History has shown a pattern of death and destruction that has befallen the Jewish people during the three-week period known as "Between the Narrow Straits" or "The Time of Distress", the period between Tammuz 17 and Av 9. This year, this time falls between Sunday, June 27th until Sunday, July 18th.
On the 17th of Tammuz, the walls of both the First and Second Temples were breached and both Temples were destroyed three weeks later on the 9th of Av. The Hebrew word for strait is "tzar", which literally means “narrow,” but also means “anguish” or “distress.” They commemorate this time with mourning and fasting. They also use it to look forward in hopes that the temple will be rebuilt again one day. Of course, we know it will, and Messiah will sit on His throne there.
Many in the body of Christ sense a lot spiritually and in the natural during this 3 week period as well, even if they don't always know why, as we have been grafted into Israel, and what affects them can affect us also. Be aware that you may be going through a tight place spiritually, feel intense things in the spirit, and in the natural...you may feel pressure and some distress, as you pass this narrow place, known as "between the straits". This will not be for everyone, but many of God's prophetic people have and will feel this during this time.
It is a time of pressing through to enter into the promises that the Lord has for you in the upcoming months, and even what He has for you in the New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, which will fall in September this year. This is not a time to get into doubt or fear, but to remain in faith, in much prayer, and trusting in the Lord to see us through to the other side. This is also a time to repent for any doubt or unbelief that we have allowed ourselves to get into during this past season of warfare.
The month of Av on the Hebrew calendar, which began at sundown this past Friday, is usually known as the month you metamorphose or disintegrate, one of the two. This is the month the Lion roars. (Amos 3:8) This is the month where God allows destruction, so He can rebuild.
Hold tight to Him, let His Spirit guide you through, and trust that He that does not slumber or sleep, will uphold you with the right hand of His righteousness. Focus your gaze on Him more intently as you navigate your vessel during this time, and you will see Him bring you through the floodwaters, safely on the other side!
Here's a post I shared before that discusses more about this time...
Here is a look at historically what this time is, and why the Jews still mourn for these 3 weeks...
Amanda Shiflett ~ Prophetic Reformer