jay dockins’ august 2011 rock of israel newsletter!

 Shalom Haverim!  (Hello Friends!)

Jay and Kim Dockins

July was certainly different from any month which my family has experienced since joining the Ministry Staff of Rock of Israel in October of 2006! In July we took a week of vacation and the Lord blessed us beyond measure during our trip! Our son, Jonathan, is adopted and we traveled to Louisiana and met much of his extended biological family! We met and gained so much new family and many new friends in the timing, goodness and graciousness of the Lord! We have been absolutely amazed at the love that was shown, the friendships which have been forged and the way that our lives have been touched! Suffice it to say that God has been so good to us and to our son! It is not vital that I share all of the details with you; just know that “the Lord has done great things for us, whereof we are glad”!

August promises to be a very busy time of ministry activity. At the first of the month, I fly to Phoenix to assist in the Rock of Israel booth at the General Council of the Assemblies of God. I am looking forward to a time of good fellowship and representing the ministry! I also look forward to working side by side with my fellow Staff Ministers Robert Specter and Scott Roberts and those who will be helping us in Phoenix! It promises to be a busy week!

The day after I arrive home from Phoenix I have two services scheduled. Both of these services are Passover Seders. Thankfully, they are both within a few miles of our house. Although Passover season has passed, many churches desire to have Seders and we are glad to oblige so that the truths of what Jesus has done for us can be revealed more fully. It is one of my greatest joys in ministry to watch the faces of those participating in the Seder as truth is revealed and their faith is strengthened through the teaching during the Seder! God has always taught His people through pictures and the Seder is full of pictures!

International Pavilion at the CNE

In the middle of August I will travel to Toronto and set up the Rock of Israel booth at the Canadian National Exhibition! Our booth will be in the International Pavilion from August 19th through September 5th. The booth will openly declare that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah through signage, the shirts that we wear and the conversations which we will have with those who visit. There is a large Jewish population in Toronto and many people attend the CNE. Well over a million people are expected to attend during the dates that the event is held! We covet the prayers of our friends and supporters during this time of sharing the Good News of the Messiah! After Toronto, Kim and I will head out for ministry “deep in the heart of Texas”!  

 Tisha B’ Av
August also brings about the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’ Av or the 9th of the month of Av. This year, the fast begins at sundown on the 8th of August and ends at sundown on the 9th. It is one of the most solemn days of Judaism and commemorates a multitude of national tragedies which have beset the Jewish people throughout the ages. The first tragedy which occurred on this date is the evil report which was brought by the ten spies who had been sent into the Promised Land. These ten men persuaded the Children of Israel to not pursue the promise of God to give them the land. Numerous other tragedies have occurred on this same date on the Hebrew calendar. All of the following events happened on the 9th of Av in the year indicated!

In 587 BCE (Before Common Era), Nebuchadnezzar led the Babylonians in destroying the First Temple. The Jewish people are sent into what later became known as the Babylonian Exile.

In 70 CE (Common Era), Titus led the Romans to destroy the Second Temple.

In 135 CE, Bar Kochba’s last fortress was defeated and his army destroyed. Over 100,000 Jews and Bar Kochba were killed and Jerusalem was turned into a Roman city.

In 1290 CE, King Edward I signed the edict expelling all Jews from England.

In 1492 CE, all Jews are expelled from Spain and all Spanish territories as the Alhambra Decree takes effect.

In 1914 CE, Germany declared war on Russia, starting WW I and setting the stage for WW II and the Holocaust.

In 1940 CE, the plan for the “Final Solution” to the Jewish problem is presented to the Nazi Party by Heinrich Himmler.

In 1942 CE, the Nazis begin deporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.

As you can see, Tisha B’ Av is a very solemn day of fasting and remembrance. It is observed by fasting of both food and drink, washing, shaving, and bathing, wearing cosmetics, wearing leathers shoes, studying Torah and work! Traditional observance includes refraining from smiling, laughing and holding idle conversation. Some also sit on low stools. The Book of Lamentations is read in the synagogue and the ark where the Torah scroll is kept is draped in black! It is truly a day of mourning for the Jewish people. Oh, that the joy of knowing the Messiah might be theirs! That is why Rock of Israel exists, to bring Jewish people into a joyous relationship with Yeshua ha Moshiach (Jesus the Messiah)!

Jewish Vocabulary Words
The word “Synagogue” causes most people to think of a Jewish house of worship. This is the most common meaning of the word. However, the word is actually of Greek origin and simply means “assembly” or “place of assembly”. The traditional Jewish synagogue consists of a sanctuary, social hall, offices and small rooms set aside for Torah study. The synagogue is distinct from the Temple which existed in Jerusalem. Orthodox and Conservative Jews generally call their house of worship a synagogue while Reform Jews refer to their houses of worship as Temple.


In order for a service to be held in a Jewish house of worship a “minyan” is required. An Orthodox quorum of at least 10 men above the age of 13 must be present in order to have a minyan. Conservative and Reform congregations generally consider a minyan to consist of 10 adults. The concept of minyan comes from Psalm 82:1 which includes the words, “God stands in the congregation…” The word “edah” (congregation) is also applied to the ten spies from Moses day that rendered the negative report on the land of Canaan. It, therefore, became established that to have a “congregation” there had to be at least 10 men.


 Until the September edition of  the Newsletter…”The LORD bless you, and keep you. The LORD make his face to shine on you, And be gracious to you. The LORD lift up his face toward you, And give you shalom.” Numbers 6:24-26
Jay is available for speaking engagements at churches, conventions or seminars.Contact Jay at 1-800-207-7780 or jdockins@rockofisrael.org.
Learn more about Jay and Rock of Israel Ministries at www.jdockinsrockofisrael.wordpress.com or www.rockofisrael.org.

2 Responses to “jay dockins’ august 2011 rock of israel newsletter!”

  1. 1 Karen Smith
    August 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Very interesting newsletter. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more!

  2. 2 Patty Walborn
    August 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you, Jay for the informative parts of Judaism. I am praying for them, also.

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