The approach of the crisis was heralded by many signs.
The snow began falling before dawn, drifting down with an urgency that heralded a serious accumulation.
The ustav, or ordinance of 1722, heralded this unheard-of innovation.
When it rose early it was a sign of summer; when late, of winter and stormy weather; when it rose about midnight it heralded the season of vintage.
The new temple heralded a new future; the mournful fasts commemorative of Jerusalem's disasters would become feasts; Yahweh had left the Temple at the fall of Jerusalem, but had now returned to sanctify it with his presence; the city had purged its iniquity and was fit once more to become the central sanctuary.