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The ‘abomination’ is due    As you can see from this quick excerpt and summary of Daniel 11 events, everything through verse 30 has been satisfied or fulfilled, which means that the abomination is due next.  Of course, the abomination will come as a surprise, when the Muslums stage an armed uprising against the Western Wall or Temple Mount, which is when the rapture will happen.  The condensed commentary gives a complete interpretation of Daniel 11, with no gaps or omissions.  Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  After that, the Houthis lost ground and even pursued       a peace settlement, for a while, but the Saudis wouldn’t compromise. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop.  On the same day, the UN funded a       ‘blacklist’ to help the BDS boycott.  (Dec 2017)  The UN voted 128-9 to       condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, thus       “forsaking the holy covenant.”   I think the verse has been satisfied. Daniel 11:31 - The uprising and abomination (rapture) - Riots are in progress in the West Bank       and Gaza.  See latest updates on the abomination page. 2016 Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done  Blood Moons and Daniel’s 70th Week   Introduction (blood moon history)   A ‘blood moon tetrad’ is a series of four lunar eclipses, separated by 6-months each.  [click for scientific video]  The most recent tetrad occurred in the spring & fall - 2014, and spring & fall - 2015.  (see chart below with dates)    The phenomenon got plenty of publicity in 2014 because there was a book published that connected some past tetrads to significant events in Jewish history.  For example, a tetrad occurred near 1493, when the Jews were expelled in the Spanish Inquisition.  Then, tetrads occurred near 1948, when Israel became a nation, and 1967, when Israel united Jerusalem.  [reference article]  The tetrads were not exact, but close enough to draw a connection.  The author of the book deduced that a significant event must be due for Israel, during the 2014/2015 tetrad, but never said what that might be.    I now think that the major event was the start of the 70th Seven, between the 1st and 2nd blood moon in the tetrad, when ISIS invaded Mosul and the Shiites of Iran ‘made a covenant with many’. (Daniel 9:27)  In other words, the invasion by ISIS, into Iraq, gave Iran the perfect opportunity to unite the Shiites and increase their military presence in Iraq and Syria, which is a key characteristic of the ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11.     Of course, the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven is more important than the ‘start’, because that’s when the abomination will be set up (Daniel 9:27) and the rapture will take place. (see Matt 24 page)  Yet, in the time between the ISIS invasion, which fulfilled Daniel 11:24, and now, all the verses of Daniel 11, up to the abomination in verse 31, have taken place.  Therefore, the abomination is the next event to take place in Daniel 11, so the timing between the abomination in Daniel 9 and Daniel 11 coordinate, meaning they are 3.5 to 4 years apart (approximate middle).  - 2017 70-year Periods in Jewish History   God has used 70-year periods in the past, at least 3 times (almost 4), to show His involvement.  1. From the destruction of the 1st Temple in 586BC (2 Kings 25:9) to the completion of the 2nd Temple in 516BC (Ezra 6:15) was 70-years.  Note: Repairs on Jerusalem’s walls were completed in 445BC (Neh 6:15), which was an additional 71-years, which was close.  2. From the start of the 1st Jewish revolt against the Romans (66AD) to the end of the 3rd revolt (136AD) was 70-years.  Note: The wars were prophesied in the 2nd Seal and resulted in the banishment of the Jews from Palestine, which was necessary so God could bring them back and fulfill another prophecy in Jeremiah 16:14-15 (#3 below).  3. From the 1st Jewish land purchase in Palestine, in 1878, (following more than 17-centuries of banishment) to the establishment of modern Israel, in 1948, which fulfilled Jeremiah 16:14-15, was 70-years.  Note: Seals 3 & 4 were directly involved in the events that fulfilled God’s prophecy in Jeremiah 16.   Notice that there are two 70-year periods in the Seals, so if the rapture happens in 2018, that would be a third because the rapture is the 6th Seal.  In other words, it makes perfect sense. Full moons in the Bible   God defined the original Passover, in Egypt, as the 14th of the 1st lunar month (Exodus 12:6).  The next day, the Feast of Unleavened Bread starts on the 15th.  That’s a full moon because a lunar month averages 29.5 days, and starts on a new moon.  Before that, the flood started on the 17th of the 2nd month (Gen 7:11), and the ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat on the 17th of the 7th month, both of which are near a full moon.  Purim also falls on a full moon because the Israeli victory over the Persians, for which it represents, happened on the 13th/14th of the lunar month (Esther 9:1-19).  God also defined the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) to start on the 15th of the month (Leviticus 23:34).  Of course, Jesus was crucified and resurrected during Passover, so that also happened during a full moon, from the 14th to the 16th.  Thus, at least five major events, in the Bible, occurred on or near full moons, so the chances of the rapture happening on or near a full moon is always a little higher in my book.  2022 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10 “The 70th Seven” (Daniel’s final week) Tetrad of Blood Moons Illustration of Daniel’s 70th Week, including blood moons                                                             and anniversaries      4      7     10 2019 2020 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 3.5 years (to scale) [1st half] 3.5 years (to scale) [2nd half] Note: This half is also 1st part of ‘Tribulation (includes Trumpet plagues) Start End Middle      4      7     10 2021 The 2300-day ‘Tribulation’ continues with the Bowl plagues Possible “Start” of the 70th Seven [Final nuclear agreement signed or “confirmed” on July 15, 2015 2023 Most likely interpretation for the 70th Seven      In addition to Daniel 11 giving the most detailed list of events, before the abomination, Daniel 9:27 also gives a vague indication of the timing before the abomination.  I prefer to watch the signs in Daniel 11, not a date, but the two prophecies must match, so I find myself repeatedly drawn back to Daniel 9:27, for the sake of showing consistency in God’s prophecies.  Daniel 9:27 (NIV)  “He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven'  he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   Basically, the “confirmation of a covenant” starts a 7-year period in which the abomination happens in the ‘middle’, or about 3.5 years after the confirmation.  [Note: Daniel 9:27 cannot be used to pick an exact day for the abomination, because the ‘middle’ of a 7-year-period is a ‘range of time’ that only God knows.  Besides, the KJV interprets that phrase to be ‘midst’ of the seven, which is the same but a little vaguer.]  Contrary to popular belief, the word ‘covenant’ does not automatically imply Israel.  On the contrary, it appears as though the same “he” (nation or person) who “confirms a covenant with many” is the same one who attacks and sets up the abomination, because “the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   Personally, I think it’s referring to a ‘nation’, where the antichrist comes from, rather than the actual person.  A covenant just means ‘agreement or promise’, so the most difficult part of this prophecy is determining which agreement that it’s referring to.  I’ve had a few ideas, over the years, but the most viable possibility is the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (many).    Iran is the most viable candidate because the Iranian Revolution of 1979 started the final empire, in Daniel 11:21, and every verse after that has somehow aided in their rise to power.  Not only are they the current North, in Daniel 11, but they are also Israel’s arch-enemy, who is encroaching ever closer to their border, so it makes perfect sense.  Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  (Luke 21:20)    Iran’s ‘interim nuclear agreement’ with the P5+1 (many), in Nov-2013, was a historic agreement, which fulfilled Daniel 11:23.  Thus, the ‘final nuclear agreement’, which was signed or “confirmed” on July 14, 2015, would satisfy the “confirmation of a covenant with many.”   Since the abomination is in the ‘middle of the seven’, 3.5-years must be added to the confirmation, which leads to January 14, 2019.  That would still be in the 70th anniversary of Israel, which started on May 14, 2018, so it would still create another 70-year period in the Seals, since the ‘rapture’ (immediately after the abomination) is the 6th Seal. (see Matt 24 page In fact, if the rapture comes any time before May 14, 2019, it would still be in the 70th anniversary and create another 70-year period in the Seals.  Also, February 11, 2019, is the 40th anniversary of Iran, which falls within the same time-frame.  Like I said, I’m not trying to pick an exact day for the rapture; I’m just trying to show that the ‘events or verses’ of Daniel 11 must somehow correspond to the ‘confirmation and timing’ of Daniel 9:27, since there’s only one abomination.    I’ve been aware for a long time that the nuclear agreement fits the description for the confirmation, but I didn’t say anything because I don’t like to project too far into the future.  In my opinion, that can cause people to become too complacent, or procrastinate before accepting Jesus, which can have a catastrophic result.  In my opinion, that is the main problem or danger with the post-trib, false prophets, so I don’t want any part of that.  Of course, early-2019 is no longer that far in the distant future, so I feel this is the right time to point out this possibility.  However, I don’t want people to wait until 2019 to get to know Jesus, because like I said: the ‘middle’ is not exact, so Jesus could come back at any time.  Personally, I hope Jesus returns sooner, rather than later, but I’m just giving a possible interpretation of the Daniel 9:27 prophecy.    The Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the “Bridegroom was a long time in coming”, but in my opinion, it has already been a long time and we will see Him in the coming months. Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Approx. “middle” of the 70th Seven [“confirmation” + 3.5 years] Note: The ‘blood moon’ on January 20/21, 2019, was 3 yrs, 6 mos, and 1 week from the July 15, 2015 agreement, marking the middle. Updated below: 2-09-2019 - The ‘blood moon’ on January 20/21, 2019   The blood moon on January 20/21, 2019, was particularly interesting because it happened 3 years, 6 months, and 1 week from the Iran nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (July 15, 2015).  As I’ve said before, that nuclear agreement was most likely the fulfillment of the ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’, from Daniel 9:27, which started Daniel’s final week or 70th Seven In other words, the blood moon was almost exactly in the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’, which is when the abomination is due, according to Daniel 9:27, below.  Of course, the ‘middle’ of a 7-year period cannot be restricted to one day, but is rather a ‘range of time’, possibly months. Daniel 9:27 (NIV)  “He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven'  he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   Note: ‘He’ in this verse is not God or Israel, but rather Iran (leader of the final empire), because ‘the end that is decreed is poured out on him’. (more below chart)   It’s obvious, by now, that the rapture didn’t happen on the blood moon, but that doesn’t mean that something significant didn’t take place.  On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Israel made a rare daytime attack against Iran, in Syria, which was answered by the launch of a surface-to-surface missile, towards Israel, which was intercepted.  Israel responded with more attacks, in the overnight hours of Monday morning, coinciding with the blood moon.  In unprecedented fashion, Israel’s President Netanyahu took full responsibility for the attacks, instead of the normal ‘no comment’.  Israel’s Intelligence Minister Katz went a step farther and said that Israel’s “policy had changed” to an “open confrontation with Iran.”  Although the rapture didn’t happen on the blood moon, I think the rare attack and open confession took us a step closer.    In addition to the words of government figures, several rabbis took note of the events surrounding the blood moon.  A prominent Israeli rabbi, Kanievsky, called the daytime strike and policy change a major step in the messianic process, which would be completed before the election, April 9th.  Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, an expert in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) applauded Kanievsky’s prediction, saying “the messiah was already active in the world”, for those who are willing to see it.  Of course, when the Jews talk about their messiah or messiah process, they are not talking about Jesus.  The two words I hear the most, concerning the Jewish messiah, is ‘unity and change’, which ‘war’ often brings.  The Jews are looking for an earthly figure to protect them from surrounding enemies, much the way they were looking for a military messiah in Jesus’ day.  Of course, Jesus was their Messiah (Savior) but He provided salvation or safety through the forgiveness of sins, not violence.  Rabbi Fish, who writes a Torah blog, believes that Obama was the messiah for Muslims because he caused significant changes with regards to Iran and Saudi Arabia.  Likewise, he believes that Trump is a messiah to Christians because he made significant changes concerning Iran and Israel, which will ultimately bring the Jewish messiah.  It reminds me of Jesus’ warning to the Jews, in Matthew 24 (below), as He was transitioning from talking about the tribulation, during end times, back to the Christian rapture, which is immediately after the abomination that causes desolation.  (explained more on Matthew 24 page) Matthew 24:26-27 “So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”   Therefore, the fact that the Jews think their messiah is close, some even believing that he is already active in the world, and that the election will somehow complete the process by providing unity and protection, is not surprising because it’s Biblical.  The blood moon, which was very close to the middle of the 70th Seven, as defined by the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, brought us closer to the abomination and rapture because it brought Israel closer to a confrontation with Iran.  Of course, the ‘armed uprising’ that sets up the abomination (Daniel 11:31) doesn’t have to be an all-out war.  It could just be an escalation of the current riots that are happening in Gaza and the West Bank, every Friday.  In fact, any of the allies of Iran, such as Hamas, Hezbollah, or Islamic Jihad, could stage the uprising that sets up the abomination, and it would still be considered the North, in terms of Daniel 11.  Luke 21:20-21a “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.  Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains …”   If you pay attention to Jewish news, the topic of security or what to do about the Palestinians is the primary issue on voter’s minds, so the fact that the election was moved to an earlier date, within Israel’s 70th anniversary (instead of Nov), could be God’s choosing.  1 Thessalonians 5:3-4 “While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.   Paul indicates that Christians who watch the signs will not be surprised by Jesus’ return.  Although no one can guess the exact day, God has provided signs to indicate the approximate time.  Personally, I think one of the most important signs is the ‘70-year periods’ in the Seals, which relatively few people know about because they mis-interpret the Seals.  Just the same, as long as the rapture happens within the 70th anniversary of Israel, which ends May 14th, 2019, it will create a ‘third’ 70-year period in the Seals, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.  Note: The other two 70-year periods are listed above, as well as one (almost two) in the Old Testament.  God obviously likes repetition, so the fact that He inserted two 70-year periods in the Seals means that He could easily insert a third, just because He can.   I would also take note that God has used full moons, on several occasions, as noted above.  That means the chances of Jesus’ return are always a little higher, during a full moon, but it could literally happen any day God chooses.  That being said, there are a couple of upcoming full moons that are interesting, in March and April, because they occur on Jewish holiday feasts.  Amos 8:9-10 “In that day,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.  10 I will turn your religious feasts into mourning and all your singing into weeping.      Note: That doesn’t mean the rapture must happen on a Jewish holiday, because they would still be mourning when the next holiday rolled around, but it definitely raises the chances because it would fulfill the prophecy directly, instead of indirectly.  Anyway, the full moon on March 21/22 is Purim and the full moon on April 19/20 is Passover.  Both holidays involve feasts, but Passover is particularly interesting because Jesus ate ‘Passover Supper’ with His disciples, and Jesus will eat the ‘Wedding Supper’ with His bride (Christians), following the rapture.  Once again, I’m not trying to pick a date, but the parallel is obvious, so I have to mention it.  Of course, if it doesn’t happen, then we will have to wait longer, but remember: There’s a special reward for those servants who are found ‘watching’ when He returns, so never give up.  Luke 12:37 “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.”   Therefore, Jesus encouraged people to watch the signs, in hope and anticipation of His return.  Likewise, Paul encouraged people to be ‘watchful’.   Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”    Note: If you’re reading this and haven’t accepted Jesus, please don’t wait because no one is guaranteed tomorrow.  I mean, people can die suddenly from all sorts of things, such as accidents, heart attacks, or even murders, so waiting any time at all is like gambling with eternity.  Plus, like I said, the ‘middle’ is not exact, so Jesus could literally come back at any time.   Updated: 2-09-2019