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Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. click to enlarge 3.5 year difference between the 70th Seven and 2300 day tribulation God’s timeline of 37’s    Come to find out, God has been using His own “Timeline of 37’s” (with ‘37-years’ as a ‘unit of time’) since the beginning of Islam, not exclusively, but enough to be sure that “37” is the real solution to God’s riddle in Revelation 13.  Note: 666 / (6+6+6) = “37”     Plus, 2016 was on the Timeline of 37’s and Daniel 11:26-30 were completed in 2016.  All that’s left to be fulfilled is for the abomination that causes desolation to be set up. (Dan 11:31)   See the 666 page for a more detailed description of each entry on the timeline. 537 BC 3rd year of Cyrus The Book of Truth (Dan 11) given to Daniel. Daniel 10:1 610 AD Muhammad  received his original vision that started Islam. Daniel 11:5 167 BC Antiochus IV Epiphanes ordered an altar to Zeus to be erected in the 2nd Temple. 1054 The “great schism” begins, which divides east/west (churches 3&4) of 7-churches Revelation 3&4 1276 Osman receives a vision of a great empire, which later becomes the Ottomans. Daniel 11:14 1350 peak of the black plague  in Europe (1346-1353) Rev 2: 21-23 1720 Peter the Great eliminated the Patriarch of Russia. (east church) Jan 1721 1979 The Islamic Revolution of Iran started the final empire in Daniel 11:21. 2016 Many things happening, particularly Dan 11: 26-30, leading to the Abomination in Daniel 11:31 (see below) God’s Timeline of 37’s - Chart  *marked to scale (starting when Daniel was given God’s “Book of Truth” - Daniel 11) 10 units x 37 370 years 21 units x 37 777 years 12 x 37 444 years 6 x 37 222 yrs 2x  74y 10 x 37 370 yrs 7 x 37 259 yrs 1x  37y 666 years 666 years 666 years 37 x 37 years 1369 years (start of Islam to the start of the final empire) 869 AD Birth of the 12th Imam (or Mahdi) *not shown Comments on the events 666 years apart (as noted at the bottom)  (*I wasn’t just haphazardly linking things that were 666 years apart.) 1. Muhammad’s vision (610) and Osman’s vision (1276) are both notable visions in Islam. 2. The great schism (1054) and Peter the Great (1720) both involved the Christian Churches. 3. The black plague (1350) was a severe distress on mankind and the abomination and rapture     will bring an even greater distress (Matt 24:21) as it starts God’s wrath from Rev 8 through 19.  Note: It’s appropriate that 1350 was the middle of a 7-year period, rather than just one year,  because the abomination will also be the ‘middle’ of a 7-year period: the 70th Seven. (Dan 9:27)     2016 - Gone but not forgotten    Well, Jesus didn’t return in 2016 (the 37th anniversary of Iran) but it was a wild year that saw Daniel 11 advance from verse 26 to 31 (just in the second half) so the abomination is closer than ever.  Here is a quick summary from Daniel 11, showing how things sped up in 2016.  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 Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination The “confirmation of a covenant” in Daniel 9:27 Daniel 9:27 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.”    Introduction   Both Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 9:27 contain the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ so they must correspond to each other.  Daniel 11 is a list of events, leading to the abomination, but there is no time-frame.  Daniel 9:27 gives a time-frame (3.5 years), before the abomination, but it’s difficult to figure out when it starts. (see 70th Seven for more details - exert below)  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: only the 1st half of ‘tribulation’ (Trumpet plagues) Start End      4      7     10 2021     ‘Start of the 70th Seven’ ISIS invaded Mosul, June 10, 2014, which fulfilled Daniel 11:24, & the Shiites united to fight. ‘Tribulation’ continues with Bowl plagues The Start and ‘Middle’ of the 70th Seven   Without a doubt, the ISIS invasion of Mosul, Iraq, on June 10, 2014, was a huge turning point in the Middle East.  The leader, al-Baghdadi, announced the beginning of an Islamic caliphate, on July 4, 2014, from a mosque in Mosul.  Prior to that, ISIS was part of Al Qaeda or Jabhat al-Nusra, which was Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, and funded in part by Saudi Arabia as part of their proxy force to unseat Assad.  That funding stopped, when al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate, because that essentially put him over every Muslim leader in the world, including Saudi Arabia.  At that point, the funding didn’t matter because ISIS looted millions from Mosul banks and funded themselves by selling oil at discounted rates through Turkey.  For a time, they were the richest terrorist organization in the world.  Without a doubt, their wealth and declaration of a caliphate fulfilled Daniel 11:24, which was a huge event.    Almost immediately, Iran took action to save Baghdad, and the rest of Iraq from falling.  Iran was already helping Assad, but the invasion of Mosul was a wakeup call to the Shiites that they had to do more to stave off the Sunni terrorists, backed by Saudi Arabia.  Iran already had some Shia militias, but a desperate call by Ayatollah Sistani, from Iraq, created many more, which came to be known as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).  The invasion of Mosul gave Iran a legitimate reason to be militarily involved in Iraq (because they were invited by the president), which gave them more access to help in Syria.  It eventually gave them a land connection all the way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Therefore, the invasion of Mosul was perhaps the single most important event that allowed Iran to become the official ‘king of the north’, because a presence in ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq and Syria) is critical to that designation in Daniel 11.  The fact that the Shiites, led by Iran, have been triumphant over the Sunni rebels, backed by Saudi Arabia (king of the south), is prophecy fulfilled because the ‘North’ is supposed to take authority during end times in Daniel 11.   After Iran officially declared victory over ISIS, on November 21, 2017, I realized that the position they took to ‘pull the Shiites together’ was the ‘confirmation of a covenant’ with ‘many’ because there was exactly 1260-days (half-a-seven) between the Mosul invasion and the declaration of victory. [see calculation]  At first, I wasn’t 100% positive because there was no formal agreement, but a ‘covenant’ or ‘promise’ doesn’t have to be written.  After all, God’s covenant with Abraham wasn’t written, for several generations, until Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible.  I recently became more positive that this answer was correct, when God added another confirmation to Iran’s declaration, for a total of three.  1. Mosul invasion (6-10-14) to Iraq’s victory in Mosul (7-10-17) = 37 months 2. Mosul invasion (6-10-14) to Iran’s official victory over ISIS (11-21-17) = 1260 days 3. Mosul invasion (6-10-14) to Iraq’s complete victory in Iraq (12-9-17) = 3.5 years    In my book, that’s a triple confirmation that Iran’s efforts to ‘unite the Shiites’ to fight ISIS, after Mosul’s invasion, was the ‘king of the north confirming a covenant with many’.  Plus, Trump made a declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, on 12-6-17, which started riots among the Palestinians, which could develop into the uprising, in Daniel 11:31, which precedes the abomination.  I think the riots make a quadruple confirmation because that would put the abomination in the approximate middle of the 70th Seven, just as the Bible indicates.  As I said, I’m not picking an exact date, but the triple confirmation, along with the riots in Jerusalem, indicate that we have at least ‘started the middle’, which would be a ‘range’ of time.  Hopefully, the Bridegroom will not be long now. (relatively speaking)   Note 1: “37” is the solution to God’s riddle of “666” because: 666 / (6+6+6) = 37.  God has proved a complete timeline of 37’s (events separated by multiples of 37-years) for proof.  One important fact is that the Islamic Revolution of Iran, in 1979, is separated from Muhammad’s original Islamic vision, in 610AD, by exactly “37 x 37” years.  Given the significance of Mosul’s invasion, ISIS’s occupation of exactly 37-months seems important.    Note 2: “1260-days” is half-a-seven because: 42 x 30-days = 1260-days (42-months).  That period is mentioned in Revelation more than once (Rev 11:3 and 12:6) both referring to the 2nd half of the 70th Seven, when the two witnesses and antichrist will be active, which is the 1st half of tribulation (during the Trumpet plagues).  [refer to chart - left]   One reason that Iran’s official declaration caught my attention, besides the length of time, was General Soleimani’s quote in the Tehran Times, where he’s thanking “many.” (below) “Soleimani praised the steadfastness of the Iraqi and Syrian nations, governments, armies and popular forces throughout the counter-terrorism battles, paying special homage to the endeavors and struggles of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, in the offensive to annihilate Daesh.  The general also thanked Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement for its “powerful presence” and the pivotal role it played on the battlefield against terrorists in Syria.”   Note 3: The date of Iraqi President Abadi’s declaration would have been exactly 3.5 years, except 2016 was a leap-year and added an extra day.      ‘Start of the Middle’ Nov 21, 2017- Iran declared victory over ISIS, 1260-days  after the invasion of Mosul.  Dec 9, 2017 - Iraq declared  victory over ISIS, in Iraq, 3.5 years after invasion of Mosul. Dec 6, 2017 - Trump declared  Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking riots.  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).  - Middle 2017 2018 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.