Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2019   All rights reserved. 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. 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 a lot 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 think that major event was the start of the 70th Seven, although not exact (see chart). Of course, the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven is more important than the start because that’s when the abomination will be set up in Daniel 9:27.  Thus, that’s also when the rapture will take place in Matthew 24, so the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven is vitally important.  (below) - Updated: 2-24-2019 - The ‘blood moon’ on January 21, 2019   The blood moon on January 21, 2019, was interesting because it happened 3 years, 6 months, and 1 week from the ‘signing’ of the Iran nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (July 15, 2015), making it seem to be the middle of the 70th Seven.  However, as explained above, the signing was not the confirmation, but rather ‘adoption day’ is more likely the confirmation that started to 70th Seven, putting the ‘middle’ around Passover, 2019, which is still in the 70th anniversary of Israel.  Nonetheless, something interesting did happen during the blood moon on Jan 21, 2019.     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 by Israeli officials 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.  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 and what to do about the Palestinians is the primary issues 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 part of God’s plan.  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.  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.  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 (Trumpet plagues) Start End Middle (rapture)      4      7     10 2021 Note: 2300-day ‘Tribulation’ continues with the Bowl plagues Possible “Start” of the 70th Seven (confirmation) [Adoption Day for the Iranian nuclear agreement - Oct 18, 2015 2023 Approx. “middle” of the 70th Seven [“confirmation” + 3.5 years] April 18, 2019, which is one day before Passover Eve in the 70th anniversary of Israel. Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation 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 align, 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: I’m not trying to use Daniel 9:27 to pick an exact date because the middle of a 7-year-period cannot be pinpointed to just one day.  Besides, the KJV interprets that phrase as ‘midst’ of the seven, which is basically the same, but a little vaguer.]  Contrary to popular belief, the word ‘covenant’ just means ‘agreement or promise’, and 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 one who 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 antichrist person.  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.  Plus, they are sort-of the arch-enemy of Zionism (Israel’s establishment of a nation in Palestine).  Not only is Iran encroaching ever closer to Israel’s border in the north, but they are allies with Hamas, in Gaza, and Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)    Iran’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) was historic, and most likely was the ‘covenant with many’ that Daniel 9:27 refers to.  It started with an interim agreement, in Nov-2013, shortly after Rouhani was elected, which I think was the basis of Daniel 11:23.  The interim agreement unfroze $700 million/month in Iranian assets, while negotiations were proceeding.  That money helped Iran fund Shia militias, to help Assad stay in power, and expand militarily into Iraq and Syria (ancient Mesopotamia), which is an important aspect of being ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11.  After the implementation, Iran got billions of dollars in frozen assets, which I think was the basis of Daniel 11:28.  The fact that Trump pulled America out of the agreement, and re-imposed sanctions, just increased tensions with Iran, which is probably part of God’s plan.  The fact that the historic agreement is still in the news, 3.5 years later, supports my theory that it was an event of Biblical proportions.    The final agreement was signed on July 15, 2015, which I thought was the ‘confirmation’ of the interim agreement.  After all, 3.5 years from that date was just one week from a blood moon (more below chart) However, that blood moon has since passed, Jan 21, 2019.  Oh well, I said the middle was not exact, but there could also be an even better explanation   It has come to my attention (e-mail from a long-time reader) that the nuclear agreement didn’t become effective at signing, but rather 3 months later, on “Adoption Day,” October 18, 2015 To tell the truth, I had never heard of adoption day, but it was defined in the agreement as being 90-days from the ‘UN endorsement’, which happened with a UN resolution on July 20th, making the official ‘adoption day’ October 18, 2015.  That’s when the agreement really kicked-off and got rolling.  So, instead of the signing being a confirmation of the interim agreement, the official ‘adoption day’ could be the confirmation of the signing.  Some may say I’m just kicking the can down the road, but 3.5 years from ‘adoption day’ is April 18, 2019, which is just one day before Passover Eve.  In other words, the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’ lands almost exactly on Passover, in the 70th anniversary of Israel.  As always, I’m not trying to pick an exact date, but those are the facts, and the facts sound pretty exciting to me.    Not only would the rapture near Passover-2019 match the middle of the 70th Seven, as defined by the nuclear agreement, but it also makes sense because Passover Eve is when Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples, and the rapture will start the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.    Passover also has the potential to fulfill another scripture because it precedes the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Amos 8: 9-10a “In that day,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.  I will turn your religious feasts into mourning and all your singing into weeping.”   Granted, that does not mean the rapture must happen on a Jewish holiday, because the Jews would still be mourning when the next feast rolled around, but it raises the potential.    The chances are also raised because Passover is naturally on a full moon, which is always the 14th/15th of a lunar month. (Note: A lunar month starts on a new moon and has 29.5 days.) God is known to tell time by the sun, moon, and stars. (Gen 1:14)  There have been several significant Biblical events on full moons, such as the original Passover and Exodus, and thus the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  God also chose a full moon for the start of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Also, the defeat of the Persians, in the Book of Esther, for which Purim is celebrated, happened during a full moon.  Plus, Noah’s flood started just two days from a full moon, as was God’s appearance on Mt. Sinai.  Thus, many important Biblical events have happened between the 14th and 17th of the lunar month, while the moon is nearly full.  Thus, the chances of the rapture happening during a full moon are always a little higher.    Of course, the chances are better for Passover-2019 because it’s the 70th anniversary of Israel and there are already two 70-year periods in the Seals: the Jewish revolts (66AD to 136AD), in Seal 2, and the re-creation of modern Israel (1878 -1948) [1st settlement to declaration], spaning Seals 3 & 4. (see more info on Seals page)  If the rapture happens in the 70th anniversary of Israel, then that would make a third 70-year period in the Seals, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.    Note: There was another 70-year period in the Old Testament, from the destruction of the 1st Temple by the Babylonians, in 586 BC, to the completion of the 2nd Temple, in 516 BC.  (Ezra 6:15)  Plus, the repairs on the wall around Jerusalem was completed in 445 BC, which was 71-years from the completion of the 2nd Temple. (Nehemiah 6:15)  That was almost back-to-back 70-year periods, which would also be the case if the rapture came in the 70th anniversary of Israel.  Therefore, the notion is not unprecedented.    Besides the Seals and 70th anniversary, the rapture depends largely on the setting up of the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ because that’s the sign that Jesus gave in Matthew 24:15.  (more below chart) Of course, that’s what happens in the middle of the 70th Seven, in Daniel 9:27, but there must also be an ‘armed uprising’, as described in Daniel 11:31, since they are describing the same event.  Daniel 11:31 “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.”   The two prophecies are converging because an armed uprising could literally happen any day, since the Palestinians have been rioting weekly, ever since Trump announced the US embassy would move to Jerusalem.  In the past few days, there have even been riots around the Temple Mount (wing of the temple).  The riots happen on various days of the week, but especially on Friday, and Passover Eve happens to land on a Friday, in 2019.  Thus, the events of Daniel 11:31 are primed and ready to go, and if they happen soon, they will coincide with the middle of the 70th Seven, as well as make another 70-year period in the Seals.  (see charts below)   Passover-2019 will also be the last full moon in the 70th anniversary of Israel, so I hope Jesus finally comes.  Granted, the Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the Bridegroom was a ‘long-time in coming’, but in my opinion, we have already waited a long time.  Of course, even though Passover-2019 checks a lot of boxes, there’s always a chance that the time could go even longer.  In any case, keep watching and waiting because Jesus will eventually come, and there’s a special reward for those who are found ‘watching when He comes’.  Luke 12:37 (Jesus said,) “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.”   Likewise, Paul encouraged people to be ‘watchful’.   Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”    Note: Events are starting to happen on the Temple Mount that match the timing of the 70th Seven.  See my write-up about the Bab al-Rahma and Golden Gate, which is likely the “wing of the temple” where the abomination is set up.  (on abomination page) Daniel 11 Explained  Condensed “one page” Commentary (verse by verse) 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.  Updated: 3-09-2019 586 BC 516 BC 445 BC 66 AD 4 / 5 BC 136 AD 1948 1878 2019 ??? 70 years 71 years 70 / 71 years 70 years 70 years 70th anniversary Destruction of 1st Temple (2 Kings 25:8-9) 70-year Periods in Jewish History (3rd ‘pair’ possible very soon) Completion of Jerusalem wall (Nehemiah 6:15) Birth of Jesus (based on Herod’s death in 4 BC) Start of 1st Jewish revolt (Begin Seal 2) End of 3rd revolt  & complete exile (End of Seal 2) 1st modern Jewish settlement in Palestine  (related to Seal 3) Israel declared an independent nation  (related to Seal 4) Possible Rapture uprising & abomination  (Seal 6) Completion of 2nd Temple (Ezra 6:15) Jesus’ resurrection (Seal 1) Added Chart: 3-24-2019 see related page: The Seals Explained