Updated: 2-10-2018 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 - 2018   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. 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 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. 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 provide a strong possibility below. ‘Blood Moon’ in the Bible and what happened during the Tetrad   The term ‘blood moon’ comes from the fact that the moon gets a little reddish-orange, during a lunar eclipse, which the author connected to various Bible verses that refer to the moon turning “blood red.”  Personally, I never read the book, but I watched an hour video by the author and I noticed that he only used Old Testament verses, such as Joel (below), perhaps to keep things vague.  Joel 2:31 “The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.”    The historical coincidences might be valid, but the “great and dreadful day of the Lord”, which is also known as the rapture, is always accompanied by other astronomical events, some of which cannot be predicted by NASA, such as the “sky receding like a scroll.”  (below) The following are more detailed accounts of the rapture.  As you can tell, the Day of the Lord cannot be predicted with just a lunar eclipse that turns the moon reddish-orange.  I think God will somehow make all the events happen at the same time.  I don’t know how, but God can do all things.  Revelation 6:12-16 “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.  15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! Matthew 24:29-31 29 “Immediately after the distress of those days 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'   30 At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”    As you can see, the rapture (or gathering) is great for Christians who have washed their sins in the blood of the Lamb, but it’s dreadful for those who haven’t.    As for the historical coincidences and Israel, I think the ‘70th Seven’ started during the recent tetrad. (see explanation below chart)  It’s not something that people would have noticed, at the time, because the 70th Seven starts with a ‘confirmation to a covenant’ (Daniel 9:27), not a lunar eclipse or blood moon.  Yet, like I said, the tetrads happen near significant events, not exactly on them.  Plus, the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven is more vital than the start, because that’s when the abomination is set up and rapture takes place.  (Yet, you can’t have a middle without a start.)  In brief, the ‘start’ of the 70th Seven was a covenant by Iran with other Shiites, to fight ISIS and other Sunni terrorists, after the invasion of Mosul.  The significance to Israel was that the invasion of Mosul gave Iran a legitimate excuse to move militarily into Iraq and Syria, which is Israel’s main concern today (during the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven).    Of course, the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’ is significant to Israel because that’s when the abomination will be set up and the rapture takes place, which will be a dreadful day for the Jews (but a great day for Christians).  As Joel put it: “the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”      Recently, I discovered a ‘triple confirmation’ for the middle of the 70th Seven, which led back to a common start. (explained more below chart)  Plus, Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, which started riots at the same time, made a ‘quadruple confirmation’   By coincidence, the first ‘blood moon’ (lunar eclipse), since the tetrad, took place near the middle of the 70th Seven, on January 31, 2018. (as noted on the chart)   Part 2: Full moons in the Bible   In general, I think there’s a better chance for the rapture, during any full moon, regardless of an eclipse, because major events, in the Bible, often happen on full moons.  For example, 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 the 1st is 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 were near full moons.  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, since Jesus was crucified and resurrected during Passover, that also happened during a full moon, from the 15th to the 17th.  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.  - Part 4: Israel’s 70th anniversary (and three other 70-year periods in Jewish history)   Everyone knows that Israel’s 70th anniversary is May 14th, 2018, which is significant because there are at least three other 70-year periods in Jewish history (that I know of).  1. Time without a Temple – The 1st temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586BC (2 Kings 25:9), and the 2nd Temple was completed in 516BC. (Ezra 6:15)  Yet, the Jews didn’t plan it that way because there were delays that were beyond their control. (Ezra 4:5-24)  2. Jewish Revolts (Seal 2) – There were 3 Jewish revolts against the Romans.  The first started in 66AD and resulted in the destruction of the 2nd Temple.  The 3rd revolt was led by a false messiah named Bar Kokhba, who was supposed to restore Jerusalem, but the followers of Jesus rejected him, which helped distinguish Christianity from Judaism.  The 3rd revolt ended in 136AD, completing the 70-years.  The loss resulted in the complete exile of the Jews from Palestine, for 17.5 centuries, until 1878.  The 70-year period was prophesied in the 2nd Seal: “Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other.”  (Revelation 6:4)  [see also: The Seals and Revelation: a chapter-by-chapter summary] 3. Establishment of a new nation (Seals 3 & 4) – A group of Jewish families made an initial purchase and established a modern settlement in Palestine, called Petah Tikva, in 1878.  After a long struggle to buy land at reasonable prices, from the Arabs, and the Holocaust, which sped the migration to Palestine, and earned the Jews some sympathy, Israel was declared a nation in 1948, completing a 70-year period.  Seals 3 & 4 are represented because Seal 3 gave the Jews prosperity, so they could buy the land at inflated prices, and Seal 4 was the Holocaust, which gave them a vote of sympathy in the newly established United Nations.  #4?  Could another 70-year period be set to happen, between 1948 and the rapture in 2018?  I think it’s a strong possibility, especially since the next event in Daniel 11 is the abomination, coinciding with the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’ from Daniel 9:27.  Of course, that doesn’t mean the rapture will be the exact anniversary, May 14th, because the months are not always exact.  For example, #1’s Time without a Temple was about 5-months early, according to the dates in the Bible, converted by the NIV study notes: Aug 14, 586BC to March 12, 516BC.  The establishment of the modern state of Israel coincided with the expiration of the British Mandate, but it was over 2-months early, considering the first land purchase was July 30, 1878 and declaration of Israel’s independence was May 14, 1948.  I don’t know the exact months for the revolts, but you get my point: The fact that we have reached 2018 completes the 70-year period, and if history is any indication, the rapture could be months earlier than May 14th   Just to be complete, the Jews follow a lunar calendar, so their independence date was 5 Iyar 5708.  Thus, they will celebrate their 70th anniversary on 5 Iyar 5778, which happens to be April 20, 2018.  As an odd fate of symbolism, that’s also Hitler’s birthday. (bummer)  The Rapture: A Bad Day to be Jewish in Israel   Of course, contrary to what some Christians preach, the rapture will not be a good day for the Jews.  A person only needs to read Amos 8 to see that the rapture is a day of reckoning for the Jews, whom God describes as “ripe fruit.”  Amos 8:2-4 “Then the LORD said to me, "The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.  3 "In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies-flung everywhere! Silence!"  4 Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land …”    In a seemingly prophetic turn of events, Israel announced on Jan 2, 2018, that 42,000 African migrants, seeking refuge from Sudan and Eritrea, would have 90-days to leave Israel  or be thrown in jail, which sounds a lot like Amos 8:4.  Of course, they have been trampling the Palestinians for decades.  I’m not advocating that they give away God’s land, but they should give the needy inhabitants of the land fair treatment, as God would.  Then, God goes on to chastise the Jews for pretending to worship, during New Moons and Sabbaths, but inside they concentrate on leaving to make more money by cheating the poor. (Amos 8:5-6) Amos 8: 7-10 “The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget anything they have done.   Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn?  The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt.  9  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.  I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads.  I will make that time like mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.”   The above passage is describing the rapture, which is not good for the “Pride of Jacob.”  The “land will tremble” because there’s an earthquake in the 6th Seal (Rev 6:12), which is also the rapture (gathering) in Matthew 24:29-31.  The land will “rise like the Nile” because that same earthquake will cause a giant tsunami, which will “stir things up,” before receding again.  While that is happening, the sun will be “darkened in broad daylight”, just like the signs in Matthew 24:29 and the 6th Seal.  From that time forward, the religious feasts will be times of mourning and weeping, right up to the ‘bitter end’.  I’m not trying to gloat; I wish all Jews would accept Jesus as their Messiah, whom they killed.  The great thing about Jesus is that He doesn’t hold a grudge; He’s ready to forgive, if they just ask.    In fact, Jesus is standing at the door, and waiting for anyone to knock, if they want to be saved from the perils that this earth is about to see.  There’s still time to accept Jesus, but that time runs out when the rapture takes place.  In other words, don’t count on a second chance, like most people think they’re going to get.  Scripture doesn’t really support that belief, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.  [see: Will people be saved after the rapture?] 2017/2018 – A big year for meaningful anniversaries   The chart below shows several significant anniversaries between the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. June 1 2017 June 1 2018 June 7 50th annv. Jerusalem unified Oct 31 500th annv. Luther’s letter Nov 2 100th annv. Balfour’s letter May 14 70th annv. Israel’s indep. Dec Jan-2018 More Details: 1. June 7th was the 50th anniversary of Israel’s re-capture of the Old City Jerusalem, including the Western Wall and Temple Mount.  It was Biblical because current disputes, which are leading to the abomination (Matt. 24:15, Daniel 11:31, etc) are centered around Israel’s possession of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which was captured during the 6-day war, June 5-10, 1967. 2. October 31st was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s letter (or thesis) that he nailed to the door of the Catholic University at Wittenberg.  It was Biblical because it was the beginning of the 5th Church (Church in Sardis - Rev. 3:1) of Revelation’s Seven Churches 3. November 2nd was the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Balfour to Baron Rothschild, expressing Britain’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. (It was published in the paper on Nov. 9th.)  It was Biblical because God promised the Jews that they would be ‘restored to the land of their forefathers’. (Jeremiah 16:15) Note: Three days before, on the same day that the letter was approved by Britain’s government, on October 31st, the Battle of Beersheba was won by Australian, New Zealand, and British troops.  It was the first and most crucial victory for British troops in Palestine, during WWI.  4. November 29th was the 70th anniversary of the UN resolution 181 (1947), which approved the “Partition of Palestine” into separate Jewish and Arab states.  The partition was due to take place when the British Mandate expired, which was May 14th, the following year. (#5) 5. December 9th was the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1st Palestinian Intifada (1987).  6. May 14th is the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, which was also Biblical because of God’s prophecy in Jeremiah 16:15.  It was also 70-years from Israel’s first modern settlement in Palestine, which began in 1878, called Petah Tikva, which links the 3rd and 4th Seals in Rev. 6. Nov 29 70th annv. of UN resolution 181, approving the division of Palestine. Dec 9 30th annv. of 1st Palestinian Intifada Middle Part 3: High-speed Train arriving for Passover ‘18   There’s another interesting development due for Passover 2018.  Israel’s Transportation Minister, Katz, has declared that the new high-speed train will be complete, on March 30, in time for the first day of Passover.  The new train will carry 1000 passengers, from Tel Aviv’s airport to Jerusalem, in 28 minutes.  From what I understand, the last two stations, which will terminate in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, near the Western Wall, may not be done  (unless they can finish two stations in 3 months), but the station in Jerusalem, between the bus station and International Convention Center, will be ready.  Perhaps, they will clarify later.   The reason this is a big deal is that the Palestinians accuse Israel of building infrastructure projects in areas of East Jerusalem that they want for their future capital.  In other words, the Palestinians don’t like Israel creating ‘facts on the ground’ to strengthen their claim to certain areas.  Settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank have been doing that for decades, but a high-speed train, straight to the Western Wall, may be even more significant.    One reason that the Palestinians may be nervous and angry is that some rabbis see this project as another step towards a future 3rd Temple.  They think a high-speed train will be necessary to carry the increased number of visitors to the Temple Mount, once the Temple is complete.  The Palestinians know that Israelis want a 3rd Temple, which is why they get furious and riot, each time the smallest thing seems to move in that direction.  That’s why Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on Dec 6th, struck such a nerve and inspired talk of a 3rd intifada.  To rub salt in the wounds, the Israelis plan to name the last station, near the Western Wall, after Trump, due to his declaration.    Many rabbis think Trump was divinely chosen to help Israel enter the “messianic process.”  I agree that Trump was divinely chosen, but for a different reason.  His actions are making the Palestinians angrier and driving them closer to an intifada (uprising), which is exactly what Daniel 11:31 predicts, right before the abomination and rapture.  In other words, Trump is indeed instrumental in the messianic process, but the Jews are waiting for the wrong Messiah.  The Palestinians will rise up to fulfill Daniel 11:31, before the 3rd Temple begins, and Jesus will appear in the sky to gather Christians for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. (Matt 24:30-31)  Jews will remain on earth to mourn because they didn’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God. (Rev 6:16)  Nevertheless, the high-speed train is still prophetic, and relates to the 3rd Temple, because it will help to fulfill the following verse, which starts after the rapture.  Revelation 11:1-3  [John’s vision] “I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. 2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.  3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”    The above passage indicates that a 3rd Temple will be built, but after the rapture, while the two witnesses are prophesying for 3.5 years (1st half of tribulation). [Note: The multitude is in heaven, due to the rapture, in Revelation 7.]  I think the “measuring” represents ‘surveying’, which is the first step in any building project.  I think the “counting” is for the 144,000 ‘Israelites’, who are chosen, in Rev 7, to receive God’s seal on their foreheads, as opposed to the false prophet’s mark of the beast.  The gentiles are “excluded” because, contrary to what most Christians have been taught, the Bible doesn’t really support a second chance.  Sadly, mis-interpretation won’t change God’s Biblical plan.  Nonetheless, gentiles will “trample” Jerusalem, representing ‘increased tourism’, to see the two witnesses and ask about a second chance.  Thus, the high-speed train is indeed part of prophecy because it will be needed to accommodate the increased number of gentiles who visit Jerusalem, after the rapture.    The fact that the train will start on Passover may be prophetic for another reason because it could inspire the Palestinians to desecrate the Western Wall and set up the abomination.  After all, Passover has been used by Hamas before to stage an attack.  In fact, the Passover Massacre, in 2002, was the deadliest attack of the 2nd intifada, when a suicide bomber killed 30 people in Netanya (north of Tel Aviv).  Thus, a religious holiday is not off limits, when it comes to terrorism, and the opening of the new train will add to existing hostilities.      Therefore, anything is possible, including the fulfillment of Daniel 11:31 and the rapture, especially since Passover will be getting even closer to Israel’s 70th anniversary.  I’m still not picking a date, but certain factors increase the odds, and the train on Passover is another thing to consider.  Plus, Jesus said, “Pray that your flight will not take place in the winter or on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 24:20)  That refers to Israel’s ‘fleeing to the mountains’ (v.16), to avoid the tsunami when the abomination is set up (v.15), which is when the rapture happens. (see Matthew 24 page)  Of course, that doesn’t mean that the rapture couldn’t happen in the winter; it’s just means that they should “pray” that it doesn’t, because winter would just add  to their misery.  That being said, Passover Week starts about 10-days after winter is over, which is another thing to consider, especially since it’s closer to Israel’s 70th anniversary.  See also: Rapture 2018 (Based on Zech 14 & more) Now also on video See also: Rapture 2018 (Based on Zechariah 14) Now also on video See also: Rapture 2018 (Based on Zechariah 14) Now also on video God’s 3 appointed feasts ... connecting past and future   God appointed 3 main feasts for the Israelites to appear before Him: 1. Feast of Unleavened Bread, which starts on the 15th of the 1st month (the day after Passover).  2. Feast of Harvest, otherwise known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, which is 50-days after Passover Sabbath.  3. Feast of Ingathering, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles, which starts on the 15th of the 7th month, or exactly 6-months after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Ex 23:14-17; Ex 34:18-24; Lev 23:4-44)   God re-used the first two when Jesus was crucified on Passover (but arose on the 3rd day), and the Holy Spirit arrived on the 50th day, which was Pentecost, making Passover and Pentecost into Christian holidays, also.  Additionally, God plans to re-use the Feast of Tabernacles, during Jesus’ 1000-year reign on earth, after Armageddon. (Zechariah 14:16-19)  It’s interesting that Noah’s ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat, on the 17th of the 7th month (Gen 8:4), which later coincided with the Feast of Tabernacles.  When you think about it, the ark coming to rest was the start of a new era, just like Jesus’ 1000-year reign, each happening around the Feast of Tabernacles.  Thus, God has been re-using His appointed feast-times, even before they were considered a feast.   Then, there’s the 17th of Tammuz (17th of the 4th month), which is always about half-way between Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles because we’re talking about the middle (full moons) of the 1st, 4th, and 7th months.  Yet, only the 17th of Tammuz in 2018 will result in the 2300th day landing on the Feast of Tabernacles in 2024, due to catching 3 extra months.    My point is: If the abomination and rapture are going to happen during the 70th anniv. of Israel, for which there’s an excellent chance because there are three other 70-year periods in Jewish history [see below], then they would need to happen by June 30, 2018, or sooner, to make the 2300th day ‘re-consecration of the sanctuary’ (Dan 8:13-14) before the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zech 14:16)   I know it’s not good to pick a date for the rapture, because only God knows, but I’m just saying that the abomination is most likely to happen in the 90-day range between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz, because God has re-used those dates before, and it would correspond to Israel’s 70th anniversary and the Feast of Tabernacles-2024.  It’s just a theory, so people can judge for themselves, but at least it’s based on Biblical facts, not astronomy or numerology.    Personally, I used to not even pay attention to the appointed feasts, because Jesus said to watch for the abomination, from the Book of Daniel, which doesn’t involve feasts.  Yet, since all the verses in Daniel 11 have been fulfilled, up to verse 31, making the abomination due next, then the fact that God re-uses the feasts, even during the 1000-year reign, seems to be the next clue on which to focus.  Therefore, I’m still watching for the abomination, but it makes sense to think that God will coordinate the event with His appointed feasts.