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Related page: Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2: 1-12) © 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. 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 Related page: Matthew 24 Explained (Must match Revelation)  Rapture 2018    Possible Rapture by 17th of Tammuz (June 30, 2018) *or sooner  Introduction / summary   I know it’s crazy to pick a date for the rapture, even an approximate one, but this is different because I use clues from the Bible, rather than astronomy or numerology as others have done.  I’m not trying to pick an exact date, but rather the ‘season’, from Passover (March 30, 2018) to the 17th of Tammuz (June 30, 2018).  However, I realize that by having a cut-off date, I’m sort-of picking that date, but I have a very good Biblical reason.    Basically, 2018 is likely because it’s the 70th anniversary of Israel and God has used at least 3 other 70-year periods, in Biblical history, to show His involvement. (explained below)  Plus, the abomination is due in Daniel 11 because all the verses, before verse 31, have been fulfilled.  Zechariah 14:16-19 explains that the outsider nations will be forced to worship Jesus, during the Feast of Tabernacles following Armageddon (text below), but before that can happen, the abomination must occur (rapture), followed by 2300-days of ‘tribulation’ (Trumpet and Bowl plagues), after which the sanctuary will be re-consecrated. (Daniel 8:13-14 -below)  Thus, there are at least 2300-days between the rapture and the Feast of Tabernacles following Armageddon.  If the abomination and rapture are to occur in 2018 (thus making another 70-year period), then it must occur before June 30, 2018, so the re-consecration of the sanctuary can occur before the Feast of Tabernacles, in 2024.  Otherwise, they will have to wait until the following year, to begin worshipping Jesus, which is unlikely because their rainfall depends on it. (text below)   The rapture could happen sooner because that would just give the 144,000 priests extra time to prepare for the Feast of Tabernacles, which makes good sense.  Thus, the exact day is still unknown.  However, I don’t think it will be later than June 30, 2018, because the 2300th day would miss the start of the Feast.  I designated the 3-month ‘season’, starting with Passover, because all the Biblical examples of arriving or exiting, which accurately describes the rapture, have occurred between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz. (examples below   I’m fully aware that the Bible says that no one will know the exact day or hour, but that doesn’t mean that Christians won’t know the general ‘season’.  When Jesus refers to the Day coming like a thief in the night, He’s referring to non-Christians who are blinded by sin and darkness, because Paul says: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.   You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to  the darkness.   If Christians are not to be surprised, then there must be a way to know the general signs or season.  In fact, there must be clues in the Bible, for Christians to discover at the proper time, because Jesus explains an extra incentive for those who are “watching” when He comes.  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.”   How can a servant “watch” unless there are specific Biblical clues that were meant to match current events, at the proper time?  The key is to watch for events leading to the abomination, in the Book of Daniel, as Jesus said. (Matthew 24:15)  The most detailed list of events are found in Daniel 11, which was ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (Daniel 12:4)  However, God didn’t say it would be sealed forever.  It took me many years before I was able to decipher the true meaning of Daniel 11, but it was obvious that the old interpretations didn’t make any sense.  God finally allowed me to figure it out, at the proper time, which eventually led to this discovery of the ‘season’.  I’m different from others because I stuck to the way that Jesus instructed, rather than relying on astronomy or numerology.    Unsealing Daniel 11 was my chosen duty because Jesus spoke of an anonymous servant that would give ‘food’ to the servants in the household at the proper time. (Matthew 24:45-46 After all, God prefers to choose the ‘lowly and weak’, so no one can boast. (1 Cor. 1:26-29)  Anyway, I’m just presenting the Biblical evidence, so people can make up their own minds, and watch if they want to, but personally; I want to be at Jesus’ special table.  Wouldn’t everyone? Amos 3:7 “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.”    Regardless of the signs or date, don’t think you can wait until the last minute before accepting Jesus as your personal savior, because the rapture happens almost immediately after the abomination (see Matt 24), so those who are being raptured won’t actually see it.  God is being extra generous to this last generation, by unsealing Daniel 11, which essentially provides concrete proof of God’s control of the earth.  Yet, a person must make a conscious decision and accept Jesus, by believing sincerely and asking forgiveness, before it’s too late. (more)  Like I said, don’t wait because it could happen sooner, catching a person by surprise, or a person can die unexpectedly, from an accident or heart attack.  No one is guaranteed tomorrow, so waiting is like gambling with eternity.  Of course, those stakes are too high, so accept Jesus today.  So where does the June 30, 2018 come from? … Zechariah 14   The best way I know to explain something is to start at the beginning and explain how I found the information.  To make a long story short, I was re-reading the small prophets and came to Zechariah, which I already knew had some end time information, but something new came to my attention, concerning Armageddon and the start of Jesus’ 1000-year reign.   Zechariah 14:3-5  [start of Armageddon]  Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.  5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.”   Note: The bold reference above matches the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 19:11-16, especially “the holy ones with Him”, in Rev 19:14, so there’s no mistake.  If you’re wondering about Zechariah 14:1-2, that’s describing the 7th Trumpet War (middle of tribulation), when Israel is invaded by the beast, and the two witnesses are killed.  That will be an especially terrible time for Israel, when the false prophet will force them to take the mark of the beast, in order to buy or sell. (Rev 13:11-17)  Shortly thereafter, the 144,000 are martyred for not taking the mark. (Rev 14)  Then, the Bowl plagues will start. (Rev 16)  Armageddon is the 7th Bowl, when Jesus will return to fight the armies of the beast, along with those Christians who are raptured and attend the 2300-day ‘Wedding Supper of the Lamb’, in heaven. (Rev 19:7)  Zechariah 14:6-15  [Armageddon concluded / start of 1000-year reign] 6 On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. 7 It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime -a day known to the LORD.  When evening comes, there will be light. 8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.  9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.  10 The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 11 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.  12 This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day, men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic.  Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. 14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected -great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps. Zechariah 14:16-19  [Activities during the 1000-years] 16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.   As you can see, the ‘outsiders in the nations’ (Rev 22:15) will be forced to worship Jesus, once a year, in Jerusalem, and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), or get no rain and be inflicted with the hideous plague in verse 12, which no one wants.  Therefore, since the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) will be the one and only mandatory worship day, during the 1000-years, as opposed to 3-times-a-year during ancient times (Exodus 23:14-16), then I figure that Armageddon and the “re-consecration of the sanctuary” (see verse below) must happen on or before Sukkot, so the tradition can start right away, in the first year.  In other words, Armageddon and the re-consecration would likely take place sometime before the Feast of Tabernacles, but not after, because then they would have to wait almost a year to start their worship.  Essentially, God would be giving them the first year’s rain for free, with no worship.  I know God is generous, but given the time, place, and circumstances, I don’t think He would let the outsiders slide, for a whole year, before they worship Jesus.  The 2300-days Daniel 8:13-14 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled-the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?"  14 He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be re-consecrated."   As you can see, the above verse mentions an entire timeline concerning ‘tribulation’, from beginning, middle, to end, which takes a total of 2300-days.  The uprising (rebellion) that halts the daily sacrifice (prayer at the Western Wall), along with ‘setting up the abomination that causes desolation’ (Daniel 11:31) is at the beginning of tribulation (during the rapture).  The ‘sanctuary is surrendered’ in the middle of tribulation, during the 6th Trumpet War, when the two witnesses are killed, after prophesying for 1260-days.  The ‘host’ (many armies of the beast) are trampled underfoot at the end of tribulation, during Armageddon, which is when the sanctuary will be re-consecrated.  Thus, there are a total of 2300-days between the ‘abomination’ (rapture) and the ‘re-consecration of the sanctuary’, following Armageddon.    Since 2018 is the 70th anniversary of Israel, and there have been three other 70-year periods in Jewish history (listed below), then I went forward to the Feast of Tabernacles that takes place 2300-days after 2018, which happened to be in October-2024.  I already knew that Sukkot always starts on a full moon (Leviticus 23:34), and 2300-days is almost exactly 78 lunar months (78 x 29.5 = 2301), so I knew if I subtracted 2300-days from the Feast of Tabernacles, then it would also land on or near a full moon. (see full moon section below)  To be honest, the calculation didn’t land where I though it might, or hoped it would (it was months later), but when I saw the result, it made perfect sense.  It landed on the 17th of Tammuz.   Subtraction: Oct 16, 2024 [Eve of Sukkot] – 2300 days = June 30, 2018 (17th of Tammuz)    Note: The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is 7-days, but I took the ‘eve of the 1st day’ for three reasons: 1. It starts on a full moon.  2. The re-consecration of the sanctuary would probably be before the Feast of Tabernacles started.  3. Jews consider 6pm as the end of one day and start of another.  That’s why Daniel 8:14 refers to a ‘day’ as an “evening and morning.”  Zechariah 14:7 talks about Armageddon being a ‘unique day’ (without light), but “when evening comes, there will be light.”  Thus, there seems to be something special about the ‘evening’, possibly the re-consecration of the sanctuary.  That’s why I took the ‘eve of the 1st day’, and that’s when the calculation landed on the 17th of Tammuz (June 30, 2018).  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, 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.  Related page: The Seals & Revelation (A chapter-by-chapter summary, including tribulation) Tools I used: 1. Jewish Calendar  (for solar to lunar date comparison) 2. Time and Date  (for adding and subtracting days) The Infamous 17th of Tammuz   According to multiple Jewish sources, the 17th of Tammuz begins a 3-week period of fasting and mourning for the Israelites because it commemorates five tragic events that occurred on that date.  The first was obviously the most significant, and God picked the same day for the rest, to make a point.  1. Moses broke God’s Ten Commandants, when he saw the Israelites worshipping the golden calf.  Note: I double checked the Bible, and disagree with the Jewish sources.  The 17th of Tammuz was the day that God appeared on Mt. Sinai, with fire and a thunderous voice, which is when they asked Moses to speak to God, and relay future messages, because they were afraid. (Exodus 19:1 & 16)  Thus, it was the day Moses went ‘up’ the mountain, where he stayed 40-days (Exodus 24:18), not the day he came back down.  Nevertheless, it was an important day. 2. The Jews were forced to stop the daily sacrifice, due to lack of sheep, during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, which lasted over 2.5 years.  Note: The Jerusalem Talmud says that the Babylonians also breached the walls of Jerusalem, on the 17th  of Tammuz, on their way to destroying the first Temple.  However, Jeremiah 52:6 says that it was the 9th of Tammuz (4th month), which I tend to believe, but it’s not a big deal. 3. An idol was placed in the Holy Temple, during the 1st Temple period.  4. The Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem, during the 1st Jewish revolt, on their way to destroying the 1st Temple, 3-weeks later. 5. The Roman military leader, Apostomos, burned the holy Torah (Sefer Torah), prior to the 3rd Jewish revolt, which caused the Jews to be totally exiled from Palestine.   The main point I’m making is that the 17th of Tammuz has been re-used several times in history, so it could happen again because the rapture will be a terrible day for Jews. God is very traditional, which is why so many calamities fell on the anniversary of His appearance on Mt. Sinai (or golden calf as the Jews think).  Quick Summary of the Tribulation   As I said, the rapture will be a terrible day for Jews.  They will see Jesus in the sky “with power and great glory” (Matt 24:30), but they will not be taken in the rapture, as Christians will be.  On the contrary, they will mourn because they will realize that Jesus (the Lamb) was indeed their Messiah, but they rejected Him. (Rev 6:16)  In fact, the abomination and rapture will start the single worse distress in Israel’s history, “never to be equaled again.” (Matt 24:21)    A big part of that distress will be kicked off by the earthquake of the 6th Seal (Rev 6:12), which causes a tsunami, which is why Jesus tells Judea to flee to the mountains when they see the abomination. (Matt 24:15-18)  Nonetheless, the earthquake and tsunami could kill as many as two-thirds of Israelites (Zechariah 13:8), who don’t flee to higher ground quite fast enough.  I know two-thirds is a lot, but that’s what the Bible says (click verse).  The 144,000 will be amongst the surviving third, and they will be protected by the two witnesses, who will prophesy in Jerusalem for 1260-days.  During that time, the two witnesses will oversee the building of the 3rd Temple, because no one can stop them.  Near the end of the 1260-days, during the 6th Trumpet war (Rev 9:13-19), the antichrist will invade Israel (Rev 13:7 & Daniel 11:41), killing the two witnesses (Rev 11:7), and “setting himself up in God’s Temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thess 2:4)  That’s why Jesus must “re-consecrate the sanctuary,” after defeating the beast at Armageddon, at the end of 2300-days. (Daniel 8:14) Is 2018 any different from future years? (Metonic cycle)   That’s a good question.  I asked myself the same thing because, if 2300-days is an even 78-months, then wouldn’t the subtraction land on the same date almost every time?  I say “almost” because I knew that the Jewish calendar adds an extra month, periodically, which might change certain years, so I had to test my theory to see how rare it was.  First, I tested forward, and then backwards, but to my surprise; the subtraction only landed on the 17th of Tammuz in 2018.  That was puzzling.  The other years, both forward and backwards, were off by one month.  For my own curiosity, I had to figure out why, which was challenging, but I finally did.  The answer lies in the formula they use to add the extra months.    The Jews use a ‘luni-solar’ calendar, which means that they follow the lunar months, but add an extra month, periodically, so the holidays fall in the same general season each year.  Note, many other cultures do the same thing, such as Buddhists and Hindi, but Muslims use a pure lunar calendar, which means that their holidays rotate throughout the entire year.    Anyway, there’s a particular formula for adding the extra months, called the Metonic cycle, which was introduced to the West by the Greek astronomer, Meton, in the 5th century BC, but the concept had previously been used by the Babylonians.  It’s based on the fact that it takes 19 solar-years to approximately equal an even number of lunar months.  Since 12 lunar months is about 354-days, instead of 365-days, then 7 lunar months are added every 19-year cycle, which makes it pretty accurate (1-day every 219 years).    The Metonic cycle designates that the extra month is added on years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 19 (same as 0), so that consecutive years are never used.  The years that get an extra month are called ‘leap-years’.  The Hebrew calendar currently has 2017 being ‘year-1’ of a new cycle, which means that an extra month will be added in the early-spring of 2019(3), 2022(6), 2024(8), 2027(11), 2030(14), 2033(17), 2035(19), 2038(3), and so on.    The reason years 2024, 2027, 2035, and 2038 are highlighted is that only 4 times in the 19 year cycle does the 2300-day span manage to include 3 extra months.  That’s what makes the subtraction land on the 17th of Tammuz.  For example, June-2018 to Oct-2024 contains 3 extra months, as does June-2021 to Oct-2027.  All other 6-year combinations contain 2 extra months.  It’s a little hard to explain, but it’s due to years 8-11 and 17-19 only skipping two years, and the extra month being added in the early-spring, before June.  Anyway, it occurs 4 of 19 or 21% of the time, which is moderately rare.    Thus, there was a 21% chance that the subtraction landed on the 17th of Tammuz, for 2018, which is the 70th anniversary of Israel.  Granted, the same thing will be true for 2021, but that will be the 73rd anniversary of Israel, which doesn’t have the same ring to it.  As I said above, God is traditional, which is why calamities keep happening to the Jews on the 17th of Tammuz, in the first place.  There are also three other 70-year periods in Jewish history (below), which shows another of God’s traditions.  Thus, since the abomination is already due, according to Daniel 11, then there’s a good chance it could be set up near the 17th of Tammuz, in 2018, completing another 70-year period, and making the 2300th day land near the Feast of Tabernacles in 2024. - 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. New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) Significant events from Passover to the 17th of Tammuz   To put it another way, the Israelites left Egypt on the original Passover, the 14th of the 1st month (Nisan), or the 1st full moon of the year, and arrived at Mt. Sinai on the 14th of the 4th month (Tammuz), or the 4th full moon of the year.  Three days later, on the 17th of the Tammuz, God appeared on Mt. Sinai in an unprecedented display of fire and thunder.  Ever since then, every example of entering, exiting, arrival, or departure, regarding God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Israelites, has happened between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz.  I don’t expect the rapture, which is Jesus’ arrival in the sky and the Christians’ departure from the earth, to be any different.    Since 2018 is the 70th anniversary of Israel, and there have been at least 3 other 70-year periods in the Bible (almost a 4th -see below), and the abomination is due in Daniel 11 (all previous verses have been fulfilled), then there is a high probability that the rapture could happen between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz - 2018 (March 30 – June 30).  I’m not trying to pick an exact day, but rather a ‘season’, based on current situations and past tendencies of God, which He is prone to repeat.  Below is an illustration from the past of the season I mean. Event    Lunar date   2018 date 1. Israelites left Egypt – Passover - 14th of Nisan – March 30  2. Israelites arrived at Mt. Sinai – 14th of Tammuz – June 27 3. God appeared on Mt. Sinai – 17th of Tammuz – June 30  4. 1st victory in Promised Land (Jericho) - 15th – 21st of Nisan - March 31 – Apr 6 5. Jesus arrived on earth (born) – 2nd week of Tammuz – June 21 -27 6. Jesus crucified – morning of Passover - 14th of Nisan – March 30 7. Jesus resurrected – Easter Sunday - 16th of Nisan – April 1 8. Jesus ascended to heaven – 40-days after resurrection – May 10 9. Holy Spirit came to disciples – Pentecost - 50-days after resurrection – May 20 10. Israelites declared a new nation (1948) – 5th of Iyar (solar -May 14) – April 20 (May 14) 11. Israelites re-unified Jerusalem (1967) – 28th of Iyar (solar -June 7) – May 13 (June 7)   Note: I just realized that 1948 and 1967 are equivalent years on the Metonic cycle (because they are 19 years apart).  That’s interesting because they were both significant Israeli victories (thus victories for God).  If you keep adding 19, to find more equivalent years (i.e. 1986, 2005, 2024), then you eventually get to 2024.  That’s interesting because 2024 is the projected year for Armageddon (if the rapture happens in 2018 -see below), which is a significant victory for Jesus, and thus God, on another Metonic cycle equivalent year.   Note: Possible 70th anniversary scenario: Abomination/rapture (2018) + 2300 days = re-consecration of the sanctuary (Daniel 8:13-14), after Armageddon (2024). Added: 3-18-2018 New intro- 3-19 added section: 3-18-2018 A lot happening on Israel’s 70th anniversary   Historically speaking, God has used 70-year periods at least 3 times 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), 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 the resulting banishment of the Jews from Palestine was necessary, so God could bring them back and fulfill another prophecy in Jerimiah 16:14-15 (#3 below).  3. From the 1st Jewish land purchase in Palestine (1878), following more than 17-centuries of banishment, to the establishment of modern Israel (1948) was 70-years.  Note: Seals 3 & 4 were directly involved in the events that fulfilled Jeremiah 16:14-15.   It’s impossible to be 100% certain, but the coincidences surrounding the 70th anniversary of Israel, May 14th, seem to indicate that God is planning another 70-year period, which would be back-to-back with #3 above, but that’s not entirely unprecedented because it’s similar to what He did in #1.  The coincidences I’m referring to involve the Palestinians, Iran, Trump, and Israel.  Current events: 1. The Palestinians are organizing protests, from March 30 to May 15, at the border fence between Gaza and Israel, including a tent city for participants.  2. America has vowed to move their embassy to Jerusalem, on May 14th, to add to the celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary.  This move is a continuation of Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, which is the main thing that started the current riots, in Gaza and the West Bank.  The embassy move is just another event to stoke the unrest  that will eventually bring the uprising and abomination, which is actually a good thing for Christians.  3. Trump is due to sign the recurring waiver to uphold America’s end of the Iran nuclear deal, by May 12th, which he vowed, last time, not to sign again unless the deal was ‘fixed’.  Trump wants restrictions on Iran’s ICBM’s, and sunset clauses to be erased, but a person who prides himself on making great deals should know that once all parties sign an agreement, it’s binding.  The nuclear deal was the basis of Daniel 11:23, in 2013, so the fact that it’s a central issue and could be broken, two days before Israel’s 70th anniversary, in 2018, is quite remarkable.    Note: I’m not saying that the abomination will be set up exactly on Israel’s 70th anniversary, but I don’t think it will be any later than June 30, 2018 (17th of Tammuz) because that happens to be 2300-days from the Feast of Tabernacles, 2024.  A later date, in 2018, would mean that the 2300th day would miss the start of the Feast of Tabernacles, which is celebrated after Armageddon. (Zechariah 14:16-19)  A similar date in 2019 wouldn’t fall on the 17th of Tammuz, and wouldn’t be the 70th anniversary of Israel, so the historical precedents wouldn’t apply.  Yet, I think they do apply, which is why tensions seem to be building towards Israel’s 70th anniversary.    Given God’s tendency to re-use special days, and 70-year periods, I think the abomination and rapture are likely to occur between March 30th (Passover) and June 30, 2018.  That ‘season’ is explained above and Israel’s 70th anniversary, May 14, happens to be square in the middle.