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© 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 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.  Rapture 2018 Introduction   There are two main reasons that I think the rapture will happen in 2018.  1. 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel and there are two other 70-year periods in the Seals (at least 3 in Jewish history – shown below), so the rapture would make a third 70-year period in the Seals, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.  That sounds pretty simplistic, but not so much since most people don’t know the true meaning of the Seals, so they are not aware of the other 70-year periods.  Thus, I’m not picking the 70th anniversary solely because of its numerical value, but because it matches a Biblical pattern, which God established, and will likely continue.  2. The ‘abomination that causes desolation’, from the Book of Daniel, is one of the most important events, during end times, because Jesus called attention to it, in Matthew 24:15, just before He tells Judea to flee to the mountains because there will be “a great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again.”  (Matt 24:21)    That ‘great distress’ will come as a result of the 6th Seal, which is the rapture in Revelation, when Christians will meet Jesus in the sky and proceed to heaven for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  Judea is told to flee to the mountains because the earthquake of the 6th Seal will likely generate a tsunami, so fleeing to higher ground is the natural thing to do.  Thus, Jesus was prophesying the 6th Seal to happen in conjunction with the abomination.    That makes perfect sense because there are two distinct groups that are explained in Rev 7, between the 6th and 7th Seals: the 144,000 Israelites, who stay on earth, and the multitude of Christians, who arrive in heaven.  Those are the same two groups in Matthew 24:22-31, one staying on earth and the other being gathered immediately to heaven.    People get confused about Matthew 24 because they want to make it all about one group, and make everything sequential, but it must be two different groups because it must match Rev 7.  Events concerning the two groups start simultaneously, immediately after the abomination, but they had to be written about separately.  Thus, the Israelites flee to the mountains, while the Christians arrive in heaven (Matt 24), which is confirmed because those in the mountains, during the 6th Seal, see Jesus (the Lamb) in the sky. (Rev 6:15-16)    The abomination is due, at any time, because all the verses in Daniel 11, prior to the abomination, in verse 31, have been fulfilled.  Besides that, verses 23-30 were being fulfilled at an average rate of about one-per-year.  Therefore, it stands to reason that verse 31 will follow suit in 2018 and create another 70-year period.  Again, most people don’t know the relationship between current events and Daniel 11, leading to the abomination, because Daniel 11 was the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.  Yet, God never said it would be sealed forever.  The correct interpretation of Daniel 11  shows God’s true power over every empire of the Middle East and how He controlled their rise and fall to suit His timing, leading to the abomination, as Jesus indicated.  Other indicators 3. Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)  Israel has been surrounded by hostel forces for a long time, but never with Iran so directly involved.  That’s important because Iran is the current ‘king of the north’, starting in Daniel 11:21.  Iran is supporting Assad’s forces, in Syria, which are currently fighting the rebels on Israel’s northern border.  Iran also supports Hamas, in Gaza, on Israel’s southern border.  The armies are not exactly surrounding Jerusalem, physically, but Jerusalem has been the focal point and source of increased hostilities, ever since Trump declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel (12-8-17), and moved the embassy there (5-14-18).  4. Paul said, “While people are saying “peace and safety”, destruction will come on them suddenly…” (1 Thess 5:3)  In the midst of all the turmoil surrounding the status of Jerusalem, Jared Kushner continues to hold meetings and formulate the details of Trump’s ‘ultimate peace deal’.  Of course, the Palestinians have refused to meet with him because they see America’s actions involving Jerusalem as bias.  They demand East Jerusalem, including the Old City, as their capital, which will never happen because Netanyahu will never divide Jerusalem.  The current stalemate fits Paul’s prophecy because the verse indicates that true peace will not be achieved.  People will just be talking about it, which they are.    I consider both of these as secondary indicators because they could be fulfilled or have additional steps pending.  There’s just no way to tell, until the armed forces rise up and set up the abomination.  Of course, that will happen as a surprise, so don’t look for that as a sign, before establishing a sincere relationship with Jesus, because it will be too late.