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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 - Rapture - early 2019 Introduction   The main reason I think the rapture will be in early-2019 is that it corresponds to the 70th anniversary of Israel, which started May 14, 2018, and obviously lasts for one year.    The logical reason for the 70th anniversary is that the true meaning of the Seals already contains ‘two’ 70-year periods, in Israel’s history, so the rapture would make a ‘third’, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.  Other ‘70-year periods’ in Jewish History   God has used 70-year periods in the past, at least 3 times (almost 4 - see #1), 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 (Nehemiah 6:15), which was close because it was an additional 71-years, ‘back-to-back’.  2. From the start of the 1st Jewish revolt, against the Romans (66AD), to the end of the 3rd revolt (136AD) was 70-years.  The revolts were prophesied in the 2nd Seal. Note: The wars were extremely important because they resulted in the complete banishment of the Jews from Palestine, which was necessary so God could bring them back and fulfill another prophecy in Jeremiah 16:14-15 (see #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 were two 70-year periods in #2 & 3, which took place in Seals 2, 3, & 4.  Therefore, if the rapture happens in the 70th anniversary of Israel (2018 or early 2019), then that would create a ‘third’ 70-year period, since the rapture is the 6th Seal. Pre-tribulation is Proven Fact   The true meaning of the Seals proves the ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture because the first five Seals are already in the past, and the 6th Seal (rapture) is the next event to happen.  In fact, the ‘multitude from every nation’, which is the Christians arriving in heaven (Rev 7:14), is between the 6th and 7th Seals, so there is no other legitimate way to believe.  I mean, the Trumpet plagues (Rev 8) literally can’t start until the 7th Seal (half-hour of silence) is over because trumpets can’t sound during a “silence.”  Thus, the ‘tribulation’ consists of the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, in Revelation, which happen after the multitude arrives in heaven.  Post-tribulationists try to get around that fact by over-lapping the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, which essentially omits major parts of God’s prophecy in Revelation.  That is expressly forbidden in Revelation 22:19.  Therefore, since post-tribs choose to change God’s prophecy, they are essentially making themselves into false prophets.  Don’t believe them because gentiles only get one chance to go to heaven, and that’s during the 6th Seal rapture.  Quick explanation of Matthew 24   When Jesus gave the signs of His next return to His disciples, the last and most important sign was the ‘abomination that causes desolation’, from the prophet Daniel.  Matthew 24:14-16 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  15 "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel- let the reader understand- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.   It’s fairly obvious that Jesus talks about the ‘end’ (rapture), in general terms, and then gets more specific when referring to the ‘abomination’, from the Book of Daniel.  In fact, verse 14, above, corresponds to the 5th Seal, which describes the servants who are martyred for spreading the gospel.  Yet, with the availability of television and internet, it’s safe to say that the gospel has reached every nation.  God has the ability to take into account those who have truly never heard of Christianity (Romans 2:14-16), but I’d say that anyone who has at least heard of any religion has heard of Christianity and could find out about Jesus if they tried.    The abomination also corresponds to the 6th Seal because there will be a great earthquake, which I believe produces a giant tsunami, so people are forced to ‘flee to the mountains’, whether they know the abomination has been set up or not.  There are people of all kinds, hiding in the mountains, who see Jesus (the Lamb) in the sky, during the 6th Seal. (Rev 6:15- 16)  Of course, the ‘multitude from every nation’ is in heaven, between the 6th and 7th Seals, which corresponds to the gathering (or rapturing) of Christians in Matthew 24:29-31.  The two passages have the exact same signs in the sun, moon, and stars, as shown below.       Thus, the abomination corresponds to the 6th Seal and gathering of Christians in Matthew 24:29-31, but there is a second group in Matthew 24 who flees to the mountains and doesn’t go to heaven, but instead must endure a perilous time on earth, which people call the ‘tribulation’.  That second group, in Matthew 24, is obviously the 144,000 Israelites who receive God’s seal in Revelation 7, and are martyred in Rev 14, who then become priests during Jesus’ 1000-year reign, as described in Revelation 20:4-6.  Simply put, there must be two different groups in Matthew 24:15-31 because there are two different groups in Revelation 7.  There are the 144,000 Israelites, who don’t immediately go to heaven, but must endure the Trumpet plagues instead, and the Christians who immediately arrive in heaven.  To ignore one of those groups, in Revelation 7, is omitting from God’s prophecy in Revelation, which is expressly forbidden in Revelation 22:19. (see Matt 24 page for more details and charts) The Abomination is due in Daniel 11   Finally, Jesus gives the last and most specific sign of the rapture as the ‘abomination’, of which Daniel 11 gives the most specific, chronological list of events both before and after.  However, Daniel 11 was also the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (Dan 12:4)  Yet, God never said it would be sealed forever.  Thus, God has recently (within the last decade) provided the correct interpretation, which shows a complete timeline of empires in the Middle East, from Daniel’s time until now, without gaps or omissions.  (There are only ‘two’ past interpretations, which are clearly wrong.)  The correct timeline  shows that events (or verses) get closer together as time goes by, which is what you would expect from a chapter that was specifically ‘sealed until the end’.  The abomination is due in Daniel 11 because all the verses, up to verse 31, have been fulfilled.    Thus, the uprising and abomination are the next events to take place in Daniel 11, just like the 6th Seal is the next event to happen in Revelation.  The verses in Daniel 11, after the abomination, correspond to the chapters in Revelation, after the 6th Seal.  Thus, everything makes prefect sense, and nothing is omitted.  The 70th Seven (Dan 9:27) corresponds to the 70th anniversary   The reason I say “early-2019” is that the 70th anniversary of Israel extends into 2019 and the most viable explanation of Daniel’s 70th Seven puts the ‘middle’ (abomination) near Jan-2019.  The following verse is the only one in the Bible that gives a clue about the timing, before the abomination, which must correspond to the events in Daniel 11 because there’s only one abomination.  In other words, the events in Daniel 11, leading to the abomination, must correspond to the timing in Daniel 9 (middle of the 70th Seven).  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: Daniel 9:27 cannot be used to pick an exact day for the abomination, because the ‘middle’ of a 7-year-period is a ‘range of time’ that only God knows.  Besides, the KJV interprets that phrase to be ‘midst’ of the seven, which is the same but a little vaguer.]  Contrary to popular belief, the word ‘covenant’ 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 same one who attacks and 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 person.  A covenant just means ‘agreement or promise’, so the most difficult part of this prophecy is determining which agreement that it’s referring to.  I’ve had a few ideas, over the years, but the most viable possibility is the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (many).    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.  Not only are they the current North, in Daniel 11, but they are also Israel’s arch-enemy, who is encroaching ever closer to their border, so it makes perfect sense.  Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  (Luke 21:20)    Iran’s ‘interim nuclear agreement’ with the P5+1 (many), in Nov-2013, was a historic agreement, which fulfilled Daniel 11:23.  Thus, the ‘final nuclear agreement’, which was signed or “confirmed” on July 14, 2015, would satisfy the “confirmation of a covenant with many.”   Since the abomination is in the ‘middle of the seven’, 3.5-years must be added to the confirmation, which leads to January 14, 2019.  That would still be in the 70th anniversary of Israel, which started on May 14, 2018, so it would still create another 70-year period in the Seals, since the ‘rapture’ (immediately after the abomination) is the 6th Seal. (see Matt 24 page)  In fact, if the rapture comes any time before May 14, 2019, it would still be in the 70th anniversary and create another 70-year period in the Seals.  Also, February 11, 2019, is the 40th anniversary of Iran, which falls within the same time-frame.  Like I said, I’m not trying to pick an exact day for the rapture; I’m just trying to show that the ‘events or verses’ of Daniel 11 must somehow correspond to the ‘confirmation and timing’ of Daniel 9:27, since there’s only one abomination.  Closing   Frankly, I’ve been aware, since 2015, that the signing of the nuclear agreement fit perfectly into the description of the confirmation, but I didn’t say anything because I don’t like to project too far into the future.  In my opinion, that can cause people to become too complacent, or procrastinate before accepting Jesus, which can have a catastrophic result.  In my opinion, that is the main problem or danger with post-trib, false prophets, who put the antichrist (Rev 13) before the multitude in heaven (Rev 7), which causes people to look for the wrong signs.  In 2015, I didn’t want to think that the rapture could be 3.5 years away, but now, more than 3-years have passed since the signing (confirmation), so the ‘middle’ could be very close, especially since it corresponds to Israel’s 70th anniversary.    The Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the “Bridegroom was a long time in coming”, but in my opinion, it’s already been a long time and we will see Him in the coming months.  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.”   Note: If you’re reading this and haven’t accepted Jesus, please don’t wait another second because no one is guaranteed tomorrow.  I mean, people die suddenly, from all sorts of reasons, so waiting any time at all is like gambling with eternity.  Plus, the ‘middle’ is not exact, so Jesus could literally come back at any time.  Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation 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 (includes Trumpet plagues) Start End Middle      4      7     10 2021 The 2300-day ‘Tribulation’ continues with the Bowl plagues Possible “Start” of the 70th Seven [Final nuclear agreement signed or “confirmed” on July 15, 2015 2023 Approx. “middle” of the 70th Seven [“confirmation” + 3.5 years] Note: The ‘blood moon’  on January 20/21, 2019, is 3 yrs, 6 mos, and 1 week from the July 15, 2015 agreement The ‘blood moon’ on January 20/21, 2019   The blood moon on January 20/21, 2019, is particularly interesting because it is happening 3 years, 6 months, and 1 week from the Iran nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (July 15, 2015).  I’ve already said that the nuclear agreement was the most likely fulfillment of the ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’, from Daniel 9:27, which started the 70th Seven (or Daniel’s final week).  In other words, the blood moon is almost exactly in the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, which is when the abomination will be set up, according to Daniel 9:27, below.  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.”   Note: The ‘He’ in this verse is not God or Israel, but rather Iran (leader of the final empire), because the ‘end that is decreed is poured out on him’. (more info above chart)   Since the rapture happens almost immediately, when the abomination is set up, the blood moon is something to look forward to.  Of course, I can’t guarantee that the rapture will happen on that exact day (because God could turn the moon blood-red on any day He chooses), but the chances are a little better, since the moon will already be red, and it’s so close to the middle of the 70th Seven (as defined by the nuclear agreement).  [shown on chart]   Another factor that I noticed is the timing of the lunar eclipse, in Israel, because most end time prophecies concern the Middle East.  If you look at this NASA chart, you can see that the lunar eclipse is visible, in some places, for the whole duration, but only visible, in others, during the ‘moon rise’ or ‘moon set’.  In Israel, the moon turns red during ‘moon set’, which according to this time-and-date chart, happens at 6:41 am, local time, which is when the sun will be rising Well, that would be a proper time for God to coordinate the sun turning black, which must also happen during the 6th Seal rapture (Rev 6:12), because God prophesied through Isaiah that He would darken the ‘rising’ sun.  Isaiah 13:9-11 9 See, the day of the LORD is coming --a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. 10 The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.  The rising sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light. 11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.  I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.   Another factor that I noticed is that the blood moon falls on a Jewish holiday (Tu BiShvat or New Years for Trees), which has the potential to fulfill another prophecy given through Amos.  Personally, I don’t believe that the following passage indicates that the rapture must happen on a Jewish holiday, because the Jews would still be mourning whenever the next holiday rolled around, but the prophecy could be interpreted as being ‘on’ a holiday.  The fact that Tu BiShvat only dates back to 1890, thus not Biblical, is even more reason for God to choose that day, since He did not tell them to celebrate the planting of trees. [Jewish calendar for Jan-2019] Amos 8:9-10 “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.   Therefore, the rapture has a better than average ‘chance’, during the blood moon on Jan 21, 2019, because it could satisfy at least three prophetic scriptures, from Daniel, Isaiah, and Amos.  Plus, blood moons always happen during full moons, which God has used before, for special days, such as Passover/crucifixion, Feast of Tabernacles, and Purim.  Even Noah’s flood was 2 days after a full moon, so it was close.  Therefore, the rapture has a good chance, but not guaranteed.    Personally, I hope it happens because I would rather be in heaven than down here on earth.  However, if it doesn’t happen, I will keep watching & waiting because Jesus is coming soon.  Added: 12-25-2018 Updated: (below chart) 12-25-2018