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© Copyright 2010 - 2019   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done - 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 Seals 2, 3, & 4 (#2 & 3 above).  Therefore, if the rapture happens in the 70th anniversary of Israel, 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 Seals 1-5 are in the past, and Seal 6 is the rapture, which is the next to happen.  In fact, the ‘multitude from every nation’, which are 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’, consisting of the Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation, must 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, which 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.   As you can see, the abomination is very important because it’s the last sign before the rapture.  Personally, I think Judea is told to run for the mountains because the earthquake of the 6th Seal will create a tsunami that forces them to run for higher ground, whether they recognize the abomination or not.  I think Luke’s account indirectly mentions the tsunami. Luke 21:25-27 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.  On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.   Of course, there are only minutes to flee when a tsunami is coming and there are people in the mountains, during the 6th Seal, who mourn when they see the “Lamb”, just like in Luke.  (Revelation 6:15-17)  Furthermore, the signs in the sun, moon, and stars are almost identical in Matthew 24:29-31 (during the rapture) as they are in the 6th Seal.   The part that confuses people, about Matthew 24:15-31, is that there are two different groups described: the 144,000 Israelites who must endure the Trumpet plagues, in Revelation, and the Christians who are taken immediately to heaven.  They are written about separately, but both take place or start after the abomination (v.15), when the people are fleeing to the mountains.  I’m not just guessing about the two groups because they are the same two groups in Revelation 7, after the 6th Seal, when people are in the mountains.    Matthew 24 must match Revelation, because they are both dealing with end times, and Revelation is the more detailed of the two.  I mean, Jesus was giving a rather vague account to His disciples, but He returned to John and gave a much more detailed version.  Therefore, it’s natural to interpret Matthew 24 as being two groups, to match Revelation, instead of twisting and overlapping Revelation to force it to match a previously mis-interpreted Matthew 24, which is what post-tribs do.  In doing so, they are making themselves into false prophets because they are changing God’s prophecy in Revelation, which is forbidden in Revelation 22:19.  (see Matthew 24 page for more details and charts) Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Updated: 3-09-2019 2022 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10 “The 70th Seven” (Daniel’s final week) Tetrad of Blood Moons Illustration of Daniel’s 70th Week, including blood moons                                                             and anniversaries      4      7     10 2019 2020 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 3.5 years (to scale) [1st half] 3.5 years (to scale) [2nd half] Note: This half is also 1st part of ‘Tribulation (Trumpet plagues) Start End Middle (rapture)      4      7     10 2021 Note: 2300-day ‘Tribulation’ continues with the Bowl plagues Possible “Start” of the 70th Seven (confirmation) [Adoption Day for the Iranian nuclear agreement - Oct 18, 2015 2023 Approx. “middle” of the 70th Seven [“confirmation” + 3.5 years] April 18, 2019, which is one day before Passover Eve in the 70th anniversary of Israel. Rapture 2019 (possibly around Passover) Introduction   The main reason that I think the rapture will be in 2019 is the 70th anniversary of Israel, which ends May 14, 2019.  Most people don’t understand that Seals 1-5 are in the past, and Seal 6 is the rapture.  There are already two 70-year periods in the Seals (more below), so if the rapture happens in the 70th anniversary, before May 14, 2019, then that will make a third 70-year period in the Seals.  It just makes sense that if God put two 70-year periods in the Seals, already, then He might insert a third.    Furthermore, the most likely explanation for the 70th Seven puts the ‘middle’ (3.5 years after it begins with a ‘confirmation’) very near Passover in the 70th anniversary of Israel. (explained more below)  I’m not trying to pick an exact day, but when you think about it, God chose the ‘Day’ long ago, so He likely picked something meaningful.  If God chose the original Passover for the crucifixion of His Son, Jesus, then He could very well choose it again for Jesus’ return in the sky.  Besides, Passover was when Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples, and the rapture will immediately precede the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  In addition to potentially fulfilling the middle of the 70th Seven (when the abomination is set up) and completing a third 70-year period in the Seals, Passover just makes logical sense, not that I’m picking that exact day.    Finally, the ‘abomination that causes desolation’, in Daniel 11:31, must take place immediately before the rapture, as indicated by Jesus in Matthew 24:15.  Yet, all the verses in Daniel 11, before verse 31, have already taken place, so the abomination in Daniel 11 is due.  That is fortunate because the abomination in Daniel 11 must coincide with the abomination in Daniel 9 (middle of the 70th Seven) because they are the same event.  Not only is the abomination due in Daniel 11, it could literally happen at any time because the Palestinians have been staging weekly riots and more, ever since Trump announced that the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem, over a year ago.  It’s not a stretch at all to think that the Palestinians could somehow get weapons and turn one of the riots into the ‘armed uprising’, in Daniel 11:31, which sets up the abomination.  Most likely interpretation for the 70th Seven      In addition to Daniel 11 giving the most detailed list of events, before the abomination, Daniel 9:27 also gives a vague indication of the timing before the abomination.  I prefer to watch the signs in Daniel 11, not a date, but the two prophecies must align, so I find myself repeatedly drawn back to Daniel 9:27, for the sake of showing consistency in God’s prophecies.  Daniel 9:27 (NIV)  “He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven'  he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   Basically, the “confirmation of a covenant” starts a 7-year period in which the abomination happens in the ‘middle’, or about 3.5 years after the confirmation.  [Note: I’m not trying to use Daniel 9:27 to pick an exact date because the middle of a 7-year-period cannot be pinpointed to just one day.  Besides, the KJV interprets that phrase as ‘midst’ of the seven, which is basically the same, but a little vaguer.]  Contrary to popular belief, the word ‘covenant’ just means ‘agreement or promise’, and does not automatically imply Israel.  On the contrary, it appears as though the same “he” (nation or person) who “confirms a covenant with many” is the one who sets up the abomination, because “the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   Personally, I think it’s referring to a ‘nation’, where the antichrist comes from, rather than the actual antichrist person.  Iran is the most viable candidate because the Iranian Revolution of 1979 started the final empire, in Daniel 11:21, and every verse after that has somehow aided in their rise to power.  Plus, they are sort-of the arch-enemy of Zionism (Israel’s establishment of a nation in Palestine).  Not only is Iran encroaching ever closer to Israel’s border in the north, but they are allies with Hamas, in Gaza, and Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)    Iran’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) was historic, and most likely was the ‘covenant with many’ that Daniel 9:27 refers to.  It started with an interim agreement, in Nov-2013, shortly after Rouhani was elected, which I think was the basis of Daniel 11:23.  The interim agreement unfroze $700 million/month in Iranian assets, while negotiations were proceeding.  That money helped Iran fund Shia militias, to help Assad stay in power, and expand militarily into Iraq and Syria (ancient Mesopotamia), which is an important aspect of being ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11.  After the implementation, Iran got billions of dollars in frozen assets, which I think was the basis of Daniel 11:28.  The fact that Trump pulled America out of the agreement, and re-imposed sanctions, just increased tensions with Iran, which is probably part of God’s plan.  The fact that the historic agreement is still in the news, 3.5 years later, supports my theory that it was an event of Biblical proportions.    The final agreement was signed on July 15, 2015, which I thought was the ‘confirmation’ of the interim agreement.  After all, 3.5 years from that date was just one week from a blood moon However, that blood moon has since passed, Jan 21, 2019.  Oh well, I said the middle was not exact, but rather a ‘range of time’, but there could also be an even better explanation   It has come to my attention (e-mail from a long-time reader) that the nuclear agreement didn’t become effective at signing, but rather 3 months later, on “Adoption Day,” October 18, 2015 To tell the truth, I had never heard of adoption day, but it was defined in the agreement as being 90-days from the ‘UN endorsement’, which happened with a UN resolution on July 20th, making the official ‘adoption day’ October 18, 2015.  That’s when the agreement really kicked-off and got rolling.  So, instead of the signing being a confirmation of the interim agreement, the official ‘adoption day’ could be the confirmation of the signing.  Some may say I’m just kicking the can down the road, but 3.5 years from ‘adoption day’ is April 18, 2019, which is just one day before Passover Eve.  In other words, the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’ lands almost exactly on Passover, in the 70th anniversary of Israel.  As always, I’m not trying to pick an exact date, but those are the facts, and the facts sound pretty exciting to me.    Not only would the rapture near Passover-2019 match the middle of the 70th Seven, as defined by the nuclear agreement, but it also makes sense because Passover Eve is when Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples, and the rapture will start the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.    Passover also has the potential to fulfill another scripture because it precedes the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Amos 8: 9-10a “In that day,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.  I will turn your religious feasts into mourning and all your singing into weeping.”   Granted, that does not mean the rapture must happen on a Jewish holiday, because the Jews would still be mourning when the next feast rolled around, but it raises the potential.    The chances are also raised because Passover is naturally on a full moon, which is always the 14th/15th of a lunar month. (Note: A lunar month starts on a new moon and has 29.5 days.) God is known to tell time by the sun, moon, and stars. (Gen 1:14)  There have been several significant Biblical events on full moons, such as the original Passover and Exodus, and thus the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  God also chose a full moon for the start of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Also, the defeat of the Persians, in the Book of Esther, for which Purim is celebrated, happened during a full moon.  Plus, Noah’s flood started just two days from a full moon, as was God’s appearance on Mt. Sinai.  Thus, many important Biblical events have happened between the 14th and 17th of the lunar month, while the moon is nearly full.  Thus, the chances of the rapture happening during a full moon are always a little higher.    Of course, the chances are better for Passover-2019 because it’s the 70th anniversary of Israel and there are already two 70-year periods in the Seals: the Jewish revolts (66AD to 136AD), in Seal 2, and the re-creation of modern Israel (1878 -1948) [1st settlement to declaration], spaning Seals 3 & 4. (see more info on Seals page)  If the rapture happens in the 70th anniversary of Israel, then that would make a third 70-year period in the Seals, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.    Note: There was another 70-year period in the Old Testament, from the destruction of the 1st Temple by the Babylonians, in 586 BC, to the completion of the 2nd Temple, in 516 BC.  (Ezra 6:15)  Plus, the repairs on the wall around Jerusalem was completed in 445 BC, which was 71-years from the completion of the 2nd Temple. (Nehemiah 6:15)  That was almost back-to-back 70-year periods, which would also be the case if the rapture came in the 70th anniversary of Israel.  Therefore, the notion is not unprecedented.    Besides the Seals and 70th anniversary, the rapture depends largely on the setting up of the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ because that’s the sign that Jesus gave in Matthew 24:15.  (more below chart) Of course, that’s what happens in the middle of the 70th Seven, in Daniel 9:27, but there must also be an ‘armed uprising’, as described in Daniel 11:31, since they are describing the same event.  Daniel 11:31 “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.”   The two prophecies are converging because an armed uprising could literally happen any day, since the Palestinians have been rioting weekly, ever since Trump announced the US embassy would move to Jerusalem.  In the past few days, there have even been riots around the Temple Mount (wing of the temple).  The riots happen on various days of the week, but especially on Friday, and Passover Eve happens to land on a Friday, in 2019.  Thus, the events of Daniel 11:31 are primed and ready to go, and if they happen soon, they will coincide with the middle of the 70th Seven, as well as make another 70-year period in the Seals.    Passover-2019 will be the last full moon in the 70th anniversary of Israel, so I hope Jesus finally comes.  Granted, the Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the Bridegroom was a ‘long-time in coming’, but in my opinion, we have already waited a long time.  Of course, even though Passover-2019 checks a lot of boxes, there’s always a chance that the time could go longer.  In any case, keep watching and waiting because Jesus will eventually come, and there’s a special reward for those who are found ‘watching when He comes’.  Luke 12:37 “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.”   Therefore, Jesus encouraged people to watch the signs, in hope and anticipation of His return.  Likewise, Paul encouraged people to be ‘watchful’.   Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”    Note: Events are starting to happen on the Temple Mount that match the timing of the 70th Seven.  See my write-up about the Bab al-Rahma and Golden Gate, which is likely the “wing of the temple” where the abomination is set up.  (on abomination page) Daniel 11 Explained  Condensed “one page” Commentary (verse by verse) Updated: 3-09-2019