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 - 2017   All rights reserved. The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction   As simply as I can put it, the abomination that causes desolation is the last sign before the rapture because that’s what Jesus said to watch for in Matthew 24:15.  Jesus instructs Judea to flee to the mountains when they see the abomination, not stopping for anything, indicating that the rapture will happen very quickly.  It will also cause unequaled distress on man-kind. (Matt 24:15-21)  That coincides with the earthquake of the 6th Seal (which is the rapture in Revelation), which I believe causes a tsunami, which makes people in Judea run for the mountains, whether they recognize the abomination or not.  Notice that the signs in Matthew 24:29 (which happen in conjunction with the rapture or gathering in the sky) match the 6th Seal, except for the earthquake, which is accounted for by the running to the mountains.    That’s why the rapture catches most people by surprise: because they are expecting a so-called ‘tribulation’ period, where the antichrist enacts the mark of the beast, but that happens after the rapture (or after the 6th Seal in Revelation).  Many people have been deceived by so-called ‘post-tribs’ who re-arrange Revelation by putting chapter 13 (the antichrist and false prophet) before chapter 6 (the rapture).  They are essentially false prophets because they are changing God’s prophecy in Revelation and making people look for the wrong signs.  After all, if the antichrist and mark of the beast happened before the rapture, wouldn’t that take the surprise right out of it?  I mean, if those obvious events took place, wouldn’t everyone  believe in the Bible?  Looking for the wrong signs could potentially cost some people dearly, who choose to procrastinate and aren’t ready, which is why I must call attention to the deception.    In reality, the signs that Jesus said to watch for (leading to the abomination in the Book of Daniel) are subtle but identifiable, if a person knows the correct interpretation of Daniel 11, which was only recently ‘unsealed’ by God and presented on this website by a lowly servant.  Seriously, when this website began, in 2012, events were still on Daniel 11:22 and now all the verses through Daniel 11:30 are completed.  I can see how one verse might be considered a coincidence but several verses in a row constitutes valid proof.  And, since the first five Seals are also completed, there’s nothing left to happen before the rapture, except the events in Daniel 11:31, below, which include the abomination that causes desolation.    Granted, the last few verses have been more subtle than previous verses (summary below) but that should be expected, since the rapture is meant to be a surprise to most people, but not everyone. (1 Thess 5:4)  Similarly, the exact object of the abomination is also unknown, which is God’s way of adding mystery, but even if a person knew what it was, they could not wait and try to accept Jesus after they saw it because it would be too late.  As Jesus indicated, the abomination and rapture (earthquake/6th Seal) will happen very close together.    To illustrate the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 and how verses get closer together (rather than having a big gap towards the end such as previous interpretations have), here is a summary of the last 100 years.  [Prior verses are generally a century or more apart.] Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI ended the Ottoman Empire’s reign in the Middle East. Daniel 11:20 – (1919-1948) British Mandate governed while oil became valuable and       Israel was established. 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.  Since then, Houthis have lost ground and started asking       for a peace settlement. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop, thus “forsaking the holy covenant.”   As you can see, the verses go from decades apart, to years, to months, which is what you’d expect from the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.      If the trend holds, which I believe it will, the abomination that causes desolation should be just months away, if not sooner.  However, only God knows when the appointed time will be.    That’s why I’ve always said that it’s best to watch for the signs from Daniel 11, like Jesus said, rather than picking a date from mathematics, astronomy, astrology, or anything else.  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.   Notice that there’s a sentence before the abomination, where someone’s armed forces rise up to desecrate the temple fortress (Western Wall) and abolish the daily sacrifice (prayer at the Western Wall).  That could be accomplished in a few different ways: 1. a Palestinian uprising; 2. an ISIS attack from the Sinai;  3. Or Israel could accomplish the whole thing on their own.                      Below is a discussion of each of those items (starting with #3).
Other pages of interest:  Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation’s timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) See Sitemap for complete listing (by category). Home (timelines and summary) Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide) News Updated: 4-12-2017  Related pages: Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)  It’s not hard to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising because 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary)    Recent events in Mosul (ancient Nineveh) show that ISIS would probably love to desecrate the Western Wall because people pray to it like an idol.     First of all, that sounds eerily similar to Luke 21:20, which says, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  Plus, ISIS is reported to already have a group in Sinai, south of Israel. (more below)    I learned where the propaganda came from when I caught a brief explanation from Paul Cruickshank, another author and terrorism analyst, who was commenting on another recent ISIS video. (right) He says, “The founder, Zarqawi, said that after they built up the group in Iraq, in the region, that they would want to destroy Israel.”     I learned the ISIS plans for the apocalypse from Graeme Wood, a political science lecturer at Yale and author of a recent article in The Atlantic, who made a statement on CNN’s Fareed Zarkaria, February 22, 2015, about 18 minutes into the show. (right)     He said, “ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem, after being defeated, actually. So they believe, after conquering a large area of land, they will be reduced to a core of 5000 fighters around Jerusalem.” 
CNN  02-22-2015 / length = 1:11 CNN  3-11-2015 / length = 20 sec. example #2:  ISIS propaganda concerning Israel    ISIS is not necessarily the North or the South but they fulfilled Daniel 11:24.  They are losing ground in the Middle East but they are also relocating to other places such as Libya and the Sinai peninsula.  Their own prophecy states that they would like to attack Israel so they are certainly a possibility to desecrate the Western Wall.  example #1:  Palestinian violence in Jerusalem (Oct 2015) and potentially more. 
   CNN  10-16-2015 / length = 1:32     Ben Wedeman reported on the 3rd “day of rage” in 8 days (r), and although they may ‘tamp down’, he says they will come back.    It doesn’t take much to cause an uprising, especially if prominent religious leaders stir people up by spreading rumors.    Recent events with resolution 2334, ordered Israel to stop building in the disputed territories, but Israel has approved new housing anyway, in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which could spark new violence.    Also, Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem could spark new violence, if action is taken in that direction.  ISIS ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message Fox News [USA] – December 27, 2015 Quote:  [al-Baghdadi] also threatened Israel saying: we haven't forgotten you" and "we are getting closer to you" every day.  To Israeli Jews, he said that they "will hide behind trees and stones" from the ISIS.   It’s interesting that, since ISIS is losing ground in the Middle East, the leader, al-Baghdadi, has reminded everyone that they “haven’t forgotten Israel.”     Note: They even mention “stones”, which could be a vague reference to the Western Wall because they are known to deface or destroy ancient religious monuments.  Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force Washington Times – May 22, 2016 Quote: With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel. Islamic State propaganda promises recruits that they will one day “liberate” Jerusalem and end the state of Israel, according to analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which tracks jihadi communications. IDF warns of escalating pressure in Gaza         Al-Monitor [independent] – June 1, 2016 Quote: According to an Israeli security source, data that has reached the West indicate that the Egyptian army is losing between 20 to 50 soldiers a week in a non-stop war against some 600 to 1,000 IS fighters. The Egyptians’ problems are as follows: the fighting is occurring over a very large, isolated and mountainous area; IS possesses advanced combat weaponry; and IS fighters are not afraid of dying due to their religious, messianic zealotry.  Hamas observes this struggle with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Egypt is a bitter enemy, but on the other, an IS takeover of Sinai could spill over into the Gaza Strip.   These clips say it all because ISIS is really building up in the Sinai Peninsula.   Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statues in Mosul' BBC [UK] – February 26, 2015  (includes video = 3:01) Quote:  One of the militants in the video describes the artefacts as "false idols" and seeks to justify their destruction in religious terms. Update on ISIS:  (Dabiq, Mosul, and the Sinai Peninsula)    October 14, 2016 – The Egyptian military has launched a campaign against ISIS troops in North and Central Sinai, after an attack on a security checkpoint killed 12 Egyptian soldiers.  Fighter jets are bombing terrorist positions but Egypt’s President Sisi has predicted a long battle.  Operations are difficult because the area is rugged and thinly populated.     October 16, 2016 - ISIS was defeated in the symbolic town of Dabiq, which has significance because they used to predict their final apocalyptic battle there.  Their prediction was based on a hadith of Muhammad’s, which they featured in their magazine, also called Dabiq. (This link has an image of the magazine, with hadith.)  Without going into much detail on what Muhammad probably meant, ISIS reversed it so they could recruit unknowing jihadists, from around the world, who thought they were following Muhammad’s wishes.  Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt 15:14)  It’s all very tragic.    Obviously, they can’t use Dabiq as a recruiting tool any more, but their recruiting had dwindled to almost zero, anyway, since Turkey decided to close the northern border.  ISIS is downplaying  the loss but it has to be a blow to morale because all those recruits are discovering that ISIS wasn’t really what they promised.     October 17, 2016 – On the very next day, the battle for Mosul finally started.  The Iraqi government is using from 25-30,000 fighters (Iraqis, Kurds, Sunni & Shia militias), attacking from five different directions, against an estimated 3-5000 ISIS fighters.  The outcome is apparent but the battle is estimated to take months.  Only time will tell.     Conclusion: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies, they may take the recent events as an omen that their reign is coming to an end and feel the need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel (explained in the videos above).  I admit that it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS had enough motivation, they might find a way.   Update: Israel issued an alert for a possible attack from ISIS, January 24, 2017.  3rd example: Israel fulfills Daniel 11:31 on their own.  (First part done?) Introduction   Since no one can tell for sure what the abomination is, no one can tell for sure who sets it up.  That being said, notice how “his” armed forces rise up but “they” set up the abomination.  Since both are in the same verse, they’re likely connected but there could be more parties involved in the second part.  In fact, I think that’s the case because I think Israel’s military just fulfilled the first part.  Yet, Israel’s whole government could be more involved in the second part.  His armed forces rise up to ‘desecrate the temple fortress’   January 25, 2017 – Israel’s first coed combat unit, the Caracal Battalion, conducted its swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall.  It was the first time a mixed-gender combat unit held their ceremony there, even though the military often uses the Kotel (Western Wall plaza) for that purpose.    The Jerusalem Post called it a “sign of the times” (above link) because the Supreme Court is currently deciding on whether to force the government to implement a Cabinet decision to build an expanded egalitarian prayer space (men and women together) at Robinson’s Arch, a section of the Western Wall just south of the Kotel.  Robinson’s Arch currently has a ‘temporary’ platform, built in 2013, but Netanyahu’s Cabinet decided in January 2016 to expand the area and make it more comparable to the main plaza.  However, the ultra-orthodox threatened to leave Netanyahu’s coalition in parliament if the deal was implemented.  Thus, the issue has dragged on for about a year, and the Supreme Court is due to make a ruling in February 2017.    It’s a controversial subject because the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) have been separating men and women, in synagogues and at the Western Wall for decades.  The Caracal Battalion was created in 2000, so they’ve obviously had many swearing-in ceremonies.  Yet, this was the first one at the Western Wall.  Thus, the decision to move the Caracal ceremony, at this time, was probably politically motivated.  Yet, in doing so, Israel’s armed forces effectively rose up and desecrated the temple fortress because they broke tradition and mixed men and women together.    Why is mixing men and women a desecration to God?   When I saw the above story, I immediately knew it had significance so I did some research to find out why and how long the Haredi have been separating men from women, at the Western Wall and synagogues.  I found out that it was based on Zechariah 12:12, as explained below.  Zechariah 12:6; 9-10; 12-14  [1967 and beyond] 6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem 10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives.    I can’t find exactly what year but sometime after Israel won back East Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, in 1967, Moshe Feinstein, an influential Haredi Posek (legal scholar who decides religious law) decided that Zechariah 12:12 was not about future prophecies but about current circumstances.  Of course, he was right but not for the reason that he thought because he based his decision on Jewish folklore, not on Jesus, ‘the one that they pierced’. (v10)  Nevertheless, the decision was correct because Israel was obviously blessed by God, who allowed them to defeat their enemies and acquire even more land than the UN had originally proposed. (vs 6 & 9)  Thus, they entered a time of mourning, where men and women were separated, just as Zechariah prophesied, even though they were victorious.    From a Jewish stand-point, it’s important for them to stay separated because the next few prophecies in Zechariah are not favorable to Israel at all. (below)  Unbeknownst to them, they will actually be entering the post-rapture period, when Jews will suffer because they didn’t accept Jesus as their messiah.  From a Christian stand-point, it will be a wonderful time because those raptured will attend the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, in heaven.  Zechariah 13: 3-5  [Jews after rapture] 3 And if anyone still prophesies, his father and mother, to whom he was born, will say to him, 'You must die, because you have told lies in the LORD's name.' When he prophesies, his own parents will stab him.  4 "On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his prophetic vision. He will not put on a prophet's garment of hair in order to deceive. 5 He will say, 'I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.   As you can imagine, the only way that Jewish prophets are going to be ‘ashamed’ of their visions and lies is for them to witness the rapture and see Jesus in the sky for themselves, which is exactly what happens in Revelation 6:13-17, when they are hiding in the mountains. Thus, after ‘fleeing to the mountains’ in Matt 24:15, they actually see the Lamb in all His glory, during the 6th Seal, which is the same as the rapture (or gathering) in Matthew 24:29-31.    There will be some perilous times for Israel, after that, because Zechariah 13:8-9 says that “two-thirds will be struck down.”  The remaining third, which will include the 144,000 will be refined and tested by God.  That will take place in the first 3.5 years after the rapture.    At the end of the first 3.5 years, Israel will be attacked by the armies of the beast and “half of Jerusalem will go into exile.” (Zechariah 14:2)  At that time, the 144,000 Jews, who were selected by God, in Rev 7, will be martyred for not taking the ‘mark of the beast’. (Rev 14 & 15)   At that point, the bowl plagues will start (Rev 16), which will last 3 years, ending at 2300 days because that’s when Jesus will re-consecrate the sanctuary. (Daniel 8:13-14)  The last bowl plague is Armageddon, when Jesus will defeat the armies of the beast, at the conclusion of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. (Rev 19)  Then, Jesus will establish His reign on earth for 1000 years, as noted in Revelation 20 and Zechariah 14:5-9   As you can tell, Zechariah has a brief timeline of events that coordinates with other books. Everything starts with the abomination and rapture, which is the event that Jesus said to watch for, as spoken of in the Book of Daniel.  Of course, Daniel 11 is the most detailed account. How the above scenario for Daniel 11:31 corresponds to the 70th Seven - Daniel 9:27   Both Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 9:27 contain the abomination that causes desolation so they must correspond to each other.  Daniel 11 is the most detailed list of events leading to the abomination but there’s no time-frame.  Daniel 8:13 and 12:11 also contain the abomination but they only give time-frames that are after the abomination (post-rapture).  Daniel 9:27 is the only verse in the Bible that gives a time-period before abomination but it’s difficult to figure out when it starts because it depends on the ‘confirmation of a covenant’.  A covenant is just an agreement or promise, which is vague, so it’s difficult to determine which agreement it’s referring to.  Nevertheless, as Daniel 11:31 becomes more clear, as to who sets up the abomination and why, I think it also becomes clearer as to what agreement is confirmed.    The only way to know for sure is to wait and see, but I think the mixing of men and women, particularly at the Western Wall (temple fortress), has a lot to do with it, due to Zechariah 12.  Coincidently, that happens to be what the debate is all about concerning egalitarian prayer at Robinson’s Arch, and the dates match the current time, as shown below.    In early 2013, Netanyahu assigned Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, a quasi-branch of government that handles immigration and relations with Jewish communities abroad (diaspora), to find ways of making the Western Wall more accommodating to different branches of Judaism.    April 9, 2013 - Sharansky proposed a plan to expand and improve the Robinson’s Arch area to make it more accessible to non-orthodox Jews for egalitarian prayer.  The final plan was supposed to accommodate 1200 people and have a shared entrance with the Kotel so worshipers could easily choose which direction to go.  It was supposed to be state-staffed, with amenities such as Torah scrolls and other ritual objects, as found in the men’s section.    August 27, 2013 -  Naftali Bennett, Israel’s religious services minister, unveiled a 4,800 sq ft ‘temporary’ platform for egalitarian prayer at Robinson’s Arch.  The gesture was received as a small step forward but most said it was inadequate for the long term.  Nevertheless, the platform represented a ‘confirmation’ of the original promise from Sharansky to make an egalitarian prayer space, for non-orthodox groups, at Robinson’s Arch.    According to Daniel 9:27, the ‘confirmation of a covenant’ will start the ‘70th Seven’ and the abomination will be set up in the middle, which would imply a 3.5 year difference. (chart left)   August 27, 2013 + 3.5 years = February 27, 2017, which was the start of a lunar month. Note: I’m not trying to pick a date for the rapture because I’ve always said that the middle of a seven-year period cannot be restricted to just one-day.  Jesus could come at any time.  Yet, I still think 2-27-17 was technically the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven.  As the Parable of the Ten Virgins says, “The Bridegroom was a long time in coming.” (Matthew 25:5)  Latest News  (updated below)   The Israeli government missed the Feb 1st deadline to address the petition by non-orthodox Jews to implement the Cabinet’s decision to expand the egalitarian prayer area at Robinson’s Arch or else re-divide the Kotel.  It is the fourth time that the government has missed the deadline and asked for an extension.  The petitioners rejected the request but the Supreme Court has yet to weigh in.  It’s obvious that the members of parliament (MK’s) who oppose the plan don’t have a case and just want to delay but they can’t do that forever.  Sooner or later, the Supreme Court will have to make a decision.  Only God knows when.   In opposition, the Shas party in the Knesset introduced a bill that opposes the plan and attempts to make it illegal for men and women to mix, or for women to pray out loud and wear prayer shawls.  That bill could get voted on, any day now, but according to the Times of Israel, it does not have the votes to pass.  That’s probably why they haven’t voted on it yet.     February 28, 2017 – Netanyahu did two things as a conscious effort to salvage the deal  for an egalitarian prayer space at Robinson’s Arch, on the southern end of the Western Wall.  First, he requested that Natan Sharansky add another year to his 8-year tenure as head of the Jewish Agency, which handles matters with Jews abroad and immigration.  Sharansky was one of the main architects of the deal to enlarge the temporary platform, make one entrance that was equal for all areas, and give non-orthodox groups a share in the control of Robinson’s Arch.  Secondly, Netanyahu appointed Tzachi Hanegbi to negotiate with the ultra-orthodox and attempt to overcome their objections.  The Supreme Court is still mulling the decision to force implementation but Netanyahu is obviously attempting a more diplomatic approach.   March 13, 2017 - Netanyahu met with a delegation of Reform Jews and spoke for over an hour, reassuring them that he was dedicated to finding a solution to the impasse with ultra-orthodox parties, concerning the egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.     End Times Timeline from Daniel and Revelation (based on Abomination) click to enlarge 3.5 year difference Updated: 4-12-2017   One of Iraq’s most influential clerics, Muqtada al-Sadr, warned that any attempt to move the US embassy to Jerusalem would be a “declaration of war” against Islam.  That’s not a threat to be taken lightly because Sadr was the cleric who instantly mobilized thousands to protest in the green zone, in Baghdad, against the Iraqi government.    On the flip side, Trump has been down-playing the embassy move so I don’t expect it to begin anytime soon.  In other words, I don’t expect it to start before the rapture, if at all.  Updated: 2-06-2017 Note: This prophecy is technically fulfilled   Luke 21:20 says, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”    Note: That statement just means that the ‘abomination’ will be near, same time as the armies.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that the armies attack and set it up.  When you think about it, that condition has already been satisfied.  ISIS and Hamas are to the south, the Palestinians are in the West Bank, and Hezbollah is to the north.  Iran has even struck a deal with Italy and shares a port there.  Israel has already been surrounded by armies.  Yet, the verse doesn’t say that the armies attack before the rapture, nor that they set up the abomination; it will just be near.    Nevertheless, the possibility remains that something could happen and the armies play a bigger role in the abomination than I think.  Thus, I remain open-minded, even though I doubt it. A Stiff-necked People  (Brief history of the Jews)   Many Christians look at Israel through rose-colored glasses but I try to see the Jews as God sees them.  Sure, they were God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 4:34) and Jesus was born a Jew but there’s a lot more to the story.    Israel continued to serve God during the lifetime of Joshua and the elders who saw God’s miracles in Egypt. (Judges 2:7)  However, the next generation forgot about God and served idols from surrounding countries. (Judges 2:10-13)  In other words, they stopped following God’s laws.  Therefore, God took their strength and handed them over to raiders who would plunder them. (Judges 2:14-15)  Then, after they would suffer for many years and reach their breaking point, they would cry out to God and He would raise up a leader who would rescue them, often is miraculous ways.  That pattern repeated itself over and over again, throughout the Book of Judges, until God granted them a king, as they requested. (1 Samuel 8:4-9)  However, many of their kings did evil in God’s eyes and served various idols, which prompted God to allow the northern kingdom to be captured and exiled by Assyria. (2 Kings 17:5-8)  Finally, God had had enough and declared that He would “forsake the remnant of His inheritance” (2 Kings 21:12-15), which He did by allowing Judea to be defeated by the Babylonians, who burned the Temple. (2 Kings 25:9   After God permitted them to re-build the Temple, the Jews went through the motions but showed contempt for God by not sacrificing the best animals or food on the His altar. (Mal 1:6- 10)  The priests also showed partially in matters of the law, which greatly displeased God. (Malachi 2:7-9)  Those practices obviously continued until John-the-Baptist and Jesus arrived because they often spoke harshly to the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law. (Luke 20: 9-16;19  11:37-54 -Matthew 15:7-9; 12:34)  After Jesus had come to earth, fulfilled the OT prophecies, delivered God’s message, and the apostles had spread that message, the 2nd Temple was also destroyed.  Yet, God promised through Jeremiah that He would one day bring them back as one nation again, which He did, about 1800-years after they were scattered. (Jeremiah 16:14-15   God even allowed them to unite Jerusalem as their capital, in a miraculous 6-day victory, in 1967.  Now, just like in the days following Joshua’s victories, a generation is once again coming of age who doesn’t want follow God’s law.  It’s history repeating itself all over again.  The Supreme Court decision is important because the non-orthodox want their fair share of the Western Wall, like it was some kind of idol, but they don’t want to follow God’s laws.  The prophecies of Zechariah show that God will once again allow them to be defeated.    Yet, Israel’s destruction won’t come until after the rapture so individual Jews can avoid the coming disasters by accepting Jesus as their personal savior and becoming Christian.  In general, Christians shouldn’t worship the nation of Israel, as some do; they should worship Jesus and pray that Jews accept Jesus as their Messiah.  However, prophecies in Zechariah indicate that many won’t.  Facing that reality doesn’t make me anti-Israel or anti-Jew; it just means that I believe God’s word.  The fact that the Jews don’t believe in Jesus is the main problem, dating back to the Pharisees, because there’s only one way to the Father, and that’s through Jesus. (John 14:6) Click verses to read text. Note: By clicking the next verse, it automatically closes the previous. (Judges combined) 70th Seven Another ‘long shot’ possibility Arch of Baal (Satan’s sneaky project)  Snap Elections Averted   March 30, 2017 – A two-week long dispute between Netanyahu and the finance minister, Moshe Kahlon, has apparently ended with a compromise, so no snap election will be held at this time.  Both parties claimed a victory because the new Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) will replace the old Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), as Kahlon wanted, but the entire news department from the IBA will be retained and run separately, by a director-general chosen by a council, which appeased Netanyahu.    Netanyahu’s coalition appears stable again but this dispute caused me to dig in and learn more about the operation of the Israeli government and how the parties of the Knesset differ.  Below is a basic tally of the current government and opposition parties (120 seats total).  Yet, they are not locked in their alliance so they can change.  Government (67) Likud (30), Kulanu (10), The Jewish Home (8), Shas (7), UTJ (6), Yisrael Beiteinu (6) Opposition (53) Zionist Union (24), Joint List [Arab] (13), Yesh Atid (11), Meretz (5)    It was interesting to learn that Netanyahu’s current coalition was formed in May-2015, with only 50 minutes to spare before the deadline.  The Jewish Home party was the last to join, giving Netanyahu a minimum of 61 seats (because Yisrael Beiteinu had backed-out).  A year later, Yisrael Beiteinu re-joined the government but that caused one minister to declare herself independent, saying that social issues were not being discussed enough.  My point is: Netanyahu’s coalition remained intact for now but things may not be as stable as they seem. Gay Marriage    Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37-39)  I have said for years that this reference to ‘celebration and marriage’ was Jesus’ end time prophecy about gay marriage.  The ‘flood’ could literally be a tsunami from the earthquake in the 6th Seal. (see Matt 24 page)   I was shocked to see how many parties in the Knesset support gay marriage.  According to their platforms on wikipedia, Kulanu, Zionist Union, Yesh Atid, and Meretz all support same-sex marriage, which totals 50.  Shas and UTJ are ultra-orthodox parties who adamantly oppose homosexuality, which only totals 13.  The rest are somewhere in-between.  Jewish Home representatives (MK’s) are mostly against same-sex marriage, even though 57% of their voters support it.  Yisrael Beiteinu has no official stance but 80% of their voters support it.  The Joint List has no stance but favors the Zionist Union over Netanyahu.  Perhaps the most important is Likud, which has historically favored the status quo, on most issues, but tends to lean toward voter sympathies.  I didn’t see Likud’s stance on same-sex marriage but their origin and ideology is said to be very secular.  I doubt if the current government could legalize same-sex marriage, in its present arrangement, but a poll in June-2016 showed that 76% of Israeli Jews support it   When you think about it, gay marriage doesn’t have to be legalized to fulfill the above prophecy because gay marriage is recognized in Israel, if the ceremony is performed legally elsewhere.  Thus, symbolic ceremonies have been performed in Israel before, in Tel Aviv, during gay-pride week, which is the 2nd week in June (more below).  If the egalitarian plan is implemented, then the platform would no longer be subject to the ‘rabbi of the Western Wall’ and something like that could be ‘set up’ to happen.  And that would definitely be on a “wing of the Temple.”    Of course, gay marriage is just one idea, and the abomination could be something else.  Yet, a simple social issue is probably the most likely scenario because it wouldn’t seem like a big deal to most humans.  However, the location could be the ultimate rebellion, to God, and the subtlety would catch most people by surprise, as the Bible says.   Update: The 2017 LGBT festivities in Jerusalem are being promoted as the biggest yet.  For the first time ever, the Jerusalem gay-pride parade is being held on the day before the Tel Aviv gay-pride parade, June 8-9, with the slogan: “Protest in Jerusalem — celebrate in Tel Aviv.”  So far, the organizers are purposely keeping some things “secret” from the mayor of Jerusalem so their festivities “won’t be thwarted.”  One travel source even advertised symbolic weddings in Jerusalem but the location was not given.  Tel Aviv is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, which also lies on the water, so a tsunami would do a lot of damage.  I don’t wish harm on anyone but if it’s going to happen, gay-pride-week seems like an appropriate time.  Plus, it’s the week of Pentecost Sunday.  I’m not making any predictions but based on the prophecy about “marrying and giving in marriage”, it’s a possibility.  We can only wait and see.     Update: The Israeli Supreme Court has issued a “last and final deadline” of June 4, 2017, for the government to implement the Cabinet’s decision on the egalitarian prayer space.  Deadlines have come and gone on the issue but this is the boldest language yet from the Supreme Court.  It may seem like a long extension but that’s because the Knesset is on recess until the middle of May.  Ironically, the deadline is set for Pentecost Sunday and the start of gay-pride week in Israel.  If a decision is made at that time, there could definitely be some symbolic gay-marriages in Jerusalem to celebrate.  I’m not making any predictions but get ready because prophecies in the Bible were made to be fulfilled.    Note: Also taking place during the same week, June 5-10, is the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War (although Israel will be celebrating near the end of May, due to the lunar calendar).    Opinion for Trump strike on Syria (Daniel 11:30) Updated: 4-09-2017 Related page: End times and Gay Marriage