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 all the surprise out of it?  I mean, if those obvious events took place, wouldn’t everyone  believe in the Bible?  Looking for the wrong signs could cost some people dearly, who choose to procrastinate before getting to know Jesus, which is why I call attention to their 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 could be just months away, if not sooner.  However, only God knows when the appointed time will be.  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. Israel could accomplish the whole thing on their own.                      Below is a discussion of each.
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) updated: 9-15-2017 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. Part 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.  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. What is the next move of ISIS?     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 from Muhammad, which they featured in their magazine, also called Dabiq.  (This link  has an image of the magazine, with the hadith.)  Without going into much detail on what Muhammad probably meant, ISIS reversed it so they could recruit jihadists, from around the world, who thought they were following Muhammad’s wishes.  It’s all very tragic because Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt 15:14)     June 21, 2017 - ISIS blew up the historic mosque in Mosul’s ‘old city’, where al-Baghdadi  declared his caliphate, signifying a symbolic defeat.    July 10, 2017 - Iraq declared victory in Mosul (exactly 37 months after ISIS invaded).     Conclusion: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies (explained in above videos), they might feel the need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel.  I admit it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS had enough motivation, they might find a way.  Part 1:  The Palestinians and the Abomination Theory:   As indicated in Daniel 11:31, above, there are two events that happen before the abomination: someone’s armed forces need to rise-up to “desecrate the temple fortress” (Western Wall) and “abolish the daily sacrifice” (prayer at the Western Wall), if only for a little while.  Those two things could easily happen together because who wants to pray at a Wall that has been desecrated?  In fact, the abomination could also be “set-up”, at the same time, making everything happen very fast and unexpected.    The plausibility of the above theory increased dramatically after some Palestinians smuggled guns into the Temple Mount compound, July 14, 2017, and shot two Israeli policemen.  The Israeli government subsequently installed metal detectors, at the entrance to the Temple Mount, which sparked more protests from the Palestinians.  Then, Israel opted to replace the metal detectors with high-tech cameras but protests continued because the Arabs view any security measures as Israel’s desire to ‘control’ the Temple Mount and someday change the status quo, which forbids Jews from praying there.  Israel’s cabinet voted to remove the cameras and other security measures, mainly because they thought the protests were leading to another infatada (uprising).  The protests have continued in various places, even after the security measures were removed, because the Arabs see the removal as a huge victory, which could parley into more concessions.  It remains to be seen how far the protests will go but the Palestinians would like to see further changes, such as fewer Israeli policemen on the Temple Mount, which is what caused the incident, on July 14th, in the first place.    The plausibility of the Palestinians “setting-up” the abomination increased because two interesting things happened during the protests on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  1) Some of the rocks that were thrown went over the top and down to the Western Wall plaza (Kotel).  I’ve always thought that the easiest way to “desecrate the temple fortress and abolish the daily sacrifice” would be to attack from above and throw something over.  Since I’ve never heard of it happening before, I wasn’t sure if it was physically possible, but apparently it is.  Of course, in order for there to be a sustained threat, there would probably have to be an “uprising”, to secure the area above, which would fulfill the first part of Daniel 11:31.  2) They “tried” to install a Palestinian flag above the Al-Aqsa mosque.  That’s interesting, to me, because my first ever guess, of what the abomination might be, was a simple ‘flag’ because it symbolizes conquest or ownership.  That could be an abomination to God because the Temple Mount was miraculously captured during the 6-day war, almost exactly 50-years ago.  Note: There’s only one way to know for sure if a flag is correct and that’s to wait and see what happens.  In other words, if a flag is set-up and the rapture does not happen, then a flag was obviously incorrect and the abomination would still be pending.  Yet, until it happens, a flag would be a possibility because they could try again.    The Palestinians could be motivated to attack the Kotel because Muslims believe the Western Wall is where Muhammad tied his horse, before making his infamous Night Journey, to talk to Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and God.  They refer to the Western Wall as Al-Baraq Wall, named after Muhammad’s horse, which UNESCO wrote in a resolution, in April-2016.  Thus, the Arabs claim the Western Wall, just as they claim the Temple Mount, so they could be motivated to disrupt the Jewish prayer.    Another consideration is that Paul said, “While they are saying ‘peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly.”  Well, thanks to Trump’s boasting of his deal-making capabilities, ‘talk’ of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians was recently heightened, only to be short-lived, which could have stimulated the current protests ever more. That’s because the hopes of the Palestinians were lifted but the paltry attempt just high-lighted the issues on which the Israelis will not budge: one being Jerusalem, where the Arabs want the east-side as their capital.    Of course, the current protests could take some time to build, even starting and stopping at times.  I would just urge people to strengthen their relationship with Jesus because the abomination and rapture could happen without notice, especially since verses, prior to Daniel 11:31, are complete. Recent protests and connections to Daniel 11   One thing I noticed is that the original shooting of the two policemen happened just 4 days after the Iraqi government declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, on July 10, 2017.  Of course, the invasion of Mosul by ISIS, on June 10, 2014, fulfilled the invasion of the “richest provinces”, in Daniel 11:24 Well, while pondering the current protests, I noticed that the occupation of Mosul lasted exactly 37 months (3-years, 1-month).  That’s interesting, to me, because I discovered, long ago, that “37” is the solution to God’s riddle of 666, which led me to a whole timeline of important events  that were separated by multiples of 37-years, starting with the year that Daniel received God’s “Book of Truth”, which is Daniel 11.  Could it be that God planned the occupation of Mosul, which is ancient Nineveh in the Bible (Gen 10:11 and Book of Jonah), to be 37-months and coincide with the beginning of the current protests that will eventually lead to the abomination?  I wouldn’t be surprised because that would connect Daniel 11:24 to Daniel 11:31 by a factor of ‘37’-months.     Update: The Palestinian protests have stopped, for the time-being, because Israel removed all the added security items on the Temple Mount.  Yet, that gave Palestinians a sense of victory, that protests and rioting could achieve their desired results, so chances are they’ll try it again.  Like clockwork, Trump has announced another delegation to arrive in Israel, last week of August, 2017, to try again to ignite the peace process.    Update August 24, 2017 - Trump’s delegation, led by Kushner, arrived for meetings in Saudi Arabia on Monday (8-21), followed by Jordan on Tuesday, and Egypt on Wednesday, after the US cancelled $95 million in aid, for Egypt, and delayed another $195 million.  Kushner will have meetings in Israel and Palestine, separately on Thursday, and is scheduled to leave on Friday.    The two sides are as far apart as ever because the Palestinians insist on a two-state solution and for Israel to stop building settlements.  According to the Palestinian government, settlement building has tripled in recent months, compared to the same period last year.  As recent as two weeks ago, at a support rally, Netanyahu expressed opposition to a Palestinian state.  PA leader Abbas has recently criticized the US because privately they told him that they will work towards ‘two-states’ but they refuse to acknowledge it in public or to Netanyahu.  On Wednesday (8-23), a US State Department spokesperson said that committing to a two-state solution would show bias in the negotiating process.  Yet, that’s the only thing the Arabs will accept.  Thus, negotiations are obviously doomed from the start because not only do the Arabs want a state, they want East Jerusalem as its capital, which Netanyahu is never going to agree to.  The fact that Trump is determined to keep bringing up the topic is just agitating the Palestinians and their allies.  * If Kushner’s efforts fail, the PA is considering resuming their campaign for statehood,  at the international level, just in time for the UN General Assembly, in September.  Note: The UN General Assembly for 2017 is covered on the latest update for verse 30 More Threats and Warnings   September 10, 2017: The head of Israel's Shin Bet security service, Nadav Argaman, told the Israeli cabinet that the relative calm in the West Bank is "fragile."  He said that there was a “high level alert” for terrorist attacks, including a “high sensitivity for events of a religious nature.”  He said that, after the July 14th attack (above), there was significant increases in the number of warnings for possible attacks.  In fact, July had 3 times the warnings compared to June.  He said that there was heightened motivation to attack because of an increase in harsh rhetoric on social media.  He also said that Hamas had been preparing for a confrontation with Israel by investing major resources in the military, at the expense of the population.  He also reported that Hamas has been deepening it’s ties to Shia players in the region, led by Iran.  All I can say is that Israel is known to have the utmost intelligence capabilities so I would take the head of Shin Bet at his word.    September 11, 2017: A senior PLO security official, close to President Abbas, has essentially confirmed the Shin Bet’s fears (above) by saying that his sources, from Hamas, have disclosed several meetings, in recent weeks, between Hamas and Hezbollah.  The sources say that the meetings were designed to plan a vast campaign against Israel, inspired by Iran.  The PLO official thinks that Iran is retaliating for US contempt over the nuclear agreement and for blatantly siding with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies in the Middle East (Trump’s foreign policy).   Of course, a “campaign” can be either military, propaganda, or both.  I suspect both because the UN General Assembly is upcoming and several countries will probably speak against Israel, which will likely complete Daniel 11:30.  Yet, some type of armed forces must rise up to desecrate the temple fortress (Western Wall) and set up the abomination that causes desolation, thus fulfilling Daniel 11:31.  Therefore, propaganda will continue until a surprise attack occurs.   Note: When you think about it, the hypothetical campaign, and supposed reason for it, links Iran (North), and the nuclear agreement that fulfilled Daniel 11:23, to the current preparation for the abomination, which is supposed to happen in the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven (as per Daniel 9:27).    Well, the nuclear agreement (11-24-2013) was also the most likely start to the 70th Seven (covenant with many- P5+1), and 3.5 years from that was 5-24-2017.  Of course, the middle of a seven-year period cannot be pinpointed to one-day, so we are still in the ‘approximate middle’.  Plus, 5-24-17 was the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War, as celebrated by Israel (due to the lunar calendar).  My point is: Current events are fulfilling scripture requirements for the abomination in Daniel 11 and Daniel 9, at the same time, just as expected. [Praise Jesus]  Yet, we can only wait to see if this is truly the right time.  The signs are right but we must stay patient ... and hopeful.   Note: The High Holy Days for Israel are approaching, starting with Rosh Hashanah, Sept 21st, and extending through the end of Sukkot, October 13th.  Of course, that period includes the Revelation 12 sign.  Although Jesus could return on any day, Sukkot seems more likely than Rosh Hashanah, to me, because it starts on a full moon, October 5th, and the last day is called Simchat Torah, October 13th, which consists of singing and dancing when the ark is opened.  Well, Amos 8:10 says, “I will turn your religious feast into mourning and all your singing into weeping.”   I’m not trying to pick an exact day but I don’t want people to be discouraged if nothing happens exactly during the Revelation 12 sign or at the beginning of Sukkot.  Of course, a person should always be ready and watching for Jesus, no matter what day it is.  Another ‘long shot’ possibility Arch of Baal (Satan’s sneaky project) Part 3: Israel could set up the Abomination by themselves. Explanation:   In the past, I thought that there was a good chance that Israel would be responsible for setting up the abomination, which is something hated by God.  A possible scenario would be something to do with gay marriage, which Israel recognizes if the service is conducted in a different country, but currently doesn’t allow services in Israel.  Although many parties in the Knesset favor a change in the law, Netanyahu’s coalition is likely to leave things as they are.    A second scenario would be something to do with egalitarian prayer (mixing men and women) at the Western Wall, which is against God’s prophecy in Zechariah 12:12.  Netanyahu’s cabinet voted to enlarge a platform at the southern end of the Western Wall, called Robinson’s Arch, for egalitarian prayer.  Most importantly, they voted to give the platform equal status with the Kotel and allow it to be governed by a committee, which included Reform Jews (non-orthodox).  If that happened, they could theoretically allow gay and lesbian activities at the Western Wall (wing of the temple), which would be hated by God.  Although that could still happen, Netanyahu’s cabinet re-voted, due to pressure from the Haredi parties (ultra-orthodox), and the plan was frozen indefinitely.  Lawsuits are still pending in the Supreme Court, which are supposed to be settled on August 31, 2017, but they have delayed their ruling for months, so I don’t expect anything to be decided.    All in all, I stay open-minded and look at all the possibilities.  It’s still possible that Israel could set up the abomination but with the resilience of the Haredi parties and recent developments concerning the Palestinians (part 1), it doesn’t seem like the most likely scenario any more.  Nevertheless, I continue to watch for developments, as I normally do.  Some people may criticise me for changing my mind but I’m just going back to my first instinct with the Palestinians.  I think it’s far worse to be stubborn and stuck on one thing, as many are, when facts on the ground obviously change from time to time.  The important thing is that we have arrived at the abomination and someone will set it up, eventually, which is when the rapture will happen. Related page: End times and Gay Marriage Updated: 8-30-2017 Updated: 9-13-2017 “While people are saying ‘peace and safety’.”   While Paul was prophesying about the “day of the Lord”, he said, “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)  Although not explicitly explained, it can be assumed that the destruction comes upon Israel because Isaiah 66:7-8 speaks of “Zion” being in labor.  Yet, she gives birth before she goes into labor, further illustrating that the rapture comes before tribulation (trumpet and bowl plagues) in Revelation.  The labor pains start suddenly because the rapture comes as a surprise, beginning with an uprising that ‘desecrates the temple fortress’ (Western Wall) and sets up the ‘abomination that causes desolation’. (Daniel 11:31)  The rapture happens immediately after the abomination is set up but the labor pains persist for Israel because the Jews refused to believe that Jesus was their Messiah. (see Matthew 24 page)  Anyway, no one can predict a surprise attack (because it wouldn’t be a surprise) but Paul’s prophecy that people will be saying ‘peace and safety’ continues, and one day; the ‘day of the Lord’ will come, complete with abomination that causes desolation.    I mention this because talk of ‘peace and safety’ continues now that Russia is apparently trying to get a handle on the peace process in the Middle East.  Per Haaretz News (Israel), the Russian Foreign Minister, Lavrov, spent 3-days talking to leaders from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt, in an effort to heal riffs between the Gulf States and Qatar, Fatah and Hamas, and unify positions in Syria.  That’s difficult to do because there are some deep seeded differences in those conflicts that are not easily resolved.    Here’s a short summary of differences that need reconciling before ‘peace and safety’ can be achieved: 1. Fatah with Hamas.  There are rumors that Fatah and Hamas could form a unity government but that is more difficult than it sounds.  Indeed, Hamas’ government may want to do that, because they are trying to align with the Sunni Gulf States, like Fatah has done, but the Hamas military is on a different page entirely because they are aligning with the Shia groups, led by Iran, such as Hezbollah.  Besides, Israel really doesn’t want Fatah and Hamas to form a unity government because the fact that they are apart gives Israel an excuse not to make a deal with Fatah (because they don’t represent all of the Palestinians).  Hamas refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist, which they would have to do in order to strike a deal with Israel.  Yet, even if Hamas’ government was willing to do that, in order to unite with Fatah, the Hamas military would also have to agree because they could start a conflict with Israel, just to object and sabotage the agreement.  In fact, that could actually be the premise for the surprise attack that sets up the abomination and starts the labor pains.  Only God knows but that’s one scenario. 2. Saudi Arabia with Qatar.  Their conflict relates to Israel and the Palestinians because Qatar supports Hamas, which is primarily Muslim Brotherhood (MB).  Saudi Arabia (SA) and Egypt have declared that the MB is a terrorist group, thus justifying that Qatar is supporting terrorists.  SA has issued Qatar 13 unreasonable demands, which include cutting ties with Iran, who is also supporting Hamas.  Yet, instead, Qatar is reopening their embassy in Tehran.   Another essential demand is to close a Turkish military base in Qatar, but instead, Turkey, who also supports Hamas, has sent more troops to the base.  SA can’t back down, especially on their primary demands, because it would expose their big move as another major blunder, as is the continuing war in Yemen, which was supposed to be a quick win.  3. Saudi Arabia with Iran.  There were rumors of SA and Iran exchanging diplomatic visits, recently, but they were cancelled because SA sees no chance of reconciliation until Iran retreats completely from Syria, which is not going to happen voluntarily.  Iran has worked hard to achieve a foothold in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon (also known as ancient Mesopotamia), which is historically the area that defines the ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11. (see condensed commentary)  Of course, SA and their allies are the ‘king of the south’, so don’t look for their dispute to be settled anytime soon.    Note: Many people have been taught that Turkey will be the final ‘king of the north’ but that is based on an outdated and false interpretation of Daniel 11.  It’s true that Turkey is aligned with the North, especially since an attempted coup, in July 2016, fulfilled Daniel 11:26.  Saudi Arabia and UAE were suspected of orchestrating or at least knowing about the coup in advance.  The dispute between SA and Qatar has only driven Turkey closer to Iran and Russia, so agreements could be made in Syria.  However, it’s easy to see that Iran has far more diplomatic and military ties with the governments of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon than does Turkey.    Anyway, it’s only fitting that the disputes between the North and South, in Daniel 11, trickle down to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, with Fatah leaning towards the South and the Hamas military leaning towards the North.  Of course, the first step in the process is to unify the Palestinians but Trump’s big attempt was to cut electricity to Gaza, until Hamas was forced to step down.  However, Egypt stepped in with humanitarian relief because it was cruel and inhuman to live with only 2 hours/day of electricity in the summer.  Perhaps Russia’s attempt will be more diplomatic but I doubt it will be successful because there are too many opposing sides.  Nevertheless, people will continue to talk about ‘peace and safety’, just as Paul said, until destruction comes.    As a final note, Israel’s founding father and first president, David Ben-Gurion, once told Shimon Peres, ‘When it comes to war and peace, there’s a price to pay for either choice.  In the long run, there’s no middle ground.’ (complete quote in Al Monitor News)  So far, Abbas has stayed on middle ground.  Someday soon, the Palestinians may realize that the peace they want will never come, especially when settlements are increasing, so they may have no other choice but to stage an attack.                       Of course, if and when it does happen, it will be in God’s perfect timing. 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