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 - 2016   All rights reserved. The Abomination that causes Desolation 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 ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction    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 conveyed a sense of urgency to the Jews, when He told them to “flee to the mountains”, after seeing the abomination, without going back to get anything from the house.  He told them twice (Matt. 24:16-18) so everyone would understand that the rapture happens very quickly.  That starts a terrible tribulation period, in Matt. 24:19-28, but the rapture, described in Matthew 24:29-31, happens immediately after the distress caused by the abomination, not the distress caused by the tribulation.  Some people interpret Matthew 24 as being sequential, because they don’t understand the Seals in Revelation, but the correct interpretation of Revelation shows that the rapture happens simultaneously with the start of tribulation rather than at the end.  (I have a separate page on Matthew 24, with diagrams and illustrations, but that’s a quick summary.)  Of course, the Jews are told to “flee to the mountains” because they don’t go in the rapture, due to not believing in Jesus as their Messiah.  However, a small remnant of 144,000, who don’t accept the mark of the beast, are saved later (Rev. 14 & 15) because God made a promise to David that his descendants would last forever.  Yet, it’s only a ‘small remnant’ of 144,000 (Rev. 7:3-8) because God never told David how many descendants would be saved.  By far, the vast multitude who arrive in heaven are Christians, who have “washed their robes (sins) in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9-14)
Other pages of interest:  Part 1: “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress”     Some people think that Israel needs to build a third temple, for Jesus to return, but that’s just not the case.  A “temple fortress” is not necessarily a ‘temple’.  On the contrary, I think it refers to the Western Wall because a ‘wall’ is part of a “fortress”, and it happens to be the holiest site in Judaism.  Thus, motivation to “desecrate it” would be hatred or revenge for Israel’s occupation of Palestine.   “abolish the daily sacrifice    By association, I think the second part of the sentence would be accomplished by the first because the “daily sacrifice” is ‘daily prayer’ at the Western Wall, which Jews already perform.  In other words, if there’s an uprising to desecrate the Western Wall, then it may do enough to discourage people from praying there, at least for one day, which would be a victory for the terrorists, such as ISIS or Hamas.     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 have a group in Sinai, south of Israel, too.     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. 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 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.  Prime example:  Repeated violence in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. 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)
   CNN  10-16-2015 / length = 1:32     Ben Wedeman explains that this was the 3rd “day of rage”, in 8 days, and although they may ‘tamp down’, they will come back.    Plus, no holiday or pre-determined astronomical event can determine when the abomination will happen.  A person must watch the signs on the ground, which God outlined in Daniel 11.     I know this because Jesus said to watch for the ‘abomination’, in the Book of Daniel, so that’s the right thing to do.    Currently, we are on Daniel 11:29-30 and Gabriel said, “The end will come like a flood.” (Daniel 9:26)  Therefore, I have a feeling that we’re very close.  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.  See Sitemap for complete listing (by category). Home 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 things are really heating up in the Sinai.  It’s actually putting more pressure on the peace talks, involving a two-state solution with Gaza. 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. Part 2: (What is the abomination and who sets it up?) Introduction    What is the abomination?  Long story short, I don’t know but no one knows for sure because the Bible doesn’t say.  From the basic meaning, it will be something “detestable to God” but that could be many things.  It will also be something that can be “set up” but that is a vague term that can be used for many things.     Actually, the identification of the abomination is not that important because the rapture will happen very near the same time, so close that it will be too late if a person is looking for the exact object before they accept Jesus.  The signs leading to the abomination are more important (from the Book of Daniel, like Jesus said), which are coming true because we are currently on Daniel 29-30    The ‘desolation’ will be caused by the earthquake, from the 6th Seal (Rev. 6:12), which will likely be in the Mediterranean, as to cause a Tsunami, which will naturally cause people to run to the mountains, as Jesus prophesied in Matt 24:15, whether they know what the abomination is or not.  The earthquake and tsunami will only give 15-30 minutes of notice so they will not have time to get anything from their house, just as the prophecy states.  Nor will people, around the world, have time to hear about the event, until it’s too late, and Jesus has already appeared in the sky and the rapture is over.  That’s why it’s important to accept Jesus as your personal savior, ahead of time, and not wait for the abomination.     What about a guess?  Even though I don’t think it’s important, many people have asked me about the abomination, to the point that I had to present some ideas.  As of recently, I no longer think that the same group who desecrates the “temple fortress” (Western Wall) has to be the same group that sets up the abomination that causes desolation.  For one reason, Paul 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 Thess. 5:3)  Therefore, why would the ones whose armed forces are rising up to desecrate the temple fortress be saying ‘peace and safety’?  It seems logical that the Jews would be the ones wanting ‘peace and safety’.  In fact, I think it’s the Jews who will set up the abomination, not necessarily knowing what they’re doing, but in an effort to show ‘peace and harmony’.  Of course, this is just a guess.  Recreation of the Palmyra Arch   First, I became aware that objects can be set up in the name of peace and harmony that are actually satanic in nature.  That became apparent when someone used 3-D printing technology to recreate the Palmyra Arch, in London’s Trafalgar Square, April 19-21, 2016.    Historically speaking, the infamous arch stood at the entrance to the Temple of Bel, in Palmyra, Syria, before ISIS chose to blow it up.  Bel was just one of many names given to Marduk, the patron god of Babylon, which was created by the 1st Babylonian Empire, in the “Enuma Elish”, which was a tall-tale on 7 clay tablets, meant to replace the ancient Sumerian mythology of the time.  The name ‘Bel’ just meant ‘lord’, so it was later adopted by many Canaanite tribes (w/spelling ‘baal’), which came to refer to many pagan gods.  Nevertheless, Marduk was the 1st false god to be concocted with its own ‘creation story’, rather than being one of God’s creations, such as the sun, moon, water, fire, etc.  That’s why I think Babylon is mentioned in Revelation 17 as the ‘mother of prostitutes’.    Anyway, that’s why the setting up of the scale model, in a major city, was significant.  By the way, it’s interesting that the marble structure was recreated to be two-thirds scale, or 66.6%.  It just so happened that the height turned out to be 5.5m, or 18 feet, which is 6+6+6.  When the two are divided, you get man’s number, or “37” = 666 / (6+6+6).  (It just goes to show that Satan can be sneaky.)  Anyway, regardless of the dimensions, it didn’t seem to matter that the Palmyra Arch was a pagan symbol because it was done in the name of ‘defeating ISIS’ by re-creating what they had destroyed.  Therefore, it was done in the name of ‘peace and harmony’ because everyone wants to fight ISIS, any way they can. The rise and acceptance of “inter-faith” services   Also in the name of peace and harmony, it’s becoming more and more politically correct to have “inter-faith” services to include everyone.  The concept may sound good, on paper, but combining a false religion, such as Islam, with Christianity is a slap in the face of Jesus.  God is not in the habit of compromising with false prophets and giving them equal billing with His Son, Jesus.  This modern concept is literally an abomination to God.  Chrislam   I became aware of the mixing of Islam and Christianity, into something called Chrislam, about the time that Muhammad Ali died but it’s been around for decades.  Historically speaking, Chrislam started in Nigeria, in the 1970’s, by a person named Tela Tella, who allegedly receives divine revelations, which he says ‘correct’ the Bible.  That’s eerily similar to what Muhammad said in the 7th century.  Tela Tella is even working on his own final book, such as Muhammad did.  They are both false prophets because no one is supposed to add or subtract from Revelation. (Rev. 22:18)  Another person named Dr. Saka created a separate sect of Chrislam, with fewer rules than the first, but he justified the mixing of religions with a dream he had while resting near the Kaaba, during his 2nd hajj, in 1990.  That’s also eerily similar to Muhammad because he supposedly had his infamous dream while sleeping in the Kaaba.  Chrislam is not extremely widespread in Nigeria because most Christians and Muslims, there, see them as heretics or cults.   Nevertheless, the concept spread to America when Rick Warren addressed the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in 2009.  Since then, many churches have adopted so-called ‘inter-faith’ services but Christianity shouldn’t be compromised by adding elements from Islam or anything else that contradicts God’s Word.  Jesus is the only way to the Father, period. (John 14:6)  After all, watering down the Bible doesn’t do anyone a favor because false prophets will be exposed for what they are.  Jesus said, “Leave them; they are blind guides.  If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)    Like I said, I noticed the wide spread acceptance of this phenomenon when Muhammad Ali died because his funeral was being hailed as a mixing of religions and some Christian relatives were saying, ‘he’s in a better place’.  However, Jesus is the only Way so I’m not so sure.  It may sound disrespectful but I don’t want people to be deceived.  Believe it or not, Muhammad Ali’s death was a huge ‘sign of the times’ because he was born in 1942 (on God’s timeline of 37’s), went to Israel and prayed at the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in 1979 (on the timeline of 37’s), and died in 2016 (also on the timeline of 37’s).  Seriously, he may have been sick for a long time but his death (and life) was obviously no accident.  Paul said, “What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath- prepared for destruction?  What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory?” (Romans 9:22-23)    On the same day as his funeral, I saw that the Queen of England was also having a celebration, where all faiths were included, which confirmed to me that the concept was gaining in the West and becoming ‘politically correct’.  Yet, that doesn’t make it right in God’s eyes.  Messianic Judaism    Don’t be fooled into mixing Christianity with Judaism, either, as the Messianic Jews do, because Paul was adamantly against it and considered that following the Jewish laws was a step backwards from the spiritual freedom that Jesus provided. (Galatians 5: 1-10)     In general, spiritual freedom does not imply the freedom to sin but the freedom to approach God without all the customs and regulations that religions place on a person.     In general, spiritual freedom means that we are saved by faith in Jesus, which is internal, not by outward deeds, but that doesn’t mean that a Christian shouldn’t perform good deeds.  It means that a Christian should do good deeds because they want to, not because they have to.    The desire to do good deeds comes naturally from a Christian’s love for God because Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matt. 25:40)     However, following the Jewish customs of what to eat and drink on a certain day, as the Messianic Jews perform, does nothing to help the needy brothers that Jesus is talking about. We are all part of the body of Christ and must do our part (1 Cor. 12:14-31) but that has nothing to do with eating and drinking. (Mark 7:14-23)  Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide) Egalitarian prayer and the ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’   While I’m at it, I might as well mention another possibility that I’ve been studying.  I thought it was odd when I saw a headline, June 16, 2016, about some orthodox Jews who were skirmishing  with some other Jews, at the Western Wall (Kotel).  The dispute centered around a decision from Netanyahu’s cabinet, in January 2016, to create an area at the Robinson’s Arch, which is part of the Western Wall, for egalitarian prayer, meaning men and women together.  The decision was made to satisfy a growing number of Reform and Conservative Jews, who desire the mixed space and added freedoms for women (praying aloud, singing, and wearing shawls).  However, orthodox Jews have always treated the Kotel as they would a ‘temple’ with women being separate and not being allowed to pray aloud.  The skirmish, which involved shoving and spitting, was essentially a one-time thing, but the orthodox still blow whistles to drown out the women praying, whenever they try to have an egalitarian service.  [Note: Blowing whistles is not against the law.]  The situation has gotten more intense because implementation of the Robinson’s Arch has been delayed indefinitely by the orthodox Jews, in parliament, because Netanyahu needs them to have a majority government.  I think this situation has a lot to do with end times because it seems to match some prophecies in the Bible.    First of all, some ‘orthodox’ Jews don’t consider the ‘non-orthodox’, Reform and Conservative Jews, to be Jews at all.  I think that fits with the “synagogue of Satan” (more than what I thought before), which is described in Revelation 3:9 as those who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars.”  That would fit with Isaiah 66:17, where God condemns those who “eat the flesh of pigs and other abominable things”, which would describe the non-orthodox Jews   Secondly, the 144,000, who are selected post-rapture, to sing the song of Moses in heaven, as noted above, are described in Revelation 14:4 as “those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure.”  [Note: That’s in addition to avoiding the mark of the beast but just as important.]  Anyway, I always figured that meant ‘avoiding sex’ but what if it refers to the orthodox Jews who refuse to defile themselves with ‘mixed prayer’?  That goes along with Daniel 9:26, which says, “The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.”  Well, ‘Americans’ could be the “people of the ruler who will come” because America fits the 3rd kingdom in Daniel 2:39, which says, “one that rules over the whole earth.”  I admit that it’s vague but America has been ‘policing of the world’, as a top super-power, since WWII.  Anyway, the two verses, in Daniel 9 & Revelation 14, fit together because all this ‘change’, in Israel, is coming mostly from Jews from America.  They are trying to force their liberal views on Israel, regarding mixed prayer with women, not to mention same sex marriage, and thus “destroying the city and the sanctuary.”    Thirdly, this whole situation could eventually cause Israel to fulfill Daniel 11:31 all by themselves, which says, “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.”  Well, so far, Israel’s police and armed forces have stayed out of the dispute but what if a large skirmish, such as the ultra-orthodox have threatened, forces them to ‘rise up’, and their ‘armed presence’ is considered, by God, to be a ‘desecration’?  What if that situation causes the ‘daily sacrifice of prayer’ to be temporarily stopped?  What if that in turn forces them to proceed with the Robinson’s Arch, a dedicated area for mixed prayer, and God considers that to be the abomination?  Of course, I can’t speak for God, and I don’t know exactly what the abomination will be, but it’s a possibility because the designated area must be ‘set up’ (so to speak), and the rest fits various prophecies from Isaiah, Revelation, and Daniel. Remarks in Conclusion   It’s just a possibility because the ‘armed forces’ could still be ISIS or the Palestinians.  In fact, Daniel 11 chronicles the ‘king of the north’ so those look like more of a possibility.  However, Daniel 11:30 mentions the ‘king of the north’ and the ‘holy covenant’ so the pronoun ‘he’ in Daniel 11:31 could switch and refer to Israel.  In general, the pronouns in Daniel 11 change from empire to empire, without notice, so it’s not out of the question.  Of course, I don’t care, one way or the other, as long as the prophecies come true, somehow, and Jesus returns.  That’s what everyone should be looking forward to, because God won’t force anyone to go to the banquet, who wants to stay for some reason, when the banquet is ready. (Luke 14:16-24)  In other words, don’t cling to material things in this world when there are much better things in heaven that we can’t even imagine. (1 Cor 2:9)   Note: I’m not worried that I have more than one possibility because a person can have a mistaken interpretation of end times and still get to heaven (1 Cor 3:10-15), as long as they have good motives  (1 Cor 4:5), and they don’t add-or-subtract from God’s prophecy in Revelation. (Rev 22:18-19)  Note: Some ‘post-tribs’ should really be aware of that second one because their ‘overlapping’ theory of Revelation inevitably ‘subtracts’ things.  I don’t know their motives but I’ve been cyber-bullied by the best of them and they never listen.  [Note: The Seals and Daniel 11 are not mistaken because they contain their own proof.]  For the record, I have no motive, except that I want people to correct whatever they need to correct (if anything), to get to heaven, because the signs or possibilities illustrate that the rapture could be very close.  And don’t try to wait until the last minute because that didn’t turn out well for the five foolish virgins who ran out of oil and went back to town. (Matthew 25:1-12 Note: Daniel 11:27-30  was moved to a separate page to make more room.    Update 8-13-2016          Side Note:   Here’s a good summary from the LA Times that verifies the differences between the Israeli and American Jews. (Of course, they don’t compare it to Biblical prophecy.)  The orthodox say that there’s “no compromise in Judaism.”  (Funny, I’ve been saying the same thing about Christianity and ‘inter-faith’ services.)    A liberal calls it “archaic thinking” but they don’t understand that God doesn’t change because society changes. 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 is paying attention to their own prophecies, they may take the recent events as an omen that their reign is coming to an end and they need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel in some way (explained in the videos above).  I admit, it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS has enough motivation, they may find a way.  Updated: 10-18-2016 Updated: 10-18-2016