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The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction / Overview of Importance   The ‘abomination that causes desolation’ is perhaps the single most important earthly event, during end times, because Jesus specifically mentioned it, when speaking to His disciples.  In other words, the abomination is the event that Jesus specifically said to watch for, at the time of His return (in the sky) or the rapture of Christians.  He added two examples to indicate the immediate urgency, when the abomination is set up, in the ‘holy place’ (Jerusalem).  Matthew 24:14-16; 21 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  15 "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel - let the reader understand- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.  18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. … 21 “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again.”     Prior to this passage, Jesus gives several signs that are vaguer, but then addresses the ‘abomination’, from the Book of Daniel, as the final sign before the rapture.  That will bring the greatest distress upon the world, even more so than Armageddon, which is roughly 2300-days (78-months) after the rapture. (Daniel 8:13-14)  The 2300-days between the rapture and Armageddon is commonly called the ‘tribulation’, which will consist of the Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation. (not the Seals)   People mistakenly include the Seals in the tribulation, but that is wrong because Seals 1-5 are in the past, and Seal 6 is the rapture, since the signs in the sun, moon, and stars perfectly match the ‘rapture’ (gathering in the sky) in Matthew 24:29-31.  In addition to the same exact signs, the 6th Seal is obviously the rapture because it describes people hiding in the mountains (who fled) who see Jesus (the Lamb) in the sky. (Rev 6:15-17)  After that, in Rev 7:9, the ‘multitude from every nation’ (Christians) are seen arriving in heaven (palm branches symbolize arrival).  They’re in heaven between the 6th and 7th Seals, which proves ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture because the Trumpet plagues, etc, can’t start until the 7th Seal is over (half-hour of silence), since trumpets literally can’t sound during a “silence.”    Post-tribulationists try to deceive people into believing that the ‘tribulation’, including the antichrist (Rev 13), comes before the ‘rapture’ (multitude in heaven) by overlapping the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, which is manipulating or omitting about half of God’s end time prophecy.  However, omitting any part of Revelation is expressly forbidden (Rev 22:19), so that essentially makes them ‘false prophets’ (for changing God’s prophecy).  The section in Matthew 24:22-25, which talks about the tribulation, is talking about the 144,000 Israelites (Rev 7), who stay on earth during the Trumpet plagues.  Their “days are cut short” because they are martyred before the Bowl plagues (Rev 14), and they are “not deceived” into taking the mark of the beast.  All that ‘tribulation’ or distress starts when the abomination is set up (fleeing to the mountains), but the rapture of Christians (Matt 24:29-31) also happens at the same time because there are two groups in Matthew 24:15-31 (144,000 Israelites and Christians), just as there are two groups in Revelation 7.  The two accounts of end times (Matt and Rev) must match, and  omitting one group from Rev 7 would be another violation of God’s warning in Rev 22:19.    Therefore, the ‘abomination’ is the last sign before the ‘rapture’ (Jesus’ return in the sky to ‘gather’ Christians), which is why it’s the single most important earthly event, during end times.  Jesus left things a little vague, in Matthew (speaking to His disciples), because He knew Revelation would be dictated later, with more details.    He also pointed to the Book of Daniel, where Daniel 11 contains a detailed list of events, surrounding the abomination, but the meaning was ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (12:4) In fact, the abomination is mentioned four times in Daniel’s visions, all of which give different information, and when combined; they form a definitive timeline of end times. [see chart left]  As such, Daniel’s “70th Seven” (Daniel 9:27) cannot be the same as “tribulation” (as most people have been led to believe) because the abomination is in the ‘middle of the seven’, but it starts a 2300-day period in Daniel 8:13-14.  In other words, the 70th Seven and the 2300-days overlap but they can’t be the same because it’s literally impossible.  Simply put, the rapture happens at the ‘abomination’, which is in the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’, which starts the 2300-day ‘tribulation’ (ending with Armageddon).  After that, Jesus reigns on earth for 1000-years.    Anyway, the most detailed list of events, surrounding the abomination, is found in Daniel 11, which the angel called God’s “Book of Truth.” (Dan 10:21)  Daniel 11 is the only chapter in the Bible that was specifically “sealed until the time of the end.”  Yet, God never said it would be sealed forever.  In fact, God likes to reveal the future before it happens because that’s His way of showing power and superiority over worthless idol gods. (Isaiah 44:6-7)  Therefore, it’s no surprise that God has allowed someone like me (lowly and unimportant) to ‘unseal’ Daniel 11, “so no one can boast.” (1 Cor 1:25-29)  Previous interpretations had huge gaps and serious flaws, but the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 includes every empire, from Daniel’s time until now, with no gaps or omissions.  Plus, unlike previous interpretations, the events or verses get closer together, as time goes by, especially during end times (or the final empire), which is what you would expect from a chapter that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.  The list below summarizes the events, in this century, and shows how they got closer together.  Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI End of 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: Despite accusations, Erdogan still sat with                       Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, from Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) UN General Assembly: Rouhani complained to the P5+1 that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the nuclear deal, which got much of       Iran’s frozen wealth returned. 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.  After that, the Houthis lost ground and even pursued       a peace settlement, for a while, but the Saudis wouldn’t compromise. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016-present) The UN approved resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli       settlements and demanded that all building stop.  On the same day, the UN         funded a ‘blacklist’ to aid the BDS boycott.  In Dec 2017, the UN voted 128-9        to condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, thus       “forsaking the holy covenant.”    Notice that all the verses before the abomination, in verse 31, have been fulfilled, so the abomination is due next, at any time.  It would seem that God is taking His time, but the Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the “Bridegroom was a long time in coming.” (Matt 25:5)  Plus, Peter said, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9)  However, it will happen, eventually, just like all the other prophecies in the Bible. 
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)  It’s easy to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising since 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 B:  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.   The leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, once 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. ISIS in N. Sinai   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. Coincidences with the defeat of ISIS     July 10, 2017 - Iraq declared victory in Mosul, exactly 37 months after ISIS invaded.  (June 10, 2014)  The number “37” is related to the number “666” and God’s timeline of 37’s.   November 21, 2017 – Iran’s President Rouhani made an official declaration that ISIS’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria had been defeated, exactly 1260-days (half-a-seven) after the invasion of Mosul (June 10, 2014). [see calculation]   December 9, 2017 - Iraq’s President Abadi declared victory over ISIS in all of Iraq, 3.5 years  after the invasion of Mosul (June 10, 2014).  Note: It would have been exact, but 2016 was a leap-year, which added an extra day. (That didn’t matter in the other two calculations.)    That’s a triple coincidence regarding Shiite victories, after the invasion of Mosul.  That’s significant, especially since ISIS’s invasion of Mosul was the event that really kicked things off in the Middle East, and fulfilled Daniel 11:24.  The invasion of Mosul was the primary event that allowed Iran to get a military foothold in Iraq, which gave them better access to Syria, securing their position as ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11.     Note: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies (explained in the 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.  Related pages: The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)   Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) - Daniel 11:31 (The Main Event) Daniel 11:31 “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.”   Notice that someone’s armed forces rise up to “desecrate the temple fortress” before they set up the abomination that causes desolation.  Since the Bible never says exactly what the abomination will be, the ‘armed uprising’ and ‘desecration’ are easier to watch for.  However, both will come as a surprise, so a person can’t wait until they actually see the armed uprising or abomination, to accept Jesus and go to heaven, because there won’t be enough time.  Also, I think it’s a misconception that gentiles are allowed a second chance, during the tribulation, so it’s important to accept Jesus ahead of time.  Better to be safe than sorry.   I think the “temple fortress” is the Western Wall because a ‘wall’ is part of a fortress and the Jews pray there daily, which would be the “daily sacrifice.”  Obviously, if the Western Wall was ‘desecrated’ in some way, then prayer would be ‘abolished’ or halted for a period of time, until someone could clean or repair the desecration.  It just makes sense.  The verse doesn’t indicate the length of time that the sacrifice (prayer) is abolished, only that it happens before the abomination, so everything could happen very fast.   So, what is the abomination?  Like I said, the Bible doesn’t say, but my best guess is a ‘flag’, which is something simple but very symbolic.  God would see it as an ‘abomination’ because it would symbolism a Muslim victory and capture over part of Jerusalem, which God miraculously allowed the Israelites to unite during the Six Day War of 1967.  The illusion of a Muslim victory will be short-lived because the rapture will happen, at which time the two witnesses will appear, in Jerusalem, to prophesy and protect Israel from a full-fledged invasion.  Post-Rapture (a quick summary)   The two witnesses will prophesy for 1260-days and oversee the building of the 3rd Temple. (Rev 11:1-2)  Near the end of the 1260-days, at the antichrist’s height of power (Rev 13: 5-8), he will lead the 6th Trumpet War (Rev 9:13 & Dan 11:40), where he invades Israel and kills the two witnesses. (Rev 11:7)  With Israel’s protection gone, the antichrist will “set himself up” in the newly-built 3rd Temple and “proclaim himself to be god.” (2 Thess 2:4 & Daniel 11:36)  At that point, the earthquake of the 7th Trumpet will strike Jerusalem, which causes a tenth of the city to collapse and kill 7000 people. (Rev 11:13)  I think that same earthquake will somehow injure the antichrist because the false prophet arrives on the scene and performs extraordinary miracles “on behalf of the first beast” (antichrist), whose “fatal wound had been healed.” (Rev 13:11-14)  Because of the many miracles, even causing fire to come down from heaven (as Elijah did), the false prophet will “deceive the inhabitants of the earth,” force everyone to “worship the first beast,” and enact the ‘mark of the beast’. (Rev 13:12-17 & 2 Thess 2:11-12)    The infamous ‘mark of the beast’ will be required for any kind of buying or selling, which could be enacted at various times in various countries, but it’s my theory that it will be imposed upon Israel on ‘day-1290’ (or 30-days after the two witnesses are killed).  That means the 144,000 Jews, who are ‘sealed by God’ (Rev 7), must only avoid the mark for 45-days, until ‘day-1335’. (Dan 12:11-12)  At that point, the 144,000 are rounded up and martyred because they don’t have the mark. (Rev 14:17-20)  However, they are later rewarded because they become priests during Jesus’ 1000-year reign, following Armageddon. (Rev 20:4-6)  That explains Jesus’ prophecy, which states, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.”  (Matt 24:22)  Of course, that’s only for the Jews (because God made a promise to David). There’s no legitimate Biblical evidence that gentiles get a 2nd chance because why would a gentile, who missed the rapture, become a priest? (more details on a separate page   Anyway, following the martyrdom of the 144,000, the Bowl plagues start (Rev 16), which extend to day-2300. (Dan 8:13-14)  The 7th and final Bowl is Armageddon, where Jesus defeats the armies of the beast and throws the antichrist and false prophet into the lake of fire. (Rev 19:20)  Jesus also locks Satan into the Abyss for 1000-years, while He reigns on earth.  At the end of the 1000-years, Satan is released to gather everyone against God’s people (raptured Christians + 144,000 Jews), but they are destroyed by fire (along with earth). (Rev 20)  Yet, God will create a new heaven and new earth, where He finally dwells with humans, as He intended in the first place. (Rev 21)  Thus, God’s plan will take 7000-years, rather than 7-days, but to God: “a 1000-years are like a day,” (2 Peter 3:8) and that’s almost nothing in relation to eternity.  Significant Current Events   To make a long story shorter, these are some of the events that I see as being most important, concerning the abomination, because Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)  Of course, He was talking about the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ because the next verse tells Judea to flee to the mountains, just like in Matthew 24:15.  It also agrees with Daniel 11:31, which indicates that there will be an ‘armed uprising’ before the abomination.  Therefore, the most pertinent current events are the ones that concern Jerusalem, and the enemies of Israel that are most likely to attack.  Personally, I think the above prophecy is somewhat symbolic because I don’t think the Muslim armies will literally surround Jerusalem, like a siege.  I think it means that Israel’s enemies will grow ever stronger and more frustrated, until they stage the uprising that sets up the abomination.  Slowly but surely, that has been happening because the riots in Gaza have been ongoing for over a year and the Palestinians are growing more frustrated.  There has also been an increase of lone-wolf attacks in the West Bank, where Israel has arrested many Hamas sleeper cells.  However, it’s impossible to know if they have them all.  I mean, they can only arrest the ones they know about.  To the north of Israel, Hezbollah has grown more powerful, due to their battle experiences in Syria.  Iran is also more powerful in Syria, due to the Shia militias that follow their command.  Although Jerusalem is not literally surrounded by armies, Iran is closer than they ever have been, at least since their 1979 revolution.  Of course, that revolution began their role as ‘king of the north’, starting in Daniel 11:21.  Any of the groups that I mentioned could stage the armed uprising to fulfill Daniel 11:31 because they are all allies of Iran.    December 6, 2017 was significant because Trump announced that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and America would definitely be moving their embassy there, in about 6 months.  The Palestinians began rioting, the very next day, and have continued weekly protest for over a year because they want East Jerusalem as their capital, should they ever get a nation.  It’s interesting that the riots started just 2-days from the 30th anniversary of the 1st intifada, which literally means ‘armed uprising’.  Many Palestinian leaders have called for a new, 3rd intifada, which is exactly what Daniel 11:31 calls for, but one hasn’t materialized yet   March 30, 2018 was significant because the riots entered their next phase, called the March of Return, where tens of thousands of Gaza residents protested daily, near the border with Israel, by burning tires, throwing rocks, etc.  Israel responded with tear gas and live fire, killing hundreds over a period of time.  The protests were supposed to last until the 70th anniversary of Israel (May 14th), which is when America officially declared the new embassy open in Jerusalem.  That was the bloodiest day of protests, with about 60 protesters killed.  The March of Return protests didn’t stop there, but continue every Friday, as the body-count continues to rise.    April 9, 2018 was significant because Israel targeted the T-4 airbase in Syria, killing 14 pro-regime troops, including 7 Iranians.  It seems that Israel had previously been targeting weapon shipments, depots, or warehouses, which kept the death-toll to a minimum, but now, it seems like they no longer care about fatalities.  Iran vowed revenge  but didn’t give a specific time-table for a response.  Israel wasn’t phased by the threat because they continued bombing, almost monthly, and many more Iranians were killed   May 8, 2018 was significant because Trump officially pulled America out of the nuclear deal  between Iran and the P5+1.  Of course, the nuclear deal has been monumentally important because the initial, interim agreement, on Nov 24, 2013, fulfilled Daniel 11:23.  Then, the signing of the final agreement, on July 15, 2015, was likely the ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’, which started the 70th Seven or Daniel’s final week, from Dan 9:27. (more below)  It’s amazing that the nuclear agreement continues to play an important role, as Trump pulled America out and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, even though reports said that Iran was keeping their end of the bargain.  Oh well, it’s all part of prophecy because the re-imposed sanctions have caused a strain on Iran’s economy, which has made them even more angry at America and Israel, which is needed to complete Biblical prophecy.    On July 24, 2018, Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet, which was only 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) over the line in the Golan Heights, killing the pilot, who was fighting ISIS.  It was the first time, since 2014, that Israel shot down a Syrian plane.  However, in Feb-2018, an Israeli jet crashed while under fire from Syria, so in a way; it equaled the score.    September 18, 2018 was significant because a Russian plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, during an Israeli raid on Syria, killing 15 Russians.  Even though the Syrians technically shot down the plane, Russia blamed Israel for only giving 1-minute notice and using the plane as cover.  That prompted Russia to transfer four S-300 anti-missile batteries to Syria, which provide more of a deterrence.  (However, as of yet, it’s not certain that the S-300’s are fully functional.)  Israel has conducted over 200 bombings in Syria, over the past few years, but this incident changed Russia’s perspective on Israel’s conduct.  That is significant because Russia has a lot of influence on all parties in the region.    November 11, 2018 was significant because Israel was caught red-handed conducting a convert military operation into the Gaza Strip.  It turned into a fire-fight, which resulted in the deaths of an Israeli officer, a Hamas commander, and 6 other Palestinians.  Reports said that some of the Israelis were dressed as women.  Hamas responded by firing over 400 rockets into Israel, over the next two days, some of which landed in cities.  One bus was struck by an anti-tank missile, moments after Israeli soldiers had departed, showing that Hamas had capabilities if they chose to use them.  Israel responded by hitting over 100 targets in Gaza, before a cease-fire was declared by Netanyahu.  The exchange was the longest and most severe, since the 2014 war.  Hamas celebrated the cease-fire as a victory, while many inside Israel protested the cease-fire because they thought the response should have been stronger.  Israel’s defense minister, Lieberman, resigned for that reason and withdrew his party from Netanyahu’s coalition, which reduced it to a slim 61-59 majority.  Note: Parliament has since dissolved itself and announced new elections on April 9, 2019.      December-2018, Israel announced and executed Operation Northern Shield to find and destroy Hezbollah’s tunnels into northern Israel.  At least 4-5 were found, but who can be sure if that’s all of them?  Netanyahu called the tunnels an ‘act of war’ because they violated UN resolution 1701, which ended the last war, but Israel’s unauthorized use of Lebanese airspace to bomb Syria is also a violation.  During the recent operation, a skirmish broke out as Israel was trying to stretch a fence across a disputed part of the border.  Tensions with Hezbollah are the highest since the 2006 war.    December 20, 2018 was significant because Trump announced that America was pulling out of Syria, which is exactly what Russia, Iran, Assad, and Turkey have been wanting.    December 25, 2018 – Israel chose Christmas Day to conduct their first major bombing in Syria, since the Russian plane was shot down.  They targeted a depot of precision guided missiles, west of Damascus.  They also seemed to be sending a message that they don’t need the United States for defense.  Summary and Possible Timing   In summary, Iran and their allies are firmly established as the ‘king of the north’, in Daniel 11, because they are controlling ancient Mesopotamia.  The next verse to take place is the ‘armed uprising and abomination’, in Daniel 11:31, which is when the rapture will happen   Daniel 9:27 says that the abomination will happen in the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, which begins with a ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’.  The most likely interpretation of that confirmation was the nuclear agreement between Iran (king of the north) and the P5+1 (many), on July 15, 2015, which ‘confirmed’ the previous, interim agreement.  Daniel 9:27 (NIV)  “He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   If you add 3.5 years to find the approximate ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, then you get January 15, 2019, which is within the 70th anniversary of Israel, which started May 14, 2018.  That’s important because the rapture is the 6th Seal and there are two previous 70-year periods in the Seals: the Jewish revolts (66 AD to 136 AD) in Seal 2, and the creation of modern Israel (1st settlement to statehood – 1878 to 1948), which spans Seals 3 & 4.  Therefore, if the rapture happens before May 14, 2019, that would make a third 70-year period in the Seals.    Plus, there happens to be a lunar eclipse (blood moon) on January 21, 2019, which is 3 years, 6 months, and 1 week from the nuclear agreement.  The red moon is just one sign that accompanies the 6th Seal, but it’s interesting that it’s so close to the middle of the 70th Seven (assuming that the nuclear agreement was the start).  I can’t guarantee that the rapture will happen on that date, because God could turn the moon blood-red on any day He chooses, but it certainly raises the chances. (more on blood moon page) Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Re-written & updated (middle part) 12-30-2018 2017 Re-written & updated: 12-30-2018 Related pages: Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) The Seals Explained (Correct Revelation Timeline) Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary)