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:2-06-2017 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 inThe 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. ISISISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio messageFox News [USA] – December 27, 2015Quote: [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 forceWashington Times – May 22, 2016Quote: 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, 2016Quote: 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 downplayingthe 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-gendercombat 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; 12-146 "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 referred to 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 obviously correct because Israel was 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, even though they were victorious, just as Zechariah prophesied. 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 the raptured will attend the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, in heaven. Zechariah 13: 3-53 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. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what happens in Revelation 6:15-17 because they are hiding in the mountains (after fleeing in Matthew 24:15), and they see the Lamb in all His glory, during the 6th Seal rapture, which matches the same event in Matthew 24:29-31. I imagine that liberal Jews, who ignored Zechariah and insisted that men and women be mixed, will especially be ashamed. Yet, it will be too late for most Jews, except for a select group. Zechariah 13:8-98 In the whole land, declares the LORD, two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. 9 This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, “They are my people,” and they will say, “The LORD is our God.” The above passage corresponds to the first 3.5 years, after the rapture, when the two witnesses will be prophesying (Rev 11) and the trumpet plagues will take place (Rev 8-11). The third that will be ‘refined by fire and call on the name of Jesus’ will be the 144,000 Jews, who are ‘sealed’ in Rev 7, martyred in Rev 14, and become priests during the 1000-year reign in Rev 20. Of course, 144,000 is different from 1/3 but that just means that one of those amounts is symbolic. They are the same group that gets “refined, purified, and made spotless” in Daniel 11:35, after the abomination. It’s clear that these are the 144,000, from Rev 14:4 because it refers to them as those who didn’t defile themselves with women, who follow the Lamb wherever He goes, and are offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. The exact number is not that important, but sadly; it’s evident that it’s a small percentage of the current Jews. At the end of the first 3.5 years, Israel will be attacked by the armies of the beast and half of the remaining Jews will flee into exile. (below) That’s the same time-period as the war in Daniel 11:40-43, when the two witnesses will be killed (Rev 11), after prophesying 1260 days. Zechariah 14:2I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. After Jerusalem is captured, the false prophet will enact the ‘mark of the beast’ and demand that everyone receive the mark, in order to buy or sell. That’s why the 144,000 Jews (or 1/3) will be martyred: for not worshiping the beast or receiving his mark. (Rev 14:9-20 & 15:2-3) 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 ride out from heaven, at the conclusion of the Wedding Supper, and defeat the beast on earth (with all the raptured Christians following behind). Then, Jesus will establish His reign on earth for 1000 years, with the 144,000 Jews as priests. Zechariah 14: 5-9Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. 6 On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. 7 It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime -a day known to the LORD. When evening comes, there will be light. 8 On that day, living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. 9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. Note: You can tell that the “holy ones” are raptured Christians, not angels, because Revelation 7:17 says, “the Lamb … will lead them to springs of living water.” In conclusion, I had to go through a lot of Zechariah to show that nothing is taken out of context. Yet, the main point is that, following the period when men and women are separated, which is where we are now, the rapture happens and Israel goes through a lot of turmoil. 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 a ‘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 happens to be the start of a lunar month, which is a ‘new’ moon, not full. However, it’s ironic that there’s a solar eclipse on the day before, 2-26-2017 (but only in the southern hemisphere). 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, it’s interesting that the Israeli Supreme Court is due to rule on the implementation of the expanded egalitarian prayer space, approx. 3.5 years after the temporary platform (confirmation) was unveiled. Latest News 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 want to delay forever. Yet, they won’t be able to do that and the Supreme Court will make a decision, at God’s perfect time. In a separate move, the MK’s who oppose the plan were going to force the Cabinet to re-vote but they backed down, presumably because they didn’t have Netanyahu’s support and they would have suffered an embarrassing defeat. Also, the Israel Democracy Institute, a prominent Jerusalem-based think tank, cited the one-year anniversary of the Cabinet’s decision and issued a special statement calling on the government to “urgently implement” the Western Wall plan. [Haaretz News] Previously, some MK’s introduced a bill that opposes the non-orthodox 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 the reason that they haven’t voted yet. Revised & re-written: 1-29-2017click to enlarge3.5 year differenceMore food for thought - from Isaiah and Daniel After discovering the reason for the separation of men and women, among the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) Jews, as explained above, I now realize why the Conservative and Reform Jew’s desire to mix genders is not just a rebellion against the state of Israel; it’s a rebellion against God. Daniel 8:13 refers to the ‘abomination’ as the "rebellion that causes desolation", which I always connected with the “armed forces rising up”, in Daniel 11:31, and considered it a popular uprising among the Arabs or Israelis. My thinking has changed a little because I think the armed forces have already ‘risen up to desecrate the temple fortress’, as described above, without a shot being fired. God is accomplishing His prophecies subtly, which is why the rapture will be a surprise to most. Likewise, the “rebellion that causes desolation” won’t be a physical altercation but a spiritual rebellion by the non-orthodox Jews, who want to mix genders and violate Zechariah’s prophecy. Of course, the non-orthodox already mix genders, in their own congregations, but a Supreme Court decision holds a symbolic significance for the nation as a whole. The non-orthodox Jews are the same ones who generally eat whatever they want, which wouldn’t be a problem for Christians, because Jesus provided the freedom to “worship God in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23) However, the Jews rejected Jesus and chose to stick to their original law but now the non-orthodox want to rebel against that same law. That’s why God finds these violations “provoking” and the people as “smoke in His nostrils.” (Isaiah 65:2-5) God refers to their lax eating habits, such as consuming the “flesh of pigs”, as “abominable.” (Isaiah 66:17) If the Israeli Supreme Court rules for the non-orthodox, which they probably will, I think they will somehow set up the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ at the Western Wall. If things continue as they have, it will probably be something small and subtle to humans, but not to God. The ‘result’ will be anything but subtle because Jesus will appear in the sky, for the rapture or ‘gathering’ (Matt 24:31), and that will be visible from east to west, like lightning. (Matt 24:27) Updated: 2-03-2017 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: 2-06-2017Note: This prophecy has technically been 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;1911:37-54 -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: Clicking the next verse automatically closes the previous. (Judges combined) 70th SevenAnother ‘long shot’ possibility Arch of Baal(Satan’s sneaky project)