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 events 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 exactly what the abomination is  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 term is vague and 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, so 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?  Many people have asked me about the abomination, so even though I don’t think the exact identity is important, I feel obligated to give an opinion.  I no longer think that the same group who “desecrates the temple fortress” (Western Wall) needs to be the same group that “sets up the abomination that causes desolation”, mainly because they are in two separate sentences.  On one hand, the desecration could come from an outside source such as ISIS or the Palestinians, but it could also come from within, by the Jews themselves, and the same goes for the abomination.  Actually, both could be done by Israel, as shown below. Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide) Note: Daniel 11:27-30  was moved to a separate page to make more room. 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: 12-02-2016 (Part 2) Other Observations: Recreation of the Palmyra Arch   I first became aware that objects can be set up in the name of peace and harmony, which are actually satanic in nature, when a company 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, is not the good deeds 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)  Egalitarian prayer and the ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’   There has been an amazing development in a saga that I’ve been following since June-2016, concerning egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.  For background, the orthodox Jews have always been in charge of the Western Wall plaza (Kotel) and conducted prayer like a Jewish temple, with men and women separated.  A group called Women of the Wall (WoW) was founded in 1988 and began petitioning the courts to allow women to pray aloud, sing, and wear prayer shawls at the Kotel, which was not allowed before.  They achieved a significant victory in April 2013 (explained below), just as an egalitarian prayer space (men and women together) was proposed.    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.    On 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, which allows men and women to worship together and gives women the same rights as men, such as wearing prayer shawls and reading the Torah aloud.    On April 11, 2013, five women from the Women of the Wall group were arrested at the Western Wall for wearing prayer shawls and singing aloud.  Later that day, a magistrates’ court threw out the case and said the women were not disturbing public order, as the police had claimed.  In fact, Judge Sharon Lari-Bavli said the ones disturbing public order were the ultra-orthodox protesters who were demonstrating against the women.  Women of the Wall called the ruling “a groundbreaking precedent” but the police appealed the decision.   On April 25, 2013, the Jerusalem District Court upheld the decision of the lower court and said that the women were not contravening “local custom” or causing a public disturbance, and therefore should not be arrested.  Judge Moshe Sobell ruled that the definition of “local custom” did not automatically mean Orthodox practice.  He based his decision on several past Supreme Court opinions, particularly that of justice Shlomo Levin, who wrote in 1994 that it was the nature of customs to change with the times.  Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, said the latest ruling "liberated the Western Wall for all Jewish people."    In general, the Women of the Wall were allowed to wear prayer shawls, pray aloud, and sing, as they wished, but the proposed egalitarian space, to mix men and women, never took off.     A major development took place in January-2016 when Netanyahu’s cabinet made a decision to compromise with Conservation and Reform Jews and create a new area for egalitarian prayer at a place called Robinson’s Arch, at the southern end of the Western Wall.  However, the decision was never implemented because a majority of parliament didn’t like the cabinet’s decision.  In fact, the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) who are part of Netanyahu’s majority  threatened to leave his alliance over the decision.  Therefore, nothing was ever done.  As a result, tensions have risen at the Wall and sometimes scuffles have occured.    Around August-2016, the Conservation and Reform Jews filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court, to get the decision at the Robinson’s Arch implemented.  Rather than make a decision, the Supreme Court decided to give parliament more time to make their own decision.  Netanyahu asked the Haredi to compromise but so far, they have refused.    Oct-2016, Israel’s Supreme Court issued parliament a 3-week deadline, ending Nov 17, 2016, to break a deadlock over egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.  In the meantime, leaders of the American Conservative and Reform movements, along with their Israeli partners, organized a Torah-carrying procession on November 2, 2016 to protest Israel’s failure to implement the Robinson’s Arch deal.  The march went through Old Jerusalem and ended at the Western Wall, where they joined Women of the Wall for their monthly prayer service, to mark the new month.  Unprecedented violence broke out when the Conservative and Reform Jews tried to carry 8 Torah scrolls to the women’s section, which is against regulations.  Scuffles broke out with security guards but the rabbis managed to push through, only to be met by Haredi protesters, who pushed some rabbis to the ground.  Police officers were said to be watching and filming.  The ‘Women of the Wall’ asked the police to intervene but they refused.    The Israeli government obviously wasn’t supporting the protest march, many of whom were American, because Netanyahu, on the evening before, asked them not to make their disputes public.  (Yet, Netanyahu didn’t follow his own advice, or Obama’s, when he chose to speak before the American Congress with disputes about the Iranian nuclear agreement.)  It’s a sticky situation because Netanyahu can’t alienate the Haredi because they aid his majority in parliament but Israel needs the support of the world Jewry, about 40% of whom are American. Still Waiting   Needless to say, there’s a lot riding on this Supreme Court decision but I’m still waiting for the result.  There has been no shortage of people voicing their opinion, some of which are very critical of Reform Jews and Americans, but the only real voice that counts is the Supreme Court.  I don’t know what’s taking so long but in the meantime, certain members of parliament have introduced a bill that would fine or imprison anyone taking part in egalitarian prayer or women who wear prayer shawls at the Western Wall.  Essentially, they are not only trying to cancel the Cabinet’s decision to create an egalitarian space but they are trying to reverse the lower courts decision on women’s rights from April 2013.  If anything, it will force the Supreme Court to make their decision, one way or another. Why does all this matter so much?   In a nut shell, the whole situation has the potential to fulfill Daniel 11:31 and the timing is consistent with the abomination in Daniel 9:27.  I don’t know exactly how things will transpire but it involves prayer at the Western Wall, which is the “daily sacrifice at the temple fortress.”  At one point, during Sukkot, the Haredi started having daily prayer at the temporary platform, which is designated for egalitarian services, because the Reform Jews weren’t using it and they said the whole Wall was holy.  I don’t know if they are still doing that, but they could start something similar if the Court orders the deal to be implemented, just to hinder the process.  If that was the case, and construction had to be done, the armed forces would literally have to rise up to stop the daily sacrifice so they could set up a space that many Haredi think would be a desecration or an abomination.  That’s one scenario that would fit Daniel 11:31 perfectly.    The timing is consistent with Daniel 9:27 because the whole situation started approximately 3.5 years ago, in April 2013, when the egalitarian space was proposed.  In the same month, the court system “confirmed a covenant with many” (Women of the Wall) when they upheld the decision to allow singing and use of prayer shawls in the first place.  Now, 3.5 years later, parliament is trying to block the egalitarian prayer, which the Cabinet approved, and take away the women’s singing, which the court approved, at the same time.  Yet, the Supreme Court can vote to block parliament, and order the egalitarian space to be implemented, possibility starting the above scenario.  That’s why all this matters so much.   Another consideration    Plus, when you think about it, it’s the American Jews who are pushing so hard to get traditions changed and Daniel 9:26 says, “The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.”  Well, the Americans fit that description because the 3rd kingdom in Daniel 2:39 describes one that “rules over the whole earth.”  I admit it’s vague but America has been policing of the world as a top super-power since WWII.  And since about 40% of worldwide Jews now live in America, they have come to possess immense influence in Israel, possibly to the point that their liberal ways could ‘destroy the sanctuary’.   Mutual destruction?   Although the American Jews may help to ‘destroy the city and the sanctuary’, Jews have also played a part in destroying America by supporting liberal causes such as gay marriage, which goes against the Bible.  It’s interesting to me that only 1.7% of Americans are Jewish but they occupy 10% of the Senate (10 of 100), 4.4% of the House (19 of 435), and 37% of the Supreme Court (3 of 8).  I’m not against Jews but gay marriage was a mistake (yet prophesied by Jesus) and now they are doing something similar to their own country.  I’m not against Jews at all because they are helping to fulfill Christian prophecy, just not the way most people think (no 3rd temple before the rapture -maybe after). Re-organized condensed and updated: 12-02-2016 A brief synopsis after the abomination - from Daniel 9:27   As I’ve said before, the middle of a 7-year period cannot be pinpointed to one day but gives an approximation of events.  The Robinson’s Arch area would certainly qualify as a “wing of the temple.”  Once the ‘abomination’ is set up, the ‘desolation’ will be caused by the earthquake from the 6th Seal (Rev 6:12), and subsequent tsunami, which will make the Jews run for the mountains, as Jesus appears in the sky, and the rapture takes place. (Matt 24:15-31)    The “end that is decreed” (Dan 9:27) is explained in Revelation because only Christians are taken in the rapture. (Rev 7)  A small number of Jews (144,000) will be ‘sealed’ by God and martyred, between the trumpet and bowl plagues (Rev 14-15), because they refuse the mark of the beast.  As far as I can tell, only those 144,000 Jews are accepted into heaven, after the rapture, because they are destined to become priests during the 1000 years (Rev 20:4-6) and it will also fulfill God’s promise to David, concerning his descendants. (2 Samuel 7:16)   What about gentiles who are left behind?  According to Daniel 11:33-35, which is also after the rapture, some ‘wise’ are purified by being martyred, but that could also be talking about the 144,000 Jews from Rev 7 because “many who are not sincere will join them.”  Obviously, the “not sincere” will not be purified so being martyred after the rapture doesn’t guarantee a spot in heaven, as many gentiles have been taught.  I’m sure the two witnesses, who will prophesy in Jerusalem during the trumpet plagues, will explain the rules in detail but it would be best not to take a chance on eternity in heaven or hell.  The only sure way to get to heaven is to develop a sincere relationship with Jesus, believing that He died and arose to be your personal savior, and ask forgiveness for your sins.  If you’ve never done that before, get on your knees and do it today; you’ll be glad you did. 
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