Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2017   All rights reserved. The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction   As simply as I can put it, the abomination that causes desolation is the last sign before the rapture because that’s what Jesus said to watch for in Matthew 24:15.  Jesus instructs Judea to flee to the mountains when they see the abomination, not stopping for anything, indicating that the rapture will happen very quickly.  It will also cause unequaled distress on man-kind. (Matt 24:15-21)  That coincides with the earthquake of the 6th Seal (which is the rapture in Revelation), which I believe causes a tsunami, which makes people in Judea run for the mountains, whether they recognize the abomination or not.  Notice that the signs in Matthew 24:29 (which happen in conjunction with the rapture or gathering in the sky) match the 6th Seal, except for the earthquake, which is accounted for by the running to the mountains.    That’s why the rapture catches most people by surprise: because they are expecting a so-called ‘tribulation’ period, where the antichrist enacts the mark of the beast, but that happens after the rapture (or after the 6th Seal in Revelation).  Many people have been deceived by so-called ‘post-tribs’ who re-arrange Revelation by putting chapter 13 (the antichrist and false prophet) before chapter 6 (the rapture).  They are essentially false prophets because they are changing God’s prophecy in Revelation and making people look for the wrong signs.  After all, IF the antichrist and mark of the beast happened before the rapture, wouldn’t that take all the surprise out of it?  I mean, if those obvious events took place, wouldn’t everyone  believe in the Bible?  Looking for the wrong signs could cost some people dearly, who choose to procrastinate before getting to know Jesus, which is why I call attention to their deception.    In reality, the signs that Jesus said to watch for (leading to the abomination in the Book of Daniel) are subtle but identifiable, if a person knows the correct interpretation of Daniel 11, which was only recently ‘unsealed’ by God and presented on this website by a lowly servant.  Seriously, when this website began, in 2012, events were still on Daniel 11:22 and now all the verses through Daniel 11:30 are completed.  I can see how one verse might be considered a coincidence but several verses in a row constitutes valid proof.  And, since the first five Seals  are also completed, there’s nothing left to happen, before the rapture, except the events in Daniel 11:31, below, which include the abomination that causes desolation.    Granted, the last few verses have been more subtle than previous verses (summary below) but that should be expected, since the rapture is meant to be a surprise to most people, but not everyone. (1 Thess 5:4)  Similarly, the exact object of the abomination is also unknown, which is God’s way of adding mystery, but even if a person knew what it was, they could not wait and try to accept Jesus after they saw it because it would be too late.  As Jesus indicated, the abomination and rapture (earthquake/6th Seal) will happen very close together.    To illustrate the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 and how verses get closer together (rather than having a big gap towards the end such as previous interpretations have), here is a summary of the last 100 years.  [Prior verses are generally a century or more apart.] Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI ended the Ottoman Empire’s reign in the Middle East. Daniel 11:20 – (1919-1948) British Mandate governed while oil became valuable and       Israel was established. Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  Since then, Houthis have lost ground and started asking       for a peace settlement. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop, thus “forsaking the holy covenant.”   As you can see, the verses go from decades apart, to years, to months, which is what you’d expect from the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.      If the trend holds, which I believe it will, the abomination that causes desolation could be just months away, if not sooner.  However, only God knows when the appointed time will be.  Daniel 11:31  His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.   Notice that there’s a sentence before the abomination, where someone’s armed forces rise up to desecrate the temple fortress (Western Wall) and abolish the daily sacrifice (prayer at the Western Wall).  That could be accomplished in a few different ways: 1. a Palestinian uprising; 2. an ISIS attack from the Sinai;  3. Israel could accomplish the whole thing on their own.                      Below is a discussion of each (not in that order).
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: 7-03-2017  Related pages: Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)  It’s not hard to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising because 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary)    Recent events in Mosul (ancient Nineveh) show that ISIS would probably love to desecrate the Western Wall because people pray to it like an idol.     First of all, that sounds eerily similar to Luke 21:20, which says, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  Plus, ISIS is reported to already have a group in Sinai, south of Israel. (more below)    I learned where the propaganda came from when I caught a brief explanation from Paul Cruickshank, another author and terrorism analyst, who was commenting on another recent ISIS video. (right) He says, “The founder, Zarqawi, said that after they built up the group in Iraq, in the region, that they would want to destroy Israel.”     I learned the ISIS plans for the apocalypse from Graeme Wood, a political science lecturer at Yale and author of a recent article in The Atlantic, who made a statement on CNN’s Fareed Zarkaria, February 22, 2015, about 18 minutes into the show. (right)     He said, “ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem, after being defeated, actually. So they believe, after conquering a large area of land, they will be reduced to a core of 5000 fighters around Jerusalem.” 
CNN  02-22-2015 / length = 1:11 CNN  3-11-2015 / length = 20 sec. Part 3:  ISIS propaganda concerning Israel    ISIS is not necessarily the North or the South but they fulfilled Daniel 11:24.  They are losing ground in the Middle East but they are also relocating to other places such as Libya and the Sinai peninsula.  Their own prophecy states that they would like to attack Israel so they are certainly a possibility to desecrate the Western Wall.  ISIS ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message Fox News [USA] – December 27, 2015 Quote:  [al-Baghdadi] also threatened Israel saying: we haven't forgotten you" and "we are getting closer to you" every day.  To Israeli Jews, he said that they "will hide behind trees and stones" from the ISIS.   It’s interesting that, since ISIS is losing ground in the Middle East, the leader, al-Baghdadi, has reminded everyone that they “haven’t forgotten Israel.”     Note: They even mention “stones”, which could be a vague reference to the Western Wall because they are known to deface or destroy ancient religious monuments.  Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force Washington Times – May 22, 2016 Quote: With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel. Islamic State propaganda promises recruits that they will one day “liberate” Jerusalem and end the state of Israel, according to analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which tracks jihadi communications. IDF warns of escalating pressure in Gaza         Al-Monitor [independent] – June 1, 2016 Quote: According to an Israeli security source, data that has reached the West indicate that the Egyptian army is losing between 20 to 50 soldiers a week in a non-stop war against some 600 to 1,000 IS fighters. The Egyptians’ problems are as follows: the fighting is occurring over a very large, isolated and mountainous area; IS possesses advanced combat weaponry; and IS fighters are not afraid of dying due to their religious, messianic zealotry.  Hamas observes this struggle with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Egypt is a bitter enemy, but on the other, an IS takeover of Sinai could spill over into the Gaza Strip.   These clips say it all because ISIS is really building up in the Sinai Peninsula.   Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statues in Mosul' BBC [UK] – February 26, 2015  (includes video = 3:01) Quote:  One of the militants in the video describes the artefacts as "false idols" and seeks to justify their destruction in religious terms. What is the next move of ISIS?     October 16, 2016 - ISIS was defeated in the symbolic town of Dabiq, which has significance because they used to predict their final apocalyptic battle there.  Their prediction was based on a hadith from Muhammad, which they featured in their magazine, also called Dabiq.  (This link  has an image of the magazine, with the hadith.)  Without going into much detail on what Muhammad probably meant, ISIS reversed it so they could recruit jihadists, from around the world, who thought they were following Muhammad’s wishes.  It’s all very tragic because Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt 15:14)      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.    June 21, 2017 - ISIS blew up the historic mosque in Mosul’s ‘old city’, where al-Baghdadi  declared his caliphate, signifying a symbolic defeat    Conclusion: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies (explained in above videos), then they might feel the need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel.  I admit it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS had enough motivation, they might find a way.  Part 1: Israel fulfills Daniel 11:31 on their own.  (First part done?) Introduction   Since the Bible doesn’t explain exactly what the abomination is, no one can know for certain who sets it up.  Yet, the location is near the Temple Mount, or at least Jerusalem.  Therefore, in my opinion, the armed forces that rise up would almost have to be the Israelis or the Arabs.  Of course, that sounds like a monumental event that would be unmistakable.  Yet, it could also be more subtle.  In fact, it’s possible that Israel’s armed forces have already risen up and desecrated the temple fortress (without really knowing it).  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-gender combat 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; 12-14  [1967 and beyond] 6 "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 about 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 correct because Israel was obviously 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, just as Zechariah prophesied, even though they were victorious.    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 those raptured will attend the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, in heaven.  Zechariah 13: 3-5  [Jews after rapture] 3 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, which is exactly what happens in Revelation 6:13-17, when they are hiding in the mountains. Thus, after ‘fleeing to the mountains’ in Matt 24:15, they actually see the Lamb in all His glory, during the 6th Seal, which is the same as the rapture (or gathering) in Matthew 24:29-31.    There will be some perilous times for Israel, after that, because Zechariah 13:8-9 says that “two-thirds will be struck down.”  The remaining third, which will include the 144,000 will be refined and tested by God.  That will take place in the first 3.5 years after the rapture.    At the end of the first 3.5 years, Israel will be attacked by the armies of the beast and “half of Jerusalem will go into exile.” (Zechariah 14:2)  At that time, the 144,000 Jews, who were selected by God, in Rev 7, will be martyred for not taking the ‘mark of the beast’. (Rev 14 & 15)   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 defeat the armies of the beast, at the conclusion of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. (Rev 19)  Then, Jesus will establish His reign on earth for 1000 years, as noted in Revelation 20 and Zechariah 14:5-9   As you can tell, Zechariah has a brief timeline of events that coordinates with other books. Everything starts with the abomination and rapture, which is the event that Jesus said to watch for (as spoken of in the Book of Daniel).  Of course, Daniel 11 is the most detailed account. Part 2: Luke 21:20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”    Note: The above prophecy is technically fulfilled because Israel is surrounded by armies but it never says that the armies attack and set up the abomination; it just says that Jerusalem’s desolation is near.  Just the same, the possibility exists, so here are my observations.  Palestinians   First of all, 1 Thessalonians 5:3 says, “While people are saying, ‘peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly.”  Now, that doesn’t mean that a peace agreement will be signed or anything.  It just says that people will be ‘saying’ peace and safety.  Well, thanks to Trump, people are ‘saying it’, a lot more than when Obama was president.  PA President Abbas was so hopeful that he didn’t even complain when Israel started their first new settlement since the mid-90’s.  Of course, if there’s no real progress (as I expect), religious leaders could call for an uprising and Abbas would be powerless to stop it.  The North is coming together   On June 5, 2017, a significant development occurred when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain broke diplomatic ties with Qatar.  The situation is essentially helping the North come together and choose sides, which will eventually fulfill the rest of Daniel 11.  I always expected Turkey to join with Iran, and Saudi Arabia’s riff with Qatar seems to be the final brick in the wall.    To understand the dynamics, it helps to understand the differences in religion.  When Saudi Arabia was formed as a country, it founded Wahhabism, which is the strictest interpretation of Salafi Islam. (Note: Egypt is Salafi.)  Wahhabism is the same religion as ISIS, which brands most others as apostates and tries to kill them if they won’t convert, which is called jihad.  Saudi Arabia may seem calm, compared to ISIS, but jihad is in their nature.  On the other hand, Qatar adheres to Sufism (like the Muslim Brotherhood), which is slightly more tolerant because they allow for more modern interpretations of Islam.  Saudi Arabia is adamantly against Sufism so it was only a matter of time before they went against Qatar.    Now, Qatar is an ally of Turkey, and supporter of Hamas, both of whom favor the Muslim Brotherhood.  Iran also supports Hamas, and shares a huge gas field with Qatar.  Since the botched coup attempt in Turkey, on July 15, 2016, Erdogan has been leaning towards Iran because Saudi Arabia was suspected of having something to do with it.  (Note: The attempted coup was prophesied in Daniel 11:26.)  The division between Saudi Arabia and Turkey can be seen in Saudi’s demands to Qatar because besides cutting ties to Iran and closing Al-Jazeera, the Saudis want Qatar to force Turkey to close their military base there, which began in 2014.  When the riff first started, Turkey sent reinforcements, but they are far from their capacity of 1000 troops.  Iran has been sending food to Qatar, and letting them use their airspace, even though they support opposing sides in Syria.  So far, Qatar has said the demands are unreasonable.    On June 17, 2017 (although not seen until Jerusalem Post reported on July 1st), Iran and Turkey made another significant step towards establishing the North, when the Iranian ambassador to Turkey answered, “[Iran] describes the PKK, the PYD and the YPG to be terrorist groups.”  In other words, Iran sided with Turkey in their opposition to the Kurds, which is important because the Kurds are a bigger enemy to Turkey than Assad.  Therefore, the North is significantly more bonded because Iran and Turkey are finding common ground with supporting Qatar and Hamas, while also opposing the Kurds.    On the flip side, Trump has America directly opposite the North because he supports the Kurds against Turkey, Saudi Arabia against Iran (and Qatar), and Israel against Hamas.  In fact, it was reported that it was Trump’s main idea to cut funding to terrorists, which could have been the last straw that spurred the Qatar situation because Saudi Arabia and Egypt consider the Muslim Brotherhood to be terrorists.  That is somewhat backwards, but Trump doesn’t know it (or doesn’t care), which makes him the perfect end times president.    Trump’s idea of peace between Israel and the Palestinians has followed a similar pattern because he encouraged PA President Abbas to cut funding to Hamas.  In turn, Hamas had to close their only power plant, because taxes on fuel were too high, and their supply of electricity from Israel was cut because of reduced payments from the PA.  Electricity was cut to about 2.5 hours/day, until Egypt stepped in, to provide humanitarian fuel to run the power plant, so it’s currently back to about 6 hours/day.  The increased pressure on Hamas was supposed to bring them to submission but some think it’s just stoking the fire for another war with Israel.    As for the abomination, it could be set up by Israel (as described above) or it could be set up by the North, which is another possibility.  That is consistent with current events because tensions are high with Hamas, which is firmly tied to the North.  Tensions are also high in the Golan Heights because Israel has retaliated with several precise and deadly strikes on the Syrian regime, for arrant shells that crossed the border and hit nothing.  Hezbollah has warned that they are much stronger than in 2004 and any future war might involve troops from other places such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen.  Plus, Iran completed a land bridge from Iran to Lebanon, when Popular Mobilization Forces joined with Iraqi forces on the Syrian border.  My point is: Israel could set up the abomination themselves, having something to do with egalitarian prayer or gay-marriage, but if it happens to be the North, then they are in a good position to do it.   In the long run, everything is primed and ready for end times because Israel is aligned with Saudi Arabia (South), along with America, but Daniel 11:40-43 indicates that the North wins.  (Note: That’s when Israel is attacked and the two witnesses are killed, near the middle of the post-rapture tribulation.)  Shortly thereafter, the ‘mark of the beast’ will be established (Rev 13) and the 144,000 will be martyred (Rev 14), between the Trumpet and Bowl plagues (Rev 8 & 16).  Of course, Christian forces from the West will be diminished, to some degree, by the rapture, which will undoubtedly help the North.  The Kurds are in position to fulfill Daniel 11:44, as noted above, because they are located in the “east and north” but are not part of the North.  They will attack the North, when the Euphrates dries up (6th Bowl), near Armageddon (7th Bowl).  It’s amazing that all the Biblical prophecies are lined up like dominoes, and all the major players just have to continue doing what they’re doing, and everything will happen naturally. Another ‘long shot’ possibility Arch of Baal (Satan’s sneaky project) More on Trump: Syria strike, Saudi deals and More (Daniel 11:30) Related page: End times and Gay Marriage Updated below: News Arab Armies Possible Uprising End Time Prophecies in the News Introduction   Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18)    When Jesus said, ‘Law or the Prophets’, He was speaking about the Old Testament but there are also many prophecies and parables, in the New Testament, that must be fulfilled. Note: When Jesus was speaking, the New Testament had not been written.  In the case of the rapture (Jesus’ coming in the sky to gather believers), there are many different prophecies that must be fulfilled, in conjunction with the abomination, from the Book of Daniel.    I have shown how all the verses in Daniel 11, leading up to the abomination, in verse 31, have already taken place, logically and sequentially.  Most were very distinctive, but as expected, the ones closer to the abomination have gotten more subtle, requiring closer observation.  After all, the rapture will be a surprise to most people, but not everyone. (1 Thess 5:4)  Therefore, the two events in Daniel 11:31, before the abomination, specifically the ‘armed forces rising up to desecrate the temple fortress’ and the ‘abolishment of the daily sacrifice’ either happen very fast or very subtly, as to maintain the surprise.    The only condition on which I can report is the subtly because the other would require fore-knowledge of timing, for which the 70th Seven is the only clue in the Bible, except perhaps God’s timeline of 37’s (which is derived from God’s riddle of 666), but that too is only an approximation.  Anyway, as to the subtly, I explained how the Israeli army may have already desecrated the temple fortress (Western Wall), by mixing men and women.  I admit, it was extremely subtle so I can’t be 100% positive but it’s a possibility.  Likewise, the events surrounding Trump’s visit to the Western Wall may have fulfilled the 2nd part of the sentence.  Trump’s Visit to the Western Wall   Likewise, another recent event could have fulfilled the second part because the Israelis completely closed both sections of the Western Wall, while waiting for US President Trump to visit, thus ‘abolishing the daily sacrifice’ for a short time.  This too was subtle but it was probably the first time both sections had been closed, since Israel re-claimed the Wall, in 1967, so it was indeed a big deal.  Historically speaking, Trump was the first ‘seated’ US president to visit the Western Wall, but honestly, the closure may not have been accomplished by anyone else.  I mean, when Pope Benedict visited, in 2009, the rabbi of the Western Wall would not close the whole Wall, not even for security purposes.  The complete closure was made possible only because Israel views Trump to be so important, due to his tough talk during the presidential campaign, and the fact that he brought with him female members  of his family.  To further illustrate the rarity of the occasion, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, recently visited the Western Wall and they didn’t even close one side for her.  US Presidents and Daniel’s Prophecies   Many people, including myself, think Trump’s election was an act of God because the whole thing was so unlikely and unexpected.  Paul said that ‘every authority that exists has been established by God’. (Romans 13:1)  As such, I think previous presidents were also selected by God, due to their personalities, preferences, and tendencies, so the prophecies in Daniel 11 would be fulfilled.  For example: (1) Carter reaffirmed the US alliance with the Shah of Iran, even though he was rough on his own people, which helped to fuel the 1979 revolution in Daniel 11:21. (2) Bush-43 invaded Iraq on false intelligence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, which was the basis of Daniel 11:22. (3) Obama completed a nuclear agreement with Iran, when there had been no diplomatic communications, since 1979, which was the basis of Daniel 11:23. (4) ISIS fulfilled Daniel 11:24, which some people blame on various US presidents, but it couldn’t have been possible without Saudi Arabia and their jihadist religion of Wahhabism, which they have spread for decades. (5) Iran’s ability to fulfill the nuclear agreement contributed to their ‘return of wealth’, in Daniel 11:28.  My point is: Many prophecies in Daniel 11 have pivoted on US involvement and Trump’s actions continue the trend, including his harsh rhetoric towards Iran, embrace of Saudi Arabia, and promises of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  Trump and the Peace Deal   As I pointed out, God chooses authorities that can fulfill His prophecies by their personality, preferences, and tendencies, whether bad or good.  As Trump wrote in his many books, he has the tendency to ‘hit back’, whenever someone criticizes or crosses him.  However, he shows favor to those who compliment and cater to him.  His reactions on tweeter can be fast and furious so nations that are trying to say on his good side tend to be polite and pliable.  Israel and the Palestinians are in that category because Trump has branded himself as the ultimate deal-maker, who can solve their dispute, so they are trying to stay in Trump’s graces, to get the most from negotiations.    Personally, I don’t think any deal-maker could resolve their differences, concerning Jerusalem, but given Trump’s personality and insistence, both sides seem to be holding out hope, which resembles another necessary prophecy.  Paul said, “While people are saying ‘peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)  Of course, Israel and the Palestinians have been talking about peace for many years, but Trump’s involvement seems to have raised expectations to another level.  Of course, the “sudden destruction” implies that peace will not fully be achieved, only contemplated.  Evidence of this happening, like never before, came when Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced, on June 5, 2017, that he was relinquishing the demand for all settlement construction to halt, which was always a pre-condition for peace talks to start.  As expected, in the days following, Israel did announce new settlement construction, as part of the 50th  anniversary of Jerusalem’s re-unification.  A rumor was even circulated, by Israel’s channel 20, that the two sides would meet in Washington, in about a month, but that story was not confirmed.  Nevertheless, per the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Channel 2 that “Israel was closer to a peace deal with the Palestinians than at any other time in its history.”  Of course, that was disputed by the intelligence minister but the fact remains that influential people are talking about ‘peace and safety’ in a historic perspective.  Gay Marriage and the Abomination   Jesus said, “For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:38-39)    I’ve been saying for several years that “marrying and giving in marriage” was referring to gay-marriage because everything in Noah’s day was evil so normal marriage wouldn’t apply.  I also think that the flood is related to the tsunami that will be caused by the 6th Seal earthquake, when the abomination is set up and the rapture takes place.  Tel Aviv, which sits on the shores of the Mediterranean, is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, so its inhabitants will be impacted greatly by a giant tsunami, as it ‘takes them all away’.   A recent poll, taken during gay-pride week in Israel, showed that  79% of Israelis favor gay-marriage or civil unions to be performed in Israel.  Support is growing because, in 2009, only 53% supported the cause, which is quite an increase in 8 years.  The poll showed that voters in every party of the Knesset, except ultra-orthodox (Shas and UTJ), favored gay-marriage or civil unions.  With those kinds of numbers, it seems like a matter of time before the Knesset legalizes gay-marriage, especially since they already recognize the unions when the ceremony is performed in another country.  I mean, it’s not a huge jump in policy.    Some in Israel are against the relaxed marriage laws because they think it will result in mixed marriages, between Arabs and Jews, which some see as worse than gay-marriage.  In my opinion, if the law is changed, perhaps to allow one without the other, it could be announced rather unexpectedly, at least in English, which was the case with legalized marijuana in Israel.  According to the Hiddush Religious Pluralism Organization, which sponsored the above poll, 284,000 gay people in Israel desire to be married if the law is changed.  That would definitely spur a lot of “marrying and giving in marriage”, should that occur.  They could even set something up, in Jerusalem, which might qualify as the abomination, because God is known to despise homosexuality. (Romans 1: 22-27 Note: By definition, an ‘abomination’ is something ‘hated by God’ so it definitely applies.  Update: 6-29-2017 Update on gay-marriage in Israel   June 28, 2017 – Several members of the Knesset attended an event and expressed support  for LGBT citizens, who explained their challenges in society and their desired reforms, which among other things include gay-marriage.  It may seem like a small step but it shows that some are sympathetic of the LGBT community and considering the gay-marriage issue.  Egalitarian Prayer and the Western Wall   June 25, 2017 – The Israeli Cabinet re-voted and reversed a Jan-2016 vote to implement a decision from April-2013, which was to construct a separate area for egalitarian prayer (men and women together), at the Western Wall.  A ‘temporary’ platform was unveiled in August-2013, south of the Kotel at Robinson’s Arch, for that purpose.  Netanyahu has vowed to go ahead with the enlargement of the platform (four years after the fact).  However, the permanent area was supposed to have an equal entrance and administration separate from the chief rabbi, demands of which Netanyahu has reneged upon.  The Cabinet’s re-vote has drawn severe criticism from Reform Jews, both domestic and from the US, who have threatened to withhold donations, which is an unprecedented development.  The High Court of Israel has set another date of July 30th, to rule on a petition by Reform Jews and Women of the Wall to implement the original agreement, from 2013, or else re-divide the Kotel.  I don’t know the outcome but it’s interesting to me that the Court’s decision is due 1-day before Tish B’av, an infamous day in Israeli history.  Regardless, I don’t see how the Court can delay their decision much longer because the re-vote essentially showed the government’s intentions.  “The people of the ruler who will come”   The situation above reminds me of the prophecy that says, “The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.” (Daniel 9:26)  I’ve said before that the “ruler who will come” sounds like the US, who could also be the third kingdom in Daniel 2, which says it will “rule over the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:39)  ‘Destroy’ doesn’t necessarily have to mean physically.  It’s interesting to me that some in the US are pressuring Israel  to enact reforms that are against God’s laws, thus potentially ‘destroying the sanctuary’.    Note: That’s just one idea.  The ‘ruler who will come’ could also be Iran and the destruction be physical.  (Note: It could also be the Roman’s destruction of the Temple, in 70 AD, but that doesn’t mean the antichrist comes from the Vatican.  The prophecy in the next verse is separate.)  The important thing is to know that the abomination is due, since all other prophecies before it are completed.  Therefore, it could happen at any time so everyone should be ready by knowing Jesus and being obedient to God. (2 Peter 2:20-22) Updated: 7-03-2017
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