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 - 2018   All rights reserved. The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture)   The current riots in Israel have a good chance to develop into the ‘uprising’ in Daniel 11:31, which immediately precedes the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ and 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, causing unequaled distress to man-kind. (Matt 24:21)  That coincides with the earthquake of the 6th Seal, which is the rapture in Revelation.  I believe that earthquake causes a tsunami, which makes people, in Judea, flee to 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.    The 6th Seal in Revelation 6 produces two groups in Revelation 7: the 144,000 Israelites who stay on earth during the Trumpet plagues, and the Christians who arrive immediately in heaven.  If there are two separate groups in Revelation 7, then there must be two separate groups in Matthew 24:15-31.  (I explain the scriptures in detail on a new video, and they are also illustrated on the Matthew 24 page.)  Basically, post-tribs insist that Matthew 24 is all one group, but in doing so, they ignore the two groups in Revelation, and stack the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls on top of one another, which is clearly wrong to do.  Post-tribs are essentially false prophets because they change God’s prophecy in Revelation, and overlapping inevitably leaves some things out, which is forbidden by God. (Rev 22:19)  Stacking the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls is especially dangerous, because in doing so, post-tribs put the antichrist and mark of the beast (from Rev 13) before the rapture, so people can be looking for the wrong signs, thus become complacent and procrastinate before accepting Jesus, which can be a fatal mistake.    In actuality, the rapture is immediately after the ‘abomination’, which Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24:15, and is detailed in the Book of Daniel.  The abomination is mentioned in four chapters of Daniel (8, 9, 11, 12), but the most detailed list of events, both before and after the abomination, is in Daniel 11.  Of course, Daniel 11 was the only chapter in the Bible that was specifically ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (Dan 12:4)  Yet, God has now revealed the correct meaning, which aligns with current events and shows that verse 31 (the abomination) is the next verse to take place.    Below is a quick summary of the last 100-years of Daniel 11, to show how things got closer towards ‘end times’, which is what you would expect from a chapter that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.  [see ‘Condensed Commentary’ for a complete summary]  There have only been two previous interpretations of Daniel 11, but they were clearly wrong. [see also video] 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: Despite accusations, Erdogan still sat with                       Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, from Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) UN General Assembly: Rouhani complained to the P5+1 that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the nuclear deal, which got much of       Iran’s frozen wealth returned. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  After that, the Houthis lost ground and even pursued       a peace settlement, for a while, but the Saudis wouldn’t compromise. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop.  On the same day, the UN funded a       ‘blacklist’ to help the BDS boycott.  In Dec 2017, the UN voted 128-9 to       condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, thus       “forsaking the holy covenant.”   I think verse 30 has been satisfied.         *Current events show that we are closer to verse 31 than ever before. 
Other pages of interest:  Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation’s timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) See Sitemap for complete listing (by category). Home (timelines and summary) Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide)  It’s easy to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising since 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary)    Recent events in Mosul (ancient Nineveh) show that ISIS would probably love to desecrate the Western Wall because people pray to it like an idol.     First of all, that sounds eerily similar to Luke 21:20, which says, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  Plus, ISIS is reported to already have a group in Sinai, south of Israel. (more below)    I learned where the propaganda came from when I caught a brief explanation from Paul Cruickshank, another author and terrorism analyst, who was commenting on another recent ISIS video. (right) He says, “The founder, Zarqawi, said that after they built up the group in Iraq, in the region, that they would want to destroy Israel.”     I learned the ISIS plans for the apocalypse from Graeme Wood, a political science lecturer at Yale and author of a recent article in The Atlantic, who made a statement on CNN’s Fareed Zarkaria, February 22, 2015, about 18 minutes into the show. (right)     He said, “ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem, after being defeated, actually. So they believe, after conquering a large area of land, they will be reduced to a core of 5000 fighters around Jerusalem.” 
CNN  02-22-2015 / length = 1:11 CNN  3-11-2015 / length = 20 sec. Part B:  ISIS propaganda concerning Israel    ISIS is not necessarily the North or the South but they fulfilled Daniel 11:24.  They are losing ground in the Middle East but they are also relocating to other places such as Libya and the Sinai peninsula.  Their own prophecy states that they would like to attack Israel so they are certainly a possibility to desecrate the Western Wall.  ISIS ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message Fox News [USA] – December 27, 2015 Quote:  [al-Baghdadi] also threatened Israel saying: we haven't forgotten you" and "we are getting closer to you" every day.  To Israeli Jews, he said that they "will hide behind trees and stones" from the ISIS.   The leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, once reminded everyone that they “haven’t forgotten Israel.”     Note: They even mention “stones”, which could be a vague reference to the Western Wall because they are known to deface or destroy ancient religious monuments.  Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force Washington Times – May 22, 2016 Quote: With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel. Islamic State propaganda promises recruits that they will one day “liberate” Jerusalem and end the state of Israel, according to analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which tracks jihadi communications. IDF warns of escalating pressure in Gaza         Al-Monitor [independent] – June 1, 2016 Quote: According to an Israeli security source, data that has reached the West indicate that the Egyptian army is losing between 20 to 50 soldiers a week in a non-stop war against some 600 to 1,000 IS fighters. The Egyptians’ problems are as follows: the fighting is occurring over a very large, isolated and mountainous area; IS possesses advanced combat weaponry; and IS fighters are not afraid of dying due to their religious, messianic zealotry.  Hamas observes this struggle with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Egypt is a bitter enemy, but on the other, an IS takeover of Sinai could spill over into the Gaza Strip. ISIS in N. Sinai   These clips say it all because ISIS is really building up in the Sinai Peninsula.   Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statues in Mosul' BBC [UK] – February 26, 2015  (includes video = 3:01) Quote:  One of the militants in the video describes the artefacts as "false idols" and seeks to justify their destruction in religious terms. What’s ISIS’s next move?    July 10, 2017 - Iraq declared victory in Mosul, exactly 37 months after ISIS invaded.  (June 10, 2014)  The number “37” is related to the number “666” and God’s timeline of 37’s.   November 21, 2017 – Iran’s President Rouhani made an official declaration that ISIS’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria had been defeated, exactly 1260-days (half-a-seven) after the invasion of Mosul (June 10, 2014). [see calculation]   December 9, 2017 - Iraq’s President Abadi declared victory over ISIS in all of Iraq, 3.5 years  after the invasion of Mosul.  Note: it would have been exact, except 2016 was a leap-year and added an extra day, which didn’t matter in the other two calculations.    That’s a triple confirmation regarding Shiite victories, after the invasion of Mosul.  That’s significant, especially since ISIS’s invasion of Mosul was the event that really kicked things off in the Middle East, and fulfilled Daniel 11:24.  The invasion of Mosul was the primary event that allowed Iran to get a military foothold in Iraq, which gave them better access to Syria, securing their position as ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11.  That’s why I think the unification of the Shiites, after the Mosul invasion, was the beginning of the 70th Seven, and we are now in the ‘middle’.    Note: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies (explained in above videos), they might feel the need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel.  I admit it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS had enough motivation, they might find a way.    November 24, 2017 - A group of 25-30 suspected ISIS members attacked a Sufi mosque in North Sinai, killing 305 people, including 27 children.  Sufi Muslims are most notably linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which are considered heretics by ISIS (and terrorists by Saudi Arabia and Egypt).     Note: If ISIS would do that to Muslims, imagine what they would do at the Western Wall (if they got the chance).   - Updated: 12-12-2017 Related pages: The Seals Explained  Revelation’s timeline    (without contradictions)   Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) 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 are two sentences in verse 31, but they will likely happen very close together.  In the first, someone’s armed forces will rise up to “desecrate the temple fortress”, which is the Western Wall.  That is fairly obvious because a ‘wall’ is part of a ‘fortress’ and the Jews pray there ‘daily’, which is the “daily sacrifice.”  Therefore, if it was “desecrated”, chances are the prayer would stop temporarily, until the desecration could be fixed, so that would “abolish the daily sacrifice.”  Thus, the events of the first sentence could happen at the same time.  I assume that “they,” in the 2nd sentence, are the same ‘armed forces’ that rise up, so the abomination could be set up at the same time also.  Theoretically, there could be a small gap in time, between the two sentences, but chances are they happen together, so be ready   The most likely ‘armed forces’ would be someone connected to the Palestinian Hamas, because of their proximity, but it could vary because it doesn’t have to be an all-out war.  It could be a small group that stages an uprising as a terrorist’s attack.  It could also be some type of ‘first strike’ in the grand scheme of things because Israel and Iran are very close to war.  Of course, Iran is the ‘king of the north’, starting in Daniel 11:21, so it makes sense that the abomination would have something to do with them.  Yet, Hamas is their ally, along with Hezbollah, so I think their participation would qualify as part-of-the-north, so there are multiple possibilities.    Part B, below, explains how ISIS is another possibility, because they are still active in the Sinai Peninsula, but Part A is the most likely scenario. Part A: The Palestinians and Iran Introduction and summary   To make a long story short, no one knows exactly what the abomination is because the Bible doesn’t say.  By definition, an ‘abomination’ is something ‘hated by God’.  It will cause ‘desolation’ because the 6th Seal will be broken, which includes a “great earthquake” that causes a tsunami to head towards Israel, just as Christians are raptured to meet Jesus in the sky.  Therefore, the abomination will be a good thing for Christians because they will proceed to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, in heaven, but it will be a terrible time for everyone else because the ‘tribulation’ (Trumpet and Bowl plagues) will take place on earth.    During that time, the antichrist will be revealed, most likely from Iran, and he will start gaining more power, but the two witnesses will also appear, in Jerusalem, and they will protect Israel while they are prophesying for 1260-days.  Near the end of that, the antichrist and the armies of the beast will invade Israel, during the 6th Trumpet war, at which time the two witnesses will be killed.  That will pave the way for the false prophet to enact the ‘mark of the beast’, in Israel, but the 144,000 who received God’s seal in Rev 7 will not be fooled.  Thus, they will refuse the mark, causing them to be martyred, as noted in Rev 14.  As a result, they become ‘priests’ during the 1000-years, as noted in Rev 20.  Unfortunately, there is no indication, in Revelation, that any gentiles get a 2nd chance, after the rapture, so be ready   Like I said, the abomination is just something hated by God, so it could be something simple but symbolic, such as a flag, which symbolizes conquest.  Of course, God allowed the Israelites to unify Jerusalem, in 1967, in a miraculous 6-day war, like the 6-days of creation.  If the opposing ‘armed forces’ arose to set up a flag, symbolizing the splitting of Jerusalem, even for a brief time, it could be considered an abomination to God, which could trigger the chain of events to follow.  To illustrate how we could be close to something like that happening, the Palestinians actually tried to set up a flag above the Al Aqsa mosque, on the Temple Mount, during the riots of July 27, 2017, but they were unsuccessful.  Yet, if they tried once, they could try again, but only when God is ready will they be successful.  Condensed: 7-12-2018 Current Events 1. Trump and Jerusalem   A major turning point took place on December 6, 2017, when Trump declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.  The idea may seem like a no-brainer, but it was a very big deal to the Palestinians because they want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state (if they ever get one).  Riots began the very next day, on December 7, 2017, and have continued on a weekly basis, some more severe than others, ever since.  One interesting coincidence is that the riots began almost exactly 30-years from the start of the 1st intifada  (12-9-1987).  Some Palestinian leaders have called for a 3rd intifada, which means ‘uprising’, exactly what Daniel 11:31 calls for, but it hasn’t happened … yet.    December 17, 2017 - US officials clarified their position when they declared that the Western Wall will definitely be part of Israel, in any final-boundary negotiation, giving the Arabs even more incentive to “desecrate it,” as Daniel 11:31 stipulates.  It’s also interesting that the riots are resulting from Trump’s peace negotiations because Paul said, “While people are saying ‘peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Thess. 5:3)    December 21, 2017 - The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 to condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.  The vote was largely symbolic because it carries no action, but I think it was significant because it completed Daniel 11:30, which concludes by saying, “He will show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.”  The PLO followed suit, on January 15, 2018, by passing a mandate (74-2) to suspend recognition of Israel, essentially ending the Oslo peace accords.  2. Palestinian Unrest   February 24, 2018 - The US officially announced that they would move their embassy to Jerusalem, during Israel’s 70th anniversary celebration, on May 14th, which further angered the Palestinians.    March 30, 2018 - The Palestinians set up tents, in five areas along the border with Israel, and began their “March of Return” protests, to emphasize that UN Resolution 194 (1948)  granted them the right to return to their lands, which never happened.  They picked March 30th, which also happened to be Passover, because it was Land Day, which commemorates Israel’s expropriation of thousands of acres of land, in 1976, for settlements and security purposes.  They have been holding the protests every Friday and plan to continue until May 15th (one day after Israel’s anniv.), which they call Nabka, or “Catastrophe Day.”   There are two more factors that are contributing to the Palestinian unrest.  One factor is that the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has reported that Trump cut the US aid to just $60 million, from the promised $365 million.  A few countries stepped up their contributions, but the UN is still about $200 million short, which means they could run short in June, if more countries don’t respond with donations.  The situation might be different if Israel didn’t maintain a blockade on Gaza’s borders, but as it is now, they can’t import or export, to support themselves.  It’s interesting to me that the US gives Israel $3 billion/year for weapons, but Trump won’t fulfill a promise to the Palestinians for a tenth of that, for food and electricity.  As the living conditions get worse in Gaza, the chance for unrest grows.    Another factor that could spur the start of Daniel 11:31 is the growing vandalism in the West Bank by right-wing Jews.  A group calling themselves “price tag” has been spray- painting graffiti on cars and buildings and cutting tires.  They have also set fire to some cars and the door to one mosque.  The Coalition against Racism has said that the police are “apparently not taking it seriously” because no arrests have been reported.  They added that the lack of action has led to incidents in Arab neighborhoods inside Israel.  Daniel 11:31 starts with the “desecration” of the Western Wall, as the armed forces rise up, which could be some sort of graffiti, in retaliation for the vandalism in the West Bank.  That may not be the only reason for the uprising, but it could be one reason for the desecration.  Plus, the PLO just declared (May 4th) that the interim peace agreements with Israel are null and void 3. Escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran   As I indicated above, Iran is the ‘king of the north’, starting in Daniel 11:21, which continues for the rest of the chapter.  Therefore, Iran’s spreading into the Middle East (Iraq and Syria) was expected because control of ancient Mesopotamia is the common denominator of all the previous ‘kings of the north’, in Daniel 11.  The increased involvement of Russia was not surprising because the combination of Russia and Iran is the ‘kingdom of iron and clay’, in Daniel 2:40-43.     Tensions escalated on February 10, 2018, when Israel shot down an Iranian drone and proceeded to bomb the airbase from where it came, but one of Israel’s F-16’s was shot down Israel retaliated with their most severe attack on Syria since 1982.    April 9, 2018, Israel struck the T-4 airbase, east of Homs, killing seven Iranians Iran threatened to retaliate   April 29, 2018 – Syrian state TV reported that several military bases in the Hama and Aleppo countryside were hit by rockets.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 26 people were killed, mostly Iranians and Iraqis.  Another source said that several command centers for the Iranian-backed militias were hit.  An opposition source said that a recruitment center for Iranian-backed militias, known as Brigade 47 near Hama city, was targeted.  The origin of the rockets was not immediately confirmed, but it definitely sounds like Israel.  The attack showed a new level of aggression against the Iranian-backed militias.   May 8, 2018 – Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1.  Just hours later, Israel launched another attack into Syria, south of Damascus, killing 15 pro-government troops, including 8 Iranians   May 10, 2018 – About 20 rockets were fired into northern Israel, reportedly from the Iranian Quds Force, which is a division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).  If true, it’s the first direct engagement between Iran and Israel.  Israel responded with 70 missiles, claiming that 70 targets were hit, including “almost all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria.”  However, Russian and Syrian sources reported that over half of the 70 missiles were shot down.  The Syrian government said that 3 people were killed, but the Syrian Observatory claimed that 23 soldiers were killed.  What’s next?   It’s obvious that a frontal assault didn’t achieve the best results for Iran, so perhaps they will try something a little more sneaky, next time, such as the ‘desecration of the temple fortress’ (Western Wall), which will start Daniel 11:31.  Updated: 7-30-2018 Tensions continue to escalate   May 14, 2018 – Israel marked their 70th anniversary of independence (solar calendar), with a ceremony to celebrate the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem.   Meanwhile, Palestinians in Gaza protested at various places on the border, where 60 people were killed for throwing rocks and getting too close to the fence.  It was the deadliest day of violence, since the 2014 Gaza War.  As a result, Israel received international condemnation from many countries, while Turkey and South Africa withdrew their ambassadors from Israel, and the Palestinian Authority withdrew their representative from Washington.  Hate Crimes Continue   Hate crimes are continuing to happen on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  On May 16th, 2018, 400 grapevines were cut, near Hebron, and Hebrew graffiti warned, “We will reach every place.”  Prior that that, on May 14th, the tires of 20 cars were slashed, in East Jerusalem, and Hebrew graffiti was painted on walls and homes.  The incidents follow many attacks in April. (noted above)  On the flip side, in April, an Israeli settler had 150 grapevines cut.  In recent weeks, a pair of Israeli memorials in the West Bank were vandalized, and on May 14th, a Molotov cocktail was throw at a Jewish home in East Jerusalem.  The reason these incidents are applicable to Daniel 11:31 is that the “desecration of the temple fortress” (Western Wall) could be the ultimate hate crime, done out of revenge; the motivation is there. - Updated: 7-30-2018 America’s Plan B for Iran   May 21, 2018 – On Monday, US Sec of State, Pompeo, presented “Plan B” for Iran, in a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington.  Pompeo outlined 12 “basic requirements” to which Iran must adhere or face the “strongest sanctions in history.”  Iranian President Rouhani called the situation “unacceptable” that the United States can impose their will on other countries, like a world dictator.  The 12 requirements are so intrusive and uncompromising that it’s laughable to think that Iran will bow to the demands.    Pompeo’s speech essentially leaves no alternative except military confrontation because Iran will never make the complete reversal that the list requires.  I mean, the actions necessary to comply are almost anti-religious to them because they would be relinquishing the Middle East to the radical Sunni proxies of Saudi Arabia.  They would also be abandoning the plight of the Palestinians because Saudi Arabia has been aligning itself with Israel.  Iran sees itself as maintaining order in the Middle East, against the radical Sunni and oppressive Jews, so reversing course would be like abandoning their religious duty to Allah, which they are not likely to do without a fight.  In my opinion, Pompeo’s speech has made the fulfillment of Daniel 11 even more likely because Iran increasingly has nothing to lose.  I mean, the sanctions are inevitable, and Israel will continue to bomb their positions in Syria, so Iran might as well stage a sneak-attack, first, along with the Palestinians, since the situation will only get worse, for both of them.  Tensions in Gaza and Syria    On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, An estimated 180 rockets were launched, which Hamas and Islamic Jihad took joint credit, saying, “all options will be open” and Israel’s crimes “cannot be tolerated.”  However, Israel put the blame on Iran for allegedly helping to manufacture the rockets.  It was the biggest barrage of rockets from Gaza, since the 2014 war.    Now that Ramadan is over, activities in Syria seem to be heating up again, especially in Deraa, next to the Golan Heights.  On Monday, June 18, Israel allegedly bombed troops near Al Bukamal, on the border connecting Iraq and Syria, seemingly to target the supply route from Iran to Assad.  Of course, ‘cutting supply routes’ is one of the first actions taken in a war, which looks like where Israel is headed.    Actions in Gaza continue, where the weapon of choice is now ‘flaming kites’.  Over 400 fires have been started, which have burned over 6000 acres of farmland, costing an estimated $2 million dollars.  On Monday, June 18, three rockets were also fired from Gaza, prompting Israel to bomb a munition manufacturing site and two military compounds.    Overnight on Tuesday, June 19/20, 45 rockets were fired from Gaza, which were said to be in retaliation for the recent Israeli strikes.  Four of the rockets managed to hit populated areas inside Israel, which is rare.  Israel responded by striking 25 military targets, inside Gaza.  The move comes just three weeks after 180 rockets were launched, showing a distinct escalation.       Escalation near the Golan Heights   Tensions in southwest Syria, near the Golan Heights, have been escalating this week, as Assad’s troops are making considerable gains on the rebels in Deraa, aided by Russian airpower.  According to Fars News [Iran], on Monday, June 25, 2018, 900 rebels not only surrendered but asked to join the Syrian army.  Assad’s troops are currently attacking the middle of the rebel territory, in an effort to divide the area and put a siege on one half.    In a well-expected turn-around, the US government told the rebels not to expect their help, after initially threatening retaliation for violation of the ceasefire zone.  That did not stop Israel from firing a Patriot missile, on Sunday, June 24th, at a drone in Syrian territory that was fighting the rebels, but it missed.  On Tuesday, June 26th, Israel reportedly fired missiles and struck a cargo plane, at the Damascus International Airport, with a shipment of Iranian weapons.  Also, on June 26th, Russia officially announced that the ceasefire was over.    In related news, Jared Kushner met with leaders from Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but the Palestinian President, Abbas, refused to meet with him.  A spokesman for Abbas accused the Trump administration of wanting regime change because Kushner questioned Abbas’ ability to make a deal.  The spokesman said that the US was trying to “dictate a solution” rather than negotiate.  Kushner didn’t reveal the plan, but it’s obviously ‘dead on arrival’ because the Palestinians are focused on East Jerusalem as their capital, and that will never happen peacefully.  It fits Paul’s prophecy because he only said, “People will be “saying” peace and safety, but destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Thess 5:3)  That prophecy implies that true peace will ‘not’ be reached, which fits the current scenario.  New Developments for July ... (so far)   Regarding the war between Israel and Iran, which is heating up slowly, Israel has named a general as “project manager,” increased forces in the Golan Heights, and continue to strike Assad’s forces.  Israel conducted an airstrike on an ammunition warehouse, July 3rd, struck an army post, on July 6th, and attacked the T4 base near Homs, on July 8th.  In the latter raid, Israel entered through Jordan, which is a new development, flying over the Tanf base, which houses US troops.  Nevertheless, Syria reported that most of the missiles were intercepted, even hitting an Israeli jet, although that has not been confirmed.  Regardless of Israel’s efforts, Assad’s troops managed to re-capture a border crossing with Jordan, on July 6th   Regarding the Palestinians, Netanyahu has relaxed restrictions on Knesset members (MK’s) visiting the Temple Mount.  Parliament has also relaxed restrictions on Jews buying land in the West Bank.  Numerous Palestinian officials responded by accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing, terrorism, violating international conventions, racism, desecrating the Noble Sanctuary, and banging the drums of war.”  It’s interesting because the Temple Mount (or surrounding area) is involved in Daniel 11:31, and this move raises the tension level to new heights.  Earthquakes are beginning to shake (in Israel)   In other news, northern Israel has experienced 7 earthquakes in the span of 5 days.  The series started on July 4th, with quakes measuring 4.5 and 4.1, followed by a 3.2 on July 5th .  On July 7th, a quake struck measuring 3.4, followed by 3 earthquakes on July 8th, measuring 2.9, 3.2, and 3.9.  All of these are relatively small, but it’s significant because Israel experienced larger earthquakes in 1837 and 1927, measuring 6.5 and 6.2, respectively.    Scientists expect that pattern to hold, so another large quake could happen at any time.  Of course, the expected earthquake is Biblical because one happens at the rapture (6th Seal- Rev 6:12), but I expect that one to be in the Mediterranean, so it can cause a tsunami, which will cause people to flee to the mountains. (Matt 24:16 & Rev 6:15)  However, the Bible also describes one on land, 3.5 years after the rapture, when the two witnesses are killed and ascend to heaven. Interestingly enough, scientists predicted, in 2016, that 7000 Israelites could be killed by a 7.5 earthquake, which is the exact number given in the Bible. (Rev 11:13)    July 22, 2018 - An earthquake measuring 3.4 struck the Sea of Galilee region.    July 27, 2018 - An earthquake measuring 3.7 struck the Sea of Galilee region.  Erdogan could be making a play for the Temple Mount   According to a recent article in Al Monitor [an independent publication] Erdogan has been pouring millions of dollars into Islamic activities on the Temple Mount, through various nonprofit associations headed by the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).   TIKA maintains connections with the radical northern wing of Israel’s Islamic Movement, as well as Hamas.  The article sites Israeli intelligence material that states Erdogan is trying to snatch the Temple Mount, and the title of “Protector of the Mount,” in the name of all of Islam.  An Israeli intelligence source notes that the Temple Mount is full of Turkish flags and tourists who are actually Islamic activists who are trying to incite violence and harass Jewish visitors, a practice that was recently banned.  A senior Israeli diplomatic source said, “These are the kinds of Islamic tourists who try to raise as many riots as they can, complete with curses, swearing, and invectives, in the old Jerusalem Armenian Quarter.”    Note: The Armenian Quarter, in the Old City, could be considered a “wing of the Temple,” so it would qualify as a place for the abomination. (Daniel 9:27)  Of course, even if Erdogan helps to fulfill Daniel 11:31, it doesn’t mean that he will be the same leader who will fulfill Daniel 11:36 (the antichrist) because the pronouns are prone to change from verse to verse.  Nevertheless, Turkey is an ally of Iran, so they are part of the “north”, which is important in Daniel 11.  Personally, I’m not really concerned with what happens after Daniel 11:31 (the abomination) because that part is post-rapture, so I plan to be in heaven (God willing).  Palestinian protests - still in progress   July 13/14, 2018 – Friday protests at the Gaza border spilled over into Saturday, resulting in the largest daytime exchange of rockets and air strikes since the 2014 Gaza war.  The Israeli airstrikes started when an officer was wounded by a Palestinian grenade.  Hamas responded with over 100 rockets, one of which hit a house and wounded three people.  Israel retaliated with more air strikes, totaling over 40, one of which killed two teenagers who were in a park, next to the targeted building.  Egypt brokered a ceasefire, which was quickly broken by two rockets and an airstrike, but other than that, it’s holding for now.  Over 130 Palestinians have been killed since the “March of Return” protests started on March 30th   Israel has been feeling pressure to crack down on the burning kites, so they closed the main border crossing with Gaza, July 10th, which could explain some of the heightened tensions this week.  As economic conditions get worse in Gaza, tensions only get higher.      July 16, 2018 – The ceasefire with Gaza was broken when flaming kites caused four fires and Israel responded with two airstrikes.  Netanyahu recently announced that flaming kites would be treated like rockets, so the airstrikes were proof.  Later, Israel announced that all gas and fuel to Gaza would be stopped, from Tuesday to Sunday, and allowed fishing space would be cut from 6-miles to 3-miles.  Israel is also conducting a week-long military drill, until Sunday, to simulate the capture of Gaza City.  Israel has fought 3 wars with Gaza, in 2009, 2012, and 2014, so it appears as though they are heading towards a fourth.  So what’s different about this one?   Some may think, “So what?  Israel can beat Hamas with both hands behind their back.” Yes, that’s correct, but the main difference I see with this one is that all the verses before  Daniel 11:31 are fulfilled, so the abomination is due, which wasn’t the case in 2014.  Plus, Assad’s troops are making progress near the Golan Heights, which better fulfills Jesus’ prophecy, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)  Granted, Jerusalem is not exactly surrounded, but East Jerusalem, which contains the Temple Mount, is at the center of contention.  And, since the abomination will trigger the 6th Seal and rapture, it would complete another  70-year period in the Seals, which already contain two.  Thus, there are significant differences with the war-like atmosphere in 2018, compared to 2014.    Of course, all we can do is wait and hope because the abomination will come as a surprise, probably before an official war starts.  So, as I’ve said many times, don’t wait until you actually see it happen, before accepting Jesus, because it will be too late   Israel strikes in northern Syria   July 15, 2018 – Missiles, apparently from Israel, struck near Aleppo’s Nayrab Airport, where numerous Shia militias are based.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that nine people were killed: 6 Syrian and 3 unknown.  It’s a mystery how Israel was able to hit Aleppo without being detected by Russian or Syrian air defenses.  The bold move sends a strong message that Israel wants Iran out and they can strike anywhere.  I’m just amazed that Israel continues to do anything they want, without consequences.  When the time is right, someone’s armed forces will rise up, just as Daniel 11:31 stipulates, and I think it will be soon.  It’s Official   An important development happened on Thursday, July 19, 2018, when the Israeli Knesset (parliament) voted to officially declare Israel to be a “Jewish state.”  The bill was introduced in 2011 (7-years ago), and required many amendments, but is now part of Israeli “Basic Law,” which serves as their constitution.  Netanyahu called it “a defining moment”, but many Arabs claim it legalizes apartheid.  In addition to the declaration of a Jewish state, the law makes Hebrew the official language and downgrades Arabic to “special status,” all of which makes Arabs feel like second-class citizens.    Perhaps the most important issue in the law is that it declares Jerusalem to be the “complete and united capital of Israel.”  In a way, it’s the final-nail in the controversy that started when Trump made a similar declaration on Dec 6, 2017. (above)  That started the Palestinian rioting that slowly developed into the current protests we have today.  Coincidently, Trump’s declaration corresponded to events that could have indicated the approximate ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven.  About 7-8 months later, Israel is making it official.  The status of Jerusalem is probably the most heated issue between Israel and the Palestinians, so if this declaration into Basic Law doesn’t make someone’s armed forces “rise up to desecrate the temple fortress,” then I don’t know what will.  I think we are very close. Another weekend of violence on the Gaza border   July 20, 2018 – Friday protests resulted in the deaths of 4 Hamas members and 1 Israeli soldier.  Details are sketchy but something, during the protests, caused Israelis to conduct 8 airstrikes on Hamas targets, killing 4 Hamas members.  Subsequently, a sniper shot and killed an Israeli soldier on the border.  Israel responded with at least 15 more airstrikes.  They claim to have completely destroyed the Hamas brigade headquarters in Zeitoun, along with other weapon depots, training grounds, observation posts, control centers and offices.  Hamas responded with 3 rockets, which caused no damage.  It has been reported that the ceasefire has resumed, for now.    A spokesman for the IDF, Ronen Manelis, said that the shooting, which killed the Israeli soldier, was “the most serious incident” since the 2014 conflict.  I don’t want to sound callus, but what does Israel expect, when they have repeatedly bombed Syria and Gaza and killed hundreds?  God’s method to find peace is to ‘feed your enemy’. (2 Kings 6:21-23 & Romans 12:19-21)  Anyway, all this is happening for a reason because the tensions will eventually mount to the point that someone attacks and sets up the abomination.  I hope it happens soon.     July 24, 2018 – Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet that was 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) over the line in the Golan Heights.  One pilot was killed.  It was the first time, since 2014, that Israel has shot down a Syrian plane.  Syrian officials said the plane was fighting ISIS, at the time, and wasn’t over the line.  ISIS followed up, the next day, with a series of suicide attacks, in southern Syria, that killed over 200 people, a majority of them civilians.    - Updated: 7-30-2018
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