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 - 2015   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. “Peace Talks” to the “Abomination” (Final events before the Rapture) (*continued from: “current events”.)
Daniel 11:27   The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table  and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time.    Obviously, this verse is talking about some sort of ‘peace talks’, following the botched attack from verse 25, which is characteristic of modern times.  The two kings are Iran (north) and Saudi Arabia (south) but I seriously doubt if the top leaders of those two countries will appear at the same table.  (Yet, you never know.)  Instead, I think it will be some high ranking representatives from each country such as the current foreign ministers, Zarif (Iran) and Jubeir (Saudi Arabia).  I mean, ‘foreign minister level’ was as high as the nuclear negotiations ever got, between Iran and the P5+1, and those were ‘high level talks’ (at the same table).  Of course, that’s just an educated guess, for now, because all of this will become crystal clear, after it happens.  But first, there must be a botched attack, which fits Daniel 11:25-26, because these prophecies from Daniel 11 are happening in order.    Note: The current talks in Geneva are certainly a preliminary to these talks but they don’t exactly fit the criteria because they are between the government of Syria and rebel forces.  Granted, Iran has a lot of influence on Assad (yet not as much as Russia) and Saudi Arabia practically controls the rebels (High Negotiating Committee) but they are “proximity talks”, which means that they are not at the same table.  The UN mediator, Staffan de Mistura, is assigned to go back and forth between the two sides.  Besides, last I heard, the High Negotiating Committee walked out because they refused to talk unless Assad was removed from power, first, which is not going to happen, before the talks ever begin, so they are essentially at a stalemate.    Notice that this verse refers to “an end” but not “the end”.  That’s because it’s referring to the ‘abomination that causes desolation’, from Daniel 11:31, below, which is when the rapture (gathering in the sky) will happen, as described in Matthew 24:15-31.  Yet, it’s not the final end because there are plenty of events left to happen (Rev. 8+), after the multitude are in heaven from Revelation 7.  Note: It all makes perfect sense because the 6th Seal, from Rev. 6, matches the rapture in Matthew 24, and the previous Seals are in the past.  Thus, the final signs before the rapture are these verses in Daniel 11, which lead to the abomination that causes desolation.    Note: The rapture is called ‘an end’ because it’s the gentiles ‘last chance’ to get to heaven, which is very sad, but I don’t think there’s a 2nd chance, as many have been told.  The so-called ‘2nd chance’ is for Jews only, because they were God’s chosen people, and they will become ‘priests’, during the 1000 years, ‘if’ they refuse the mark of the beast. (Rev. 20:4-6)  However, I don’t think that’s meant for gentiles too.  I’m just saying because I want everyone to develop a ‘sincere’ relationship with Jesus, before the abomination, so no one has to worry about it  
    The threat of naval force will cause the Shiites to “lose heart” or ‘change their mind’.  Note: Nothing is said about “bloodshed” or “falling in battle”, in this verse, so there’s probably no actual warfare at this time.  Daniel 11: 29-30  At the appointed time he will invade the South again, but this time the outcome will be different from what it was before. (30) Ships of the western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart.  Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant. Note: “The appointed time” shows that God is controlling not only ‘what’ will happen, but also ‘when’   This article was from the ‘non-incident’ that completed verse 22 but it explains that the U.S. has 3 ships permanently stationed in the Mediterranean.  It also shows that the number can be increased in a short period of time.    Bahrain is situated in the heart of the Persian Gulf, which has the best exposure to Iran’s southern border.  Bahrain is home to America’s 5th fleet and Britain is adding to their base as well. Sixth U.S. ship now in eastern Mediterranean 'as precaution' Reuters [UK] – August 30, 2013 Quote: The U.S. Navy generally keeps three destroyers in the Mediterranean, but kept two additional destroyers there at the end of their deployments as the situation evolved in Syria over the past week. Britain to build permanent navy base in Bahrain Channel4 News [UK] – December 6, 2014 Quotes: Britain already has four minehunters permanently based at the Mina Salman Port in the small Arabian Gulf kingdom.  The kingdom already hosts the US Navy's 5th Fleet and is a member of the coalition formed to attack Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. Other pages of interest:  Revised & Re-written:  7-01-2016 New material added below 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.  Note: This verse says that the North will invade the South again’ but the South attacked, in verse 25, right?  Yet, the terminology is correct because Iran would certainly launch a counter-attack (right) if Saudi Arabia launched a surprise offensive.        Yet, as a result of ‘not attacking’, the north (Iran) will “vent their fury against the holy covenant”.  Plus, they will “show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant”    These phrases don’t imply that the North will attack Israel, at least not before the rapture, but they will express their dissatisfaction with Israel’s possession of Palestine and Jerusalem, which fits with the current pressure for a two state solution because the current proposals call for a split of Jerusalem, which would be “forsaking the holy covenant”.  Senior Commander: Iranian Army Ready to Give Crushing Response to Enemies Press TV [Iran] – August 10, 2015    Yet, no one attacks, in this verse, because: “ships of the western coastlands will oppose him”.    Note: The term “coastlands” was used in verse 18 to refer to areas around the Mediterranean.  Therefore, it probably refers to NATO countries, from the West, such as the United States and Great Britain, who already have ships in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf (below).  Plus, this verse fits the current situation because America’s ‘no boots on the ground’ mantra has made it’s main deterrence: “ships” ISIS propaganda concerning Israel     ISIS is not necessarily the North or the South because they are the “provinces”, which get invaded in verse 24.  That invasion is currently underway but it might take some time to get to Mosul and take that city.  ISIS could take that loss (or others) as a sign of the ‘end’ and stage an attack on Israel, which is what the founder of ISIS, Zarqawi, has predicted. 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 all this 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 may only be in Daniel 11:24 but Gabriel said, “The end will come like a flood.” (Daniel 9:26)  So, these final verses could go rather quickly, perhaps a few weeks, or less.  ISIS Update: 6-03-2016 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 Verses 27-30 Condensed & Re-organized: 6-28-2016 Daniel 11:28 The king of the North will return to his own country with great wealth, but his heart will be set against the holy covenant.  He will take action against it and then return to his own country.    After the botched attack (verses 25-26) and the peace talks (verse 27), the North will have “great wealth”, which could be some kind of settlement from the attack, or it could be from sanctions relief, which Iran has been slowly getting back, beginning with their compliance and implementation, in January 2016.     The above verse sounds exactly like current times because the “holy covenant” is the nation of Israel.  When you think about it, since the ‘north’ (Iran) successfully defends against an attack from the ‘south’ (Saudi Arabia), but is more angry at the ‘holy covenant’ (Israel), it perfectly fits modern times because Israel and Saudi Arabia both see Iran as a common enemy.  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.  Hebrews 3:12-15  (hold firm and don’t turn away) 12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful,  unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.   1 John 4:15-17  (acknowledge Jesus and live in love) 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.   Israel’s ‘passive role’ in End Times is just to be ‘hated’.     Israel has a ‘passive role’ because they are the ‘holy covenant’, in verses 28 and 30, so they don’t necessarily have to do anything, except continue to exist.  The hatred comes from Israel’s possession of Palestine, which wasn’t an issue until they became a nation in 1948.  Then, they won more land in 1967, including Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, which continues to be a source of hatred for Israel.  I’m not saying that I approve of the hatred but it’s a fact because the Palestinians are in a bad situation.     The situation got worse after the last Gaza War, in 2014, where media reports and world leaders noted the one-sidedness.  That wasn’t Israel’s fault because they had to defend themselves.  Then, they discovered a network of tunnels, under the border with Gaza, so they had to go in and destroy those.  Yet, it was still viewed as excessive force.  Now, the Palestinian economy is bad and the unemployment rate is high, which has many world leaders calling for an end to the occupation and a two state solution.     In fact, France took the lead and organized a conference, June 3, 2016, to discuss a two state solution. However, they didn’t invite Israel or the Palestinians because they were proposing a settlement, based on the pre-1967 borders, and they didn’t want Israel to shoot it down before the conferenced ever started.   Of course, Israel would have rejected that because the pre-1967 borders means that they would have to split Jerusalem, which the Jews have said ‘would never happen’ because it’s their eternal capital.    Since then, Netanyahu has just stalled by saying that any negotiating should be between the parties involved and not an international conference.  Saudi Arabia has returned to the ‘Arab Peace Initiative’, from 2002, which never went anywhere because it imposes the pre-1967 borders, as I mentioned.  Netanyahu recently called the proposal ‘intriguing’ but said there would have to be adjustments, for which Saudi Arabia said no adjustments would be made, therefore another stalemate has been reached.    Another source of hatred is the perception that Israel is trying to change the ‘status quo’, which prevents Jews from praying on the Temple Mount.  Netanyahu has pledged to maintain the status quo but many rabbis think it should be changed.  In any event, the Palestinians are angry at the increased traffic of Jews on the Temple Mount and will stop at nothing to prevent them from praying while there. Wahabi - Zionist onslaught on humanity Press TV [Iran] – January 30, 2014 Quotes: The powerful military wings of Wahabism i.e. al-Qaeda and Talban were created and funded to bring about bigger political changes in the Muslim World.  Saudi grown wild animals have been butchering Shia Muslims, killing innocent children and women in the name of Islam. Wahabism patronizes Zionism. They are sister ideologies. One has control over petroleum and the other has control over banking. One has control over the place holiest for Muslims and the other has  control over the place equally holy for Muslims, Christians and Jews. One is loaded with throat cutting and flesh eating cannibal Jihadists, the other is loaded with thermal, chemical and atomic bombs.   Likewise, Iran sees both of them as enemies, not necessarily Jews or Judaism, but Israel’s possession of Palestine and Jerusalem, which they call Zionism   This article is rather old but it shows how Iran has grouped Israel with Saudi Arabia in their past criticisms, just as they will in the future.  A little extra scripture: How to have confidence before God ... Part 2: “Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.” Introduction   As I keep saying, ‘end time’ events keep getting clearer as we get closer to them.  It has never been my desire to pick a date for the abomination or rapture because Jesus said to watch the signs’, particularly in the Book of Daniel, which lead to the ‘abomination’, so that’s what I’ve been doing: tracking the verses in Daniel 11 because they are the most chronological.    Nevertheless, as we get closer to the abomination, things seem to be getting clearer as to ‘what’ the abomination might be and ‘who’ could set it up.  Still, I could never be 100% certain and everything hinges on whether the other verses in Daniel 11 get fulfilled first.  Having said that, I will explain, to the best of my ability, what I think is happening.    As I indicated recently, I no longer think that the same group that desecrates the “temple fortress” (Western Wall) has to be the group that sets up the abomination that causes desolation.  For one reason, Paul said, “While people are saying ‘Peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (1 Thess. 5:3)  So, why would the ones whose armed forces are rising up to desecrate the temple fortress be saying ‘peace and safety’?  It seems logical that the Jews would be the ones wanting ‘peace and safety’.  In fact, I think it’s the Jews who set up the abomination that causes desolation, not necessarily knowing what they’re doing, but in an effort to show ‘peace and harmony’.    Paul goes on to say, “But you brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (1 Thess. 5:4)  In other words, Christians, who watch the signs, as Jesus said, will not be surprised, even though an exact day cannot be pinpointed.  As such, the signs are becoming so evident that I’m amazed at the accuracy of scripture and humbled that the Holy Spirit would reveal these things, so I can share with others.  Of course, like I said, everything hinges on the previous verses of Daniel 11, happening first, but even so; I feel obligated to relay what I’ve been shown because I think that’s what I’ve been called to do.  Recreation of the Palmyra Arch   First, I became aware that objects can be set up in the name of peace and harmony that are actually satanic in nature.  That became apparent when someone 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, does nothing to help the needy brothers 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)  Jerusalem ‘Season of Culture’ Presents Mekudeshet 2016   Mekudeshet 2016 is a 3 week festival that’s being held in Jerusalem, September 4-23.    Jesus said, “When you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” (Matthew 24:15-16)    I can’t say for certain that the abomination will be set up during this festival but ‘if’ all the other verses in Daniel 11 happen, in the next couple of months, there’s a good chance they could do it.  There’s several reasons I say that but all the other verses must happen first.  Therefore, I’m not setting a date because I’m watching the signs, but I feel obligated to alert people of the possibilities because this festival seems to fit several signs.  Combination of religions (inter-faith) and LGBT acceptance   The first thing that caught my eye was the combining of all three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, in Jerusalem, from September 5-11.  As it turned out, that was just the first week of the much larger festival.  The blending of religions will be held at the Alpert Youth Music Center, which was built in 1979 (timeline of 37’s).  The youth have had a Jewish-Muslim orchestra since 1986 but apparently this is the first time that all three religions  will be joined for the specific purpose of prayer and worship.    One of the main organizers of the prayer service is Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, a well-known rabba (feminine of rabbi) and founder of the Zion synagogue community in Jerusalem.  She has been a Masorti rabbi (conservative movement) since 2005.  It’s not her synagogue’s first inter-faith prayer service, in public, but apparently it’s the first to include Christianity, which I consider significant.  It’s hard to summarize all the things that I’ve read recently that make her sound unique but she has expressed dedication of her life to the renaissance of the Jewish community in Israel.  According to the same interview, in Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism, she believes that the founding years of Israel were “dedicated to the body” and the future years should be “dedicated to the soul.”  She thinks that it’s her generation’s task is to be the “pioneers of reviving the soul, to be the magshimim (the fulfillers).”    At the same time, she has expressed support for LGBT students to be accepted as rabbis.  According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, she resigned her position as assistant dean at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, in 2011, over what is alleged to have been an unfulfilled promise by the school to ordain gay students (article quoting the Jerusalem Post).  That Jerusalem Post article was no longer available but a similar one, from 4-20-2012, was quoted on facebook by Gay Middle East Identities as saying: “The Conservative movement, also known as Masorti Judaism, has for years been torn over whether it should ordain openly gay students.  In recent years, however, two of its most important religious schools, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, have opened their doors to LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students. But the Schechter rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem to date had an unofficial policy of not accepting gay students.”  Having read that, it’s conceivable that she resigned for the reason reported because the Masorti Judaism movement definitely supports LGBT rabbis.  Nevertheless, God’s Word has never been accepting of homosexual sex so I doubt He would approve of gays and lesbians teaching others that it’s okay, because it’s not.  Secretive plans and strange art exhibits   So far, the ‘Season of Culture’ has been pretty secretive about their plans, this year, but their overall theme is ‘Consecrated in 2016’.  The google translation from Hebrew to English is a little hard to understand but it sounds as though they think they have it all figured out, this being their 6th year and all.  Here are two clips, from the longer inspirational intro, by the artistic director.  “And now, after five years, we danced around the starting point, we feel ready and mature enough to dive into the core and offer a broadening and deepening of the concept of a holy, sanctified and consecrated.” “During the three weeks of the sacred, and basically every minute and every second, we would like to return to the base, to the spring, to the navel and the heart and tell everyone who believes in - no matter what - let Jerusalem.  Let's look for it yourself.  Let peace.”    It’s hard to know exactly what to expect but they have an exhibit in their archives, from 2015, of four naked mannequins, which I find both offensive and disturbing.  I can only imagine what they have planned for this year.  Here’s a quote by the general manager, Naomi Bloch Fortis, from the start of last year’s festival, which illustrates that many things take place all over the city.  “Each summer, we create a schedule of original, city-specific productions that traverse artistic disciplines, unfold in breathtaking locations, draw inspiration from the city’s landscapes, stories and people, and create moments that could happen only in Jerusalem.”   I’ve always wondered how someone could set up the abomination, and people from Judea know to run when they see it, but it still catches them by surprise (other than the attackers setting it up).  I mean, if it was a scheduled event, wouldn’t people try to stop it?  Yet, from the ‘Season of Culture’ descriptions, it sounds like people don’t know exactly what’s going to unfold, until it happens.  I guess some people will just know it’s an abomination to God, when they see it. Scripture from Isaiah   One scripture that Tamar Elad-Appelbaum points to, when justifying the mixing of religions, is Isaiah 56:7, which says, “For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  However, I think she’s using that verse a bit out of context.  Isaiah starts prophesying about Jesus in chapter 53 and most of the remainder of the book are things related to Him, such as redemption and salvation.  The ‘house of prayer for all nations’ is referring to Christians coming from all nations, not a mixing of religions with Christianity.  Jesus quoted that same scripture, after overturning the tables of the vendors and money changers, at the Temple, but He didn’t use it in a nice way.  Jesus said, “Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'?  But you have made it a den of robbers.'” (Mark 11:15-17)   It sounds similar to me because they seem to be planning a ‘sacred and holy’ experience, at least as they see ‘sacred and holy’, but I imagine there’ll be some vendors selling souvenirs.   So, what could they be planning that would be considered sacred and holy?  If we skip to the last chapter of Isaiah, there might be a preview of their plan but it looks like a mistake.  Isaiah 66:3-4 3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig's blood, and whoever burns memorial incense, like one who worships an idol.  They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations  4 so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread.  For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened.  They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.    Personally, I find some of the terminology in these verses very intriguing.  Recall from above that Tamar Elad-Appelbaum wanted to “revive the soul” but she also supports LGBT’s.   Isaiah 66:17-18   17 "Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things-- they will meet their end together," declares the LORD.   Recall that the theme of the festival is Consecrated 2016 and there are many gardens around Jerusalem, including next to the Alpert Youth Music Center.  Plus, the official website of Tamar Elad-Appelbaum’s congregation is titled: Come Re-Dream Jerusalem With Us 18 "And I, because of their actions and their imaginations, am about to come and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see my glory.    So, because of their actions, imaginations, and abominations, I think Jesus is about to come in all His glory and gather the Christians to heaven.  We can only hope.  Like I said, all the other verses of Daniel 11 must happen first because Jesus said, “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 5:18)   Jesus also said, “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching  when he comes.  I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table, and will come and wait on them.  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.” (Luke 12:37-38)    Personally, I’ve been watching for so long that I think I’m already in the second or third watch.  I’m way past ready but I’ll keep watching for as long as it takes.  I know it’ll all be worth it.    Here’s a link to her on you-tube, supposedly explaining something about Revelation, but I can’t understand her because she’s speaking Hebrew.  Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide) Verse 31 part 2 revised and re-written: 7-1-2016 Added: 7-1-2016
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