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 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.      This is the same ‘abomination’ that Jesus referred to in Matthew 24, preceding His appearance in the clouds to gather His elect.  Thus, it’s probably the most important verse in Daniel 11 but it’s not a sign to watch for.  That’s because the rapture happens almost immediately after the abomination (within half an hour), as explained in the 7th Seal. (see “Matthew 24” page).      The ‘rapture’ will come as a surprise because the desecration and abomination will come as a surprise, as most terrorist’s attacks do.  “None of the wicked will understand but those who are wise will understand.” (Daniel 12:10)  Since God ‘unsealed’ Daniel 11, Christians can watch the events unfold and know that the time is near, just like the Parable of the Ten Virgins.  Of course, I think the ‘virgins’ are ‘new believers’ that see these signs, during end times, and believe for a while but unfortunately; about half are not sincere and get shut out anyway. (Matthew 25: 1-13)  I don’t think it’s talking about all Christians but it goes to show that just knowing about God is not the same as having a personal relationship.  In other words, watching the Biblical signs in Daniel 11 can be pretty exciting and convincing but don’t forget to learn about Jesus, who made all this possible.  Part 1:  ‘The Uprising’      Prior to the abomination, there will be an ‘armed uprising’ that “desecrates the temple fortress” and “abolishes the daily sacrifice”.  Note: some people think that Israel has to build a third temple  and initiate animal sacrifices for this to happen but that’s not what it means.  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.  I think the ‘daily sacrifice’ is the fact that the Orthodox Jews pray there everyday, without fail.  One example of the importance of daily prayers was when the Israeli government refused to block the Wall, except for a short time, while Pope Benedict visited, in 2009.  When you think about it, the ‘uprising’ doesn’t have to be a huge war to accomplish what the verse says.  If someone can desecrate the Western Wall in such a way that stops the Jews from praying there, at least for a short time, the verse would be satisfied.       Considering the Israeli military, some might think the Temple Mount would be impenetrable but it has a vulnerability, too.  Muslims call it the Holy Sanctuary because it contains the Dome of the Rock  and Al Aqsa Mosque.  After the war in 1967, Israel could have destroyed those monuments but instead, they gave administrative control to the Waqf, a Muslim charitable trust, supervised by the Palestinians or Jordan.  Therefore, the Muslims have some degree of access to the Temple Mount, although Israel can restrict access in times of trouble.   sitemap “Peace Talks” to the “Abomination” (Final events before the Rapture) (*continued from: “current events”.) 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.     “The appointed time” will be controlled by God because the “abomination” will be near the ‘middle’ of the 70th seven, as noted in Daniel 9:27.      Just before that, God will entice the Shiites to attack first but their invasion will be stopped because “ships of the western coastlands will oppose him” Note: The term “coastlands” was used in verse 18 when referring to the Mediterranean.  Therefore, it probably refers to NATO countries such as the United States, who just had ships in the Mediterranean who threatened Assad with cruse missiles, in Sept-2013, but never fired. (verse 22)  Yet, it makes perfect sense for them to return and try to enforce the ‘peace treaty’ from verse 27 (even if the two sides were lying to each other).       It was brought to my attention that this verse says that the North will attack “again”  but they did not attack the first time.  Can you imagine if Saudi Arabia or Egypt attacked the Shiites of Iran, Iraq, or Syria?  I think Iran would attack back.  Thus, “attack again” would be the correct terminology (except the attack will be stopped because of foreign ships.)       The show of force in the Mediterranean will cause the Shiites to “lose heart”  or ‘change their mind’.  Since this verse says nothing about “bloodshed” or “falling in battle”, there’s probably no actual warfare at this time.  However, in their frustration, the Shiites will “vent their fury against the holy covenant”.  On top of that, they will “show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant”.   
Wahabi-Zionist onslaught on humanity Press TV [Iranian] – January 30, 2014 Quote: 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. Israel’s role in End Times begins 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.   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.     After the ‘South’ (Sunni) attack the ‘North’ (Shiite), in verses 25-26 (previous page), they get defeated, but afterwards; they “sit at the same table and lie to each other”.      Obviously, that means “peace talks”.  Yet, it must have sounded pretty strange to Daniel because, in ancient times, kings would not fight a bloody battle and then stop to talk.  They would usually kill or capture the opposing king and take their territory.  It may have sounded strange to Daniel but it sounds perfectly normal to us because it was meant for our generation, not his.     These particular talks will involve Iran for the North and most likely Saudi Arabia or Egypt for the South (see previous verse for details).  I have to leave it slightly vague, for now, but it will become pretty obvious when it starts happening.  
    The ‘holy covenant’ is Israel’s possession of Jerusalem and Palestine, which Iran hates.      This verse is equally characteristic of ‘modern times’ because: when has a ‘king’ ever defended against an attack from one party but been more angry at another?       Yet, that sounds exactly like Iran, concerning Israel, because they regularly group Saudi Arabia and Wahabism with Israel or the West, as shown in this article.      It’s particularly cringing to see them refer to the Temple Mount because that’s where the ‘abomination’ will be ‘set up’ in verse 31.      As the rapture gets closer, the hatred will increase dramatically and the Shiites will rally everyone against Israel (forsake the holy covenant).  Reports suggest that the Palestinians are already winning the ‘propaganda war’, even in the Western media (right).  When the time is right, the hatred will reach a peak and someone will be inspired to set up the ‘abomination that causes desolation’.  Images of Gaza war shift perception of Israel Al Monitor [free media USA] – July 18, 2014 Quote: The fact remains that this is one of the rare instances of the Western media showing a darker side of Israelis that few have ever seen.   War is ugly and criminal by its nature, and the current one in Gaza is completely one-sided. Hamas: Qassam Brigades yet to use full force Daily Star [Lebanon] – July 22, 2014 Quote: Calling for solidarity with Gaza … Popular marches rallied from mosques in the city of Sidon [Lebanon] to a sit-in held at the southern city’s Martyrs' Square. The protesters lifted Palestinian and Hamas flags  and cut-outs of Qassam Brigades rockets.      The ‘abomination’ is one of God’s little ‘mysteries’.  Jesus identified it as the ‘last sign’ before the rapture but the Bible never says exactly ‘what’ it is.  That’s because it doesn’t matter.  I mean: if you go to the Book of Daniel, like Jesus said, all the clues point to ‘when’ it is, not ‘what’ it is.  Apparently, that’s what God wants us to know.      For example, three chapters in the Book of Daniel contain specific milestones surrounding the abomination that, when put together, form a timeline that matches Revelation.  More specifically, Daniel contains references to the 1290, 1335, and 2300-days after the abomination, not to mention the 70th Seven, in which the abomination lands in the ‘middle’ Revelation compliments Daniel because it contains many events that take place during ‘42-months’ or ‘1260-days’, thus matching the ‘last half’ of the 70th Seven.  In other words, the verses between the ‘abomination’ and ‘end’, in Daniel 11, match the chapters between the ‘6th Seal’ and ‘Armageddon’, in Revelation.  Everything concerning the timeline makes perfect sense when Daniel 11 and the Seals are correctly interpreted but the Bible gives no indication of exactly ‘what’ the abomination is.  That’s because Jesus was giving clues to the ‘timing’ of the rapture, not the specific object that is set up, which is still secret. What about a guess?     Since there are so many conspiracy theories about the abomination, I am compelled to offer a logical answer based on Daniel 11 and current events.  Basically, an ‘abomination’ is something ‘hated by God’.  It has to be something small enough that can be ‘set up’ on the ‘Temple Mount’ during an ‘armed uprising’.  Yet, size is not important, in this case, because it will be the symbolism of the object that God will hate.      So what could be so small but still represent something so ‘hated by God’?  Since we know that it occurs on the Temple Mount, it probably involves Israel’s prophecy from God.  Well, God’s prophecy to Jeremiah was that Israel would become one nation, in land of their forefathers, which happened in 1948.  Jerusalem was united in the 1967 war that lasted just 6 days, much like creation, so it stands to reason that God had a hand in that too.  One of Hamas’ primary demands is that East Jerusalem be returned to the Palestinians but Israel says that will never happen because Jerusalem is their eternal capital.  Since the Temple Mount is located in East Jerusalem, it stands to reason that the ‘abomination’ could be a simple ‘flag’, representing the ‘conquest’ of that area, which would be ‘hated’ by God.       To illustrate how plausible the above theory is, consider the fact that a group in Lebanon spontaneously raised ‘flags’, during a ‘sit-in’ for solidarity with Gaza.     If future protests become armed in the West Bank and people start raising flags, that might be all it takes.  Conclusion:    Even though the ones ‘setting it up’ will be unaware of the significance, it will still be an ‘abomination’ to God.  The subsequent earthquake, during the 6th Seal and rapture, will ‘cause the desolation’.  Since terrorist attacks are usually a ‘surprise’ and the culprits won’t even know what they’re doing, the ‘rapture’ will come as a surprise also, just as the Bible says.  (Yet, those who are watching the signs in Daniel 11 won’t be in the dark.)  Paul said, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (1 Thess. 5:4) Partial timeline showing ‘abomination’ click to enlarge Timeline of end times according to the abomination in Daniel Ayatollah Khamenei calls for armed struggle in West Bank Al Monitor [Independent USA] – July 24, 2014 Quote: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for a referendum between Israelis and Palestinians to decide the fate of the government that rules over them.  Until such a referendum takes place, he said, the West Bank should be armed like Gaza. “The Zionist regime is a regime that from its illegitimate birth was built on overt violence, and they don’t deny it. It’s built on an iron fist. They say it everywhere; they take pride in it - this is their policy. From 1948, when this fraudulent regime came into existence, for 66 years, the policy of the Zionist regime is this. Of course, before this regime was officially recognized and was imposed on the region by the colonialists, the Zionists committed many crimes in Palestine. "During these 66 years, as a government and a political system, they did whatever they wanted to do. Any violence that was contained in their mind, that one government can do toward a people, they did. "If God willing, it is eradicated, even better, but while this fraudulent regime is there and not eradicated, what’s the cure?  The cure is a strong and armed resistance against this regime. In confronting the Zionist regime, strength needs to be shown from the direction of the Palestinians. Recent Events: 'Day of Rage' Protests Erupt in Jerusalem and the West Bank NBC News [USA] – July 25, 2014 Quote: Confrontations between Palestinians and police erupted in East Jerusalem's Wadi al-Joz neighborhood after Friday prayers  during a protest to show solidarity with people in the Gaza Strip. It was the first time in almost a decade that the Palestinian Authority gave permission for such a march, making a dramatic shift in relations between President Mahmoud Abbas's government and Israel. The entrance to the Temple Mount and al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem -- which have been flash points in the past -- were being restricted to women, and men aged 50 and over. Israel Radio reported that the demonstrations appeared to be the largest since the end of a 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising, known as the Second Intifada. Violence flared at Kalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem as Israeli security forces clashed with demonstrators trying to march to Jerusalem.  Iran and Hamas: War in Gaza and al-Quds Day 2014     Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians escalated in July 2014, when three Jewish teenagers were found murdered and then a Palestinian boy was murdered soon afterwards.  That started a barrage of rockets from Gaza, fired by Hamas.  A seize fire was finally reached but not before the violence spread into the West Bank.  A speech by Ayatollah Khameimei, on al-Quds Day, was one likely factor that encouraged the solidarity between Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza. (below) Part 2:        So, ... ‘what’ is the abomination?  (Or should I say ‘when’?) Ambassador: Iranian aid to Lebanese Army has no strings attached Daily Star [Lebanon] – October 13, 2014 Quote: “Therefore, we consider it is our duty to stand by Lebanon, just like [Iran] stands by the countries that belong to the axis of resistance and opposition.    Clearly, Iran is not afraid to ‘show favor’ to those who share the values of the ‘axis of resistance’.  However, in reality, the resistance is not just against ISIS but against Israel’s possession of Palestine.  Update: Resistance movements in the Gaza Strip strengthening ties with Tehran Alakhbar – October 23, 2014 Quote: According to sources, countries expressing sympathy with Hamas, like Qatar and Turkey, are incapable of playing a military or security role, or even a clear political role. …  The war's repercussions convinced Gaza's leadership time and again that the only side willing to support Hamas militarily and officially is Iran. In a related matter, Islamic Jihad's secretariat visited Tehran, meeting with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ali Khamenei. … The two major points discussed related to Jerusalem and the situation in occupied West Bank. … Concerning the relationship with Iran, "one could say for sure that no one will replace anyone else; everyone has their own role," Rifai told Al-Akhbar. … “The goal could only be achieved by arming the occupied West Bank and involving it in the struggle, with a focus on its strategic aspect, which could change the direction of the battle.”     It’s important to note how Hamas and other Islamist factions, in Palestine, are gravitating towards Iran and away from Egypt, Turkey, or Saudi Arabia.  That follows Daniel 11 because the ‘North’ will be the one who sets up the abomination that causes desolation, which is Iran and company.  Yet, it makes sense that they would get others, such as the Palestinians, to do it for them. They are now courting members of Islamic Jihad, a rival party in Palestine, in addition to Hamas, to cover all their bases.  Iran is not shy about recommending an ‘armed uprising’ in the West Bank, which is what verse 31 calls for, on the Temple Mount.  Updated:  10-27-2014 3. End Times & Gay Marriage. e-mail: 12. When is the battle with gog and magog? 15.  Differences with other pre-tribs in general. 16.  Why won’t religious people listen? 5. Exposing Post-Trib Deceptions (essay + video) F.A.Q. and other Bible topics 11. Where will we spend the 1000-years? 6. Daniel 11 - History (why past theories are wrong). Home / Introduction “End Times - Explained” “Biblical Timeline of Man” 2. What is the meaning of the Blood Moons? 13. What about the Third Jewish Temple? 7. Why didn’t God destroy Satan in the beginning? 8. Who are the Two Witnesses in Revelation? 14.  What is the timing of Daniel 12? 10. Will people be ‘saved’ after the rapture? 9. Salvation to Maturity: a simple guide. 1. Daniel 11 (one page) commentary 4. NEW: ‘Trumpet call’  vs. ‘Trumpets plagues’  The Seals (Revelation Timeline Explained) Matthew 24 (must match Revelation) Rapture Timing - Daniel 9:27 (*Abomination must match Daniel 11 also) ‘Post-Rapture’ Pages: (Daniel 11 combined with Revelation) 1. Tribulation ‘Initial’ Events (’middle’ of 70th Seven +) 2. Rise of Antichrist 5. Tribulation ‘Middle’ Events (’end’ of 70th Seven +) 6. Tribulation ‘Final’ Events     (Bowls & Armageddon) 3. Who is the Beast? 4. Kingdom of the Beast Current Events - Daniel 11 (*our current place in Biblical prophecy) The Rapture Explained: (combining ‘End Times’ scripture from Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation)  Updated:  11-17-2014 Violence in Jerusalem / The Daily Sacrifice     I’ve been saying, for as long as I can remember, that the “daily sacrifice” was the ‘daily prayers’ at the Western Wall, which makes sense because the Western Wall is also the “temple fortress” that gets desecrated.  In other words, there’s no requirement for the Jews to build a third temple and initiate animal sacrifices (such as the messianic Jews believe) for this verse to be fulfilled.  In fact, everything is in place, more so now than ever.      Now that the ‘middle’ of Daniel’s 70th Week is upon us, just like clock-work, a grand debate has broken out between Israelis and Palestinians about prayer on the Temple Mount.  High-profile rabbis have voiced their opinion on both sides but so far; President Netanyahu has pledged to keep the status quo, which means prayer remains illegal on the Temple Mount, except to Muslims.  However, there is growing support for that law to change, especially in light of an assassination attempt on a prominent ‘prayer rights’ activist, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, on October 29, 2014.  Rabbi Benny Lau Backs Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount Arutz Sheva [Israel] – November 16, 2014 Quote: Rabbi Lau - who is a cousin of the current Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau and a household name due to his weekly TV show and regular media appearances noted … "The battle on the Temple Mount is no longer a battle of a few individuals," he continued. "It has already become a wider battle where both the Muslim leaders and the Palestinian leaders have set their eyes on the Temple Mount which is the focus of everything  and impossible to put to the side for one moment."     As a result of the shooting and other violence, many Jews are defying the ban and praying on the Temple Mount anyway, which is sparking more violence.  It’s a snowball rolling downhill. (Notice the dates on these two articles.)  Whether the law changes or not, this could be the key issue that causes tensions to boil-over and someone desecrates the Western Wall in retaliation. Four Rabbis Are Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack New York Times – November 18, 2014 Quote:  It was the deadliest attack on Israeli civilians in more than three years, and the worst in Jerusalem since 2008.  Witnesses and Israeli leaders were particularly horrified at the religious overtones of an attack on a synagogue that killed men in ritual garments and spilled blood on prayer books.    Some may think that desecrating the Western Wall is too low for anyone but if they’ll kill Rabbis during prayer, I don’t think much is beneath them. Related page: Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide) Hardline Israelis anger Palestinians by trying to reclaim prayer rights at Jerusalem's most famous holy site The Telegraph [UK] - January 7, 2015 Quote: "The Temple Mount is holy. The status quo isn't holy, it's evil," said Ya'acov Hayman, leader of the Haliba organisation, one of several groups calling for "Jewish freedom" on the site. "… We will soon be suing the government of Israel for failing to respect the civil rights of Jews and other non-Muslims on the Temple Mount.” Mr Hayman … said the rules must be changed even if it risked triggering a religious conflict with Muslims who would be likely to see it as an attack on their faith.    As expected, tensions over ‘prayer’ at the Temple Mount are not going away any time soon.  Activists are planning to sue the government and admittedly don’t care if the controversy sparks a “religious conflict”. (right)     BTW, if the ‘religious conflict’ involves weapons of any kind, it would technically be an ‘armed uprising’, which is exactly what the Bible says will happen when the abomination is set up.      On a different note, someone recently asked me how the Palestinian’s bid for statehood, getting blocked in the UN, played into Daniel 11?  It all fits because it’s just one more thing to anger the Muslims about, as is the settlement announcements in the West Bank.  In general, the North gets more and more angry, which includes Hamas and the other Palestinians, until someone snaps and desecrates the Western Wall and sets up the abomination.  Thus, I don’t expect Israel (or the UN) to do anything to make the Palestinians or other Muslims happy.  That especially includes statehood because the Palestinians still insist on taking East Jerusalem as their capital, which I don’t think God will allow.  (more on that below) Updated:  1-10-2014 Continued violence: