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 probably the most important verse in Daniel 11 but it’s not a sign to look for.  In fact, if you see this event in the news, you probably waited too late.  It is impossible to know what the abomination will be but the location is the Temple Mount because Daniel 9:27 says it will be on a “wing of the temple” and Jesus said it will be “standing in the holy place”. (Matthew 24:15).       I have already explained, on the homepage, that the rapture could happen within minutes of the abomination because Jesus told the Jews to run immediately for the mountains.  Jerusalem will be frantic and the Jews are warned not to look for their Messiah on earth, at that time, because the one they rejected 2000 years earlier will appear on the clouds “with power and great glory”. (Matthew 24: 15-31)  Of course, there will be an earthquake to make things worse, as noted in the sixth seal.  Post-rapture details are described later, combining the rest of Daniel 11 with Revelation, to give the big picture. The Uprising        In conjunction with the abomination, there will be an uprising “to desecrate the temple fortress and abolish the daily sacrifice”.  Since we know that it takes place on the Temple Mount and a “fortress” usually refers to “walls”, I think the “temple fortress” is the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism.  The “daily sacrifice” must be the fact that the Orthodox Jews pray there every day, without fail.  One example of the importance of the daily prayers is that the government refused to block the Wall when Pope Benedict visited in 2009, except for a short while.  If the Muslims can desecrate the Wall in such a way that stops the Jews from their daily prayers, I think that would satisfy the verse.       Considering the strength of the Israeli military, you might think that the Temple Mount would be completely secure but it may be an area of vulnerability too.  Muslims call it the Holy Sanctuary because it contains the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.  After the 1967 war, Israel could have destroyed those monuments but instead, they gave administrative control to the Waqf, a Muslim charitable trust, supervised by the Palestinians.  That gives the Muslims some degree of access to the Temple Mount.  It has been the site of skirmishes between rock-throwing Palestinians and Israeli security forces, before, but nothing too serious.  The thing is: the uprising does not have to be an all out war because a riot or terrorist attack could allow them time to desecrate the Wall and set up the abomination.  And like most terrorist’s attacks, it will come as a surprise.  But when Jesus appears in the clouds and the earthquake strikes, it will be an even greater surprise to the Muslims and Jews.  sitemap home “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.      “At the appointed time” will be controlled by God because He said that the “abomination” would 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”.  The term “coastlands” was used in verse 18 when referring to the Ottomans and areas around the Mediterranean.  Therefore, it probably refers to NATO countries such as Britain or the United States, which will enforce the peace talks and defend the South.   Note: There was actual evidence of these ships in the events concluding verse 22 Recall the threat of cruse missiles being launched at Assad in Syria, before the Russians stepped in with a diplomatic solution to avoid U.S. military intervention.      It was brought to my attention that this verse says the North will attack “again” but the South attacked first in verse 25.  I always figured that was because of a “retaliation” attack.  Can you imagine if Egypt or Saudi Arabia attacked the Shiites of Syria or Iran?  I don’t think Iran would just defend without attacking back.  Thus, “attack again” would be the correct terminology, except the attack will be stopped.       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.  Yet, even though the Shiites are deterred from attacking, the frustration will cause them to turn their anger toward Israel, once again.  However, this time, they will “vent their fury against the holy covenant”.  Still, that could be anything but it does not sound like war.  It might just be a harsh speech to incite fury because afterwards, they will “show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant”.  In other words, they will rally everyone against Israel and that is the fuel that sparks the uprising on the Temple Mount. 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Next Page: Post-Rapture (initial events) Daniel 11: 32-35 Previous Page: Current Events Daniel 11: 23-27 coming true, slowly but surely click to enlarge      This verse also sounds distinctive to modern times because how often would a king, who has just won a decisive battle, actually be more angry at a third party, which was not even involved?       Yet, that sounds exactly like the situation between Iran and Israel because the Shiites are fighting the Sunni but Iran regularly blames the Jews and Americans for inciting violence among Islam.      This article is a prime example of Iran including Israel into their criticisms of Wahabism (Saudi Arabia).  They even mention Israel’s control over the Temple Mount, which is eye-opening because that’s where the “abomination” is set up in verse 31, below.  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 Arabia and her shameful ideology has been working as a tool for the enemies of Islam and humanity. Whether it is Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan or Yemen, the 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 holly 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. 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 South loses and the peace talks take place, the North (Iran or the Shiites) will have great wealth,  perhaps some kind of reparations.   Yet, their real hatred will be towards Israel (heart set against the holy covenant).  They will “take action” but it does not sound very serious because they return to their 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.      As I said on the previous page, the grand attack from verses 25-26 should be recognizable because there are several unique details.  After the South is defeated in swift fashion (swept away), they will “sit at the same table and lie to each other” In this day and age, that could only mean one thing: peace talks.        When you think about it, peace talks in general are a phenomena of modern times.  When Daniel was writing these verses, around 530 BC, kings would not fight a bloody battle and then stop to talk.  They were usually fighting to take over the other’s territory and would either kill or capture the opposite king.  It must have sounded strange to Daniel but it sounds perfectly normal to us.  Syria crisis: Geneva peace talks end in recriminations BBC – January 31, 2014 Quotes: The Syrian government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement. Though the gap between the two sides was "wide", they had become used to sitting in the same room, he said. Excluded Iran Says Its Role at Talks on Syria Will Be Missed New York Times – January 21, 2014 Quote: One expert said that without Iran, the conference would fail. “The U.S. knows very well that if ever the day comes that Bashar al-Assad needs to go quietly, Iran is the only country capable of achieving that,”     The latest talks in Switzerland, dubbed Geneva I and II, were definitely not the right peace talks because the war in verse 25 has not taken place.  However, the talks seem to be serving a purpose because the two sides (Sunni and Shiite) are getting used to being in the same room. (right)      Another reason that these talks cannot be the correct ones is that both the North and South were not invited.  As I said before, Iran is leader of the North and Saudi Arabia seems to be the leader of the South.  Well, Saudi Arabia was there but Iran was apparently un-invited because the Syrian opposition threatened to boycott.  Essentially, the U.N. caved to demands before the talks ever started, even though the group making the demands, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), does not even control the main fighters on the ground.  When the real talks take place, Iran will be a major contributor.       Related Q&A page:  What about a third Jewish Temple?