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.      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 has ‘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 Again, 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, while watching the signs, from Daniel 11, don’t forget to learn about Jesus, who made all this possible.       Part 1:    Accompanying the abomination will be an ‘armed uprising’ that “desecrates the temple fortress” and “abolishes the daily sacrifice” sitemap “Peace Talks” to the “Abomination” (Final events before the Rapture) (*continued from: “current events”.)
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 passive role in ‘End Times’       In verses 28 and 30, the ‘holy covenant’ is Israel’s possession of Jerusalem and Palestine, which Iran hates, perhaps because it fulfills God’s covenant to Abraham and David, in the OT.  However, Israel has already got the land so there’s nothing else for them to do, at least not before the rapture, except be themselves. The anger is coming naturally, just as expected.  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 “sit at the same table and lie to each other”.  Obviously, in this day and age, that means “peace talks” but it must have sounded pretty strange to Daniel.  That’s 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.  Nevertheless, this verse sounds perfectly normal to us because it was meant for our generation, not his.  These particular talks must involve Iran for the North and most likely Saudi Arabia or the GCC for the South (see previous verse for details).  
    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 you can see from this article, the perception of Israel has been on the decline for over a year, especially since the last war with Hamas, in which Israel dominated Even the Western media turned negative, which was a first.   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 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 their values.  However, those values are not just against ISIS but also Israel’s possession of Palestine.  Related page: Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide)     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 Increased hatred toward Israel   + America’s role as ‘deterrence’ returns 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:     “The appointed time” will be controlled by God because we’ll be getting close to the ‘abomination’, which is set up in the ‘middle of the 70th seven’, as noted in Daniel 9:27.  In other words, God is not only controlling what will happen, but He’s controlling when too.    This article is 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 that 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. The Seals *our current place in Revelation’s Timeline Rapture Timing *abomination in Daniel 9:27 (must match Daniel 11 also) Current Events *our current place in Daniel 11 - heading towards the Abomination Other pages of interest:  Post-Rapture Timeline Pages: (Daniel 11 combined with Revelation 8-19) [Note: 2, 3. & 4 are ‘extra’ info] 1. Tribulation ‘Initial’ Events (Daniel 11: 32-35) 2. Rise of Antichrist (Daniel 11:36) 5. Tribulation ‘Middle’ Events (Daniel 11: 40-43) 6. Tribulation ‘Final’ Events     (Daniel 11: 44-45) 3. Who is the Beast? (Daniel 11: 37-38)  4. Kingdom of the Beast (Daniel 11:39) 8. Battle with gog & magog    (Ezekiel 37 & Revelation 20) 7. Jesus’ 1000-Year Reign (Revelation 20)     Other Post-Rapture Pages   (note: the ‘two witnesses’ and ‘144,000’ are in 1 & 5 also) The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11)  Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2)         Chronology of Daniel 12               Third Jewish Temple? The Trumpet Call vs. The Trumpet Plagues    For a Biblical perspective on the history and current relationship  between Christianity & Judaism, see: The Seven Churches Past & Present Church Prophecy (Revelation 2-3)    This article acknowledges that ‘peace in the Middle East’ can only be achieved though reconciliation of Iran and Saudi Arabia.      However, in reading the article, it’s obvious that the animosity goes back centuries and probably won’t disappear over-night.  In fact, tensions may have been stoked, during the Iran/Iraq War and subsequent decades, to a point that can’t be reversed What are the chances of real peace? Updated: 6-22-2015 Re-organized:  6-24-2015 “His armed forces will rise up and desecrate the temple fortress”     Some people think that Israel has to build a third temple and initiate animal sacrifices, for this to happen, but that’s 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.  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. “abolish the daily sacrifice”     Actually, if someone managed to desecrate the Western Wall, I think this part would be accomplished by association.  That’s because I believe the ‘daily sacrifice’ is the ‘daily prayer’  at the Western Wall, which Orthodox Jews perform 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, if someone could desecrate the Western Wall in such a way that stops the Jews from praying there, at least for a short time, this verse would be satisfied (no Temple required).  But first ... A Little History     Some might think the Temple Mount would be impenetrable, considering the strength of the Israeli military, but it has 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, even though Israel can restrict access in times of trouble.  However, the last time Israel closed it, even for one day, following the assassination attempt  on a prominent ‘prayer rights’ activist, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, on October 29, 2014, Palestinian President Abbas called it an “act of war”.  (Prior to that, it had not been closed since Areal Sharon visited in Sept 2000.)  Therefore, Israel cannot realistically close the Temple Mount, to Muslims, for any extended period of time.     Personally, I don’t think Iran would try to stop ISIS from attacking Jerusalem, even after defeating them in Mosul.  They may even embrace them into the ‘axis of resistance’ if they could turn them against Israel - “show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant” (verse 30 above).  Recent events in Mosul 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. Disputes over ‘prayer’ are just getting bigger     Just like clock-work, a grand debate has broken out, between Israelis and Palestinians, concerning prayer on the Temple Mount.  So far, President Netanyahu has pledged to keep the ‘status quo’, which means non-Muslins can’t pray on the Temple Mount.  It’s a little confusing because, in March 2015, an Israeli judge ruled that Jews must be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount but it seemed that the police were enforcing the old rules, such as ‘no swaying or lips moving’.  Yet, Israeli police made a point to let Rabbi Jacob Heydimann perform the Purim prayer  inside the mosque compound, with police protection, March 12th, but that was an isolated incidence.  On March 17, 2015, Netanyahu won a decisive victory, to remain Prime Minister, after making a controversial comment about not giving the Palestinians statehood on his watch. [paraphrased] It could have just been political but statements such as that add to the anger from the other side.     Note: The reason I report on the progress and possibilities for all the verses, at the same time, is that nothing in reality happens instantly.  Each verse has its own preparation  (like God moving His chess pieces).  If the end is going to “come like a flood”, as Gabriel said, everything must be lined-up like dominoes so they can fall fast.  I don’t know when  that will happen but things are certainly lined-up as God indicated they would be.   ISRAEL’S CLANDESTINE ALLIANCE WITH GULF ARAB STATES IS GOING PUBLIC The Intercept [independent] – June 5, 2015 Quote: In an event at the Council on Foreign Relations this week in Washington, reported on by Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, high-ranking former Saudi and Israeli officials not only shared the stage but disclosed that the two countries had been holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss shared strategic goals, particularly around the perceived regional ascendance of Iran.    Well, it seems that Iran may have been right about Israel, at least in the fact that they are together with Saudi Arabia.     That makes sense, in current times, because the ‘South’ (Saudi Arabia/GCC) and the ‘Holy Covenant’ (Israel) are actually taking sides against the ‘North’ (Iran/Shiites) and not hiding it any more.     Update: 6-15-2015 Special Report: Prayers inflame tensions over Jerusalem holy site Reuters [UK] – June 4, 2015 Quote: After 900 years, Jews are chipping away at Muslims' exclusive control of the site, the third holiest in Islam. The shift, which has provoked violence in the past, threatens to open a dangerous new front in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, adding religious enmity to a political struggle in the very heart of the disputed city.  Al-Aqsa has banned non-Muslim prayer since 1187. A growing number of rabbis have contradicted the Chief Rabbinate, saying visits should be encouraged precisely because the Temple Mount is divine. In recent years the groups committed to overturning the status quo have shifted strategy, becoming more organized and gaining donors and influence. Mohammad Ahmed Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the head of the Waqf, told Reuters, "Jewish prayer at Al-Aqsa is not so much an insult as it is an aggression. If Jews try to pray  at Al-Aqsa, it will only create more tensions in the region."    This article gives a pretty complete history of prayer at the Temple Mount.  It seems to be from an Arab point-of-view but they acknowledge that Israel could have done as they wished, in 1967, but instead, gave the keys to the Al Aqsa compound back to the Muslims.  They point out that it has been illegal for non-Muslims to pray there since 1187, which would have been after the Sultan Saladin defeated the Crusaders to take back Jerusalem.  That’s why any attempt to change the ‘status quo’ brings deep seeded resentment.       I expect the debate to go on, and tempers to flare more, because at some point; there’s an armed uprising.  There’s already been two ‘intifada’ (armed uprisings), in recent history.  The most recent was from 2000-2005, following a visit by Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount.  I don’t know what will start the next one, or when, but God knows and He’s in control of everything. Updated: 8-11-2015 Palestinian unity government quits over Gaza dispute The Irish Times – June 18, 2015 Quote: The consensus government was originally meant to be a temporary body operating in Gaza and the West Bank until a “unity” government was appointed. Mr Abbas’s decision appears to have been designed to derail Qatari- and European-mediated talks between Hamas and Israel aimed at strengthening the ceasefire agreement that ended last year’s 50-day war on Gaza. These talks have focused on ending Israel’s blockade of Gaza and building a Gaza seaport as well as maintaining the ceasefire … A Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) source said these talks may have created “a different kind of status for Gaza” which would undermine the “idea of a Palestinian state” consisting of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.    Fatah feeling ignored in two-state solution    I don’t know what the outcome of this twist will be but the government of the West Bank, Fatah, is dissolving their coalition with Gaza’s government, Hamas.  It seems that Fatah is dis-satisfied with current negotiations with Israel because they seem to be offering concessions to Gaza and abandoning the notion of a two-state solution, which is most important to Fatah and the West Bank.  In other words, Gaza seems to be getting more offers and the West Bank seems to be getting nothing but new Israeli settlements.  The old saying comes to mind, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”  Perhaps the West Bank and Fatah will become the squeaky wheel.  That’s just what is needed for another ‘armed uprising’, or intifada, around the Temple Mount.  No unity between West Bank and Gaza Updated: 6-24-2015 ISIS supporters show up in Gaza Israel Cancels Ramadan Pass for Gazans to Pray at Temple Mount in Jerusalem after Rocket Attack by Isis International Business Times – June 23, 2015 Quote: Israel has revoked Ramadan passes granted to Gaza residents to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, following the fifth rocket attack  on the country claimed to have been carried out by Isis supporters. Isis's Salafist supporters have openly professed their plan to undermine Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza. Recently, Hamas had gunned down a Salafist supporter after Isis supporters killed a Hamas official by blowing up his car.    Well, if ISIS can get people into Gaza, it seems like just a matter of time before they show up in the West Bank too.  I’m no expert but the West Bank is essentially connected to the Temple Mount, through a series of security check-points.     The founder of ISIS, Zarqawi, planned to attack Israel so does anyone think security check-points will deter ISIS?  I would say it could happen at any time but the other things in Daniel 11 must happen first.  God has the ultimate plan, not ISIS.  This situation with ISIS and Hamas reminds me a little of this verse, showing that Christians shouldn’t worry so much about Israel.  God will protect them in His own way (until the abomination is due to happen that is). 1 Samuel 14:20   “Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle.     They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.”    Thus, if something should happen that placed Iran and Saudi Arabia in the same ‘peace talks’, such as the attack by the South (previous verse), chances are that they would lie to each other, which is exactly what Daniel 11 says.      Notice that the verse says invade the South ‘again’ but the South attacked first in verse 25.  However, the terminology is correct because Iran would certainly defend itself with a counter-attack (right) if Saudi Arabia or the GCC launched a surprise offensive.         As the rapture gets closer, the hatred toward Israel will increase dramatically and the Shiites will rally everyone against Israel (forsake the holy covenant).  Propaganda war against Israel As a result of ‘not attacking’, 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”.    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 that 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.  On top of that, the current situation in the Middle East sounds just like this verse because America’s ‘no boots on the ground’ motto has made it’s main deterrence: “ships”.   Saudi Arabia is starting to get pressured to make Peace     Since the last Israeli election, Netanyahu has not made many friends, except the hardliners, in Israel, who don’t want a two-state solution.  However, this anonymous official from the West Bank says that the “one-state” solution can’t last much longer.     Personally, I think he is delusional about the June 2017 deadline but he might be serious about starting a last diplomatic effort in September.  Perhaps he’s giving 21 months because the attack, he’s talking about, is with Sunni and Shia united  but they are busy fighting each other.  Perhaps he thinks it will take that long to solve that problem.    In reality, I think any diplomatic effort will find out quickly that Netanyahu is not about to agree to any 1967 borders.  Therefore, I think the Palestinians, or any other radical Muslims, could easily find cause to stage an armed uprising (verse 31) and attack East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, when diplomatic efforts are shot down by Netanyahu, which could be very fast Hatred toward Israel increasing - August 2015 Time is running out for Israelis, Palestinians Al-Monitor [independent] – August 9, 2015 Quote: A senior Palestinian official close to President Mahmoud Abbas told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that … Beginning in September this year, we will make a last diplomatic effort to allow for nonviolent resistance.  Come June 2017, without Palestinian statehood, we will have no choice but to revert to an alternative strategy of achieving statehood through conflict.” The Palestinian official described to Al-Monitor a very gruesome picture of the war option: a violent conflict with Jerusalem and the Temple Mount at its center. Other Arab countries and a diversity of Shiite and Sunni terror organizations  would join in the fighting. The Ramallah official, who has much experience in security matters, emphasized that his forecast was not a threat, but a logical analysis. Update: 8-10-2015 Jordan Demands UN 'End Israeli Occupation'    Arutz Sheva [Israel] – August 3, 2015 Quote:  Jordan recently threatened to revoke the peace treaty on several occasions while pressuring Israel to allow the Jordanian Waqf to continue denying Jews their rights to pray at the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.  Jordanian Ambassador to Israel Walid Obeidat was recalled to Jordan last November until February in an act of protest over talk in Israel of allowing Jews to pray on the Mount.    Even Jordan, probably the most peaceful and level-headed of Arab countries, is calling for an end to Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank and Gaza.  *The verses start blending together because the main reason Jordan is turning against Israel, at this time, is that they’re afraid that Jews might pray on the Temple Mount, which is a big issue in verse 31. (below) Iran-authored Syria plan en route to UN Al-Monitor [independent] – August 5, 2015 Quote: Since the announcement of the Iran deal with the major world powers, Iran has been trying to approach the Arab world in a temperate manner. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has taken several phone calls with different regional leaders, while Zarif visited Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar.  Zarif published a notice Aug. 3 in four Arab newspapers … Muscat, Damascus agree on joint efforts to end Syria crisis Press TV [Iran] – August 6, 2015 Quote: The newspaper [Syria's Al-Watan daily] said a meeting between  top diplomats from Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia is likely to be held in the Omani capital.    In addition to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is starting to get pressure in regards to Syria.  In fact, this verse is starting to blend with step 3 of the last verse because Oman is trying to bring Iran and Saudi Arabia, together for peace.   Of course, Iran is willing but Saudi Arabia is not.       Iran is even sending proposals to the UN, putting the ball squarely in Saudi Arabia’s court.  However, Saudi Arabia wants assurances that Assad will be out of power, before the talks even begin.  That has been their demand all along but it’s looking less-and-less likely.      That’s one reason I think these verses are prime to happen in quick succession.  For example, before Saudi Arabia agrees to any kind of talks on Syria, I think they will try one last desperate attempt  to take Assad out, which will be the attack in verse 25.  However, Oman, who has been pushing peace, will attempt to sabotage the attack, which accounts for plots in verse 26.  After an embarrassing loss, Saudi Arabia will be forced to sit down at the talks but they will just lie to each other, as verse 27 says. Everything is lining up to happen naturally, plus fast, because Gabriel said, “The end will come like a flood.”  A Saudi-Iranian grand bargain openDemocracy.net  [UK - indep.] – February 19, 2015 Quote: In the 1980s, the west sought the KSA's [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s] assistance in countering the export of the Iranian revolution and in repulsing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  The perception of Shia, and by extension of Iranians, as kuffar (apostates, non-believers) became so embedded in militant religious preaching, broadcast to millions via dedicated satellite channels, that Arab leaders in general and Saudi leaders in particular became its hostage, complicating any political accommodation with the IRI [Islamic Republic of Iran]. Update: 8-10-2015 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 othes) as a sign of the ‘end’ and stage an attack on Israel, which is what the founder of ISIS, Zarqawi, has predicted. Plus, since ISIS and Hamas are both Sunni, they wouldn’t be waiting for the Mahdi, before making a move, like the Shiites might. (see Antichrist page for explanation) Israel isolating themselves over nuclear agreement    When the time is right, the hatred will reach a peak and someone will be inspired to set up the ‘abomination that causes desolation’. Iranian President: Israel Shuddered by N. Agreement Fars News [Iran] – August 6, 2015 Quote: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers as a victory for all nations, and said Israel is the only regime  which is angry and frightened by the agreement.    Personally, I think Iran will abide by the terms of the nuclear agreement because as a result; they not only get more sanctions relief, they also get more-and-more leverage on Israel, as time goes by, and things run smooth, so Iran can announce very loudly, ‘Israel was wrong’.  Update: 8-11-2015
Prime example: Muslim riots at The Temple Mount. Tisha B'Av 2015    I’ve read several articles on the current Temple Mount activities.  For example, I know that an Israeli judge ruled that Jews had the right to pray on the Temple Mount but reality on the ground isn’t reflecting the judge’s order.  Jews can only enter the Temple Mount through one gate and then they are restricted from bringing certain articles and must travel in guided groups.  Those groups are followed by Palestinian women who heckle them the whole time.  Plus, if a Jew should start swaying and moving their lips, like they are praying, then they are approached and ordered to stop by Palestinian guards.  The Israeli police are also present but they seem content on keeping the ‘status quo’, as Netanyahu has promised, rather than what the judge has ordered.  As a result, there are often skirmishes on the Temple Mount.  This one got caught on film by a reporter named Jerusalem Jane, on Tisha B’Av. Jerusalem Jane reporting  [Temple Mount] July 26, 2015 - running time = 5:01    Since it was a major Jewish holiday, Arabs seemed to be on heightened alert for violations, (which aren’t really violations at all).     In a nut shell, the Jews are determined to pray on the Temple Mount and the Arabs are determined  not to let them. (It’s an accident waiting to happen.)     For instance, if this was the scene on Tisha B’Av, imagine the added determination, on both sides, when Yom Kippur gets here, September 23, 2015, followed by Rosh Hoshonah and the last blood moon, about 5 days later, on September 28, 2015.  Update: 8-11-2015
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