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 - 2017   All rights reserved. The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction   As simply as I can put it, the abomination that causes desolation is the last sign before the rapture because that’s what Jesus said to watch for in Matthew 24:15.  Jesus instructs Judea to flee to the mountains when they see the abomination, not stopping for anything, indicating that the rapture will happen very quickly.  It will also cause unequaled distress on man-kind. (Matt 24:15-21)  That coincides with the earthquake of the 6th Seal (which is the rapture in Revelation), which I believe causes a tsunami, which makes people in Judea run for the mountains, whether they recognize the abomination or not.  Notice that the signs in Matthew 24:29 (which happen in conjunction with the rapture or gathering in the sky) match the 6th Seal, except for the earthquake, which is accounted for by the running to the mountains.    That’s why the rapture catches most people by surprise: because they are expecting a so-called ‘tribulation’ period, where the antichrist enacts the mark of the beast, but that happens after the rapture (or after the 6th Seal in Revelation).  Many people have been deceived by so-called ‘post-tribs’ who re-arrange Revelation by putting chapter 13 (the antichrist and false prophet) before chapter 6 (the rapture).  They are essentially false prophets because they are changing God’s prophecy in Revelation and making people look for the wrong signs.  After all, IF the antichrist and mark of the beast happened before the rapture, wouldn’t that take all the surprise out of it?  I mean, if those obvious events took place, wouldn’t everyone  believe in the Bible?  Looking for the wrong signs could cost some people dearly, who choose to procrastinate before getting to know Jesus, which is why I call attention to their deception.    In reality, the signs that Jesus said to watch for (leading to the abomination in the Book of Daniel) are subtle but identifiable, if a person knows the correct interpretation of Daniel 11, which was only recently ‘unsealed’ by God and presented on this website by a lowly servant.  Seriously, when this website began, in 2012, events were still on Daniel 11:22 and now all the verses through Daniel 11:30 are completed.  I can see how one verse might be considered a coincidence but several verses in a row constitutes valid proof.  And, since the first five Seals  are also completed, there’s nothing left to happen, before the rapture, except the events in Daniel 11:31, below, which include the abomination that causes desolation.    Granted, the last few verses have been more subtle than previous verses (summary below) but that should be expected, since the rapture is meant to be a surprise to most people, but not everyone. (1 Thess 5:4)  Similarly, the exact object of the abomination is also unknown, which is God’s way of adding mystery, but even if a person knew what it was, they could not wait and try to accept Jesus after they saw it because it would be too late.  As Jesus indicated, the abomination and rapture (earthquake/6th Seal) will happen very close together.    To illustrate the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 and how verses get closer together (rather than having a big gap towards the end such as previous interpretations have), here is a summary of the last 100 years.  [Prior verses are generally a century or more apart.] Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI ended the Ottoman Empire’s reign in the Middle East. Daniel 11:20 – (1919-1948) British Mandate governed while oil became valuable and       Israel was established. Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  Since then, Houthis have lost ground and started asking       for a peace settlement. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop, thus “forsaking the holy covenant.”        On the same day, the UN funded a ‘blacklist’ to help boycott companies       (under the BDS movement) that operate within the West Bank.  The list        is due to be published, with additions, November 2017.   As you can see, the verses go from decades apart, to years, to months, which is what you’d expect from the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.      If the trend holds, which I believe it will, the abomination that causes desolation could be just months away, if not sooner.  However, only God knows when the appointed time will be.  Matthew 25:5 says, “The Bridegroom was a long time in coming”, which could explain the wait. Daniel 11:31  His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.   Notice that there’s a sentence before the abomination, where someone’s armed forces rise up to desecrate the temple fortress (Western Wall) and abolish the daily sacrifice (prayer at the Western Wall).  That could be accomplished in a few different ways: 1. a Palestinian uprising; 2. an ISIS attack from the Sinai;  3. Israel could accomplish the whole thing on their own.                      Below is a discussion of each.
Other pages of interest:  Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation’s timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) See Sitemap for complete listing (by category). Home (timelines and summary) Salvation to Maturity (a simple guide) Related pages: Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)  It’s not hard to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising because 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary)    Recent events in Mosul (ancient Nineveh) show that ISIS would probably love to desecrate the Western Wall because people pray to it like an idol.     First of all, that sounds eerily similar to Luke 21:20, which says, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  Plus, ISIS is reported to already have a group in Sinai, south of Israel. (more below)    I learned where the propaganda came from when I caught a brief explanation from Paul Cruickshank, another author and terrorism analyst, who was commenting on another recent ISIS video. (right) He says, “The founder, Zarqawi, said that after they built up the group in Iraq, in the region, that they would want to destroy Israel.”     I learned the ISIS plans for the apocalypse from Graeme Wood, a political science lecturer at Yale and author of a recent article in The Atlantic, who made a statement on CNN’s Fareed Zarkaria, February 22, 2015, about 18 minutes into the show. (right)     He said, “ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem, after being defeated, actually. So they believe, after conquering a large area of land, they will be reduced to a core of 5000 fighters around Jerusalem.” 
CNN  02-22-2015 / length = 1:11 CNN  3-11-2015 / length = 20 sec. Part 2:  ISIS propaganda concerning Israel    ISIS is not necessarily the North or the South but they fulfilled Daniel 11:24.  They are losing ground in the Middle East but they are also relocating to other places such as Libya and the Sinai peninsula.  Their own prophecy states that they would like to attack Israel so they are certainly a possibility to desecrate the Western Wall.  ISIS ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message Fox News [USA] – December 27, 2015 Quote:  [al-Baghdadi] also threatened Israel saying: we haven't forgotten you" and "we are getting closer to you" every day.  To Israeli Jews, he said that they "will hide behind trees and stones" from the ISIS.   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.  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 ISIS is really building up in the Sinai Peninsula.   Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statues in Mosul' BBC [UK] – February 26, 2015  (includes video = 3:01) Quote:  One of the militants in the video describes the artefacts as "false idols" and seeks to justify their destruction in religious terms. What is the next move of ISIS?     October 16, 2016 - ISIS was defeated in the symbolic town of Dabiq, which has significance because they used to predict their final apocalyptic battle there.  Their prediction was based on a hadith from Muhammad, which they featured in their magazine, also called Dabiq.  (This link  has an image of the magazine, with the hadith.)  Without going into much detail on what Muhammad probably meant, ISIS reversed it so they could recruit jihadists, from around the world, who thought they were following Muhammad’s wishes.  It’s all very tragic because Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt 15:14)     June 21, 2017 - ISIS blew up the historic mosque in Mosul’s ‘old city’, where al-Baghdadi  declared his caliphate, signifying a symbolic defeat.    July 10, 2017 - Iraq declared victory in Mosul (exactly 37 months after ISIS invaded).     Conclusion: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies (explained in above videos), they might feel the need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel.  I admit it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS had enough motivation, they might find a way.  Part 1:  The Palestinians and the Abomination Introduction and theory   As indicated in Daniel 11:31, above, there are two events that happen before or during the abomination: someone’s armed forces must rise-up to “desecrate the temple fortress” (Western Wall) and “abolish the daily sacrifice” (prayer at the Western Wall), if only for a little while.  Those two things could happen very easily together because who wants to pray at a Wall that has been desecrated?  The abomination (whatever it may be) could also be “set-up”, at the same time, making everything happen very fast and unexpected.  As I’ve always said, the abomination, which means ‘something hated by God’, could be something as simple as a ‘flag’ because it’s more about the symbolism of what it represents.  Jerusalem was united, 50-years ago, in dramatic fashion, during the 6-day war (like 6-days of creation), so any flag other than Israel’s could represent a spliting of Jerusalem, which would be an abomination to God.  Reality   On July 14, 2017, a significant event took place on the Temple Mount, which spurred several other events.  A couple of Palestinians smuggled guns into the Temple Mount and shot two Israeli policemen.  The Israeli government subsequently installed metal detectors, at the entrance to the Temple Mount, which sparked more protests from the Palestinians.  Israel opted to replace the metal detectors with high-tech cameras but protests continued because the Arabs view any security measures as Israel’s desire to ‘control’ the Temple Mount and someday change the status quo, which forbids Jews from praying there.  Israel’s cabinet voted to remove the cameras and other security measures, mainly because they thought the protests were leading to another infatada (uprising).  Even after the security measures were removed, protests continued for a while, but eventually stopped.  The Arabs see the removal as a huge victory, which was achieved through protests, so it’s reasonable to think that they could try the same tactic in the future.     One interesting coincidence, which I noticed, is that the shooting took place just 4-days after Iraq announced victory over ISIS in Mosul, on July 10, 2017.  ISIS invaded Mosul on June 10, 2014, which was the main fulfillment of Daniel 11:24.  Therefore, ISIS held Mosul for exactly 37 months (3 years, 1 month).  It’s just interesting, to me, because ‘37’ is the solution to God’s riddle of 666  [666 / (6+6+6) = 37].  For proof, there’s a whole timeline of significant events that took place in intervals of 37-year multiples, beginning the year Daniel received God’s “Book of Truth” (Daniel 11).  Thus, the current Temple Mount violence, possibility leading to the abomination, is connected to Daniel 11:24 by 37-months, which might just be a coincidence, but could be planned by God.  [Note: Mosul is also ancient Nineveh, which is mentioned in Gen 10:11 and the Book of Jonah.]   The reality that simple protests could lead to the abomination was witnessed two weeks later, when on July 27, 2017, two things were reported1) Some rocks were thrown, from the top, which landed on the Western Wall plaza below (Kotel).  I’ve never heard of that happening before, so I wasn’t sure if it was physically possible, but throwing an explosive or something else would probably be the easiest way to “desecrate the temple fortress and abolish the daily sacrifice.” Of course, in order for there to be a sustained threat, there would have to be an “uprising”, to secure the area above, which would fulfill the first part of Daniel 11:31.  2) Secondly, they “tried” to install a Palestinian flag above the Al-Aqsa mosque, which like I said, could be the abomination because it would symbolize possession of the Temple Mount.  Of course, if they tried it once, they could try it again.   Protests have temporarily stopped, to give peace talks a chance, but talks have little or no chance of being a success because neither a one-state nor two-state solution is good for Israel.  The reason one-state wouldn’t work is that the Palestinians would campaign for equal rights as citizens, which means equal voting, and the Palestinians could someday out-number the Jews, if territory is combined.  The reason two-states wouldn’t work is that a sovereign state has the right to form their own allies and build their own military, which would eventually be used against Israel.  Most everyone knows the reality of the situation, which is why Netanyahu resists talking to the Palestinians, and keeps kicking the can down the road for as long as possible.  Yet, someday, the Palestinians will realize that a solution is not coming through peace talks and protests will resume.   The Palestinians are seeing their window of opportunity dwindle because Israeli settlement building has tripled in recent months (compared to the same period last year) and is consuming the land that they want as their state.  Of course, they want East Jerusalem as their capital, which will never happen because Israel will never voluntarily divide Jerusalem.  Thus, more protests could come sooner, rather than later. Recent Threats and Warnings   September 10, 2017: The head of Israel's Shin Bet security service, Nadav Argaman, told Israel’s cabinet that the relative calm in the West Bank is "fragile."  He said that there was a “high level alert” for terrorist attacks, including a “high sensitivity for events of a religious nature.”  He said that, after the July 14th attack (above), there was significant increases in the number of warnings for possible attacks.  In fact, July had 3 times the warnings compared to June.  He said that there was heightened motivation to attack because of an increase in harsh rhetoric on social media.  He also said that Hamas had been preparing for a confrontation with Israel by investing major resources in the military, at the expense of the population.  He also reported that Hamas has been deepening it’s ties to Shia players in the region, led by Iran.  All I can say is that Israel is known to have the utmost intelligence capabilities so I would take the head of Shin Bet at his word.    September 11, 2017: A senior PLO security official, close to President Abbas, has essentially confirmed the Shin Bet’s fears (above) by saying that his sources, from Hamas, have disclosed several meetings, in recent weeks, between Hamas and Hezbollah.  The sources say that the meetings were designed to plan a vast campaign against Israel, inspired by Iran.  The PLO official thinks that Iran is retaliating over America’s contempt for the nuclear agreement and for blatantly siding with Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies in the Middle East, which is Trump’s foreign policy.   September 28, 2017: According to indictments just released by the Israeli security service, three men were arrested, about three weeks ago, who were planning a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, similar to the attack on July 14th.  Two of the men were conspiring with ISIS to carry out the suicide mission, while the third was in procession of two pistols and a sub-machine gun.  The men were from the same neighborhood as the attackers who carried out the July 14th shooting.  The reason this is significant is that it shows that others are thinking about ways to attack the Temple Mount and/or Western Wall plaza.  Tensions are high and when God’s timing is right, someone will succeed.   October 1, 2017 – The leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, accused Netanyahu’s government of pushing the region into war, especially in Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip.  The statement came in a speech in front of thousands, who had gathered for Ashura, which is a Shiite holiday to remember Imam Hussein, Mohammad’s grandson, who was massacred at Karbala in 680AD.  The next 40-days is also a holy time for Shiites because many will make the pilgrimage on foot to Karbala to celebrate Arbaeen, which is consistently one of the largest human gatherings on earth.  Nasrallah threatened Israel with a war they couldn’t anticipate nor predict, if they continue to ignite it.  Trump’s Speech on the Iran Nuclear Agreement   October 13, 2017 - Trump made a speech to announce that he was not re-certifying Iran’s compliance of the nuclear agreement, even though every government agency, foreign and domestic, has said that they have been abiding by the agreement.  The speech was criticised by virtually every foreign government, except for Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, which are Iran’s main enemies.    I watched the whole speech, live, and I thought it did everything short of declaring war on Iran.  Trump went back to 1979 and Iran’s revolution, which stabs at the very heart of their existence.  I know that Iran is not perfect but it was the regime change of 1953, orchestrated by the US and UK, that allowed authoritarian rulers to take control and oppress the Shiites, which resulted in the Islamic Revolution and the current government.  Trump accused Iran of numerous terrorist’s attacks, dating back to the early 80’s, whether it was proven that they were involved or not.  He repeated the well-known accusation that they are the “#1 state sponsor of terrorism” but that could be debated, especially if ISIS and Al-Qaeda are included, whose religion and ideology was founded and promoted by Saudi Arabia, not Iran.  Trump announced that new sanctions were being imposed on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) but stopped short of declaring them a terrorist organization.  He repeated the well-known accusation that Iran is de-stabilizing the Middle East, especially Syria, but I would argue that Saudi Arabia did that by supporting rebel groups, such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda, because they wanted to overthrow the Assad dynasty, who has been a thorn in the side of Saudi Arabia, since 1970.  Plus, I would argue that the Shiites, including Assad, are not the de-stabilizing factor because they are not the ones persecuting Christians and other minorities like the Sunni Wahabbists in Saudi Arabia who inspired ISIS and Al-Qaeda.  Yet, Trump embraces Saudi Arabia and even referred to the Persian Gulf, in his speech, as the “Arabian Gulf”, which is a change that Saudi Arabia has wanted for years but failed to get any major countries on board.  Everything in Trump’s speech was inflammatory and one-sided.  His tone and demeanor reminded me of George W. Bush’s speech, to justify declaring war on Iraq for weapons of mass destruction that were never found.  Likewise, Trump was justifying his decision to decertify the nuclear agreement, where there was no legitimate justification to be found.    Of course, I believe that every major decision or action in the Middle East, especially now, is part of God’s divine plan for ‘end times’, which is proceeding according to the Bible, and Trump’s speech is no exception.  Trump successfully emboldened the hardliners in Iran, by proving them correct about the untrustworthiness of the US, and even got the moderates and hardliners to agree for once.  Rouhani called Trump’s speech a “pile of delusional allegations” and expressed support for the IRGC.  He also questioned the US’s obsession over Iran’s missile program, when they are supplying “aggressive countries” [Saudi Arabia] with weapons to be used on innocent people in Yemen.  Chief spokesman for Iran’s Armed Forces said that they would “continue boosting Iran’s defensive power”, and now with “more motivation and determination.”  He said that the IRGC is a branch of Iran’s Armed Forces who are currently providing assistance to the legitimate governments of Iraq and Syria, where the US has provided support to militant groups, but failed to topple Assad.  He said that the IRGC was powerfully disrupting the filthy schemes of the US, in Syria, and “outward manifestations” would be seen in good time, regarding the rest of that path, whatever that means.  My point is: Trump’s speech stirred things up in Iran, who is more likely to take revenge, now, than they were before, which could materialize as the uprising in Jerusalem that sets up the abomination that causes desolation.  Thus, Trump’s personality is just helping to fulfill prophecy.     Note: I think it’s symbolic that the nuclear agreement is at the forefront of controversy, now, since it was the basis of Daniel 11:23 and quite possibility the start of the 70th Seven in Daniel 9:27.  I mean, since the initial agreement was signed on Nov. 24, 2013, which fulfilled Daniel 11:23, all this is happening approximately 3-years, 10.5-months from the start, which might be considered the ‘middle of a seven’.  If that is the case, the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ might not be far behind.  Daniel 9:27  [70th Seven] “He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   In any event, the 70th Seven fits in somehow because it contains the ‘abomination’, which is in the next verse to take place in Daniel 11.  It remains to be seen if any group, such as Hamas or Hezbollah, both of whom have ties to Iran, will rise up to fulfill Daniel 11:31.  It could be a smaller group also.  Regardless of who actually does it, I think Trump’s speech brought us a little closer to that event.  One thing is for sure: It will happen eventually because it has been decreed by God.     Another ‘long shot’ possibility Arch of Baal (Satan’s sneaky project) Part 3: Israel could set up the Abomination by themselves. Explanation:   In the past, I thought that there was a good chance that Israel would be responsible for setting up the abomination, which is something hated by God.  A possible scenario would be something to do with gay marriage, which Israel recognizes if the service is conducted in a different country, but currently doesn’t allow services in Israel.  Although many parties in the Knesset favor a change in the law, Netanyahu’s coalition is likely to leave things as they are.    A second scenario would be something to do with egalitarian prayer (mixing men and women) at the Western Wall, which is against God’s prophecy in Zechariah 12:12.  Netanyahu’s cabinet voted to enlarge a platform at the southern end of the Western Wall, called Robinson’s Arch, for egalitarian prayer.  Most importantly, they voted to give the platform equal status with the Kotel and allow it to be governed by a committee, which included Reform Jews (non-orthodox).  If that happened, they could theoretically allow gay and lesbian activities at the Western Wall (wing of the temple), which would be hated by God.  Although that could still happen, Netanyahu’s cabinet re-voted, due to pressure from the Haredi parties (ultra-orthodox), and the plan was frozen indefinitely.  Lawsuits are still pending in the Supreme Court, which are supposed to be settled on August 31, 2017, but they have delayed their ruling for months, so I don’t expect anything to be decided.  Update: They postponed again (no date set).   All in all, I stay open-minded and look at all the possibilities.  It’s still possible that Israel could set up the abomination but with the resilience of the Haredi parties and recent developments concerning the Palestinians (part 1), it doesn’t seem like the most likely scenario any more.  Nevertheless, I continue to watch for developments, as I normally do.  Some people may criticise me for changing my mind but I’m just going back to my first instinct with the Palestinians.  I think it’s far worse to be stubborn and stuck on one thing, as many are, when facts on the ground obviously change from time to time.  The important thing is that we have arrived at the abomination and someone will eventually set it up, and that’s when the rapture will happen. Related page: End times and Gay Marriage “While people are saying ‘peace and safety’.”   While Paul was prophesying about the “day of the Lord”, he 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 Thessalonians 5:3)  Although not fully explained, it can be assumed that destruction comes to Israel because Isaiah 66:7-8 speaks of “Zion” being in labor.  Yet, before that happens, she gives ‘birth’, representing the rapture.  The destruction spoke about will come from the ‘armed uprising’ that sets up the abomination that causes desolation. (Daniel 11:31)  Like I said above, the abomination could be something as simple as a flag, which carries a lot of symbolism, or it could be something more elaborate.  In any event, it will come while people are saying ‘peace and safety’, which is nothing new because Israel and the Palestinians have been talking about peace for decades.  The time to watch is when talking points have been exhausted and someone decides to take action, which could be getting closer than ever.    The talking points are becoming exhausted because Israel doesn’t want to compromise, at least not in the ways that Palestinians demand.  For example, the Palestinians demand that East Jerusalem become their capital but Netanyahu will never divide Jerusalem.  On the contrary, Israel is building new settlements in East Jerusalem, as they are doing in the West Bank.  The Trump delegation keeps talking about the ultimate peace deal but Israeli settlements are sending a different message.    The Palestinian government of Fatah, in the West Bank, recently united with Hamas, in Gaza, after 10-years of division.  The move was thought to be the first step in conducting peace talks with Israel, because Israel has said that Fatah doesn’t speak for all Palestinians.  Yet, now Israel won’t talk to the Palestinians until Hamas disarms their 25,000-member military, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and severs ties to Iran, none of which was part of the reconciliation agreement.  I think those demands have little chance of being met so the reconciliation did little to further talks with Israel.  In fact, they may have made things worse because one reason that the 2014 peace talks fell apart was that Fatah and Hamas tried to unite their governments back then too.  Netanyahu told Abbas that he would have to choose between peace with Israel or Hamas, but he couldn’t have both.  After the failure of the peace talks (and some kidnappings and murders on both sides), the 2014 Gaza War took place.   Update: October 19, 2017 - Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar, said that they would never give up their weapons, recognise Israel, or cut ties to Iran.  On the contrary, he said that they were building up their military might, night and day.  Rather than recognise Israel, he wants to “wipe them out.”  He said that Hamas would disarm when “Satan enters paradise”, which is a colorful way to say it. Connection to the ‘north’ in Daniel 11   One thing that facilitated the Palestinian reconciliation was the riff between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which helps to illustrate the current north-south division from Daniel 11.  Qatar was one of Hamas’ main backers, along with Iran and Turkey, because Hamas has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  One reason that Hamas was forced to reconcile is because Qatar cannot contribute as they did before and Fatah was restricting payments for electricity and government employees.  On the other side, Israel and Fatah are aligned with Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who consider the Muslim Brotherhood, and thus Hamas, a terrorist organization.  Therefore, the division in Daniel 11 is highlighted because Hamas leans toward the north (Iran, Turkey, and the Shiites), while Israel and Fatah lean towards the south (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Sunnis).    The surprise riff between Qatar and Saudi Arabia was obviously part of God’s plan because it not only helped to define north and south, but it also relayed that division into the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.  Certain members of Hamas have vowed not to sabotage the new unity government by attacking Israel but you never know who might have other ideas.  Frustrations are bound to increase when it becomes more and more evident that the Palestinians aren’t going to get what they want, no matter what they do.  I’m sure Israel’s security will remain high but the reconciliation might give Hamas better access to the West Bank and Jerusalem for an attack.  It’s just hard to figure out God’s plan, until it actually happens.  Yet, people will be saying, ‘peace and safety’, just as they are now.  updated: 11-02-2017 Condensed: 10-02-2017   October 16, 2017 – Israel struck and destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery, just 30 miles east of Damascus.  The strike was in retaliation for an Israeli aircraft coming under fire while patrolling near the Lebanese-Syrian border.  The aircraft was not hit and returned to base.    There are two factors about this incident that show a dangerous escalation.  First, it was the first time that Syrian forces have targeted an Israeli plane since the civil war began in 2011.  Second, the destruction of an anti-aircraft battery, in Syria, is a new type of target for Israeli forces, which have advanced from weapon shipments on trucks, to warehouses suspected of building weapons, and now to defensive weapons already in use.  I can only imagine what the response would be, if the Israeli plane had been destroyed, because Israel’s use of force is always more.  This incident shows just how close both sides are to war, if someone starts to retaliate for Israel’s actions or retaliations.  Sooner or later, they will.  Israel is begging for war, but that’s good for Christians.   October 19, 2017 – Israel has struck an artillery position, in the Syrian border town of Quneitra, one day after Iran’s military chief, Baqeri, warned that it was “not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate Syria anytime it wants.”  He was speaking in Damascus, after the incident on October 16th (above).  Israel’s newest attack was due to an errant shell that flew into the Golan Heights and hit an open area with no casualties or damage.  It was obviously meant for the Syrian rebels, whom Israel already supports with money and medical aid.  Now, Israel is helping more directly by taking out an artillery position.    I’m not anti-Israel but I’m amazed at their double standards.  Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel’s Defense Minister, Lieberman, both talk tough about Israel’s response to any breach of their border, even when it’s clearly an accident, but they regularly breach the borders of Syria and Lebanon, and expect no response at all.  Israel attacks shipments from Iran to Hezbollah, so they can’t build sophisticated missiles, but Israel gets about $3 billion per year in military aid, from the US, and possesses nuclear weapons.  Israel suspects Iran of planning an airbase, near Damascus, and a port in Tartus (near Russia’s naval base), both of which they have vowed to stop.  I just don’t see how one country can tell another country who they can have as an ally and what they can build on their own land.  Israel has been getting away with it, but one day, their enemies will have had enough.    Israel is also trying to garner international support for an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq, something Iran, Iraq, and Turkey are adamantly against.  Israel is the only country that has openly supported the Kurdish referendum, held Sept 25th.  So far, Israel has petitioned the US, Russia, Germany, and France to get behind the Kurds and supply them with weapons.  Analysts think Israel’s motivation is to keep the Middle East in perpetual war so no one can challenge them.  Another reason might be Israel’s desire to establish a future military presence in Kurdistan, for added deterrence against Iran.  Yet, how is that different from Iran building bases in Syria?  Regardless of the reason, Israel’s support of the Kurds is making more enemies in Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, which happens to be the ‘north’ in Daniel 11.    Long story short, I’m not really complaining about Israel’s actions because they are helping to fulfill prophecy by provoking an attack or uprising.  Israel knows that they’re stronger militarily than any of their neighbors, so the odds of an all-out war is slim.  However, the uprising in Daniel 11:31 doesn’t have to be an all-out war to set up the abomination that causes desolation.  Israel just has to keep provoking the Palestinians, Iranians, Syrians, and Hezbollah, until someone fulfills the prophecy.  It will be the worst day ever on earth (Matt. 24:21), but it will be a glorious day for Christians because Jesus will appear in the sky (Matt. 24:30), and the faithful will be changed and meet Him in the air. (1 Corinthians 15:51 & 1 Thess. 4:16-17)  I long for that day, so I’m not complaining; I hope Israel keeps doing exactly what they’re doing. Escalating attacks   October 21, 2017 - Israel targeted 3 Syrian artillery guns in retaliation for 5 projectiles that spilled over the border and caused no damage or injury.  That’s the 3rd attack by Israel in 6 days.     The Syrian government said that they came under attack in Quneitra province, which is understandable because the rebels have a reason to feel emboldened after the previous air strike.  Still, the Syrian government said the errant projectiles came from rebels in a nearby territory.  Regardless of who fired what, Israel has said repeatedly that they hold the Syrian government responsible for all cross-border fire and issued a new statement saying that they will escalate such retaliations.  That’s bound to embolden the rebels even more because they essentially have the Israel Air Force fighting on their behalf.  If they need an air strike, all they have to do is shoot a couple of shells behind them, into the Golan Heights, and Israel will respond against the Syrian government.  In fact, Israel has fired hundreds of times into Syria, since the civil war began, but now, in the past week, they have started targeting offensive weapons.  Just as Russia, Iran, and Turkey have worked to establish de-escalation ‘safe zones’ to bring the civil war to a close, Israel seems to be entering to mix to escalate things again. Sounds like no accident … but who’s to blame?   The Times of Israel reported that the timing and nature of Saturday’s rocket-fire sounds like no accident, but which side is to blame?  The incident was unusual because it happened at 5 am, before the crack of dawn, and most fighting has taken place during daylight hours.  Secondly, previous inadvertent fire has never consisted of five consecutive rockets.  The author of the Times article seems to think that Syria did it to show off, while the Iranian military chief was visiting Damascus, but that makes little sense.  If that was the case, why would Syria fire into an open area, damaging nothing, knowing that Israel would retaliate and then not firing back when Israel came to attack?  That’s not showing off very well.   On the other hand, Syria’s Foreign ministry sent two letters, Saturday, to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, accusing Israel of faking the attack on its own territory.  The letters said Israel asked the terrorists to fire the rockets to justify their attack.  They urged the UN to actively condemn Israel for their aggression, which violates UN principles and international law.   It doesn’t seem like Syria would complain to the UN, if they fired the rockets, unless of course that was their original plan, which seems unlikely because they could have complained many times before.    A third possibility is that the rebels took it upon themselves to fire the rockets, knowing that Israel would respond forcibly, helping them, and possibly starting a war with Syria.  If that’s the case, then they’ll probably try again because it only half worked.    Any way you look at it, if the five rockets were not an accident, which it doesn’t sound like they were, then someone is lying and has a hidden agenda.  If that’s the case, then there’s probably more to come.  In my opinion, the tension is finally coming to a boil and this will somehow lead to the uprising that sets up the abomination that causes desolation.  I can’t say how or when that will happen but God’s prophecy will definitely be fulfilled ... eventually.  The way things are going, I think we’re fairly close, but we can only watch and hope.    - Related Page: Matthew 24 Explained Updated: 10-22-2017 Video spreads potential violence    A video is spreading on social media that has the potential to incite violence towards Israel or even a terrorist’s attack.  The video was made during speeches for Al Quds Day, June 23, 2017, at a mosque in the Iranian embassy of New Zealand, but only gained traction on the internet this week.  In the video, three speakers are making hateful comments towards Israel such as denying the Holocaust and referring to Israel as a cancerous tumor that needs to be surgically removed.   Iranian cleric, Sheik Shafie, quoted Ayatollah Khomeini as saying, “if every Muslim were to spit in the face of Israel, Israel would drown.”  Note: The third speaker translated it closer to Khomeini’s own words but it was an obvious call for unity.  Shafie also said that it was his dream that the tens-of-millions who were marching from Najaf to Kabala to commemorate the 40th day of Imam Hussein’s martyrdom would turn and march upon Jerusalem.  That’s interesting because he was referring to Arbaeen, which is coming up Friday, November 10, 2017.  (In my opinion, that could be why the video is being circulated now.)    Yet, one of the speakers told J-Wire that the speeches were only meant for a small, private gathering and were never intended to be recorded and placed on the internet.  (link to subtitled video - running time = 6:04 min.)  Of course, what’s done is done and the video is surfacing, not only in time for Arbaeen, but amid several open attempts by Israel and America to curb Iran’s influence in Syria and the Middle East.  I mean, not only is Trump undermining the nuclear agreement and Israel bombing Syrian sites, there is also legislation in the American Congress that sanctions Hezbollah, or anyone supplying weapons to Hezbollah, which will include Iran (if passed).  They are also working on sanctions for Iran’s missile program, which is an obvious attempt to impose sanctions without canceling the nuclear agreement.  Yet, in doing so, isn’t it America that’s violating the spirit of the agreement?  Of course, I’m not complaining because I think it’s all part of God’s plan to agitate Iran until someone attacks Israel and sets up the abomination.  The more Israel and America agitate, the sooner it will be (according to God’s timing of course). Update: 11-02-2017   October 30, 2017 – Israel destroyed a tunnel from Gaza, which they have every right to do, especially since they did it without ever going onto Palestinian territory, but it has raised tensions nonetheless because seven people were killed.  Five were from the Islamic Jihad group, including the head of the armed wing, for whom they have vowed revenge saying, “all options are open for response.”  Two men were from Hamas, who were killed while trying to rescue the others.  That group also said that they will avenge “the blood of the martyrs.”    You might think it’s all talk, which has been said before, but if tensions continue to mount, from one thing to another, something will eventually snap.  I’m just saying that everyone should get to know Jesus before that happens.   November 1, 2017 – Israel initiated another air strike inside Syria, 70-miles north of Damascus.  Syria reported that it was a copper factory but the Britain-based, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was a military installation.  Regardless, the most interesting part is that Syria fired back with a surface-to-air missile.  The Israeli plane was not hit but it shows another level of escalation because Syria fired back. (Previously, an Israeli plane claimed that they came under fire (while in Lebanese airspace) and retaliated, but I’m not sure if the initial fire was ever confirmed.)  This is a little different because Syria is slowly getting bolder.  Of course, I think the abomination will come from a riot or terrorist attack, inside Jerusalem, but in my opinion, incidents such as this are fueling the anger that will motivate such an attack.