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The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction / Overview of Importance   The ‘abomination that causes desolation’ is perhaps the single most important earthly event, during end times, because Jesus specifically mentioned it, when speaking to His disciples.  In other words, the abomination is the event that Jesus specifically said to watch for, at the time of His return (in the sky) or the rapture of Christians.  He added two examples to indicate the immediate urgency, when the abomination is set up, in the ‘holy place’ (Jerusalem).  Matthew 24:14-16; 21 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  15 "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel - let the reader understand- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.  18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. … 21 “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again.”     Prior to this passage, Jesus gives several signs that are vaguer, but then addresses the ‘abomination’, from the Book of Daniel, as the final sign before the rapture.  That will bring the greatest distress upon the world, even more so than Armageddon, which is roughly 2300-days (78-months) after the rapture. (Daniel 8:13-14)  The 2300-days between the rapture and Armageddon is commonly called the ‘tribulation’, which will consist of the Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation. (not the Seals)   People mistakenly include the Seals in the tribulation, but that is wrong because Seals 1-5 are in the past, and Seal 6 is the rapture, since the signs in the sun, moon, and stars perfectly match the ‘rapture’ (gathering in the sky) in Matthew 24:29-31.  In addition to the same exact signs, the 6th Seal is obviously the rapture because it describes people hiding in the mountains (who fled) who see Jesus (the Lamb) in the sky. (Rev 6:15-17)  After that, in Rev 7:9, the ‘multitude from every nation’ (Christians) are seen arriving in heaven (palm branches symbolize arrival).  They’re in heaven between the 6th and 7th Seals, which proves ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture because the Trumpet plagues, etc, can’t start until the 7th Seal is over (half-hour of silence), since trumpets literally can’t sound during a “silence.”    Post-tribulationists try to deceive people into believing that the ‘tribulation’, including the antichrist (Rev 13), comes before the ‘rapture’ (multitude in heaven) by overlapping the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, which is manipulating or omitting about half of God’s end time prophecy.  However, omitting any part of Revelation is expressly forbidden (Rev 22:19), so that essentially makes them ‘false prophets’ (for changing God’s prophecy).  The section in Matthew 24:22-25, which talks about the tribulation, is talking about the 144,000 Israelites (Rev 7), who stay on earth during the Trumpet plagues.  Their “days are cut short” because they are martyred before the Bowl plagues (Rev 14), and they are “not deceived” into taking the mark of the beast.  All that ‘tribulation’ or distress starts when the abomination is set up (fleeing to the mountains), but the rapture of Christians (Matt 24:29-31) also happens at the same time because there are two groups in Matthew 24:15-31 (144,000 Israelites and Christians), just as there are two groups in Revelation 7.  The two accounts of end times (Matt and Rev) must match, and  omitting one group from Rev 7 would be another violation of God’s warning in Rev 22:19.    Therefore, the ‘abomination’ is the last sign before the ‘rapture’ (Jesus’ return in the sky to ‘gather’ Christians), which is why it’s the single most important earthly event, during end times.  Jesus left things a little vague, in Matthew (speaking to His disciples), because He knew Revelation would be dictated later, with more details.    He also pointed to the Book of Daniel, where Daniel 11 contains a detailed list of events, surrounding the abomination, but the meaning was ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (12:4) In fact, the abomination is mentioned four times in Daniel’s visions, all of which give different information, and when combined; they form a definitive timeline of end times. [see chart left]  As such, Daniel’s “70th Seven” (Daniel 9:27) cannot be the same as “tribulation” (as most people have been led to believe) because the abomination is in the ‘middle of the seven’, but it starts a 2300-day period in Daniel 8:13-14.  In other words, the 70th Seven and the 2300-days overlap but they can’t be the same because it’s literally impossible.  Simply put, the rapture happens at the ‘abomination’, which is in the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’, which starts the 2300-day ‘tribulation’ (ending with Armageddon).  After that, Jesus reigns on earth for 1000-years.    Anyway, the most detailed list of events, surrounding the abomination, is found in Daniel 11, which the angel called God’s “Book of Truth.” (Dan 10:21)  Daniel 11 is the only chapter in the Bible that was specifically “sealed until the time of the end.”  Yet, God never said it would be sealed forever.  In fact, God likes to reveal the future before it happens because that’s His way of showing power and superiority over worthless idol gods. (Isaiah 44:6-7)  Therefore, it’s no surprise that God has allowed someone like me (lowly and unimportant) to ‘unseal’ Daniel 11, “so no one can boast.” (1 Cor 1:25-29)  Previous interpretations had huge gaps and serious flaws, but the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 includes every empire, from Daniel’s time until now, with no gaps or omissions.  Plus, unlike previous interpretations, the events or verses get closer together, as time goes by, especially during end times (or the final empire), which is what you would expect from a chapter that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.  The list below summarizes the events, in this century, and shows how they got closer together.  Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI End of 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: Despite accusations, Erdogan still sat with                       Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, from Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) UN General Assembly: Rouhani complained to the P5+1 that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the nuclear deal, which got much of       Iran’s frozen wealth returned. 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.  After that, the Houthis lost ground and even pursued       a peace settlement, for a while, but the Saudis wouldn’t compromise. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016-present) The UN approved resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli       settlements and demanded that all building stop.  On the same day, the UN         funded a ‘blacklist’ to aid the BDS boycott.  In Dec 2017, the UN voted 128-9        to condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, thus       “forsaking the holy covenant.”    Notice that all the verses before the abomination, in verse 31, have been fulfilled, so the abomination is due next, at any time.  It would seem that God is taking His time, but the Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the “Bridegroom was a long time in coming.” (Matt 25:5)  Plus, Peter said, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9)  However, it will happen, eventually, just like all the other prophecies in the Bible. 
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)  It’s easy to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising since 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 B:  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.   The leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, once 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. ISIS in N. Sinai   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. Coincidences with the defeat of ISIS     July 10, 2017 - Iraq declared victory in Mosul, exactly 37 months after ISIS invaded.  (June 10, 2014)  The number “37” is related to the number “666” and God’s timeline of 37’s.   November 21, 2017 – Iran’s President Rouhani made an official declaration that ISIS’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria had been defeated, exactly 1260-days (half-a-seven) after the invasion of Mosul (June 10, 2014). [see calculation]   December 9, 2017 - Iraq’s President Abadi declared victory over ISIS in all of Iraq, 3.5 years  after the invasion of Mosul (June 10, 2014).  Note: It would have been exact, but 2016 was a leap-year, which added an extra day. (That didn’t matter in the other two calculations.)    That’s a triple coincidence regarding Shiite victories, after the invasion of Mosul.  That’s significant, especially since ISIS’s invasion of Mosul was the event that really kicked things off in the Middle East, and fulfilled Daniel 11:24.  The invasion of Mosul was the primary event that allowed Iran to get a military foothold in Iraq, which gave them better access to Syria, securing their position as ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11.     Note: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies (explained in the 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.  Related pages: The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)   Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) - Daniel 11:31 (The Main Event) 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 someone’s armed forces rise up to “desecrate the temple fortress” before they set up the abomination that causes desolation.  Since the Bible never says exactly what the abomination will be, the ‘armed uprising’ and ‘desecration’ are easier to watch for.  However, both will come as a surprise, so a person can’t wait until they actually see the armed uprising or abomination, to accept Jesus and go to heaven, because there won’t be enough time.  Also, I think it’s a misconception that gentiles are allowed a second chance, during the tribulation, so it’s important to accept Jesus ahead of time.  Better to be safe than sorry.   I think the “temple fortress” is the Western Wall because a ‘wall’ is part of a fortress and the Jews pray there daily, which would be the “daily sacrifice.”  Obviously, if the Western Wall was ‘desecrated’ in some way, then prayer would be ‘abolished’ or halted for a period of time, until someone could clean or repair the desecration.  It just makes sense.  The verse doesn’t indicate the length of time that the sacrifice (prayer) is abolished, only that it happens before the abomination, so everything could happen very fast.   So, what is the abomination?  Like I said, the Bible doesn’t say, but my best guess is a ‘flag’, which is something simple but very symbolic.  God would see it as an ‘abomination’ because it would symbolize a Muslim victory and capture over part of Jerusalem, which God miraculously allowed the Israelites to unite during the Six Day War of 1967.    The illusion of a Muslim victory will be short-lived because the rapture will happen, at which time the two witnesses will appear, in Jerusalem, to prophesy (explain the truth about God’s plans) and protect Israel from a full-fledged invasion, at least for 3.5 years.  Post-Rapture (a quick summary)   The two witnesses will prophesy for 1260-days and oversee the building of the 3rd Temple. (Rev 11:1-2)  Near the end of the 1260-days, at the antichrist’s height of power (Rev 13: 5-8), he will lead the 6th Trumpet War (Rev 9:13 & Dan 11:40), where he invades Israel and kills the two witnesses. (Rev 11:7)  With Israel’s protection gone, the antichrist will “set himself up” in the newly-built 3rd Temple and “proclaim himself to be god.” (2 Thess 2:4 & Daniel 11:36)  At that point, the earthquake of the 7th Trumpet will strike Jerusalem, which causes a tenth of the city to collapse and kill 7000 people. (Rev 11:13)  I think that same earthquake will somehow injure the antichrist because the false prophet arrives on the scene and performs extraordinary miracles “on behalf of the first beast” (antichrist), whose “fatal wound had been healed.” (Rev 13:11-14)  Because of the many miracles, even causing fire to come down from heaven (as Elijah did), the false prophet will “deceive the inhabitants of the earth,” force everyone to “worship the first beast,” and enact the ‘mark of the beast’. (Rev 13:12-17 & 2 Thess 2:11-12)    The infamous ‘mark of the beast’ will be required for any kind of buying or selling, which could be enacted at various times in various countries, but I think it will be imposed upon Israel on ‘day-1290’ (or 30-days after the two witnesses are killed). (Daniel 12:11-12) That means the 144,000 Jews, who are ‘sealed by God’ (Rev 7), must only avoid the mark for 45-days, until ‘day-1335’. (Dan 12:11-12)  At that point, the 144,000 are rounded up and martyred because they don’t have the mark. (Rev 14:17-20)  However, they are later rewarded because they become priests during Jesus’ 1000-year reign, following Armageddon. (Rev 20:4-6)  That explains Jesus’ prophecy, which states, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.”  (Matt 24:22)  Of course, that’s only for the Jews (because God made a promise to David). There’s no legitimate Biblical evidence that gentiles get a 2nd chance because why would a gentile, who missed the rapture, become a priest? (more details on a separate page   Anyway, following the martyrdom of the 144,000, the Bowl plagues start (Rev 16), which extend to day-2300. (Dan 8:13-14)  The 7th and final Bowl is Armageddon, where Jesus defeats the armies of the beast and throws the antichrist and false prophet into the lake of fire. (Rev 19:20)  Jesus also locks Satan into the Abyss for 1000-years, while He reigns on earth.  At the end of the 1000-years, Satan is released to gather everyone against God’s people (raptured Christians + 144,000 Jews), but they are destroyed by fire (along with the earth). (Rev 20)  Yet, God will create a new heaven and new earth, where He finally dwells with humans, as He intended in the first place. (Rev 21)  Thus, God’s plan will take 7000-years, rather than 7-days, but to God: “a 1000-years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8) God has a lot of patience, but eventually; His plan will move forward and the rapture is next. Significant Current Events   To make a long story shorter, these are some of the events that I see as being most important, concerning the abomination, because Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)  Of course, He was talking about the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ because the next verse tells Judea to flee to the mountains, just like in Matthew 24:15.  It also agrees with Daniel 11:31, which indicates that there will be an ‘armed uprising’ before the abomination.  Therefore, the most pertinent current events are the ones that concern Jerusalem, and the enemies of Israel that are most likely to attack.  Personally, I think the above prophecy is somewhat symbolic because I don’t think the Muslim armies will literally surround Jerusalem, like a siege.  I think it means that Israel’s enemies will grow ever stronger and more frustrated, until they stage the uprising that sets up the abomination.  Slowly but surely, that has been happening because the riots in Gaza have been ongoing, for over a year, and the Palestinians are growing more frustrated.  There has also been an increase of lone-wolf attacks in the West Bank, where Israel has arrested many Hamas sleeper cells.  However, it’s impossible to know if they have them all.  I mean, they can only arrest the ones they know about.  To the north of Israel, Hezbollah has grown more powerful, due to their battle experiences in Syria.  Iran is also more powerful in Syria, due to the Shia militias that follow their command.  Although Jerusalem is not literally surrounded by armies, Iran is closer than they ever have been, at least since their 1979 revolution.  Of course, that revolution began their role as ‘king of the north’, starting in Daniel 11:21.  Any of the groups that I mentioned could stage the armed uprising to fulfill Daniel 11:31 because they are all allies of Iran.    December 6, 2017 was significant because Trump announced that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and America would definitely be moving their embassy there, in about 6 months.  The Palestinians began rioting, the very next day, and have continued weekly protest for over a year because they want East Jerusalem as their capital, should they ever get a nation.  It’s interesting that the riots started just 2-days from the 30th anniversary of the 1st intifada, which literally means ‘armed uprising’.  Many Palestinian leaders have called for a new, 3rd intifada, which is exactly what Daniel 11:31 calls for, but one hasn’t materialized yet   March 30, 2018 was significant because the riots entered their next phase, called the March of Return, where tens of thousands of Gaza residents protested daily, near the border with Israel, by burning tires, throwing rocks, etc.  Israel responded with tear gas and live fire, killing hundreds over a period of time.  The protests were supposed to last until the 70th anniversary of Israel (May 14th), which is when America officially declared the new embassy open in Jerusalem.  That was the bloodiest day of protests, with about 60 protesters killed.  The March of Return protests didn’t stop there, but continue every Friday, as the body-count continues to rise.    May 8, 2018 was significant because Trump officially pulled America out of the nuclear deal  between Iran and the P5+1.  Of course, that didn’t end the nuclear deal, but it raised tensions between Iran and the US because the sanctions hurt Iran’s economy.  The most likely reason for the pull-out was to please Netanyahu and Israel, which is in constant tension with Iran, bombing them regularly in Syria.    Note: The nuclear deal has been monumentally important because the interim agreement, on November 24, 2013, fulfilled Daniel 11:23.  Then, ‘adoption day’ for the final agreement, on October 18, 2015, was likely the ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’, which started the 70th Seven, from Daniel 9:27, which would put the ‘middle’ around Passover-2019, (in the 70th anniv. of Israel).  New riots around the Temple Mount seem to be supporting that possible date for the uprising and abomination, from Daniel 11:31, and thus the rapture, but we will have to wait and see.  [more about the riots at Bab al-Rahma below)   January 20, 2019 was significant because Israel conducted a rare ‘daytime’ airstrike upon Iranian positions in Syria.  It became even more significant because Netanyahu took full responsibility, rather than the usual ‘no comment’.  Israel’s Intelligence Minister Katz went a step farther and said that Israel’s “policy had changed” to an “open confrontation with Iran.”    Note: That same encounter happened in conjunction with the last blood moon, which made several Jewish rabbis think that the events were significant to their ‘messiah process’.  They think the ‘process’ is building towards the election on April 9, 2019.  Of course, when the Jews speak of their messiah process, they are not talking about Jesus, but rather a military messiah to rise up and save them from their enemies.  That’s one reason that Netanyahu has become more open about the airstrikes: to boost his position in the election.  It’s not surprising that security is a main election issue because Paul prophesied that they would be saying ‘peace and safety’, and destruction would come on them suddenly. (1 Thess 5:3)  Nor is it surprising that they think their messiah process is happening because Jesus warned them, “So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.  For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matt 24:26-27)  Therefore, their false beliefs are just another prophecy fulfilled.   January 29, 2019 - Vandals broke in and “desecrated” a synagogue in Jerusalem, throwing Torah scrolls on the floor and cutting a hole in the ark and removing its scroll.  Similar instances have happened before, even in the same week, but that is a first for Jerusalem.  It just goes to show that the Muslims would probably love to desecrate the Western Wall, where Jews pray daily, as indicated in Daniel 11:31, if they had the chance, which could happen during an armed uprising.  Everything is set when God gets ready.  Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Updated 3-17-2019 2017 Updated: 3-17-2019 Riots near Bab al-Rahma and the Golden Gate Introduction   On Monday, February 18, 2019, Waqf officials decided to forcibly access the Bab al-Rahma, a building inside the Golden Gate or Gate of Mercy, on the eastern side of the Temple Mount, which had been closed by Israeli officials since 2003.  The gate was originally closed because the Waqf was conducting illegal excavations and Israel suspected that the building was being used by Hamas.  The situation started to change, a couple of weeks ago, when Jordan added several Palestinians to the Waqf, a governing council that oversees the Temple Mount, expanding it from 11 to 18 members.  Now, the Waqf is demanding that the site be opened.  Riots developed at the site, for several days, and were expected to peak on Friday (2-22).  However, the site was opened, to avoid more violence, so thousands of Muslims conducted Friday prayers there.  On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the chairman of the Waqf and his deputy were detained by Israeli police and questioned about their role in opening the site.  The 75-year-old was arrested at 5am, taken to police headquarters, and later released, but with a 40-day ban from visiting the Temple Mount, showing that Israel is taking the situation very seriously.  New Developments and Historical Significance   The Waqf has already decided to make the Bab al-Rahma into a permanent mosque, by adding prayer rugs and appointing an imam, but Netanyahu has rejected the idea of adding yet another mosque to the Temple Mount.  He has notified security, in his own government and that of Jordan, that the rugs and other items will be removed.  (updated below)   It’s not surprising that Israel wants to close the gate, since the Jews think that it is the gate that their messiah will enter, and Ezekiel prophesied that it should remain closed.  Ezekiel 44:1-3 “Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. 2 The LORD said to me, "This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it. 3 The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the LORD. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way.”   Notice that Ezekiel prophesied in the past tense “entered through it” because that’s where Jesus made His triumphant entry.  Jesus will enter there again, following Armageddon, after He comes down upon the Mount of Olives.  However, the Jews are awaiting a different messiah.  Just the same, they are motivated to keep it closed, while the Muslims are motivated to keep it open.  Given the history, symbolism, and location (facing the Mount of Olives), I think this will be the “wing of the temple”, from Daniel 9:27, where the abomination will be.    Also from Daniel 9:27, the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’, which is when the abomination will be set up, could be coming very soon, around Passover, so everything seems to be coming together. [See 70th Seven page for more details.]  Briefly, the Iranian nuclear agreement with the P5+1 was likely the “covenant with many” from Daniel 9:27, and ‘adoption day’, which was Oct 18, 2015 could have been the “confirmation” that started the 70th Seven.  Thus, the ‘middle’ (+3.5 years), when the abomination is due, falls around April 18, 2019, which is very close to Passover (April 19/20).  Of course, I’m not trying to pick an exact day for the rapture, but those are the facts.  This Passover is also in the 70th anniversary of Israel, so it could complete a third 70-year period in the Seals, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.    On a final note, the controversy surrounding the Golden Gate has been brewing for years, even centuries.  Since the Jews believe that their messiah will enter there, the Sultan Suleiman put a large, Muslim cemetery in front of it, in the 16th century.  In 2015, Israel announced plans to develop about 40% of the cemetery into a national park.  Yet, even though some graves have been exhumed, or vandalized, the project hasn’t really materialized.  There are even rumors that the Jews want to build their 3rd Temple in that general area, thus performing rituals in the cemetery, which is why Muslims are so motivated to keep it open and occupy the space.     Update: 3-9-2019   The Bab al-Rahma remained open for Friday prayers (3-8), but the situation is not over by any stretch of the imagination.  On the contrary, the situation is brewing into a religious war, which is what you would expect from the uprising that sets up the abomination.  Israeli courts have passed an order to close the Bab al-Rahma, but the Waqf ignored the ruling, saying that the ‘occupation’ has no jurisdiction in the matter.  I read that a delivery of prayer rugs was turned away by Israeli police.  However, a recent video on social media shows that the building has rugs.  In fact, the video shows an Israeli policeman, inspecting the building and walking on the rugs with his shoes on, which is a gesture of disrespect to the Muslims.    The controversy is becoming even more heated because Jews are calling for a synagogue to be built in the Bab al-Rahma area.  The situation has come to a boil because the Jews know that if the Bab al-Rahma is allowed to become a mosque, then their hopes of ever having a prayer space on the Temple Mount will be dwindling.  Of course, that’s all the more reason for the Muslims to keep the space occupied.  The Israeli election, April 9th, is adding to the drama because voters are asking where the candidates stand, concerning the Golden Gate being locked again, and a Jewish synagogue being built in that area.  The Muslims have promised a riot if the gates are locked, similar to the 2017 riots when metal detectors were installed on the Temple Mount, and later removed.    Some Israelis don’t care if there is a battle for the Temple Mount because they think one is prophesied, before the return of their messiah.  However, they are not referring to the Book of Daniel, but rather the Zohar and Jewish mysticism.  They will be real disappointed when the uprising starts and Jesus appears in the sky, rather than the messiah they expect. (Rev 6:16)   Anyway, as I said before, the Israeli election, April 9th, is a big factor because it’s rumored that the Israeli government doesn’t want to close the gate, before the election, because they know there will be an uprising, and they don’t want that, during the election.  However, there will be increased calls for action, after the election, just in time for Passover, which aligns with the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’, as defined by ‘adoption day’ for the nuclear agreement.  In other words, the events, timing, and location (Daniel 11 & 9) seem to be coming together perfectly because I’m pretty sure (based on everything above) that the “wing of the temple,” where the abomination will be set up, is the area around Bab al-Rahma and the Golden Gate.    Of course, there will probably be more scuffles, before Passover.  In fact, the Jews are planing a mass gathering on the Temple Mount, March 14, in support of a synagogue being built.  If that happens, there will no doubt be some praying, to which the Muslims object.  Plus, security is tightened whenever the Muslims have Friday prayer.    Yet, I expect the ‘big’ uprising to happen when Israel decides to close the gate, which will probably be after the election, around Passover, to better coincide with the middle of the 70th Seven.  Of course, that’s just an educated guess because Jesus could come back on any day that God chooses.  It just makes sense that God would choose a symbolic day, and all signs point towards Passover, which is also the last full moon in the 70th anniversary of Israel.  Of course, that would make another 70-year period in the Seals, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.  I can’t guarantee that the rapture will happen around Passover, but I’m hoping.   As a final comment, there is another scenario that recent developments have made possible.  I’ve always considered the “temple fortress” in Daniel 11:31 to be the Western Wall because any ‘desecration’ would naturally halt the Jewish prayer (daily sacrifice), which is prophesied in the same sentence.  Yet, a long-shot in the coming weeks would be for the Israeli government to start allowing Jews to pray daily on the Temple Mount, perhaps with a tent as a synagogue, with armed guards of course.  Then, the “temple fortress” could be referring to the Temple Mount, in general, with the desecration being an effort to stop that daily prayer.  Like I said, it’s a long-shot, but in that case, everything could possibly happen around the Bab al-Rahma.  I know Daniel 11:31 is due, but I’m flexible on how the uprising and abomination is fulfilled.  After all, I had never heard of the Bab al-Rahma, a month ago, but that’s how God works: He reveals things in His own time, so everyone must stay vigilant and watch the signs, rather than just a date.  I know the waiting is frustrating, but it will be well worth it. Luke 12:37 “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.   I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table   and will come and wait on them.”  Temple Mount - update: 3-17-2019   Tuesday, March 12, 2019, a fire-bomb was used on the Temple Mount to torch a police post, which led to violent clashes between Israeli security and Palestinian rioters.    Friday, March 15, 2019, Palestinians ripped the doors off the Golden Gate, which leads to the Bab al-Rahma, the disputed building on the Temple Mount.  Then, rioters hoisted a flag above the building, which was later removed by Israeli police.    As protests become more violent, I’m convinced that the armed uprising that sets up the abomination will be centered around the Bab al-Rahma dispute on the Temple Mount.  It’s just a matter of time.    Condensed: 3-09-2019 updated below
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