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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.  That is actually an easier event to watch for, since Jesus never actually explained what the abomination will be.  From the definition, it will be something ‘hated by God’, which will cause ‘destruction or emptiness’.  Personally, I think the destruction and emptiness will be caused by a tsunami, from the 6th Seal earthquake.  My best guess on what the abomination might be - is a ‘flag’ (from the armed uprising), which will symbolize a division of Jerusalem (at least temporarily), which would be an abomination to God.  That’s when God will step in and send the two witnesses to Jerusalem, after the 6th Seal earthquake (rapture) and start of ‘tribulation’ (Trumpet and Bowl plagues).  The two witnesses will prophesy and supervise the building of the third temple, until they are killed by the armies of the beast, in the 6th Trumpet War, 1260-days after the rapture.  Yet, they will rise again, 3.5 days later, and ascend to heaven as the 7th Trumpet sounds.  Then the Bowl plagues will finish God’s wrath (Armageddon is the 7th Bowl).  After that, Jesus will reign on earth for a 1000-years.  That’s a quick summary of events, following the abomination, which could be something other than a flag, but that’s my best guess.    The “desecration of the temple fortress” is easier to predict because that is the Western Wall, since a ‘wall’ is part of a fortress and the Jews pray there daily.  Therefore, the armed forces would be motivated to desecrate it (out of hatred or revenge).  That would naturally stop the prayer (daily sacrifice), until they could clean or repair the desecration.  I don’t know how they will desecrate it, but it will happen; hind-sight is 20/20.    Yet, don’t try to wait until you actually see the desecration or abomination, to accept Jesus as your personal savior, because everything will happen too fast for it to be on the news, until after it’s too late.  And, contrary to popular belief, there’s nothing in the Bible to indicate that gentiles get a 2nd chance at heaven, after the rapture, for not taking the mark of the beast.  If faced with that dilemma, I recommend not taking the mark, but I think that prophecy is for the 144,000 Israelites (from Rev 7) who are martyred (Rev 14) and become ‘priests’, during Jesus’ 1000-year reign on earth (Rev 20).  It makes perfect sense because Jews can’t go in the rapture (if they don’t believe that Jesus is their Messiah/ Son of God), but God made a promise to David about his ancestors.  Seriously, why would a gentile who missed the rapture and got in on a 2nd chance become a priest?  The 2nd chance doctrine comes from a mis-interpretation of Revelation, but events will follow the true, intended  interpretation, so accept Jesus today and be safe, not sorry.  Possible Timing (Seals and 70th Seven)   I think the abomination/rapture will happen in 2018 or early-2019 because it’s the 70th anniversary of Israel and that will create another 70-year period in the Seals, since the rapture is the 6th Seal.  Note: There are two other 70-year periods in the Seals: the Jewish revolts in Seal 2 (66 AD to 136 AD) and the creation of modern Israel (1st settlement to statehood – 1878 to 1948), which spans between Seal 3 & 4.  If God went to the trouble of planning and inserting two 70-year periods, then there’s a very good chance that He will insert a third.  Besides, there’s a very plausible explanation for the 70th Seven that puts the ‘middle’ within the time-frame of the 70th anniversary.  Daniel 9:27 (NIV)  “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.”   As you can see, the abomination is set up in the ‘middle’ of the seven (or ‘midst’ in KJV), so the beginning of the seven, which is described as a “confirmation of a covenant with many,” must be ‘about’ 3.5 years before the rapture.  The problem has always been to identify which ‘covenant’ (agreement or promise) that the verse is talking about.  I have considered other possibilities, in the past, but the most obvious and perfect solution is Iran’s signing of the nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many), on July 14, 2015.  That “confirmed”  the interim agreement from Nov-2013, which fulfilled Daniel 11:23.  It makes perfect sense because Iran is the current ‘king of the north’, starting in Daniel 11:21, and seems to be the arch-enemy of Israel.  If 3.5 years is added to the ‘confirmation’, then the middle would land around January 14, 2019, which is within the 70th anniversary.  Of course, any time before May 14, 2019, would also be in the 70th anniversary and be in the approximate middle.  I’m not trying to pick an exact date; that’s just where the middle lands, but the approximate middle could be months on either side, so the abomination/rapture could happen at any time.  Current Events support the possible timing (1) Desperate Times and Riots in Gaza   Like I said, the abomination is due because all the previous verses in Daniel 11 have been fulfilled, so all that needs to happen is an armed uprising, to desecrate the Western Wall, to initiate the events of Daniel 11:31.  Of course, the uprising will happen by surprise, but protests and riots have been happening regularly since Dec-2017.  That’s when Trump announced that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and declared that it was ‘off the table’.  Of course, the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state (if they ever get one), but Netanyahu will never agree to divide Jerusalem.  The protests and riots are about various things, but Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are an important, central issue.  Any desecration of the Western Wall will be a heinous but symbolic crime, which will happen when tensions and frustrations have reached their boiling point, which could be at any time because tensions have been building, slowly but surely, since Dec-2017.    One interesting fact is that the current riots began on December 7, 2017 (one day after Trump made the declaration), which was very close to the 30th anniversary of the 1st intifada, which started on Dec 9, 1987.  Some Palestinian leaders have even called for a 3rd intifada, which literally means “uprising,” exactly what Daniel 11:31 calls for.  On December 17, 2017, the US clarified its position by declaring that the Western Wall will definitely be part of Israel in any final-boundary negotiation, giving the Arabs even more incentive to “desecrate it.”    The riots entered a new phase and level on March 30, 2018, when the Palestinians placed tents near the fence with Israel, in about 5 areas, and began protests called the “March of Return.”  The protests were supposed to emphasize that UN Resolution 194 (1948) granted them the right to return to their lands, which never happened.  They picked March 30th, which was also Passover, because it was Land Day, which commemorates Israel’s expropriation, in 1976, of thousands of acres of land, for settlements and security purposes.  The protests reached their bloodiest day on Israel’s 70th anniversary, May 14th, with about 60 protesters killed, as Israel celebrated the US embassy relocation to Jerusalem.  The protests were supposed to end on Israel’s anniversary, which the Palestinians call the “Day of Catastrophe,” but they are continuing, as of October 27, 2018, and even getting worse   Another factor is the living conditions in Gaza, which have been getting worse, with no end in sight, because Israel enforces a blockade on Gaza and Trump has just stopped all UN aid money.  The protesters have vowed to continue until Israel lifts the blockade, which is not likely to happen because Hamas could import weapons.  The situation is getting closer and closer to another war.  (continued below)  Hamas could have sleeper cells in the West Bank (because they have before), who could possibility rise-up (in the event of war) to desecrate the Western Wall.  (That’s just one possibility.)  Note: Since Hamas is allied with Iran, I think that would count as the ‘north’ in Daniel 11.  (2) Desperate Times in Iran   Relations with Iran keep getting worse, especially since Trump pulled America out of the nuclear agreement and started re-imposing sanctions.  Iran’s currency has lost over half its value, since April-2018, and sanctions on the oil industry were re-imposed in Nov-2018.  Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, if they can’t ship their oil, which would likely start a war in the Persian Gulf.  Update: Sanctions on oil exports started, but eight of Iran’s largest customers were given exemptions for 6-months, so Iran’s revenue was only diminished, mainly from European countries who wanted an exemption, but didn’t get one.    Note: If the signing of the nuclear agreement was indeed the ‘confirmation’ that started the 70th Seven, as noted above, it’s interesting that the same agreement is playing such a pivotal role, 3.5 years later, in the approximate ‘middle’ (when the abomination is due).  To me, it shows an added degree of symmetry and simplicity to God’s plan.  (3) Israeli Aggression   Another factor that could inspire revenge is the fact that Israel’s bombings in Syria have been increasing in severity.  It has been reported that Israel has bombed Iran or their allies, in Syria, over 200 times since the start of the Syrian Civil War.  In the beginning, they were mainly directed at weapon shipments, but they have progressed to warehouses and military bases, where many Iranians have been killed.  Iran has vowed revenge, but is keeping the timing secret.    On July 24, 2018, Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet, which was only 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) over the line in the Golan Heights, killing the pilot, who was fighting ISIS.  It was the first time, since 2014, that Israel has shot down a Syrian plane.    On September 18, 2018, a Russian plane was accidently shot down by Syrian air defenses, during an Israeli bombing mission.  Russia blamed Israel for the 15 deaths, saying that they only gave 1-minute notice and used the Russian aircraft as cover.  As a result, Russia decided to complete the transfer of four S-300 missile batteries to Assad, which Israel has lobbied against.  (There could be more in the future.)  Israel says that their stealth aircraft can still go undetected, but relations with Russia took a downturn, which is significant because Russia is one of the few countries that Iran still listens to. Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Escalation in the Gaza Strip    On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Israel was caught red-handed conducting a convert military operation into the Gaza Strip, which turned into a fire-fight, which resulted in the deaths of an Israeli officer, a Hamas commander, and 6 other Palestinians.  Israel denies that it was an assassination mission, but what do you expect them to say?  Reports said that they were dressed as women.  Hamas responded by firing over 400 rockets into Israel, from Sunday night into Tuesday, some of which evaded the iron-dome and landed in cities.  One bus was struck by an anti-tank missile, moments after Israeli soldiers had departed, which was supposed to show what Hamas could do, but chose to refrain.  Israel responded by hitting over 100 targets in Gaza, before a cease-fire was declared by Netanyahu.  The exchange was the longest and most severe, since the 2014 war.  Hamas celebrated the cease-fire as a victory, while many inside Israel protested the cease-fire because they thought the response should have been stronger.  Israel’s defense minister, Lieberman, resigned for that reason and withdrew his party from Netanyahu’s coalition, which now stands with only a slim 61-59 majority.  Elections in Israel are due in Nov-2019, but most think they will be held early, sometime in the Spring, instead.    So, what does this mean for Biblical prophecy?  Only that tensions are getting ever more strained between Israel and Hamas.  The fact that Israeli soldiers dressed as women could give Hamas ideas on how to smuggle weapons to the Temple Mount for the uprising that sets up the abomination.  After all, a burka is very loose-fitting and conceals everything but the eyes.  Israeli officials admitted that covert operations are conducted all the time, which never get discovered, so why shouldn’t Hamas do the same thing?  I think the botched operation, which showed some of Israel’s tactics, was very significant, not to mention the subsequent exchange of rockets and missiles.  The two sides were very close to war, so any mis-step on either side could break the shaky cease-fire and result in something much worse.  So, what makes this situation different than the other Gaza wars, such as 2014?  Simply put, we are much farther along in Daniel 11 than we were in 2014.  At that time, we were only on verse 24 (ISIS invasion), but now all the verses prior to verse 31 have been completed and the abomination is due.  Plus, we are in the 70th anniversary of Israel, so the abomination and rapture would complete a ‘third’ 70-year period in the Seals.  Tensions have been growing by small, incremental steps, but sooner or later, something will break and the armed uprising will set up the abomination, as prophesied through Daniel.   Updated: 11-17-2018 updated 11-17-2018