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 - 2018   All rights reserved. The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture)   The current riots in Israel have a good chance to develop into the ‘uprising’ in Daniel 11:31, which immediately precedes the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ and 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 to man-kind. (Matt 24:21)  That coincides with the earthquake of the 6th Seal, which is the rapture in Revelation.  I believe that causes a tsunami, which makes people in Judea flee to 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 Seal 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 more subtle, but if a person knows the correct interpretation of Daniel 11, only recently been ‘unsealed’ by God, then they are identifiable.  In fact, all the verses through Daniel 11:30 are now completed, and the abomination could happen at any time.  Yet, don’t try to wait until you actually see the abomination, before accepting Jesus, because it will be too late (since the rapture happens almost immediately).     To illustrate the correct interpretation of Daniel 11, and how the verses get closer together, rather than having a big gap towards the end, such as previous interpretations have had, here’s a summary of the last 100 years. [see Condensed Commentary for a complete summary] 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.  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) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop.  On the same day, the UN funded a       ‘blacklist’ to help the BDS boycott.  (Dec 2017)  The UN voted 128-9 to       condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, thus       “forsaking the holy covenant.”   I think the verse has been satisfied. 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)  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 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.   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. What’s ISIS’s next move?    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.  Note: it would have been exact, except 2016 was a leap-year and added an extra day, which didn’t matter in the other two calculations.    That’s a triple confirmation 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.  That’s why I think the unification of the Shiites, after the Mosul invasion, was the beginning of the 70th Seven, and we are now in the ‘middle’.    Note: 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.    November 24, 2017 - A group of 25-30 suspected ISIS members attacked a Sufi mosque in North Sinai, killing 305 people, including 27 children.  Sufi Muslims are most notably linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which are considered heretics by ISIS (and terrorists by Saudi Arabia and Egypt).  Could it be a retaliation for Iran’s declaration of victory, and the start of Plan B?   Note: If ISIS would do that to Muslims, imagine what they would do at the Western Wall (if they got the chance).   Part 1:  The Palestinians and the Abomination Introduction and theory   As indicated in Daniel 11:31, above, there are two events that must happen, before or during the abomination, if only for a little while.  Someone’s armed forces must rise-up to “desecrate the temple fortress” (Western Wall) and “abolish the daily sacrifice” (prayer at the Western Wall).  Actually, those two things could easily happen together because who wants to pray at a Wall that has been desecrated?  The abomination (whatever it may be) could 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.  Jerusalem was united, 50-years ago, in dramatic fashion, during the 6-day war, so a flag could represent a spliting of Jerusalem, which would be an abomination to God.    To illustrate the feasibility of this theory, the Palestinians tried to set up a flag above the Al-Aqsa mosque, on the Temple Mount, during the riots on July 27, 2017, but they were unsuccessful.  Of course, if they tried it before, they could try it again.  On the same day, some rocks were thrown from the Temple Mount, down to the Western Wall plaza below.  If the rocks were something else, it could theoretically desecrate the Wall, and temporarily stop the prayer, as they set up a flag.  Other ‘long shot’ possibilities Arch of Baal see also: Pagan Festivals (Satan’s sneaky projects) Part 3: Israel could set up the Abomination by themselves. Explanation:   In the past, I thought there was a good chance that Israel would be responsible for setting up the abomination, which is just something ‘hated by God’.  One 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.  Many parties in the Knesset favor a change in the law.  However, 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, the Reform Jews 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 have been postponed repeatedly (no date set that I know of).   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.    For an interesting coincidence concerning a pagan festival, in the Negev, starting on the 70th anniversary of Israel, see “pagan festivals.”  Related page: End times and Gay Marriage Updated: 3-24-2018 - Condensed: 1-08-2018 Updated: 12-12-2017 Updated: 3-24-2018 Related pages: The Seals Explained  Revelation’s timeline    (without contradictions)   Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) Trump, Peace Talks, and the Status of Jerusalem   December 6, 2017 - Trump announced that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, which was a bold move that many advised him against, due to warnings that it would cause unrest.  Not many in his position would have defied the warnings and made the declaration, but it was a campaign promise that he needed to keep, in order to maintain support from evangelicals, due to other circumstances.  Whatever the reasoning, it furthered God’s plan because Paul 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 Thess. 5:3)  I mean, from the beginning, Trump made it his personal goal to solve the peace crisis between the Israelis and Palestinians, thus ‘saying’ peace and safety, but ultimately causing riots.  To be clear, the riots could set up the abomination, but the destruction will come from the events of the rapture, such as the earthquake and tsunami.    I think the riots have a good chance of developing into the uprising that sets up the abomination for several reasons.  1. All the other verses in Daniel 11, prior to verse 31, have been fulfilled, so the abomination is due next.  2. The riots started precisely in the middle of the 70th Seven, as confirmed by other signs, meaning that the ‘events’ of Daniel 11 are agreeing with the ‘timing’  of Daniel 9:27, which is important because both verses contain the same ‘abomination’.  3. We have entered 2018, which completes 70-years since Israel became a nation, and there are three other 70-year periods in Biblical Jewish history, so that increases the chances for the rapture.   December 7, 2017 - The Palestinians began to riot, as part of 3 days of rage, which strangely coincided with the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1st Palestinian Intifada, December 9, 1987.    Hamas’ leader, Ismail Haniyeh, even called for an uprising, which he suggested naming, “Intifada of Jerusalem and the West Bank’s Freedom.”  Of course, ‘intifada’ means ‘uprising’, which is exactly what Daniel 11:31 predicts, before the abomination is set up.    December 11, 2017 – Several key individuals pledged support for the Palestinians.       In Lebanon: The leader of Hezbollah, Nasrallah, spoke at a huge rally and said, “All Arab peoples must repeat with the Palestinian people: ‘We will be millions of martyrs to sacrifice for Jerusalem’,” which the crowd, numbering tens-of-thousands, echoed in unison   In Iran: Army chief of staff, General Baqeri, said that Trump’s “foolish move” could be seen as the beginning of a new intifada (uprising).  Iran’s most influential general, Soleimani, had phone conversations with the leaders of Islamic Jihad and Qassam brigades (Hamas), and pledged “complete support for Palestinian Islamic resistance movements.”  Of course, Iran’s President Rouhani and Leader Ayatollah Khamenei condemned Trump’s speech days before.   December 14, 2017 - The leader of Hamas, Haniyeh, made a similar speech to Hezbollah’s leader, saying, “We are marching towards Jerusalem, sacrificing millions of martyrs along the way,” and the crowd repeated his chants.    December 17, 2017 - US officials declared that the Western Wall will definitely be part of Israel, in any final-boundary negotiation, giving the Arabs even more incentive to “desecrate it.”    December 21, 2017 - The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 to condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.  The vote was largely symbolic because it carries no action, but it was still significant because the US said that they would be “taking names” and threatened to cut financial aid to those who voted against the US and Israel.  Given that the resolution was about the ‘status of Jerusalem’, and the emphasis was put on “taking names”, the vote was probably the conclusion of Daniel 11:30, which prophesied “showing favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.”  The riots will likely continue because, even before the vote took place, Netanyahu called the UN a “house of lies” and said, “Jerusalem is our capital and we will continue to build there.”    December 24, 2017 – Guatemala joined the US by announcing their intentions to move their embassy to Jerusalem, just three days after the UN passed a resolution telling countries “to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.”  Palestinian officials said the announcement was ‘disappointing’ and said that all countries who move their embassy to Jerusalem, prior to a final peace deal, are basically recognizing Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem.  Israel has said that they are in talks with over ten more countries  who are considering the same move.  In my opinion, it’s just more fuel for the fire.  Target: Jerusalem   Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)    Hezbollah’s leader, Nasrallah, recently admited that the focus was taken off Israel, while the Syrian War was playing out, enabling Israel to bomb Syria with impunity.  However, he’s encouraging full attention to return to Jerusalem, and all efforts to be unified and applied to the Palestinian resistance, ultimately leading to a “grand confrontation.”  Hezbollah and Hamas are closer than ever because Hamas’ 2nd in command is now living in Beirut.  Both are allies of Iran and both are advocating for a third intifada in the Palestinian territories, due to Trump’s declaration.    Hezbollah, along with Iranian-backed militias and the Syrian army, have just defeated rebels in Beit Jin, 12-30-17, which is an area that borders the Golan Heights. (near the junction of Lebanon, Syria, and Israel)  The victory basically put Iranian-backed militias very close to the Israeli border, which Netanyahu vowed to prevent, and added a crucial supply line from Syrian forces to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.    January 2/3, 2018 – Two major developments have materialized in the Israeli / Palestinian debate over Jerusalem.  First, the Israeli parliament (Knesset) passed a ‘United-Jerusalem land law’ that requires a 2/3 majority (80 votes) to cede any part of Jerusalem during negotiations.  It also paved the way for the walled-off, Arab sections of East Jerusalem to be re-zoned into a different municipality.  That could essentially revoke residency from 100-150,000 Palestinians or 2/3 of East Jerusalem.  Some might think that’s what the Palestinians have been asking for, but it didn’t include the crucial areas such as the Temple Mount, Old City, or Mount of Olives.  Basically, Israel would be marking their territory and getting rid of the undesirable, slums of Jerusalem.  Palestinian President Abbas said the new law was Israel’s way of “declaring war.”    The second development came in a tweet by Trump that nonchalantly declared that Jerusalem was “off the table”, and threatened to withhold financial aid to Palestinians if they didn’t come to the negotiating table.  A Palestinian spokesman for Abbas responded by saying, “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine and it is not for sale for gold or billions.”     January 14, 2018 – PA President Abbas delivered a fiery speech to the PLO Central Council where he revealed that Trump’s latest proposal was to accept Abu Dis, a village on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, as the Palestinian capital.  It’s interesting to note that Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, reportedly had the same suggestion in November.  Abbas rejected the notion by saying, “the deal of the century is the slap of the century,” and later added, “nothing is more important than Jerusalem.”  Abbas cursed Trump by saying, “may your house be destroyed,” which is one of the most severe curses in the Arabic language because it refers to a person’s whole family living in shame and humiliation.  It may only be words, but it testifies to the importance that the Palestinians put on Jerusalem, which Trump nonchalantly declared “off the table” with a single tweet.    Abbas also declared that the Oslo accords were dead because Israel killed them.  Under the Oslo accords, the PA was created as a five-year transitional government.  Of course, that was 25 years ago, but no directive was given in the event that a peace agreement was not signed in five years.  The Oslo accords have symbolic significance because they were credited for ending the 1st Intifada, which coincidently started about 30-years from Trump’s Dec 6th declaration.    January 15, 2018 – The PLO passed the mandate to suspend recognition of Israel until it “recognizes the state of Palestine, cancels the decision to annex east Jerusalem, and stops settlement activity.”  The mandate passed 74-2, with 12 abstentions, but it’s uncertain how it will be implemented.  The move essentially freezes the Oslo peace accords, as the Palestinians plan to seek national status through the UN instead.   At the end of January, 2018, Ebrahim Raisi, who is thought to be a favorite to succeed Ayatollah Khamenei as Iran’s supreme leader, was seen touring Lebanon’s southern border with Hezbollah commanders and Iranian officers.  The visit is thought to be sign of Iran’s influence in the region.  Raisi was quoted as saying, “Jerusalem's liberation is near … the Palestinians have learned that it is fighting and steadfastness, not the negotiating tables, that determine the fate of their country.”    Many analysts believe that the next war with Israel will start at the direction of Iran, rather than Syria, Lebanon, or the Palestinians.  I think that is why no one has retaliated against Israel’s blatant aggression, so far.  Of course, I think a key part of that retaliation will be an attack to desecrate the Western Wall, which will start Daniel 11:31, so it will happen in accordance with God’s timing because He is ultimately in control of the situation.    February 10, 2018 – A series of events resulted in the downing of an Israeli F-16 in northern Israel.  According to Israel, it started with an Iranian drone that flew into Israeli airspace, which was shot down by attack helicopters.  During Israel’s retaliation, the F-16 was brought down.  Then, Israel proceeded to attack 12 targets, including 3 aerial defense batteries and 4 Iranian military targets, in the largest attack on Syria since 1982.  Syrian allies deny that the drone was flying in Israeli territory, in the first place, and say that the events started because Israel attacked a drone base.  Regardless of the origin, the incident marks a definite escalation because it’s the first Israeli aircraft to be downed since 2006.  The foreign ministries of Lebanon and Russia spoke out to de-escalate the situation and said that Israel should respect Syria’s sovereignty.    In other news, Israel increased their presence in the West Bank following the murders of two rabbis, on January 9th and February 5th   February 17, 2018 - Four Israeli troops were injured, two seriously, when they approached a flag that had been placed on the border with Gaza, during protests the previous day.  It was the worst attack of its kind since the 2014 war with Gaza.  Of course, Israel retaliated against several Hamas military targets, but they also vowed to crack down on protests around the Gaza border, which they say Hamas orchestrates.    February 18, 2018 - A ‘war of words’ was displayed at Munich’s conference where Netanyahu spoke directly before Iran’s foreign minister, Zarif.  Netanyahu vowed that Israel would defend itself, if necessary, “not only against Iranian proxies, but against Iran itself.”  Zarif dismissed Netanyahu’s rants as a “cartoonish circus” and said that the downing of the F-16 showed that Israel’s “myth of invincibility had crumbled.”    February 19, 2018 - According to reports, “at least seven Sunni rebel organizations in the Syrian Golan are now getting arms and ammunition from Israel, along with money to buy additional armaments.”  Helping the rebels is certainly not new for Israel, but it has increased, as funding through the US has decreased.  Now, Israel is basically conducting their own proxy war against Assad, which naturally includes his allies.  One of the first tactics of war is to cut the opponent’s supply routes, which could get tricky, since they are coming directly from Israel.    February 24, 2018 – The US State Dept announced that the US embassy will officially move  to Jerusalem on Israel’s 70th anniversary, May 14, 2018.  It will initially be housed in the Consulate General building, in Arnona, until a permanent building is constructed.  The symbolic gesture will make Israel’s 70th anniversary an even bigger celebration for Jews, but it is like rubbing salt in the wounds for Palestinians, who are already angry about Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.    Update 3-15-2018 – Palestinians in Gaza plan to erect a tent city, close to the border fence with Israel, which will house thousands.  The move is part of a planned protest march, which is tentatively set to take place from Land Day (March 30) to Nabka Day, or “Day of the Catastrophe” (May 15).  Nabka Day laments events surrounding Israel’s declaration of independence, in 1948, which caused about 700,000 Palestinians to be displaced.  Land Day commemorates Israel’s expropriation of thousands of acres of land, in 1976, for settlements and security purposes.    Update 3-21-2018 - It has been announced that the Palestinians are planning something different for their upcoming protests: ‘non-violence’.  They hope to attract tens-of-thousands who will symbolically march towards Jerusalem, in what they are calling the “Mass March of Return.”  They hope to draw international attention to UN Resolution 194 (1948), which gave the Palestinians the right to regain their property that was taken or abandoned in the war of 1948.  The protests are due to start after Friday prayers, on Land Day, which also happens to be Passover.  Of course, there are skeptics as to how long the non-violence will last, when they are denied entry at the border between Gaza and Israel.  Israel has developed drones to drop tear gas, before they reach the border, so that could inflame the situation.  There are also planned vigils and sit-ins, during the 6-weeks leading up to the 70th anniversary of Israel.  There could also be solidarity protests in other countries, specially Jordan, where many Palestinians live.    Note: It’s interesting that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is due to start on May 16th, 2018, right after the 70th anniversary and Nabka Day, and conclude with a feast on June 15th, 2018.  Muslims celebrate Ramadan, which commemorates when Muhammad supposedly received the Koran, by fasting from food, smoking, and sex, during daylight hours.  It’s also a time that Muslims are supposed to pray, read the Koran, and engage in more devout behavior, which unfortunately for some in the past, has meant violence against those with opposing viewpoints.  It’s just interesting to me that Ramadan picks up where the Palestinian’s “March of Return” ends, and extends into June, which covers most of the time outlined in the following video, which was taped last month.    Plus: The deadline for Trump to sign the wavier to extend the nuclear agreement with Iran is May 12th.  Of course, he vowed last time not to sign again, unless it was ‘fixed’, which is unlikely.  Given that he recently had visits from Netanyahu (March 5) and Mohamed bin Salman (March 20), fired Sec of State Tillerson, who was in favor of the agreement, and nominated Pompeo, who is very anti-Iran, then Trump is expected not to sign.  It’s just another area of tension, around the 70th anniversary of Israel, especially since Iran holds a lot of influence with Hamas in Gaza.  ‘Rapture Video’ -created: 2-16-2018  (33 minutes)   This video explains why the abomination and rapture is likely to happen before June 30, 2018.  In general, I’m against picking dates for the rapture, which I’m not trying to do, but I can’t deny the clues in the Bible that God has shown me.  I feel obligated to share the facts with others, and let people make up their own mind.  After all, the rapture is not an occasion to fear or dread, if you know Jesus; it’s an occasion to anticipate and hope.  Please note: I don’t use astronomy or numerology, like others have done; I use the Bible.  This video covers things such as the multiple 70-year periods in the Bible, God’s repeated use of His appointed feasts, the 2300-day tribulation period, and how it all fits together.  The information is also written on a separate page of this website. 
  If you like the points in the video, please go to the Facebook page, and ‘share’ it with your friends. (posted on 2-16-2018)  Or, you can go to the You-tube video and share it, embed it, or e-mail it from there.  Thank you for spreading the good news.  Paul’s prophecy of ‘peace and safety’   Regarding end times, Paul prophesied, “While people are saying ‘peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)    Jared Kushner continues to represent the Trump administration in efforts to talk ‘peace’ between Israel and the Palestinians.  More and more, Kushner’s strategy is to cozy up to the Saudis and try to get them to put pressure on the Palestinians.  This strategy was evident at a recent conference at the White House, where representatives from Israel attended, along with Saudi Arabia and some Gulf states, but the Palestinians boycotted.  In my opinion, Israel and Saudi Arabia are using the peace process as a smoke-screen, but they are really desiring to join forces against Iran.  There have been rumors around the Middle East that Israel, or America, or both, will attack Iran’s forces in Syria, around the time that Trump drops out of the nuclear agreement.  Granted they are just rumors, but Netanyahu and Trump might actually do it, to divert attention from their political troubles at home.  Trump’s base of evangelicals are all for any aggression against Iran.  The possibility arises even more with Trump’s appointment of ‘hawkish’ John Bolton as National Security Advisor, who advocated, in 2015, for bombing Iran If Iran is attacked, they could very well try to desecrate the Western Wall, in retaliation, which would be the start of Daniel 11:31.  Another scenario would be if Saudi Arabia pressures Fatah (Palestinians controlling the West Bank) to sign an agreement that gives too much of Jerusalem to Israel, so Hamas (Palestinians controlling Gaza) attack the Western Wall as sabotage to the agreement.  So, whether Iran is attacked or not, conditions for Daniel 11:31 to be fulfilled are set, and it’s all while people are ‘saying’ peace and safety, as Paul prophesied.