Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2017   All rights reserved. The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction   As simply as I can put it, the abomination that causes desolation is the last sign before the rapture because that’s what Jesus said to watch for in Matthew 24:15.  Jesus instructs Judea to flee to the mountains when they see the abomination, not stopping for anything, indicating that the rapture will happen very quickly.  It will also cause unequaled distress on man-kind. (Matt 24:15-21)  That coincides with the earthquake of the 6th Seal (which is the rapture in Revelation), which I believe causes a tsunami, which makes people in Judea run for the mountains, whether they recognize the abomination or not.  Notice that the signs in Matthew 24:29 (which happen in conjunction with the rapture or gathering in the sky) match the 6th Seal, except for the earthquake, which is accounted for by the running to the mountains.    That’s why the rapture catches most people by surprise: because they are expecting a so-called ‘tribulation’ period, where the antichrist enacts the mark of the beast, but that happens after the rapture (or after the 6th Seal in Revelation).  Many people have been deceived by so-called ‘post-tribs’ who re-arrange Revelation by putting chapter 13 (the antichrist and false prophet) before chapter 6 (the rapture).  They are essentially false prophets because they are changing God’s prophecy in Revelation and making people look for the wrong signs.  After all, IF the antichrist and mark of the beast happened before the rapture, wouldn’t that take all the surprise out of it?  I mean, if those obvious events took place, wouldn’t everyone  believe in the Bible?  Looking for the wrong signs could cost some people dearly, who choose to procrastinate before getting to know Jesus, which is why I call attention to their deception.    In reality, the signs that Jesus said to watch for (leading to the abomination in the Book of Daniel) are subtle but identifiable, if a person knows the correct interpretation of Daniel 11, which was only recently ‘unsealed’ by God and presented on this website by a lowly servant.  Seriously, when this website began, in 2012, events were still on Daniel 11:22 and now all the verses through Daniel 11:30 are completed.  I can see how one verse might be considered a coincidence but several verses in a row constitutes valid proof.  And, since the first five Seals  are also completed, there’s nothing left to happen, before the rapture, except the events in Daniel 11:31, below, which include the abomination that causes desolation.    Granted, the last few verses have been more subtle than previous verses (summary below) but that should be expected, since the rapture is meant to be a surprise to most people, but not everyone. (1 Thess 5:4)  Similarly, the exact object of the abomination is also unknown, which is God’s way of adding mystery, but even if a person knew what it was, they could not wait and try to accept Jesus after they saw it because it would be too late.  As Jesus indicated, the abomination and rapture (earthquake/6th Seal) will happen very close together.    To illustrate the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 and how verses get closer together (rather than having a big gap towards the end such as previous interpretations have), here is a summary of the last 100 years.  [Prior verses are generally a century or more apart.] Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI ended the Ottoman Empire’s reign in the Middle East. Daniel 11:20 – (1919-1948) British Mandate governed while oil became valuable and       Israel was established. Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  Since then, Houthis have lost ground and started asking       for a peace settlement. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop, thus “forsaking the holy covenant.”   As you can see, the verses go from decades apart, to years, to months, which is what you’d expect from the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.      If the trend holds, which I believe it will, the abomination that causes desolation could be just months away, if not sooner.  However, only God knows when the appointed time will be.  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. Or Israel could accomplish the whole thing on their own.                      Below is a discussion of each of those items (starting with #3).
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) news updated: 5-22-2017 Related pages: Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)  It’s not hard to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising because 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary)    Recent events in Mosul (ancient Nineveh) show that ISIS would probably love to desecrate the Western Wall because people pray to it like an idol.     First of all, that sounds eerily similar to Luke 21:20, which says, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  Plus, ISIS is reported to already have a group in Sinai, south of Israel. (more below)    I learned where the propaganda came from when I caught a brief explanation from Paul Cruickshank, another author and terrorism analyst, who was commenting on another recent ISIS video. (right) He says, “The founder, Zarqawi, said that after they built up the group in Iraq, in the region, that they would want to destroy Israel.”     I learned the ISIS plans for the apocalypse from Graeme Wood, a political science lecturer at Yale and author of a recent article in The Atlantic, who made a statement on CNN’s Fareed Zarkaria, February 22, 2015, about 18 minutes into the show. (right)     He said, “ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem, after being defeated, actually. So they believe, after conquering a large area of land, they will be reduced to a core of 5000 fighters around Jerusalem.” 
CNN  02-22-2015 / length = 1:11 CNN  3-11-2015 / length = 20 sec. example #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.  example #1:  Palestinian violence in Jerusalem (Oct 2015) and potentially more. 
   CNN  10-16-2015 / length = 1:32     Ben Wedeman reported on the 3rd “day of rage” in 8 days (r), and although they may ‘tamp down’, he says they will come back.    It doesn’t take much to cause an uprising, especially if prominent religious leaders stir people up by spreading rumors.    Recent events with resolution 2334, ordered Israel to stop building in the disputed territories, but Israel has approved new housing anyway, in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which could spark new violence.    Also, Trump’s pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem could spark new violence, if action is taken in that direction.  ISIS ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message Fox News [USA] – December 27, 2015 Quote:  [al-Baghdadi] also threatened Israel saying: we haven't forgotten you" and "we are getting closer to you" every day.  To Israeli Jews, he said that they "will hide behind trees and stones" from the ISIS.   It’s interesting that, since ISIS is losing ground in the Middle East, the leader, al-Baghdadi, has reminded everyone that they “haven’t forgotten Israel.”     Note: They even mention “stones”, which could be a vague reference to the Western Wall because they are known to deface or destroy ancient religious monuments.  Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force Washington Times – May 22, 2016 Quote: With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel. Islamic State propaganda promises recruits that they will one day “liberate” Jerusalem and end the state of Israel, according to analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which tracks jihadi communications. IDF warns of escalating pressure in Gaza         Al-Monitor [independent] – June 1, 2016 Quote: According to an Israeli security source, data that has reached the West indicate that the Egyptian army is losing between 20 to 50 soldiers a week in a non-stop war against some 600 to 1,000 IS fighters. The Egyptians’ problems are as follows: the fighting is occurring over a very large, isolated and mountainous area; IS possesses advanced combat weaponry; and IS fighters are not afraid of dying due to their religious, messianic zealotry.  Hamas observes this struggle with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Egypt is a bitter enemy, but on the other, an IS takeover of Sinai could spill over into the Gaza Strip.   These clips say it all because ISIS is really building up in the Sinai Peninsula.   Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statues in Mosul' BBC [UK] – February 26, 2015  (includes video = 3:01) Quote:  One of the militants in the video describes the artefacts as "false idols" and seeks to justify their destruction in religious terms. Update on ISIS:  (Dabiq, Mosul, and the Sinai Peninsula)    October 14, 2016 – The Egyptian military has launched a campaign against ISIS troops in North and Central Sinai, after an attack on a security checkpoint killed 12 Egyptian soldiers.  Fighter jets are bombing terrorist positions but Egypt’s President Sisi has predicted a long battle.  Operations are difficult because the area is rugged and thinly populated.     October 16, 2016 - ISIS was defeated in the symbolic town of Dabiq, which has significance because they used to predict their final apocalyptic battle there.  Their prediction was based on a hadith of Muhammad’s, which they featured in their magazine, also called Dabiq. (This link has an image of the magazine, with hadith.)  Without going into much detail on what Muhammad probably meant, ISIS reversed it so they could recruit unknowing jihadists, from around the world, who thought they were following Muhammad’s wishes.  Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matt 15:14)  It’s all very tragic.    Obviously, they can’t use Dabiq as a recruiting tool any more, but their recruiting had dwindled to almost zero, anyway, since Turkey decided to close the northern border.  ISIS is downplaying  the loss but it has to be a blow to morale because all those recruits are discovering that ISIS wasn’t really what they promised.     October 17, 2016 – On the very next day, the battle for Mosul finally started.  The Iraqi government is using from 25-30,000 fighters (Iraqis, Kurds, Sunni & Shia militias), attacking from five different directions, against an estimated 3-5000 ISIS fighters.  The outcome is apparent but the battle is estimated to take months.  Only time will tell.     Conclusion: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies, they may take the recent events as an omen that their reign is coming to an end and feel the need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel (explained in the videos above).  I admit that it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS had enough motivation, they might find a way.   Update: Israel issued an alert for a possible attack from ISIS, January 24, 2017.  3rd example: Israel fulfills Daniel 11:31 on their own.  (First part done?) Introduction   Since the Bible doesn’t explain exactly what the abomination is, no one can know for certain who sets it up.  Yet, the location is near the Temple Mount, or at least Jerusalem.  Therefore, in my opinion, the armed forces that rise up would almost have to be the Israelis or the Arabs.  Of course, that sounds like a monumental event that would be unmistakable.  Yet, it could also be more subtle.  In fact, it’s possible that Israel’s armed forces have already risen up and desecrated the temple fortress (without really knowing it).  His armed forces rise up to ‘desecrate the temple fortress’   January 25, 2017 – Israel’s first coed combat unit, the Caracal Battalion, conducted its swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall.  It was the first time a mixed-gender combat unit held their ceremony there, even though the military often uses the Kotel (Western Wall plaza) for that purpose.    The Jerusalem Post called it a “sign of the times” (above link) because the Supreme Court is currently deciding on whether to force the government to implement a Cabinet decision to build an expanded egalitarian prayer space (men and women together) at Robinson’s Arch, a section of the Western Wall just south of the Kotel.  Robinson’s Arch currently has a ‘temporary’ platform, built in 2013, but Netanyahu’s Cabinet decided in January 2016 to expand the area and make it more comparable to the main plaza.  However, the ultra-orthodox threatened to leave Netanyahu’s coalition in parliament if the deal was implemented.  Thus, the issue has dragged on for about a year, and the Supreme Court is due to make a ruling in February 2017.    It’s a controversial subject because the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) have been separating men and women, in synagogues and at the Western Wall for decades.  The Caracal Battalion was created in 2000, so they’ve obviously had many swearing-in ceremonies.  Yet, this was the first one at the Western Wall.  Thus, the decision to move the Caracal ceremony, at this time, was probably politically motivated.  Yet, in doing so, Israel’s armed forces effectively rose up and desecrated the temple fortress because they broke tradition and mixed men and women together.   Why is mixing men and women a desecration to God?   When I saw the above story, I immediately knew it had significance so I did some research to find out why and how long the Haredi have been separating men from women, at the Western Wall and synagogues.  I found out that it was based on Zechariah 12:12, as explained below.  Zechariah 12:6; 9-10; 12-14  [1967 and beyond] 6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem 10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves:  the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives.    I can’t find exactly what year but sometime after Israel won back East Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, in 1967, Moshe Feinstein, an influential Haredi Posek (legal scholar who decides religious law) decided that Zechariah 12:12 was not about future prophecies but about current circumstances.  Of course, he was right but not for the reason that he thought because he based his decision on Jewish folklore, not on Jesus, ‘the one that they pierced’. (v10)  Nevertheless, the decision was correct because Israel was obviously blessed by God, who allowed them to defeat their enemies and acquire even more land than the UN had originally proposed. (vs 6 & 9)  Thus, they entered a time of mourning, where men and women were separated, just as Zechariah prophesied, even though they were victorious.    From a Jewish stand-point, it’s important for them to stay separated because the next few prophecies in Zechariah are not favorable to Israel at all. (below)  Unbeknownst to them, they will actually be entering the post-rapture period, when Jews will suffer because they didn’t accept Jesus as their messiah.  From a Christian stand-point, it will be a wonderful time because those raptured will attend the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, in heaven.  Zechariah 13: 3-5  [Jews after rapture] 3 And if anyone still prophesies, his father and mother, to whom he was born, will say to him, 'You must die, because you have told lies in the LORD's name.' When he prophesies, his own parents will stab him.  4 "On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his prophetic vision. He will not put on a prophet's garment of hair in order to deceive. 5 He will say, 'I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.   As you can imagine, the only way that Jewish prophets are going to be ‘ashamed’ of their visions and lies is for them to witness the rapture and see Jesus in the sky for themselves, which is exactly what happens in Revelation 6:13-17, when they are hiding in the mountains. Thus, after ‘fleeing to the mountains’ in Matt 24:15, they actually see the Lamb in all His glory, during the 6th Seal, which is the same as the rapture (or gathering) in Matthew 24:29-31.    There will be some perilous times for Israel, after that, because Zechariah 13:8-9 says that “two-thirds will be struck down.”  The remaining third, which will include the 144,000 will be refined and tested by God.  That will take place in the first 3.5 years after the rapture.    At the end of the first 3.5 years, Israel will be attacked by the armies of the beast and “half of Jerusalem will go into exile.” (Zechariah 14:2)  At that time, the 144,000 Jews, who were selected by God, in Rev 7, will be martyred for not taking the ‘mark of the beast’. (Rev 14 & 15)   At that point, the bowl plagues will start (Rev 16), which will last 3 years, ending at 2300 days because that’s when Jesus will re-consecrate the sanctuary. (Daniel 8:13-14)  The last bowl plague is Armageddon, when Jesus will defeat the armies of the beast, at the conclusion of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. (Rev 19)  Then, Jesus will establish His reign on earth for 1000 years, as noted in Revelation 20 and Zechariah 14:5-9   As you can tell, Zechariah has a brief timeline of events that coordinates with other books. Everything starts with the abomination and rapture, which is the event that Jesus said to watch for, as spoken of in the Book of Daniel.  Of course, Daniel 11 is the most detailed account. click to enlarge 3.5 year difference   One of Iraq’s most influential clerics, Muqtada al-Sadr, warned that any attempt to move the US embassy to Jerusalem would be a “declaration of war” against Islam.  That’s not a threat to be taken lightly because Sadr was the cleric who instantly mobilized thousands to protest in the green zone, in Baghdad, against the Iraqi government.    On the flip side, Trump has been down-playing the embassy move so I don’t expect it to begin anytime soon.  In other words, I don’t expect it to start before the rapture, if at all.  Updated: 2-06-2017 Note: This prophecy is technically fulfilled   Luke 21:20 says, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”    Note: That statement just means that the ‘abomination’ will be near, same time as the armies.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that the armies attack and set it up.  When you think about it, that condition has already been satisfied.  ISIS and Hamas are to the south, the Palestinians are in the West Bank, and Hezbollah is to the north.  Iran has even struck a deal with Italy and shares a port there.  Israel has already been surrounded by armies.  Yet, the verse doesn’t say that the armies attack before the rapture, nor that they set up the abomination; it will just be near.    Nevertheless, the possibility remains that something could happen and the armies play a bigger role in the abomination than I think.  Thus, I remain open-minded, even though I doubt it. A Stiff-necked People  (Brief history of the Jews)   Many Christians look at Israel through rose-colored glasses but I try to see the Jews as God sees them.  Sure, they were God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 4:34) and Jesus was born a Jew but there’s a lot more to the story.    Israel continued to serve God during the lifetime of Joshua and the elders who saw God’s miracles in Egypt. (Judges 2:7)  However, the next generation forgot about God and served idols from surrounding countries. (Judges 2:10-13)  In other words, they stopped following God’s laws.  Therefore, God took their strength and handed them over to raiders who would plunder them. (Judges 2:14-15)  Then, after they would suffer for many years and reach their breaking point, they would cry out to God and He would raise up a leader who would rescue them, often is miraculous ways.  That pattern repeated itself over and over again, throughout the Book of Judges, until God granted them a king, as they requested. (1 Samuel 8:4-9)  However, many of their kings did evil in God’s eyes and served various idols, which prompted God to allow the northern kingdom to be captured and exiled by Assyria. (2 Kings 17:5-8)  Finally, God had had enough and declared that He would “forsake the remnant of His inheritance” (2 Kings 21:12-15), which He did by allowing Judea to be defeated by the Babylonians, who burned the Temple. (2 Kings 25:9   After God permitted them to re-build the Temple, the Jews went through the motions but showed contempt for God by not sacrificing the best animals or food on the His altar. (Mal 1:6- 10)  The priests also showed partially in matters of the law, which greatly displeased God. (Malachi 2:7-9)  Those practices obviously continued until John-the-Baptist and Jesus arrived because they often spoke harshly to the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law. (Luke 20: 9-16;19  11:37-54 -Matthew 15:7-9; 12:34)  After Jesus had come to earth, fulfilled the OT prophecies, delivered God’s message, and the apostles had spread that message, the 2nd Temple was also destroyed.  Yet, God promised through Jeremiah that He would one day bring them back as one nation again, which He did, about 1800-years after they were scattered. (Jeremiah 16:14-15   God even allowed them to unite Jerusalem as their capital, in a miraculous 6-day victory, in 1967.  Now, just like in the days following Joshua’s victories, a generation is once again coming of age who doesn’t want follow God’s law.  It’s history repeating itself all over again.  The Supreme Court decision is important because the non-orthodox want their fair share of the Western Wall, like it was some kind of idol, but they don’t want to follow God’s laws.  The prophecies of Zechariah show that God will once again allow them to be defeated.    Yet, Israel’s destruction won’t come until after the rapture so individual Jews can avoid the coming disasters by accepting Jesus as their personal savior and becoming Christian.  In general, Christians shouldn’t worship the nation of Israel, as some do; they should worship Jesus and pray that Jews accept Jesus as their Messiah.  However, prophecies in Zechariah indicate that many won’t.  Facing that reality doesn’t make me anti-Israel or anti-Jew; it just means that I believe God’s word.  The fact that the Jews don’t believe in Jesus is the main problem, dating back to the Pharisees, because there’s only one way to the Father, and that’s through Jesus. (John 14:6) Click verses to read text. Note: By clicking the next verse, it automatically closes the previous. (Judges combined) 70th Seven Another ‘long shot’ possibility Arch of Baal (Satan’s sneaky project) Gay Marriage and the Knesset   I was recently inspired to research more about the Israeli parliament (Knesset).  I was shocked to see how many parties in the Knesset actually support gay marriage.  According to their platforms on wikipedia, Kulanu, Zionist Union, Yesh Atid, and Meretz all support same-sex marriage, which totals 50.  Shas and UTJ are ultra-orthodox parties who adamantly oppose homosexuality, which only totals 13.  The rest are somewhere in-between.  Jewish Home representatives (MK’s) are mostly against same-sex marriage, even though 57% of their voters support it.  Yisrael Beiteinu has no official stance but 80% of their voters support it.  The Joint List has no stance but favors the Zionist Union over Netanyahu.  Perhaps the most important is Likud, which has historically favored the status quo, on most issues, but tends to lean toward voter sympathies.  I didn’t see Likud’s stance on same-sex marriage but their origin and ideology is said to be very secular.  I doubt if the current government could legalize same-sex marriage, in its present arrangement (left), but a poll in June-2016 showed that 76% of Israeli Jews support it   Yet, as I said, gay marriage doesn’t necessarily have to be legalized to fulfill the above prophecy because the “marrying and giving in marriage” could be symbolic of weddings that were legally performed in other countries and thereby recognized by Israel.     More on Trump: Strike on Syria Saudi deals and More (Daniel 11:30) Related page: End times and Gay Marriage Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination The “confirmation of a covenant” in Daniel 9:27 Daniel 9:27 “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.”    Introduction   Both Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 9:27 contain the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ so they must correspond to each other.  Daniel 11 is a list of events, leading to the abomination, but there is no time-frame.  Daniel 9:27 gives a time-frame before the abomination (3.5 years) but it’s difficult to figure out who makes the ‘confirmation of a covenant’, which is just an agreement or promise, to start the time.  Since we have arrived at the abomination in Daniel 11:31, there are a couple of possibilities for the confirmation of a covenant, 3.5 years ago.  #1 - Israeli platform for non-orthodox Jews (many) at Robinson’s Arch (Western Wall)   In early 2013, Netanyahu assigned Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, a quasi-branch of government that handles immigration and relations with Jewish communities abroad (diaspora), to find ways of making the Western Wall more accommodating to different branches of Judaism.    April 9, 2013 - Sharansky proposed a plan to expand and improve the Robinson’s Arch area to make it more accessible to non-orthodox Jews for egalitarian prayer.  The final plan was supposed to accommodate 1200 people and have a shared entrance with the Kotel so worshipers could easily choose which direction to go.  It was supposed to be state-staffed, with amenities such as Torah scrolls and other ritual objects, as found in the men’s section.    August 27, 2013 -  Naftali Bennett, Israel’s religious services minister, unveiled a 4,800 sq ft ‘temporary’ platform for egalitarian prayer at Robinson’s Arch.  The gesture was received as a small step forward but most said it was inadequate for the long term.  Nevertheless, the platform represented a ‘confirmation’ of the original promise from Sharansky to make an egalitarian prayer space, for non-orthodox groups, at Robinson’s Arch.    According to Daniel 9:27, the ‘confirmation of a covenant’ will start a ‘70th seven’ and the abomination will be set up in the middle, which would imply a 3.5 year difference   August 27, 2013 + 3.5 years = February 27, 2017, which was the start of a lunar month. Note: I’m not trying to pick a date for the rapture because I’ve always said that the middle of a seven-year period cannot be restricted to just one-day.  Jesus could come at any time.  Note: Even though 2-27-17 has past, it could still be the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven because the Parable of the Ten Virgins says, “The Bridegroom was a long time in coming.” (Matthew 25:5)   #2 – Iranian nuclear agreement with P5+1 (many)    As I noted on the abomination page, there’s more than one possibility for who “desecrates the temple fortress” (Western Wall) and who sets up the abomination that causes desolation, which are the two parts of Daniel 11:31.  In fact, the same group doesn’t necessarily have to do both parts, but they will likely be related because they are in the same verse.     Having said that, the interim nuclear agreement was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (many) on November 24, 2013.  It was a historic agreement because Iran had been in isolation for about 33 years, ever since their revolution and the American hostage crisis.  The agreement obviously fulfilled Daniel 11:23, especially given that Daniel 11:21 was about Iran’s revolution and Daniel 11:22 was about America’s involvement in Iraq, 2003-2013.  To tell the truth, I never thought the agreement would fulfill both Daniel 11:23 and  Daniel 9:27, because I didn’t think we would still be here in mid-2017, but here we are.  Now, it makes perfect sense for the same agreement to be featured in Daniel 11 & Daniel 9 because both chapters contain the abomination.  Therefore, that makes two things in common.       November 24, 2013 + 3.5 years = May 24, 2017    As it turns out, May 24, 2017 is the exact day that Israel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war, and the reunification of Jerusalem, due to the difference in the lunar calendar.   (To clarify, both May 24, 2017 and June 7, 1967 fall on 28 Iyar, from the lunar calendar.)   Updated: 5-25-2017 Updated below Current Knesset coalitions: Government (67) Likud (30), Kulanu (10), The Jewish Home (8), Shas (7), UTJ (6), Yisrael Beiteinu (6) Opposition (53) Zionist Union (24), Joint List [Arab] (13), Yesh Atid (11), Meretz (5)  Gay Marriage and the Abomination   As I pointed out above, the abomination is in a separate sentence from “abolish the daily sacrifice” so they might not happen at the same time.  I actually think there’s a higher probability for the abomination during the ‘solar’ anniversary of the 6-day war, which is June 5-10, because that corresponds to gay-pride week in Israel.  I’ve always said that Jesus’ prophecy about “marrying and giving in marriage” had something to do with gay marriage.      Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37-39)      That could literally happen because Tel Aviv, the recognized capital of Israel, is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world and it’s on the shoreline of the Mediterranean.  As such, the earthquake of the 6th Seal, which will happen when the abomination is set up, could cause a tsunami that “takes them all away” while they are celebrating gay-pride week. That’s why Jesus says to “flee to the mountains” when they see the abomination. (Matt 24:16)   Now, gay-marriage is not legal in Israel but they do recognize gay marriages if they are legally performed in another country.  There have been symbolic gay marriages in Israel before, particularly during gay-pride week in Tel Aviv.  Jerusalem typically holds their celebration at a different time, during gay-pride month, but this year; the Jerusalem gay-pride parade is being held on the day before the Tel Aviv gay-pride parade, June 8-9, with the slogan: “Protest in Jerusalem — celebrate in Tel Aviv.”  So far, the organizers are purposely keeping some things “secret” from the mayor of Jerusalem so their festivities “won’t be thwarted.”  One travel source even advertised symbolic weddings in Jerusalem but the exact location was not given.  When you think about it, this planned “protest” could literally be the “rebellion that causes desolation”, if an abomination is “set up”, whatever that may be. Still, I would never set a date for the abomination; I’m just watching the signs.     Another related sign, during that same week, is that the Israeli Supreme Court gave June 4, 2017, as their “last and final deadline” for the government to respond to demands to implement the Cabinet’s decision on the egalitarian prayer space at Robinson’s Arch.  Deadlines have come and gone on that issue but this is the boldest language yet from the Supreme Court.  Ironically, June 4th is Pentecost Sunday, which is defined in the Bible as the 50th day after the Sabbath during Passover week (Lev. 23:16) and this is the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war.  It’s related because the same liberal Jews who want the expanded egalitarian space, for mixing men and women, also support gay marriage.  One important part of the plan would transfer authority over the platform from the rabbi of the Western Wall to a liberal committee.  Given the timing with gay-pride week, some liberal group could try to hold symbolic gay weddings on the platform (or Mount of Olives), as a celebration for the egalitarian decision, both of which would qualify as a “wing of the Temple.” (Daniel 9:27)  Of course, I’m just giving the possibilities that match Bible prophecy; we can only wait to see what actually happens. Proposed Settlements in East Jerusalem   April 27, 2017 – Israel’s housing minister, Yoav Galant, told Israel Radio that plans for 25,000 new housing units, which had been delayed under the Obama administration, was being re-scheduled, despite Trump’s request to “hold back” on settlements.  Galant said that 15,000 of the new units were planned for East Jerusalem, which according to Reuters, “would extend in an arc from north to south around the eastern side of Jerusalem, forming something of a buffer with the West Bank.”  Of course, the Palestinians are adamantly opposed to all settlements but especially those in East Jerusalem because they want that area as their future capital.  However, that will never happen because Israel is insistent that Jerusalem is their eternal, undivided capital.  The Trump Effect  (or lack thereof)   It’s obvious that the final status of Jerusalem is the main sticking point in any peace negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians.  Israel would like to put the issue to rest, once-and-for-all, by either building more settlements in East Jerusalem or having the US move their embassy there.  Trump didn’t address either issue, in his recent trip to Israel, May 22-23, nor did he mention a one or two-state solution or any other specific that might get the two sides talking.  In other words, Trump likes to hype his deal-making abilities but lacked action when it came to any hard decisions on the matter.  In reality, there’s no magic deal that solves the dispute over Jerusalem, so Trump should have sided with the Israelis and stated that Jerusalem is ‘not on the table’, so the Palestinians would move-on and formulate a different set of demands.  Actually, by not making a definite statement about Jerusalem (as he did on the campaign trail), Trump essentially made things worse because he prolonged the Palestinian’s dream that will never be.  Now, when Israel makes their next move, to permanently solidify Jerusalem as their capital (below), there’s even less chance for peace, and more chance for violence.  50th Anniversary and confirmation of settlement plans   May 24, 2017 – As expected, during the 50th anniversary celebration for the re-unification of Jerusalem, Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, reiterated their plans to proceed  with new housing projects.  He was not as specific as the housing minister in April (above), but said that “several thousand units” could be advanced in two weeks, when the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria meets on June 7, 2017.  Strangely enough, that is the exact 50th anniversary of the re-capture of the Old City Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Western Wall, on a solar calendar.  It just adds to the list of events that are happening during the 2nd week in June (below), including Pentecost, the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war, egalitarian decision deadline, gay-pride week and parades, and Ramadan.  News
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