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. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done Miscellaneous events Introduction   There are some events that are interesting enough to write about but I’m not sure where they fit in the grand scheme of things.  I’ve never been one to flag every little thing as a Biblical sign, because it detracts from those things that are definitely Biblical signs.  Nevertheless, I found this interesting.  2017/2018 – A big year for meaningful anniversaries   The chart below shows several significant anniversaries between the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. June 1 2017 June 1 2018 June 7 50th annv. Jerusalem unified Oct 31 500th annv. Luther’s letter Nov 2 100th annv. Balfour’s letter May 14 70th annv. Israel’s indep. Dec Jan-2018 More Details: 1. June 7th was the 50th anniversary of Israel’s re-capture of the Old City Jerusalem, including the Western Wall and Temple Mount.  It was Biblical because current disputes, which are leading to the abomination (Matt. 24:15, Daniel 11:31, etc) are centered around Israel’s possession of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which was captured during the 6-day war, June 5-10, 1967. 2. October 31st was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s letter (or thesis) that he nailed to the door of the Catholic University at Wittenberg.  It was Biblical because it was the beginning of the 5th Church (Church in Sardis - Rev. 3:1) of Revelation’s Seven Churches 3. November 2nd was the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Balfour to Baron Rothschild, expressing Britain’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. (It was published in the paper on Nov. 9th.)  It was Biblical because God promised the Jews that they would be ‘restored to the land of their forefathers’. (Jeremiah 16:15) Note: Three days before, on the same day that the letter was approved by Britain’s government, on October 31st, the Battle of Beersheba was won by Australian, New Zealand, and British troops.  It was the first and most crucial victory for British troops in Palestine, during WWI.  4. November 29th was the 70th anniversary of the UN resolution 181 (1947), which approved the “Partition of Palestine” into separate Jewish and Arab states.  The partition was due to take place when the British Mandate expired, which was May 14th, the following year. (#5) 5. December 9th was the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1st Palestinian Intifada (1987).  6. May 14th is the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, which was also Biblical because of God’s prophecy in Jeremiah 16:15.  It was also 70-years from Israel’s first modern settlement in Palestine, which began in 1878, called Petah Tikva, which links the 3rd and 4th Seals in Rev. 6. Nov 29 70th annv. of UN resolution 181, approving the division of Palestine. Dec 9 30th annv. of 1st Palestinian Intifada - Satanic festivals called “Burning Man” (A gift from the United States to the World) [sarcasm]   The title may sound harsh, but I just discovered the festivals called “Burning Man” and they are a disturbing practice, which has spread all over the world.  The participants may think the festival is harmless, but that’s how Satan sneaks into society.  The festival has the extravagance and decadence of Marti Gras, but adds the burning of a wooden man-shaped effigy, towards the end, which is rooted in Satanic rituals.  The participants would probably deny the connection, but Satan’s best offence is deception.    The Burning Man festival started on Baker Beach in San Francisco, where Mary Grauberger and some friends would burn an annual bonfire on Summer Solstice, which is considered a Satanic  holiday.  Plus, burning bonfires on Summer Solstice is a key pagan tradition.  I have no evidence that Ms. Grauberger was a Satanist, or Wiccan, etc., but the Church of Satan was coincidently started in San Francisco, in 1966, so there’s a chance that someone knew what they were doing.    In 1986, Larry Harvey took over the annual tradition and built the sticks into the shape of a man, before lighting.  By doing so, he took the pagan bonfire practice to the next level by representing human sacrifice.  Each year, the man-shaped effigy got taller and taller, and the crowds got bigger and bigger, until 1990, when the police in San Francisco wouldn’t let him light it.  So, they disassembled the 40ft structure and kept it.    Later in 1990, Kevin Evans and John Law had planned a separate Dadaist event, which is an international, artistic style ‘protest’ of perceived societal norms, dating to the early 20th century.  Larry Harvey and Jerry James transported their “burning man” to the Dadaist festival, about 100 miles NNE of Reno, NV, in the Black Rock desert, and the two events were merged.  That’s where the Burning Man festival got its decadent, Marti Gras type atmosphere, and why it’s no longer on Summer Solstice, but the tradition of burning a man-shaped effigy is still rooted in a pagan ritual on a Satanic holiday.    The festival in Black Rock desert, which is 9-days from late-August to Labor Day, has grown to almost 70,000 people and attracts affluent hippies and techies.  In fact, participants in 2016 had a median household income of over $94,000, more than double the national average.  Perhaps that’s because ticket prices in 2017 were $425/person, and estimates of actual spending for the 9-day event top well over $2000/person.  That’s because very few services are provided, in the desert, so everyone is expected to provide their own food, drink, and shelter.  Some participants, such as techies, are very wealthy and have taken shelters and provisions to extravagant levels.  In fact, the very first “Google doodle”, in 1998, was a crude drawing of the burning man logo, to alert web traffic that the Google founders had gone to the festival.    If a person was to overlook the decadence and pagan ritual, the festival has sort of a responsible theme for society, which is expressed in “10 principles” written by the founder, in 2004, which everyone is expected to follow.  Stating the obvious, the 10 principles sound analogous to the 10 commandments, in the Bible, but they are very different and make no mention of God.  Nevertheless, some of the 10 principles could be considered ‘Christian’ in nature, such as giving gifts and helping the community, leaving no trace of litter, and inclusion of everyone.  Yet, Satan’s deception is making something look good, or harmless, when its not.  One principle that sounds good, but strikes an eerie tone with me, is the ‘self-reliance’, which is providing all your own needs, such as food, water, and shelter, for the 9-day event.  I don’t want to sound judgmental, but wealthy, socially conscious people, who practice giving, but think they have everything, sounds a lot like the 7th Church in Revelation.  Revelation 3: 15-17 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth.   You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”   Granted, that passage could apply to almost any wealthy person who didn’t know Jesus, but the “burners”, as they are called, seem to fit perfectly because the last principle of ‘immediacy seems to encourage the participant to consider the experience as a life changing, spiritual event.    The festival has grown to include regional events, in at least 29 states, and all over the world, although they are not as big as the original.    Outside of the US, the festival in Israel, called “Midburn”, has grown to be the 2nd largest, after S. Africa, with over 11,000 people in 2017.  Yet, it only started in 2014, so it’s growing at a much faster pace than S. Africa, which started in 2006.  The Israeli festival is held in the Negev desert, for 6-days in May or June, around Shavuot (Pentecost).  Ironically, the start-date in 2018 fell on May 14th, which is the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence (solar calendar).     A 7-headed Dragon in Washington DC   A similar festival called “Catharsis on the Mall” just completed its 3rd anniversary in Washington DC, November 10-12, 2017.  The term ‘catharsis’ means the “process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.”  The festival featured art, music, lectures, interactive exhibits, and workshops for healing and meditation.  The organizers state clearly, on their website, that they “desire immediate political and cultural change”, which is why they have chosen Washington DC.  As with the Burning Man principles, none of that sounds too bad.  However, it starts to sound pretty bad when one of the exhibits is a 70-foot long, seven-headed, red metal dragon, which is clearly meant to symbolize the dragon in Revelation 12:3.  The dragon exhibit was actually used at a previous Burning Man festival, but it makes a person wonder what kind of political and cultural change they have in mind.  Like I said, Satan is sneaky, and he’s definitely not harmless, unless you know Jesus and have the power of God on your side.    Paul said, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:11-12)   Peter said, Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)   John said, “Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”  (1 John 2:15-17) Will God really spit the “lukewarm” out of His mouth?   I’ve been told by some people that God is just too loving and kind to send people to hell, especially people who are generally ‘good’.  As I pointed out on a different page, God is indeed loving and kind, compassionate and forgiving, but He also vowed to punish the guilty. (Exodus 34:6-7)  Everyone is ‘guilty’, unless they’ve had their sins forgiven or cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  In order for a person to be ‘forgiven’ by God, a person has to ‘ask’.  If God forgave everything, without anyone asking, then indeed no one would go to hell, but the Bible is clear that many will, some very unexpectedly (Matt. 7:21-23 & Matt. 25:10-13), including the ‘lukewarm’.  The problem of the lukewarm is that they might be good people, but they don’t pay any attention to God.  That’s like doing the 2nd part of the following verse, without the first.  Mark 12:30-31  [Jesus said,] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'   31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor  as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."   Doing the 2nd part without the first is no good because the first part is most important.  Don’t be fooled: God is not desperately trying to fill heaven with ‘good people’; He’s trying to fill heaven with ‘people who love Him’. (1 Cor 2:9)  There’s a big difference.  To love God is to obey His commands. (1 John 5:3)    If you’re thinking that it’s selfish for God to punish good people, just because they don’t pay enough attention to Him, then don’t forget: God created the universe and everything in it.  Humans are not in the position to question God. (Job 38+) He made the rules and no human can change them to suit their own desires.  Sure, God doesn’t want to condemn anyone, but the clock is ticking. (2 Peter 3:9-10)  The rules are clearly available for everyone to read, in the Bible, if people just bother to look.  If they don’t bother to look, then it’s not God who is condemning them; they are condemning themselves.