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© Copyright 2010 - 2019   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 Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Daniel 11 Explained  Condensed “one page” Commentary (verse by verse) 586 BC 516 BC 445 BC 66 AD 4 / 5 BC 136 AD 1948 1878 2019 ??? 70 years 71 years 70 / 71 years 70 years 70 years 70 / 71 years Destruction of 1st Temple (2 Kings 25:8-9) 70-year Periods in Jewish History (3rd ‘pair’ possible very soon) Completion of Jerusalem wall (Nehemiah 6:15) Birth of Jesus (based on Herod’s death in 4 BC) Start of 1st Jewish revolt (Begin Seal 2) End of 3rd revolt  & complete exile (End of Seal 2) 1st modern Jewish settlement in Palestine  (related to Seal 3) Israel declared an independent nation  (related to Seal 4) Possible Rapture uprising & abomination  (Seal 6) Completion of 2nd Temple (Ezra 6:15) Jesus’ resurrection (Seal 1) see related page: The Seals Explained Rapture 2019   There are several reasons why I think the rapture is very close.  Reason #1 (introduction)   Tensions with Iran are extremely high, even to the point that Iran is beginning to lash out, so the ‘armed uprising’ in Daniel 11:31 (below), which sets up the abomination (on or near the Temple mount) could happen at any time.  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.”   It’s important to note that Iran is the leader of the final empire in Daniel 11, starting in verse 21.  We have now completed verse 30, so the abomination in verse 31 is due at any time.  Verse 30 was satisfied in Dec-2017, but that’s also when riots started in Gaza, which are continuing on a weekly basis.  Thus, there hasn’t really been a gap between verses, but rather protests and tensions are building up to the ‘armed uprising’ in verse 31 that sets up the abomination.  It could be Iran or any of their allies, such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad, and it still be considered the ‘north’ in Daniel 11.    Note: I am not taking anything out of context because God allowed me to discover the complete and true interpretation of Daniel 11, which is the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (Dan 12:4)  Yet, God never said it would be sealed forever.  Thus, while most people thought Turkey was the final empire (and still do), I knew it would be Iran, and current events have proven my interpretation to be correct.  I have provided a condensed, verse-by-verse, commentary of Daniel 11, as well as individual pages with more details.  Granted, not every verse is specifically about Iran (about half from verses 21-30), but the events of each verse contributed directly to Iran’s rise to power in the Middle East.    Current tensions are mostly contributed to Trump pulling America out of the Iran nuclear agreement (JPCOA) and re-imposing sanctions, not only on Iran, but any country that does business with Iran.  That has crushed the value of Iran’s currency, greatly reduced their oil and other exports, and prevented businesses from investing in Iran.  Trump’s tactics are essentially ‘economic warfare’, which is a term that Iran’s leader’s have often used   Many people think God specifically chose Trump to get a peace plan signed and usher in the 3rd Temple, but it was for an entirely different reason.  The 3rd Temple will be built after  the rapture, when the two witnesses are prophesying and protecting. (Rev 11)  People who believe that a peace plan is necessary are mis-interpreting scripture.  Trump’s main purpose was to be so lop-sided in favor of Israel and against Iran and the Palestinians, which he has accomplished, that it causes the armed uprising near the Temple Mount that sets up the abomination. (Dan 11:31)  By the way, almost every world leader is chosen by God for a particular purpose at a particular time, but Trump’s appointment is especially notable because only he could antagonize Iran and the Palestinians, as he has done, to the point of sparking the uprising that fulfills Daniel 11:31.  That is truly the beginning of end times because that is also the 6th Seal, in Rev 6:12, after which the Trumpet plagues, etc, start.   Currently, Iran has started fighting back in the only way they can: with small-scale attacks that send a clear message, but not serious enough to start a full war.  Attacks escalated May 12th, 2019, with the sabotage of four oil tankers.  On June 13th, two more tankers were damaged.  Rockets were also fired into the green zone in Iraq, where the American embassy is located, and other bases such as Basra, where Americans are housed.  On June 20th, a major escalation occurred when Iran shot down a US drone, which almost caused Trump to launch an attack, but he backed down at the last moment.  Yet, he issued a warning that he would attack Iran if they destroyed ‘anything American’ in the future.  So far, that hasn’t happened, but you never know when it might.  Iran has said that, in the case of war, they would fight back, not only with their own troops, but also with their allies, which means that Israel would be in the cross-hairs, especially since Israel has already said that they would join the US in fighting Iran.  On the other hand, the ‘armed uprising’ that fulfills Daniel 11:31 doesn’t necessarily have to be a full-scaled war; it could just be an escalation of the protests that are already occurring, meant to send a message, without a full war.  My point is: There are multiple scenarios that could cause the uprising that fulfills Daniel 11:31.   Note: It’s impossible to know what event will be the ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’ and causes the armed uprising, but don’t try to wait until you see it happen, to accept Jesus, because the rapture will happen almost immediately after the abomination is set up. (see Matt 24 page)  And contrary to popular belief, there is no 2nd chance for gentiles after the rapture, so it is important to be saved before the abomination, which could happen at any time, so don’t wait.    Note: Just because Israel seems militarily strong, don’t think that an armed attack near the Temple Mount is not possible.  Paul prophesied, “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)  Thus, Israel will think they are safe from such an attack, but it will come on them suddenly and unexpectedly.  Paul goes on to say, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (1 Thess 5:4)  In other words, Christians who interpret the Bible correctly, especially Daniel 11, will see the signs leading to the abomination, which is exactly what Jesus said to watch for. (Matt 24:15)  However, just as a pregnant woman shows definite signs that labor is coming, the actual moment still seems like a surprise, which is how the abomination and rapture will be.  Reason #4  (Bab al-Rahma and Golden Gate)     The 4th reason that I think the rapture could be very close is due to current events around the Temple Mount, particularly the Bab al-Rahma and Golden Gate.  The Bab al-Rahma is a building, just inside the Golden Gate (or Gate of Mercy), on the east side of the Temple Mount, facing the Mount of Olives.  The gate was closed and locked in 2003 because the Muslims were conducting illegal excavations and Hamas was suspected of using the building for terrorist activities.  It remained closed for 16-years, until it was re-opened on Feb 22, after four days of rioting and threats of larger riots.  The Muslims are now using Bab al- Rahma as a mosque and want to make it permanent, but Netanyahu and the Israeli courts have said ‘no’.  The main reason that the Jews want the gate re-closed is that they think their messiah is supposed to enter there, and it’s supposed to remain shut until he arrives.  Ezekiel 44:1-3 1 Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. 2 The LORD said to me, "This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it. 3 The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the LORD. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way."   Granted, the passage is a bit confusing because Ezekiel made the prophecy over 500-years before Jesus came to earth, but he uses the past tense to say that the Lord “entered through it.”  Indeed, that is the gate where Jesus made His triumphant entry, on a colt, so it’s like Ezekiel is prophesying about our present time, when the gate is to remain shut, and referring to Jesus in the past tense.  By the way, the Bab al-Rahma fits the description of a ‘portico’, which is just a roof with columns (like the porch of a house).  The Bab al- Rahma is on the inside of the gate, but it still fits the description of a portico.    I won’t pretend to understand every word of verse 3 but that doesn’t matter because the main thing is that the Jews think their messiah is supposed to enter through that gate, and it’s supposed to remain shut until he arrives.  (I think the Jews believe that the ‘prince’ is Elijah, who is supposed to precede their messiah, but it was actually referring to John the Baptist, who preceded Jesus.)  Anyway, the Jews are very motivated to re-shut the gate and the Muslims are very motivated to keep it open, which is a recipe for an uprising.  In fact, the Israeli courts have already passed a court order to re-close the gate, but Netanyahu hasn’t told the police or military to enforce the order.  The delay was initially because of the elections, which are ongoing, but Netanyahu could issue the order at any time, perhaps to get more votes.  Eventually, he will issue the order because the gate is too important to Jewish beliefs to remain open. Final Words   Another reason that the Bab al-Rahma is important is the location, on the east side of the Temple Mount, where an uprising would also fulfill Daniel 9:27, since it’s literally on a “wing of the Temple.”  Therefore, if the gates are re-closed, the Palestinians have already promised that there will be an uprising, and the location fulfills Bible prophecy.  On the other hand, if the gates remain open, and Iran decides to use their allies to fight back, then it would still be a good location for the Palestinians to cause havoc and set up the abomination that causes desolation.  Reason #3  (pattern of 70-year periods)   There is a pattern of 70-year periods in the Bible (see chart below), two of which are associated with the Seals.  Since the rapture is the 6th Seal, it makes sense that it would happen around the 70th anniversary of Israel, making another 70-year period.  In fact, the 70-year periods seem to happen in pairs, and the 6th Seal rapture would complete another pair.  Of course, we have just gone beyond Israel’s 70th anniversary (May 14th), but Israel signed their final armistice with Syria on July 20, 1949, which exactly 70-years later is falling on the 17th of Tammuz, and approx 3.5 years after the Implementation Day confirmation.  Thus, God could see the 70th anniversary differently than we do.  Updated #1 and #2: 8-18-2019  Reason #2  (middle of the 70th Seven)   The abomination happens in the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, as noted in Daniel 9:27.  But to be clear, the abomination is still at the ‘start’ of tribulation because the 1st half of the 70th Seven is not part of tribulation. (see chart on left)  The last half of the 70th Seven is part of tribulation, particularly when the two witnesses prophesy for 1260 days (Rev 11), the Trumpet plagues take place (Rev 8-11), and the antichrist rises to power for 42 months. (Rev 13:5)  The ‘mark of the beast’ is forced upon Israel after the two witnesses are killed, and then the Bowl plagues finish out the 2300-day tribulation (Dan 8:13-14), ending with Armageddon, the 7th Bowl. (Rev 16)  That’s a brief summary, illustrated on the chart.  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.”   First of all, the subject of this verse is Iran, not Israel as many people have been led to believe, since the one who ‘confirms a covenant with many’ is the same one who sets up the abomination.  Then, “the end that is decreed is poured out on him,” which is the ‘tribulation’ (Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation), which is poured out upon the antichrist and armies of the beast.  Note: The way I understand it, the ‘beast’ is a group of 10-nations that will make up the ‘north’, in Daniel 11, but Iran will lead those nations as the ‘king of the north’, who will ultimately be led by the antichrist, who is a person (the ‘mouth’ in Rev 13:5).  In general, Revelation can be confusing because ‘beast’ can refer to the nations or armies, or the antichrist who is leading the armies, but Iran is in the center.    Along those lines, I’m almost certain that the “covenant with many” was the JCPOA or Iranian nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, + Germany), which makes up the ‘many’.  The “confirmation” most likely came on ‘Implementation Day’, January 16, 2016, which is when Iran completed its requirements for the agreement, and in return, some of the sanctions were lifted.  If 3.5 years are added, then that would put the approximate ‘middle of the 70th Seven’ near July 16, 2019.  Of course, that date has passed and the abomination and rapture didn’t occur, but I’ve always said that the middle of a 7-year period cannot be pinpointed to 1-day.  On the contrary, the middle in general could be several months, so I have not given up that the Iranian nuclear agreement was the “covenant with many.”  Besides, the Parable of the 10-virgins says that the “Bridegroom was a long time in coming” (Matt 25:5), so you would not expect Jesus to come on the exact middle.   Other considerations for the nuclear agreement as the ‘covenant with many’ is that it has fulfilled parts of Daniel 11, so it serves to link Daniel 9 and 11.  I mean, the interim agreement that provided the framework, Nov 24, 2013, fulfilled Daniel 11:23.  After the implementation in Jan-2016, America was dragging its feet on fulfilling it’s part of the bargain, so Rouhani complained to the P5+1 at the UNGA, Sept-2016.  That prompted Obama to release billions of dollars in frozen assets, which fulfilled Daniel 11:28.  (It’s interesting to note that verse 28 is the only modern verse that specifically mentions the ‘king of the north’ by title.)  Another consideration about Implementation Day is that it means the 70th Seven started in 2016, which is a year on God’s ‘timeline of 37’s’, which seems appropriate to me.  Then, Trump was elected (in 2016) and subsequently dropped out of the nuclear agreement, in 2018, which has led to our current situation.  Thus, the nuclear agreement has remained front and center, since 2013, and remains a primary catalyst for current events, potentially leading to the abomination in Daniel 11:31 (more detailed ‘current events’ on the abomination page.)