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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 Reason #1   One reason that I think the rapture is eminent is that there is a pattern of 70-year periods in the Bible (see chart below), and two are associated with the Seals.  If the rapture happens soon, then it would make another 70-year period, since the rapture is the 6th Seal and we are near the 70th anniversary of Israel.  By the way, Seals 1-5 are in the past, and the 6th Seal is next to take place, which confirms ‘pre-tribulation’.  Of course, the 70th anniversary of Israel ended May 14, 2019, but Jesus said, in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, that the Bridegroom was a ‘long time in coming’ (Matthew 25:5), which made everyone fall asleep.  Yet, the Bridegroom did arrive, shortly after, which caught the foolish virgins unprepared.  Therefore, I wouldn’t give up just yet.  Stay vigilant like the wise virgins who brought extra oil. Updated: 6-01-2019 Reason #2   The second reason that I think the rapture will be very soon is that we are in the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven.  Yet, the ‘middle’ of a 7-year period cannot be pinpointed to just one day; it is likely a ‘range of time’, possibly months.  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 the above verse is Iran, not Israel, because the ‘end that is decreed is poured out on him’ and Iran is the current ‘king of the north’ or leader of the final empire, starting in Daniel 11:21.  Of course, the abomination that causes desolation is set up in Daniel 11:31, which must coincide with the middle of the 70th Seven so that Daniel 9:27 agrees with Daniel 11:31, since there is only one abomination.  By the way, the setting up of the abomination is when the rapture will happen, as explained by Jesus in Matthew 24:15, when He told Judea to flee immediately to the mountains.  I think Jesus said that because the earthquake of the 6th Seal will generate a tsunami, which makes them flee to the mountains, whether they recognise the abomination or not.  The tsunami will also cause much of the ‘desolation’ (emptiness).  The tsunami was mentioned by Jesus, indirectly, when He said, “On the earth, men will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”  (Luke 21:25)  Anyway, the abomination is due, in Daniel 11, because all the verses through verse 30 have already been fulfilled.  It is also due in Daniel 9:27 because we are in the middle of the 70th Seven, since Iran ‘confirmed a covenant with many’, 3.5 years ago.    Note: The chart to the left shows how the start of the 70th Seven is actually 3.5 years before the abomination and rapture.  The 2300-days, between the abomination and reconsecration of the sanctuary (Daniel 8:13-14) is actually the post-rapture ‘tribulation’, which consist of the Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation.  Like I said, Seals 1-5 are in the past, so they are not part of the post-rapture tribulation.  On the contrary, the Seals are called the “great tribulation” (Rev 7:14) because the multitude in heaven could only be saved by the blood of Jesus between the resurrection (Seal 1) and the rapture (Seal 6).  Seal 7 is not mentioned until after the multitude is in heaven (Rev 8), which is just a half-hour of silence before the Trumpet plagues can start, which is one thing that confirms the pre-tribulation rapture.   I’m almost certain that the “covenant with many” was Iran’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany), which is the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) + 1.  It fits the description of “many” perfectly.  I think the “covenant” (agreement or promise) was ‘confirmed’ on October 18, 2015, which was Adoption Day” for the nuclear agreement.  That’s when the agreement was officially kicked off and became affective because the UNSC adopted a resolution, which was a condition written into the agreement.  If you add 3 years-6 months to adoption day, then it lands on April 18, 2019, which was very close to Passover-2019.  I think the relation to Passover was very important.  In my opinion, it may be that Passover-2019 was the exact middle of the 70th Seven, but since the Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the Bridegroom was a ‘long time in coming’, to the point that everyone fell asleep, then Jesus was never meant to come on the exact middle.  Like I’ve always said, the middle of a 7-year period cannot be pinpointed to just one day, but rather represents a range of time, perhaps months.   Update 5-26-2019: There is one more day associated with the nuclear agreement that could be the ‘confirmation’, which was ‘Implementation Day’, January 16, 2016.  That is the day that Iran completed its requirements under the agreement, and in return, the P5+1 removed some of the sanctions.  That would definitely be ‘a’ confirmation.  The question is: Was it ‘the’ confirmation?  If half-a-seven (3-years 6-months) is added, then that would put the middle near July 16, 2019, which is also near a full moon.  However, for full disclosure, I see one slight problem with this projection, which I discuss in #5 below Reason #3   The 3rd reason that I think the rapture will be very soon 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’.    There’s a big reason that the Jews want the gate re-closed: They think their messiah is supposed to enter through that gate, 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 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, but 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), except the Bab al-Rahma is on the inside  of the gate, yet 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 is supposed to remain shut until he does.  Thus, the Jews are very motivated to re-shut the gate.  Of course, the Muslims are very motivated to keep it open, and occupy the Bab al- Rahma, to keep the Jewish messiah from coming.  That is not a new concept for Muslims because the Sultan Suleiman put a large Muslim cemetery in front of the gate, in the 16th  century, for that very purpose.  Thus, a clash of religions is happening concerning the Golden Gate and Bab al-Rahma because it’s vital to the Jews to lock the gate, but the Muslim Waqf, a board of trustees who decide matters on the Temple Mount, wants it open.    The situation on the east side of the Temple Mount is set to explode when Israel decides to re-lock the gate, which they will eventually do.  In fact, the Israeli courts have already passed an order to re-close the gate, but Netanyahu has not told the police or military to enforce the court order.  The reason for the delay was that Israel didn’t want the inevitable riots to disrupt the election campaigns, but those ended April 9, 2019.  I thought Israel might close the gate between the election and Passover, but that didn’t happen.  I can understand why Netanyahu didn’t close it during Passover, since that’s a time when hundreds-of-thousands of Jews visit the Western Wall.  Now, Passover is over, and I suspect that the order will be given to enforce the court order to close the gate.  Of course, that will cause a huge riot because the Waqf thinks that Israel is trying to change the status quo, to control the Temple Mount and possibly establish a Jewish synagogue for prayer in that area.  The inevitable riot could be the ‘armed uprising’ in Daniel 11:31, which takes place when the abomination is set up.  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.”   By the way, “the daily sacrifice” does NOT have to be ‘animal sacrifices’.  On the contrary, it could be the ‘daily prayer’ that takes place at the Western Wall (temple fortress).  After all, any “desecration” by the armed uprising would naturally stop the daily prayer, at least for a short time, because who would want to pray where there is a desecration?    Then, the abomination would be set up, also during the uprising, so everything would happen very fast.  Thus, the rapture would catch most people by surprise, since the events will happen too quickly to be seen on the news (before the rapture), especially in the West where most Christians will be asleep (if it happens in the morning in Israel). (Isaiah 13:10)  Reason #4   The 4th reason ties the 2nd and 3rd reasons together because the Bab al-Rahma is literally on a “wing of the Temple”, which is where the abomination will be set up, according to Daniel 9:27.   In other words, not only is the timing of Daniel 9:27 satisfied by the nuclear agreement, but also the location is satisfied by the potential uprising near the Golden Gate and Bab al-Rahma.  It’s only a matter of time before Israel re-closes the gate because many Jews think their messiah is due.  Plus, the recent election made the right-wing and religious parties even stronger in the Knesset (parliament).  Israel is not likely to advertise the date when they plan to re-lock the gate because that would be inviting a riot.  Currently, the Israeli police have been arresting the Temple Mount employees who open the gate, each morning, and banning them for a week or so, but they allow the gate to remain open.  That policy could change without notice and riot police could be stationed around the gate to combat the ensuing rioters.  I don’t know how long it will be, after that, for the abomination to be set up.  It could be minutes, hours, or even days, but I think the closing of the gate will be the catalyst that causes the ‘armed forces to rise up’ (Dan 11:31), which will naturally be on a ‘wing of the Temple’ (Dan 9:27).  Plus, if it happens soon, it will be in the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’ and complete another ‘70-year period’.  Updated: 6-01-2019 Condition #5    I’m not trying to set any dates, but as food for thought, if Jesus is going to arrive in the sky for the rapture in 2019, then it makes sense that He would arrive before the full moon, on June 17/18, because an additional 2300-days from that date lands about 3-days before the Feast of Tabernacles in 2025.  According to Zechariah, the Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated during Jesus’ 1000-year reign, after Armageddon, which is very important. (below) Any date past the full moon in June would be past the Feast of Tabernacles, assuming God is on the current Hebrew calendar, which I will discuss in a moment. Zechariah 14:16-19 “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain. 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The LORD will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.”   It’s clear from Zechariah that the ‘survivors from all the nations’ are the outsiders who continue to live during Jesus’ 1000-year reign, following Armageddon, which happens around Jerusalem. (Daniel 11:45)  There are 2300-days between the abomination (rapture) and when Jesus re-consecrates the sanctuary (Daniel 8:13-14), which must happen after Armageddon (perhaps on the same day), but before they celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  That’s why the full moon in June is significant to me, because after that, the 2300-days would land after the Feast of Tabernacles, and they would have to wait, up to a year, before worshipping Jesus.  Personally, I don’t think events would happen that way because those who don’t worship Jesus, during the Feast of Tabernacles, would get no rain and be inflicted with a plague.  Given the extreme circumstances and consequences, I just don’t think God would create a long gap (up to a year), before the worship ever started.  Of course, He could have a long gap, but it doesn’t seem likely, based on examples from the Bible.    I only know of two examples, which is the completion of the 2nd Temple and the completion of the wall around Jerusalem, both mentioned in the chart of 70-year periods. (top of page)  The 2nd Temple was completed on the 3rd day of Adar (Ezra 6:15), which was about 40-days before they celebrated Passover.  The wall was completed on the 25th of Elul (Nehemiah 6:15), which was about 19-days before they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles.  Thus, both big accomplishments came just weeks before a big celebration, not after.  Of course, Armageddon and the start of Jesus’ 1000-year reign (approx. 2300-days after the rapture) would certainly be a big accomplishment and will deserve celebration.  However, in making this observation, I’m assuming that God’s calendar for the Feast of Tabernacles is the same as the current Hebrew calendar, which is not an absolute certainty.  God definitely uses a lunar calendar, throughout the Bible, and Jesus went by the Hebrew calendar, when He was on earth, but God could technically start the Feast of Tabernacles, later, if He so chooses.    It goes without saying that God can do whatever He wants, but the reason I say it could be a month or so later is that there is another possibility for the ‘confirmation’ that started the 70th Seven.  I’m talking about ‘Implementation Day’, January 16, 2016, which was when Iran completed their requirements for the agreement, and the P5+1 removed some of the sanctions.  That definitely implies that the two sides ‘confirmed’ the agreement.  If you add half-a-seven (3-years 6-months), then that puts the middle around July 16, 2019, which is also near a full moon.  However, like I said, that is one month later than the full moon in June, so adding 2300-days would make it one month later than the Feast of Tabernacles (on the current Hebrew calendar).  Nevertheless, Implementation Day is a possibility for the confirmation that ‘started’ the 70th Seven, so the full moon in July is a possibility for the ‘middle’.  New Elections   As most people know by now, Netanyahu failed to bring together a majority coalition, in the required time-limit, so Israel will hold new elections on September 17, 2019.  It is the first time such a deadlock has happened, after a regular election, in Israeli history.  The main topic of contention was a proposed bill, written by the former Defense Minister, Liberman, who insisted that it be passed into law without any changes at all.  The bill proposed an increase in the number of ultra-orthodox who could be drafted into the army, which the ultra-orthodox opposed.  Netanyahu has clearly put the blame for the deadlock on Liberman.    In regards to the Golden Gate and Bab al-Rahma, the new election does not nullify the possibility of a gate closure.  In a strange way, it may actually speed up the event.  I mean, the reason that the gate was allowed to be opened in the first place was that riots and threats of larger riots happened in late-Feb, about 6 weeks before the April 9th election.  At the time, Israel didn’t want a disruption that close to the election.  Now, the election is 3.5 months away (about 14 weeks), so things are a little different.  Closing the gate and weathering the inevitable storm would actually help Netanyahu in the election polls.  The court order has already been issued, so enforcing the order doesn’t really require an acting Knesset.  Yet, if the gate closure is going to happen before the election, it would need to happen in June or July because August would, yet again, be within the 6-week window that prevented them from confronting the Palestinians and Waqf before.    If Netanyahu waits until after the election, and subsequent coalition talks, then it will be mid-to-late October, so will Netanyahu want to wait that long?  Or, will the ultra-orthodox and public let him wait?  There are already reports that the Muslims could be secretly renovating  the Bab al-Rahma into a permanent mosque, which Netanyahu vowed to prevent.  They could also be destroying ancient timbers in the area, some of which may have been part of the 1st and 2nd Temples.  Could Netanyahu afford to wait until late-Oct and let the Muslims establish facts on the ground to support their position?  If not, then the June or July time-frame would match the middle of the 70th Seven, as defined by the nuclear agreement’s ‘confirmation’ on either Adoption Day or Implementation Day, as explained above.  Could the deadlock and new election be God’s way of forcing Netanyahu to take action in the middle of the 70th Seven, to fulfill prophecy?  We can only wait to see if Netanyahu chooses to enforce the court order, now or later, but it will eventually happen because it means too much to the Jews to ignore.    Of course, something else could also happen to incite the uprising in Daniel 11:31 that sets up the abomination, but I think it will be the situation concerning the Golden Gate and Bab al-Rahma, due to the religious and symbolic significance, especially the location  on a “wing of the temple,” which is stipulated in Daniel 9:27.  Updated: 5-26-2019