Rewritten & updated: 9-26-2023 © Copyright 2010 - 2023   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 Daniel’s 70th Seven     Daniel 9:27 is one of the most intriguing verses in the Bible.  For one reason, it contains the ‘abomination that causes desolation’, which Jesus spoke of (specifically from the prophet Daniel) when explaining end times to His disciples. (Matt 24:15)  On top of that, Jesus conveys a definite sense of urgency by telling Judea to “flee to the mountains” when the abomination is set up because there would be a “great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equalled again.” (Matt 24:21)  That “great distress” is caused by the 6th Seal Rapture and subsequent ‘post-rapture tribulation’, which is the Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation, not the Seals, as some believe, because Seals 1-5 are already in the past, during the last 2000-years.  I provide detailed proof showing how the 6th Seal Rapture happens in conjunction with the abomination, on the abomination page, so I won’t go into that here, but that’s one of the main reasons that Daniel 9:27 is so important.   Secondly, Daniel 9:27 is the only reference to the abomination that includes a time period  for when the abomination will take place.  Yet, figuring out that time period has proven to be rather difficult, as you might imagine, since the rapture is supposed to be a surprise to most, but not all. (1 Thess 5:4)  The time period is 7-years, which starts with a ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’.  The word ‘covenant’ just means agreement or promise.  I am almost certain that the ‘covenant with many’ was the JCPOA (Iranian nuclear agreement), which was signed in July-2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany), which is literally ‘many’.  Yet, figuring out the start is not that easy because “confirmation” can also imply some kind of ‘re-affirming’ of an agreement that already exists. 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.”    Before I get to the confirmation or re-affirming, let me say that I think there’s no question that the main subject of Daniel 9:27 is Iran because they are the primary leader of the final empire, starting in Daniel 11:21.  They are also the arch enemy of Israel, so it just makes sense.  Iran also backs Israel’s other enemies such as Hezbollah (Lebanon) and the Palestinians (Hamas and Islamic Jihad).  Some Bible teachers are under the false impression that Israel is the subject of this verse, but that doesn’t make much sense because the same entity that confirms the covenant also “sets up the abomination” and God’s wrath is “poured out on him.”  On the contrary, God’s wrath is poured out on the ‘king of the North’, at the end of Daniel 11, and Israel is aligned with the South.  In fact, Israel (the Beautiful Land) gets invaded by the North in Daniel 11:40-43, which is also the 6th Trumpet War (Rev 9), during the post-rapture, when the two witnesses are killed (Rev 11).  It all fits together with Iran as leader of the North, and Saudi Arabia as leader of the South, and the JCPOA as the covenant with many (P5+1).    Getting back to the confirmation, my best guess was always ‘Implementation Day’, which was 6-months after the signing of the JCPOA, in Jan-2016, when Iran proved they were in compliance and the first sanctions were lifted.  I thought that ‘confirmed’ the agreement.  However, 7-years from Implementation Day has already passed, Jan-2023, and the abomination didn’t happen.  For a while, I thought we were in sort of an ‘overtime’, which God can do if He so chooses.  However, a friend emailed me with another idea, which sounds more logical the more I think about it.  In a round-a-bout way, he implied that Trump’s removal of the US from the nuclear agreement, in May-2018, meant that Iran essentially ‘confirmed’ the agreement with the other five nations because they never pulled out like the US.  It makes sense because five nations are still ‘many’.  And if I recall, it was after the US pulled out that Russia and China really starting ignoring the US sanctions and getting closer to Iran.  So, if the confirmation happened in May-2018, then the 70th Seven could extend to May-2025 and we are still in the ‘middle’.  Note: The KJV has ‘midst of the seven’, which sounds more accurate, but essentially it’s the same because a ‘middle’ doesn’t have to be an exact point; it can generally be anything between the beginning and end, like the midst.    I think it’s significant that the 70th Seven could extend to 2025 because that includes 2024, which is on the same 19-year Metonic cycle as 1948, 1967, and even the creation of the world.  I give a detailed explanation of the Metonic cycle and all that on the Rapture Soon  page, so I won’t go into that here, but I think the rapture has a very good chance of happening in the first half of 2024.    It has a lot to do with Daniel 11:31, which also contains the same abomination.  Daniel 11 indicates that the abomination will be set up after an ‘armed uprising’.  Matthew 24:15 says it will be “standing in the holy place,” which I suspect to be the Temple Mount (or near it, since Daniel 9:27 says “wing,” which can mean ‘adjacent’).  Thus, the uprising will most likely be the 3rd Intifada from the Palestinians, which is highly plausible because they’ve already had two, from 1987-1993 and 2000-2005.  It’s interesting that 1986 and 2005 were also on the same Metonic cycle with 1948 and 1967.  The likely cause of the uprising is the current negotiations concerning the normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which should be maturing in early 2024.  I suspect that the Palestinians won’t be happy with how the negotiations are proceeding, or the results won’t be in their favor, so they will be inspired to revolt, most likely with arms from Iran.  I’m not just making stuff up because there has already been an uptick of violence in the West Bank and Iran is suspected of supplying arms. Furthermore, some have already called for a 3rd Intifada, but it never materialized because I guess they didn’t have sufficient cause.  I think the negotiations will go badly for them and finally give them the push they need.  I think all this is coming together on the Metonic cycle of 2024 because God is really controlling the timing.    As I’ve said, there’s more information about the Metonic cycle on the Rapture Soon page  and more about the negotiations and possible uprising on the Abomination page The following is a little more about the 70th Seven. - Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Related page: Daniel 11 Explained  (Condensed verse-by-verse commentary on one page) Comparison of Timelines: 70th Seven to 2300-days Background: What is a Seven?   At this point, let me back up and show that a “seven” is 7-years, rather than something else.  In case you’re not familiar, this verse is called the “70th seven” because there are sixty-nine other sevens that precede it.  The others are not connected chronologically, and I’ll discuss that in the next section, but they are useful in showing the measure of time.  Daniel 9:25 says, “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens’ and sixty-two ‘sevens’.”  The decree to rebuild Jerusalem (not the temple) was issued by King Artaxerxes of Persia, in the seventh year of his reign, which was 458 BC (according to the NIV study notes for Ezra 7).  It is not apparent to me why God separates the sevens, but the total is 483 years (69 times 7).  That puts the 483d year around 25AD, which is very close to when Jesus started his ministry (the Anointed One) because He was not born in year ‘zero’.  He was born in the time of King Herod (Matt. 2:1) and Herod died in 4 BC.  Plus, before Herod died, he ordered all Hebrew males, two years old and younger to be killed, so Jesus was probably about one.  Since He started His ministry at age 30 (Luke 3:23), it would have been around 25AD or the 483rd year.  The dates may not be exact, but the illustration is sufficient to show that a “seven” is ‘7-years’ rather than something else.  Updated: 9-26-2023 How do I know the other 69 Sevens are not connected?     I’ve had more than one person write in to tell me that the 70th Seven happened in Jesus’ time, but I suspect all of them were from the Church of Christ or similar denomination because I know the Church of Christ is not only ‘post-trib’ but believes that everything in the Bible took place in Jesus’ time or shortly afterwards.  I know that because a friend of mine was in the Church of Christ and told me.  My immediate response was, “Well, what about Heaven, at the end of Revelation?”  He said, “Well, except heaven of course.”  Excuse me, but that leaves an awfully big gap in the Bible without any prophecies from God.  Needless to say, I whole-heartedly disagree.  Besides, my unique, logical and verifiable interpretations of Daniel 11 and the Seals show that many of God’s prophecies were fulfilled in the last 2000-years, many in the last decade.  God is very active in the world, especially during end times.  Anyway, it’s easy to see how the 70th Seven is not connected to the other 69, which led to Jesus’ ministry, as explained in the last section.  To see where it breaks, one just needs to look at Daniel’s whole vision.  Note: I’ve added brackets for clarity.   Daniel 9:25-27 (NIV) 25 "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem [458 BC] until the Anointed One [Jesus], the ruler comes [25 AD], there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' [69x7=483 years]  It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. [Nehemiah 4:16-18]  26 After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. [crucifixion by the Romans]  The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. [Romans 70 AD]  The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.  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.   It’s pretty clear that the prophecy jumps to “the end” about halfway through verse 26, when it distinctly says, “the end will  come like a flood … and desolations have been decreed.”  Of course, it’s talking about the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ from verse 27, which clearly happens in the distant future, near the end, which is now.  The Church of Christ thinks that the destruction of the Temple was somehow the abomination, but that doesn’t make much sense when you consider other verses that indicate the abomination will be “set up” and “standing in the holy place,” not destroyed.  Besides, the main exile of the Jews, which they consider the ‘desolation’, didn’t happen until after the third revolt, around 136 AD, which is much longer than a ‘seven’.  They are obviously wrong because “the end” didn’t happen within 7-years of the 2nd Temple being destroyed by the Romans.  Yet, they are stubborn in their beliefs, and won’t listen to any facts concerning the pre-tribulation rapture.  It’s sad, but all post-tribs that I’ve encountered are like that and refuse to listen to plain facts from the Bible.  Instead, they choose to manipulate Revelation by overlapping and omitting, which is expressly forbidden by God. (Rev 22:19)  Anyway, the 70th Seven happens during end times, and I think it directly relates to the JCPOA between Iran and the P5+1 (many).  Time will tell if I have the right ‘confirmation’ as I explained above.  The 70th Seven is Not the Post-rapture Tribulation   Another thing that people get wrong about the 70th Seven is that they confuse it with the post-rapture tribulation, but they are not the same thing.  The abomination happens in the ‘midst’, ‘middle’, or generally ‘within’ the 70th Seven, but it ‘starts’ the post- rapture tribulation.  Thus, they overlap to some degree, as I’ve illustrated on the left, but they cannot be the same because the abomination is ‘within one’ but ‘starts’ the other.  Besides, the post-rapture tribulation (Trumpets and Bowls) last 2300-days, as described in Daniel 8:13-14 (below), but 2300-days is equal to 78-lunar months, or about 6.3 solar years, which is different from a ‘seven’.  Dan 8:13-14  13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled-the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?"  14 He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated."   Daniel 8:13-14 is an extraordinary prophecy because it summarizes the whole 2300-day ‘post-rapture tribulation’ into a few key events.    (1) The “rebellion that causes desolation” is obviously the ‘uprising and abomination’, combined, as they are combined in Daniel 11:31, along with the abolishing of the daily sacrifice.  Those events all happen together and ‘start’ the 2300-day tribulation.    (2) The “surrender of the sanctuary” is when the antichrist kills the two witnesses, 1260-days into the 2300-days (Rev 11:7), and takes over the 3rd Temple (2 Thess 2:4), which is built while the two witnesses supervise and protect the Temple Mount. (Rev 11:3-6)  That invasion is also the 6th Trumpet War (Rev 9 & Daniel 11:40-43), in the approximate ‘middle’ of tribulation.    (3) The “host that will trampled underfoot” are the armies of the antichrist that are killed at Armageddon (7th Bowl), at the ‘end’ of tribulation, at which time Jesus will reconsecrate the sanctuary, since it was defiled by the antichrist.    So, God amazingly summarizes the beginning, middle, and conclusion of tribulation, all in one verse, which will take 2300-days (note: an “evening and morning” is how God described ‘one day’ during the creation. (Gen 1:3)    Anyway, I said all that to show how the abomination ‘starts’ the 2300-day tribulation, which is different from the 70th Seven, which merely ‘contains’ the abomination.   The 70th Seven is Not started by an agreement with Israel   Finally, since I’m talking about the 70th Seven, I should include that the agreement has nothing to do with Israel, since that’s what many people mistakingly say.  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.”    Notice from the text that the same entity that ‘confirms the covenant’ also ‘sets up the abomination’, and God’s wrath is ‘poured out on him’.  That’s not Israel.  And, I don’t think God would characterize Israel as being the ‘many’.  Besides, God’s wrath is poured out on the ‘king of the North’, at the end of Daniel 11, which I’ve said is Iran.  I point that out because someone has already shown me one post-trib article that suggested that the normalization with Saudi Arabia could start the 7-year tribulation.  Of course, they were post-tribs, so they weren’t saying anything about the rapture until the tribulation was over.  However, there’s no way Saudi Arabia is the North.  Needless to say, they were wrong on so many levels, but that’s exactly the kind of people who usually put Israel into the covenant starting the 70th Seven, but that’s simply wrong.  In general, don’t believe anything the post-tribs say about end times.