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The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction / Overview of Importance   The ‘abomination that causes desolation’ is perhaps the single most important earthly event, during end times, because Jesus specifically mentioned it, when speaking to His disciples.  In other words, the abomination is the event that Jesus specifically said to watch for, at the time of His return (in the sky) or rapture of Christians.  He added two examples to illustrate the immediate urgency, when the abomination is set up, in the ‘holy place’ (Jerusalem).  Matthew 24:14-16; 21 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  15 "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel - let the reader understand- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.  18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. … 21 “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again.”     Prior to this passage, Jesus gives several signs that are vaguer, but then addresses the ‘abomination’, from the Book of Daniel, as the final sign before the rapture.  That will bring the greatest distress upon the world, even more so than Armageddon, which is roughly 2300-days (78-months) after the rapture. (Daniel 8:13-14)  The 2300-days between the rapture and Armageddon is commonly called the ‘tribulation’, which will consist of the Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation. (not the Seals)   People mistakenly include the Seals in the tribulation, but that is wrong because Seals 1-5 are in the past, and Seal 6 is the rapture, since the signs in the sun, moon, and stars perfectly match the ‘rapture’ (gathering in the sky) in Matthew 24:29-31.  In addition to the same exact signs, the 6th Seal is obviously the rapture because it describes people hiding in the mountains (who fled) who see Jesus (the Lamb) in the sky. (Rev 6:15-17)  After that, the ‘multitude from every nation’ (Christians) are seen arriving in heaven, in Rev 7:9, since palm branches symbolize arrival.  They’re in heaven between the 6th and 7th Seals, which proves the ‘pre-trib’ rapture because the Trumpet plagues, etc, can’t start until the 7th Seal is over, a half-hour of silence in Rev 8, since trumpets literally can’t sound during a “silence.”    Post-tribulationists try to deceive people into believing that the ‘tribulation’, including the antichrist (Rev 13), comes before the ‘rapture’ (multitude in heaven) by overlapping the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, which is manipulating or omitting about half of God’s end time prophecy.  However, omitting any part of Revelation is expressly forbidden (Rev 22:19), which essentially makes them ‘false prophets’ (for changing God’s prophecy).  The section in Matthew 24:22-25, which talks about the tribulation, is talking about the 144,000 Israelites (Rev 7), who stay on earth during the Trumpet plagues.  They are “not deceived” into taking the mark of the beast, so their “days are cut short” because they are martyred before the Bowl plagues (Rev 14).  All that ‘tribulation’ or distress starts when the abomination is set up (fleeing to the mountains), but the rapture of Christians (Matt 24:29-31) also happens at the same time because there are two groups in Matthew 24:15-31 (144,000 Israelites and Christians), just as there are two groups in Revelation 7.  The two accounts of end times (Matt and Rev) must match, and  omitting one group from Rev 7 would be another violation of God’s warning in Rev 22:19.    Therefore, the ‘abomination’ is the last sign before the ‘rapture’ (Jesus’ return in the sky to ‘gather’ Christians), which is why it’s the single most important earthly event, during end times.  Jesus just left things a little vague, in Matthew (speaking to His disciples), because He knew Revelation would be given later, with more details.    He also pointed to the Book of Daniel, where Daniel 11 contains a detailed list of events, surrounding the abomination, but the meaning was ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (12:4) In fact, the abomination is mentioned four times in Daniel’s visions, all of which give different information, and when combined; they form a definitive timeline of end times. [see chart left]  As such, Daniel’s “70th Seven” (Daniel 9:27) cannot be the same as “tribulation” (as most people have been led to believe) because the abomination is in the ‘middle of the seven’, but it starts a 2300-day period in Daniel 8:13-14.  In other words, the 70th Seven and the 2300-days overlap but they can’t be the same because it’s literally impossible.  Simply put, the rapture happens at the ‘abomination’, which is in the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’, which starts the 2300-day ‘tribulation’ (ending with Armageddon).  After that, Jesus reigns on earth for 1000-years.    Anyway, the most detailed list of events, surrounding the abomination, is found in Daniel 11, called God’s “Book of Truth” by the angel. (Dan 10:21)  Daniel 11 is the only chapter in the Bible that was specifically “sealed until the time of the end.”  Yet, God never said it would be sealed forever.  In fact, God likes to reveal the future before it happens because that’s His way of showing power and superiority over worthless idol gods. (Isaiah 44:6-7)  Therefore, it’s no surprise that God has allowed someone like me (lowly and unimportant) to ‘unseal’ Daniel 11, “so no one can boast.” (1 Cor 1:25-29)  Previous interpretations had huge gaps and serious flaws, but the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 includes every empire, from Daniel’s time until now, with no gaps or omissions.  Plus, unlike previous interpretations, the events or verses get closer together, as time goes by, especially during end times (or the final empire), which is what you would expect from a chapter that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.  The list below summarizes the events, in this century, and shows how they got closer together.  Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI End of 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: Despite accusations, Erdogan still sat with                       Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, from Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) UN General Assembly: Rouhani complained to the P5+1 that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the nuclear deal, which got much of       Iran’s frozen wealth returned. 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.  After that, the Houthis lost ground and even pursued       a peace settlement, for a while, but the Saudis wouldn’t compromise. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016-present) The UN approved resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli       settlements and demanded that all building stop.  On the same day, the UN         funded a ‘blacklist’ to aid the BDS boycott.  In Dec 2017, the UN voted 128-9        to condemn Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, thus       “forsaking the holy covenant.”    Notice that all the verses, before the abomination in verse 31, have been fulfilled, so the abomination is due next.  It would seem that God is taking His time, or creating a small gap, but the current riots in Gaza (more below) started in Dec-2017, the same time as the above UN vote, so I could argue that there is no gap at all.  On the other hand, the Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the “Bridegroom was a long time in coming” (Matt 25:5), so a delay is expected.  Plus, Peter said, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)  Yet, God will not wait forever; it will happen, eventually, just like all other prophecies from God. 
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)  It’s easy to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising since 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary) verse-by-verse    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. Part B:  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.  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.   The leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, once 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. ISIS in N. Sinai   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.   Note: If ISIS was paying attention to their own prophecies (explained in the above videos), they might feel the need to enact plan B, which is to attack Israel.  I admit it won’t be easy but if a group such as ISIS had enough motivation, they might find a way.  Related pages: The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)   Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Updated: 5-19-2019 2017 Re-written, & condensed: 5-05-2019 -     Daniel 11:31 (The Abomination) 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.”   First of all, I don’t think Israel has to reinstate animal sacrifices for this verse to take place.  I think the “daily sacrifice” is the daily prayer at the Western Wall, which is also the “temple fortress.”  It makes sense because a “fortress” implies a ‘wall’ and the Jews pray to that wall daily.  If an armed uprising could desecrate the Western Wall, then it would naturally stop the prayer, at least for a short time, until they could clean the desecration.  However, that would be hard to do during an armed uprising.  Thus, everything in the first sentence could happen very fast, and while that is happening, they could also set up the abomination.    No one knows what the abomination is, including me.  In fact, if anyone says they know, then they are just guessing because the Bible doesn’t say.  By definition, it is something ‘hated by God’.  We know that it is something that can be ‘set up’, and the location is the ‘holy place’ (Matt 24:15) or ‘a wing of the temple’ (Daniel 9:27).  It could be something unusual, but my best guess is simply a flag, since that can be set up very quickly, and it can be very symbolic.  I mean, God allowed Israel to miraculously re-unite Jerusalem and take the Temple Mount, in just 6-days, in 1967, so a flag to symbolize the splitting of Jerusalem would certainly be hated by God.  In recent months, there have even been a couple of attempts to raise a Palestinian flag, on the Temple Mount, during protests, but they were quickly removed by Israeli police.  Yet, it might be different during an ‘armed’ uprising, and raising a flag is common practice to symbolize victory.    Yet, that victory will be short-lived because God will step in and the rapture will happen, events of which will cause desolation.  I think part of the desolation will be caused by the 6th Seal earthquake, which will generate a tsunami, which is why Judea is told to flee to the mountains when the abomination is set up.  The tsunami is described in Luke 21:25, below.  Luke 21:25-27 25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.   The signs in the sun, moon, and stars are described in more detail in Matthew 24:29, which match perfectly with the 6th Seal, in Rev 6, where people are hiding in the mountains who see the Lamb in all His glory.  Of course, there’s an earthquake in the 6th Seal, in addition to the signs, so the ‘tossing of the sea’ and ‘running for the mountains’ makes perfect sense.  Even though Israel has tsunami warning signs for evacuation, the time will be short, as Jesus indicated, so not everyone will make it and there will be ‘desolation’ (emptiness) near the shoreline.    [click for brief summary of post-rapture on pop-up] Significant Current Events    Jesus also said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.  Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains …” (Luke 21:20-21)  That is obviously the same desolation that is caused by the abomination because people are directed to flee to the mountains.  So, the ‘armies surrounding Jerusalem’ must have something to do with the ‘armed forces rising up’ in Daniel 11:31.  Yet, I don’t think armies will be surrounding Jerusalem, like a siege, but rather it’s talking about the increase of hostilities all around Israel, with Jerusalem being the focal point of discussion.  I mean, Iran has been getting closer in Syria, while Hezbollah is getting stronger in Lebanon, while Hamas is causing trouble in Gaza, and other violence regularly happens in the West Bank.  Much of the hostility is centered around a future state for the Palestinians, who insist on having East Jerusalem as their capital, but that will never happen.    December 6, 2017 - Things began to get more heated when Trump announced that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and America would move their embassy there.  Rioting began the very next day, and has continued, at least once a week, ever since.    March 30, 2018 – The protests entered a new phase called the “March of Return” riots, where Palestinians gather at several points on the Gaza border, each Friday.  They were supposed to last until May 14, 2018, which was when America officially moved their embassy to Jerusalem (on the 70th anniversary of Israel), but the protests are still ongoing.  May 14th was the bloodiest day, with over 60 deaths, but hundreds have been killed overall.    May 8, 2018 – Trump officially pulled America out of the nuclear deal, between Iran and the P5+1, and started re-imposing sanctions, even though Iran was abiding by the nuclear agreement.  The sanctions are even tougher than before and have since wrecked Iran’s economy.  April 8, 2019, Trump even declared the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp) a terrorist group, which is unprecedented because that is a major branch of Iran’s military.  The move increases sanctions because the IRGC is involved in many businesses in Iran, so other countries are now prohibited to do business with those companies.  May 2, 2019, Trump also removed the exemptions from Iran’s biggest oil customers, so they must look for oil elsewhere, or face sanctions.    March 25, 2019 – Trump announced that America was recognizing the Golan Heights  as part of Israel, further angering Syria and Lebanon, and Muslims in general.    April 6, 2019 - Netanyahu pledged to annex ‘all’ the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, if he was re-elected, which of course he was, three days later.  In general, the election resulted in an increase of right-wing and religious seats in the Knesset.  Palestinian officials reacted strongly to the results, pointing out that only 18 of 120 members support a two-state solution.  They called the election a vote for ‘endless occupation’ and ‘apartheid’.    For the sake of space, this is only a short summary of events that have been provoking the Iranians and Palestinians to respond with anger and violence.  It’s impossible to mention all the times Israel has bombed Iran in Syria, but Israel has become more open about it, and less apprehensive about inflicting human casualties.    Yet, even with all these reasons and examples, I think there is something else: the situation with Bab al-Rahma and the Golden Gate, which will be the ‘final straw’ that causes the uprising in Daniel 11:31.  Riots near Bab al-Rahma and the Golden Gate   February 18, 2019 – A new development began to take place when members of the Waqf, a board of trustees who decide on matters concerning the Temple Mount, started demanding  that the Golden Gate, on the east side of the Temple Mount, which leads to the Bab al- Rahma, be opened.  The Bab al-Rahma is a building with columns, just inside the gate, which the Muslims would like to make into a permanent mosque.  However, Netanyahu and the Israeli courts have said ‘no’.  In fact, the gate has been locked, since 2003, due to Muslims conducting illegal excavations and Hamas being suspected of using the building for terrorist activities.  Yet, the gate was opened on Friday, February 22, 2019, after four days of rioting and threats of more riots.    The reason this could be a catalyst for the abomination is that Israeli courts have issued a court order to ‘re-close’ the gate.  The reason they want it closed so bad is that Jews think their messiah is supposed to enter through that gate (the one facing east), and it is supposed to remain shut until he arrives.  Ezekiel 44:1-3 “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.”   Note: The passage is a little confusing because Ezekiel lived hundreds of years before Jesus.  Yet, he seems to be prophesying about modern times today, when the gate is shut, but he says that the Lord “entered through it” (past tense), since that’s where Jesus made His triumphant entry.  I don’t fully understand everything, but the Bab al-Rahma fits the description of a “portico” (roof and columns), and it’s the only gate facing east (towards the Mount of Olives).  Of course, the Jews are wrong about their messiah, but that doesn’t matter because they are still highly motivated to re-shut the gate, so their messiah can arrive.    Of course, the Muslims know this, which is why they want it open, to prevent the Jewish messiah from arriving.  That is the same reason that the Sultan Suleiman put a large Muslim cemetery in front of the gate, in the 16th century.  Plus, the Palestinians suspect Israel of wanting to change the status quo and put a synagogue for Jewish prayer in that area.  The Muslims have vowed to riot if Israel re-locks the gate, but the Jews are bound to do it, eventually, because many think the time is right for their messiah.    The situation could ignite into a religious war, and the Bab al-Rahma is literally on a “wing of the temple,” where Daniel 9:27 says the abomination will be set up. Daniel 9:27  (The 70th Seven) 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.”     Briefly, the subject of this verse is Iran because they are the current ‘king of the north’, starting in Daniel 11:21, and the “end that is decreed is poured out on him.”  The “end that is decreed” starts in Revelation 8, includes the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, and ends with Armageddon.  The “covenant with many” was most likely the Iranian nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many).  The ‘confirmation’ was most likely Adoption Day for the agreement, October 18, 2015, which would put the ‘middle’ (+ 3-years 6-months) on April 18, 2019, which was very near Passover-2019.  Of course, the abomination and rapture didn’t happen on Passover week, but the Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the Bridegroom was a ‘long time in coming’. (Matt 25:5)  Plus, I’ve always said that the middle of a 7-year period cannot be pinpointed to just one-day.  On the contrary, the middle could represent a ‘range of time’, perhaps months.  Personally, I think Passover-2019 was the ‘exact’ middle of the 70th Seven, but since the Bridegroom was a ‘long time in coming’, Jesus never intended to arrive on the exact middle.  Yet, I think He will arrive soon enough.  Therefore, the situation with Bab al- Rahma is primed to provide both conditions in Daniel 9:27: the location (wing of the temple) and the timing (middle of the 70th Seven, or 3.5 years from the confirmation).    At first, Israel allowed the gate to be opened because they didn’t want to cause riots during the election campaigns, but that ended April 9th.  Then, I can understand why they wouldn’t want to close it during Passover week, since many Jews visit the Western Wall at that time.  In fact, it’s never a good time to cause a riot, and there’s always an excuse not to do it, but Israel will eventually close the gate because they think they have to.  The police and military are just waiting on the command to enforce the court order.  In the meantime, Israel is arresting the Temple Mount employees who open the gate each morning, detaining and banning them for a week or so.  However, that procedure could change without notice, and with social media, the uprising could start very fast.  In fact, the Muslims could already have plans in place because they expect Israel to close the gate, eventually.  Update: 5-5-2019   In the week following Passover, tensions have been escalating dramatically.  Starting on Tuesday, one rocket was fired into the Mediterranean, prompting Israel to reduce the area that Palestinians can fish.  On Thursday, May 2nd, hundreds of balloons with explosive or incendiary devices were launched into Israel, which prompted Israel to retaliate with missiles, which led to 4 more rockets from Gaza.  Friday brought the usual riots on the Gaza border, but two Israelis were shot, which prompted more retaliation.  By Saturday and Sunday, May 5, 2019, over 600 rockets had been fired into Israel, in a 24-hour period, killing 4 Israelis.  Of course, Israel retaliated by bombing over 260 targets, killing at least 16 Palestinians.  By the way, May 2nd, the day that the balloons were launched, was also the day that Trump ended the exemptions for Iran’s biggest customers.  It could be a coincidence, or it could be linked, because Islamic Jihad and Hamas are allies of Iran.    Related page: Daniel 11 Explained  (Condensed verse-by-verse commentary on one page)   Note: Don’t wait until you see the actual events, before accepting Jesus as your personal savior, because everything could happen so fast that you don’t see the uprising or abomination on the news, before the rapture happens.  In fact, waiting any time at all is like gambling with eternity because people die suddenly from accidents, heart attacks, or even murders, every day.  It’s a comfort to know that you have heaven to look forward to, if anything should happen, so don’t wait.  Besides, there’s enough proof, already, to know that the Bible is real and Jesus is coming, without seeing the actual abomination.  Update 5-19-2019   There has been no word on the closure of the Golden Gate, leading to the Bab al-Rahma, but I don’t expect the Israeli government to announce in advance that are going to close it on a certain day; they will just do it.  I can understand why they have not done it, so far, because they were hosting the Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv, May 14-18, but that is done.  Another consideration is Ramadan, which lasts until June 5th, so I don’t think Israel will close the gate during Ramadan because that would be magnifying the inevitable backlash.  Netanyahu still has until May 28th to form a coalition in the Knesset, but he should be done by the end of Ramadan.  It is reported that many in the proposed coalition are making difficult demands.  Could one of those demands be the immediate closure of Bab al-Rahma?  I don’t know, but it sounds like something that the religious parties would want, and they gained some strength in the election.    If Israel chooses to enforce the court order, afterward Ramadan, then the resulting uprising could possibly coincide with Pentecost, June 9th, which is another day with important symbolism to God.   Another consideration is that the week after Pentecost is gay-pride week in Tel Aviv.  The infamous gay parade is Friday, June 14th, which normally ends with a party on the beach.  The moon will be near full because the full moon is June 17th.  In my opinion, gay- pride week would be an appropriate time for the abomination and subsequent tsunami because Tel Aviv will be celebrating homosexuality, which God does not condone. (Romans 1:26-27)  There was actually a 4.6 earthquake in the Mediterranean, on May 15, 2019, which was in the perfect location to hit Tel Aviv with a tsunami, but of course it didn’t.  However, larger earthquakes are often preceded by smaller ones.  When the time comes, the earthquake of the 6th Seal will be enormous and generate a considerable wave, as indicated by Luke 21:25-26   I’m not trying to set a date; I’m just making observations.  I really think it depends on the gate closure, because the Bab al-Rahma is literally on a “wing of the temple,” and the closure will surely cause violent riots.  However, that’s not something that can be predicted, any more than an earthquake can be predicted, but signs indicate that everything is ready, and that’s exciting.    To tell the truth, I’m mentioning events before the full moon in June because, if 2300-days is added to June 17th (full moon), then it lands about 3-days before the Feast of Tabernacles in 2025.  That is significant because the Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated during Jesus’ 1000-year reign, after Armageddon. 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 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 circumstances and consequences, I just don’t think God would have a long gap (up to a year), before the worship ever started.  However, in making this observation, I am assuming that God’s calendar for the Feast of Tabernacles is the same as the current Hebrew calendar, which is not an absolute certainty.  In other words, my calculation involving the full moon in June and the 2300-days could be off by a month or so, but I don’t think it’s off by a lot.  God definitely uses a lunar calendar, throughout the Bible, and Jesus went by the Hebrew calendar when He was on earth.  Yet, the only way to know for sure is to wait and see.    On a slightly different subject, the tension between Iran and the United States has grown considerably in the last week or so.  It was announced on Sunday, May 5th, that the carrier group, USS Lincoln was moving towards the Gulf, (but subsequent reports indicated that the move had been under way for much longer).  Then, on Friday, May 10th, it was announced that the USS Arlington, an amphibious landing ship, was on the way, as well as a Patriot missile battery and B52 bombers.  In the meantime, on May 8th, Trump imposed sanctions on Iran’s industrial metals, such as iron, steel, aluminum, and copper, which is 10% of Iran’s export economy, second only to oil.  The economic warfare and threats of physical warfare are backing Iran into a corner where they might have no choice but to lash out.  In fact, on Sunday, May 12th, four oil tankers were sabotaged in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the Strait of Hormuz.  Iran denied that it was them, but what do you expect them to say?  Netanyahu has already said that Israel would join the US in the event of war with Iran.  That is understandable because almost everything Trump has done concerning Iran was because of Netanyahu (and Saudi Arabia).  Israel might as well get involved because there would definitely be some firepower going in their direction, if Iran was attacked, just like there were missiles fired at Israel when Saddam Hussein was attacked.  However, Israel did not respond offensively at that time.  My whole point is this: The phrase in Daniel 11:31, which says, “His armed forces will rise up,” probably refers to a limited uprising around Bab al-Rahma, but the way things are going between the US and Iran, it could mean more.  Either way, conditions are ripe and ready for Daniel 11:31 to be fulfilled, and that’s exciting.  Updated: 5-19-2019