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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 (detailed below) started in Dec-2017, after the embassy move to Jerusalem was announced.  That was about 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 of God’s other prophecies. 
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 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 2017 -     Daniel 11:31 (The Abomination & Tsunami) 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 will be, including me.  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’.  If Iran is involved, it could even be an Iranian flag, which would really be an abomination because they are the current ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11.    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, when the rapture happens, which perfectly matches 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, so the ‘tossing of the sea’ and ‘running for the mountains’ makes perfect sense.  The earthquake and tsunami are even mentioned together in Amos 8:8 (below) Amos 8: 7-10 “The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget anything they have done.  8 Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn?  The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt.  9  In that day, declares the Sovereign LORD, "I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.  10 I will turn your religious feasts into mourning and all your singing into weeping.    There was a 4.6 earthquake on May 15, 2019, in the perfect location in the Mediterranean to hit Tel Aviv with a tsunami, but of course it didn’t.  Yet, 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, which will ‘cause desolation’ near the shoreline.  [click for brief summary of post-rapture events, 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, which will never happen.    Note: 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 is impossible to mention all the times Israel has bombed Iran, in Syria.  Over time, Israel has become more open about it, and less apprehensive about inflicting human casualties.  Iran has said that they will respond in their own time, which could bring the fulfillment of Daniel 11:31.  Of course, the ‘armed uprising’ doesn’t have to be a full-fledged war.  It could be an escalation of the protests that have been going on since Dec-2017, but with weapons, meant to teach Israel a lesson or illustrate a point, without causing a full war.  Then again, who knows?   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 ever since, at least once a week.    March 25, 2019 – Trump announced that America was recognizing the Golan Heights  as part of Israel, further angering Syria, Lebanon, and Muslims in general.      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.  Tensions between the US and Iran   The tensions between Iran and the United States has grown considerably in May and June.  It was announced on Sunday, May 5th, that the carrier group, USS Lincoln was moving towards the Gulf, due to ‘credible threats from Iran’ (even though it was revealed later that the move had been planned before).  Then, on Friday, May 10th, it was announced that the USS Arlington, an amphibious landing ship, as well as a Patriot missile battery and B52 bombers, were on their way.  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 finally backed Iran into a corner where they had no choice but to lash out.  The lashing out started on Sunday, May 12th, when 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?  On Tuesday, May 14th, there was a sophisticated drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline, west of the capital, Riyadh, about 500 mi north of Yemen.  On Sunday, May 19th, a Katyusha rocket landed in the Iraqi ‘green zone’, where the US embassy is located.  A launcher was found about 5 km away and Shia militias, backed by Iran, are the main suspects.  Trump’s response, later on Sunday, was a strongly worded tweet, saying, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the US again.”     However, threats and intimidation are apparently not going to work with Iran and their allies.  On June 6th, an MQ-9 Reaper drone from the US was taken down over the Red Sea by the Houthis.  On June 12th, the Houthis hit the arrivals hall at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, wounding 26 people. (Only 8 went to the hospital, but it’s another example that the Houthis are getting access to more sophisticated weapons.)    On Thursday morning, June 13th, two tankers experienced explosions in the Strait of Hormuz, either from mines or torpedoes.  It was an odd time for the attacks to happen because Japanese Prime Minister, Abe, was visiting Iranian Supreme Leader, Khamenei, and both ships, which were Japanese and Norwegian, were said to be carrying Japanese materials.   It was odd because Khamenei accepted the meeting, which he wasn’t obligated to do, and told Abe that he wasn’t interested in a message from Trump, which was sufficient to express his dissatisfaction, so why was an attack on a Japanese tanker necessary?  Of course, Iran claims that they were being framed, which is possible, but given the fact that Iran is the current ‘king of the north’, in Daniel 11, and verse 31 indicates that someone’s “armed forces will rise up”, I think the IRGC was likely responsible.  If so, then Khamenei wanted to send Trump a definite message, beyond just his verbal dissatisfaction.    On June 18th, a Katyusha rocket was fired across the Tigris River, into an Iraqi military base where Americans are present.  (Yet, there was no injuries or casualties.)    On June 19th, another Katyusha rocket was fired near Basra, Iraq, into a site that houses several major oil firms, including US Exxon Mobil, injuring three people.    ** On June 20th, Iran shot down an RQ-4A Global Hawk drone over the Strait of Hormuz.  The drone reportedly cost over 100 million dollars.  Iran claims that it was in their airspace and the US disputes that claim.  The discrepancy is about 10 miles difference.  Nevertheless, the dispute almost caused a war because Trump had a plan in motion where an estimated 150 Iranians would have been killed, but he canceled the strike with 10-minutes to spare.    ** On June 24th, Trump imposed further sanctions upon Supreme Leader Khamenei, (and later upon Foreign Minister Zarif) for which President Rouhani said the White House was suffering from a ‘mental disability’.  Of course, that angered Trump who fired back a tweet and said, “... Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force.  In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.”    Therefore, Trump has drawn his own ‘red-line’ that Iran will eventually cross; it’s just a matter of time.  Iran has been attacked repeatedly, in Syria, and has yet to retaliate, but if they are attacked directly, I think Iran will fight back.  In that case, Iran has already said that they will use their allies such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad.  Netanyahu has also said that Israel will join the war.  Therefore, it is feasible to think that if the US attacks Iran, some of Iran’s allies will attack Israel, which could be the ‘armed uprising’ in Daniel 11:31, which will result in the abomination and rapture.    On Monday, July 1st, Israel once again attacked Iran’s allies in Syria, killing 15 people, including 6 civilians, one of whom was an infant.  The strikes were mainly around Homs and Damascus.  Several Hezbollah members were among the 9 solders killed.    On Thursday, July 4th, British marines seized an Iranian oil tanker as it was entering the Mediterranean Sea, south of Gibraltar.  It was believed to be destined for Syria.  An Iranian official tweeted that it would be their duty to seize a British tanker, which they did on July 19th.   July 7, 2019 – Iran announced that they were breaking the nuclear agreement’s restraint to keep enriched uranium under the 3.67% level.  They previously went beyond the agreement’s storage limit of 661 pounds.  They have since removed restraints on research & development.   July 14, 2019 – It was reported that 85 Israelis, including 8 religious students and 6 intelligence officers, broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and moved barriers and shoe racks.  Supposedly, some performed Talmudic rituals at the Bab al-Rahma and Dome of the Rock.  Muslim officials claimed that “cowardly acts” such as this was meant to provoke a response so Israel could close the Bab al-Rahma. (more details below about that)    July 19, 2019 – Iran seized a British oil tanker, with 23 crew members, which Iran says collided with a small Iranian fishing boat, and subsequently refused to follow protocol.  Update 8-25-2019: The UK and Gibraltar released the Iranian tanker, but as of 9-15-19, Iran is still holding the British tanker.   July 19, 2019 – The US military announced the launch of Operation Sentinel, which is supposed to be a “multinational maritime effort” to increase ‘surveillance and security’ in key waters of the Middle East, including the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, and Bab al-Mandeb (Red Sea).  The US also announced that it is sending 500 troops to Saudi Arabia, along with a Patriot missile battery and a squadron of F-22 stealth fighter jets.  It is the first deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia since 2003.  Israel said they would be glad to help the operation, but Iran said they would attack if Israel came to the Strait of Hormuz.   In general, Iran is backed into a corner, concerning sanctions, and will likely keep lashing out in various ways.  Foreign Minister Zarif recently told reporters at the UN, “We live in a very dangerous environment. The United States has pushed itself and the rest of the world into probably the brink of an abyss.”  Furthermore, he said the Trump administration was “trying to starve our people” and “deplete our treasury” through sanctions.  As they say, ‘desperate times calls for desperate measures’, and Iran is getting more desperate.    July 20, 2019 (17th of Tammuz) - A small section of the Western Wall, which is only accessible through an alley in the Muslim quarter, was desecrated on the 17th of Tammuz Specifically, someone took red spray-paint and wrote, “Slaughter the Jews.”  I’m not saying that this act satisfied Daniel 11:31, because there was no ‘armed uprising’ or stoppage of prayer at the main plaza (Kotel), but events seem to be edging closer to that sort of thing.    August 11, 2019 – Muslim worshipers clashed with Jewish police on the Temple mount, when Jews were allowed to ascend on Tisha Be’Av, a day of mourning that marks the destruction of both Jewish Temples.  It was during regular visiting hours, but it coincided with Eid al-Adha, which is a Muslim holy day.  Clashes were inevitable because nearby mosques were closed so Muslims would have to visit the Temple Mount to pray, just to block the Jews.  The Muslims even delayed their prayer time by one hour so it would coincide with Jewish visiting hours.  Yet, the Muslims cried foul when the Jewish police used tear gas and rubber bullets, especially since it was a Muslim holy day.    Similar clashes occurred on June 2, 2019, as Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the 1967 re-unification of Jerusalem, coincided with the end of Ramadan.  Granted, neither clash turned into the ‘armed uprising’ from Daniel 11:31, but they hold significance because these were the first instances where Jews were allowed to ascend to the top of the Mount, on a Muslim holiday, in many centuries.  That’s why many Muslims expressed anger, even from Iran, Jordan, etc, since they think Israel is trying to change the status quo.  Whether that’s true or not doesn’t really matter because Muslim perception is what drives their actions.    In August, there were increased incidents in the West Bank and Gaza.  On August 1st, an IDF officer and two Israeli soldiers were injured during an exchange of fire on the Gaza border; the Hamas member was killed.  On August 10th, four Palestinians, armed with AK-47s and grenades, were caught trying to cross the border into Israel and were killed.  On August 11th, another Palestinian fired at Israeli troops while trying to cross the border and was killed.  On Friday and Saturday, August 16-17, rockets were fired into southern Israel, prompting Israel to respond by hitting targets, in Gaza, on Friday night.  Also, on August 16th, two Israeli teens were struck by a car while waiting for a bus in the West Bank.  The incidents may seem small, individually, but they show a general escalation of violence.  Together with the clashes on the Temple Mount, it was a busy couple of weeks in August.    August 23, 2019 – A 17-year-old Israeli girl was killed by an IED in the West Bank.  Her father and brother were also injured, as the family was visiting a spring.  The attack was out of the ordinary because it showed a heightened degree of sophistication.    August 24, 2019 – Saturday night, Israel attacked targets near Damascus, claiming that it was thwarting an “imminent” Kamikaze drone attack by Iran, upon Israel.  It was described as the most intense attack in several years.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an independent monitor, said that one Iranian and two Hezbollah fighters were killed.    August 25, 2019 – Sunday morning, about 2am, an Israeli reconnaissance drone fell on the roof of the Hezbollah media office.  About 45 minutes later, another Israeli drone exploded in the same area, causing extensive damage to the media office.  It is believed that the second drone was meant to destroy the first, before it could be recovered by Hezbollah.  I find it ironic that Israel attacked Iran in Syria to prevent their use of Kamikaze drones, but hours later, they were forced to use the same type of drone against Hezbollah, when their spy-drone malfunctioned.  It’s just a strange turn of events.  Hezbollah has since vowed to shoot down any future drones that cross the border.  Updated: 10-20-2019 Escalation in Gaza   In the week following Passover-2019, tensions escalated dramatically, starting on Tuesday, when 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 5th,  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 was also the day that Trump ended exemptions for Iran’s biggest oil customers.  The timing could be a coincidence or it could be linked because Islamic Jihad and Hamas are allies of Iran. Related pages: The 70th Seven Rapture-2019 Updated: 10-20-2019 Israel Spurs Tensions with Iran to New Level   Israel’s repeated attacks upon Iranian assets in Syria is now being called a “shadow war,” as more strikes spill over into Iraq and Lebanon.    On Sunday, August 25th, 2019, a drone made two strikes upon an Iranian-backed Shia militia  in Iraq, 9 miles from the Syria border.  One strike hit a headquarters building and the other hit a convoy of cars, killing one commander and another soldier.  The Fatah Coalition, a powerful bloc within Iraq’s parliament, called the strike a “declaration of war.”  Although Israel is ultimately suspected of the attack, the coalition called for the removal of the remaining 5000 US troops from Iraq, whom they also hold responsible, but that withdrawal is unlikely to happen.  The US has denied any involvement in attacks upon Shia militias in Iraq, and even admitted that Israel was behind at least one attack that hit a weapons depot on July 19th   Later Sunday night, August 25th, another attack occurred against a Palestinian group in Lebanon, close to the Syria border, who is an ally of Hezbollah.  This time, Lebanese President Michel Aoun called the attack a “declaration of war.”  Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to shoot down any future drones that enter Lebanese airspace.  He has also vowed to retaliate for the last attack in Syria (8-24) that killed two Hezbollah members.  Unnamed sources, close to Hezbollah leadership, told Reuters that Hezbollah was planning a “calculated attack” on Israel that would remain “below the threshold of war.”  Yet, IF that should happen, Israel would surely retaliate, so who knows where that could lead?    In the meantime, on the southern border, three rockets were fired into Israel, on Sunday, August 25th, for which Israel responded by striking a Hamas military compound.  Israel also reduced the amount of diesel fuel it supplies to Gaza’s power plant, by half, until further notice.  Gaza already experiences about 12 hours of blackout, for each 6 hours of electricity, so the cut is expected to reduce that duration to 4 hours.  As of Friday, 8-30, the cuts were still in place.    On Thursday, August 29th, Netanyahu displayed intelligence to expose Iran and Hezbollah’s precision guided missile project in Lebanon.  Netanyahu said that they ‘knew even more’ and vowed to “thwart this dangerous project.”  He even warned them in Arabic to “watch out.”  By displaying the evidence, Netanyahu was essentially issuing a warning to the Lebanese government to do something or Israel would hold them accountable, along with Iran and Hezbollah.  Yet, Hezbollah is a very powerful part of the Lebanese government, so there’s not much they can do.  Therefore, Netanyahu was essentially justifying the inclusion of Lebanon’s regular army into any future war with Hezbollah. Hezbollah hits Israel in the North   On Sunday, September 1, 2019, Hezbollah fired 2-3 anti-tank missiles at an Israeli army base, near the border, hitting some targets.  Hezbollah initially said that they destroyed a tank, which could have been occupied.  However, Israel confirmed that a building and an ambulance were hit, but says that there were no injuries.  Israel’s response was about 100 shells.  Prior to the exchange, Hezbollah says that an Israeli drone dropped incendiary material, north of the border, and started a forest fire.  Hezbollah also claims that they fired upon an Israeli drone, Wednesday, forcing it to turn return across the border.    Also, on Sunday (I think before the attack), Netanyahu was speaking to students and said that most of the terrorism Israel faces is organized, sponsored and funded from one place: Iran.  He went on to say, “A new empire has arisen with the goal of defeating us.” … I have been saying for many years that Iran is the leader of the final empire in Daniel 11 (starting in verse 21).  It seems that Netanyahu himself has just confirmed my interpretation War with Iran and their allies is heating up   September 9, 2019 – Israel conducted eight airstrikes on Shia militias who are allied with Iran, in Bukamal, Syria, near the Iraq border, killing at least 21 people   September 14, 2019 – Two Saudi oil facilities were hit by drones, causing Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity to be cut in half.  Since Saudi Arabia supplies about 10% of the world’s oil, that cut the world’s oil capacity by 5%.  The Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility, but Iran was blamed, instead, although they deny it.       September 16-20, 2019 - The Shia militias in Al Bukamal, Syria, on the border with Iraq, which were bombed on the 9th, continued to get bombed all week.  It is a critical position on the road from Iran to Lebanon, where Iran is believed to be building a military base.  Perhaps even more significant is that both Israel and Saudi Arabia were reported to be bombing together.  They said their joint venture was part of the Global Coalition Against Terror, which was formed to go after ISIS, but is now being expanded to include the Iranian Quds Force and Shia militias.  According to DEBKAfile, an independent news site from Israel, about 100 Shia military personnel were killed, throughout the week, and several hundred more have been injured.  One Saudi UAV was shot down on Thursday.    September 22, 2019:  The US announced that they were sending more troops to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which Iran sees as confrontational.  Iran has said that they won’t start a war, but any attack on them will cause an ‘all-out war’.  If that should happen, Iran has already said that they will use all their allies, which means that Israel will likely be attacked.  If they make it to the Temple Mount and Western Wall, that could be the ‘armed forces rising up’ in Daniel 11:31.  Since there could be sleeper cells in the West Bank, that’s very plausible.    However, that’s not the only possible scenario because the ‘armed uprising’ at the Temple Mount doesn’t have to be an ‘all-out war’.  It could also be an isolated incident like the Saudi oil attack, meant to send a message, but where Iran has ‘plausable deniability’.  Iran has already promised to respond to Israel’s attacks, in Syria, but said they would choose the ‘right time’.   October 11, 2019 - An Iranian tanker in the Red Sea was hit by two missiles, near the port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Reports indicated that two oil tanks were damaged, but not the engine, so the ship continued to its destination.  Saudi Arabia denied firing the missiles, and Iran never accused them anyway, which begs the question: Who fired the missiles?    For an update on Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria, see the update on Daniel 7.