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The ‘Abomination that causes Desolation’ (Final event before the Rapture) Introduction   Simply put, the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ is one of the most important events during end times because that’s when the rapture will happen.  I know that because Jesus specifically mentioned the abomination, from the Book of Daniel, when speaking to His disciples about end times.  Matthew 24:15 & 21 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.” … 21 “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again.”    If you study the abomination from the Book of Daniel, as Jesus suggested, then you will find it mentioned in chapters 8, 9, 11, and 12, but Daniel 11 clearly contains the most detailed list of events, both before and after the abomination.  Perhaps that is why the angel called Daniel 11 God’s Book of Truth. (Dan 10:21)  The Bible never says exactly what the abomination will be, but that’s not real important because the rapture will happen so quickly after it is set up that a person cannot wait until they actually see the abomination to be saved, since there won’t be enough time.  Therefore, if a person wants to watch signs that lead to the rapture, then they must watch signs that lead to the abomination, not try to guess what the abomination will be.  The closest event to the abomination, which is in the same verse, is an armed uprising.    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.”   Unfortunately, God’s use of pronouns prevents people from knowing exactly whose armed forces rise up.  However, from the verses before and after, it can be deduced that the armed forces are from the North, or allies of the North, since the king of the North is the final empire in Daniel 11.  Furthermore, the final empire from the North is outlined in greater detail than the others, which is what you would expect from the only chapter in the Bible that was “sealed until the time of the end.” (Dan 12:4)  Upon examination, the final empire from the North actually starts in verse 21, which perfectly matches the beginning of modern Iran, in 1979.  The verses between 21 and 31 describe events that either directly or indirectly helped Iran rise to prominence in the Middle East and spread their influence into ancient Mesopotamia, which is Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.  That is important because, if you understand the correct interpretation of Daniel 11, a key characteristic of every king of the North is their influence and control over ancient Mesopotamia.  Thus, I can say with confidence that Iran and their allies are the final ‘king of the North’ whose armed forces will rise up.    Like I said, any of Iran’s allies could execute the uprising in Daniel 11:31 and it still be considered as the king of the North, since Iran will undoubtedly be involved in the planning or arming.  Iran’s allies include Hezbollah, in Lebanon, other Shia militias, in Syria and Iraq, and even the Palestinian groups: Hamas and Islamic Jihad, in Gaza.   In fact, the Palestinians are the most likely candidates to execute the uprising, in Daniel 11:31, because they are the closest to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, where the abomination will take place.    Granted, the Palestinians are no match for Israel, but the uprising doesn’t have to be an all-out war to satisfy the verse.  I mean, the most obvious scenario is a 3rd Intifada, which literally means ‘armed uprising’, of which there have already been two, from 1987-1993 and 2000-2005 In fact, there have already been calls for a third intifada, especially when tensions ran hot and protests erupted, but so far, an armed uprising hasn’t materialized.  Yet, when God is ready, it will happen.    The only requirements for the armed uprising, according to Daniel 11:31, is that it “desecrate the temple fortress” and “abolish the daily sacrifice.”  Yet, I think both of those things can be accomplished very quickly and at the same time.  I mean, I think the “temple fortress” is the Western Wall, since a fortress is generally made of walls, and the “daily sacrifice” is simply prayer at the Wall, since Israel has made it an important daily practice, since 1967.  Contrary to some, I don’t think the verse is speaking of animal sacrifices because Jesus’ crucifixion was the last sacrifice that God required.  The two events can easily happen together, especially during an uprising, since any sizable desecration of the Western Wall would probably stop prayers, at least temporarily, until the uprising could be stopped and the Wall cleaned.  So, given that all the verses before 31 have already been satisfied, and the uprising will undoubtedly be planned in secret (or happen spontaneously), then the uprising could happen at any time, without notice.  What evidence shows the rapture and abomination happen together?   To answer that question, a person must compare Matthew 24:15-31 to Revelation.  First, the signs in the sun, moon, and stars, during the rapture in Matthew 24:29-31 perfectly match the same signs in the 6th Seal, in Revelation 6:12-14.  Thus, there is no question that the 6th Seal is the rapture because both passages happen during end times and those signs are too distinct to happen twice.  Plus, the ‘great multitude from every nation’ (Christians) appear in heaven immediately after the 6th Seal, yet before the 7th Seal, in Revelation 8.  The key to understanding Matt 24:15-31 is to recognize that there are two groups in Revelation 7, following the 6th Seal.  In addition to the Christians, there will be 144,000 Israelites (Jews) who will be ‘sealed by God’ so they won’t be fooled by the false prophet.  The 144,000 must endure the Trumpet plagues, but will refuse the mark of the beast and be martyred, in Rev 14, before the Bowl plagues start.  That’s why Jesus prophesied that their days would be ‘cut short’ (Matt 24:22), but I’ll address that more later.  The fact that there are two distinct groups, in Rev 7, following the 6th Seal, means that Matthew 24:15-31 contains the same two groups, following the abomination.  Thus, the 6th Seal rapture and abomination happen at the same time.    Further evidence is that Jesus tells Judea to “flee to the mountains,” when the abomination is set up, giving two examples to illustrate the urgency. (Matt 24:15-21)  Then, people are described as being in the mountains, during the 6th Seal, who see Jesus in the sky and mourn because they know they’ve been left behind to suffer wrath. (Rev 6:15-17)    Additionally, I think the Jews in Israel will have another reason to ‘flee to the mountains’, whether they recognize the abomination or not, since other scriptures, below, describe a giant tsunami that happens in conjunction with the rapture.  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. Amos 8:8-10 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.   So, as you can see, Amos even mentions the earthquake (land trembling) before the water rises and subsequently recedes, just like a tsunami.  Scientists have long known about tsunamis hitting Israel, in the past, so they expect another in the future.  That’s why Israel even has signs to show people how to evacuate the coastal regions and head to higher ground.  The 6th Seal starts with an earthquake, which will generate the tsunami and give people a limited time to flee to higher ground, which is why Jesus spoke with such urgency concerning the abomination.  Everything happens very quickly but I think there is a short time to allow at least some people to reach the mountains where they will see Jesus in the sky, as mentioned before.  Yet, like I said, there won’t be enough time for others, around the world, to hear about the events and ask forgiveness, so it’s important to be saved ahead of time.  So, what evidence shows the abomination and rapture to be near?   As everyone knows, the exact time and date of the rapture cannot be predicted, but God provided a few clues in which curious Christians can watch and hope.  Solomon said, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” (Prov 25:2)  There is even a special table for those who are watching when Jesus comes (below), so God undoubtedly gave clues in the Bible for people to watch and decipher.  God doesn’t make it easy, but a picture always gets clearer as you get closer to it.  Luke 12:37 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.   Granted, there are multiple signs in the Bible, such as disasters becoming more frequent, and society becoming more wicked, both of which seem to be happening, but those signs are not as specific as when Jesus mentioned the abomination from the Book of Daniel.  Like I said, Daniel mentioned the abomination four times, but Daniel 11 is the most detailed list of events.  When I started this website, which was initially a book, we were only on verse 22, but over the years, all the verses, through verse 30, have been fulfilled or satisfied, so the uprising and abomination, in verse 31, are due next.  The following is a brief summary, starting with verse 15, to show how the verses got closer together, as we got closer to end times.  My interpretation is totally different from previous interpretations, of which there have only been two, but both of those contain huge gaps and obvious errors.  Like I said, Daniel 11 is God’s Book of Truth, which was “sealed until the time of the end,” so it stands to reason that the events would get more detailed or closer together towards end times, rather than have huge gaps.  Verses 15-19 - The rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, from 1453 to 1919.  Verse 20 - The British Mandate, which spanned from 1919 to 1948. Verse 21 – The Islamic Revolution in Iran, which took place in 1979. Verse 22 – Saddam Hussein’s defeat, in 2003, and withdrawal of US forces in 2011 Verse 23 – The interim nuclear deal with Iran, which was signed in Nov-2013. Verse 24 – The ISIS invasion of Mosul was in June-2014, which ultimately led to Iran            gaining a military foothold in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon (ancient Mesopotamia). Verse 25 – Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen, in March 2015, because they said the Houthis            were allied with Iran.  Verse 26 – The attempted coup in Turkey, in July 2016, turned Erdogan away from            Saudi Arabia and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Verse 27 – The G20 summit, in Sept 2016, where Erdogan sat with Crown Prince            Muhammad bin Salman, from Saudi Arabia, despite accusations that            Saudi Arabia at least knew about the attempted coup ahead of time.  Verse 28 – Later, in Sept-2016, President Rouhani of Iran used the UN General Assembly            to complain to the P5+1 that the US wasn’t upholding their end of the nuclear            deal, which resulted in the unfreezing of most of Iran’s wealth, which further            financed their spread into ancient Mesopotamia.  Verses 29-30 – In Dec-2016, the UN Security Council approved resolution 2334,            which condemned Israeli settlements and demanded that all building be stopped.             Note: That vote was historic because the US refrained from vetoing as they            normally did.  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.”   As you can see, the verses went from being about one-century apart, to about one-year apart.  They got even closer, in 2016, which is understandable, since 2016 was on God’s timeline of 37’s, which I discovered with God’s help.  It would seem that a gap has been forming, since Dec-2017, but I don’t think so because the Palestinian rioting began in Dec-2017, just days after Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The Gaza protests continued for over a year, especially as America moved their embassy to Jerusalem, on May 14, 2018, which was the 70th anniversary of Israel.  The Palestinians vowed to continue the riots, but were forced to stop, in late-2019, not by the Israelis, but by the covid-19 pandemic.  I initially thought the riots would develop into the armed uprising, in Daniel 11:31, but as I point out on another page, the pandemic was indirectly mentioned in Isaiah 26:20, so it seems that God wanted to tamp down the riots a bit.  Yet, even so, since the riots started in 2017, and were directly about Jerusalem, I don’t think there is much of a gap, if any.  God is just controlling things to fit His chosen Day.  The 70th Seven   Like I said, besides Daniel 11, the prophet Daniel mentioned the abomination three other times, but two of those (chapters 8 and 12) concern periods after the abomination, giving important milestones during the post-rapture tribulation.  Only Daniel 9:27, which describes the 70th Seven, gives a clue to the possible timing of the abomination.  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.     Basically, a ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’ will start a 7-year period in which the abomination happens in the ‘middle’.  However, the KJV uses the phrase ‘midst’ of the seven, which could be any time within.  Actually, I think both are accurate if you think of the middle like the middle of a jelly doughnut.  I mean, the jelly is not just in the exact middle, but extends throughout, except for the outer breading.  Likewise, the middle of the 70th Seven can extend throughout, and no one knows the exact thickness of the outer breading.    Having said that, I think the ‘covenant with many’ was the Iranian nuclear agreement (JCPOA), which was between Iran and the P5+1 (many).  Contrary to popular belief, I have never thought that Israel was the subject of that verse because the same entity that confirms the covenant also sets up the abomination, causing God’s “end that is decreed to be poured out on him.”  God’s ‘end that is decreed’ is literally the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, in Revelation, which are poured out on the ‘king of the North’, in Daniel 11.  After all, Daniel 9 and 11 must coincide because the abomination is the same event in both chapters.  The JCPOA perfectly fits the ‘covenant with many’ because Iran signed the agreement with the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany), which is literally ‘many’.  Plus, Iran fits the ‘king of the North’, starting in Daniel 11:21, unlike any other country.  Finally, Iran is kind-of the arch-nemesis of Israel, which is what you would expect from the final ‘king of the North’, during end times.    So, now that I’ve established the JCPOA as the most likely ‘covenant with many’, then the question is: “When was it confirmed?”  Personally, I think there are two possible dates for the confirmation.  First, the official signing, July 14, 2015, which was accompanied by a UN resolution, confirmed the interim agreement.  On the other hand, Implementation Day, January 16, 2016, when Iran was declared to be in compliance and the first sanctions were lifted, confirmed the signing.  So, taking the later possibility, the 70th Seven could extend as far as January 16, 2023, but it could happen sooner. (in my opinion)    Note: For other prophecies from Jewish Kabbalists (mystics) that seem to point to this same time period, see my page called “rapture soon.” 
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) Daniel 11 Explained (condensed commentary) verse-by-verse Related pages: The Seals Explained  (Revelation’s timeline   without contradictions)   Matthew 24 Explained (must match Revelation) Updated: 7-04-2022 Related page: Rapture soon - Current Events   Tensions made an uptick on March 13, 2022, when Iran fired a dozen ballistic missiles towards Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan in Iraq.  The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said they were targeting an Israeli Mossad group, based in Erbil, which the Kurds denied having, but it shows that Iran is getting bolder towards Israel.  The missiles were revenge for an Israeli strike, in Syria, five days before, which killed two IRGC members.  It’s significant that Iran followed through with their vow for revenge, which they often threaten, but fail to enact.  The last time ballistic missiles were used, and Iran took responsibility, was following the assassination of General Soleimani, by the US, in Jan-2020.    Violence in Israel also made an uptick, starting before Ramadan, when over a two-week period, 14 Israelis and 16 Palestinians were killed, in 4-5 separate attacks.  On Saturday, April 2, 2022, three members of Islamic Jihad who were suspected of planning another attack were caught and killed in the West Bank.  Police found an M16 rifle, two 30-round clips, and a hand grenade.  There was also a hand-written ‘will’ that urged more attacks against Israel.  Tensions hit a peak on Friday, April 15, 2022, when violence erupted at the Al Aqsa Mosque.  It’s interesting that Iran’s Tasnim News warned in advance that Israeli forces were planing to storm the mosque.  Of course, that’s exactly what happened, but only to restore calm.  Israeli police even entered  the mosque, which lit up social media, since Muslims view that as taboo.   Tasnim News was quick to capitalize on the events by publishing comments afterwards by the IRGC calling the clash “a desecration of the holy values of Muslims … brutally attacking defenseless Palestinian worshipers.”  The IRGC also promised a "new wave" of support for Palestinians rising up against Israel.  Plus, in the days before the clash, Ayatollah Khamenei praised the Palestinian martyrs  carrying out recent attacks and said, “through the current moves the final victory will be with the Palestinian people.”  I mean, that comment perfectly illustrates what I’ve been saying all along: that the ‘armed uprising’ that sets up the abomination will most likely be from the Palestinians, due to location, but Iran (king of the north) will be a major instigator.   On Monday, April 18, 2022, during Iran’s Army Day celebration, President Raisi warned, “if you make the smallest movement against the Iranian nation, the destination of our armed forces will be the heart of the Zionist regime.”  It seems to me that the “heart,” which Raisi refers to, would be Jerusalem or the Temple Mount, which seems appropriate, since that’s where armed forces rise up and set up the abomination.    On April 28, 2022, during Quds Day in Iran, or Jerusalem Day, Hamas’ leader, Sinwar, warned Israel of a “big battle” for Al Aqsa, after Ramadan is over, if they continue to harass worshippers and enter the mosque.  Sinwar described defending Islamic sanctities, particularly Al Aqsa Mosque, on the Temple Mount, as the responsibility of resistance forces.    Related page: Russia in End Time Bible Prophecy.”   Updated: 7-04-2022   On May 11, 2022, a Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh was fatally shot while covering an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.  The incident was significant because she was highly respected among Palestinians and Israel was accused of purposely shooting her.  Two days later, on May 13, 2022, her funeral gained international attention when video footage showed pallbearers being beaten with batons by Israeli police, causing some to temporarily drop the coffin.  The dispute was over Israel’s insistence that the coffin be transported by car rather than on foot.  As usual, Israel prevailed.    On May 13, 2022, Israel bombed several targets in Syria, in the northwestern city of Masyaf, killing at least 5 people.  That type of operation is not uncommon for Israel, but what makes this significant is that Russian forces fired S-300 missiles towards the aircraft.  It was reported that the S-300 radar did not lock onto the Israeli jets, so there was no serious threat, but the incident was still unprecedented.  It is still unknown if the incident was a change in Russian policy or just a warning that the jets were too far north.    On May 21, 2022, Israel struck targets south of Damascus, killing at least three people, but ‘surface-to-surface’ missiles were used, which was interesting given Russia’s actions on May 13th.   On May 22, 2022, an Iranian colonel in the IRGC Quds Force, Hassan Sayad Khodai, was assassinated in Tehran by two gunmen on motorcycles.  Although Israel has assassinated many nuclear scientists in Iran, this incident marked an escalation because Khodai was not connected to the nuclear program.  Iranian President Raisi vowed revenge   Days later, several drones smashed into an Iranian nuclear research and drone facility at Parchin, killing one engineer.  (In February, a different UAV base was struck in western Iran.)   On May 29, 2022, then-PM Bennett reiterated Israel’s policy of striking at the “head of the octopus” rather than just the tentacles.  He was referring to the assassination of Colonel Khodai, in Tehran, on May 22nd, as well as other strikes and assassinations on Iranian soil, rather than just striking Iran’s proxies.    On May 23, 2022, an Israeli judge, Zion Sahrai, issued a controversial ruling that released three Israeli youths that were arrested for praying on the Temple Mount.  The Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Jordan, all condemned the decision, calling it a “dangerous escalation” and “serious violation” in the status quo.  It may not sound like much, but any change in Israel’s policy towards the Temple Mount is viewed as a step towards Israel’s take-over of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which stirs Palestinian emotions.    On May 30, 2022, tens of thousands of Israelis participated in the annual “flag march,” which was cleared by the courts to go through the Damascus Gate and onto the Temple Mount.  The parade celebrates the 1967 capture and annexation of East Jerusalem, but Muslims see the parade as provocative and crossing all red lines  An Iranian spokesman, Khatibzadeh, used the occasion to call on all Muslims to unite and liberate Jerusalem as a “first priority.”    On June 1, 2022, Israel kicked off a month-long military exercise to practice or showcase their ability to strike deep inside Iran to destroy their nuclear sites.  Israel later announced that upgrades to their F-35 stealth fighters gave them the ability to fly into Iran and back without refueling.    On June 3, 2022, another Iranian officer, Colonel Esmaelzadeh, from the same unit as Khodai, died under mysterious circumstances.  Along the same time, an Iranian aerospace engineer, Entezari, also died from mysterious causes.    On June 7, 2022, Israeli fighter jets attacked multiple targets around Damascus, including the Damascus International Airport.  Israel claimed that civilian flights were being used to smuggle weapons.  (The same runways were attacked in April and May, but this time, they were completely disabled.)  Russia strongly condemned the attack as “vicious, provocative, and violating basic norms of international law.”    On June 6, the IAEA officially censured Iran for refusing to explain certain nuclear findings, from years ago, prompting Iran to disconnect dozens of monitoring cameras   On June 29, 2022, a two-day session of indirect nuclear talks in Doha, Qatar, ended with no progress at all.  Both the US and Iran claim that the ball is in the other’s court, which sounds like a stalemate.    Personally, I’ve said for a long time that the issues dividing the US and Iran cannot be resolved, mainly because the US cannot guarantee that a future administration wouldn’t break the agreement and re-impose sanctions, all over again, as Trump did.  The 2nd big issue in the nuclear talks is the decertification of the IRGC as a terrorist group.  That designation is more than just ink on paper because the US forbids and punishes countries for doing business with terrorist groups.  However, the IRGC is not just a military organization but has interests in many civilian activities and businesses.  In other words, the terrorist designation acts as a huge economic sanction if foreign countries can’t do business with any IRGC organization.    Personally, I don’t see why Iran would go to the trouble of coming back into compliance with the JCPOA when they see first-hand what a country can do who has nuclear weapons.  I mean, look at what Russia has done to Ukraine, and no one is attempting to invade Russia.  North Korea is another example.  It seems to me that Iran saw the benefits they received from the JCPOA, which were limited by US reluctance to complete their end of the bargain.  So, it seems to me that Iran can do better by continuing to develop a bomb, which could give them a certain degree of protection, like Russia and North Korea.    On the other hand, Israel has vowed to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.  So, barring some unforeseen change in Iran’s stance, it seems like a matter of time before Israel goes after Iran’s nuclear sites.  The two main sites, Natantz and Fordow, are deep underground, but a group called Iran Watch lists 38 known nuclear-related sites.  Iran has failed to enact vengeance for most of Israel’s attacks, but an all-out assault on Iran’s nuclear sites might be enough to trigger a response.  Of course, that response could include an armed uprising from Iran’s proxies, around the Temple Mount, which could include the abomination that causes desolation.  The armed uprising and abomination are Biblical (Daniel 11:31), so they will happen, but it’s impossible to know the event that will become the final straw for Iran or the Palestinians.  One thing seems certain: If the nuclear talks continue to go nowhere and Iran continues to keep the IAEA in the dark, then Israel will continue to conduct cyber-attacks, assassinations, and possible military attacks on Iranian soil, until Iran or their proxies finally strike back.    Of course, the final straw could also be triggered by Israel’s policies towards the Temple Mount, or scuffles around the Al Aqsa Mosque, which Iran’s media plays a large part in stirring up the Palestinians and encouraging them to fight back.  The armed uprising could be the culmination of many things, but Israel’s aggressive actions obviously play a huge role.  I can almost guarantee that Israel won’t be stopping, so Iran or the Palestinians will eventually reach their breaking point and strike back.  Updated below: