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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 (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, and have continued almost non-stop since, so I would argue that there is no gap at all; they are just building to a climax.  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 slight delay is expected.  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 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 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 -     The Abomination, Earthquake, & 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.  Someday, it will.  Significant Current Events    Jesus 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 ‘abomination that causes desolation’, as in Matt 24:15 and Daniel 11:31, because people are directed to flee to the mountains in Matt 24:16.  Thus, 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 literally surround Jerusalem, like a siege, but rather symbolically, as they have already done.  I mean, Iran has been getting closer in Syria, while Hezbollah is getting stronger in Lebanon, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad are causing trouble in Gaza, and other violence regularly happens in the West Bank.  Much of the hostility is focused on Jerusalem because the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as their future capital, which will never happen, at least not voluntarily.    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 increased anger and violence.  It is impossible to mention all the times Israel has bombed Iran, in Syria, but 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 already been going on since Dec-2017, but with weapons, meant to teach Israel a lesson, or illustrate a point, without causing a full war.  In other words, I don’t know how Daniel 11:31 will take place, but it is the next verse due, so it could happen at any time.   December 6, 2017 - As I mentioned above, there was really no gap between verses because 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 next day.    March 30, 2018 – The protests entered a new phase called the “March of Return” riots, where Palestinians gathered at several points on the Gaza border, each Friday.  The riots continued for well over a year and only stopped after coronavirus became a problem.    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 wrecked Iran’s economy.    April 8, 2019, Trump declared the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp) a terrorist group, which was unprecedented because that is a major branch of Iran’s military.  Iran goes on the offensive against the US   May 12, 2019 -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 when four oil tankers were sabotaged in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the Strait of Hormuz.    June 13, 2019 - Two more oil tankers experienced explosions in the Strait of Hormuz, either from mines or torpedoes, just as Japanese Prime Minister Abe was visiting Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei.    June 20, 2019 - 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.  Updated: 6-13-2021 Netanyahu confirms my interpretation   September-2019 - Netanyahu was delivering a speech to some 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’ve been saying for many years that Iran is the current ‘king of the north’ or ‘leader of the final empire’, starting in Daniel 11:21, while others point to Turkey (based on an old, incorrect interpretation of Daniel 11).  It seems that Netanyahu just confirmed my interpretation More Tensions with Iran   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 – Five days later, 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, which they denied.   September 16-20, 2019 - The Shia militias in Al Bukamal, Syria, on the border with Iraq, which were bombed on Sept 9th, continued to get bombed all week.  It’s a critical position on the road from Iran to Lebanon, where Iran is believed to be building a military base.  Perhaps more significant is that Israel and Saudi Arabia were reportedly 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.    November 12, 2019 – Israel assassinated the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Abu el-Atta, in Gaza.  The early morning missile attack also killed his wife and three others.  The PIJ responded by firing over 450 rockets, over a two-day period.  In the exchange of fire, at least 19 Israelis were injured and 32 Palestinians (mostly from the PIJ) were killed.  At the same time, Israel attempted another assassination, on PIJ commander, Akram al-Ajouri, in Damascus, but only managed to kill his son and granddaughter, since he wasn’t home.  The operations and resulting exchanges was unusual because it targeted the PIJ, exclusively, instead of Hamas.  Therefore, Hamas chose not to join in the rocket fire, and even tried to de-escalate tensions by canceling Friday protests.  Personally, I think the coordinated assassinations were a big deal because the PIJ is closer to Iran than Hamas, so this incident effectively brought them to the forefront.  The Assassination of Soleimani and aftermath   December 29, 2019 – A major escalation occurred when the US bombed Shia militias in 5 locations, 2 in Syria and 3 in Iraq, killing at least 25 soldiers.  The bombings were said to be in retaliation for weeks of rocket fire into facilities where Americans were located, especially for one incident on Friday, 12-27, which killed a US contractor.  Iraq was notified about a half-hour before the bombings, at which time they said, ‘No, don’t do it’.  Of course, the US did it anyway.  One reason that Iraq was against it is that the group being bombed, Kataib Hezbollah, is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which was integrated into the Iraqi Defense Forces, years ago.  In other words, Trump bombed forces belonging to the Iraqi government (partially supported by Iran).  The bombings incited two days of protests and burnings at the US embassy in Baghdad.   *January 3, 2020 – Trump authorized the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, at the Iraqi International Airport.  In military terms, Soleimani was second only to Iran’s Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.  Muhandis was the commander of Kataib Hezbollah, the group that was recently bombed by the US, on Dec 29th.  It’s impossible to express what a huge development this was.  Soleimani was instrumental in shaping the volunteers of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) into a force that could combat ISIS.  He was not only a military leader and strategist, but a diplomat at the highest level who met personally with Putin and Assad to coordinate their forces with Iran’s, to beat back the Syrian rebels (mostly from al-Qaeda).  American politicians want to paint Soleimani as a murderer, but to Iranians, he was a legendary hero with no equal who furthered the interests of his nation beyond any other and died a martyr.      January 5, 2020 - Iraqi parliament voted and passed a resolution to expel US forces from the country.  Of course, the US refused to leave.    January 7, 2020 – Iran officially took revenge for Soleimani’s assassination by firing approx 22 ballistic missiles into two bases in Iraq, which house American personnel.  The strike was large enough to send a message, but also limited, since there were no casualties.  Thus, there was no counter strike from the US.  It’s unknown if Iran was actually trying to inflict casualties, but since the bases also housed Iraqis, advanced notice was given to Iraq, which naturally sounded early warning signals, which also notified Americans.  That’s how I understand the series of events.  Iran also gave notice that they were done, to prevent further escalation.    January 8, 2020 - Two additional rockets were fired into the ‘green zone’, indicating that some Shia militias may not think the revenge was adequate, and/or still want the US out of Iraq.    Note: there have been many incidences of rocket fire into the green zone, since then.   March 11, 2020 - On General Soleimani’s birthday, at least 18 Katyusha rockets hit Camp Taji, in Iraq, which houses American and coalition personnel.  Three men were killed: an American soldier, a British soldier, and an American contractor.  Twelve more were wounded.  US forces retaliated, on March 13th, targeting Kataib Hezbollah, but news in Iraq put emphasis on civilian causalities, prompting more calls for US withdrawal.  In fact, the US did withdraw some troops  from Qaim, Iraq, but said the move had been planned for months.    March 14, 2020 - Over two dozen rockets hit Camp Taji, wounding 5 soldiers: 3 American and 2 Iraqi.  March 16th, a training base south of Baghdad was attacked.  March 17th, at least 3 rockets landed in the green zone, Iraq, where the American embassy is located, marking the fourth attack in a week.   A new Shia militia, calling itself Usbat al-Thayireen, or League of Revolutionaries is now claiming credit for the rise in attacks.  The group released two videos demanding that the US leave Iraq, claiming that they also have the power to hit Israel as well.  Analysts say the logo in the videos suggest an affiliation to Iran, but it cannot be confirmed.   Condensed: 4-11-2021 Update and summary – 2020 through April 2021   I periodically must condense and summarize events because the software that I use has a limit on page length, so I will attempt to highlight the events that I see as having the greatest impact to current end times.  In doing so, it is a challenge to stay brief, but I will try.  The Israeli Elections and Trump Peace Plan   The current Israeli elections, which started in 2019, could be a sign of Jesus’ imminent return, not necessarily because of Biblical prophecies, but because of a Jewish Kabbalist named Rabbi Kaduri who prophesied, over 40-years ago, that there would be a period where Israel would have ‘elections but no government’.  Kaduri even predicted the year that it would happen, which came true.  Kaduri referenced another Kabbalist named Rabbi Shoshani who predicted that both rivals would be named Benjamin, which also came true.  The elections were held in April-2019, Sept-2019, March-2020, and March 23,2021.  The results of the last election are still being negotiated by the various parties to see if a government can be formed or a 5th election will be necessary.  I give more details on another page, including a third prophecy that could be related, and the exact wording of all the prophecies.  Although the prophecies are not Biblical, they are indirectly so because Moses said the only way to know if a prophecy was from God or not was to wait and see if it came true.  It’s evident that the stalemate elections were correctly predicted, over 40-years in advance, so at least those portions of the prophecies must have come from God.  The most important part is that all these prophecies predict the return of Jesus, around the time of the stalemate elections, which is very exciting and joyful.    Another major development was the unveiling of Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ peace plan, January 28, 2020.  It was long-awaited and then delayed by the Israeli elections in 2019.  However, facing his first impeachment, Trump needed a boost from his evangelical base, so he released the plan just weeks before the 3rd Israeli election.  Netanyahu was completely on-board, but the plan failed to give him a ruling majority in the Knesset (parliament).  The plan heavily favored the Israelis because it allowed them to immediately annex all the settlements and Jordan Valley, which would be 30% of the West Bank, in exchange for a 4-year transition period for the Palestinians where they could work towards having a sovereign state, with no military and the capital in Abu Dis, a small section of East Jerusalem already separated by a wall.  Of course, the Palestinians rejected it, but Netanyahu was fully ready to unilaterally annex the settlements and Jordan Valley.  Netanyahu even accepted an agreement for a unity government with the other Benjamin (Gantz), with only two items on the agenda for the new government: to fight covid-19 and annex 30% of the West Bank, starting in July-2020.  A final green-light from Trump was all that Netanyahu needed, but it never came, supposedly because Gantz didn’t agree on the timing.  The Trump ‘deal of the century’ was not implemented, yet, but rather than being seen as a complete failure, it is accredited for finalizing normalization agreements between Israel and several Muslim countries such as UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.  The first, UAE and Bahrain pinned their agreements on the stipulation that Israel would not go through with the annexation, which has technically not killed Trump’s deal but has effectively delayed it indefinitely.  Nevertheless, the Trump deal is important because it puts an Israeli proposal on the table as an alternative to the 2002 Arab Initiative, which demands a return to pre-1967 lines before any normalization with Arabs.    The turn of events was quite fortunate for Israel because they achieved at least a start in normalization with Arab countries without any promises of pre-1967 lines.  For that, the Palestinians labeled UAE, Bahrain, and other countries as traitors and back-stabbers for not maintaining solidarity with the 2002 Arab Initiative.  The turn of events relates to Biblical prophecy because the normalization agreements effectively pushed the Palestinians even farther to the North in Daniel 11 (Iran and their allies), and coupled Israel with the South (Saudi Arabia and their allies).  That’s Biblical because it’s the North who rises to dominance, after the rapture, and eventually invades Israel, the Beautiful Land, as it conquers the South. (Daniel 11:40-43)  Thus, Israel aligning with the South is getting closer to a future prophecy.     Although the normalization agreements are not technically peace agreements, since the parties have never been at war, they are still being heralded as such, which along with the Trump proposal, potentially fulfills another prophecy by Paul.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”   As the prophecy implies, there is a disconnect between Israel’s perception of peace with the South, and the North’s planning for an attack.  Of course, an effective attack is always secret and takes place when you least expect it.  That’s why the rapture will be a surprise to most.  Yet, as Paul indicates, it will not be a complete surprise to everyone, especially Christians who are watching for the correct signs from the Bible.  Of course, the correct final sign that Jesus said to watch for (Matt 24:15) is the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ from Daniel 11:31.  As I said before, all the verses before Daniel 11:31 have been satisfied or fulfilled, so the uprising and abomination in verse 31 could happen at any time, whenever God is ready.  The normalizations with Arab countries are just one of many signs leading to the uprising and abomination, which will accompany Jesus’ return in the sky for the rapture.  Iran Nuclear Agreement and Increased Aggression   Speaking of agreements, the Biden administration has recently entered talks with Iran to resurrect the JCPOA (Iran nuclear agreement), which Israel is adamantly against.  The closer the US comes to reinstating the agreement, the closer Israel comes to war with Iran, which neither side really wants, but Iran needs the sanctions rescinded.  In the run-up to Biden’s inauguration and eventual talks, Israel has repeatedly attacked Iran, as they have been doing for years, but Iran has tempered their response as to avoid an all-out war and hopefully await Trump’s demise, which they did.    Now, they are trying for sanctions relief, so they don’t want to retaliate too much and jeopardize that process.  Nevertheless, there has been a noticeable increase in tit-for-tat exchanges between Israel and Iran.  In my opinion, after reviewing my notes, there was a lull, for a while, possibly due to the coronavirus, but things picked up again when Israel assassinated a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Fakhrizadeh, on November 27, 2020 It was noted, at the time, that the end of the customary 40-day mourning period coincided with the anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination, Jan 3rd, by the US.    December: On Dec 20th and 21st, 2020, there were 8 rockets and 21 rockets, respectively, fired into the green zone, in Iraq, where the US embassy is located, marking the largest attack on the green zone since 2010.    January: Israel resumed attacks in Syria on 1-7-21 that killed 3 regime soldiers, on 1-12-21  that killed 12 soldiers, and 1-13-21 that killed 57 soldiers, which according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was the deadliest attack since the conflict began.  It should be noted that the attacks were in the run-up to the Biden inauguration.  Two days after the inauguration, Israel also bombed Hama, Syria on 1-22-21.     February: There were rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq and Erbil on 2-15, 2-20, and 2-22, which led to a Biden administration bombing of Abu Kamal, Syria on 2-25-21   Feb 25/26, 2021, an Israeli cargo ship was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, blowing two holes in the hull, above the water line.    Feb 27, 2021, Israel engaged in talks about a defense pact with Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain.  I never heard the results, but the mere idea probably got Iran’s attention.    March 1, 2021, Iran attacked another Israeli owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman, putting four holes in the hull, two on each side, all above the water line.  Iran denies it.   March 7, 2021, Saudi oil facilities were attacked by Houthis with drones and ballistic missiles.    March 25, 2021, Another Israeli cargo ship was attacked, this time by a missile in the Arabian Sea.    April 7, 2021, Israel retaliated and attacked an Iranian ship that had been anchored off Yemen’s coast, in the Red Sea, since 2016.  According to Iran, it was a cargo ship that was there for anti-piracy activities in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.  Israel and Saudi Arabia suspected the ship of engaging in weapons smuggling and surveillance for the Houthis in Yemen.  Unlike Iran, Israel executed their explosions below water-level, which flooded the engine compartment and leaked oil.  The Israeli retaliation came just as talks were starting in an effort to revive the JCPOA, which Israel would like to stop.    April 11, 2021, Iran’s underground nuclear facility at Natanz was apparently sabotaged in a “terrorist act,” just one day after Pres. Rouhani announced new, more powerful centrifuges in a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of their nuclear program.  An Iranian spokesman said that they reserve the right to respond against the terrorist perpetrators.    April 23, 2021 - Violence in Jerusalem erupted, as 105 Palestinians were injured by police, sending 22 to the hospital.  Clashes were mainly caused by the closure of a gathering spot by the Damascus Gate, during Ramadan.  During the night, 36 rockets were fired from Gaza, sparking retaliation from Israel.  The gathering spot was subsequently re-opened.   May 7, 2021 - Violent clashes continued in Jerusalem, around Al Aqsa Mosque, on the Temple Mount, where over 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli officers were injured.  Palestinians were protesting the possible evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.    May 10 – May 20, 2021 – Eleven days of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas included over 4500 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza, and heavy retaliation from Israel.  Vigilante mobs on both sides clashed in at least seven Israeli cities of mixed populations.  Casualties numbered 248 Palestinians and 12 Israelis   May 21, 2021 - The cease fire came into effect on Thursday (2am Friday -local time), but celebrations at the Al Aqsa Mosque turned into a riot, Friday, as hundreds of young Palestinians threw rocks at police, who responded with rubber bullets and stun grenades.  It was relatively mild, compared to the previous 11-days, so the cease fire was said to have ‘held’ because there were no rockets from Gaza.    Nevertheless, Hamas officials have indicated that they are ready to resume attacks  if necessary.  The leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, vowed in a speech to continue "fighting for Jerusalem," and specifically mentioned "liberating the Al-Aqsa Mosque," on the Temple Mount.  He also mentioned Sheikh Jarrah, where several Palestinian families face evictions when the Israeli Supreme Court resumes their case, June 8th   In my opinion, the issue of Sheikh Jarrah, which was one of the main causes of the recent war, has the potential to start the violence all over again.  From what I understand, six families, or up to 70 people, could be evicted and their property awarded to Jewish families who lived there several decades ago.  The lower courts have already ruled in favor of the evictions.  It’s naturally a sore spot for Palestinians because the Jews are essentially being given “right of return,” which is exactly what Palestinians have been demanding, since 1948.  UN resolution 194 actually granted them “right of return,” but Israel has ignored it.  Yet, now, the Israeli Supreme Court could give the Jews opposite treatment, which is a severe slap in the face.  If the court rules in favor of the Jews, I expect more violence.    Note: There doesn’t have to be an ongoing war or riots for the uprising and abomination to occur because Paul prophesied, “While people are saying, “peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”  (1 Thess 5:3)  Thus, it sounds like the uprising and abomination could happen during a cease fire and come as a sudden sneak attack.  Then again, riots could be ongoing and escalate quickly into the designated uprising in Daniel 11:31.  It’s just hard to say.  If you think about ‘labor pains’, all the signs are very visible that they are due to happen any day, but when the water actually breaks, it always seems like a bit of a surprise.  That’s the way I view the current situation around Sheikh Jarrah and the Temple Mount: All the signs are there for the abomination and rapture to happen but the water just hasn’t broke.  I’m hoping it will happen by the end of June, but we will have to wait and see.  The 70th Seven Connection   One aspect of the nuclear agreement that ties everything together is Daniel’s prophecy of the 70th Seven, which begins with a ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’.  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.   I am almost positive that the Iranian nuclear agreement is the ‘covenant with many’ because the verse implies that the one who makes the ‘covenant’ (agreement or promise) is the one who will set up the abomination.  That would correspond to Iran or one of their allies setting up the abomination, which makes sense because Iran is clearly the current ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11, starting in verse 21.  It is crucial that Daniel 9 and 11 agree because the ‘abomination’ in both chapters is the same event.  The ‘covenant with many’, which starts the 70th Seven, perfectly describes the Iran nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany), which is literally ‘many’.    Plus, the nuclear agreement was a historical agreement ‘of Biblical proportions’ because it has been in the headlines, for the last 7-years, and it continues to be one of the main sources of tension between Israel and Iran.  To give a sense of the timeline and Biblical significance of the nuclear agreement, here are some of the highlights.  The interim agreement was signed Nov- 2013, which I think fulfilled the agreement in Daniel 11:23, which helped start Iran’s rise to power.   The official signing, which included a UN resolution, which ‘confirmed’ the interim agreement, was July-2015.  Another milestone, stipulated in the resolution, which ‘confirmed’ the signing, was Implementation Day, Jan-2016, when Iran completed their requirements and the first sanctions were removed.  The nuclear deal also came into play in Sept-2016 when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani complained to the UN that the US was not completing their commitments to the deal, which spurred the exchange of a large amount of cash, which I think fulfilled Daniel 11:28.  Shortly after that, Trump became US president and left the deal, which was significant in its own way because it cemented Iran’s distrust and hostility to the US.  Biden is trying to fix the relationship, but it may be too late because Iran has a presidential election on June 18, 2021 where a hardliner is expected to be elected.  Plus, Israel is doing everything they can to stop the re-signing, such as sabotaging the Natanz nuclear facility   God only knows the exact day of the abomination and rapture, but if my interpretation concerning the nuclear agreement is correct, the 70th Seven runs through July-2022 or Jan-2023, depending on which event ‘confirmed’ the agreement.  The NIV says the abomination will be in the ‘middle’, but the KJV says ‘midst’, which could be anytime within.  I think they are both correct because I think the ‘middle’ is like that of a jelly doughnut.  I mean, the jelly is not in one exact spot, but throughout the middle portion, which is everything but the outer breading.  The Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the Bridegroom was ‘a long time in coming’ (Matt 25:5), so it’s natural for the abomination to be in the 2nd half, but I wouldn’t expect it to be at the very end.  The question is: How thick is the breading on God’s 70th Seven?    Updated: 6-13-2021 Related page: Rapture soon Update: 6-13-2021   There are two quick points I want to make.  First, I’m still waiting for news about the Sheikh Jarrah evictions, for which the Israeli Supreme Court was supposed to hold a hearing on 6-9.  Prior to that, Attorney General, Mandelblit, denied a request by the defendants to speak on their behalf, saying that from a legal standpoint, he doesn’t see how the evictions can be prevented.  I have not heard of a postponement, so I imagine they are keeping things secret, since the results could cause protests.    However, they won’t keep them secret forever, nor will they alter their decision due to threats from Palestinians because there was a similar situation regarding a flag-march in the Old City.  The government postponed the flag-march for a few days, but then ruled it could proceed on Tuesday, 6-15, regardless.  Hamas has called for a ‘day of rage’ to protest the flag-march, where people were asked to come to the Temple Mount and Old City Jerusalem.  Hamas even called for solidarity, from Gaza and Lebanon, to “protect the Temple Mount.”  It remains to be seen if the protests will amount to much, but the location and request for solidarity reminds me of Jesus’ prophecy: “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  How near?  I don’t know, but I suspect the calls to get even louder, if the evictions are upheld, because the Palestinians see a pattern, and this decision could serve as a precedent for many similar cases, which are currently in the court system. 
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