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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.  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, like 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 I expect it at any time.   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.  Tensions between the US and Iran   The tensions between Iran and the United States grew considerably in May and June-2019.  May 5, 2019 - It was announced that the carrier group, USS Lincoln was moving towards the Gulf.  Then, on May 10th, it was announced that the USS Arlington, an amphibious landing ship, a Patriot missile battery, and B52 bombers were also on their way.  In the meantime, on May 8th, Trump imposed new 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.  On Tuesday, May 14th, there was a sophisticated drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline, west of Riyadh, about 500 miles 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 didn’t 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 also hit the arrivals hall at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, wounding 26 people.   On Thursday morning, June 13th, two 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.    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.”    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.    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 the saying goes: ‘desperate times calls for desperate measures’, and Iran is getting more desperate.    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.  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. Updated: 3-29-2020 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.”     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.   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.   Israel’s response was about 100 shells.     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’ve been saying for many years that Iran is the current ‘king of the north’ or leader of the final empire in Daniel 11 (starting in verse 21).  It seems that Netanyahu 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 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 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.    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, which begs the question: Who did?    November 12, 2019 – Israel executed a targeted assassination on 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, where 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 operation 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 tension by canceling Friday protests.  Personally, I think the coordinated assassinations were a big deal, mainly because the PIJ is more closely tied to Iran, than Hamas, so this incident effectively brought them to the forefront.    November 18, 2019 (Mon) – Pompeo announced a reversal of US policy towards Israeli settlements, which has been in effect since 1978, saying that they were “not, per se, inconsistent with international law.”    November 20, 2019 (Wed) – Israel conducted a pre-dawn attack on at least 16 targets, in Syria, said to be one of the largest attacks in the last couple of years.  Israel targeted several anti-aircraft batteries and warehouses, killing 16 Iranian soldiers, 5 Syrian soldiers, and 2 Syrian civilians, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.    December 29, 2019 – A major escalation occurred Sunday 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 2, 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, it’s doubtful that the US will 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.  It remains to be seen if everything is truly done because there were two rockets fired into the ‘green zone’, Jan 8th, indicating that some Shia militias may not think the revenge was adequate, and/or still want the US out of Iraq.  Condensed for space: 1-12-2020 Updated below.   January 17, 2020 (Friday) – Riots erupted on the Temple Mount as a Palestinian preacher, Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam, from Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), called for Jihad to liberate Jerusalem, establish a caliphate, and achieve world domination, all of which are Muslim prophecies.  Siam urged the crowd to wage Jihad and seek martyrdom to save the Al Aqsa mosque, which they see as under attack from an increased number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount.  It has also been reported that Israeli security is allowing some of the Jews to pray (inconspicuously), which Muslims see as a violation of the status quo.    Of course, world domination is a far-fetched idea, but if Muslims think Allah is behind them, they could escalate the riots at the Temple Mount and set up something that God sees as an ‘abomination’.  It will ‘cause desolation’ because that is when God will step in and open the 6th Seal, which will trigger an earthquake and tsunami, as well as the post-rapture tribulation (Trumpet and Bowl plagues).  Of course, the abomination will be a good thing for Christians because we will meet Jesus in the air and proceed to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  We will remain at the Wedding Supper, while people on earth experience the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, after which we will return with Jesus for His 1000-year reign.  Praise Jesus.    Granted, this is not the first time Siam has called for a Jihad (armed uprising).  He preached a similar message during Ramadan, in May 2019, but it takes the proper timing, sparked by other events, to elevate passions into a Jihad, which is kind of a last resort. Trump’s Peace Plan (To Annex or Not to Annex … That is the Question.)   I previously gave a summary of the peace plan and various reactions to it.  In general, I am forced to condense material regularly, to save space, due to limitations in my web-program.  To summarize, Trump has proposed a map (left), and numerous conditions on the Palestinians, who have vehemently rejected the proposal, saying the proposed state looks like Swiss cheese.  The conditions include complete “demilitarization”, rejection of terrorism and adoption of basic human rights, ending payments to martyrs’ families, no ‘right of return’ as stipulated by the UN, and a Palestinian capital on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, around Abu Dis, which is already separated from the rest of Jerusalem by a wall.  Trump is saying that the Palestinians could achieve a state, in four years, if the conditions are met, but I think the Palestinians know that they could never achieve a state under those conditions because some conditions are unacceptable, and others are impossible.  Therefore, Abbas is lobbying for international support, such as the UN, Arab League, and OIC, while regular Palestinians are taking to the street to show their disapproval.    In exchange for granting the Palestinians a long-shot chance for a state, which they will never realistically achieve, the Israelis get to annex the Jordan Valley and all the settlements in the West Bank.  On top of that, many Israelis want to annex immediately, regardless of Palestinian participation or approval.  Netanyahu was ready to let his cabinet vote on annexation, which would surely have been passed, but Jared Kushner pumped the brakes by suggesting that they wait until after the Israeli election, which is March 2nd.  Well, that made the situation even more interesting because these particular elections are already somewhat prophetic, due to an old Jewish mystic, Kaduri, who predicted that end times would come when ‘there would be elections but no government’.  Of course, Israel has already had two elections, April and Sept, where neither side could form a majority coalition, and this will be the third election in a row.  Already, polls show that many are predicting a fourth election.  Regardless of that, many on the right are demanding that the annexation be implemented before the March 2nd election.  That’s because Netanyahu’s opponent, Gantz, has said that he will only annex with international support.  In other words, annexation won’t happen if Gantz forms a government because Trump’s plan has already been condemned by the UN, Arab League, OIC, and EU.  If Netanyahu can get enough votes to form a quick government, then it’s off to the races, but if the election is again deadlocked, in which case Netanyahu will remain ‘interim PM’, then the annexation could go forth, anyway, since that would technically satisfy Kushner’s request.  Those on the right will not wait much longer because they are already petitioning outside Netanyahu’s house.  It’s not just the Israeli election they are concerned about, but also the American election, Nov-2020, since only Trump and Netanyahu would totally ignore the international community and support such a bold annexation.    Therefore, this is a unique situation for Israel and the March 2nd election could potentially put the  annexation closer to Passover, which has a higher possibility for clashes around the Temple Mount.  Of course, that’s where the abomination will be set up. (Matt 24:15 and Daniel 9:27)  The holiday also increases the odds for the rapture because Amos 8:8-10 mentions the earthquake, tsunami, and sun turning dark (from the 6th Seal rapture), along with ‘turning religious feasts into mourning’ and ‘singing into weeping’, which describes the Jews being left behind, since they don’t believe in Jesus.  I’m not saying that the rapture must happen on a Jewish holiday, because it could happen at any time, but the chances are a little higher during Jewish feasts, due to Amos 8:8-10. [text]    By the way, Trump’s plan also addresses prayer on the Temple Mount, where it promises to maintain the current ‘status quo’.  However, there is a controversy because Trump goes on to say, “People of every faith should be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount/ Haram al-Sharif, in a manner that is fully respectful to their religion, taking into account the times of each religion's prayers and holidays, as well as other religious factors.”  Of course, the ‘status quo’ is that only Muslims can pray on the Temple Mount.  Thus, Trump’s peace plan has Jordan and the Palestinians thinking that this is the beginning of a ‘new reality’ on the Temple Mount, a change which they are adamantly against.  That’s why Passover is a prime time for violent clashes.  We will see.   Another Biblical prophecy that Trump’s peace plan potentially satisfies is Paul’s prophecy that “While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly… ”  (1 Thess 5:3)  Well, ‘peace and security’ is exactly what Trump’s peace plan is all about.  Granted, Israel has been talking about peace for years, but more so now than ever with Trump’s peace plan finally revealed.  Yet, notice that no one actually has to sign the deal to fulfill Paul’s prophecy; Israel just has to be ‘talking about it’, which they are.    My point is: All this is leading, all be it ever so slowly, towards the armed uprising, in Dan 11:31, and subsequent ‘abomination that causes desolation’, at which time the rapture will occur The time is right because, in addition to the prophecies I’ve already mentioned, we are in the approximate ‘middle’ or ‘midst’ of the 70th Seven, from Daniel 9:27, and all the verses of Daniel 11, through verse 30, have been satisfied.  Plus, Seals 1-5 are in the past, so the abomination and 6th Seal Rapture are due at any time.  Current events are leaning towards an armed uprising (intifada), especially with annexation plans in the works. Trump peace plan map Trump Peace Plan Map (from Fox News article) click to enlarge Updated: 3-29-2020 Israeli aggression continues   Feb 6, 2020 - Israeli jets struck three bases in and around Damascus.  The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 23 killed: 15 Shia militia, 3 of whom were Iranian, and 8 Syrian soldiers.    Feb 13, 2020 - Israeli jets strike a weapons shipment from Tehran, which had landed in Damascus.  On the same day, a spokesman for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Ramezan Sharif, said that the assassination of General Soleimani would “lead to the liberation of Jerusalem.”  Of course, those were just words, until some action is taken, but it shows that Iran has not forgotten General Soleimani, and Jerusalem continues to be the ultimate target, which is where the abomination will be.    March 11, 2020 - On General Soleimani’s birthday, at least 18 Katyusha rockets hit Camp Taji, in Iraq, which houses American and coalition personnel, killing three men: an American soldier, a British soldier, and an American contractor.  Twelve more were wounded.  US forces retaliated, on March 13th, targeting Kataib Hezbollah, but emphasis was put on civilian causalities, prompting new calls for US withdrawal.  In fact, the US did withdraw some troops  from Qaim, Iraq, but said the more was 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.  Analysis say the logo in the videos suggest an affiliation to Iran, but it cannot be confirmed.    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is actively blaming the covid-19 outbreak on the US and Israel.  Hossein Salami, the commander of the IRGC, has suggested that covid-19 may be an “American biological invasion” and other propaganda has called it a “Zionist biological terrorist attack”, designed to attack Iranian DNA.  Even President Rouhani called it an enemy plot.  Supreme Leader Khamenei appointed Mohammad Bagheri, a commander in the Guards, rather than a medical doctor, to lead a “medical base” as part of a “biological defense exercise,” which suggest the virus needs a military response.    I don’t know how all this will play out.  On one hand, Iran may be weaker, but desperate times calls for desperate measures, so attacking the perceived enemy may seem like the right thing to do.  Attacks in Iraq have been getting more frequent, so who knows? Could the Coronavirus have something to do with the abomination? (My answer is at the bottom of a new page.  I couldn’t fit it on this page.)
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