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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, also 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 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.  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.  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 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 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 12, 2019 when four oil tankers were sabotaged in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the Strait of Hormuz.    On Thursday morning, June 13, 2019 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 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.    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.  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.  Updated: 8-13-2020 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 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.    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.  Assassination of Soleimani   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: 4-05-2020 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.  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’, perhaps something as simple as a flag.  It could ‘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 for approximately 2300-days, while people on earth experience the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, after which we will return to earth 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 sometimes it takes other events to elevate passions into a Jihad, which is kind of a last resort. Updated: 8-13-2020 Attacks from Iran’s allies continue (Soleimani remembered)   Feb 13, 2020 - A spokesman for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Ramezan Sharif, said that the assassination of General Soleimani (Jan 2) 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.    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 news in Iraq put emphasis on civilian causalities, prompting new calls for US withdrawal.  In fact, the US did withdraw some troops from Qaim, Iraq, but said the move 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.  Analysts say the logo in the videos suggest an affiliation to Iran, but it cannot be confirmed.  Related pages: Covid-19 in the Bible Rapture soon Waiting for the Uprising and Abomination   As the Bible says, all prophecies will be accomplished (Matt 5:18), but there are many prophecies that take place after the rapture.  To summarize the current situation, all that lacks for the rapture to take place is for Daniel 11:31 to be fulfilled because everything else, before the rapture, has been satisfied.  That doesn’t mean that certain things couldn’t be satisfied even more, but all that is necessary is the uprising (jihad) that sets up the abomination.  So, the million-dollar question is what will cause the uprising?    All the various events above are just examples of how Israel has been edging slowly but surely towards a confrontation with Iran (since they lead the final empire in Daniel 11) or one of their allies, most likely the Palestinians due to proximity to Jerusalem.  Right now, I see three main causes that could lead to the uprising.  Here is a quick summary. 1. Bab al-Rahma   A new chapter of an old story has emerged concerning the Bab al-Rahma, which is a structure on the Temple Mount, just inside the eastern gate, facing the Mount of Olives, known as the Gate of Mercy or Golden Gate.  It’s very controversial because it concerns a Biblical prophecy from Ezekiel.  Ezekiel 44:1-3 Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. 2 The LORD said to me, "This gate is to remain shut.  It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it.  3 The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the LORD. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way."   In general, the prophecy is misunderstood by the Jews.  Ezekiel was indeed prophesying about the future end times, but uses ‘past tense’ in verse 2 because that is the gate in which Jesus made His triumphant entry, thus making that part in the past.  Verse 3 is confusing but could be referring to an event after Armageddon (start of 1000-year reign), when Jesus will once again stand on the Mount of Olives. (Zech 14:4)  Of course, the Jews don’t believe in Jesus and think the passage is referring to a future messiah, who will enter the eastern gate, and it must remain shut until he arrives.     The Muslims are well aware of Jewish beliefs, which is why they want the gate open.  Historically, it was open until 2003 when Israel accused Hamas of using the Bab al-Rahma for terrorist activities and closed it.  Then, on Feb 22, 2019, the Muslims forced the gate open  and began using the Bab al-Rahma again, mostly as a mosque, even though it was outlawed by Israel.  That’s when it got confusing because Netanyahu vowed to close the gate, and Palestinians vowed to riot if that happened, and elections were being held at the time, so the gate remained open for a while.  Then, I saw where the Jordanian Times had reported that the gate had been closed, about a month after it was opened.  A second source, the Middle East Monitor, months later, also said it was closed at that time.  Yet, there were no protests.  Oh well.  But hold on a minute.  Now, Israel has issued a notice to the Waqf, on July 2, 2020, demanding that the ‘Bab al-Rahma prayer house’ be closed.  The publication, Al Monitor, insinuates that the gate is also open, so I’m confused.  The Waqf has been given until July 27 (tomorrow) to respond to the order, or the police could shut it down, but the Waqf won’t respond because they don’t recognize the Israeli courts on Temple Mount issues.  The Palestinians have vowed to protest the Bab al-Rahma’s closure, in a manner rivaling the 2017 metal detector riots, where Israel subsequently removed the detectors.  Of course, Israel doesn’t always do something on the exact day they say, so we must wait to see what happens.  The Bab al-Rahma is important to me because it could definitely be the location  of the uprising and abomination, since it fits Daniel’s description of a ‘wing of the temple’ (Daniel 9:27), and the Muslims have better access to the eastern side (as opposed to the Western Wall).  2. Sabotage in Iran   Briefly, there have been numerous explosions in Iran, some at key nuclear facilities, which required sophisticated methods that only Israel could have executed.  If Iran has definite proof, then they aren’t revealing it, yet, but have vowed revenge if they discover the source.  Granted, Israel has been bombing Iranian assets in Syria with impunity but going after targets on Iranian soil might be different.  Iran is unlikely to start a direct war with Israel but could work with allies to stage the uprising in Daniel 11:31.   3. Peace deal between Israel and the UAE   On Thursday, August 13, 2020, Israel signed a peace deal with the UAE that suspends Israel’s annexation of 30% of the West Bank, as outlined in Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ with the Palestinians, in exchange for several economic advantages.  Netanyahu said in a news conference that he has not given up on applying sovereignty in the West Bank, only postponed it, but he refused to give a timetable for executing Trump’s deal of the century.    Although annexation has been put on ice, indefinitely, the plan could have a negative effect in regards to Iran and the Palestinians.  For one, Iran could feel double-crossed by the Arabs and see it as Israel’s encroachment on the Persian Gulf.  The Palestinians see the deal as abandonment by the Arabs because it achieved nothing for them and only postponed or suspended annexation instead of cancelling it.  The Palestinians are very angry.    You never know what reaction some might have who oppose this deal.  Recall that Anwar Sadat was assassinated after a peace deal was signed between Israel and Egypt.  And, Yitzhat Rabin, who signed a peace deal with Jordan, in 1994, was assassinated in 1995, after he signed the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians.  Plus, remember Paul’s prophecy that says, “While people are saying ‘Peace and safety’ destruction will come on them suddenly.”  (1 Thess 5:3)  From God’s prophecies, we know generally ‘what’ will happen, just not when and how.  I still feel we are very close. 
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