Article 11. The Final Hours Before the Start of the Great Tribulation

“At the appointed time he will invade the South again, but this time the outcome will be different from what it was before. (Daniel 11:29 NIV)

  1. According to the prophet Daniel, the armies of the Abomination of Desolation (identified as the King of the North) will be staged in or near Israel because of a conflict with a nation recognized as the South.

Ships of the western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart. Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.(Daniel 11:30 NIV)

 

This conflict will escalate and the Abomination of Desolation will choose to break the covenant …

 

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel9:27 KJV)

 

 

…he confirmed 3 ½ years earlier.

 “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. (Daniel 11:31 NIV)

 

 

2.  With this change of heart the Abomination of Desolation will order his armies to advance toward Jerusalem.

KING OF THE NORTH SWEEPS ISRAEL

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, says יהוה, two parts shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. (Zechariah 13:8 KJVm)

 

In it’s wake his armies will kill two thirds of the Israeli population in the land of Israel.

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. (Luke 21:20 KJV)

 

Eventually surrounding the metropolitan area of Jerusalem…

ARMIES SURROUND JERUSALEM

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, יהוה is my Elohay, (Zechariah 13:9 KJVm)

 

…and the remaining third of the Israeli population (“the Remnant of Israel”).

“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. (Daniel 11:31 NIV)

 

3.  Then with a detachment of soldiers the Abomination of Desolation will forcefully enter the (yet-to-be-built) Third Temple, where he will abolish the temple sacrifices and set himself up as Elohim.

THE ABOMINATION ENTERS THE OLD CITY

“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. (Matthew 24: 15,16 NIV)

 

4.  It is at this point “the Remnant” (along with the two witnesses) are instructed to “flee” for the mountain fortress (the Old City of Jerusalem).

He will halt between Jerusalem and the sea and there pitch his royal tents, but while he is there his time will suddenly run out, and there will be no one to help him. (Daniel 11:45 TLB)

5.  With this influx of people, the Abomination of Desolation will have no choice but to evacuate and will eventually establish his camp in a location somewhere between the Mediterranean Sea and Jerusalem.

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (Revelation 11:2 KJVm)

6.  After the Abomination evacuates the Old City, his armies will then advance (and occupy) Metropolitan Jerusalem right up to walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM OCCUPIED WITH THE OLD CITY SURROUNDED

And יהוה will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. (Isaiah 4:5 KJVm)

 

7.  Then The Master will stop the armies advances by defending the Old City (Mount Zion) and her assemblies with a Pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night…

 

Then the angel of HaElohim, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. (Exodus 14:19-20 KJVm)

 

 

…just as He protected Israel while fleeing from Egypt.

 

 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of Elohim, and the altar, and them that worship therein. (Revelation 11:1 KJVm)

 

 

8.  Protected inside the walls of the Old City will be “The Remnant”

 

 

And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. (Revelation 11:5 KJV)

 

…and the Two Witnesses.

 

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (Revelation 11:2 KJVm)

 

9.  Outside the Old City will be the armies of the Abomination, which will be occupying the rest of the Metropolitan Jerusalem for the 42 months of the Great Tribulation.

This is the start of the Great Tribulation period.

Next: Article 12: The Gospel of the Kingdom

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