Michael Colunga (24 Jan 2012)
"Why must Israel head for the hills immediately upon hearing about the "abomination that causes desolation?""

Hello, John and Doves,
Why must Israel head for the hills immediately upon hearing about the "abomination that causes desolation?"
The "abomination that causes desolation" [Daniel 9:27 NIV] refers to the nuclear destruction of Israel's one remaining staunch ally, the USA.  Once we go, Israel is all alone, a sitting duck for the Satan-possessed Antichrist.
Of course, HaShem has promised to save a remnant of Israel.  The only way they can save themselves is to flee to the eastern part of Eretz Israel, as outlined in Ezekiel 48.
According to http://www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-exodus-kadesh-barnea-southern-border-judah-territory.htm, Kadesh-Barnea and Petra are the same location.
According to http://www.ahavat-israel.com/eretz/future.php, Petra is well within Eretz Israel.  I agree.
HaShem made the world and its landforms.  Any and all borders of Eretz Israel must be logical and biblically based.
So, in this case, the abomination that causes desolation [nuclear bomb(s), although it could be an asteroid from space] will be a call for Israel to "head for the hills" in a Mid-east version of Deep Impact--where the impact, though thousands of miles away, will be felt in tiny Israel.
Unless the Third Temple can be put up in mere days, I think only Yeshua Ha Mashiach will have the honor of building that edifice, imho.
Also, imho, we are at the tipping point of the world experiencing the sixth seal.
We are waiting for two groups to be fulfilled in their numbers and exact constitution--the living believers and the martyrs.  Those believers that naturally pass on are only those who have been scheduled to do so--neither less nor more than that number that only HaShem knows.
Be strengthened in His might, by His Spirit!  He is coming soon, and He is perfectly on schedule.
His ETA is "Behold, I come quickly!"  Revelation 3:11 KJV
Baruch HaShem Adonai Roi,
Mike C.