In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the Apostle Paul describes how the process of the return of Jesus Christ to earth begins with Jesus descending from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with a great blast from the trumpet of God. Then, the redeemed people of God who are both living and those who are dead will rise up and meet the returning Jesus in the clouds.
In Second Thessalonians Paul is also describing the process of Jesus returning to earth, but this time he is also correcting the way that the Thessalonian Christians are thinking about that process because they had heard some messages from other people that the day of the LORD had already happened and so they probably thought that they had missed the rapture.
In his correction Paul declares that they should "Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God." (2 Thessalonians 2:2:3-4 NASB)
That sounds like the fulfillment of the prophecy found in Daniel 9:27, which teaches that a strong prince will make a firm covenant with many nations for a week of years, "but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to the sacrifice and grain offering, and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate."
In Matthew 24:15-16, Jesus warned His disciples that when they saw that prophecy of Daniel happening, they were to flee to the mountains. This was because then "there will be a great tribulation, such as not occurred since the beginning of the world, until now, nor ever shall."
Since this happens in the second half of the seven year period, it could last three and a half years. However, in Matthew 24:22, Jesus declared that"unless those days had been cut short, no life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short."
In Matthew 24:29-31, Jesus prophesied that "immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory, and he will send forth his angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, and from one end of the sky to the other."
From studying the above prophesies there seems to be a relationship between the building, operation, and desecration of the Temple to the return of Jesus to earth. If there is that relationship, and the Termple of God could only be built in Jerusalem as part of the Jewish nation of Israel; then could the fighting in the Middle East and the attempted destruction of the state of Israel by some groups be a way to try and stop the return of Jesus to earth to set up God's earthly kingdom?