“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…Daniel 9:27”

Dan 9:27  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.

How many times have you heard it said that the anti-Christ would arrive and would make a covenant (or peace agreement) with Israel (for seven years) and that in the middle of those seven years he would break that covenant?  Often the same people who tell that also will say that part of the breaking of that covenant will be that the anti-Christ will cause the sacrifices and oblations to cease.

That little doctrine is based on the passage found in Daniel 9:27.  It is one of the most commonly taught doctrines in the churches today which have misled the masses for decades if not centuries.  The assumption that they make is that the person making (and then breaking) ‘the covenant’ is an anti-Christ.  Why do they assume that?  Mostly likely because that is what they were taught all of their lives.  I don’t know when that interpretation of this scripture originated but I’ve heard it all of my life from old men.

While considering all of the Biblical covenants to which this verse might be referring, if you fail to bring to memory any covenant which satan is to confirm, don’t feel badly.  I know not of a single satanic covenant mentioned in the Bible.  Seems desperate to create such a covenant out of thin air in order to explain this verse!  Where else in the Bible is scripture dedicated to documenting satan’s covenants?  Can satan even make covenants?  Since when?

It’s actually a little bit nauseating to think that the prayer and answer contained in Daniel 9 has been bait and switched into this satanic peace deal.  Friends, satan can’t make covenants and the Bible doesn’t spend time expounding on them.

Daniel 9 is a prayer for the forgiveness of Israel and that prayer is answered with a semi detailed timeline of the arrival of the Lord our Savior.  It states that 62 weeks (‘sevens’ (434 years)) from the commandment to restore Jerusalem (69 weeks from the commandment to rebuild the temple) Messiah the Prince will be come.

That places the arrival of the Messiah at the time of the baptism of Jesus.  That is the start of Jesus’ ministry.  Jesus, for those who don’t understand, is the fulfillment of the covenant that our Father promised us beginning with the blessings that He gave to Abraham many centuries before.  Jesus is that covenant!  Jesus confirms that covenant!  He confirmed that covenant for three and a half years after He was baptized until He was crucified.

Jesus caused the sacrifices to cease.  And for all of the abominations from then up to His return at the consummation, the desolation and wrath (which was prescribed for them) will be poured out upon those who committed those abominations.  The people of the prince that shall come have been here since Jesus was nailed to the cross.  They destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD just 40 years after Christ was risen.

The sacrifice of Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice since His crucifixion.  To continue to offer sacrifices after His crucifixion is to deny that His sacrifice is sufficient.  The covenant spoken of in verse 27 is the covenant of the Lord to send a savior into the world.  Jesus confirmed that covenant.

Most church buildings teach that the 70th week of Daniel 9 hasn’t begun.  In truth though, that 70th week began at the baptism of Jesus.  We are already in the midst of the 70th week.  Israel (the woman of Revelation 12) will be nourished for 1260 days in the wilderness, the same period of time that the two witnesses of Revelation 11 will ‘prophecy’.

Me, I’m not gonna be expecting or looking for a 7 year peace deal with Israel.  And Israel isn’t who modern tradition says that they are any way, but that’s another topic for another time… God willing.  So many churches today teach that God’s chosen people will rebuild the temple and resume animal sacrifices.  To think that the chosen people of Israel, after Christ redeemed us would then re-institute animal blood sacrifices and burnt offerings in a man made temple in covenant with the antichrist…  wow, what a rats nest to try to untangle!  What a sack full of confusion!  It would be laughable if it weren’t so widely accepted.  People, if you’re listening to that in your church, you should get out!

God bless you.  Seek Truth.

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