Daniel Matson (3 Nov 2010)
"He shall confirm the covenant with many"


 

He shall confirm the covenant with many 

This is a different conclusion that was held in the past few days. It is a new conclusion that may not be sound when further examined. However, it seems convincing that the covenant we have been anticipating is actually THE covenant.

The understanding of the final week of Daniel’s 70 weeks comes down to an understanding of Daniel 9:27. The problem is that none of the solutions seems to work with the text. Of course, that prophecy is not of any private interpretation is a fact. Yet, there appears to still be a better way to interpret the text.

The pre-tribulation study places the final week as yet future with the "he" in verse 27 referring back to the the coming Prince as Antichrist. Therefore, the covenant of seven years is said to be some treaty of seven years between the Antichrist and Israel. Then Christ returns at the end of the seven years with the Church who was taken before this time for Israel to begin.

Others hold that the "he" of verse 27 refers to the Messiah. However, Messiah is then seen as the one who ends the sacrifices in the middle of the week by his death on the cross. At best then, only 3.5 years remain of Daniel’s time to be fulfilled. However, most believe the whole seventy weeks were fulfilled already.

Maybe there is a better option, that I cannot confirm myself, but due to the hour, it needs to be put forward.

The reality it seems is that the best use of grammar is that the "he" of verse 27 does indeed refer to the Messiah. It is what the whole context is about. However, the chronology of Messiah being cut off, with the Temple then being destroyed later, was clearly at the conclusion of 69 weeks. The 69 weeks were calculated to end with the passion week of Christ at his rejection by the Jews. It was Him being "cut off". A few weeks later the Church was initiated and God’s timepiece of Israel was essentially put on hold. It has been on hold for nearly 2,000 years.

But what cannot happen is to then say that Jesus’ crucifixion is represented by the sacrifices being stopped in the middle of the 70th week, since the destruction of the Temple comes prior to the 70th week per Daniel. It is a clear chronological order. Jesus was cut off at the conclusion of 69 weeks. That time piece then stopped. Nearly 40 years later the Temple and its sacrifices were then destroyed in 70 AD. All that remains now is that He must confirm the covenant to initiate the timepiece of Daniel to finish the final week or seven years. We cannot jump out of chronological order.

Therefore, if "he" that confirms the covenant is really the Messiah and not the Antichrist, how does He confirm the covenant? And for seven years?

Indeed, the Church awaits the Messiah and the fulfillment of the New Covenant. We as a body of believers of Jew and Gentile, wait patiently, as we have, observing the communion table that points to the fulfillment of His return for us to complete the covenant. Will not the Rapture itself be the fulfillment or confirmation of the New Covenant? But there is still more covenant to fulfill. With the removal of the Church, Israel will be grafted back into the tree. The final seven years then position Israel to the completion of its Covenant. Then is not Messiah confirming or verifying His Covenant with His people over these seven years? It says He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week. It would seem that many will see the Covenant being fulfilled at this time.

That might then mean that the Church gets confirmed via the Rapture at the very onset of the 70th Week.

November 8, 2010 is day 2,519 inclusively back from the day of Atonement 2017. There were various reasons for this conclusion that may be valid or invalid. The point is that November 7, 2010 is day 2,520 and it is also a Sunday. This may be a very important day. Either way it is very close.

Considering that it is Messiah who confirms the covenant and then would be seen as the one who directs judgment upon the Antichrist and the world in verse 27, it would also nullify the long tradition of a seven year peace treaty between Antichrist and Israel. More importantly, the Antichrist revealed after the Rapture, could take some extra time to ascend to world dominator. This would then allow for Ezekiel’s War and Psalm 83 to go off as planned at the start of the 70th week after the Rapture and before the coming kingdom of the Antichrist. Otherwise, with the Antichrist needing to be the covenant maker, it would unnecessarily compress the flow of events. This solution would therefore allow a more natural flow.

Therefore, Daniel’s 70th Week is still future, but it is a confirmation of the Covenant by the Messiah. He is putting an end to all things to make sure that it is all fulfilled as promised–and on schedule. We will soon see if this is indeed the time...

 

Further notes:

This is not to say that there is no covenant between the Antichrist and Israel. Just that it is not necessarily here in Daniel 9:27.

This then relieves the pressure for the Antichrist to appear immediately on the scene and confirm a covenant (Please note that Daniel does write "the covenant", which seems to verify it as overarching covenant of God for many people.) But, with the pressure removed it would allow for the fulfillment of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 at the beginning of the seven years just after the chaos of the Church’s exit. The vacuum of power after the war will then result in the formation of the ten kingdoms and then the kingdom of the Antichrist. This makes further sense in light of Christ’s warning to those who witness the Abomination of Desolation. Christ did not warn or speak of determining the Antichrist by who signs a seven year treaty (maybe because such a seven year deal does not exist). Instead he focuses on what will be the clear indicator–the Abomination.