Steve Coerper (1 Nov 2010)
"... and He shall confirm the covenant with many ..."


The pre-trib community has by-and-large accepted the idea that Daniel 9:27 will be fulfilled when “The Antichrist” confirms a peace covenant or treaty with Israel, affording the Jews peace and safety and an opportunity to rebuild the temple.
However, a careful study of the grammatical structure of the 9:27 text shows that the antecedent of “he” in this verse points to the Messiah (verse 26) rather than to the “prince” in the clause modifying the reference to the people who would destroy the city and the sanctuary.  Further, in the KJV we do not see "a" covenant, but rather THE covenant - "He shall confirm THE covenant with many for one week."  Daniel and his readers were in the dark about many of these prophecies (see Daniel 12:8,9) but they all knew about THE covenant.  It was the land covenant God made with Abraham and Jacob.
I can see no clearer confirmation of the covenant by the Lord than to supernaturally (read Psalm 83) drive all these squatters and interlopers out of His land while leaving the Jews there.  With their enemies destroyed and the Lord Himself showing Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him (see 2 Chron. 16:9), the Jews would have a measure of peace.  At the same time, Ezekiel 38:20 says every wall shall fall to the ground.  So the Jews would be living in peace without walls.
I think we can tell that most Jews still do not have hearts that are loyal to God.  This upcoming "confirmation" may also include the fierce, final divine judgment on the Jews spoken of in Zechariah 13:8-9.  Only the loyal will survive.
This, I believe, is a more coherent interpretation of the confirmation of the covenant.  We could have an answer in a week.
Pray on, saints.
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