Covenant with the Many

This September the Pope will visit the USA and the UN will be in its 70th session. Many people expect a UN resolution calling for a two state “solution” for the Land of Isarel. Most expect that the USA and the Pope will support this horrid plan.  Will this be the prophetic “Coveanant with the Many” mentioned in Daniel 9:27 that launches Daniel’s 70th Week?

The Covenant with the Many is one of the most important signs Christians are to look for prior to the return of Jesus. Careful examination of what scripture has to say about this “covenant” should assist us in knowing how to identify it.  Here is the primary text about it:

And one week shall establish (Gk: DUNAMOO, meaning “he shall strengthen) the covenant with many: and in the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away: and on the temple shall be the abomination of desolations; and at the end of time an end shall be put to the desolation. (Dan. 9: 27 LXX)

This is the Septuagint Greek version of 9:27 which may not be as familiar to our readers as the Hebrew text.  To me, it is much clearer in meaning than the Hebrew text which has as many interpretations as there are commentators. We see that “he will strengthen” a covenant for one week. Notice the word in both the Greek and the Hebrew imply “strengthening an existing covenant” not establishing a new one. This is very important.

The most famous secular covenant of all time made with Israel is United Nations Resolution 181 in November 1947 which partitioned Palestine into Arab and Israeli States. Although accepted by Israel, this plan was rejected by the Arabs and resulted in the Israeli war for independence.  This partition plan has never been recognized by the Arab states.  Perhaps this famous covenant or the Oslo Accords will be “strengthened,” accepted by all parties, and finally become the Covenant with the Many.

1. If the UN adopts a two-state solution in September it must be a strengthening of an existing Covenant to be the Covenant with the Many. 

We know from Daniel 9:27 that the Covenant will be 7 years long.

2. The Covenant must be 7 years long.

We also see that at the midpoint of the 70th Week, a Jewish Temple will be in place and sacrifices will be taking place. The Antichrist then removes the sacrifices and sits in the Temple as if he is God (2 Thess. 2:4). We also see that the Abomination that is set up at that point will be “on” not “in” the Temple.

3. The Covenant with the Many will likely involve allowing Jewish animal sacrifices since the removal of sacrifices happens at the midpoint. The Covenant may also allow the building of the Jewish Temple. Any strengthening of an existing Covenant or treaty that lasts 7 years and permits these two things is a likely candidate for the Covenant with the Many.

Is it possible that a UN treaty signed this September will be the Covenant that is strengthened later and becomes the Covenant with the Many? It might be.

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Whose Covenant is it?

There are two main thoughts about the “Covenant with the many.”  Which idea is correct is somewhat ambiguous because the “he” in the verse “he will strengthen” could be Jesus or the Antichrist. It isn’t clear. Some commentators believe it will be the Mosaic Covenant that Jesus will strengthen with the Jews. Most, however, believe it is a alliance between the Antichrist and the Jews (and possibly other nations as well.)

If the Covenant in view truly is the Mosaic Covenant, the question must be asked: “why would Jesus strengthen this covenant for seven years and how would it be strengthened?” I don’t have a good answer for this, nor have I seen a satisfactory answer. Some have additionally thought the covenant might refer to the New Covenant in Jesus’s blood, but Jesus won’t apply that to the Jews until the end of the of 70th Week.

There are several other scripture passages that allude to an agreement between the Antichrist and the Jews, and I think this is the most likely option.  Daniel 11 refers to an agreement between a Jewish “Prince” at the very beginning of the 70th Week. I think this can be nothing else but this Covenant with the Many:

The overflowing forces (those that leave their own land?) will be flooded away before him (the Antichrist) and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant (the Israeli leader).  After an alliance (Heb: CHABAR) is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people.  In a time of tranquility he will enter the richest parts of the realm. (Dan. 11: 22-24 NASB)

In a previous post, we have proved that Dan. 11 concerns both the career of Antiochus Epiphanes and the Antichrist from 11:21 to 11:35. We call this a near/far fulfillment; the verses equally apply to Antiochus and the future Antichrist. That means this verse is clearly about the future as well, and I think it is absolutely stunning in what it says. After he arises, the Antichrist will fight against foreign armies that include Israel, but he will defeat them: they will be “shattered.” Notice the verse says “overflowing forces.” This implies that Israel and its allies are invading the Antichrist’s territory. They are the ones who are “overflowing” out of their own land. It is then, after the Antichrist wins this victory, that he enters into an alliance with Israel. He appears to do this from a position of strength; he is the one who is victorious in the battle pictured in Dan. 11:22. Because this alliance follows a battle, “peace” most likely will be a component of the covenant. We also can tell this is true because later “in a time of tranquility,” the Antichrist invades other Arab lands. The Antichrist will enter this covenant deceitfully with no intention to keep it.

4. We should be looking for the strengthening of an existing alliance of some sort between Israel, the Antichrist, and possibly other nations AFTER the Antichrist wins a military victory over Israel.

The Covenant with Death

In Daniel 9:27 the word translated covenant is the Hebrew word BERITH. This same word is found in another passage in Isaiah that may refer to this same covenant.

Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, O scoffers, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, “We have made a covenant (Heb.: BERITH) with death, and with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.” (Isa. 28: 14-15 NASB)

As we can see Israel will make falsehood their refuge instead of God.

4. Israel entering into a false peace will apparently be an important part of the Covenant with the Many. Any Covenant that Israel does not approve of will not be the Covenant with the Many.

Israel will choose this false peace over trusting in Jesus.

Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level (Isa 28: 16-17 NASB)

This refers to Jesus, the costly cornerstone. Israel will trust the rider of the white horse (Rev. 6: 1-2) rather than Jesus.

Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters will overflow the secret placeYour covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand; When the overwhelming scourge passes through, Then you become its trampling place.

When we look at this passage we see “waters will overflow the secret place (the Temple)”. This is nearly identical language to Daniel 9: 27 we looked at earlier. The Antichrist will invade at the midpoint of Daniel’s 70th Week and descrate Jerusalem and the Temple.

The question arises, why will Israel enter into this false peace? One reason is they may be negotiating from a place of weakness as we learned in Dan. 11:22-24.  Another reason might be taking place at this very moment. The “Iran Nuclear Deal” promises to proliferate nuclear weapons throughout the region. Might all nations agree to lay their nuclear weapons aside as part of the Covenant with the Many? Might that be why Ezek. 38:10 says Gog (the Antichrist) will attack a nation (Israel) of “un-walled villages?”

Summary

We have seen four main components to the Covenant:

  1. It strengthens an existing agreement
  2. It will be established for 7 years.
  3. It may premit the building of a Jewish Temple and Temple sacrifices
  4. It will likely follow a military victory of the Antichrist over Israel
  5. It will likely establish a false peace. Israel must be a party to this false peace treaty.
  6. It might include a nuclear disarmament clause.

Whatever happens this September at the UN, we must keep these things in mind. All Christians should be in prayer (and fasting) for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

29 thoughts on “Covenant with the Many”

  1. I’m kind of late to the party here, but I’d like to share something. Upfront, I know it will be very difficult to receive. Especially for those who are heavily invested in a future 7 year trib/70th week.

    I like the fact that you read the LXX version as it is much clearer. That version makes it very clear, imo, as to who it is talking about. Just take out the later inserted verse numbers and punctuation.

    And after the sixty-two weeks, the anointed one shall be destroyed, and there is no judgment in HIM: and HE shall destroy the city and the sanctuary with the prince that is coming: they shall be cut off with a flood, and to the end of the war which is rapidly completed HE shall appoint the city to desolations and one week shall establish the covenant with many: and in the midst of the week MY sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away: and on the temple shall be the abomination of desolations; and at the end of time an end shall be put to the desolation.

    I recently had a long discussion with a devout atheist and asked him to read this passage and tell me what he thought it meant. Without any prior knowledge of the future 7 year trib deal, he came up with the same conclusion I did.

    Jesus was the anointed one who was destroyed. Jesus is the one who destroyed the city and sanctuary with a coming prince, Titus. Jesus is the one who appointed the city to desolation. Jesus is the one who confirmed the covenant with many. God said, as a result, the temple mount would have abominations on it until the end of time. Just as it is today. But, at the end of time, and end would be put to the desolation of the temple mount. I then showed him all the news articles about the 3rd temple plans. After a few minutes, he was no longer an atheist.

    Did Jesus confirm the covenant?

    Galatians 3:17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ.

    70 weeks were determined for YOUR people. The Jews. Did Jesus only preach to Jews? Yes. His disciples did not preach to Gentiles until Peter was given the vision and told to go to Cornelius in Acts 10, about 3.5 years after Jesus death and resurrection. Peter’s rude reaction toward Cornelius is evidence preaching to Gentiles was something brand new. Jesus confirmed the covenant with many (Jews) for 7 years. In the midst of which Jesus was lifted up. Once the gospel went to the Gentiles, it was too late for any possible 70th week to be determined for YOUR people, the Jews only.

    Take a look at the Greek word translated as “taken away” in verse 27. You will see that the primary definition of the word means “lifted up.” In fact, it is the same Greek word, in another construct, that Jesus Himself used twice in the verses where He said, “If I be lifted up.”

    What about the six criteria in the first part of the prophecy? The Jews never fulfilled them. Right. Exactly. That is why the gospel went to the Gentiles and Paul was activated to bring it to them. 70 weeks were given for the Jews to get their act together and they blew it. Lucky for us.

    Last point. Who is speaking in Daniel 9:24-27? An angel on behalf of God. Well God says MY sacrifice and drink offering shall be lifted up/taken away in verse 27. How can any man lift up/take away God’s sacrifice? Not man’s sacrifice to God, but God’s sacrifice for man.

    I realize how hard it is to see Dan 9:27 differently after investing so heavily in the future 7 year trib theory. But, at least I have shared a different view. One that is obvious to an outsider with no prior baggage. If it can be accepted that the future 70th week is not going to happen, we are no longer forced to pile up events to force them into a 7 year trib. It is actually much longer. As in, all of Daniel 11 is post rapture. Same for the OD. Maybe we can even understand why the 42 months of the beast come after the 7th trumpet when the mystery of God is finished. Just as Daniel 12:1, Rev 12, and Isaiah 16 say.

    If you want to get real deep, realizing the temple of Jupiter and the muslim dome of the rock are specifically called abominations of desolation here by God, we can then learn what the future AoD will be that gets set up in the 3rd temple. There is a link between these two abominations. The black stone in mecca.

    It is my opinion that it is impossible to understand Revelation and force it to fit in seven years. The events are chronological and not all happen at the same time.

    1. Harvos, your email is too long for an adequate reply. However praise God that an atheist repented. The Holy Spirit at work.

      In order to reply I think I will need an article which I will write in the future. In terms of the Septuagint, notice the covenant is established after the temple is destroyed (70AD), it is only for 7 years, and no agent (Jesus or AC) are listed as establishing it. This all contradicts your theory. Second, the 70 Weeks prophecy is about 70 Shabua or weeks of years. The Jewish sabbatical cycle is 6 years of toil and one year of rest. This exactly mirrors the 70th Week as the Resurrection/Rapture happens after six years and the saints rest in heaven for the seventh year while Christ pours out his fiery wrath upon the earth. These 70 Shabua are really 10 Jubilee cycles, the final cycle is violently interrupted by the Jews rejection of Jesus. The final Shabua and the final Jubilee that follows are yet future. Your theory is popular but negates the prophetic nature of the Sabbatical cycles.

  2. I just read your book Are We Ready For Jesus. Since I finished your book, I am just now reading posts on your website. In regards to the comments on this post about Mystery Babylon and understanding that you are writing a book on Revelattion due out later this year, I would suggest reading Chris White’s Mystery Babylon When Jerusalem Embraces the Antichrist book. Even if you don’t agree with his view, his verse by verse commentary of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17 & 18 provides so much insight into identifying Mystery Babylon. He discusses over 90 different characteristics mentioned in these verses that I feel can help me keep watch to see who is truly fitting the the Biblical verses about “Mystery Babylon” more so than any other book I have read about Mystery Babylon.
    Thanks for sharing all your insights.

    1. Rhonda, thanks for reading. Chris White is an insightful teacher. You do have to be careful reading him though, as in my experience he only presents “half” the story. I have an article coming out in a couple weeks on Mystery Babylon (Spring 2016). Please feel free to comment away at that time. I learn as much from the readers as vice versa! I hope you enjoy the site. Nelson

  3. I can’t ignore Obama’s “Covenant of Peoples” tour in Israel a few years ago. In my mind, New York and America are Mystery Babylon… and a president who favors Islam, dislikes Israel, and works to remove Christianity from American culture cannot be overlooked as a contender for being the Antichrist.

    1. David, I’m going to do a Mystery Babylon post someday and give you my opinion. Here is Joel Richardson’s HERE He is probably more hardline than I am about Mystery Babylon absolutely not being the USA. I think its very doubtful but not absolute.

  4. Thanks for the great information. You have helped me understand many things that always confused me in the past. I look forward to reading your new book when it comes out.

  5. Is Mystery Babylon destroyed before the rise of the AC? If it is, and if Mecca happens to be Mystery Babylon, how and when will the black stone be moved to Jerusalem? (I can’t remember when Mystery Babylon falls.) Also, in your book, you write about the great white throne of judgment taking place at the end of the thousand year millennial kingdom. I had always assumed it would take place at the end of the tribulation. Will Christians today, who live through the thousand year millennial time, be judged at the end of that time? Will we still be able to sin during the millennial kingdom, and possibly lose our salvation?

    1. Wow, a ton of questions Janae.

      1. IMO, Mystery Babylon is judged during the Trumpet Judgments. I think its the Second Trumpet (flaming mountain thrown into the sea), but that is my opinion.
      2. IMO, there are 3 resurrections. 1. A first fruits resurrection after Christ’s resurrection of Jesus and some OT saints. 2. the main harvest or “first resurrection” at the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week. this will include all who died in Christ risen at his coming and rest of OT saints, and 3. the gleanings or “second resurrection.” This will include all the unrighteous dead, all the righteous who come to Christ in the final year of the 70th Week and live as mortals in the Millennial Kingdom, and all those born during the Millennium.
      3. In the Millennial Kingdom, the saints who are risen and raptured at the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week are in Heaven one year. In this way the 70th Week of Daniel mirrors a calendar week of six days of tribulation and one day of Sabbath rest. They then return with Christ changed into resurrection bodies. We will rule and reign with him in these sinless bodies. We will have overcome.
      4. In the Millennial Kingdom will be mortals as well who survive the 70th Week. This will include the Jewish remnant who come to Christ at the very end and all Gentiles who repent and come to Christ during the Wrath of God. Many of these will be the foolish virgins of the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Jesus judges all the survivors of the 70th Week at the Sheep and Goat Judgment based on WORKS. So there will even be some who do not have faith in Christ. We know from the OT that life spans will greatly increase again in the Millennium, but all men are appointed to die. After their death they will be judged at the White Throne judgment based on FAITH (all who do not have their names written in the book of life are thrown in the lake of fire).
      5. So the Great White throne is for all unrighteous from all the ages and everyone who comes to faith in Christ AFTER his coming at the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week.

      I realize this is a bit complex to explain in a comment section. My new unfinished book “Revelation Deciphered” explains all of this in great detail.

      1. My question is regarding point 4. Could you kindly provide scripture to support this as I find it very interesting. Ezekiel’s bones? Look forward to your new book.

        1. Point 4 was that the Covenant is likely signed after a military victory by the Antichrist. If you look at Daniel 11:21-12:4 we are given a detailed vision of the career of the Antichrist. At the beginning of his career we learn:

          In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue. The overflowing forces will be flooded away before him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant. After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception (Dan. 11:21-23)

          From this we learn that the despicable person (the AC) is initially not a world leader (not a king) but that in a time of tranquility seizes his kingdom by intrigue and becomes a king. Next we see that “overflowing forces” are shattered before him. Overflowing implies to me that these are forces “overflowing” out of their own country or countries. They appear to be invading the AC’s kingdom. So the AC wins a victory on his own land. The fact that it indicates a “prince of the covenant” is shattered as well implies to me that Israel will be involved in this battle and will lose. Then we learn that the AC makes an alliance. Is this the famous Covenant with the Many? Is it made with the Israeli leader? The wording seems to imply this. The fact that after he signs this alliance the AC acts deceptively only re-enforces what we know about this Covenant.

          Further evidence that this is the Covenant with the many is that Dan 11:21-12:4 matches the “Pattern of Seven Events” found in 8 other scriptures. This Pattern forms a fingerprint for the 70th Week of Daniel. This is event one and it falls in exactly the correct place in the prophecy.

          Overall, I don’t consider this “overwhelming” proof for my theory that the alliance in Dan. 11:23 is the Covenant, but it is very strong evidence.

  6. This is not going to be the ‘Covenant’ because we have still yet to see the Antichrist arise, Scripture teaches us that he will start out small and then grow in influence with deceit and that he will arise in a period of tranquility. Right now, the Middle East is in turmoil. He will most likely arise from Turkey, due to Scripture pointing to North of Israel and in the MIDDLE EAST.

    Most people want to believe that things can just happen and pop up within a matter of months, while we are certainly close, there are still some things that must take place before the AC arises. I recommend the book ‘Mideast Beast’ by Joel Richardson for more understanding of end time Scriptures.

    1. LOL, I’m laughing at myself Emily. I can’t believe I didn’t put that in the post. Good catch. The ten kings have to come before the AC as well. Joel Richardson and I are personal friends, BTW. If you look at the sidebar you’ll see I recommend “Mideast Beast.”

    2. This may not be the covenant but not for the reasons stated. According to Jesus and Paul, the son of perdition is revealed when he sets up the abomination in the holy place and exalts himself above God. This the beginning of the great tribulation. The covenant occurs 3.5 years prior and antichrist forges it in anonymity. And Nowhere does it state that the covenant is called a seven year covenant. It merely says a covenant for seven, and broken in the midst of the seven.

      1. Since the prophecy of the 70 7’s is talking about Shabua (7 year increments of six years of toil and one year of Sabbath rest), the years are implied I think Ken. Also it doesn’t say he forges it in anonymity. Are there passages that lead you to believe that? Dan. 7: 7-8 shows the AC defeats 3 of the 10 kings before the court is seated in Heaven and Jesus begins to open the Scroll with Seven Seals. The opening of the first seal includes the signing of the Covenant so the Antichrist is already quite active at that point. In Dan. 11: 21-23, we see the Covenant isn’t made until verse 23 so verse 21 and 22 come first and this involves using intrigue to gain the kingdom in v. 21 and a large battle in v. 22 that probably invovles the leader of Israel. That is my take on the Antichrist’s career.

        1. There are no specific passages, it’s implied. If no one knows who the antichrist is until 3.5 years after the covenant, then how can people know it is the antichrist that implements the covenant? Likewise, where does it say it is “signed
          ” by the antichrist. HIt says ” a firm covenat” with the many. And the many implies more than just Israel. We’re talking about the father of lies, the great deceiver, a murderer from the beginning. By signing a specific seven year agreement he will give himself away prematurely. He reveals himself when he is ready to strike, like a dragon or a viper would. This is my humble understanding. Jesus and Paul and the apostles are more specific in their own words. Revelations and Daniel, as is all prophecy, very difficult to overlap onto reality, let alone chronology.

          1. you are absolutely correct that only by sitting in the Temple and declaring himself God do we know with certainty. However, the when Yavan (turkey) crushes Iran and is then broken up into 4 subnations, the man who “plucks” out the other 3 is probably the AC. When this man signs the peace treaty with Israel we are even more sure. So there are signs for the wise to follow. But the Abomination is THE sign.

            The Chronology of the 70th Week is pretty clear. Deception (false peace treaty) first, wars and chaos second, famine third, Abomination and invasion of Israel fourth, martyrdom fifh, Celestial Earthly Disturbance sixth, Rapture seventh, Wrath of God eighth and Armageddon last.This is found in at least nine scripture passages throughout scripture.

  7. All Glory to God

    Thanks for the insight. I had previously thought AC made the agreement with Israel. Now I understand that AC sort of guarantees the agreement that has already been agreed to by hostile parties. Perhaps this is the like UN backs up peace agreements with a UN resolution (Balkans) which gives the agreement international legitimacy and force.

    Thank for the excellent reply about the temple. Have you considered Rev 11v2 which says “…and the court which is without (outside) the temple cast out…because it has been given up to the nations and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty-two months” (KJV)? I wondered why would the nations trample on the holy city and not the ENTIRE temple. Then it came to me that the temple our Lord speaks of isn’t around at this time (it has been destroyed by the Romans). Only the court outside ( I believe to be a reference to the Western Wall) is still there by time AC and his gang show up. I would like to know what your thoughts are?

    God bless
    Curtis

    1. I don’t think any of us truly knows these things. We know for certain that there will be a third temple or at least a tabernacle (although I highly suspect its a Temple). I also suspect it will be on the Temple Mount because that is where Jews think it should be. We then know Jesus will build a fourth Temple in the Millennium. I think the court that is outside referred to above is where the Muslims will worship the image of the Beast. We know from Dan. 9:27 (LXX) that the Abomination is “ON” not within the temple. So I imagine the Muslims bowing to the Black Stone of the Kaaba after it is moved from Mecca to the Temple. They will fill the courtyard just as they fill the courtyard around the Kaaba now. This is all just my theory but I see that all working with scripture.

      1. “So I imagine the Muslims bowing to the Black Stone of the Kaaba after it is moved from Mecca to the Temple. They will fill the courtyard just as they fill the courtyard around the Kaaba now.”

        Nelson, I’m just curious as to why you think that Muslims would allow the Black Stone of the Kaaba to be removed from the mosque in Mecca? Would the Black Stone be the “image” of the Beast, and/or would it be moved at his direction, by force?

        1. Yes, I believe it is the image of the Beast. My book addresses this. The Antichrist and Isa will most likely move the stone. That is my guess anyway. A second theory is that the image of the Beast is the Daabba. (google it).

  8. Since the Covenant with many is described as a covenant with death by Isaiah 28, I believe the “many” are the nations of the AC caliphate. Ezekiel 38 lists some of them as modern day Turkey, Iran, Libya, N Sudan and the many nations with them. As you correctly showed, there is no “he” in Daniel 9:27 LXX. I believe Israel will obtain peace covenant and then later will strengthen and confirm a it with these nations once the AC takes control. This will unleash the final heptad.

    Notably absent are Egypt and Arabia. I believe these are the king of the south that will join forces in Daniel 11:5-6.

  9. To me, it seems “the many” refers to the “surrounding nations”. IE the 10 kings/caliphate kingdom whom the AC represents when the “final status” of Jerusalem is decided. Mutual pledge not to attack each other or something similar.

    Also agree that the “covenant with death and sheol” in Isa. 28 is talking about this same event. What that brings me to is the 4th horseman whose rider is death and sheol is with him. IE after the Lion, Bear, and Leopard have had their time individually, they unite and only then can the covenant be confirmed, starting the clock on the 70th week.

    1. Chris, I am sure the Holy Spirit was guiding your entry. The fourth seal breaks at the midpoint of the 70th Week (the fourth event in the Pattern of Seven Events). It is at that time the Covenant with Sheol is broken and as you have pointed out to us, that is when Sheol rides!! (I’m adding this to the new book, if you don’t mind). Great, great insight.

      As far as “the many”, it can mean the 10 kings, it can also mean the UN, etc. Here are two verses:

      As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. (Isa. 53:11)

      With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. (Ezek. 38:22)

      The first “the many” refers to Christians, the second to Muslims. So I don’t think scripture is 100% clear on who the “many” are in Dan. 9:27. Maybe (probably) it is all the nations IMO.

  10. All Glory to God

    Good article. Have you considered that “the continual sacrifice” may be a reference to prayer and not animal sacrifices? Hosea 14v2 says “so will we render the CALVES of our lips” (KJV). Jesus mentioned “a holy place” not a temple. You know far more about the original Greek text than I but doesn’t the “Naos” mean a shrine and not necessarily a temple? The Temple Mount is a holy place, it is the only place the temple can be built right? also the Western Wall of the temple still exists.

    God bless

    Curtis

    1. Good questions Curtis.

      1. THUSIA KAI SPONDE (sacrifices and drink offering) seems pretty specific to me as more than just prayer.
      2. HIEROU is translated 71 times as temple, 2 times as sacred. Shrine is a Greek equivalent.

      Now as far as the Temple Mount being the only location for the future Temple. Remember Jesus told us not ONE stone would be left on another, but yet there is the Western Wall. Thus to my thinking it is impossible for that to be the site of Herod’s (second) temple. I do expect the Jews (who don’t believe Jesus) to build the Third Temple there. There is some speculation that the second temple was actually in the City of David (Old City) a couple hundred yards from the Temple Mount. Read “The Temple” a new book that discusses this in detail to know more.

      1. I wondered the same thing Curtis wondered. Sacrifice and drink sounds a lot like the Catholic Mass, maybe Churches will be abolished.

  11. If the US supports a plan to divide the land of Israel, do you think it will mean definite judgment on our land, since God says he will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse it? (Have you heard of the book, “Eye to Eye” by William Koenig?)

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