The Covenant That Will Be Confirmed By Antichrist

The Antichrist and Why He is Called Antichrist

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John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

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Here we see that Jesus came to His own, the Jews, but they rejected Him. They did not believe in Him because they were not looking for a Messiah to deliver them from their sins, but they wanted a Messiah who would set them free from the domination of the Roman Empire.

Matt 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Many antichrist will come to the Jews claiming to be their Messiah, and mislead many; we know the antichrist is a liar and a deceiver, and many will accept him as their Messiah.

John 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

The Jews rejected Jesus Christ; they did not want Him to be their Messiah. Jesus said they will receive another, who is the antichrist, as their Messiah. From this verse, we can see that the antichrist is a person who comes claiming to be the Christ, the Messiah, offering the Jews what they want from their Messiah. It is clear from John 5:43, the Jews rejected Jesus, but they will receive the antichrist.

ANTICHRIST
antichristos ^500^ can mean either “against Christ” or “instead of Christ,” or perhaps,
combining the two, “one who, assuming the guise of Christ, opposes Christ” (Westcott).
(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)
(Copyright (C) 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Will he make a covenant or confirm a covenant?

Dan 9:27 And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations (shall come) one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall (wrath) be poured out upon the desolate. (ASV)

Notice: in the (ASV) it says “make a covenant.” Most bible versions say “make a covenant” which conveys the idea that the covenant will be something new, such as a peace treaty.

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. (KJV)

Notice: in the (KJV) it says “confirm the covenant” which conveys the idea that the covenant is pre-existing, and is not a future peace treaty.

I believe the KJV has it right, “he shall confirm the covenant.”

The big question is, what covenant?

the covenant: Strong’s 1285 beriyth (ber-eeth’);
from 1262 (in the sense of cutting [like 1254]); a
compact (because made by passing between pieces
of flesh): -confederacy, [con-] feder [-ate], covenant,
league.

Genesis 15:6-18
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said , Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it ? And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old , and a she goat of three years old , and a ram of three years old , and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away . And when the sun was going down , a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve , will I judge : and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again : for the iniquity of the Amorites [is] not yet full. 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down , and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. {a burning…: Heb. a lamp of fire} 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying , Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

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God gave Abraham and his descendants all the land from the river of Egypt, to the Euphrates river in Iraq. This was an unconditional covenant because Abram was asleep when God made the covenant by Himself. (See: Genesis 15:17-18 above) It does not depend upon any condition on Abraham or any of his descendants; therefore, Israel cannot do anything to nullify the covenant. We know the covenant will never be nullified because God keeps His Word, He is forever faithful. Furthermore, it is a grace covenant, an undeserved covenant, a gift from the God of Israel.

Gen 35:10-12
And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

God not only gave the promised land to Abraham, but He gave it to Abraham’s son Isaac, and to Isaac’s son Jacob; furthermore, God changed Jacob’s name to Israel and reaffirmed the land covenant He made with Abraham. Therefore, we know upon the authority of the word of God that all the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates river belongs to Israel. God said it; therefore, we know with certainty, it will be accomplished.

We must remember that the antichrist is inspired and controlled by Satan, he is a counterfeit Messiah, a counterfeit Christ; therefore, he presents himself to Israel as their Messiah, not to save them from their sins, but to save them from anyone who would question their right to all the land God promised to give them. The antichrist will present himself as Israel’s Messiah by confirming the covenant that God made with Abram (see: Gen.15:17-18); therefore, they will accept him as their Messiah because this is what they have been looking for in their Messiah all along.

The goal of all the wars in Israel, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the 1973 war, the future Psalm 83 war, the future Ezekiel 38 and 39 war, and even Armageddon was and will continue to be to remove Israel from the land that God gave them. Satan wants to destroy Israel and take the land for himself. He also wants to establish his dominion over all the kingdoms of the earth, and to rule from Jerusalem in place of Jesus Christ, the true Messiah. Therefore, he will empower the antichrist to accomplish his goal, but he will fail because he is not stronger than his creator.

I believe that after the Psalm 83 war, Israel will be much larger than today; they may even occupy most of the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants. According to Ezekiel 38 and 39 Russia, and Iran, and their many allies, possibly millions, will make a surprise attack upon Israel when Israel is living in peace and safety, after the Psalm 83 war, and they will overwhelm Israel to such an extent that Israel will believe there is no hope for survival; just then, those armies will all be destroyed by the God of Israel, and there will be no doubt that God did it. After Russia, Iran, and all their allies are totally defeated by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war, the antichrist will confirm the covenant God made with Israel.

The reason antichrist will confirm the covenant is because he is inspired and controlled by Satan, and Satan wants to be able to rule over the entire world in place of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, through his substitute, the antichrist. Furthermore, he wants to receive worship as god, in the Jewish temple, and that cannot happen unless there is a temple in Jerusalem, and only the Jews can rebuild the temple, the very thing they are, even now, prepared to do. Therefore, he will confirm the covenant for one week, seven years, in order to get the Jews to rebuild their temple.

We must never forget that Satan is “the god of this world” (see: 2Cor.4:4), that he controls the actions of those who worship him. All those who reject Jesus Christ are servants of Satan, and his desire is to be worshiped in place of the one true God, the God of Israel.

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.

Today, Israel is in a struggle for survival. Their enemies are trying to take their land away from them, and they can’t even build a house on their land without being condemned by the world. They will be deceived into believing the antichrist is their Messiah when he confirms the covenant God made with Abram.

IN SUMMATION

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I believe the covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27 is the land covenant God made with Abraham. The antichrist will come upon the world scene after the defeat of Russia, Iran, and all their many allies (see: Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39) and confirm his support for Israel’s sovereign right to the entire land God promised them. Furthermore, he will even declare that he supports their right to build their temple on the Temple Mount. Consequently, Israel will receive the ruler of the revived Roman Empire, the antichrist, as their Messiah. Israel will finally have the Messiah of their own choosing; nevertheless, a false Messiah.

John 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

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The Jews rejected Jesus because He did not come to set them free from Rome. He came to set them free from their sins, but they were not interested in a Messiah to set them free from sins because they didn’t recognize their sin and their need of forgiveness.

Rom 11:25-29 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Someday, all Israel will believe in Jesus Christ, their true Messiah, and turn away from ungodliness, have their sins forgiven, and will be saved for all eternity. We can count on it because we have God’s word on it; the gifts and calling of God will never change because He will never change.

Isaiah 53:3-7 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

The Jews rejected Jesus, their true Messiah. Nevertheless, He was crucified and died for the forgiveness of their sins, and not only for their sins, but for the sins of all people who believe in Him, both Jews and Gentiles.

John 3:16-18
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Everyone, both Jews and Gentiles, who believes in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, have their sins forgiven and have everlasting life; but, everyone who rejects Him is already condemned, for not believing in Him.

All Scripture taken from King James Version
Written by Max Swan revised 2-2015
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