Prophecy Sign #7: A seven year covenant signed with Israel

Sign #7:

A seven year covenant signed with Israel

Daniel 9:27 (NIV)
27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

What it looks like

Anyone who takes Bible prophecy literally understands that a time of tribulation awaits the inhabitants of this earth.  Our Lord spoke of it in Matthew 24:21, "There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now."  This time of tribulation is to be seven years (Daniel's 70th week) and is based on his prophetic vision in Daniel 9:24-27.  This passage explains that the coming antichrist will confirm a covenant with Israel and the many for one 'seven' year period and in the middle of the 'seven' he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.  For this reason, most prophecy teachers also are looking for the future Antichrist to begin Daniel's 70th week by signing a covenant with Israel and the many nations for seven years.

Every day we hear something about Middle East Peace talks, or lack thereof. Regardless, at some point they will be completed and this will be the first sign that we will see indicating the end times have begun. Daniel 9:27 tells us it will be a seven year covenant between the Antichrist and Israel. It may include the permission to rebuild the third temple in Israel. Here’s the problem; the 7 year covenant may not be as conspicuous as we might like. In other words, it may not be revealed to the world, until well after the fact. To say it another way, the covenant could have already been signed, but we have not yet been informed.

The sequence of events in Daniel 9:24-27, then, provides a step-by-step outline of God's prophetic timetable.  The seventieth week - the seven years remaining - will transpire in the end times.  But before this last "week" could take place, Israel needed to regain control of her Promised Land (which she did in 1948) and then the entire city of Jerusalem (which she did in 1967).  When will the seventieth week begin?  In His Olivet Discourse, Christ tells His disciples that "when you see all these things (things associated with the seventieth week), recognize that He (Christ) is near, right at the door.  Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass until all these things take place.  (Matthew 24:33,34).  'These things' referred to by Christ are the events that will occur during the seventieth week, not before, and they must take place before we can look for the return of Christ.  Therefore, the seventieth week has tremendous significance to all who are 'looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Christ Jesus' (Titus 2:13).

The covenant between Antichrist and Israel (Dan. 9:27). The terms of this covenant are not listed, but it is clear it will be a non-aggression pact, perhaps even a military alliance that will enable the Antichrist to gain power over the 10 kingdoms during the first 3 1/2 years of the 70th week (Dan. 7:23-24; 8:23-25; Rev. 17:8-17). It will include the protection of Israel in their national establishment and restoration and assure them at least temporary peace (Dan. 8:25; 9:27; 11:36-45). The length of the covenant is to be 7 years (Dan. 9:27). -Dake's Study Notes

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A person commonly called the Antichrist will be responsible for the signing of a 7 year covenant or peace treaty with the nation Israel.  The agreement is the catalyst that will trigger the end times.  This seven year period is also called Daniel's 70th week.  This covenant probably will be made at the beginning of the 7 year period.  Whoever the Antichrist is, he will be a trusted advisor to Israel.  The following are some wonderful End Times Charts help us to better understand the timing of Daniel's 70th week and once the 7 year covenant is signed, what happens next. 

This chart diagrams Daniel's 70th Week as described in Daniel 9:27



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