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The topic today is the 7 year covenant of Daniel 7.
When one studies bible prophecy and tries to understand how the events will unfold the first event that is revealed is a 7 year covenant found in Daniel 9 verse 27.
Now thousands of Christians understand that there will be a 7 year covenant just prior to the Lord's return. Most, however, that I have heard believe that this is to be a 7 year peace treaty. However, no-where in the word does it spell out that this is to be a peace treaty. It is simply to be a covenant between many nations with the prince of the people who destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the temple. It might be a peace treaty, but it does not have to be a peace treaty.
The whole concept of a peace treaty stems from 1st Thessalonians 5:3 where it says, "when they cry peace and safety then sudden destruction will come upon them." That does not say "When they make a peace treaty then sudden destruction comes upon them" But someone believed God showed them that this verse revealed it would be a peace treaty and started the whole doctrine that has taken over the hearts of most believers. These cannot believe that the 7 year covenant is already made simply because it is not a peace treaty.
Let us read what the bible says:
Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
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.
If you do a word study on the word covenant here 'peace treaty' dopes not even come up.
Now notice that it does not say 7 years in these verses either. Well, it is easily proved that this week is actually a period of 7 years scripture tells us that every day is counted as a year in prophecy. You can also check out the story of Laban and his dishonesty in the book of Genesis and the use of the word week in that story. Jacob was told he had to serve 7 years for Rachel and it says when he finished his week he took her and left Laban. Besides this, the total number of weeks was seventy sevens. This would be 490 years so the original prophecy starting in verse 24 is for 490 years. Jesus was crucified exactly 483 years after the time the order went out to rebuild Jerusalem in the book of Nehemiah. Oh if only the Jews would look at this in Daniel. What awesome proof that Jesus is their Messiah.
All scholars agree that the final 7 years of the 490 are yet to come and the span between the 483 years and the 490 was a church age when Jesus has been building his church, though Daniel doesn't say so. He hasn't return yet so it is not hard to accept that teaching as sound today seeing as Jesus was cut off on the 483rd day exactly as written.
So let's see if we can understand who this prince of the covenant in Daniel 9 is.
It was Titus and the Roman soldiers who destroyed the city and the sanctuary in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., therefore the prince who must confirm the covenant will come out of the Roman Empire. Today there is no Roman Empire with Caesars but the Roman Catholic Church still exists today and it rules over all of the nations in the European Union (EU). The EU is the new face for the Roman Empire. I explain this on the page describing the 10 horned beast.
Now the 7 year prophecy was never in 2000 years been fulfilled until 2007. Though it is evident that the 2007 EPNI is not the covenant we are watching for, it is possible that when it is renewed it will be strengthened for the next 7 year term and could be the one we are watching for. This will start the clock on Jan 1st, 2014, if it is the covenant. The reason the covenant has never been made before this is 2 fold. Along with preparing the 10 nations to rule in these last years, during the past 2000 years GOD has also been building his Church. The proof that it is now time is that the events that are now unfolding all help fulfill many prophetic scriptures.
For many years prior to 2007 the High Representative of the EU was slowly bringing many nations into a covenant relationship with the EU. An important EU official link to show the agreement can be found here:
7 year covenant from Jan 2007 to Dec 2013
Notice on page 2 of that doc that it is an agreement to seek a ressolution of the Middle East conflict and on human rights issues.
By starting sacrifices and oblations in preparation to build a 3rd temple Israel is going against that covenant because it is an incitement to conflict, not a way to help reach peace.
From the pages of Wikipedia I quote:
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is a foreign relations instrument of the European Union (EU) which seeks to tie those countries to the east and south of the EU into the EU. These countries, primarily developing countries, include many who seek one day to become either member states of the European Union itself, or generally more closely integrated with the economy of the European Union.
The EU offers financial assistance to countries within the European Neighbourhood, so long as they meet the strict conditions of government reform, economic reform and other issues surrounding positive transformation. This process is normally underpinned by an Action Plan, as agreed by both Brussels and the target country. The ENP does not cover countries which are in the current EU enlargement agenda, the European Free Trade Association or the western European micro states.
The EU typically concludes Association Agreements in exchange for commitments to political, economic, trade, or human rights reform in a country. In exchange, the country may be offered tariff-free access to some or all EU markets (industrial goods, agricultural products, etc.), and financial or technical assistance.
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (or Barcelona Process) is a wide framework of political, economic and social relations between member states of the EU and countries of the Southern Mediterranean. It was initiated on 27–28 November 1995 through a conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, held in Barcelona. Besides the 27 member states of the European Union, the remaining "Mediterranean Partners" are all other Mediterranean countries without Libya (which has had 'observer status' since 1999). Since the establishment of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument in 2007 the Euro-Mediterranian Partnership Initiative will become fully a part of the wider Neighbourhood Policy.
This original agreement has a 7 year time table that was set up because the EU operates on a 7 year budget. As you see it is not a peace treaty, however, the bible never said it would be a peace treaty. I, not long ago, thought that we will only know if the new ratified agreement made on Jan 1st 2014 is the true covenant if we see the abomination of desolation by April 18th, 2020 as this, I thought, was the end the 2300 days of Daniel 8:13-18. However, I since was corrected because Daniel 8 13-17 reveals that after the2300 days the sanctuary will be cleansed. So then the 2300 days only begins when the abomination is set up in the midst of the 7 rather than at the start of the 7. The ENPI was renewed or strengthened on Jan 1, 2014 and may start the countdown to the abomination over again.
Now many say that the sacrifice and oblation is to be taken away in the middle of the 7 years which would have been about June 30, 2017. However, just as the bible never said it would be a peace treaty, so it never said the sacrifice would be stopped in the middle of the 7 years. What it says, in the King James Version, is that the prince would cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease in the `MIDST`of the week. This could be any time within the 7 years. It could be one year after the covenant was signed or it could be 6 years after the covenant was signed. There is no clear word here that I can see. But it will not be the 2300 days as I used to believe. Forgive me for that. We are ever learning.
To prove this is a proper interpretation please look at Daniel 8:13-18:
Dan 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
Dan 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
Dan 8:10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
Dan 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
Dan 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
Dan 8:13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
Dan 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto 2300 days: then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Dan 8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
Dan 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
Dan 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the end shall the vision be.
What I had believed was that You see there are 2300 days from the time the covenant is made till the time the sacrifice is taken away. Only then is the host trodden under foot. This treading under foot is what John spoke of in Revelation 11. But now I see this was error. It does not say this. In fact it says "Then shall the sanctuarybe cleansed" shoing that the 2300 days enads at the coming of Christ to set up his kingdom.
Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
So you see, if the new ENPI is the covenant, we are almost in the final days of this age. It was Jovier Solana who confirmed the original covenant on January 1, 2007. He was the high representative at that time in the EU. It was strengthed to include efforts to bring a peaceful sollusion to the middle east conflict between Palistine and Israel beginning Jan 1st, 2014. This date must be the beginning of the first part of the 7. The second part begins the 1260 days for the mother in Rev 12 to go into the wilderness, it should start the 42 months for the 2 witnesses to give testimony in Jerusalem described in Rev 11. It should start the 42 month reign of the beast over Jerusalem after the abomination was set up described in Rev 13. It should start the final 1335 days of this age that ends in the blessed day spoken of in Dan 12:12. And it should start the 2300 days ending with the sanctuary being cleansed.
We are told not to set dates for the second coming, but we are told to watch and what I have explained is scripture, not my ideas. Is it possible that Jesus did not know the hour or the day because he did not know when the covenant would be signed? I find no scripture to give away the date for the confirmation of the covenant. Then it is not perfectly clear to me when the abomination will be set up, but when we have one there are exact dates for many events in scripture when taken in context.
Understand that Jesus did not say to watch for the covenant. He said to watch for armies camped around Jerusalem and the abomination of desolation which Dan 8 reveals which comes 2300 days before the sanctuary is cleansed, NOT 2300 days after the covenant is signed.
Watch and pray that you will be found worthy to escape these things that must come upon the world.
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