Brace For Shock … October 23, 2010Posted by stevekerp in Current Events, End Times, Harbingers.
It may have been more than coincidental that questions concerning the confirmation of the covenant were part of the discussion this past Wednesday, which on the Hebrew calendar was 12 Cheshvan. 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, as discussed, the antecedent of “he” in this verse appears to point 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.
And now — suddenly — that very covenant that may be in view is being challenged by no less than the Vatican. While we on the forum were considering this prophecy, the Pope and a synod of bishops from the middle east were preparing their final statement culminating a two-week series of meetings. The statement, delivered earlier today, asserted that the Biblical concept of the ‘promised land’ cannot be used to justify “the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians.”
According to ynetnews.com:
Greek-Melchite Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros, said:
‘We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.
‘The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians,’ he added. ‘The justification of Israel’s occupation of the land of Palestine cannot be based on sacred scriptures.’
Just days before his assassination on November 4, 1995, Yitzhak Rabin articulated a similar belief – that the Bible was not Israel’s title deed to the land. Rabin was a signer of the Oslo Peace Accords, which is often cited as the “covenant” which will be confirmed at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week. However, this arrangement is not a covenant. (Note: Mr. Rabin died on the evening of 12 Cheshvan.)
The land covenant between God and the Jews is now on the table. As discussed on Wednesday last, I believe a very convincing “confirmation” would be something along the lines of Psalm 83. I cannot think of a more convincing way for the enemies of God to throw down a gauntlet. I believe we will soon see God’s response.