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When Hamas was asked why they weren’t better at aiming their rockets into Israel, one terrorist replied, “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.” So while they give credit to Israel’s God, they refuse to think of the ramifications of that testimony.
We’re all familiar with the hate-filled rantings of people like past President Ahmadinejad, whose invective against Israel is renowned. He has called for the obliteration of Israel as a nation and has vowed to not rest until all Jewish people are gone from the Middle East. Many in the Middle East believe that Israel has no right to exist and no right to be there. Many of them also deny the Holocaust and believe that Israel should never have been given any land to become a nation in 1948 because they claim that Israel never was a nation in that area of the world. What can you do with people like that? They are radical hatemongers where Israel is concerned and too many in America have taken up that battle cry.
Antichrist makes the covenant because of his ulterior motives. Halfway through the Tribulation period, he will completely defile the Jewish Temple (as Antiochus did in 168 BC; cf. Matthew 24), making it completely unsuitable for worship (as was the case following Antiochus’ defilement). Antichrist will do what Paul tells his Thessalonian readers (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), “the man of lawlessness…who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”
The Torah was written originally in Hebrew (with some small sections being originally written in Aramaic. For Jewish individuals and especially males, Hebrew was the language of choice. In fact, the numerous times Jesus read Scripture while at synagogue or in the Temple, He would have done so in Hebrew. We’ll provide specifics in a moment, but it is important to note that with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it becomes at once clear that many manuscripts that Jesus would have studied, learned, and even memorized were written in Hebrew. “The scrolls demonstrate that Hebrew was being used in the time of Jesus, and had not been completely eclipsed by Aramaic.”
It is the same thing here in Daniel 9. Gabriel is really giving a bit of a play on words. In essence, as Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum points out (“Footsteps of the Messiah”), Gabriel is essentially saying, “Daniel, it’s not 70 years, but 70 SEVENS of years.”
In verse 27, we see our first usage of the pronoun “he.” The first part of 27 reads, “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week…” The question we must ask then is who is this “he” referring to here? This is where the rule of antecedents comes into play. We look at the “he” and we ask, to whom does this “he” refer. If we travel backwards in the text, we come to the “people of the prince who is to come” section. We have determined that this is a roundabout way of referring to the Antichrist. Therefore, the “he” in verse 27 refers back to the Antichrist.
It is clear from verse 27 that the final week does not begin until “he” confirms a covenant with the many for one “seven.” What is this covenant? We are not sure exactly what the covenant is, but we are sure that it entails a form of peace for Israel. The fact that it is one “seven” in length tells us that it is the final seven years of this age, just prior to and leading up to the physical return of Jesus.