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Things are not going to calm down in the Middle East, Israel, or Jerusalem. If anything, they will worsen, until at some point Daniel 9:27 will be fulfilled. Note the first part of that verse tells us that a covenant will be brokered between Israel and surrounding Arab nations and the “he” in that verse (Antichrist). Antichrist will have great interest in gaining peace for that area of the world for one “week” or seven years, so that Israel can undertake the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple. Antichrist needs that temple to be rebuilt so that at the midway point of three and a half years, he can defile it. Once he declares himself God, it is then that persecution breaks out onto the world such as has never been seen before nor will again (cf. Matthew 24).
This is massive. The contents of the second bowl of God’s wrath is poured out into the sea and the sea became blood. Because of that, everything in the sea that was alive died. There are no living creatures left because of this bowl of God’s wrath! Imagine the stench. Imagine that any desalinization systems that turned sea water into potable water would no longer work! Imagine what that would do to the world and its population.
This beast of course, is the Antichrist, who is completely indwelt by Satan himself. Not only does the Antichrist kill these Two Witnesses, but prohibits anyone from burying them. He wants their dead bodies to remain in the streets for three and a half days. I find verse 10 very interesting. The people are so happy about the deaths of these Two Witnesses that they have a worldwide celebration even sending gifts to one another. Obviously, most people did not heed the message at all in spite of the terrible things that the Two Witnesses brought upon the earth. The people were simply very glad they were finally gone.
Jesus Christ IS God. He provided Himself as a substitutionary atonement for us. In doing so, He provided salvation and when we receive His salvation, He indwells us via the Holy Spirit and we become “partakers of the divine” as Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:4. We ourselves are not gods, but through His divine power, we can overcome sin, unrighteousness, and ungodliness.
Notice though that the faces of these locusts had faces like men’s faces and hair like women’s hair. Their teeth did not remind John of human teeth but of teeth in a lion’s mouth. They wore breastplates of iron and they had wings, which all told made tremendous noise when they flew. Finally, these creatures had something in their tails (like scorpions) that allowed them to hurt men for five months.
Today’s Israel has but a small part of all the Land that God set aside for them. Even now, Arab nations (along with the UN and politicians in America and elsewhere) want Israel to give up even more of her Land to make way for a Palestinian State. God will have none of that. It is His Land and He gave it to Israel. He will fulfill His promises to Israel by making sure they enjoy all of their Land at some point in the future.
It is this “prince” that will come one day and will take control of the entire world before Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation. It is this “he/prince” that the first use of “he” in Daniel 9:27 is pointing. This individual will be the one who brokers a seven-year covenant with Israel and the Arab nations that surround her. Why would Jesus do that? He wouldn’t, so it must be referring to another “prince,” someone Paul calls the “man of lawlessness” (2 Thessalonians 2).