He shall Confirm The Covenant with Many
The words, He Shall Confirm The Covenant with Many, represents a mystery that is not understood by many.
Christ did confirm the covenant with many, and this confirmation process began at the beginning of the New Testament age.
The interpretation of the words “He Shall Confirm The Covenant with Many” will impact our understanding of other prophetic passages. The truth hidden in this passage will undoubtedly unravel many other deceptions that are all to common in end time prophecy teachings.
Most teachers of Christianity falsely claim that this verse is all about the anti Christ making a covenant with Israel for seven years.
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.
From the command to rebuild Jerusalem until Christ is a period of sixty nine weeks of years; the emphasis in this verse is on Jesus Christ (Dan 9:25).
And after this period of time Messiah shall be cut off; the emphasis in this verse is also on Him (Dan 9:26). Likewise in Dan 9:27, the emphasis is still on Jesus. He shall confirm the covenant with many.
The words “he shall” are added by the translator twice. Therefore, what is being described in the first part of this passage is the confirming or establishment of a covenant with many for one week. This means that the emphasis is on confirming a covenant, and it may be confirmed by multiple sources. He shall confirm the covenant with many, is in reference to Christ’s covenant.
The first half of the seventieth week of Daniel was fulfilled in Christ; His ministry was for three and one half years. The promise that He shall confirm the covenant with many, is in reference to Christ’s covenant, and is already partially fulfilled.
This covenant which is Christ’s testimony is the basis for the entire New Testament; those that had faith and hope believed in the testimony of Christ unto life. The self righteous and deceived believed in their own testimony unto death.
The Old Testament is fulfilled in and through Jesus in two parts. Part one is the arrival of the Word of Life and the payment for sin upon the cross unto Salvation. Part two is the separation of the unjust, and the inheritance and kingdom that are received by the just at His second coming. He shall confirm the covenant with many, is in reference to Christ’s covenant, and the hope of our Salvation.
He Shall Confirm The Covenant with Many
The second covenant or promise that Christ gave to all mankind was to take away their sins. This could not be accomplished under the first one, as sins were only temporarily covered (Rom 11:27; Heb 9:25). He shall confirm the covenant with many, is realized in these verses.
Jesus Christ, the son of God is the only mediator of a perfect covenant between the Father and men. This covenant that was confirmed to all He spoke to, was established then upon the best promise of all unto our eternal life (1Tim 2:5; Heb 8:6-10).
Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
He shall confirm the covenant with many, is the focus of the entire New Testament:
He shall confirm the covenant with many The Promise To All of Israel
Below is a partial list of the characteristics of the people that make up this house.
They are not all the Israel of God just because they happen to reside in the physical nation of Israel (Rom 9:6).
And as many as walk according to the Law of Christ, peace and mercy be upon them the Israel of God (Gal 6:16).
In the past we were without Christ and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel; as such we had no part in the promises and were without hope. In Christ all can become the Israel of God through His shed blood (Eph 2:11-13). The promise that He shall confirm the covenant with many, is the hope of all of mankind.
All who share in the faith of Abraham now are of one family; this faith was not in the letter of the law, but in the one who gave the law. All who serve God in faith are counted as children of Abraham (Gal 3:7).
Israel is saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation… (Isaiah 45:17).
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Backsliding Israel had finally caused God to give her a bill of divorce. The kingdom of God was taken from them and given to another people that would produce fruits unto the Lord. It is this group, His chosen that would be called Christians and take the gospel message to the world (Jer 3:8; Isa 65:12-15; Acts 11:26; Mat 21:43).
At the time of Christ’s earthly ministry the nation of Israel had ceased to exist, and only Judah was left, which was controlled by the Romans. Jesus did not say His house was desolate, but He declared theirs to be, when speaking to those of the false house of Judah (Math 23:38).
The Spiritual house of Israel would represent all believers in Christ.
He shall confirm the covenant with many including the house of Judah.
Isaiah 65:8-9 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
There is a group that faithfully followed the Lord Jesus that were of the true tribe of Judah, these would inherit the kingdom and also be counted as the elect.
Christ presented a new covenant to the Judeans or those that resided in Judea; the first people to receive and believe on Jesus were in and around this area.
Some of those Judeans who lived in Judea were of the tribe or house of Judah.
Judaism and the word Jewish, or Jew, come from the word Judah. Abraham was not Jewish nor were Isaac, Jacob or any of his twelve sons.
Judaism like all other religions is man made, and Salvation is impossible through any of them.
To claim to be Jewish, can have different meanings to different people, and for many it may be just a religious or cultural identity. But some in this group wield great political and financial powers, claiming they are part of an elite chosen super class above all others.
There is also the Jewish religious movement that claims that they are the chosen ones of God. Even though scripture proves this claim to be another great deception, many Christians believe this lie as well.
Gal 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
At the time when Christ walked in Judea, the religion of many who claimed to be of Judah, did not at all resemble the original law that God gave through Moses.
Here are a few examples of what Christ had to say to the religious leaders of that day:
- Do not be called Rabbi, as one is your Master and His name is Christ (Mat 23:8)
- Neither you nor your converts shall enter into Heaven (Mat 23:13).
- Those you convert become twice the child of Hell as yourselves (Mat 23:15).
- You hypocrites tithe, but fail to follow mercy and have no faith (Mat 23:23).
- Your outward righteous appearance is hypocrisy and iniquity (Mat 23:28).
- You are of those who killed the prophets, and are bound for Hell (Mat 23:30-33).
Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Christ came to His own, but they for the most they part did not receive Him; for this reason they were cut off (John 1:11). He shall confirm the covenant with many, but few will indeed accept the covenant.
Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Christians need to understand that they may also be cut off if they fail to follow the truth, by allowing themselves to get caught up in self righteousness and iniquity.
Romans 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
Christ declared Himself to be the only way, because He is the truth and the light; all must come to Him for salvation. There is no special plan for those who claim to be of the house of Judah, or for the people groups that follow Judaism.
Gal 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
He shall confirm the covenant with many, refers to Christ that confirmed the new covenant first with the house of Judah. Paul started where Christ left off, but primarily was responsible to take the gospel abroad to all people groups (Acts 9:15).
He shall confirm the covenant with many referred to in Dan 9:27 is confirmed or established by Christ
Jeremiah 31:32-33 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD. I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
He shall confirm the covenant with many, refers to Christ establishing or confirmed his covenant with many peoples. Only this time he wrote it in the believers mind and on their hearts, instead of tablets of stone (2 Cor 3:3).
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Here we see the power in the new covenant of promise, and in it our faith and hopes will be fulfilled. He shall confirm the covenant with many, does not represent the old law that was a temporary covering for sin, but the new law that would cover it once and for all.
1 Cor 1:4-6 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge. Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you.
He shall confirm the covenant with many. His testimony is the covenant.
Revelations 1:1-2 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
By correctly understanding Dan 9:27, we realize several important facts.
- There is no seven year tribulation, as the deceitful interpretation of this verse is the only excuse made for a seven year tribulation period.
- Christ caused the sacrifice and the oblations to cease, so there will not be a Jewish temple with the old ordinances becoming reinstated.
Christ claimed that Jerusalem would become desolate and remain in that spiritual condition, until His return for the second gathering of His people. Often times it is errantly taught that the Israel of 1948 represents the second gathering prophesied in scripture.
At the true second gathering, all the righteous in Christ will reign in a Gloriously restored Jerusalem. No longer will Jerusalem be spiritually referred to as Sodom and Egypt, as it is during the Great Tribulation (Rev 11:8).
He shall confirm the covenant with many, points to Christ who was the one who caused the sacrifices and the oblations to cease, as he was the final sacrifice. After the cross, never again would animal sacrifices be acceptable. In the midst of the week, or after his three and a half year ministry, Christ sacrificed Himself for us. Daniel also tells us that for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate. This refers to the false house of Judah that had become as dross, or worthless (Eze 22:19-21, Luke 13:35).
Behold your house is left to you desolate, was the decree given unto Jerusalem by Christ (Math 23:38). The Lord, at many times throughout their history, did not recognize their religious sacrifices as being valid (Isa 66:3-4; Isa 1:11).
He shall confirm the covenant with many is in no way a reference to the antichrist, however Christ will confirm the covenant with many. The suggestion that the covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27, is a covenant made with Israel by the Antichrist, is a terrible lie and is not supported anywhere in the scriptures.
The word covenant is used seven times in Daniel, and only once is it not a representation of the holy covenant of God.
Daniel 11:21-22 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant,(or treaty).
The covenant here is between two men, and in this case refers to an alliance or pledge.
Daniel 11:23 And after the league (or uniting together) made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
The antichrist or little horn of Daniel does not confirm the covenant, but is in fact very much opposed to, or against it with considerable force.
Dan 11:28 Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.
Dan 11:30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
By understanding that the commandments of God are contained in Christ’s testimony, Rev 12:17, takes on a completely different meaning. Those who say they are of the spiritual house of Judah, but are not, do not keep these commandments. So obviously this is a reference to Christians, that the Beast and False Prophet persecute. This means that there is no pre tribulation rapture, only the true believers have the testimony of Jesus (1Cor1:6; Rev 1:9; Rev 12:11).
From the above verse it is clear to see that the dragon through his fleshly representative makes war with the remnant, who are the Christians that have the testimony of Christ.
He shall confirm the covenant with many is in reference to Christ who did confirm the covenant with many. His earthly ministry was for three and a half years. This leaves the second half of the last week still unfulfilled. Many grasp the truth that Daniel 9:27, refers to Christ as the one who does the confirming. However they believe that it is a consecutive seven year period with the latter half confirmation taking place through his disciples.
Part of the prophecy in Daniel 9:24 has yet to transpire, and that is to bring in everlasting righteousness.
Isaiah 11:4-6 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
He shall confirm the covenant with many also refers to the two Witnesses that Confirm The Covenant During The Second Half of the Week
Rev 11:3-7 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
A thousand two hundred and sixty days, is three and one half years. This is the length of time that these witnesses have to share their testimony during the tribulation period.
So then, He shall confirm the covenant with many, is partially accomplished through the two witnesses. They are messengers of the covenant. Also it can be said that they witness of him and through him, by the spirit of God.
Matt 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
He shall confirm the covenant with many through His two witnesses as well. And Satan will establish deception by means of the Beast and the False Prophet. This should prove to be quite interesting, and it will all unfold during the 3 1/2 year period of time referred to as the Great Tribulation. As we discussed earlier in this article, when Christ came to earth the religion of the people was corrupted almost entirely, however this time the corruption is world wide.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
All that give their lives for the Word of God, will reign on earth as kings and priests with Christ.
Acts 22:20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
As the two witnesses are martyred for the testimony of Christ, so too many of us will be martyred as well.The words witness and martyr carry the same meaning. Everyone that walks in Christ’s Truth will witness of Him, but not all die as martyrs.
Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
The second half of the prophecy, that He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week, is confirmed through the two witnesses that shall prophesy for three and a half years. They foretell events to come under the divine inspiration of Christ. Christ performed incredible miracles and demonstrated awesome power while on earth. These two also demonstrate awesome power, as Jesus gives them the ability to:
- Destroy their enemies with fire
- Send plagues upon the land
- Turn the waters into blood
- Prevent rain from falling on the land
What a time of incredible joy for the true believer, to visualize the power of Christ through these two men of God. Our faith and hope will only be strengthened as we know that their ministry is for three and a half years, and afterwards Christ returns with our Salvation.
He shall confirm the covenant with many – The Two Olive Trees and The Two Candlesticks
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks
Zech 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
Zech 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
The seven candlesticks represent seven churches (Rev 1:20).
The two candlesticks mentioned in Rev 11:4, will indeed shine a bright light, in an otherwise dark world that has lost its way and its Love for Jesus.
Matt 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Could they represent, or be representatives of Smyrna and Philadelphia, two of the seven churches that had no negative qualities?
Smyrna and Philadelphia are the two churches or candlesticks of the seven where:
- The Lord has nothing negative to say to them.
- Reference is made in both churches of a group that say they are of the tribe of Judah but lie and really are of the synagogue of Satan.
- Reference is made to the crown or reward they will receive.
- Philadelphia is kept from the hour of temptation; they have maintained the word of the Lord, are Spirit filled and can endure.
- Philadelphia has an open door set before them, and they will receive a new name from the Lamb of God.
- Smyrna will go through Tribulation and the Devil will cast some of them into prison.
- Smyrna is told to be faithful unto death; he that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death, which ultimately is eternity in the lake of fire.
- Smyrna is poor, yet they are rich in the Lord.
Rev 11:7-8 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
He shall confirm the covenant with many and those who refuse it will be Condemned to Hell
Christ was killed as a result of the false testimony given by the Judeans (Jews) in Jerusalem, that claimed to be of the tribe of Judah. These were actually of the synagogue of Satan. He declared to them, behold your house is left unto you desolate. Daniel tells us the reason for the desolation Christ talked about; it was the result of many abominable acts. He shall confirm the covenant with many, but desolations will continue until the return of Christ.
The tribulation judgments and the threat of death for not following the antichrist, have no power over those Sealed by the Lamb of God. This world is not where our love is, and our treasures are laid up in Christ Jesus.
1 Thess 2:14-15 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
The two witnesses like Christ are also killed in Jerusalem, which is described as Sodom and Egypt, spiritually speaking. It was and will remain desolate until Christ returns and gathers the elect.
Those in Judea then and now (except for the followers of Christ) are antichrist:
- They did not keep the old law when Christ came to them; He told them that they were of their father the devil.
- They rejected the Messiah then (who they killed), even though the prophets (who their fathers killed) and the Law spoke of Him.
- Orthodox Judaism, even without the use of the talmud and other traditions of men that Christ despised, can never have any legitimacy in the eyes of God.
- There will never be a temple man can build for the Lord, as the believer is now a temple unto the Lord (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19).
- During the Great Tribulation there will not be a temple of God in Jerusalem (Rev 11:2).
- Christ said your house is and will remain desolate; they could never have sacrifices, as the Lamb of God, was the final sacrifice.
- There will never be priests of God, except they be in Christ Jesus (Rev 1:46; 5:10; 20:6).
Even those that attempt to follow Orthodox Judaism today are still ignorant of the Old Testament prophecies concerning Christ, and are lost without Him. Multitudes within a sect of this religion have beliefs based on the kabbalah, talmud, and other oral traditions of men.These beliefs represent a dark evil to hideous for most to comprehend, far surpassing even those of the scribes and pharisees at the time of Christ.
Matt 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
He shall confirm the covenant with many, also refers to these two witnesses that will arrive in Jerusalem where the religion of the people is but a continuance of the self righteousness, iniquity and deception that Christ originally exposed during His earthly ministry. Christianity in large part has many similarities, becoming a religion of the oral traditions of men with little truth and even less faith.
He shall confirm the covenant with many, speaks of Christ who confirmed the covenant with many for the first half of the prophetic week. At the end of this confirmation process after the testimony of the two witnesses, Christ’s wrath is poured out on the desolate that do not know Him.
He shall confirm the covenant with many during the first half of the week, and He appoints his two witnesses to confirm, during the second half of the week.
What a glorious time this will be to have the power of God demonstrated through these two men of God.
What a confirmation of the soon return of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
The two witnesses likewise are taken up to heaven in a cloud. Below are a few verses to consider in relationship to the two witnesses, as we are told it is appointed unto man once to die.
Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
The New Testament does reveal the hidden mysteries of the old, such as the fulfilling of the second part of the week of Daniel, truly awesome is the Word of God!!