So I posted the following on my Facebook wall. I am trying to understand this and would love your feedback if you are familiar with interpretations of Daniel 9 that suggest that the last days antichrist will make a 7 year covenant of peace with Israel:
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This is a message to my Christian friends. So there’s this interpretation that is very common, where people say that in the last days the antichrist will come, and make a peace treaty with Israel. I was looking for how people came up with this, and it actually looks to me like something that people are making up from misreading something. I want to get your take on it because I don’t know if I am missing something.
First of all, I looked up where a covenant of peace is mentioned. It only appears a few times in the Bible, and each time it is a good thing. You have a covenant of peace mentioned in the following places:
1. In Isaiah 54:10, you have in a prophetic poem about the future glory of Zion the following: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” So here, the covenant of peace is from the LORD, and it is a good thing. No antichrist making a covenant a peace. It is talking about the future of Zion.
2. Ezekiel 34:25 you have in a prophetic passage about the future ruler David the following: “I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety.” Once again, a good thing, the covenant of peace. Not a bad thing. Not an antichrist. Not an evil ruler doing it. God is doing it. You can read the whole chapter or more particularly verses 20-31 for more context in Ezekiel 34.
3. Ezekiel 37:26 you have another prophetic passage about David that says the following (where I first noticed this that made me look it up): “I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.” Once again, a good person comes and God is making a covenant of peace. Nothing evil. No antichrist doing it.
Actually, these are the only passages in the Bible that I can find which directly mention a covenant of peace. I have been wanting to understand this for a while, as of course I desire to create world peace and a new government, and I do not want to be an evil character in the Bible. Hell sucks. (A handful people have accused me of this, but in my heart, I know that I am not evil and just want to help fix the world, as it is broken).
So of course, want to make sure I am on the right track. Hope that makes sense. So I looked it up, somewhat for that. Nope, nothing I can find in the Bible which suggests that creating peace is bad, or that the antichrist is going to make a peace treaty with Israel. It’s not there. I am actually wondering how people come up with this. I looked it up, but can only find one passage that people are adding something to in order to come up with this. It is in Daniel.
So in Daniel 9:27 it says the following about a character that will emerge in the last days. The word “antichrist” is not mentioned here although I can see how people would connect this with the idea of an antichrist because of what it says. So here is what Daniel 9:27 actually says:
“He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’. In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
So there is a character that sets up an abomination that makes desolation, which Jesus also refers to in Matthew 24. However Jesus never says this person will make a peace treaty either. Actually he says that when this is happening there will be wars going on. You can read Matthew 24 on your own. Look for “peace treaty” and it is not there. I was looking for how people come up with this, and people continue referring to Daniel 9:27, such as a website I found that from which I quote the following:
“He [the ruler at that time] will confirm a covenant [peace treaty] with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation.”
Ok, so you see they are referring to a ruler confirming a peace treaty, but [peace treaty] has brackets around it. That is because Daniel doesn’t mention a peace treaty. He says this person will make a covenant with people and in the middle of it he will stop the sacrifice and the oblation. In order for this to happen, the sacrifice and the oblation would have to start again first (if you have never read the Bible, you probably have no idea what I am talking about. This is ok, this post is for some Christian friends of mine.) So again, they just added in interpreting for some reason that the covenant that the character in Daniel 9 makes is a peace treaty, which Daniel does not mention – again, the only time a peace covenant is mentioned in the Bible (3 times) it is good each time.
So my question is for my friends – where is this idea coming from that a character that emerges and creates peace in the middle east is a bad thing? Like, how did someone come up with this? It seems like in the sermon on the mount, Jesus says “blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” and that the Bible generally refers to peace as a good thing, not a bad thing. Then twice in Ezekiel, a character named David is mentioned that comes and helps make a covenant of peace, each time the mention is positive. Once in Daniel a character emerges that makes a covenant, peace is never mentioned, and somehow that becomes in modern interpretations a ‘covenant of peace’, but this is not mentioned. Is Christianity just making stuff up? Like where does this interpretation come from? References and detailed explanations, please. If this is something that someone just made up and added to the Bible, it should be removed from Christian teaching, or corrected. If there is an explanation for it that makes sense, the explanation should be clear and be referenced in prophecy. This is something fairly important for me to understand, so I appreciate the time you are taking to explain it.
Thanks for the help. My main point is, I do not believe that any description is made of the covenant that the character makes in Daniel 9:27 and he breaks it, so it is not “everlasting” as the covenant of peace is in Ezekiel 34 and 37. Therefore, it must be a different covenant. Where is this interpretation coming from?
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So I actually believe the following led to the interpretations that are commonly being presented:
You have a division between Judaism and Christianity that is major (several, but one main one) that emerges from the Jews not believing that Jesus is the Messiah. Another division exists wherein the Jewish Nation believes Torah should be followed and Christianity in general ignores it and does not really even understand what is in it (really referring to Christians within Christianity not Christianity itself).
Christians believe that in the last days there will be many false Messiahs, which is and always has been true (Matthew 24). They believe there is only one Messiah. So in Judaism, they have a Messiah depicted that will come and create world peace and a one world government. In believing that this person is a false Messiah, I believe that some Christians interpreted that this person who comes to create peace must be the person in Daniel 9, and therefore surmised that the covenant the Daniel 9 character makes is a “peace treaty” without perhaps reading the other scriptures, and noticing that a covenant of peace is not mentioned at all in Daniel 9.
In other words, something just got added to the Bible again, which happens quite a lot and takes a lot of effort and attention to sort through, and notice. There is a series of major problems that emerge from this, as I see a pattern where many Christians have been opposed to efforts that could create more peace, such as the Abraham Accord, which Donald Trump helped organize on September 15th of 2020. I noticed this a while ago as one of my old contacts, Mia Davies posted something on Facebook where she was warning people to be careful of anyone making a peace treaty in the last days. Of course at the time, I hadn’t double checked this, but knew that something was wrong instinctively as Jesus said “blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” in the sermon on the mount. So I responded, and she deleted my comment, sending me a personal message that she doesn’t want her people to be “confused”.
However, the Bible does not warn of someone making a peace treaty with Israel. The Messianic Age will be peaceful. Blessed are the peacemakers. Etc. Therefore the character mentioned in Daniel 9, Matthew 24, and also referred to in Daniel 11 must be referring to a different kind of covenant than a covenant of peace, unless I have missed something.
What covenant might this person be making? Well, 2nd Thessalonians 2 (written by Paul) refers to the character mentioned in Daniel 11:36-39 (also the same character it seems) as “the man of Lawlessness”. As I have mentioned many times, “man of lawlessness” would be “man of Torah-lessness” as “Torah” can be equated by “Law” which you can see emerging in Daniel 9 – first, you have a period where Torah would have been restored (as there would be sacrifice and oblation going on in order for it to cease) and then, you would have a character emerge that makes a covenant, opposes and exalts himself, and makes an abomination that causes desolation, etc. The “man of lawlessness” – most likely, this person would be making another covenant with people, that is having to do with something else. This has nothing to do with a peace treaty in Israel Biblically, this is assumed.
I again emphasize, that a “covenant of peace” is only expressly mentioned in the Bible 3 times, and 100% of those times it is a positive thing. I don’t think that paranoia about a world leader creating a covenant of peace in Israel is biblically justified. If I am wrong and you are a Bible student, explain to me why in the comments with detailed references as I have done in this post, as it appears to be a screwy interpretation that people simply continue to repeat because someone else told them that this is what it means.
The more familiar I get with scripture, the more of this stuff I find – screwy interpretations where people just make things up because they don’t understand, or because something isn’t expressly clear. In Judaism, I find it with big sections of the 613 mitzvot where commandments appear in a list that was compiled that do not actually appear in the scriptures that are referenced in the list. In Christianity I find it where in the presence of something being actually ambiguous in the old texts of the New and Old testaments, they try to make something clear that is not by specifically defining it – such as the covenant in Daniel 9 not being specific (i.e. it is just a “covenant” not a “7 year peace treaty”) but they need something specific, so they associate it with the Messiah character predictions of the Jewish Nation who helps create world peace, and therefore the evil character in Daniel 9 (not the Messiah) is making a “peace treaty”.
I think that overall, we all have a lot of nonsense that we need to work through. There is nothing wrong with creating world peace if it is real peace. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy, not create peace between nations. I can see a false peace being created that is based in force, like totalitarianism such as a government like China getting a little over zealous and going to conquer other countries and force them to obey a series of rules that are very “Torahless” in their nature. That would make sense.
Something that is a possibility, would be a smooth talking Hitlerish type character which emerges after on the one side, the Kingdom begins emerging (as the Kingdom is first mentioned in Daniel in chapter 2) and this person comes and says things like “we don’t need all of these old laws. We can all do what we want. Blah, blah, blah.” Then he gets into power, and immediately starts shutting down Torah law and doing things like forcing homosexuality down everyone’s throats, etc (behavior which is against Torah). Maybe the covenant is something that sounds good, but brings destruction. Would also make sense. But saying it is a “7 year peace treaty” is somewhat making up some bullshit that is as much nonsense as the pre-tribulation rapture theory, where people are expecting 2 second comings and to be teleported out of the universe before the mark of the beast comes.
My thoughts. If you have specific explanations of this that make sense and have lots of references, feel free to share. I am open to corrections on any point that I can be proven incorrect about, as I do not have the entire Bible memorized. Somewhat, I just like to clear up nonsense as I go and one thing that is definitely nonsense is that creating world peace is somehow a bad thing. If it is done for the right reasons and through the right techniques, the things that we should be the most focused on is creating peace in the world and sustainability in the way that human beings operate their lives as without those two things, we all will wind up destroyed and it will happen quickly, like a thief in the night.
I hope this helped. As with anything I write, don’t just believe it. Question it. Study it out. Think it through. Come up to your own conclusion as all thinking that is generated by a human being with a finite ability to perceive and reason is prone to mistakes and errors in process.
Be blessed, and peace be upon you.
P.S. Our modern, corrupt governments are not going to create world peace that lasts. They are not going to fix our sustainability issues. They are not going to fix the broken economic system that has driven human beings out of our sync with nature increasingly over a period of the last 250 years, where 70-90% of us used to be involved with the growing of food, and now it has reduced to perhaps 1% of the population. We are disconnected from each other. Our love has grown cold. Violence is increasing. Debt is mounting. The modern system we live in WILL COLLAPSE, and be crushed in pieces by a Kingdom which will emerge, that will never be taken away from you, which will never be destroyed, which will re-harmonize us to the creation, to each other, to the creator. This is what we must build together. The Democrats will not fix it. Neither will the Republicans. These things are just a manifestation of the broken hearts and divided minds of society who are manifesting in broken dualistic tensions between two sides of being which are in fact, manifesting from the one. We must return to one, and return to each other because only through going to the source can we once again walk into the fountain of living waters. Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and He leads to Torah, which leads to the restoration of peace and prosperity which shall never be taken from you, and never will be destroyed. Return to Torah, for it is the source of everything (speaking also to myself).
Love you with all of my heart. Let’s change the world for the better, together.