There are six places in Scripture that the Antichrist’s covenant is referenced that begins the Tribulation.
In Daniel chapter 9 we have the prediction of the destruction of the second temple and are told that it is destroyed by the people of the “prince that shall come.”(Daniel 9:26) Daniel then refers to this same prince that shall come, (who rises is out of the Revived Roman empire) and we read in Daniel 9:27 that he confirms the covenant:
Then he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
We know this is a peace treaty. A week is seven years and we see that in the middle of the seven years the treaty is broken and there are many more details on this the Bible provides, but the focus in this article is the treaty itself.
The Isaiah 28:14-19 elaborates on this treaty, while also providing a prophecy concerning Jesus. In this passage it is referred to a covenant with death and an agreement with hell. We also see again that this covenant is broken, “for we have made lies our refuge.” The passage reads:
Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scornful men,
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
And with Sheol we are in agreement.
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
It will not come to us,
For we have made lies our refuge,
And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
17 Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it.
19 As often as it goes out it will take you;
For morning by morning it will pass over,
And by day and by night;
It will be a terror just to understand the report.”
Psalm 55:20-21 elaborates on the treaty and the deceitful heart of the Antichrist who agreed to it.
He describes the Antichrist’s aims of the treaty by stating:
He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him: he has broken his covenant. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.”
Isaiah 33:7-9 adds:
“Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside, the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly. The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases. He has broken the covenant, He has despised the cities He regards no man.”
In Isaiah 28:18, God refers to the Peace treaty that begins the tribulation as a “covenant with death,” an “agreement with hell.” We see clearly that the Antichrist who makes the covenant breaks it.
Ezekiel chapter 13 we see the next reference and this passage also pertains to the days of Ezekiel and the many false prophets who existed at that time.
In verse 10 is the reference to hailstones coming down and destroying the wall, which we also see in the Isaiah passage. Great hailstones are one of the plagues of the Revelation, the 100 pound hail (Revelation 16:21.)
,, God is angry at the prophets and prophetesses who speak from their hearts and tell the Israelites of peace. Verse 16 reads: “That is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her, when there is no peace, says the Lord God.” God knows what is coming.
We also see something else in chapter 13, this reference to the wall of untampered mortar.
10 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar— 11 say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. 12 Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where isthe mortar with which you plastered it?’”
13 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. 14 So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
15 “Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, 16 that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’” says the Lord God.
This isn’t the only place we see a counterfeit in the Bible, In the account of Babel we see the tower that was made with bricks in Genesis 11:3:
3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
This was in their attempt to be like God and all they can offer is a counterfeit which extends from Babel, to Babylon and is represented by the Whore of Babylon.
Thus we see the wall built with untempered mortar as representing a false security, but one which also angers God because it is a counterfeit to His.
From all of the passages we learn that the covenant is confirmed by many, and it has a spiritual dimension because it is a Covenant with Death and an Agreement with Hell. It is an agreement with the three chief principalities and powers: Satan, via the Antichrist and Death and Hades.
We do not know the details of the agreement other than it offers peace to the nation, but we can based on what is given in Scripture speculate on the type of agreement or peace offered.
We see in the prophetic forecasts the many contrasts of the Antichrist and Jesus and Satan’s imitations.
The wall that is built with tempered mortar will no doubt represent this covenant with Israel: as God had a covenant with Israel, so too will the Antichrist.
Based on the pattern of contrasts in which we see Satan attempting to mimic God on earth, we can assume or speculate that the Antichrist will embrace the Jewish people, and their desire for peace in their land and mimic the Abrahamic covenant by offering them their land and his protection.
It is interesting that the wording of the covenant in the book of Daniel is the same as is used many times of the covenant of God and Israel and Daniel twice specifies “holy covenant” differing from the Antichrist’s covenant.
In summary, what do we know about the unholy covenant, we know ten facts.
1. The unholy covenant is referenced six times in the Bible.
2. The book of Daniel is the first and only Old Testament book to reference holy covenant, differentiating from the unholy covenant.
3. The unholy covenant enlists the highest principalities and powers: Satan, Death and Hades
4. The unholy covenant is broken contrasting God’s covenant, which is eternal
5. The unholy covenant initially mimics the Abrahamic covenant
6. The unholy covenant like Babel is a counterfeit with its tempered mortar wall for Jerusalem.
7. The unholy covenant will once broken seek to annihilate the Jews
8. The unholy covenant ends with the Antichrist taking possession of Jerusalem and setting up his capital there and taking it from the Jews.
9. The unholy covenant ends with the Antichrist declaring himself as God, and blaspheming the trinity and changing times and laws.
10. The unholy covenant brings God’s judgement
In that the unholy covenant is a comprehensive peace offered to Israel next I will provide the geopolitical analysis and how this will play out in world affairs in light of the two state solution. Presently the two state solution, which calls for Israel and Palestine to exist alongside each other, which was embraced in the mid 1970’s is currently endorsed by virtually every major world power and the UN and you will want to read my next article when it is complete on the Peace Treaty and the Two State Solution, when it is available.
Bible prophecy presents frightening truths to the reader, but its message is not entirely one of doom and gloom. Believers in Jesus Christ will not go through the Tribulation. God will take them out of the world in the Rapture just before it begins. God provides a way out. His way offers refuge and eternal life.
God’s gift of eternal life with Christ is simple to obtain, but few will take it. All men are sinners. Sin is anything that we say or do that does not bring glory to God. God is righteous, and the slightest sin within us makes us unrighteous in His sight. There is nothing in and of ourselves that we can do to obtain the favor of God. Isaiah 64:6 states: “And all our righteousness are like filthy rags.” God will not even accept one into heaven for his good works. Salvation is by faith alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest anyone should boast.”
But Romans 10:13 promises, “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” God promises eternal life to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior.
John 5:24 states: “Most assuredly, I say to you, He who hears My word, and believes in him who sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment; but has passed from death into life.”
If you want to be sure that you are saved and that heaven will be your home, pray this simple sinner’s prayer and mean it with all of your heart: “Oh God, be merciful to me as a sinner, I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me.”
He that believes in the Son has everlasting life: and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36)
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