I. The Covenant
“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.”
1) “He” is the Antichrist.
2) “Confirm the covenant.” This is not a new covenant; but, rather, the old Mosaic Covenant. This allows Israel to worship in their rebuilt Temple with their priests conducting their worship services, as they had in the past under the Old Covenant.
3) In the middle of the week of 7 years, the Antichrist will break his covenant and stop all worships. He then proceeds to exterminate all the Jews he can.
4) We want to stop here temporarily as we see why the Antichrist and his world council would want to make this covenant of “protection” with the Nation of Israel. (This scenario is a little lengthy; but, please persist to Point II where you will find another very interesting point!)
i) One must remember that the Rapture has just taken place and every Christian from every country all over the world has been taken. They are all gone, “in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye,” (I Corinthians 15:52). The next day, none of the millions of Christians who have disappeared will show up for work. A catastrophe such as this has never occurred since the time of the Flood, as described in Genesis, Chapters 6-8.
ii) To help us get an idea of the chaotic conditions which would occur, when within one day every Christian would be gone, forever, from just the state of Minnesota, alone. The following would be just a few of the places that would be effected.
iii) Law Enforcement. With crime running rampant now, can one even imagine what would happen when every Christian, in one moment, disappeared from all of these law enforcement agencies. Crime would spiral to unprecedented highs.
(a) FBI Agents.
(b) CIA Agents.
(c) Secret Service Agents and those who protect the President, etc.
(d) Local Policemen, in towns and cities.
(e) County Sheriffs and Deputies, for our 87 Counties.
(f) Judges, Civil and Criminal, Municipal and Federal
(g) City, State, and Federal Prosecutors
(h) Prison Guards
(i) Postal Inspectors
(j) Federal Marshals
(k) Beef, Pork, and Poultry Inspectors
(l) Homeland Security
(m) Border Patrol
iv) Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In Minnesota they estimate they are about 3 months behind with their present staff. No one knows how many of the employees are Christians. There could be a few; or, there could be a large number. We do know that the Bureau is about three months behind, now, with a full staff. Think what it would be like with any number of Christians missing. It would be a miserable situation.
v) Doctors, Surgeons, and Dentists. All of the Christian doctors, surgeons, and dentists disappear within an hour, perhaps in the middle of caring for a patient. Imagine calling your Clinic for a doctor’s appointment and you are advised that no one knows where your doctor has gone. He has just disappeared! This is happening all over the state of Minnesota.
vi) Banks. Presidents, employees, loan officers, tellers, secretaries, and etc. All Christians missing right in front of their co-worker’s eyes. Gone in one second! No two-week notice, just gone forever to Heaven. One can only imagine the confusion that will follow.
vii) Our Food Supply.
(a) Grain Farmers. Some of these farmers are Christians. There are many scenarios that could exist. For example, let us just look at one. We will say the whole family are Christians, the husband, wife and two children. They all disappear in one second. The bank receives no loan payment when due, and the family cannot be found. Can we imagine the dilemma the bank is in and the lengthy legality of getting this mess resolved. In the meantime, no fields are planted and no crops are raised or harvested.
(b) Beef and Dairy Farmers, supplying our meat and milk. Let us take a different situation this time, one that could very well exist. Say the father, son and daughter are saved; but, the mother is not. The rapture occurs and the mother is left with the farm. Her husband and children are gone without a trace, and no bodies are found for a funeral. Can one imagine the mental state she is in? Her children were a tremendous help in the operation of the farm. It is doubtful if she could continue in the black without having to pay employees to do the work of her husband and two teen-age children. Especially if they were dairy farmers. The operation would most likely have to cease and the farm put up for sale.
viii) Imagine what chaos would ensue when every Christian from our postal services disappear. Our postal clerks, mail route drivers, our central distribution centers, etc. would be gone and mail service would be frozen. No Social Security, Disability, or Insurance checks that countless hundreds survive on would arrive. What a mess Minnesota would be in!
ix) Attorneys for Legal Representation. I personally know several Christian attorneys. I am sure there are many; however, they will all be gone at the Rapture. All that will be left are secular attorneys, not a Christian anywhere will be found!
x) Missing Airplane Pilots. Many of our Air Force pilots are Christians. They will disappear in “the twinkling of an eye.” (I Corinthians 15:52). Can you imagine how our Air Force would be crippled? What about our domestic flights? Every Christian pilot, co-pilot, and flight attendant, air traffic controller, will be gone in one second! Did one ever think about all of the passengers aboard a plane in the air that would plunge to their deaths, should the pilot and co-pilot be Christians at the Rapture?
xi) Sea-going Vessels. What if the Captain and his Executive Officer were both Christians and operating one of our nuclear submarines at the Rapture? What about a destroyer or aircraft carrier? It would cripple our defense system immensely, and we haven’t even mentioned the Christians that would be gone that operate all the equipment essential for our defense.
xii) Military Personnel in our Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, and Special Forces. Many of our Infantry are Christians. I am sure there are some Christian mechanics that keep our planes flying, our tanks and humvees repaired, our helicopters fit for duty and repaired when needed. Can one imagine how crippled our defense system will be after the Rapture?
xiii) What about grocery stores? How many of our owners, clerks, and meat cutters, produce workers, and those that stock the shelves are Christians? I have no idea; but, I do know that those that are will leave a vacancy immediately. There will be mass confusion.
xiv) State and Federal Representatives, State and Federal Senators. I would hope that we have at least a few Christians in our House of Representatives (State and Federal) and Senate (State and Federal). It appears that the tax evaders, adulterers, homosexuals, etc., by far outnumber the Christians holding these positions.
One man, while visiting Washington D.C. on a guided tour, asked the guide who he thought we should pray for, the House of Representatives or the Senate. The tour guide’s reply was, “Sir, you better pray for the people!” Should you take out the Christians there are holding these offices, you might as well throw in the towel for saving America! It will only add to the demise of America when these Christians disappear at the Rapture.
xv) I am just going to list a few more collectively and you can imagine what a catastrophe will ensure when all Christians disappear suddenly without a trace, should the Rapture happen while they are at work. Consider the following:
(a) Manufacturing Plants. The assembly lines, foremen, maintenance men and etc.
(b) Social Workers
(c) Welfare, Food Stamps, Medical Care
(d) Meat, Pork, and Poultry Processing Plants
(e) Road Maintenance Crews
(f) Semi Operators and Dispatchers
(g) Communications Workers and Repairmen
(h) Electric Power Linemen
(i) Web Hosts
xvi) The foregoing are just pebbles in the sand. I hope it will at least give a person a glimpse of the world situation immediately following the rapture.
Remember, this will effect every town, county, city, and state all over the world. What will be the answer and what will transpire almost immediately after the Rapture. Only the Word of God has the answer.
II. When the Rapture occurs, the Tribulation begins immediately. There is no time element between the Rapture and the Seven-Year Tribulation of God’s judgment on the earth. The Rapture is the start of the Tribulation.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week...(i.e. years, not days).” (Daniel 9:27a).
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he (the Holy Spirit who resides in the Church) who now letteth (withholdeth) will let (withhold), until he (i.e. the Holy Spirit in the Church when the rapture occurs) be taken out of the way.” (7) And THEN (a particle marking time) shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” (2 Thessalonians 2:7,8)
Note: In Verse 7, the word “letteth” is the same Greek word translated “withholdeth” in Verse 6. “Letteth” should have been translated “withhold.” The Greek is KATECHO” and means: to hold down, seize on, and restrain. Therefore the last part of the verse should read as follows:
“...only he who now withholdeth will withhold, until he (Holy Spirit) be taken out of the way.”
III. The Rapture has taken place and the Tribulation has just begun.
1) The United Nations Security Council will no doubt convene immediately and try to determine what can be done to restore some stability to the world and the mess it is now in. They may call an emergency meeting of all the Heads of State that are represented in the United Nations. One thing is for sure, is that ONE man will assert his leadership ability above all others.
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” (Daniel 11:37).
“And through his policy also he shall cause craft (Hebrew “MIRMA,” i.e. in the sense of deceiving ) to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” (Daniel 8:25).
This man, who is nothing more than the Antichrist, is a genius. He knows that America is behind Israel and assumes she will protect her until the end. He also knows that the majority of the world, by far, would like to see Israel exterminated. Iran, for instance, is about 97% Muslim and their leader, Ahmadinejad, says they will wipe her off the face of the earth. The Antichrist does not want a world war which would involve America, should Israel be attacked. To avoid this, even though he himself hates Israel, he must present himself as a peacemaker and gain America’s confidence by making a covenant with Israel. He influences the United Nations Security Council to promise perpetual peace and security to the State of Israel. Israel will accept, and America will be pleased; but, fooled.
This was all predicted in the Book of Daniel over 600 years before Christ; or, in a modern-day figure of over 2,600 years ago. Please notice Daniel 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,... “
i) “Confirm” is the Hebrew “GOBAR,” a prime root, meaning to be strong, be valiant and to prevail. One must remember that this Antichrist is the only person, outside of Judas Iscariot, that Satan himself personally indwells. (Luke 22:3). John 8:44 tells us that he is a murderer and a liar. With his dynamic, loveable, and peaceful personality, he convinces Israel that perpetual peace is assured under his protection.
ii) “Covenant.” As previously stated, this is not a new covenant; but, continuing the Old Covenant made at Sinai. Israel has been for several years training their “kohens” (Priests) in the offering of their feasts, sacrifices, and laws, as given in the Pentateuch.
iii) “One Week.” Week in the Hebrew is “seven.” This is 7 years, not 7 days.
iv) “Midst of the Week.” After 3 ½ years, the Antichrist will break the covenant and seek to kill every Jew he can. This is described in detail in Matthew 24:15-22.
We are going to stop here, and cover Russia’s invasion of Israel along with 5 other nations. This takes place right after the Antichrist’s covenant with Israel. In the next article we will examine this. (For more on this subject...read the entire book "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" by Dr. Max D. Younce. Click Here to Read Online