Confirm the Covenant -
History to Repeat Itself
For many Bible readers, the writings of the prophets are among the least understood. Many are stumbled into false claims and predictions about the timing of the end of the world. These are also the topics that are often avoided in Sunday schools, sermons, and Bible studies because of, among other reasons, fear of inaccurate interpretations. To some, the prophecies don't seem to connect with our modern way of life anymore. However, through our deeper understanding of the prophecies, the stronger our faith to God will become since the prophecies are written manifestations of how powerful our God is. He is, no doubt in total control of the destinies of kings and nations through all generations. It is amazing to find out that so many of the things going on around the world today are related to the prophecies.
In order for a layman to understand better the prophecies, one should know the three basic guides in which all the prophecies are rooted:
In previous topics, we have already covered the first two. Now we will study the third, that history will repeat itself.
Daniel revealed in advance not only the coming great kingdoms of the world but also particular events and time frames that will follow in the last days concerning Israel and its adversaries. Daniel’s prophecy of “seventy weeks ” in Daniel 9:24–27 deals a lot of importance on understanding the Great Divine Plan of God and the prophecies.
What does the “seventy weeks ” or “seventy sevens” mean? First, let us understand that in every prophecy, a day is equivalent to one year. The word used here was “shabua,” which was a common usage for years. So the seventy weeks was actually seventy weeks of years (NIV puts it plain, seventy sevens). This is the length of time of the captivity of the Jews in Babylon according to the prophecy of Jeremiah being read by Daniel himself at that time (Daniel 9:2). After which, they were to return to their land and start as a nation anew.
The entire seventy weeks is actually divided into two time frames:
First part: sixty–nine weeks from the issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem until the ruler (Jesus Christ ) comes and
Second part: one week for the “confirmation of the covenant.”
Seven and Sixty–Two (sixty–nine) Weeks (verse 25)
The decree referred to here was the decree of Artaxerxes the king regarding the permission to rebuild Jerusalem. Read Nehemiah 2:1–8. The date was “in the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes” (verse 1). History books record the start of the reign of Artaxerxes at 465 BC, and his twentieth year would be 445 BC. The first of Nisan, a Hebrew calendar, is March 14, 445 BC, of our Gregorian calendar. That is where we start counting the sixty–nine–week prophecy of Daniel . We need to convert the sixty–nine weeks of years into days to get into the end of the sixty–nine weeks. That is, sixty–nine weeks x seven years x 360 days, which is equal to 173, 880 days. Adding this to March 14, 445 BC, it will give us the date close to the crucifixion of Christ, which is in April 6, AD 32. The prophecy was fulfilled perfectly!
The “seven weeks” (seven sevens), the first part of sixty–nine weeks, was inserted to affix the time of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It was supposed to occur seven weeks or seven x seven = forty–nine years after the issuance of the decree. That means that in 396 BC, the streets and a trench were rebuilt in Jerusalem.
One Week: The Confirmation of the Covenant (verse 27)
Many eras have passed, and still this passage of Daniel remains a mystery. But first, let us understand the time setting. It is apparently bound to happen in the last days since the abomination that causes desolation was also spoken about by Christ concerning the last days. Read Matthew 24:15. The seventy–week period therefore is not a continuous time frame. The first part was already fulfilled. The second part is still to happen ahead, very close. What does the Bible mean to “confirm a (in some manuscripts, the) covenant”? According to the dictionary, to confirm means
Whose covenant, the devil’s? Certainly not. It should be completely the Lord’s covenant; otherwise, it should not have covered the entire seven years, which include the Lord’s Day.
The Lord God had established many covenants with men beginning with Adam until the first coming of Jesus. In fact, the whole Scriptures or the Bible is the written covenant between God and men since the beginning of time, of man. Which of these covenants will be affirmed to the people in the last days and why? It is to prove that the Bible is not a myth as some believe and the mighty works of God in the ancient days did really happen. One of His important commissions for us to do is to spread the Gospel, but time had proven that the Good News of salvation did not convince many to repentance or to believe in God since even the Gospel is from the Bible. People want proof of God’s power and authenticity of the Bible. Believe it or not, God is about to re-enact the biblical events – He shall repeat history, and it has started! The Antichrist shall be instrumental in repeating biblical events (Daniel 9:27); after all, he shall be the rod of God’s anger against sinful Israel . Read this prophecy from Isaiah 10:5-6:
The “Assyrian” here is singular, the ruler of Assyrians, referring to the would–be Antichrist. As it was and always, God makes covenants with men to help us fight evil, and He will do the same old works again in the coming darkest days of Israel . It will take only seven years for God to show to all mankind a likeness of what had happened to all creations from the time of Adam until the birth of man Jesus. It is for our own sake, the weak in faith, why God had to confirm His mighty works before our very eyes. Prior to the Lord’s Second Coming , we shall witness our present–day version of the Exodus or the parting of the Red Sea , the journey to the wilderness, the conquest of the nations, the fall of Israel, Judah , Assyria, Babylon , and Egypt , plus many more events as they happened in the past in a much bigger scale covering all corners of the globe. They will involve the same descendants of people who made biblical history in the new places God had put them in. Praise God! Here’s the ultimate manifestation of God’s power, His love, and great compassion to all who are weak in faith. But to the unbelievers, they will not have any excuse.
Why should the Old Testament or “the Covenant” be repeated? That is how the entire plan of God is meant to be accomplished. World events are simply the resemblance of the past history. Notice the words of Jesus:
And in the book of Ecclesiastes:
Moreover, this prophecy should be fulfilled in Isaiah 63:11. Speaking of the last days, Isaiah wrote:
People will remember Moses because the mighty works that God did for Israel in coming out of Egypt will all be repeated. How will all the biblical history be repeated? We shall explore the details one by one through the pages of the Scriptures.
Now you see and observe how God commanded Israel to commemorate the major events that happened since the creation. For example, God rested in the seventh day after He created the heavens and the Earth. Through all generations, the seventh day should become a day of rest for the people of Israel and they called it the Sabbath. Then we have the Passover celebrated as The Feast of the Unleavened Bread. During the time of Moses, the angel of God had "passed over" the Hebrews and spared them the death of the firstborn as long as the blood of the lamb was found on each door posts. In short, the blood of the lamb saved them from death. That happened the night before they left Egypt after 400 years of bondage. So that passing over of the Angel of death was remembered through all the generation of Israel as The Passover. Then Jesus Christ became the ultimate Passover Lamb, a history repeated in the final form. Then also remember that the earth was first destroyed by the great flood of Noah to mark a new beginning of mankind. So shall the rebirth of a person into spiritual life is also marked by his washing we call baptism. Each one is supposed to be also baptized by fire or by the Holy Spirit. So then, this earth shall be destroyed the second time by fire in the Last Days to mark the real beginning of God's reign on earth. The Bible mentioned that Jesus Christ will come by fire and will destroy the earth with heat. Read also 2 Peter 3:6-12.
The Empire of Babylon rose to become the greatest kingdom on earth only to fall at the hands of the Medes. So shall that event will happen again. The Kingdom will rise again to become the greatest kingdom and will also fall as proven by this prophecy in Revelation 14:8.
Even to the detail of the ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven shall be in exact, same manner when He descends from Heaven in His Second Coming Read Acts 1:11.
Repeating history goes on through the Millennium reign of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth. David will again rule over the future Israel (Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 37:25). The Holy Temple shall also be rebuilt (Ezekiel 40–48); and God shall restore the judges (Isaiah 1:26), and so on.
These are examples to show that God was simply providing a pattern of things to come as King Solomon said, "there is nothing new under the sun."
So if you are reading the Book of the Prophets, whenever you find about the nations of Israel, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Moab, Ammon, etc., they are actually referring to the end time generation of those nations, the last days, our generation. Their prophecies seemed to be about the events that have already happened, but these are prophecies and the names became symbols, or, the nations' true identities. This is also the reason why we have the old kingdom of Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar and the new Kingdom of Babylon that will rise up in the last days. This also the reason why the four beasts of the Book of Daniel will soon rise again as mentioned many times in the Book of Revelation but are now combined into one big beasts meaning all four are reigning at the same time for a short period under the control by the Antichrist. All because biblical history will be repeated, the Confirmation of the Covenant, as written by the prophet Daniel.
Now, one should also take note that in the prophecies, the modern geography of the world is already and surprisingly taken into consideration by the prophets very accurately. It is very important to locate where those biblical people are in the modern world so we can properly piece together the whole story.
The time element is also a very crucial factor in understanding the last seven years in order for us to understand the flow of events affecting the lives of all the elect and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We may be able to know the year of His coming but not necessarily the exact day and the hour (Matthew 24:36). One reason is, the Antichrist will change the set time and laws.
The middle of the seven is exactly three and one–half years from the start of seven years. That marks the exact time when the Antichrist would put an end to Christianity, and by the way, including all other religions to solidify his empire.
Also, in Daniel 7:25, it says,
The times, a time, and half a time is interpreted also in the book of Revelation as two years, one year, and one–half year (three and one–half years) or 1,260 days, which is three and one-half multiplied by 360 days (in the Hebrew calendar). Read Revelation 12:6, 14. It is also forty–two months (Revelation 13:5).
The House of Israel fell first followed by the House of Judah. Judah remains where it was in the Middle East . Now we know it by name, Israel, although it is only a part of the whole tribe of Israel. The other tribes, we call the Ten Lost Tribes including the half–tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, as we have identified, is now part of Europe. Europe is now united and aptly called European Union or the European Community, the Common Market, etc., Ephraim is Great Britain, and Manasseh is the United States of America, which now doubles as the modern–day Egypt. Read "The Real Roots of America" for details.
Could you now build the scenario based on the old covenant of God with Israel ?
Europe, being the Ten Lost Tribe of Israel will fall in the hands of the Assyrians. The Assyrians are the descendants of the Kingdom of the Leopard, the Arab World, the old nemesis of Israel .
The fall of Europe followed by many nations afterward marks the beginning of the last seven years of mankind. Our generation today is full of surprises but there are signs to watch out for.
Keep watching the times.
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