Scripture references: Daniel 7,8,9; II Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13; Zechariah 3,6; II Samuel 7:13; Hebrews 7:17; I Corinthians 6:19; Luke 17:21; Revelation 11:11; II Chronicles 35:20-22; Ps. 35:21; Genesis 15:16; Matthew 7:13
The Anti-messiah As A Sign Of The End
As we move further along on the Biblical calendar, we see events unfolding that can only mean we are close to the return of the Messiah. Many today are seeking to identify the antimessiah who is also known as the little horn, the beast, the man of sin, and the king of the north. Let’s look at a few of the characteristics of this man/entity as given in the scriptures.
- Able to understand dark sentences (Dan 8 :27)
- Mighty power but not of his own power (Dan 8:23-27; Rev. 13:4)
- Destroy holy people (Dan 8:23-27)
- Magnify himself in his heart (Dan 8:23-27)
- By properity, destroy many (those on the broad road leading to destruction) (Dan 8:23-27)
- Stands against the Prince of princes and be broken (Dan 8:23-27;II Thess. 2:8)
- Man of sin; also called the “lawless one” (II Thess. 2:3-10)
- He will sit in the temple of g-d as divine (II Thess. 2:3-10)
- Coming is a work of Satan (II Thess. 2:3-10)
- Power is through signs, lying wonders, and deceit in the unrighteous who are destined to perish (II Thess. 2:3-10)
- Worldwide power over all whose names are not written in the book of life (Rev. 13:7,8)
- Seek to change times and laws. (Dan. 7:25)
- Persecute the saints (Dan. 7:25)
- Speak great words against the Most High (Dan. 7:25)
- Will arrive on the scene in the latter times when the transgressors are come to a full (Dan 8:23)
- Has eyes like the eyes of man (Dan. 7:8)
Prophecy interpreters believe that upon the appearance of this anti-messiah, certain aspects of prophecy concerning Israel can take place. Specifically, the one noted in the prophecy given in 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.”
Covenant With Many
There are four basic elements of the prophecy given in Daniel 9:27.
- There will be a covenant with many for a time period representing one week
- There are sacrifices and offerings made during the first half of the week
- The sacrifices and offerings will cease mid-week
- Due to overspreading of abominable sin, desolation and destruction results until the consummation. At the consummation, determined destruction is to be poured out on the desolate.
Many prophecy interpreters believe that the anti-messiah must make a formal peace treaty with Israel for 7 years. At that time, the physical temple will be rebuilt;Israelites will resume ancient sacrifices and offerings to Yahweh. In the middle of the 7 years, the anti-messiah will show his true colors and cause the sacrifice and offerings to cease and seek to destroy the place. The real Messiah will then return.
But is this correct? Are we looking at the wrong type of covenant. Let’s dig a little deeper.
The Temple, Sacrifices, and the BRANCH
There is a movement afoot to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem where the Dome of the Rock sits and to resume traditional Hebrew sacrifices as prescribed in the Torah. However, Yahweh indicated to His prophets that the ultimate temple would be built by the Son of David whose kingdom shall be forever (II Samuel 7:13). Yahweh told the prophet Zechariah that the builder of the temple would be called the BRANCH who will rule as a king and priest. Regular Levitical priests are not being described in this scripture but a different kind of priesthood– the order of Melchisedek. The true Messiah Yahushua is being described as the builder of the ultimate, lasting temple of Yahweh for He was declared by Yahweh as the high priest after the order of Melchisedek forever (Hebrews 7:17).
Yahushua has and continues to build the house unto Yahweh made up of the true believers. This indicates that the “temple building” and “continuation of traditional sacrifice” scenarios are probably not motivated by the Spirit of Yahweh. Yahushua described the type of temple that He was building when He told the Jews, ” …destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.” His death, burial, and resurrection was the ultimate and final sacrifice acceptable to Yahweh. His sacrifice was offered once for all before the foundation of the world and was demonstrated on earth almost 2,000 years ago. I Corinthians 6:19 plainly tells us that our bodies are supposed to be the temple of Yahweh’s Spirit. Yahweh does not inhabit houses made by hands anymore, but His Spirit inhabits the bodies of His people. So what is this building project that is supposed to happen in modern day Jerusalem all about, if the temple and sacrifices have been fulfilled through Yahushua? A deception perhaps?
The Anti-Messiah’s Copy
Just as Yahweh, uses His people as a temple. The anti-messiah will copy that format; he will take over the spirit of the unrighteous to inhabit their bodies. Just as the kingdom of Yahweh is found within His body of believers (Luke 17:21), the anti-messiah’s kingdom will manifest in his body of unrighteous people. Now that we have an understanding of the characteristics of the anti-messiah as well as the past and present temple structure of Yahweh, let’s do a closer examination of the 4 elements of the Daniel 9:27 prophecy.
Confirmation of a covenant.
A covenant has been made worldwide to bring the entire world under subjection of the anti-messiah’s kingdom. People from all walks of life have been recruited to lead the world’s population away from the true Yahweh through sin. They want to do things their way instead of Yahweh’s way. Their way is to accommodate unrepentant sinners as long as they appear useful to the new society that they are attempting to build up. Repentant sinners who follow Yahushua don’t count because they are following Yahweh’s plan of salvation. The 1 week covenant period’s mid-way point ties in with the 3.5 days of the tribulation witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11:11. The first part of the covenant time is tribulation and the second half is judgment. The tribulation is a warning for the unrighteous but a time of intense testing for true believers who are subjected to persecution during this timeframe.
Sacrifices and Oblations Made During First Half of the Covenant Period
In order for the satanic kingdom to be established, sacrifices are made. The sacrifices are the persecution and martyrdom of the tribulation period saints. This is going on right now. There are also people being selected for persecution who don’t even know that they’ve been given an opportunity to turn to Yahweh. Hopefully they will figure it out soon. If you haven’t read Organized Stalking by Eleanor White yet, you really should check it out. It shows how people from all walks of life are being recruited to mete out “community level justice.” The e-book is available on line and is a very accurate account of the harassment that is happening to people on a community, statewide, countrywide, and international level. Yes, these community groups are tightly networked to persecute people who they deem worthy of persecution; don’t bother moving (unless told by Yahweh) because their lies and twisted half-truths will follow you around the globe. As the book states and as many have attested, almost anything may get people put on the “list” of the organized stalkers. Once the people carrying out the stalking realize that they have been persecuting people based on a lie, they do not stop the persecution. Their aim is to steal, kill, and ultimately destroy the target without any questions asked; they gain approval from the group in this way. These people work as a group to place the target under constant surveillance and harassment. The organized stalkers only do little things and costly, little accidents so that no one person may be singled out for legal repercussions. However, these little acts of harassment start to add up and take a toll on the individual as they are designed to do. The organized stalkers all participate on a small scale, and they will all be punished on a large scale according to the scriptures. Hallelujah!!
Organized stalking targets are the main sources of sacrifices to be seen in what may be classified as civilized society. Their are other places that are not concerned with their reputations at the moment and are more overtly evil in their treatment of targets. Just as the priests and temple workers in Biblical times earned their livelihood through service of the temple, these organized stalkers make their living in part through carrying out sacrifices. It becomes part of their jobs. They are found in trade organizations and in city, state, and federal government positions. That’s right- they take your tax dollars to harass you! The pay that they receive as a result amounts to “offerings” received as the portion of the priests and temple workers. They have one mind, and once they are actively participating in these practices they don’t back out because they know that they would be “listed” themselves if they were to do so.
The worldwide organized stalking group fits nicely into the Daniel prophecy that the anti-messiah would have eyes as the eyes of man. In ancient times, the kings would seek Yahweh or some lower spirits for guidance on important decisions. When they went to war, the wise kings of the earth went at the direction of Yahweh (for an example of a heathen king taking orders from Yahweh, read the account of Pharaoh Necho and King Josiah in II Chronicles 35:20-22). These wise kings received their intelligence data from Yahweh. This anti-messiah king will have eyes as the eyes of man meaning that he will get his data from men. When the organized stalking group selects a target, they study the target and mark them before the harassment begins. The tactics used by the group are ancient; King David pointed them out in the psalms (Ps. 35:21- Yes, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said Aha, aha our eye hath seen it). The Book of Jasher (ref:Josh. 10:13 and II Sam 1:18) explicitly documents that the tactics used by the organized stalkers today are the same ones that were used by the people of Sodom prior to their destruction.
I know this sounds strange, but I believe that a certain amount of pain and suffering has to be caused by these people to bring the antimessiah kingdom to its full capacity and subsequently usher in the real Messiah. Yahweh had a conversation with Abraham about the Promised Land that Abraham’s seed was going to possess one day. Yahweh told Abraham that his seed would go into Egypt and be harshly treated for 4 generations. He told him that He would deliver them and cause them to come into the land of Canaan afterwards because the sins of the Amorites had not yet reached the fullness as referenced in Genesis 15:16. This implied that when the sins of the Amorites reached the fullness, Yahweh was going to cause their destruction. We see that He did so using His people whom He brought out of the land of Egypt at the time appointed and for the motive given. Yahweh gives Daniel the same type of information about the end times. In Daniel 8:23, Yahweh said that the antimessiah will stand up when the transgressors are come to the full. I believe that we are in that time now. Hallelujah!!
Cessation of Sacrifices /Oblations During The Final Half of the Covenant Period
There are a few reasons why the sacrifices and oblations will cease. The sacrifices serve as a testing period for true believers in Yahushua. It also serves as a warning to the unrighteous. When Yahweh finishes testing His people and warning the unrighteous, then the sacrifices and oblations will cease. The time is appointed by Yahweh but event driven by the people. Most of them don’t even know that they are following Yahweh’s plan. When the sacrifices are made to cease, so do the oblations or offerings. The anti-messiah knows that he doesn’t need to pay his slaves anymore through offerings.
Desolation And Destruction Due Overspreading of Abominations
The anti-messiah knows that after he has harassed the saints using his followers; he has killed two birds with one stone. The saints are persecuted, and his followers are being cut off from Yahweh through idolatry. Once his followers’ sins have reached fullness, he no longer has to appease them with anything. They have sold him their souls, and the time of Yahweh’s wrath will have come. This element of the prophecy indicates that the anti-messiah is not making a covenant with Yahweh’s people who follow the Torah and certainly not with Yahweh’s people who follow Yahushua. The covenant confirmed with “many” indicate a people practicing abominations. Remember, broad is the road that leads to destruction and many go there (Matthew 7:13).
It will happen according to Yahweh’s calendar.
I’m still praying for a more complete revelation of the Daniel 9 prophecy. I’d love to hear from other believers led by the Holy Spirit on the subject!