half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him (Daniel 9:27 – NLT).
Daniel lived during the time of Israel’s captivity in Babylon in the 6th century BC. In Daniel 9:24-27, God reveals 490 years of Israel’s future as a nation from Daniel’s time until the return of the Messiah to earth. The previous 490 years of Israel’s history was one of disobedience to God, which resulted in their captivity in Babylon. Out of Daniel’s prayer and concern for his people, God gave Daniel the prophet a revelation of what would occur with respect to Israel just before the return of the Messiah to earth.
483 of the 490 years that God revealed to Daniel has already come to pass. God put Jewish time in a holding pattern after Jesus died and was resurrected and Israel did not believe He was their Messiah. There are still 7 years of the 490 years that must be fulfilled.
Daniel 9:27 is the restarting of God’s stopwatch concerning His dealings with Israel. God will begin to deal with them as a nation again just before Jesus the Messiah returns. This 7 year dealing of God with Israel will start when a peace treaty is signed or as the New King James version reads, “confirmed” between Israel and “the people” for one set of seven, or 7 years.
Exactly what this treaty is we are unsure about. But I believe that the current unrest in the multiple Islamic nations around Israel in the Middle East and Northern Africa may evolve into some kind of peace accords being entered into between Israel and these nations. It may be a re-confirming of the Camp David Peace Accords signed during the Carter Administration between Israel and Egypt. Or, it may be something else. I believe that the nation of Turkey and its leaders will be involved in this peace process. It will be a 7 year agreement. Keep your eyes and ears open and your heart tuned to God’s voice. We could could see this happen soon as this volatile situation continues.
Once the peace treaty is signed or confirmed, we know that 7 years later, Jesus second coming occurs. And we know that before that happens the rapture of the church will take us to heaven out of the terrible things that will happen on earth.
I’ll talk tomorrow about what ramifications this whole scenario has for the church. I will be amazing! Big things are looming before us. God is beginning now to show Himself strong.
Let me end today’s blog by encouraging you to pray for the USA. Satan wants the current instability to spread within the borders of this nation. With our prayers and repentance, I believe we can keep it at bay. But we must be diligent and persevering in prayers and intercession. Our enemy never sleeps. Let’s be vigilant to pray for the salvation of the lost, and for the plan of God to be fulfilled worldwide in this hour. Lord, let your Kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!