Prophecy Sign 7: A seven year covenant signed with Israel
A Covenant of Death
Every day we hear something about Middle East Peace talks, or lack thereof. Regardless, at some point they will be completed and this will be a sign (that we may or may not see) indicating the end times have begun. Daniel 9:27 tells us it will be a seven year covenant between the Antichrist and Israel. It may include the permission to rebuild the third temple in Israel.
Here’s the problem; the 7 year covenant may not be as conspicuous as we might like. In other words, it may not be revealed to the world, until well after the fact. To say it another way, the covenant could have already been signed, but we have not yet been informed.
THE SEVEN-YEAR COVENANT OF DEATH
The Bible also calls this seven-year covenant, a Covenant of Death. Isaiah, in a prophetic context of the end time, tells of Israel’s final apostasy and the pattern it will take.
Isaiah 28:15-16 You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. (We mistakenly believe) When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place." 16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
Isaiah 28:18-19 Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave (a pact with sheol) will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. 19 As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.
When the true identity of the Antichrist is revealed when the Abomination of Desolation occurs, they will understand what it means and it will bring sheer terror to the people. The signing of the covenant could occur almost overnight. The Jewish nation will think the covenant will be one of peace, safety and protection from the surrounding nations, but she will discover to her horror that the covenant of safety will be in fact a “Covenant of Death,” a “Pact with Sheol.”
The signing of the 7-year covenant may, or may not be, a conspicuous event which clearly identifies the Antichrist or when Daniel’s 70th week begins. So, in the beginning, his identity may not be as obvious as we would like. It may well occur behind the scene. But if we see a world leader signing a seven-year covenant regarding Israel’s safety, we should be alert to see if the birth pangs of the 70th week follow shortly. These birth pangs will be mild in comparison to what will follow during the second half of the week, the hard labor of the Great Tribulation.