He Shall Confirm a Covenant? 6
Let’s take a moment to revisit Daniel 9:27a.
“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 …” (Daniel 9:27a KJV)
And he (Jesus, a noble man of integrity) shall confirm (authenticate exceedingly) the covenant (an established and binding blood oath) with many (a great many, but not all) for one week (seven years), and in the midst of the week, (halfway point, three and a half years) he shall cause the sacrifice (sin offering) and oblation (meal offering) to cease (come to a permanent stop) (Daniel 9:27a reassembled with definitions)
Hebrews 9:11–28 reflects aspects of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy, conveying many of the reasons the Son of God was required to endure the brutal sacrifice of His life for our salvation. The six edicts within the Seventy Weeks of Daniel and the requirements of the covenant explain much of why Jesus had to be the sacrificial Lamb – made by God – from God – for the creation of a new and better covenant as outlined in Hebrews 8:6–13. During the last three and a half years of the Latter Days, the Covenant of Jesus Christ will be finalized and confirmed through the Great Consummation process; leastwise, what remains of the second half of the new covenant. God will accomplish this task by consummating or bringing together and completing all of the remaining prophecies and visions pertinent to the Time of the Gentiles and completion of the Covenant. Let’s see what the passage in Hebrews 9:11–28 has to say:
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one, who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:11–28 NIV)
Each word in the above section of scripture more than confirms the truths in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. Is it not amazing how accurately the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy has thus far been fulfilled and presented throughout God’s Word? Jesus has confirmed half of the covenant with many for one half week. In the middle of this seven-year covenant, Jesus was sacrificed for humanity, causing the veil of the temple to be ripped down the middle, thereby exposing the Holy of Holies. The rending of the veil brought the sacrifices and oblations immediately to an end and once again confirmed the prophecy’s validity. Additionally, Jesus’s selfless act established the first half of the contract by which all mankind is offered forgiveness and eternal salvation should they choose to accept the Messiah’s reconciliation for sin.
This very act itself fulfilled four edicts during the specific time frame (the first 3½ years) of the prophecy. As a result, those who accept Jesus’s sacrifice receive adoption into the family of God as actual sons or daughters of the Almighty. The contract is unassailable. As long as the adopted family member does not receive the Mark of the Beast, bow down and worship its image, or personally choose to reject his or her walk with God, the contract stands eternal. Bear in mind, this is and always has been a two-part contract or covenant. Jesus’s ministry formed the first part of that contract. The Great Consummation will form the second half and judgment portion. Through split-versing, we can glimpse the second half of the covenant within Daniel 9:27b.
We will pick up on this section when we return for, “He Shall Confirm a Covenant? 7.”
So I’ll see you next time… somewhere near the edge of “The Outer Limits!”
Well, maybe not the Outer Limits, but close?
Okay, not even close but you don’t have to bust my bubble.
Okay, that’s not where I was headed with the bubbles thing.
Oh well, until next time. God bless and “later!” 😛