Q. Daniel 9:27 uses the word “confirm”:
“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”. (King James Version)
Question: do you think the word “confirm” is a hint that this covenant will be made two times, and that the antichrist will take part the second time by confirming it, maybe after Ezekiel 38-39?
A. Yes, I think that’s a correct interpretation. The word translated confirm in Daniel 9:27 means to strengthen or give strength to, implying that the covenant will have already been made but is now being enforced.
One thing we know is that because of that covenant Israel will be able to go ahead with the construction of a Temple. We know that because in the middle of the covenant’s 7 year term, the anti-Christ will cause the sacrifice and offering to cease and the temple, which doesn’t exist yet, will become desolate.