07-The Temple and Religious Unity
There is one more critical part of this covenant of compromise and that is in the area of religion. Daniel 9:27 says, “…in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease.” Apparently the beast or antichrist will also settle the problem of Jewish rights to their temple worship during the first 3 1/2 years of the 70th Week. The third Jewish temple must be reconstructed in order for Israel to offer their sacrifices.
Jerusalem is a holy city for three of the major religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In all likelihood, part of the same covenant will include a solution that will accommodate these religions (Revelation 11:1-2).
Knowing that religious unity is the plan of the devil, it won´t be surprising to see leaders of each religion gather to help solve this part of the Middle East crisis. The pursuit of unity appears good on the surface, but inevitably deepening apostasy and distortion of the truth is the result. Remember, the political beast will be aided in his efforts to stabilize the world by the false prophet and his counterfeit Christian church.
As more and more Catholic and Protestant leaders get together to help bring peace and plenty to the world, you can rest assured the end is near. The Protestants are no longer protesting against the heresy of Rome. In fact, much of Protestantism itself has become a heresy. Compromise of truth and the doctrine of Christ, for the sake of unity and peace is a clear characteristic of the antichrist system.
This peace plan begins the countdown to Armageddon. The days of Daniel´s 70th Week will begin. Seven years from the day the covenant is signed, Jesus Christ will return to destroy the beast, the false prophet, and the armies of the world. This covenant ends the gap between the cross, where the Jews rejected their Messiah, and where God begins to revive and restore the Jews again.
The gap is the rain of the Holy Spirit upon the Gentiles, who God uses to proclaim and deliver the Gospel. But when the rapture occurs, the Jews who begin to recognize Jesus as the One they pierced will fulfill their original calling to evangelize the world. The latter rain of the Spirit will fall on the people of God. The antichrist will pester and persecute them, but a true revival will sweep Israel and multitudes of Gentiles will be saved.