It is not just any old covenant or peace agreement being talked about here, but
promise made by God which led to the nativity and the coming of the Lamb oGod to take away the sins of the World.It was the ‘greatest act of grace and mercy covenant’ ever to be promised by God; whiwas confirmed on time,
in the midst of the week,
by the death of Jesus Christ theMessiah on the cross.Obviously the covenant must already exist if it is to be confirmed or made stronger duria specific seven year period! The Covenant’s outworking is in the “box” above. It stateswho the people are who will be the recipients of the covenant’s provisions, (i.e., Daniepeople), and it also states where it is to be carried out (i.e., Jerusalem, the holy city).In fact such a future Covenant had been foretold in Isaiah 59:20-21, and also in Isai61:8b-10.
“And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turnfrom transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me,
this is my covenant with them,
saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which Ihave put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, fromhenceforth and for ever.”
and I will make an everlasting covenant
with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed whichthe LORD hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyfulin my God
; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, hehath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridgegroom deckethhimself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Furthermore the two special aspects of this new covenant – salvation and righteousneshad already been committed to scripture by Jeremiah.If we go back to
“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of theChaldeans; In the first year of his reign
I Daniel understood by books thenumber of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiahthe prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolationsof Jerusalem.”
“Hmmmm…” (As Yoda of Star Wars fame would say) “Reading books – has Daniel bee Jeremiah it was...!”Daniel had obviouslybeen reading Jeremiah’s writings where he warned the Nation aboutthe coming desolation of Jerusalem by the Babylonians who were rising to power in 6B.C., and of Judah’s future captivity period of 70 years.
“Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saiththe LORD, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bringthem against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these