Below is a partial list of the characteristics of the people that make up this house.
They are not all the Israel of God just because they happen to reside in the physical nation of Israel (Rom 9:6).
And as many as walk according to the Law of Christ, peace and mercy be upon them the Israel of God (Gal 6:16).
In the past we were without Christ and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel; as such we had no part in the promises and were without hope. In Christ all can become the Israel of God through His shed blood (Eph 2:11-13). The promise that He shall confirm the covenant with many, is the hope of all of mankind.
All who share in the faith of Abraham now are of one family; this faith was not in the letter of the law, but in the one who gave the law. All who serve God in faith are counted as children of Abraham (Gal 3:7).
Israel is saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation… (Isaiah 45:17).
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Backsliding Israel had finally caused God to give her a bill of divorce. The kingdom of God was taken from them and given to another people that would produce fruits unto the Lord. It is this group, His chosen that would be called Christians and take the gospel message to the world (Jer 3:8; Isa 65:12-15; Acts 11:26; Mat 21:43).
At the time of Christ’s earthly ministry the nation of Israel had ceased to exist, and only Judah was left, which was controlled by the Romans. Jesus did not say His house was desolate, but He declared theirs to be, when speaking to those of the false house of Judah (Math 23:38).
The Spiritual house of Israel would represent all believers in Christ.
Isaiah 65:8-9 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
There is a group that faithfully followed the Lord Jesus that were of the true tribe of Judah, these would inherit the kingdom and also be counted as the elect.
Christ presented a new covenant to the Judeans or those that resided in Judea; the first people to receive and believe on Jesus were in and around this area.
Some of those Judeans who lived in Judea were of the tribe or house of Judah.
Judaism and the word Jewish, or Jew, come from the word Judah. Abraham was not Jewish nor were Isaac, Jacob or any of his twelve sons.
Judaism like all other religions is man made, and Salvation is impossible through any of them.
To claim to be Jewish, can have different meanings to different people, and for many it may be just a religious or cultural identity. But some in this group wield great political and financial powers, claiming they are part of an elite chosen super class above all others.
There is also the Jewish religious movement that claims that they are the chosen ones of God. Even though scripture proves this claim to be another great deception, many Christians believe this lie as well.
Gal 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
At the time when Christ walked in Judea, the religion of many who claimed to be of Judah, did not at all resemble the original law that God gave through Moses.
Here are a few examples of what Christ had to say to the religious leaders of that day:
Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Christ came to His own, but they for the most they part did not receive Him; for this reason they were cut off (John 1:11). He shall confirm the covenant with many, but few will indeed accept the covenant.
Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Christians need to understand that they may also be cut off if they fail to follow the truth, by allowing themselves to get caught up in self righteousness and iniquity.
Romans 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
Christ declared Himself to be the only way, because He is the truth and the light; all must come to Him for salvation. There is no special plan for those who claim to be of the house of Judah, or for the people groups that follow Judaism.
Gal 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
He shall confirm the covenant with many, refers to Christ that confirmed the new covenant first with the house of Judah. Paul started where Christ left off, but primarily was responsible to take the gospel abroad to all people groups (Acts 9:15).
Jeremiah 31:32-33 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD. I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
He shall confirm the covenant with many, refers to Christ establishing or confirmed his covenant with many peoples. Only this time he wrote it in the believers mind and on their hearts, instead of tablets of stone (2 Cor 3:3).
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Here we see the power in the new covenant of promise, and in it our faith and hopes will be fulfilled. He shall confirm the covenant with many, does not represent the old law that was a temporary covering for sin, but the new law that would cover it once and for all.
1 Cor 1:4-6 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge. Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you.
He shall confirm the covenant with many. His testimony is the covenant.
Revelations 1:1-2 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
By correctly understanding Dan 9:27, we realize several important facts.
Christ claimed that Jerusalem would become desolate and remain in that spiritual condition, until His return for the second gathering of His people. Often times it is errantly taught that the Israel of 1948 represents the second gathering prophesied in scripture.
At the true second gathering, all the righteous in Christ will reign in a Gloriously restored Jerusalem. No longer will Jerusalem be spiritually referred to as Sodom and Egypt, as it is during the Great Tribulation (Rev 11:8).
He shall confirm the covenant with many, points to Christ who was the one who caused the sacrifices and the oblations to cease, as he was the final sacrifice. After the cross, never again would animal sacrifices be acceptable. In the midst of the week, or after his three and a half year ministry, Christ sacrificed Himself for us. Daniel also tells us that for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate. This refers to the false house of Judah that had become as dross, or worthless (Eze 22:19-21, Luke 13:35).
Behold your house is left to you desolate, was the decree given unto Jerusalem by Christ (Math 23:38). The Lord, at many times throughout their history, did not recognize their religious sacrifices as being valid (Isa 66:3-4; Isa 1:11).
He shall confirm the covenant with many is in no way a reference to the antichrist, however Christ will confirm the covenant with many. The suggestion that the covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27, is a covenant made with Israel by the Antichrist, is a terrible lie and is not supported anywhere in the scriptures.
The word covenant is used seven times in Daniel, and only once is it not a representation of the holy covenant of God.
Daniel 11:21-22 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant,(or treaty).
The covenant here is between two men, and in this case refers to an alliance or pledge.
Daniel 11:23 And after the league (or uniting together) made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
The antichrist or little horn of Daniel does not confirm the covenant, but is in fact very much opposed to, or against it with considerable force.
Dan 11:28 Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.
Dan 11:30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
By understanding that the commandments of God are contained in Christ’s testimony, Rev 12:17, takes on a completely different meaning. Those who say they are of the spiritual house of Judah, but are not, do not keep these commandments. So obviously this is a reference to Christians, that the Beast and False Prophet persecute. This means that there is no pre tribulation rapture, only the true believers have the testimony of Jesus (1Cor1:6; Rev 1:9; Rev 12:11).
From the above verse it is clear to see that the dragon through his fleshly representative makes war with the remnant, who are the Christians that have the testimony of Christ.
He shall confirm the covenant with many is in reference to Christ who did confirm the covenant with many. His earthly ministry was for three and a half years. This leaves the second half of the last week still unfulfilled. Many grasp the truth that Daniel 9:27, refers to Christ as the one who does the confirming. However they believe that it is a consecutive seven year period with the latter half confirmation taking place through his disciples.