Before I begin my review of Lee Brainard’s explanation, let me declare that I do these type of reviews, not just to expose false teachers; but to show what they teach, which you may have also been taught, so that you can see the truth and the deception.
These reviews serve as an open rebuttal of their explanations. It’s not about me, it’s about the truth of prophecy fulfillment which reveals the glory of our beloved Messiah!
In this video, Lee Brainard of Prophecy Watchers explains why he thinks that the word ‘confirm‘ in Daniel 9:27 doesn’t point to a previously existed covenant.
Video description: In this video Lee Brainard presents a vast pile of evidence on the meaning of “confirm a covenant” in Daniel 9:27. He presents the testimony of English dictionaries, the English and German translations of the Bible, the Hebrew lexicons, commentaries based on the Hebrew text, rabbinical writings, modern Jewish translations, and the insight of modern Jewish scholars.
This evidence all points to “confirm a covenant” is synonymous with “ratify a covenant” and “make a strong covenant.” There is nothing in the original Hebrew which demands a prior covenant. Nor is there anything in the English and German translations examined or in the works of the Hebrew scholars examined which demands a prior covenant.
It’s amazing to me that Lee Brainard of Prophecy Watchers doesn’t focus on the two covenants that Daniel refers to in Daniel 9, the Mosaic Covenant and Everlasting Covenant, both of which preexisted before the prophecy timeline began.
Lee thinks that by providing so many references to back up his premise, that he proves that the covenant in Daniel 9:27 doesn’t preexist; yet he fails to point out that in the ninth chapter, Daniel the prophet is referring to two covenants, both of which directly relate to the covenant in Daniel 9:27.
Daniel is referring to the everlasting covenant in Daniel 9:4, as his prayer of repentance shows that the Jews had failed to keep the Mosaic Covenant and were under a curse.
The New Testament is full of verses regarding Messiah and the covenant that He confirmed, proving that ‘he’ in Daniel 9:27 is still Messiah who was referred to in the previous two verses.
Romans 15:8 tells us that Messiah was sent to confirm the promises made unto Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.“
Galatians 3:17 also points to Messiah confirming the covenant.
“And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.”
Hebrews 13:20 connects Messiah to the everlasting covenant, which He confirmed with His blood as the spotless Passover Lamb.
“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”
There’s no need for all of the mental wrangling that Lee goes through in this video, to help support his premise that the 70th week of Daniel 9 has not been fulfilled.
We only have to look back to Daniel 9:4 to see that Daniel is pleading with the Heavenly Father to remember His covenant of mercy to those who love Him.
“And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments.”
Messiah came to confirm the everlasting covenant that was made to Father Abraham, which needed to be ratified by the blood of Messiah, the Spotless Lamb.
Daniel 9:27 points to the timing of Messiah’s death, in the middle of the seven years.
Messiah’s death on the cross caused the need for temple animal sacrifices to cease, as He is the one-time atonement for sin. The Father validated this when He tore the temple curtain in two, though the rebellious Jewish leaders continued sacrifices until their judgment in 70 AD.
Here’s a one-page summary PDF of the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 which you can save and print and share.
Here’s a two-page summary PDF of the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 which you can save and print and share.
Here’s an introduction letter that you can use to share the summary PDFs with people.
I pray that this post helps wake you up, so that you can see how the enemy has deceived the end-times saints, for Messiah’s return draw nigh and you don’t want to be caught off-guard like the foolish virgins who don’t have the oil of Scriptural truth to light their way.