August 13, 2006
UNVEILING NEWSLETTER # 10
IN PURSUIT OF 'IMMANUEL'
& ALMA, His 'Virgin' Mother
In the ancient Hebrew language, a young woman, primarily unmarried - but at the right age to marry and/or bear children, was called many things, including, a maiden, a damsel, a young woman, or a virgin - all meaning a girl from about the ages of 13 to 20.
The Hebrew VIRGIN of Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
Notice, that when you read the entire seventh and eighth chapters of Isaiah, there is no mention either in this verse, or in the surrounding verses that the child, 'Immanuel', is ever to be THE Messiah. If this were the case, then the Hebrew Testament would be full of the fact that the Messiah would be named 'Immanuel' and he would be born to a unmarried virgin woman. Matter of fact, this child, born as a SIGN, foretells of the doom awaiting Israel, for God was against their actions against Judah.
It' is all too easy to take a selected verse from scripture and build a full-blown institution from seemingly obscure verses. Take another look at the entire seventh chapter of Isaiah to learn the time frame of this young woman who would conceive and give birth to a son that she named Immanuel.
Ahaz was the eleventh king of the southern kingdom of Judah, he reigned from 741 - 726 BCE. Isaiah tells the story of the northern Kingdom of Israel, under King Pekah; and King Rezin of Damascus, Syria, laying siege over the Kingdom of Judah. The Elohiym sent the Prophet Isaiah to Judah's King Ahaz, to let him know that divine intervention was close at hand - not to worry - help was on the way. Isaiah told King Ahaz that this intervention was coming soon and that the king would know it to be so when the sign, named in Isaiah 7:14, became a reality. To back up a few verses, we also learn:
Isaiah 7:11- 16 "Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy Elohiym; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; [Is it] a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary the Elohiym also? Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest [Syria and Ephraim [northern kingdom of Israel]] shall be forsaken of both her kings."
Verses 11 and 16 puts verse 14 in proper perspective. "Before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings."This tells us that the problem King Ahaz was having with the King of Syria, and the King of northern Israel, would be resolved shortly after some particular male child, named 'God is against us', was born - to take place within King Ahaz’s reign - more than 500 years before Jesus was born. King Ahaz, remember, reigned from 742 - 726 BCE. Syria lost their king, Rezin, shortly after Israel lost their king, Pekin, which was very close to the year 740 - 739 BCE. Many of the northern Israelite tribes were later taken captive by Assyria in 721 BCE. The sign given to Judah's King Ahaz, starting with the birth of this boy, occurred a few months [before the lad could even say Mama or Daddy] before the deaths of these two kings - which narrows the year of birth to be sometime around 741-739 BCE. Below is a chart of historical events for a twenty year period during that era.
Do you know of any important events, virgin births, or Messiah-type occurrences that I am overlooking for this time period? If so, let me know. The birth 'sign', and the first couple of years of the child's life, would have occurred shortly before the two kings were assassinated in 739 BCE, in fact, this boy was too young to know right from wrong, and too young to speak - which would most likely be under the age of two. Surely, the 'boy's' birth must have been right around 741-739 BCE - after Ahaz took reign, and before the two kings were slain.
We need not remain clue-less for too long however, for when we read the eighth chapter of Isaiah, we find that the son-sign birth-sign is actually with the son of Isaiah. The child who would be born as a SIGN, was actually the son of Isaiah, and the ALMA, or the woman, was actually a prophetess that Isaiah impregnated, perhaps she was his wife and was called a prophetess because she was the wife of a prophet. Notice too, an all important verse that most people overlook entirely:
Isaiah 8:18: "Behold, I [Isaiah] and the
children whom the Lord hath given me are for SIGNS and for WONDERS in Israel
from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion." Too bad we don't have more information on Isaiah's two
Isaiah's children, especially his son, Mahershalalhashbaz, was
to be the SIGN for King Ahaz - as well as for all ISRAEL
Isa 8:1-4 "Moreover the LORD said unto me, Isaiah, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. And I went in unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz. For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, 'My father', and 'my mother', the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria."
Isa 8:7-10 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them [Israel] the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, [Sargon II] and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his [Israel's] banks: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his [Assyria's] wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O' Immanuel [i.e. God is against you]. Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken into pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand, for God is against you'. There, you have it - this verse tells us plainly - 'for God is against you'.
The word 'Immanuel' in the above verse is referring to Israel - the northern kingdom, aka, Ephraim, in foretelling their captivity by Sargon II of Assyria in 721 BCE - and how 'God is against them'. The term 'for God is against us/you' in the 10th verse of Isaiah 8, is telling us that no matter what Israel did at that time, Assyria would defeat them. They could take counsel and call unto the Lord, but those words would be of no effect, for they were to become a captured people at that time.
722-721 BCE - The northern kingdom of Israel is conquered by the Assyrian King, Sargon II, which lasts for about 105 years.
587 - 586 BCE - Jerusalem falls to the Babylonians, ending the southern kingdom of Judah. The conquerors destroy the Temple of Jerusalem and exile the land's remaining inhabitants. Babylonian captivity for Judah began, to last for 70 years.
If the birth of Immanuel was not going to happen within King Ahaz's lifetime, then wouldn't it seem, to Ahaz, as well as to all readers of the Hebrew Scriptures, that the entire sign was a hoax or a lie? If it took 500 years to take place, I, for one, would say that Isaiah was a story-teller and is not to be believed. Remember, prophesy does not take 2000 years, or even 500 years to take place - if it does, it is not prophecy, but merely an observance of repeated patterns. If a prophesy is meant to occur far into the future, the verse, or verses, in question, would most certainly be worded that way, such as, 'in the latter days', or 'in those days', or 'at the end of the Age', or 'in a time, times, and half a time'. However, when the word 'behold' is used, you can bet it was meant for completion within King Ahaz's lifetime - and before the death of his two enemy kings. Remember, a son to be born was to be a SIGN, not prophesying THE prophesied Messiah, of which the Judeo-Christian people - i.e. tribes of Israel, seek.
Note: For those who will point out Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace."
The above verse is speaking of Hezekiah, 1) the son of King Ahaz. 2) Hezekiah reigned as king of Judah from 715 - 687 BCE, and he brought many religious reforms during his reign. 3) The kingdom counted on Hezekiah in many ways, as a great and strong leader, able to confront Judah's enemies; 4) The memory of his name comes down to us today as great, good, a reformer, strong, righteous, loyal to God, worthy of much praise, he resumed the Passover pilgrimage, and destroyed idols, including the "brazen serpent," which had been taken to Jerusalem as an object of idolatrous worship. A great reformation was wrought in the kingdom of Judah in the day of Hezekiah. Perhaps Hezekiah was a proto-type of the coming Messiah - a good strong leader of peoples and nations who will root out the evil and upholds that which is good, bringing peace and harmony across the globe - making 'right' which has been so long 'wrong'.