Observe the word Immanuel.
It means God with us.
Right here is the Citadel and Fortress of the Christian faith.
All of the nonsense one encounters in such studies as “Comparative Religions” runs completely out of “comparisons” in this very event. In all of the ethnic cults, it is man who always pays.
The most valiant young man goes out to fight the dragon, or it is the fairest daughter in the tribe that becomes the sacrifice.
It is some Prometheus who is forever chained to the rocks where the vultures eat out his liver…
But consider what this entails. God will become a man? How? Would God kill a man and take his body?
Human procreation always produces a new person; but Christ was not a new person! He was present even in Creation (John 1:1ff).
Here in this word Immanuel we have the prophecy of what took place when Christ was born, the same prophecy repeated by Zacharias at a time much closer to the event itself, namely, The Dayspring from on High shall visit us (Luke 1)!
The question of whether Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14) fully understood this as applying to the virgin birth of Christ is irrelevant. God’s great prophets did not always know the true meaning of the words God gave them.
Peter did not know the full meaning of what he prophesied on Pentecost (Acts 2:38,39); and a miracle was required later (Acts 10) to convince Peter that the Gentiles should be permitted entry into the church. See 1 Peter 1:11,12.
In this verse, Matthew uses for the first time an expression found ten times in his gospel and nowhere else in the New Testament, “that it might be fulfilled, etc.”
The fact that the rabbis and Pharisees had overlooked it is only an indication of spiritual blindness on their part.
This beautiful prophecy not only reveals the virgin birth but also sets forth the dual nature of Christ.
His name means “God with us!” but his diet is that of a man, “butter and honey”; Here, then, is the GOD-MAN in prophecy!
The student should not be confused with the profusion of Old Testament terminology throughout the remainder of this chapter.
Such things as the temple, animal sacrifices, new moons, sabbaths, etc., clearly concerned the Old dispensation; but, “Isaiah 66:7-9 clearly concern the end-time.”
The rapidity of the rise and expansion of Christianity “Will mock the slow processes of history.”
This is prophesied by the metaphor of birth without travail.
This was fulfilled, by the far-flung commonwealth of the Christian Church springing up all over the Roman empire in a single generation.
The oldest Christian understanding of: “She was delivered of a man-child …” (Isaiah 66:7). – this passage identifies it with the birth of the Christ.
This was the position of Jerome and we have never seen any improvement on that view.
The New Testament quotation of the word man-child (Revelation 12:5) from Isaiah 66:7 requires our understanding of this as a reference to this designation.
But the New Testament references have a double emphasis on the masculinity of the child, “A SON, A MAN CHILD.”
Alexander Campbell translated it, “She bore a MASCULINE SON.”
Albertus Pieters rendered the words, “A son, a he-man, a fierce assertion of the virility of Christ.
The mother in this analogy is the Jewish race, fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3), as proved by Matthew 1:1.