The Virgin That Conceived A King

Isaiah 7:14 is a very popular Christmas verse, yet there is a historical story behind this.

Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria. ”

Isaiah 7:13-17 –

“The lands of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.” The two kings were Pekah, kimg of Israel and the king he allied with against Jerusalem in the land of Judah was Rezin of Aram. They marched together against the southern kingdom of Judah and tried to capture Jerusalem, but “When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it. (Isaiah 7:1)

Yet in Isaiah 7:14-17 Isaiah is both giving a short term prophesy yet longterm prophesy at the same time. He says: “He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.” The prophetic word does not say how long it was between Aram and the kingdom of Israel being laid waste and the coming of the Christ. It only says “for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. “ then he adds “The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria. ”

Now historically, what happens? Israel is removed from its land by the invasion of Assyria and a little later Babylon comes against Judah and Jerusalem it’s captiol and takes the people into exile 70 years. Later God restores them to the land after and then later the book of Malachi comes about followed by 400 years of silence, until Jesus Christ enters humanity.

Malachi says : “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” (Malachi 4:5-6$

400 years of silence between Malachi and

Luke 1. The prophesy has already been fulfilled concerning the Assyrians- who later were defeated and crush by Babylon, whoch fell to Persian, then Greece came then Rome conquered and Rome begins as the next dominating empire. (see Daniel 2, Daniel interprets the dream of the king of Babylon in his exile

“After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands —a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” (Daniel 2:39-45)

The last empire listed is most presumably Rome. Partly strong like iron then partly brittle but Jesus enters as King of the Jews

Daniel 2 reiterated———

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands —a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

Though Jesus did not overthrow Rome, yet rather died on a Roman cross. There will be the day He comes back to Jerusalem to reign as King of Kings! Remember the passage in Isaiah 7 that we first looked at

—-Now the house of David was told, “Aram has allied itself with Ephraim ”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind. Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field. Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin, saying, “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.” Yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘It will not take place, it will not happen,

Isaiah 7:2-7 –

Pekah and Rezin thought they could take Jerusalem with their combined armies and appoint their own king over it, but God says “It will not take place” and the significance is, the throne in Jerusalem is reserved for only one- Jesus Christ. After the captivity to this day Israel and Jerusalem have no king. The King will come and take his place when He returns in His majesty!

A ruin! A ruin! I will make it a ruin! The crown will not be restored until he to whom it rightfully belongs shall come; to him I will give it.’ (Ezekiel 21:27)

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