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The Most Important Prophesy…Our FutureMatthew 1:18-25 KJV
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
Thus, fulfilling the Prophesy made about 740 years earlier (Isaiah was called to be a Prophet in 740 BC or BCE for purists.)
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14 KJV
If we look at the context of this Prophesy, it is said to the evil King Ahaz…God has requested that Ahaz suggest a sign, Ahaz refuses (in a seemingly pious way), so God decides the sign and aims it at “the house of David = the line of Messiah” of which Ahaz is the current ruler.
JESUS (Yehoshua) means Jehovah Saves (thus, The whole focus of the Gospel can be seen in this one part of the sentence. “…and he called his name JESUS.”
Emmanuel (Immanuel) means God with us and indicates the deity of Jesus, and is more of a title (or symbolic name) rather than a name (there is no indication that anyone ever addressed Jesus as Emmanuel.) The only other mention, is in fact God speaking to Isaiah in a prophetic way:
“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 wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.”
Isaiah 8:8 KJV
We often use Luke in the telling of the Christmas story, and Matthew 1 is relegated to the “boring” genealogy with which it starts. However, we see that a true thrill is there also, the first New Testament reference to the plan of salvation!