We have another reader contribution to share with you. This one is from SilentKnight (thank you, brother!). I have to say that I find this Scripturally/exegetically convincing for a number of reasons, but time does not permit me to unpack that all myself. In short, I think that Isaiah 7:14, like Revelation 12:5, speaks both of Christ and His Church. Both are necessary parts in the fulfillment of these prophecies.
In light of Revelation 12 and the upcoming sign on September 23, 2017, there have been many discussions about the woman and the man-child that is to be born. We have spoken about her without a name, though sometimes we call her Israel. We have spoken of the child without a name, though many call him Jesus. Some of the divide between groups of believers is tied to the identity of this unnamed child. For months now, as I have watched the debate about who the child is, I have resisted the urge to shout out his name. But I do believe the time has come to share his name.
The woman is Zion, the child is Emmanuel.
Before you dismiss this too quickly, allow me to take you on a short biblical journey. A journey that will possibly leave you with a new appreciation for what is about to take place and what the sign means for Christ’s Body. You may also chuckle a little with God as He reveals hidden truth out of error!
I know! We’ve all been taught that Emmanuel is Jesus. Amy Grant even sings about it. We sing about Emmanuel at Christmas. Because of the baby. You know, the one that is Jesus.
But where do we get that from? Why do we believe that Jesus is Emmanuel? Would you believe it all comes from just one verse in Matthew? Let’s take a closer look at the first chapter of Matthew and see what might be hidden there. (Click to Site)