Fulfillment Of Isaiah's Immanuel Prophecy In The Gospels

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The Fulfillment of Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy in the Gospels

“Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” What does this name Immanuel mean and where did it come from? When Jesus was born in 4-6 B.C.E, and given the name Immanuel, it fulfilled a prophecy from the book of Isaiah that was hundreds of years old, “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel”. The fulfillment of the Isaiah prophesy in the New Testament is crucial to Christian faith and to the significance of the birth of Jesus expressing the true presence of God on earth. Let’s examine the meaning behind this prophesy that Isaiah spoke, the significance of the fulfillment of the prophesy in Matthew, and the reasons as to why the fulfillment of this prophesy is not mentioned in the other three gospels, Mark, Luke, and John. After taking a closer look at the Immanuel prophesies in Isaiah, there are actually some disagreements to the prophecy. The major disagreement scholars have is that some believe that the Immanuel child is a child of the prophet Isaiah; others believe it could be King Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, rather than Jesus born of the Virgin Mary. It makes sense to scholars that this Immanuel could be Isaiah’s son because Isaiah named his children in connection with a meaning or a message to King Ahaz. The other reason why it could make sense that Immanuel is Isaiah’s son is that otherwise it makes this passage without

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