Some of the most clear pictures and prophecies of the coming Messiah appear in the Book of Isaiah, 500 years before the Birth of Christ!
Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
“In a glorious manner; for, whereas you have been often told that he should be born among you, I am now further to tell you that he shall be born of a virgin, which will signify both the divine power and the divine purity with which he shall be brought into the world,-that he shall be a extraordinary person, for he shall not be born by ordinary generation,-and that he shall be a holy thing, not stained with the common pollutions of the human nature, therefore incontestably fit to have the throne of his father David given him.” Now this, though it was to be accomplished above 500 years after, was a most encouraging sign to the house of David.
—Matthew Henry’s Commentary
His name shall be called Immanuel, or Almighty God. This babe, born of a virgin, will be Almighty God in the flesh! Remarkable isn’t it!
Rev. Andy Bales
President/CEO of Union Rescue Mission