by D Berg
before Christ's birth, the Old testament Prophet Isaiah prophesied:
In exact fulfillment of this prophecy, Mary was a young virgin engaged to be married to Joeseph,a carpenter of Nazareth, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her saying that she would bear a child.
Then Mary said to the angel, `How can this be, seeing I have not lain with any man?'
And the angel answered, `The Spirit of God shall come upon you, and the power of the Almighty shall overshadow you!
Therefore that Holy One which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God!'"--Luke 1:26-35. (Immanuel means "God with us", and for those of us who have received Jesus into our hearts, that's Who He is: God is with us!)
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: And the government shall be upon His shoulder : And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!" -Isaiah 9:6(prophecy given 740 B.C)
This shows that the ancient Jews, unlike modern ones, believed that God had a Son -- Who was to be born in flesh and Whom the prophecy said was to be called "The Mighty God".
Micah, prophesying in the eight century B.C., predicted the exact village where the Messiah would be born:
"You, Bethlehem, though you are small
among the clangs of Juda, yet out of you shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler over Israel; Whose existence has been of old , from everlasting." --Micah 5:2 (Prophecy given 710 B.C.)
The Gospel says "Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea." -- Mathew 2:1
Although the Jews knew that their Messiah was to be born there (Mathew 2:4-6), they didn't as a nation , accept Jesus as their ruler. Nonetheless, the prophecy says that He " is to be ruler".
This takes place spiritually now for those who voluntarily accept His Messiahship, and will soon take place literally by force at His Second Coming!
Jesus' existence, as the prophecy says, "has been of old, from everlasting".
Jesus said, "Before Abraham was (around 2000 B.C.), I AM." John 8:58
He was here referring to Himself as the eternal God Who revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush as: "I AM THAT I AM" (Exodus 3:14), the eternal Son of God! (See also John 1:1 -3,14.)
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