Messianic Prophecy – a Virgin Shall Conceive
Previously, I looked at “Jesus Being the Seed of a Woman”. Today, I want to examine the Messianic Prophecy; Jesus shall be born of a virgin. Probably the most popular reference of this prophecy is recorded in Isaiah 7:14.
“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.
This is such a compound messianic prophecy: the Lord announces the gender; the name; the purpose of each child and the announcement made by the same angel of God, Gabriel.
In studying the “Seed of a Woman”, we realize why Jesus never had an earthly father. However, by nature of this current prophecy, it is very clear for a virgin shall conceive, no sexual intercourse involved. Therefore, Jesus is the Seed of a Woman because he got twenty-three chromosomes from Mary, his mother and he is the Seed of the Holy Ghost because He Father him.
Messianic Prophecy Fulfillment – a Virgin Shall Conceive And Birth a Son
Before Mary had sexual intercourse with any man (her husband included) “she was found with child of the Holy Ghost,” Matthew1:18. This prophecy has two parts; first the virgin shall conceive then she shall give birth to a son, Jesus.
The Angel of the Lord, Gabriel, explained the entire process of virgin conception to Mary, Luke 1:26 – 35. I have written of her husband, Joseph’s possible thoughts and reactions, about his wife pregnancy before the Lord spoke to him about it in a dream.
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Neither, should we forget that Jesus being born of a virgin is connected to the miraculous birth of John the Baptist.