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The famous virgin birth prophecy was written in the book of Isaiah. The prophet Isaiah is believed to have lived around 700 years before Christ. This is the verse. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel.” Later on in the New Testament the gospel of Matthew quotes this verse as proof that Jesus was born of a virgin. There are four gospels in the New Testament and each one is a retelling of the life of Jesus. However, only two gospels tell us the story of Christ’s birth: Matthew and Luke. While both authors claim that Jesus was born of a virgin only Matthew mentions the prophecy in Isaiah. The author of Matthew writes: “… an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus for he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall name him Emmanuel which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him he took her as his wife but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son and he named him Jesus.” So does this prophecy really apply to Jesus? Well, there’s a number of issues, let’s have a look. First up, Jesus was never named Emmanuel. If you’re gonna fulfill a prophecy, make sure you get the name right. Not once in the entire Bible does anyone refer to Jesus as Emmanuel and the name never appears again. The common apologetic for this is that the meaning of the name still applies to Jesus. That’s pretty flimsy. Lots of Hebrew names could be applied to Jesus since so many of them refer to God. King Saul’s grandfather was named Abiel. His name means “God is my father”. Hey, that’s a good one for Jesus. Too bad it was already taken. Incidentally Jesus’ name is derived from the common name Joshua and means “to rescue” or “to deliver”. So it’s not particularly unique. With so many Hebrew names that could apply to Jesus it is crucial that the right name is prophesied. Otherwise the prediction means nothing and carries no weight. Jesus was not named Emmanuel so this part of the prophecy was not fulfilled. Now, let’s have a look at the original chapter in Isaiah. Like we’ve seen with many other supposed prophecies once you read it in it’s original context suddenly it takes on a different meaning. King Ahaz is terrified. Two kings have united against him and are about to launch an attack. The prophet Isaiah tells Ahaz that God will give him a sign to indicate that these kings will not succeed. Let’s have a look. “Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz “Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.” But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I will not test the Lord like that.” Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David. Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well? All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child. She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel which means ‘God is with us’. By the time this child is old enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong, he will be eating yogurt and honey. For before the child is that old the lands of the two kings you fear so much will both be deserted. Now, if this is talking about Jesus being born hundreds of years later, how is that a comfort to King Ahaz? He’s about to be attacked! He was promised by God that this would be resolved within a few years that is, by the time the child is old enough to know right from wrong. This prophecy has nothing to do with Jesus. But what about the whole virgin thing, what’s going on there? Well, it’s a mistranslation. The word “virgin” should be translated as “young woman”. Most Christian bibles seem reluctant to correct it because of the controversy that would result. In 1952, the Revised Standard Version of the bible made the bold step to correct the verse. When that bible was released newspapers carried a story about a Baptist pastor that burned this particular page in Isaiah. He was protesting the change as he felt this was a corruption of the holy scriptures. It’s easy to understand why. This change undermines the foundational Christian doctrine of the virgin birth. It’s a prophecy that is endorsed by no less than one of the gospel authors. No wonder many christians were upset. Once you take away the virgin birth part of the prophecy what have you got left? A prediction that a young woman will name her baby Emmanuel? Not only is that unimpressive but we’ve already seen that it doesn’t apply to Jesus. Now, how do we know this is actually a mistranslation? We’ll have a look at that in Part 2. Thanks for watching.

47 Comments

  • lreadl

    I'm looking forward to part two. I assume that everyone interested enough in this matter is familiar with the mistranslation issue, so I don't think this is a spoiler for any of your content, but I really hope you will address the question I pose below.

    I have had a discussion with a fundamentalist friend about the issue of the mistranslation from the Hebrew text to the Greek – the Septuagint – where the word alma (a young woman) is (allegedly incorrectly) translated as parthenos, which has as its primary definition virgin. His apologetic consisted of substituting the definition "maiden" which is a legitimate translation of the Hebrew, alma; and it is also a legitimate definition of the Greek, parthenos. The point being that in the Hebrew speaking culture, an alma was how one referred to an unmarried, but marriageable (usually young) woman. Such a woman would presumptively be a virgin. Unless there is some indication that the reference in Isaiah is to a particular person, does this not reconcile the translation problem?

  • thetruthrover

    It seems completely idiotic to not name him Immanuel if that is what his name was prophesied to be. Did God forget what he had prophesied? Or was 'Matthew' trying to retroactively create a messiah from a man who had already been named Jesus?

  • ChipArgyle

    Here's an interesting scientific fact: when offspring results without fertilization – parthenogenesis – the offspring are always female. If the Bible is true and Jesus lived and breathed, it means that ghost splooge exists. Will some good Christian out there kindly demonstrate the existence of ghost splooge? K, thanks.

  • truckcompany

    So we know the Virgin birth narrative was made up. I've wondered how the community of Matthew developed this story. Does some bloke rock up and say 'I've just heard of a story from a town I just visited, Jesus was born of a virgin, no seriously!!'

  • IDK

    Man this stuff is bunk. First off, the name was never implemented because it was a specific title of Jesus Christ in the office of messiah. It was about God literally being with the Jews, as the Jewish messiah, which is a fulfillment of another prophecy ( Verse reference needed ) . As in he  WILL be called that when he rules as messiah, in about less than a hundred years or so. Secondly, the timing is once again a "dual prophecy" . Isaiah 14 is again, the best example. NO ONE is going to take that as being about just Satan, or just the king in that passage. You cant just ignore rules of scripture because its convenient. That's very naughty. Thirdly, the "false translation" thing is bull crap for multiple reasons.  A: A young woman giving birth, IS NOT a miracle.  B: The virgin birth was prophesized back in GENESIS. Not Isaiah, GENESIS . Even in the GARDEN did that prophecy start.   C: Lexicons are not very useful for anything but toilet paper.  The emphasis, though mentioned last, of course being on where the definitions are coming from.

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  • HuckFinn

    Omniscience is the knowledge of everything past, present and future. Omnipotence is the power to do virtually anything not withstanding anything. The central figure in Christianity is a pseudo-human character named Jesus who is alleged by Christian teaching to be both omniscient and omnipotent possessing the same qualities and power as his alleged “non-material” parent, Jehovah. The biblical narratives don’t offer any explanation of where Jesus got his paternal DNA given that his alleged “non-material”, paternal parent, Jehovah, lacked any material qualities as deities are wont to lacking. Getting no help whatsoever from the “one” who is omniscient and omnipotent and who is alleged to be able to know and explain such things through its “inspired” and appointed writers, (who did write a rather interesting explanation in the book of Genesis on how everything came about), we are left to guess this DNA question on our own. Already there appears a pattern of disinterest by the Christian god in offering detailed explanations that one should rightly expect from one imbued with omniscience and omnipotence. Perhaps the Christian community would point out that their deity just doesn’t want to be a “show-off”…..except that such an assertion conflicts with the reality of the complete essence of their “god character” throughout the bible is of one who is perpetually thrilled with himself and spares no opportunity to demonstrate his sheer wonderfulness and powers. Again we’re left guessing why such useful explanations are conspicuously amiss in the biblical narratives.

    To further demonstrate this pattern of the Christian deity’s disinterest in details is the notice that despite his omniscience and omnipotence, he somehow simply forgets to inspire his “inspired” and appointed writers to include the exact time and exact date of the Christian deity’s birthdate and death date along with a bit of detailed information about the family of the deity’s bastard son, Jesus.(A bastard is a person who is born as the result of being conceived outside the boundaries of matrimony; Mary wasn’t married to the Holy Ghost according to the gospels) One has to wonder or “guess” (yet again) the birth date and death date of Mary, the alleged mother of Jesus. It would be nice to even know a bit about the step dad of Jesus, Joseph, whom ….according to scripture was cuckolded by the Holy Ghost when Mary was knocked up out of wedlock. The bible doesn’t say that Mary was married to the Holy Ghost, it just indicates that she was knocked up “out of wedlock” since her pregnancy was outside the boundaries of marriage. It would be such a splendid thing if omniscience knew such details. She should have had her child with her husband and nobody else according to universally accepted family values. A reasonable and hones t reader of the gospels would hope that Jesus and his celestial pa would have been nice and generous enough to include plenty of details about the siblings, parents and grandparents of “the central figure of the Christian bible”. Guessing and wondering does seem to be a rather strange necessity required by an omniscient and omnipotent deity who allegedly is infinitely interested in convincing his alleged “children” that he is what his “inspired word”, the bible, says he is. The reality that the entire narrative of the gospels is patently untrue is far more convincing. We’re left to guess the details of the gospels in spite of the alleged assertion by the Christian community that the Christian god whom they allege to have inspired its writing was far less inspired by detailed facts. This is precisely how mythologies originate….quite interesting, huh?

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  • K. Day

    Isaiah 7 is a dual prophecy as most prophecies are. It was for a son born to king Ahaz and a son born to Joseph and Mary. They were both virgins when they conceived. They conceived on the 1st time they had sex. Joseph was Jesus' Father. The pagan Catholic church has twisted many verses to suit thier pagan trinity and virgin birth. Jesus was a human annointed BY YHWH to save his people from thier sins. He even called himself the son of man.

  • 0ptimus1984

    maybe Maria was a slut who screw around with most men in the village & when she got pregnant to save herself made up a story about god making her pregnant 🙂

    some woman seem to be virgins even after having sex with a lot of guys cause the thing (forgot what it was called) didn't brake & ppl in old days used that to make sure the woman is virgin before they got married, so Maria mite had same issue (where that thing inside her u know what didn't brake easily) & that made it easy for her to deceive all

    & rest is man up fictional story & delusions

  • Debbie R

    God says he will not always strive with man in Genesis.
    Romans1:18-21
    The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
    21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
    Mathew 28:6
    "If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
    We need to make sure of the choices we are making and what we are teaching others.
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  • Jamy_Hensley

    You are missing one point here. Isaiah is not the first to have foretold the virgin birth of Jesus. It was already predicted in Genesis 3:15
    "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
    This verse speaks about the seed of the woman. we know that the seed comes from man. The ancient understood that the messiah would be born form a virgin. This is why you have a lot of virgin birth, the most famous one being the birth of Tammuz from Semiramis.

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  • Camilo Lopez

    If you can give alternative names that claiming the Messiah as Emmanuel according to the prophecy born of the virgen other than Jesus Crist did,,, that can make and proved the same to the prof of Jesus Crist then Who!!;;? Who can save the world from sinfull of all people,,,,send by God Almighty!!!? Who if Not Jesus Crist!!!!?give your alternative prof!!!!!!

  • David Miles

    virgin was verry important as you could not have the cursed blood of adam,the messiah of israel had to have Gods blood running in his veins to carry mans sins

  • arc030710

    Isaiah 44 King James Version (KJV)
    44 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
    2 Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, JESURUN, whom I have chosen.
    3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

    Malachi 4 King James Version (KJV)
    5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

    Mark 9 King James Version (KJV)
    11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?
    12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
    13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

  • arc030710

    By the way the topic is this: The Virgin Birth Myth? So why talking about the name? Why don't answer it directly? Do there is a virgin birth recorded in history of the world aside from Bible? that of BY GOD? I know the myths of the Semiramis/Tammuz/Nimrod (and where do you first know about Nimrod, it is in The Old Testament of The Bible) Summerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Hindu, Buddism.. but all of this was totally myths.. but Jesus lived, the Jews, the Islam knows He lives..

  • Queen Isis

    What Do You Mean " Myth"? The Bible Is A " Spiritual" Book. Written By Men Of God As " The Holy Spirit " Moved Upon Them. For Instance My " Mothers Name " Is " Imogene". Interpreted From Dutch/Irish As " Young Virgin". Yes. I Am A Young Virgins " Firstborn " Son. Jesus The Christ
    If You Have Biblical, Spiritual Understanding. No Problem. But Without " The Holy Ghost, Spirit Of Truth. You Cannot Understand. And Makes Little Sense
    Virgin Not Only Meant " Young Undefiled Maid, Girl Child. In The Natural. But Spiritually Speaking. She Was Not Defiled By False Religious Teachers, Religion , Myths, Or Priestly False Dogmas. As Defined The Same Way Today. God Hates " Spiritual Adultury, Promiscuity, Idolatry, And Listening To The Serpent". Virgin Mary Was Both. A Natural Young Maiden, And Conceived By The Holy Spirit In Her Womb. Either Naturally, Spiritually, In The Womb Of Her Mind, Most Likely Both. And Gave Birth To ," The Word Made Flesh ". Naturally, And Spiritually. Being ," Born Again".
    The Word Made Flesh.
    A " Son Of God"
    " After The Order Of Melchizedek "
    In The Book Of Revelation ; You Will Find ,144,000 Sealed " With Holy Spirit" Great Multitudes. No Man Can Number. Sealed Out Of Every Tongue, Tribe And Nation. Out Of All 12 Tribes Of Israel. Israelites.
    Later On, The Same Group144,000 On Mount Zion Standing With The Lamb. Made " Pure Virgins". Are These All Young Girls ? I Don't Think So. " Jesus Seeing Nathaniel Coming Said " Behold !!! An Israelite Indeed. In Whom Is No Guile. Nathaniel Said " Where Do You Know Me From"? Jesus Replied " I Saw You When You Were Under The Fig Tree". These " Virgins" Were " Israelites Indeed". Without Fault Before The Throne Of God. They Had " NO GUILE", " IN THEIR MOUTHS". Truth Only !!!

  • Daniel Paul K

    The virgin birth
    ( From Israel is the messiah – Chapter 60)

    Christians believe that prophecy of Isaiah, “Yahovah himself will

    give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and

    will call him Immanuel” in Isa.7:14 is about the birth of Jesus. Interestingly

    there are many Christians who do not believe the virgin

    birth of Jesus. Some Jewish scholars say it is clear that the woman

    mentioned in Isaiah 7:14 and 8:3-4 are one and the same and that she

    is Isaiah’s wife. The real sign to King Ahaz is that Isaiah’s child will

    be born quickly and before he matures the nations who threaten the

    Kingdom of Judah will be defeated. Interestingly, Isaiah’s children are

    specifically referred to as “signs” from God.Isa.8:18. Some Jewish

    scholars say, that prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled in King Hezekiah.

    But let us examine who is the virgin and who is the child?

    About the birth of this child Isaiah further says, “Before she

    travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered

    of a man-child.” Isa.66:7 Let us ask, Who is this “She” giving birth

    to a man child? Micah says, “Be in pain, and labour to bring forth,

    O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail.” 4:10. Jeremiah says, “I

    have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of her

    that brings forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion”

    4:31. And Jeremiah calls her “O Virgin daughter of Zion.” Lame.2:13.

    Isaiah says, “Yet no sooner is virgin daughter of Zion in labour than

    she gives birth to her children.” 66:8. So the virgin who gives birth

    to the man child is the virgin daughter of Zion.

    When the virgin daughter of Zion would give birth to this son?

    Micah says, “Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when

    she who is in labour gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to

    join the Israelites.” 5:3. Micah says Israel will be abandoned until the

    Virgin daughter of Zion gives birth to the man child. In some other

    translation, it is seen that “He will give them up until the time she

    who is in labour has given birth.” This means Israel will be handed

    over to gentiles until she gave birth.

    When will Israel be abandoned or when will Israel will be given

    up to the gentiles? Ezekiel says to Israel, “You have caused your days

    to draw near, and have come to the end of your years.” End of your

    days means the end of the period of Jews in their promised land.

    Then what will happen? Yahovah says, I will disperse you among the

    nations and scatter you through the countries; and I will put an end

    to your uncleanness.” For thy day is near, even the day of the Lord is

    near; It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles. Eze.30:3. We

    can understand that at the time when the times of gentiles will begin,

    the Jews will be dispersed among the nations. In other words, When

    the times of gentiles will begin Israel will be abandoned by Jews. It is

    important to note that the Promised Land will remain abandoned by

    Jews until the virgin daughter of Zion gives birth to the man child.

    About Jews abandoning the Promised Land, Jeremiah said,

    “My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken; my children have

    gone from me, and they are not; there is no one to spread my tent

    again and to set up my curtains.” Jere.10:20. Jesus said, “Behold, an

    hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered each

    to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone,

    because the father is with me. “These things I have spoken to you,

    so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation,

    but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John.16:32-33. Jesus

    meant Jews are going to abandon Israel and are going into the world

    and there they will have tribulations and they will have peace only in

    Israel. Ezekiel says about Israel, “For thy day is near, even the day of

    the Lord is near; it will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.”

    Eze.30:3. About giving up Israel into hands of gentiles Jesus said,

    “son of man is going to be handed over to the gentiles. How long

    they will be in the hands of Gentiles?” Jesus says, “Jerusalem will

    be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are over.”

    Lk.21:24. And Micah says, Virgin daughter of Zion will give birth

    to the man child when the time of gentiles will be over. What does

    it mean? Jews will be given up to the gentiles until Virgin daughter

    of Zion will give birth to the man child. So how the prophecy in

    Isaiah 7:14 can be about Jesus who came to warn the Jews that they

    are going to be handed over to gentiles ? If it is not about the birth

    of Jesus then about whose birth is this prophecy?

    Hear, Isaiah says, “Before she goes into labour, she gives birth;

    before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son.” Here also we

    may think Prophet is speaking about the birth of a human baby. But

    the continuing words of prophet will tell us he is speaking about the

    nation and not about a human child. Hear the rest of the words of

    Isaiah, “Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such

    things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth

    in a moment? Yet no sooner is virgin daughter of Zion in labour

    than she gives birth to her children.” 66: 7. “I will remove the sin of

    this land in a single day.” Zech.3:9. We can give the name Zionism

    for the virgin daughter of Zion. And in 1948 Zionism gave birth to

    Israel. Isaiah was not speaking about the birth of a human child but

    about the birth of Israel–the state of Jews.

    Isaiah says about this child Israel “For to us a child is born, to

    us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. Of

    the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He

    will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and

    upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and

    forever. The zeal of the Almighty will accomplish this.” Isa.9:6-7.

    On the very first day of the birth of “Israel” neighboring countries

    attacked the Jews to exterminate them, then the governing of Jews

    and their protection fell upon the shoulders of the Child Israel.

    About the Birth of the child, Jesus also said, “For nation will rise

    against Nation and kingdom against kingdom and on various places

    there will be famines and earthquakes.” Mt.24:7. Then they will deliver

    you to tribulation, and will kill you, but all these things are merely the

    beginning of birth pangs. Mt.24:9. “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you

    will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; You will grieve, but

    your grief will be turned into joy. Whenever a woman is in labour

    she has pain, because her hour has come; but when She gives birth

    to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy

    that a child has been born into the world, and your heart will rejoice,

    and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:20-21. Like

    all other prophets, Jesus also predicted the birth of Israel will be like

    the birth of a baby. Now the Jews have forgotten all their sufferings,

    all their sorrows and pains. Now the Jews are rejoicing seeing their

    son Israel and no one can take their joy from them.

    Was not Jews and Christians wasting their precious time for the

    last 2000 years debating “Virgin Birth of Jesus”?

    ( From Israel is the messiah – Chapter 60)

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