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Saturday, October 27 2012

The Virgin's Immanuel

The Hebrew word pronounced im is found 26 times in the Holy Scriptures. The King James Version translates it variously as with, in, against, unto, toward, as long as, beside, before and in spite of. Examples:

Samuel and Eli

"24:12 And he said, O LORD God [see Who Is The LORD?] of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and show kindness unto [i.e. im] my master Abraham." (Genesis 24:12 KJV)

"8:5 Thou shalt also consider in [i.e. im] thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee." (Deuteronomy 8:5 KJV)

"2:21 And the LORD visited Hannah [see Hannah's Dedication], so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before [i.e. im] the LORD." (1 Samuel 2:21 KJV)

The Hebrew word pronounced ale (written in English as El when used in compound form) is found about 245 times in the Holy Scriptures. When used singularly, the King James Version usually translates it as "God." Examples:

"14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem [see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem] brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God [i.e. El]. 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God [i.e. El], possessor of heaven and earth" (Genesis 14:18-19 KJV)

"15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God [i.e. El], and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him." (Exodus 15:2 KJV)

El is moreover used in compound forms for God, such as El-ohim, which is the plural form of a singular entity (El-ohim is the "Us" in "1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" Genesis 1:26 KJV); El-elohe-Israel which means mighty one, the God of Israel ("33:20 And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel" Genesis 33:20 KJV); El-Shaddai which means The Almighty God ("17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect" Genesis 17:1 KJV).

El was also used as a synchronic (i.e. descriptive) prefix or suffix in the names of some of God's people e.g. Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Elizabeth, Samuel and Eleazar, among numerous others.

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel"

The "im" and "El" words are also used for the Messiah. As explained above for the individual words, "Immanuel," in Hebrew pronounced im-maw-noo-ale, means God with us. The maw-noo that connects "im" and "El" isn't merely a conjunction, but a specific pronoun-suffix for El in the word.

Bethlehem Immanuel is found only twice in the Hebrew Scriptures. The first was by Isaiah (see The Prophets: Isaiah) in a prophecy to the kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah), that prophesied the first coming of the Messiah i.e. "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel":

"7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

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. 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good [see The Children Of The Two Kingdoms], the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 7:17 The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria." (Isaiah 7:13-17 KJV)

The second reference to "Immanuel," also by Isaiah, describes a time of world conquest in which even all of the "far countries" will become "the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel."

"8:5 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying, 8:6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son; 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: 8:8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. 8:9 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us." (Isaiah 8:5-10 KJV)

Isaiah's first coming prophecy about "Immanuel" (rendered by the King James Version as "Emmanuel" in the New Testament) was fulfilled at the first coming of Jesus Christ.

"1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ [see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?] was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus." (Matthew 1:18-25 KJV)

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This Day In History, October 27

97: To placate the Praetorians of Germany, Nerva of Rome adopted Trajan (see New Testament Roman Emperors and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?), the governor of lower Germany. The "German connection" to the later "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (its official title) was established very early (see The Holy Roman Empire).

312: Constantine the Great claimed to see his "vision of the Cross" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

939: Athelstan died. He was the first Saxon king to have effective rule over the whole of England (Saxons were from Saxony in Germany; the Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of the Saxons).

1275: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Cuba (it was no "discovery" for the people who were already there; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1553: Spanish reformer theologian and physician Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy.

1644: The Battle of Newbury; 9,000 royalists under English King Charles I held out against the parliamentary army of 17,500.

1662: Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres.

1795: Pinckney's Treaty between the U.S. and Spain established the U.S. southern boundary at the 31st parallel and gave the U.S. the right to ship down the Mississippi without having to pay duty to Spain.

1806: Napoleon's troops entered Berlin.

1808: The Treaty of Fontainebleau was signed by Napoleon and Charles IV of Spain, divided Portugal into 3 parts.

1809: U.S. President James Madison ordered the annexation of the western part of Florida after Spanish settlers there rebelled against the Spanish authorities. The U.S. was actually created from four rebellions against those who had established colonies in the wilderness: England in the northeast, Spain in Florida, France in Louisiana and Mexico/Spain in Texas. President Madison later declared the start of the War of 1812 (1812-1814) with the stated intention to annex ("take territory by conquest") Canada.

1871: The diamond fields of Kimberley in South Africa were annexed by Britain.

1936: Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce in her native U.S. She later married Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne of England for her.

1962: Major Rudolf Anderson of the U.S. Air Force became the only human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba by a surface-to-air missile.

1942: During the Second World War, an indecisive 2-day air and sea battle around the Solomon Islands ended with substantial damage to both the U.S. and Japanese fleets.

1971: Republic of The Congo name changed to Zaire. The country was earlier ruled by Belgium.

1978: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1994: The U.S. prison population exceeded 1 million people.

1999: Gunmen opened fire inside the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members of the government.


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