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Saturday, June 29 2013

Why Call Him Immanuel?

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

The Holy Scriptures

"24:12 And he said, O LORD God [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] of my master Abraham [see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram], 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.

"Thy land, O 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.

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 also The Prophets: North and South), that prophesied the first coming of Jesus Christ 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? [see When Do Jews Become Christians?]

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, 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 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)

Fact Finder: When will Isaiah's second coming prophecy about Immanuel, in which even all of the "far countries" will become "the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel," happen?
See What Happens After The Messiah Returns?, The Church In The Kingdom Of God and The Church: Mission Accomplished

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This Day In History, June 29

1149: During the Second Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Syrian army of Nur ad-Din Zangi defeated the Crusader army of Raymond of Antioch.

The Battle of Inab 1194: Sverre became King of Norway.

1438: Albrecht II ("the Bear") was crowned king of Bohemia after being crowned king of Hungary and Germany earlier in the year.

1529: The Second Treaty of Barcelona, a peace settlement between Emperor Charles V and Pope Clement VII which made the Spanish Habsburgs dominant in Italy.

1613: The original Globe Theater in London burned down during the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

1644: Charles I of England defeated a Parliamentarian army at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge.

1807: During the Russo-Turkish War, Admiral Dmitry Senyavin defeated the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Athos (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1855: The Daily Telegraph was first published in London.

1880: France annexed Tahiti.

1925: King George V opened Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London. Canada House is the official building for Canada's High Commissioner and staff in Britain.

1937: Joseph Armand Bombardier patented the Bombardier snowmobile.

1943: Germany began to withdraw its U-Boats from the North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe.

1946: In response to murders and bombings by Jewish resistance in "Palestine," including the June 17 blowing up of 10 of the 11 bridges connecting the land of Israel to surrounding nations, the British conducted dawn raids and arrested over 2,700 Jews. The incident was later used as the pretext for the "Zionist" bombing of the King David Hotel a little over 3 weeks later. See A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace to understand why Britain was given to control much of the Middle East at that time, and how their presence there permitted the people of Judah (who once again failed to recognize their deliverer) to fulfill the prophecy about their return to the land of Israel.

1966: U.S. planes bombed Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time in the Vietnam War.

1967: Israel removed barricades to re-unify Jerusalem.

1974: Isabel Peron was sworn in as President of Argentina, taking over from her husband Juan Peron who became ill.

1995: A department store in Seoul collapsed, killing 502 people in South Korea's worst peacetime disaster.

2002: South Korean and North Korean naval forces engaged in a brief firefight. Six South Korean sailors were killed and a North Korean vessel was sunk.

2006: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay prisoners in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law. The trials continued anyway, as they did under Barak Obama, who had pledged to close the U.S. base/prison camp in communist Cuba, but never did.


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