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Isaiah 9:6 - the mighty and wonderful Father of Eternity and Prince of Peace 

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

Isaiah 9:6 – the mighty and wonderful Father of Eternity and Prince of Peace

 

 

There are some who state that Isaiah 9:6-7 refers to King Hezekiah or to “inspire” King Hezekiah (descendant of King David through Solomon), and does not refer to a coming messiah:

 

Isaiah 9:

6     For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder,

     And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.

7     To the increase of the princely power, And of peace, there is no end, On the throne of David, and on his kingdom,

     To establish it, and to support it, In judgment and in righteousness, Henceforth, even unto the age,

     The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts doth this.   (YLT)


 

However, if one views this without bias, it becomes very clear that a normal man cannot possibly be the subject of this passage. Is Hezekiah’s name Wonderful?  Is Hezekiah the Mighty God?  Is Hezekiah the Father of Eternity?  Is he the Prince of Peace, the one who will rule in perfect peace forever on the throne of David?  Will any of his descendants do this? 


Instead, the Bible tells us that Hezekiah made a grave error in showing all of the kingdom’s treasures to the king of Babylon and because of this, the entire nation will be taken to Babylon and Hezekiah’s male children will become eunuch’s (castrated) in the palace of Babylon (Isaiah 39:1-7). 

 

Hezekiah still was able to have descendants in King Jeconiah (or Coniah) and King Zedekiah (see 1 Chronicles 3:13-16), but both were godless and did evil in God’s eyes.  Jeconiah was cursed to never have any of his descendants sit on the throne (Jeremiah 22:24-30) and all of Zedekiah’s sons were killed in battle (Jeremiah 52:1-11) with Zedekiah himself dying in prison.  It is often argued that because of the curse, this proves Jesus/Yeshua is not the Messiah. 

 

So Hezekiah himself and none of his descendants would satisfy the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7.

There is no doubt this is a Messianic prophecy. 

 

It should be noted that because of God’s curse upon the household of Jeconiah and what happened with Zedekiah and his family, the patriarchal line to the throne of David ends; that is, no male heir from this line will ascend the throne.   How then can God’s promise and prophecy of a coming Messiah who is the Father of Eternity and Prince of Peace, who sits upon the throne of David forever, come true?  It appears that God is fighting against Himself since He has promised something, but yet has made it so that it cannot be done.

 

However, nothing is impossible with God and God does not lie. 

 

The only way the throne of David can be established forever despite this curse is if both the mother’s line and the father’s line still come through David, but since the father’s line is forbidden from taking the throne of King David, then the son from the father’s side must come from elsewhere.  And it does.  This son comes from God Himself.  This is why truly a “son has been given us” and the birth of this son, the Messiah, is a miraculous one – from a virgin, as God’s word in Isaiah 7 says.

 

The genealogy of Messiah is given in the B’rit Chadashah newer writings (“New Covenant”); the Gospel of Luke chapter 3 has the line of David from the mother and the Gospel of Matthew chapter 1 has the line of David from the father.  In Matthew 1:18-21 we are told that though Joseph is from the line of David, he clearly is not the father of Jesus/Yeshua and tried to secretly put away his betrothed, Mary when he discovered she was pregnant.  However, he relented from putting her away when it was revealed to him that her child was conceived by the holy spirit of God.

 

Those who resist the idea of a virgin birth of the prophesied Messiah must seriously think and consider.  It is absolutely clear that the line to David’s throne will be cut off – and it is done by God no less.  So how can God fulfill the Messiah and Davidic Kingdom prophecies if God Himself has decreed that the Davidic line ends? 

 

Is God telling us something?  Yes.  God tells us the Davidic King Messiah is not begotten by a human father, but He Himself will directly be the father of the Davidic King Messiah.  God tells us that He Himself will provide the Son of David who will directly be His only-begotten son. 


If everyone considers this with complete objectivity and no emotion, the Scripture’s own words, logic and proofs, declare this must be so – and it is so. If we say it is not so, then we are calling God a liar, since God would clearly be contradicting Himself by repeatedly referring to the Messiah and throne of David, while at the same time preventing David’s seed from taking the throne.    

 

There can be no denying the truth that Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6-7 pertain to the Messiah who is far more than a mere man and how is He the Son of David?  It is because He is the Son of God.  He is not a mere man, but He is divine/deity. 

 

For how can this king be called Mighty God unless He is King Messiah who is divine/deity?  We see this very clearly in the next chapter when the term ‘Mighty God’ is used again, but this time it refers to God Himself.  Holy Scripture is showing us that only what is divine/deity can be called ‘Mighty God’ – who are only God and the Son of God, King Messiah:


Isaiah 10:

20   And it shall come to pass in that day That the remnant of Israel, And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

21   The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, To the Mighty God.    (YLT)



For what does it also mean that this king will be the Father of Eternity, except that He is the divine King Messiah who will be the very source of eternal life?


 

So again, is God telling us something? 


Yes, God is telling us something, but we must listen. 


He is telling us that His only-begotten son, the Messiah is the one who hails from Galilee to bring light to dispel the darkness – even the shadow of death:

 

Isaiah 9:

1    Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles.

2    The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.     (NKJV)



He is the one spoken of just a chapter or two later in Isaiah 11 where we see how He is the divine Father of Eternity.  We see it is this very same virgin-born King Messiah whose kingdom lasts forever who will undo sin and death that originated in Eden and yet He is the Branch – the ‘netser’, from the stem of Jesse and David:


Isaiah 11:

1   There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

2   The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

3    His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

4    But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

5   Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

6   " The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.

7   The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8   The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den.

9   They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.

10  " And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious."

11  It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea.

12  He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.

13  Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.

14  But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; Together they shall plunder the people of the East; They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; And the people of Ammon shall obey them.

15  The LORD will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, And strike it in the seven streams, And make men cross over dryshod.

16   There will be a highway for the remnant of His people Who will be left from Assyria, As it was for Israel In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.     (NKJV)


 

 

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The Messiah is more than a mere man - Micah 5:2 - origins from everlasting time

 

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