To whom is Isaiah the prophet pointing in chapter 9:6,7?

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“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” (Isaiah 9:6,7).

Christ – the prince of peace

Isaiah completed his picture of the coming era of peace with a prominent prophecy of the great Prince of Peace.  He will usher true, lasting peace that cannot be attained through human efforts. In his description of earth’s coming King, who will rule in righteousness and purity, Isaiah used terms that cannot fit any earthly king. There is, clearly, but one Person in the universe to whom the qualities here stated can fully and properly apply, and that is Christ.

Nowhere in the Bible do we find the purity of thought, the holiness of expression, found here in the characteristics of the world’s Savior and future King. Without a doubt, the prophet Isaiah had seen a vision of the Lord of glory when his message was recorded. The Holy Spirit inspired him as with the rest of Bible writers. David in Psalm 110 spoke of Christ as the coming King, who will be “a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” In Psalm 2, He is shown as breaking the nations with a rod of iron. Then, in Psalm 45, Christ is described as riding forth in glory.

At the end, Christ will reign over all heaven and earth (Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:32, 33; Revelation 11:15). He will be the “wonderful Counsellor” (Isaiah 11:2, 3; 25:1; 28:29) that embodies wisdom, love and mercy. His name will call of the worship and praise of all His created beings in heaven and earth, and in all the universe (Philippians 2:9–11; Revelation 5:12, 13).

The Mighty God

Jesus Christ will rule as the Mighty God who is no less God than is the Father (Philippians 2:5, 6). For He was one with the Father from the days of eternity (Psalms 90:2; Proverbs 8:22–30; Micah 5:2; John 1:1; 14:9, 11).

The Son of God will be the Everlasting Father for as God the Father is eternal, so also is Christ. Isaiah named Him the Father because He is Father to all people in a special way, being the Creator of world (John 1:3; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2). No other word than “Father” so fully illustrates the love of Jesus toward His people. When Christ rules, it will be as a father to His people (Psalms 68:5, Isaiah 22:21, 22; Revelation 3:7).

Because He sacrificed Himself, Christ became the Prince of Peace (Zechariah 9:9, 10; Ephesians 2:14.) Peace comes only with righteousness (Isaiah 32:17, 18), and Jesus is the righteous King (Jeremiah 23:5, 6; 33:15, 16), granting His own righteousness to all that seek it. He came to earth to impart good will to all (Luke 2:14; John 14:27; Philippians 4:7).

Finally, because of His victory over sin, Christ’s government will be without end. Daniel prophesied that His kingdom will break in pieces all the kingdoms of the earth “and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44; Revelation 11:15). Also, Gabriel declared that “of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:33).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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