What is the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 9?

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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,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever…” (Isaiah 9:6,7).

Isaiah presents a picture of the coming of the world’s Messiah with His message of life and hope. Over a world covered with sin, the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2).

Prince of peace

The prophet offers a striking prophecy of the great Prince of Peace. In his description of earth’s coming King, who will rule with holiness, the prophet uses terms that cannot belong to any earthly king but Christ. There is, clearly, but one Being in the universe to whom the description here given can fully and effectively apply, and that is Christ.

Christ will be the true Prince of Peace (Zechariah 9:9, 10; Ephesians 2:14). Peace comes only with righteousness (Isaiah 32:17, 18), and Jesus is the only righteous King (Jeremiah 23:5, 6; 33:15, 16), giving His own righteousness to men. He came to the world to bring harmony (Luke 2:14; John 14:27; Philippians 4:7). Nowhere else in the Bible do we find the such description of the world’s Savior and coming King. Christ will govern over all heaven and earth (Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 25:31; 28:18; Luke 1:32, 33; 1 Corinthians 15:25).

Wonderful Counsellor

Christ will be the “wonderful Counsellor” (Isaiah 11:2, 3; 25:1; 28:29). This name personifies His wisdom, love and mercy. His name would invite all the creatures in heaven and on earth to offer Him adoration, and praise for His infinite sacrifice (Philippians 2:9–11; Revelation 5:12, 13). In instructing people about the fear of the Lord, the foolishness of wickedness, and the wisdom of righteousness, Jesus offered undeniable evidence that He was the Messiah (Matthew 13:54; John 7:15; Mark 6:2)

Mighty God

The prophet Isaiah declares that Jesus is the Mighty God. The Son of God is no less God than the Father. 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). As God the Father is eternal, so also is the Son.

Also, Isaiah calls Christ the Father because He is He is the Creator of all (John 1:3; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2; Genesis 1:26). And He will act be as a tender compassionate Father to His people (Isaiah 22:21, 22; Revelation 3:7).

Everlasting ruler

Finally, Christ’s government will break in pieces all the evil kingdoms of the earth. He will  “consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44;. Revelation 11:15). The angel Gabriel announced that “of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:33). Thus, He will inherit the kingdom of David which will be established forever (Genesis 49:10; Psalms 89:3, 4, 29, 36; 132:11, 12; Luke 1:32).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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