Prophecy is a word that is not heard much, if any, in the world today. This word is primarily an ancient concept confined to religious ideology and modern movies to build the context of a particular characters’ attributes which will lead that particular individual to greatness.
The important thing about prophecy is simple. It does not predict the future, for to predict something is a guess based on circumstance such as a weather forecast. Prophecy is foretelling of future events with accuracy and belief. The power and strength of Prophecy is rooted in a generational belief of the population and is therefore not disputed by the followers of the prophecy.
As I stated in the previous section “What is Christmas”, I wish to make clear that I am not anti-Christmas, but pro truth. The Prophecy of Jesus is not based on a Pagan Holiday, but a revelation to a single man that lived 700 years before the event happened. That man being Isaiah and the event is the Birth of Jesus..
The authenticity of any prophecy is only as valid as the Prophet delivering said prophecy. Therefore let's look at the credibility of Isaiah. But in doing this keep in mind, this is tied to the Jewish faith, a Jewish man, a Jewish prophet. The fact a prophecy is attributed to a single belief does not make it any less of a prophecy, just a little more difficult for outsiders to accept. So what validates Isaih as a Prophet. We find the answer in the old testament book of Isaiah Chapters 6 and 9. In chapter 6, Isaiah outlines his experience with the God of Israel through a vision and describes the temple of God and then acknowledges his own uncleanliness as to see what he has seen. During this time he is cleansed by a Seraphim (creature at God’s Throne) and anointed to speak not only what he saw there but what he would later “see”. In chapter 9, Isaiah Prophesied The coming of the Government of God. And in verse 6, Isaiah identifies that a son will be born out of the lineage of David (Israel's greatest King, chosen by God), this prophecy would later be reinforced by a promise made to a lady named Naomi.
The power of this prophecy was carried by generations of Jewish people until the event actually happened.
The problem with any Prophecy, when it comes to pass, is not when it happens, but how it is interpreted at the time the event takes place by the members of the then society. Many items can distort the understanding of the prophecy at the time it comes to pass. Items such as social views, economic circumstances and political influence cannot alter the prophecy but severely influence the understanding of it.
Maybe this is why the birth of Jesus was sort of Kept Quiet.
When you consider the celebration of the birth of Jesus today, it is nothing like when Jesus was actually born. Even though the Church greatly emphasizes the birth of Jesus, scripture only gives one account of an event that happens immediately after the Birth. And it deals with Shepherds. Angels appeared to the shepherds, they went to see the child and from there they went into Bethlehelm announcing his birth. There were no wise men, no throngs of people lining up, Just a few shepherds, Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
And maybe the reason for this may have been to prevent the distorting of the prophecy of Isaiah. By keeping Jesus out of the limelight at his birth, God was able to keep Jesus from the above mentioned things that could corrupt the purpose of Jesus.
Today, look around as we approach and experience Christmas. Is Jesus the same as he was when you first met him? Or have you intentionally, or unintentionally, let the influences around you mold Jesus into something that is more accommodating to your situation. If so, take a look at the Prophecy of Isaiah again, consider the the world when the prophecy was made, look at Bethlehem (in the message “silent night” when Jesus was born. And then look at the world today. What each has in common is simple, the world has not changed over 2000 years. There is still chaos, noise and conflict. The other thing that has not changed is Jesus, he is still the same, waiting for each of us to take a clear look at him, not in judgment, not in doubt, but in expectation of what he is: The Prince of Peace, not to the world, but to each of us individually.