The Virgin Birth Dilemma- The Alma

 

 

The Virgin Birth Dilemma: The Alma

By: Liz Messier

The Virgin Birth

 

Was Isaiah referring to a Virgin Birth in Isaiah 7:14?

The question of Isaiah 7:14 has come up more and more lately as to whether this scripture is talking
about a virgin or simply a maiden. Questions are then asked: if this is just a maiden (not necessarily a
virgin) – how is it a sign? And if this is dual prophecy and it is a virgin – who is the other virgin that
gave birth? Does this scripture even refer to a virgin at all? How is this a Messianic prophecy?

The answer to these question is found in the Torah (being the Books of Moses -the first five books of
the bible). The Messiah is found in the Torah and then everything flows out from there. This is where
we must look for the answer. Some things in the Torah are plainly stated on the page, other things are
hidden, but are there, none-the-less. This is why me must study the Torah.

As a result of the questions and desire to find out the answers, I would like to share my study on the
subject of the Virgin Birth.

Some quick background on Isaiah – at the time that Isaiah 7 was written, there was a threat against
Judah and Jerusalem and Ahaz was in distress (Is 7:1-2, II Kings 16, II Chron 28). YHWH sent Isaiah
to him, to tell him what was going to happen – to comfort Ahaz and give him hope.
Is 7:14 “Therefore the Master himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin (The Alma) shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

The word virgin in this scripture is: מהָ לְ עַ הָ ha’alma – The Alma
The word Alma – H5959 – מהָ לְ עַ – meaning virgin, young woman
(Note the difference between ‘Alma’ and ‘The Alma’ is the Hebrew letter Hey (הָ ) a prefix meaning ‘The’)

The Hebrew word for Virgin is Bethuwlah – H1330 להָ וּ בתּ ְ     Isaiah could have simply used the word BETHUWLAH in this verse and it would have removed all question as to whether this was a Messianic sign of a Virgin birth. However, Isaiah didn’t – and for very good reason.

If this is a prophecy of the Messiah, then it is a dual prophecy (because it was Ahaz that Isaiah went to
give assurance to in Isaiah chapter 7) and if the word BETHUWLAH (virgin) had been used, then there
would have to be two virgin births – one being the first fulfillment and the other being a prophecy of the
Messiah.

The word ALMA through out the Tanakh is, in majority, maiden/damsel – it is of a young woman that
may or may not be a virgin.
The story of Rebecca for instance:
Gen 24:16 “And the damsel (na’arah – meaning girl, damsel, female servant) was very fair to look upon,
a virgin (bethuwlah), neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

vs 43 “Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin (THE ALMA) cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher
to drink;” There is no doubt that this particular ALMA (maiden) was a virgin – it tells us 2x – using the word
Bethuwlah and saying “neither had any man known her”. This verse also uses a different word for
damsel (na’arah).

To translate the word ALMA to ‘virgin’ in this verse is not necessary and it is not even clear that it is a
correct translation of this word. Therefore, as I see it – verse 43 should probably have been translated as follows:
“…that when the young maiden (The ALMA) cometh forth…”
rather than “…that when the virgin (The ALMA) cometh forth…”
because she was already described as a virgin 2x in this passage, so the translators simple put it as “virgin” based on what was already known. Although she was a virgin, doesn’t mean that ALMA
should have been translated that way. She IS an Alma, and additionally, she is a virgin Alma.
So what was Isaiah saying in Is. 7:14?

He was pointing forward to a sign for Ahaz: so we must look to see where it was fulfilled as a sign to
Ahaz AND Pointing BACK to the Torah – we must go and look for ‘THE ALMA’ (ha’alma מהָ לְ עַ הָ ) and see what it says about her to understand what and IF this is a Messianic prophecy.

Pointing forward to a sign for Ahaz:
Is 7:15 “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
vs 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.”

These cannot be Messianic, I can find no connection to the Messiah at all either through the Tanakh or
the NT – so who is this talking about and how is this a sign that Isaiah gave in vs 14?
We look forward to what happened:
Is 8:3 “And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said YHWH to me,
Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.”
Isaiah and his wife conceived a child, and they named him Mahershalalhashbaz which means: “swift is booty, speedy is prey”

YHWH always gives names that mean something and points us in specific directions. Notice in
Chapter 7 when Isaiah went to see Ahaz in the first place:
Is 7:3 “Then said YHWH unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at
the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field;” YHWH told Isaiah to go see Ahaz and take your son – why?

Shearjashub means: “a remnant shall return” – YHWH was telling those reading the text and Ahaz –
that there will be a future redemption. A sign for further into the future – Judah will be exiled and a
remnant will return – and even further into the future – there is still a remnant to return (this is pending
fulfillment……). YHWH does not do things by accident – the names of Isaiah’s sons WERE a sign. YHWH does this as

He did with Hosea’s children:
Hos 1:4 “And YHWH said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the
blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.”
vs 5 “And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”
Jezreel means: “Elohim Sows”
vs 6 “And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And Elohim said unto him, Call her name
Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.”
vs 7 “But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by YHWH their Elohim, and
will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.”
Loruhamah means: “no mercy”
We see examples in the Torah of YHWH naming (or renaming) people for a reason. The names mean
something – it isn’t like the majority of todays parents, when a name is given because parents like the
name.
Is 62:2 “And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called
by a NEW NAME, which the mouth of YHWH shall name.”
Rev 2:17 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that
overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a
NEW NAME written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

Is 7:14 – relates to Isaiah having a son: Alma – Isaiah’s wife – will conceive and bear a son.
Is 8:4 “For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of
Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.”
This is linking back to the prophecy of Is 7:vs 15 “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
vs 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.”
This is exactly what happened – shortly after the prophecy, Rezin and Pekah were stopped and Judah
was spared.

Fulfillment #1 complete.
Pointing back to the Torah
Isaiah used the word THE ALMA to describe the sign. If this is a Messianic prophecy – then we should
be able to find it in the Torah.
There are some things that we must understand about the Torah, not everything in the Torah is what we
see on the page. Meaning; the stories, law, judgement, etc., are the basics. The Torah has more than
that, it has symbolism, number sequences, details about future events “hidden” in the words, the
numbers, the names, etc. It has laws that are spread throughout the 5 books that can be put together that make the understanding more clear. In Hebrew there are very obvious patterns that we don’t see in the English (or any other language). However, it is fortunate for us, that it is YHWH that teaches us these
things through His spirit.

Here is an example of how YHWH puts things smack dab in the middle of stories to tell us something –
mostly we just read right over top of them, thinking they are just part of the story, until they jump off
the page at us or until we understand that the story is only the basics.
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Joshua chapter 6 goes through the falling of Jericho. There is a scripture in this section of scripture that
is a prophecy:
Josh. 6:17 “And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to YHWH: only RAHAB
THE HARLOT shall live, she and all that are with HER IN THE HOUSE, because she hid the
messengers that we sent.”
vs 23 “And the young men that were spies went in, and brought OUT RAHAB, and her father, and her
mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them
without the camp of Israel.”
These two verses refer specifically to Rahab – they specifically speak of her. However, the verse that
falls in between these two verses is different.
vs 22 “But JOSHUA had said unto the TWO MEN that had spied out the country, Go into THE
HARLOT’S HOUSE, and bring out thence THE WOMAN, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.”
The TWO men where told by Joshua (Hebrew name: Yĕhowshuwa) to go into the HARLOT’s house
and bring out the WOMAN.
YHWH is telling us something here, Rahab was already described in two verses, this verse doesn’t mention Rahab because it is a prophecy.
In the future, Yehowshuwa (Yeshua) will be telling the two witnesses to go into Babylon (the harlots
house) and bring the Woman out (Rev 12) – to save her from the destruction that is pending.
This is one of the ways that the Torah works. We can know that the men went into Rahab’s house
because we know the story and the details – but this particular verse is pointing us into the future – that
is why it only says go get the Woman from the Harlots house – distinguishing the WOMAN from the
HARLOT. You can find this type of things all over the Tanakh.
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So – in order to know if Is 7:14 is a Messianic prophesy – we must go back to the Torah and find out
who “THE ALMA” is and what it says about her.
Alma (H5959) is used only 7x in the Tanakh and of those, only two are in the Torah.
If we are to believe what John says, that the Word became flesh (John 1:1, 14), then He is the Living
Torah – that means, what He did and what He taught is of the Torah. So, in order to see if He is the
Messiah, we need to find the evidence in that which He represents – the Torah.
The Torah uses of מהָ לְ עַ הָ ha’alma – The Alma

1. Ex 2:8 “And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid ( מהָ לְ עַ הָֽ : The Alma) went and called
the child’s mother.”
This story is about a young girl that puts her brother into the water to save him. We know that this is a
story about Moses because we know the full story, we also find out later, that the girl’s name is Miriam
Ex 2:10 “And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.
And she called his name MOSES: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.”
Ex 15:20 “And MIRIAM THE PROPHETESS, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all
the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.”
Num 26:59 “And the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom her mother
bare to Levi in Egypt: and she bare unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister.”
Deut 18:15 “YHWH thy Elohim will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy
brethren, LIKE UNTO ME; unto him ye shall hearken;” (this is Moses speaking)

So here we have a story that links a symbolic Messiah (Moses) with ‘The Alma’ that puts him into the
water. “The Alma”’s name is Miriam. In Greek we see the name of the virigin mother is Mary – which
is the Greek version of Miriam.

Not only was Isaiah pointing to the Messiah by pointing to Moses, he was also telling us something
about “The Alma” – we are also told what her name is – Miriam! How incredible is that? Right in the Torah we are told that the name of “The Alma” is Miriam.
2. Gen 24:43 “Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin (The
Alma) cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to
drink;”
A servant of Abraham was sent to find a maiden for his son Isaac.
(A) A servant of YHWH was to look for a maiden (The Alma)
Luke 1:26 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from Elohim unto a city of Galilee,
named Nazareth,”
vs 27 “To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s
name was Mary (Miriam).”
vs 28 “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Master is with
thee: blessed art thou among women.”
(B) The Alma was a virgin. That is very clear – it is stated 2x
Gen 24:16 “….on, a virgin (bethuwlah), neither had any man known her: and she went down to the
well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.”
Isaiah not only told us that the name of The Alma would be Miriam, he is also telling us that The Alma
will be sought out by a servant of YHWH AND she would be a virgin.
There are five other times that the word Alma is used in the Tanakh, we should also look at these.
The word Alma in Hebrew is מהָ לְ עַ Any other letters on the front of this word (reading right to left) is
a prefix, which can mean various things:
Ps 68:25 מותֹ לָ עֲ No prefix
Prov 30:19 מהָֽ לְ עַ בְּ The BET (בְּ ) in front of the word means: in, on, with, by, etc.
Song 1:3 מותֹ לָ עֲ No prefix
Song 6:8 מותֹ לָ עֲ וַ The VAV ( וַ ) in front of the word means: and, but
Is 7:14 מהָ לְ עַ הָ The HEY(הָ ) if front of the word means: The.
NONE of these uses of Alma are “THE” Alma except Isaiah 7:14 which points us directly back to the
Torah!

So there it is – all laid out in the Torah for us:
Miriam (THE Alma) will be sought out by a servant of YHWH, will be a virgin and conceive a son! Isaiah 7:14 is a Messianic prophecy and it comes straight from the Torah.
Test Everything.

For more information on the remainder of Is 7:14 “…and shall call his name Immanuel.”
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6 thoughts on “The Virgin Birth Dilemma- The Alma

  1. I don’t believe Torah ever alludes to a son being born without the aid of a man. Rather it establishes right from the beginning that a woman conceives after having been known by a man, with the help of YHVH.

    Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and brought forth Cain and said, I have gained a man through God.

    As for the NT accounts of Yeshua’s birth, it appears that Luke’s account addresses the time *before* Mary conceives while she is still a virgin. I believe the author makes a point to use the term “virgin” to draw our attention back to Rebekkah, in order to contrast the account of Elizabeth reminiscing what took place with Sarah (conceiving a son in her old age).

    Notice, however, the account in Matthew never directly refers to Mary as a virgin. Why? At this point she has already conceived. Given the context, it seems to me the author is making the point that this child is the son of Joseph, the son of David. This is very important as the Prophets are clear that any future king on David’s throne would come from David’s own body (2 Samuel 7).

  2. Sorry if this is a duplicate comment…

    I don’t believe Torah ever alludes to a son being born without the aid of a man. Rather it establishes right from the beginning that a woman conceives after having been known by a man, with the help of YHVH.

    Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and brought forth Cain and said, I have gained a man through God.

    As for the NT accounts of Yeshua’s birth, it appears that Luke’s account addresses the time *before* Mary conceives while she is still a virgin. I believe the author makes a point to use the term “virgin” to draw our attention back to Rebekkah, in order to contrast the account of Elizabeth reminiscing what took place with Sarah (conceiving a son in her old age).

    Notice, however, the account in Matthew never directly refers to Mary as a virgin. Why? At this point she has already conceived. Given the context, it seems to me the author is making the point that this child is the son of Joseph, the son of David. This is very important as the Prophets are clear that any future king on David’s throne would come from David’s own body (2 Samuel 7).

    • The Matthew account very clearly expresses that Mary was a Virgin and had not “known” Joseph until after the birth of Yahshua.

      Mat 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of Yahweh by the prophet, saying, 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, El with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of Yahweh had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 AND KNEW HER NOT UNTIL SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRSTBORN SON: and he called his name YAHSHUA.

      So, when we put this in context as you say, it is quite clear that Joseph, nor any other man was His Father, and the verses quoted to prove that this was the promised redeemer was from Isaiah, part of the TNK you claim makes no references to him coming in the flesh.

      Isa 7:14 Therefore Yahweh himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

      We all know that the word used for virgin in this passage could also mean young maiden, but a young maiden having a natural birth would not be a sign in any way, it would be a very common thing, and two, the Greek word for virgin used sighting the Isaiah verse can only mean virgin.

      G3933
      παρθένος
      parthenos
      Thayer Definition:
      1) a virgin
      1a) a marriageable maiden
      1b) a woman who has never had sexual intercourse with a man
      1c) one’s marriageable daughter
      2) a man who has abstained from all uncleanness and whoredom attendant on idolatry, and so has kept his chastity
      2a) one who has never had intercourse with women

      In every single scripture it is used, it means a chaste virgin.

      G3933
      παρθένος
      parthenos
      Total KJV Occurrences: 14
      virgin, 7
      Mat_1:23, Luk_1:27, 1Co_7:28, 1Co_7:34, 1Co_7:36-37 (2), 2Co_11:2
      virgins, 6
      Mat_25:1, Mat_25:7, Mat_25:11, Act_21:9, 1Co_7:25, Rev_14:4
      virgin’s, 1
      Luk_1:27

      The same Greek word, “parthenos” is used in the Greek Septuigent in the Isaiah verses.

      Isa 7:14 δια G1223[PREP] τουτο G3778[D-ASN] δωσει G1325[V-FAI-3S] κυριος G2962[N-NSM] αυτος G846[D-NSM] υμιν G4771[P-DP] σημειον G4592[N-ASN] ιδου G2400[INJ] η G3588[T-NSF] παρθενος G3933(PARTHENOS)[N-NSF] εν G1722[PREP] γαστρι G1064[N-DSF] εξει G1838[N-DSF] και G2532[CONJ] τεξεται G5088[V-FMI-3S] υιον G5207[N-ASM] και G2532[CONJ] καλεσεις G2564[V-FAI-2S] το G3588[T-ASN] ονομα G3686[N-ASN] αυτου G846[D-GSM] εμμανουηλ G1694[N-PRI]

      Also in the Torah, we find the prophecy of the “Prophet like unto Moses”.

      Deu 18:15 Yahweh thy Elohim will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of Yahweh thy Elohim in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of Yahweh my Elohim, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And Yahweh said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

      Modern Judaism claims that Joshua was this Prophet, but the Ancient Sages knew it to be about the Messiah.

      This passage in Deuteronomy 18:18 was viewed as a messianic passage. Consider what the Midrash Rabbath said while commenting on this verse.

      As was the former redeemer so shall the latter redeemer be. While of the former it is said (Ex. 4:20) “And Moses took his wife and his sons and set them upon an ass,” so the later: for it says ( Zech. 9:9) He is lowly and riding on an ass.” And while the former redeemer brought down manna (Ex. 16:4) ” Behold I will rain bread from heaven for you,” so the latter redeemer shall bring down manna.(1)

      “He will be with the last deliverer, (Messiah), as with the first (Moses); as the first deliverer revealed himself first to the Israelites and then withdrew, so also will the last deliverer reveal himself to the Israelites and then withdraw for a while.” (Midrash Ruth Rabbath 5:6)

      Midrash Rabbah -Numbers XI:2
      . My beloved spoke, and said unto me (S.S. II, 10). He said, I am theYHVH thy Elohim(Ex. XX, 2). Another exposition of the text, ‘ My beloved is like a gazelle ‘: Israel, explained R. Isaac, said to the Holy One, blessed be He: ‘ Sovereign of the Universe! Thou hast told us that Thou wilt come to us first.’ ‘ My beloved is like a gazelle ‘; as the gazelle appears and then disappears, so the first redeemer appeared and then disappeared.

      (Midrash Rabbah, Ruth verse 6)The fifth interpretation makes it refer to the Messiah . COME HITHER: approach to royal state. AND EAT OF THE BREAD refers to the bread of royalty; AND DIP THY MORSEL IN THE VINEGAR refers to his sufferings, as it is said, But he was wounded because of our transgressions (Isa. LIII, 5). AND SHE SAT BESIDE THE REAPERS, for he will be deprived of his sovereignty for a time, as it is said, For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken (Zech. XIV, 2). AND THEY REACHED HER PARCHED CORN, means that he will be restored to his throne, as it is said, And he shall smite the land with the rod of his mouth (Isa. XI, 4). R. Berekiah said in the name of R. Levi: The future Redeemer will be like the former Redeemer.3 Just as the former Redeemer revealed himself and later was hidden from them.

      We can see that within Judaism, there is the understanding of the Prophet like Moses being not Joshua, but the Messiah Yahshua. Yes, Joshua is a picture of the Messiah, but not the promised prophet like unto Moses. We can also see that in the TNK, there is indeed a prophecy of a man being born of a virgin, and that he would be the ruler in Israel, and that he is from everlasting, which also is foretold by the Prophets.

      Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

      Yahshua and Moses did many things alike. Here is but one short list.

      Let us now see how Messiah Jesus is the perfect antitype to Moses:

      ◾Both are out of Israel
      Moses: From Levi: Ex. 2:1-3 Yahshua: From Judah: Heb. 7:14
      ◾Saved from Destruction
      Moses: Ex. 1 :22 Yahshua: Mt. 2:16
      ◾First rejected
      Moses: Ex. 2:14; Acts 7:35 Yahshua: Isa 53:3; Acts 5:30,31
      ◾A Shepherd
      Moses: Ex. 3:1; Isa 63: 11 Yahshua: Jn. 10:11-16; Mt. 9:36
      ◾Sent from God
      Moses: Ex. 3:10 Yahshua: Jn. 8:42; (ibid. 36 times)
      ◾With Signs and Wonders
      Moses: Ex. 4:21,28 Yahshua: Acts 2:22; Jn. 12:37,38
      ◾By the Finger of God
      Moses: Ex. 8:19 Yahshua: Lk. 11:20
      ◾A Teacher
      Moses: Deut 4: 1,5; Deut. 32:2 Yahshua: Mt.22:16; Jn.3:2; 13:13
      ◾Faithful
      Moses: Num. l2:5-7; Heb. 3 :5 Yahshua: Heb.3:1,2; Rev. 3 :1 4
      ◾Obedient 24
      Moses: Ex. 7:6,20; Ex. 39 and 40 Yahshua: Jn. 4:34; 5:30; 8:29
      ◾Meek
      Moses: Num. 1 2:3 Yahshua: Mt. 11 :29
      ◾Almost stoned
      Moses: Ex. 17:4; Num. 14:2,10 Yahshua: Jn. 8:59; 10:31-33
      ◾A King
      Moses: Deut. 33:4,5 Yahshua: Mt. 2:2; 27:37; Jn. 18:33 – 19:22
      ◾Mediator of the Covenant
      Moses: Deut. 5:2-5 Yahshua: I Tim. 2:5; Gal. 3:19; Heb. 12:24
      ◾Inaugurating the Covenant
      Moses: Ex. 24:8 Yahshua: Heb. 9:15-18; Mt. 26:28
      ◾An Intercessor
      Moses: Ex. 32:11-13,31; Yahshua: Isa. 53:12, Jn. 17:9,20; Num. 14:11-19 23:34 Luke 23:24
      ◾Self-sacrificing
      Moses: Ex. 32:32 Yahshua: Mt. 20:28; Jn. 10:17,18

      •Moses revealed himself the first time but was rejected by His brethen but the second time Moses showed himself was with the power and the name of YHVH as a redeemer of Israel
      •Yahshua when HE first revealed to HIS brothers they rejected him but the second time Yahshua will show himself to his brethen He is coming with the name of YHVH as the Redeemer of Israel

      Yahshua and Moses with the bread send from heaven
      Exodus 16:4 Then said theYHVH unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
      John 6:33 For the bread of Elohimis he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
      34 Then said they unto him,YHVH , evermore give us this bread.
      35 And Yahshuasaid unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

      Moses mother and Yahshua and his mother
      •Moses mother was under bondage of the Egyptians as a slave
      •Miriam was under bondage of the Roman Authority

      Who kept Moses and Yahshua saved during the early stages of their lives
      •Exodus 2:7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
      •Miriam kept Yahshua safe.

      Moses and Yahshua both left Egypt
      •Exodus 2:15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
      •Mathew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of theYHVH by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

      Moses going to Egypt Yahshua entering the City of Yerusalem
      •Exodus 4:20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of Elohimin his hand.
      •Zechariah 9: 9 ¶ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

      Moses and Yahshua escaped death in their childhood
      Exodus 1:15 ¶ And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.Matthew 2:16 ¶ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

      Moses was a prince and gave up his position to become a servant also Yahshua is the Prince and became a servant
      •Hebrews 11:24-By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
      •25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
      •Php 2:6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
      •7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men
      •8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

      Moses extends he hand and the red sea opens and Yahshua with power to calm the seas
      •Exodus 14:21 ¶ And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and YHVH caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
      •Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. 27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

      Moses and Yahshua both became a stumbling stone
      •Exodus 10:7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve YHVH their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?
      •1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

      Moses and Yahshua were almost stoned
      •Exodus 17:4 And Moses cried unto YHVH , saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
      •John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Yahshua hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

      Moses and Yahshua took 12 Leaders
      •Deuteronomy 1:23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe
      •Mark 3:13 ¶ And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
      14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

      Moses and Yahshua selected 70 Leaders
      •Numbers 11:16 ¶ And YHVH said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
      •Luke 10:1- After these things YHVH appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

      Moses and Yahshua as Deliverers of Israel
      •Exodus 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
      •Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

      Pharaoh’s heart hardened just like the world will hardened their hearts
      •Exodus 7:13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as YHVH had said.
      •Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,11 And blasphemed the Elohimof heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

      Moses the servant / Yahshua the servant
      •Psalms 105:26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.
      •Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles

      Moses the Prophet / Yahshua the Prophet
      •Deuteronomy 18:17 And YHVH said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
      •John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Yahshua did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

      Moses and Yahshua as Mediators of Israel
      •Exodus 33:8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.
      •9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and YHVH talked with Moses.
      •1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between Elohimand men, the man Messiah Yahshua;

      Moses and Yahshua makingintercession for us.
      •Ex 32:31 And Moses returned unto YHVH , and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written 33 And YHVH said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book..
      •Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is Elohim that justifieth.
      34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

      Moses the King / Yahshua the King of the world
      •Deuteronomy 33:4 Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
      5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
      •1Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Adon Yahshua Messiah :15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of Lord’s

      The list could go on and on for days. So, now that we have all that answered, what more concerns do you have with the article? We appreciate your input,

      Shalom Alechiem,
      Eric Turner
      Faith, Grace, and Torah

      • The Matthew account has *Matthew* **citing Isaiah 7**, saying “Behold a virgin shall be with child…”. He is referring to *an event* in the past, and when we look at that event, it is clear the “virgin” is a reference to the *prophetess* in Isaiah 8:3 (who obviously did not remain a virgin in order to conceive a son), and the child was a reference to someone *not named* “Emmanuel”. The “sign” was not a “virgin birth”, but rather it was all that was said would take place after the child was brought forth.

        When reading the Matthew account, we see that Mary is *already with child*…

        Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. For his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

        The reference to “they came together” is not speaking of marital relations, but rather simply referring to assembling together. Considering all the other 31 mentions of this word (“sunerchomai” G4905), it is never referred to as marital relations (Mark 3:20, 6:33, 14:53; Luke 5:15, 23:55; John 11:33, 18:20; Acts 1:6,21, 2:6, 5:16, 9:39, 10:23,27,45, 11:12; 15:38, 16:13, 19:32, 21:16,22, 25:17, 28:17; I Corinthians 7:5, 11:17-18,20,33-34, 14:23,26).

        Also, when the angel appears to Joseph, he refers to “that which is conceived in her…” confirming that Mary is already withchild at this point.

        The fact that verse 25 says from that moment on Joseph “knew her not” until the child was born just means they had no further relations. Obviously she must have had some relations with Joseph in order to conceive a son.

        Look at the very beginning of the chapter, the author makes a point to identify Yeshua to be of the lineage of David *by way of Joseph*, then verse 20 has the angel identifying Joseph as the son of David. Even Luke’s account identifies Joseph as being of the house of David (Luke 1:27 and 2:1-5). It was understood by others that Joseph was Yeshua’s father (John 1:45, 6:41-46). There is nothing to indicate that anyone questioned if Joseph was Yeshua’s father and no other mention of Mary being a virgin (besides Luke 1 when speaking of her betrothal)*anywhere else in the entire NT*.

        If *the sign* was supposed to be a “virgin birth”, is it not strange that no one ever mentions Yeshua being a product of a virgin birth anywhere in the NT (not Yeshua, not Yeshua’s disciples, not Paul, etc.)?

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