Prophesies of Christmas – IV Isaiah 9:6, 7

(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)

Let’s continue to explore Isaiah 9:6 and 7:

     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 king-
     dom, to order it and establish it with judgment and 
     justice from this time forward, even forever.  The 
     zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

…and His name will be called…” (verse 6)

  • …Wonderful Counselor…

Among the 17 Bible translations on e-Sword program, seven translations, including the King James Version and six others, place a comma between Wonderful and Counselor. Six other translations leave out the comma, making Wonderful Counselor a single name of the Messiah! I vote for the six, for indeed, He is a Wonderful Counselor!

This name in Hebrew is יעץ פּלא (reading right to left). According to Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary, the words, pronounced “pel’-leh yah-ats’ ” and mean:

     ✡   (pel’-leh)  – “...a miracle...marvelous thing, 

     ✡   (yah-ats’) – “ deliberate or 

So the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ governs mankind and the whole world with counsel that is so correct, true, and applicable that it is miraculous! Compare that to the best counsel we might receive here and now!

  • …Mighty God…

In His glorified humanity, Jesus will rule world-wide from Jerusalem! He will not just represent the Mighty God! He is the Mighty God! He is as much God as is the Father. And God is Mighty! He destroyed the Egyptians and their gods with ten devas-tating plagues (see Exodus chapters 7-12), and He drowned their entire army in the Red Sea (see Exodus 14:21-31). Remember, Egypt was the most powerful nation in the world at that time! But the LORD is more powerful! He is Mighty! And He, with His power and might, is on the side of His children (Chrisitians) today!

  • “…Everlasting Father…”

Is this name, Father, applied to Jesus, the Son of God? Yes! Consider these New Testament Scriptures:

     John 8:24 (Literal Translation of the Holy Bible) – 
         “Therefore, I said to you that you will die in your 
         sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will 
         die in your sins.I AM is the name of the great 
         Jehovah God as He revealed Himself to Moses at the 
         burning bush in Exodus 3:13 through 15 (see also 
         John 8:28).

     John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one.John 14:9 – Jesus stated to Philip, “He who has 
         seen Me has seen the Father.John 17:21 – The Lord was praying in the Garden 
         of Gethsemane “...for those who...believe in Me
         ...that they may all be one, as You, Father, are 
         in Me, and I in You....Colossians 2:9 – “For in Him [Jesus] dwells all 
         the fulness of the Godhead bodily.Hebrews 1:1-3 – “God...has in these last days spo-
         ken to us by His Son...who [is]...the brightness 
         of His [the Father’s] glory and the express image 
         of His person....

So close are the Persons and ministry of the Holy Trinity, that the titles of Father and Son are here in Isaiah 9:6 transferable. And Jesus’ care for us is often parental, sometimes as a mother, sometimes as a father!

  • …Prince of Peace.

Jesus Christ brings peace!

     ✞   Peace within – “You will keep him in perfect peace, 
         whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in 
         You.” (Isaiah 26:3).

     ✞   Peace from the indwelling Holy Spirit – “...the 
         fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, 
         kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- 
         control....” (Galatians 5:22, 23 – English Standard 

     ✞   Peaceful sleep – “I will both lie down in peace, 
         and sleep; for You, O LORD, make me dwell in safe-
         ty.” (Psalm 4:8).

     ✞   Peace in the midst of turmoil – “Peace I leave 
         with you, My peace I give to you; not as the 
         world gives do I give to you.  Let not your 
         heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” 
         (John 14:27).

     ✞   Peace between people – “When a man’s ways please 
         the LORD, He makes even his enemies shall be at 
         peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7).  However, if we 
         substitute nation in place of man, God will make 
         even that nation’s enemies be at peace with it!

     ✞   Peace within the land – 

         ➔   “The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear 
              Him, in those who hope in His mercy....He 
              makes peace in your borders, and fills you 
              with the finest wheat.” (Psalm 147:11, 14). 

         ➔   “If you walk in My statutes and keep My com-
              mandments...I will give peace in the land....”
              (Leviticus 26:3, 6)

         Although God’s promise was originally given to Israel, 
         the principle can be applied to any Godly people!

Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” (verse 7).

Wherever Christ governs, there will be peace! And His kingdom will extend to the ends of the earth and beyond, lasting forever!

        Isaiah 2:4 (see also Micah 4:3) – “He shall judge 
         between the nations, And rebuke many people; they 
         shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their 
         spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift 
         up sword against nation, neither shall they learn 
         war anymore. Psalm 72:8 (see also Zechariah 9:10) – “He shall 
         have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the 
         River to the ends of the earth. Luke 1:33 – “And He shall reign over the house of 
         Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be 
         no end.Revelation 11:15 – “The kingdoms of this world are 
         become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; 
         and He shall reign forever and ever.

…upon the throne of David and over His kingdom…” (verse 7).

David’s kingdom was decimated by the Babylonians when the last king, Zachariah, was taken as a prisoner to Babylon. This happened seventeen generations removed from David. Thus “…the times of the gentiles…” (Luke 21:24) began, when non-Jews ruled over Israel for 2,600 years!

        God had told King David in II Samuel 7:16, “...and 
         your house and your kingdom shall be established for- 
         ever before you.  Your throne shall be established 
         forever.The apostle James quoted Amos 9:11 in Acts 15:15-18:

    it is written: “After this I will 
             return and will rebuild the tabernacle 
             of David, which has fallen down; I will 
             rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; 
             so that the rest of mankind may seek the 
             Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called 
             by My name, says Lord who does all these 

The angel Gabriel told Mary in Luke 1:31 through 33: 

    will conceive in your womb and bring 
             forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.  
             He will be great, and will be called the Son 
             of the Highest; and the Lord God will give 
             Him the throne of His father David.  And He 
             will reign over the house of Jacob forever, 
             and of His kingdom there will be no end. 

 As David ruled over Israel from Jerusalem, so Jesus 
         Christ will also govern His world-wide millennial 
         rule from Jerusalem!  For it is written in Jeremiah 
         3:17, “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The 
         Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be 
         gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusa-

…to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from this time forward, even forever.” (verse 7).

Oh, how we long for just and righteous leadership over the nations of the world! However, we will not see such leadership until the Lord Jesus reigns! The first five verses of Isaiah 11 give this prophesy of the coming Messiah:

     There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and 
     a Branch shall grow out of his roots.  The Spirit of the 
     Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and under-
     standing, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of 
     knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  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; 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.  Righteousness shall 
     be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His 

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (verse 7).

This is how The 1965 Bible in Basic English translates this phrase: “By the fixed purpose of the Lord of armies this will be done.All that is prophesied of the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6 and 7 will come to pass! And nothing can hinder the fixed purpose of the Lord of armies!