In his prophetic office, Isaiah spoke of the great event of the Savior's birth and ministry on earth.
In Jesus the Christ, Elder James E. Talmage wrote of Isaiah:"With the forcefulness of direct revelation he told of the Virgin's divine maternity, whereof Immanuel should be born, and his prediction was reiterated by the angel of the Lord, over seven centuries later.
"Looking down through the ages the prophet saw the accomplishment of the divine purposes as if already achieved, and sang in triumph: `For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever.' " (Isa. 9:6-7.)
Elder Talmage wrote that Isaiah was permitted to "read the scroll of futurity as to many distinguishing conditions to attend the Messiah's lowly life and atoning death. In Him the prophet saw One who would be despised and rejected of men, a Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, One to be wounded and bruised for the transgressions of the race, on whom would be laid the iniquity of us all - a patient and willing Sacrifice, silent under affliction, as a lamb brought to the slaughter. The Lord's dying with sinners, and His burial in the tomb of the wealthy were likewise declared with prophetic certainty."
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Jesus the Christ, by Elder James E. Talmage; Great Are the Words of Isaiah, by Monte S. Nyman; and October 1981 general conference report.