Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign:
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)
The prophet Isaiah and King Ahaz have a discussion. Isaiah tells Ahaz to request a sign from God. The king answers that he “will not put God to a test.”
Isaiah responds with the prophecy of the birth of the Son of God. “This prophecy is fulfilled nearly 700 years later. Isaiah also prophesies a second event that happened 13 years later. The fulfillment of the first guarantees the reliability of the second.”1 Isaiah foretells of the birth of God’s son, Jesus. We look at this as a message from God. We believe it to be true because we have written evidence of Christ’s birth.
The thing about prophecy is the words can be true or not true. Prophecy in the Bible can either be fulfilled soon after it is spoken, revealed later on or in the future. In the Bible we see all three types. False prophets tell of things that don’t happen.
1.) The Discovery Bible, Zondervan, © 2004, page 87