Today’s Question: Did you know that the word “virgin” was mistranslated? Instead of “virgin” the word meant “young woman” but was mistranslated.

The Annunciation

Question: Did you know that the word “virgin” was mistranslated?
Instead of “virgin” the word meant “young woman” but was mistranslated.

Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel. 

Answer: As if a “young woman” (“almah”) conceiving a child would constitute some type of a sign from God?

Based on a correct interpretation of that very same passage, generations
of young Jewish maidens were known to have solemnly consecrated themselves to God, in the hope of becoming the virgin mother of the promised, Messiah of Israel.

See the Book of Numbers, Chapter 30, for all the specific rules and regulations governing the conduct of consecrated, perpetual virgins (including provisions for marriage) according to Old Testament Law.

An entire Temple Virgin Cult was formed in Jerusalem, just in time for the arrival of the true Messiah of Israel, who is Jesus Christ, the divine son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so obviously not everyone believed that the term might have been mistranslated.

In fact, up until fairly recent times, almost nobody did.

Asked and answered today on Yahoo! Answers. Edited for clarity and content.

 

The sign of swaddling clothes: A live baby wrapped up – as if for burial …

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The mystery of the newborn Christ as wrapped in swaddling clothes, that is, a live baby as wrapped up as if for burial, pre-foretells the resurrection when Christ would set aside His swaddling clothes, His burial shroud, when He awoke from the sleep of death in His glorified body.

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The Middle Eastern culture developed a way to deal with in-journey deaths. Each person would take a long, thin, gauze-like cloth and wrap it around their waist many times. This would be one of the bottom layers of clothing. This cloth would be reserved for death. If someone died during the journey, their friends or family would remove the “swaddling cloth” and wrap them from head to toe so they could compete the journey.

The baby Jesus was wrapped in Joseph’s death cloth. The sign for the shepherds wasn’t that they’d find a baby wrapped in a blanket in a manger. The sign was that they’d find a baby prepared for death. Jesus came to earth to die for our sins. That was his purpose. This was shown even from the instance of his birth.

What a God.

Lana said…

So the baby Jesus was wrapped in the death clothes of a man named Joseph, and thirty three years later was buried in the tomb of a man named Joseph?

You’re right. What a God.

Is the “Green Movement” a biblical sign of the end?

Revelation 9:1-12
(1)  And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet: and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth. And there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit.
(2)  And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit.
(3)  And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

(4)  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads.

(5)  And it was given unto them that they should not kill them: but that they should torment them five months. And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.
(6)  And in those days, men shall seek death and shall not find it. And they shall desire to die: and death shall fly from them.
(7)  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle. And on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold: and their faces were as the faces of men.
(8)  And they had hair as the hair of women: and their teeth were as lions.
(9)  And they had breastplates as breastplates of iron: and the noise of their wings was as the noise of chariots and many horses running to battle.
(10)  And they had tails like to scorpions: and there were stings in their tails. And their power was to hurt men, five months. And they had over them
(11)  A king, the angel of the bottomless pit (whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon, in Latin Exterminans).
(12)  One woe is past: and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.

Look closely: See the water Rosary.

At the baptism of Erica Mora’s son Valentino, a conventional film camera captured the water pouring over the little one, in the image of a beautiful crystal Rosary, complete with crucifix.

Nobody really knows what this means, but there’s little doubt that it’s a sign from God, as is baptism.

Here’s to little Valentino and his mom, to the Church, to God … and to signs!

Why Sunday’s are still for church

Submitted by Robert K.

Seen on the internet – A sign from God?

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The Significance of Making “the Sign of the Cross”

Catholics do it all the time … most without even thinking about it.

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