2. Isaiah 7-9
: Much has already been discussed regarding Isaiah’s prophecy of the “virgin” and the “Son/son” named Immanuel . It seems pretty obvious that those on this board that believe there is not a “near/far” fulfillment are split down the middle on what the fulfillment of this verse was. Several gave adequate examples and reasons why this prophecy was only fulfilled in Isaiah’s day concluding that this is the only way that this would have been a understandable sign to Ahaz and the House of David. Others with the same energy and passion refuted this saying that that this prophecy is only fulfilled in Christ alone, disregarding a historical fulfillment, concluding that only Christ could have complete the entire criteria listed in Isaiah 7-9.
Now I realize that it is not expected that those that do not believe in “near/far” prophecy to all agree on the details of when a prophecy is fulfilled just like it is not expect that all from a premill camp to buy into the same end time scenario. The challenge is this… both view points cannot coexist for there to be only one fulfillment, meaning either everyone is partially right or partially wrong or possibly everyone is wrong.
If those that believe that the prophecy of Isaiah 7-9 is only fulfilled in Christ, it would be objected by the other group saying that it fails to give any logical understanding into the events of Isaiah, Ahaz and the sign that it would be of a coming invasion of Assyria and the removal of the kings of Israel and Syria. However, those that believe it was only fulfilled in Isaiah’s day cannot account for the details of any young boy whether is be Isaiah’s son or any other son justifying being given the name “Immanuel”. Nor can they tell of any “son” in Isaiah’s day that fulfilled having the “government on His shoulder”, being called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. No “son” in Isaiah’s day had a "government of peace that lasted forever that was established on judgment and justice".
So IMO the only way to satisfy the totality of the criteria of the entire prophecy is to see a multilayered fulfillment because neither scenario individually captures that entirety of the context of the prophecy but both together do in a near/far vantage point.