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Does Isaiah 7:14 really prophesy the virgin birth?

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.” Isaiah 7:14-17
            While Isaiah was written to the nation of Israel to warn them of the coming judgment that would soon occur to them via Assyria, the book as a whole has a number of signs pointing to a coming Messiah (Isaiah 9:6, 40:3 and chapter 53).  Matthew believed it was a prophecy and quoted Isaiah 7:14 to say that it came true.
            This prophecy in 7:14 has a near and future implication.  In Isaiah’s day, the prophecy dealt with a son born to Isaiah (Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz in chapter 8) and the timing of that son’s maturing and development with the events happening around Israel.  Matthew says the far reaching fulfillment dealt with Jesus and an actual virgin.
            The word “virgin” (‘almah) means a newly married girl or a girl who has not had sex.  One meaning would apply to Isaiah’s wife while another would apply to Mary in the New Testament.