What Is the Song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” About?

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” dates back more than a thousand years to the Monastic movement and reflects the prophecy written in Isaiah 7:14.


“O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appears. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

“O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny; from depths of hell thy people save, and give them victory o’er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

“O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high, and cheer us by Thy drawing nigh; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”


The theology of this hymn is almost entirely from the Old Testament Jewish prophecies related to God’s promise of a Savior – Immanuel, which means “God with us.”

Christianity is rooted in Judaism because God promised a Savior King that would emerge through the Jews and the nation of Israel. John 4:22 says, “…salvation is of the Jews.” Isaiah 11:1 says, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”

God promised Abraham, the father of the Jews, that through his seed all the people of the earth would be blessed. Theologians call this the Abrahamic Covenant found in Genesis 12:1-3, 15:5-21, 17:1-8.

Luke 1:78-79 says, “Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Emmanuel is the Dayspring – when He comes, a new Day will dawn. The night will soon be over! He will chase away death’s dark shadows!

Join Pastor Phil Hopper as he reveals…
A hidden message in the text of the seven original stanzas of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

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