Isaiah 7:14 is the famous verse in which King Ahaz is promised that a virgin (or a young woman—I know the translation issues) shall conceive. This prophecy is even quoted in the New Testament and clearly is supposed to be Jesus.
What gets me is that verse seems to be taken way out of context.
The next verse, for example, talks about that child eating curds and honey, and to reject evil before he even knows right and wrong. If that applies to anybody, it sounds more like John the Baptist than Jesus.
Even worse for this passage as prophecy, 7:16 seems to make it clear that the prophecy is supposed to be fulfilled right away. The whole point was that this child would be just barely be born before Ahaz's enemies will be routed.
In short, any "plain" reading of this prophecy in context should seem to eliminate Jesus, and yet, the Bible itself says this is speaking of Him.
So, as someone who actually believes in the Virgin birth, and believes in the prophecy, how is it that I am supposed to interpret the context in which this prophecy is given?