Genealogy of Christ
The Genealogy of Yahshua The Messiah
In the first chapter of Matthew, the first 17 verses, we have what is called, in the KJV, "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ." It starts with Abraham and continues naming all the descendants of Judah through David down to a Jacob who begat Joseph, the husband of Mary.
The first impression one gets from this is: What does Joseph, the husband of Mary, have to do with Yahshua the Messiah as He was supposed to be born of a Virgin birth. If Joseph is not the bloodline
father of Yahshua, why even take up the space to mention his genealogical data? This is a very long and complicated story which we hope to explain before the end of this study. In order to save space, we will first present an abbreviated chart of this genealogy as presented in Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3-23-38:
Abraham > Isaac > Jacob > Judah > Pharez > Ezrom > Aram > Aminadab > Nashon > Salmon > Boaz > Obed > Jesse > David* > Solomon* > Rehobom* > Abijam* > Asa* > Jehoshaphat* > Jehoram* > Ahaziah* > Jotham* > Ahaz* > Hezekiah* > Manasseh* > Amon* > Josiah* > Jehoiachin* > Salathiel > Zorobabel > Abiud > Eliakim > Azor > Sador > Achim > Elias > Eleazor > Matthan > Jacob > Joseph, the husband of Mary. (* indicates 15 kings; not the same as Salathiel or Zorobabel, son and grandson of Neri as below in Luke's genealogy)
A footnote from the "Emphatic Diaglott" says this on page 11 concerning the above genealogy: "By reference to 2 Chronicles 22, and following chapters, it will be sen that the names of Ahazia, Joash,
and Amaziah, the immediate descendants of Jehoram, are omitted in the text...Some manuscripts read, 'Josiah begat Jehoiakim, and Jehoiakim begat Jechoniah,' probably inserted to make up fourteen
generations, as mentioned in verse 17."
Yahweh > Adam > Seth > Enosh > Cainan > Mahalalel > Jared > Enoch > Methusalah > Lamech > Noah > Shem > Arphaxad > Cainan > Shalah > Eber> Peleg > Reu > Serug > Nahor > Terah > Abraham > Isaac > Jacob > Judah > Pharez > Ezrom > Aram > Aminadab > Nashon > Salmon > Boaz > Obed > Jesse> "David* > Nathan > Mattatha > Menan > Melea > Eliakim > Jonan > Joseph > Juda > Simeon> Levi > Matthat > Jorim > Eliezer > Jose > Joseph > Semei > Mattathias > Joseph > Janna > Melhi > Levi> Matthat > Heli > Mary (espoused of Joseph) > Yahshua the Messiah. (* indicates 1 king only, being David; and as stated above this Salathiel or "Zorobabel, son and grandson of Jehoiachin as in Matthew's genealogy second paragraph above. The name Zerubbabel is shown by actual inscriptions from the time of Darius to have been a very common one in Babylon)
To this last genealogy of Mary the "Pictorial Bible Dictionary," by The Southwestern Company makes the following comment on page 514: "She (Mary) lived into the apostolic period, whereas Joseph seems to have died before the crucifixion of Yahshua, for there is no mention of him after the incident of Yahshua in the temple when He was twelve, and she could very well have told the story to the early leaders of the church, including Luke. She was the
'kinswoman' of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:36), but the exact nature of this relationship is uncertain. Luke tells the story of Yahshua's birth from Mary's standpoint, describing her
maidenly fears (Luke 1:26-35), her paean (song) of praise to Yahweh for the favor accorded her in being the mother of the Messiah. (Luke 1:39-55) Matthew on the other hand tells the story from the standpoint of Joseph, describing his reaction when he found she was with child, his determination to protect her from shame and contumely (rudeness) as much as possible, his obedience to Yahweh's command that he marry Mary, his taking her and Yahshua to Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod. The two stories harmonize and dovetail perfectly."
The Betrothal of Mary to Joseph
The "Wycliffe Bible Commentary," has the following to say about this on page 932: "Among the Judeans, marriage vows were said at the betrothal, and required divorce to end them. Custom
decreed an interval, usually a year, before the bride should take residence in her husband's house and physical union being consummated. During this interval Mary was found with child, and circumstance usually punishable by death. (Deuteronomy 22:23-24) Apparently Mary did not explain he situation to Joseph but chose to leave this delicate matter in the hands of Yahweh. She could hardly have expected Joseph to accept her story without some divine authentication."
We are told in "The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten books of Eden," The Protevangelion 10:1-10: "And when her sixth month was come, Joseph returned form his building houses abroad, which was his trade, and entering into the house, found the Virgin grown big: Then smiting upon his face, he said, With what face can I look up to the Lord my God? Or, what shall I say concerning this young woman? For I received her a Virgin out of the temple of the Lord my God! And have not preserved her such! Who has thus deceived me? Who has committed this evil in my house, and seducing the Virgin from me, hath defiled her? IS NOT THE HISTORY OF ADAM EXACTLY ACCOMPLISHED IN ME? FOR IN THE
VERY INSTANT OF HIS GLORY, THE SERPENT CAME AND FOUND EVE ALONE, AND SEDUCED HER. JUST AFTER THE SAME MANNER IT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. Then Joseph
arising from the ground, called her, and said, O thou who hast been so much favored by God, why hast thou done this. Why hast thou debased thy soul, who wast educated in the Holy of Holies, and received thy food from the hand of angels? But she, with a flood of tears, replied, I am innocent, and have known no man."
The "Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible," abridged by Ralph Earle, comments thusly on page 766: "Espoused to Joseph. The word refers to the previous marriage agreement to which the parties mutually bound themselves to each other, without which no woman was ever married among the Judeans. Before they came together: The woman was espoused at her own or her father's house, and generally some time elapsed before she was taken home to the house of her husband. (Deuteronomy 22:7; Judges 14:7-8)
Among the Judean Israelites the espousal, though the marriage had not ben consummated, was considered as perfectly legal and binding on both sides; hence a breach of this contract was considered as a case of adultery, and punished in exactly the same way. (Deuteronomy 22:25-28) SHE WAS FOUND WITH CHILD. Her situation was the most distressing and humiliating that can be conceived. Nothing but the fullest consciousness of her own integrity and the strongest confidence in Yahweh could have supported
her in such a trying circumstance, where her reputation, her honor, and her life was at stake. What conversation passed between her, and Joseph on this discovery we are not informed (unless the above out
of the Books of Eden is true); but the issue proves that it was not satisfactory to him, nor could he resolve to consider her as his wife till Yahweh had sent His angel to bear the most unequivocal testimony to the Virgin's innocence. (The Protevangelion 10:1-10, which as stated above records Joseph's reaction to this discovery)...He might at once have taken the advantage of the law, Deuteronomy 22:23-24, and had her stoned to death."
Back to "The Wycliffe Bible Commentary," page 932: "Joseph ended the period of betrothal by taking Mary to live in his home so that Yahshua at His birth WOULD BE HIS LEGITIMATE SON AND HEIR TO THE THRONE. However, he knew her not, sexually, prior to the birth. Neither 'till' nor 'firstborn' (Matthew 1:25) necessarily indicates what happened afterward. However, one would naturally infer that the normal relationship of marriage would follow,
unless one is committed to defend the perpetual virginity of Mary. Matthew betrays no such inclination."
The Curse of Jechoniah
To understand what the curse of Jechoniah was and is all about, we are going to quote from the "Believer's Bible Commentary," by William MacDonald, page 1204: "Of interest, too, is the mention of a king named 'Jechoniah.' In Jeremiah 22:30 Yahweh pronounced a
curse on this man:
Thus says Yahweh: 'Write this man down as childless,
A man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his (male) descendants shall prosper, Sitting on the throne of David, And ruling anymore in Judah.'
If Yahshua had been the REAL son of Joseph, He would have come under this curse. Yet He had to be the legal son of Joseph in order to inherit the rights of the throne of David. The problem was solved by the miracle of the virgin birth: Yahshua was the LEGAL heir to the throne through Joseph. He was the REAL Son of David through Mary. The curse on Jechoniah did not fall on Mary or her child since she did not descend from Jechoniah."
For another reference from Jeremiah 22:24-30, concerning Jechoniah's curse, we will now quote from the "Believer's Bible Commentary," by William MacDonald, page 1011: "Prophecy against King Jehoiachin...Coniah (also called Jechoniah and Jehoiachin), the fourth (son of) king (Josiah), [who?] would be taken captive by the Babylonians and would die in Babylon. None of his descendants would ever sit on the throne of David. No offspring of Jechoniah succeeded him to the throne. His replacement, Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, was his uncle. Charles H. Dyer comments: This prophecy also helps explain the genealogies of Yahshua in Matthew 1 and Luke 3. Matthew presented the legal line of Yahshua through his stepfather, Joseph. However, Joseph's line came through Shealthel who was a son of Jehoiachin (Jechoniah, Matthew 1:12; cf. 1 Chronicles 3:17) Had Yahshua been a physical descendant of Joseph and not virgin-born, He would have been disqualified as Israel's King. Luke presented the physical line of Yahshua through Mary, who was descended from David through the line of his son Nathan (Luke 3:31) In that way Yahshua was not under the 'curse' of Jehoiachin.
At this point, it is important to notice the curse of Jechoniah didn't fall on Zedekiah or his daughters who eventually went to Ireland. Being Jechoniah's uncle, Zedekiah would be a generation order. To amplify on the above two passages, we will quote from "The International Bible Commentary," by F.F. Bruce, page 1122: "Humanly speaking Yahshua's claim to the Davidic throne depended on the willingness of Joseph, the legal heir, to accept Him as his son. Hence Matthew gives only Joseph's version of the story...Here let us
note that apart from the divine activity in conception, Yahshua's birth was completely normal. He was not conceived until Mary was married; betrothal was legally marriage."
Returning now to quote again from the "Believer's Bible Commentary," by William MacDonald, page 1204: "This (Matthew's) genealogy traces the 'legal' descent of Yahshua as King of Israel; the genealogy in Luke's Gospel traces His 'lineal' descent as Son of David. Matthew's genealogy follows his 'royal' line form David through his son, Solomon, the next king; Luke's genealogy follows the 'blood' line from David through another son, Nathan. This genealogy concludes with Joseph, of whom Yahshua was the 'adopted' Son, the genealogy in Luke 3 probably traces the ancestry of Mary, of whom Yahshua was the 'real' son. A millennium earlier, YAHWEH HAD MADE AN UNCONDITIONAL AGREEMENT WITH DAVID, PROMISING HIM A KINGDOM THAT WOULD LAST FOREVER AND A PERPETUALLY RULING LINE (Psalm 89:4, 36, 37)...Yahshua united in His Person the only two basis for claims to the throne of Israel (the legal and the lineal)..."
Quoting now from the "Commentary On The While Bible," by Jamieson, Fausset & Brown, page 881: "And yet it is here studiously proclaimed that Joseph was not the natural, but only the legal father of our Master. His birth of a virgin was known only to a few; BUT THE ACKNOWLEDGED DESCENT OF HIS LEGAL FATHER FORM DAVID SECURED THAT THE DESCENT OF HIS LEGAL FATHER FROM DAVID ???SECURED THAT THE DESCENT OF YAHSHUA HIMSELF FROM DAVID??? SHOULD NEVER BE QUESTIONED."
If you will return to the genealogy charts in the first column, you will notice there are 15 kings in Joseph's line and only one in Mary's line, and that being David himself.
Further Information on Mary's Line
In the "Lost Books of the bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden," in "The Gospel of the Birth Of Mary," starting with page 17 and continuing through page 24, there is more information of the lineage of Mary. In chapter 1, verse 2, it names Coachim as Mary's father and Anna as Mary's mother. Actually Mary's father was called by four different names, Heli, Eli, Heliachim and Joachim. You can find this information in the "Adam Clarke's Commentary," abridged by Ralph Earle, on pages 863 and 864. But at this point, we want to give you additional information about Mary's mother, Anna.
Mary's Mother Anna (Ann)
We will be taking this information from the book St. Joseph of Arimathea At Glastonbury, appendix 3, pages 155-157: "Kinship Of The Holy Family." "It will surprise most people to know that in the English College of Arms, the Heralds' Office, there is a pedigree of Christ (Yahshua) and His relatives from Adam downwards. It is
both a chart and narrative form. The pedigree of Our Master's immediate family is startling. It is strange to find it there. It is Roll 33, Box 26. Interest centres in St. Ann and her sister Bianca. Ann had three husbands: first Joachim, by whom she had the Blessed Virgin Mary; second Cleophas, by whom she had another Mary who married Alphaeus and who was the mother of St. James the Less. Symeon (St.
Simon), St. Jude or Thaddaeus, and Joseph Barsaba, who are generally called 'the Brethren of our Messiah,' thus making them cousins of the half-blood. It is very startling that the third husband attributed to St. An is Salome (usually the name of a woman). By him she had a third Mary, and it is equally startling that she is said to have married Zebedee and was the mother of St. John the Divine and St.
James the Great, thus making them also cousins of the half-blood of our Messiah. Bianca, St. Ann's sister, had a daughter Halsbert (our Elizabeth) who married Zacharias and who was the mother of St.
John the Baptist, thus making him second cousin to Our Messiah, as in the Bible. There was evidently some tradition...that St. John and St. James were half-cousins of Our Messiah, as in the Bible. There was evidently some tradition...that St. John and St. James were half-cousins of Our Messiah, and that his 'brethren' were really half-cousins...
"But one must record that the narrative of that same Roll shows a somewhat different pedigree. It makes 'the brethren' of Our Messiah half brothers, St. Mary (not St. Ann) marrying Cleophas after St. Joseph's death. St. Ann is only given two Marys as daughters, she marrying only Joachim and Salome, but St. John and St. James, the sons of Zebedee and Mary, are still half-cousins of Our Messiah...
"In the Harl. MMS. In the British Museum, 38-59, f. 193b, there is a descent of both the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph from David, making Heli, the father of the Blessed Virgin, and Jacob, father of St. Joseph, to be brothers, thus making St. Mary and St. Joseph first cousins. (Note: We know that Matthan was the father of Jacob, Joseph's father; and Matthat was the father of Heli, Mary's father; so they could have been only cousins through a common mother of Jacob and Heli, thus not passing on the curse of
Jechoniah to Yahshua)...But besides this attempt to reconcile the Biblical genealogies by making the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph first cousins, it makes St. Joseph of Arimathea uncle of them both, and his daughter Anna Consobrina or cousin of the Blessed Virgin...
"Another MS. In Jesus College, MS. 20, makes Anna mother of Penardin (a somewhat Cornish name) who married King Lear, and so was mother of Bran the Blessed and grandmother of caractacus, thus
linking the Holy Family with the ancient British Royal Family...
"To sum up, the Heralds' College MS. Throws light on the relationship of that little band of Yahshua's followers that changed the history of the world. The Harleian MS. Supports the claim that Joseph of Arimathea was uncle of the Blessed Virgin, and making St. Joseph and St. Mary first cousins makes him uncle of them both. It also claims that he had a daughter Anna, calling her consobrina, or cousin, or the Blessed Virgin Mary."
For additional information and another segment in the story of Anna, the mother of Mary, we will go to page 63 of this same book:
"Anna was born in Comouaille of royal blood. Brutally treated by a jealous husband, when with child, she fled toward the sea; an angel caused her to enter a vessel, and took her to Asia to Jaffa, where she landed, and whence she reached Nazareth. There she gave birth to a little girl, whom she named Mary. When she (Mary) was fifteen years old, she was married to a carpenter, named Joseph, and Anna then prayed to Yahweh to take her back to Comouaille. The same angel again took her over the waves. Anna found that her husband was dead, divided her property among his vassals..."
With this genealogy, you can clearly see that Mary was Elizabeth's 1st or 2nd cousin, that Mary, on her mother's side was of the tribe of Levi. This is important, for not only was Yahshua the "natural" and "legal" son of David, he was also the natural son of Levi. This is what qualified Him to be both priest and king. Never before did such a combination of events bring about such a unique unparalleled individual. Though He was born to be king, He has yet to be crowned as such, It is recorded however, that He took the office of priest at about thirty years of age, Luke 3:23.
Yahshua Born To Be King
of An Everlasting Kingdom
When David took the throne, his throne was to last forever and always be occupied by one of his descendants. There are hundreds of references in Scripture to verify this. According to Bible history,
there was no Davidic throne or anyone to occupy it for a period of approximately 600 years in Palestine. Throughout this period, Judah was continually a vassal state under other powers and never once did a descendant of David sit on that throne as such. It is evident we must look elsewhere for David's throne. If there is no longer a Throne of David for Yahshua to occupy, all His genealogy of birth, ministry, death and resurrection are in vain.
The Covenant of Salt
2 Chronicles 13:5 likens Yahweh's promise to David as a "covenant of salt:" "Ought ye not to know that Yahweh El of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, 'even' to him and his sons BY A COVENANT OF SALT?"
The International Bible Commentary," by F.F. Bruce, page 468:
"A COVENANT OF SALT WAS A PERPETUAL COVENANT THAT COULD NOT BE BROKEN. (Numbers 18:19; Leviticus 2:13) This reference to an eternal dominion for the Davidic dynasty is
independent of (the books of) Samuel and (the) Kings."
The (abridged) "Adam Clarke's Commentary," pages 154 and 191 say the following concerning a salt covenant: "It is a covenant of salt.' That is, an incorruptible everlasting covenant. As 'salt' was added to different kinds of viands (pieces of food), not only to give them relish, but to preserve them from putrefaction and decay, it became the emblem of incorruptibility and permanence. Hence, 'a covenant of salt' signified AN EVERLASTING CONVENT...SALT WAS THE OPPOSITE TO LEAVEN for it preserved from putrefaction and corruption, and signified the purity and persevering fidelity...It was called the 'salt of the covenant of thy EL,' BECAUSE AS SALT IS INCORRUPTIBLE, SO WAS THE COVENANT made with Abram, Isaac, Jacob, and the patriarchs relative to the redemption of the (Israel) world by the incarnation and death of Yahshua."
"Commentary On The Whole Bible, Jamieson, Fausset & Brown," pages 86 and 126: "...NO INJUNCTION IN THE WHOLE LAW WAS MORE SACREDLY OBSERVED than this application of salt...It is a common phrase among Oriental people, who consider the taking of salt a pledge of fidelity, BINDING THEM IN A COVENANT of friendship."
Yahweh Has Preserved David's Throne
Through the Throne of David appeared to be non-existent for nearly 600 years in Palestine, during the inter-testament period, it was alive and well in Ireland, and Yahweh was true to His covenant of salt with David. The curse of Jechoniah was not on Zedekiah and his descendants, though Nebuchadnezzar killed all his sons who were eligible for the throne. But in Israel, the daughters can inherit the throne if there remain no living male heir (Numbers 27:6-11) Jeremiah took the two daughters of Zedekiah to a new land. Isaiah
37:31 prophesied that: "And the remnant that is escaped, of the house of Judah, shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward."
The Restoration of David's
Throne in The Isles
Purposely written in the riddle form of a parable so that few would understand it, the Throne of David was relocated in Ireland (Ezekiel 17:22-24): "Thus saith Yahweh, I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar (royal family) and will set 'it:'
I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one (a daughter), and will plant it upon a high mountain (the isles) and eminent: in the mountain (the isles) of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs (family branches), and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar (strong family tree): and under it shall dwell all foul of every wing ('Jews' and other races); in the shadow of the branches (of government) thereof they shall dwell (infiltrate). And all the trees of the field (all people) shall know that I the Almighty have brought down the high tree (Pharez royal line), and have exalted the low tree (Zerah royal line), have dried up the green tree (Pharez royal line), and have made the dry tree (Zerah royal line) to flourish: I Yahweh have spoken and have done it."
No sooner than Jeremiah arrived in Ireland with Tea Tephi (Zedekiah's daughter of the Pharez royal family) than he arranged for her marriage to Eochaidh, the Heremonn, a prince of the Tuatha de Danaans on his mother's side and a direct descendant of Fenesia Farsa, and thus of the line of Zerah, twin brother of Pharez of the Royal House of Judah, thus uniting the Royal House of Pharez and the Royal House of Zerah.
David to Rule Over All of Israel
Not Just Judah
Had Yahshua taken the Crown at His First Advent, He would have been King of only Judah. Had He taken the Crown over all of Israel, He would have had to make a journey to Britain to dethrone whoever was king there at that time for there could not be two kings holding the position at the same time. If He had become King, at that time, He would have to have dethroned Herod. Had He taken Herod's place, He would have found Himself a vassal under Roman rule, and Yahshua is never going to be subservient to any earthly king! When asked by Pilate if He were King. He answered in John 18:36: "My kingdom is not of this (#2889, present world order), if my kingdom were of this (present world order), then would my servants fight."
We know this fighting did not happen at His First Advent, and hasn't happened since. We know Yahshua didn't receive the sceptre from the "Jewish" nation, as they were under Rome before He was born, and forty years after He was gone, they were still under Rome. If the first coming of Yahshua was His Shiloh coming, then He failed miserably; for the people did not gather to Him as prophesied in Genesis 49:10. It would have been impossible for the Israelites to gather to Him for they were scattered all over Europe from the Black Sea to the British Isles.
Yet the Jews were afraid that He would regather them to him because their high priest said: "And ONE OF THEM, NAMED CAIAPHAS, BEING THE HIGH PRIEST that same year, said unto
them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole (Jewish) nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high
priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, BUT THAT ALSO HE SHOULD GATHER TOGETHER IN ONE THE CHILDREN OF GOD THAT
WERE SCATTERED ABROAD." (John 11:49-52)
So we see here, that is usually overlooked by most Judeo-Christians and especially the Judeo-Christian clergy (or they don't want to see it), is proof positive that the Jews are not the Israelites, other wise the Jewish High Priest would not have made the statement "He should gather together in one the Children of God that were scattered abroad." If the Jews were Yahweh's people, he would not have said this at all. He would have said gather together our brothers and sisters. But he did not because he knew they, the
Jews, were not Israelites.
Yahweh declared, "Judah is My Lawgiver." According to accepted evidence, Judah as Lawgiver departed from the nation of Judea 588 years before the One acceptable to eventually become Shiloh in the future came, thus leaving an unbridged chasm of time like a gaping void which cannot be easily plastered over. All who claim that Yahshua has already come as Shiloh are compelled to resort to inexcusable distortions of Scripture to fill up this gaping breach of 588 years from the overthrow of Zedekiah until the time of
He Did Become Priest
But Not King At His First Advent
From the 18th verse above, it would appear that, somehow, if it were true, it would still be necessary to have a priesthood killing animals and offering sacrifices. While animal sacrifice has been discontinued, it is still very much in effect inasmuch as the priesthood was conferred upon Yahshua at His First Advent. Actually he became both the priest and the sacrifice inasmuch as He offered Himself to be the Lamb. Up until His Priesthood, the Levitical priesthood was kept intact.
For proof of this, we will quote Hebrews 7:15-17: "And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest. Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of and endless life. For he
testifieth, Thou 'art' a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." (Hebrews 5:6; 5:10; 6:20; 7:17; 7:21)
There is a possibility that Yahshua inherited the priesthood legally at John the Baptist's death through Zacharias. As we documented here before, Mary the mother of Yahshua was related to Elisabeth who was a Levite. If it were necessary for Yahshua to receive the legal kingship line through Joseph, it is only reasonable that He legally inherit the priesthood in some similar manner. (Taken, in part, from an article "The Genealogy of Yahshua The Messiah," by Clifton A. Emahiser's Teaching Ministries, 1012 N. Vine
Street, Fostoria, Ohio 44839, (419) 435-2836)
The following excellent historical analysis (from an as yet to be determined source) does a great job of clarifying the genealogy related to Jesus Christ described in the Holy Bible. One caveat here is that it leaves open the possibility that members of the Tribe of Judah, or residents of Judaea, may have been referred to in the King James Version of the Holy Bible as "jews". A careful review of the KJV will reveal this not to be the case--the only people referred to as "jews" are descendants of Jehudi, who was a descendants of the Cushi who miscegenated with Negroids in Ethiopia. These Cushi were descendants of Noah through Ham, but their miscegenation with Negroids caused great problems for their race.
Tonight we are speaking on a subject which the Church must learn to understand. There are many people who are under a strange delusion, finding themselves serving a fake set of ideas, which are very disturbing to them in the light of what they know and see round about. There are many who have been told that Jesus Christ is a Jew, and therefore The Most High and Saviour of their Christian faith comes out of a race which hates Christianity, does all that it can to destroy it, and is now working insidiously all over the United States to get the Bible and prayer out of our schools, and to take the Name of Jesus Christ out of every phase of our national life.
Now this is hard for some people to understand. They ask, How could Jesus be a Jew, with all Jews fighting everything that relates to Christianity and His Name? Of course the great confusion that exists in the minds of many is in the fact that they have been ill-informed concerning who the house of Israel actually is, and they do not know that there is a vast distinction between the house of Israel (the descendants of Abraham) and the people called Jews today. But we can establish for you clearly apart from these phases of identity that Jesus Christ is not a Jew, or else all the foundations of Christianity have been wasted upon something that is fatuous and that has no foundation whatsoever. We will also establish this very clearly for you on the basis of Christ's time, as well as facts which are self-evident as key points within the faith of Christianity.
Itell you that I am not following the Jew: I am following the Incarnate Revelation of The Most High. Before you ask me, Is Jesus Christ a Jew? I ask you this question: Is Yahweh a Jew? We have Jesus' own words in Matt. 23:33 in which He turned and told the Jews that they are serpents and a generation of vipers. He was not talking about the symbol of Lucifer's kingdom. He said they are Lucifer's descendants. I want to emphasize the fact that one of the first things that Jesus did in that conversation was to deny any family relationship. (This is also one of the important records of the book of John.) He denied any relationship with them, and in the instance when they were creating great pressures upon Him, Jesus made this statement: "I am of My Father, and you are of your father." Therefore, I want to point out something that is most significant concerning Christ. First, let us go to Isaiah 7:14, and read what it says about His birth. "Therefore Yahweh Himself the Eternal One shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel" (which is "Yahweh with us ").
For further revelation on this subject we turn to Isaiah 9:6. (Remember, Isaiah is an Israelite but he is not a Jew.) It reads: "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His Shoulder." Who is He? "His Name shall be called Wounderful, Counsellor, The Mighty,Yahweh, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." They are referring to the fact that He is The Everlasting Father, that He Is The Prince of Peace; and in this identification, His Embodiment as Messiah would be the Embodiment of the Life of Yahweh.
Now let us for a moment recognize that it was not until the violation of Divine law by Lucifer and his intermingling of nefarious forces with the races (before the coming of your Race) that there ever existed a Jew upon the face of the earth. It is also noted that these unassimilable forces are referred to in the Old Testament as Jehudi, which word is translated Jews. We realize that the Bible (the King James version) which we have, like the Vulgate, had also been guided in its translation by a great number of Jews who, professing to be Hebrew and Greek scholars, thought to cover up many phrases that related to the identity of Christ and words referring to them and their own relationship to world situations; but they were unable to efface the most important phrases concerning Christ and Who He was.
Therefore we have these facts in writings of the Apostle Paul who, without question, is the greatest authority of the New Testament outside of the declarations which Jesus Himself made. We believe the doctrine of the Church is founded upon the contents of the writings of the Apostle Paul and the Words of Jesus. Their premise was also that the continuity of The Scripture meant that the Word of Yahweh of the Old Testament continued in the development of the truths of the new.
In the book of Colossians we discover that this revelation means that Yahweh is both Spirit and Soul, and can be embodied; so Spirit, Soul, and Body is the fullness of Yahweh, and you are in His image, and you are also Spirit, soul, and body. The body of the Man Christ Jesus was the image of the Invisible Yahweh. We want you to know that this was the revelation of Eternal Deity and regarding Christ, we read these words in the first chapter of Colossians: "Who is the Image (or Body) of the Invisible Yahweh, the firstborn (begotten before) of every creature. "Then Paul tells you here in the book of Ephesians as well, that by Him were all things created, that is by Jesus Christ. "For by Him were all things created that are in the heavens, by Him were all things created that are in earth, visible and invisible (that means spiritual or material), whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: AII things were created by Him and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." If we did not have anything to talk about, we would say that this was proof conclusively that Jesus Christ could not be a Jew, because He was before any Jew existed. He was before all things, and by Him all things consist. We point also to this: "He is the Head of the body, the Church, Who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence." (Colossians chapter 1) It pleases the Administering Spirit that His Embodiment will be the fullness of all in all. That is in your Bible, and these are the facts concerning the Person of Christ. He is the Author, the Creator, the Maker, the Producer of the universe; and the embodiment of all this in the physical body was His purpose.
I think it very important, then, that we also turn to things that are most significant in this prophecy. It is no wonder the enemy, the higher critics, the forces of darkness want to do away with any super-element in our faith. If you could destroy that super-element, you might destroy the whole foundation of Christianity, and you might challenge the Being of Christ Himself. So in this instance they try to do away with, and they would like to take out of the story, the prophecies of Isaiah that a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son. They want to change it today to "a young woman". I can assure you that the text said a virgin, and this was the intent. This fact is brought forth as one of the mysteries known back in the days, of Enoch. After his heavenly experience, Enoch also included in his revelation "The Pillars of Enoch" that Yahweh Himself would come forth through a virgin in a body, the fullness of Deity, the fullness of Divine Creative Power.
Now we turn to the record in Chapter I of Matthew concerning the genealogy of Christ, and this is "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ" He is referred to here as "the Son of David, the Son of Abraham". David was not a Jew; he came out of Jesse. You will discover that he is out of Ephraim and actually out of Joseph. David was given a royal line over Judah, but not one drop of the blood of David is in the veins of Jesus.
We discover the fact in the book of Luke that Mary was of the house of Levi. The house of Levi was not Jew. The house of Levi could never be called Jews by anybody, nor could Judah be called Jewish, nor can you call the other ten tribes Jews by any stretch of the imagination, for they were not identified with the Kingdom of Judah. Jews are trying to identify themselves with the house of Abraham by saying they are Judeans, and that they descended from Judah. They only dwelt in the land of Judea, but they were never citizens of the house of Abraham, nor did they come through Judah.
We read the whole genealogy in the book of Matthew from the days of Abraham on down "... and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary", and it was Mary of whom Christ was born. So it would not make any difference in all the genealogy of the house of Joseph, as far as the blood stream of Christ was concerned, for Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ. He was only the adopted foster father, and thus added a rightful title as foster father to Jesus. (The Jersusalem Bible footnote (Matt. 1:1) says "... Joseph legally the father of Jesus ".) But Jesus held the title by His right as King of Kings and proved that in His Own conversation with the people of Jerusalem, as we will introduce to you.
In the Bible we have no genealogy as to who Mary is. Mary is the only physical embodiment and contact of Christ. Here in Matthew it says: "... Mary, of whom was born Jesus, Who is called Christ". Nowhere in the genealogy, if you go back to the Old Testament, was the mother ever mentioned. It always tells which father begat whom down through all time. Why was the mother mentioned here? Why did it not mention the mother down through all this course? Because one of the facts of this time in history was that the Virgin Mary was the mother of Christ and His only physical contact on earth. Was she a jewess? Absolutely not!
Mary is of the house of Levi, so by no stretch of imagination could she be called a jewess. Levi was given for the true priesthood from the days of Aaron right on down to the present time; the ministry was called the ministry of Yahweh "forever". Let us turn back to the hour of the birth of Christ. This was in the days of Herod the King of Judea, and there was a certain priest named Zacharias (his wife was Elisabeth of the daughters of Aaron). John the Baptist was born of Elisabeth, and Christ came forth from the womb of Mary. Now Elisabeth and Mary were cousins, one family, one household. In Luke 1:36 we read (as the angel addresses Mary): "And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth hath also conceived a son in her old age." Now this will help us to understand. The priesthood of Aaron was continued in the Levitical priesthood. This proves Mary was of the household of Levi.
We bring to your attention, for we have the evidence referred to time after time, that the Body of Christ was born of Incorruptible Seed. If you want to go back in the miracle pattern of religious philosophy, you will discover that as far as Adam is concerned he was the issue of Yahweh; he was His life, he was the Seed which He begat in the earth for establishing the Race from which would come His Kingdom.
As we called to your attention before, in the sixth day (era) Yahweh created and consummated through these geological ages of His time, the making of everything in the universe. He had even made man. "Male and female made He them", but on the eighth day He said, "there is no Adamite to till the soil", and He brought forth Adam, the very issue out of Himself. Do you know what the Apostle Paul tells us in Corinthians concerning Jesus? This was the Body of Yahweh, the second Adam; and as Adam is the issue of Yahweh, so Christ is the second Adam. But He was also the firstborn of every creature, because He was before all things, and by Him all things consist.
Jesus began to preach one day, and He challenged the people: "Do you know before Abraham was, I was?" If, then, He was before Abraham, those who think the Jews started with Abraham would be forced to conclude that Jesus (having been before Abraham) could not have been a relative of the Jews. When Abraham went out on the plains of Moreh, he met an unknown personage; the one whom He met for the first time was called Melchizedek, the great mystery title of the eternal priesthood of the Eternal Yahweh. The Apostle Paul tells you in the 7th chapter of the book of Hebrews who Melchizedek was: He was without beginning of days, or end of life, the Eternal Priest and King forever. There is only one individual without beginning of days or end of life; and He, my friends, is Jesus Christ. John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Suppose I introduce you to the fact that, according to the book of Revelation, while he was there and while he was meditating, Yahweh appeared before him? He heard the sound of a trumpet; and as he turned, he beheld the beautiful spectacle of radiant Majesty and Light. He saw Deity standing before him; he threw himself to the ground; he heard the words: "I am Alpha and Omega; I am . The Ever-Living Yahweh." John says he trembled before the symbol of Majesty. The voice said, John stand upon your feet. You walked with Me along the shores of Galilee; I am Jesus. And he beheld and knew that The EverLiving was the Very One with Whom he had walked. "Fear not. I hold the keys of death and the grave. Stand upon your feet." Do you suppose that The Almighty Yahweh is a Jew? Yahweh save the world!
When Christ was twelve years old, He, His mother and Joseph (His foster father) went down to Jerusalem. He became separated from them. Do you know where they found Him? In the temple, confounding the wise men and the scribes; He knew more than they did. He was expounding to them the mysteries of the Scriptures, for He has put them together. From that time on, Christ was busy on these things. Oh, you say, He was working in the carpenter shop? He lived in the City of Nazareth? Not very much. You want me to prove that to you? Joseph of Arimathea owned the tin mines of Cornwall in Britain and, being of the true stock of the Kingdom of Israel, he was one of the most powerful members of the Sanhedrin. His ships ploughed up and down the coasts of Europe, through the Pillars of Hercules, and in the Mediterranean. Joseph was a good man; he laid Jesus in his tomb. This is a matter of history. You can go to Rome today and see where Joseph paid constant duty from one country to another.
Suppose I tell you that all during his youth, up to the time He was 30 years old, He was in Europe? Jesus was here, and He was there; He was preaching. You say, You cannot prove that. Yes, I can prove it. I am going to show you something here that you will remember. In Luke we have the story of how Christ was baptized, and after Lucifer assaulted Him with temptation, He was away for awhile. After He returned to the City of Nazareth, He went down to the temple to preach. When He stood up with authority and power (for He had the symbol of authority; they had handed Him the scroll) and He talked, the people said, Who is this? Is this Joseph's son? Is this Joseph of Nazareth's boy; or who is this? Now, my friends, if Jesus had been constantly in attendance here, if He had been growing up here since He was twelve years old, they would not have guessed or pondered who this was who stood up to preach.
I will show you something significant. If you turn to 1 Timothy 3:16 you will read these words concerning Jesus: "And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness, Yahweh was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the nations, believed on in the world, received up into glory. "If Yahweh was manifest in the flesh, He was justified in the Spirit, and He preached unto the Nations - when did He do that? He did that before He commenced the three year ministry which was to be historic, that went up to His crucifixion. How I can prove to you that over here in the records, We have Christ as He returns from having been in a far country. As He arrives at the seat of Customs of the local government, they want to collect taxes from Him. Jesus turns to His disciples, saying, Of whom do the kings collect taxes, of their own or of strangers? (Here was, King Herod collecting taxes from Jesus) Jesus, not to argue with them, said, Go down and catch a fish. They brought a fish to Him, and He said, Take the money out of its mouth. They found there the golden coin with which to pay the taxes.
What I want to point out to you is that Jesus Christ had been outside the country and had returned at this instance. He had been preaching in a far country, and the records show that He paid taxes and paid customs. The Jews recognized He was a stranger. More than that, in another instance we can show you something which is significant to this pattern. You remember, in the book of John there are many mysteries; they are only mysteries because the Church never applied itself to these many things, and these are also correlated with evidence that we discover all through the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke; but especially in John are these things made known. I read here in John concerning that which Jesus was speaking that the Jews, the Pharisees, the chief priests, and the officers came to take Him. The high priests in the time of Christ were fatuous, and came in the line of the Canaanites. They were not the true seed of Israel. That is why Jesus told them: "I am of My Father, and you are of your father. "
In John chapter 7, He tells the chief priests and officers that came to take Him, I am going to be here a little while, and I am going into the Spirit whence I have come. "You shall seek me, and shall not find me; for where I am going you cannot come." So it is obvious: Where Jesus was going, the Jews could not go. Yes, He was going to heaven. Well, then, the Jews could not get there.
The Jews said, "Where will He go that we can not find Him? Will He go to the dispersed among the nations? Will He go there and teach them?" The priests and Pharisees asked the officers, "Why have you not seized Him? Why did you not bring Him?" And the officers answered, "Never spake man like this man". Then spake the Pharisees, "Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed on Him?" Nicodemus (who visited Christ by night) stepped up. "Now listen: The Law does not judge any man before it hears him." They said to him: "Oh, are you also one of His disciples? No prophet comes out of Galilee." The Jews said He was not a Jew; they said He was a Galilean.
Now, remember, the Galileans were not jews. You say, prove that. All right, let's turn to the sixth chapter of John. Jesus Christ had twelve disciples. One of them was a Jew; that was Judas Iscariot. All the rest came out of Galilee, out of the household of His selection. He asked them a question concerning His identity, and Simon Peter said: "Master, where shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. We believe and are sure that Thou art the Christ. " That means the Embodiment of Yahweh, the Very Son, the Embodiment of The Most High.
Jesus said: "Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" While that may be just a name you call somebody, to Christ it was a generation of Lucifer. Jesus turned to the Jews on Solomon's porch, and said: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. I am from above,- I am of Yahweh, and ye are of the devil. I am Yahweh's offspring, and ye are the devil's offspring. "You say, is that in the Bible? That is in the book of John, which you have. John also says: "He spake of Judas Iscariot, ... for he it was that should betray him."
In John 7:1 we read: "After these things Jesus walked in Galilee - For he would not walk in jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him. "You understand that in Galilee He would not be among the Jews. The brethren of Jesus, the friends of Jesus, and the Galileans (the people of the community where Christ lived) went down to Jerusalem; but there, no man dared speak openly of Him for fear of the Jews. Let us turn to the words of Jesus in the eighth chapter of John. He makes the declaration concerning His purpose. He went over to the temple and all the people came, and He taught them, saying: "I bear record of Myself, and My record is true. "The Pharisees said: "Your record is not true." So we have the Jew Pharisees denying Christ. He said: "I know whence I came and whither I go, but you cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go." They asked, "Where is your Father?" Then Jesus said: "If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also." These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as He taught in the temple. And no man laid hands on Him. For His hour was not yet come. Then Jesus said, "I go My way and ye shall seek Me and die in your sins. Whither I go, ye cannot come ... And He said, ye are from beneath: I am from above; ye are of this world, I am not of this world."
So Jesus said, You are of a different race, a different origin, a different background. Let me tell you about the whole Race of Israel. Turn to John 17. John records that Jesus praised the Father, and in this declaration, the Man Christ Jesus in the body is unveiling for posterity facts concerning the Eternal Spirit: "I have manifested Thy Name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world. Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me,- and they have kept Thy Word .... I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them whom Thou hast given Me,- for they are Thine ... and Thine are Mine."
Jesus said, I pray for those whom thou hast given Me. I have given them Thy Word, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not pray that you take them out of the world, but keep them in it, and protect them from evil. "I am not of the world." He was the Almighty Ever-Living One from heaven. That is why one of the mysteries you find in the book of Hebrews is quite clear. He said your Race was a Race of strangers and pilgrims here. Yahweh put a gracious forgetfulness over you, so you would do the job which you were sent to do.
No Israelite was related to a Jew; and if he married one, he could not enter the temple, nor could his posterity.
You say, I thought Jesus was a Jew. No; Jesus could not be a Jew! If He was The Almighty Yahweh, if He was Holy Seed, if He was Incorruptible Seed, if He was before all things, that would be impossible.
In John chapter 12 the Pharisees said, We have got to do something about this man. Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing ever since He raised Lazarus from the dead? Many knew of this miracle. People all over the world were learning about the fact that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, and they had gone after Him.
Now great nations sent ambassadors and messengers, and certain Greeks who were important people came to worship Jesus. They said to Philip of Bethsaida, "Sir, we would see Jesus." Then Philip and Andrew and the others came to Him saying, Men are coming from these lands and places and they want to see you. Jesus answered: "The hour is come that the Incarnate Revelation of Yahweh should be glorified."
The Pharisees said, We had better stop Him; the whole world is coming out to see Him. And therefore we have the testimony of this impact, where the chief priests consulted how they might put Lazarus to death in order to stop acceptance of the truth. Yahweh walked among them as The Messiah. He raised a man from the dead and they were so filled with hatred and jealousy that they wanted to put him to death again! Don't talk about brotherhood to me! I don't want any part of them!
John 5:18 For this cause therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only brake the sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
John 7:1And after these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Judaea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
John 8:37I know that ye are Abraham's seed: yet ye seek to kill me, because my word hath not free course in you.
John 8:40But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I heard from God: this did not Abraham.
John 8:48The Jews answered and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a demon?