BLOOD LINEAGE AND BIRTH
THE EVER-LIVING PERSONALITY
LAST TRUMP SERIES NO. 6
THE GENEALOGY OF THE SON OF DAVID (LORD GOD) AND
SON OF MAN
The destruction of Jerusalem by the Human Emperor Titus made an end to the keeping of pedigrees by the Jews. Since the days of Moses, the Hebrew scribes had been most meticulous in recording the genealogy of their brethren. There is little doubt that this was ordained of God, for many of the sacred writings contain the lineal register of the people who constituted the Blood-Line which led to the Saviour.
In order to define exactly or locate definitely the identity of the Messiah, it was necessary to record His blood line as an introduction to the gospel message. He who was to have a "Right to the Throne of David", must be of the "Line of David". The genealogies set forth in the books of Matthew and Luke betray the "finger-Prints" of the Almighty. Consider this: The four Gospels portray the Saviour from four different viewpoints. The prophet Ezekiel visualized in this fashion: "As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a MAN, and the face of a LION . . . . . . . the face of an OX . . . . . . . . also had the face of an EAGLE" (Ezek. 1: 10). Luke the physician, portrays Christ as a Man. So, the genealogy in his book is that as a MAN; it goes all the way back to Adam. Matthew, a former legal servant of the state, records the LEGAL Blood-Line of a child of the household of King David. Mark is a servant like the OX, and so sets forth our Lord as a servant of God and man; and usually servants do not record genealogy. John pictures Christ as the "Logos" (the Word) of the Living God; here he is the EAGLE, the Master of the Heavens; and of course, as such there is no genealogy for He has no beginning. Therefore, in this four-fold picture of the Saviour, His genealogy properly finds place in the only two books which portray Him as King (Matthew) and as Man (Luke).
It was generally understood that Luke's Gospel appeared later than Matthew's Gospel. Luke lays claim to have had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, and to write in his Gospel, rather, to set forth in order, in it, what he and others like him hag gathered from those who from the beginning were eye-witnesses and ministers of the word - (Lk. 1: 1-3). From what he thus collected, he was evidently not satisfied with the genealogy Matthew had prepared, and took upon himself the task of preparing the genealogy of Jesus through (his supposed father) Joseph, son of Heli (Lk. 3: 23); and Luke should have done this, also because Jesus was already known among the people as Joseph's son (Lk. 4: 22), which was not true and which Luke obviously wanted to rebut emphatically.
Actually Joseph was the son-in-law of Heli, his espoused wife Mary being Heli's daughter. Through his marriage with Mary, he became the son of Heli, as was their custom then. And this Heli came in the line of Nathan, another son of David (Lk. 3: 23 & 31), and not in the line of his son Solomon, who succeeded him as king. This we shall see in detail later. So Luke's genealogy was actually through Mary and her father Heli; and not through her husband Joseph.
Matthew presumably did not want to discredit what David had done to make Solomon as king after him, according to God's promise as interpreted by him (David) in I Chronicles 22: 9-10, and so, in his Gospel, followed Solomon's line, believing that the genealogical line through Solomon and later through Jechoniah who was cursed (Jer. 22: 30) would be the one which people would approve and be popular. The genealogies prepared by Luke and Matthew could not be scrutinized at that time; but the people were satisfied that whether Jesus's line was tracted through Joseph or through Mary, it was all traced through David. The fact that Jesus discredited all references to Him in public as Joseph's son and Mary's (Lk. 2: 48 - 49), is also a pointer for Luke not to trace the genealogy of Jesus through Solomon, for Luke alone records the incident of Jesus being lost in the crowd in Jerusalem - (Lk. 2: 41 - 47).
However, many scholars of our day have been confused by what appear to be two contradictory genealogies in the records of Matthew and Luke. But few recognize that none of the writings of the First centuary A.D. protest against the claims of these two writters. This evidences or proves that they fully understood these records. Had these accounts appeared to be contradictory, both of them would have been most certainly torn to pieces by the many adversaries of the then apostolic church. The public records were kept in Jerusalem and were carefully preserved and guarded by the priests. By this, everybody knew to which house and lineage he or she belonged. So, at the time of the taxing, due to the "decree from Ceasar' Augustus", "all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bathlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)" -- (Lk. 2: 1, 3 - 4). Legally, Jesus was (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Matthat" - (Luke. 3: 23 - 24). Now Matthew statest that the father of Joseph was Jacab (Math. 1: 16); his grandfather was Matthan and his great-grandfather was ELeazer (Matth. 1: 15). This is completely a different Blood-Line from that given by Luke. If we consider these two genealogies to be written under the inspiration of God, we must conclude that one of them belongs to Joseph and the other to Mary.
It is quite likely that in the apostolic days, records such as this were perfectly understood. Women had no LEGAL LINE, but they had a BLOOD-LINE. Joseph was a LEGAL descendant of David. His legal blood-line came down through the genealogy of men; however his BLOOD-LINE came through a man who made it impossible for any of his descendants to ever sit upon the throne of David, and that man was Jechonias (Matth. 1: 11); otherwise known as Jehoachin (II Kings 24: 6) or Jechoniah (Jer. 24: 1) or Coniah (Jer. 22: 24).
This "Jechonia" of Matthew 1: 11 was the son of Jehoiakin, king of Judah, and he was "carried away captive . . . . . . to Babylon" by Nebuchadnezzar, with the princes of Judah and the carpenters and smiths from Jerusalem - (Jer. 24: 1). Now, Jehoiakim, the father was cursed by God for having burnt the roll of the book with the words of the Lord spoken through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah and written by Baruch - (Jer. Ch. 36). God's cures was: "Therefore thus saith the Lord of Jehoiakin King of Judah: He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David" - (Jer. 36: 30). This curse was more expressly pronounced on his son Jechoniah, otherwise known as Coniah. This fellow Coniah was called "a vessel wherein is no pleasure" - (Jer. 22: 28), and the judgement of God was: "Write ye this men childless, a man that shall not proper in his days; for no man of his seed shall PROSPER, SITTING UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID, AND RULING IN JUDAH" - (Jer. 22: 30). We see by the above that Joseph, the expoused husband of Mary, who descended from Jechonias and Jehoiakim could not possibly have a son who would sit upon the throne of David. But the Lord's promise to David was, "For thus saith the Lord: David shall never want (lack) a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel" - (Jer. 33: 17).
The fact that there were two distinct pedigree records one for men and another for women, is derived from the following:
(i) "And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation" (II Chron. 13: 18).
(ii) "Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughter of Asron" (Lk. 1: 5);
(iii) "Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribes of Aser" - (Lk. 2: 36). As mentioned earlier, Mary's father was Heli, whose genealogy was passed on to the man who married his daughter; thus Joseph through his marriage to Mary, was "The Son of Heli". In all the public records the maternal side of the geneology of the children of this couple would be recorded as the descendants of Joseph, the son of Heli.
It is interesting to observe the vast difference between God's choice of individuals and that of men. David was positive in his belief that Solomon, the favorite in his eyes, was also the Chosen of God; this is how he interpreted the words of the prophet: "Behold, a son shall be born to thee, (David was telling Solomon these words). . . . . his name shall be Solomon. . . . . ... .He shall build an house for my (God's) name; and he shall be my (God's) son, and I (God) will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever". These words in I Chronicles. 22: 9-10, differ vastly from the prophet's actual words in II Samuel. 7:11-14, and evidently appear to be based upon David's own hasty conclusions. David saw only the son of his flesh, and the glory of that son's earthly kingdom, both of which God abhorred and which, we know, eventually came to terrible ends. David wanted to build God a house, but Nathan the prophet said, "The Lord telleth thee that He will make thee an house (II Sam. 7: 11(b). The Lord also said: (read these lines carefully, for from David's viewpoint, they were very ambiguous), "I will set up THY SEED 'AFTER' thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I WILL BE HIS FATHER, AND HE SHALL BE MY SON" - (II Sam 7: 12-14). The earlier part of II Sam. 7: 12 reads: "And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee" - this means that the seed will be set up not before but after David's death; but Solomon was made king even in David's life time. David misunderstood the prophet's words as referring to Solomon. Solomon was not God's son ! And his kingdom did not stand even in his son's time rather was broken up immediately after the death -- ( I Kings. 11: 1 - 13) The sovereign line Godly Royal Line, "Represents a gallery of Israeli kings who never obeyed God's commandments nor gave glory to the Lord, thereby inciting His wrath". The Saviour could not, and did not, come through Solomon's line. Nathan's (not the prophet, but another son of David -- (Luke 3: 31), was the Royal Line in which the Sinless Lamb of God, The Holy Seed came. Mary, the daughter of Heli, was that woman who bore that Seed, that Virgin of Isaiah 7: 14.
If we study the genealogy of the Son of David and the Son of Man carefully, according to the Biblical foundation, many of the doubts can be cleared; but people in their own thinking, imagine that there are a log of things in the Bible to be corrected. Many of the modern revisers make the Bible more confusing than ever by altering the Word of God, which in fact, makes them qualify for the plagues and woes written in Rev. 22: 18 - 19: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the BOOK OF LIFE, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book." They are learned in their brain, but in the spiritual knowledge they are blank, and with their brain-knowledge, they cannot fathom God's wisdom. These prophecies spoken by the prophets can be deciphered only by the Spirit of Truth proceeding from the LORD (John. 16: 13 - 15). Now they are altering the Bible and call it as Revised Version; Revised from What? "From the Truth to Untruth" !!! That is the meaning of Revised Version, pleasing only the human thinking and not God.
We will now study the Royal Line of David: After the fall, Man become a Seeing and Believing human being, facing death. Then the Lord God could talk only in terms of the "Shed Blood in rememberance of Calvary". Then God started speaking through prophets whom He raised. A prophet means, he was sanctified before his birth - (Compare Jer. 1: 5), and the Spirit of the Lord God as speaking through him, and when so speaking, he (the prophet) was "God in flesh" for the seeing and beleiving people only, God began to speak through prophets only when the people rejected the thunder-lightening way through a voice -- (Ex. 20: 18-19 & 22), and God in Moses's time promised them a prophet -- (Deut. 18: 18 - 19). But Israel rejected the prophet Samuel and wanted a king like other nations -- (I Sam. Ch. 8). God gave Israel choice of kings from Benjamin tribe, Ephraim tribe (leader), etc., but when the choice came to Judah tribe, it fell on David with whom God was pleased as a "man after God's own heart" (I Sam. 13: 14 & Acts. 13: 22); and finally before his (David's) death, God promised him that out of his bowels He will bring forth a SEED and establish his kingdom eternally -- (II Sam. 7: 12 - 13), which promise stands today in fulfillment.
If you turn to Genesis, Ch. 49, therein we see Jacob gathering all his children to relate to them, not what has happening to them at that time, but what will befall them in the last days -
That means, he was seeing in Vision the
end-time conditions of his children all over the world. Read
carefully about the JudahTribe. V.8
"JUDAH, thou art he whom thy brethren shall
praise; thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's
children shall bow down before thee". V.9
"Judah is a lion's whelp; from the pray,
MY SON, THOU ART GONE UP; he stooped down,
he couched as a lion, and as an old lion:
who shall rouse him up?". V.10
The SCEPTRE shall not depart from JUDAH, nor a LAWGIVER from between his feet, until
"SHILOH" come; and UNTO HIM SHALL THE GATHERING OF
THE PEOPLE BE". - So until Shiloh comes, the Judah tribe (Zerah
Line) will rule all over the world, and al the people will be fathered
UNDER SHILOH ( of the PAREZ-NATHAN LINE ); and there will also be priests (lawgiver) separately on the
spiritual side. But when Shiloh appears, the situation will take
overturn, an absolute topsy-turvey, as we shall see
Then again in Gen. 49: 22 - 26: "JOSEPH is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over THE WALL; The archers have sorely brieved him; and shot at him, and hated him; But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB; (from thence is THE SHEPHERED, the STONE OF ISRAEL:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; ........ they (the blessings of his father) shall be on the head of JOSEPH, and on the CROWN of the Head of HIM that was separate from HIS BRETHREN" - - - Please note carefully the words in brackets. The SHEPHERD, THE STONE OF ISRAEL is from the MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB. Joseph did not become the Shepherd or the Stone, as some versions have it. - - THE MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB is not JOSEPH, but the LORD GOD of the SEED OF DAVID-NATHAN LINE, SON OF DAVID - (Luke 1: 32).
Now we will begin to trace the Line of David according to Matthew's Gospel, as it starts from Abraham. It does not start from David. From Abraham it comes down to Jesus. abraham was a man of faith, because believed what God said and it was counted to him for Righteousness - (Vide Gen. 15: 6). The promises given to Abraham and David and about the Seed of Abraham and the Seed of DAvid are plenty throughout the Bible, but when it came to Jechoniah, the worst unbeliever, the kingdom ended in Babylonian captivity. In this connection, let us note what the Lord says about the Israeli kings in Ezekiel. 21: 26: "Thus saith the Lord God: Remove the Diadem, and take off the CROWN; this shall not be the same; EXALT HIM THAT IS LOW, and abase him that is high". Further in V.27 He says, "I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN, it; and it shall be no more, until He comes whose RIGHT IT is; and I WILL GIVE IT HIM".
|V.27||"I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN, it; and it shall be no more, until He comes whose RIGHT IT is; and I WILL GIVE IT HIM".|
So we can understand that the overturning is from the time of Babylonians, Medes and Persians, then Greece, and then in Romans' time it gradually decreases till the feet of the image and its toes as they appear in Europe today; and when SHILOH makes His presence in the world, all thrones will have to be cast down by God. So all the present-day kings have lost their thrones, and those remaining, if any, are nly the puppets under the respective Prime Ministers or so called Democracies by votes. So the kings have lost their thrones, and the Tribe of Judah has been ruling, not the House of David; and when the time comes for SHILOH to whom the RIGHT is, all the other thrones should have been cast down. Now, the present situation is that the thrones have been cast down, and so it is time to understand and look for SHILOH, which is to come under the House of David, which is also Judah; according to the promise God made to Abraham and to David (but not in Zerahs Line but Paarez Line of Judah).
Jechoniah was cursed to be 'childless' (that is, without any legan heir to the throne), and the Lord definitely declared that None in his seed would sit on the throne, as pointed out before. Then how could God approve the seed of Jechoniah to be counted in the Seed of promise? But see, there are TWO ZERUBBABELS ! one supposed to be born in the line of Jechonias, who begat Salathiel, who begat Zorobabel (Matt. 1: 12), i.e., Jechonias, Salathiel, Zorobabel, Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Sadoc, Achim, Eliud, Eleazer, Matthan; Matthan begat Jacob and Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary (Matt. 1: 11 - 16). Joseph did not have any sexual contact with Mary, and he even wanted to put her away privily as "she has found with child of the Holy Ghost" before he and she came together (Matt. 1: 18 - 19). This is the foundation of the great spiritual blessing through Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God.
Let us now study the Line of David according to Luke 3: 23 - 38. Here the genealogy goes from bottom to top (in ascedning order) while in David's line in Matthew 1: 2 - 16, is coming from top to bottom (in descending order). The line in Luke's gospel starts at the bottom from Son of God, and is going up through Nathan's line, and has nothing to do with king Solomon's line. Salathiel is not from Jechoniah, but is the son of Neri of Nathan's line (Lk. 3: 27 & 31); thus it is different from the Line given in Matt. 1: 11 - 16. Here in Luke's gospel, the line comes through Zorobabel (meaning born in Babylon) and then on through Rho sa, Joanna, Juda, Joseph, Semei, Mattathias, Math, Nagge, Esli, Naum, Amos, Mattathias, Joseph, Janna, Melchi, Levi, Matthat and Heli (Lk. 3: 27 upward to 23). This Line in Luke has 21 generations from Neri (in the place of Jechoniah to Mary) while that in Matthew has only 13 generations, from Jechoniah to Mary. This clearly shows a subtle fight for the Throne of David. Judah has the ability to rule, but after Jechoniah, the Throne of David is only to the ONE coming in know Nathan's line from Adam, the son of God (Lk. 3: 38). Hereby you can know clearly that Jesus comes in the Son of God's line, about which we will see further later. But you can even now understand that anyone claiming to be sitting on David's throne now on the earth is totally wrong. We know, Judah had two sons through his daughter-in-law Tamar, namely, Pharez and Zerah (I Chron. 2: 3 - 4). God definitely differentiates the House of David from the House of Judah, even though David springs from Judah. When the kingdom was divided, only Judah was following the King along with Benjamin.
You can see clearly here that when the situation arose that Solomon's line would not get a child through Mary and when by this fluke circumstance, Satan wanted to offset the Plan of God and the connected prophecies, Christ Jesus used His God-given power to bring forth a child in Mary, who was a virgin, and thereby proved victorious to His Promise; and even James the Just, the eldest son born to Mary, who was a virgin, and thereby proved victorious to His Promise; and even James the Just, th eldest son born to Mary through Joseph after they came together, was killed by the Sanhedrin fellows, which totally destroyed the Solomon's line as the Royal Line.
Now the question arises: whether Jesus Christ was the Son of David and Son of Man. He was not born to a man and He did not come in the line of David as He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was not born to any of David's line in the flesh. What is the mystery behind all these and why did they call him as Son of David and Son of Man? Now do not get angry. Think a while. Getting just angry will not establish a fact nor will prove a false notion, though others may shout that we have been having it for generations together. Truth will at last overcome false beliefs. Opposition may be in the beginning from some foolish money-minded people, but people who love the Truth, they will ponder and seek God for clear revelation.
If we study the Tabernacle Pattern of the Old Testament, we can clearly find out where all these tribes are scattered. They were learned and knew how to move, on ranks halt and settle in order, and they scattered also in that order, according to God's Plan. The Christians throw away the Old Testament as not necessary and obselete, and take only the New Testament; this Jews throw away the New Testament and have their Scripture only upto Malachi; and thereby the Jews and the Gentiles are both blinded to some extent. Read the Whole Bible and you will know the Mind of God. When the Jews were converted as Christians in the early centuries of the apostolic days and after they formed just another class of Jews walking like Christians to all outward appearances but continuing only as Jews in the heart, thus making the real Jews as scape-goats; but they (the new class) never changed their inherent Jewish character a bit, and they prospered for nearly 2000 years. If they had studied the Old and the New Testaments closely, many mistakes would not have occured.
To know the different religions, one must really understand what they mean GOD in other religions too; then they could understand each other better. In the name of religion, millions and billions of innocent women and men were killed; and do you mean to say that God was in those religions? No, Definitely not! Now the great move to make people read the REvised Versions of the Bible is to hoodwink them and is an effort to bring all dead religions together; but, at least, Be Careful, each one of you, to own a copy of King James Version of the English Bible (whole Bible), for the benefit and use of your posterity, because, very soon, you will not find even a new single copy of it in the Market !!!