Did you know that it is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone claiming to be Jewish today to prove it genealogically?
The reason is simple.
In 70 AD, the house of records in Jerusalem, and every piece of documentation that would prove the lineage of every Jewish family was destroyed.
In addition, the nearly 1900 year exile and dispersal they suffered afterwards has complicated matters even more.
I recently read an article about a woman in her thirties who grew up on a kibbutz, has two brothers who served in Israeli combat units, and there is a line on her birth certificate listing her nationality as Jewish.
Now get this.
When she went with her fiancé to the Tel Aviv Rabbinate to register to marry, she was told she would have to prove before a rabbinic court she was Jewish!
In spite of her mother being Jewish enough to immigrate to Israel and in spite of the fact that her brothers had fought for the Jewish state, she felt like she was being told, “You’re good enough to be an Israeli citizen of the Jewish state, but to be considered Jewish for religious purposes, you’re not.”
She left the office infuriated.
It seems that proving you’re Jewish to Israel’s state rabbinate can be notoriously difficult, especially if you come to Israel from the United States.
What complicates matters even more is that while Rabbinic law asserts that Jewishness comes from the mother, biblically, whether one is a child of Israel or not, is determined by the father.
Now with regards to Yeshua’s messianic credentials, religious Jews have a whopper of a problem on their hands.
They maintain, correctly, that the Messiah will come from Judah’s line or to be more precise from the Jewish royal family of King David.
Actually, some assert there will be two messiahs, one of whom will come from the line of Judah.
And we all know that they do NOT acknowledge the Messiahship of Yeshua who revealed Himself in about 30 AD.
Well, here’s the problem.
When the much anticipated day arrives and the messiah they’ve been waiting for reveals Himself to Israel, how will the Jews be able to prove that it is really Him using the standard necessary to prove such things, in other words by genealogy?
Well, Yeshua was able to prove it and His genealogy to this very day has never been disputed by the Jews.
I’m well aware that some will attempt to discredit Joseph’s genealogy by saying he can’t be considered Joseph’s father because according to the New Testament Yeshua was born of a virgin.
Look, Joseph was his earthly father, so please save your arguments on this point.
When I say that His genealogy to this day has never been disputed by the Jews including even the ultra-Orthodox, I am saying the following facts have yet to be overturned.
-That Yeshua of Nazareth existed.
-That He was of the tribe of Judah.
-That he was of the line of David.