Identifying Israel Part 10: The Genealogical Record

by Jim Jester

Complete series available in book format: Will the Real Israel Please Stand Up?

Hosea 4:6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….

So many people (including myself in the past) have wondered why the Bible includes genealogical records. The question seems to automatically pop into most peoples’ minds, “Why are these here? It doesn’t matter who you are.” And we skip over these records as insignificant to the Biblical revelation. But, there they are! They confront the Bible reader in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. There must be a good reason. It may be that this is what Hosea is talking about in the above verse: knowledge about the Law of Yahweh and knowledge about who we are! This is the point of knowing something about the genealogical record of the Bible. The response most preachers give regarding genealogy is, “God cares about everybody and knows us by name.” That may sound sweet and caring, but that’s not a serious response from a theological point of view. Any serious Bible student knows that every scripture must fit together in harmony with the Bible as a whole, and hopefully with the established doctrines of their particular church.

Throughout this series I have showed who Israel is. The Jews claim to be of Israel, yet have admitted they are of a different origin. It can also be proven by the genealogical record that they are not even closely related to Israel’s descendants. They are even hundreds of years apart in history. In Part 2 of this series I gave an explanation of the many meanings of the word “Jew” depending on its racial, religious, or geographic applications. The word “Jews” first appears in the book of 2 Kings (v.16:6). If the Bible is the book of the Chosen People (and it is), then surely this chosen race would be mentioned in its pages. Since “Jews” are not mentioned in the previous books of the Bible, then there were no Jews in Genesis and the story of Abraham; there were no Jews in Exodus who were delivered out of Egypt; Moses was not a Jew; and the Jews never received the Law! Yet, by way of deception, today’s churches think that anything in the Old Testament is Jewish, and they call both Abraham and Jesus a “Jew!”

The word “Jew” was coined by the Babylonians around 588 B.C.; after the southern tribes of Judah went into the 70 years Babylonian captivity. The Biblical account of this is found in 2 Kings 24-25. The Babylonian term “Jew” has been commonly used in most Bible translations but a proper English translation would be either “Judahite” or “Judean,” depending, respectively, on whether one was descended from the Israelite tribe of Judah; or if one was simply a person who lived in the country of Judea. But, by the time Jesus Christ appeared, Judea was filled with a mixed multitude of Judeans. Jesus appeared at a very significant time in history. Some Judeans were true descendants of the Israelite tribe of Judah (thus “Judahites”), yet others were not. These others, nevertheless, were still called Judeans because they lived in Judea; just in the same way a person might be called a Texan even though such a person may not have been native born of that country. Just because a person is living in the country of Judea does not mean that the person is a racial descendant of the tribe of Judah or the “House of Judah” (the divided kingdom term). Judah had become more and more mixed with Edomite (Esau) blood in its racial mix, and by the time Jesus appeared, was thoroughly entrenched in the political and religious power structure of the country. Jesus was the Light invading a very dark time in history.


The Bible gives accounts of sexual affairs, marriages, and genealogical records. Does the Bible contain “soap opera” moments? Do Christians think these are here for our entertainment? Some evidently think they are; but these accounts are significant because they are tracing very important lines of genealogy. For example, Judah, a son of Jacob (Israel), not only took Aliyath (a Canaanite) to wife, but later had a sexual encounter with Tamar (Shemite), his daughter-in-law. The details of this account are given in Genesis chapter 38, right in the middle of the story of Joseph in Egypt. Bible commentators have long debated why it is there. I believe it is there to show us that there were more Israelites other than those located just in Egypt. It is also there to give us some very important genealogical information.

Tamar bore Judah twins, Zarah and Pharez. Some of the descendants of Zarah became the ancient Celts of Britain and Western Europe (1550 B.C.); a hundred years before the Exodus (1446 B.C.). These, of course, were pure bred Israelites. From Judah’s Canaanite wife came three sons: two (Er and Onan) which were killed by God, and Shelah who carried on a line of descendants (not Israelites). These went into Egypt and the last record of any Shelanites is found in 1 Chronicles 4:21-22. Descendants of both Pharez and Zarah continued to be a part of the tribe and kingdom of Judah.

There is much to discuss about Genesis 38; and why, after Judah pledged to give Tamar as wife to Shelah, he did not fulfill his promise. I will assume that he saw the error of his way of race-mixing and feared for the life of his remaining son. It seems he made a promise to Tamar which he never really intended to keep. You should read this account carefully for it is a part of the divine revelation to us. How would Tamar ever obtain children of good seed? Tamar made the honorable decision to do what she did, thus ensuring that the line of pure descendants continued down to Jesus Christ! God also protected her from being the wife of three men who were not of her race (Shemite/Israelite) or heritage. Her marriage was never consumated, therefore her actions were completely within the Law of God. She was not a whore, as some preachers and commentaries say. Without her couragous actions, there would have been no tribe of Judah, no kings of Troy or Britain, and no Saviour of Israel.

Today, the whole world would have us believe that the Jews living in the state of Israel are the descendants of Judah. This is the biggest lie of history (It could only be 1/3rd true through Shelah’s descendants). The true “Jews” (Judahites) through Pharez and Zerah were pushed out or bred out by the invading Edomites from Jerusalem and only a small portion remained in the northern parts of Judea, namely Galilee, where Jesus and His disciples ministered. As mentioned before, some of the descendants of Zerah populated parts of Europe centuries before (1550 B.C.) the time of Christ. Tea Tephi, daughter of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, a descendant of Pharez, was taken to Ireland to carry on the line of kings. For more on this I have provided the following quote from “The Genealogy of Yahshua the Messiah” by Clifton A. Emahiser:

Yahweh Has Preserved David’s Throne

Though the Throne of David was nonexistent 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 Jeconiah 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 remains 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." 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), 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 had 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 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 (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 unto 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. 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 un-bridged 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 Our Redeemer.

It is recorded in 1st Kings 8:25: "There shall not fail thee a man in my (Yahweh’s) sight to sit on the throne of Israel."

Psalm 89:35-37 says: Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie unto David. His line shall endure for ever, his throne as long as the sun before me. Like the moon it shall be established for ever; it shall stand firm while the skies endure (RSV).

Jeremiah 33:17, 18: For thus saith Yahweh; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;  Neither shall the priest the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings and to do sacrifice continually (KJV).


Another example of miscegenation is seen in the case of Esau (also known as Edom or Mt. Seir). Esau’s genealogy is found in Genesis chapter 36. From Easton's Bible Commentary:

See Genesis 24:3, 27:46, 28:1, “...Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.” At the age of forty years, to the great grief of his parents, he married (Gen. 26:34-35) two Canaanitish maidens, Judith, the daughter of Beeri, and Bashemath, the daughter of Elon. When Jacob was sent away to Padan-aram, Esau tried to conciliate his parents (Gen. 28:8-9) by marrying his cousin Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmael. This led him to cast in his lot with the Ishmaelite tribes....

Here we see the example of Esau who married into one of the races that Yahweh said was forbidden to marry. The descendants of Esau were not of Israelite blood and therefore not a part of the covenant which Yahweh made with Abraham and his descendants. The Edomites later became a part of the multi-cultural mix of Judea. When Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians they sent all the Judeans into exile (586 B.C.). After the downfall of Judah, Edom rejoiced (See Psalm 137:7). This created a vacuum that drew in citizens from around their empire. It would have been likely that there had also been some mixing with the descendants of Shelah during the previous centuries. In time these newcomers became known as Jews. Later, they started telling everyone they were the Chosen.

Edomites settled in southern Judah as far north as Hebron. Nabateans occupied old Edom beginning in the third century B. C., continuing their civilization well into the first century A. D. During the period from about 400‑100 B. C., Judas Maccabeus subdued the Edomites and John Hyrcanus forced them to be circumcised and then made them a part of the Judean people. They officially converted to Judaism in 129 B.C. Most of the Pharisees, the High Priest, and the Herodian dynasty were of Edomite descent. All of modern day Jewry are also descended from Edom.

Today’s Christian churches say that marrying outside of one’s race is alright; that the prohibition was because of other religions, not race. But many passages in the Bible do not mention false religions in connection with marriage. It is true there are scriptures that mention false gods but that is because false gods usually accompany races outside of the covenant. The command in Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, is primarily in reference to the mixing of seed (See Deuteronomy 22:9), not only cheating on your spouse. We need to have a sense of loyalty to our race, our forefathers and our heritage. If miscegenation is not a problem, as the modern church believes, then why in two places is it mentioned that Rebecca and Isaac were greatly disturbed over it? Were they just prejudiced? Were they racists?

Genesis 26:34-35,  “And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.”

Genesis 27:46, “And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? “

In this passage there is no mention concerning the religion of these girls. So why didn’t Rebecca and Isaac just say something like modern Christians do, “Oh, they’re in love; and as long as they are the same faith, that’s all that matters.” Isaacs’s father, Abraham, was also racially observant:

Genesis 24:2-4, And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

Were all the family of the faith just racial bigots, or were they following what Yahweh God had commanded? Once again there is no mention here of the religion of these daughters, only, “go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife….” And, why did he promise this with his hand on Abraham’s thigh? Why wasn’t it on his chest or some place else?

Most seem to forget that throughout history certain races followed particular religions: the Orientals followed Buddah, the Arabs followed Mohammed, the Caucasians followed Jesus Christ; etc. Why have the Caucasians followed Yeshua the Christ? Because they are Israelites; they are the Sheep; they are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and are included in the covenant promises of Yahweh.

Inheriting the Land

Here is the Biblical account on how we can take, and keep, our country. Deuteronomy 7:1-6,

When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

Is this not clearly a racist statement in the minds of most Americans? These seven other families or races were to be killed, shown no mercy, not covenanted with, or married into. Their religious symbols were not to be tolerated. Why? Because genetic Israel was holy to Yahweh and He chose them as special and above all other people upon the Earth. This is an exclusive relationship; all others are left out.

It is no different today than it was in the past. This is zero tolerance for a multi-racial, multi-cultural society. God had warned His people Israel that one of the results of race-mixing would be that their offspring would worship other gods, and so it was in Judea and Jerusalem. If we violate this Law (and we have), it says that God will become our enemy and destroy us. This is why America continues to decline under the wrath of God. Until this Law is instituted in our government and constitution, we will continue to destroy ourselves.

After the small portion of Judahites returned to Judah and Jerusalem and foundation of the temple was laid; something was brought to Ezra’s attention.

Ezra 9:1-2,  Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.

What was Ezra’s response?

Ezra 9:3, And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my robe, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down confounded.

This was Ezra’s act of humiliation. He was greatly disturbed over this trespass of God’s Law and so he went to prayer (See Ezra 9:6-15). Most Christians today are not disturbed; at least not enough to take action. They just say, “There’s nothing wrong with marrying another race; whatever they want to do; we’re all the same inside.”

Later we see a course of action suggested to Ezra:

Ezra 10:2-3, And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have married foreign women of the peoples of the land: yet now there is hope for Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

This is true repentance. It is action that is needed not complacency or a confession only. Does not Proverbs 28:13 say, “He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy.” God will not bless us or our land without repentance. Repentance is turning around: confessing the trespass of God’s Law, forsaking the sin, and following the Law. Without this there can be no salvation, either individually or nationally.

After gathering Israel in Jerusalem Ezra gave the instructions: Ezra 10:11, “Now therefore make confession unto the Lord God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.” What, divorce your wives (some Christian may ask)? I thought God was against divorce?

The response from the people in verse 12, “Then all the assembly answered and said with a loud voice, as thou hast said concerning us, so must we do.” The rest of the book gives details on who put away their wives and children. Ezra also tells us what happened to those returning who could not prove their genealogy (See Ezra 2:59 & 62). This is further proof that the issue was not just over religion; it was over race.

Nehemiah 9:2 comments, “And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.” Again, it does not say that they separated themselves from false religions, but from the racial strangers (mamzers).

Many churched people today are taught that divorce is wrong. Indeed it is a serious matter. But what we have here in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah is not divorce; it is “putting away” or separating. Miscegenation is not marriage in God’s eyes; therefore no written divorce is needed. A marriage with a thousand marriage licenses from the state does not justify a mixed racial union. It is fornication (illicit) and adultery (mixed seed) and must be repented of. This sin of miscegenation will destroy any nation; and has throughout history.

How did the people of Judah and Levi then living in Judea, lose control of their government and religion? They very foolishly forgot or ignored one of the most important laws of Yahweh, a law stated in Deuteronomy 23:2 which reads, “A mongrel shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord."  Yes, I know, the King James Version says, “a bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord...”  But in the original scripture the Hebrew word was "mamzer" which means a mongrel, a person born of racially different parents. Such a child would be false, not genuine, and therefore illegitimate, but would not necessarily be born out of wedlock. A mongrel or so-called bastard could only be produced by the mixing of races, and marriage had nothing to do with it.

When the Temple was rebuilt about 515 B.C., a government under God was then reestablished in the city of Jerusalem.  This government, called a theocracy, was then once more administered by the Levites as God had commanded, and the sons of Aaron again served as the priests in the Temple worship.  But soon thereafter, the pagan aliens from Babylon began their intrigue of subversion and conquest of the government and religious worship.  These Babylonian pagans were related to the Canaanites, Amalekites, Hittites and other people that God had told the Israelites to avoid, who also living at that time in the land of Judea and particularly in the city of Jerusalem. Think of the sad words from Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

Most of the returning people of Judah and Levi settled in Judea, but the people of Benjamin established their homes considerably to the north in the province of Galilee.  This was a significant fact, because the people of Jerusalem and Judea were integrated with these other races and in time became almost totally mongrelized with them, while the people of Galilee were segregated and so were saved from the ravages of race-mixing. God had warned His people Israel that one of the results of race-mixing would be that their offspring would worship other gods, and so it was in Judea.


After reading the scriptures as relating to marriage and genealogy, some will feel this cannot be true for it would make God a racist, at least in some sense of that term. Some will refuse to accept this position saying, “That just isn’t fair.” But God will decide what is fair; He is the potter and you are the clay. He is the One who created genetics and He makes the rules governing it. Will you side with Him or will you side with the world? Today we are mixing the races and forgetting about God’s Law regarding it. As Hosea has said, we too will be “destroyed for lack of knowledge”, the knowledge of who we are and how we relate to God’s Law.

And, are all these examples and genealogies in the Bible there for nothing, like most pastors say, “there’s nothing in the Bible about race”? What? The Bible is full of race! And some day, if the Bible is banned by the government as a “racist book”, will you agree with it?The government can understand plain English, why can’t the churches understand plain English? Today’s preachers will quote just one verse to support the view that race doesn’t matter, usually Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”  But this verse is not speaking about race or genetics; it is speaking of nationality, economic status, and sex. Race and heritage does matter. Does the modern church person think that Ezra was just a mean old man who liked to break up families for fun? Do they think that the accounts of Esau and Judah are just insignificant historical notes? Do they not take the Bible seriously when it says: Romans15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…?”

Pictures of Miscegenation

Deuteronomy 22:9, Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole fruit be forfeited, the seed which thou hast sown, and the increase of the vineyard.

Daniel 2:43, And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Matthew 7:6, Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Matthew 13:27, So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Matthew 13:38, The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Revelation 12:17, And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Notice that Satan did not make war with a religion, but with a Seed.)