Was Jesus Christ a Jew?
By Dr. Wesley A. Swift
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.
I tell 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, saving, 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!
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