Ancient Genealogical Records Prove King David’s Descendants Are Alive Today

Breaking Israel News

“Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom over Yisrael for ever; according as I promised to David thy father, saying: There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Yisrael.” I Kings 9:5 (The Israel Bible™)

It might come as a shock to many to learn that hundreds of descendants of King David are alive today, with verifiable family trees dating back 90 generations, and that the royal Davidic dynasty could potentially be established today in Israel.

Though some may be skeptical of the genealogical proof, many secular researchers of genealogy have studied the line of David. The research is facilitated by the fact that a number of European monarchs throughout history have gone to great lengths to prove family ties to the Davidic Dynasty, and a solid ancestry has been established.

Within the Jewish community, genealogical studies have shown several families that can claim descent ben akhar ben (father to son) in a direct line, most notably the Dayan, Shealtiel and Charlap/Don Yechia families. Most of these families come from Aleppo, Syria.

Susan Roth (Davidic Dynasty)
Susan Roth (Davidic Dynasty)

Susan Roth founded the Davidic Dynasty organization in 2000 to gather and reunite Davidic descendants in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Roth has a personal interest as well, tracing her lineage back to King David through Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, the preeminent 11th century French Torah scholar known by the acronym Rashi.

Her registry currently lists approximately 150 descendants who have verifiable descent to King David. However, efforts to introduce this reality into mainstream Judaism have met with surprising resistance.

When she first compiled her list, Roth contacted Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to inform them of her registry but, surprisingly, they expressed no interest.

“They were shocked, but they never followed up. My interest was simply to do God’s will, but they understood it as a political agenda. They don’t want King David’s dynasty and they don’t want Moshiach (Messiah),” Roth told Breaking Israel News.

“Even though it is clear Moshiach is here. He is just hiding,” she added.

Mitch Dayan claims descent from King David. (Courtesy)
Mitchell Dayan  (Courtesy)

One of her discoveries was Mitchell Dayan. In 1983, Dayan was mourning for his brother. Amazed at the number of visitors who claimed to be from his family, he began to research his genealogy. Dayan’s research led him to a book called Yashir Moshe, a commentary on Song of Songs written in 1864 by Rabbi Moshe Dayan. In the prologue to the book, the rabbi lists his genealogy, leading back to King David. In this list, Mitchell found the name of his great grandfather from Aleppo.

Another genealogic list was found in the Cairo geniza, a storehouse of over 300,000 Jewish documents discovered in the late 1800’s. The two lists were almost identical, despite the Cairo list being compiled hundreds of years earlier. Through these sources, Mitchell Dayan was able to verify his lineage back 87 generations to King David.

“The actual descendants may not know it but there are descendants of King David alive today,” Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “This was prophesied in the Bible but it is also fact. Politics are irrelevant. It is going to happen, one day or another.”

For thus saith Hashem: There shall not be cut off unto David a man to sit upon the throne of the house of YisraelJeremiah 33:17

In 2005, another Dayan, Rabbi Yosef Dayan, was recognized by the nascent Sanhedrin as a direct descendant of King David and, as such, a candidate to re-establish the Davidic Dynasty. Similar to Mitchell Dayan, his discovery came as a result of a death in the family.

Soon after he immigrated to Israel in 1968, Rabbi Dayan buried his grandfather in Jerusalem. He was surprised to see inscribed on the headstone the words “M’Bet David” (from the house of David). Rabbi Dayan discovered that this inscription was a family custom dating back to their origins in Aleppo.

Several years later, Rabbi Dayan received an antique document from a cousin which lists his genealogy, showing him to be the 89th generation from King David. This document was verified by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, the former Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel.

“This concept of family tradition is not surprising,” Rabbi Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “The Kohanim (priests) have a family tradition that they are descended from Aaron the Priest, well before King David, and this tradition is totally accepted by the rabbis. This tradition has been proven accurate by DNA testing.”

Rabbi Dayan is disappointed by the lack of acceptance by rabbinic authorities and mainstream Judaism.

Rabbi Yosef Dayan. (Screenshot)
Rabbi Yosef Dayan. (Screenshot)

“Just as the Kohanic tradition is accepted, the same should be true for the descendants of King David, but even more so,” Rabbi Dayan said. “We have written family trees, and our tradition is engraved on gravestones for the offspring to take note of their ancestry.”

Breaking Israel News asked Rabbi Dayan why he thought there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic Dynasty.

On why there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic dynasty, Rabbi Dayan explained, “There is a basic error in understanding the Kingdom of David.

“The Moshiach is already here. Moshiach in Hebrew means ‘anointed’. It is not a miracle. The family of David exists and is waiting for Israel to choose one and anoint him.

“By claiming incorrectly that there are no living descendants of King David, the Moshiach becomes dependent upon a miracle from heaven, thereby absolving the rabbis from any responsibility for taking action to bringing the Messiah.”

Ancient Genealogical Records Prove King David’s Descendants Are Alive Today

 

Breaking Israel News

“Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom over Yisrael for ever; according as I promised to David thy father, saying: There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Yisrael.” I Kings 9:5 (The Israel Bible™)

It might come as a shock to many to learn that hundreds of descendants of King David are alive today, with verifiable family trees dating back 90 generations, and that the royal Davidic dynasty could potentially be established today in Israel.

Though some may be skeptical of the genealogical proof, many secular researchers of genealogy have studied the line of David. The research is facilitated by the fact that a number of European monarchs throughout history have gone to great lengths to prove family ties to the Davidic Dynasty, and a solid ancestry has been established.

Within the Jewish community, genealogical studies have shown several families that can claim descent ben akhar ben (father to son) in a direct line, most notably the Dayan, Shealtiel and Charlap/Don Yechia families. Most of these families come from Aleppo, Syria.

Susan Roth (Davidic Dynasty)
Susan Roth (Davidic Dynasty)

Susan Roth founded the Davidic Dynasty organization in 2000 to gather and reunite Davidic descendants in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Roth has a personal interest as well, tracing her lineage back to King David through Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, the preeminent 11th century French Torah scholar known by the acronym Rashi.

Her registry currently lists approximately 150 descendants who have verifiable descent to King David. However, efforts to introduce this reality into mainstream Judaism have met with surprising resistance.

When she first compiled her list, Roth contacted Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to inform them of her registry but, surprisingly, they expressed no interest.

“They were shocked, but they never followed up. My interest was simply to do God’s will, but they understood it as a political agenda. They don’t want King David’s dynasty and they don’t want Moshiach (Messiah),” Roth told Breaking Israel News.

“Even though it is clear Moshiach is here. He is just hiding,” she added.

Mitch Dayan claims descent from King David. (Courtesy)
Mitchell Dayan  (Courtesy)

One of her discoveries was Mitchell Dayan. In 1983, Dayan was mourning for his brother. Amazed at the number of visitors who claimed to be from his family, he began to research his genealogy. Dayan’s research led him to a book called Yashir Moshe, a commentary on Song of Songs written in 1864 by Rabbi Moshe Dayan. In the prologue to the book, the rabbi lists his genealogy, leading back to King David. In this list, Mitchell found the name of his great grandfather from Aleppo.

Another genealogic list was found in the Cairo geniza, a storehouse of over 300,000 Jewish documents discovered in the late 1800’s. The two lists were almost identical, despite the Cairo list being compiled hundreds of years earlier. Through these sources, Mitchell Dayan was able to verify his lineage back 87 generations to King David.

“The actual descendants may not know it but there are descendants of King David alive today,” Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “This was prophesied in the Bible but it is also fact. Politics are irrelevant. It is going to happen, one day or another.”

For thus saith Hashem: There shall not be cut off unto David a man to sit upon the throne of the house of YisraelJeremiah 33:17

In 2005, another Dayan, Rabbi Yosef Dayan, was recognized by the nascent Sanhedrin as a direct descendant of King David and, as such, a candidate to re-establish the Davidic Dynasty. Similar to Mitchell Dayan, his discovery came as a result of a death in the family.

Soon after he immigrated to Israel in 1968, Rabbi Dayan buried his grandfather in Jerusalem. He was surprised to see inscribed on the headstone the words “M’Bet David” (from the house of David). Rabbi Dayan discovered that this inscription was a family custom dating back to their origins in Aleppo.

Several years later, Rabbi Dayan received an antique document from a cousin which lists his genealogy, showing him to be the 89th generation from King David. This document was verified by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, the former Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel.

“This concept of family tradition is not surprising,” Rabbi Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “The Kohanim (priests) have a family tradition that they are descended from Aaron the Priest, well before King David, and this tradition is totally accepted by the rabbis. This tradition has been proven accurate by DNA testing.”

Rabbi Dayan is disappointed by the lack of acceptance by rabbinic authorities and mainstream Judaism.

Rabbi Yosef Dayan. (Screenshot)
Rabbi Yosef Dayan. (Screenshot)

“Just as the Kohanic tradition is accepted, the same should be true for the descendants of King David, but even more so,” Rabbi Dayan said. “We have written family trees, and our tradition is engraved on gravestones for the offspring to take note of their ancestry.”

Breaking Israel News asked Rabbi Dayan why he thought there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic Dynasty.

On why there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic dynasty, Rabbi Dayan explained, “There is a basic error in understanding the Kingdom of David.

“The Moshiach is already here. Moshiach in Hebrew means ‘anointed’. It is not a miracle. The family of David exists and is waiting for Israel to choose one and anoint him.

“By claiming incorrectly that there are no living descendants of King David, the Moshiach becomes dependent upon a miracle from heaven, thereby absolving the rabbis from any responsibility for taking action to bringing the Messiah.”

David’s Dynasty Claim Temple Mount As Their Inheritance

“I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name.” (1 Kings 11:36)

A modern-day Malkhut Beit David (מלכות בית דוד), Kingdom of the House of David, which is comprised of the male descendants of King David is hoping to file a lawsuit claiming ownership of this ancient Biblical site.

The idea for the lawsuit began in 2004 when a recent olim (immigrant) to Israel from America, Dr. Boruch Fishman, visited the tomb of Samuel, the prophet who anointed David king of Israel about 3,000 years ago.

There, he met a local farmer, Israel Auerbach.  The two discussed how the purchase of the legal title of the Temple Mount by King David is recorded in 2 Samuel 24:24–25:

“So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.”

The two men reasoned that according to Jewish inheritance rights, David’s all-male descendants are still the legal owner of the Temple Mount.

To advance their claim of ownership, Dr. Fishman established an amutah or nonprofit organization named Canfei Nesharim L’maan Hakahal (Wings of Eagles for the Assembly).

The amutah contains within it a legal entity for those who can prove a male lineage from son to son (ben achar ben) beginning at David’s house.  (Breaking Israel News)

Anyone who qualifies would be included in the legal claim to inherit the Temple Mount.

This legal entity also aims to “facilitate the administration of property acknowledged to be rightfully owned by the house of David and to serve as a vehicle for positive intervention of the all-male descendants of King David into Israel life.”

David’s Dynasty: Where Are They Now?

“The LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.” (2 Chronicles 21:7)

David had at least one daughter and 22 sons—one of whom, Solomon, succeeded him as king and built the First Temple in Jerusalem.

After Solomon’s reign ended, ten tribes of Israel rejected the Davidic line of kings and formed their own northern Kingdom of Judea.

However, the male descendants of King David continued to rule the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in Israel, which became the southern kingdom; that is, until the Babylonians conquered it in 597 BC.

At that time, some Jews stayed in Judah, others fled to Egypt, and most of the nesi’im—the princes of the Davidic line, were taken to Babylon along with many of the Jewish people.

There, David’s kingdom continued, its members being appointed by religious leaders to govern the Jewish community. Such leaders were called rosh ha’gola, which means head of the exile or exilarch.

This line of rulers survived the Islamic invasions of the region, but came to an end with the Arab conquest of Baghdad in AD 1040.

The descendants of the exilarchs spread out across Mesopotamia, the Levant, Egypt, and the Mediterranean basin looking for new lands where they could live as Jews.

While some remained in Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, others later moved into other parts of Europe. During these times, they separated into Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and other groups.

Some of the Davidic lines, especially those of rabbinic descent, kept careful track of their lineage from one generation to the next as they migrated from one land to another.

Therefore, among the Ashkenazim, those who claim Davidic descent usually do so by tracing their lineage back to a famous Jewish rabbi or scholar, such as the 18th century Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben Eliezer, known as the Ba’al Shem Tov; or Shneur Zalman, the first Lubavitcher rebbe; or Saadya, the Gaon of Vilna—all of whom claim Davidic descent.

Some trace their lineage back to an even more famous line, such as the great 11th century French commentator on the Tanakh and Talmud, Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzhaki), or the family line of the Maharshal in Lithuania (Shlomo Luria), or the Maharal of Prague (Judah Loew ben Bezalel).

The first century Jewish law scholar and member of the Sanhedrin, Rabban Gamliel, who taught the Apostle Paul in the ways of Phariseeism (Acts 22:3), is said to be of Davidic Descent as well.

Others trace their roots through the Sephardic line back to Hezekiah of Baghdad, who died the year Rashi was born, and was the last exilarch. He fled to Grenada, Spain where he had two sons, Yitzhak and David.

Shealtiel is one of the more famous Sephardic family surnames descending through Hezekiah.

Though suffering through continual migration and persecution, King David’s descendants are estimated to be in the millions and the majority have no idea that they are part of his dynasty.

On the surface, this effort to locate David’s descendants appears to be an attempt to reestablish the Davidic dynasty as a monarchy in Israel (whether symbolic or actual), and some have that goal.

Susan Roth, a notable Israeli actress traces her Davidic ancestry through Rashi and the Baal Shem Tov, among others. The foundation she started in 1998, Eshet Chayil (Women of Valor), sponsors many Israeli causes, such as the Davidic Dynasty website.

Regarding reestablishing the Kingdom of David today, she says that “a king would be taken seriously and signify that Jews have been in Israel for over 3,000 years. The Knesset could run the country but there would be a royal house that would bring legitimacy.

“The royal House of David could be a light unto the nation. It would bring about peace, harmony, and everything the world is waiting for because the world is in a terrible shape right now.”  (momentmag)

Others are less enthusiastic about the prospects of a king. Orthodox speaker and author Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis believes her Davidic ancestry is not so special: “We are all am Yisrael [people of Israel],” she says.

Determining Davidic Descent

Since 1997, DNA testing has been identifying descendants of Aaron, the first High Priest. But no DNA marker has yet been discovered to locate a descendant of David.

Nevertheless, charts, family trees, and common surnames on the Davidic Dynasty website are helping people trace their family lineage.

Mitchell Dayan, whose family is from Aleppo, Syria, is now a core leader of the website, as well. He first discovered his Davidic heritage in 1983 when he read a commentary on King Solomon’s Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) titled Yashir Moshe, written in 1864 by Rabbi Moshe Dayan.

In it, the author traces the Dayan family straight back to King David. This motivated Mitchell to research his own family line, and in 2003 he completed the “Dayan of Aleppo Family Tree,” which is available on the DavidicDyansty website.

Mitchell, a member of the Dayan rabbinic family now proudly claims to be the 87th generation in a line of descendants from King David, from son to son (ben achar ben).

As such, he is ready to claim ownership of the Temple Mount.

Gathering Evidence

“Then Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah.  It was on the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David, his father.”  (2 Chronicles 3:1)

The Temple Mount is not only Judaism’s holiest site, it is uniquely the property of King David.

Around 4,000 years ago, Mount Moriah was the Biblical location where God asked Abraham to offer the promised son Isaac as a sacrifice.

About 900 years later, David captured the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites, and he could have confiscated the Mount as wartime plunder.  Instead, he allowed the Jebusite king to keep ownership of some of his land, including Mount Moriah.

Acquiring the threshing floor of Mount Moriah for the Lord was not David’s idea; when a plague over Jerusalem ended, the Lord spoke to him through the Prophet Gad:

“Gad came that day to David and said to him, ‘Go up, raise an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.’” (2 Samuel 24:18)

So, David went to Araunah, who tried to give the land to David for free, along with oxen for the sacrifices.

But David insisted on buying it instead:

“I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.” (2 Samuel 24 24–25)

Gathering Evidence

“Then Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah.  It was on the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David, his father.”  (2 Chronicles 3:1)

The Temple Mount is not only Judaism’s holiest site, it is uniquely the property of King David.

Around 4,000 years ago, Mount Moriah was the Biblical location where God asked Abraham to offer the promised son Isaac as a sacrifice.

About 900 years later, David captured the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites, and he could have confiscated the Mount as wartime plunder.  Instead, he allowed the Jebusite king to keep ownership of some of his land, including Mount Moriah.

Acquiring the threshing floor of Mount Moriah for the Lord was not David’s idea; when a plague over Jerusalem ended, the Lord spoke to him through the Prophet Gad:

“Gad came that day to David and said to him, ‘Go up, raise an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.’” (2 Samuel 24:18)

So, David went to Araunah, who tried to give the land to David for free, along with oxen for the sacrifices.

But David insisted on buying it instead:

“I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.”  (2 Samuel 24 24–25)

Muslims Build on the Mount

Though the site is not specifically mentioned in the Koran, the Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam, falsely known as the place from where Mohammed is said to have ascended to heaven to receive instructions from God.

Following the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in AD 637, construction began on the Dome of the Rock, which is thought to sit where the First and Second Temples once stood.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque followed in the 8th century, which is still today situated at the southern end of the Mount. It was built to represent the “furthest mosque” (al-aqsa in Arabic), which is mentioned in the Koran as the site from where Mohammed ascended.

Though the Muslim structures have existed on the Temple Mount since the 7th–8th centuries, the site largely sat in disrepair and the city sparsely inhabited—that is, until the founding of the modern State of Israel in 1948.

When Israel’s War of Independence ended in 1949, Jordan took control of the eastern part of Jerusalem, including the Western (Wailing) Wall and the Temple Mount, preventing any Jew from entering the site.

Fighting in self-defense against an Egyptian-Jordanian-Syrian invasion in June 1967, Israel recaptured the area after only six days of war.

After almost 1,900 years, the Temple Mount finally came under complete control of the Jewish People, but only for a few hours.

In a tragic irony, Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Defense Minister—perhaps also a member of David’s dynasty—handed the keys of the Temple Mount over to the Jordanian Waqf, the Islamic authority that had been administering the Temple Mount since the 1950s.

In doing so, Dayan set in motion a “status quo” that exists today: Jews can visit the Temple Mount only during specific hours, but they are not allowed to pray there.

Why would a Jewish leader give up such a valuable treasure after nearly 1,900 years of exile, especially considering that Jews pray every day “that the Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days…. And there we will serve You in reverence, as in the days of old and as in former years”?

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) explains that in an effort to encourage peace with the Arabs, Dayan only intended to turn over religious use of the site to the Waqf, not ownership of the site itself.  “In giving religious sovereignty over the mount to the Muslims, he believed he was defusing the site as a center of Palestinian nationalism,” the Center states.

Of course, his intentions didn’t work out as expected.

Arabs Claim Sovereignty Over the Temple Mount

Today the Temple Mount has been made a focal point of Palestinian nationalism, with the Arabs and Palestinian Authority claiming sovereignty of the land as well as religious use of the Temple Mount, while actively denying Jewish history connected to the site.

But this has not always been the case.

A 1924 publication of a tourist guidebook for the Temple Mount by the Supreme Muslim Council (Waqf) states:

“The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest times.  Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute.  This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.”  (A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, 1925, p. 4)

A later edition to the guidebook published by the Waqf in 1950, two years after Israel’s independence, reproduces this fact.

After the 1967 War, no longer was the Temple Mount only referred to as Al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), but also as Al-Masjid al-Aksa (the Farthest Mosque), fostering within the Muslim people a deep spiritual entitlement to the site. (JCPA)

David’s Dynasty Prepare Their Claim

“May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.”  (1 Kings 8:29)

Shortly after the 1967 war, the State of Israel annexed east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, bringing it under the municipality of Jerusalem. Then on July 30 of the same year, the Israel Knesset (Parliament) passed a bill declaring Jerusalem to be the Capital of Israel, though no boundaries were specified.

In 2007, the Israel Land Fund, a nonprofit organization was formed to acquire land for the Jewish People and “to enable all Jews (Israeli and non-Israeli citizens) to own a part of Israel.” But it has not acquired the Temple Mount.

Dr. Fishman’s attorney Baruch Ben Yosef gave his opinion to Breaking Israel News about the current legal status of the Mount:

“The fact that it is under the authority of the Waqf or Jordan is not a legal claim to ownership. It is a temporary condition based on power and not a valid legal claim,” Ben Yosef said.

“Since [the Temple Mount] can be privately owned, the people who claim lineage to King David have a legal claim,” Ben Yosef added. “If we make a claim in court, the court would have to disprove the claim. The burden of proof would be on them. But in the meantime, the Land Authority won’t do anything without a court order from the High Court.”

Ben Yosef is not convinced, however, that the High Court of Israel will even hear the case, but Dr. Fishman has been actively raising funds to pursue all legal avenues.

In the meantime, on Yom Kippur, 2015, a third intifada (uprising) of murder and terror began and continues today as a result of Arab leaders proclaiming that “Al-Aqsa is in danger” and that Israel plans to replace the Muslim structures with the Third Temple.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to deny such a libel, Israel intends to keep the Temple Mount physically under Israel sovereignty and historically within the Jewish heritage, even as Arabs continue to reclassify it as their own.

In this struggle, no person, group, or entity has been able to produce a clean legal title to the Mount today.

Who, then, actually owns this plot of land that King David bought, and to whom can the Davidic Dynasty group make its claim?

Who Will Judge?

Arab perseverance is winning international sympathy for their claims.

In October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will assume some judicial authority over the Temple Mount as it votes on a resolution to make the Temple Mount a strictly Islamic holy site.

Whatever UNESCO decides, the reality is that God’s Word declares the Jewish heritage and divine sovereignty of the site from the time King David bought it until the present.  Moreover, it also declares that God has set the Mount apart for Himself and for David’s ultimate male descendant, the Messiah Himself.

David’s Messianic Descendant Will Decide

The supreme descendant of the line of David is the Messiah Himself, who will sit on the throne of David during His Messianic reign:

“Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will set up of David a righteous shoot, and He shall reign as king and prosper, and He shall perform judgment and righteousness in the land. In His days, Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely, and this is His name that He shall be called, The Lord is our righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:5–6)

Although David had 22 sons, the eternal monarchy led by the Messiah is established through the line of Solomon. We see this when King David promises Bathsheba that Solomon will reign after him. She then announces, “Let my lord King David live forever.” (1 Kings 1:31)

In fact, of the thirteen fundamental principles in Judaism compiled by Maimonides, the twelfth confirms Messiah’s lineage:

“There is no king of Israel except from the house of David and from the seed of Solomon alone. And anyone who disputes this regarding this family is a denier of the name of God and in all the words of the prophets.” (Talmud Sanhedrin, Maimonides’ commentary on the Mishna, as translated by Marc Mermelstein at mesora)

Some Orthodox Jews say the Temple will come down from heaven, prepared by the Messiah Himself.  Others are actively preparing to build a Third Temple that they believe will usher in the reign of the Messiah.

Whether the Temple comes down from heaven or is built up from the earth, legal title to the threshing floor at the Temple Mount will continue to be challenged in international forums like UNESCO and other venues by Arabs, Israelis, and David’s Dynasty.

Yet only one ruling on the matter will be eternally valid—when the Messiah comes down from heaven and reclaims Mount Moriah as His own in the Messianic reign to come.

The Lord says at that time,

“I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.”  (Ezekiel 34:22–24)

Will Israel Have A ‘King’ Soon? The Modern-Day Sanhedrin Say “YES!”

Will Israel Have A ‘King’ Soon? The Modern-Day Sanhedrin Say “YES!”
from Yaakov Katz
THE JERUSALEM POST – January 12, 2005

Will Jews begin proclaiming “Long live the king” in the near future?

According to a group of 71 Jewish scholars who met this week in the Old City of Jerusalem in the form of a modern-day Sanhedrin “a duplicate of the religious tribunal which convened during the time of the Second Temple” a coronation day is growing closer.

As one member of the group put it, “We would have liked it to happen yesterday. But we are willing to wait until tomorrow.”

There hasn’t been a genuine Sanhedrin in Israel for nearly 1,600 years; the last one to be proclaimed was in France, by Napoleon, for political gain. Shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel, religious affairs minister Judah Leib Maimon raised the notion of reinstituting the ancient body, to no avail.

The group composed largely of Kahane sympathizers that gave itself the name Sanhedrin in October, however, met Sunday to discuss the creation of a Jewish monarchy in the State of Israel.

For the past several years a group called the Monarchists has conducted extensive research into the lineage of several families in an effort to discover who has the closest bloodline to the biblical King David ” a requirement for any future Jewish king.

Rabbi Yosef Dayan from Psagot, known for his recent threats to place a death curse on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, is said to be a leading candidate to become the “king of Israel.”

“Dayan has the best lineage to King David,” several members of the Sanhedrin told The Jerusalem Post. They say he has two documented ancient sources which draw a direct line between him and the males in his family to King David some 3,000 years ago.

“Many people can show they are descendants of King David, but they cannot show that the line is only male,” one Sanhedrin member explained. “That makes Dayan the leading candidate to become king.”

The Monarchists have consulted with non-Jewish experts on lineage. They concurred that, without a doubt, Dayan is a direct descendent of the House of David.

The only question now is how to establish the Jewish monarchy in spite of the presiding democratic government.

“There are two possibilities,” Dayan explained. “The first is that the nation or a majority from within will want the monarchy and will uproot the presiding democratic government.”

The second, more realistic option, he said, is “the one cited by Maimonides” and that is that no one will know how it will be until it happens.”

Some of the other ideas discussed at the Sanhedrin meeting included the construction of an altar on the Temple Mount to be used for the Passover Offering during the upcoming holiday.

One of the ideas, members said, is to climb the Mount and build the altar within minutes and sacrifice the lamb before security forces can stop them. Another, said leading Sanhedrin member Baruch Ben-Yosef, is to pray for a tsunami-like disaster on the Mount.

“In one second, God wiped out 150,000 people,” he said. “Who knows? Maybe he’ll help us if we show him we are ready.”

Participants also discussed Ben-Yosef’s idea of reinstating the Sanhedrin’s authority to announce Rosh Hodesh, the beginning of the new lunar month.

“It is very important to reinstate the Sanhedrin’s authority to announce the month, because it will force people to understand that God gave us the power to control the calendar and our own destiny,” Ben-Yosef said.

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Background on the Sanhedrin

“Sanhedrin” – (m., pl. “Sanhedriyaot”) – 1. the Jewish “Supreme Court;” it consisted of seventy one great Torah Sages, who met in the “Lishkat HaGazit,” the “Office of Hewn Stone,” adjacent to the Temple in Jerusalem; 2. The Masechta, or Folio of the Talmud that discusses the activities of the Sanhedrin, and related matters.

The Rabbis who were the members of the Sanhedrin had all received “Semichah,” the formal passing over of the Tradition from their teachers.

On the floor of the Sanhedrin were debated the fundamental principles of the Torah, and the result was established by majority vote.

Cases that were the most difficult or the most critical for the Jewish People were decided by the Sanhedrin. A majority had to be at least two votes. Any Capital case in which all the votes were for condemnation, was automatically changed to acquittal.

There is discussion in the Talmud of the question of how frequently capital punishment was imposed by the Sanhedrin, although the Torah does explicitly allow for it. Some said that a Sanhedrin that imposed the death penalty once in seven years was considered “bloody;” another opinion is that it was seventy years. Another said that it depended on the generation. Yet another was that restraint in imposing the death penalty would increase the number of murderers in Israel.

After the Temple was destroyed, the Sanhedrin moved from place to place in Israel. It finally was dissolved when, in the absence of the greatest Sages of Israel, the Institution of Semichah could no longer be applied.

During the Middle Ages, there was an attempt to revive the Sanhedrin by re-instituting Semichah. But due to opposition by some of the Torah Sages of that generation, the idea never became a reality.

The Sanhedrin was reestablished in a ceremony in Tiberias, where the original Sanhedrin was disbanded, on October, 2004 (Tishrei 5765).