Record Breaking Granny has 1400 Relatives

September 22, 2009 9:29 AM

Here is an article on a Jewish Woman who died at age 99 who left 1400, children grandchildren great grand children and even great great grand children.  When I look at this article I see an indictment against the whole of the church in this day and hour. Had there been just 100 Born Again Spirit-Filled had did this in one town, in one city, in one state how different would that place be today from what we see this day and hour?

How would it be that you had lived to see the day that you had 1400 descendants that were all Godly and Serving the Lord Jesus Christ? How would the local public schools be affected by this in your local community? How would local your government be affected by 1400 people voting as a block.  How would the effect be affected by just 10 familes within a local having 14,000 voters. Know that 1400 people could more than decide the election in any small local, 14,000 could well decide the election in any town or small city, and with one hundred such families having an output of 140,000 people would be able to decide elections in most large cities and even in a good number of state elections.

Further if these children as they grew up and became parents and worked in a given local community or city if every one during 30 years brought just two people to the feet of Jesus Christ, the effect would declared to be a great revival.

Psalm 128:1-6 1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers (Crown).

Psalm 127:3-5 3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

ABC's Simon McGregor-Wood reports from Jerusalem:

Rachel Krishevsky was 19 when she married her cousin Yitzik from within the ultra orthodox Haredi community in Jerusalem. The young couple then set about following the Jewish commandment to be “fruitful and multiply.” And they certainly succeeded.

By the time she passed away last Saturday in Jerusalem aged 99, Rachel had according to her family, no less than 1,400 children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.  She and her husband had seven boys and four daughters. Among the ultra orthodox jewish community large families are seen as a blessing. Each of their 11 children followed in Rachel’s footsteps, resulting in 150 grandchildren. In turn these descendants had 1,000 children of their own and in the last few years several hundred great-great-grandchildren started to appear.

According to one unnamed grandchild Wednesday, “grandma knew all of her descendants by name.”

Despite such a fruitful life members of Rachel’s huge family said they felt great sadness at her passing.

“Grandma was a God-fearing woman her whole life, and her door was always open to the homeless and poor near the market. We are sad about her death, but proud of what she achieved in her life,” said another grandchild.

Mrs Krishevsky lived near the Mahane Yehuda market in West Jerusalem and was a well known local figure. The area is a center for the strictly orthodox sects of Judaism, most of which follow the tradition of having large families. In recent years the demographic mix of the city’s population has been changing as a result.

According to the Israeli daily paper Yedioth Aharanot, Rachel Krishevsky’s achievement although remarkable was not record breaking.

The paper claims at least two local people are known to have great-great-great-great-grandchildren. And one senior rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, recently celebrated the birth of his great-great-great-grandchild’s first child.