Genesis 49:10 - 10 (ESV)- "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples."
Of the twelve sons of Jacob which developed into the twelve tribes of Israel, Judah was the tribe that this prophecy says the Messianic King will come from.
Jesus' lineage was traced back to Judah through both His mother, Mary, and his step-father, Joseph. These genealogies prove that Jesus actually was, by birth, the rightful heir to the throne of Israel. He actually was born the "King of the Jews."
At His trial before the Roman Governer, Pontius Pilate, he remained silent as to the accusations against Him until Pilate addressed Jesus with this question:
"Are you the King of the Jews?"
At the conclusion of a short statement by him, Jesus makes this simple declaration in answer to that question:
"You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness of the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice."
Jesus fulfilled at least 300 Hebrew prophecies from the Torah (Old Testament) - could that be what he meant when he made this statement, "for this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness of the truth"...? All of the rightful Kings of the Jews, with the exception of Saul, (who fought against David, the rightful king) were from the royal tribe of Judah. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah and was rejected-also a prophetic fulfillment (Isaiah 53). Jesus remains the rightful King and the Bible says He will yet reign in Jerusalem at the conclusion of the Battle of Har-Megiddo, or more commonly called Armageddon. In Nov. 2006 I referenced 315 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled (be sure to read the "astronomical odds" segment at the end of that article).