Great topic thanks for posting
Many think the line of David ended with the death of King Zedekiah and his sons. But Zedekiah was survived by his daughters, who left Jerusalem with the prophet Jeremiah and a small party. God gave Jeremiah a commission to plant and to build, with authority over kingdoms.
If one cares to explore further, one of the daughters married into Irish royalty, and the Royal line survives to this day fulfilling the Davidic covenant until such time Christ returns to assume the throne.
Sure he is. People know what IVF and artificial insemination is in this day and age, for decades. If Sarah and Elizabeth could have babies in old age, what's a conception of human beings outside the normal marital process.
I guess somewhere somebody decided that virgin birth means a man-god Messiah, and then nobody bothered to ever take a fresh look despite the evidence all around, perhaps even through the scholars' own offspring.
The irony is that Elijah showed up as a new baby named John and the church accepts that. John said that he wasn't Elijah. Jesus said he was, "if you'll receive it."
John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
In any case, notice that wherever you find the tRUTH you find Ruth.
And where there is no Ruth? The place is ruthless.
God said that He would destroy the wisdom of the wise.