"Thy name shall be called great"
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Britain's Bible heritage - discovering the identity of Israel's lost tribes.
The literal descendants of the lost ten-tribed House of Israel are found today in the British Commonwealth of Nations, the United States of America, and certain areas of north-western Europe, particularly Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Holland. Without a knowledge of this amazing truth, a full understanding of the prophecies of the Bible is impossible. Two-thirds of the Bible is devoted to the formation of the Israel nation, its history, its prophetic role in world happenings over the last 2,000 years, and its ultimate destiny in the coming age of Christ's reign on earth. Identifying the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic nations with the Israel of the Bible is a key that unlocks the mysteries of Bible prophecy.
God's promises fulfilled
To Abraham, God said: "I will make of you a great nation . .. and make your name great" (Genesis 12:2). The only nation today that may be identified by name with this verse is "Great Britain".
Genesis 17:6 declares: "I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you." To Isaac, God said: "In blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and as the sand of the sea shore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice" (Genesis 22:17-18).
To Jacob, the father of Israel, God said: " . . . your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west (U.SA.) and the east (India/Asia), to the north (Canada) and the south (South Africa / Australia); and in you and in your seed shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 28:14).
The promise is further given in Genesis 35:11: "... Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body".
These and many other prophecies relating to the latter day descendants of Israel can readily be shown to be fulfilled in the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples.
History of the monarchy
We can trace the British monarchy through the kings of Scotland and Ireland, back to David, appointed King of Israel in the eleventh century B.C.
Nathan, the Old Testament prophet, said to David: 'Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel. . . . Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more as before time ... and thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever" (II Samuel 7:8,10,16).
"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations" (Psalm 89:3-4).
Tradition records the coming of the royal princess, Tamar Tephi, to Ireland in an ancient sailing ship in the year 583 B.C.
Princess Tephi (a direct descendant of King David of the Bible) was the daughter of Zedekiah (the last King of Judah in Jerusalem) who was taken captive to Babylon. It is believed that after she made her escape to Ireland with Jeremiah (famous prophet of the Old Testament), she married Eochaid the Heremon, a prince of Israelite descent and closely allied with the tribe of Dan.
From Ireland, this throne subsequently moved to Scotland, and finally to England, where it is established today under Queen Elizabeth.
In considering the matter of genealogy, some may question how Zedekiah's daughter could have been a link in this Royal lineage. God made it clear centuries before that, "If a man die, and have no son then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter," as is done in Britain's Royal House (Numbers 27:8).
The College of Heralds (London) has traced Queen Elizabeth II to be the 144th direct descendant of King David.
With an awareness of God's great heritage and promise, a special medal was struck to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953, clearly depicting the arrival of the throne at the British Isles.
God promised King David (Psalm 89:36) that the line of David would endure forever as the sun and would continue to occupy the throne of Israel "until He [Jesus) come whose right it is, and I will give it to Him" (Genesis 49:10). The British monarchy is unique in this respect. It has survived invincibly for many centuries with all attempts to overthrow it failing. (Ezekiel 21:27)
The crown & the stone of destiny
In the Bible God had each of the Twelve tribes of Israel represented by a particular precious stone set into the High Priest's breastplate, and one of each of these stones is set around the rim of the crown of St. Edward, which is used in the coronation service.
The Old Testament ceremony of coronation, in which the High priest (wearing a breastplate containing twelve precious stones -- representing the twelve tribes of Israel) crowns the King with a crown of pure gold, has continued to this day.
The Stone of Destiny, which is found in the base of the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey, provides a further link with the Bible, being identified with Jacob, the father of the Israelites. The official Westminster Abbey guide refers to this stone as the stone upon which Jacob laid his head when he had the famous dream of a ladder reaching to Heaven (Genesis 28:12-22).
King James & the Union Jack
No version of the Bible has so significantly influenced the lives of people world-wide as the Authorised King James Version of 1611. It has been the standard version used by English speaking protestants for 350 years, and is still in common use by millions of Bible-believers today.
The accession of King James to the throne of England is very significant in English history. With the death of Queen Elizabeth I , her cousin, King James VI of Scotland became heir to the throne of England.
Thus in 1603 James VI of Scotland became King James I of the United Kingdom of England, Ireland and Scotland -- the Union of James.
Under his reign a gold sovereign (called a unite) was issued in recognition of the fulfilment of Bible prophecy. The Latin motto shown on the reverse side of the James medal reads, "Faciam eos in gentem unam", meaning "I will make of them one people" -- quoted from the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:22, where God spoke of uniting the lost tribes of Israel under the throne of David.
As a result, the flags of England, Ireland and Scotland were combined to become the "Union Jack". Also, the emblem of the Harp (representing Ireland) was introduced into the Royal Standard of England.
Israel's lost tribes in Britain
Following King Solomon's reign (approximately 950 B.C..), Israel turned to idolatry. God warned that continued transgression of His Laws would result in His divine and harsh judgment.
In the year 975 B.C. the twelve-tribed nation Israel was divided into two separate kingdoms -- the ten-tribed House of Israel and the two-tribed House of Judah.
Since then, their histories have followed entirely different courses. The remnant of Judah can still be identified among the Jews today.
The Anglo-Saxon group of Nations bear historical and prophetic marks of the ancient Israel nation (the so-called Lost Ten Tribes), who were taken as captives to Assyria.
The Anglo-Saxon people have fulfilled God's promises of Genesis 28 in colonising the four corners of the earth.
Israel has become "a nation and a company of nations" (Genesis 35:11) - the U.S.A. (a nation), and the British Commonwealth (a company of nations).
The people to be reigned over by David's throne were to be descendants of the tribes of Israel, who migrated from Palestine through Europe to the "appointed place" (2 Samuel 7:10), identified as the (British) "Isles" (Isaiah 41:1).
In Genesis 12:2, God declares: "I will make thy name great". Only one nation today is called great -- Great Britain. This promise is even more significant when it is noted that the Hebrew root word for "Brit" means "covenant" and the word "ish" means "man". The compound word "British" therefore is literally "covenant man" and "Britain", "covenant land".
Coat of arms
The British Coat of Arms, like all heraldry, contains much symbolism and provides strong evidence of the nation's origin and ancestry. It clearly displays the national emblems of ancient Israel.
The lion and the unicorn supporting the shield are both identifications of the Israel nation. Speaking of Israel, the Bible says, ". . . he hath as it were the strength of a UNICORN ... he couched, he lay down as a LION, and as a GREAT LION who shall stir him up?" (Numbers 24:8-9).
In the beginnings of the Bible story we read how Israel, whose former name was Jacob, obtained the God-given birthright of an everlasting national covenant.
Under the shield is a motto, "Dieu et mon droit" meaning "GOD AND MY RIGHT", referring to this birthright.
The other motto around the shield, "Honi soit qui mal y pense" means "SHAME ON HIM WHO THINKS EVIL OF IT." This again was God's covenant promise to Israel, when He declared, "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee" (Genesis 12).
The shield is symbolic of God's assurance to David, King of Israel, that his house and kingdom would be established forever (II Samuel 7).
The two quadrants (first and third) containing the lions passants represent England, whilst the second quadrant, containing the lion rampant, represents Scotland.
The Harp, displayed in the fourth quadrant of the shield, is associated with David (as recorded in I Samuel 16:23) and represents Ireland.
The Crowns surmounting the helmet and on the lion and unicorn symbolise Kingship. Abraham and Sarah were promised that their descendants would be kings (Genesis 17:5-6). This was to be Israel's high calling -- to be a nation of kings ruling as God's instruments of blessing.
The British Coat of Arms stands today as a reminder of God's great and unfailing promises.
The descendants of Israel
The tribes that poured into the British Isles up to the year 1066 AD. (the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Scots, Picts, Danes, Normans, etc.) did so bearing the various tribal emblems of ancient Israel, and many names clearly establishing their identity as the descendants of the Ten Tribes.
Following the pattern of the Bible (Genesis 49), the Normans had the Wolf emblem of the Tribe of Benjamin, the Angles identified themselves with the Unicorn Emblem of the tribe of Ephraim, and so on. The Danes derived their name from the tribe of Dan, and the Saxons from the ancient Persian name for Israel (SAKAE).