The British Throne is the oldest in the world. Here is the fascinating history and the thrilling future at the 3,000 year old Royal Throne of Britain!
Few realize the gripping facts behind Britain’s Royal Throne. Few of the half billion who saw Prince Charles’s Investiture knew the very interesting history behind the Throne to which he is Heir Apparent.
Few of the quarter million who flocked to Caernarvon to view and cheer the British Royal House at the Prince’s investiture remotely understand the fascinating but true story behind how the Royal House of Britain came to the “Sceptred Isle” ages ago.
And – few, if any, of the four thousand guests who were invited to witness the splendorous processions and the actual Investiture within the ancient walls of Caernarvon Castle, grasped the real importance of the Investiture, especially as viewed in the light of very ancient history and the glorious destiny of the British Royal Throne.
Indeed, comparatively few in the entire world realize the Biblical identity of the ancient peoples who immigrated into the British Isle, and then thence to North America and the Commonwealth!
Too many Britons – as well as non-Britain’s, the British Monarchy appears to be an anachronism of this space age. Many consider the Monarch to be totally out of date, something from the medieval past.
Malcolm Muggeridge, a well known British critic, has referred to the British Monarch as a “royal soap opera.” And an American news magazine of wide spread circulation made the statement that” “By any standard of rational judgment, the monarchy, of course, is no longer necessary.” But is it true that the British Monarchy is no longer necessary?
It is a well-known fact that the Monarchy existed long before there was a British Parliament. But, shocking as it may seem, to many, the British Royal Throne will continue long after the Parliamentary system as we know it today has disappeared into the dust of dim antiquity!
From the beginning, God’s system of government has been monarchial, not democratic, as strange as that may seem!
It is high time the peoples of Britain, the Commonwealth, and the whole world came to understand the true origin and the exciting destiny of the British Throne.
Two very well known symbols are found on British Royal Heraldry, on the Royal Seals and the Royal Coat of Arms are the lion and the unicorn. What is the real significance of these symbols? Why are they used by British Royalty, including Prince Charles, until this very day? Where did these symbols come from?
Before we look at certain ancient prophecies of the Bible, it is vital that we understand one very important point. Once God Almighty says something, once He makes a statement or promise, He will assuredly back it up! It is “impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18). Furthmore, “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
It is God who makes and unmakes nations (Job 12:23). “Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance” (Isa. 40:15).
King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon had to learn this lesson the hard way. After a period of severe chastisement from God, he acknowledged God’s overruling hand in human government. “He (God) does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?” (Dan. 4:35.)
The Apostle Paul also understood this important truth: “And (God) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation” (Acts 17:26). It is God that determined beforehand the frontiers of the nations.
Moses also realized that God sets the national inheritance of all nations: “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of Adam. He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel” (Deut. 32:8).
It is well know that Abraham was a descendant of Shem. And it was through Abraham and his descendants that God promised certain great spiritual and physical blessings. The spiritual promises of grace (salvation) are generally understood by most professing Christians.
But very, very few appear to have diligently studied the promises of physical blessings which God just as assuredly promised to Abraham and to his offspring. Let us now consider some of these promises of the physical, material blessings which God solemnly promised to Abraham and to his descendants.
Just what did God promise the patriarchs? Here are some of the more important of those divine promises.
Abraham’s descendants were prophesied to become “as the dust of the earth” (Gen. 13:16). This has never been fulfilled in the Jews, the House of Judah – alone!
“Many nations” and “kings” were to descend from Abraham (Gen. 17:6). Certainly, the Jews alone have never comprised “many nations.”
These “nations” and “kings” would be born from Abraham and Sarah through Isaac – not through Ishmael (Gen. 17:16).
To Abraham, God said: “I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gates of his enemies” (Gen. 22:17).
This promise was repeated to Isaac and Rebekah: “Be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let they seed possess the gate of those which hate them” (Gen. 24:60). Surely no one will argue that the Jews have ever comprised thousands of millions!
Isaac, Abraham’s son, was divinely inspired to bless his son Jacob with this tremendous blessing: “Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine, let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curse thee, and blessed be he that blessed thee” (Gen. 27:28-29).
Now notice this fantastic promise which God made to Jacob: “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south” (Gen. 28:14). God predestined Israel to become great colonizers! Jacob’s seed were to be ‘’as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude” (Gen 32:12).
Later, God changed the name of Jacob – meaning “deceiver” or “supplanter” – to Israel – meaning “overcomer with God” (Gen. 35:10). “And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee and kings shall come out of thy loins” (v. 11). At no time in their history have the Jews been a company of nations.
Joseph had two sons – one named Ephraim, the other Manasseh. It was these two sons who were promised the great birthright blessings – the choicest material and physical blessings ever given any people!
“Reuben (was) the firstborn of Israel, but forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed; his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) the sons of Israel” (I Chron. 5:1). Notice carefully the blessing that was given to Ephraim and Manasseh “He (Manasseh) also shall become a people and he shall be great: but truly his younger brother (Ephraim) shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations” (Gen. 48:19).
Joseph (remember, Ephraim and Manasseh were Joseph’s sons) was prophesied to become a “fruitful bough by a well” (Gen. 19:22). Verses 23-24 show how other nations would invade and war against the descendants of Joseph, but he would be given victory by his God.
The people of Israel were prophesied to become a mighty people, ruled over by “a king” – having the strength of unicorn (Heb. Ox) and were to be “as a great lion.”
“Behold, I (Balaam) have received commandment to bless: and He hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it. He hath not beheld iniquity (or misfortune) in Jacob, neither hath He seen perverseness (trouble) in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn (Heb.ox). Behold, the people (of Israel) shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain” (Num. 23:20-24).
This remarkable prophecy was given by the false prophet Balaam. Even though he had wanted to curse Israel, God forced him to prophesy the truth, to foretell these blessings to befall Israel.
Judah was prophesied to be the tribe which would produce the kingly line in Israel. “The sceptre (of a king) shall not depart from Judah, not a lawgiver (or ruler’s staff) from between his feet, until Shiloh (the Messiah) come: and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be” (Gen. 49:10).
“For Judah prevailed above his brethren and of him came the chief Ruler (or King); but the birthright was Joseph’s” (I Chron. 5:2).
It was to be Judah, as a tribe, which would be referred to as a “lion” because the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5) would later be born into this tribe. “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he crouched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?” (Gen. 49:9).
Each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel anciently had its own standard, its tribal symbol or coat of arms (see Num. 2:1-34). The tribal symbol or standard of Ephraim was an ox or a unicorn. Interestingly, the people of Britain are referred to under the symbol of “John Bull” to this very day. And the unicorn (ox) is one of the two main symbols found universally on the coat of arms on the British Royal Family.
The ensign, standard or tribal symbol of the tribe of Judah from time immemorial has been a lion. And , surprising as it may seem to some, the real symbol of the tribe of Judah to this very day is not the “Star of David” (though Jews use this symbol today) but is the lion (see article “Flag” in Jewish Ency).
Before we can see how the aforementioned prophecies have been fulfilled in the Anglo-Sexton-Celtic peoples of Britain and the Commonwealth – and in the peoples of the United States and the democracies of northwestern Europe we must briefly survey the ancient history of the people of Israel as mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons, and these sons became the founding fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel.
In the 15th century B.C., Moses and Aaron led the people from their Egyptian bondage into the region of Sinai. Then 40 years later Joshua led these same twelve tribes of Israel across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land (Palestine) in 1446 B.C.
After they had possessed the land of Israel for about 400 years, the nation of Israel began to yearn for a change of government.
From the days of Moses until Samuel’s time they had been ruled directly by God’s appointed Judges. But, during the rule of Samuel Israel desired to be ruled over by a human king like all the other nations around them. Previous to this, God had been their Ruler – their King --and ruled them through His divinely appointed human Judges. (I Sam. 8:4-5).
Samuel was greatly displeased by their request when they said “give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel,” Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (vs. 6-7).
Samuel was instructed by God to give the people what they wanted - a human king. But Samuel was also told to protest, telling them a human king would be bad for them. Such a king would take their sons and daughters for his soldiers and civil servants, would levy heavy taxes and would generally oppress them (vs. 9-18). “Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. And the Lord said to Samuel, hearken unto their voice and make them a king” (vs. 19-22).
It was not very long after Israel had their own human king that they learned the full meaning of God’s warnings.
Saul, a Benjamite, was first chosen as their human king (I Sam. 10:1). He was very impressive, physically – was a mighty man who towered head and shoulders above the average Israelite (I Sam. 9:1-2). But King Saul was a coward and a weakling. Instead of steadfastly obeying God, he feared the people, made excuses, knowingly and deliberately disobeyed God (I Sam. 13:1-14; 15:1-26; 16:1). So God rejected Saul and his dynasty!
Samuel was sent to break the bad news to the self-willed king: “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou has done foolishly; thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which He commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord had sought Him a man (David) after his own heart, and the Lord that commanded him to be (captain (king) over His people, because thou has not kept that which the Lord commanded thee” (I Sam. 13:13-14).
Like Saul, David also made mistakes, some very serious ones. But unlike Saul, he acknowledged and turned from them (repented) when his mistakes were pointed out (II Sam. 11:12). In the main, his heart, his attitude, was right and God looks upon the heart, not upon the outward appearance (I Sam. 16:7).
God had inspired Jacob to prophesy that the kingly or regal line, “the sceptre” would not depart from Judah (Gen. 49:8-12). David was a descendant of Judah. His wise, righteous rule over Israel caused God to confirm to him and his descendants the sceptre promise previously made to the tribe of Judah.
God Almighty Himself promised that David would have a descendant to sit upon his throne throughout every generation. Notice this amazing promise, this prophecy regarding David’s throne. “My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon and as a faithful witness in heaven” (Ps. 89: 28-37).
Now, has God failed? Has He failed to keep His promise to David – that he would have a descendant upon his throne throughout all eternity? And has the Word of God failed as given in Genesis 49:10 – “the Sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come”?
Since God cannot lie, and His Word cannot be broken, these promises and prophecies have had to be fulfilled from David’s time (when the throne was first established in the tribe of Judah) right on down to our time. And this is exactly what has happened. A descendant of Judah, and also the offspring of King David is, this very moment, in our very generation, sitting upon that throne, or else the very Word of God is untrue!
Now let us see just how these prophecies have been fulfilled.
When Solomon died, his son, Rehoboam began to rule. Rehoboam decided to increase the tax burden even more than Solomon, and for this very reason ten of the Tribes of Israel revolted (I Kings 12:1-24) and formed the “House of Israel.” Only the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and some of the Levites remained loyal to the Throne of David, yet this maintained God’s promise to David that he would always have a man sitting on his throne (I Kings 11:9-13).
From that time forward Israel remained as two distinct nations. The southern kingdom of Judah had its capital city at Jerusalem. The northern ten-tribed kingdom (House of Israel) occupied the territory north of Jerusalem and had its capital at Samaria.
The Bible is very explicit in showing that the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were separate kingdoms from that time forward and frequently even fought against each other (II Kings 16:6).
The northern Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) was uprooted from the land of Palestine and driven into captivity by the Assyrians about 721-718 B.C. The entire population was taken into captivity to the general region of the Caucasus Mountains near the Black and the Caspian Seas.
Several hundred years before the Ten Tribes of Israel went into captivity, King David numbered all the able-bodied men of Israel “Joab reported to David the total number of the people who had been registered; all in Israel amounted to one million one hundred thousand men-at-arms. (Joab had not counted the tribes of Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king’s order was detestable to him)” (I Chron. 21:5-6.)
This historical passage reveals that there was in the time of David a total of 1,570,000 able-bodied “men-at-arms” in Israel and Judah, not including the tribes of Levi and Benjamin.
So the total population of Israel at this time, including the aged men, the women and children, must have been at least six or seven million! For it would be extremely rare for as many as one fifth of the population of any country to be in military service at one time.
Just what happened to these several millions of Israelites who were taken captive by Assyria into the regions of the Caucasus Mountains?
History clearly reveals what happened to these many millions of lost Israelites, the so-called “lost tribes of Israel” (see Matt. 10:5-6). All history is crystal clear in showing that the ancient peoples of northwestern Europe had come from the East – had, in fact, come from the very area where Israel went into captivity – from the area of the Black and the Caspian Seas!
These peoples of “lost” Israel had changed their names, their language and many of their customs when they arrived in northwestern Europe under such names as Angles, Saxons, Celts, Scyths (or Scots), Cymry, or Kymry, Gauls, etc.
Now let us see how the Royal House of Britain also came from the East, and how it is the very same throne upon which King David, and later Solomon, then still later Zedekiah of Judah all sat.
Israel’s captivity occurred in 721-718 B.C. But the southern kingdom of Judah continued to exist for approximately another 130 years. Until the captivity of Judah, which occurred in 604-585 B.C., King Zedekiah of Judah was the last descendant of David to sit upon that Throne in Judah. Eventually he, and all the nobles and his own princely sons were slain or died in Babylon (Jer. 39:1-7).
The aged prophet Jeremiah was commissioned to take the royal daughters of the kings of Judah and transport them to Ireland where they married into the Zarah branch of the tribe of Judah – who were then already dwelling in that country. To this very day, “Jeremiah’s tomb” is believed to exist in Northern Ireland, near Enniskillen, on Devenish Isle in Loch Erne.
It was in Ireland that the Royal House of David was next established. It ruled for centuries in Ireland, then was transferred to Scone in Scotland and then later to London England.
It is in London, England that the very Throne of King David still exists. The present Royal Family can trace their genealogy (from England through Scotland and Ireland) right back to Kings David and Solomon, who were of the tribe of Judah. This is a fact beyond all refutation!
Even the transferring of David’s Throne from Jerusalem, Palestine to London, England – via the three distinct overturns – was prophesied long ago, centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ. “And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel (referring to King Zedekiah), whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus said the Lord God: Remove the diadem (from King Zedekiah of Judah), and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more (overturned), until He (Shiloh, the Messiah) come whose right it is; and I will give it Him” (Ezk. 21:25-27).
This plainly says God would overturn this throne three times and it would be overturned no more until Shiloh, in the person of Jesus Christ, would come and claim that throne, which is rightfully His.
When the royal male heirs to the Davidic throne died in Babylon, this left no direct male heirs to the Throne of David. But God had commissioned the prophet Jeremiah to pull down the Throne of David in Jerusalem, and to plant this same throne in Ireland. This aged prophet took some of the royal princesses from the Holy Land to Ireland where one of these royal daughters of Zedekiah, Tea Tephi, of the Pharez branch of the Royal House of Judah married a prince of the Zarah branch of that same tribe (Jer. 41:10).
The Throne was overturned from Jerusalem to Ireland, then from Ireland to Scotland, and then from Scotland to England. This completed the three over turnings. It will remain in London, England until it is given to the One whose right it really is. At the second coming of Jesus Christ, it will be given to Him, and will be once more returned to Jerusalem, Palestine, where it will remain during the entire 1,000 rule of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian professing people are ignorant of the simple fact that Jesus Christ was born to sit upon the Throne of David, born to be King! (Luke 1:32-33). (Note also verse 69.)
Jesus Christ was not born to be a Saviour only; He was born to be a King! “Pilate therefore said unto Him, art thou a king then? Jesus answered; thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world” (John 18:37).
Christ tried to allay any fears that Pilate might have regarding His setting up a kingdom at that time. He told Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world” (v. 36). Christ knew He would have to wait 2,000 long years before He could assume kingship in His Kingdom.
When will Jesus Christ actually be given power to sit upon the Throne of David and to rule the nations of this earth? This will occur at the sounding of the 7th (and last) trump! (Rev. 11:15).
Even David prophesied of this same event: “For the kingdom (of the whole earth) is the Lord’s: and He is the Governor among the nations” (Ps. 22:28).
Daniel also spoke of this important prophetic event. He knew that the Messiah (the Stone) would set up a kingdom and rule the world. (Dan. 2:44.)
The prophet Zechariah also wrote of this same momentous event. “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth” (Zech. 14:9). All nations shall go up to Jerusalem to “worship the King, the Lord of hosts” (vs. 16-17).
Even Jeremiah foretold this same Utopian rule of the Messiah. “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the Throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart” (Jer. 3:17).
So also did Isaiah prophesy that the Messiah would sit upon the Throne of David and rule all nations of this earth? (Isa. 9:6-7.) It would be interesting to see how the Jews today explain away this verse in the Old Testament.
Even Christ’s own disciples erroneously “thought that the Kingdom of God should im-mediately appear” (Luke 19:11). So Jesus had to straighten them out by a parable: “He said therefore, A certain nobleman (meaning Himself) went into a far country to receive for Himself a kingdom and to return” (v. 12). Verse 15 refers to Christ’s second coming “having received the Kingdom.” But in spite of these very clear teachings, the disciples of Christ still didn’t realize that the actual establishment of the Kingdom of God upon this earth would be deferred for 2,000 years – so they asked Jesus, after He was resurrected: “Lord wilt thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). Christ told them plainly: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power” (v. 7).
The New Testament teaching is clear. Christ went about everywhere preaching “the gospel of the Kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14). He taught the good news of the government of God from the beginning to the very end of His ministry.
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel (good news of the Kingdom of God) to every creature”: (Mark 16:15), commanded Christ. The very Work of Almighty God, with which you have now come into contact, is doing this very thing.
The sure prophecies of the Scripture reveal that the Royal Throne of Britain will soon cease to function from London, England. This ancient, prestigious and majestic Throne will be transferred back to Jerusalem, Palestine (where it once was), and will remain there throughout the entire Utopian era spoken of by all the prophets of God.
That very Throne of David will be a thriving, functioning, existing throne when Jesus Christ takes it over and sits upon it at His coming. He will not take over a defunct, non-existent throne, a throne which ceased to function many years ago!
Is it any wonder then, that the present Royal Family of England can trace their lineage back to David? Is it surprising that some in Britain have commented that members of the Royal Family even look Jewish”?
It is interesting that the designer of the crown which was used at Prince Charles’ Investiture admits that the crown resembles Christ’s Crown of Thorns. The London Daily Mail printed an interesting article in which it revealed this interesting fact. Even its designer (Mr. Louis Osman) concedes there is a hint of the crown of thorns in the coronet which will crown Prince Charles.
Is it mere coincidence or is it by Providence that Prince Charles’ Investiture Crown was modeled in such a way as to resemble the Crown of Thorns? Notice the mock coronation ceremony, on the eve of Christ’s death! (Matt. 27:28-29.)
Notice these important points. They knew Christ said He was born to be a king. Christ was, in fact, a direct descendant of the Royal Line of the House of David! The “scarlet robe”, the “crown of thorns” and “the reed” or sceptre were all given to Christ to mock Him – because they knew He claimed He was born to be a king – a king of the Jews. Even His superscription, written on the stake, had these words in it: “This is Jesus the King of the Jews” (v. 37). It is merely coincidence that Prince Charles’ crown was made to resemble this “Crown of Thorns”? It is most interesting that the One who was mocked by being given a “Crown of Thorns” nearly two thousand years ago, will soon succeed Prince Charles (or whoever sits on the Throne at that time) and sit upon the very Throne of David, which Prince Charles, as the Heir apparent will undoubtedly occupy in the very near future.
There can be no doubt that the present Royal Family of Britain are the direct descendants of the ancient Jewish King, David, and that Queen Elizabeth II sits upon the very Throne of David and that one day in the near future there will be another crowning, perhaps the last in this age on this Throne before the Messiah comes and takes over the very Throne which He was born to occupy, the Throne of His earthy father David.
We are very near the end of this age of man’s six thousand years of misrule on this earth! Mankind is about to annihilate himself, but Christ promised to intervene in order to prevent that terrible catastrophe from happening (Matt. 24:21-22).
We can thank God that the literal Kingdom (the rule or government) of God is very near to being established upon this earth. Soon, Jesus Christ will return to this earth in supernatural power and glory to sit upon the “Throne of David” and to rule all nations from Jerusalem (Matt. 25:31-32).
Mankind has lost his way – doesn’t know the “way of peace” (Isa. 59:8). Only when the glorious Kingdom of God and His Government is established on this earth, will man ever attain real peace, happiness and prosperity! Only the “Prince of Peace” can bring true peace to the war-weary, bickering nations of this blood-stained earth.
If you would like to know more about the fascinating story of Abraham’s Blessings send for our six part series titled “The Blessings of Abraham.”