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Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright #21

The Other Overturns


JUDAH'S SCEPTRE AND JOSEPH'S BIRTHRIGHT #21

by Allen (published in 1917)


THE OTHER OVERTURNS


     In connection with the prophecies concerning the removal of
the crown of David from the head of Zedekiah to the head of a
prime who belonged to the hitherto non-ruling branch of the royal
family of Israel's race, the Lord said, "I will overturn,
overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more (moved or
overturned) until he comes whose right it is; and I will give it
to him." These words teach that, after the removal of David's
crown from the head of the then ruling prince, there were to be
three overturns - no more, no less and that after the third
overturn the crown must rest, or stay in the place where it is
left by the third overturn, until that person comes to whom it
belongs by right. Then at least one more overturn will be
necessary, for that seat of power must yet go back to the city of
David.

     The first of these overturns we have already traced from
Palestine to the islands of the north-west, which are in the
"great waters." We now propose to show that the other two of
these predicted overturns took place in those self-same islands,
or, in other words, that these three overturns landed the sceptre
and throne alternately in Ireland, Scotland and England; and
that, even after the third overturn, the kingdom is still, as the
word of God declares, "in the isles afar off," and "in the sea."

     It will be impossible to follow the history of the overturns
of this kingdom, unless we again take up the thread of history as
it concerns the pillar stone, upon which the kings of Israel were
crowned; for, strange as it may seem to some people, both ancient
and modern history come honestly to the rescue of prophecy, and
follow that stone through each of these overturns.
     We have already seen, according to Josephus, that, prior to
the return of the Jews from Babylon, Ezra (Esdras) received a
letter from Xerxes, which was so full of offered favors, love,
and fraternal greetings, that he sent a copy of it to the ten
tribes in Media-Persia, and asked them to return with the Jews to
Jerusalem. But the ten tribes refused this offer, and Josephus
tells us that the entire body of Israel remained in that country.
On the other hand, Ezra (Esdras), who was in a position to know
more about them, says that they decided not to return, and also
that they took counsel among themselves, and resolved that they
would go further away into an unknown country. In accomplishing
this. Esdras says, "They entered into Euphrates by the narrow
passages of the river. For the Most High then shewed signs for
them, and held still the waters till they were passed over. For
through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a
year and a half." This is in harmony with the following: "The
breaker is come up before them; they have broken up, and have
passed through the gate and are gone out of it, and their king
shall pass before them; and the Lord on the head of them." (Micah
2:13.)

     The clause, "They have passed through the gate," and the one
by Ezra, "They have entered into the narrow passages," are
parallel, and refer to the same circumstance and place. This
gate, or narrow passage, which is up among the headwaters of the
Euphrates, is now called the Caucasian Pass, or the Pass of
Dariel. As Israel goes out through this pass, Micah says that the
Lord is on the head of them, but it is left for Ezra to say that
the Lord gave Israel evidence of his presence, because he gave
them signs and held still the floods, as he did at Jordan, until
they passed over.
     But while the Lord is with Israel, it is said of their king
that he shall pass before, or precede them to that unknown
country to which they are going. It is for this reason that Hosea
says, "The children of Israel shall abide many days without a
king, and without a sacrifice, and without an image," or, as the
marginal reading gives it, "without a sanding pillar." Young, in
his Exhaustive Concordance, gives among other definitions of the
original Hebrew word, both that of memorial stone and pillar.
Other scholarly men who have investigated this text, in
connection with its context, even give us pillar-rock and
pillar-stone as the correct rendering.
     All this, supplemented by the fact that the word of God
associates the absent king with the absent pillarstone, justifies
our conclusion, that the pillar in question is the Bethel pillar
stone which was used as a coronation stone, consequently it was
left with the royal family which ruled over the Jews until the
overthrow of Zedekiah.

     We must also remember that Jeremiah and his little remnant
were taken, against their will, and against the direct command of
God, to Egypt, and that while there they dwelt in Taphanhes.
Morton W. Spencer says, "It is an undeniable historical fact that
about 580 B.C. (i. e., the very time of the captivity of the Jews
in Babylon), that a princess from the East did arrive in the
north of Ireland. Her name was Tephi, a pet name like "Violet,"
denoting beauty, fragrance. Tea Tephi was her full name, found in
Hebrew. The Tea, a little one, and Tephi answering to a surname.
Taph, the root word, is used in many scriptures (Gen.34:29, and
Deut.1:39) (Vide Concordance). Her names were interchangeably
used as Tea, Taffe, Taffes, Tephi, the Eastern Princess, the
Daughter of Pharaoh, and Tea Tephi; either of these serve to
identify her as "The King's Daughter." In Egypt she was offered
protection, and from her the city of Taphanhes or Dahpnae was
named, doubtless, and to this day we are shown the site of "The
Palace of the Jew's Daughter," by the Arabs. The fact that she
fled the country is still preserved in her name, Tarah, meaning
one banished or flight.
     The name of Pharaoh is neither a given nor a surname, but it
is the Egyptian name for king or monarch. The very fact that
Irish historians called Tea Tephi "The Daughter of Pharaoh" is
proof that they knew her as "The King's Daughter." Also this
name, "The King's Daughter," is the only one used in the Bible
account of the first overturn to designate that daughter of
Zedekiah who succeeded him to the inheritance of David's throne,
excepting, of course, that metaphorical name, "Tender twig," of
Ezekiel's riddle. Since the name Tea means "little one," and
since a tender twig is also a little one, it certainly takes no
great stretch of faith to believe that these two names belong to
one and the same person. Especially is this the case when we
consider that in the Tea Tephi of Irish history we have a king's
daughter, with a Hebrew name, who not only came from the East,
but also from Egypt, and who is the daughter of a Jew.
     But there are still other facts connected with the arrival
of this princess in Ireland, which, as we consider them, will
strengthen our faith more and more. Tea Tephi was accompanied by
an aged guardian, who was called Ollam Folla, more Hebrew words
which mean revealer, or prophet. The prophet was accompanied by a
man who was his scribe, whom the chronicles of Ireland called
Brug, or Bruch. Baruch was Jeremiah's scribe while they were in
Judea; he went with the little remnant to Egypt, and escaped when
the rest did; for his life, like the lives of the rest of his
party, was to be preserved in all places whither he should go.
This little company disappeared from Egypt, but surely they
reappeared in Ireland, for, marvel of marvels! they brought with
them a pillar-stone; which has ever since been used as the
coronation stone of the kingdom.
     Later, Tea (sometimes spelled Teah) Tephi herself was
crowned upon this pillar-stone, and the name of Erin's capital
was changed from Cathair Crofin to Tara, which is also another
Hebrew word. But at this juncture history comes to our help, and
with unquestioned authority declares that, from that time until
the present, every king and queen who has reigned in Ireland,
Scotland or England has been crowned upon that self-same pillar
or coronation stone. Queen Victoria herself was twice crowned
upon that stone, the first time as Queen of England, and the
second time as Empress of India.
     On the occasion of Queen Victoria's coronation, June 28th,
1837, an article appeared in the "London Sun," which gives a
description of the coronation chair and the coronation stone, as
follows: "This chair, commonly called St. Edward's chair, is an
ancient seat of solid hardwood, with back and sides of the same,
variously painted, in which the kings of Scotland were in former
periods constantly crowned, but, having been brought out of the
kingdom by Edward I, in the year 1296, after he had totally
overcome John Baliol, king of Scots, it has ever since remained
in the Abbey of Westminster, and has been the chair in which the
succeeding kings and queens of this realm have been inaugurated.
It is in height six feet and seven inches, in breadth at the
bottom thirty-eight inches, and in depth twenty-four inches; from
the seat to the bottom is twenty-five inches; the breadth of the
seat within the sides is twenty-eight inches, and the depth
eighteen inches. At nine inches from the ground is a board,
supported at the four corners by as many lions. Between the seat
and this board is enclosed a stone, commonly called Jacob's, or
the fatal Marble, Stone, which is an oblong of about twenty-two
inches in length, thirteen inches broad and eleven inches deep;
of a steel color, mixed with some veins of red. History relates
that it is the stone whereon the patriarch Jacob laid his head in
the plains of Luz." This, as you see, was published more than
sixty years ago, before it was thought possible that the
Anglo-Saxons were the descendants of Joseph, the inheritor of the
birthright blessing which God gave to his fathers, Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob.
     This article further says that "this stone was conveyed into
Ireland by way of Spain about 700 years before Christ. From there
it was taken into Scotland by King Fergus, about 370 years later;
and in the year 350 B.C., it was placed in the abbey of Scone, by
King Kenneth, who caused a prophetical verse to be engraved upon
it, of which the following is a translation 'Should fate not
fail, where'er this stone is found, The Scots shall monarch of
that realm be crowned.' This antique regal chair, having
(together with the golden sceptre and crown of Scotland) been
solemnly offered by King Edward I. to St. Edward the Confessor,
in the year 1297 (from whence it derives the appellation of St.
Edward's chair), has ever since been kept in the chapel called by
his name; with a tablet affixed to it, whereon several Latin
verses are written, in old English characters. * * * The stone
maintains its usual place under the seat of the chair."

     Prior to the time that King Kenneth had his verse engraved
on that Coronation Stone, there was a prophetic verse which had
attached itself to it, which Sir Walter Scott has rendered, one
word excepted, as follows: "Unless the fates are faithless grown,
And prophet's voice be vain, Where'er is found this sacred stone
The Wanderers' Race shall reign."

     Think of it! For more than seven hundred years this stone
has been in Westminster Abbey. Dean Stanley, in his "Memorials of
Westminster Abbey," says: "The chief object of attraction, to
this day, to the innumerable visitors to the Abbey, is probably
that ancient Irish monument of the empire known as the Coronation
Stone." He calls it a "Precious Relic," and says that King Edward
I. said that "It is the one primeval monument which binds
together the whole empire." The Dean further adds: "The iron
rings, the battered surface, the crack, which has all but rent
its solid mass asunder, bear witness to its long migrations. It
is thus embedded in the heart of the English monarchy, an element
of poetic, patriarchal, heathen times, which like Araunah's
threshing floor in the midst of the temple of Solomon carries
back our thoughts to races and customs now almost extinct, a link
which unites the throne of England with the traditions of Tara
and Iona, and connects the charm of our complex civilization with
the favors of Mother Earth, the stocks and stones of savage
nature. Faithful or foolish, the sentiment of the nation has,
through three hundred generations of living men, made it felt
that Jacob's Pillar Stone was a thing worth dying for in battle.
By the treaty of Northampton in 1328, the emeralds, pearls, and
rubies were carried off without a murmur. But the Ragged Old
Stone - Oh no!---the Londoners would have died for that! The
stone of Scone, on which it was the custom for the kings of
Scotland to be set at their coronation, the Londoners would on no
account suffer to be sent away."
     Dr. Poole says: "This stone is a dull, reddish or purplish
sandstone, with a few small embedded pebbles; one of these is
quartz and two others of a dark material. The rock is calcareous
and is of that kind which masons call freestone. Chisel marks are
visible on one or more of its sides." There is no rock of this
kind in England, Ireland or Scotland. But the Rev. Canon Tristram
says that there is a stratum of sandstone near the Dead Sea just
like this stone, which by the English people is called Jacob's
Pillow Stone. This stone is called by the Irish and by the Scotch
'Lia Fail' and 'The Stone of Destiny.' In Irish Lia is stone and
Fail is fate, hence, the stone of fate, or the stone of destiny.
But it is that only because it is Jacob's Pillow-Pillar Stone.
This is the reason that Tea Tephi was called "The Daughter of
God's House." (Log, or Lug, Celtic for God, and Aidh, a house;
hence the word Lughaidh.) 
     Amergin, chief bard to King Dermod, monarch of Ireland in
the sixth century, in the "Notes of the Annals of the Four
Masters," refers to Tea Tephi as follows:

"A rampart was raised around her house, For Teah, the daughter of
Lughaidh, She was buried outside in her mound, And from her it
was named Tea-mur."

     The parentage here assigned to Tea Tephi could have been for
no other reason than that she was the daughter of "God's house,"
to the people to whom she brought "God's house," the Stone, which
was their Shepherd-stone, i. e., Bethel. Morton W. Spencer says
that Lia (sometimes spelled Leag) is an Irish word and means "a
stone," but that Phail is Hebrew, and is itself a Scripture word,
and is of the deepest import, for it means wonderful, and is so
translated in Isa.9:6. 
     This we have verified, and it clinches our thought that the
Bethel stone, or Lia Fail, the Stone Wonderful, is indeed a
symbol of that Divine Rock, that Wonderful One, THE ROCK OF OUR
SALVATION.
     The fact that there are iron rings in the stone which is in
the Coronation Chair, and that they are worn, is remarkable. The
question arises, How and when were they worn? It could not have
been in the royal halls of Tara, nor in the abbey of Scone, nor
since it came to Westminster, nor in the temple of Jerusalem; but
surely it could have been when, for forty years, Israel journeyed
through the wilderness, and had both literal and spiritual drink
from their Shepherd rocks that followed them.
     The modern classic Hebrew uses little dots like periods to
represent the vowel sounds. These dots are placed in various
positions about the alphabetical characters which represent the
consonant sounds. But it is a well known fact that in ancient
Hebrew writings, both secular and sacred, there are no
characters, not even the little dots, to represent the vowel
sounds. Hence, the vowels are absolutely unwritten, and the
consonants of a word are so arranged that the speaker is
compelled to give the vowel sound while pronouncing the
consonants. Take, for instance, the word Bethel. There, in the
original, we have only that which is equivalent to the English
B-th-l. At Bethel, as we have already shown, when Jacob set up
the Bethel stone, he used it for an altar, at which he
worshipped, and upon which he made his vow. Prof. Totten, of New
Haven, says: "The altars of ancient Ireland were called Botal or
Bothal, meaning the house of God." That is, it is the Hebrew word
B-th-l, and has the same meaning.
     Thus the Bethel stone again proves itself to be a perfect
type of Christ, for although Christ is many other things, he is
also the Christian's altar. Proof: Jesus said to the Pharisees:
"Whether is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifieth the
gift?" In this we see that the altar is that which sanctifies.
Elsewhere we are told that "Jesus Christ, of God, is made unto us
sanctification." Since it is the altar which does the
sanctifying, then he who sanctifies is the altar. Thus, it is
written, "We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat
which serve the tabernacle. * * * Wherefore Jesus also, that he
might sanctify the people (i.e., do that which the altar does)
with his own blood, suffered without the gate."
     Yes, the Altar-Shepherd was smitten, and concerning that
other rock, Dean Stanley speaks of the crack, which, he says,
"has all but rent its solid mass asunder." Could it be possible
that rent was made when and because Moses smote the rock when he
was told to speak to it? But, be this as it may, history has made
it impossible to escape the fact that, like a true Shepherd,
this stone has followed the fortunes and misfortunes of its
people for two thousand five hundred years. Joshua, at one time,
took a stone, set it up, and said unto all Israel. "Behold, this
stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words
of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a
witness unto you lest ye deny your God." Thus we see that a stone
may be a witness; and the historians of Great Britain, either
wittingly or unwittingly, have made Lia Fail (sometimes spelled
Leag Phail) a witness to an unbroken line of sovereigns, for it
has been the throne upon which their rulers have been
consecutively crowned, ever since it was landed in Ireland.
     Further, there have been just three overturns of this
kingdom. The first, as we have shown, was from Palestine to Tara,
in the plantation of Ulster, through Tea Tephi, Jeremiah's ward,
the "King's Daughter." The second overturn was from Ireland to
Scotland, through Fergus, who sent for Lia Fail, the Stone of
Destiny, and had it brought from Tara to Iona, where he was
crowned. The third OVERTURN was from Scotland to England. At this
time the throne was brought from Scotland and placed in
Westminster Abbey, where it rests under the protection of the
greatest monarchy on earth.
     Hence, if this Coronation Stone which is in Westminster,
which the English call Jacob's Pillow, and which their Scotch and
Irish ancestors called "God's house," "B-th-l," "The Stone of
Destiny," and "Leag Phail," "The Stone Wonderful," - we say, if
this stone is indeed what these names and what its history
declare it to be, then it is indeed the veritable throne of
Israel, upon which the sons of David were formally crowned in the
Temple of God at Jerusalem. Consequently, in this also, God has
kept faith with David, and preserved his throne through all
generations that are past.

     This makes us feel like singing the Doxology, because it is
just as it should be. When the Bethel stone was in Bethel place,
it was "God's house," in God's house; when it was in the Temple,
it was still God's house, in God's house; when, as one of the
jewels of empire, it was taken by Teah, the "tender twig," and
placed in the heights of Israel in the islands of the sea, it was
still God's house, in God's house. The descendants of Teah and
Herremon are the custodians of that rock today, and their
subjects possess all the distinguishing marks whereby prophecy
declares the lost house o f God shall finally be recognized and
found. And in the midst of this great national or racial house
there is a house of God, a "spiritual house," which is by some
called "Spiritual Israel," and which is, like literal Israel was,
FOUNDED ON A ROCK.
..........

NOTE:

CAN  IT  BE  BUT  A  CHANCE,  A  STRANGE  TWIST  OF  HISTORY 
THAT  SUCH  A  STONE  HAS  BEEN  A  STONE  TO  CROWN  KINGS  AND 
QUEENS  OF  IRELAND,  SCOTLAND,  AND  ENGLAND,  THEM  SITTING 
UPON  THIS  STONE.  THE  CONTINUING  THRONE  OF  BRITAIN,  IN  A 
MODERN  SPACE-AGE  WORLD  IS  REALLY  QUITE  STRANGE  IN  ITSELF, 
BUT  TO  HAVE  A  STONE  WITH  SUCH  HISTORY,  AND  LOOKED  UPON 
WITH  SUCH  SERIOUSNESS  AND  HONOR,  MAKES  THE  THRONE  OF 
BRITAIN  EVEN  MORE  MYSTERIOUS  AND  SO  TRADITIONALLY 
IMPORTANT.  THE  THRONE  IS  AS  MUCH  ENJOYED  AND  RESPECTED 
AS  IT  EVER  WAS.  YES  THE  LATE  DIANNA,  AND  HER  CHILDREN 
HAVE  BROUGHT  BACK  THE  LOVE  AND  RESPECT  OF  THIS  THRONE, 
IF  IT  WAS  DYING  IN  POPULARITY,  IT  NO  LONGER  IS.  THERE 
IS  NOW  NO  THOUGHT  OF  THIS  THRONE  COMING  TO  AN  END.  THE
PRESENT  QUEEN  ELIZABETH  CHANGED  AND  MOVED  IN  THE  RIGHT 
DIRECTION  AFTER  DIANNA'S  UNTIMELY  DEATH,  TO  MAKE  THE 
THRONE  EMOTIONALLY  CONNECTED  TO  THE  PEOPLE,  AND  DIANNA'S 
CHILDREN  ARE  MAKING  IT  EVEN  MORE  SO.  CAN  THIS  BE  SAID 
TO  BE  JUST  "CHANCE"  OR  IS  THERE  THE  HAND  OF  GOD  IN  IT
ALL?  I  THINK  THE  LATTER  IS  THE  TRUTH  OF  THE  MATTER.

YES,  THIS  BRITISH  THRONE  AND  ITS  ENDURANCE,  IS  NOT  A 
MATTER  OF  JUST  CHANCE,  BUT  IT  IS  INDEED  THE  VERY  THRONE 
OF  DAVID,  AND  WILL  GO  TO  DAVID'S  GREATEST  SON  -  CHRIST 
JESUS,  WHEN  JESUS  RETURNS  TO  THIS  EARTH  TO  ESTABLISH  THE
KINGDOM  OF  GOD  FOR  THE  FIRST  THOUSAND  YEARS,  AS  WE  ARE 
TOLD  IN  CHAPTER  20  OF  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION.

Keith Hunt

To be continued


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