At last we find out here who is sitting on that mysterious throne. And what sits under it, or rather, SAT under it for exactly 700 years. For that has been taken away. It really is a fascinating tale. Back in 1983 I visited and gazed upon that throne, but I did not know this story then. How I wish I had. I could post some photos to prove it, although there were plenty on the Internet last time I looked. We’ll continue where I left off last post.
In 1879, Scottish historian, John MacLaren, published The History of Ancient Caledonia (an ancient name for Scotland–notice the don). He reveals that, according to the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath or Independence, early Scots believed they had been taught by Peter’s brother Andrew, the ‘patron saint’ of Scotland. They worshipped the ‘God’ of Bethel and knew they were descendants of the twelve tribes of Israel. They revered Yacob’s pillar stone, kept the Sabbath of LEVITICUS 23, refused unclean foods, and paid ‘tythes’. The author refers to Ireland in his history book as ‘Jeremy’s Land’.
From Kenneth macAlpin, the throne passed to various kings of his line such as Donald (Domhnall III), Duncan (Donnchadh), MacBeth (Macbeathadh), and John Baliol (1292-1296) whose reign ended when Edward I (Longshanks) of England fought against the Scots, won, and declared himself king also of Scotland. Edward therefore took the Bethel Stone, now known as the coronation stone, to Westminster in London in 1296. This was of course the time of the inspirational leadership of outlaw knight, Sir William Wallace, of whom most of what we (think we) know is pure fable.
Edward’s son, Edward II was whopped by the Scots under the king following John Baliol, Robert I Bruce (1306-1326), at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The Stone however remained in Westminster Abbey where from thence to this day every sovereign of England has been crowned. This means that every king of queen of Ireland, Scotland, and England since Tea Tephi, except those between Robert I Bruce and James VI–because the Stone was in London– and the English before Edward II, has sat on the Stone for their coronation. It was called by the English ‘Jacob’s pillow’, and placed under the actual throne UNTIL 1995, when after 700 years, it was returned to Edinburgh in Scotland!
Was this then another of Ezekiel’s overturns? Many who know the story believe so, but I do not. For the Scottish line of kings continued unabated from Robert I Bruce to David II Bruce (1329-1337); Edward Balliol (1333-1346); David II Bruce again (1346-1371); Robert II (1371-1390); Robert III (1390-1406); James I (1406-1437); James II (1437-1460); James III (1460-1488); James IV (1488-1513); James V (1513-1542), [they certainly liked the name James, didn’t they?]; Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1567) to her son, James VI (1567-1625) in an unbroken succession. This last 23 years of James’ reign being in London when he took the throne of a united kingdom of Scotland and England after Queen Elizabeth’s death.
In other words, there was no change of line or new branch as the other two overturns. Nor could the English kings and queens have fulfilled the requirements, as a look at English history will attest: England’s first kings were Saxons from whom Alfred the Great sprang. He became renowned for his response to the invasion of the Vikings called Danes. Alfred occupied London as his capital, but originally this city had been called New Troy (recall the Trojans were Hebrews). Alfred’s line was but the first English dynasty of kings. In all there were eight by my reckoning, mostly unrelated to each other. The second dynasty was that of Canute the Dane who also ruled Denmark and Norway. Next was Edward the Confessor who died without an heir. His kinsman, William of Normandy, made a bid but the English nobles ignored it and made the most powerful among them, Harold Godwinson, of Danish descent, king.
William was not to be rebuffed, sailing for England 10,000 men strong, and met Harold’s forces at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Harold was killed. He was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. William the Conqueror and sons, Henry I–and from here known as the Plantagenet (from some sort of weed in someone’s hat!) kings–Henry II; Richard I (the Lion-Hearted); John who signed the Magna Carta; Henry III; Edward I; II; and III; and Richard II comprised the fifth dynasty.
The House of Lancaster, whose leading duke Henry (King Henry IV) deposed tyrant Richard II, became the sixth dynasty. The last Lancastrian king, Henry VI, went insane whereby the House of York claimed the throne, leading to the War of the Roses between the two Houses. In any event, the House of York became the seventh dynasty, followed by the House of Tudor when Henry (VII) Tudor defeated the last York ruler. This eighth dynasty also included Henry VIII, Edward VI, Bloody Mary I, and Good Queen Elizabeth.
It is fascinating to note that there were also exactly eight dynasties in the northern kingdom of Israel; the first kings of each being: Yaroboam, Boasha, Zimri, Omni, Yehu, Shallum, Menahem, and Pekah; but one unbroken line of succession from David to Zedekyah, in the southern sceptre family of Yudah.
So from Zecharyah through Tea Tephi in the Zarah line; through the Irish, Scottish, and English kings following James I; we come down to our current reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II who sits on the throne of David. She knows it and so does the current Israeli leadership. And as if all this preceeding history is not enough to pinpoint the whereabouts of Israel and her ‘king’, there is yet more in history, Scripture, and visible fact, SOME of which I will present later.
King David’s line was to rule during all or part of every generation from his own until the end of the Millennium. Just in case someone puts up their hand and says, “But, what about..?”, throughout history from David to the present day were five interregnums or temporary vacancies between reigns: 1. When wicked Queen Athaliah killed off all the heirs except the baby Yoash and took the crown for herself. She reigned for six years until Yoash was seven and crowned in the temple; 2. At the fall of Yerushalem and slaying of Zedekyah’s sons until another of his offspring gained the throne! 3. Two years between 1290 and 1292 after the grand-daughter of Alexander III (1249-1286), Margaret of Norway, died coming to England to take up the throne; 4. Between John Baliol–forced by Edward I to abdicate in order to join Scotland to England–and Robert I Bruce, was a ten-year throneless gap; 5. Between Charles I (1625-1649)–executed for high treason–and his son, Charles II who had fled the country, was an eleven year gap called the Cromwellian Interregnum. This was when Oliver Cromwell instituted a republic called the Commonwealth of England, but it ended when the people were unsatisfied and called for the return of a king! YHWH’s plans NEVER fail! There would be a Commonwealth, but it wasn’t THAT one, for it had to be under a sovereign, not an Oliver Upstart. And we’ll talk about that next post.
Meanwhile, I’ll bet some of you are wishing you’d taken history in high school, or listened more closely to it if you did. Then again, maybe not. I just hope you haven’t found it boring. Imagine, the throne of David, there in London under the queen!