Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):
How Israel Came To Britain
Following the fall of the Assyrian Empire the captive northern Ten Tribes (House of Israel) regained their freedom and broke into groups that gradually migrated north-westward across Europe to the shores of the North Sea as Jutes, Angles, Saxons and Goths. Finally all of these groups invaded and settled in Britain.
by HOIM Staff
The Israel people, whom YEHOVAH God brought into being to be the instrument of His Will and Purpose among men, became disobedient and rebellious, with the result that they were broken into two separate and distinct nations: the Kingdoms or Houses of Israel and Judah. Eventually the people of both of these nations were conquered by their enemies and driven away into exile where history loses sight of them (Jeremiah 33:24; 50:6). Because of this it has been assumed by many that YEHOVAH God has given up the idea of fulfilling His Purpose through a servant nation and that, except for a small remnant called "Jews," Israel has ceased to exist.
This assumption is false on at least three counts. First, because YEHOVAH God promised that Israel would continue as a nation FOR EVER (Jeremiah 31:31-37). Second, because during the 1,000 years of Israel’s history many groups broke away from the main body and migrated to new homes. The result was that there were several foreign colonies of Israel people in existence long before the destruction of their nation in old Canaan (See: “The Story of Celto-Saxon Israel”). Third, because the Israelites in Canaan who were conquered and driven away into exile did not thereby cease to exist. On the contrary, they also broke up into several groups which slowly migrated into and across Europe to join others of their people who had already established themselves in pockets of settlements from Greece to Britain.
Actually, groups of Israelites began to migrate away from the main body even before the Israel nation was formed. One of these groups under the leadership of Calcol, a prince of the tribe of Judah, went westward across the Mediterranean eventually settling in Ulster. Another, under the leadership of Dardanus, a brother of Calcol, crossed to Asia Minor to found the kingdom later known as Troy. When Troy was destroyed by the Greeks, the Trojans fled to Italy and later to Britain where they established themselves as the kingdom of Britain about the year 1100 B.C.
Another and much larger migration away from the main body of Israel took place during the wandering in the wilderness of Sinai after the Exodus from Egypt. A careful study of the census figures given in the Book of Numbers, chapters 2 and 26, will show that nearly a million people disappeared during this forty-year period.
Their disappearance from Sinai coincides with the arrival in Western Europe of a people called Iberians, which is simply another form of the word, “Hebrews.” (The word, Hebrew, is derived from the name of the patriarch Eber. Since vowels were not written originally, Eber and Iber would be written the same.) Some of these Iberians later moved on into Britain, so it is evident that the descendants of the Israelites who disappeared from Sinai came to Britain as Iberians.
After Israel settled in Canaan, other Israelite family groups drifted away. About 1,000 B.C. the tribe of Dan left, going first to Greece (as the Danoi) and later to Denmark and Ireland (known as Danaan).
About 750 B.C. those living east of the Jordan River were conquered and driven into exile by the Assyrians. This section of Canaan was called Gaulan. The Hebrew word for exile is Galah. Thus these exiles from Gaulan would be the Galli or Gauls. Seeking a new home they migrated across Europe to France and later to Britain where, under the name of Gauls or Gaels, they united with the Iberians to form the people known to history as the ancient Britons.
Finally, the Israel nation itself was destroyed and its people driven away into exile, most of them to Assyria and Media. Following the fall of the Assyrian Empire they regained their freedom and broke into groups that gradually migrated north-westward across Europe to the shores of the North Sea as Jutes, Angles, Saxons and Goths. In Denmark and Scandinavia they found the Danites who had preceded them and presently all of these groups invaded and settled in Britain.
In this brief outline we have shown how portions of the Israel people of Bible history gradually migrated away from their homeland in Canaan and disappeared, and how some of their descendants were later regathered in Britain. The history and Scripture concerning this is covered in detail with maps and charts in the wonderful book, The Story of Celto-Saxon Israel, by W. H. Bennett.
The Coronation Ceremony
Queen Elizabeth II has reigned on the throne of Great Britain for well over a half-century. Among the millions who saw or heard the Coronation in 1953, there must have been many who wondered at the repeated references to King Solomon, and why important parts of the ceremony were likened to those which occurred when Solomon succeeded his father David on the throne of ancient Israel.
Yet there should be no wonder, for from beginning to end, in word, act, and symbol, the Coronation ceremony proclaims the fact that the Celto-Saxon peoples are the continuation of the House of Israel, and that our royal house and throne are the house and throne of David.
We see this, first of all, in the great west window under which the sovereign passes when entering Westminster Abbey. In the top section are figures representing Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Below them are Jacob’s twelve sons, the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel, together with Moses, the first ruler, and Aaron, the first High Priest of the Israel nation. Then, immediately below these, and between the official emblems of Moses and Aaron, is the British coat-of-arms. Such an arrangement is clearly intended to show national continuity, and thus is a pictorial declaration of the Israelitish identity of the British peoples.
We saw it too, when, in the very first act of the Coronation ceremony, the Archbishop presented Queen Elizabeth to the people with these words: “Sirs, I here present unto you Queen Elizabeth your undoubted Queen; wherefore all you who are come this day to do your homage and service, are you willing to do the same?” Then the people, represented by those in the Abbey, expressed their willingness by shouting, “God save the Queen.”
This is identical with the custom in Israel of old as recorded in 1 Samuel 10:24, where we read, “And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.” As there is no record of such a custom among other peoples, our continuous use of it since ancient times clearly points to our Israelitish origin.
Even more striking is the fact that the Archbishop presents the Sovereign to the people in each of the four directions. The significance of this appears when we remember YEHOVAH’s promise to Jacob, the father of the Israel people, as recorded in Genesis 24:14: “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: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”
Consequently, any message or question addressed to Israel would have to be sent to the four corners of the earth, and this is exactly what the Archbishop does in presenting the Sovereign for acceptance.
The second act of the ceremony is also significant. Here we see that when our Sovereign takes the Oath to rule in accordance with the Law, he/she does so in the immediate vicinity of that rough stone which our most ancient legends say is Jacob’s pillow, the stone on which Jacob rested his head on that wondrous occasion when YEHOVAH God made the promises to him recorded in Genesis 28. It is while seated on this stone, that he/she is anointed and crowned.
It is certain that such a stone or pillar (Genesis 28:18) existed in Israel of old, and that their kings took an oath and were anointed and crowned while standing by or on this stone. In 2 Kings 11:12-14 we read of Joash taking the Oath and being anointed and crowned standing “by a pillar AS THE MANNER WAS.” Thus the fact that our Sovereigns take the Oath by this ancient stone and that they are anointed and crowned seated on it, is another witness to the fact of our Israelitish heritage and that our throne is the Throne of David.
In the act of anointing our Sovereigns we have another and most important witness. Not only was it an Israelitish custom as noted above, but the oil used in anointing our Sovereigns is identical with that used in Israel of old, being made in exact accordance with the formula in Exodus 30:22-25. In considering the significance of this fact, we should note that YEHOVAH Himself dictated the formula for this oil, and that he gave two commands concerning it: It was to be used for the consecration of the Kings and Priests of Israel, and that it was NOT to be made for or used by anyone else.
Thus the deliberate use of oil made in accordance with this formula is either a defiant disregard of YEHOVAH’s commandment or it is yet another way in which our Coronation ceremony testifies to the Davidic origin and heritage of our Royal House and Throne.
“For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel” (Jeremiah 33:17).
The Crown of St. Edward
Our British coronation ceremony and the words, symbols and objects used in it, bear witness to the Israelitish heritage of the British people and to the Davidic origin of our Royal House and Throne. One evidence of this is the ancient Crown of St. Edward, which is used in the actual crowning of the sovereign. In its structure and form it is a witness which is complete in itself.
Those who take notice of heraldry are aware that no two national crowns are alike. Each nation has its own design, for just as flags and coats-of-arms are emblematic of nations and of the peoples comprising them, so also are crowns.
At first glance, however, St. Edward’s Crown appears to be an exception to this rule for neither in its design, symbolism, nor ornamentation is there anything to show that it is the Crown of Britain or to connect it with the British people. On the contrary, it is wholly Israelitish, being a perfect symbol of the kingdom of YEHOVAH God as it was in Israel of old -- and as it will again be under the rule of YEHOVAH God and His Messiah.
This is to be seen, first of all, in the row of special jewels which encircle its base. Twelve in number, they correspond exactly both in number and name with those on the breastplate of Israel’s High Priest as recorded in Exodus 28.
This is most significant, for when the High Priest presented himself before YEHOVAH God as the representative of the nation he wore a golden breastplate on which were TWELVE jewels, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. So also today, as for ages past, when our sovereigns present themselves before YEHOVAH God in the coronation service, there to dedicate themselves and us to YEHOVAH’s service, they wear a crown whose golden base is set with TWELVE jewels which are identical with those which represented the twelve Israel tribes on the High Priest’s breastplate.
This becomes doubly significant when we remember that the Israel people are the physical foundation of the kingdom of YEHOVAH God. As organized in Israel of old, this kingdom consisted of the twelve tribes in four divisions, encamped around the Tabernacle in and over which hovered the Shekinah Glory -- a visible manifestation of YEHOVAH’s presence among, and his sovereignty over, His people.
Of this kingdom, the Crown of St. Edward is a perfect symbol. Just as the twelve tribes of Israel are the basis of the kingdom of YEHOVAH God, so the twelve jewels, emblematic of these twelve tribes, form the basis of the Crown. Just as the twelve tribes around the Tabernacle were divided into four groups, so the twelve jewels around the base of the crown are divided into four groups by four golden bands extending upward from the base.
Further, when Israel of old was encamped around the Tabernacle (Numbers 2) each tribe encamped under its own banner or ensign. Then, ahead and above these, were the flags or standards of the four divisions into which the twelve tribes were divided. This too appears in the symbolism of the crown for around it are four special jewels set above those encircling its base.
Finally, above the actual crown we see a golden ball or orb with two bands encircling it. This completes a perfect picture, for these bands encircling the globe are indicative of the Kingdom of YEHOVAH God encircling the entire earth under the rulership of YEHOVAH God Himself -- the“King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16).
In this crown, therefore, we have a perfect symbol of the kingdom of YEHOVAH God, over part of which the Messiah is to reign from the Throne of David as king over Israel, and as such a symbol would be meaningless to anyone else, it follows that our use of it clearly identifies us as the people of the kingdom.
Although restored in 1661, the design of this crown has remained unchanged since the time of Edward the Confessor, a period of 900 years; so for that long, and perhaps much longer, it has been offering mute testimony to the Israelitish origin of the British peoples, and to the Davidic heritage of our Royal House and Throne.
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