"Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far;
The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels
of my mother hath he made mention of my name." Isa 49:1
Israel in the Isles
9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
12 Behold, these (Israel in the Isles) shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.(West)
20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait (cramped) for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
The Coming of Jeremiah to Ireland
Jeremiah 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 Stone of Destiny
Suggested Reading: Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright, J.A. Allen
Available at The Shepherd's Chapel
6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them.
7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.
St. Patrick and the Druids (snakes)
Ten miles away, and in clear sight of the Hill of Slane, is the Hill of Tara, the ancient political and religious centre of Ireland. There the druids of the High King, Leary, were preparing to light the ceremonial first fire of summer. By law, all other fires had to be extinguished and rekindled from the sacred fire at Tara.
Patrick knew about this law, and that is why he lit a huge bonfire on the Hill of Slane before the druids lit theirs. He was brought before Leary to explain.
"I lit the fire to announce the coming of a new God, who is more powerful than your old gods," said Patrick, "and this new fire will never be extinguished."
King Leary was a politician. If what Patrick said was true, he wanted to be on the side of this more powerful god. But he was also a realist.
"If you prove that your new god is more powerful than the old gods, I'll join your religion," he told Patrick.
Of course, this was what Patrick wanted. If the king converted, Ireland would become a Christian country. Patrick proposed a duel.
"Your druids will try to start a fire with their pile of dry wood, and I will start a fire with wet, green wood, by the power of my God."
Leary accepted. His druids were unable to get even a whiff of smoke from their dry wood, while Patrick's wet, green wood spontaneously burst into flame.
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