Does Queen Elizabeth Sit on the Throne of David?
In a word, no. And, having stated that fact, let's immediately turn to the scriptural reference
supporting this conclusion before we lose some readers!
Ezekiel 21:13 Testing will surely come. And what if even the scepter, which the sword
despises,does not continue? declares the Sovereign Lord.
Ezekiel 21:24-27 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you people have
brought to mind your guilt by your open rebellion, revealing your sins in all that you do--because
you have done this, you will be taken captive.
You profane and wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose time of punishment has
reached its climax, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Take off the turban, remove the crown.
It will not be as it was: The lowly will be exalted and the exalted will be brought low.
A ruin! A ruin! I will make it a ruin! The crown will not be restored until he to whom it
rightfully belongs shall come; to him will I give it.
Have you ever seen these verses before? I ask this because those who teach theories
regarding the lost tribes of Israel are not generally in the habit of quoting or exploring them.
I assure my readers that they are most definitely contained in your Bible!
So that there are no mistakes about the application of this prophecy, let's review and consider
several pertinent facts. Just prior to his death, Jacob's prophetic prayer and blessing over his
sons stated that the scepter would be vested in Judah. Judah's older brothers had disqualified
themselves from receiving the normal birthright and positions of reponsibility over their brothers
through some of their grossly sinful activities. (Gen. 49:10) From the accounts in Genesis, we
see that Judah had assumed his position as the natural leader amongst his brothers. Jacob's
prophecy continued in its fulfillment, first through David, and then in Jesus Christ. Following the
death of Solomon, Jereboam the son of Nebat led a rebellion against Solomon's true heir,
Rehoboam, and began an illegitimate monarchy, which assumed rulership over the Northern
Tribes of Israel. Ezekiel was active as a prophet of God from 593-571 BC. His prophecy,
quoted in the verses above, was addressed towards Jerusalem and the sanctuary (Ez. 21:1).
Jerusalem was the capital of the united Israel under David and Solomon. Following Israel's
secession, it remained the capital of Judah.
As we demonstrated in our earlier article, British Israelism Revisited, large numbers of Israelites
from the Northern Tribes had migrated south to live in the covenant lands of Judah in the
centuries prior to the fall of Israel to the Assyrians, and the ensuing exile. Unlike the kings of
kings of Judah were frequently considered to be good kings, in that they had actually governed
their nation in keeping with the laws of God, shunning idolatry. Some had invited anyone from
the northern tribes who wished to do the same to emigrate south. Several such migrations
are recorded in the Bible, especially from the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, all of which we
had documented from scripture in that earlier article. The Southern Kingdom, with Jerusalem as
its capital, by that time included numerous peoples from all of the tribes in addition
to the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi. Therefore, Ezekiel was totally accurate in using the
term "Israel" to describe this area, and "prince of Israel" to describe Zedekiah, the last king of
Judah prior to the Babylonian captivity. Since the Northern Kingdom had already fallen many
decades prior to Ezekiel's birth, in 722 BC, this prophecy can only describe the fall of Jerusalem
in 586 BC, and specifically the removal of the crown from Zedekiah.
It is important to remember that it was never the will of God that there be human kings over His
covenant people, Israel. This is something with which we are all very familiar. When the
Israelites approached Samuel, and lobbied for a human king as the gentile nations had, God let
His wisdom on this be known in no uncertain terms:
I Samuel 8:6-9 But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel, so
he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to
you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have
done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving
other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them, but warn them solemnly and
let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights."
God intended for Israel to be governed as a Theocracy, not a monarchy. He was their King!
God governed through chosen, spirit-led priests who were close to Him by nature of their
duties, and who were often assisted by the prophets. I will not indulge in lengthy quotes from
the post-exilic books of the Old Testament, but anyone who reads the books of Ezra and
Nehemiah will be impressed with one profound absence. There was no native Israelite
king! The Medes and Persians allowed the Israelites and Jews who returned from the exile to
govern themselves according to their own God-given laws. Theocracy was restored, with
Israel also paying tribute to the Medo-Persian kings. Hundreds of years later, during the
intertestamental period, the Hasmonean kings whose exploits against Helenism are
chronicled in the deuterocanonical books of the Maccabees were actually priests. Josephus
identifies Judas Maccabeus and his brothers as being descended from the Levitical priestly
line. Later, in Roman times, we find the Jews again with a king, but the Herodian kings were
actually Idumean, not from the tribe of Judah. From Josephus we learn that the Idumeans
had been converted into Judaism following their conquest by John Hyrcannus, a descendent
of Judas Maccabeus. The Herodian line was established by the Romans, and constituted
another illegitimate monarchy. Arguably, the Herods became the very pinnacle of fulfillment
of the prophecies God gave to Samuel concerning what to expect from a king.
While King Zedekiah was the prince of Israel referenced to in Ezekiel's prophecy, the
one to whom the throne rightfully belongs can only be Jesus Christ. There never was any
emergency requiring a prophet to spirit some princesses and Jacob's pillar stone off to
England to transplant and perpetuate the throne of David. Such an activity, had it occurred,
would have actually thwarted the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy! Human kings had led
God's people into evil and idolatry, Has the British monarchy established any better track
record of obedience to God than did the kings of Israel or Judah? Even a casual study of
the history of England rules that notion out! There has been a similar mixture of good and evil.
Herbert Armstrong always taught that sabbath keeping was the true identifier of God's
people. The British monarchy and the British people have never been identified with the
sabbath. Even if for the sake of argumentation we allow ourselves to use the HWA model
as our criteria, how could non-sabbatarian British monarchs be viewed as "he to whom
it rightfully belongs"?
Jesus Christ, in His human life, was directly descended from both Abraham and from David,
as God had preplanned. In a very real sense, through Jesus Christ there has never been a time
when God's promise to David was in jeopardy. Was the British monarchy ordained of God? Do
they have authority over subjects? Yes, just as any other human government. Paul tells us in
Romans 13 that there is no authority except that which God has established. But, the scepter of
Judah is not vested in the British monarchy. British Israelism is an extrabiblical theory
or teaching. God's chosen people today are the disciples of Jesus Christ, not a physical genetic
group. God is not a racist. He created all of the different races, and saw that they were good.
He bases His favor to humans on our belief in Him, our faith in Him, and our love for Him,
just as He did with Abraham.
Manasseh and Ephraim were not even pure Israelite! Joseph's wife, the mother of his children,
was Egyptian. This could mean many things. Was she Nubian? Nubians were black Egyptian.
Was she Hykksos? Or Egyptian as we know the Egyptians today? We simply don't know the
answer to these questions. Perhaps that is as was intended by a God who places value upon
his children not due to their genetic makeup, but because of what is in their hearts!
More by this author:
"British Israelism Revisited"
The Ten Tribes
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