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THE ENSIGN MESSAGE

THE THRONE OF DAVID FROM ELIZABETH I TO ELIZABETH II

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On February 6th, 1952, one of the great kings of England, George VI, closed  his life at the young age  of 56. Young people of today have no realization of why God Almighty placed this man on the Throne of David at such a critical time in history. Through the recent movie, “The King’s Speech” we saw a man grasp with an impediment, but with great determination, overcome. Apart from this, few realize the importance of this man during the Second World War. Fortunately, his herculean task was at least made easier by his equal in every sense of the word, Queen Elizabeth [the mother of the present Queen].

In past articles, I gave examples of the King’s walk with God and how prayer fitted strongly into his daily life. I also once wrote that he was aware of his Israelite roots. Yet, perhaps his most lingering quality was in the inspiration he gave to the British people during the terrible World War II. Here is but one example! George VI and his wife resolved to stay in London during the war, despite German bombing raids. The first German raid on London , on 7 September 1940, killed about one thousand civilians, mostly in the East End. A few days later, on 13 September, the King and Queen narrowly avoided death when two German bombs exploded in a courtyard at Buckingham Palace while they were there. In defiance, the Queen famously declared: “I am glad we have been bombed. It makes me feel we can look the East End in the face”. That’s courage!

The images we have seen of George VI reflect a quiet, serious and somewhat melancholy individual. Yet, reading his biography suggests this is not quite true, indeed, he appeared  to have  quite a sense of  humour  as well. One example of this came while he was talking to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir Alan Brooke, at a social function in 1944. The subject was Field Marshal Montgomery, the great military genius. Brooke mentioned that every time  he  met  ‘Monty’  he  thought he was after his job. The King replied: “You should worry, when I meet him I always think he’s after mine.” It is, however, a sad legacy of his reign that his royal dictate began to be totally taken over by his cabinet during his last  few  years.

Elizabeth II was in Kenya on the first stop of an official visit to Australia when she learned of her father’s death and she was immediately called home . She left England a Princess and returned a Queen. It was a sad return because she, her father, her  mother and her sister were always very close, but from the moment George VI passed on she inherited the mantle of responsibility and she must have realized that life would  never be  the same.

There must have been times that the young Elizabeth compared herself to her distant relative, Elizabeth I, who also ascended the throne at a young age. They were both queens selected by God, but for very different roles. Interestingly, the name “Elizabeth” means “God’s Oath” and His promise materialized for each of them.

Queen Elizabeth I was one of the greatest of all English monarchs, certainly one of the most popular. Referred to affectionately as Good Queen Bess, her reign was one of the most significant in the history of the Israelite peoples, perhaps rivalling the monarchy of King David. As if to prepare this monarch for her future awesome task, her early life was beset with the greatest of difficulty.When Elizabeth was three, her father, Henry VIII, ordered her mother, Anne Boleyn, to be beheaded for adultery. What’s more,  he  had  Parliament  declare his marriage with Anne Boleyn invalid, thus forcing Elizabeth to go through early life as illegitimate. She was thrown in the tower during the reign of her sister, Mary I, and it was only through God’s Grace that Mary ignored her Catholic advisors that Elizabeth be executed so the Reformation could be brought to a standstill. These ordeals helped shape the strong characteristics she inherited from her father, traits that gave her the determination and courage to guide England’s fortunes in the critical years of the late sixteenth  century.

When Mary died, Elizabeth I fell to her knees and exclaimed, “This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvelous in our eyes.” It wasn’t that she disliked her sister, but Mary, the least successful of all England ‘s monarchs, had brought England to its knees. She lost the last vestige of their French possessions, depleted the treasury and in the name of Catholicism , ushered in a reign of terror that earned her the name of Bloody Mary. The sorry state of affairs was summed up very well by a member of the Court at the time Elizabeth ascended the throne, “The Queen poor, the realm exhausted, the nobility poor and decayed. Want of good captains and soldiers. The people out of order. Justice not executed. All things dear. Excess in meat, drink and apparel. Divisions among ourselves. Wars with France and Scotland. The French King bestriding the realm, having one foot in Calais and the other in Scotland. Steadfast enmity but no steadfast friendship abroad.”

Elizabeth I, in concert with her parliamentarians, injected great energy and determination into the nation’s other problems. After a relatively few years, England was at peace and returned to a state of prosperity. The Queen’s policies engineered a great revival in trade, agriculture and manufacturing. Exploration was encouraged and many overseas colonies were claimed for England. It was a golden period in the nation’s growth. Yet, the highlight of her reign was the emergence of Britain from under the shadow of the great European  powers.

The Protestant Reformation was firmly entrenched when her forces beat back Spain during the Spanish Armada. It was 1588 and Spain had finally decided to descend upon Britain with the might of her military. Dispatching an overwhelming force of some 130 heavily armed ships and more than 30,000 soldiers, the Spanish Armada set off for battle. One of Elizabeth ‘s most inspiring speeches was given to her troops at the anticipated landing site of the enemy. Among her words were these, “…I have come amongst you, as you see, resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all, and for my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.”

So, God’s Plan for Britain under Elizabeth I was firmly in place. It was a time of such triumph and pride for the entire English nation that it inspired Shakespeare to later write his immortal words:

“Come the three corners of the world in arms,

And we shall shock them,

Nought shall make us rue,

If England to itself do rest but true”

(The Play “King John”)

Credit was not all due to Elizabeth I, of course, for she surrounded herself with great statesman, men like Walsingham, Leicester or Raleigh and generals like John Hawkins, Sir Francis Drake and Lord Howard , and they helped a strong, determined and independent Queen bring their nation from under the shadow of the great European powers.

Elizabeth II wasn’t as fortunate, for with the exception of the powerful former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, this Elizabeth has been surrounded with leaders and advisors more interested in the EU and one-worldism, even at the expense of  Britain giving  over her  wealth and    independence. And so, under Elizabeth II , the dismantling of the British Empire, begun under the latter years of her father when India and Pakistan were granted independence, was basically complete. Presiding over the decline of a great empire must be the sorriest experience imaginable. Queen Elizabeth I could not have done i t , nor other illustrious monarchs before her. These kings and queens of yesteryear possessed extremely forceful personalities and were far too autocratic to permit the parliaments of the second half of the twentieth century or the early years of this century to do what they have done and are attempting to do. Our God is truly amazing. For this final unveiling of His Plan, He chose a gentle woman who has relied on the advice of her ministers, most of whom appear to care not one whit for her Coronation pledge that she would govern the peoples of the United Kingdom according to their laws and customs. Yet, apart from the obvious trappings of power, who would really want to be in Elizabeth II’s place? Imagine the pain she must have suffered over the years since her reign began, as one by one, colonies went their own way, over fifty in all. Indeed, watching the leaders of Australia wanting to move from the Commonwealth , or her own ministers ready to abandon Northern  Ireland , must be agonizing in itself. Then too do you suppose she sometimes abruptly awakes from a deep sleep, burdened by the thought of humbling herself and her Kingdom before the Papacy, from which her ancestors made such sacrifices to disentangle her nation? Or going along with legislation merging her people into a European Union where the independence fought for by her predecessors was simply given away. Indeed , this must be the most galling of all.

You have read many times that 2001 , particularly 911, was the threshold of the harvest period of the Esau Dominion, not just in America but in all Israel nations, but when you trace the events that have taken place since that time it can be readily seen that they have resulted in the greatest loss of freedoms, wealth and values that True Israel perhaps ever experienced since the Egyptian bondage. And they all can be attributed to the falling away from the Lord God Almighty ‘s Laws for prosperity, health and happiness. So, throughout the True Israel nations, a lack of leadership in political, economic and theological levels has allowed the nations and their people to sink further into the muck . In the former bastion of greatness, Elizabeth II, herself now a figurehead subject to the whims of the unscrupulous elite, can only sit and wait for the great unfolding of the final stages of God’s Great Plan.

And so, here we are, in 2014, thirteen years later, and rejected by God, as he warned in Revelation 3:16 and elsewhere in Scripture. I am reminded of Evangelist Ed Vallowe’s words on the meaning of the number “13”. In his book, “Biblical Mathematics ” he wrote,  “In Romans 1:29-31 there are twenty-three things listed against sinful man. The thirteenth is ‘Haters of God’. How did it happen that the THIRTEENTH in the list was “Haters of God”. There can be but one answer. THIRTEEN is the number for the depraved , rebellious , sinful nature of man….” In Mark 7:21-22 , Jesus Himself , gave a picture of the rebellious and depraved heart of man, when He quoted thirteen characteristics , “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed (1) evil thoughts, (2) adulteries, (3) fornications  (4)  murders, (5)  thefts, (6)  covetousness, (7) wickedness , (8) deceit, (9) lasciviousness, (10) an evil eye, (11) blasphemy, (12) pride, (13) foolishness .” Vallowe quotes many other verses throughout the Bible that make it abundantly clear that the number “13” denotes Depravity and Rebellion.

So, Elizabeth 11’s once mighty commonwealth of God set upon her and wouldn’t it be nice if He was to end her reign a high note. Is it possible? Well , think on this, although 2014 promises to be a year of rebellion and depravity, being 13 from the beginning of the harvest period of the Esau Dominion, the year 2015 is fourteen years from that event.

And what does Vallowe give as the meaning of “14”?

Deliverance!                    

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