The Book of Tephi
The following book is a product of logical observation of the fulfilment of God’s ancient promises. I am not entirely sure the Book of Tephi is “true,” or just legend but it is very possibly true and I believe the logic stands up well, I ask your careful consideration and comment if you feel so inclined.
One thing I do have a testimony of is that God does live and His Son Jesus Christ is our Saviour. This I know because he has answered my prayers many times.
Edited by: Tomas O’Broder
Gaelic name of Tom Brodericktom.email@example.com
Biblical Prophesy Fulfilled?
US President Obama and Senator John McCain share an unusual heritage they are both related to the same King of Scotland. Both are descendants of King William I of Scotland or William the Lion who ruled from 1165 to 1214 AD. McCain’s ancestors Hugh and Agnes McCain sailed to America in 1778, Obama’s ancestor Edward FitzRandolph moved to America more than a hundred years earlier. The same royal lineage of Scotland runs in the blood of McCain and Obama. (As reported in London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper on 13th January 2008)
The coronation Stone of Jacob or Israel, known today as the Stone of Destiny, was carried away to safety in the British Isles by Jeremiah and Tephi daughter of King Zedekiah of Judah when Jerusalem was destroyed in about 600 BC. Tephi was anointed Queen by Jeremiah and married a King of the House Israel in Ireland. Her children have reigned for 2,600 years in the Ireland, Scotland and latterly England, all Monarchs having been crowned on the Stone of Destiny which Israel had anointed in Bethel and the fulfilment of the promises of God are laid bare for all the world to see.
The legendaryBook of Tephi (reproduced here) explains the link and the commission of Jeremiah the ancient prophet, “to plant the tender twig (Princess Tephi) of the lofty cedar” spoken of in Jeremiah Ch1. V.10. and the recurring promises of God to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and David, down to today with Tephi’s descendants having reigned continually, as the Scottish Declaration of Independence of 1320 AD put it “no stranger having intervened” down to her current successor and heir Queen Elizabeth II. The recorded genealogy of William the Lion goes back to Kings Fergus I and Angus the Prolific who came from the royal lineage of Tephi in Ireland.
Research and legend has it that both Presidential candidates, heirs - by royal blood lineage - to the ancient covenant and promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (The Book of Genesis) There was a promise made to Abraham in the bible“I will make thee exceeding afruitful, and I will make bnations of thee, and ckings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my bcovenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an ceverlasting covenant, to be a dGod unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Genesis ch.17 v.6-7)
At this time more than ever we need inspired leaders. The Middle East is in crisis with a distinct possibility of leading the whole earth to World War III and Armageddon. Ireland is a great parallel to consider in the quest for peace. Catholics and Protestants are replaced in the Middle East by Muslims, Jews and Christians.
War is insanity especially in an age of nuclear proliferation, Iran is surrounded by hostile invading forces on the East in Afghanistan and the West in Iraq, Iran is like a cornered animal which might see attack as the only form of defence.
This book does not dictate policy but invites thought, it considers legend, scripture and history from an Irish context and invites the reader to ponder the lessons learned from peace in Ireland and gives hope that peace is possible. War can only lead to misery and destruction and there can be no divine justification in waging aggressive warfare.
Irish Catholic Mormon Perspective
This book is written from an Irish Catholic Mormon perspective for that is what I am and make no apologies. I am immensely proud of my Irish Catholic heritage, of all people I think the Irish are an example of love and hospitality, the greatest of Christian attributes is of course love. Love consigns doctrine to second place. We can only control the love we share for each other and those of other faiths, with our imperfect knowledge we can have perfect love. I love my Catholic heritage and the values I was taught but I also believe there is more and I have found that in the Book of Mormon. I am an Irish Catholic Mormon.
I hope to bring the reader to an understanding of their divine birthright. This can be a heady experience, it seems those who have had what they consider a spiritual enlightenment are faced with two roads they may take in expressing a new found zeal. The first is to demonstrate our spiritual awakening by Christ like service and expressions of love to our fellow man. Remembering as Paul wrote to the early Corinthian saints "Be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men." (1 Cor 14:20) The second is Satan’s trap where we become so self righteous in our new found knowledge that we exert our efforts in showing all others how wrong they are.
By way of counter balance and for contemplation consider the story of Oliver Cromwell in his religious zeal to convert Catholic Ireland to Protestantism. He killed and exiled - most as white slaves to America - over half a million Irish Catholics in a period of five years, a third of the population (according to official figures surveying the population of Ireland at the time.) Because in his supposed Christian zeal he became the ultimate antichrist. He took away religious freedom and tolerance, and left a legacy of oppression which lasted hundreds of years. “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. Hence many are called but few are chosen.” D&C 121:39 These white Irish slaves are the forgotten ancestors of modern America. Ironically in England Cromwell is considered the father of democracy.
This is not to be taken as gospel or too seriously, this is legend but may be shared tongue in cheek with a bit of back slapping craic.
I think there is room here for humorous discussion and a lot of research and soul searching for Irish and other people of British origin. This book is not the answer but an awakening to discussion and further research.
(Isaiah 52:1-10, 3 Nephi 16:11-12, 2Nephi 9:1-3)
I hope these ideas and legends can be shared with craic in mind. Craic pronounced crack, is the Gaelic word for good humoured banter. The craic is the very essence and heart of Irish society and culture. If you do not understand the craic you can not understand the Irish people.
To not employ the craic is dangerous and divisive, to consider one holds the moral high ground which must be defended at all costs is a danger to the peace of society as we have seen in Northern Ireland. To find humour and back slapping banter in the midst of adversity and diversity is the key to peace. The TV show MASH, a comedy show set in the Korean war is a great example of this, showing US military medics dealing with terrible casualties in awful affliction yet daring to laugh, this is the stuff of peace and hope.
If you choose you may skip over the comprehensive scriptural introduction and go to the Book of Tephi for the beautiful poetic heart of the story.
At the heart of this book is the understanding that the Irish, British, Canadian, Australian and American peoples are the Children of Israel scattered from the Holy Land, including those scattered by the Assyrians about 700 BC. The Gaelic or Celtic people travelled over land to Ireland and Britain where they joined other Hebrews who had travelled previously by sea. The remnants of the tribes of Israel are scattered through Europe and have many names. The bible does not mention Catholics, Protestants or Mormons for that matter but is full of promises made by God to the children of Israel who we are. Reading the Holy Scriptures with this understanding gives us a whole new perspective.
Iran and the count down to Armageddon
In April 2006 news papers reported that President Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had successfully enriched uranium in order to produce nuclear fuel, in violation of a call by the UN Security Council for Iran to end the project.
About the same time President Ahmadinejad claimed "The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm." And said "I tell the governments who support Zionism to allow the migrants [to] return to their countries of origin. If you think you owe them something [because of the Holocaust], give them some of your land,"
The language of President Ahmadinejad is very similar to the Ezekiel prophecy that Israel should be attacked in a great storm.
It is not hard to see how President Ahmadinejad could inspire and lead a great army of besieged Iranians, (or Persians as they were called) Afghans and Iraqis. Not to mention Hamas, Hizbolah, Syria and Libya.
Considering the relationship of Iran, Darfur and Libya with western nations and Israel there is an interesting prophesy in Ezekiel Ch.37 . The interpretations here may or may not be correct, never the less it fits perhaps too well to dismiss.
5 Persia, aEthiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a bcloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10 Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy amind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the anorth parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
16 And thou shalt come up aagainst my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the blatter days.
This thread is continued in many places through the bible, for instance:
Western nations launch a precision bombing campaign like those previously launched against Iraq and Lebanon. The pre-emptive strike fails and the plan backfires inspiring Islamic nations to retaliate.
Book of Revelation: Ch 9
Modern warplanes are likened to locusts with stinging tails like scorpions and the faces of men
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the abottomless bpit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those amen which have not the bseal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek adeath, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the ateeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the asound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Islamic people are united in a desperate and fatalistic attack on Israel and the West - great destruction follows ending with the battle of Armageddon
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound ain the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16 And the anumber of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Nuclear winter darkens the sun and threatens mankind with extinction. The Messiah returns to the Earth in Power and Glory.
Matthew Ch 24
29 ¶ Immediately after the tribulation of those adays shall the bsun be cdarkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the asign of the Son of man in bheaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth cmourn, and they shall see the dSon of man coming in the clouds of heaven with epower and great fglory.
31 And he shall send his aangels with a great sound of a btrumpet, and they shall gather together his celect from the four winds, from one end of dheaven to the other.
All this has occurred because of the actions of men, God will not take freedom of choice from mankind, but God will be needed to save us from ourselves. Thus becoming the Saviour all peoples of the earth.
Nations of Scattered ancient Israel shall understand their ancestry after the return of Jesus Christ
Hosea Ch 1
10 ¶ Yet the anumber of the children of Israel shall be as the bsand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the csons of the dliving God.
11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be agathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
An ancient prophet warns us against warfare
Mormon Ch 7
1 And now, behold, I would speak somewhat unto the aremnant of this people who are spared, if it so be that God may give unto them my words, that they may know of the things of their fathers; yea, I speak unto you, ye remnant of the house of Israel; and these are the words which I speak:
2 Know ye that ye are of the ahouse of Israel.
3 Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved.
4 Know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war, and delight no more in the shedding of blood, and take them not again, save it be that God shall acommand you.
5 Know ye that ye must come to the aknowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and iniquities, and bbelieve in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath risen again, whereby he hath gained the cvictory over the grave; and also in him is the sting of death swallowed up.
6 And he bringeth to pass the aresurrection of the dead, whereby man must be raised to stand before his bjudgment-seat.
7 And he hath brought to pass the aredemption of the bworld, whereby he that is found cguiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to ddwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the echoirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are fone God, in a state of ghappiness which hath no end.
8 Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the agospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles bfrom the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles cunto you.
9 For behold, athis is bwritten for the intent that ye may cbelieve that; and if dye believe that ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them.
10 And ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; therefore ye are numbered among the people of the first covenant; and if it so be that ye believe in Christ, and are baptized, first bwith water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the cexample of our Savior, according to that which he hath commanded us, it shall be well with you in the day of judgment. Amen.
An Ancient and Benevolent King Introduces a Democratic System of Government Replacing an Absolute Monarchy
Mosiah ch 29 (Book of Mormon)
1 Now when Mosiah had done this he sent out throughout all the land, among all the people, desiring to know their will concerning who should be their king.
2 And it came to pass that the voice of the people came, saying: We are desirous that Aaron thy son should be our king and our ruler.
3 Now Aaron had gone up to the land of Nephi, therefore the king could not confer the kingdom upon him; aneither would Aaron take upon him the kingdom; neither were any of the bsons of Mosiah cwilling to take upon them the kingdom.
4 Therefore king Mosiah sent again among the people; yea, even a written word sent he among the people. And these were the words that were written, saying:
5 Behold, O ye my people, or my brethren, for I esteem you as such, I desire that ye should consider the cause which ye are called to aconsider—for ye are desirous to have a king.
6 Now I declare unto you that he to whom the kingdom doth rightly belong has declined, and will not take upon him the kingdom.
7 And now if there should be another appointed in his stead, behold I fear there would rise acontentions among you. And who knoweth but what my son, to whom the kingdom doth belong, should turn to be angry and bdraw away a part of this people after him, which would cause wars and contentions among you, which would be the cause of shedding much blood and perverting the way of the Lord, yea, and destroy the souls of many people.
8 Now I say unto you let us be wise and consider these things, for we have no right to destroy my son, neither should we have any right to destroy another if he should be appointed in his stead.
9 And if my son should turn again to his pride and vain things he would recall the things which he had said, and claim his right to the kingdom, which would cause him and also this people to commit much sin.
10 And now let us be wise and look forward to these things, and do that which will make for the peace of this people.
11 Therefore I will be your king the remainder of my days; nevertheless, let aus appoint bjudges, to judge this people according to our law; and we will newly arrange the affairs of this people, for we will appoint wise men to be judges, that will judge this people according to the commandments of God.
12 Now it is better that a man should be ajudged of God than of man, for the judgments of God are always just, but the judgments of man are not always just.
13 Therefore, aif it were possible that you could have bjust men to be your kings, who would establish the claws of God, and judge this people according to his commandments, yea, if ye could have men for your kings who would do even as my father dBenjamin did for this people—I say unto you, if this could always be the case then it would be expedient that ye should always have kings to rule over you.
14 And even I myself have labored with all the power and faculties which I have possessed, to teach you the commandments of God, and to establish peace throughout the land, that there should be no wars nor contentions, no stealing, nor plundering, nor murdering, nor any manner of iniquity;
15 And whosoever has committed iniquity, him have I apunished according to the crime which he has committed, according to the law which has been given to us by our fathers.
16 Now I say unto you, that because all men are not just it is not expedient that ye should have a aking or kings to rule over you.
17 For behold, how much ainiquity doth one bwicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!
18 Yea, remember king Noah, his awickedness and his abominations, and also the wickedness and abominations of his people. Behold what great destruction did come upon them; and also because of their iniquities they were brought into bbondage.
19 And were it not for the interposition of their all-wise Creator, and this because of their sincere repentance, they must unavoidably remain in bondage until now.
20 But behold, he did deliver them because they did ahumble themselves before him; and because they bcried mightily unto him he did deliver them out of bondage; and thus doth the Lord work with his power in all cases among the children of men, extending the arm of cmercy towards them that put their dtrust in him.
21 And behold, now I say unto you, ye cannot dethrone an iniquitous aking save it be through much contention, and the shedding of much blood.
22 For behold, he has his afriends in iniquity, and he keepeth his guards about him; and he teareth up the laws of those who have reigned in righteousness before him; and he trampleth under his feet the commandments of God;
23 And he enacteth laws, and sendeth them forth among his people, yea, laws after the manner of his own wickedness; and whosoever doth not obey his laws he acauseth to be destroyed; and whosoever doth rebel against him he will send his armies against them to war, and if he can he will destroy them; and thus an unrighteous bking doth pervert the ways of all righteousness.
24 And now behold I say unto you, it is not expedient that such abominations should come upon you.
25 Therefore, choose you by the avoice of this people, judges, that ye may be bjudged according to the claws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.
26 Now it is not common that the avoice of the people desireth anything bcontrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the cpeople to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.
27 And aif the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.
28 And now if ye have judges, and they do not ajudge you according to the law which has been given, ye can cause that they may be judged of a higher judge.
29 If your higher judges do not judge righteous judgments, ye shall cause that a small number of your lower judges should be gathered together, and they shall judge your higher judges, according to the voice of the people.
30 And I command you to do these things in the fear of the Lord; and I command you to do these things, and that ye have no king; that if these people commit sins and iniquities they shall be answered upon their own heads.
31 For behold I say unto you, the sins of many people have been acaused by the iniquities of their kings; therefore their iniquities are answered upon the heads of their kings.
32 And now I desire that this ainequality should be no more in this land, especially among this my people; but I desire that this land be a land of bliberty, and cevery man may enjoy his rights and privileges alike, so long as the Lord sees fit that we may live and inherit the land, yea, even as long as any of our posterity remains upon the face of the land.
33 And many more things did king Mosiah write unto them, unfolding unto them all the trials and atroubles of a righteous king, yea, all the travails of soul for their people, and also all the murmurings of the people to their king; and he explained it all unto them.
34 And he told them that these things ought not to be; but that the burden should come upon all the people, that every man might abear his part.
35 And he also unfolded unto them all the disadvantages they labored under, by having an unrighteous aking to rule over them;
36 Yea, all ahis iniquities and abominations, and all the wars, and contentions, and bloodshed, and the stealing, and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms, and all manner of iniquities which cannot be enumerated—telling them that these things ought not to be, that they were expressly repugnant to the commandments of God.
37 And now it came to pass, after king Mosiah had sent these things forth among the people they were aconvinced of the truth of his words.
38 Therefore they relinquished their desires for a king, and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal achance throughout all the land; yea, and every man expressed a willingness to answer for his own sins.
39 Therefore, it came to pass that they assembled themselves together in bodies throughout the land, to cast in their avoices concerning who should be their bjudges, to judge them according to the claw which had been given them; and they were exceedingly rejoiced because of the dliberty which had been granted unto them.
40 And they did wax strong in love towards Mosiah; yea, they did esteem him more than any other man; for they did not look upon him as a atyrant who was seeking for gain, yea, for that blucre which doth ccorrupt the soul; for he had not exacted riches of them, neither had he delighted in the shedding of blood; but he had established dpeace in the land, and he had granted unto his people that they should be delivered from all manner of bondage; therefore they did esteem him, yea, exceedingly, beyond measure.
41 And it came to pass that they did aappoint bjudges to rule over them, or to judge them according to the law; and this they did throughout all the land.
42 And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the first achief judge, he being also the bhigh priest, his father having conferred the office upon him, and having given him the charge concerning all the affairs of the church.
43 And now it came to pass that Alma did awalk in the ways of the Lord, and he did keep his commandments, and he did judge righteous judgments; and there was continual peace through the land.
44 And thus *commenced the areign of the judges throughout all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who were called the Nephites; and Alma was the first and chief judge.
45 And now it came to pass that his father died, being eighty and two years old, having lived to fulfil the commandments of God.
46 And it came to pass that Mosiah adied also, in the thirty and third year of his reign, being bsixty and three years old; making in the whole, five hundred and nine years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem.
47 And thus ended the reign of the kings over the people of Nephi; and thus ended the days of Alma, who was the founder of their church.
The British Empire
The success of the British Empire and associated countries is the literal fulfilment of Gods ancient promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (or Israel), David and Solomon. The British Empire prospered not because the righteousness of the British but because of the ancient promises of God recorded in the bible and according to the grace of God. God kept his word.
Jacob was given a promise “God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but aIsrael shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
And God said unto him, I am aGod Almighty: be bfruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of cnations shall be of thee, and dkings shall come out of thy loins;
And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a bdrink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth-el.” (Genesis ch.35 v.10-15)
There was a promise made to Israel, to Judah his son, renewed with David and Solomon, renewed with Tephi and passed through the bloodline to the Kings of Scotland and William I.
Both presidential candidates are literal bloodline heirs to this royal promise or everlasting covenant made to Israel, surely this is fulfilment of prophesy and it becomes obvious now that America is part of that company of nations promised as an inheritance to Israel.
William Walker author of “In the Isles of the Sea” would go further regarding the promises of God to Israel:
1. He would be the progenitor of “A” singular great nation.
2. “And” a company of nations.
In the bible Paul in discussing the “covenants of promise” refers to the “commonwealth of Israel.” (Ephesians 2:12) Paul renders the word Company as Commonwealth.
The Company of nations being the British Commonwealth of nations.
The singular great nation being the United States of America.
Israel was further told “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.” (Genesis 28:14)
Walker explains “the colonising efforts of Great Britain in forming the Empire and Commonwealth - was in that exact order:
West in 1606 to America
East in 1757 to India
North in 1758 to Canada
South in 1788 to Australia - New Zealand - South Africa.”
The Book of Tephi which is contained in this book is the link establishing the story line and royal bloodline from Genesis to today. What a fantastic testimony that God’s “everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:7) as He called it when God Himself spoke with Abraham at the beginning of human history has been fulfilled in the eyes of the world. Here is evidence that God lives and we should all individually seek His will concerning us.
The country we call Israel today is a remnant of the tribe of Judah or the Jews. There were other tribes of Israel, namely Ephraim and Dan and others who will be referred to later. Surely Israel and Ireland must also be considered part of that company of nations.
The promise to Judah was:
“The sceptre shall not depart from aJudah, nor a blawgiver from between his feet, until cShiloh come; and unto him shall the dgathering of the people be.” Genesis Ch.49, v.10
Tephi was a descendant of Judah and Shiloh refers to the future reign of Jesus Christ.
The promise to King David was:
“And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy aseed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall abuild an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” 2 Samuel Ch.7, v.12-13 David’s son Solomon built a temple to God, though after that the ten tribes of Israel led by Ephraim rebelled against Judah at Jerusalem. Two kingdoms were formed and the lineage of Solomon reigned in Jerusalem until Tephi and her father King Zedekiah. President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are in effect holding the sceptre of government and law as prophesied, they are descendants of Queen Tephi of Judah and Ireland, uniting the two kingdoms of Israel.
This book is centred on the love story of King Jochad and Queen Tephi, rulers of Tara in ancient Ireland. The symbol of Jochad is the Red Hand of Ulster, his ancestor Zarah was born one of the twin sons of Judah son of Israel. In the Book of Genesis chapter 38 we can read how Zarah was born with a scarlet red thread tied about his wrist by the mid-wife, giving us the symbol of the Red Hand of Ulster. The symbol of Tephi was the Harp of her ancestor King David of Israel, the national symbol of Eire, the Republic of Ireland today. Their marriage is symbolic of the new peace settlement in Ireland and the coming together of two great religious traditions.
The marriage of Jochad and Tephi healed the breach in the family of Judah and Abraham, uniting the birthright inheritors of the twin sons of Judah.
The world today faces a much greater division between two groups of nations descended from the same family, the sons of Abraham. Abraham had two sons, Ishmael by Hagar the Egyptian handmaiden and Isaac by Sarah his wife.
The promise to Abraham was that his descendants would number as the stars of the heavens or sands of the sea. That his descendants would fill the earth and be found in every nation. From Isaac we have the Christian and Jewish peoples and from Ishmael we have the Islamic peoples of the world.
Tephi who is probably our literal and spiritual mother lived 2,600 years ago. Clearly with a small population in Ireland at the time of Tephi the chances that any Irish person is not descended from Tephi is billions and billions to one. (See appendix) And so we may consider the promises of God to our mother because it is almost impossible anyone with Irish, Scottish or even British ancestry is not descended from Tephi, there were just not that many people around over two and a half thousand years ago. The current Irish population is about 6 million and the total earth is 6 billion, 2,500 years ago there were far far fewer.
On the victory chariot of Daniel O’Connell the great nineteenth century Irish Catholic emancipator was the painting of a robed lady with a spear in her grasp and a hand on the harp. A depiction of the ancient Irish legend of our common mother Queen Tephi who is quoted as saying a spear was in her grasp and her hand on David’s harp. The image of Tephi was adopted as Britannia and she is the direct ancestor of Queen Elizabeth II. Legend has it that she came from Jerusalem about 600 BC brought by the old testament prophet Jeremiah when Jerusalem was destroyed and her father King Zedekiah of Judah and Israel taken captive by the King of Babylon. She brought with her the Stone of Destiny, also known from the bible as Jacobs pillar, the stone anointed by Jacob at Bethel and in Gaelic as Lia-Fail. (Genesis 35:14) The Book of Tephi tells us she was anointed Queen in Egypt by Jeremiah. To understand the significance of an anointing one might consider that Christ literally translated means the Anointed One.
Jacob’s name was changed by God to Israel and promised that his children would reign until the coming of the Messiah whose right it is to reign. Tephi claims “My place was set me amongst them a seat upon Jacobs throne.” “The blessing of Abraham liveth - I sow you with Jacobs seed” pg 67. All Irish people may look to her as their spiritual and literal mother. Through her they may know they are literally the Children of Israel (and King David) and heirs to the promise of God.
“They lighted on green Eire (Ireland) a little a noble host, …..
The Prophet foreknew of the Dannites, the furthest of Jacob’s kin.
(The Hebrew tribe of Dan known as the De Danaan settled in Ireland)
With these he would leave on the sun’s path the twig of the lofty tree,
The small green bough of the Olive, in the midst of the deep to be,
Even yet in Abraham’s bosom, the home of his sons afar,
Who replenished their strength in the isles, ere they gather to seek the star
Of Isaac and Jacob their fathers, when Israel filleth the earth
With joy in the sound of his coming, and music and songs of mirth.”
(The second coming of the Messiah) Book of Tephi.
The Irish and Scottish or Gaelic people are the Ga El that is Hebrew for the “Sons of God”. They were scattered cast out of Israel, by the nation of Assyria, as Gods judgement for their worship of Baal in 700 BC. They brought with them to Ireland the ancient Israelite tradition of using “Baal with a second word denote1 the place, or3 something that a place possesses.” (See Baal in the LDS Bible dictionary). Baille is the Gaelic word for town. There are possibly thousands of towns and villages across Ireland rendered in the English language Bally whatever. For instance there is the town of Balinasloe set in the heart of the west, a little known townland near Loughrea county Galway, called Ballybroder, meaning the place of the Broders. The Galway horse racing course is well known as Ballybrit, meaning in Hebrew, the place of the covenant. Isaiah 28:11 states “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to His people” In Young’s Analytical Concordance the Hebrew for stammering is shown as Leag, and in Strong’s Concordance it is shown as Gael. Leag being Hebrew right to left and Gael being Phoenician left to right.
Some say English comes from “An-gael-ish or Angel-ish,” the word British is Hebrew for “Covenant man.” The Scots and Welsh are Gaelic people as are the Irish. The French call Wales Galles, while correspondingly we often refer to the French as being Gallic. The people of Brittany in France, the Bretons are extremely proud of their Celtic origins and traditions and claim strong links with ancient Ireland. According to Walker Gaelic was the most widely spoken language in Europe in ancient times. As we will discover there are also strong links to the Basques and Spain. It is claimed by Anthony W Ivins that Saxon is derived from “the sons of Isaac.”
In ancient Ireland the sons of Tephi reigned in the Kingdom of Tara (centred near Dublin) for over 1000 years, her descendants took the Stone of Destiny to Scotland where they were crowned kings on the Stone until it was taken to England in 1296. In Westminster Abbey the Stone of Destiny was placed under the throne on which all Kings and Queens of England have been crowned to this day. Tephi’s descendant King James of Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots, inherited the crown of England where the Stone of Destiny was carried previously and was crowned King James I of England. He acknowledged the hand of God in his blessing upon him. He was the first king of both Scotland and England. He gave Britain a new flag the Union of Jacob, better known as the Union Jack. His followers were called Jacobites. James gave us the King James version of the bible and under his rule began the colonisation of America, the first English speaking settlement in America being called Jamestown in his honour.
The old testament tells us “And God said unto him, thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob but Israel shall be thy name. And he called his name Israel. And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and Kings shall come out of thy loins.” Genesis 35:10-11.
It seems the promise to Jacob and Jacob to his son Judah has been literally fulfilled through Tephi, Ireland, Scotland, James and his descendants of the British monarchy to Queen Elizabeth II today. “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the law giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come.” The Hebrew word Shiloh may be a short form of asher-lo which can be rendered “whose right it is.” As Christ was declared on the sign above his cross “The King of the Jews” (or Judah.) It is said that He will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords at the day of judgement. He shall usher in a thousand years of peace when the earth shall be as the garden of Eden. “Repent ye therefore and be converted ……And he shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:19-21
Isaiah wrote in chapter 11 verses 11-12 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people…. And gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Verse 16 states “And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which was left from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.“ And in chapter 12: 3 “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out the wells of salvation” and verse 6 “Great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”
Jeremiah planted Tephi, the tender twig of the olive, in Ireland, as was his divine commission (Jeremiah 1: 10). Anthony W. Ivins a Mormon church leader and author of “The Lost Tribes” tells us “Jeremiah…..who is referred to in Ireland as Ollamh Fodhla (pro Feehola) or the old prophet, in their traditions and songs which they still sing of him, passed across the channel and landed on the coast of Ireland taking with him…..Tephi.”
“Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, …. I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them….. Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth….. He shall be called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, the Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all the countries wither I have driven them;” Jeremiah 23:2-8
The British Empire and its colonies, now constituting great nations spread across the globe has undoubtedly been blessed and prospered by the miraculous hand of God. “Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief….
And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.
Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land.” Ether 4:14-17
However just because the British Empire has been prospered by God according to His promises made anciently to Jacob does not mean that Britain always acted justly. Gordon B. Hinckley has said “That empire was the most widely extended political family of nations on the face of the earth. It was said that the sun never set on the British Empire. The Union Jack flew around the world.
Great good came of that empire in many areas. But there was also tremendous suffering. It came as a result of conquest, oppression, war, and conflict. The remains of British soldiers were buried in graves around the earth.
There is now another empire. It is the empire of Christ the Lord. It is the empire of the restored gospel. It is the kingdom of God. And the sun never sets on this kingdom. It has not come of conquest, of conflict, or war. It has come of peaceful persuasion, of testimony, of teaching, one here and another there.”
We Irish Catholics were called Jacobites when we were defeated in 1690, we are still Jacobites today, the children of Jacob also known as Israel, we have just forgotten who we are. We should have been considered brethren by our Protestant neighbours, yet we were despised and persecuted for our religion and our undeniable faith in Jesus Christ, this has been our lot.
It seems that Ireland was settled in this manner. The tribe of Dan, the DeDanan were the first Israelites to arrive, before 1000 BC, they lived in peace with the original inhabitants referred to as firblogs, Gaelic for bag men, probably referring to their musical instruments the bag pipes.
The DeDanan were joined by the descendants of Zarah son of Judah. Zarah of the scarlet thread mentioned in Genesis, from which we get symbol and flag, the red hand of Ulster. The sons of Zarah were kings, they came through Spain where they left a city known today as Zaragossa or Zara's Fortress. Spain was known as the land of Iber (or Eber father of the Hebrew peoples) and became known as Iberia. Ireland later became known as Hibernia in similar fashion. Heber nua or Iber nua could easily become Hibernia, nua being gaelic for new, modern day examples would include New York, New Orleans and New England, thus we have the Hebrews new land, Hibernia.
About 1000 BC a large group of Phoenicians moved from Spain to Ireland and divided the island with the tribe of Dan. The Phoenicians better known as Fenians settled the south and the DeDanan retained the north of the country. The Fenians were a Semitic people related to the Hebrews, for centuries the Israelites and Phoenicians (also known as Canaanites) married and mingled. They were worshipers of Baal.
They referred to themselves as the as the Gaal Scoit Iber. This may translate the Hebrew Sons of God (Baal) from Scythia. Gaal as translated by Roger O'Connor from "The Chronicles of Eri" (Eire) became Gael, in reverence to the true God.
Later came Jeremiah and Tephi and the tribe of Ephraim and his fellows the ten tribes of Israel, excluding Judah and Benjamin, they travelled over land as Celts arriving later but before Christ, the BC era.
Additional tribes of Israel arrived in Ireland as Vikings and Normans (short for Norsemen). The bible tells us Israel had been scattered by the Assyrians to the north countries and the isles of the sea long before the coming of Christ. All that remained in Jerusalem was the tribe of Judah. The bulk of the tribes of Israel had gone north.
The symbol of Tephi was the harp of David her ancestor, today the Republic of Ireland coinage is all stamped with the harp. The harp is the official symbol of the Republic of Ireland.
In this the Book of Tephi you will read of the love story of Queen Tephi and her King Jochad. Jochad legend has it was the King descended from Judah son of Israel, by the line of Zarah, and Tephi by the line of Pharez. Zarah and Pharez were twin sons of Judah, at the birth to determine the birthright of the first born the midwife devised a plan, during labour “One put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying this came out first. And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? This breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez. And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand; and his name was called Zarah.” Genesis 38: 28-30. The flag of Northern Ireland today is a red hand, symbolising the lineage of Zarah.
Tephi travelled to Ireland the land she may have called Zarah’s home or Zarahemla.
Put simply we are part of the covenant that God made with Abraham. America was seeded with the English, Scottish and Irish people.
“And now, my beloved brethren, I have read these things that ye might know concerning the covenants of the Lord that he has covenanted with all the house of Israel—
That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from generation to generation, until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise.
Behold, my beloved brethren, I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice, and lift up your heads forever, because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon your children.
For I know that ye have searched much, many of you, to know of things to come; wherefore I know that ye know that our flesh must waste away and die; nevertheless, in our bodies we shall see God…….
And He (Jesus Christ) cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the bpains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of cAdam.
And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men, that all might stand before him at the great and judgment day.” Book of Mormon - 2 Nephi chapter 9
The Book of Mormon tells us “Every nation shall have a portion of Gods word” Alma 29:8, that includes the Islamic World and all nations. The Muslims are also beloved sons of God. They worship the God of Abraham as do the Jewish and Christian worlds. God loves all his Muslim children:
“For the aatonement satisfieth the demands of his bjustice upon all those who chave not the dlaw given to them, that they are edelivered from that awful monster, death and fhell, and the devil, and the lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment; and they are restored to that God who gave them gbreath, which is the Holy One of Israel.” 2 Nephi chapter 9, verse 26
In a world of simmering war we would do well to remember the Muslims are the sons of Ishmael the brother of Isaac and elder son of Abraham. Our Muslim brothers worship the God of Abraham, the same God we worship. Surely when the Messiah returns as King of all nations he will be King of righteous Muslims also. They are children of Abraham and will enjoy his presence and the peace he will bring. In today’s world we must differentiate between the peaceful Muslims and the Jihadists. We must not be sucked into a proud state of mind where we consider ourselves superior to Muslims, we must love our neighbours, nay our Islamic brothers as ourselves.
I am reminded of Matthew 5:7-9 “Blessed are the amerciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the apure in bheart: for they shall csee God. Blessed are the apeacemakers: for they shall be called the bchildren of God.”
May we all be found worthy of these blessings as Jesus taught, “And for this cause ye shall have afulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fullness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are bone;” 3 Nephi chapter 28 verse 10.
“For we labor diligently to write, to apersuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can cdo.
And we atalk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we bprophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our cchildren may know to what source they may look for a dremission of their sins.” (2 Nephi chapter 25 verses 23 & 26)
“For behold, I say unto you that I have beheld that many generations shall pass away, and there shall be great wars and contentions among my people.
But the Son of righteousness shall aappear unto them; and he shall bheal them, and they shall have cpeace with him.” (2 Nephi chapter 26 verses 2 & 9)
And the Messiah shall reign on earth, then shall the promise of Gabriel to his mother Mary be fulfilled:
“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name aJESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the aSon of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the bthrone of his father cDavid: And he shall areign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no bend.” (Luke 1:31-33)
He will reign over righteous Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and good people of all nations and religions. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ the good news.
Bringing together ancient records of our birthright and sharing that with Ireland, America and the British Empire could be a fantastic legacy, a source of unity of scattered Israel. I particularly would like to focus on the new peace deal in Ireland, the coming together of the Red Hand of Ulster and the Harp of the Republic of Ireland, as a symbol of the millennium and the fact that nowhere does the bible mention Catholics or Protestants, but it is replete with promises to the children of Israel who we are! Reminding Ireland and Britain that we were the descendants and beneficiaries of the first marriage of the Red Hand and the Harp, the House of Zarah and the House of David, and that a breach has once again been healed. The first marriage ushered in a thousand year reign in the Kingdom of Tara. This thousand year reign in this fabled and legendary kingdom a type of the new millennial reign of Christ. The royal burial mounds of Tara at New Grange, are open the public today ten miles from Dublin.
This is how my ancestry is linked to ancient Israel. In truth the blood of Israel is scattered through every nation but I have chosen to focus on how the prophesies are God have been fulfilled through the British Isles.
David was promised by God that his descendants would reign on his throne as long as the sun and the moon should give light to the earth. To a thousand generations, from now to Abraham is probably no more than 4,000 years or about 160 generations if one takes the average age of a parent to be 25 years old. It may be as many as 200 generations back to Abraham, whatever it is clearly much less than 1,000. Yet conventional wisdom tells us that the throne of Israel and Judah was terminated in about 600 BC with King Zedekiah, and Judah was finally destroyed as a nation about 70 AD when the Roman armies besieged the city of Jerusalem, it is estimated that a million Jews were killed at that time, Judah ceased to be a nation the Jews were scattered to many nations. The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was prophesied by Jesus in Matthew chapter 24.
Judah son of Israel was promised that his descendants would reign until the Messiah should come and reign. There may be multiple ways to fulfil prophesy and that is fine. This is one view not worth fighting about but worth earnest consideration. It is not necessary for salvation, but it may inspire people to faith in the holy bible, Jesus Christ and the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Ishmael. My hypothesis is that the “sceptre did not depart from Judah, nor judgement from between his feet” through the lineage of Queen Tephi daughter of Zedekiah and King Jochad descendant of Zarah son of Judah son of Israel. This was continued in the kingdom of Tara or as Walker suggests perhaps that should be the Kingdom of Torah in Ireland. The word Torah is Hebrew for the Old Testament containing the ancient law of Moses.
The Lord God said that the throne or diadem and crown would be taken from those of high standing and given to him of low status.
Referring to King Zedekiah as a wicked prince the prophet Ezekiel recorded:
25 ¶ And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose bday is come, when iniquity shall have an end,
26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the adiadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is blow, and abase him that is high.
27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he acome bwhose cright it is; and I will give it him.
The inheritance of the royal throne of David and Israel was overturned firstly from Jerusalem to Tara near Dublin, Ireland, secondly overturned to Scotland and thirdly to Westminster Abbey in London England. Lastly the throne will be Christ’s at his second coming.
There was an eternal covenant that has been fulfilled. Consider how God has fulfilled his covenant with Abraham and in his dealings with Israel. King David recorded in the Book of Psalms (105):
6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
In the Book of Tephi and the lineage of Israel we see how God has remembered his covenants many generations after Israel came to Ireland and the British Isles. Through the royal lineage of Israel and the scattered tribes of Israel who have been gathered and nurtured there and from there have filled the earth, with a great nation and a company of nations in the English speaking world and elsewhere.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his boath unto Isaac;
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
This is an everlasting covenant even to our day. Let us consider how God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. And then let us consider a similar promise made to the scattered tribes of Israel in the not too distant future, possibly in our life time.
23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of bHam.
17 He asent a man before them, even Joseph, who was bsold for a servant:
24 And he aincreased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.
38 Egypt was aglad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
39 He spread a acloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.
40 The people asked, and he brought aquails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.
42 For he remembered his holy apromise, and Abraham his servant.
43 And he brought forth his apeople with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
Jeremiah quoted God when he promised that he would gather the descendants of ancient Israel and the separate kingdom of Judah. He states the days come sayeth the Lord. The King who will gather scattered Israel is referred to as the Branch out of a root, the same as is referred to in Isaiah and the book of Genesis and the Book of Tephi. This Branch is of course the Messiah at His triumphant return to the earth to save the world and mankind from utter extinction.
Jeremiah declared this is the word of the Lord God that Israel will never cease to be a nation until the sun ceases to give light by day and the moon its light by night. Clearly the sun still shines and the moon sheds its light by night.
Jeremiah Ch31: V31-37
31 ¶ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a anew bcovenant with the house of cIsrael, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the acovenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the acovenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my blaw in their inward parts, and write it in their chearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all aknow me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their biniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 ¶ Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the asun for a light by bday, and the cordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:
36 If those aordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
37 Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.
So we can see how God kept his promise though as Ezekiel said it was not the same in the royal kingdom of Tara. The royal lineage of Zarah son of Judah was low but through the promises she brought the kingdom of Tara became exalted and the people of the kingdom of Judah brought low into captivity. Even until the time of Jesus Christ who the Jews rejected because he refused to be the king they hoped for and to restore the political kingdom again to the Jews at Jerusalem. Instead of Jesus the people chose to save Barabas from crucifixion. Barabas was probably considered a freedom fighter by the Jews and a terrorist by the Romans.
But unbeknown to the Jews at Jerusalem God kept his covenant that the royal line of Israel and Judah should reign until Jesus Christ should come and reign in glory. Jeremiah planted the young tender twig, Tephi in the height of Israel with the descendants of Zarah
And the tribe of Dan in Ireland. Over time many of the ten tribes migrated and were gathered to Ireland and the British Isles as Celts, Saxons, Vikings and Normans.
Jeremiah Ch23: V3-8
3 And I will agather the bremnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
4 And I will set up ashepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.
5 ¶ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto aDavid a righteous bBranch, and a cKing shall dreign and prosper, and shall execute ejudgment and fjustice in the earth.
6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell asafely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR bRIGHTEOUSNESS.
7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
8 But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the anorth country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
Verses 7 & 8 state that the delivery of ancient Israel from Egypt will be eclipsed in comparison to the gathering of the children of Israel scattered into the north countries in particular. Mormon beliefs are that at the second coming of Jesus Christ the lost tribes of Israel will be gathered and saved as they fear and call on God.
Mormon Doctrine teaches the following - Doctrine & Covenants section 133:
25 And the Lord, even the Savior, shall astand in the midst of his people, and shall breign over all flesh.
26 And they who are in the anorth countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall bsmite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.
27 And an ahighway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.
Somehow it seems oceans shall freeze over and a highway will be formed to allow the children of Israel to travel escaping their enemies. The predominant tribe of scattered Israel is Ephraim. Brigham Young the prominent Mormon leader said “The sons of Ephraim are ….. the Anglo-Saxon race, and they are on the face of the whole earth, bearing the spirit of rule and dictation, to go forth from conquering to conquer.” Elder Anthony Ivins counsellor to the Mormon church’s ruling President Heber J Grant wrote “I have not at any time said that there might not be representatives of the Ten Tribes hidden away of whose existence we have no knowledge, but I do say without hesitation, that they exist in great numbers among the people of Northern Europe, and particularly in the British Isles and Scandinavian countries.” (The Lost Tribes pg 14-15)
Ivins also wrote “representatives of the tribes of Israel moved on in a north-westerly direction until they reached Denmark…. Dan’s Land, and the British Isles where they were amalgamated with the (Hebrew) people who had previously reached that country by way of the Mediterranean Sea.”
At some time in the future the following will occur:
30 And they shall bring forth their rich atreasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.
31 And the boundaries of the everlasting ahills shall tremble at their presence.
32 And there shall they fall down and be acrowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of bEphraim.
33 And they shall be filled with asongs of everlasting joy.
34 Behold, this is the ablessing of the beverlasting God upon the ctribes of dIsrael, and the richer blessing upon the head of eEphraim and his fellows.
The destination of the Ten Tribes of Israel is given as “the boundaries of the everlasting hills,” the same as those mentioned by Israel in his fathers blessing to Joseph father of Ephraim in the Book of Genesis Ch49 V26 “The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him.” Mormons believe these “everlasting hills” run almost the length of the earth from the north pole to the south pole, namely the Rocky Mountains and the continuation through the Andes in South America. Running from the north pole to the south pole being everlasting mountains, from northern Canada to the tip of South America.
Judah the other southern kingdom of Israel will also be gathered in at the great battle of Armageddon when the armies will attack the northern borders of the modern nation of Israel, the Messiah will come and save them from utter destruction.
35 And they also of the tribe of aJudah, after their pain, shall be bsanctified in choliness before the Lord, to dwell in his dpresence day and night, forever and ever.
The Messiah will come to Jerusalem as foretold in the Book of Revelation Ch1 V7-8 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindred’s of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
All the world will witness his return to earth as Messiah and King inheritor of the throne of King David his ancestor. As Ezekiel wrote concerning the conclusion following the final war “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.” (Ezekiel Ch39: V22)
In chapter 34 Jeremiah again confirms the promise will be fulfilled:
Jeremiah 33: 14-17
14 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will aperform that good thing which I have bpromised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 ¶ In those days, and at that time, will I cause the aBranch of righteousness to grow up unto bDavid; and he shall cexecute judgment and righteousness in the dland.
16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.
17 ¶ For thus saith the Lord; David shall never awant a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
Isaiah Chapter 11 describes events after the second coming of Jesus Christ:
Stem of Jesse (Christ) shall judge in righteousness—The knowledge of God shall cover the earth in the Millennium of Peace—The Lord shall raise an ensign and gather Israel—
1 aAnd there shall come forth a brod out of the cstem of dJesse, and a eBranch shall grow out of his roots:
4 With righteousness shall ahe bjudge the poor, and creprove with equity for the dmeek of the earth: and he shall esmite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the fbreath of his lips shall he gslay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the agirdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his breins.
6 The awolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of athe asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the bcockatrice’ den.
9 They shall not ahurt nor bdestroy in all my holy cmountain: for the dearth shall be full of the eknowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
10 ¶ And in athat day there shall be a broot of Jesse, which shall stand for an censign of the people; dto it shall the eGentiles seek: and his frest shall be glorious.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the asecond time to brecover the cremnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the dislands of the sea.
12 And he shall set up an aensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not aenvy bJudah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
16 And there shall be aan bhighway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
Verse 16 refers to the lost Ten Tribes of Israel, a theme continued by Jeremiah.
(William Walker: In The Isles of the Sea, Page 154 to 194 Israel in Britain and Ireland.)
Jeremiah 22: 9-12, 17-19, 24-30 God rejects the Princes of Judah
9 Then they shall answer, Because they have aforsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
10 ¶ Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but weep sore for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see his native country.
11 For thus saith the Lord touching aShallum the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, which went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any more:
Shallum was the brother of king Zedekiah. King Josiah was Zedekiah’s father.
12 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.
17 But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
18 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah lord! or, Ah his glory!
19 He shall be aburied with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
Jehoiakim was another brother of king Zedekiah.
24 As I live, saith the Lord, though aConiah the son of bJehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;
25 And I will agive thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
26 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die.
Referring to Coniah nephew of Zedekiah the Lord pronounced:
29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the aword of the Lord.
30 Thus saith the Lord, aWrite ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.
Jeremiah is emphatic in condemning the ruling princes of Judah to awful destruction. The Book of Tephi begins with a lament for the fallen princes of Judah.
THE BOOK OF TEPHI
(A Shortened Version)
In 1886 I published a fragment of this tale which some of my reviewers then invited me to complete. I have been unable to accept this invitation earlier owing to my own ignorance of the story as told by the Irish bards; and these so far, give me little help between the departure of the “sea kings daughter from over the sea” from Tarphanes and her arrival in Ireland; though I fancy that eventually something may be gleaned from other Celtic sources, particularly where the name Inogen or its conengers appears. My own rough and erroneous reproduction of the main features of a story which has deeply influenced the national, clerical and literary history not merely of Celtdom, but of all non-Sclavonic Europe, is chiefly based upon the excellent modern translations of Messrs Standish O’Grady, Whitby Stokes, and others; whilst I must recognise the claim made by Gillariach, the crouched backed, O’Cleary, to kindly remembrance for preserving certain important details which would otherwise probably have been lost.
J A GOODCHILD
June 23rd 1897
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd.
(1)Tephi proclaimed her titles; (2) her lament for Jerusalem; (3) she telleth of her
hiding, and renewed her lamentations.
Tephi, born in the House of the High Ones,-
(Princess of Zion,
Zion loved of the Lord,- home of the House
of our God,)
Daughter of David, shepherd in Judah,-(Tribe
Of the Lion)
Queen over Bethel and Dan,-where they be
Is not the Word made sure?-We are spread
forth in alien places.
Fire that was kindled in wrath-burns to the
Cry in the night oh Judah,-Thy wise men
Covered their faces.
Howl for thy young lions slain,-princes led
captive to Bel.
I, even I am left,-to cry from the uttermost
Far off isles of the West, -home of the
Remnant of Dan,
Sown as a thistle on earth is Jacob,- the names
of us legion. (The thistle is a national symbol of Scotland)
Tongue of the Hebrew fails,-shall not be
Spoken of man.
Isaac is ploughed in his furrows,- before the
Lord in this season
Water the tender plant,- twig (Tephi) of the loftiest
How is the cedar (Ezekiel 17:22) left bare- in its boughs was
Corruption and treason,
Crown of it bended to Baal,- serpents devouring
Rest for the flock of the Lord- was not found in
The shade of the cedar.
Broken it lies. It burns.- Yea, as a thorn
‘neath a pot.
Kidlings are seething therein-shot down by the
archers of Kedar.
Foemen are warmed thereby,- fire of its
furnace is hot.
Children of Edom dance,- yea, leap in the place
which is Holy.
Bethlehem boweth in chains,- trodden as
clay in the mire.
How are our walls broken down,- that the pride
of our mighty is lowly.
Yea we wander ‘mid stones,- deserts of thistle
I, that am old was young,- but my heart ran
down into water, (Remembering the destruction of Jerusalem)
Hearing battle and strife,- terror that riseth
Princes and warriors stricken, fallen like sheep
Women’s wails in the streets, - outside the
clamour of fight.
How are the nobles fallen! - Yea, they were
strong, they were ruddy,
Fat with the firstlings of flocks, - strong with
the strength of the vine.
Now are they white with famine, - their garments
Of purple are bloody;
Meat, is flesh of the child. - Blood of our
People is wine.
These were as water spilled - on the ground
Drops that the dogs licked up, - Have they
Not gathered and fled.
Leaving the women and babes, - Chaldeans
Should slaughter at pleasure.
I that was babe of the Kings - trembled alone
By my bed.
Yet one came thither unchid, unto the place of
The women he passed,
Feared of the king and hated, his hour had
Come at the last.
In the room of the sire, the prophet, (Jeremiah) the prisoner
None might heed
Came through the wasted harvest to gather the
Sternly he bade me to follow. I dared not look
In his face
As he led me by secret ways to a cave ‘neath
The Holiest Place.
Here was my one sure hold, and I dreaded it
Not for the dark,
But I knew the fear of the Lord, I knew that His
Was near and I trembled for these, and I ate
The water and bread
Of affliction full three days wherein I dwelt as
Till I heard the voice of Baruch smite from
The opened roof
“The foe is gone from the gates, and the path
Of our way made smooth.”
Then forth in the veil of smoke from the ashes
Wherein she weeps
We passed through the walls of Zion, her
Palaces fallen in heaps.
Look, cry aloud for she slumbers,-dreaming a
Dream that awakes not;
Weep, tear thy garments in shame,-ashes and
Dust on thy head.
Yea, though the wilderness howl, - yet the voice
Of Jerusalem speaks not;
Mourn for her exiles, mourn, - none break the
Rest of her dead!
Where is the House of the Lord? - Desolation
And mourning and sorrow!
Where is the place of the King? - Torrent-
gash sun-scorched and brown.
River of rocks, burnt bones! - There the lizard
Shall see him the morrow,
Scorpions find them a place, conies make
Nests for their own.
(1) Tephi addresseth her descendants, and telleth of her going into Egypt; (2) She prophesieth blindness on Joseph and Judah , (forgetting their ancestral roots);
(3) She dwelleth as Pharaoh’s daughter at Tahpanes;
(4) Baruch heareth of the road to Tarshish.
(1) My children remember Zion. Moreover I bid
That the word of the Lord is holy, though His
Purpose therein be dark.
But of this my sons take heed, shall not your
How the Prophet of Zion prayed that our steps
Might be stayed in the land?
Shall ye not read in His book of the hope of our
Of the tumult and flight and of Shaphan’s son
And how we went into Egypt?
(2) Nay, Joseph shall long be blind,
An ox that sleepeth at midnight, and Judah
Couched as a hind.
The lion has fled from his lair. The ox hath
Till the dawn of the East be red, and the night of
The North be grey,
In the night shall no man know them, or the
Signs that be left to show
Where the shepherd keepeth the ox, whilst the
Lion is couched full low.
Not by the banks of Jordan, not on the Holy
And Ephraim’s feet till his furrows be ploughed
Unto Yahveh’s will.
Bethlehem’s field is empty. The shepherd
Hear ye my words, oh my sons, for the Isles shall
Await the day.
Tephi, I was but weak, a little thing in men’s eyes,
A tender twig of the cedar, yet sheltered of
The Prophet of God revealed this. Is not his
speech made plain?
He came to root and destroy. He went forth to
plant again. (Jeremiah 1:10)
In our fields he found no vineyard, on our pastures
a wasted soil,
No place for the shade of cedars, no depth of
the earth of oil.
Till the Land be fed by the Goim,* and the tale
of their slaughters told
The days shall be slowly numbered, and the hope
of the hills wax old.
I was led as a slave into Egypt, as a captive to
For the will of the son of Kareah rested still on
But the heart of Pharaoh was softened. He
Gave us a resting place.
As daughters we stood before him, and the
Prophet of God found grace
To lead us unto Taphanes, henceforth amongst
Men to be
Jehudia, House of the daughter of Judah, mindful
Unto the ending of days.
(The group later sailed west visiting the Chieftain Ith in Gibraltar, Spain enroute, this is a shortened version)
Therein a space was our rest
Till Baruch the scribe found tidings out of the
Isles of the West
We were five that rode upon asses, and five by the mules they led,
Whereon were the things brought forth from the House of the Lord when we fled,
The stone of Jacob our father, the seat wherein Yahveh dwells
Upon sacred things whereof the Book of the Prophet tells;
And the signs of my father David, on whom was the promised stayed
Bright as the crown of the dawn, deep as the midnight shade,
Strong as the purpose of God when he fashioned the land from the sea,
A hope for the sons of Adam, that the chosen of him should be
A King over men for ever; yea, unto the Lord’s own day
When the land shall be broken in dust, and the sea shall vanish away.
Upon me was that promise fallen. For me was the prophet’s toil.
He hadf signed me with David’s signet, anointed mine head with oil.
He had set mine hands to the harp; he had bidden me hold the spear;
The buckler was girt to my bosom, and Baruch and he drew near
To set my feet upon Bethel, the Stone that is seen this day
That my seed may rest upon it where’re it is borne away,
And its promise be sure beneath them, strong to uphold their throne,
Though the builders cast it aside, it shall never be left alone.
These things we did in Taphanes ere we fled to the haven of ships,
And the spirit of God came on me; His promise rose to my lips.
I spake, and I bade go forward, and the sons of the Lord obeyed,
And the Prophet of God bowed down, and this was the song that I made.
The Song of Tephi
As a seed in a desert among thorns-
I am fallen. I am blown by the wind.
In thy garden, in thy pleasant field, beloved,-
Is no water, is no rest that I may find.
Bel hath broken down thy cisterns and thy founts,-
Esau cast his upon thee in thy woe.
Misraim’s night is as a darkness to be felt,-
Follow ye with me the sun where’er it go.
Follow after, follow after, my beloved,-
Follow after by the pathways of the deep.
Leave the cloud of midnight thick upon this land.-
Go before the sun that riseth out of sleep.
Plant me far upon the far green hills.-
Ye have poured living oil into mine heart,
The waters of the sea shall gird me round,-
As the armour of the shield when I depart.
My children hearken to a holy harp,-
As a certain sign of promise this shall be.
The spear within my right hand will I keep,-
As the sceptres of the billows of the sea;
The lion of my signet is a sign,-
Yea he roareth unto them that dwell afar.
And the name of God engraved therein shall cry,-
In the darkness as a light and guiding star.
On a moonless night and a cloudy we shipped and we passed away
In the veils of the Lord from Egypt. The breath of His mouth was our stay
That the ways unto Tarshish were open, the ships
Of Javan afar,
Then we saw it as isles and a wrathful cape, for
Ragged and grey
The rocks ran down to the sea, and shewed us
No entrance way.
Whilst our helm was broke, but the Lord of the
Sky commanded the wind
To save us out of their teeth in a haven that lay
Where a Pen arose to the East, and a marvel of
God in that Pen,
For the storehouse of Ith stood there, and the
place of Elatha’s men.
More swift than by any road that our pilot had
To the land of tin were we come, yea, even unto
his beard. (Cornwall in England)
Elatha and the servants of Ith give welcome at Pen Sauel; (2) Elatha sendeth men to Eriu (Eire or Ireland) for tidings; (3) They are sent back with gifts unto Tephi from the men of Eriu, and a welcome thither.
Blessed were we in the Lord when the traders of Ith came out,
And learning our message towards them, raised his name with a shout
And brought us into their houses beneath the Pen of the wood,
Slaying an ox and seething its flesh in pots for our food,
And baking fish with corn and herbs that grew in their garth
Beneath the strong steep Pen whereon was builded a rath,
Defender of lead and tin, and black stones out of their mines,
Both that which burneth as wood, and that which glitters and shines
Betwixt the breasts of their damsels. To the mines were our Nemidh sent
To toil three years for their master, nor thus were they ill content,
For we gave them a promise from Ith, that after three years should come
A ship out of Kirjath Hadtho, and bear them unto their home
Where the eye of day is clear on the rocks without cloud to blind,
And the dates are sweet in the mouth where the bowman seeketh the hind.
(2) Then Elatha the kinsman of Ith gave counsel to rest awhile
Till swift boats be sent to Eriu (Ireland) to question the men of that isle
Where the princes of Dan abode, and chiefly o Jochad, the son
Of Duach, him that their landsmen had chosen as Heremon,*
Whose fathers came out of Japho wherein they were held too straight
By the kings of Gath and of Eckron and spreading their sails to fate
Drew their swords unto kingship in Chittim, Rhodan, and Lud,
And ruled Ar Kadesh, and mingled the stream of the chosen blood
In many a mountain torrent, on many a peopled coast
Ere they lighted on green Eriu a little, a noble host,
* Ir.Eocaidh. Gr. Achaios. (a King)
Which fought the cause of the landsmen. This fame, and their names herein
The Prophet foreknew of the Dannites, the furthest of Jacob’s kin.
With these he would leave on the sun’s path the twig of the lofty tree,
The small green bough of the olive, (Jacob 5) in the midst of the deep to be
Even yet in Abraham’s bosom, the home of his sons afar
(Abrahams promise and covenant Genesis 17:4 and Isaac in verse 20)
Who replenish their strength in the isles, ere they gather to seek the star
Of Isaac and Jacob their fathers, when Israel filleth the earth
With joy in the sound of his coming, and music and songs of mirth.
(The second coming of Jesus Christ)
(3) Five weeks we abode at Pensauel till the men of the land returned
With tidings whereat the Prophet rejoiced, and my spirit burned.
At Pen Edair they heard of peace, how Eriu yearned for the choice
Of a guard against evil rulers, and the aire* cried with one voice
Upon Jochard, the son of Duach, a prince of the tribe of Dan,
A champion wise and mighty, and sprung of that chosen clan
Which had captained miledhs in Javan, and their hosts throughout Eberled.
This prince had been sought for of many, yet stayed in his prime unwed,
For the ollamhs that watched the stars to the twilight whereon he was born
Beheld ere the sun’s arising a moon with a slender horn
Ascend from the sea before him, to lead his light out of sleep;
And they set on the babe a vow that the strength of the man should keep,
To hold himself from the stars, till a moon in the eastern sky
Should shine in the dark and lead him, yea, even when noon was high.
*Aire, yeomen, literally ploughmen.
For the moon abided near him till over him clouds were grey,
And at eventide was seen ere the sun was hidden away.
Now there went by the men of Elatha as a token to Pen Edair
The slender horns of silver, the clasp I was wont to wear
On my veil in the house of my fathers. The daughters of kings were known
By such from old days before me, and my sire upon David’s throne
Had fastened the clasp upon me, when they brought me first to his sight,
Though“Tephi”* he cried in anger, and in me had little delight.
This token the Prophet bade me loose from the folds of my veil
And send as the horns wherewith he should harry the priests of Baal;
For he sent a fiery message forth by Elatha’s men
Who told it the chiefs of Eriu, and they that dwelt by the Pen
*A small one. Mignon.
Of Edair scoffed at its hearing, taking the tale for a jest
To be told in the near assembly where the war chiefs gathered at rest,
But when Jochad the Prince had heard it, he straightway rose from his seat
And cried,“It is twilight still, but the day shall be soon complete.
Ye have doubted the dawn, ye chiefs of Canaan, Eber (Hebrews) and Finn (Fienians or Phonecians),
But the moon on the furthest deeps hath reached the island of tin
To shine full soon o’er Pen Edair. Her shadow cometh before.
At her rising the fomorcs * shall flee and the men of Eriu adore.
Bring in these men out of Albion, and bid the ollamhs unroll
The message they bring with the token from him that hath writ us a scroll.
Then were called the men of Elatha, and unto the warrior’s hill
They came with the scroll of the Prophet, and none spoke kindly or ill
Whilst Sri the son of Ezru, an ollamh skilled in the speech
Of Zion, Nemidh and Breogan, held forth his hand unto each
And took from the one my token, and bowed to the Holy Name
On the Prophet’s scroll, and sought it of his fellow that with him came,
And read its words in men’s ears. Great was the import thereof,
For the Lord had spoken therein. Now the last of His word was love,
But wrath was in the beginning, which the chiefs waxed wrathful to hear,
And murmurs arose in their midst both of anger and scorn and fear.
“Ho ye that dwell in the rushes,- Ho, ye that walk by the sea,
Afar, in the clear-walled island,- Ye have whored and are sundered from Me.
Ye are set upon idols greatly,- Your feet are clayed in the mire,
Ye are fat with the flesh forbidden, - Your foreheads swell with desire.
As swine ye rush on each other, - Ye gore as an unclean beast.
Your prayers are evil before Me, - My soul abhorreth your feast.
Ye are long cast out from Zion, - Your feet were the first to flee.
Ye have spawned in Javen and Nimidh, - Your seed is lost in the sea.
Jacob is wasted in Eber, - Yea, as a wine that is spilt.
The poison of asps is in you, - Have I not known your guilt?
The glory of Zion was yours, - Ye first have hastened her fall.
Weep for your sins, ye faithless, - Weep not My Temple’s wall.
For now I dwell not in houses, (the Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem) - Only with men I dwell.
Hearken now to My message, -Hear it and heed it well.
I call and ye shall not hearken, - I cry, and ye will not heed.
The blessing of Abraham liveth. - I sow you with David’s seed.
A little seed unto ages. - Ye shall tread it under your feet.
It shall sleep amidst your tumults. - It shall slumber in cold and heat.
My burden on Eriu is broken against you, the thing I crave
Is a name forgot, and a secret place, and a far off grave.
My name I left in Egypt. Unto an hiding place
I bring the treasures of Yahveh that He shutteth from every face
Till this season. Not unto Dan are these, but I bring therewith
The daughter of David, daughter of Pharaoh, daughter of Ith,
A fount that Yahveh hath cleansed, anointed of Him from birth,
Heiress of tribes and peoples scattered o’er all the earth.
The furthest isles are her portion, the sea is hers as her dower.
Her sons shall rule in Eriu, her sons’ sons reign unto power;
Till her child that shall be, gather the flock of David anew.
His head is crowned with the sun. His feet are wet with the dew
As he leadeth them in the morning. This also ye may not learn:
Ye are blind, but a ring in the snout, is plain that ye all discern.
Behold her silvern crescent which marketh the daughter of kings.
A king that wrought evil gave it. Moreover, bracelets and rings
Be hers of Tarshish from Ith of the Breogan out of his hold
Wherein ye barter your herds and harvest for treasures of gold.
He is greater than ye, yet the seed of Judah hath known a sire
Higher than Ith, for Misraim bows to its Lord’s desire;
And he gave to his daughter Tephi royal garments that shine
As sunset, and are as the rainbow with jewels out of the mine.
Who is he that sitteth amongst you shall raise his eyes to their hem.
The Queen of the Gates and Mile cometh out of Jerusalem
(Genesis 24:60 gates such as the sea gate of Gibraltar, a mother of millions)
As a sweet fruit ripened in Winter. Hither with her the Stone,-
The Stone of the Kingdom cometh. It shall not be left alone
(The stone of Bethel annointed by Jacob in Genesis 35:11 & 14, also known in Gaelic as Lia Fail, as in the Irish political party Fianna Fail, or the in English language the stone of destiny, Jacob’s pillar, latterly known as the stone of Scone)
Henceforth of her sons forever. I bid ye prepare her a home
Wherein all shall be meet and ready that the feet of the Queen shall come,
Yet not ask of me. I am left in Egypt a pillar to be
Unto days and lands and peoples, when the Lord bears witness in me.
I stand a sower, a ploughman. My God hath set me to plant. (Jeremiah 1:10)
I shall not fail in His time. His hand hath holpen my want.
A builder, I set one stone; as a husbandman, a seed;
But the Stone is the swelling of Him from whose hand shall the nations feed,
And thereon shall rest His Chosen, whose Kingdom is East and West,
Whereupon the sun shall wander and find no place for his rest
Of the nigh, but the day endureth. Heed ye this work, and mark,
At the end of days it is clear. It is dim in the veils of the Ark.
This also may not be broken, though men shall hide it away,
It standeth in earth for ever, and ruleth the night and day.”
These things read Sri in their hearing, and silence dwelt for a space.
The hearts of the warriors held them, and each man sat in his place
A dreamer of far-off places, and pondered on hidden things,
And thrones and kindreds and seasons and sons that should reign as kings;
This seems an opportune point to link the Book of Tephi with the commission of Jeremiah to plant the tender twig (Tephi) of the lofty cedar spoken of in Jeremiah Ch1. V.10., Ezekiel Ch. 17, and the recurring promises of God to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and David, down to today with Tephi’s descendant and heir Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II is the current monarch crowned on the Stone of Bethel in London 1953 and sustained and blessed by the grace of God according to the ancient promises. She is head of state over 16 nations and Queen of a Commonwealth of over 50 nations across the globe. In her Christmas Address in 2007 she spoke to her people across the world who revere her as Queen, 1.7 billion people, more than a quarter of the population of the whole earth, scattered across the globe, from Australia to Africa, from India and Pakistan to Canada, and from Gibraltar to the Falkland Islands (the sea gates). It is interesting that the United States of America or the Republic of Ireland are not members of Her Majesty’s Commonwealth of Nations, probably for very good reasons.
Clearly the promises of God have been fulfilled, God has done great things for our fathers and yet the future promises are even greater. Never the less it is obvious that the promises of God are fulfilled in the eyes of all the world that by the grace and wisdom of God the covenants to Abraham are fulfilled. We may therefore have great trust in God and his loving providence.
That we may read how God revealed the future in the Book of Genesis almost at the start of history, and how these simple and profound truths have described the world we live in today. Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Isaac who we in the west are predominantly descended from, and Ishmael in who God has also been glorified in the great Islamic family of nations, who look to Ishmael as their inspiration and father.
Thus we need to understand though divided by time and culture from our Islamic brothers and sisters, they are our brothers and sisters and not only the children of Abraham but also beloved children of the God of Abraham.
Genesis Ch.17, v.1-7 & 15-21
And I will make my acovenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
aAnd Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be aAbraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but aSarah shall her name be.
And Abraham said unto God, O that aIshmael might live before thee!
Genesis Ch.18, v.17-18
And the LORD said, Shall I ahide from Abraham that thing which I do;
Genesis Ch.35, v.9-11, 14-15
And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him.
And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but aIsrael shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth-el.
Genesis Ch.49, v.10
2 Samuel Ch.7, v.12-13
And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy aseed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
1 Kings Ch.8, v.24-25
Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; aso that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
Even in the reign of evil kings of God preserved the lineage of David, as mentioned in 2nd Kings Ch. 8 v. 19.
This has been the case through out history even though there have been numerous bad kings the promise according to the grace and love of God has been fulfilled.
Psalms Ch.89, v.20-37
I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I aanointed him:
With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the arock of my salvation.
Also I will make him my afirstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
His aseed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
Nevertheless my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
His seed shall aendure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven.
Hosea Ch.1, v.10-11
Yet the anumber of the children of Israel shall be as the bsand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the csons of the dliving God.
Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be agathered together.
Isaiah Ch.11, v.10-12
And in athat day there shall be a broot of Jesse, which shall stand for an censign of the people; dto it shall the eGentiles seek: and his frest shall be glorious.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the asecond time to brecover the cremnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, …and from the dislands of the sea.
And he shall set up an aensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
The rest of the Book of Tephi recounts the Story of the Meeting of Tephi and Jochad
The Rulers of Ireland consider the Promises of a New Queen - Tephi
Those that have brought good tidings, - See in the hand of Sri.
A slender silvern crescent. - The moon of the East is nigh.
Her horns are peace and riches. - Set as an elfin queen
She saileth her boat in heaven. - Her rounded fullness hath been
Before and it shall be after. - She hideth yet for a space
From Eriu in her chamber, - He findeth her hidden place
He rejoiceth in her beauty. - Robe Eriu like a king.
Set purple and gold upon him. May a sun arise to fling
His mantle of gold about her, - his fires in her slender form,
That her months be duly rounded, - That new stars in the sky be born.
She hath gems to teach the springtime, - veils to shelter the heat.
Gold for the Autumn harvest, - Her light in Winter is sweet,
Fair on the snow she glistens. We dream of that which may be.
Our hearts are where she riseth, - In isles of the Eastern sea,
In mighty cities and temples, - in stories of ancient days,
In visions of kings and heroes, - with priests amidst songs of praise.
Go forth to meet her, my soul. - My beloved is very fair;
She is white, she hath eyes as stars,- The night is set in her hair;
She hath rainbows in all her garments, - she hath dewdrops about her throat.
Her hands are slender lilies, - Her voice hath the cushat’s note.
Her lips are as winter berries, - Her foot hath a mouse’s fall.
Where she cometh joy awaketh, - He riseth to festival.
Three mighty kings are her sires - No king’s son sits at her side.
She cometh a queen to Eriu, - A queen and a chosen bride,
Eriu shareth her birthright, - The flower of its greenest sod
Shall blossom here in our midst, - and grow to the Land of God.”
Then the chiefs of green Eriu rose up from their seats to throng
To the place of Ethan, and raised him aloft and bore him along
On a shield and shouted and crowned him, for seldom such tongue was heard
As Ethan’s, strong as a storm wind, clear as a morning bird
Was his voice, and his touch on the harp strings light, like a fountain’s play,
A ripple of running music that chimed with the voice always.
Oft have I heard, and loved it. Ah me, that a bard be slain
By the coward deed of a churl, for a witch wife light and vain.
Each chief gave then a guerdon which matched with the giver’s state.
First Balor grandson of Net flung down twelve pounds by weight
Red gold in torcs and armlets. Heavy his herdsmen’s toil.
Then Crimthann Lord of Pen Edair gave him an ocean spoil
Of goblets and horns of silver, and Nuadh of Usna’s keep
Gave gold and horns of a sea beast brought from the northern deep,
And the chiefs of the merchants gave him a breastplate of well-wrought gold,
With an ivory chess play carved by cunning men to the mould
Of kings with their chiefs and firbolgs. Such bard gift ne’er hath been gained
As Ethan’s, a hundred warriors plucked their cloaks till it rained
A shower of their flashing brooches; but Jochad his lord came late,
Yet foremost, for Jochad was proud. His gold was little of weight,
He had not oppressed his yeomen, yet he gave unto Ethan’s hand
A gift which was more than Balor’s, and worth the half of his land,
A brooch of red gold which wizards of Tursis had sprinkled o’er
With a golden sand by magic, and out of their hidden lore
Had heaped it in flowers and bosses, and marvellous stems of fern
Where the eye was‘wildered in choice, and scarce had strength to discern;
Yet the whole was a sun in glory. Now, once that glory was seen
With Eileen fairest of women, she that was set as a queen
O’er Elissa in fair Ar Galish, and fled to a further shore
To carry the curse of Javan, and leave her tale evermore
In the mouths of bards and singers. Now Jochad’s sires out of Troy
Won this when the city had fallen, a treasure without alloy
In the eyes of all fair women, a spell compelling the eyes,
A gift beyond price more precious than aught that the merchant buys.
Then Ethan cried,“With a bard gift, lo, I am made a prince.
Such hansels may not be handled, mine eyes at their brightness wince.
Cover them all lest they blind me. Let them be carried away.
Let these be earnest of Eriu that the moon no more shall delay,
But hasten her speedy rising.” Then the chieftains shouted loud
“Let us see the moon of the morning. The edge of whose silver cloud
Hath touched upon Albinn. Seek it. Ye men of Elatha speed
With the greetings of green Eriu to welcome the chosen seed
Of the Daogdoe, kings of Morias, that holy city of fate,
Morias Fail of our fathers. She mourned its fallen state.
Both in Egypt she mourned, and in Breogan, but tell her that warm shall be
The hearth that is lit in Eriu, the greenest isle of the sea.”
(1) The men retun to Elatha, and give the gifts of Eriu unto Tephi, who telleth of her chief jewels; (2) Bres telleth his father of the prophecy upon Jochad; (3) Elatha mourned for their departure and communeth upon Ephraim with the Prophet; (4) He prepareth many vessels for them, and sendeth Bres with them to Eriu; (5) of their journey thitherwards.
(1) So these men came joyful to Albinn, and poured their tale in our ears,
How their hearts were low at Pen Edair, and heavy at Crimthann’s jeers,
And sunken at Tuirbhi’s boasting; but how from the side of a chief
Clearbrowed as the dawn sprung a youth who had given their souls relief,
Heaping out wealth upon them. Then they brought the bard gift they bore
From the chiefs and Ethan, and showed it. Now behold the first of their store
Was the wonderful gift of Jochad. Mine eyes grew blinded thereon
And Elatha took, and laid it on my breast in place of the stone
Of Pharaoh, a sky of turquoise that swam betwixt golden wings.
A precious gift and an holy, and meet for daughters of kings,
Chosen of God and his Servant, for the Lord had shapen its thought
In its maker. Where graven idols of beasts have made Him naught.
His thought shall behold their ashes, and the wings of His spirit fly
Before men’s souls in their blindness to name Him eternally.
So I changed the place of my jewels, my moon I set on my brow,
And the turquoise lay at my throat where it wideneth out below;
But the sun of Eileen I planted deeply upon my breast.
There it shall gleam in my sidhe,* and lighten the gloom of my rest.
*Tumulus with chamber at centre, pronounced shee.
(2) Then Elatha spake with the Man of God, and called upon Bres,
His firstborn, the stay of his age, that now was his strength to press
The presses of Eriu and Albinn, and thrice had been unto Ith,
To Tarshish, and once to Caer Teia, and bade him unfold the myth
Of the bards upon Jochad’s cradle, for the twain were nurtured as one.
When the father of Jochad fell, his babe and his only son
Shared couch and cover and breast with Bres in the fort of the horn
Of Albinn. So Bres well-skilled in that legend of mystic morn
Gave forth its tale in our hearing, and I treasured it in my heart,
Ere Elatha gathered his vessels and gave us speed to depart.
(3) Now Elatha communed much with the Prophet, and wept and grieved
Upon Zion greatly, but read the promise and greatly believed
The blessing of Jacob on Joseph and Judah, beholding the day
When Ephraim’s kiss should bind them, and sin be taken away:
And he learned by his packmen where Ephraim tarried now by the path
Out of Hara, Haber and Halah, wherein the Lord in his wrath
Had set him amidst the Madai, and how by Kir he had fled
Through the children of Heth to the mountains, and crossed by the watershed
To the summer land Defroban, and built him a temple there,
For the Lord in the pastures of Kef, and now the name which they bare
Was Asirgard, City Of God, that the God of Moses therein
Might keep him from Heth and Magog, and purge him away from his sin.
Now Elatha blessed the Lord beholding how David should wait
The kiss of Joseph whose ploughing tarrieth long in the gate.
The Engel is slow and heavy and loves by the river mead
To lie in the sun by day, and rise at morning to feed.
But hateth the yoke and the plough for the field wherein she would lie
Where the lion is in the gate. Yet the Engel shall draw anigh
For the ploughing, and harvest shall whiten slowly up from the blade
When the boughs of the planted cedar are over his head for shade.
(4) Of these things Elatha communed much with the Prophet and bade
That the lioness cub of Judah be with such pomp arrayed
As the power in his hand might furnish to pass to that seagirt isle
Wherein is the sapling planted to suck the dews for awhile,
Ere it grow of strength to return to the land of the strong free breeze,
And increase on its northern mountains, and spread to its narrow seas.
By its shores of grey-blue granite, its shores of blood and of snow,
By all walls of its fertile garden fenced of the sea shall it grow.
Therefore he painted his vessels, and set them with snowy sails,
And bound green wreaths to their foreheads, and out of his merchant bales
Brought scarlet and blue and white to flutter upon the mast
And stripe their sterns with a rainbow to oaken planking made fast.
Then men of the silvery isle of Vect he chose for our band,
An island of many havens that lieth under that land;
And mixed folk out of the Domnan that dwell where the tors are red,
Mighty men of the sea, fire-hearted, wary of head;
And fisherfolk from the horn, the beard of the promised isle,
A mixed folk also whose maidens hark to the raclen’s wile,
Till the blood of Zidon and Israel toileth amidst the veins
Of the rocks wherefrom the princes of the Tyrians suck their gains;
And formorcs* of Khumru north till then reachest the furthest Pen
Of Lochlann, returning again by coasts of mountain and fen
To the narrow seas of Albinn by the shore of the silver wall,
And pass by the island of Vect again to Elatha’s hall.
A hundred ships had Elatha, and he gathered fifty and three
With chosen men as their pilots, to make a convoy for me,
And the wealth of Egypt and Tarshish and that which Eriu gave,
That my sailing be spoken of many, my path be sure on the wave,
And Eriu have fear and joy at my coming. Two thousand and five
Were the living souls of our navy.“A gallant swarm for the hive
Of a queen well stored with honey”. Thus Bres of the miledh spake;
And his father answered again, right glad for his firstborn’s sake
(The son that Delbaeth’s daughter bare him in Maoth Seein
When she loved his youth ere she fled with the sea-king to be his queen)
“To thee be the hiving of her,” and, Bres being merry, cried back,
“How may I store the honey with all the wasps in its track?
Thou knowest our wasps of Eriu.” Whereat Elatha replied,
“The Lord shall harbour the queen-bee. Be thou but found on His side
And His sweetness shall surely bless thee.” Such answer more grave than gay
Had Bres from his father Elatha before we went on our way,
With the summer breeze behind us. We journeyed first to the North
Beside the lands of the Khumru which deep in the sea jut forth,
Till we came to their holy island, and were blessed of their ancient bards
Who sang to their harps the night of our resting, but afterwards
With a clear east wind ere dawn we went by a path that lay
To the West, and bought us swiftly in sight of the fairest bay
Whereupon I had looked. By Edair our anchors and stones we cast,
And the firbolgs of Crimthann swam with ropes to steady us fast;
And Crimthann came with his captains and stood to watch on the strand
And shouted, and many bards sang welcomes of Eriu’s land.
(1) Tephi setteth foot upon Eriu, the defended island; (2) The song of the bards at her landing.
(1) Then looked I for Ethan and knew him, for his voice was sweetest of all;
But his lord I might not know‘midst the chiefs out of Crimthann’s hall,
Twelve warriors strong, but I liked not themselves in their cloaks of red:
So I deemed the master of Ethan a dullard, and bowed my head,
And wrapped his sun in my mantle, ere smiling I raised one hand
To my women, whilst out of the ship I was carried to haste to land
By Ethan the bard, green-mantled; and another that, clad as he,
Throwing his harp on the pebbles, ran singing still through the sea,
And raised up his arms imploring, till my women lifted me out
To the seat they made with their mantles. Nor did I tremble or doubt
For their tread was steady and sure; and I smiled to him to the right,
For his brow was clear and steadfast, his eyes were joyous and bright;
And so by the bards of Eriu I was borne through the shallow sea,
And this was beginning of joy and pain in the heart of three.
I had not smiled upon Ethan though rich with his gift I came,
And his was the highest voice of the bards that had cried my name.
Tall and agile he was, but little he stood beside
The bard with the crisp curled locks whose gaze was open and wide
Out of frank blue eyes that feared not, and chanted lofty and loud
In their chorus Teffia Teia, and struck his harp with a proud
Long sweep of the strong white fingers. His song ran into my blood,
And its voice is long remembered, as a lonely tower in a flood.
(2) My heart hath waited for thee, Teia,
My heart hath waited for thee long.
Though Egypt’s sun adore thee, Teia,
My heart is as a hearth more strong.
It shall hold thee, help thee, keep thee, Teia,
It shall love thee from this first bright day,
In its radiance fold thee, steep thee, Teia,
When it flashes in the snowstorms far away.
Green Eire smiles to meet thee Teffia, Teia.
Her bards are come to greet thee, Teffia, Teia.
With the homage of her love
That thy crescent smiles above
In the mirrors of the bay.
My soul is yearning to thee, Teia.
My hands are yearning towards thee now.
Though Tarshish and Pensavel woo thee, Teia.
Eire shall not cloud thy brow.
It shall fold thee, feed thee, fill thee, Teia.
It shall stay thee where the white waves leap,
In thy weeping it shall still thee, Teia,
In thy midnight it shall watch thy couch of sleep.
Its reverence shall be on thee Teffia, Teia,
As a hallowed light upon thee Teffia, Teia.
As the glory of the morn
Shines upon thy crescent horn
Over the emeralds deep.
They ceased ere they reached the land, and lo, the hem of my vest
Had fallen out of my hand, and the sun that lay on my breast
Flashed in their eyes, and they started apart; but the stronger bore
My form in his arms one moment, and set me as light on the shore
As I might lay down some blossom, sweet-scented, which tenderwise
My lips had touched ere I set it more far to gladden mine eyes.
(1) Of Tephi’s rest at Pen Edair; (2) She telleth of her person and of her state in going thence unto the Place of Assembly of the men of Eire; (3) Tephi rebuketh the priests; (4) Their idol is broken by Ethan.
Now the chiefs of that place and Ath Cliath (Dublin) cried my name from their lips,
And a seaman’s shouting rolled like thunder around the ships
In the speech of the mingled peoples, but“Teia” Tephi was most their shout
As it was beneath the rock of the Gate. Then girded about
By a throng of bright-eyed women, green-tuniced and wreathed with green
I was raised aloft on a seat, and carried like Egypt’s queen
By the chieftains in double rank past Edair’s piteous tomb,
(Edair, Eglaeth’s daughter, that died in her husband’s doom.)
Up the steeps of the Pen to the Cahir of Crimthann, chief of the fights,
Thereafter for and against me in things that the Lord requites.
He and his chiefs went before us clearing with spears our road,
Their helmets starry with sunset, red suns in the locks which flowed
Far down on their crimson garments. Mine eyes were dazzled with these,
And I turned and looked behind me, and found contentment and ease
Amidst them that followed after, and foremost with golden hair
Broad brow and clear bright vision, I saw the harper that bear
Me out of my ship, and by him strode Ethan agile and dark,
With a flame of fire on his cheek, and fire in the eager spark
Of his flashing eyes upon me. Of the bards there came fourscore
In green; then chosen band of Elatha’s men from the shore
Came next in their varied raiment, the purples of them that sold
The Tyrian wares, and scarlet and azure, whilst ruddy gold
Gleamed in their belts and brooches, flashed from their helms of brass
Like a marsh-flower mead. Behind them followed a mingled mass
Of folk that wore scanty garments waving aloft in their hands
Fair wreaths and branches of oak trees, or fluttered on sticks gay strands
Of woollens in tattered ribbons, as bright as a barley field
When it whiteneth unto harvest and the husbandman guesseth its yield.
(2) Such was my state at my coming. My daughters, if ye set store
To hear of a woman’s presence, and the garments your mother wore
At her welcome;- little of stature, and slender of limb was I,
Being white, not red of my colour, like a stalk of nodding rye.
Upon midnight braids of my hair did my argent crescent shine.
My throat’s thin ivory column posed ‘twixt the wings divine
About Pharaoh’s wide blue heaven; whilst the sun of Eileen (Helen of Troy) beneath
Took roses of rosy sunset. On the hems of my veil a wreath
Was broidered with gold, and wings of shining insects whose name
I knew not, sea-blue below, but lit with an emerald flame;
Which veil was long and fragile, as spun out of gossamer
By fairy looms of the dawn; and this was the gift of Ir
Who had brought it out of Caer Hayo, and said, in a furthest land
Of the East, witch-women wrought it in caves with a moistened hand,
And withered their eyes in working its whiteness, whiter then wool
Or fairest linens of Egypt. Where this veil had been folded full
To my form, I fastened and bound it with a serpent about my waist
Of fine gold, very precious. Now in that girdle was placed
A sprig of a herb of Eriu, three-headed on every stem.
Cendrige, (shamrock) my people call it, and much it is loved of them,
As the charm of their fair green island. This those bore forth in their hand
That brought me on cloaks through the ripples, and set my feet on the land.
Now this had been placed by the foremost, the bard on my right hand side,
But I knew not the charm was with me till I found it at eventide
When I couched in the booth by the fortress. Next morrow at early dawn
When my women arrayed me for journey, I saw it, and scorning to scorn
A bard that had given such welcome, set it again to the clasp
Of my serpent ere Bres came thither, and lifting me light in his grasp
Placed me high on a jennet, snowy, wild-eyed and still,
But therewith tall and stately, and so we pace down the hill
And out through the fair green grasses, with Bres still near at my side,
And his cohort of captains by him wherewith he was wont to ride,
And the bards behind us on ponies that sat with their harps to play
And move us with mirth and music what while we went on our way.
Now Ethan was ever foremost, and sweetest of all was his song;
But I looked in vain for his fellow, with purpose that held no wrong
Of repaying his charm with a golden ring, but I found him not,
Marvelling wherefore he tarried; yet my cendrige was not forgot
When we came by an easy journey next morn unto Crofinn’s croft,
Where at the land was assembled, for there the grasses were soft,
And many horses might pasture, with cattle and flocks for meat.
Here the chiefs of Eriu had portioned themselves their seat
On the banks round the croft of Crofinn, and there each set him a booth,
And they met on its central greensward where the level was clean and smooth
For choice and converse amongst them upon Eriu’s hap and its weal,
In a three weeks’ truce wherein the tongue was lord of the steel
Throughout all coasts of the island. Now this truce was for two days yet,
When one short hour after dawn, through meadows that still lay wet
With the dews I came to the croft as a queen with my following,
For unto that day the island had never bowed to one king,
Though high chiefs ruled in Usna and Caseal and fair Emain,
And in many duns and cathirs fortressed in forest or plain
Or on hilltops. Each tall landmark crowned with their strongholds stood,
And the lords did that within them that seemed in their own eyes good.
Now the cry of the land was bitter, for most of the chiefs wrought ill
On their landsmen as on their foemen, and each by his strong-walled hill
Held cattle plundered of either, until the forces which cling
In clanship were severed amongst them, and the aires cried for a king
To hush their feuds and to pluck the husbandmen from the mire,
And the bards of the land were with them to yield them their heart’s desire;
But the priests of the gods against them. Yet some of the priests that knew
The God of the Hebrews helped them; but these were a chosen few,
And the priests of the heathen many, well skilled in the ancient lore
Of Criden and Baal and Samen, and many an idol more
Whom their fathers knew in Canaan, and the June morn filled with heat
When I heard their trumpets blow as the priests came forward to greet
Her that was hid in the Temple; yea, in its inmost shrine
Was held with the graven tablets, and the scrolls of the Law Divine.
These that came in white garments. These with a frenzied tread
That whirled upon desiul* circles! Had not my spirit bled
Before such in the house of David? How might I greet them here?
I was weak, the might of the Lord prevailed over my fear,
And I rode in His wrath against them.
(3)”Ho, ye that have eyes to see,
Ho, ye that have ears to hear with, keep silence at sight of me,
And my voice from the Lord, I cried,“for Baal is broken of Bel,
The twain shall be broken together. They sink to the nethermost hell.
A flame hath descended on Zion. God sweepeth with wings of fire
The House of His habitation. He sendeth hail upon Tyre.
Zidon and Gath are broken, Ephraim led away,
Samaria lieth fallen, and is as an heap this day
Because men whored with idols. Shall idols come forth to greet
Her that the Lord hath kept, that dwelt by His Mercy Seat.
Your dances and fires He hateth. Behold, the face of the Lord
Is a sun that shineth in darkness, His tongue is a flaming sword,
Let Criden and Baal be broken, devourers, and blind of sight
And empty of help for all that sink in the womb of night.
Yet the great or little prevails not when God ariseth in wrath,
With a pebble-stone from the brook he layeth the might of Gath.”
E’en at my word a pebble sang by mine ear and smote
Through the open mouth of Criden, and broke his head from his throat,
And his breast was shattered also. Swift on my own swift speech
Was Ethan’s deed upon Criden, for all that the prophets teach
Was known of Ethan, our Hebrew speech, and our father’s deed.
He smote as my father David. The Lord had answered my need.
Now the image he smote was hollow, and held in a secret hold
The gifts of the blind and foolish, their rings and the stars of gold
Which the priests said went to his dwelling, but now is falling revealed
From the hiding place of his belly, and scattered o’er all the field,
And all were amazed and angered; and men called out upon Sri
The son of Ezra their wisest, to interpret my word, and why
Their idol was shattered before it, for silent amongst the band
Stood Ethan, and none beheld when the stone flew forth from his hand,
Their eyes being set upon me; and wherefore that image fell
When my wrath was laid upon it not they that bear it might tell.
Then Sri the son of Ezru, a lover of better things,
Set forth my speech in their tongue, and the strifes of our former kings,
How Saul the mighty had fallen when idols led him astray,
And how from the house of David God’s curse was taken away
For a space, but was sealed thereafter. Now the priests were angry that heard,
But the common people listened, and many hearked to his word,
And some of the chiefs and the most of the bards. Amongst them a cry
“Daouda, Daouda hath smote him,” arose at the words of Sri,
Telling how David had smitten whilst yet a youth with the flock
The giant, mighty in war, with a stone of the brook, a rock
The cornerstone of his house: and the shouting“Daouda” grew
When he told how the Lord of Hosts descended in flame anew
On the Seat that he brought from Kirjath to set in Jerusalem,
The Ark, the Holy of Holies, which went with the tents of Shem
When Israel came out of Egypt.
Sore were the priests of Baal,
But the people cried out against them, and praised me that heard this tale,
So their wrath kept silence before me, and turning they went again
Till we passed the banks of Crofinn, and entered the little plain
Wherein the chieftains assembled. An hundred princes and eight
Of Eriu waited my coming; each with his proper state,
His druid and bard and champion; and all stood there on their feet
Save I, who with Bres at my bridle, rode forth on the sward to greet
The lords of the high assembly, who hailed me, child of their isle,
And queen of the house of their fathers, and so without thought of guile
I unveiled my face before them, and spake to them gentle wise
My thanks for their greeting and favour, but that which shone in the eyes
Of many chilled me before them; so icy in pride, I rode
Before Sri, and Bres and Ethan, to enter the fair abode
Which these had built for my coming, whitewood, well carven in scrolls
Of serpents, whose hinder part in an endless ribbon unrolls.
Its door was a woollen curtain of green with a scarlet hem,
And Sri on its lintel fastened the name Jerusalem
Writ in Hebrew in brazen letters, and set on its posts a sign
That none but the maids might enter the booth which was named as mine.
Therein I rested at noonday, and ate in the failing light,
But had little sleep thereafter, and watched the most of the night;
For the looks of the priests misliked me, and the hungry eyes of the men
Of Eriu searched upon me, as eyes of wolves in their den,
Till my heart was water within me, troubled and sore afraid.
Then long in the long night watches to the Lord of Zion I prayed
To deliver my soul from evil, my limbs and breast from the grip
Of a wolf, and the High One heard me, and caused not my foot to slip.
(1) Tephi telleth of the departure of the Man of God; (2) She is brought on the morrow into the assembly; (3) The lot of Baal falleth beside Balor of the Mighty Blows, and upon Bres the son of Elatha.
(1) Yet my troubles that night endured, and I longed for the Prophet’s aid,
For I loved him e’en as I feared him, as an infant standeth afraid
Of a father strong and silent, yet knoweth his help shall come
From thence if the wild beasts fright him, or robbers seek to his home.
My sons, ye enquire of the Prophet. This sure word I bid ye to know,
Mark well the way of the chosen, but seek not whither they go.
Pause on their word and ponder though at times ye may not mark
Their message. The eyes of the holy behold a light in the dark
Of Tohu and Hinnom wherein their path hath been set to go
Through night. On their heads are ashes. Their garments are rent in woe.
Lamentation is with them and terror, till the terror be overpast,
For they grope after God in Tohu till they find Him and old Him fast.
I dwell not now on the thing which shall in this book be told,
How hereafter dimly mine eyes should the Friend of the Lord behold.
He sought not pleasure of greetings, or tables of wine and meat,
Or to listen to mirth or music, or to sit in the highest seat,
Or behold me in marriage garments: but set his feet in the way
Of the Lord where’re he led him. This only therefore I say,
That when we had left Pensauel, drawn nigh to the land of Gwent,
He parted his ships from amongst us, and none knew whither he went
With the sacred things of the Temple, and none may utter their tale,
For his sailors were men of Ham the last whom the Temple veil
Shall leave in the dark; and these that sailed on the western track
With the Prophet passed into night, and ne’er out of night came back.
Of the sacred things I know not. The Lord stays not to discern
The place of His habitation, whereunto my sons shall yearn
In the days that dawn hereafter; but lo, ye have seen the Stone,
The Stone of the Corner remained. It shall not be left alone,
When Jacob knoweth his birthright therein shall his boasting lie,
And in many lands and islands my seed shall have praise thereby.
There was one beside the Prophet mine eyes were fain to have seen.
The morn that I came to Crofinn, I watched for the cloak of green,
And the strong straight bard that wore it, as one looks for a trusted friend
Amongst strangers. Perchance he guessed not. Perchance he might not attend.
(2) On the morrow came Bres with Sri to lead me forth to the ring
Wherein were the chiefs assembled to hear men cry for a king,
But each man envied his fellow, and each with an angered mood
Had answered the bards and aires that spake for the common good.
My place was set me amongst them, a seat upon Jacob’s Stone
Drawn thither by two white heifers, and draped around as a throne
With a golden cloth of Zidon. Now, as I was set thereon
A cloud drew back in the sky and upon me the bright sun shone,
So folk marvelled of me and this sunshine, and thus it was foolish talk
That I held the sun at my bidding, setting paths for the clouds to walk.
Nuadh is Proposed as Husband and King
That he should be named chief captain, if so he would save the land
From fomorcs coming by sea, and chiefs of the scattered band
Of firbolgs in Man and Arran, so this for that time was done.
But he gathered Eriu’s tribute, yet gave its gifts unto none,
Neither called he feastings or music. His heart was empty and bare,
Though the strength of his limbs, and his beauty of face, and his golden hair
Snared foolish matrons and maidens. Yea, deep in his heart was guile,
And women loved and men hated his presence throughout the isle.
A handbreadth from Nuadh’s high seat, and many acclaimed him king,
That was chief of the miledh of Eriu; but the priests had marvel thereat
If the shaft were within the circle. Moreover, the place where he sat
Was apart, and the shafts of Baal were counted not to the man
But rather the beth of his ensign. Moreover, they loved not Dan,
Of whom was his mother, and whom he spake for Nuadh’s room;
Whose hand was severed by Sreng the son of Sennchan, whose doom
Thereafter the scribes have written. Now Diancecht, wisest in art,
Had moulded a hand in clay wherefrom might be hurled a dart;
And Creidna, the cunning smith, in silver fashioned the same,
So now the hand Nuadh flashed with a starry flame
As he rode amongst his miledh.
(1) Sri, the son of Ezru, calleth for the bow of Sampson, which is given to Ethdan, * son of Boethlam, who shooteth the first arrow unto the Stone of Jacob; (2) A second arrow is shot, and findeth the seat of Eochaid Garbh Mac Duach; (3) The sun betwixt the horns of Baal is smitten by the third arrow, and Sri, the son of Ezru, maketh a psalm thereon.
(1) Now the priests and chiefs of the land debated a threefold choice
And a doubtful, striving greatly, till Sri with a mighty voice
Cried, till they heard.“Not yet is the curse of this kingdom stayed.
The sins we have sinned to Baal shall yet at our gates be laid.
His arrow hath pointed Bres, it hath fastened his garment’s hem,
In the folds of his cloak shall Canaan set fires in the booths of Shem.”
These things cried Sri the silent ere shaping his theme anew
*Breasal Ethadan Mac Eochaid Boethlaim-too long for verse.
(It was decided to chose a husband by firing arrows high in the air and seeing where they land)
He said“the arrows of Baal seek sunset or fall askew.
Seek we shafts that are truer. Is there not in our midst the bow
Of strength, (Samson’s bow) the shafts of the mighty? Where Dan goeth to and fro
The bow of his judge is with him, It dwelleth amongst us here.
The merchants of Gath and Japho draw back at its name of fear.
Have we never a champion of Dan who may string its strength to his will?
Is the spirit of Sampson weak to speed the shafts of it still?”
Then Ethdan the son of Boethlam thrust through the ranks of Dan,
Of all the sons of the island this was the broadest man
Of shoulder and girth of limb, if somewhat slow of his feet.
He called for the bow of the mighty, and straining back from my seat
He bent it. Mighty the string wherewith that bow must be strung,
A finger of sinew to arm breadth of yew, but at last it sprung
To the cleft with a stroke like an axe when it striketh an oaken beam,
Whilst the flesh upon Ethdan’s arms sank like waves on a stream.
Then swift to the circle’s centre he sped him and laid him down,
Setting his feet to the yew-mast. In a moment the shaft had flown
Straight into air till we lost it, and then in a little space
Straight out of heaven it descended like a beam of the sun on the place
That was mine, the Stone of Israel, yet hurt not the Stone at all
For the head’s soft gold spread forth a sun at the arrow’s fall
On the greywhite pillar of Jacob; and joy upon all men came
When they saw the altar of Bethel (Amos 3:14) alight with that golden flame:
And the priests of the gods bowed down, and covered each man his face;
And the chiefs of Eriu moved in wonder before that place;
And little they spake, but set me thereon; and lo, I had grace to speak
In their tongue, and my heart was great, though my voice was little and weak.
“Ye chiefs of this island, hear me. The might of the Lord is known
In shadow, but light is rising, and grace to a handmaid shown
Who watched and prayed in the darkness. He leadeth her by His ford
To sit in a fair green pasture, with sheepfolds and oxen stored.
A shepherd was David my father. God gave him a charge to keep
Which he brake not, to feed His cattle and sever the goats from the sheep.
Me, that am David’s daughter, he maketh a shepherdess
Who amongst the sheep of Eriu shall know none greater or less.
The sun that descended hither shall be as a light divine
Whereby to search in your pastures, and know my sheep from the swine,
For the unclean beast is with you.” Then Sri that stood at my side,
Passed up the banks and turning, to all the people he cried,
“The Queen of the East hath spoken. Is there one her word to gainsay?
Let him dwell with the swine, for God hath sent us a Queen this day.”
Then Tuirbhi the smith sprang forward to catch at Sri by the arm,
But Sri smote straight upon him and wrought him a deed of harm,
For he fell by the banks on his ankle, and his craftsmen bore him away,
And his leeches bound him badly, and lame he went from that day.
(2) Then Ethdan the son of Boethlam, cried“there were arrows three
With the bow of strength, and the first hath sped; but I ask of ye
That be wise, shall I speed these others? The one hath a silver head,
But the other is somewhat crooked and beareth a bolt of lead.”
Then the priests drew nigh giving counsel, and the most spake well of the thing,
So we left the plain as aforetime, and forth from the mighty string
The second shaft flew upwards until it was scarce discerned.
Like a star it glanced on the cloud, and then unto earth returned,
Smiting an oaken settle which no man had used that morn
But sideways lay on the ground, and grazed it, and cleft a horn
Of silver therein, and smote into earth, and a question rose
Of that seat but no man claimed it, its chieftain was not of those
That sat in that day’s assembly, and pain sank into my heart
At that long carved cleft of silver, which stabbed with a sudden smart.
(3) Now Ethdan fitted again the crooked shaft to the bow
Which sped on a snake’s path outwards, like a hawk when it striketh low
But swiftly above the gazers, till the pillar of Baal it found
And struck the gilded sun‘twixt the idol’s horns to the ground, (Amos 3:14)
Bearing it into mire in the place of the swine behind,
Wherein they lie to this day. If ye search, ye shall surely find.
Now when they beheld this token many priests of the idol fled.
Through revilings amidst the people, and tore their wreaths from their head,
Gashing the flesh of their bosoms, and hid themselves; but a few
Remained in the ring with Ethdan. Then Sri that was wise and true,
Though his knee had bended to Baal, cried out on the Lord for aid,
Forgiveness, counsel and blessing, and a psalm of repentance he made
Which the bards took up in chorus, singing it hither and fro
From the priests to the kneeling harpers, who sung to a music low.
“We walked in clouds of the night. - Our eyes are opened by Thee.
We look unto heaven and see. - Yea, we awaken to light.
Thou knowest our blindness, oh God. - Let thy forgiveness prevail.
Sorely our sin we bewail. - Let not thy spirit record.
We are troubled of heart in thy presence, oh God. - Yea troubled sore.
Thine angels vex us, thy saints abhor. - We are struck with Thy rod.
Thou sendest us consolation. - Therefore Most High we give praise.
Thou hast chosen a day of the days. - Thou sendest a queen to this nation.
Thou, Lord, art a righteous King. - Out of heaven thou givest favour.
Let our song be of sweet savour. - Lord, in Thy praise we sing.”
(1) The seat whereon the silver arrow had struck is known for the seat of Eochaid; (2) Tephi resteth thereon when he cometh, and giveth her love unto him; (3) the Queen taketh Eochaid as her husband; (4) the spirit of prophecy cometh upon Sri the son of Ezru.
(1) Now even whilst they sung a cry rose round about
The shrine of Baal, the commons made a mighty shout,
Hauling at ropes and girdles till the lofty pillar crushed
The turf, and for a breathspace the sound thereafter hushed,
But Baal avenged not aught, men seeking each a stone
Wherewith to bury Baal, whose resting place is known
Beside my house at Teamur. Then Sri and many more
Gazed nearly on the furrow which the second arrow tore
In the oaken seat, and Ethan who departed for a space
Drew thither, and one asked him was not this his chieftain’s place,
And on that question Ethan raised to mine a face of flame
Till my brow was veiled before him finding searching prayer and shame
In the gaze he set upon me ere he answered to them“Ay,
This is Jochad’s seat and hitherto my songs were heard thereby.”
The Sri questioned further wherefore did the Heremon* eschew
To be with them on this high day, and the brow of Ethan grew
Pale and red as he gave answer,“Tis the third day since some cause
Which I know not drew him homewards from Pen Edair.” At his pause
Fell my veil, and full upon him was my gaze, and well I knew
That if truth he spoke, it shamed him in some thought not wholly true.
*Chief of the landsmen.
Though I spake not, he gave answer in a sudden word an swift,
“Read his secret. Thou dost know it.” Then my veil I did uplift
Once again, for blood ran tingling over breast and cheek and brow,
And a spirit quickened in me which I had not known ere now,
Some strange gladness half an anguish shook my bosom till I swayed
Like to fall, but Sri upheld me and he set me in the shade
Of the arched highseat of Jochad whereupon the arrow fell.
(2) There I rested till a voice out of the distance seemed to swell
Drawing nearer.“Jochad, Jochad,” but as in a trance I lay,
And mine eyes were blind and misty, till a sudden golden ray
Fell upon them with a sparkle and a light to overwhelm
Every mist. Grey eyes and fearless gazed beneath a golden helm!
So my soul’s sun dawned upon me, and I rose up from my seat,
Whilst the sun bowed down beneath me plucked a cendrige by my feet.
White I stood as stands a statue when he touched the new plucked leaf
To the withered at my girdle, kneeling still, but still the chief
Of my stature, and the crescent which upon my brow had rest
Was beneath the leaf he gathered when he set it in his crest.
Stark he knelt in homage pleading to my crescent where I stood
Icy cold, till some strange Summer thawed away my Winter mood.
Weak I grew and blind and dizzy in that newborn Summer drouth,
And my hands stayed on his shoulders, and my lips just passed his mouth,
And a cry was all about us in the dancing shapes around
Moon and sun are met together, and this place is holy ground.
(3) My bridegroom, my chosen, my strong one, in whom my soul had delight,
My feet were by thine, my hand was in thine, as they led us to plight
Our faith by the Stone. My heart was thy heart, My will was thy will,
When Sri and the priests spake with us, and bade our souls to fulfil
The vow of the lips by vow of the soul and swear with the Soul
In sight of the people and priests and scribes that stood to record
Our oath of faith with people and priests and chiefs as a pair
That God made first in the land, to have it in heedful care
And seek not ourselves but Eriu. The words of that sacred oath
Were mine, but I know the Spirit of God had fallen on both
For his day of days, being joyous thereat in a waking dream
Wherein all faces and garments danced in one sunny stream
Of eddying light, one only resting stalwart and tall,
For though many great chiefs were round us he stood the first of them all
After that oath I stood calmer, and watched with a careful eye,
When the oldest priest of Eriu set in the hands of Sri
A vessel of alabaster that once in the Promised Land*
Was shapen and graved with the names of God by its maker’s hand.
Its oil had been pressed from the harvest of the garden o’er Kedron’s brook
Whereon mine eyes in childhood from my window were wont to look,
Being perfumed with nard and cassia, most precious. Then Sri drew near
To anoint me, but I stood up on my Stone, and said without fear;
On this stone I am set for ever. In Egypt anointed queen
Of the Hebrews. My throne in Jesse hath come to these hills so green
For a little space, ere it wander, but wheresoever it roam
Jesse shall seek and find it until he come to his home
In the City of David wherein his sons shall rule upon earth,
When a house of the Lord be builded with praise and blessing and mirth.
(3) Then Sri, being moved, forbade that my husband’s seat be with mine,
And prophesied of us saying:“This shall be kept for thy line
And for thee; but he that is by thee standeth on Eriu’s sward.
It is his by birth, and hereafter, this island shall name him lord
Of its people to be their leader, and shape their counsel in war:
But thou art of Isaac’s children the guide and the crescent star,
Wherein thy children shall shine, till the full round circle shall beam
Of that orb wherewith the moon at her first appearing doth teem.
He that is chosen amongst us, He shall be great in thee,
And thy sons that shall be after. Is not his lot to be
A father of thrones and kingdoms? This is the name he shall bear.
In the tongue of this people his title is Eochaidh Ollothair,
Eocaid, Sire of the Great Ones; these sons of the land which is great
Magh Mor, or of Og, the holy, that they learn of their own estate,
And yearn to the promise, and David bless them if this they know
That holiness unto the Lord is their greatness wherein to grow.”
Thus then spake Sri, whose silence to God was on all men’s tongue,
For the mouths of them that knew him, since in Ezru’s house he was young.
Ezru that fled out of Ghor,* when Asshur came with his bands,
And ere he came unto Emain taught wisdom in many lands:
But the mouth of his son was shut till his spirit, nurtured of prayer,
Spake with the Spirit of God which worketh in stones and air,
And whispers by reedy waters, and moves in the mountain’s shade,
And knoweth the inward parts, and wherefore man’s soul is afraid.
Now men marvelled much upon Sri, having feared him and called him wise
And wary, but said that he feared neither spirit nor prophesies,
Having taught as the scribes from rods, and the teachers from ancient rules,
Being learned in many tongues, and chief of the poet’s schools,
Fearless but scant of speech, and though wisdom dwelt with his word,
To this day his voice was silent when men spake the praise of the Lord.
I beheld the people’s wonder, and looked upon Sri and knew
The mantle I oft had seen, and his word as a prophet true.
And was glad in the Lord as my helper, whose word should be held of me
As his who had led me from Egypt and helped my paths in the sea.
(1) Maistiv,* the sister of Eocaid (Jochad) greeteth Tephi, and telleth of her brother; (2) Eochaid speaketh of Ethan and Bres; (3) Ethan, the son of Becelmus maketh a song, whereat the heart of Tephi is softened towards him, beholding much good in the man.
(1) Now soon my heart contracted, for a damsel stately and fair,
Broad-browed full-eyed, and gracious beneath the crown of her hair,
*The exact relationship of Maistiv to Eocaid is somewhat doubtful; she may have been his aunt.
Large-limbed and nobly shapen, tall to a chieftain’s height,
Drew from the throngs before us, and now with a queenly right
Took my bridegroom’s head in her palms and kissed him upon the lips,
Whilst cold went through me which passed from heart unto finger tips;
But my husband smiled, and said,“My queen, yet thy servant’s bride,
Behold the chief of thine handmaids, my sister Maistiv, whose pride
Is Dan, Achaia and Eriu, who in her give fealty to thee
Of the silver stem of Jesse, the golden flower of his tree.”
Thus shamed I my doubt with blushes, and we kissed, and were ever knit
Though golden and dark, as sisters, unlike, yet never a whit
Sundered in our unlikeness; and Maistiv knelt at my side
And told me that which gladdened my summer of heart at that tide.
But three days since as she wandered with one of her maidens near
In the bowers of the woods by Mulach, thinking to have no fear
Through the sacred days of assembly, lo, Bennan the son of Kain
A foster servant of Balor’s with seven men of his train
Drew round her and led her with them; but her maid that was nigh had seen
From the hazel brake their doing, and slipped from the leafy screen
To ride in haste to Pen Adair. Then, straightly upon her word
Had Jochad taken his breastplate and girt himself with his sword
And leapt to his horse’s saddle with three that he had thereby,
Who galloped the trail she told of all day till the midnight sky
Was sprinkled with stars, and came to the spot where Bennan stayed
His course with the setting sun, and three of his train were laid
Before them upon their onset, and one as he fled away
Was stung by an arrow, but Jochad sought not further to slay.
Setting her safe on his horse, which weary, carried them back
Unto Mulach, her house, but scanty of patience was he till their track
Was westwards in haste to Crofinn, whereat much wonder had been,
But now she wondered a sister had drawn him away from his queen.
(2)“Ay, sister,” said Jochad, “a wonder, and much had I longed to remain
If I had not brother or friend, but much I dwelt on these twain,
Ethan and Bres my brother. In these I might cast out fear
Lest the queen lacked fitting service, or my watch of her light be near.”
Then he turned upon Bres and Ethan and held out a hand to each,
And the first grasped forth at the hand, but Ethan slipped’neath its reach
And knelt till it touched his head ere he kissed it with downcast face.
Then smiled my husband in chiding, and raised him up in his place
And kindly questioned his gaze, and said,“Is it well that thou
The chiefest bard of Eriu to a yeoman of Eriu bow?
Thou castest down and thou raisest up. Our glory in death
Is left to the bards that fill our ghosts with undying breath
To rehearse our deeds to our children. Oh poet, make us a lay
As glad as this hour is joyous, upraised as our hearts this day.”
Then Ethan said,“My lord and my king, my spirit was dead and mute.
I was cast in the mire till thy coming. I have broken the strings of my lute.
I have sinned and done great evil, and how may thy servant sing?”
And my bridegroom frowned, but I took from my finger my golden ring
Fired with a heart of ruby, and said,“If a poet know
His evil, he eateth knowledge, and knoweth of good also.
I give thee a bane of serpents. Take this as a charm to part
Thy soul from venom, such magic is stored in my ruby heart.”
He set my gift to his lips, and never a harp he took
But music out of their parting poured like a running brook
As he sang the bridesong of Crofinn, glad as that hour was glad
Are its words, and its fame is with him, but at whiles his eyes drooped sad
On earth; then, lifting again, they brightened clear at my sight,
And turned on my bridegroom also, and were honest and filled with light.
(3) What shall I sing thee,
My mistress, my queen?
What may I bring thee?
Heart’s blood I would wring thee
Were this not too mean.
Thou hast bid me to sing
My master, my lord.
From thy servant, oh, king,
Take this, the queen’s ring,
It is all of my hoard.
This ring had its heart
Of the Lord, the Most High.
By its magic of art
It shall throne thee apart
In the midst of the sky.
Thy place under heaven
Is near by her seat,
From dawn unto even
Thy foeman forgiven
Shall kneel at thy feet.
The Lord, the Bestower,
Gives gladness to thee.
Betwixt higher and lower,
He builds thee, His tower,
For this isle of the sea,
Whose lowly shall love thee,
Whose lofty bow down,
Whose priesthood approve thee,
Yet this gem set above thee
Shall be thy renown.
To thine honour give heed
And thy manhood with man,
Being noble in deed
Being chosen in seed
Being princely with Dan
Yet the light of thine eye
Thy knowledge, thy truth,
Are faint in the sky
When thy moon rideth high
O’er the bosom of youth.
The magic she maketh
Is silvern and pure.
From the heart that she breaketh
A spirit awaketh
With strength to endure.
Receive this, my king,
With sweet spirits well stored.
The queen’s heart, her ring,
Save the lays that I sing
It is all of my hoard.
We heard, and Jochad rejoicing, gave him his finger ring
Golden, with fair bright pearls such as men of the Sgiath bring
To our north coast; yea, and I gave him no jewel or golden gem
But the olive twig my fingers had plucked by Jerusalem
To keep my heart in remembrance. So fled the cloudlet away
That in all the light of Summer had shadowed my joy that day.
Then the priests went desiul* round us thrice, and chanted a charm
To stay our steps by each other, and fence us from outer harm,
But I know that we needed naught in our circle of hearts complete.
So went we in to the feast, where I sat in the highest seat
Betwixt my husband and Maistai; and Ethan sang to the guests,
And Sri gave blessing upon us before we went to our rests.
The Years`passed and Tephi had children and Happiness and Lamentation
A lamentation of Tephi wherein she giveth instruction.
To be sung to the harp upon the two thousand four hundred and eighty-fourth day.
O, MY CHILD, O, Aedh my firstborn, and O, Aedh my firstborn child,
That lay small and warm on my heart and looked in mine eyes and smiled
As a flame* thou hast seared my breast, and wert by a flame beguiled.
O, fair was my strong son Aedh, and O Aedh, my strength, was fair.
The skies were seen in his eyes. The sun was set in his hair.
The Mighty hath slain my son. I mourn, yet He might not spare.
O, mine eyes are rivers of tears, and O, rivers of tears are mine eyes.
I sat in the seat of folly. I walked not amongst the wise.
I sowed a seed of destruction. Its fruits are foulness and lies
*Aedh, a flame.
O’ let evil be upon Canaan, and O, upon Canaan be every ill.
Why hale ye their women hither, that are harlots on every hill,
That are brazen in dances to Baal, that are wanton in all their will?
O, hear me, my chosen, my husband, and O, my husband, my chosen, hear.
I have erred and have done great evil. My burden is heavy to bear.
This mocking was mine not thine. Yet my shame hath been thine to share.
O, heed me Angus, my son, and O, Angus, my son, take heed.
Thy brother is black in the pit. He stinks as a rotten reed.
Thou bearest the Branch of blessing. Thy Stone is chosen for seed.
Yet I know thee, O, Angus, my son, and O, Angus, my son, I know
Thy pomp and thy pride of heart. Thy flame burneth on and fro.
It flasheth fire in the sky. Its light is sunken and low.
I divine thee, O Angus, my son, and, O Angus, my son, I divine
Thy spirit unscarred by the thorns. Thou shalt seek but the gold of that sign.
Thy heart is not with the High One. With sinners thou sittest at wine.
I behold thy grave,* O, my son, and thy grave, O, my son, I behold.
Thy grave-mound is glorious and great. Thou graspest there on thy gold,
Yet the heathen shall find thy hoard ere the hill of thy height wax old.
O, thy treasure is heaped upon earth, and O, with earth is thy treasure-heap.
Thou art e’en as the kings of Egypt. Thou sinkest down in thy sleep.
But thieves shall find thee therein, and the snail and the slow-worm creep.
Thy toiling is waste, O Angus, and O Angus, waste is thy toil.
*Angus, of the Brugh, is now best remembered by this enormous tumulus, which was plundered by the Danes.
Thy masons build thee a mansion. The spoiler shall
make it a spoil,
For thy zeal is not unto Zion, nor thine heart anointed with oil.
O, may the bright reign come by thee, and O may my white king come.
His sheep he leadeth in spirit. He rebuketh them lest they roam.
He blesseth their lambs in his bosom. They hear him at eve and go home.
O, hear ye the promise of Israel, and O, Israel, this promise hear.
Let your watchmen know of the night. Let them count when the stars grow clear.
Let them strongly shout in the gate if a presage of dawn appear.
O, rest ye your faith upon David, and O on David let fealty rest.
In righteous judgements he rideth. His wise men gaze from the west.
His house on the hill-tops is holy. His symbols shine on his breast.
O, he rides as a king in glory, and O, in glory my king doth ride.
The nations are scattered beneath him. In their eyries the eagles hide.
As a lion he leaps in his strength. What man shall his might abide.
O, springs gush out by the Hill, and O, from the Hill there gush forth springs.
O’er the path of his chosen people, the vessels bear wealth unto kings.
The ships of the sea pass over. The waters are white with their wings.
O, broad is the stream of Jordan, and O, Jordan thy streams are broad.
The seas have set thee in might. No steed shall swim by thy ford,
Where the House of the High One is builded, the Holy House of the Lord.
O, now I depart in peace, and O, peace is my part as I go.
I have lived the days of my life. I have joyed and wandered in woe.
I am feeble and fain would rest from my travelling to and fro.
But, O, that day I am fain to behold, and O, I fain would behold that day.
Raise up the stones from my sidhe. Cleanse ye my bones from the clay.
Let me see the son of my strength, for my spirit shall be his stay.
Garbh Cliach, the recorder, the son of En, writes of that which may not be written save upon the hearts of the men of Eriu.
Now the rest of the acts of Teffia, and how her sunhouse was made (Sunhouse Amos 3:15, Jeremiah 36:22)
At Tailtea, the beams of its rafters with wings of bright birds overlaid,
And its hurdles snow under summer, so that men’s eyes were blind
Beholding, and how its porches with plates of silver were lined;
And her purple couches within; and her crowns and bracelets of gold,
That often she gave to the bards; and the things which her shipmen sold
In her mart; and the peace and joy of her land; and her two fair sons,
Angus the frank and Cermad; and the many cashels and duns
She set for defence of the sea-coast; and the mighty forests she cleared;
And her wide ensample to all men; and the grace that in her appeared
Before kings and sages and lowly (for of all men her speech was known
As a dew that falleth from heaven, and holy before God’s throne,
Yet was troubled in many sorrows alike of bondman and free;)
And how in Crofinn a house was built that her rest might be
Beside the assemblies of Eriu to soften their judgements still,
And stay their sharpness of strife’neath the shade of the Great Queen’s hill;
And how she had many champions and bards and sages and priests;
And how men wise in the Lord came from afar to her feasts;
And how many kings sent greetings; and how she was mourned for and wept
Through the whole green isle of Eriu, and women came where she slept,
Yea, e’en from the utmost islands to shed on her sidhe their tears,
And planted their flowers about it; It needs not that aught appears
In the books of the scribe, for all is written large on the heart
Of Eriu, although she oft told presage her name should depart
From our lips for a season, if these by her psalms be not purified;
And that if men failed of her trust, her blessing should be denied;
Yet, know we well that her blessing shall ne’er be taken away,
Nor her face be ever hidden, although it be veiled for a day.
So also the Heremon liveth, though under his stones he lie
On the hills*o’er the lake, his glory and honour shall never die
Of bard and champion and teacher and lifter of burdens sore,
Which against the might of his word the hands of his sons restore;
Till the Firbolgs toil, as in Egypt our fathers were wont to toil,
On the tombs that they build by Boyne, filling their pouches with soil
To heap on the secret chambers wherein these would build their home
At the last; and thither surely their bones with the curse shall come
Of our loved one+ and not her blessing. Also men have much grief
Against Ethdan grandson of Nuadh, whom the unwise chose as their chief
Of the miledh after Lugaid, for he taxeth the land of its yields
*The Loughcrew Hills.
+ Tephi is alluded to merely as“the Beloved” in early documents.
Beyond the strength of the aire, and letteth the woods on their fields;
And save that Ainge, his wife, is loved of the people still,
As the child of our Ollam Fothla, some surely had wrought him ill.
Though the bards sing many complaints, the princes repent no whit,
Therefore Garbh, the son of En the son of Eschmun, hath writ
These words in this book against them. For our evils will never cease,
Till the word of Tephi prevail, and her last and her foremost was“Peace.”
Peace unto God in heaven. Let God shine thence upon earth,
And the Branch* shall anoint you with oils of blessing and praise and mirth.
*the Branch is the Messiah and King of Jeremiah Ch.23 v.5
The dramatic burial mound at New Grange in Ireland is possibly the grave of Angus.
The CHRONICLES OF ERI (EIRE or Ireland)
The following document is a short introduction to the lengthy chronicles. It tells how the Phonecian people better known as Fenians came from Spain to Ireland about 1000 BC. According to the record they were also Hebrews descendants of Eber or Iber. They shared island of Ireland with the tribe of Dan already living there. The Fenians and other Israelites were sometime worshipers of the god Baal as recorded in the Old Testament.
BEING THE HISTORY OF THE GAAL SCIOT IBER:
(May translate The Hebrew Sons of God from Scythia)
THE IRISH PEOPLE;
TRANSLATED BY Roger O'CONNOR FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS IN THE PHOENICIAN DIALECT.
PRINTED FOR SIR RICHARD PHILLIPS AND CO.
Here commence the annals of Eri. This chapter gives
an account of the arrival of the colony from Spain
in Eri their conquest of three quarters of the is-
land their covenant with the Danan, the former
rulers their division of their own portion into
three separate kingdoms. 1006 BC
BAAL was favourable until the host came within
sight of the land of their vengeance. Then did he
send forth his messengers of air ; and they brake
the vessels, and scattered them on every side : twelve
ships did the servants of the anger of Baal bury
beneath the waves of the vast deep.
On that day was Colba overborne at the mouth
of a river of the land, (a)
On that day perished Cier within the jaws of an
inlet of the sea at the extremity of the world or
Howbeit the remainder of the host with difficulty
reached the shore with Marcad, lolar, and Blat.
Sons of the hero, and Lugad the son of Ith, and
the children of Marcad and lolar, and Er son of
Cier, he would abide with the sons of Marcad, his
companions in Gaelag.
And Marcad bad, " Let three men abide with
each ship, and let all the women tarry with them,
whiles their brethren go to take vengeance for Ith's
blood, and win the land ; and the cloth was spread
to take the lots of those to stay behind.
When all the men, and all the women cried aloud,
" Let none be left, let all die together, or all have
glory of those who shed Ith’s blood !" They would
not be intreated.
And the Gaol were gathered together, and the
men of the land assembled, more in number than
the Gaol, one score for one.
And the battle endured not long, when bands of
the servants passed over unto us, and the masters
And on the next day the battle was renewed, and
the men of the land were overthrown: the clubs
availed not, the servants stung the masters sorely.
And on the third day, the chiefs of the land did
send messengers unto Marcad; and the messengers
had their clubs behind them, and both their arms
on their breasts, token of peace.
Now it happed that men of the Gaal, in a ship of
Feneid, on their way from Breotan to Gaelag, driven
from its course, was broken here eight rings gone
by; these did know the speech of the Danan.
These did the Danan bring before Marcad; and
when their joy had abated in some sort, for seeing
the face of their brethren, they did speak in the
speech now of one, now of another ; and after this
manner was the covenant made sure between the
chiefs of Iber, and the chiefs of the land aforetime.
And the chiefs of the land said, " Ye be mightier
than we through the falsehood of Cloden, the Danan
will not be in subjection nor yet under tribute to
thee. We will move to the far side of the old river,
and dwell between the waters thereof, and the waves
of the vast sea. We will not pass over to this side
of the river to thy people, nor must thy people pass
over to us. Moreover Cloden is in thy hand ; do
unto them as seemeth good to thee ; if ye deal kindly
by them, and put thy trust in them, look to it.
On that day, the second day after Baal had en-
tered into the second chamber of his house Sgith,
was the covenant made.
And the Danan did set up a large stone on the
spot, where the covenant was made ; and I Ordac
have set down words on the chronicles of the Gaal,
to remain for ever.
And Marcad said, " Let this place be called
MAG-MOR-TIOMNA," and all said, " Yea."(c)
Now peace abideth. The Danan are in motion
towards the country of the covenant. Firgneat flock
around the Gaal.…………
" The land is now free for the foot of the children
of Iber. What, if it were explored, none knoweth
the limits thereof? After what manner shall we go
forth ? The Danan may prove false. Shall we
separate, or shall we move together ? Thin is our
host by the power of Baal.”………………
Then we moved northward ; the ocean on our left
very near, till our foot was stayed by ocean's self.
Then changing our course towards the sun's ris-
ing, the waters of open sea or of salt lakes on our
left, we advanced till our step was arrested at the
extreme of land again; then we did turn our faces
towards the strength of Baal.
And, as Baal was entering the threshold of the
mansion of his blessed fire, the whole host did move
into Magmortiomna, for Mar cad loitered, that we
may return to the spot, whence we did take our de-
parture, at that set time.
And now it was manifest, that the land was en-
compassed with the waters of the mighty sea on
every side an island.
For nine days after, the Gaol abided in repose:
then Marcad assembled the congregation, and he
stood up in the midst, and said,
" When our fathers came from Iber unto a strange
land, did they not give names to their dwellings, the
hills and planes, the waters of the rivers ; yea, the
waves of the sea itself; to preserve the memory of
their former place, that the name of Er should ne'er
be lost, whilst time shall endure.
" What, if this land, standing alone, an island, be
called ERI for the times to come?
" The Gaal of Sciot of Iber, Nomades, Oigeageis, we
are, and ever shall be, go where we will, fare as we may.
" For myself, I would, that those of my loins were
called the race of Iber, so long as they endure.
" Words have passed to my ear, * This land is
large, too large for one chief; the chiefs did choose
Marcad in the place of his father to rule in Gaelag
Gaelag is not Eri. These words are true.
" What, then, if the chiefs speak their free thoughts,
concerning these things ; if any have taken thought
to utterance if not. What, if we forbear for other
nine days, and in time that passeth between think,
and then hold talk."
And it was so.
" This land is large as it is said, six moons were
the Gaol encompassing their portion thereof What
eye can see, what voice can be heard, what arm
reach so far ? There remain three of the race of
hero. Let the chiefs speak."
And the land was set out in three parts, and Iber
had the south ; beyond him, still more southward, is
Lugad the son of Ith to raise his tents, bordering
on the waters of the great sea.
And the southern limit of the land of lolar is the
northern bound of Iber.
And the portion of Er extendeth from the northern
marks of lolar, to the extremity of the land. How-
beit, the Firgneat have their dwellings on the far
side of the waters of the land, that spread and move
between the country of the Danan, and the land of
In the words of the Chronicles of the Gaal of Sciot
of Iber ; and Ordac will do his endeavour to the ut-
most to make Er enamoured of justice and truth,
and mercy, that he may be perfect.
There is some debate as to the authenticity of the Chronicles of Eri, the author William Walker is convinced of their truthfulness and currently has a three hundred page commentary awaiting publication.
The Scottish Declaration of Independence
The document was sent to Pope John XXII as a warning and declaration of Scottish Independence from the King and rulers of Scotland.
Translation of a portion of the Scottish Declaration of Independence:
“We know Most Holy Father and Lord, and from the chronicles and books of the ancients, gather that among other illustrious nations, ours, to wit the Scots, has been distinguished by many honours; which passing from the great Scythia through the Mediterranean Sea and Pillars of Hercules, and sojourning in Spain among the most savage tribes through a long course of time, could nowhere be subjugated by any people however barbarous;
And coming thence one thousand two hundred years after the outgoing of the people of Israel, they, by many victories and infinite toil, acquired for themselves the possessions in the West which they now hold… In their kingdom one hundred and thirteen kings of their own royal stock, no stranger intervening, have reigned.”
Officials at Register House in Edinburgh in the past have said it is“probably our most precious possession.”
The ancient chronicles have been quoted by King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, in the Declaration of Independence which was attested to and affirmed by the seals of all leading Scottish noblemen on April 6th 1320. It should be known that the King’s lineage is traced back to the Fifth century AD when King Fergus MacErc (The Great) conquered Argyll in Western Scotland, a descendent of the Kings of Tara in Ireland, he brought the Stone of Destiny to Scotland from Tara. An unbroken lineage of Kings from ancient Israel. This conquest was 1200 years after the kingdom of Israel was taken captive by Assyria, in about 730BC. It is stated that the tribes of Israel who were scattered, became by many victories and infinite toil the Scottish people. Also that there was a time spent in Spain by the Scots, which corresponds with what is known of the descendants of Zarah the Fenians and Tephi. The truth is probably that many groups of Israelites travelled by numerous routes over time having been scattered and then gathered to their new home in the British Isles.
“Blood in the Isles”
Modern Scientific DNA Research
Professor Bryan Sykes and his team specialising in human genetics at Oxford University, spent five years taking DNA samples from 10,000 volunteers from Britain and Ireland to understand our genetic roots. The conclusion was that Britain’s indigenous population is descended from a tribe from the coasts of Iberia. DNA analysis shows that Celts have a “genetic fingerprint” almost identical to inhabitants of the coastal regions of Spain. This is a surprise to many historians who believed the Celtic people are descended from tribes of Central Europe.
The small number of original inhabitants “were later subsumed into a larger Celtic tribe…. The majority of people of the British Isles are actually descended from the Spanish.” The next most common ancestral group was found to be the Danish and Norse Vikings.
The book based on this research published in 2006 is called “Blood of the Isles,” and demonstrates that Celts are most dominant in areas of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. And contrary to popular opinion are also strongly represented in England. “Although Celtic countries have previously thought of themselves as being genetically different from the English, this is emphatically not the case…. This is significant because the idea of a separate Celtic race is deeply ingrained in our political structure, and historically has been very divisive. Culturally, the view of a separate race holds water. But from a genetic point of view, Britain is emphatically not a divided nation,” said Professor Sykes.
The Prophecies of Saint Malachy of Ireland
Saint Malachy, whose Gaelic name was Maelmhaedhoc O'Morgair was born in Armagh in 1094. In 1132, he was made the Primate of Armagh in a disorganised church. During these years at Armagh St. Malachy caused the Catholic church in Ireland to be significantly regulated and adopted the Roman Liturgy, many consider him the father of Roman Catholicism in Ireland. He regulated the affairs of the church and re-established the authority of Rome.
In 1139 he journeyed to Rome where he met the Pope. Legend has it that Saint Malachy had a significant vision and predicted the future identities of all the Popes from the time of Celestine II in the 12th century. An ancient record of Malachy’s prophesy was found hundreds of years ago in the Vatican. According to Saint Malachy we may only have one more pope to come before the “End of the World.” Pope Benedict is the last in line of 111 popes to be predicted as being "the glory of the olive." As a result of this prophesy many observers expected a Benedictine monk to be John Paul II’s successor. As it was the Pope himself chose the name Benedict and thereby fulfilling the prophesy.
Saint Malachy has become very well known as a result of these prophecies regarding 112 future popes. The prophecies predicting every pope, starting with Pope Celestine II in 1143. One hundred and twelve popes are listed, each in a very brief description, from 1143 (Celestine II) to the last Pope at the “end of the world” who is predicted to be distinguished as “Peter the Roman.”
The prophesy was apparently presented to Pope Innocent II and then lay forgotten, for four hundred years in a vault in Rome. Many question its validity today, but there are some remarkable elements which many feel have validated the prophesy.
The prophesy consists of short prophetical statements, which indicate some trait of all future popes, until the end of the world. It is observed that each trait can be identified with the correct Pope in chronological order from Malachy to today. For example, the prophecy relating to Urban VIII is Lilium et Rosa, translates as “the lily and the rose,” he was from Florence and on the arms of Florence figured a fleur-de-lis; he had three bees emblazoned on his escutcheon, and the bees gather honey from the lilies and roses. Or the name might refer to some poignant circumstance in the pope's career, for instance Peregrinus apostolicus, which translates as “The pilgrim pope,” which describes Pius VI, seems to refer to his journey into Germany, by his longevity and by his moving from Rome at the end of his life. It is interesting that Pope John Paul II ("from the labor of the sun") was born during the solar eclipse of May 18th, 1920.
The last of these prophecies concerns the end of the world and is as follows: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End." This last pope is to be Petrus Romanus, translated as "Peter the Roman". It remains to be seen if the next pope is indeed Peter the Roman. Though many may look forward to the triumphal return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings, to reign on earth a thousand years after the destruction of the proud and wicked. When the Gaelic people and many others may be gathered in as true Ga El or sons of God as predicted in the bible.
(2)Prophecy of St. Malachy Concerning Ireland & England
This prophecy, is a different predication to that concerning thepopes. This prophesy indicated that his beloved Ireland would suffer oppression at the hands of England, persecution, and calamities of every kind, during a week of centuries; but that she would preserve her fidelity to God amidst all her trials. At the end of seven centuries she would be delivered from her oppressors, and Ireland would be instrumental in bringing back the British nation to divine faith. This prophecy is said to have been copied by the learned Dom Mabillon from an ancient manuscript preserved at Clairvaux.
In 1148, atClairvaux Saint Malachy fell sick, and died in the arms of St. Bernard. St. Malachy was canonized by Pope Clement (III) in 1199.
White Slaves for America
King James I is credited with commanding that Catholics be rooted out of Ireland and the country be planted with Protestants.
Irish Catholic land owners were the first to be rooted out and transported to Virginia in 1620. Dispossessed of their property because of their faith and conscience. They were sent as convicts, slaves or indentured servants. Indentured servants were treated as slaves for a period of maybe five or ten years and then freed often with a promise of a small plot of land at the end of time served.
Lerone Bennett Jnr. author of “The Shaping of Black America” wrote “They came these Christian demi-slaves, the same way most blacks came, crammed shoulder to shoulder, toe to toe, the living and the dead side by side, in the unventilated holds of crowded ships.” Many died on the journey, sometimes half the “goods” as the people were called were lost. A death rate of 20% was often considered acceptable by the profiteering merchants. Small wonder they were called “hell ships.” Two hundred years later the Irish were still escaping persecution, suffering and the potato famine in the infamous “coffin ships” bound for America.
In 1649 Oliver Cromwell the great and celebrated father of democracy in England turned his attentions to Ireland. Cromwell seems to have been consumed with his hatred of Irish Catholics, he was a Puritan Protestant, intolerant and vengeful. Cromwell began his devastation of Ireland with the town of Drogheda, north of Dublin. After an assault on the town Cromwell ordered that every man woman and child be killed. About a hundred people were in Saint Peters church and refused to come out. Cromwell ordered the church to be burned, all in the church were burned to death in the fire. In Cromwell’s own words “These being summoned to mercy refused, where upon I ordered the steeple of St. Peter’s church to be fired.” One wonders what mercy Cromwell was offering, for he also wrote to John Bradshaw, President of the Council of State. “It hath pleased God to bless our endeavours at Drogheda. The enemy was about 3,000 strong in the town. I do not think thirty of their number escaped with their lives. Those that did are in safe custody for Barbados.” The plantations of Barbados was a favourite destination of Cromwell’s for transportation of prisoners. Cromwell then continued to march through out Ireland with sweeping military success and was merciless.
Dr Perry who was commissioned to survey Ireland estimated that in 1641 the population was 1,668,000 and by 1651 it was 1,100,000. By the ravages of Cromwell, driven by his self righteous hatred of all people and things Catholic, over half a million people were “wasted by the sword, plague, famine and hardship.” Cromwell adhered to the advice of James I “Plant Ireland with Puritans and root out the Papists.”
In the face of this sanctimonious onslaught on religious freedom and oppression, the Catholics of Ireland though subdued and oppressed for hundreds of years, never yielded to the ruling minority. Though deprived of land, possessions and justice and suffering every degradation that could be contrived in the Penal Laws, the vast majority of Irish people held firm to their faith in God. The plain fact is that they would rather die and suffer every hardship than surrender their ultimate hope and trust in God. To this day Ireland remains the most devoutly religious country in Europe. As a child I remember that the worst traffic jams in Ireland were on a Sunday as people drove to and from church.
The history of my own family would be typical, I have about eighty first cousins and it would be inconceivable that they would not be at church on a Sunday. Faith in God was taught us by our mothers and though not always expressed to strangers ran deep in our souls.
The transition from Cromwell to now may seem incongruous to some readers, but this is the crucible in which Irish culture and hearts were formed. My own grand parents emerged from the marshy bogs where their ancestors were driven, denied education and ownership of good land under the Penal Laws of Protestant rule. Tom Broderick my great grand father was the owner of 2 or 3 acres of marginal bog land on which they survived. On my mothers side her family name was Monahan whose ancestors came from County Monaghan. The name goes back to the fourth century when we were called the people of Managh or fir Managh in the Gaelic language. Today we have two counties in the ancient homeland, County Fermanagh and County Monaghan, both are in Ulster but Monaghan is in the Republic of Ireland. In 1810 my family were evicted from their land because they refused to convert to the Protestant religion. They moved west to County Galway in the province of Connacht. Many of this family later moved to America.
The Irish State records show that there was a continuous transportation of Irish to America during the reigns of James I and Charles I before Cromwell.“Those sold to the heretics in America are treated by them more cruelly than slaves under the Turks; nor is any attention paid to youth or the decrepitude of old age, to sex or rank, to sacerdotal orders to religious life.” Wrote Cardinal Giovanni Battista Rinuccini, Papal Nuncio to the Confederation of Kilkenny (1645-48). My grandfather Seamus (or James in English) Monahan the son of a poor farmer in Galway moved to Kilkenny where he became the Mayor of the city as a member of the Fianna Fail political party.
Upon securing victory in Ireland Cromwell ordered the wealthy Catholics to be dispossessed of their lands and sent to Connacht. Those who resisted were met with the statement attributed to Cromwell“to hell or to Connacht.” Some were killed others were deported in chains to the West Indies and America. Between 34,000 and 40,000 Irish soldiers were exiled to European countries leaving behind wives and children. These were transported as slaves to the Americas. The Council of Ireland ordered “That Irishwomen, as being too numerous now -and therefore, exposed to prostitution- be sold to merchants, and transported to Virginia, New England or other countries, where they may support themselves by their labour.” Many were rounded up, and there was a special demand for young women “marriageable and not past breeding” to meet the needs of sugar planters in Barbados and who in the words of Henry Cromwell “had only Negresses and Maroon women to solace them.” Man catchers were paid £4 or so for young women and children by ships captains who would transport them in slave ships to the west. Elliot O’Donnell wrote in his book “The Irish Abroad” (1915) “Cromwell next turned his attention to the women. Hearing that the planters in New England and the West Indies were weary of maroons, and would pay any price for a white woman, Puritan Cromwell at once volunteered to supply their needs. Gangs of his soldiers invaded Connacht, and pouncing on all the women and girls they could find, drove them in gangs to Cork…. The young and pretty women were frequently violated, the older and uglier beaten and branded. From Cork they were taken to Bristol and, after being publicly sold in the market there, they were thrust on board ship, and borne to their final destination. The mind shrinks from imagining the horrors of their suffering at sea. From the records of survivors, they must have been at least equal to any of the sufferings experienced by African slaves.”
The practice continued for four years until“At last the evil became too shocking and notorious, particularly when these dealers in Irish flesh began to seize the daughters and children of the English themselves, and to force them on board their slave ships; then indeed, the orders, at the end of the four years were revoked.” As recorded by John Patrick Predergast in “The Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland” (1865).
Dr Thomas Addis Emmet author of“Ireland Under English Rule, or a Plea for the Plaintiff” wrote in 1903 that “Over one hundred thousand young children, who were orphans or had been taken from Catholic parents, were sent abroad into slavery in the West Indies, Virginia and New England, that they might thus lose their faith and all knowledge of their nationality, for in most instances their names had been changed.”
Sean O’Callagahan wrote “To Hell or Barbados” with a sub title “The ethnic cleansing of Ireland” which records much of Cromwell’s atrocities in Ireland and the transportations including many of the quotes contained herein.
These Irish are the forgotten ancestral roots of the American nation.
The First Book of Nephi
Chapter 15 (Book of Mormon - Extracts)
Behold, I say unto you, that the house of Israel was compared unto an olive-tree, by the Spirit of the Lord which was in our father; and behold are we not broken off from the house of Israel, and are we not a abranch of the house of Israel?
14 And at that day shall the remnant of our aseed bknow that they are of the house of Israel, and that they are the ccovenant people of the Lord; and then shall they know and dcome to the eknowledge of their forefathers, and also to the knowledge of the gospel of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by him; wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.
16 Behold, I say unto you, Yea; they shall be remembered again among the house of Israel; they shall be agrafted in, being a natural branch of the olive-tree, into the true olive-tree.
17 And this is what our father meaneth; and he meaneth that it will not come to pass until after they are scattered by the Gentiles; and he meaneth that it shall come by way of the Gentiles, that the Lord may show his power unto the Gentiles, for the very cause that he shall be arejected of the Jews, or of the house of Israel.
18 Wherefore, our father hath not spoken of our seed alone, but also of all the house of Israel, pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days; which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying: In thy aseed shall all the kindreds of the earth be bblessed.
19 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake much unto them concerning these things; yea, I spake unto them concerning the arestoration of the Jews in the latter days.
1 Nephi 17:3535 The Lord esteemeth all aflesh in one; he that is brighteous is cfavored of God.
1 Nephi 19:15-19
15 Nevertheless, when that day cometh, saith the prophet, that they ano more bturn aside their hearts against the Holy One of Israel, then will he remember the ccovenants which he made to their fathers.
16 Yea, then will he remember the aisles of the sea; yea, and all the people who are of the house of Israel, will I bgather in, saith the Lord, according to the words of the prophet Zenos, from the four quarters of the earth.
17 Yea, and all the earth shall asee the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet; every nation, kindred, tongue and people shall be blessed.
18 And I, Nephi, have written these things unto my people, that perhaps I might persuade them that they would aremember the Lord their Redeemer.
19 Wherefore, I speak unto all the house of Israel.
Old Testament - Isaiah Chapter 49
First Book of Nephi Chapter 21
(Messiah shall be a light to the Gentiles and shall free the prisoners—Israel shall be gathered with power in the last days—Kings shall be their nursing fathers—CompareIsaiah 49.)
1 aAnd again: Hearken, O ye house of Israel, all ye that are broken off and are driven out because of the wickedness of the pastors of my people; yea, all ye that are broken off, that are scattered abroad, who are of my people, O house of Israel. Listen, O bisles, unto me, and hearken ye people from cfar; the Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
3 And said unto me: Thou art my aservant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4 Then I said, I have labored in avain, I have spent my strength for naught and in vain; surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
5 And now, saith the Lord—that aformed me from the womb that I should be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him—though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my bstrength.
6 And he said: It is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the atribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give thee for a blight to the cGentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth.
7 Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nations abhorreth, to servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful.
8 Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time have I heard thee, O isles of the sea, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee amy servant for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my ahighways shall be exalted.
12 And then, O house of Israel, behold, athese shall come from far; and lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
13 aSing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; for the feet of those who are in the east shall be established; and bbreak forth into singing, O mountains; for they shall be smitten no more; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his cafflicted.
14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the apalms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
17 Thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers; and they that made thee awaste shall go forth of thee.
18 Lift up thine eyes round about and behold; all these agather themselves together, and they shall come to thee. And as I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on even as a bride.
19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants; and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.
20 The children whom thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the first, shall aagain in thine ears say: The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell.
21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart: Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am adesolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? And who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where have they been?
22 Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the aGentiles, and set up my bstandard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their carms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And akings shall be thy bnursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee with their face towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed that cwait for me.
24 For shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the alawful captives delivered?
25 But thus saith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will afeed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine; and all flesh shall bknow that I, the Lord, am thy cSavior and thy Redeemer, the dMighty One of Jacob.
Nephi explains Isaiah and
Gods Ancient Covenant with Scattered Israel
First Book of NephiChapter 22
(Israel shall be scattered upon all the face of the earth—The gentiles shall nurse and nourish Israel with the gospel in the last days. Written between 588 and 570 B.C.)
1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had read these things which were engraven upon the aplates of brass, my brethren came unto me and said unto me: What bmeaneth these things which ye have read? Behold, are they to be understood according to things which are cspiritual, which shall come to pass according to the spirit and not the flesh?
2 And I, Nephi, said unto them: Behold they were amanifest unto the prophet by the voice of the bSpirit; for by the Spirit are all things made known unto the cprophets, which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh.
3 Wherefore, the things of which I have read are things pertaining to things both atemporal and spiritual; for it appears that the house of Israel, sooner or later, will be bscattered upon all the face of the earth, and also camong all nations.
4 And behold, there are many who are already lost from the knowledge of those who are at Jerusalem. Yea, the more part of all the atribes have been bled away; and they are cscattered to and fro upon the disles of the sea; and whither they are none of us knoweth, save that we know that they have been led away.
5 And since they have been led away, these things have been prophesied concerning them, and also concerning all those who shall hereafter be scattered and be confounded, because of the Holy One of Israel; for against him will they aharden their hearts; wherefore, they shall be scattered among all nations and shall be bhated of all men.
6 Nevertheless, after they shall be anursed by the bGentiles, and the Lord has lifted up his hand upon the Gentiles and set
them up for a standard, and their cchildren have been carried in their arms, and their daughters have been carried upon their shoulders, behold these things of which are spoken are temporal; for thus are the covenants of the Lord with our fathers; and it meaneth us in the days to come, and also all our brethren who are of the house of Israel.
7 And it meaneth that the time cometh that after all the house of Israel have been scattered and confounded, that the Lord God will raise up a mighty nation among the aGentiles, yea, even upon the face of this land; and by them shall our seed be bscattered.
8 And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a amarvelous work among the bGentiles, which shall be of great cworth unto our seed; wherefore, it is likened unto their being nourished by the dGentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders.
9 And it shall also be of aworth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto the Gentiles but bunto all the chouse of Israel, unto the making known of the dcovenants of the Father of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy eseed shall all the kindreds of the earth be fblessed.
10 And I would, my brethren, that ye should know that all the kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed unless he shall make abare his arm in the eyes of the nations.
11 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the anations, in bringing about his covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel.
12 Wherefore, he will abring them again out of bcaptivity, and they shall be cgathered together to the lands of their dinheritance; and they shall be ebrought out of obscurity and out of fdarkness; and they shall know that the gLord is their hSavior and their Redeemer, the iMighty One of Israel.
25 And he agathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his bsheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find cpasture.
26 And because of the arighteousness of his people, bSatan has no power; wherefore, he cannot be loosed for the space of cmany years; for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel dreigneth.
27 And now behold, I, Nephi, say unto you that all these things must come aaccording to the flesh.
28 But, behold, all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people shall dwell safely in the Holy One of Israel if it so be that they will arepent.
29 And now I, Nephi, make an end; for I durst not speak further as yet concerning these things.
The House of Israel Must Be Gathered
The Lord promised that the Israelites, his covenant people, would someday be gathered: “I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them” (Jeremiah 23:3). It was Jeremiah who brought Tephi to Ireland. The Lord has some important reasons for gathering the Israelites. The people of Israel need to learn the teachings of the gospel and prepare themselves to meet the Saviour when he comes again. The Israelites have the responsibility of building temples and performing sacred ordinances for ancestors who died without having this opportunity. The covenant people of God must take the gospel to all nations. They must fulfil the covenant to be a blessing to all the world.
The Irish Scottish and British people and their descendants scattered across the globe are part of the lost tribes of Israel.
How Will the House of Israel Be Gathered?
(Much of the following comes from the LDS “Gospel Principles” book)
The Israelites are to be gathered spiritually first and then physically. Converts to the restored gospel are Israelites either by blood or adoption. They belong to the family of Abraham and Jacob (seeAbraham 2:9–11; Galatians 3:26–29). President Joseph Fielding Smith said: “There are many nations represented in the … Church. … They have come because the Spirit of the Lord rested upon them; … receiving the spirit of gathering, they have left everything for the sake of the gospel” (Doctrines of Salvation, 3:256).
The physical gathering of Israel means that the Israelites will be “gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise” (see2 Nephi 9:2). The tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh will be gathered to the land of America. The tribe of Judah (the Jews) will return to the city of Jerusalem and the area surrounding it. The ten lost tribes will receive from the tribe of Ephraim their promised blessings (see D&C 133:26–35).
USA Shaped and Enlarged by Early Mormon Pioneers
Not a lot of people realise how important a role the early Mormons played in claiming the west for the USA. Mormons left the USA as it was in the mid 1840’s after being driven, burned out and murdered. The state of Missouri passed a law, an extermination order, legalising the murder of Mormons. The early Mormons were driven by mobs and persecution from their city of Nauvoo in Illinois which at the time was larger than Chicago. Many Mormons died enroute, but they chose to leave the USA and settle in the Salt Lake valley and Rocky Mountains, which was a territory of Mexico. The USA had recently been humbled in defeat by Mexico in the Alamo. A Mormon Battalion was formed at the request of the US government, this army marched well over a thousand miles south and across the continent to California and the Pacific Ocean. The gauntlet was thrown down in challenge to the Mexican army, the Mexicans decided not to fight. The Mormons were the first “Americans” in many parts of California. Mormon Battalion members found gold while working in a lumber mill. This chance discovery triggered the Californian gold rush of 1849. The San Francisco 49’ers were born. With the safety of migrants proven by the Mormon Battalion, the way was open and Americans flooded west thus establishing what we know now as mainland USA, this Mormon push westward almost doubled the size of the USA.
Bruce R. McConkie said:
“Every stake on earth is the gathering place for the lost sheep of Israel who live in its area. “The gathering place for Peruvians is in the stakes of Zion in Peru, or in the places which soon will become stakes. The gathering place for Chileans is in Chile; for Bolivians it is in Bolivia; for Koreans it is in Korea; and so it goes through all the length and breadth of the earth. Scattered Israel in every nation is called to gather to the fold of Christ, to the stakes of Zion, as such are established in their nations” (“Come: Let Israel Build Zion,” Ensign, May 1977, p. 118).
The physical gathering of Israel will not be complete until the second coming of the Savior. Then the Lord’s promise will be fulfilled: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers” (Jeremiah 16:14–15).
Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus and his Apostles were gathered together on the Mount of Olives. The time had come for Jesus to leave the earth. He had completed all the work that he had to do at that time. He was to return to our Heavenly Father until the time of his second coming.
After he had instructed his Apostles, Jesus ascended into heaven. While the Apostles looked up into the heavens, two angels stood beside them and said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go” (Acts 1:11).
From that time until the present day, the followers of Jesus Christ have looked forward to the Second Coming at the battle of Armageddon in Jerusalem.
What Will Jesus Do When He Comes Again?
He will usher in the Millennium. The Millennium is the thousand-year period when Jesus will reign on the earth. At the beginning of this period of time, the righteous will be caught up to meet Jesus at his coming. His coming will begin the millennial reign.
Brigham Young said: “In the Millennium, when the Kingdom of God is established on the earth in power, glory and perfection, and the reign of wickedness that has so long prevailed is subdued, the Saints of God will have the privilege of building their temples, and of entering into them, becoming, as it were, pillars in the temples of God, and they will officiate for their dead. … And we will have revelations to know our fore fathers clear back to Father Adam and Mother Eve, and we will enter into the temples of God and officiate for them. Then man will be sealed to man until the chain is made perfect back to Adam, so that there will be a perfect chain of Priesthood from Adam to the winding-up scene”
After Jesus Christ rose from the dead, other righteous people who had died were also resurrected. This was the beginning of the First Resurrection. Those who already have been resurrected and those who will be resurrected at the time of his coming will all inherit heavenly glory.
He will take his rightful place as king of heaven and earth. When Jesus comes, he will establish his government on the earth. The Church will become part of that kingdom. He will rule all the people of the earth in peace for a thousand years.
When Jesus Christ first came to the earth, he did not come in glory. He was born in a lowly stable and laid in a manger of hay. He did not come with great armies as the Jews had expected of their Savior. Instead, he came saying, “Love your enemies, … do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you” (Matthew 5:44). He was rejected and crucified. But he will not be rejected at his second coming, “for every ear shall hear it, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess” that Jesus is the Christ. He will be greeted as “Lord of Lords and King of Kings.” He will be called “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
When Jesus was born, very few people knew that the Savior of the world had come. When he comes again, there will be no doubt who he is. No one knows the exact time that the Savior will come again. “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
We Can Be Ready When the Savior Comes
The best way we can prepare for the Savior’s coming is to accept the teachings of the gospel and make them part of our lives. We should live each day the best we can, just as Jesus taught when he was on the earth. We can look to the prophet for guidance and follow his counsel. We can live worthy to have the Holy Ghost guide us. Then we will look forward to the Savior’s coming with happiness and not with fear. The Lord said: “Fear not, little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen.”
If ye are Prepared ye shall not Fear
Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov 2005
My brothers and sisters, I add my welcome to you to this great world conference of the Church. The spacious Conference Center in Salt Lake City is filled to capacity, and other halls in this area are likewise filled. We speak beyond here to you in many lands and climes. We welcome you, every one. We love you as brethren and sisters.
I was on a mission in the British Isles more than 70 years ago. Part of the British Empire was still intact. That empire was the most widely extended political family of nations on the face of the earth. It was said that the sun never set on the British Empire. The Union Jack flew around the world.
Great good came of that empire in many areas. But there was also tremendous suffering. It came as a result of conquest, oppression, war, and conflict. The remains of British soldiers were buried in graves around the earth.
Now it is all gone. Rudyard Kipling wrote of its demise in his “Recessional”:
Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire.
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
(“God of Our Fathers, Known of Old,” Hymns, no. 80)
There is now another empire. It is the empire of Christ the Lord. It is the empire of the restored gospel. It is the kingdom of God. And the sun never sets on this kingdom. It has not come of conquest, of conflict, or war. It has come of peaceful persuasion, of testimony, of teaching, one here and another there.
This year we commemorate the 175th anniversary of the organization of the Church. The growth of the Church from its infancy to its present stature is phenomenal, and we have only scratched the surface.
My dear brethren of the priesthood, wherever you may be across this broad world—what a tremendous body you have become, men and boys of every race and kindred, all a part of the family of God.
How precious is His gift to us. He has given to us a portion of that which is His divine authority, the eternal priesthood, the power by which He brings to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. It follows that when much has been given to us much is required of us (see Luke 12:48; D&C 82:3).
I know that we are not perfect men. We know the perfect way, but we do not always act according to our knowledge. But I think that for the most part we are trying. We are trying to be the kind of men our Father would have us be. That is a very high objective, and I commend all of you who are trying to reach it. May the Lord bless you as you seek to live exemplary lives in every respect.
Now, as all of us are aware, the Gulf States area of the United States has recently suffered terribly from raging winds and waters. Many have lost all they had. The damage has been astronomical. Literally millions have suffered. Fear and worry have gripped the hearts of many. Lives have been lost.
With all of this, there has been a great outpouring of help. Hearts have been softened. Homes have been opened. Critics love to talk about the failures of Christianity. Any such should take a look at what the churches have done in these circumstances. Those of many denominations have accomplished wonders. And far from the least among these has been our own Church. Great numbers of our men have travelled considerable distances, bringing with them tools and tents and radiant hope. Men of the priesthood have given thousands upon thousands of hours in the work of rehabilitation. There have been three and four thousand at a time. There are some there tonight. We cannot say enough of thanks to them. Please know of our gratitude, of our love, and of our prayers in your behalf.
Two of our Area Seventies, Brother John Anderson, who resides in Florida, and Brother Stanley Ellis, who lives in Texas, have directed much of this effort. But they would be the first to say that the credit belongs to the great numbers of men and boys who have given assistance. Many have worn shirts that say “Mormon Helping Hands.” They have won the love and respect of those they have assisted. Their assistance has gone not only to members of the Church in trouble, but to great numbers of those concerning whom no religious affiliation has been made.
They have followed the pattern of the Nephites as recorded in the book of Alma: “They did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need” (Alma 1:30).
Women and girls in many parts of the Church have rendered a Herculean effort in providing hygiene and cleaning kits by the tens of thousands. The Church has provided equipment, food, water, and comfort.
We have contributed substantial amounts of money to the Red Cross and other agencies. We have given millions from fast offerings and humanitarian funds. To every one of you I say thanks in behalf of your beneficiaries and thanks in behalf of the Church.
Now, I do not say, and I repeat emphatically that I do not say or infer, that what has happened is the punishment of the Lord. Many good people, including some of our faithful Latter-day Saints, are among those who have suffered. Having said this, I do not hesitate to say that this old world is no stranger to calamities and catastrophes. Those of us who read and believe the scriptures are aware of the warnings of prophets concerning catastrophes that have come to pass and are yet to come to pass.
There was the great Flood, when waters covered the earth and when, as Peter says, only “eight souls were saved” (1 Pet. 3:20).
If anyone has any doubt concerning the terrible things that can and will afflict mankind, let him read the 24th chapter of Matthew. Among other things the Lord says: “Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. …
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
“All these are the beginning of sorrows. …
“And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! …
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matt. 24:6–8, 19, 21–22).
In the Book of Mormon we read of unimaginable destruction in the Western Hemisphere at the time of the Savior’s death in Jerusalem. Again I quote:
“And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great storm, such an one as never had been known in all the land.
“And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and there was terrible thunder, insomuch that it did shake the whole earth as if it was about to divide asunder.
“And there were exceedingly sharp lightnings, such as never had been known in all the land.
“And the city of Zarahemla did take fire.
“And the city of Moroni did sink into the depths of the sea, and the inhabitants thereof were drowned.
“And the earth was carried up upon the city of Moronihah, that in the place of the city there became a great mountain. …
“… The whole face of the land was changed, because of the tempest and the whirlwinds, and the thunderings and the lightnings, and the exceedingly great quaking of the whole earth;
“And the highways were broken up, and the level roads were spoiled, and many smooth places became rough.
“And many great and notable cities were sunk, and many were burned, and many were shaken till the buildings thereof had fallen to the earth, and the inhabitants thereof were slain, and the places were left desolate” (3 Ne. 8:5–10, 12–14).
What a terrible catastrophe that must have been.
The plague or Black Death of the fourteenth century took millions of lives. Other pandemic diseases, such as smallpox, have brought untold suffering and death through the centuries.
In the year a.d. 79 the great city of Pompeii was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
Chicago was ravaged by a terrible fire. Tidal waves have swamped areas of Hawaii. The San Francisco earthquake in 1906 ruined the city and took some 3,000 lives. The hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900 killed 8,000. And more recently, as you know, has been the terrible tsunami of Southeast Asia, where thousands of lives were lost and where relief efforts are still needed.
How portentous are the words of revelation found in the 88th section of the Doctrine and Covenants concerning the calamities that should befall after the testimonies of the elders. The Lord says:
“For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.
“And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.
“And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people” (D&C 88:89–91).
How interesting are descriptions of the tsunami and the recent hurricanes in terms of the language of this revelation, which says, “The voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.”
Man’s inhumanity to man expressed in past and present conflict has and continues to bring unspeakable suffering. In the Darfur region of Sudan, tens of thousands have been killed and well over a million have been left homeless.
What we have experienced in the past was all foretold, and the end is not yet. Just as there have been calamities in the past, we expect more in the future. What do we do?
Someone has said it was not raining when Noah built the ark. But he built it, and the rains came.
The Lord has said, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).
The primary preparation is also set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants, wherein it says, “Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come” (D&C 87:8).
We sing the song:
When the earth begins to tremble,
Bid our fearful thoughts be still;
When thy judgments spread destruction,
Keep us safe on Zion’s hill.
(“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” Hymns, no. 83)
We can so live that we can call upon the Lord for His protection and guidance. This is a first priority. We cannot expect His help if we are unwilling to keep His commandments. We in this Church have evidence enough of the penalties of disobedience in the examples of both the Jaredite and the Nephite nations. Each went from glory to utter destruction because of wickedness.
We know, of course, that the rain falls on the just as well as the unjust (see Matt. 5:45). But even though the just die they are not lost, but are saved through the Atonement of the Redeemer. Paul wrote to the Romans, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord” (Rom. 14:8).
We can heed warnings. We have been told that many had been given concerning the vulnerability of New Orleans. We are told by seismologists that the Salt Lake Valley is a potential earthquake zone. This is the primary reason that we are extensively renovating the Tabernacle on Temple Square. This historic and remarkable building must be made to withstand the shaking of the earth.
We have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the best storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelation the Lord has said, “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing” (D&C 109:8).
Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparation as will assure survival should a calamity come.
We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day.
Now what I have said should not occasion a run on the grocery store or anything of that kind. I am saying nothing that has not been said for a very long time.
Let us never lose sight of the dream of Pharaoh concerning the fat cattle and the lean, the full ears of corn, and the blasted ears; the meaning of which was interpreted by Joseph to indicate years of plenty and years of scarcity (see Gen. 41:1–36).
I have faith, my dear brethren, that the Lord will bless us, and watch over us, and assist us if we walk in obedience to His light, His gospel, and His commandments. He is our Father and our God, and we are His children, and we must be in every way deserving of His love and concern. That we may do so is my humble prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
The Final Word from Jesus Christ
In considering the prophesies regarding the Jews and Jerusalem we should remember that not many years after Christ was crucified Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans and the surviving Jews were scattered from Jerusalem into many nations. This destruction was prophesied by Jesus as he taught at the Temple in Jerusalem. In Matthew Ch 24 Jesus foretells the doom of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple and that great calamities shall precede his second coming.
In the Book of Mormon Jesus gave a sign that would precede his second coming. This sign has now been fulfilled, it is that the Jews should be gathered again to Jerusalem and establish themselves. The modern nation of Israel was born in 1948 after almost 2,000 years, in direct fulfilment of prophesy. This does not mean Jewish people are better than Muslims any more than English are better than the Irish.
Jesus Christ is quoted in The Third Book of Nephi
11 And then will I aremember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
12 And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the aknowledge of the fulness of my gospel.
13 But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be anumbered among my people, O house of Israel.
17 And then the awords of the prophet Isaiah shall be fulfilled, which say:
18 aThy bwatchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
19 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
20 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.
29 And I will aremember the covenant which I have made with my people; and I have covenanted with them that I would bgather them together in mine own due time, that I would give unto them again the cland of their fathers for their inheritance, which is the land of Jerusalem, which is the promised land unto them forever, saith the Father.
30 And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fulness of my gospel shall be preached unto them;
31 And they shall abelieve in me, that I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall pray unto the Father in my name.
32 Then shall their awatchmen lift up their voice, and with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye.
33 Then will the Father gather them together again, and give unto them aJerusalem for the bland of their inheritance.
34 Then shall they break forth into joy—aSing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Father hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
35 The Father hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of the Father; and the Father and I are one.
36 And then shall be brought to pass that which is written: aAwake, awake again, and put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city, for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
37 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
38 For thus saith the Lord: Ye have sold yourselves for naught, and ye shall be redeemed without money.
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that my people shall know my name; yea, in that day they shall know that I am he that doth speak.
Israel shall be gathered when the Book of Mormon comes forth
1 And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a asign, that ye may know the btime when these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion;
2 And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign;
7 And when these things come to pass that thy aseed shall begin to know these things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel.
In conclusion Jesus Christ will come to save us from utter destruction and our own stupidity at the battle of Armageddon. He will be the Saviour of Christians, the promised Messiah of the Jews and a great Prophet to the Muslims.
A Mormon Mission President told me of an experience he had in Europe. Missionaries had been teaching a Muslim couple. They met with the Mission President and said “we believe what you teach.” Before they met the missionaries, the wife had a remarkable dream, she dreamt she was back in her home village and that people were very excited running and telling others “the Prophet is coming, the Prophet is coming.” As this lady ran to see the Prophet she saw him clearly and there was great rejoicing and happiness.
When the missionaries showed her a picture of Jesus Christ she was amazed that he was the Prophet she had seen in her dream, there was no mistake. All Muslims do believe Jesus Christ was a Prophet. When He returns He will rule all nations in peace.
At first glance this may seems improbable if not impossible that Abrahams descendant would fill the earth and be found in every nation. However let us consider the mathematics involved. Abraham was alive roughly 3,500 years ago. Taking the average age of a parent to be 25. Consider your own heritage each generation of parents and grand parents doubles in size. For instance we have 4 grand parents, the generation of great grand parents 75 years ago would number 8, 100 years ago our great great grand parents would number 16. (2x2x2x2=16)
After 300 years our great grand parents of that generation would number 4,096 calculated as above.
After 500 years our great grand parents of that generation would number more than one million.
After 1,000 years our great grand parents of that generation would number more than one million millions or one thousand billions.
After 3,500 years our great grand parents of that generation would number more than one million billion billion billions.
Clearly 3,500 years ago the earth population was small, probably no more than a few million. Therefore it is not hard to see how we can be descended from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael and Tephi. In fact the probability that we are not descended from Abraham by at least one family line is billions to one, in fact it is almost impossible that we are not descended from Abraham.