Stone of Destiny...Now Back in Scotland!

As most of you know, the Stone has now been moved from England to Scotland. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with this subject, I will very briefly reconstruct its significance in Bible prophecy.

This Stone is believed to be the original Pillar that Jacob dedicated to God after his all-night wrestling vigil with an angel. From all references, this stone represents the House of David that went into oblivion after the wicked king Zedekiah was dethroned by our Father and later blinded then killed along with his sons. Jacob's Pillar (The Stone of Destiny) was believed to have been subsequently carried by Jeremiah -- along with Zedekiah's two daughters -- to Ireland. Later, it went to Scotland, then England. Most scholars, along with this writer, see these three moves associated with Ezekiel 21:27: "27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him."

I have pondered prayerfully the significance of the recent moving of the Stone seeking more light on this move. In last months newsletter, I was looking more at the physical than the spiritual in coming to some conclusions. However, as always, I'm not bashful about redressing my comments when necessary. So, here goes. I now feel that the move has more spiritual significance than physical. Since I know without doubt that God's Word is sure, I simply could not lay this study to rest. I now lean strongly toward the following conclusions...based on the following facts...at least until more light is shed on the subject .

I did not take into account that the recent move of the Stone back to Scotland, would not represent a Biblical move because Scotland is yet under British rule! So, in reality, the Stone yet resides under the British Crown even though (physically) it's now back in Scotland; and the descendant House of David is also yet Biblically represented and intact! It will not be used ever again in the crowning of an earthly king because it has been announced that it will go on permenant display in Edinburg, Scotland. Therefore, this move obviously ended the Stone's role in the crowning of kings, ending with King George VI in 1936 ... the last king crowned over the Stone. That being the case, Messiah, according to Ezekiel, will be the next King over the House of David...so, the third "overturn" is yet in effect. In light of these facts, as stated last month, this move (after some 700 years) would seem to be significant as to just how close the Lord's return could be. In other words, from Zedekiah forward, Israel, as a nation, would have no king until Messiah comes (Gen. 49:10)...and true to prophecy, that has been the case. This means that the scattered and divided kingdom of Israel must be restored and Christ installed as her King..."the most holy", (Dan. 9:24). To document that the Kingdom of Israel was expected to be restored, look no further than Acts chapter 1 verses 6 & 7:

"6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." Can we know the times and seasons today? Two thousand years later? I believe so! Paul tells us that the signs and seasons can be known ... so we should be about learning about them. Note the word "restore"; which documents even by Jesus' answer, that some day in the future the Kingdom will be restored. The descendants of Israel, even back then, had been sacttered all over the then known world. However, today, they are literally scattered worldwide: "Yet will I leave a *remnant* (of the House of Judah), that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.", ( Ezekiel 6:8). These scattered ones shall be recovered: "*I will* accept you with your sweet savour, when *I bring* you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and *I will* be sanctified in you before the heathen.", (Ezekiel 20:41).

This regathering will take place when Messiah, Yahshua, Jesus Christ, returns. Let's look at this miracle as seen through the eyes of Ezekiel in chapter 37.

Verse 19: "Say unto them (Israel), Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph (House of Joseph), which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah (House of Judah), and make them one stick (one nation), and they shall be one in *mine hand*."

These sticks are literal wooden sticks which were used to represent the divided Kingdom of Israel which had become the House of Judah and the House of Israel. (See 1 Kings 11) The two sticks mentioned in Ezekiel are not books or scrolls -- they are people -- as the Scriptures will document. The sticks simply represent people. Note verses 16 & 17: "Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand."

The word "stick" is literal; that is, it means a stick of wood -- not a book or scroll. (See Strong's No. H6086) Therefore, in writing the name of Judah on one stick and the name of Joseph on the other, is simply showing the separation or division of God's People, Israel, and that by a miracle, He will rejoin them into one people. Our Father says that when asked about the meaning of this joining, tell them as follows: Verse 20: "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick (the House or people) of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim (whose leader was Ephraim -- at that time), and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah (join them with the House or people of Judah -- the remnant), and make them one stick (one people), and they shall be one (a single nation, as in the beginning) in mine hand." Verse 22 confirms that these two sticks represent people who have been scatterd to the four winds -- but will be reunited when Christ returns; read carefully:

"22 And I will make them *one nation* (one stick, one people) in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king (Christ) shall be king to them *all* (Shiloh; Whose right the Stone of Destiny represents): and they shall be no more two nations (two sticks), neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:" Can Christ be a King over anything except people? These two sticks being joined are specifically used to remind the descendants of Israel, even today, that they will yet be reunited into one nation -- a single people -- in the original land given to Abraham!

So, this movement of the Stone of Destiny could very well be the beginning of a chain of events to shape the world -- and prepare His remnant today -- for the things about to come to pass; the false Messiah shall come first and try to fake uniting the people (Daniel 9:27) under the promised covenant of peace, but he will fail. He will pass himself off as Israel's Messiah, and Christianity's Christ.

Watchmen should be watching as never before. This thumb-nail overview is covered this month because of what I believe to be, additional light on the Stone's recent move.

Yahshua's richest blessings to you and yours. Serving in and for Him.

From: Jack Phillips