Christian Churches of God
One Throne Two Pretenders
(Edition 1.0 19890125-20010303)
The current formation of the European system has some ancient Church prophecies concerning it. The Beast will have some strange results for many people over the next three decades. One of them concerns the monarchy of both the United Kingdom and the other nations of Europe.
One Throne Two Pretenders
Much has been written of the coming United States of Europe and the amalgamation of nations that it entails. Beneath the surface of the integration both political and economic, there are many forces working hard to achieve a unification of the system, not only politically, but also religiously, on historical lines.
Europe sees this emergence as the fulfillment of a long established destiny, a revival of the greatness that was once Europe, but not a divided Europe. The vision of Europe is one that extends from the Atlantic to Russia (and for some, even to the Urals). This united Europe is seen as essentially grouped around 'Middle Europe'.
This unification has been seen historically as a religious unification of the Catholic Church and as a restoration of a monarchical structure, around a 'Great Emperor' or Great Monarch who will rule over Europe, as the civil sword complementing the Ecclesiastical Sword of Rome.
Many have looked to the Hapsburgs as the inheritors of this European throne and indeed they are legitimate pretenders to such a throne. The Hapsburgs have been working towards a united Europe and it may be safely said that they see themselves as the natural heirs and successors to the throne in fulfillment of the ancient prophecies.
They are however, not the only pretenders to the throne and there is another house which equally fulfils the prophecies, (or even more so) and for sheer political pragmatism, may supersede the Hapsburgs in their claims to the throne of Europe.
The personality who may claim this honour is Charles, Prince of Wales; Duke of Cornwall of the House of Windsor. The House of Windsor is in fact a Royal fiction being invented to obviate anti-German sentiment. Charles’ Great Grandfather George V had assumed the name Windsor as a sound English name, arising from the discovery that Edward III had called himself Edward of Windsor (Robert Lacey, Majesty p. 124, BCA, London 1977).
From George 1 to William IV the Kings of England were clearly members of the House of Hanover. When Victoria, the niece of William IV came to the throne and married Prince Albert, the matter of a correct nomenclature was more complicated. Prince Albert had two names, his family name, Wettin and his House name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, both attributed as German, and Victoria and Albert’s descendants bore his names.
George V was therefore of the Houses of Hanover and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He was to marry Mary, Princess of the House of Teck and he was related to the highest German nobility. His Court was full of naturalised cousins from Germany and Denmark, bearing names like Gleichen, Schleswig-Holstein and Battenburg.
The great camouflage operation that went on prior to 1939, saw Saxe-Coburg-Gotha become the House of Windsor. The Battenbergs became Mountbatten, the Tecks became Cambridges and Count Gleichen for some reason became just Lord Gleichen and as Lacey says, 'The Schleswig-Holsteins solved the problem by dying out.' (ibid). These were elderly princesses who became known as Helena Victoria and Mary Louise of no house, until they died.
Lacey says that: the Kaiser for once had the last word. When he heard of these contortions by his relatives, he remarked that he was looking forward to the next performance of the Merry Wives of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. (ibid).
Lord Louis Mountbatten was the son of German born Louis Battenburg, grandson of Queen Victoria, who became First Lord of the Admiralty at the outbreak of the First World War. Even though Louis Battenburg had won his rank on merit, after forty-six years of distinguished service with the Royal Navy, he was compelled to resign three months after hostilities started with Germany in 1914, because of public outcry over his German origins. The Royal family suffered even more bitter attacks. Lord Louis Mountbatten like George VI was one of the great grand-children of Queen Victoria. His uncle was Czar Nicholas II (He was called Dickie ostensibly as a differentiation from Nicky, (Uncle Nicky) for Nicholas was his last name).
Elizabeth II, daughter of George VI is legitimately Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, as well as heir to the line of the English kings. Charles inherits not only these lines and claims, but from his father he inherits other indirect and even 'bluer' lineages.
Prince Phillip of Greece technically had no Greek blood in his veins, he was of the Danish Royal House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg. This family has held sway through eighteen kings of Denmark and has supplied one king to Norway, four to Sweden, six to Greece, seven czars to Russia and at the same time provided Queen consorts for the kings of Britain, Germany and Rumania.
Prince Phillip’s cousin was Queen Alexandria of Yugoslavia. His long and impressive pedigree digresses to include figures of legend such as Henry Percy (or Henry Hotspur), Earl of Northumberland and traces itself back to Charlemagne.
The English Royal lineage claims, from Edward III, interest in the French domains on the death of Charles IV in 1328, but through circumstance lost the initiative to Phillip of Valois who was crowned Phillip VI. In 1337 Phillip declared Gascony confiscate and in October of that year Edward formally claimed the French Crown and quartered those arms with his, thus beginning the 100 years war. As France was the more ancient kingdom, the Lilies known as France Ancient were marshaled first and fourth; and the Leopards of England second and third (see Figure 1). The Coats of Arms in France were changed from France Ancient to the three Fleur de Lys, known as France Modern either by Charles V in 1376 or as late as 1394. It was not until Henry IV ascended the throne of England in 1399 that the Royal Arms were changed in conformity. His first seal was merely that of his predecessor, but the second Great Seal cut in about 1406, shows France Modern and England Quarterly. (Rodney Dennys, Heraldry and the Heralds, p.100, Cope, London, 1982).
The claims to France came through Edward III whose mother was Isabella, daughter of Phillip IV (1285-314) and sister to Kings Louis X (1314-16), Phillip V (1316-22) and Charles IV (1322-28).
Edward married Philippa of Hainault, daughter of William of Hainault and Jeanne, daughter of Charles of Valois and grand-daughter of Phillip III of France, giving further claim to the Lilies of France.
This very ancient symbol goes back before chivalry to an early period, being found in Ancient Egypt, where it was a symbol of Life and Resurrection. It was used by the Byzantine Emperors and by the Romans and hence into Europe, where the Carolingian Kings used it as a decorative motif on sceptres and coins. It became associated with French kings of note appearing on the Great Seals of Henry I (1031-60) and Louis VII, and they appear, as the Arms of the King of France on the Great Seal of Louis VIII in 1223. Before 1300 it was known as 'Fleur de Glaieul,' as the white lily or lis was regarded as the special flower of the Virgin Mary. They became synonymous from the early middle age legend, which held that King Clovis was given a Fleur de Lys at his baptism by an angel sent to him from God. (ibid., p.98). (This seal and symbol was different to the French Oriflamme, a red banner which also displays this sacred emblem). The Battle of Agincourt fought on 25 October 1415, was the last occasion on which the Oriflamme was displayed in battle. The Lilies are thus a sacred emblem of the Roman and Holy Roman Empires and feature, predominantly in prophecy regarding the Last Great Monarch.
Piecing together these legends of Catholic prophecy which spread from before 236 AD3 we can develop a picture of whom history suggests is expected. (A summary of those prophecies is found in Prophecy For Today, chapter 5, p.31, Fresno 1956. Hippolytus (d.235) wrote 'The Great French Monarch who shall subject all the East shall come around the end of the world'.
Catelados of Tarentino (c.500) expects him to be in the services until he is forty years of age and a King of the House of Lily. He will conquer England and other island empires. He will occupy Greece and be made king thereof. He will subdue Clochis, Cyprus, the Turks and barbarians, subduing and having all men worshipping the 'Crucified One'. He will at length lay down his crown in Jerusalem.
Many things are claimed for this prince, some no doubt misunderstandings of the nature of the world as it is today and some just wild guesses.
There is no doubt that the Great Monarch is expected to assist the Pope, in the subjugation of the whole earth from a European base. This prince shall be instrumental in healing the schism of the Catholic Church. At present there are three branches of the Catholic Church, the Roman Church, the Anglican Church and the Orthodox sects of the Athanasian Catholic faction.
These writers have included Caesar of Arles (469-543), and the Blessed Rabanus Maurus (d.856) is quoted as 'Our principal doctors agree in announcing to us that towards the end of time one of the descendants of the Kings of France shall reign over all the Roman Empire; and that he shall be the greatest of the French Monarchs and the last of his race'. These eminent doctors understand him to lay down his crown and sceptre in Jerusalem also when this will signify the end of the Roman and Christian Empires.
This is repeated by Monk Adso (d.992), who states that 'This will be the end and consummation of the Empire of Rome and immediately afterwards Antichrist will come'.
The Chronicle of Magdeburg (12th century?) is quoted 'Of the blood of the Emperor Charles the Great and the King of France shall arise as Emperor named Charles who shall rule imperially in Europe, by whom the decayed estate of the Church shall be reformed and the ancient glory of the Empire again restored.'
Aystinger - the German (also in the 12th century) places this prince in the last times, who is sprung from the Emperor Charles. He is to recover the land of promise, i.e. the promised land Jerusalem, and reform the church as Emperor of Europe.
Abbot 'Merlin' Joachim (d.1202) attributes this recovery of the power and state of the church to the Pope of the last days, who will recover Jerusalem and reunite the exiled temporal powers and the Eastern and Western church. This pope is expected to be bowed to by the highest potentates and crush religious schism and heresy. (In other words, to reintroduce the Inquisition, now the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith).
This Pope is expected to place this scion of King Repin on a temporal throne which becomes vacant (or available). However this writer is obviously referring to activities at the beginning of this century from the anecdote of the 'Angelic Pastors' referred to by Malachi in his writings of the 12th century.
According to Werdin d’Otrante (13th century) the Great Monarch and the Great Pope will precede Antichrist.
The nations will be in wars for four years and a great part of the world will be destroyed. All the sects will vanish (no doubt ably assisted by the Holy Office). This writer has the European system under the Pope and the civil ruler going overseas to battle the Antichrist (which they win). (This is dated by coinciding feasts at 2038 which appears to contradict biblical prophecy and be too late).
This theme is developed on through writers such as Brother John of the Cleft Rock (1340); and Catherine of Racconigi (1547). Telesphorus of Cozensa (d.1588) does not understand the end European unity and is undoubtedly wrong.
Holzhauser (d.1658) gives a most telling description of the seemingly miraculous restoration of the church and State, after the seeming demise of the Catholic Church and the monarchies are abolished and their rulers murdered.
The King is to be Catholic, a descendant of Louis IX (1214-1270) (yet) a descendant of an ancient Imperial German family, born in exile (i.e. not born in Germany). He is to rule supreme in temporal matters. The Pope will rule supreme in spiritual matters at the same time. Persecution will cease and justice shall reign (for the Catholic Church). Religion seems to be oppressed, but by the changes of entire kingdoms, it will be made firmer.
He will root out false doctrines and destroy the rule of Moslemism. This great Monarch will have supernatural assistance and will be unconquerable. The time is divided into epochs with the Fifth epoch dating from Charles V, until the reign of the Great Monarch and the Sixth epoch from the rule of the Great Monarch until Antichrist. (This figure they term Antichrist is an iconoclastic Sabbath-keeping power who teaches contrary to the Roman Church and hence in their view Antichrist). He in fact does all that Christ says he would do. The term, Antichrist, appears to relate to two figures disclosed in biblical prophecy; the Danite Antichrist (the Prophet of Dan-Ephraim at Jeremiah 4:15 cf. the paper The Warning of the Last Days (No. 44) and the world ruler proper or the Messiah.) Rudolf Gekner (d.1675) states that this expected figure is a great prince of the North. Father Larinsky (d.l708) identifies these events after the partitioning of Germany.
Fr. Laurence Ricci SJ (d.1775) places this time 'After the rule of Napoleon and after wars, famines and pestilences,' where 'a valiant duke will arise from the ancient German House which was humiliated by the French Monarch.' He will restore church property, Protestantism will cease and the Turkish (or Moslem) Empire will end.
Josepha von Bourg (d.l807) says God will choose a descendant of Constantine, Pepin and St Louis who has been tried by a long period of disappointment to come from exile to rule over Europe, etc.
Abbe Souffranid (d.1828) attributes miraculous actions and production in overabundance. Between the cries everything is lost and everything is saved, there will be scarcely any interval. This miraculous recovery has already occurred in Europe and there will be yet more to come.
Brother Louis Rocco (d.184O) states that this Great Monarch will NOT be German. ‘
The Venerable Magdalene Parzat (d.185O) used metaphore to illustrate the rise of this Emperor and Pontiff who shall rule the world, (It shall serve the ox’s neck), the French Republic (and those revolutionary republics stemming from them?) and restore the monarchy.
According to Rev. Theophilus Reisenger, OM cap (d.194O) the Great Monarch was destined to have been Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He claims that the reign of Antichrist was postponed and hence also that of the Great Monarch. Clearly this tradition has been held in Europe for some 1750 years, or as long as the Athanasian or Catholic Church has been in existence.
The overwhelming theme is of a great restoration of the Monarchy and Church over a united Europe, under one Catholic Church and Pope. This will be accompanied by a general suppression of non-Catholics. The unification of the churches is a recurrent theme.
The House of Hapsburg-Lorraine or the Hapsburgs, have been traditionally seen as the rulers to be 'called upon in this last European Empire. Whilst this may be so it is not certain that they are the only contenders.
As has been pointed out, the present Prince of Wales satisfies all of the criteria. The Saxons and Goths were outside of the German system being part of Scandinavia, until the Goths moved into Europe as the Ostrogoths and Visigoths, with the residue in Gothe or Gotha. The Saxons were never part of the German people, until Charlemagne defeated them and incorporated them into the German Confederation, as part of the Holy Roman Empire in 771-2 and conquered their brothers, the Lombards in 773-4. There is thus some doubt about the German classification of the Saxons of Schleswig-Holstein. However, the world classifies these people as German and the Houses of Hanover and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha qualify in terms of the prophecies. Certainly the Royal Houses of Germany and England were related and there is no question of the French relationship to the English throne, probably more so than is present with France and Austro-Hungary.
From the union of England and Scotland in 1707, the heir carries, as heir to the united crowns, from the moment of his birth, the titles: Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron Renfrew and Seneschal or Steward of Scotland, being carried by the heirs of Scotland since 1396.
The title, Prince of Wales, was created by Royal Charter on 24 March 1305 and replaced the ancient Anglo-Saxon title of Atheling. The Prince of Wales carried from ancient times, the second title also of Duke of Normandy from the Normandy annexation and thirdly in rank from the charter of 18 May 1332 the heir carries the title Earl of Chester. Duke of Cornwall is second in rank but third in antiquity from the Charter of 17 March 1336, being the first precedent of the creation of a Duke in England, being derived from the ancient Roman title of Dux (from Duco). There were 12 Duces having charge of the Western Empire of the Romans.
The Duchy of Cornwall, given to the Prince of Wales, was the first modern restoration of the ancient Roman title of the War Duke, which had fallen in rank and use. (Alan of Britane which was considered the most ancient hereditary Dukedom, was more often called Comes than Dux, as were his successors until the French King Phillip in 1277 bestowed the title of Duke on that family).
Charles, as heir also to the United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland carries, legitimate rights to enormous areas of the Ancient Roman and Holy Roman Empire.
Politically the move has some alarming implications. The Crown as head of the Church of England has to be won to amalgamate the Anglican Catholic and Roman Catholic factions and such amalgamation would have to occur to enable the Orthodox assimilation. It is easier for the European community to accept a Monarch who has some claims on the thrones of many of the countries such as Greece and are near in kin to others throughout Europe.
Should Elizabeth II abdicate, as there once was mounting pressure for her to do, then there are indications that Charles would be much more sympathetic to the Catholic cause, as his trip to Rome indicated. His later proclamation of himself as Defender of Faith in general carried mixed meaning. It was only the Queen that stopped his celebration of Mass with the Pope.
Should he be appointed whilst Elizabeth is still Queen, then he would be senior to her and in an invidious position. The move has enormous political consequence. Should Britain secede, what legal position does either have if her Sovereign, or even Prince of Wales, is Emperor of Europe?
Technically the British Empire would owe allegiance to the Throne of Europe and this would force the Empire into declaring themselves Republics.
Countries like Australia would then be in technical breach of the requirements of fealty, as required by the even more ancient lineage that the King possesses in holding the Throne of David. As Australia’s constitution is an instrument of the British Parliament, then its independence may be challenged. Dominions like Canada would be in an even more invidious position. Canada would technically be a Dominion of Europe and her declaration of a Republic could be treated as rebellion. The U.S. would then be surrounded by Catholic nations.
Certainly a British Monarch on the throne of Europe, renders the legality of British secession suspect indeed. This is not the first time that the European system has toyed with this idea. Hitler tried to have Edward VIII in European custody and had he succeeded through Wallis Simpson, then the will and morale of the English people would have been severely damaged.
The aims of many Europeans (and the Prieure de Sion) however, have been working towards the United States of Europe, under the Hapsburgs and the so-called Merovingian Line of kings, with a Roman Catholic centre.
Whilst these, people want a Hapsburg on the throne, circumstance and political unification may well seek to encourage the hopes of another pretender for the European throne, under the watchful direction of the European Parliament.
We would expect to see more pressure on the Queen to abdicate as time goes on, with a possible amalgamation of churches continuing behind the scenes.
For this Charles, Europe indeed 'may be worth a Mass.' Charles Phillip Arthur George is aptly named for this task. The Kings or heads of Cornwall and Wales carried the title Dragon and the heraldic symbol was a red dragon. He carries the lilies as Phillip, a prominent name of the French Line. He would fulfil the Arthurian legend of the once and future king becoming not only the Pendragon (or High King) of Britain, but of Europe under the revived Roman system and combine Western and Eastern Rome, as the last George of the Hellenes.
The re-establishment of this last kingdom of the Francs as the Holy Roman Empire is incompatible with the destiny of Israel.
This is the event spoken of by the prophet Ezekiel at chapter 21:26-27 concerning the cessation of the monarchy of Israel, after it was overturned three times. For after the removal to the Isles by Jeremiah and its overturning again there from Ireland to Scotland and from Scotland to England, there it will cease to be, until the Messiah comes.
Thus saith the Lord God: Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: This shall not be the same: exalt him that is low and abase him that is high. 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.
This final end of the Israelite monarchy would be expected to coincide with the captivity of the English-speaking people. England (and Canada) will go under a Catholic European system. Ironically the new Dux Brittanicum will enslave the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Danes.
There will be a mass exodus of those who will not accept Catholicism from these countries. Australia/New Zealand will be inundated with these English migrants. The cry 'come out of her my people' has new meaning. The Europeans and like migrants, would be expected to attempt to place Australia under the Beast Power of Europe. This of itself would be unacceptable to the 'Kings of the Rising Sun' or the 'Kings of the East' at Revelation 16:12.
It appears that Australia would be invaded and driven to repentance in sackcloth and ashes, but these countries play an important part in the sequence of the end.
The second Sybilline Oracle was aware of this when it was written (probably prior to 150 CE). After description of the incredible disasters at the time of the end, the false prophet or religious leader of demonic origin will perform miracles, which will confuse the majority of people; even confusing the chosen or elect who, with the Hebrews, will be plundered. It says:
A terrible wrath will come upon them when a people of ten tribes will come from the east to seek the people, which the shoot of Assyria destroyed of their fellow Hebrews. Nations will perish after these things.
From Ezekiel chapters 29-32 the final occupation of Egypt by the Princes of the North should occur in the not too distant future, after a European Islamic conflict.
When the Sybilline Oracles were written, there were no Israelite nations east of what we now call Israel. The only ten tribe or Israelite people east of Judea are Australia and New Zealand. Indeed there is no other nation that could even remotely be considered as fulfilling this prophecy. The possibility exists that the U.S. may assist via Australia. This prophecy is derived from the biblical prophecies covering the coming of the Messiah. This accords with another prophecy regarding the activities of God at the last days, where the work of God will be kindled in the south. This is covered in the paper Fire from Heaven (No. 28).
The prophet Jeremiah mentions the warning of the approach at chapter 4:15, where the voice, publishing affliction from the mountains of Ephraim, warning the nations that he is coming, is also associated with the tribe of Dan.
This accords with Catholic prophecies, which tell of an antichrist of the tribe of Dan, who attempts to reintroduce the Law of Moses coming from a land to the east between two seas.
Indeed this is true as the prophet Isaiah foretells at chapter 46:11, where in declaring the end from the beginning the Eternal calls 'a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country'.
It should be noted that the eagle is the symbol of Dan and 'The far country' is a euphemism for Australia, in use almost since its settlement. It may also be indicative of the Kings of the East of later prophecy.
This is immediately prior to the Messiah as from verse 13 we are told 'I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.'
It is probable that the prophet of Dan-Ephraim is a voice or group, that precedes the two witnesses of Revelation 11. During the wars of the end, which are shortly to occur, economic and strategic issues will be considered together with religious matters. The new European superstate will be both an enforced civil and ecclesiastical power, and the size of the nations and the conduct of the war will deceive many people. This last battle for the earth is essentially spiritual and will be fought not by might, 'nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord.' This battle with Islam coming soon, is the last ‘wars of the kings of the north and south’ foretold by God through the prophet Daniel.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the non-biblical prophecies. It is also designed to show that there are a series of possibilities in the future divisions and hostilities. These future actions may be designed to appeal or confuse the English-speaking people and destroy the power of the Commonwealth, which with the United States of America, up until today, has enabled the world to maintain a freedom that it would never achieve under a united Europe. The identity of the English-speaking people is an important tool in understanding the Bible and the activities, which involve them in the last days.
(left) France Ancient and England quarterly and (right) France Modern and England quarterly.