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John Thomas: Editor of "Herald of The Kingdom and Age to Come". A magazine conducted from 1851-1861.


t his return, the Lord Jesus finds a remnant of his countrymen in Jerusalem and Judea, "a third part" only of those in the land before the invasion (of Ezekiel 38). This third part constitutes the subject nucleus of the kingdom, which afterwards becomes a great mountain, or empire, "and fills the whole earth." Of this third part, Jehovah says, he will send messengers to Tarshish and the nations, that have not heard his fame nor seen his glory, "and they shall declare it among the Gentiles."

When they arrive at "the isles," or coasts, and at Tarshish, the Lion power of Britain will answer them with words of peace. The then recent breaking of their Mediterranean ships by the east wind, (Psalm 48:7; Isa. 2:16) in obedience to the will of the Stone of Israel, will certainly convince "the young lions" of the State of the impossibility of a maritime power contending successfully against one whom the wind and sea obey.

It is not to be supposed that the King of Israel will permit the government of Britain to remain in the hands of the reigning family, and of those hereditary and representative legislators and officials who at present constitute its "young lions." It will certainly be taken from them, and transferred to the personal friends of His Majesty "the Holy One of Israel." At present the British empire has but one chief, that is styled King, or Queen, who is head of both Church and State. From this person all glory, honour and power proceed, in whose name also all civil and ecclesiastical affairs are administered, and the souls of the people professedly cured! The intelligent believer of the Gospel of the Kingdom will at once perceive that there will be no place for such a king or queen in an empire whose peoples have come to the acknowledgement of the imperial suzerainty of Jehovah’s King. Hence the Royal Family of England must be dethroned, and all its "lords, spiritual and temporal," be ejected from their present rank, dignity, place and power.

The believer of the Gospel of the Kingdom rejoices to know that the British Constitution in "Kings, Lords and Commons," will be suppressed, and that power as emanating from the House of Brunswick, or from the votes of a venal populace, will be for ever abolished. Bribery and corruption, royal extravagance and pauperism, Gentile legislation and injustice, episcopal, priestly and ministerial blasphemy and hypocrisy will then have an end in Britain and its dependencies, and the reason of all this is, because the kingdoms of this world will have become "the kingdoms of Jehovah and of the Christ," who will "reign in righteousness," and appoint "princes, who shall rule in judgement" (Rev. 11:15; Isaiah 32:1). A real reform will become the order of the day, and the doors of St. Stephens, or of the Houses of Parliament will be for ever closed against the existing factions of the State. A greater than Oliver Cromwell will turn them out, and purify the building of all their defilements. O how the people will rejoice in their expulsion from place and power.

But it may be said, these things are very bold and presumptuous declarations for one who lays no claim to inspiration. So, indeed, they would be for one who understood not the gospel of the kingdom; but understanding this, even an uninspired man may confidently affirm that they are true and nothing but the truth.

That the conviction of the reader may rest upon the divine testimony, and not upon my word: First, then,

All things pertaining to the government of the British empire will hereafter be at the absolute disposal of Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews, who will dethrone the reigning family and command allegiance to himself alone.

This is proved by the testimony of Daniel, who says, "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before him. And there were given him dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages should serve him." It is admitted by all professing Gentiles of intelligence, that Jesus of Nazareth is "the Son of Man" so often alluded to in the Bible. This testimony of Daniel, then, is affirmed of Jesus; "All people, and nations, and languages shall serve him." The populations of the British empire must, therefore, be his subjects, being constituents of the "all." "Granted," says an objector, "but not their rulers." Yes, their rulers, also, for David says, "All kings shall fall down before him; all nations shall serve him." When this is accomplished, how many British, Irish, Hindoos, Sikhs, etc. will remain to yield allegiance and tribute to the House of Brunswick? Not one! Its royalty will have vanished like fog before the sun.

Extracted From: Herald of The Kingdom &Age to Come Vol. 8, Page 73 onwards. 1858.

Editor’s Note:The "House of Brunswick" links British Royalty with their German origins. The family has been known as the "House of Windsor" only since 1917. Since 1960 the correct name has been Mountbatten-Windsor.