Jeremiah and Tamar Tephi
|Tamar Tephi and her sister were the daughters of King Zedekiah who were taken captive by the Babylonians. Jeremiah was the grandfather of the daughters.
Jeremiah was more than a prophet. He also held a high level position in the kingdom of Judah. He became God's Trustee of the Bloodline as well as the Throne of David.
God speaks to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:10 - 'See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.'
In Jeremiah 15:14 God tells Jeremiah '...I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not; ...
According to Jeremiah 41:10 - The kings daughters were in the group with Jeremiah. Again in Jeremiah 43:6 tells us the the kings daughters were in the group with Jeremiah and his scribe Baruch. (They were taken captive to Egypt)
Isaiah 37:31 ...And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
Jeremiah, Baruch, Jeremiah's scribe and Ebed-Melech, the Ethiopian, are told they'd be spared and treated kindly in Egypt and die a natural death.
Ireland is the only country to claim to have the grave of Jeremiah. It is the only country to tell of the story of an 'old man, his scribe 'Brug' bringing a king's daughter from Egypt. It is the only country to claim the Harp of David for its Coat of Arms.
|The poorest sort of people together with the Princesses (daughter of Zedekiah) with Jeremiah, and Baruch
the scribe, were left in Jerusalem.
Gedeliah was made Governor of Jerusalem. Fugitive Jews from all over Palestine returned, including Johanan and Ishmael of the Royal seed. Gedeliah promised them protection.
Seven months later Ishmael murdered Gedeliah and his staff. Ishmael seized the princesses and Jeremiah and fled towards the land of Ammon. Johanan, however, with certain forces that remained, pursued after, and rescued the captives.
Johanan and his host, fearing the vengeance of Babylon now fled to Egypt, forcibly carrying away the royal party, and ignoring a message from God forbidding this expedition. "They obeyed not the voice of the Lord, thus came they even to Tahpanhes." (Jeremiah 43:4)
|'The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes...I will take the remnant of Judah that have set their faces to go into Egypt...and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt...Yet a small number that excape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah.'|
|It is certain that the Royal party escaped from Egypt. They also returned to Jerusalem as fortold and rescued from the ruined Temple its sacred national treasure - the 'Stone of Israel' - bequethed to the care of Joseph by his dying father. They hurried to the coast where Jeremaiah availed himself of one of the ships of Tarshish to transport his precious charges to an Israel settlement overseas.
Not long after this, Spanish records describe the arrival on their shores of two eastern Princesses who were accompanied by an ancient prophet and 'Brug' his scribe (Baruch), bearing with them a Sacred Stone, a Box and a Golden Banner. It appears that the younger princess married the ruler of the Zara-Gaza colony (Saragossa).
They continued their journey, the elder princess, Jeremiah, and Baruch and set sail from Baal-boaz (Bilbao) intending to land in Denmark (or Danmark). However, they were shipwrecked off the nothern coast of Ulster.
Eochaidh, a Prince of Judah, had been recently elected Heremon (crowned horseman) of all Ireland and was awaiting his coronation when news of the shipwreck was brought to him.
|Upon meeting the Princess Tamar Tephi,
Eochaidh fell deeply in love with her and married her. The Royal pair was crowned standing on the sacred 'Lia Fail' or 'Stone of Destiny'.
The King and Queen had four children. She died 1 Aug 534 B.C. leaving a grief stricken King. He erected over her remains a mound known as the 'Great Mergech' meaning Hill of Tara. After her death her son Aengus became the King of Ireland.
|Every succeeding King of Ulster for 800 years was crowned on the stone until the reign of Fergus I (A.D. 506) when it was carried to Iona where it became the Coronation Stone of Scotland.
In 1296 Edward I, warring against Scotland, seized this sacred treasure and conveyed it to England, where it has remained since in Westminster Abbey, embedded in the coronation chair on which every British sovereign had been crowned, including the present Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. In 1996 the Stone was sent back to Scotland.
Dean Stanley in his writing about this stone, says: "It is the one primeval monument which binds together the whole Empire."
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