WHEN BRITAIN MAKES A ‘COVENANT WITH DEATH’

 

Today, Oct 28, is the 40th anniversary of the United Kingdom making a “decision in principle” to join the European Project under the Treaty of Rome. This was when the House of Commons at Westminster made a “covenant with death” being the 1662 Book of Common Prayer Lesson for Oct 28: Isaiah 28: 9-16 (Morning Prayer, St Simon and St Jude).

 

How significant therefore that another “covenant with death” is being made today at the Commonwealth Conference in Perth to change the Act of Settlement 1701, the Bill of Rights 1688, the Coronation Oath Act 1688 and the Royal Marriages Act 1773. Under cover of the female succession issue, the proposed changes will also open the way for a Roman Catholic to succeed to the throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Government with the approval of 15 other Commonwealth countries that have Elizabeth II as their Head of State intend to introduce legislation to this effect.

 

Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, says that it does not “make any sense that a potential monarch can marry of any other faith other than [a Roman] Catholic. The thinking behind these rules is wrong. That’s why people have been talking about changing them for some time. We need to get on and do it.”

 

It will, however, certainly be far more difficult to get the legislation through than David Cameron anticipates.

 

Philip Benwell, MBE, National Chairman of the Australian Monarchist League, has stated:

 

 “Over three hundred years ago, the English parliament established what is termed the ‘Protestant Succession,’ requiring future monarchs to be in Communion with the Church of England. These provisions are contained in several Acts, but mainly the Coronation Oath Act (1688) and the Act of Settlement (1701).

 

“According to these Acts, the Queen was required to take an inviolable life-long oath at her Accession to: ‘solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I am a faithful Protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments to secure the Protestant Succession to the Throne of my realm, uphold and maintain such enactments to the best of my power.’  Whilst no one parliament can bind another, the Oath taken by the Queen cannot be set aside and would therefore explicitly prohibit her from giving Assent to any act of the British parliament which would rescind those laws relating to the Protestant religion.

 

“As George III stated in 1801: ‘Where is the power on earth to absolve me from the observance of every sentence of that Oath, particularly the one requiring me to maintain the Protestant Reformed Religion?  If I violate that Oath, I am no longer legal Sovereign in this country.’

 

“As long as these Acts remain in force, every King and Queen is required to take such an Oath at their Coronation, which means that as long as the monarch is required to give Assent, these laws cannot be changed whatever the prime minister or the parliament of the time may wish.”

 

The Covenant with Death is to be ended

It is on Dec 5 that the entire chapter of Isaiah 28 is set out to be read in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which states that the “covenant with death” will be “disannulled” or ended. Another 40 days after Oct 28 today and the 40th anniversary of the 1971 “covenant with death” in Europe will bring us to Dec 7 2011. This date will mark 70 years from the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbour which brought the United States into World War II. The number 70 marks determination for ‘Jerusalem,’ which essentially, in 2011, relates to the body politic of prophetic Jerusalem in the West.

 

Events in the eurozone, in the Mideast and the Far East may well overtake the “scornful men that rule this people” of Ephraim according to the warnings of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 28. The year 2011 appears to be following the pattern of 1917. It was on Dec 9-11 of that year that the climax came for Jerusalem when it was delivered from the Turks by British Forces under the command of General Allenby. At the moment Turkey is at odds with the Israeli State as is Egypt while civil strife in Syria could spill over into the Lebanon.

 

The “overflowing scourge” that Isaiah says will “pass over by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report,” may well be the global financial meltdown that is undoubtedly approaching.  Yet “the waters that shall overflow the hiding place” may also relate to the civil conflict that will follow any such financial meltdown.

 

MICHAEL A CLARK

 

 

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