The Only Real Glory in King Charles’s Coronation

King Charles iii at Westminster Abbey during the coronation
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The Only Real Glory in King Charles’s Coronation

While God’s presence is no longer with the House of Windsor or the new King, He is still working hard to shine a glorious light of hope to this world.

Perhaps you felt the coronation of King Charles iii lacked a certain something. The media worked hard to frame it in a negative light. There seemed to be an air of apathy and indifference to the whole affair. Certainly, it lacked the power and majesty of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

The new King’s coronation didn’t come close to mustering the same television viewership as his mother’s coronation did 70 years ago. Even the late Queen’s funeral garnered more attention than the coronation of the new King.

Something was off. Something is off.

Perhaps it is because more and more people view the monarchy as an anachronistic relic of a bygone age. Or perhaps academia and the media’s relentless lies about institutional racism in Britain’s monarchy and the nation have taken their toll.

Then there is the behavior of the King’s brother and son—Prince Andrew and Prince Harry. Harry highlights the new King’s own struggles with his first marriage. Combined with the King’s antipathy against British law and tradition, and his push to modernize the crown, these trends show the British monarchy is sliding into irrelevancy.

It didn’t have to be this way.

The coronation ceremony lacked a certain pageantry and soaring inspiration. It was planned that way, demonstrating rebellion against any whiff of good old British muscularity. There was a glaring absence of panache, pageantry and pride in British power.

Another obvious change—likely at the behest of the new King and his firstborn son, Prince William—was how ceremony organizers pasted tasteless woke modernity on top of powerful ancient rites, British law and the Bible.

For example, the new King mentioned his desire to be a defender of faiths—and because British law demands the monarch defend the Anglican faith, the king awkwardly shoe-horned into the ceremony a reckless splattering of ecumenism.

Perhaps potential viewers were expecting a coronation ceremony like this and so preferred to just stay away. Compare television ratings of the late Queen’s funeral with the new King’s coronation, and it is clear the Queen was revered around the world.

Yet she did make a colossal and tragic mistake with Jacob’s pillar stone. When the Queen consigned it to Scotland, she ruptured the biblical foundations of the nation. It was the death knell for Britain’s throne. This came after her repeated failure to maintain her own oath to Britain’s religion, reconciling the British throne with the pope.

Britain, its heritage and the monarchy are being rapidly blotted out.

In the lead-up to the King’s coronation, it was sad to observe how the stone of destiny was portrayed in the media. Some allusions to its tradition were cited. But the stone’s real history was kept out of media reports—blotted out because of embarrassment of its connection to the Bible.

So while the new King was crowned on this very ancient rock, viewers probably had no idea it was the miraculous pillar stone mentioned in Genesis 12:11-18, the same rock once carried around by ancient Israel.

This rock represented Jesus Christ—the Shepherd Stone of Israel (Genesis 49:24). We can see why the majesty of King Charles’s coronation evaporated like mist in an English morning. God was that majesty. And God wasn’t there as He used to be.

But there were also some outstanding positives in the ceremony that speak to better days ahead. Most importantly, Scripture was repeatedly read or sung on television for the whole world to see. What other nation does anything like this? Not China, nor India. Not Russia, Brazil, Mongolia, Japan or Poland—just Britain.

And reading the scriptures was what gave King Charles’s coronation ceremony its only real glory! The ceremony drew global attention to the Bible.

Now—why? Why so many verses from the Holy Bible, read aloud for any and all to see? God loves Britain—and He loves the world. God is still trying to reach the British people and the world.

While the Bible primarily deals with one nation—physical Israel—it is also concerned with the salvation of the whole world—spiritual Israel. Few understand why God brought ancient Israel out of bondage in Egypt, revealed His government and laws, and married the nation. All this was in preparation for the salvation of the whole world.

God was once married to ancient Israel! Though the Israelites agreed to obey God, they rebelled against Him. He repeatedly sent prophets to warn Israel to return to Him, but they refused to listen. They stubbornly and continuously broke God’s laws and sabbaths. After hundreds of years of entreaty, God separated Himself from them (2 Kings 17; Ezekiel 20).

Judah only remained—but it too went into national captivity. Then, in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, some of the Jews returned and built the second temple.

It was to their descendants that Christ would come preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. The throne of David was in Ireland at this time; it would later be overturned to Scotland, then overturned a final and third time to England. God promised there would always be a descendant sitting on the throne of David right up to the Second Coming of Christ.

Christ said that entrance into this Kingdom of God comes only by being born again! This conversion process requires repentance toward God from sin, belief in His gospel message and His sacrifice for our personal sins, followed by baptism, making one a spiritual Jew.

Christ commanded His 12 disciples to go to the lost tribes of the house of Israel! (Matthew 10:5-6). This they did—and all but one was eventually murdered for delivering God’s message!

It may surprise you that Britain today is descended from one of the tribes of ancient Israel: the tribe of Ephraim. (America is descended from Joseph’s firstborn son, Manasseh, elder brother of Ephraim.) When Christ is ruling over the whole world, Britain and America will be the leading tribes of the physical nations of Israel. The 12 apostles will each rule over one of these tribes, and King David will rule over them all!

The Apostle Paul was chosen by God to take the gospel to the Gentile world. Upon conversion, anyone could become an heir of the Kingdom of God.

Christ is the King of that Kingdom—and the throne of David is the throne of that Kingdom. Speaking of Christ, God said: “[A]nd the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:32). That throne is on the Earth today!

The British monarchy was the placeholder for Christ—“until,” it says in Ezekiel 21:27, “he [Christ] come whose right it is.” Now there is a new stone of destiny and a new throne of David. God prophesied He would erase the old stone and throne and move David’s throne to a different house within the line of David (Ezekiel 21:27; Jeremiah 33:17). (Please read The New Throne of David, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, to learn more about this history-altering change.)

Christ alone is prophesied to give the world rest from sin! He is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7). He will return to sit on David’s throne. World government will be put on His shoulders. We may be part of this “world to come” if we respond to God’s message today.

All the scriptures read and sung during the coronation point to God, His message of hope, His one true Church and His messenger!

This world needs the Prince of Peace! Christ is and will be a true Servant of the people. Doesn’t this world need to hear and read what the Bible actually says?

What the world saw at King Charles’s coronation was a cold, empty shadow of former pageantry and glory. But it previewed a time when the whole world will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).

While God’s presence is no longer with the House of Windsor or the new King, God is not finished with Britain. He continues to shine the glorious light of hope in this world—the lamp of God’s Word!