Chapter 6: A Stone of Destiny
Inside Westminster Abbey in London, England, sits the old coronation chair on which the kings of Ireland, Scotland and England have been crowned. Until 1996 there was a stone under that chair. It was moved to Scotland, but will again be placed under the chair when a new king or queen is crowned. This stone, rich in history, will prove to be an integral part of the future solution to this world’s cataclysmic problems!
Herbert Armstrong wrote about this stone in The United States and Britain in Prophecy: “[I]n 569 b.c. (date of Jeremiah’s transplanting), an elderly, white-haired patriarch, sometimes referred to as a ‘saint,’ came to Ireland. With him was the princess daughter of an eastern king and a companion called ‘Simon Brach,’ spelled in different histories as Breck, Berech, Brach or Berach. The princess had a Hebrew name Tephi—a pet name—her full name being Tea-Tephi. …
“This royal party included the son of the king of Ireland who had been in Jerusalem at the time of the siege. There he had become acquainted with Tea-Tephi. He married her shortly after 585—when the city fell. Their young son, now about 12 years of age, accompanied them to Ireland. Besides the royal family, Jeremiah brought with them some remarkable things, including a harp, an ark, and a wonderful stone called ‘lia-fail,’ or ‘stone of destiny.’ A peculiar coincidence (?) is that Hebrew reads from right to left, while English reads from left to right. Read this name either way—and it still is ‘lia-fail.’
“Another strange coincidence—or is it just coincidence?—is that many kings in the history of Ireland, Scotland and England have been coronated sitting over this stone—including the present queen. The stone rests today in Westminster Abbey in London, and the coronation chair is built over and around it. A sign beside it labels it ‘Jacob’s pillar-stone’ (Genesis 28:18).”
Since the time that was written, English officials have removed the stone underneath the old coronation chair, giving it to Scotland. Why? Because England has degenerated in its faith. The once-great British Empire has lost the knowledge of its identity as Ephraim, one of the most important tribes of Israel.
Why is this stone called the “stone of destiny”? No other nation in history has had a coronation stone like England. No other nation on Earth can claim such a breathtaking, rich history for its throne.
When Christ returns to Earth to assume the throne of David, He will take over a live, existing throne (Luke 1:32). The very throne Christ will take over includes Jacob’s pillar stone. What a “stone of destiny”!
A Miracle Stone
Remember the remarkable origins of this stone. It is described in Genesis 28:10-22. There is something special here that commentaries go a little berserk trying to explain. But let’s just accept what the Bible says!
Jacob, tired after a long journey, stopped for the night. “And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep” (verse 11). Notice that it says he took of the stones—plural—and put them—plural—for his pillows, probably covered with his coat or some animal hide.
“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (verse 16). What made Jacob think that?
“And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (verse 17). These are profound words! Jacob was commenting about something that had happened. He realized God was there, and there was a gate into heaven the way he viewed that.
“And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it” (verse 18). Notice—now those “stones” from verse 11 are a single “stone.”
These stones became a stone! There is no other way that you can read the Hebrew. You have to believe that no small part of what he was so excited about was this miracle! His statement “How dreadful is this place” is a poor translation. Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines the word dreadful as “to fear; to reverence as one’s parents; to tremble for joy; stupendous; admirable; wonderful.” Jacob was filled with wonder and joy at what had happened! He realized that God had performed a tremendous miracle! These stones had literally become a stone: Jacob’s pillar stone.
Thus begins the history of England’s “stone of destiny”!
What had been a pillow, Jacob turned into a “pillar.” The word for pillar, matstsebah in the Hebrew, means a memorial stone. What did God want us to remember about that stone? What is it a memorial of? This was an event where God was very personally involved, performing miracles! Jacob knew it was something to really get excited about!
If you want to have a gate right into heaven—or if you want to have contact with this God of miracles and of great power—here is how to do it.
Why are people so intent on not believing this? Why is it so hard for scholars to understand this? It really shows how strong Satan’s power is, that he could obscure such a wonderful miracle.
Verse 19 shows that Jacob changed the name of that place to Bethel, which means house of God. This stone was called the house of God, and that place where the stone was located was also called the house of God. God actually dwelled there, in that house!
This stone, which you can visit to this day, had great symbolism. God called that place His house because He was right there with that stone and performed a miracle to make it from stones into stone.
We know that this stone is the one that Jesus Christ is going to sit on, even out into eternity and to rule the universe. And it’s not an exaggeration to say that that stone is going to be God’s house right on out into eternity, if you understand it spiritually.
Jacob continued, vowing, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee” (verses 20-22).
He is talking about how God will protect us. This is really about how a nation can either survive or not survive, or how an individual can survive or not survive. That is how important this is! If you understand it, you can see that it is a great promise—and also a very great warning!
The whole world will have to come to understand what this stone is all about! It really does have to do with surviving as a nation or as a Church or as an individual. That stone ought to give you a special relationship with God. It isn’t today in Israel like it should, but it certainly should and it could.
Why did Jacob do this? Because there was no temple or even a movable tabernacle in his day. Yet he was given an incredible vision of the future about the place in which he slept. Jacob realized that God was going to have a house built to conduct His Work from that place—so he called the stone God’s house. The stone on which he slept was going to have great significance throughout Israel’s history. This is why it is so appropriate to call Jacob’s pillar stone a “stone of destiny.”
During Jacob’s lifetime, the stone was used to show where God was operating from. Is it possible that England could have possessed that same stone? The English people used to recognize that the stone under the old coronation chair was Jacob’s pillar stone written about in the book of Genesis. The history of that stone goes all the way back to the beginning of Israel’s history as a nation!
This knowledge has become embarrassing to the British because of their degenerating faith. Even prior to giving the stone to Scotland, they had removed the sign identifying it as “Jacob’s pillar stone.” Removing a sign does not change history! God has made Himself so well known throughout Israel’s history that they are without excuse!
There were 12 tribes in the nation of Israel. Mr. Armstrong taught us from Scripture that Ephraim (one of Joseph’s sons) was prophesied to be one of the main tribes. With his brother Manasseh, Ephraim was also to carry the name Israel (Genesis 48:16). Jacob, their grandfather, had his name changed to Israel when he became converted. And today, we see a stone that could identify where Israel is, if only the people would prove it from the Scriptures.
Jacob’s Name Changed to Israel
“And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel [which means house of God]” (Genesis 35:10-15). This verse is a prophecy for the end time. Along with other scriptures it shows what Jacob’s nations would be like in our time. It reveals essential history about the birthright nations of Israel, which were to become “a [great] nation,” meaning the United States, and a “company of nations,” meaning Britain and its Commonwealth.
What did Jacob do when God revealed this knowledge to him? He set up a pillar of stone and poured wine and oil on it. Jacob’s pillar stone was directly associated with these two great end-time nations! This verse also shows a sacred promise from God to Jacob that his family would include two great nations in the end time. This promise is made in the context of a stone. Or you could say in the context of God’s house (Genesis 28:18, 22). But there is also an implied promise from God that at the end time, if you were to look closely into one of these two great nations, you would find a stone associated with this prophecy!
Jacob’s Name Passed to Joseph’s Sons
“And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people …” (Genesis 48:1-4). Mr. Armstrong proved in The United States and Britain in Prophecy that Ephraim is Great Britain and Manasseh is the United States. He also showed that these verses applied to the end time.
“The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name [Israel] be named on them [Ephraim and Manasseh], and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth” (verse 16). Jacob was not only blessing Joseph’s two sons, he was also teaching a history lesson—a lesson we need to be reminded of. He was cementing in the boys’ minds the importance of the pillar stone by reminding them of the “Angel” that helped him. He was also showing the boys the significance of their roots. Their heritage came from Abraham and Isaac.
Can you hear the detractors of that day criticizing Jacob? They very well could have said Jacob was worshiping Abraham and Isaac! But Jacob wasn’t. He was carrying on a name and a tradition, giving them God’s words that had come through Abraham and Isaac. Jacob’s prophecies for Ephraim and Manasseh were to reach through the centuries to our time now.
This stone is a witness of God’s promises made to Abraham, Isaac and to Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel. Jesus Christ will soon return to this Earth and sit over that stone as King of kings and Lord of lords!
What a stone of destiny! Do you really comprehend what this stone means?
Two Sons Receive End-Time Blessings
“And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:17-19).
This remarkable event foretold the history of England and the United States. God revealed to Jacob what would happen to his two grandsons during our time now! Collectively, they were to grow into a multitude of people on Earth. Ephraim, the younger son, was to be a “multitude of nations.” No other nation could fulfill this prophecy but Britain, with its Commonwealth. Ephraim’s older brother, Manasseh, was to become one great nation in the end time. Only the United States could fulfill this prophecy. The offspring of these two young boys were to assume great wealth and power. Who could deny that this refers to the United States and Great Britain?
What mind-staggering truth!
Scepter Was to Be Judah’s
“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days” (Genesis 49:1). God had not revealed knowledge about Joseph’s future generations only—He also revealed what would happen to all of his sons “in the last days.” Before his death, Jacob called together all of his sons to reveal to them this important part of world history, spoken in advance. Jacob told his sons what would happen to their descendants in our time.
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (verse 10). This verse states that the scepter shall not depart from Judah. What does that mean? It means that Christ, salvation and a royal lineage were to come through Judah. It is a continuation and further clarification of the seed promise made to Abraham (Genesis 28:14). It is a specific statement from God that Jacob’s “stone of destiny” was directly tied to Christ, salvation and a kingly line that would remain upon a throne until Christ assumed it! The stone is a symbol of this great promise from God. The physical blessings of greatness and wealth were to be bestowed on Joseph’s sons—but the throne belonged to Judah, and salvation for all mankind would come through Judah. That throne ended up in Britain. Not only are the British people descendants of Ephraim, the royal line goes all the way back to King David and, ultimately, Judah!
“Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). Jesus Christ was pretty blunt with the Samaritan woman. He told her that she did not know how to worship God. He told her directly that if she continued to worship in her way, she could not obtain salvation. He told her salvation was of the Jews, which would have been salt in the wound for any Samaritan.
Jesus Christ was not ashamed to say that Jews had a very important role in God’s plan. Of course, He was referring to converted people who would follow Him! Mr. Armstrong told the religious leaders of our day the same things. And he offended some. But that did not make him wrong.
Was Christ wrong? He was killed for preaching the message God the Father sent! Like Christ, Mr. Armstrong was required to preach a difficult message. The pcg has been called upon to preach a difficult message because we follow Christ. Mr. Armstrong was not ashamed to teach that some physical things, like a stone and a throne, have everything to do with salvation.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). Paul was not ashamed of the truth of God. He knew that everyone on Earth would be invited to salvation. We know historically that it was offered to the Jews first. Many of the original Christians were Jews who believed the gospel of Christ and were baptized.
As we have said, all truly converted Christians become Jews spiritually! If you are converted, then as far as God is concerned, you are a Jew! If you are in God’s Church, you are a Jew! Even our young people are Jews inwardly because God’s Spirit is working with them. God says that a true Jew is one inwardly. “[S]alvation is of the Jews.” Circumcision is of the heart. And if you want to face the truth, Jews are sitting on the throne in England. Physical Jews have always sat on that throne for a very symbolic reason. If we are going to have a future position of rulership with Christ, then we must become spiritual Jews!
“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands” (Ephesians 2:11). All of us must face the fact that prior to our conversion, we were spiritual Gentiles. We were outside of God’s promises. But now, as Paul stated, “ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (verse 19). Because of Christ, we now have a future. And if Britain and the world understood the symbolism behind the British throne, they would know they have a great future as well!
A Coronation Pillar Stone
“Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king. Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the Lord: And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar …. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason” (2 Chronicles 23:11-13). Here is additional startling history of Jacob’s pillar stone. Don’t you think it is interesting that God records the coronation of a king showing that it happened next to a pillar stone?
How many pillars do you think would be used in a coronation ceremony? Are there 5, 10, 50, 100? There is only one—Jacob’s pillar stone! After the king was crowned, the people said, “God save the king”! That sounds very English! Or should we say Jewish? It is a very biblical statement! Remember, this famous statement is made in the presence of the pillar stone.
This is the story of Joash’s coronation. At that time there was a great civil war in Israel. Athaliah was an evil queen who had usurped her authority by slaying all the princes. She ruled from 843 to 837 b.c. But Joash was hidden from her. These verses describe Joash’s coronation in a religious service by a pillar, of all things. The people had had enough of this evil queen and were becoming more religious. They were weary of the horrible times. They realized they had to get back to their roots—back to the religion and promises associated with Jacob’s pillar stone. If they did this, they knew God would back the nation.
There is a great lesson here for us today. We need to be sure we know where God’s house, or God’s pillar, is. If you are standing in God’s house, or with God’s pillar, and you get things right with God, then you will be standing on a rock. It will not matter how many evil kings or queens there are—the Rock will be with you. That is the ultimate symbol of the pillar—Jesus Christ, behind the Church collectively and behind you individually! You must locate God’s house! Jacob’s pillar stone shows that God’s house can be a 2-foot piece of rock. It can be an executive condominium, like where our original headquarters was located. God can make it so! Then He backs it up, if we trust Him. We need to learn to trust God whether He gives us a rock or a condo! If God is there, and we show Him we trust Him, then we really have the Rock with us!
The stone represents God’s house, or God’s Church, and salvation for the entire world. Eventually the whole world will learn about this pillar stone and live by the covenant of God!
Joshua’s Stone of Witness
“And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem” (Judges 9:6). Here is another interesting part of the history of Jacob’s pillar stone. In the time of the judges, a king of Israel was being crowned by the “plain of the pillar.” This phrase is better translated “by the oak of the pillar.” Is this “oak of the pillar” related to Jacob’s pillar?
“And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God” (Joshua 24:26-27). These verses show that Joshua was pronouncing an important covenant in the same location as that spoken about in Judges 9:6. Which stone is Joshua talking about? It is the stone described in Genesis 28:18—Jacob’s pillar stone (the King James center reference makes the same connection). To which oak do these verses refer? The oak from Judges 9:6.
It is exciting to track the history of this stone. But what Joshua spoke here is far more important for all of God’s people today. The stone was to be a witness to all of Israel. Why? Because it heard “all the words of the Lord.” The stone doesn’t actually hear, but it does represent God’s house, which has recorded much of that history. What Joshua was really saying was that the stone and what it represented, and “all the words of the Lord,” would be a witness against Israel!
It all started with Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel at his conversion. So this stone had to be taken into Egypt and through the wilderness until Joshua’s death. But that is not all. Joshua 24:27 states: “it shall be therefore a witness unto you.” The word “shall” includes the future as well as the past. It continues to be a witness to the people of Israel until their birth into God’s Family.
Let’s not forget that Joshua is a part of the former prophets. That means it is prophecy for today and tomorrow.
Some religious critics scoff at this history and prophecy. But that only condemns their lack of faith—they don’t believe their own Bibles!
So we can see that Israel—especially the British people—have had a powerful witness against them by having the throne of David, with the stone of destiny.
God holds them accountable for that exceptional witness.
The Eternal holds His lukewarm Church today far more accountable for rejecting that precious truth!
Here is a quote from Dr. Herman L. Hoeh in the Plain Truth magazine: “[The stone] is steel gray in color, mixed with red veins, 22 inches long, 13 inches broad and 11 inches deep. …
“Many years later Jacob again speaks of this stone as a ‘shepherd.’
“Notice Genesis 49:1. Jacob called his sons together and told them what would befall them in our day, ‘in the last days.’ In verse 24, when speaking of Joseph’s descendants he interjects by saying that from the tribe of Joseph—not Judah—will be found ‘the shepherd, the stone of Israel.’
“This same rock—the coronation stone—accompanied the Israelites during their 40 years wandering in the wilderness. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:4 that just as the Israelites had manna as a type of Christ, so they had, as a type of Christ, a rock which gave them water and which followed or went with them in their wanderings! Christ provides spiritual waters—the Holy Spirit, and Jacob’s shepherd stone, a type of the divine Shepherd, miraculously provided material water in the wilderness.
“During those 40 years the stone accompanied Israel. That is undoubtedly why the two iron rings fastened to either end are so worn.”
When you view the whole story, you can see why Satan wants to destroy this important knowledge. Satan wants God’s Church to get away from The United States and Britain in Prophecy—from all this “Jewish stuff”—so he can move the Laodicean Church into paganism. To lose this knowledge is to lose the “scepter promise.”
“Salvation is of the Jews.” The stone is about salvation. These truths are not that difficult to prove. It takes faith to trust God; to look into the Bible and believe what it says. It takes faith to stake our lives on this knowledge!
Great Symbol of This Stone Today
“This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:32-35). Jacob’s stone pictures Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom. When Christ returns, He is going to destroy all the rebellious nations on Earth. They will become as chaff and will be blown away with the wind. The stone of His Kingdom will fill the whole Earth. This is the stone backing and supporting the Church today! There is great power behind God’s true Church because we have remained true to the Stone, or Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe God!
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure” (verses 44-45). This is the ultimate fulfillment of this “stone of destiny.” These are promises on which we can stake our lives! Christ says to the Church, “the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”
Today, Britain, the United States and all of biblical Israel need the strong government of Jesus Christ. Our governments are wickedly corrupt.
“For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day” (Zechariah 3:9). Christ is going to remove the iniquities of Israel. “In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree” (verse 10). This Stone (Christ) will finally bring peace and prosperity to all nations—far beyond human comprehension today.
Spiritual Meaning Behind Stone
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner” (Acts 4:10-11). The scripture cited is Psalm 118:22. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the ultimate meaning of Jacob’s pillar stone. Christ is our Rock. He is soon to reappear to take over the reigns of world government.
“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded” (1 Peter 2:6). The greatest gift God has given the Church is Jesus Christ. He is the chief Cornerstone. If we follow Him, we cannot be confounded. We do not have to fear deception or the world, because of His great power.
Do we believe this with all of our being? We have a great Stone in which to put our faith and trust! As God’s people, we operate from a position of strength! The Philadelphia Church has this Stone as our support and our Head.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24-25). This is the stone, or rock, to which we should anchor everything in our lives. If we build our lives on this rock we will never be confounded. These verses are a promise from the Rock, or God’s house. Do we have the faith to believe Jesus Christ? We have heard great words from Herbert Armstrong and we are staying true to them. Why has the Philadelphia Church of God grown stronger? Because we are founded upon the Rock! Ephesians 2:20-21 show that the true Church is founded upon the Stone—Jesus Christ.
“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:26-27). Whether it is an individual, a nation or a church, unless it is founded upon Jesus Christ, it is going to fall. The Laodicean Church will fall greatly because it has rejected the sayings, or knowledge, of Jesus Christ.
The Laodicean churches no longer represent the stone, God’s house or the Work. Read Matthew 21:42. Jesus Christ said we should hold Him and His Work as a marvelous thing before our eyes. Is the work Jesus Christ is doing through Jacob’s stone, David’s throne and Mr. Armstrong marvelous in our sight? It should and must be if we are going to make it into the Kingdom of God. Christ’s Work is not a marvelous thing to the Laodicean Church, or it would not have rejected such precious knowledge.
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16). God has given us vital knowledge. We hold fast to the knowledge of Jacob’s pillar stone because it represents the work of Jesus Christ throughout thousands of years. Those who believe the Bible history of Britain’s “stone of destiny” act from faith, not from fear. God says we have a tried stone—a sure foundation. Everything works out right for those who have the faith of Christ. We know who we are, where we are going, and the glorious outcome of end-time events—all because of Jacob’s pillar stone. Britain’s stone truly is a “stone of destiny.”