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Chapter 8
Destiny in the 21st Century

Introduction
Chapter 1 – Events Leading up to the Theft
Chapter 2 – The Legend: From Bethel to Scone
Chapter 3 – A Potted Pre-History of Scotland
Chapter 4 – The Coming of the Patron Saint
Chapter 5 – St Fillan & Bannockburn
Chapter 6 – The Stone of Destiny?
Chapter 7 – Finding the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel
Chapter 8 – Destiny in the 21st Century
Conclusions 

In the western world we are constantly reminded that we live in a free society, with our greatest asset being freedom of speech and equality for all. The wrongs of the past are being corrected with growing pressure on modern day Governments to apologise for the actions of their country in previous centuries. This movement was a natural progression following the end of the Second World War, with Germany having to apologise to its victims for the events that occurred.

The year 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the end of the slave trade for Britain, and the present Government has received many calls to repeatedly apologise for the efforts of the British Empire in promoting slavery and servitude across the world.

The taking of relics from the newly colonised lands such as Ethiopia, Egypt, India and many others, was common practice for the British, and the loot now adorns such institutions as the British Museum and British castles and palaces. The cities of London, Paris and Washington each have an Egyptian obelisk in pride of place, showing and celebrating their conquests of the past. However, sentiments have begun to arise and many are starting to ask for the stolen relics to be returned to the country of their origin, which would thus leave the museums of the western world with little to display. One country that is at the forefront of the relic returning movement is Israel.

For the past 60 years there have been countless cases of seizing works of art from German families that came into their possession after the war, and returning them to their rightful owners or their estates. These art works were stolen by the Nazis for inclusion in the museums of Germany that never got to be built and soon ended up in private collections. Israel has even taken to asking the Vatican to return any and all of the Jewish relics and papers that are in its possession and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Vatican is reluctant to do so for fear of losing vast amounts of its archives, or perhaps for what might be uncovered!

Following the destruction of the Temple of Herod in the year 70 by the Roman Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus, several Temple treasures are widely known to have been taken from Jerusalem to Rome. The most notable of these relics was the golden candelabrum, known as the menorah. There are those who believe that the menorah is in the Vatican, and they are making loud noises for its return to Israel, even though its’ possession is flatly denied.

With this in mind, what of the Stone of Destiny and the claim of it being Jacob’s Pillow? To date, no appeal has been made for the return of the stone to Israel, suggesting that the legend is generally regarded as a myth, but what of the countless people who still believe in the enduing legacy of the Stone of Destiny, and what if someone does try to get it returned to Israel? After all, if there is even a shed of evidence to the claim that it originated in Israel, then the stone is perhaps the most important religious relic on public display, yet it is one that receives the fewest pilgrims seeking God’s blessing. Even if assigned with just a 700 year history starting from 1296, it is still one of the oldest documented relics in the western world.

Gradually making its way into the fore in the press is the topic of the coronation of the next King of Britain, either Prince Charles or his son, Prince William. The return of the stone to Scotland was only allowed on the basis that it would be returned to Westminster for each coronation ceremony of future monarchs, but opposition to this from some Scots will be fierce when the time comes, and based on the present day movement to return relics stolen in the past, they will have every right to oppose its return to England – unless England concedes that it is not the stone that was used at the coronation of the Scottish monarchs until 1296.

The British monarchy is changing, and Charles has suggested that due to the multi-culturalism of modern day Britain, upon his coronation he should become ‘Defender of Faiths’ instead of the traditional ‘Defender of the Faith’, meaning the Church of England and not the Catholic Church of Rome or any other established religion. If such an important title can be contemplated for a change, surely so too can the inclusion of the Stone of Destiny in the ceremony. For if the change is to reflect the new face of Britain, and appease the 2 million Muslims and other ethnic minorities that inhabit the island, then the 5 million Scots who live in the country, and the 15 or more million who live abroad, also have a right to be appeased, do they not?

The Brith Society was able to ‘prove’ their beliefs based on the global power that the British Empire held at the time and the same is happening today in the USA, with a large proportion of Americans believing that they are God’s chosen people as described in the Bible. The End Time/Rapture religious movement of the USA believes in the literal word of the Bible and are doing what they can to bring about the apocalypse within our lifetime. The same can be said of the Temple Mount Foundation in Israel, who are trying to build the new Temple on the site of the old in Jerusalem, in preparation of the coming of the new Kingdom of God on Earth. Before this can happen, the site must be ‘cleared’ of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which would effectively mean destroying one of Islam’s most holy sites, which would not go down too well with the Islamic countries. All of these ultra-religious groups, and there is a frightening number of them throughout the world, believe 100% that their beliefs are correct, and generally see the Bible, or some other religious book, as the literal word of God, to justify and prove their beliefs – however outlandish and irrational others may see them.

The various theories/legends put forth in this book serve to highlight that perhaps the established facts of history as they are generally portrayed and believed are just one person’s view of one aspect of what is largely unknown. If the new Temple is to be built in Jerusalem, what if William Comyns Beaumont was correct and the original site of the ancient Jerusalem, or Aelia Capitolina, was sited on modern day Edinburgh? This may be an outlandish claim, but what is certain is that Beaumont, and many others in their time, believed that such a thing was possible, and it is this belief that inspired them to satisfy their own curiosity and find their own ‘truth’.

The Stone of Destiny will more then likely continue to be used during the coronation ceremonies of the future British monarchs, but the legend is too confused to make any definitive conclusions or statements of fact. During the ceremony, most will probably know what it represents, but few, if any, will know what the stone really is, and the chances are it could be just that – a stone.


 

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Introduction
Chapter 1 – Events Leading up to the Theft
Chapter 2 – The Legend: From Bethel to Scone
Chapter 3 – A Potted Pre-History of Scotland
Chapter 4 – The Coming of the Patron Saint
Chapter 5 – St Fillan & Bannockburn
Chapter 6 – The Stone of Destiny?
Chapter 7 – Finding the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel
Chapter 8 – Destiny in the 21st Century
Conclusions  

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