Jeremiah was born of a priestly family, in the town of Anatoth in Benjamin.
His father was the prophet and High-Priest Hilkiah.
Jeremiah began his prophecy during the time of the prophet Zephaniah and prophetess Huldah, in the thirteenth year of King Josiah‘s reign (3298).
Jeremiah witnessed the fall to the Assyrian Empire and the death of King Josiah.
The end of Judea as an independent state was unavoidable. After Josiah’s death the people soon reverted to idolatry.
Jeremiah was shocked by the new relapse of his people.
Jeremiah the Prophet
by Brian Rainey
In Jeremiah’s time, Judah was a nation divided over foreign policy and religion, and prophets with opposing messages claimed to speak for Yahweh (Jer 28).
According to the book of Jeremiah, it was Jeremiah’s determination to preach the word of Yahweh. He forcefully asserted the truth of against the optimistic predictions of other prophets, whom he accuses of prophesying lies (Jer 23:9-40).
Yahweh designates Jeremiah a “prophet to the nations” (Jer 46-51) and commissions him to pronounce judgment against not only Judah but also other nations:
“See, today I appoint you OVER nations and over kingdoms, to PLUCK UP and to PULL DOWN, to DESTROY and to OVERTHROW, to BUILD and to PLANT” (Jer 1:10).
When appointed, Jeremiah, like many biblical figures, professes his unworthiness.
Because Jeremiah’s prophetic career might have spanned as much as 40 years, he may indeed have begun prophesying while young (Jer 1:2-3). But like other biblical figures, Yahweh promises to help him overcome his inadequacies and his opponents (Jer 1:7-9).
Jeremiah warns that Yahweh will bring disaster on Judah because the people rebelled against Yahweh by worshipping other gods, by pursuing policies hostile to Babylon, whose dominion Yahweh had ordained, and by allowing widespread social injustice (Jer 22:8-9).
The Sufferings of Jeremiah
He was persecuted by HIS OWN FAMILY
He was plotted against by the people of his HOMETOWN
He was rejected and reviled by his PEERS in the RELIGIOUS world
Pashure, the chief temple priest, had him WHIPPED and put in STOCKS.
He was almost murdered by a wild mob of priests and prophets after one of his messages. He preached a sermon at the temple gate and was nearly killed by an angry mob for predicting the temple would be destroyed.
He was defended by some of Judah’s wise old men who reminded the angry mob that Jeremiah’s message was like that of the
Prophet Micah. See Jer. 26:1-19.
Jeremiah was accused of lying by a false prophet named Hananiah who had predicted the Babylonian Captivity would only last for two years and that those already in exile (such as King Jehoiachin, Daniel, Ezekiel, etc) would bereturned along with all the temple treasury which had been taken.
To dramatize his accusation, Hananiah broke the yoke worn by Jeremiah. Jeremiah predicted Hananiah’s death in the near future by God’s hand for his lying ministry.
Within two years, he was dead.
Jeremiah was threatened By King Jehoiakim
He was Arrested, Flogged and Accused of TREASON
Jeremiah attempted to visit the land of Benjamin on one occasion to inspect some property he had bought. However, a guard named Irijah arrested him at the city gate and accused him of defecting to the Babylonians. Jeremiah denied
this, but was flogged and thrown into prison he was soon secretly sent for by Zedekiah the king. Zedekiah placed him in the palace prison instead of returning him to the dungeon he was in formerly.
Jeremiah was Cast Down into an Empty Filthy Cistern
In the palace, however, pressure from the religious officials who despised Jeremiah eventually forced Zedekiah to
return the prophet to a more crude confinement. This time he was lowered by ropes into an empty cistern in the
prison yard where he soon sank down into a thick layer of mire at the bottom. Eventually, an Ethiopian friend, Ebed-
melech, persuaded Zedekiah to remove him from this filthy place. It took 30 men to haul him from the cistern. He was returned to the prison palace. Jeremiah again predicted the fall of Jerusalem. He remained in prison until the city was taken.
has always puzzled scholars.
One can find WHERE Jeremiah rooted out, pulled down, destroyed, and threw down kingdoms. History shows that his prophecies about the destruction of kingdoms came true.
The mystery is, where did Jeremiah “BUILD and PLANT?”
Jeremiah was warned by God that Nebuchadnezzar was going to attack Egypt and that they must leave.
The BIBLE is SILENT CONCERNING JEREMIAH’s WHEREABOUTS AFTER HIS TRAVEL to EGYPT
Those who tried to “escape” captivity to Egypt were “cut down”: Jeremiah 44:14 “so that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall ESCAPE or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.
Isaiah 37:31 confirms that a “remnant of Judah” shall escape and “take root downward.
Jeremiah 15:11-14 tells us he is going to a BRAND NEW PLACE HE “KNOWEST NOT”
Isaiah 41:1-3 tells us that a “righteous man from the east”was put over nations and kings.” This man would not travel by foot (on land)
What is meant that a “remnant of Judah” shall escape and “TAKE ROOT DOWNWARD”
Isaiah 42:1 behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:4 he shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
The BIBLE is SILENT CONCERNING JEREMIAH’s WHEREABOUTS AFTER HIS TRAVEL to EGYPT
His “BUILDING and PLANTING” HAS TO DO WITH PRESERVING the ROYAL BRANCH of the HOUSE of DAVID from which the MESSIAH WOULD COME.
Zedekiah’s DEATH was thought to have ENDED the royal line of JUDAH:
Numbers 27:8 and thou shalt speak unto the children of israel, saying, if a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughters”.
The DAUGHTERS of Zedekiah became Jeremiah’s WARDS was the great-grandfather of Zedekiah’s daughter Tea Tephi. Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe and Ebed-melech, the Ethiopian, were also told they would be spared.
The probable number in Jeremiah’s traveling band was five: Jeremiah, Baruch, ebed-melech, tea tephi and her sister. Jeremiah’s “remnant” went to the Egyptian city of Tahapanes – there is an ancient structure there that bears the name, “palace of the Jew’s daughters.”. the egyptian pharaoh adopted Zedekiah’s daughters as his own daughters
Jeremiah 42:12 “Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the ISLANDS”
Isaiah 59:18 “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the ISLANDS he will repay recompence”
Jeremiah 32:10 “Hear the word of the Lord, o ye nations, and declare it in the ISLES afar off, and say, HE THAT SCATTERED ISRAEL WILL GATHER HIM, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.”
Jeremiah 46:27 “But fear not thou, o my servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, o Israel: for, behold, I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and be in rest and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.”
Jeremiah 46:28 “Fear thou not, o Jacob my servant, saith the Lord: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have DRIVEN THEE: but I will NOT make a full END of thee, BUT CORRECT THEE in measure; yet will I NOT leave thee wholly UNPUNISHED.”
“BUILD and PLANT”
Following the disappearance of Jeremiah from Egypt, there appears in western history a group of people who match the description of Jeremiah and his remnant.
The oral histories of IRELAND report the arrival of a small band by boat.
Buried in the poetry and folklore of Ireland is the tale of a PROPHET, an Egyptian PRINCESS and a scribe. The Bards embellished the story, differ in some details, but the BASIC ELEMENTS of each tale are the SAME.
An OLD MAN ARRIVED ON an ISLAND with a SMALL GROUP of PEOPLE in 583 B.C.
A boat landed in Ireland about the same time as the destruction of Jerusalem, with a GREAT CHEST and a STONE.
Jeremiah brought the daughter of a king, a scribe named Simon Brug and some relics. Isaiah 41:1-3 tells us that a “righteous man from the east”was put over nations and kings.” This man would not travel by foot (on land).
The aged guardian became the most influencial statesman and spiritual leader of Ireland.
The princess Tea Tephi MARRIED the Milesian king Eochaidh II or Heremon (horse man of all Ireland).
The MILESIANS were descendants from the ZARAH-itebranch of the line of JUDAH. Eochaide and Tea tephi were the fulfillment of Jacob’s command that Judah should rule over the people of the Twelve Tribes.
They fled out of Egypt in order to escape the impending fury of Nebuchadnezzar – they should seek an asylum among their compatriots of DAN and ASHER who had been established in IBERIA and IBERNE (Ireland) for more than 1,000 years.
The MILESIANS were descendants from the ZARA-ite branch of the line of JUDAH. Eochaide and Tea Tephi were the fulfillment Jacob’s command that JUDAH should RULE over the people of the twelve tribes.
The ZARAH-ite branch of the tribe of Judah would rule over Israelites on the British “ISLES”, fulfilling a “David-ic” king on the throne God’s plan for Israel that seemed to have been side-tracked.
Tea Tephi married the Irish monarch, Eiochaid, the heremonn, JOINING the PHAREZ and ZARAH BRANCHES of JUDAH’s ROYAL LINE.
With the marriage of ZARAH-Judah Eochaidh to David-PHAREZ-Judah Tea Tephi, things were again SET RIGHT according to GOD’s PLAN, promise and prophecy.
The princess Tamar Tephi (the “palm beautiful” of Judah), and Jeremiah the prophet-priest, represented the ROYALTY and PRIESTHOOD of the HOUSE of ISRAEL-JUDAH, NOW PLANTED, and ABOUT “TO TAKE ROOT DOWNWARD” in the hii-i-yum (“islands beyond the sea”).
The REFUGE promised long ago to DAVID (2 Samuel 7:10, 11 and 16; Jeremiah 33:17-26); where Israel and Judah were to SETTLE DOWN and move no more UNTIL SHILOH COME ” (Genesis 49:10) – where “DAVID’s THRONE was to be ESTABLISHED FOR EVER”.
IRISH “RELICS” and “REFORMATION”
The powerful MILESIAN high king of all Ireland granted Jeremiah complete control, instituting laws, schools and congresses.
Jeremiah forever changed the face of the Ireland’s history.
Jeremiah’s tomb (the tomb of Ollamh Fodhla) is near Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland Ollam Fodhla (the venerable prophet Jeremiah) died, and was buried on Devenish Island, the “holy isle” in the lower lough erne, two miles from enniskillen.
No dwelling-house has ever been erected on this sacred isle, which is held in reverential awe by the people of the surrounding districts. On this lone isle of Devenish in the lower lough Erne – the beautiful and widening expanse of water (twenty-two miles in length and nine in breadth), which has been aptly styled the “windermere” and the “lomond” of Ireland – and encircled by the grand panorama of the blue stack, cuilgach and benbulben mountains in the distance
A PROPHET and PRIEST of ISRAEL undertook a Reformation in the government, religion, education and everyday life of the people in the LAND GOD had SENT him.
Jeremiah instituted the THREE GREAT FAIRES (FEASTS) of IRELAND, which fell approximately at the same times as Passover, Pentacost and Tabernacles. Jeremiah set the future “priesthood” of the church and established colleges in Ireland.
Jeremiah 33:18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually
The great– LAW giver of Ireland, Jeremiah’s law became Irish Common law, then British common law. British common law, processed through the Mayflower Compact, led to the U.S. Constitution.
Jeremiah founded schools, laying the foundations of that collegiate and advanced educational system known to have existed in ireland in times long before the Christian era. Jeremiah laid the foundations of that collegiate and advanced educational system known to have existed in Ireland in times long before the Christian era. A state of high civilization was in Ireland at the period.
Jeremiah reportedly brought several religious “RELICS” with him.
He had hid with Zedekiah’s daughter Tea Tephi in a cave under the holy temple, built by Solomon, on the site where Abraham had offered to sacrifice Isaac.
Ireland claims the Harp of David for it’s arms. David’s harp =”erin go bragh” = “ireland forever” carried by Irish regiments in the American Civil War. North Ireland flag before 1972 Saint Patrick’s cross arms of North Ireland gold lion = judah deer = naphtali red hand+crown + harp star of david = “shield” of David
Dublin ireland city flag, green for the emerald isle, David’s Harp, castles for the tribe of simeon
Birth Stones: the emerald is the stone for the tribe of Dan, a tribe of Israel, which migrated early in israel’s history, to these ‘isles a far off’, that is ireland, which is a part of the british isles
The wishing well: irish legend has wishing wells, where Joseph was hidden and the blood soaked torn pieces of his coat of many colors placed about the edge (or kilt, as is worn today)
Irish wishing wells are a repetition of the story of Joseph, acted out as a legend (though slightly modified), carried to Ireland by the prophet Jeremy (Jeremiah) and his companion barech, from Palestine.
Sacred wells are common in Ireland; Joseph’s elevation in Egypt was brought about by his being put in a pit. (Genesis 37:24) The Septuagint is cistern (as are common in Palestine), and the vulgate has cistern it is near these irish wells that torn garment rags are placed; and it was at the well that reubenrent his clothes, because joseph was not in the well.” (British history traced from egypt & palestine and other essays, Israel in Ireland, covenant publishing company limited, 1927.)
Twenty Irish histories agree that Jeremiah the prophet in about 585 BC, came to Ireland. He was the patriarch saint of ireland. the title evolved to saint patriarch. Roman Catholics sainted a christian missionary named patrick, who died county down, on March 17, 465 AD this Patrick was not the traditional patron of Irelandto destroy the influence of Jeremiah, the name of St. Patrick was substituted in the place of the prophet’s; they worked to destroy the old and capital city ofTara.
Jeremiah in Ireland
Proof from the Bible and the Irish Annals
by John E. Wall
One of the most beloved stories of traditional literature written by those who support the modern identity of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel is the story of the coming of the prophet Jeremiah to Ireland.
According to this story shortly after c. 586 BCE when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, conquered Jerusalem, Jeremiah the prophet, accompanied by his scribe Baruch, and the daughters of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, fled that country and for a short time resided in Egypt. From there they took ship to Ireland, where one of the daughters married Eochaidh the high king (heremon or ard ri) of Ireland.
A variation says that the marriage took place in Jerusalem. The royal couple governed the Emerald Isle from their capital at Tara in County Meath. Jeremiah, at that time an old man, was also reputed to have established a sort of ministerial training college at Tara. He became a revered figure in Irish legend.
Over the course of the centuries the royal line established at Tara was transferred from Ireland to Scotland to England where it survives today in the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A wondrous STONE, variously called the Stone of Destiny, Stone of Scone, or Coronation Stone, upon which Her Majesty and her predecessors on the thrones of the three kingdoms were crowned, thought to be the stone that the patriarch Jacob slept on at Bethel (Genesis 28:18-22) was also believed to have been brought to Ireland by Jeremiah.
It is claimed that the story of Jeremiah coming to Ireland can be found in the ancient annals, histories and other literature of the Irish, and indeed references to it abound in the works written by traditional Ten Tribes scholars, especially 19th-century writers.
Yet rarely, if ever, do these writers point to any specific history in which this tale may be found, vague references to “Irish annals” usually being made. A few examples will suffice:
One authority states that “Irish historians are unanimous that about 580 B.C. there arrived in Ulster a notable man [Jeremiah], a patriarch or saint, accompanied by an Eastern princess, and a lesser person by the name of Simon Brach or Barech”.(1) Further that, “Irish tradition tells us that Jeremiah married the princess Tamar Tephi to Eochaidh … king of Ireland”.(2) However, the historians are not named, nor is any particular tradition cited.
Another writer says that “The ancient records of Ireland bear ample testimony to this [Jeremiah’s coming to Ireland] as an historic fact, not only recording the event itself, but also supplying confirmatory evidence by giving the actual date or period of their arrival correctly”.(3) Again, disappointingly, this author does not name the “ancient records” in which the Jeremiah story may be found; rather we read phrases such as, “[the records conclude …”(4) and “[t]he royal records state …”.(5) He dates the coming of Jeremiah to Ireland at late in 583 BCE or early 582 BCE.
The closest that any writer comes to naming names is a contemporary author and archaeologist, E. Raymond Capt. In his book, Jacob’s Pillar: A Biblical Historical Study, Capt makes reference to The Chronicles of Eri, The Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters, The Annals of Clonmacnoise, and The Chronicles of Scotland. He quotes briefly from the latter and gives an extensive recounting of the entire Jeremiah legend in his notable book. However, like the learned writers cited above, Capt does not directly cite any passage in any ancient chronicle which explicitly mentions Jeremiah.(6)
This lack of corroboration of the Jeremiah legend has caused some to doubt the validity of the entire story.
But I will show in this article that Jeremiah is mentioned in the Irish annals and histories, albeit under another name.
His Judahite ancestry and prophetic identity are clearly stated and even a brief physical description is given. His friend and amanuensis Baruch is also mentioned. Furthermore, I will name names and give the reader of this article the references by which he may corroborate the story himself.
First, however, in order to understand the proper chronological context of Jeremiah’s coming to Ireland, a brief review of Irish history prior to his arrival is necessary.
History of Ireland Prior to Jeremiah
Admittedly, the history of this ancient land can at times be confusing.
It is said that the Irish like nothing so much as a good story, and their willingness to romanticise and embellish has led to a certain confusion. On the other hand, it is not entirely their fault. Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of Catholic monks who altered the traditional Irish histories, or invented their own, in order to deliberately hide the Israelite ancestry of the Irish people. For instance, they attempted to portray the Irish as descendants of Magog, son of Japheth!
Irish history begins, as the history of every civilisation does, after the Flood of Noah’s day. For three hundred years after that catastrophic event, Ireland was an uninhabited land. A claim to sovereignty over Ireland was made, according to historian Herman L. Hoeh who refers to Irish annals, by the Assyrian king Ninus, son of Bel, but the land was not colonised permanently.(7)
In c. 2069 BCE, again according to Hoeh who uses Geoffrey Keating’s History of Ireland as his source, a Hebrew named Parthalon with his followers settled the land and established a kingdom, the country being divided into four parts after his death. The date, however, is open to some question. If the P-r-t in the name Parthalon can be equated with the b-r-t of the Hebrew brit (covenant), then it is difficult to see how this would have referred to a descendant of Abraham, who had not yet even been born.
Moreover, as one authority states, “[t]he Partholanian [Parthalonian] story is clearly a variant of that of the eponymous ancestor of the British, Brutus [Greek: Peirithoos] the Trojan, with which it has been confused”.(8) Brutus arrived in Britain c. 1103 BCE, according to one scholar.(9) Others claim an earlier date, c. 1149 BCE. If this is so, then the date of 2069 BCE is impossible. The same source quoted above claims that Parthalon was a Milesian (see below).
In any event, the Parthalonians, whoever they may have been, ruled Ireland intermittently until 1709 BCE, when a tragedy befell them at the hands of Phoenician Formorians. The island was then invaded by Nemedians from Scythia who lived in Ireland until 1492 BCE, being ruled by the Formorians for much of this period. A portion of the Nemedians escaped during their sojourn in the land and returned in 1492 BCE as the Fir-Bolgs.
In 1456 BCE, a contingent of the famous Tuatha (pronounced “Too-ah”) de Danaan (“Tribe of Dan”) arrived in Ireland and ruled for 440 years until 1016 BCE. A second contingent came in 1213 BCE during the days of Deborah and Barak (Judges 5:17). Finally, in 1016 BCE, toward the end of the reign of King David of Israel, another Hebrew people, the Milesians, descendants of Eber the Hebrew according to Hoeh, conquered the Danaan (Danites), forcing them to accept their rule. The kingdom of Ireland was then divided between the two sons of Milesius, Ebher and Ghede the Ereamhon (Heremon or Erimionn, or high king) and a capital was established at Tobrad, also known as Tea-mur, Tamhair, Teamhara, and now called Tara.
Throughout all these invasions the Irish have meticulously maintained the record of their kings. Lists of these kings can be found in Geoffrey Keating’s History of Ireland, O’Flaherty’s Ogygia, and A.-M.-H.-J. Stokvis’s Manuel d’Histoire, volume II, pages 234-235.
For our purposes here, however, the royal line that most concerns us is that of Nemedh, reputed ancestor of the Hebrew people who invaded Ireland c. 1709 BCE.
His royal descendants are listed in various sources, sometimes differently, yet they are important to our story, because it is in this genealogy, whether always precisely accurate or not, that we find Jeremiah in Irish history, though under another name.
Nemedians and Milesians
Throughout this article, I have tried to pursue my objective, that of identifying Jeremiah in Irish history, in a manner that is easy for the reader to understand. The history of Ireland is confusing enough as it is without bringing in legends, fables, and tales of bravery and romance by the heroes of this “Holy Land” in the Atlantic. For this reason, I will confine myself to a discussion of Nemedh and his reputed descendants, one in particular whom I will identify with the Biblical Jeremiah.
Historian Geoffrey Keating, writing of the expedition of Nemedh to Ireland in “thirty-four ships, with a crew of thirty in each ship”(10) said that this party of colonisers was led by “Nemedh and his four sons, Starn, Iarbanel the Prophet, Anind and Fergus Leth-derg (Fergus of the Red Side)”.(11) In the Annals of Clonmacnoise, the same four sons are named, in a different order (the father is called Neuie McAgamemnon): “with his foure sonns [came] Into Ireland out of Greece, his sonnes names alsoe were Sdarne, Jaruanell [Iarbanel], the prophett, Fergus Leahderg, … and Anynn [which] people Ruled Ireland 382 yeares”.(12)
Another historical source, the Leabhar Gabhala (Book of Conquests) agrees, adding that Iarbanel the Prophet was a Nemedian chief. (Though Iarbanel is called a “son” of Nemedh, this need not literally be true. It simply means he is a descendant of Nemedh.) The account reads: “Now as for Neimedh [Nemedh], he had four chiefs with him, Starn, Iarbanel the Prophet, Fergus Redside, and Ainnian. They were four sons of Neimedh”.(13)
Still another account names Nemedh the ancestor of the Danaans. Keating writes, “Some antiquarians say, that the nation, of whom we are now treating, were called Tuatha-De-Danaan, from Brian, Iuchar and Iucharba, the three sons of Dana, daughter of Delbaeth, son of Elathan, son of Niadh, son of Indae, son of Allae, son of Tath, son of Tabarn, son of Enda or Enna, son of Beothach, son of Ibaath, son of Bathach, son of Iarbanel, son of Nemedh”.(14)
We find an echo of this in the Leabhar Gabhala, naming the same names as above (except that Elathan is called the son of Delbaeth) and also that “Iarbanel the Prophet [is the], son of Neimedh [Nemedh], son of Agnoman”.(15) (Agnoman is an obvious reference to Agamemnon, king of the Greek Mycenae, who led an expedition against the Trojans to recover Helen, wife of Agamemnon’s brother Menelaus, king of Sparta. See also Neuie McAgamemnon, above.)
Two other figures from Irish history, Bres of the Danaan and Nuadh Silver-Arm claim descent from Nemedh.(16) Iarbanel is mentioned in both genealogies as a son of Nemedh. The Milesians also figure into this tale, but more on that later.
All this need not be as confusing as it looks, as there is a common thread running through all these genealogies. Whether we speak of Nemedians, Fir-Bolgs (a branch of the Nemedians), Danaans, or Milesians, all these peoples were Hebrews. As the Nemedians preceded the other peoples, it is clear that the Irish historians have attempted to trace the lineage of their kings to this island’s earliest Hebrew ancestors.
But still we have not identified Jeremiah in Irish history. Or have we? Actually, we have stumbled across his name several times already without recognising it. The next section will positively Jeremiah in the annals of ancient Ireland.
Who was Iarbanel?
In all the genealogies of Nemedh’s descendants, one name is met with consistently: Iarbanel the Prophet. Who was he? Where did he come from? Do the annals have anything to say about him that might be germaine to our argument? Astoundingly, the Irish histories have several important things to say about Iarbanel, enough to answer the above questions. They give us the land of his birth (not Ireland), a brief physical description, and a description of his character. Yet, outside of Irish history, nothing seems to be known about him. I will demonstrate, however, that once we have established the identity of Iarbanel, a great deal is known about him.
Iarbanel is clearly stated to be a descendant (“son of”) Nemedh, the Hebrew chieftain. This obviously makes Iarbanel also a Hebrew. Furthermore, Iarbanel is also unique in that he is called a prophet, the only one of Nemedh’s descendants so called.
Nor is Iarbanel the only name by which he is known in Irish history. He is also found in the Milesian story as well. Again, Keating, in his account of founders of a sort of school established by Fenius Farsa in Egypt after the Tower of Tahpanhes was abandoned. He writes, “The three sages that held the chief direction of this great school were Fenius Farsa from Scythia; Gaedal, son of Ethor, of the race of Gomer, from Greece; and Caei, the Eloquent (or the Just), from Judea, or Iar [Iarbanel], son of Nemha [Nemedh], as others call him …”.(17)
Notice that Iarbanel, known here by the name Caei, is called an “eloquent” and a “just” man. Also note that he comes from Judea! As for the name Tahpanhes, this should be familiar to Bible students. The name is found in the book of Jeremiah: “So they [a party of rebellious Jews, with faithful Jeremiah, his secretary Baruch, and King Zedekiah’s daughters] came into the land of Egypt: for they [the Jews] obeyed not the voice of the Lord: thus they came even to Tahpanhes” (Jeremiah 43:7). The Jewish refugees lived in Tahpanhes temporarily, and, according to legend, Jeremiah, his scribe, and the king’s daughters left that place to continue their journey to Ireland.
But Irish historians have more to say about Iarbanel. Keating, quoting from the Leabhar Gabhala, gives us the following lines from a poem: “The Fair Iarbanel, a prophet true, / Was son of Nemedh, son of Ardnaman— / To this gray hero, mighty in spells / Was born Beothach of wild steeds”.(18)
Here Iarbanel is called “fair” (which may refer to lightness of skin or a mild and pacific temperament or a man of sympathy, deep feeling and justice), a “prophet true” (as opposed to a false prophet); a “gray hero”; and, “mighty of spells”, i.e., a miracle-worker.
What have we learned about Iarbanel so far? Firstly, he was a Hebrew, a true prophet, who came from Judea, during the time of Jeremiah’s stay at Tahpanhes. He was an eloquent and a just man, fair of skin and/or temperament, an old man, considered a hero and a worker of miracles.
What do we know about Jeremiah?
Firstly, he was a Hebrew, a true prophet (Jeremiah 1:5) coming from a priestly family (Jeremiah 1:1); he came from Judea (Anathoth in Judah, a town northeast of Jerusalem—Jeremiah 1:1).
He spoke the word of the Lord often and eloquently, rising early (Jeremiah 7:13, 25; 25:3; 35:14), speaking of justice (Jeremiah 22:15; 23:5; 31:23; 50:7). His eloquence, given to Jeremiah by God Himself (Jeremiah 1:7, 9) is revealed in his words and in this admission from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia that, “As far as the form of his poetic utterances is concerned, Jeremiah is of a poetical nature. … He often speaks in the meter of an elegy”.(19) As for “fair” (in the temperamental sense) and just, the ISBE says that Jeremiah “was, by nature, gentle and tender in his feelings, and sympathetic”.(20)
At the time of his flight from Judea, Jeremiah would have been an old man. The ISBE says that “At that time [the time of Jeremiah’s stay at Tahpanhes] Jeremiah must have been from 70 to 80 years old”.(21)
After a long life in the Lord’s service, enduring many trials, a “gray hero” indeed.
The evidence brought forth from Irish history and the Bible favours the identification of Iarbanel with Jeremiah. But a nagging question remains: the name Iarbanel itself. What is its derivation and what does it mean?
At the beginning of this article I promised to actually name Jeremiah in the Irish annals. I will now do so. The name Jeremiah in Hebrew is Yirmeyahu, abbreviated to Yirmeyah. It means “the Lord establishes”. The beginning letters in the name are yod and resh. It is possible, in fact, on the basis of the evidence presented here, more than likely that the letters “Iar” in “Iarbanel” are simply an abbreviation for the name Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah), a transliteration into the Irish tongue of the yod and resh of the prophet’s name.
But what does the rest of the name Iarbanel mean—“banel”? With an elementary knowledge of Hebrew, the meaning is easy to discover. “Ban” is simply the Hebrew ben, meaning “son of”; “el” is the Hebrew El, meaning “God”. Remembering that “Iar” is a short form of the name Jeremiah, one can easily see that Iarbanel, translated from Hebrew to English is Iar ben El, or “Jeremiah, the son of God”!
As a true prophet of God, who had God’s Holy Spirit within him, Jeremiah could legitimately be called a son of God. The Lord Himself as much said so, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). As a “sanctified one”, i.e., one set apart for holy use and having the Spirit of God, Jeremiah certainly qualified as a saint.
Was Iarbanel also a saint? The Irish annals do not explicitly say so, but it can be assumed that for a “just” man who was a “prophet true” and “mighty of spells”, and whose name meant “son of God”, sainthood was at least a distinct possibility. It is interesting to note that the Irish word for saint is namh (pronounced “nav”), and that Iarbanel is said to be a son of Nemedh, also spelled Nemha. Is there a philological connection between Nemedh/Nemha and namh? More light on this question will be shed later, but for now let us note the opinion of Yair Davidy, a respected Israeli Ten Tribes researcher, who points out that, “Nemha [Nemedh] (i.e. in ‘Iar son of Nemha’ above) is from the same root as ‘ Nemedian’ and means sanctified” (22) (emphasis mine). A sanctified person is a saint!
The evidence presented in this article leads to only one conclusion: that Iarbanel was Jeremiah.
If one does not believe that Iarbanel was Jeremiah, then one is forced to believe that an amazing thing has happened.
It has happened that a Hebrew prophet, a true prophet of the Lord in whom God’s Holy Spirit dwelt and was thus a “son of God”, who was a saint, who lived in Judea, who fled to Tahpanhes in Egypt with his secretary and friend Baruch and others, who was an eloquent speaker and a gentle man who preached justice, who was an old man and a worker of miracles, disappeared from the face of the earth.
At the same time in history there appeared in Ireland, a Hebrew prophet, whose name means “son of God”, a true prophet, who was considered a saint, who lived in Judea, who fled to Tahpanhes in Egypt, who had a “son” named Brec, (23) who was an eloquent and a just man, who was an old man and “mighty in spells”, appeared on the scene, fully formed, literally out of nowhere.
If one does not believe that Iarbanel was Jeremiah, one must believe that this is all a coincidence.
The coincidence is impossible. Iarbanel was Jeremiah. It is a FACT of history.
Israel: a DAVID-ic King
GOD PROMISED that DAVID‘S KINGDOM and THRONE WOULD GO ON FOREVER.
DAVID IS PROMISED, UNCONDITIONALLY THAT HIS BLOODLINE WOULD NEVER RUN OUT.
Not only must there be a direct, bloodline descendant of David ruling, he or she must be ruling over some ISRAELITES.
The British throne is the house of David over Israel
Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II deported. and exiled the kingdom of Judah to Babylon in 586 BC
The male heirs of Judah’s King Zedekiah were killed
Jeremiah was given a “commission” by God: “see, I have this day set thee overthe nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant
The DAUGHTERS of ZEDEKIAH became Jeremiah’s WARDS.
The oral histories, poetry and folklore of IRELAND report the arrival in 583 b.c.of a small band by boat, a prophet, an egyptian princess and a scribe
The Princess Tea Tephi married the Milesian King Eochaidh II or Heremon seek an asylum among their compatriots of Dan and Asher who had been established in Iberia and IBERNE (Ireland) for upwards of 1,000 years the people of Ireland are ISRAELITES.
The Milesians were descendants from the Zarah-itebranch of the line of Judah. Eochaide and Tea Tephi were the fulfillment Jacob’s command that JUDAH should RULE over the people of the twelve tribes.
The Zarah-ite branchof the tribe of Judah would rule over Israelites on the British “isles”, fulfilling a “David-ic” king on the throne God’s plan for Israel had been side-tracked.
With the marriage of Zarah-Judah Eochaidh to David-Pharez-Judah Tea Tephi, things were again set right according to God’s Plan, promise and prophecy.
The transplanting of the “tender twig” of the Royal House of David would take place between Palestine and Ireland.
The exalting of the Zarah line ocurred when Jeremiah married one of King Zedekiah’s daughter (Pharez-ites) to the high Zara-iteKing of Ireland.
Genesis 49:8 “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy father’s children shall bow down before thee”
“Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”
“and unto him shall the gathering of the people be”
The praises of Tea Tephi: “the beautiful one with a royal prosperous smile.” “Tephi (hebrew beautiful) the most beautiful that traversed the plain.” from “forward” – watchman what of the dawn. for teah the daughter of lughaidh (god’s house) she was buried outside in her mound and from her it was named tea-muir. from “forward” – watchman what of the dawn
That far-off time when the great disposer of events had prepared an asylum for the “weeping prophet” and his royal charge (where they could join their fellow-countrymen in a land secure from all assaults of their enemies).
The mists of tradition were stemmed from history; and the facts can be readily verified by reference to the ancient Irish, Scottish and English chronicles.
In or about the year 583-582 BC (some four years after the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar), there arrived at the port in the north-east of Ireland, now known as Carrickfergus (in a ship belonging to the Iberian danaan)
They brought a massive, strongly-secured and mysterious chest or case, which they regarded with the utmost reverence and guarded with jealous care, a golden-colored flag, having blazoned upon it the device of a red lion and a large rough stone.
Furnished with letters of recommendation to Eochaidh II, the Danite Ardagh (“Heremon,” or head king of Ireland), the strangers made their way to Clothair (afterwards “Torah” or “Tara,” – “the hill of the law”), the royal residence. Their credentials obtained for the wanderers an honorable and deferential reception at the court of the irish monarch, to which no doubt the stately beauty of the “Egyptian” princess in no small degree contributed.
The Ardagh Eochidh’s ready acquiescence in Ollam Fodhla’s sweeping changes in the religion and government of his country, and the personal reformation of himself and his subjects, were not uninfluenced by thoughts of the beautiful Jewish princess, who is described in very ancient ballads as: “the daughter of the pharoahs, with a royal prosperous smile.”
The name “TEA” (a “palm“), a favorite cognomen for ladies of the royal family of Judah, (1 Chron. 3:9; 2 Samuel 14:27) indicatived her high parentage, while the affix, TEPHI(“beautiful” or “endearing”), also formed an appropriate designation for the Jewish princess. Ancient Irish poetry is full of her praises, her lofty birth, her stormy life in Jerusalem and at Tahpanhes in Egypt; her voyage to spain and thence to ireland, and of her splendid destiny as the consort of the Irish Ardagh.
Helping forward the reforms suggested to her consort, the ardagh or head king, by her great-grandfather jeremiah, and assisting to ameliorate the lot of her adopted country; thus endearing herself to the people, and establishing such a hold upon their affection and gratitude, that this is reflected in the history and flowing poetry of ancient Ireland
In time, Queen Tamar or Tea Tephi, died, loved and venerated by all Ireland. She was buried in the hill of Tara,in a large tomb covered with a huge mound with her was buried the LARGE MYSTERIOUS CHEST or case and its equally mystical contents, which was brought to ireland on her arrival and which she directed should be interred with her:
“The Eagles and the Carcass” (pp. 37 and 38) remarks: “meanwhile the Ark of the Covenant rests in its HIDING place in Ireland until the time comes for its restoration, which will be when the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.’
The princess Tea Tephi married the Milesian king Eochaidh II or Heremon (horse man of all Ireland). The MILESIANS were descendants from the ZARAH-itebranch of the line of JUDAH. Eochaide and Tea tephi were the fulfillment of jacob’s command that Judahs hould rule over the people of the Twelve Tribes.
IRELAND = “ISRAELITES”
Jeremiah took the Ark, other items, and the royal princesses to that area of the world. They fled out of Egypt in order to escape the impending fury of Nebuchadnezzar – they should seek an asylum among their compatriots of Dan and Asher who had been established in Iberia and Iberne (Ireland) for upwards of 1,000 years.
They were re-united with the remnant of their own people,Israel– the DANITES and the Simeonites.
The DANaioi of Greek mythology were described by the Greeks as having come out of Egypt and as being brothers to the Jews. This identifies the Danaioi of Greek tradition with Dan of Israel. The Danaioi are associable with the Danuna of Cilicia.
The tribe of Dana (Tuatha de Danaan) according to different accounts of Irish mythology had been in both the northern land of ISRAEL and GREECE and displays Israelite characteristics.
The tribe of Dan in the land of Israel were seafarers from an early stage: “Why did Dan remain in ships?” (judges 6:7) asked the Prophetess Deborah. the “Danites” allied with the Phoenicians, sailing throughout the world. the DAN-ites, called the “Tuatha de Danaan” migrated to Ireland. According to irish legend, the Tuatha dé Danann, a god-like magical race once ruled ireland
Tea Tephi is the name of the most celebrated queen in early Irish history. With her the LION came into IRISH HERALDRY, an emblem of the Israelites, especially of the Tribe of Judah
The Book of Tephi– Tia tephi is thought to have been the daughter (tender twig) of the king of Jerusalem (the cedar) whom jeremiah went forth to plant in ireland after the rooting-out and destruction of zedekiah, the king of jerusalem in 588 b.c.
tea tephi married the irish monarch, eiochaid, the heremonn, thus JOINING the PHAREZ and ZARAH BRANCHES of JUDAH’s ROYAL LINE. Through the Irish and Scotch line of kingsone can trace the descent to George VI and show that David’s line did not lapse for Yahweh keep his covenant of salt. (2 Chronicles 13:5)
The rough, square STONE, brought with the princess, playing an important part in the marriage ceremony, for the royal couple were united before this “stone of destiny” as a silent witness of their solemn union (Genesis 49:24; Joshua 24:27; I Samuel 7:12); and they were subsequently crowned upon it, with the newly-made queen’s golden banner waving over them.
JACOB’s PILLAR (“Stone of Destiny”)
The “STONE of DESTINY” is referenced in the Bible. (genesis 28:11 to 35:15)
JACOB used the stone as a pillow to lay his head on just before he was re-named Israel.
In Exodus 17:12-17:15, MOSES sat upon the Stone.
Moses struck the rock to get water for the Israelites in Numbers Chapter 20.
This is the same stone that was put UNDER the CORONATION CHAIR of the kings and queens of Scotland, Ireland and England for centuries.
The different names for the stone are the stone of DESTINY, the stone of SCONE, JACOB’s PILLOW, the stone of ascension, the CORONATION STONE and the STONE of ISRAEL.
This constitutes the FIRST TRANSFERENCE of the sceptre of Judah into another family but still of the “stock of Abraham” (acts 13:26)
Besides being the son of hilkiah, the high priest of Josiah’s day (2 kings 22:4; jer. 1:2), Jeremiah was closely connected with the royal family of Judah through Josiah’s marriage with the prophet’s daughter, Hamutal (2 Kings 23:31; 2 Chronicles 35:25; 2 Kings 24:18);
According to rabbinical tradition, Jeremiah was descended from Rahab, connected with the royal House of David.
The princess Tamar Tephi (the “palm beautiful” of Judah), and Jeremiah the prophet-priest, representing the royalty and priesthood of the house of Israel (both uprooted in Palestine), were NOW PLANTED, and ABOUT “TO TAKE ROOT DOWNWARD”in the hii-i-yum (“islands beyond the sea”)
The refuge promised long ago to David (2 Samuel 7:10, 11 and 16; Jeremiah 33:17-26); where Israel and Judah were to settle down and move no more UNTIL SHILOH COME ” (Genesis 49:10) – where “DAVID’s THRONE was to be ESTABLISHED FOR EVER”.