Receive the Three Crowns

What if you knew your day to be crowned King/Queen of the Kingdom in which you were born into was coming and that there was a prophecy on record that the High King and High Queen would come to help you fulfill that potential?

Prince Caspian, from the Chronicles of Narnia, knew the royal life he was born into and looked forward to living his purpose of serving all of Narnia. His wise tutor had guided and mentored him in the law to teach him of things under the earth and above the earth and of historical patterns which had been and that which would come to pass. This training had armed him with a deep sense of his purpose and mission for the times ahead, but unbeknownst to him, his Uncle had long been conspiring to usurp his authority over the kingdom. Caspian, in order to survive, was compelled to live his life in hiding. Because of this, he lacked the ability to receive the power to act in authority to save his people from their enemies as well as serve his Kingdom to the fullest extent possible. When the High Kings and Queens of Narnia came to help, they offered him direction, authority and power to claim his rightful role in leading his Kingdom.

In a similar way, Prince Caspian's story is also our story. We too were destined to be Vassal Kings and Queens of the Kingdom, within a treaty under our High King like Kings Peter and Edmond and High Queens Susan and Lucy, yet we find ourselves in circumstances unfamiliar to our true nature, inheritance and leadership role, feeling much like Prince Caspian in exile. We may not realize that we too, have been tutored in God’s Laws and higher purposes, and someday can be crowned as King or Queen of a Kingdom with the authority and Divine power sanctioned by the High King and Queen.

Since the days of Adam, through the generations, human nature tendencies and our adversary’s usurpation caused God’s people to lose sight of how to receive and serve in their rightful roles as Kings and Queens. They lost the authority for serving their tribes through the Priesthood lineage and most no longer knew how to receive those blessings. In our time, The High King still offers us the ability to receive these essential blessings which can be summed up in the phrase Three Crowns. Understanding what these Three Crowns are is the beginning of learning how we might come to receive them.

The Three Crowns are:
  1. to learn and live his law as He intended to bless our life (Sinaitic Covenant)
  2. to be crowned by God as one of his Vassal Kings & Queens in His Kingdom (Davidic Covenant)
  3. to utilize His power to act in behalf of serving his children in the Kingdom (Abrahamic Covenant)
Rabbi Munk, a modern Jewish scholar, has described these Three Crowns as the crown of the “Law”, the crown of the “Kingship”, and the crown of the “Priesthood.” He goes on to say that it was God’s original intention that the entire Nation should wear all three crowns. From Adam to Abraham to Jacob/Israel, each family lived and understood their role of receiving and living these Three Crowns. In the shadow of Mount Sinai, after the they had been delivered from Egyptian slavery, the people of Isael were given the wonderful opportunity to renew these Three Crowns. While Moses was with the Lord on the mountain, he came to personally know the Sovereign King of the land, the Lord our God and Creator, and followed His directive to bring down laws and directions which would eventually lead the Israelite people up the mountain to Him–to receive all Three Crowns. The Lord declared in regards to the Children of Israel, “If ye will obey my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all the people, for all the earth is mine. And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Because of their choice to worship the Golden Calf instead of trusting in the Sovereign King of the Earth, they lost their ability to receive two of the “Crowns” –as husband and wife, the roles of Queenship/Kingship, and Priesthood, they had traditionally held before. Moses, in response, went up the mountain and brought them a new contract with God–The Crown of the Law, renewing the basics of God’s laws (directions) which served as a general or universal entrance way for those people who were not ready to live/receive the High King's higher blessings. (Deuteronomy 6; Luke 10:27 Parable of the Good Samaritan)

In the Book of Exodus, we are taught about this contract and principle of receiving the first Crown of the Law. Those who received this Law, or “Crown”, could continue to gain the ability to receive those other two “Crowns” to become a “kingdom of Priests and a holy Nation.” At this time the responsibility to lead the Kingdom was given to the line of David, and the right to officiate in the ordinances of communicating with Heaven on behalf of the entire family was given to Aaron and his Levite lineage.

Receiving all Three Crowns is still our ultimate inheritance. Our Sovereign and High King over the land has made himself known unto all His children throughout all of earth’s history and his intention has been to help us not only receive this first Crown of the Law, but to also receive the Crown of Kingship and the Crown of Priesthood. We may have been banished or exiled, left broken and trodden down, led astray or held captive, but the directions and help have been given to enable us to again receive all Three Crowns through entering a covenant relationship with our God.

In Exodus chapter 20, we see the covenant or treaty the Lord is making with us – the children of Israel/Abraham (and anyone who would like to be called God’s people). He identifies himself to let us know who He is, what He has done for us, so that we might remember who we are– His subjects and Vassal Kings, “wearing” Three Crowns. When he declared, “you will be a holy nation,” he was declaring our potential within a covenant relationship with him. The following verses show a specific pattern that historically was called a *Suzerainty Treaty identifying a covenant/contractual relationship between two parties. Within these treaties, there were several elements including a Preamble, Prologue, Stipulations, and Blessings & Cursing's.
In verse one and two we see the Preamble identifying the Suzerain by his name and title.
“And God spake all these words, saying, “I am the Lord thy God...”
In verse two to three the Prologue is given which gives a historical survey of the Suzerain’s dealing with the Vassal; who he was and the context in which they were associated.
“…which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
In verse three through twelve and beyond the Stipulations began to be presented written out in principle and detail which the Sovereign required the Vassal to keep.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them…”
In verse five and six, we see the Blessings and/or Curses described and listed out the positive or negative consequences which would be received by the Vassal.

“...for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
“And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

*This Suzerainty Treaty historically was a binding contractual agreement between states or people of unequal ranks such as that between a Sovereign, and their subjects. The Suzerain was the Sovereign King or State of the land, the one who held the Highest authority, and his subjects were called Vassals. A Vassal is a person or country who is in a subordinate position to another or a holder of land on conditions of allegiance and are called Vassal Kings.

These Treaties were the pattern of the Ancient Near East people for the purpose of keeping peace. Prior to the time of Moses, the Hittites followed this structure. Afterwards, we see the Israelites as the subjects of the Hittites, Egyptians and Assyrians around 1000 B.C. The Arab Nations around that time followed the same treaty in which there was one who was the Sovereign and others who the sovereign ruled over. It wasn’t an Empirical or Tyrannical form of government, but more mutually inclusive as, “I am the owner of this land and I as owner of the land will allow you as king to be steward over some of the land.” We see this concept in the Record of Nephi, in the book of Alma, when Lamoni, who was the King over his land, traveled with Ammon to help free Aaron yet missed an important meeting with His father, who was High King over all the land. More recently, we see an example of these treaties in India in 1947 when the Indian Prime Minister gave India Suzerainty over the Sikkim people in exchange for preserving their independence. Eventually the monarchy of the Sikkimese was abolished and they merged into India. The Louisiana Purchase from France followed this same treaty language and then with re-settled Indigenous people, a treaty was drawn up though replaced by a statue after its Civil War. A more modern example is the case of the United States of America, with the People established as the Sovereign and the Federal and State governments as the Vassals.

These treaties essentially were agreements drawn up to help each party honor the other’s boundaries for trade-relation purposes. If the relationship was familial, the terms used were, “father” and “son,” and if less personal the terms “lord” and “servant”, or “king” and “vassal” were used.

Each party kept a copy of the treaty and there were often many different rites or ceremonies used to ratify the contract. One of the most widely used rites was that of the cutting of the bodies of animals in half and placing them in two rows with enough space between for the two parties to walk side by side. As they walked between the animal pieces, they would pledge to each other, “May what happened to these animals happen to me if I break this covenant with you.”

The Bible is clearly showing that God establishes this treaty with His children, with him as the High King and his children (subjects) being called Vassal Kings/Queens down through the ages. We see this pattern over and over in the holy scriptures that when God invites us to “honor our father and mother, that long may be our days upon the land”, he is inviting us to keep this life and death treaty where we inherit the land or either be cut off, as well as enter into a covenant to inherit the potential to enter into his Divine Presence.

When will God’s children finally honor the King of the land? What will it take for us to reach out and receive all our High King and Queen have to offer us? When will we recognize, in these end-of-times culmination of all history, this is the ultimate covenant to restore our lands and to receive His Divine Presence within our communities? Just as Prince Caspian needed all the High Kings and Queens offered him to restore his potential, in a familial friendship and loving way, we too can enter into God’s loving presence by receiving the “Crown of the Law” given to us by the Ancient Prophets. This covenant is the beginning of entering into our potential within His Kingdom, allowing us to receive further help and individual opportunities to act on behalf of blessing all his children on the Earth in receiving the “Crown of the Priesthood.” As we do this, we will also have the opportunity to individually become His Vassal Kings and Queens, receiving the “Crown of the Kingdom”.

“But the meek will inherit the land and delight in abundant prosperity. “ Psalms 37:11

“And you will again obey [to hear - שָׁמַע Shema] the voice of the LORD and follow all His commandments [terms - צָוָה to lay charge] I am giving you today.  So the LORD your God will make you abound in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your land. Indeed, the LORD will again delight in your goodness, as He delighted in that of your fathers, if you obey the LORD your God by keeping His commandments and statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to Him with all your heart and with all your soul.…”  Deuteronomy 30:8-10

“Inasmuch as ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.”  Jarom 1:9  

“Behold, do ye not remember the words which he spake unto Lehi, saying that: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land? And again it is said that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.” Alma 9:13 

“Blessed art thou and thy children; and they shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.”  Alma 50:2