ABOUT THE ROSE
Why The Red and White ROSE?
"In Jewish Liturgy the expression 'Shoshana Yaacov' (Rose of Jacob) represents all of Israel.
In the Bible Israel is compared to a rose:
[Hos 14:5] I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily [Hebrew 'shoshana' i.e. rose], and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
'Lily' in Hebrew is 'shoshana' and actually means a rose. The rose (or rosette shape based on the rose) which (as a rosette) was a symbol of royalty in ancient Israel and in other nations....
As the rose among the thorns, so is my love among the maidens' (Song of Solomon 2:2): What is the rose: It is the Assemblage of Israel, the Community of Israel. For there is a rose (above) and a rose (below). Just as the rose which is among the thorns has red and white, so does the Assemblage of Israel have justice and mercy...."
Excerpt from Britam.org
The Rose is still a symbol of Israel, by Divine Design and Intervention. Please read on.
Also from Britam.org;
"In ENGLAND BETWEEN THE YEARS 1450 - 1485 there was a series of civil wars known as 'Wars of the Roses' occurring between the rival Houses of York and Lancaster. Each side was represented by a rose, York by a white rose, and Lancaster by a red rose. At the end of the struggle a partly Welsh noble named Henry Tudor became king. Henry claimed to unify in his person the two rival sides. He chose as his symbol a rose with both red and white petals (i.e. a large white rose with a smaller red rose overlaid on it) and with five green leaves around it. Dr. Clifford Smyth of Ulster supplied Yair Davidiy with color photographs of pictures from the Tudor Period depicting the Tudor rose. These paintings show that there then existed in England a real breed of rose that looked like the Tudor Rose. This rose, unbeknown to Henry, was (says the above quoted Zohar) the symbol of Israel. Henceforth the red and white petal 'Tudor Rose' became the symbol of the English monarchs and therefore of England itself. It still is an official symbol of Britain. The Tudor Rose admittedly has only ten petals whereas the 'Rose of Israel' described in the Zohar has thirteen but then England being dominated by the tribe of Ephraim represents only ten out of the original thirteen Israelite Tribes.
Henry Tudor was a great man: He came from a Ruling House legendarily connected with King Arthur and he may have been descended (as some believe) from King David. 'He has been called the Solomon of England'. He asserted the independence of England from Europe. The history of modern England as an outwardly looking independently minded great nation begins with Henry. His reign marks the beginning of that period in which the blessings promised to the seed of Israel would be realized in the British and British descended peoples!
The United States Congress in 1986 chose the rose as the national flower of the USA.
In the precincts of the HOLY TEMPLE in Jerusalem before its destruction there was a special rose garden situated between the present Western ('Wailing') Wall and the actual Temple (i.e. Holy of Holies, Mishna Middot ch.1)...."
This also gleaned from Britam.org,
THE MOTTO OF THE TUDOR ROSE
by Stephen Spykerman
The Amazing Motto of the Tudor Rose
Having followed all the comments about Brit-Am’s proposed emblem, I thought I would share my recent discovery about the Tudor Rose. It happened whilst my wife and I were on our way back home after keeping the eight-day festival of Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles in Dorset in the S/E of England. After an hours drive we decided to stop off for coffee at a place called Wimborne Minster, and ancient little Dorset market town. The town is dominated by its Minster – an almost cathedral sized church dating back 1300 years. We went around the town twice trying, to no avail to find a place to park. In the end we parked in the private car park of the Minster and consequently we felt duty bound to visit the ancient church. As we entered the building the lady at the entrance informed us that the ‘CHAINED LIBRARY’ would be opening in just a few minutes. She told us that it contained a rare collection of ancient books second only to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. It was called the ‘chained’ library because the books were, according to centuries old custom chained to their shelves to prevent theft. To get to the library one had to ascend a stone stairway into an ancient tower. The direction of the spiral staircase was opposite to the conventional. Staircases such as this are known as ecclesiastical or security staircases and were designed with the intention of allowing easier defence of the rooms above by a swordsman. At that period swordsman were generally right handed and a right handed swordsman would have had considerable difficulty in ascending the spiral with a drawn sword to attack the treasures held in the library. The library contains classic works of Plato, Plutarch, Pliny, Cicero and Machiavelli. Also numerous theological works of the Venerable Bede, Calvin, Erasmus and many others, too numerous to mention. Amongst the many different Bibles was a volume of the Hebrew Scriptures by Menasseh ben Israel. The book that really caught my attention was a book written by the great Tudor king Henry VIII. It was written before his breach with the Roman Catholic Church regarding his proposed divorce from Katherine of Aragon.
Only three copies are known to exist of this book – one is held by Her Majesty the Queen, the other is held by the Vatican, and the third I had the privilege of examining at Wimborne Minster. The thick leather binding is embossed with the Royal Arms in its upper half and with the Tudor Rose in its lower part. What was so amazing about the illustration of the Tudor Rose was that it was surrounded by a Motto written in Latin. I got really excited about this, as in all the heraldic books I have researched I have never come across one that referred to the motto of the Tudor Rose. Henry VII, the father of Henry VIII was the first Tudor king to introduce the Tudor Rose. He clearly was fully aware of the origins of the symbolism of the red and white rose, and he almost certainly devised the text himself. The words were considered to be of such significance that it was subsequently adopted as the royal motto of the Tudor family. What is so remarkable is that it conveys a powerful allusion to the throne of David in ancient Israel. Like all motto’s of that time it was phrased in Latin – the text reads – “Hac Rosa Virtutis de Celo Missa Cereno Eturnu(m) Florens (Fulgens) Regia Sceptra Feret” and in modern English this reads; “This rose of virtue sent us from on high shall shine in sceptred state eternally”.
Notice it speaks of a rose of virtue, e.g. (the rose of Israel) sent to us from on high, e.g. (by the God of Israel) shall shine in sceptred state eternally – meaning it shall rule for all of eternity. This text can only be a reference to the throne of king David of Israel, as it alone was ever established for all of eternity. The patriarch Jacob was the first to prophesy of this sceptred throne on his deathbed when he addressed his son Judah, saying, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes” (Gen. 49:10). ‘Shiloh’ was a reference to the Messiah, the prophesied Deliverer who would come to deliver and rule over a restored Israel in the end times. The prophet Nathan adds a further dimension to the prophecy as he comes to king David of Israel and, speaking of his son Solomon, he utters the most amazing prophecy about the future of David’s throne: “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever . . . . And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:12-13,16). Here we have an immutable promise of the everlasting continuance of the Royal House and Throne of David. Henry Tudor in devising the motto of the Tudor Rose clearly affirmed that he considered himself to be of the line of those Davidicdescendants seated on this prophesied throne of David that was to last forever. The divine promise is further confirmed in the book of Psalms and its absolute certainty is heavily emphasised once again: “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations’” (Psalm 89:3-4).
Your seed, your throne and your kingdom will be established forever and to all generations! What could be clearer than that! This is what the Tudor family, being themselves of the line of David, had uppermost in mind when they devised the motto for the Tudor Rose. They considered the Tudor Rose to be ‘that rose of virtue sent from on high’ as a sacred charge in that it represented the throne of David that shall shine in sceptred state (ruling over Israel) eternally.’ Baruch Hashem
Stephen Spykerman –
The U.S.A. has been proven to have all the tribes present on the continent, 13 in all, Joseph is absent which would make it 11, however he is represented by his 2 sons Ephraim and Manasseh, which included with the original 11 makes the total number 13.
The U.S.A. and Great Britain are the fulfillment of Genesis 48:1-22. Joseph was given a second portion of the booty in Gen. 48:22, which became a full portion to each of the sons Ephraim and Manasseh by inheritance. This blessing is the reason we in America and Great Britain live the great lifestyle we do, in this time frame we (America and Great Britain) constitute Israel. See Gen.48:5-6.
The Rose on this site may have 13 petals, it is hard to tell. I came upon this Rose in California near Hollywood at a friends house, and was so amazed I had to take the picture of it, at that time not knowing the significance of it, amazing.
Baruch Atah Yahweh Eloheynu, Melech HaOlam
Blessed are you Yahweh our God, King of the Universe