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Canada Arms Translated

Recently on Thursday July 30th, ’09I spoke to you concerning Psalm 72.  There are at least 18 Prophetic Proclamations Of The King!


The Canadian Coat Of Arms adopted in 1921 has inscribed with Latin: “A mari usque ad mare” from Psalm 72:8 “From sea to sea” the Canadian motto.

Psalm 72:8 (King James Version)

 8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

The present design was approved fifteen years ago in 1994

shows a ribbon behind the shield with the motto of the Order of Canada, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country) – (the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 11 verse 16). 

Proclamation of 1921

"By the King - A Proclamation

Declaring His Majesty's Pleasure concerning the Ensigns Armorial of the Dominion of Canada

George R.I.

WHEREAS We have received a request from the Governor General in Council of Our Dominion of Canada that the Arms or Ensigns Armorial herein after described should be assigned to Our said Dominion.

We do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, and in exercise of the powers conferred by the first Article of the Union with Ireland Act, 1800, appoint and declare that the Arms or Ensigns Armorial of the Dominion of Canada shall be Tierced in fesse the first and second divisions containing the quarterly coat following, namely, 1st Gules three lions passant guardant in pale or, 2nd, Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory gules, 3rd, Azure a harp or stringed argent, 4th, Azure, three fleurs-de-lis or, and the third division Argent three maple leaves conjoined on one stem proper. And upon a Royal helmet mantled argent doubled gules the Crest, that is to say, On a wreath of the colours argent and gules a lion passant guardant or imperially crowned proper and holding in the dexter paw a maple leaf gules. And for Supporters On the dexter a lion rampant or holding a lance argent, point or, flying there from to the dexter the Union Flag, and on the sinister A unicorn argent armed crined and unguled or, gorged with a coronet composed of crosses-patée and fleurs-de-lis a chain affixed thereto reflexed of the last, and holding a like lance flying there from to the sinister a banner azure charged with three fleurs-de-lis or; the whole ensigned with the Imperial Crown proper and below the shield upon a wreath composed of roses, thistles, shamrocks and lillies a scroll azure inscribed with the motto A mari usque ad mare, and Our Will and Pleasure further is that the Arms or Ensigns Armorial aforesaid shall be used henceforth, as far as conveniently may be, on all occasions wherein the said Arms or Ensigns Armorial of the Dominion of Canada ought to be used.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this twenty-first day of November, in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and twenty-one, and in the twelfth year of Our Reign.


Psalm 72:8 (King James Version)

 8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

Leonard Tilley

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His memory will live, not only in the hearts of all his countrymen, but enshrined in the history … of the great Dominion which he did so much to create, and which he so fondly loved.”

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Hunter & Co. / National Archives of Canada / C-009558

Michael Clarke


Leonard Tilley was an affluent New Brunswick apothecary and temperance advocate who became premier and led his province into confederation. In fact, it was Tilley, inspired by reading Psalm 72, who suggested the title Dominion of Canada.

Tilley was born in 1818 in Gagetown, New Brunswick. He was the son of a storekeeper and one of eight children. At thirteen, he apprenticed as a druggist, becoming a certified pharmacist in 1838. Success in business made him one of Gagetown’s wealthiest citizens by the time he entered politics.

At twenty-one, Tilley heard a sermon of the Reverend William Harrison that moved him to make what he described as a “new departure.” He immersed himself in the Bible and committed himself to God. His evangelical beliefs emphasized biblical faith with a social conscience and provided the framework for his life. He became a devoted member of the Church of England, teaching Sunday school and becoming a churchwarden, and was also a member of the Saint John’s Religious Tract Society and a life member of the British and Foreign Bible Society.

Tilley entered public life partly as an extension of his involvement with the temperance movement. The brutal murder of a local woman by her drunken husband haunted him. Hearing the couple’s young daughter’s cries, he had rushed to the scene. What he saw remained with him: “There lay the mother withering in her blood, her little children crying around her, and the husband and father under arrest for murder, and rum the cause of it all.” When the first New Brunswick branch of the Sons of Temperance opened in 1847, Tilley was named to its executive council.

In 1848, Tilley’s strong temperance advocacy led to his election to municipal government in St. John. Two years later, in 1850, he was elected to the provincial legislature as a Liberal.

In 1855, Tilley introduced the Prohibition bill as a private member. It included “the arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and the incarceration of intoxicated people until they revealed their source supply.” It also proved to be the most controversial legislation of his career. When it cam into effect in 1856, Tilley found the act and himself under continuous assault. Burned in effigy, his house attacked, his life threatened, he never flinched in defence of the legislation.

In 1857, Tilley was appointed provincial secretary. Seven years later, he became the premier of New Brunswick. Tilley thus stood at the helm of the province’s political destiny during those crucial years when Confederation moved form dream to reality.

The move unite the Canadian provinces was the most notable change within the British Empire since the American Declaration of Independence. Tilley realized that the time had come for the British possessions of North America to either join forces politically or else fall, one by one, to the influence of the United States. In 1864, the political leaders of the four Maritime colonies arranged a meeting in Charlottetown. When the delegates from Upper and Lower Canada arrived—after having requested an invitation—the dimensions of the issues changed, and everyone agreed to continue discussions in Quebec later in the year. At the Quebec Conference, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island opted out, but Tilley and Charles Tupper—who headed the Nova Scotia delegation—accepted Confederation. Together with the Canadian delegates, they worked out a formula for presentation to Britain.

Tilley’s enthusiasm, however, was not shared by all his constituents. When he called an election in 1865 for a mandate to continue negotiations, his party was narrowly defeated. Confederation and Tilley’s career were threatened. New Brunswick was an essential link in the union, and Tilley had staked everything on its joining. Fortunately, another election was called in 1866, and with the Fenian raids creating fear of a possible American invasion, Tilley and his Liberals were returned to power.

In December 1866, the Westminister Conference finalized the details of the British North America Act, which Tilley helped to write. Tilley’s best-known contribution, though, came when discussing a name for the new union. A letter written by Tilley’s son describes how the Dominion of Canada came into being:

When the fathers of Confederation were assembled discussing the terms and conditions of Confederation and the drafting of the British North America Act there had been considerable discussion the day before and many suggestions as to what the new United Canada should be called, and no conclusion had been reached. The discussion on the name stood over until the next day. The next morning, as was Sir Leonard’s custom, he read a chapter from the Bible, and that particular morning he read Psalm Seventy-two. When reading verse eight of the said Psalm—He shall have Dominion also from sea to sea—the thought occurred to him, what a splendid name to give Canada. When he went back to the sitting of the convention that morning he suggested the word “Dominion,” which was agreed to, and Canada was called the “Dominion of Canada.”

A letter signed by John A. MacDonald explained to Queen Victoria that the name was “a tribute to the principles they earnestly desired to uphold.”

When the British North America Act came into force by royal proclamation on July 1, 1867, MacDonald was the first to lay his hand upon a Bible and be sworn in as a member of the Privy Council, followed by George-Étienne Cartier. Tilley was next, and he became the minister of customs in Canada’s inaugural federal government.

Tilley’s impeccable character and reputation remained intact even when others around him fell. When charges of corruption were brought against MacDonald’s government in connection with the Canadian Pacific Railway, Tilley was not among the guilty. Prior to that government’s resignation in 1873, the fifty-five-year-old Tilley was thus appointed the lieutenant governor of New Brunswick.

In summer 1878, Tilley resigned his provincial post to re-enter federal politics. When MacDonald defeated Alexander Mackenzie, Tilley was named the minister of finance.

Queen Victoria made Tilley a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1879. In 1885, amid failing health, he received yet another honour by once again being appointed New Brunswick’s lieutenant governor, a position that he filled for the next eight years.

Sir Leonard Tilley, aged seventy-eight, died in June 1896 from blood poisoning received through a minor cut. One of his last wishes was that a plain tombstone be erected to his memory with the inscription “His trust was in Jesus.” Tilley hoped that “passers-by might be helped in their earthly pilgrimage.”

Tilley’s rector paid him homage at his funeral, saying, “His heart went out in sympathy and brotherly recognition to all who loved the Lord in sincerity. And the reason … was in the reality of his Christianity. For him it was a real thing.” Even the Telegraph, a St. John paper that had been politically opposed to Tilley for many years, stated: “His memory will live, not only in the hearts of all his countrymen, but enshrined in the history of this his native province, and of the great Dominion which he did so much to create, and which he so fondly loved.”

This biography was written by Michael Clarke and is just one of the 50 biographies beautifully illustrated in the book Canada: Portraits of Faith, published and edited by Michael D. Clarke. It is a priceless treasure that I urge you to acquire. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission.



The present design was approved fifteen years ago in 1994 shows a ribbon behind the shield with the motto of the Order of Canada, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country) – (the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 11 verse 16). 


Hebrews 11 (English Standard Version)

Hebrews 11 THE CONTEXT

By Faith

 1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of(A) things not seen. 2For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3By faith we understand that the universe was created by(B) the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of(C) things that are visible.

 4By faith(D) Abel offered to God(E) a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And(F) through his faith, though he died, he(G) still speaks. 5By faith(H) Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God(I) must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7By faith(J) Noah, being warned by God concerning(K) events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of(L) the righteousness that comes by faith.
 8By faith(M) Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place(N) that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he went to live in(O) the land of promise, as in a foreign land,(P) living in tents(Q) with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to(R) the city that has(S) foundations,(T) whose designer and builder is God. 11By faith(U) Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered(V) him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one man, and(W) him as good as dead, were born descendants(X) as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
 13These all died in faith,(Y) not having received the things promised, but(Z) having seen them and greeted them from afar, and(AA) having acknowledged that they were(AB) strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out,(AC) they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed(AD) to be called their God, for(AE) he has prepared for them a city.
 17By faith(AF) Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18of whom it was said,(AG) "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." 19(AH) He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20By faith(AI) Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith(AJ) Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph,(AK) bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22By faith(AL) Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
 23By faith(AM) Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of(AN) the king’s edict. 24By faith Moses, when he was grown up,(AO) refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25(AP) choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy(AQ) the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26(AR) He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to(AS) the reward. 27By faith he(AT) left Egypt,(AU) not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured(AV) as seeing him who is invisible. 28By faith(AW) he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
 29By faith(AX) the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30By faith(AY) the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith(AZ) Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she(BA) had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
 32And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of(BB) Gideon,(BC) Barak,(BD) Samson,(BE) Jephthah, of(BF) David and(BG) Samuel and the prophets— 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises,(BH) stopped the mouths of lions, 34(BI) quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness,(BJ) became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35(BK) Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even(BL) chains and imprisonment. 37(BM) They were stoned, they were sawn in two,[a](BN) they were killed with the sword.(BO) They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38of whom the world was not worthy—(BP) wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
 39And all these,(BQ) though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better for us,(BR) that apart from us they should not be made perfect.



Do you agree with CANADAS COAT OF ARMS?

DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country) – (the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 11 verse 16). 


Does your desire, reflect the Biblical Context?

Verse 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed(AD) to be called their God, for(AE) he has prepared for them a city.

1.    Is the assurance of a heavenly country

2.    The conviction of a heavenly country

3.    We will receive the commendation of a heavenly country

4.    We understand that there is a heavenly country

5.    We offer our living sacrifice   etc. etc.




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