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The Flood, the Exodus of Israel, and the Coming Messiah

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Noah Offering Sacrifices

In my last blog post, The Story of Halloween, we looked at the fascinating history of Halloween and the flood of Noah. Today I want to share with you how those events are related to Israel’s exodus from Egypt, the Biblical calendar, and the promise of the coming Messiah.

The Descendants of Seth
First let’s travel back to the time of Christ and a Jewish historian named Josephus. Nearly two thousand years ago Josephus had this to say about the flood:

Now this Seth, when he was brought up, and came to those years in which he could discern what was good, became a virtuous man; and as he was himself of an excellent character, so did he leave children behind him who imitated his virtues…

They also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies, and their order. And that their inventions might not be lost before they were sufficiently known, upon Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars, {e} the one of brick, the other of stone:

they inscribed their discoveries on them both, that in case the pillar of brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad [Egypt] to this day…. (Antiquities of the Jews 1:68-71)

Interestingly in Isaiah 19:19 such a pillar is mentioned in the land of Egypt in a future messianic context. Here take a look:

In that day shall there be an altar to YHWH in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to YHWH. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto YHWH of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto YHWH because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. (Isaiah 19:19-20)

XVIII_700pixYou see, nearly two thousand years ago the Great Pyramid in Egypt was already considered a monument built by the descendants of Seth to monumentalize a warning to mankind that judgement was coming. Some even claim this pillar has messianic significance. A discussion of whether this tradition is true or not will have to wait for another article, but we do know from the evidence of the Great Pyramid itself, that it was built in such a way that it marked the first day of November (and the Flood) in a very special way. I’ll get to that in a moment, but first let me describe this monument in a little more detail. For context’s sake keep in mind that Goshen, where the children of Israel lived for several hundred years, was only fifty miles or so from this great monument. In a moment you will see why the Great Pyramid was known to the ancient Egyptians as Ta Khut “The Light” and why it is still one of the greatest man made wonders of the world.

Now let me paint you a picture of the Great Pyramid as it was during the time of Israel’s sojourning in Egypt. The base of the Great Pyramid was 365.24 cubits squared covering 13 acres. This stone structure was laid out in relation to the cardinal points of the compass with the precision of a modern observatory. Its base circumference was 36,524 inches and its height was 5813 inches or nearly 484 feet. Quite literally, it was a man made mountain. For perspective, you could take the stone mass of the Great Pyramid and it would make a wall one foot thick and four feet high stretching from New York to San Francisco. Now that is big!

Air_Photograph_Showing_HallWhat really stood out about the Great Pyramid was its covering. The four slightly concave triangular sides of this incredible monument were covered with a casing of pure white polished limestone and fitted with such precision that today engineers and archeologists have no conclusive idea how the task was accomplished. Oddly enough, the capstone or ‘head corner stone’, as it might be called in Biblical terms, was never placed on the Great Pyramid. In antiquity it was considered a stone rejected by its builders and it is likely the  historical source for King David’s quote to that effect.

The Greek historian, Diodorus Siculus, observed that in his day (56-60 BC) the Great Pyramid was complete without any decay, but it lacked its capstone. (Diodorus Siculus, Book I, 63.4-64.14)

The Greek geographer Strabo who lived as a contemporary of Siculus is said to have stated that, “It seemed like a building let down from heaven without the aid of human hands.”

So we have a massive manmade structure with highly reflective sides fixed precisely to the cardinal points of the compass. This arrangement then produced reflective beams of lights and shadows marking the limits of the astronomical year with a brilliant display, hence the Egyptian title, “The Light”. Among its many characteristics the Great Pyramid was in fact an astronomical almanac. This purposeful design marked the 1st of November and the sowing season with a specific reflective effect which was used by the Egyptians to begin their agricultural cycle as well as their New Year. The chart below comes from Davidson’s Pyramid Records and it shows what the children of Israel likely saw during their captivity. In the far right of the chart note the reflective design which was seen on the 1st of November.

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So okay, this is all a neat bit of history you might be thinking, but what does this have to do with Israel? Well, this is where it gets really amazing in my opinion. The Great Pyramid defined Egypt’s agricultural calendar and seasons with its reflective effect. This was the calendar system under which all Egypt operated during Israel’s captivity, one which reminded them of a great destruction of mankind.

After the exodus of Israel from Egypt one of the first things YHWH did was change Israel’s calendar from what they were familiar with in Egypt to a new calendar which began in the spring and commemorated the events of the Exodus.

And YHWH spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house;

…And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is YHWH’s passover. (Exodus 12:1-11)

Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) (Exodus 23:15)

You see, Israel, while in slavery to Egypt (which can also be seen as a symbol of mankind’s slavery to sin), kept a calendar which immortalized the righteous judgment of God on a sinful world. After the exodus, YHWH directed Israel’s focus away from a remembrance of the flood and towards a calendar which celebrated their deliverance from Egypt and foreshadowed their redemption through the coming Messiah. A messiah who became “the lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.” Now how awesome is that!

Noon_Reflections_SummarThe Ark and Deliverance
But there is more. Remember how the Bible describes the flood as occurring on the 17th day of the second month of the pre-flood calendar, a day which modern tradition observes in ignorance as Halloween. Have you ever thought about the day Noah’s ark finally rested on the mountains of Ararat? Well, that day was just as symbolically important? Here take a look:

And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. (Genesis 8:3-4)

Yes indeed, the ark rested on a date which YHWH, hundreds of years later, would commemorate as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. So in wonderful prophetic symbolism Noah and his family were delivered from the flood on the 17th day of the 7th month which according to Israel’s religious calendar after the exodus became the 17th day of the 1st month. In modern calendar terms this would be our March or April.

In other words, the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat on the same day in which Israel was delivered from Egyptian bondage. Then over a millennium later on that very same day, Yeshua the promised Messiah, rose from the grave and became the firstfruits of them that slept, thus delivering mankind from their bondage to sin.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)

You see, the Israel that lived in the shadows and reflections of the Great Pyramid was only reminded of the judgment of God. The Israel that left Egypt was given the promise of a coming redeemer. How’s that for a new perspective on the Flood and the Exodus!

The Flood and Daniel 9
The above context provides a rather unique perspective on Israel’s calendar system and the promised Redeemer but there is another aspect to the flood story and the Messiah. In Daniel 9 we have the most important messianic prophecy in the Bible. Commonly called the Prophecy of 70 Weeks, the prophecies importance lies in the fact that it is the only prophecy in the entire Bible which gives a specific and datable timeline for the coming of the Messiah.

Daniel 9:25 tells us that after 7 “weeks” the Messiah will come. Keep in mind that the term weeks in Daniel 9 comes from the Hebrew Shabuwa and simply means sevens. The period of time intended by the prophecy is never stated.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks [sevens],… (Daniel 9:25a)

I won’t go into all the details in this article, but in Daniel 9:26 the prophecy goes on to tell us that the Messiah will be “cut off”. We know in retrospect from both the Old and New Testaments that the Messiah would have a dual role in the affairs of mankind. He would be both a suffering servant as described in Isaiah 53 and a future king as described in Luke 1:31-33. Here in Daniel 9:26 though we have a description of the Messiah as a suffering servant.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: (Daniel 9:26a)

VIII_1000pixNotice in the passage above, it says that the Messiah will be “cut off, but not for himself”. This is where we find an amazing connection between the promised Messiah and the flood of Noah’s day. You see the term “cut off” in Daniel 9:26 comes from the Hebrew karath which means to cut off or cut down. As many scholars have noted over the years, the first occurrence of a Hebrew word in the Bible often provides additional insights into its meaning. Here in Daniel 9:26 we find such an example because the first occurrence of the work karath comes to us from the flood story.

And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off [karath] any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. (Genesis 9:11)

Take a moment to read Daniel 9:26a once again. Notice it says the Messiah will be karath “but not for himself”. Contrast that with Noah’s day were we are told that nearly all mankind was cut off (karath) because of their sins. In Noah’s day mankind paid the required price for their sins. Daniel prophesied that a day would come when the Messiah would pay that price (karath) in place of mankind, it was his blood which would atoned for the sins of humanity.

Not for Himself indeed!

Let me give you a few examples from the Biblical record illustrating how the Messiah was cut off for the sins of mankind:

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. (Zechariah 13:6)

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:28)

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. (1 Peter 3:18-22)

Did you catch the analogy Peter made above? The same waters which “baptized” the world and removed sin also lifted the ark and brought deliverance from the death. In a like manner it was Yeshua’s resurrection which brings salvation and deliverance from sin.

And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 7:18)

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)

Noon_Reflections_Solstice60The Flood and the Messiah
So next time you’re thinking about Israel and their exodus from Egypt remember the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. Remember a monument which Strabo described as, “…a building let down from heaven without the aid of human hands.” A megalithic wonder which reminded all Egypt of YHWH’s judgment on a sinful world. A monument which in its own way points mankind to the promise of a coming redeemer.

In that day shall there be an altar to YHWH in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to YHWH. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto YHWH of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto YHWH because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. (Isaiah 19:19-20)

A Berean’s Challenge
For those Bereans out there who love to dig deeper into YHWH’s word, I have a challenge for you. In Daniel 9 there are three Hebrew words which the Bible first uses in describing the events of the flood. We already looked at the word karath which was used to describe mankind being “cut off” from the earth. The other two words are gabar (prevail) and beriyth (covenant). It was no accident that all three of these words found in Daniel 9 are first found in the flood story and the destruction of mankind. See if you can find the connection.

Book2_400x600If you would like to learn more about Daniel 9 and the prophecy of 70 Weeks you might appreciate Book II in my Prophecy and Patterns series, Daniel’s 70 Weeks: The Keystone of Bible Prophecy. In the book we look at this wonderful prophecy in light of its messianic redemptive context.

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Authors note: All the charts in this article come from Davidson’s Pyramid Records (1924)

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Symbols of the Harlot – Part V

How many of you recognize the map headlining today’s blog post? What if I told you, that map, drawn by Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant (a Freemason from the Holland Lodge No. 8 at 66 Crown Street, New York City), was more than just the basis for what would become the most powerful city in the history of the world, but that this map also connected the lives of several influential Americans to an ancient Biblical prophecy in a most surprising way?

Pretty incredible claim, don’t you think?

Well, if you read any of the articles in this series, then you already know that the history we’ve explored together is truly stranger than fiction, but in this blog post we are going to exemplify that axiom in a way that will forever change how you look at Masonry’s influence on early American history.

Today, we are going to explore how Major L’Enfant’s unusual design for the Federal City (later to be known as Washington D.C.), intertwined the lives of George Washington, the first President of the United States, Charles Thomson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress, Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant, and Confederate Brigadier General & Sovereign Grand Commander of Scottish Rite Freemasonry Albert Pike, the famous confederate war criminal, Freemason, and racist.

Major L’Enfant and the Map of DC
Our story beings in 1791 when President George Washington, authorized by an act of Congress, appointed Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant to design the Federal City of the United States which later became known as Washington City and subsequently the federal District of Columbia. L’Enfant immediately set to work under the guidance of a three person commission. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson also advised L’Enfant and the design committee during this time.

click on image to enlarge Jenkins Hill

The focus of the map was centered on Jenkin’s Hill (Francis Pope’s original Rome Hill) which L’Enfant designated with the longitude of 0:0. L’Enfant described Jenkin’s Hill as a “pedestal awaiting a monument”. Later Thomas Jefferson renamed Jenkins hill, Capitol Hill in honor of the ancient Roman republic upon which many of our founders sought to pattern our new government.

It turns out L’Enfant was a rather disagreeable man and after nearly a year George Washington replaced him with Andrew Ellicott. Ellicott made several minor changes to L’Enfant’s map but the overall design was not materially changed.

A Map with Masonic Symbolism
Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that Washington DC was designed with occult symbolism in mind. Like a giant city size dot to dot, pentagrams, compasses, crosses, triangles, pyramids, and other occult patterns have been found but the contextual justification for them being part of a larger “conspiracy” is often lacking. Kind of like a constellation of stars without the story, just a bunch of points, lines, and vivid imaginations.

But there is at least one true story in all the points and lines of L’Enfant’s map. The story begins with Charles Thomson’s seal in 1782. In our last blog post Symbols of the Harlot – Part IV, we learned that Thompson’s design for the reverse of the Great Seal featured a 13 level unfinished pyramid, the capstone of which (the 14th level) hung over the unfinished work with its ever watchful and radiant eye of “Divine Providence”. That’s the official story given for public consumption anyway. L’Enfant’s map provides us with a different version of that story. Here take a look at L’Enfant’s map once more.

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As you can see from this overlay, a pyramid centered on the White House can be drawn over L’Enfant’s original design. This pyramid is not arbitrary, as you will find faint lines on L’Enfant’s map which represent it. (click on the map to enlarge) The design begins to move from circumstantial to intentional when you realize that there are 13 levels to this pyramid ending at what we know today as Dupont and Logan circles. Here take a look at a Google version of the map as it is today:

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But that’s not the real surprise. Notice in the satellite version of the map that in the capstone of the pyramid there is a rather large building on the East side of 16th street corresponding to the All-Seeing Eye in Charles Thomson’s design of the Great Seal.

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That building has a rather interesting history. The building was designed by John Russell Pope in 1910. Construction began in 1911 with the ceremonial cornerstone being laid on October 18, 1911. The building, modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, is 130 tall and surrounded by 33 columns, each 33 feet high. The roof has 13 layers which from street level gives it the appearance of an unfished pyramid. When looking down from above one can see the 14th level is a glass capstone completing the pyramid shaped roof as can be seen in this Google map view of the building below.

Based upon L’Enfants original design this building resides on the 14th city block from the US Capitol building. Or in other words there are 13 blocks between it and the US Capitol. By now you’ve probably got an inkling of this buildings identity. To save you further guessing let me show you what is written over the bronze entrance door of this impressive building:

“Freemasonry Builds its Temples in the Hearts of Men and among Nations”

The building is called the House of the Temple and is the headquarters of Scottish Rite Freemasonry’s 33 degree Supreme Council also known as the Mother Council of the World. So right where the All-Seeing Eye is represented on Charles Thomson’s original design of the Great Seal we have represented – on a map of Washington, D.C. – a Masonic Temple which is home to Freemasonry’s Mother Council of the World.

Hard to call this all a coincidence, isn’t it?

With what we have learned about Masonry in the last several articles, the symbolism is rather obvious. The Scottish Rite Freemasonry Mother Council of the World sees their organization as the watchful eye, the guiding light, and the protector of the United States government. Their guidance brings with it a world view that is anathema to the Judeo-Christian principles that we and many of our founders held dear. That world view we now know as secular humanism.

I know it is rather difficult to fathom, but Freemasonry, by their own admission, is a secretive organization which by its own traditions traces its origins to ancient Babylon; an organization that proudly believes, it has a responsibility to influence the affairs of our country and guide our nation towards a secular humanist utopia.

Let’s briefly look at this goal of a secular humanist utopia in the words of one of its respected adherents, 33 Degree Freemason, Manly P. Hall. Take a few moments to read the following quotes from Hall’s book, The Secret Destiny of America written in 1944:

The Purpose of Secret Societies

THE DEMOCRATIC TRADITION PRESERVED BY SECRET SOCIETIES.
For more than three thousand years, secret societies have labored to create the background of knowledge necessary to the establishment of an enlightened democracy among the nations of the world … The Creek Dionysians were social and political temple builders, known as the Collegians in later Rome. … The rise of the Christian Church brought persecution of the classical intellectual pattern’s ideology, driving the guilds into greater secrecy; but all have continued searching for human happiness under a variety of rituals and symbols; and they still exist, as the Order of the Quest.

Today’s thinking toward a democratic world state is neither a new trend nor an accidental circumstance; the work of setting up the background of knowledge necessary to the establishing of enlightened democracy among all nations has been carried on for many hundreds of years by secret societies….

Secret societies have had concealment and protection as the first purpose for their existence. The members of these orders were party to some special knowledge, they usually took part in certain rites and rituals not available to non-members, but it was more important that through the societies they were also able to practice beliefs and doctrines in private for which they would have been condemned and persecuted if these rites were made public.

A second purpose for secret societies was to create a mechanism for the perpetuation from generation to generation of policies, principles, or systems of learning, confined to a limited group of selected and initiated persons. (Hall, Manly P.. The Secret Destiny of America, Kindle Locations 547-553. Arkosh Publishing)

Sir Francis Bacon and the New Atlantis

Rawley writes in his introduction to Bacon’s the New Atlantis, “This fable My Lord devised, to the end that he might exhibit therein, a model or description of a college, instituted for the interpreting of nature, and the producing of great and marvelous works, for the benefit of men; under the name of Solomon’s house, or the college of the six days work.” The college of the six days work is, of course, a thinly veiled reference to the perfection of nature through art. The six days are the days of creation by which the natural world was brought into existence, according to the account given in Genesis. As God created the Universe in six symbolic days, so man by art– that is, philosophy–must create the condition of his own perfection by means of six philosophical steps. (Hall, Manly P.. The Secret Destiny of America Kindle Locations 915-922 Arkosh Publishing)

The New Atlantis [Sir Francis Bacon’s] describes the magnificence of the college of the six days work…

It is difficult to understand how this reference to a secret order has passed unnoticed for so long, for it is scarcely less than a proclamation of the Society of Unknown Philosophers. The name of the land in which stood the Wise Man’s City was Bensalem; this means the Son of Peace. Bensalem maintained a trade with all parts of the world, but not for gold, silver, jewels, silks, spices, nor any other material commodity; its merchandise was the Light of Truth. Among the nations traded with was Atlantis, which was declared to be the same as America. (Hall, Manly P.. The Secret Destiny of America Kindle Locations 941-952)

The University of Six Days Work

The great University of the Six Days Work must be built here in our Western world, to become a guide unto the nations. About this shrine to Universal Truth shall rise the democratic Commonwealth–the wealth of all mankind. This is the destiny for which we were brought into being. The plan, which was devised in secrecy long ago, and in far places, shall be fulfilled openly … as the greatest wonder born out of time. (Hall, Manly P.. The Secret Destiny of America Kindle Locations 1763-1767. Arkosh Publishing. Kindle Edition.)

20. THE END OF THE QUEST
In America shall be erected a shrine to Universal Truth, as here arises the global democratic Commonwealth–the true wealth of all mankind, which is designed in the foundation that men shall abide together in peace and shall devote their energies to the common cause of discovery.

… The power of man lies in his dreams, his visions, and his ideals. This has been the common vision of man’s necessity in the secret empire of the Brotherhood of the Quest, consecrated to fulfilling the destiny for which we in America were brought into being. (Hall, Manly P.-The Secret Destiny of America Kindle Locations 1676-1682 Kindle Edition.)

A Masonic Timeline
To be sure not all founders or even all Masons saw the founding of our nation as the “college of six days work” as described by Hall. But it is indisputable that Masonry today does in fact see itself as the guardians of the philosophy which leads mankind to the light of knowledge and liberty. Briefly let’s look at the Masonic timeline of the Great Seal and related events so you understand the chronological context of their powerful influence on America, its government, and institutions.

1782
The Great Seal with its pyramid and All-Seeing Eye became the official emblems of the United States.

 

1791
L’Enfant’s plan of Washington, D.C., incorporated this same Pyramid and Capstone.

 

1911
Scottish Rite Freemasonry added a finishing touch to the map of Washington, D.C., in 1911, when they laid the cornerstone for their House of the Temple. From this date forward they boldly proclaimed their influence on the United States government.

 

1935
Do you know that up until 1935 the reverse side of the Great Seal (the pyramid and eye) was basically unknown to the American populous? For all intents and purposes, it had remained hidden from public view. Then in 1934 Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture (future vice president of the US), suggested to President Roosevelt that he place the Great Seal on a US coin. Keep in mind here that at this time Wallace and Roosevelt were both 32nd degree Freemasons. Here is Wallace’s account:

“In 1934, when I was Secretary of Agriculture, I was waiting in the outer office of Secretary Hull, and as I waited I amused myself by picking up a State Department publication which was on the stand there entitled, The History of the Seal of the United States. Turning to page 53, I noted the colored reproduction of the reverse side of the Seal. The Latin phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum impressed me as meaning the New Deal of the Ages. Therefore I took the publication to President Roosevelt and suggested a coin be put out with the obverse and reverse side of the seal. Roosevelt, as he looked at [the] colored reproduction of the Seal, was first struck with the representation of the ‘All-Seeing Eye,’ a representation of The Great Architect of the Universe. Next he was impressed with idea that the foundation for the new order of the ages had been laid in 1776, but that it would be completed only under the eye of the Great Architect. Roosevelt, like myself, was a 32nd degree Mason, He suggested that the Seal be put out on the dollar bill rather than a coin, and took the matter up with the Secretary of the Treasury.”

Interestingly, it was Roosevelt who placed the pyramid with the All-Seeing Eye in the primary position on the one dollar bill instead of the secondary position where it would have naturally been placed due to its subordinate position on the reverse side of the Seal. In any case, it was 1935, when the Great Seal was represented on our currency and since that day has become the most recognizable symbol of the United States.

1944
Few serious scholars of Masonic history underestimate the influence Albert Pike had on Freemasonry in America during the 20th century. Many consider him the guiding light of American Masonry. Pike was so important to Freemasonry that even though he was a Confederate war criminal and a racist, he is the only Confederate soldier to be honored with an outdoor statue in Washington, D.C.

Pike was the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry from 1859 until his death in 1891. Upon his death, he was buried in Oak Hill cemetery, but in 1944 his remains were exhumed and then reburied (by a special act of Congress) in the House of the Temple in honor of his profound influence on American Freemasonry. Pike’s writings, especially his magnum opus – Morals and Dogma, codified for Freemasonry the enlightened (luciferian) humanist philosophy which has been the driving force of Masonry to this day. It’s perfectly fitting that Pike’s remains now have that honored position in the House of the Temple as a talisman of Masonry’s philosophical humanist enlightenment.

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1941-1971
By the mid 1940’s, thanks to the appointments of Freemasonic President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Supreme Court was packed with a majority of men who were Freemasons. This court was instrumental in undermining Judeo-Christian principles in the public sphere. This pivotal point in US history was the catalyst which accelerated America’s moral decline and which led to secular humanism as the de facto law of the land.

2008 – It’s No Longer a Secret
It’s rather sobering to realize that Masons like Manly P. Hall see Masonry’s influence in the American affairs as part of a larger effort related to Sir Francis Bacon’s so called “college of six days work”. It’s further sobering to consider that in 2008 the World Council of Freemasonry held their annual World Masonic Congress in Washington, D.C.,and as part of this momentous occasion they issued commemorative coins to attendees which boldly show their view of where Masonry stands in relation to the founding of the United States and their part in the Novus Ordo Seclorum (New Order of the Ages).

Notice any pretexted that Judeo-Christian God was the watchful eye over the American enterprise has been removed and replaced with the masonic symbols of the square and compass. Also notice that on the base of the pyramid the date 1776 has been replace with the year 6008 Anno Lucis (year of the light). This date acknowledges that the college of six days work (six thousand years) has been achieved and now Masonry has entered that prophesied utopian age, its seventh millennium, the prophesied 1000 years have arrived and Masonry and its “god” of knowledge and enlightenment is there to guide humanity into this new age.

The All-Seeing Eye of Masonry
As disturbing as the symbolism is to many of you, I don’t want you to finish this article without truly understanding, how Masonry sees the All-Seeing Eye and the “god” this eye represents – it bears repeating in their own words:

The combination of the Phoenix, the pyramid, and the all-seeing eye is more than chance or coincidence. There is nothing about the early struggles of the colonists to suggest such a selection to farmers, shopkeepers, and country gentlemen. There is only one possible origin for these symbols, and that is the secret societies which came to this country 150 years before the Revolutionary War. Most of the patriots who achieved American independence belonged to these societies, and derived their inspiration, courage, and high purpose from the ancient teaching. There can be no question that the great seal was directly inspired by these orders of the human Quest, and that it set forth the purpose far this nation as that purpose was seen and known to the Founding Fathers. (Hall, Manly P.. The Secret Destiny of America Kindle Locations 1579-1585 Kindle Edition.)

The All-Seeing Eye may have denoted the Divine omniscience. Also, it may have symbolized any one or more of some five or six other truths or ideas. It may have denoted the sun originally, as it came up at dawn – it had been thus used by Shakespeare and many other writers. It may have meant the Grand Master or the worshipful Master, and been a reminder of the fact that wherever a man is and in whatever he may be doing he continues to be a Mason, and the eye of the Craft is on him. It may have stood for enlightenment, wisdom, intelligence ; and it may have been the Tracing Board representation of the Blazing Star in the Tessellated Pavement, in which case it was again the sun, or day-star, which shines on through day and night. (Masonicdictionary.com/eye1.html attributed to Mackey’s masonic dictionary.)

That Osiris and Isis were the Sun and Moon, is attested by many ancient writers; by Diogenes Laertius, Plutarch, Lucian, Suidas, Macrobius, Martianus Capella, and others. His power was symbolized by an Eye over a Sceptre. The Sun was termed by the Greeks the Eye of Jupiter, and the Eye of the World; and his is the All-Seeing Eye in our Lodges…

Osiris was the same God known as Bacchus, Dionusos, and Serapis. Serapis is the author of the regularity and harmony of the world. (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma p.307.)

Roman Coins showing temples honoring the god Seraphis circa 300 BC

 

 

 

 

 

The Masonic World View verses the Christian World View
This series of blog posts has looked at the ancient religion of Mystery Babylon first introduced to mankind by the Serpent in Eden. This new religious doctrine promised mankind that if they eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they would become gods. In its essence this doctrine is humanism. It is the belief that mankind outside of the direction, commandments, or instructions of YHWH can attain divinity or in other words mankind, by our own efforts can raise ourselves to be equal to YHWH, the living God of the Bible.

This humanist philosophy has been perfected by the secretive organization we know today as Freemasonry. I want to make clear here that this is not a struggle against individual masons. I have friends and acquaintances who are masons and they are no worse or better people than you and I. The problem is that Masonry as an organization has as its core the religious philosophy of Mystery Babylon and they have promoted that philosophy more effectively than any other organization in the history of the world. Always remember the struggle is not with flesh and blood:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Remember Masonry is just one of the many faces of Mystery Babylon. In these articles I’ve used their history as it relates to the founding and influence on the United States, because it perfectly illustrates their goals and their methods and symbols used in achieving those goals.

America is just one of many nations of this world. Our greatness to the extent any of this world’s nations and institutions have any inherent greatest, is directly proportional to the respect and willingness their citizens have to follow the Judeo-Christian principles given by YHWH, the living God of the Bible.

In a quote attributed to the French philosopher Alexis De Tocqueville when visiting America in search of the reasons for her greatness, it is believed he said the following:

“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

No matter who wrote those words they are definitely worth repeating and remembering because they echo an ancient proverb:

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

Contrasting the Symbolism of Masonry and the Bible
As you have seen in this article, Masonry and the Bible have competing eschatological world views. These world views, in the not too distant future, will require all mankind to choose sides. So that you are prepared to stand, let’s once more contrast these opposing views.

Masonry’s humanist philosophy is eloquently illustrated by Freemasonic scholar William J. Hutchinson (1732-1814) in the following quote from his lecture entitled The Spirit of Masonry:

Masonry directs us to divest ourselves of confined and bigoted notions, and teaches us, that Humanity is the soul of Religion. We never suffer any religious disputes in our Lodges, and, as Masons, we only pursue the universal religion, the Religion, of Nature.

Worshipers of the God of Mercy, we believe that in every nation, he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted of Him. All Masons, therefore, whether Christians, Jews, or Mahomedans, who violate not the rule of right, written by the Almighty upon the tables of the heart, who Do fear Him, and WORK righteousness, we are to acknowledge as brethren; and, though we take different roads, we are not to be angry with, or persecute each other on that account.
We mean to travel to the same place; we know that the end of our journey is the same; and we affectionately hope to meet in the Lodge of perfect happiness.

Now contrast this with the New Testament’s explanation of how mankind reaches the eternal state of happiness:

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9)

Our future dwelling with Christ comes not by our own works, but rather it is a free gift of YHWH. Paul explains that the reason salvation is a gift is so that mankind cannot boast in our own efforts. Do you understand that Paul here is challenging the very heart of Mystery Babylon’s religion? The humanist promises that mankind by our own efforts will become gods and this philosophy is the core of Freemasonry.

To really drive this home, here is a quote and picture from 33rd degree Freemason, Manly P. Hall’s book, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry which represents this philosophy in occult symbolism:

“In this picture is concealed the allegory of the Lost Word. The Master Mason, having completed his labors, becomes a worker on a higher plane than the one in which the ordinary builder is permitted to work. The Master Mason becomes the capstone of the Universal Temple.”

Do you understand how blasphemous this statement really is? Remember when Yeshua spoke to the religious leaders of His day telling them that He was the stone which the builders rejected which would become the “head” or capstone of the corner (building).

Satan’s challenge to Gods authority hasn’t changed since Eden. Just like the religious leaders of Yeshua’s day, today’s Masonry rejects Yeshua as the capstone and in His place they elevate themselves and mankind.

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (Matthew 21:42-44)

For those of you who want to challenge the doctrine of humanism as expressed by words and symbolism of Freemasonry, the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, especially chapter 2, is a powerful rebuttal. As quoted above in Ephesians 2:4-8, Paul explains how salvation is not by our own works but by YHWH’s grace through Yeshua’s atoning blood. Paul goes even further in chapter 2 by speaking against one of the chief symbols of Masonry, i.e. humanity as the capstone. He explains how Yeshua, not mankind, is the chief cornerstone.

But there is another powerful symbolic challenge to Masonry in Ephesians 2 and it gets to the very heart of the message that a 13 level pyramid and its 14th level capstone are mankind’s ticket to heaven.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them…

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;…

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8-22)

Never loose sight of the fact that salvation is by faith, God’s gracious gift to mankind, namely Yeshua (YHWH’s Salvation). Next, Paul explains that because of Yeshua’s death and resurrection (his blood atonement), mankind, both Jews and Gentiles, now have access to God and by extension, eternal life.

For those of you who have read my book The 13th Enumeration: Key to the Bible’s Messianic Symbolism, you already understand the symbolism Paul is trying to express in Ephesians 2:13-14. For those who have not read the book you’ll be thrilled to understand the symbolism Paul is expressing here.

During the 2nd temple only Jewish people could approach the temple proper and by extension the presence of God. The gentiles where prohibited from approaching the temple proper by a wall which had a warning written on it, that any gentile who stepped beyond the barrier would be put to death. Paul explained that by Yeshua’s death and resurrection this barrier was broken down. During the time period when Yeshua and the apostles walked those ancient stones, that barrier was accessed by 14 steps and entry into the temple was accessed through one of 13 gates. 13 & 14 were the symbolic barriers which separated mankind from the presence of God and by implication eternal life.

Now contrast this with Masonry view of mankind’s journey through life (represented by a pyramid of 13 levels) and mankind’s reaching the status as a god (represented by the capstone, the 14th level).

And just in case you don’t get the total picture, the apostle Paul finishes Ephesian’s 2 by explaining that Yeshua (the 13th & 14th generation of Matthew 1) is in fact the capstone under which all mankind is gathered into a “holy temple in the Lord”.

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,

Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

So I have one final question for you …

Who is the capstone (head) of your temple?

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?

for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16 )

The Mystery Babylon Series
Part 1 The Mother of Harlots
Part 2 The Religion of the Harlot
Part 3  Babylon and the Harlot
Part 4 Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part I
Part 5 Conspiracies of the Harlot – Part II
Part 6 Symbols of the Harlot – Part I
Part 7 Symbols of the Harlot – Part II 
Part 8 Symbols of the Harlot – Part III
Part 9 Symbols of the Harlot – Part IV
Part 10 Symbols of the Harlot – Part V
Part 11 Homo Deus

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Conspiracies of the Harlot

So let’s talk conspiracy theories. Over the years there have been so many wild eye, smoke filled room, tin foil hat, black helicopter, alien encounter, conspiracy theories that most reasonable minded observers just tune out the nonsense. Give a conspiracy theorist two or three real facts and they’ll weave 50 more unrelated facts into an intricate salacious tale which has the power to capture the imagination. And that’s the problem with conspiracy theories. Their adherent’s point to a couple of real facts and then the other 50 unprovable facts become the most important part of the story. After all, if all the facts were known, it wouldn’t be a very good conspiracy, would it?

Today, I want to offer for your consideration a grand unified theory on conspiracies. This theory will Continue reading

Babylon and the Harlot

In Revelation 17 & 18 it describes a great idolatrous city which reigns over the kings of the earth in the period of time leading up to the return of Yeshua. That this is no ordinary city is made clear by Revelation 18:24 where it tells us this city is responsible for the blood of the “prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

Think about that for a moment. This city is the responsible for all those slain upon the earth. So not only does this Mystery Babylon represent an actually literal city at the end of this age, but it also transcends Continue reading

Reversing Hermon in Matthew 1

Regular readers of my blog are aware of the inspired genius Matthew concealed in the lineage of Yeshua when he wrote that intriguing list of names.  As I’ve explained over the years, that list of 41 names is an important key to understanding the significance of the Bible’s messianic symbolism as it relates to the Old Testament’s sacrificial system, the Bible’s lunar/solar calendar, Daniel 9, and YHWH’s redemptive plan for mankind. As I’ve briefly discussed in several blog posts, that list also has a larger context related to Old Testament chronology, the Shemitah, and the jubilee cycles.

This past week I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Michael Heiser’s new book Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers & the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ also showcases the messianic significance of Matthew 1 in a thrilling new way. I’ll get to Dr. Heiser’s information in a moment, Continue reading

Anti-Semitism, Ancient Persia, & April Fools

Next week the Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated and then about a week later the Persian holiday of Nowruz. In this week’s blog post I’ll share with you the intriguing Biblical history which links these two ancient holidays to a period of time nearly 2500 years ago when an evil man set out to destroy the Jewish people.

This story begins with an April fool named Haman. I’ll get to the April fool part a bit later, but Continue reading

Zion and a Jubilee of Jubilees

Today, many students of Bible prophecy see the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland as one of the “super” signs, that our generation is living in the season of Yeshua’s return. There are some Christians today though, who believe that YHWH’s promises to the Jewish people were superseded by the Church and that the nation of Israel today is nothing more than a historical coincidence helped along by overzealous believers who take Bible prophecy too literally.

This past month I’ve had the privilege of reading two excellent books which address this subject. The first  was written by Samuel Whitefield entitled – One King: A Jesus-Centered Answer to the Question of Zion and the People of God, the second was by Thomas Ice entitled – The Case for Zionism: Why Christians Should Support Israel. Both books were well written but from slightly different perspectives.

Mr. Whitefield’s book looked at the subject from a more theological and Biblically based perspective while Mr. Ice’s looked at the subject from a Biblical and a historically legal sense. Although, the authors come at the subject from slightly different theological perspectives, their books complement each other and together make a compelling case for the nation of Israel as a fulfilment of Bible prophecy.

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Today, I want to look at the subject of Zion and restoration of Israel in terms of the Bible’s chronology and the Jubilee cycles. As you will see, Israel’s restoration to the Promised Land as an independent nation was not coincidence, Continue reading