The Third Temple Masonic Connection
King Solomon’s Temple is so heavily embedded into Freemasonry that it would be very difficult to account for the full significance, as I’m not a freemason and don’t have first hand experience. I feel that this topic is very significant in relation to the reconstruction of The Third Temple. Although there is no archaeological evidence of King Solomon's Temple, there is evidence of the Second Temple built in 516 BCE under Darius the Great. Because our only source of information on the First Temple is the Old Testament and the Torah, I believe that freemasonry is based on Jewish mythology more than anything else. It's important to me that you appreciate the fact that Solomon’s temple did exist, but it’s equally important that you see the connection between the masionic religion and Zionism.
Most Freemasons believe they’re only part of a social fraternity and will never acknowledge the fact that they operate as a ‘tool’ for the “Messianic agenda.” It’s important that we don’t give this organization to much credit, as they are the least secret of the secret societies and probably the most unorganized. Unlike most other secret societies the majority of its members are ignorant of any Zionist connection. While there are different degrees of freemasons there are actually no ranks, as all who have become master masons are tested as equals for all purposes.
The beginning of the freemason craft is still a matter of dispute within the fraternity and there are many different theories of how they established. The first is the “time immemorial” theory, which basically considers Adam the pioneer and Solomon with Hiram the designers of the Age of Glory. The second theory focuses on the middle Ages, when the builders of the castles and cathedrals developed into a cooperative. A third theory sees the craft as the creation of righteous and political scientific theorists who were often involved, sometime after the middle Ages. Another theory is that the pioneers were influenced by the Knights Templar after 1120, while being escorted to the Holy Land.
In 1120CE, King Baldwin gave the Knight Templars a headquarters in a wing of the royal palace on the Temple Mount in the captured Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Crusaders referred to the Al Aqsa Mosque as Solomon's Temple, and from this location the new order took the name of the Temple of Solomon, or Knights Templar or the Poor Knights of Christ.
The earliest Masonic manuscript is a little book written in English, around 1390 CE and is comprised of 33 leaves of parchment. In "Euclid's constitutions" the opening line in Latin reads, "Here begin the constitutions of the art of Geometry according to Euclid." (Geomitry referred to Masonry) In the second oldest writing King Solomon is signified as having approved Euclid's points for the government and articles.
These writings were old enough that the authors and the members believed they could trace their history back to Lamech, the grandson of Adam. These were the first two Masonic manuscripts of a long series written over a 300-year period. These scriptures are called the Old Charges of Masonry or the Manuscript Constitutions of the Craft. Every one of these writings acknowledges King Solomon and Hiram, King of Tyre and Hiram’s son Aynon. In every manuscript the "Temple of Jerusalem," or " “Templum Dei,” or “Templum Domini," is mentioned. Many of these authors were priests and many of the masonic members were clergy.
In The Pilgrimage of Perfection, by William Boude (1526), the word "Freemason" appeared in print for the first time. "We were but as apprentices bound to learn the craft of the exercise of virtues; and now this day we shall be masters of the craft. Example. The free mason setteth his apprentice first a long time to learn to hew stones, and when he can do that perfectly, he admitteth him to be a freemason and chooseth him as a cunning man to be master of the craft, and maketh him a setter or orderer of the same stone . . . And so to build to Almighty God a glorious and pleasant temple in our souls, we as the workmen, and He as the principal author and master of the work. Now in diverse degrees, according to their exercise in grace, every person buildeth in his soul a temple to God, some more some less, as the clearness of their consciences requireth." The next section of the book illustrates lessons from the Temple and Tabernacle.
In 1717, a formal organization of freemasonry members was created in The City of London. About the same time, John T. Desaguliers, George Payne and their associates had fully developed the ritual of three degrees. The story of King Solomon, his Temple, and his throne, (suggesting a grand seat for a Masonic leader) holds the fundamental position as the dominant theme in Freemasonry.
King Solomon's Temple has always played an essential role in Masonic ritualism and mythology and it is used as a symbol in the three ‘Blue Lodge’ degrees of Masonry. The Temple represents the place where each degree meets physically and the deeds of Solomon are illustrated in the stories of the rituals and ceremonies themselves. This Temple offered a standard by means of which to construct a just society and create the moral man.
The freemasons recognize King Solomon as a mastermind and an idol worthy of the highest tributes. While keeping in mind his repentance and restored favor with God, they particularly distinguish Solomon’s apostasy into idolatry and his moral and spiritual decline. In Freemasonry there is no one else with his standing as he is venerated and quoted at every degree and is referred to as the First Grandmaster.
Built to endure for millenniums, no more than 400 years passed before it was completely destroyed by Nebuchadnezzars invading armies in 587 BCE. The Israelites determined, rebuilt the Temple again in 516 BCE and it was destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 CE. The Book of Ezekiel prophesize and gives an architectural description of a coming Third Temple.
The Masonic ceremony pertaining to the installation of a Worshipful Master into the Chair of King Solomon.
This Temple was the most significant monument ever built and demonstrated man's belief in God. The Sanctum is the innermost part of the temple and was built to house the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark held the 10 commandments given to Moses. The Apostle Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, defined man as "the Temple of God.” King Solomon’s Temple has come to be regarded as the ideal example of man’s spiritual temple within the Masonic faith.
Although the Chair of King Solomon refers to a Grandmaster in the lodge, there was never actually a seat of honor in the Temple. The Kings throne was in the royal palace and he would have sat or knelt on the Temple floor like everyone else.
“Solomon, the King of Israel, the son of David and Bathsheba, ascended the throne of his kingdom 2989 years after the creation of the world, and 1015 years before the Christian era. He was then only twenty years of age, but the youthful monarch is said to have commenced his reign with the decision of a legal question of some difficulty, in which he exhibited the first promise of that wise judgment for which he was ever afterward distinguished.” masonicdictionary.com
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Don’t be fooled; Freemasonry is a Religion!
"... Masonry may rightfully claim to be called a religious institution." A New and Revised Edition: An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences, by Albert Mackey
“Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion, and its teachings are an instruction in religion." ~Albert Pike in (Morals and Dogma)
"It (Masonry) is the universal, eternal, immutable religion, such as God planted it in the heart of universal humanity." (Ibid)
"But the Masonic organizations in which these legends were cherished, like Masonic Lodges today, were religious bodies." ~The Holy Bible: The Great Light In Masonry, King James Version, Temple Illustrated Edition, A.J. Holman Company
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