Over a decade ago on a business trip to Washington, DC, my wife, Nita, and I, with help from a congressman, met with two members of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry who had unrestricted access to all but the most secret and highest-guarded documents of the Order. We joined one of them at the House of the Temple, the headquarters building of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, where the Rite’s Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, have their meetings, and the other at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. While both men were very helpful and informative, they were evasive whenever I probed too deeply into certain areas. I suppose this is not surprising, given that Masons are sworn to secrecy under blood oaths of horrific repercussion, including having their throats slit, eyeballs pierced, tongues torn out, feet flayed, bodies hacked into pieces, and so on if they give up the wrong information. Perhaps this is why, at one point, one of the men I conferred with became visibly nervous as soon as I started asking specific questions about Masonic religious practices, which would include secret rituals that are performed in the Temple Room on the third floor at the House of the Temple, and the hidden meaning behind the name of their deity—the Great Architect of the Universe.
What most in the public do not understand is that, in spite of denial by some Masons, theirs is a religious institution with rituals and even prophetic beliefs concerning a human-transforming final world order, founded on and maintained by dozens of doctrines that can be defined by what “Masonry’s greatest philosopher,” Manly P. Hall, in The Lost Keys of Freemasonry,[i] called “the principles of mysticism and the occult rites.” The reason lower-degree Masons would deny this is because the Masters of the Craft intentionally mislead them. Speaking of the first three degrees of Freemasonry, Albert Pike admitted in Morals & Dogma:
The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.… It is well enough for the mass of those called Masons to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees; and whoso attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain, and without any true reward violate his obligations as an Adept.[ii]
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At these lower degrees, most members of Freemasonry belong to what is maintained as a fraternal organization that simply requires belief in a “Supreme Being” while avoiding discussion of politics and religion in the lodge, using metaphors of stonemasons building Solomon’s Temple to convey what they publicly describe as “a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” I’ve known several of these type Masons, all of whom were sincere members of society who worked together in a brotherhood for common benefit and to pool resources for charitable goals. None of these lower-degree Masons with whom I have been acquainted would ever, insofar as I know, participate in a conspiracy toward a global world order in which people will be politically and spiritually enslaved. But as one former Freemason friend told me, “This is the veneer of the lower degrees that exists on the Order’s public face. What is happening with at least some of the members at the 33rd level, or among the York Rite Knights Templar and the Shriners, is another matter altogether. When I was part of the brotherhood,” he continued, “I watched as specific members with the correct disposition and ideology were identified, separated, groomed, and initiated into the higher degrees for reasons you would find corresponding with the goals of a New World Order.”
Famous Freemason Foster Bailey once described how the Masons not included among this elite are unaware of an “Illuminati” presence among Master Masons, who in turn are the guardians of a secret “Plan”:
Little as it may be realised by the unthinking Mason who is interested only in the outer aspects of the Craft work, the whole fabric of Masonry may be regarded as an externalisation of that inner spiritual group whose members, down the ages, have been the Custodians of the Plan.… These Master Masons, to whom TGAOTU [The Great Architect of the Universe] has given the design and Who are familiar with the tracing board of the G.M. [Grand Master] on high, are…sometimes known as the Illuminati and can direct the searchlight of truth wherever its beams are needed to guide the pilgrim on his way. They are the Rishis of the oriental philosophy, the Builders of the occult tradition.[iii]
Part of the carefully guarded Illuminati “Plan” Bailey referred to involves the need for each Mason to navigate the meaning behind the various rituals in order to discover the secret doctrine of Masonry involving the true identity of deity and what this means now and for the future (which is unveiled later in this chapter as reflected in the prophecy of the Great Seal of the United States). Manly Hall, who rightly called the Great Seal “the signature” of that exalted body of Masons who designed America for a “peculiar and particular purpose,” described these two kinds of Masons as members of a “fraternity within a fraternity,” the elect of which are dedicated to a mysterious arcanum arcandrum (a “sacred secret”) unknown to the rest of the Order:
Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity—an outer organization concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect.
…it is necessary to establish the existence of these two separate yet independent orders, the one visible and the other invisible.
The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of “free and accepted” men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns.
The invisible society is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterious arcanum arcandrum.
Those brethren who have essayed to write the history of their craft have not included in their disquisitions the story of that truly secret inner society which is to the body Freemasonic what the heart is to the body human.
In each generation only a few are accepted into the inner sanctuary of the work…the great initiate-philosophers of Freemasonry are…masters of that secret doctrine which forms the invisible foundation of every great theological and rational institution.[iv]
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Among dedicatories to those who support this “invisible” secret doctrine, there is a memorial alcove in the heart of the House of the Temple called the “Pillars of Charity.” Here, between two vaults on either side—one containing the exhumed remains of former Sovereign Grand Commander Albert Pike and the other containing Sovereign Grand Commander John Henry Cowles, marked by busts of each man on marble pedestals—a stained-glass window depicts the all-seeing eye above the words Fiat Lux emitting thirty-three beams of light downward onto the phrase ordo ab chao from ancient Craft Masonic doctrine, “order out of chaos.”
Between meetings with the anonymous Masons who met with me during my research, I stepped into this shrine and read the names of those who are hallowed there on reflective golden inscriptions for contributing at least $1 million to advance the cause of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, including the George Bush family, whose work to initiate the New World Order is universally understood.
At the House of the Temple, like elsewhere, “The Brotherhood of Darkness” (as my late friend Dr. Stanley Monteith used to call it) intentionally hides in plain sight the occult aspirations of universalism, which ultimately will be conceived in a one-world order and one-world religion under the son of Lucifer—Apollo/Osiris/Nimrod—or, as Manly Hall put it:
The outcome of the “secret destiny” is a World Order ruled by a King with supernatural powers. This King was descended of a divine race; that is, he belonged to the Order of the Illumined for those who come to a state of wisdom then belong to a family of heroes-perfected human beings.[v]
When Hall offered this astonishingly perceptive commentary about the future Masonic “King” who is “descended of a divine race” of “Illumined” (luciferic) “heroes-perfected” (half-man, half-god) human beings, he nailed exactly what the Watchers had done, and what the Cumaean Sibyl’s Great Seal prophecy says will occur again with the second coming of Apollo/Osiris/Nimrod.
We cited the Cumaean’s prophecy early in this series, which Manly Hall noted is reflected in the “mass of occult and Masonic symbols” on the Great Seal, which he believed only students of archaic or esoteric symbolism would be able to accurately decipher. But after years of research and meeting with high-level Freemasons, I believe I can help with this enigma. This requires that I back up a bit, as it starts with the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the authors of that historic document—John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. Within one day of July 4, 1776, these three were assigned the task of serving what today we would call a steering committee task regarding the Great Seal’s design—what it should ultimately communicate about the establishment of this nation, its objectives, and its destiny. Therefore, let us briefly examine the worldview and spirituality of these men to comprehend the visionary and prophetic occultism of the Great Seal (as partially discussed by Christian J. Pinto in the preface of my bestselling book Zenith 2016).
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
John Adams was America’s second president and a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin worked together on the first committee to design the Great Seal for the United States. While it doesn’t appear that Adams was a member of any secret group, he was a Unitarian and shared views of Christianity not unlike those of Paine, Jefferson, and Franklin. He wrote the following to Thomas Jefferson in a letter dated September 3, 1816:
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved—the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced![vi]
Worse than his friend, John Adams, was Thomas Jefferson. Along with Thomas Paine (who also wrote that Jesus was a blasphemous fable and that the Bible was “scarcely anything but a history of the grossest vices and a collection of the most paltry and contemptible tales” whose “Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith), Jefferson typified last-days “scoffers, walking after their own lusts” warned about in the Bible (2 Peter 3:3, KJV). Jefferson said this about the book of Revelation in a letter to General Alexander Smyth dated January 17, 1825:
It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it and I then considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.[vii]
Through the rest of his letter, Jefferson made it clear to the general that he had not repented of his formerly held view. Some have tried to whitewash him because he thought Jesus could be considered a teacher of morality, but Jefferson believed the chronicle of Jesus as depicted in the Bible was an unmitigated fraud. Here is what he said in a letter to William Short dated October 31, 1819:
The greatest of all the Reformers of the depraved religion of his own country, was Jesus of Nazareth. Abstracting what is really His from the rubbish in which it is buried, easily distinguished by its luster from the dross of his biographers, and as separable from that as the diamond from the dunghill.[viii]
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The above passage describes the approach Jefferson took in writing his so-called Jefferson Bible (properly titled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth). What he claimed he was attempting to do (and wrote about extensively) was to separate the “true” sayings of Jesus from the things he believed had been added to the Gospel accounts. But he did not really believe in the authority of the Bible, Old Testament or New. In a letter to John Adams—his Declaration of Independence coauthor and assistant in designing the Great Seal of the United States—he wrote on January 24, 1814:
Where did we get the Ten Commandments? The book indeed gives them to us verbatim, but where did it get them? For itself tells us they were written by the finger of God on tables of stone, which were destroyed by Moses.… But the whole history of these books is so defective and doubtful, that it seems vain to attempt minute inquiry into it.… We have a right to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine.[ix]
As seen earlier, Jefferson’s view of the New Testament was no better. In the same letter to John Adams, he wrote:
In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.[x]
When one reads The Jefferson Bible, it becomes clear what Jefferson was referring to when he mentioned “dunghills.” He specifically took a pair of scissors and a razor blade and cut out evidence of the divinity and Messianic assignment of Jesus from Scripture, including the virgin birth, the miracles of Christ, the Lord’s resurrection, and His ascension into heaven. Because it details His Second Coming and the arrival of Antichrist, the entire book of Revelation was also omitted. These were among the things Jefferson believed came from “inferior minds” forming “dunghills.” Concerning the Lord Jesus Himself, Jefferson wrote in another letter to Short on April 13, 1920:
Among the sayings and discourses imputed to Him by His biographers [authors of the Bible], I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others, again, of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture.… I separate, therefore, the gold from the dross…and leave the latter to the stupidity of some, and roguery of others of His disciples. Of this band of dupes and impostors, Paul was the…first corruptor of the doctrines of Jesus.[xi]
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[i] Hall, Lost Keys, 19.
[ii] Pike, 819.
[iii] Bailey, 20.
[iv] Manly P. Hall, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy: An Introduction to Practical Ideals (Philosophical Research Society, 1984), 433.
[v] Hall, Secret Destiny, 26.
[vi] Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006) 43.
[vii] Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. XVI (Washington, DC: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903) 100–101.
[viii] Gerard W. Gawalt, ed., Thomas Jefferson and William Short Correspondence (Library of Congress Manuscript Division).
[ix] Lipscomb and Bergh, Vol. XIV, 71–72.
[xi] Samuel E. Forman, The Life and Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Bowen-Merrill, 1900) 365.