To the left is a image from the Illustrated London News dated August 28 1909, an interesting read of Masonic plans over 100 years ago, download the full image here (1.14 meg).
References to the construction of King Solomon's temple at Jerusalem has been included in the rituals of the operative Freemasons since ancient times.
In operative lodges the layout of the lodge room in each of the several degrees symbolizes either a stone-yard or the temple building at one of the various stages of construction.
As he participates in each degree, the candidate progressively represents the various types of stone used in the building, until ultimately he represents the plan of the temple.
The ceremonial for each degree is based on the preparation and usage of the relevant stone during construction and ultimately on the application of the plan to achieve completion of the temple. Many aspects of the operative ceremonials and catechisms have been included in the rituals of speculative freemasonry.
Freemasonry and King Solomon's Temple
The Freemasonry Society adopted the Temple of Solomon for its symbol, because to the Freemason it was the most stable and the most magnificent structure that ever existed. The Temple of Solomon denotes reason and intelligence to the Freemason and the most comprehensive explanations ever given in respect of the foundation, purpose and symbolism of Freemasonry.
Freemasons teach that since the earliest times, man has built temples or shrines where he could worship his own god in his “house”. The Tower of Babel is the first such structure mentioned in the Bible, Babel being the name of one of the chief cities founded by Nimrod in the land of Sumer, or ancient Babylon. Nimrod was a prodigious builder and was King of Babylon at the time of the Tower of Babel.
Freemasonry teaches that although there is no archaeological evidence to confirm the existence of a city and tower of Babylon before about 1800 BC, a text of Sharkalisharri, who was King of Agade in about 2250 BC, mentions his restoration of the temple tower or ziggurat at Babylon, which implies the existence of an earlier sacred city on the site. They believe that when Ur-Nammur, the King of Ur, built a ziggurat in about 2100 BC, it replaced the first Tower of Babel that probably was constructed prior to 4000 BC.
The ziggurat was a series of superimposed platforms ranging from about 10 to 20 meters in height, which progressively diminished in area and were accessed by ramps or stairways. The structure was surmounted by a temple, to which God would descend and communicate with mankind. The traditional history of the Masons' Guilds stated that their trade secrets were first given to the trade by Nimrod.
The Ritual of the Operative Free Masons Still Includes the Old “Charges of Nimrod”
In which the first charge requires that all Free Masons shall be true to their God, their King, their Lord and their Masters. Lodges of operative Free Masons have always adopted the orientation of the temples at Jerusalem, with the entrance in the east and the master in the west.
The orientation of lodges of speculative Freemasons is the reverse of the present orientation of Christian churches. A worshiper in the Holy Place of the temple looked west to the Holy of Holies or east through the entrance to see the rising sun. Freemasons reference Christian churches as usually having their main entrance in the west and the altar in the east.
The reverse is probably because of the compiler and editor of the original “Constitutions of the Freemasons” published by order of the Grand Lodge of England in 1723, the Rev Dr James Anderson DD. Another possible reason is that early speculative ritualists may have been influenced by an essential doctrine of that particular school of the Cabala that says: “His Majesty sits on a throne in the east, as the actual representative of God”.
The orientation of the temples at Jerusalem was the reverse of the present orientation of Christian churches. In conclusion Freemasons believe that “The principal entrance to the lodge room ought to face the east, because the east is a place of light both physical and moral and therefore the Freemason has access to the lodge by that entrance, as a symbol of mental illumination.”
Dorothy de Rothschild, of the Rothschild Dynasty Completed the Masonic Temple
of the Illuminated in 1992 when she gave Israel their Supreme Court building. She donated the Masonic Structure under three conditions: the Rothschilds were to choose the plot of land, they would use their own architect and no one would ever know the price of its construction. A journey through the Supreme Court is in fact a symbolic course towards Illumination.
The ultimate “goal” of the journey is to reach the top of the pyramid which is located on the roof of Supreme Court, atop of an area where the 'Holy of Holies' would be in a 'Jewish Temple'. James A. de Rothschild donated to Israel the money for their Parliament building, the Knesset (dedicated in 1966). Israel, like all governments on earth today, is under the controlling arm of Luciferianism.
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