Its conferral week ( May 6 -13 ) again for the Grand York Rite of the Philippines, a bi-annual event for conferring Master Masons who are illuminated to further their study of the biblical lessons in Freemasonry. The lessons consist of the three bodies of the York Rite; the Capitular Degrees, the Council Degrees, and the Chivalric Orders of the Commandery.
Through the untiring dedication of the Grand Secretary-Recorder Most Excellent Danilo C. Datu, KYGCH, of the Grand York Rite of the Philippines, thirty three candidates have completed the Royal Chapter Degrees on May 6.
Present also during the conferral were Most Illustrious Evaristo Leviste, KYGCH, Representative of the General Grand Council International for Japan and Philippines, Most Illustrious Jerry Townsend of the General Grand Council International; Incumbent Most Excellent Grand High Priest Manny Bravo, and other Grand York Rite Officers.
I was so thankful to be part of the conferral team as Master of the Second Veil, the representation drama of the tribe of Ephraim, the bull, and by the banner color purple.
The Tabernacle “residence” or “dwelling place”), according to the Hebrew Bible, was the portable earthly meeting place of God with the children of Israel from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan. Built of woven layers of curtains along with 48 standing boards clad with polished gold and held in place by 5 bars per side with the middle bar shooting through from end to end and other items made from the gold, silver, brass, furs, jewels, and other valuable materials taken out of Egypt at God’s orders, and according to specifications revealed by Yahweh (God) to Moses at Mount Sinai, it was transported by the Israelites on their journey through the wilderness and their conquest of the Promised Land.
Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem superseded it as the dwelling-place of God some 300 years later.Exodus 31 – The Call of Bezallel and Aholiab Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you:”
The First Temple, the Temple of King Solomon
The task to build the first temple was given to Solomon, because David, his father has shed much blood and waged so much wars for the house of Israel. After the death of his father David, Solomon issued the orders for the building of the First Temple to commence:
You know that my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet. (1 Kings 5:3).
The building of the First Temple was a monumental task. Phoenician craftsmen were employed to build the Temple. Construction began in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign and took seven years:
Then King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel – and the labor force was thirty thousand men . . . Solomon selected seventy thousand men to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry stone in the mountains, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them. (1 Kings 5:13; 2 Chronicles 2:2).
The stones were hewn from a quarry and brought to the Temple:
And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built. (1 Kings 6:7)
Destruction of First Temple Foreseen
The prophet Jeremiah predicted the destruction of the Jerusalem and a seventy year captivity of the people. He also pronounced judgment on those who would destroy her, namely the Babylonians. It was only a matter of time until the times of the First Temple were to come to a sad and terrible end:
And the whole land [of Israel] shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the Lord; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation. (Jeremiah 25:12, 13).
In 587 BCE, the Holy Temple in in Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II.
King Nebuchadnezzar II (634-562 BCE) was the greatest king of ancient Babylon, succeeding his father, Nabopolassar. He married Amytis of Media (630-565 BCE) and so secured an alliance between the Medes and the Babylonians (Amytis being the daughter or granddaughter of Cyaxerxes, the king of the Medes) and, according to some sources, had the Hanging Gardens of Babylon built for her to remind her of her homeland in Persia.
Upon ascending to the throne, Nebuchadnezzar spoke to the gods, in his inaugural address, saying, “O merciful Marduk, may the house that I have built endure forever, may I be satiated with its splendor, attain old age therein, with abundant offspring, and receive therein tribute of the kings of all regions, from all mankind” and it would seem the gods heard his prayer in that, under his reign, Babylon became the most powerful city-state in the region and Nebuchadnezzar II himself the greatest warrior-king and ruler in the known world. He is portrayed in unflattering light in the Bible, most notably in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Jeremiah.
The Second Temple
as rebuilt by the first Grand Council Zerubbabel as King, Joshua as High Priest, and Prophet Haggai as Scribe.
In the year 587 BCE the Temple of Solomon was razed and burned to the ground by Nebuchadnezzer—King of the Chaldeans—the faithless Zedekiah—the last of Judah’s kings—was made sightless and cast into a dungeon in Babylon. The Holy Vessels—the famous brazen pillars—and all the treasures of the King’s house-of his palaces and of his princes were carried away. Judah lay waste. The Temple of God was desolate.
The remnant of the people—except the very poor that escaped the sword—were made captives in a foreign land.
Forty-eight years after the destruction of the first Temple—in the first year of his reign—Cyrus-King of Persia issued an edict—granting permission to the captives to return to their own land and to rebuild the Temple of their God. He appointed Zerubbabel—a Prince of the House of Judah—Governor of the people. Under his guidance and direction the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem was begun.
But owing to the poverty of the people—and the hindrance by their enemies-very little was accomplished until eighteen years later—when Darius the King issued an edict—that the Jews should no longer be hindered or impeded in the noble and glorious work of rebuilding the House of the Lord. Darius also caused the Sacred Treasurers to be sent back to Jerusalem—and by royal command directed that the expenses of rebuilding the Temple should be paid out of the King’s Treasury.
In the year 520 B.C. under the stirring appeals of the prophets—Haggai and Zechariah—Zerubbabel once more began rebuilding the House of the Lord. It was completed in the year 516 B.C.
The Burning of Second Temple by the Romans
On the 10th of August, in A.D. 70 — the 9th of Av — in Jewish Calender, the Temple was burned again. Titus, the Roman Emperor, took the city and put it to the torch, burning the Temple.
The destruction of the Temple caused the beginning of the scattering of the Jews throughout the world. For the next 1900 years the Jews would have no authority in the land God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Constantine and the “Christian” Roman Empire
In A.D. 324 Emperor Constantine and his mother Queen Helena were converted to Christianity. Aelia Capitolina was renamed Jerusalem and the title of “Holy City” was restored to her. It was now, however, considered the Holy City of Christianity, not the national capital of the Jews. The pagan temple Hadrian was destroyed and the church of Holy Zion was built on the Temple Mount. These conditions lasted under A.D. 362 when the Roman emperor Julian the Apostate permitted the Jews to return.
A Plan to Rebuild
There was one occasion after the destruction of the Second Temple when the Jews were able to formulate plans to rebuild their temple. The man behind this project was the Roman Emperor, Flavius Claudius Julianus, a nephew of Constantine – also known as Julian the Apostate because of his opposition to Christianity. Julian planned the project in the last year of his reign in A.D. 363. Julian rescinded all the anti-Jewish laws that his uncle Constantine had instituted. He issued an edict that the Temple be rebuilt in Jerusalem. This caused a great deal of excitement among the Jews. From far and wide, Jews came to Jerusalem to help in the rebuilding work. Julian supplied the necessary funds and appointed Alypius of Antioch, the Roman Governor of Great Britain, to carry out the project. Jews from all over gave from their wealth upon the projected work of rebuilding the Temple. The roads to Jerusalem were filled with multitudes of Jewish men and women who had hopes of seeing a Third Temple built.
Then sudden tragedy struck. The foundations of the Second Temple were barely uncovered when flames of fire burst forth from under the ground. The flames were accompanied by large explosions. The cause for the flames were probably the result of noxious gas in the subterranean passages catching fire. The workmen fled and the building was stopped, never again to be restarted. Many believed that the explosion and fire were a demonstration of the anger of God.
With their hopes dashed, the Jews were then driven into Exile and became wanderers in foreign lands. They were people without a homeland. For some eighteen centuries they would be dispersed and persecuted. Throughout time their thoughts were of the Temple which once stood in Jerusalem and prayers for its restoration.
Cursed of God?
In the early years, the Christians looked upon the Temple Mount as a place that God had cursed. As Christianity gained foothold in the Roman world the Temple Mount was left to become a desolate rubble heap. In A.D. 534, over the site of Solomon’s elaborate palace, the Emperor Justinian built mighty substructures as foundations for the New Church of St. Mary. While other holy sites in Jerusalem were explored and identified, the Temple Mount was neglected.
The Building of the Third Temple Spiritualizing the Temple of God. Starting at the end of the quote from the Temple Illustrated Edition Bible, above, we read:
“… In all the rich symbolism of Ancient Craft Masonry two symbols, or symbolic themes, predominate. One is the search for light; the other is the labor of building. The source of light is the Holy Bible, and the grand representation of the builder’s art is King Solomon’s Temple …. It was natural that imaginative stone Masons, long before the development of anything like our modern fraternity, should have felt a kinship with the great builders of all ages. It was natural also that they should have acknowledge a peculiar attraction for the most famous and glorious of all building enterprises, King Solomon’s Temple and Citadel. Interest and attraction for the wonderful structure on Mt. Moriah have increased rather than diminished … until today the Temple of Solomon is the spiritual home of every Mason.” [Masonic Holy Bible, Temple Illustrated Edition, A.J. Holman Co., 1968, p. 11-14]
A short while later, these authors explain: “King Solomon’s Temple was the perfect architectural expression of the religious faith of a people.” [P. 25] “Perhaps Masonic interest also increased from a more or less incidental notice of the Temple to a final preoccupation with it as a symbol of spiritual man. [P. 29; Emphasis added]
Indeed, Masonic leadership has spiritualized the meaning of the Temple in the life of each and every Mason. Albert Mackey explains: “To the Master Mason, the Temple of Solomon is truly the symbol of human life … it becomes a fit symbol of human life occupied in the search after Divine Truth, which is nowhere to be found … Such is the symbolism of the first Temple, that of Solomon, as familiar to the class of Master Masons.” [“Encylopaedia of Freemasonry, Mackey, p. 774; Emphasis added]
However, while Solomon’s Temple is the symbol of mortal human life to the Master Mason, a higher class of Masons ascribe a different interpretation to yet another Temple. Listen to Mackey explain:
“But there is a second and higher class of the Fraternity, the Masons of the Royal Arch, by whom this temple symbolism is still further developed. This second class, leaving their early symbolism, and looking beyond this Temple of Solomon, find in Scriptural history another Temple, which years after the destruction of the first one, was erected upon its ruins; and they have selected the second Temple, the Temple of Zerubbabel, as their prominent symbol. And, as the first class of Masons find in their Temple the symbol of mortal life, limited and perishable, they, on the contrary, see in this second Temple, built upon the foundations of the first, a symbol of life eternal, where the lost truth shall be found, where new incense shall arise from a new altar, and whose perpetuity their great Master had promised when, in the very spirit of symbolism, he exclaimed, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’.”
“And so to these two classes or Orders of Masons the symbolism of the Temple presents itself in a connected and continuous form. To the Master Mason, the Temple of Solomon is the symbol of this life; to the Royal Arch Mason, the Temple of Zerubbabel is the symbol of the future life. To the former, his Temple is the symbol of the search for truth; to the latter, his is the symbol of the discovery of truth; and thus the circle is completed and the system made perfect.” [Ibid., Pages 774-775; Emphasis added]
The Temple is so very important to the Mason that he took the final step to spiritualize its meaning. Master Masons look upon Solomon’s Temple as their symbol of human life, while Royal Arch Masons consider the inferior Temple of Zerubbabel as their symbol of eternal life! The two symbols, taken together, form a spiritual circle, thus “perfecting” the Masonic symbolic system!The Tribe of Dan and Freemasonry “Dan was the fifth son of Jacob and his mother was Bilhah the handmaid of Rachel.Rachel was very envious that her sister Leah had given Jacob four sons. Rachel told her husband to give her children or else she would die. Jacob was angry with Rachel, his favorite wife. Rachel gave her handmaid, Bilhah, to Jacob as his wife. Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son: therefore she called his name Dan.”(Genesis 30:1-6). The Tribe of Dan Although we do not take the myths of the “Ten Lost Tribes” of Israel seriously, it is interesting to examine the strange maneuvers of the Tribe of Dan. Their disappointing performance seems to have been anticipated, enigmatically, by Jacob on his deathbed as he prophesied over each of his sons:Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
This identification with a serpent was changed by Ahiezer, the leader of the Tribe of Dan during the Exodus, to an eagle with a serpent in its mouth as their tribal ensign.
When the conquest of Canaan was completed and the tribes received their land allocations, the Tribe of Dan was given the land west of Benjamin, placing them between Jerusalem and the Philistines. (Even though Dan was one of the largest tribes, it received one of the smallest – and most troublesome – allocations.)
The primary hero of this tribe is, of course, Samson. Although the subject of several colorful episodes, he actually accomplishes little of practical value. His riddle involving bees resulted in an additional identity idiom for his tribe.
After Samson’s death, the tribe was unable to adequately deal with their Philistine adversaries and sought an alternative location, which was ultimately found in the North.
It is interesting that in the “Song of Deborah,” commemorating the victory over Sisera, Dan is chided for his distancing himself from the perils of the emerging nation:
Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.
Dan’s descendants apparently became skilled sailors and migrated north and westward to seek their own futures. It is remarkable that Moses had previously anticipated this in his prophetic summary:
And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion’s whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.
How could he “leap from Bashan” (the Golan Heights) if he had been officially allocated the area west of Jerusalem? This prophecy by Moses anticipated his relocating to the North!
The Bee Identity
When the tomb of one of the earliest Merovingian kings was unearthed, a treasure including 300 tiny gold bees was discovered. These bees are regarded as a symbol of the Tribe of Dan, linked with Samson’s riddle.11
When Napoleon was crowned, he insisted that his coronation cloak included the 300 bees embroidered into it, apparently evidencing his desiring an identity with the Merovingians and the Tribe of Dan. When he married Marie Louise Habsburg, he insisted that these same bees be embroidered into her wedding gown.
The Merovingian legends – and the Magdalene heresy – are taken seriously by many of the royal families in Europe and among some of the powerful activists behind the European Union today.
(It is also interesting that the Mormon Church accepts the Magdalene heresy and that the state symbol of Utah is the bee.)
The Eagle Identity
It is also worth noting that the ensign of Israel’s enemies always seems to be that of an eagle: Herod, the Romans, the Germans, the Czars, et al. (It is interesting that even Sparta and Troy may have links with the Tribe of Dan!)
It disturbs some to note that the symbol of the United States is also, of course, the eagle. The apparent Masonic symbolism on the Great Seal of the United States also disturbs many (look at your dollar bill and consult these images: 1,2,3,4):
The 32 feathers of the right wing are said to represent the 32 degrees of the Freemasonry. The 33 feathers on the left wing include the honorary 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite. The nine tail feathers are said to highlight the Council of Nine when the Illuminati merged with the Freemasons on May 1, 1776.
The ostensible occultic significance seems even more pronounced on the reverse side: the All Seeing Eye (the “Open Eye” of Egypt and the “Mind’s Eye” of the Gnostics) and the Latin phrases “Annuit Coeptis” (announcing the birth of) “Novus Ordo Seclorum” (New World Order).The Age of Aquarius 2160AD – 4230AD shall be the period when the Ark of the Covenant would be restored in the form of computers, emf generators, atom smashers, wormhole transport facilities and ultimately smart device like signet that serves as individual data storage , biometrics , and radiates the Spirit of God handled by Humanos Luminus or Illuminated Human. Present day craftsmen are programmers, scientists, physicists, alien like engineers who understand the dimensional law of the universe and perfecting the reality of the Godlike particle. The Prophecy of Prophet Haggai ( Present Days before Year 2160 AD), the Building of the Third Temple From the fourth chapter of Exodus:”And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe in the two former signs, thou shalt take of the water of the river and pour it upon the dry land; and the water shall become blood upon the dry land.” This is an allegory of the scarlet (blood) color of the banner, the transformation of the old earth by wars, man made calamities, weather manipulations before the realization of the New Temple or the New Earth.
- All Nations Will be Shaken
- The Heavens and Earth Will be Shaken
- The Past and Present Building of the Temple
- The Instruction to Build the Temple
1. All Nations Will Be Shaken
“For this says the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, says the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, says the Lord of hosts” (Hag.2:6-9 KJV).
It is clear from the scriptures that there has never been a time in history when God has shaken the heavens, the earth, and all the nations. But, this is what he says he will do just before Jesus returns as King of kings at the end of this age. See also Heb.12:26.
2. The Heavens and Earth Will Be Shaken
“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, says the Lord of hosts, will I take you, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, says the Lord, and will make you as a signet: for I have chosen you, says the Lord of hosts” (Hag. 2:21-23 KJV).
Clearly, this is an end of the age prophecy. Here, we see that God shakes the heavens and the earth, overthrowing the kingdoms (nations) of the world. “In that day,” is a reference to the end of the age (Isa.2:17-21; Zeph.1:7-10, 12-16; Joel 3:9-18; Zech.14:1-8,13,20). And as we will see, it is also very clear that God gives the prophetic end-time Zerubbabel great power and authority to represent him and proclaim his good news message to the world.
3. Past and Present Building of the Temple
“And now, I ask you to consider from this day and forward, from the time before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the Lord” (Hag.2:15 Para.).
“Consider now from this day and forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider it”(Hag.2:18 Para.).
Both of these references about laying the foundation and construction of the temple refer to a past and a future fulfillment.
—A Compilation of Research Material