A Concise Appraisal by Ecclesia Apostolica Jesu Christi
Until the 17th century, there were only “operative Masons.” However, in circa 1600, Masonry evidently began initiating non-stonemasons into its ranks. This formed the final catalyst that brought modern Masonry into being. Most Masons trace their founding to the first “Mother” Lodge that met in a tavern in London on the feast of St John, 24th June 1717. This is a day held most sacred by the Knights Templar. In 1726 this lodge became the “Grand Lodge of all England.” This was followed by schisms between other “Grand Lodges,” both in England and on the Continent. In 1773, the second most influential Grand Lodge, the “Grand Orient” was formed in France. This brings us to a most significant date in modern Freemasonry ~ 1st May 1776 ~ when the final element in the equation of Freemasonry was introduced. It already possessed by this time strains of fertility cults, Islamic mysticism, alchemy, Templary and Rosicrucianism. These were symbolic stones in the arch that formed a doorway to witchcraft.
The keystone on the arch was provided by an obscure Jesuit-trained professor of canon law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria, Adam Weishaupt. The important date on the witchcraft calendar of May 1st was selected for the foundation of the Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria. It was founded on a mixture of Masonic secrets, Islamic mysticism and Jesuit mental discipline. The element that made it even more unique and dangerous was its scientific use of the drug Almamout Hashish to produce an “illuminated” state of mind. This was the drug of the Assassins. Illumination had long been a cherished component of Masonry and other occult groups. The Masonic candidate requests, and is promised, “light in Masonry.” As he goes up the ladder of initiation, he receives “more light.” It is because of this society’s emphasis on illumination that the Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria became known by its more common title of The Illuminati. The trapezoid (unfinished pyramid with four sides) is a most significant symbol in Satanism. The symbol is actually a metaphor for the oppressive hierarchy that reigns over the Masonic Lodge, and over many “democratic” governments, not least the American government where the all-seeing-eye above a trapezoid is used on the Great Seal of the United States (as depicted on the reverse of any dollar bill). The Illuminati eye is perched atop an incomplete pyramid with the date 1776 AD (the year Weishaupt founded the Illuminati) in Roman numerals at the bottom. The Muslim connection to the origins of Masonry is also difficult to ignore. The most glaring example in the world of the Lodge is, of course, the Shrine. The actual title of the Shriner organisation is the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The Shrine is openly evocative of Arab culture and the “shrine” in Masonry is the sacred shrine of Islam in Mecca. A Shrine initiate must swear the usual oath on the Koran, in addition to the Bible, ending thus: “May Allah, the God of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the God of our Fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same, Amen, Amen, Amen.” (Shrine Ritual Monitor, Allen Publishing, pages 35-39). Muslims, of course, deny the deity of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection.
An Illuminatus is a Master Mason who has received all the “light” Masonry can bestow. He is beyond 33°. Such people are known as Masters or Masters of the Temple, and collectively they are known by several names other than the Illuminati; but, whatever they are called, they form an elite cadre of “super-Masons” with understanding of the principles of Freemasonry far beyond even the typical 33° Mason. The Bavarian seers themselves can be traced back to a 16th century Muslim cult of illuminated men called the Roshaniya in Afghanistan. Again we see the pervasive influence of Islam in these secret orders. It was probably from this Afghan connection that Weishaupt acquired his knowledge of hashish.
Alex Sanders giving the sign
of the Mason on the square.
Weishaupt affiliated himself with the Masons, joining the Munich Lodge, in 1777. He played on the egotism that runs through Masonry and created a secret order within a secret order. The most powerful image in Illuminist sorcery is the sign of Dagon (1 Samuel 5): the hand, palm forward with the five digits extended. Weishaupt taught that everything occurred in fives. Human history came in a cycle of five stages and someone who understood these could manipulate history to his own ends. The five stages were: Chaos; Discord; Confusion; Bureaucracy; Aftermath. Weishaupt gave wings to the geo-political ambitions of the Masons in a fashion not seen since the Templars. Though Masonry always had its political overtones, Weishaupt’s use of the Law of Fives, drugs and occult intrigues added momentum to the evil currents of the Lodge. This final fusion of statecraft with sorcery created the Freemasonry we know today without which modern witchcraft and the satanic revival of the 20th century would not have been possible. Every leading and influential witch, occultist and Satanist has invariably been a high-ranking Mason.
Aleister Crowley: his left-hand offering a Masonic sign.
Arthur Edward Waite, occult author, magician and Masonic historian, wrote an encyclopedia of Freemasonry. Dr Wynn Westcott, member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, was also a founding member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn whose members introduced Tantric sex magic rituals to Western society as a form of worship. S L MacGregor Mathers co-founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Aleister Crowley, pursued in letters by pseudo-scientist Alfred Kinsey for his “sexual experiences,” founded an anti-Christ religion called Thelema. Crowley, a master Satanist of the 20th century, advocated child sacrifice in one his published work Magick in Theory and Practice, used children in perverted sexual rituals, and held several Masonic titles including the highest (33°) in the Ancient and Accepted Rite, and the second highest (96°) in the Ancient and Primitive Rite. Dr Gerard Encaussé, (Papus) masterful author, exponent of the Tarot, and leader of the occult Martinistes Society. Dr Theodore Reuss, head of the German satanic society Ordo Templi Orientis. (The OTO was represented in the British Isles by Aleister Crowley). George Pickingill, witch and sorcerer in England and leader of the “Pickingill covens.” Annie Besant, leader of the occult Theosophical Society and Co-Masonic hierarch. (Yes, there are female Masons!) Alice Bailey, founder of the New Age Lucis (formerly Lucifer) Trust. C W Leadbetter, Theosophist, mentor of the failed avatar, or New Age “Christ,” Krishnamurti, and prelate in the occult Liberal Catholic Church. Manly P Hall, Rosicrucian adept and author of popular Freemasonry manuals. Gerald B Gardner, member of Crowley’s depraved Ordo Templi Orientis, and founder and practitioner of modern witchcraft, or, as it known, wicca. Alex Sanders, self-styled “King of the Witches” based in London, England, and one of the most influential leaders of wicca after Gardner. Freemasonry welcomed all of these occultists and sorcerers into its highest ranks. In addition many minor occultists are drawn to the Lodge by its mysterious power. While all levels of Masonry have their share of occultists and wiccans, the Illuminati, the Ancient rites and the Supreme Council are especially likely to have them.
Alex Sanders and his high priestess.
There could not be a witchcraft and
occult revival without Freemasonry.
Soon after the infiltration of Illuminism into Freemasonry at the end of the 18th century, another extraordinary figure emerged. His name was Albert Pike (1809-1891) and his impact was akin to that of Weishaupt’s. Pike became a Mason in 1850 and then, in a meteoric rise to power, was elected Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States in 1859. He essentially made Scottish Rite Masonry the institution it is today, and expressed contempt for Christianity at every opportunity. One of his Masonic titles was “Sovereign Pontiff of Lucifer.” Pike regarded Lucifer as the true god, as do many witches and pagans today.
Symbol of the Ku Klux Klan.
Pike chose to follow the mystery religions of Baal. If we look at his writings and statements attributed to him, we find that he acknowledged Lucifer as the true god and Adonay (the Biblical God) as the “god of evil.” Pike’s “fruits” are definitely satanic (Matthew 7: 15-20). Pike was influenced by the Italian Freemason and revolutionary, Giuseppi Mazzini (1805-1872). Mazzini had formed a society in Sicily called the Oblonica that means “I reckon with a dagger.” As is typical with the Masons, Mazzini formed an order within an order. This elite inner group was called by a term most people will recognise ~ the Mafia. The name is an acronym for Mazzini autorizza furti, incendi, avvelenamenti ~ Mazzini authorises thefts, arson and poisoning. The Mafia was also known by another term, Il Mano Nigro ~ the Black Hand. Mafia crimes were often sealed by a black handprint at the scene. This, of course, was an Illuminati touch: the hand with palm forward and five digits extended. Pike helped create the Ku Klux Klan, a secret terrorist society in the southern states of America. No black men were ever admitted to Masonic Lodges in the Southern Jurisdiction. Thus Negroes were obliged to adapt their own form of Masonry that is called Prince Hall Masonry.
In 1870 Pike and Mazzini completed an agreement to create a supreme, universal rite of Masonry that would over-arch all the other rites, even the different national rites. It centralised all high Masonic bodies in the world under one head. This head was, ultimately, Lucifer. Pike an Mazzini were his human regents. To this end the Palladium Rite was created as the pinnacle of the pyramid of power. Palladism is necessarily a Luciferian rite. Its religion is Manichæan neo-gnosticism, teaching that the divinity is dual and that Lucifer is the equal of Adonay, with Lucifer the “god of light and goodness” struggling for humanity against Adonay the “god of darkness and evil.” Albert Pike had only specified and unveiled the dogmas of the high grades of all other masonries, for in no matter what rite, the Masonic “Great Architect of the Universe” is not the God worshipped by the Christians. The Luciferian doctrine is implicit in the lower degrees, and only becomes an explicit teaching on the highest degrees. The highest of the high was the Palladium: an international alliance to bring in the Grand Lodges, the Grand Orient, the ninety-seven degrees of Memphis and Mizraim (the Ancient and Primitive Rite), and the Scottish Rite (the Ancient and Accepted Rite).
The traditional Palladium imprecation is: “Glory and Love for Lucifer! Hatred! Hatred! Hatred! To God accursed! Accursed! Accursed!” Palladism took the fuel from Adam Weishaupt’s dangerous vision for humanity and connected the energy to the pistons of Freemasonry. Those pistons were then driven in rhythm by the Palladium. In common with other Gnostic cults, the Palladium teaches that the serpent told the truth in the Garden of Eden. Candidates are exposed to a five-step programme: (1) Adoption: This is where the Mason is brought into the “fellowship” of Lucifer. He is guided into swearing an oath and being yoked to the temple of Lucifer. Ultimately, he is led into making a pact with Lucifer. (2) Illumination: Through drugs and occult techniques of the seers, the so-called Third Eye is opened. This “eye,” or the Ajna chakra, is felt to be the point of contact between humans and Lucifer consciousness. It is supposedly located in the forehead, above and between the two visible eyes. To “open” the eye a little is to experience psychic powers. To open it completely is to have the mind flooded with “pure” Luciferic consciousness. This is why one of the Masonic symbols is the “all-seeing-eye.” It is a symbol of Illumination. (3) Conversation: This involves communicating with the “mighty dead.” Spiritualism plays a significant part in the Palladium. Mediumship is encouraged and “conversation” with the sages of history is vital. (4) Congress: The initiate is led into being literally “married” to these dead. Usually this is done by having a medium of the appropriate gender become possessed by the “dead spirit” (ie demon), and then a sacrilegious wedding ceremony is consummated. It is believed that the magical “virtue” of the spirit flows from the possessed medium into the initiate through the act of intimacy. (5) Union: At this point, the soul of the initiate is totally eclipsed by the evil spirit. This is known as “perfect possession” and takes years of inviting the demons to come and own the person.
The Royal Arch degree is the climax of Craft Masonry. It is described as “the root and marrow of Freemasonry” and is the complete story of Jewish history during some of its darkest hours. In the 7°, the Royal Arch, the name Jah-Bul-On is discovered.
Only to those Master Masons who elect to be exalted to the Holy Royal Arch degree of Masonry is the “lost name” of their supreme being revealed. This “Grand Omnific Royal Arch Word” and “ineffable name” is contrary to everything ordinary Craft Freemasons have previously been told about the Mason’s god: TGAOTU (The Great Architect of the Universe). They cease to be free to believe in a generic term for God, according to their personal creed, or religion, but must now subscribe to Freemasonry’s idolatrous, unholy and counterfeit trinity composed of three deities: JAH-BUL-ON. (1) Jahweh, the Old Testament or Jewish Tanakh name for Almighty God; (2) Baal, the Canaanite fertility god associated with licentious rites and imitative magic; and (3) Osiris, the Ancient Egyptian god of the underworld. The 16th century demonologist, John Weir, identified Baal as a demon. Freemasonry is found to be contrary to the first three of the ten commandments, and denies Christ as “Lord of Lords and King of Kings” and “the only name by which we are saved.” In the words of Pike himself Jahbulon is “a mongrel word, in part composed of the name of an accursed and beastly heathen god whose name has been for more than two thousand years an appellation of the Devil.” In Morals and Dogma, Pike states that Masonry is the universal religion and that senior Masons take a conscious decision to mislead and deceive those in the lower degrees: “There true interpretation is reserved for the Princes of Masonry.”
The Order Knights Templar is conferred in the Order of the Temple. It was founded in the 12th century and is considerably older than Craft Masonry in its present form. It defines the eleven rituals and laws governing state and local level organisations. The state level is called a Grand Commandery of Knights Templar. This represents members of a state or an area of equivalent size. The local level is called a Commandery of Knights Templar. Women, Negroes and the poor are not admitted. The Templars are said to have represented the first wide-scale attempt to organise and mobilise the forces of occultism for the purpose of gaining control of the world. Today’s Masonic symbol is the same as worn by the Knights Templar of old who at first were a Christian-orientated organisation founded in the 11th century to protect and defend pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem. Over the years the Templars became tainted with the Islamic mysticism and Gnosticism embraced by some while in Palestine. They became further contaminated by a sect known as the Assassins. The Order of Knights Templar inevitably degenerated, and some are believed to have engaged in the practice of Phallicism, or sex worship, and Satanism ~ venerating Baphomet, the idol of Luciferians. The crime of sodomy was eventually a rite of Templar initiation. Freemasonry is clearly Luciferian worship, despite their very clever attempts to hide this fact. The Grand Master at the time when King Philip IV of France tried and executed key members, was named Jacques de Molay. Since de Molay was Grand Master of the Knights Templar, it can be assumed he was also involved in these satanic and homosexual acts. “DeMolay” is somewhat disturbingly one of the orders of Freemasonry for young men.
According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia (Imprimatur: +Patrick A O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington, 5th August 1966): “Membership in, associating with, or contributing to any aspect of Freemasonry under any title, including Mason, Freemason, Illuminati, Shriner, Order of the Eastern Star, Order of DeMolay, and many others, even if believed for a worthy cause (children’s hospital) or under the guise of entertainment (circus), should be understood as a grave offence against God. No organisation that is a separation from Freemasonry or a mimic thereof should be seen as anything but humanistic and self-serving. While any theist should be strongly opposed to any taint of Freemasonry, for Catholics it constitutes automatic excommunication once they have knowledge that the teachings of the Church proscribe any association or activity related to them.”
Twenty-one years after the organisation of the Grand Lodge of England, Catholics were forbidden to seek membership in any Masonic group. In the bull In Eminenti of 28th April 1736, Clement XII condemned Freemasonry in the first of twenty bulls against Freemasonry. Since 1738 seven other popes have specifically proscribed Freemasonry: Benedict XIV, Pius VII, Leo XIII, Pius VIII, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, and Leo XIII. Pius IX issued six bulls attacking Masonry. In 1884, Leo XIII, in Humanum Genus, endorsed the view that the Freemasons’ “real supreme aim” is “to persecute Christianity with untamed hatred, and they will never rest until they see cast to the ground all religious institutions established by the Pope.” The following words issued by Cardinal Ratzinger were approved and ordered by John Paul II in November 1983: “The Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. Catholics who enrol in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion. Local Ecclesiastical authorities do not have the faculty to pronounce a judgment on the nature of Masonic associations which may include a diminution of the above-mentioned judgment.”
Baptist leaders have referred to Freemasonry as “an ungodly brotherhood of satanic darkness”; “there is an inherent incompatibility between Masonry and the Christian faith”; “there is a great danger that the Christian Mason may find himself compromising his allegiance to Jesus.” (The Baptist Union of Scotland, 1965).
Lutherans say “Masonry amounts to idolatry.” (Missouri Synod, 1959).
Presbyterians: “Masonry is a religious institution and as such is definitely anti-Christian.” (General Assembly, Rochester, 1942).
Methodists: “There is a great danger that the Christian who becomes a Freemason will find himself compromising his Christian beliefs. Methodists should not become Masons.” (General Assembly, London, 1985).
The Church of England: “A number of very fundamental reasons to question the compatibility of Freemasonry with Christianity.” (General Synod, London, 1987 ~ where several members of the committee were Masons!)
Russian Orthodox Church: “Any Orthodox who joins Masonry loses all the right and privileges of his membership in the Church.” (Strange Altars, Acker, page 60).
Roman Catholic Archbishop Emanuel Milingo: “We are now in the last days of Satan’s reign and he is working overtime through his agents to complete the takeover of the world. His agents are nothing less than the Freemasons who have permeated to the very heart of Christ’s Church. It is the task of Freemasons to lull Christians, especially priests, into believing that the Devil and his demons do not exist. Satan plays with priests like toys when they do not believe in him. After the last war bring young Freemasons were placed in seminaries around the world. These agents of Satan were waiting for their time to come. … The Freemason antichrists became priests for this purpose. They aim to take religious power throughout the world, just as they have taken economic and political power.” (Powers of Darkness, Powers of Light, Cornwell, 1991).
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through
philosophy and empty deceit, according
to the traditions of men, according to the
basic principles of the world, and not
according to Christ.”
Colossians 2: 8