Freemasonry and Freemason halls – things believers should know about them

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Most people know very little about Freemasonry. Often, not even the wives of Freemasons know what the Mason movement is really all about, or what goes on behind the locked and guarded doors of its meeting halls. No wonder, for it is a secret society which largely hides itself. Many people do not even know that Freemasonry exists, and yet its members have for a long time run a significant part of the western world’s business, politics, government, armies, police forces, publishing and media, and even churches and religion.

Some have asked, “What does the Bible say about Freemasonry?” The reason for that question might be that some have claimed that the Scriptures refer to Masons or Masonry. The facts are, of course, that the Bible does not mention that society. Its roots appear to be found in internal power-battles within the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, but the present-day Freemason organisations are of much later date. So, the Bible was written a long time before Freemasonry came into existence. However, a number of things in the Scriptures make it clear that a true believer cannot be involved in that movement.

A note: There are many other similar organisations, and several churches have been started by their members, but this article concentrates on Freemasonry and Freemason halls and brings forth a number of things that believers should know about them.

Freemasonry is a religion, with altars and priests.

Some writers have claimed that that organisation is merely a “harmless fellowship for personality development”, or something similar. But, the facts are different. It might be that for some people, Freemasonry is more or less like a “club”, but it is in fact a religion with altars, priests, symbols, mysteries and rites.

Local Masonic groups, as well as the halls they use for their meetings, are called “lodges”. Each lodge is led by a “worshipful master”, “grand master” or similar, but some have used the more plain and clear title “high priest”.

Their meeting halls (lodges) are often arranged so that the altar and the “worshipful master” or “high priest” are at the eastern end. Thus, in an average Mason hall, people are seated so that they face the east, the direction of the rising sun.

Which god does Freemasonry actually serve?

Some Freemasons have claimed that the god whom they serve is just some “greater being”, and that “people of all faiths can become Freemasons”. They call their “greater being”, among other things, “the Great Architect”. At least in some countries, one cannot become a Freemason, without acknowledging a “faith” of some kind – but even Satanists have been accepted into Freemason lodges. Some Freemason writers have stated that their god bears the name Lucifer. That is a Latin word which means “light-bringer”, but those who know more about Freemason rituals and teachings, know that it is the ruler of darkness, Satan, who is worshipped in Freemason halls; there is more on this, later in this article.

It may be that many Freemasons of “lower ranks” have not faced the facts and have thus deceived themselves, but indeed, it is Satan who is Freemasonry’s “god”. Their rituals, symbols and dogmas picture an eager longing for their “light-bringer” (in reality, the ruler of darkness). They are waiting for him to come back on the scene and to take over this world, in power. Freemasonry has been pulling its “ashlar stones” together, in order to form a power-pyramid where a place is prepared for Satan on the top, and a “bridge” from the evil age which God destroyed with the Flood, over to a “New Age” which some have been preparing for and hoped to launch. It appears that for some Freemasons, “stone” has been an almost sacred word. A (missing or hovering) “capstone” has been even more sacred for them, because it refers to a plan for Satan coming to more direct power. The symbol with a pyramid with a missing or hovering capstone has been “sacred” for many Freemasons, so much that they have even placed it on banknotes.

A note: Some religious writers have spread deceiving claims regarding that pyramid capstone symbol. This has caused many people to think that that symbol is in some way biblical. 

Some general notes regarding Freemasonry.

In many western countries, a significant part of men who belong to the “higher echelon” of the society, have been members of Freemasonry or some similar organisation. In the recent decades the number of members has decreased, but still in 2014 it was estimated that the Freemason society had around six million members, worldwide.

Many “Christian” priests and bishops have been Freemasons, especially in the USA but even elsewhere. Also: Masons and members of similar organisations have started many churches and other religious organisations, large and small.

In the past, from the 1300s to the 1900s, the Catholic Church and Freemasonry (which appears to have its roots in Templarism [a]) were bitter rivals and enemies. There has been similar rivalry between Freemasonry and Mormonism. However, it appears that those things have changed, so that in our day, even Catholics and Mormons can be Masons. (The Mormon church was started by a number of Freemasons. In their new religion, they used some of Freemasonry’s “secret” symbols, mysteries and rituals. It could be that it was that copying, and the setting up of a “competing” organisation, that caused the long-lasting enmity between Freemasonry and the Mormon church.)

a Freemasonry appears to have many of its roots in the medieval Knights Templar order. Perhaps it is because of this, that there has been a deep enmity between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. Later in this article there is more on this matter, but in short: In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Knights Templar order became so strong that it competed of power with kings and to a degree even with the pontiff. Consequently, in the 1300s king Philip IV of France and his puppet pontiff Clement V attacked and conquered the Knights Templar order in France. Some of its members moved or fled to other countries. It is said that some of them ended up in Scotland and kept the Knights Templar order in one way or other alive there, and that later, the Scottish Templarism evolved into Freemasonry.

(Templarism is not the only source of Freemasonry’s rites, but it must be noted that many Freemasons have been fond of old Knights Templar things of various kinds. Thus for instance the “York-rite” which is a branch of Freemasonry, has had the degrees “Order Red Cross”, “Order Knights Malta” and “Order Knights Templar” – things that refer back to the medieval, Catholic Knights Templar order and its symbols and customs and doings.)

The meaning and origin of the word ‘Freemason’.

The part “free” in the word “freemason” is not related to the English adjective “free”. It appears that Freemasonry, in the form of Templarism, came to Britain from France, and that the word “freemason” is a transcribed form of the old French phrase frère maçon, “brother stonemason”. Apparently, some members of the Knights Templar order in medieval France used that name of each other. Most probably, the word “freemason” came into existence in the 1300s when a number of members of that order moved or fled from France to Scotland – the French phrase frère maçon was anglicised into “freemason”. (Even the English word “friar” is a transcribed form of the old French frère, “brother”.)

A note: Some writers have claimed that Freemasonry “evolved from stonemasons’ guilds”, but it appears that the origins of Freemasonry have very little to do with literal stone-masons or their guilds. The meaning of the word “maçon” in the old French Knights Templar phrase frère maçon is not clear, but it might be symbolic.

Freemason rituals include sun-worship and the sun-god’s ancient snake-symbol.

A number of Mason lodges have a picture of a rising sun on their logos, and the word “sun” in their lodge names and so on. Also the G, the graphic idol-symbol which in Mason halls is located behind the altar, is often surrounded by sun-rays. The altar and that G-symbol are often placed at the eastern end of the lodge, in the direction of the rising sun.

Some Freemason writers have said that the letter G stands for “generativeness” and not for “God”. There may be some truth in that, but this can be understood only if one knows some of the background. It is quite clear that the Freemason “G” actually is a stylised copy of an ancient snake-idol which points to the sun-god – the Ouroboros[b] a snake swallowing its own tail. This cannot be seen in modern-day forms of that Freemason symbol, but some Mason lodges have had on their logos an older form where the snake is displayed more openly. Instead of a capital letter G, those lodges have had something that looks like a snake with a gaping mouth (see the pictures below). That is, the old snake Eterna[c] a symbol used by many occultists and not only by Freemasons. The snake swallowing its own tail is an ancient symbol for the “sun-god”, ultimately Satan.

b The old Greek word ouroboros means “tail-eating”.

c The Latin name of that snake, Eterna or Aeterna, comes from the old Latin aeviternus which refers to something without beginning or end. And so, the Eterna-snake is pictured as eating its own tail – in the form of a circle, without a beginning or an end. Apparently, the Freemasons’ into a “G” stylised Aeterna- or Ouroboros-snake symbol refers to the ability which Satan has had, to “re-generate” himself and then come back on the scene. – A note: That “eternity” part must not be misunderstood. The Bible indicates that Satan’s life will come to an end. 

Regarding the Freemason G-symbol with the sun-rays around it – see the two simplified illustrations below. The one on the left shows that symbol’s more recent variant, formed like a “G”. The one on the right is drawn after models seen in older Mason lodge logos which display the sun-god’s ancient tail-eating snake-symbol in a more obvious manner.

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So, the Freemasons’ “G” does actually stand for a “god” – the “sun-god”, ultimately “that ancient snake, named Devil and Satan” (Revelation 20:2, GWV).

The “Theosophical” movement which was founded in 1875, apparently with the aid of some Freemasons, [d] has had a logo where the Ouroboros-snake is displayed more openly. That logo carries even other Freemason symbols, such as the hexagram, the swastika and so on. Later in this article, there is an illustration of that logo.

d The early Theosophical movement could in many ways be said to be the “mother” of a large part of the modern-day “New-Age” movements.

Some common Freemason symbols.

Symbols used by the Freemasons include the sun-god’s tail-biting Ouroboros- or Eterna-snake (often depicted as a mere “G”) and the pentagram and the hexagram (which are not biblical but of kabbalistic, occult origin, with a sinister meaning). Also, the square and the compass and some other tools (used as symbols of sinister things), the leather apron, cupolas (domes), pillars and obelisks, the rose, the rosy cross (of Templars; from that, Rosicrucianism). Further, the cross in a crown, and the rainbow which is an old symbol connected to the sun-god. Also, the olive branch and the dove, symbolising the Queen of heaven and her function as a “holy” spirit (a spirit which is “holy” for satanists).

Other commonly used Freemason symbols: The falcon, the eagle, the phoenix bird. Orion, Sirius, Venus, the Sun (often behind a cloud or similar, covered). The great pyramid, sometimes pictured with a rising sun behind it and a camel-riding man approaching the pyramid. The beehive, the acacia. “Saint George” and his flag and his colours blue, red and white. The scythe-man with his snake and daughter, and the hammer (gavel), are also common Freemason symbols. Even the old communist symbols scythe and hammer appear to be of Freemason- or similar origin. – And much more, including various “secret” signs, tokens and special phrases, and manner of writing.

Here (below) is a simplified illustration of the Freemason square and compass symbol, here with the “G” in the middle as the case often is. A note: There are many different forms of that square and compass symbol. Sometimes the “G” in the middle, actually a stylised ouroboros-snake, is surrounded by sun-rays.

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Someone might think that the square and compass symbol depicts Masons’ endeavours to construct buildings, but some Freemason writers have said that the compass and the square represent male and female entities in a “union”, the former on top of the latter. And yes, the letter G in the midst of that act points to “spiritual things” – the Devil. Some writers have said that the square and compass symbolise “a union between Heaven and Earth”. In that connection, one must understand that none of the parts in that symbol are connected to the true God who is in Heaven. Instead, those things refer to Satan who was thrown out from Heaven, down to the Earth.

Why do ‘Christian’ Freemason lodges have a King James bible on their altars?

Some Freemason lodges (halls) have a KJV bible on their altars. It could be that they have that simply for the purpose of deceiving naive people into thinking that Freemasonry is “bible-based” or “Christian”. But, one must also keep in mind that the altars in Freemason lodges are Satan’s altars. So, the concept and symbolism could even be that of putting the Bible into Satan’s service, using it in a diabolic, twisted way as a tool of deception.

More: Some Templars and Freemasons have viewed king James I of England as a “hero” of some kind. That subject is too large to be included here, but in short: It is said that king James himself (who was no “saint”, whatever some may have claimed), was a Templar.

However, it is hard to know the exact meaning of each Freemason symbol and rite. What is clear, is that they do not point to good things.

The diabolic layout of Mason halls.

The illustrations below, along with the explaining notes, make it easier to understand the diabolic way a typical Mason hall (lodge) is designed, and what the symbolism actually is.

Freemason halls are planned in such a way that they for a certain part represent a wicked mirror-image of God’s temple which was in Jerusalem.

First, a simplified drawing of the basic layout of God’s temple in Jerusalem (which was symbolic of heavenly things), including the temple court.

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A note: It appears that while the tabernacle (the portable sanctuary) had only one lampstand, the temple had ten. The same, in regard to tables.

Another note: Many bible-versions have in 2 Chronicles 3:17 wordings which can confuse a casual reader, in regard to the placement and internal relationship of the pillars Boaz and Jachin by the temple in Jerusalem. That matter is clarified in an appendix at the end of this article.

Then, a simplified drawing of the basic layout of a “normal” Freemason hall (which for a certain part is also connected to heavenly things, but with a diabolic meaning and symbolism).

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Those who enter a normal Freemason hall, walk towards the east, that is, the direction of the rising sun. That is why the sun-god’s ancient snake-symbol (stylised into a “G”, often with rays of light around it) is placed behind the altar at the eastern end of Freemason halls. – In contrast to that, those who entered God’s temple in Jerusalem, walked towards the west.

Anyone who enters a Mason hall (lodge), in symbol leaves the house of the true God and turns his back on him.

Anyone who enters a normal Freemason hall with its symbols in place, through the main door, passes between two special pillars in the same manner and direction as what happened when people were leaving God’s temple in Jerusalem – “Boaz” on the left hand and “Jachin” on the right, and walking towards the east. And also: When people in that way in symbol leave the true God behind their backs, and proceed deeper into the Freemason hall, they approach an altar dedicated to the “sun-god” (Satan). Consequently, because of that diabolic layout, those who enter a Freemason hall, are actually performing a ritual which pictures the act of turning one’s back on the true God in Heaven, and serving Satan instead. Because of this, people who enter a Mason hall and sit there, are in fact in symbol doing the same as what is described in the scripture-quote below.

Ezekiel 8:15 And he said to me, Son of man, thou hast seen; but thou shalt yet see evil practices greater then these. 16 And he brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord, and at the entrance of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty men, with their back parts toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces turned the opposite way; and these were worshipping the sun. 17 And he said to me, Son of man, thou hast seen this. Is it a little thing to the house of Juda to practise the iniquities which they have practised here? for they have filled the land with iniquity: and, behold, these are as scorners. 18 Therefore will I deal with them in wrath: mine eye shall not spare, nor will I have any mercy. (LXXE, highlighting added)

Philip IV of France, the Vatican, and Jacques de Molay.

Again, Freemasonry appears to have many of its roots in the medieval, Catholic Knights Templar order which was founded in the early 1100s. Its full name was, translated into English, “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon”. (After a time, those “poor fellow-soldiers” were not poor at all but instead controlled a significant part of European economy.)

The background of the part “of the Temple of Solomon” in the full name of that order appears to be that in the 1100s, some of its members (crusaders) had their headquarters in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the temple mount in Jerusalem, and referred to that mosque as “Solomon’s Temple”.

A note: “Solomon” is one of the Freemasons’ diabolic code-words; that matter is discussed later in this article.

The Knights Templar order was divided into “ranks”: “Knights” (heavy cavalry), “sergeants” (light cavalry) and “chaplains” (“spiritual things”). For two centuries, that order had the special protection and blessing of Rome, which among other things meant that the atrocities that its members committed, were allowed to continue.

Around year 1300, the Catholic Knights Templar order was powerful and influential in parts of western Europe, especially in the field of economy. Philip IV (king of France 1285–1314) had borrowed money from that wealthy order, and was deeply in debt to it. Philip stepped into action and took control of the Catholic Church, and placed in office a puppet pontiff of his own choosing (Clement V). In 1307 Philip, with the “blessing” of his puppet pontiff, attacked the Knights Templar order. At that time, the “grand master” of that order was Jacques de Molay. Philip and Clement had him arrested and burned on stake.

It is said that de Molay was accused of several things, among them heresy and abuse of small boys. It is interesting to note that today, both Freemasons and Catholics alike appear to be eager to claim that de Molay had been innocent. The Freemasons revere de Molay’s memory, and so, for instance their organisation for young boys bears the name DeMolay – after a man who was burned on stake, accused for having abused small boys.

Some writers have said that some of the members of the Knights Templar order escaped from the hands of king Philip, and moved or fled to Portugal, Germany and Scotland. It is hard to find any facts in regard to that matter, but it is known that in the 1600s there was a Templar order in Scotland. And again, the word “freemason” is said to come from the old French phrase frère maçon which apparently is what some of the members of the Knights Templar order called each other.

All the way to the 20th century, Freemasonry and the Catholic Church fought each other. Some examples: Giuseppe Garibaldi who in the 1800s through war conquered the pontiff of Rome and put an end to his mundane rule in Italy, was a Freemason, a great hero of theirs. Later, the Vatican tried to strike back, for instance by forming pacts with Hitler and Mussolini. (It is said that when Hitler and Mussolini had by the aid of the Vatican come into power, they closed all Freemason lodges in the areas which they controlled.)

Some notes on the Freemason codeword ‘Solomon’.

Again, the name of the Catholic, medieval Knights Templar order (which took part in the Crusades) was, translated into English, “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon”, Latin pauperes commilitones Christi templique solomonici. The origin of that name was explained above.

A number of Freemason writings contain things which might appear to refer to king Solomon of ancient Israel, or even to a “temple of Solomon”. Now, seeing that Freemasons serve Satan, someone might wonder, why would they be interested in a temple of God that was built in Jerusalem, around 3000 years ago?

It appears that the Freemason code-word “Solomon” consists of three parts, “Sol, “Om” and “On”. “Sol” is the sun-god’s name in Latin. “Om” is the Hindi name for that same “deity” (the Om or Aum of the mantras which many “New-Age” people chant when they hail the sun). And then, “On” probably refers to the sun-god who was worshipped in the old Egyptian city On (which the Greek called Heliopolis, “city of the sun”).

Many Mason writers have used “double-speak”. It appears that their “Sol-Om-On” simply is a triple name for their “sun-god”, the one whom some of them even call by the Latin name Lucifer. Thus, we can assume that when a Freemason (one of “higher ranks” who knows what Freemasonry really is all about) talks about “Solomon’s temple”, he is not talking about God’s temple in Jerusalem but about a temple for “Sol-Om-On”, a code-word connected to the sun-god whom they worship. And, that refers to Satan, of course.

The parts “Sol” (Latin for “sun”) and “On” (the name of the sun-god’s city in ancient Egypt) are commonly known and quite clear in their meaning. But, the name “Om” is perhaps not so well-known. Let us consider the use of the name “Om” on the logo that some “Theosophical” societies have. (Again, it is said that “Theosophy” was launched by the help of some Freemasons.) Below, you can see a simplified drawing which shows the basic layout of the logo, seal or emblem that many of those societies have. On the top, it has the name “Om” or “Aum”, written in the Indian Devanagari alphabet.

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(A note regarding the English text around the edge of that logo: Deception and lies are often called “truth”.)

Again, the symbol on the top of that logo is “Om” or “Aum”, written in the Devanagari alphabet. The word and symbol “Om” is intimately connected with the sun (sun-god).

Even other symbols that appear on that logo, have been used by both Freemasons and Theosophians: The sun-god’s tail-eating snake, and the swastika or “sun-cross” or “sun-wheel” inside its ring. In the middle the ankh, an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol connected to the sun-god. And then, the hexagram which at least within Freemasonry appears to be a symbol for “male and female”, in the same meaning as the wicked square and compass sign which was discussed earlier in this article.

The point here is that when Freemasons talk about “Solomon”, that probably refers to “Sol-Om-On”, a codeword name for the “sun-god”, Satan the Devil.

Pyramid religion. Egyptian idolatry.

The great pyramid in Gizeh in Egypt certainly is an example of “masonry”. Freemasons use that pyramid as one of their symbols, and they have even managed to have its picture placed on the money and the official “seal” of at least one country. As is well known, that pyramid in Gizeh is a sun-worship-related construction, a part of ancient Egypt’s idol religion. The same goes for the countless obelisks and similar objects which Catholics and Freemasons and others have raised in cities throughout the world.

Here is an example of Freemason-inspired things in churches: Some decades ago, two preachers employed by a certain American church visited Egypt and admired the pyramids there. Those men wrote an article which then appeared in a magazine published by that church. That article claimed that the Pharaoh Cheops (Khufu) was a “nephew of Joseph”, and that Cheops’ pyramid (the one in Gizeh) had been “built by Israelites”. Also, one of those preachers even claimed, in a public article, that the sun-god idols Amon and On were “the true God”.

Now, it is true that those Egyptian idols Amon and On were “gods” – of the kind that Freemasons worship. The ancient Egyptian city On (Heliopolis) was built to the honour of the “sun-god”. Also Amon-Ra was a “sun-god”.

The article which the above-mentioned preachers wrote, even claimed that the great pyramid in Gizeh was “built for the true God”. Whose god, and which god? That pyramid was built as a burial tomb for the “sun-god” pharaoh Khufu (Cheops).

Just as it is in Catholicism, even Freemasonry has a pyramidal hierarchy. Freemason-inspired preachers often portray things in the same style as it is with the pyramid on the dollar bill. They cause people to think that the eye on the top of the pyramid on the one-dollar bill is “the eye of God”. It is not so, of course. The eye above the pyramid on that dollar is the eye of the idol Horus (the son of Isis), ultimately a link and reference to Satan.

The Freemasons’ cap-stone.

The Freemasons’ hierarchical pyramid-formed power-system has a “lord” who is viewed as a “cap-stone” but is not present right now. Their “lord”, that “cap-stone”, is to appear “later”, in a position prepared for him.

Here, one must keep in mind that the hovering cap-stone which on some Freemason idol-symbols appears in the form of an “eye” above a pyramid, represents Satan. Not Jesus, but Satan.

A note: In the biblical analogy, Jesus is not a “cap-stone of a pyramid” as some writers have tried to make people to believe. He is the main stone of the foundation – fundament, basis, beginning – of God’s spiritual “house” or dwelling. The article raa052.htm has more on this.

Code-words, diabolic double-speak.

Many churches have preachers who are secretly Freemasons. There are thousands of them. When such a preacher says “Amen”, he may actually be referring to the Egyptian sun-god Amen (also called Amun, Amon and Ammon). And, when he says “Lord”, “Adonai” or “God”, he may actually refer to the Freemasons’ “lord” and “god”, that is, the sun-god – Mithras, Baal, ultimately Satan the Devil. (The words adonai and baal mean “lord”.)

That, and similar deception, is done by using language with code-words and double meanings. Thus, when a preacher of that kind says “Christ”, it may be that he refers to the Freemasons’ “anointed one” (the Devil) and not to Jesus. Clarification: The old Greek word christos simply means “anointed”. Also, when such a preacher talks about “the holy ghost” or “the paraclete”, he may be referring to the spirit whom the Freemasons hold to be “holy” and from whom they look for “comfort” – that is, Satan.

When a Freemason preacher speaks about “the Eternal”, that can refer to the Eterna-snake which is an ancient symbol for the sun-god and ultimately points to the old snake Satan. Further: When a Freemason preacher speaks about “eternal life”, that may refer to “life in Eterna” – the word Eterna referring to Satan via the Aeterna-snake which symbolises him. And, such a preacher’s “Eternal gospel” may be a “gospel” of the Eterna (that is, Satan). Likewise, when preachers of that kind talk about “the heavenly father”, they may be talking about Satan who in the past had access to Heaven but was then cast down to the Earth. And, even if they use the phrase “our father who are in Heaven”, also that can be a code-word for Satan – the sun can be seen in the sky or “heaven”, and for the Freemasons it serves as a symbol for their “sun-god”, ultimately Satan.

(These were just a few examples of how things may not always be what they sound or look like.)

Related groups.

There are many sub-organisations within Freemasonry, such as the “Order of the Eastern Star”, “DeMolay”, “Rainbow Girls”, “Job’s Daughters”, “the Shrine” and so on. This article will not look at each of them separately.

One thing must be noted though: Many scout movements have been to some part in Freemason hands. For instance the American boy scout movement was started by a Mason. It is not clear whether the founder of the original boy-scouting (in Europe) was a member of some similar secret society, but the fact that he was a high-ranking officer in the British army, and also the occult symbols which he used, strongly suggest that he must have been that.

There are many other groups which are related to Freemasonry or are similar to it. The Odd Fellows, the Rosicrucians and the modern-day Templars are, regarding their manners and dogmas, close to Freemasonry, just as are several other societies and organisations of that kind, only some of which are visible to the world.

The “New Age” movement and “Anthroposophy” are offspring of the Theosophical Society which apparently was founded by the help of Freemasons. And again, Freemasons and their likes have started many churches and cults. Several of them have grown large and spread to many countries around the world.

Of course, there is much more that could be said about Freemasonry and its teachings and symbols and secret signs and so on. But, what was written here should be enough, to make it clear that believers must keep away from that organisation and similar ones.

See also the “recommended reading” section, after the appendix below.


Appendix – Regarding the in 2 Chronicles 3:17 mentioned pillars Boaz and Jachin.

The way many English bible-versions render 2 Chronicles 3:17 which mentions the pillars Boaz and Jachin, might confuse a casual reader.

This has to do with the ancient Hebrew way of reckoning directions (those that we call “north”, “east”, “south” and “west”), which was different from ours. The old Hebrew word for “south” was yamiyn which referred to the direction of the right hand (yaman) when one was turned towards the east.

So, when some bible-versions have in 2 Chronicles 3:17 “on the right hand”, that actually means “south”, while “on the left” means “north”. This translation makes things more clear:

2 Chronicles 3:17 Then he set up the two pillars at the entrance of the Temple, one to the south of the entrance and the other to the north. He named the one on the south Jakin, and the one on the north Boaz. (NLT04)

The point with this appendix is merely to show that the in the main part of this article presented illustration of the layout of God’s temple in Jerusalem, is correct, in regard to the placement of the pillars Boaz and Jachin. In other words – this is how it was:

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(This drawing leaves out the temple court and shows only the actual temple.)

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Recommended reading here at the Bible Pages, on related as well as other matters.

An explanation of the short names for the bible-translations that are quoted or mentioned at this site. → rsa092.htm

What does the Bible say about Satan the Devil? A study on what the Scriptures tell us about mankind’s arch-enemy. → rda041.htm

In the Scriptures, Jesus is described as the “main corner-stone” of the foundation of God’s spiritual dwelling. So, why is it that some writers have described him as a “capstone on top of a pyramid”? → raa052.htm

On Titus 1:15 and the translation “unto the pure all things are pure”, and what that passage really means and refers to. → rea052.htm

Jesus warned his disciples about deceivers. He told them that many would be deceived. → roa092.htm

On 1 Corinthians 8:1–12 and 10:14–32 and their translation and meaning. Did the apostle Paul mean that the saints could eat and drink things that were dedicated to idols? → rha023.htm

On the King James version. The story behind king James’ bible, including the men who were involved in producing it. → rsa032.htm

Are the rulers and governments of this world appointed by God? Also: Some talk about “divine right of kings”. Is there such a thing? → rwa022.htm


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