posted on Apr, 11 2006 @ 11:26 AM
NOTE: Opinions are like butt-holes. Everybody has one and they all stink. Even mine. If I am wrong in anything I say, please try not to get too
aggressive; I know very little and just wanted to share some stuff I learned.
Well, I've been doing some reading, and I now feel that the Freemasons really do have a partial claim to knowing the mysteries and ceremonies that
went on in the Jewish Temple, at least the Second Temple which was destroyed in 70 AD.
First there was the Tabernacle of Moses, a sort of travelling temple. There were sacrificial ceremonies at it, which were public, and there were other
ceremonies within it, that were not public nor recorded (which will be refered to as "Secret Ceremonies").
The Temple of Solomon was built in 10th Century BC. It continued with the same traditions and ceremonies in the Tabernacle of Moses. It was destroyed
by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia in 586 BC.
The Second Temple was built in 536 BC, just a short time later, with the final completions being done in 515 BC. Sacifices most likely were resumed
before it was completely finished, as well as the secret ceremonies. People that were alive for the First Temple probably helped restore the original
ceremonies that were performed inside the Temple of Solomon. This temple was destroyed in 70 AD by Titus of the Romans.
At this time, with the Jews totally subjugated, the Pharisees pushed their interpretation of the Jewish scriptures that the temple should not be
rebuilt by man, but by the Messiah. From this came Rabbinic Judaeism, in which all Jewish laws and customs that did not involve the Temple were to be
observed. The ceremonies at the Temple would have to wait for the Messiah.
At this time, the Hekhalot/Merkavah form of Jewish Mysticism sprung up. Different authors seem to agree that this was a replacement for the actual
Secret Ceremonies inside the Temple. "Hekhal" means palace or temple. "Merkavah" means chariot or throne, referring to the Throne of God.
Hekhalot/Merkavah mysticism was a spiritual version of the physical journey and ceremony inside the physical Temple.
It involved ritual purification of the self and moral diligence for one to be initiated, just like in the Temple. One embarks on a journey through the
different Levels of Heaven, which are described as palaces and temples, or "hekhal." You are accompanied by angels on your way, but only so far. You
must know information which will help you pass by the guardians on the way to the Throne of God, or "merkavah" located in the seventh and highest
level, the "hekhalot." This information consists of signs, seals, passwords, and even knowledge of the names of the angels guarding the path.
There are differing views as to the point of the journey to God, but common elements include receiving the mysteries of heaven, learning about the
creation of the world/universe, meeting God, receiving a blessing from God, receiving a message to deliver from God, becoming purified, and even
becoming a God and receiving His powers.
Anyway, there is spectulation that Hekhalot/Merkavah mysticism was taken from those who knew the secret ceremonies in the temple and were reformatted
to be performed without a physical temple. Hekhalot/Merkavah mysticism was absorbed into and superseded by Kabbalism, passing along much of the secret
ceremonies of the Jewish Temple.
From here things get sketchy. Kabbalism has fragmented into many different paths: Hermetic Kabbalism, Christian Kabbalism, Hollywood Kabbalism, and
others. Hollywood Kabbalism is a trend that will die out within five years (like all of their other endeavours), but Hermetic Kabbalism and Christian
Kabbalism are still around.
As the Wikipedia puts it "Within the Hermetic tradition, much of Kabbalah has been changed from its Jewish roots through syncretism, but core
Kabbalistic beliefs are still recognizably present." Hermetic Kabbalism is Jewish Kabbalism with the Gods of other nations mixed into it, such as
Greek and Egyptian Gods. It also claims that Freemasonry absorbed some these Hermetic Kabbalistic teachings. Other authors think that Freemasonry came
from Christian Kabbalists and their teachings. Albert Pike even admits that Masonic teachings ultimately come from the Kabbalah.
So I guess that the point of this ramble is this:
Freemasonry derives from Kabbalism, which derived from Hekhalot/Merkavah mysticism, which is a derivation from the secret ceremonies at the Second
Temple which was rebuilt 50 years after the Temple of Solomon was destroyed. You might even go on to say that the Temple of Solmon and its rituals
were designed after the Tabernacle of Moses and its rituals which were given to Moses by instruction of God.
My opinion on the origin of Freemasonry is that it is a derivative of a derivative of a derivative of a derivative of the secret ceremonies of the
Temple of Solomon, which is a permanent structure to replace the Tabernacle of Moses, who spoke with God. The Freemason rituals may possess any degree
of authenticity and accuracy of the original ceremonies in the Temple of Solomon, from 0% to 100%. However, most likely to hide what they were doing
from oppressors, the rituals have been masked with new allegories, and the deeper lessons taught are merely hinted at, rather than being explicitly
One thing I found interesting is the use of signs, seals and passwords in Jewish Mysticism to pass by angels, which is probably where Freemasonry came
up with the idea of signs and handshakes, and which ultimately may have been included in the secret ceremonies of the Temple of Solomon.
But then again, this is just my stinky opinion.