I am an avid fan of Manly Hall, and the majority of this postulation comes from his book, The
Secret Teachings Of All Ages
. I am not the master thread writer that you would see in some of my friends here, but I do hope that this is
simple enough in presentation so as not to confuse.
Now, the number 3 is a very, very important number in mystical and esoteric circles. The trinity is something seen not only in Christianity. Ancient
Sumerian beliefs held the trinity near and dear as well, with their association of Anu (the father), Enlil (the son, or the earth), and Enki (the holy
spirit, or air).
Further, the number three is seen as an important number due to it being a prime number. As well, there is the strangely esoteric numerical system
that goes thusly:
There can be nothing without something. Emptiness cannot be defined without something to juxtapose against. Therefore, 0 must have a 1. As well,
one cannot discern itself without other. This is how you see yourself, observe yourself. It ties into eastern thought systems around how humanity,
on a spiritual level, are 1, large, multifaceted piece of the Creator...but i digress.
So for 1 to exist, he must have another, or 2. This is epitomized in the concepts of the monad and duad, yin and yang, male and female.
Numerologically speaking, then, 3 represents the Godhead (0+1+2). Of course, numerology is not always the language being spoken in any given text (as
there is also esoteric allegory, which is what the rest of this post will deal with).
The number 33 is also considered an important number, and is often represented well in the concepts of Masonry. 33rd degree is the highest that the
uninitiated can attain. Why is this? Because the secret of Christ. This was a core secret held by the Freemasons:
According to popular conception, Jesus was crucified during the thirty-third year of His life and in the third year of His ministry following His
baptism. About A.D. 180, St. Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, one of the most eminent of the ante-Nicene theologians, wrote Against Heresies, an attack on
the doctrines of the Gnostics. In this work Irenæus declared upon the authority of the Apostles themselves that Jesus lived to old age. To quote:
"They, however, that they may establish their false opinion regarding that which is written, 'to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,'
maintain that He preached for one year only, and then suffered in the twelfth month. [In speaking thus], they are forgetful of their own disadvantage,
destroying His whole work, and robbing Him of that age which is both more necessary and more honourable than any other; that more advanced age, I
mean, during which also as a teacher He excelled all others. For how could He have had His disciples, if He did not teach? And how could He have
taught, unless He had reached the age of a Master? For when He came to be baptised, He had not yet completed His thirtieth year, but was beginning to
be about thirty years of age (for thus Luke, who has mentioned His years, has expressed it: 'Now Jesus was, as it were, beginning to be thirty years
old,' when He came to receive baptism); and, (according to these men,) He preached only one year reckoning from His baptism. On completing His
thirtieth year He suffered, being in fact still a young man, and who had by no means attained to advanced age. Now, that the first stage of early life
embraces thirty years, and that this extends onward to the fortieth year, every one will admit; but from the fortieth and fiftieth year a man begins
to decline towards old age, which Our Lord possessed while He still fulfilled the office of a Teacher, even as the Gospel and all the elders testify;
those who were conversant in Asia with John, the disciple of the Lord, (affirming) that John conveyed to them that information. And he remained among
them up to the time of Trajan. Some of them, moreover, saw not only John, but the other apostles also, and heard the very same account from them, and
bear testimony as to the'(validity of) the statement. Whom then should we rather believe? Whether such men as these, or Ptolemæus, who never saw the
apostles, and who never even in his dreams attained to the slightest trace of an apostle?"
This is the same book i referenced earlier, but in a web format for easier linking and reference.
There are multiple stories of Jesus that would date after the lifetime that he reportedly lived. Further, there are such glaring inconsistencies with
the story of the Faith that, despite historical evidence of Jesus life, there is little left to believe that seems credible.
The key to Masonry lies in the number 3. This is the great secret that they leveraged against the church. This is what they discovered when the went
to the holy land and spoke with the then existent Christian sects that were in far flung areas. Of course, there were other discoveries, but nothing
like what they had discovered. A truth that would threaten the power of the greatest empire on Earth: Rome.
This is all encoded with the number 3 and 33. Jesus spent 3 years proselityzing after his baptism, whereupon he was killed at the age of 33. Once
you reach 3rd degree, you become a Master Mason. Once you reach 33, you are presumed to have reached the top.
But beyond this lies the secret: that Jesus' years extend beyond 33. And if you look at the test, you see hints at this:
The initiate is brought in and placed in front of a bible, or a flag, and told to defile it. If they choose not to, they are told that they chose the
right choice, of loyalty and righteousness, and they are announced as having succeeded. But if they choose to defile that which is sacred to them,
they are told that their separation from worldly concerns makes them a remarkable individual and they are brought into the Masonic Mysteries. Others
are told they succeeded, and they begin living with the burden of the knowledge that they will continue to gain.
At this point, the initiate will learn the true Mysteries of Masonry, which are basically the same as the Ancient Mysteries, with some loss of
"fidelity" in understanding.
The question that i have left is, why 33? Why have Jesus "die" at 33? What is the mysterious symbology that dictates the need to kill the son of
God at the age of 33, 3 years after he was baptized?