Hello all! I have been studying and researching the freemasons ever since i read Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and their history and background
After reading a few books i am starting to see an important figure to freemasonry and also the Knights Templars - John the Baptist. It almost seems
like the Templars and Masons hold John the Baptist as a more important person than Jesus the Christ.
Today i came across something very interesting that is not discussed anywhere on the internet. I was reading an old Freemason Encyclopedia and found
this mention when i tried to look up John the Baptist, in which there was nothing there:
In the Charter of Cologne, it is said that before the year 1440 the society of Freemasons was known by no other name than that of John's Brothers
(Joannaeorum fratrum); that they then began to be called at Valenciennes, Free and Accepted Masons; and that at that time, in some parts of Flanders,
by the assistance and riches of the brotherhood, the first hospitals were erected for the relief of such as were afflicted with Saint Anthony's fire.
In another part of the Charter it is said that the authors of the associations were called Brothers consecrated to John, or in Latin fratres Joanni
Sacros, because "they followed the example and imitation of John the Baptist."
This is the main subject i want to discuss. In France it appears that freemasons were followers of John the Baptist! What is the Charter of Cologne?
It appears to be a document from the 1600's that some think is a forgery.
Here is some more information on John the Baptist throughout modern history:
Leonardo Da Vinci & John the Baptist
There are reports that Leonardo Da Vinci was also a huge fan of John the Baptist. There are people that also believe that Leonardo was a grand master
ofof the Priory of Sion, in which Leonardo left many clues in his paintings (you would be familiar with this if you have read or watched the Davinci
Code). In fact, Davinci's last painting was of John the Baptist
, in which it shows him making
the famous "John Gesture". This gesture can be seen in a few of his paintings, most notably The Last Supper.
Adoration of the Magi
You can find the "John Gesture" in his unfinished painting "Adoration of the Magi". This painting shows people worshiping baby Jesus in the
foreground, but right behind the Virgin Mary and Jesus you can see that the focal point is the single tree. Right at the base of the true is a person
whom we can assume is John the Baptist making the "John Gesture". All around John are young and good looking people while all the followers and
worshipers of Jesus look old and almost like ghosts. People also believe that Da Vinci included himself in the painting, which he was known to do.
Leonardo is on the very bottom right looking away from Jesus. When he put himself in the Last Supper he also is facing away from Jesus.
More information on the Adoration of the Magi
High quality image of Adoration of the Magi
Virgin of the Rocks
Leonardo's "Virgin of the Rocks" is another strange painting that shows Jesus, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist with an Angel. There were two
paintings made, the original is in the Louvre and the second painting which may or may not have been done by DaVinci is in London currently. The
painting shows the Virgin Mary sitting and holding onto a baby whom is praying to the other baby. What makes this strange is that you would assume
that the Virgin Mary would be holding her own son, Jesus, and the angel would be holding and protecting John the Baptist. Since there aren't name
plates to tell you who is who you have to decide for yourself who each baby is. I would assume that the baby being held by Mary is Jesus, and that
would mean Jesus is worshiping John the Baptist. The strangest thing about the painting is the fact that the original version had the angel
protecting "John the Baptist" giving the John Gesture right over the baby we would assume to be "John the Baptist" but it points to what we would
assume to be Jesus. This makes things very confusing. Also, Mary is making a VERY strange gesture with her left hand. It almost looks like she is
holding an invisible head while the angel makes the John Gesture right at the neck of the invisible head. Could this be a hint at the beheading of
John the Baptist? This is a very interesting painting with many areas to consider.
More information on the Virgin of the Rocks
High quality image of Virgin of the Rocks - Louvre Version - First Painting
High quality image of Virgin of the Rocks - London Version - Second
Recent article on the painting - july
The Last Supper
And lastly you will notice in the Last Supper a figure to the left of Jesus making the John Gesture. The figure is very strange, it almost appears he
is lunging out towards Jesus and shoving his finger in his face. There are obviously other strange things in the painting which i will not get into,
mainly the Mary/John controversy and Peter holding a knife and threatening mary/john.
More information on The Last Supper
High Quality image of the Last Supper
The Knights Templar & The Worshiping of a Severed Head
There are reports that when in France many of the Templars were rounded up and interrogated that many templars admitted to worshiping a severed head.
No one knows if this is true or not or which head it was, but there is a theory that it was John the Baptist's head or a fake head of his:
Saint John the Baptist, who was beheaded, is said also to be the source of Templar idolatry. As ludicrous as this may at first seem, it is
commonly known that several bogus John the Baptist heads were around during this time. Could the Templars have possessed one of these heads? It is
possible, as the Templars were said to possess many of the religious relics of the time. As supposed Poor Knights of Christ it is quite possible that
the head of St. John the Baptist would be an object of devotion and guidance since his feast was to be celebrated by the command of the Templar Rule
St. John the Baptist & Knights Templars -
John the Baptist head at Amiens Cathedral
Freemason's York Rite & the Head of John the Baptist
The freemasons also have an interesting connection with John the Baptist in the York Rite degrees. I do not want to get into this, others can, but it
is very interesting and can be found by doing some google searches. If you look this up it seems to be connected with the Knights Templars heavily.
Google search for John the Baptist & York Rite
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