Master Mason Degree, Ritual and Secrets Examined
Resurrection and a new birth
The third degree Mason is placed within (or upon) a representation of a coffin during the third degree ritual.
The initiate sustains his a fall representing death, which results in him being raised to a figurative new birth by the five points of fellowship. This practice involves the candidate being raised from the floor by a lecturer or office bearer, who is assisted by some of the assembled brethren. The ‘brother’ raising the candidate then embraces him and acts out each individual point of fellowship; so as to leave a deep impression upon the candidate.
The Masonic sequence follows –
First – Hand in hand …
Second – Foot to foot …
Third – Knee to knee …
Fourth – Breast to breast…
Fifth and last – Hand over back …
After being raised on the five points of fellowship in the third degree, the Master Mason learns, “It is thus all Master Masons are raised from a figurative death to a reunion with the former companions of their toils…Yet even by this feeble ray you may perceive that you stand on the very brink of the grave into which you have figuratively descended.” (Masonic Manual P. 70)
The third degree – Master Mason – is then assured, “when we shall be summoned from this sublunary abode, we may ascend to the Grand Lodge above, where the world’s great Architect lives and reigns for ever” (Masonic Manual p. 73).
Albert Mackey (1862) we learn, “The Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation.”
W.J. McK. McCormick in ‘Christ, the Christian and Freemasonry’ explains “He [the candidate] falls under the blows of the ‘Assassins’ and, shamming death, is ‘buried’. Some Lodges are constructed with a grave in the floor, into which the candidate is lowered … Well, after death and burial comes the ‘resurrection’. Two attempts are made to raise ‘the corpse’ and ‘prove a slip’. The Worshipful Master then leaves the chair to show how it can be achieved. He embraces the ‘corpse’ with the ‘five points of fellowship’ (breast to breast, knee to knee, etc.) and the ‘corpse’ returns to life. The candidate’s baser nature is now dead and he rises a perfectly regenerated being.” (P.36)
This heathenish practice can ultimately be traced back to the pagan religion of Egypt and the elevation of their false gods, Osiris, Isis and Horus. Egyptian religion is built around the mythical life, death, and reincarnation of Osiris.
Martin Short in, his secular book, ‘Inside The Brotherhood’ affirms that, “Osiris was a King of Egypt who married his sister Isis. His brother, Set, wished to usurp the throne and so plotted his death. He tricked Osiris into climbing in a golden chest. As soon as he was inside, Set nailed down the lid and flung the chest into the Nile. It was carried off to Byblos in Syria where it came to rest against a small tamarisk or acacia tree, with the dead Osiris still inside. Isis found out what Set had done to Osiris, so she set off to find her husband.”
He continues, “A vision led her to Byblos, where she recovered his body and took it back to Egypt. Alas! Set stole it and tore it into fourteen pieces, which he scattered through Egypt to prevent Osiris coming to life again. Isis recovered all but one of the pieces and gave Osiris a fit burial. Their son, Horus, avenged him by slaying Set. Another son Anubis, resurrected Osiris with the lion grip. Having triumphed over the grave, Osiris now reigns as King and Judge of the so-called dead.”
This Egyptian Trinity is always personified in pagan art by the sun (with a face), the moon (with a face), and the all-seeing eye.
This idolatrous resurrection rite is common to all occult bodies throughout the world. Evangelical authority and former occult High Priest and Thirty-second degree Freemason William Schnoebelen, alludes to this practice, revealing, “This a blatant re-creation of the ancient pagan sex-cult resurrection rites…and a mockery of the Lord’s resurrection and Christian baptism! After ‘dying’ with the Masonic ‘christ’ (actually Baal or Tammuz), he is raised with him….The resurrection… is intended to be what occultists call a ‘conscience-raising experience’. It is supposed to induce an altered state of consciousness, an open doorway for demon oppression” (P. 222).
We recommend The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge by John Ankerberg, John Weldon
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Red Lodge (York Rite)
The true character and ethos of Freemasonry
The decline of Freemasonry