Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree freemason, writes:
" Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity -- an outer organization concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect ... it is necessary to establish the existence of these two separate and yet interdependent orders, the one visible and the other invisible. The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of 'free and accepted' men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The invisible society is a secret and most August [defined as 'of majestic dignity, grandeur'] fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterious arcannum arcandrum [defined as 'a secret, a mystery']." [Hall, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, p. 433]
Albert Mackey, 33rd Degree Mason writes this in his "Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry", 1873:
"Visible Masonry: In a circular published March 18, 1775, by the Grand Orient of France, reference is made to two divisions of the Order, namely, Visible and Invisible Masonry ... by 'Invisible Masonry' they denoted that body of intelligent and virtuous Masons who, irrespective of any connection with dogmatic authorities, constituted a 'Mysterious and Invisible Society of the True Sons of Light', who, scattered over the two hemisphere, were engaged, with one heart and soul in doing everything for the glory of the Great Architect and for the good of their fellow-men."
Q: What is the All-Seeing-Eye?
"This ubiquitous image is most often referred to as the all-seeing eye or 'eye of providence.' The eye, usually depicted in the sky looking out upon the earth, is an ancient symbol of the sun, and historically has been used as a symbol of omniscience. The idea of the solar eye comes to us from the Egyptians, who equated the eye with the deity Osiris; the human eye in its ability to perceive light was viewed as a miniature sun.” (From “All Seeing Eye” definition at SymbolDicionary.net) (Emphasis Added)
"The eye plays a most important part in occult symbolism and probably owes its origin in western magical designs to the Eye of Horus, which was one of the most frequently used of Egyptian magical symbols.” (Fredrick Goodman, Magical Symbols p. 101, 1989) (Emphasis Added)
Alice Bailey, an occultist and author of 24 books wrote:
"The Masonic Movement ... is the custodian of the law; it is the home of the Mysteries, and the seat of initiation. ... The methods of Deity are demonstrated in its Temples, and under the All-seeing Eye the work can go forward. It [Masonry] is a far more occult organisation than can be realized, and it is intended to be the training school for the coming advanced occultists." (Alice Bailey, Externalization of the Hierarchy, p. 511) (Emphasis Added)
Q: What is the Phoenix?
"The Phoenix, of Bunnu is believed to be a divine bird going back to Egypt… This Phoenix destroys itself in flames and then rises from the ashes. Most occultists believe that the Phoenix is a symbol of Lucifer who was cast down in flames and who… will one day rise.... This [idea] also relates to the raising of Hiram Abiff, the Masonic [false] ‘Christ’.” (William Schnoebelen, Satan’s Door Revisited, p. 4)(Emphasis added)
Manly P. Hall writes:
"These were the immortals to whom the term ‘phoenix’ was applied, and their symbol was the mysterious two-headed bird, now called an eagle, a familiar and little understood Masonic emblem.” (Manly P. Hall, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, p. 108)(Emphasis added)
Q: Is Masonry a Mystery Religion?
Albert Pike, a 33rd degree mason, wrote:
"Masonry, successor of the mysteries, still follows the ancient manner of teaching. Her ceremonies are like the ancient mystic shows,..." (Albert Pike. Morals and Dogma. pg. 22) (Emphasis added)
There you have it. Pike tells us that Masonry is a mystery religion.
Pike states in Morals and Dogma (pg. 23) that:
"After leaving Egypt, the mysteries were modified by the habits of the different nations among whom they were introduced, and especially by the religious systems of the countries into which they were transplanted." (Emphasis added)
Pike has informed us that ancient Egyptian religion is part of the ancient mystery religions and that these were taken to many countries.
He states further:
"To maintain the established government, laws, and religion, was the obligation of the initiate [of the Mystery religion or Masonry] everywhere; and everywhere they were the heritage of the priests [of the mysteries], who were nowhere willing to make the common people co-proprietors with themselves of philosophical [beliefs]." (Albert Pike. Morals and Dogma. pg. 23) (Emphasis added)
In order for mystery religions to have power, the common people could not be told everything that the priests (or high officials) knew. This is the same for the Catholic Church, which has borrowed nearly everything from the ancient mystery religions Albert Pike speaks of.
The Roman Catholic Church has pagan symbols from ancient Mystery religions (including Masonry).
(Read this article for more info: Mystery Babylon -- The Great Harlot. It will open in a new tab.).
Q: Is the Catholic Mass Pagan?
Historian Alexander Hislop writes this in his book, The Two Babylons: "The Paeonians of Thrace were sun-worshippers; and in their worship they adored an image of the sun in the form of a disk at the top of a long pole." [Pg. 135].
That was pagan worship in which a pole holding an image to represent the sun sat before an altar to Baal (Hislop).
Hislop writes further (Emphasis added):
"And here, in a so-called Christian Church, a brilliant plate of silver, "in the form of a SUN," is so placed on the altar, that every one who adores at that altar must bow down in lowly reverence before that image of the "Sun." Whence, I ask, could that have come, but from the ancient sun-worship, or the worship of Baal? And when the wafer is so placed that the silver "SUN" is fronting the "round" wafer, whose "roundness" is so important an element in the Romish Mystery, what can be the meaning of it, but just to show to those who have eyes to see, that the "Wafer" itself is only another symbol of Baal, or the Sun." (Hislop). (The Two Babylons)(The Sacrifice of the Mass. Pg. 135).
This is blasphemy to say that a wafer is Jesus Christ in the form of a wafer. This wafer-worship is really the same as what the ancient pagans did.
The first and second of The Ten Commandments forbids this.
Exodus 20:1-5 says (Emphasis added) :
"And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"
But, Catholics are to bow before the "host", or wafer-god.
Furthermore, Jesus Christ is not ever incarnated in a wafer. This is the teaching of Baal worship.
Ancient pagans also ate a small, round wafer.
Hislop writes: ' "The thin, round cake," says Wilkinson, "occurs on all altars." Almost every jot or tittle in the Egyptian worship had a symbolical meaning. The round disk, so frequent in the sacred emblems of Egypt, symbolised the sun. ' (The Two Babylons, pg. 134).
Q: Is the Worship of Mary (“the queen of heaven”) really the worship of Isis (Ishtar)?
This article may interest you. I put it up on Scribd.com.
MYSTERY BABYLON – THE GREAT HARLOT (What is Mystery Babylon?) (ILLUMINATI / Masonic Symbols in Catholic Churches)
"One of Isis' many epithets is Theotokos or Mother of God (Horus)' which is one of the most popular of titles attributed to Mary." ["The Virgin Mary - Isis of the Third Millennium?", Aurilus Creative Paganism] (Bold added)
"The Virgin Mary is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God ... Mart, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church [sic]." ["Catechism of the Catholic Church", Liguori Publications, Imprimi Potest, + Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Interdicasterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 963, p. 251]. (Emphasis and Italics added)
Thus, Mary and Isis are identical.
"Mary is also known as Stella Maris or 'Star of the Sea' while Isis was given a similar title of Pelagia meaning 'of the ocean'." [Aurilus, Ibid]
It was said of Baal that he was called the “savior.” But, the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the only way (1 Timothy 2:5) and that worship of the “queen of heaven” is rebellion against God (Judges 2:11-13). God has no mother. John chapter 1 says that Jesus Christ (the Word) was made flesh and that Jesus Christ (the Word) created all things (John 1:3). The first and second commandments of the Ten Commandments forbid the worship of other gods and the worship of idols (Exodus 20:1-6).
1 Timothy 2:5 (bold add) (Note: Jesus Christ is both God and man. Find out more.)
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Judges 2:11-13 (bold added) (Baal and Ashtaroth were worshipped by rebellious Israel)
11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:
12 And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.
13 And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 44 that the Israelites of ancient Judah worshipped “the queen of heaven.” Catholics do the same. Baal and Ashtaroth are none other than the Ishtar and Tammuz of Babylon.
Jeremiah 44:17 (Emphasis added) (They burned incense to “the queen of heaven.” Catholics do the same.)
17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
God created man. Jesus Christ (the Word) created Mary. She was not God’s mother.
John 1:1-5 (Emphasis added)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.