By Tobias Churton
This booklet searches out the true tale at the back of St. John the Baptist of whom Jesus stated, "no better guy was once ever born of woman." It investigates John's hyperlinks with the Essenes and the Gnostics and exposes how the apostle Paul challenged John's following, twisting his message and growing a dead ringer for John as "merely" a bring in of Jesus. certainly, the writer indicates that John and Jesus, as equivalent companions, introduced an operation to beat corruption within the Temple, re-initiate Israel, and resurrect construction.
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We are all familiar with chapter one, verse one of the Gospel generally attributed to John (the evangelist): “In the beginning was the word . ” First, the use of the evangelist may have been a sop to biblicist Protestants for whom the written “word” of the Bible was religion’s sole authority, thus linking the Protestant deity to the mathematically orderly deity of Newtonian science. Second, John’s Gospel has much to say about a contrast between “Light” and “Darkness,” a symbolism familiar to the language of Masonic initiation as we now know it.
The Baptist is generally recognized as a very different figure from St. John the Evangelist. ” And John the Baptist was popular: his birthday was once a public holiday or holy day. Should it be thought I exaggerate the force of apparently minor regulatory changes, it does well to look at Anderson’s Book of Constitutions of 1738. The book’s “New Regulations” supersede even the established “New Regulation” of 1723. From these even newer regulations we can see that the first “new” regulation of 1723 was but a minor pop against tradition.
Here is an example: Q: Where was the first word given? A: At the Tower of Babylon [Babel]. Q: Where did they first call their Lodge? A: At the holy Chapel of St. John. We may justly suspect the “holy Chapel of St. John” to have been a euphemism for the wilderness, for that is where St. John the Baptist stood in communion with God, and where he centered his upright spiritual building. The wilderness is the place where the divine voice, or Word, declares that a path will be made straight, as John the Baptist famously declared, echoing Isaiah’s ancient prophecy.