Twyman talks about Baal arch and the Royal Arch of Freemasonry on Ground Zero w/ Clyde Lewis

I was on Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis on Thursday, September 22 to talk about the replica of the arch from the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria that was erected in New York City last week (and previously, in London).

Clyde and I have talked repeatedly about this subject on previous shows, and this time I pointed out symbolic connections between this arch, dates associated with its recent history, and the rituals of the Royal Arch degree in York Rite Freemasonry. I also talked about the the Masonic symbolism of the Black Lives Matter movement, and events associated with it, connected to the other subjects through the ritual raising of Hiram Abiff, as I mentioned in my article published the same day as the radio interview.

In that article, and on the air that night, I mentioned the following:

Note that the infamous replica of the “Arch of Triumph” from the Temple of Baal in Syria was erected in New York City a few days ago, just in time for the Autumnal Equinox tonight/tomorrow, and just in time for the terrorist attacks that just occurred in that city. Well, I decided to see if this could in any way be connected to the Masonic symbolism of the Royal Arch degree, and sure enough, it is directly connected!

Baal's Arch of Triumph in New York
Baal’s Arch of Triumph in New York

As explained in this article, the Royal Arch symbolizes the sun’s travel through the year, from equinox to equinox. The date “Sept. 23” is actually written on this drawing of the Royal Arch below.

The Masonic Royal Arch symbol
The Masonic Royal Arch symbol

Furthermore, the Vernal Equinox, around March 21, is celebrated in Freemasonry as the date on which Hiram Abiff, as a symbol of the Sun and the Egyptian god Osiris, is said to have been risen from the grave with the grip of the Lion’s Paw! As it states here, “the body of our Grand Master Hiram Abif [is] to be found or reborn in the spiritual rebirth of the Sun, or Osirus [sp] at the Vernal or Spring Equinox of the sign of Aries the Ram.”

This year during the Vernal Equinox, the Syrian army was taking Palmyra back from ISIS, who had destroyed the Baal arch while it was under their control.

Also, as I was talking to Clyde that night, a few more connections occurred to me. For instance, during the ritual of the Royal Arch Degree, they pull the secret “keystone” out of the floor of Solomon’s Temple, which is is etched with the letters “HTWSSTKS.” The candidate is told that these letters stand for “Hiram Tyrian, Widow’s Son, Sent to King Solomon.” He is also told that the keystone supposedly reveals the “secret name of God.” This name is said to be so sacred that no one person can speak it, so the word is whispered one syllable at a time, each said by one of three ritual participants who must join their hands together so that together they form an “arch” with their arms (a bit like school children playing “London Bridge”). The sacred word is “Jahbulon.” (Note that this word contains 8 letters, just like “HTWSSTKS”). Then the candidate is told “Jah” stands for “Jehovah,” and “On” for Osiris (as this was a word used in Genesis that was thought to refer to him). Meanwhile, “Bul” was said to stand for–guess what–Baal!

Royal Arch of Jabulon
Royal Arch of Jabulon

So there really is a “Baal Arch” in the Masonic Royal Arch ritual, and the right side of the Royal Arch really does represent the autumnal equinox, which just happens to be when the Baal Arch replica was erected in New York, while the left side of the arch represents the Vernal Equinox, which happens to have been the time at which the original arch was found to have been destroyed when the Syrian army took back Palmyra. Think on that!

Since publishing my article about Black Lives Matter and the ritual symbols of Hiram Abiff, I have been accused of making groundless accusations against the Masonic fraternity. This in itself is a groundless accusation! I have done no such thing. I merely pointed out some obvious connections without overtly interpreting who orchestrated these elements or why, except to state what is patently obvious. For one thing, clearly some people involved with Black Lives Matter wish to draw a parallel between the murder of Hiram Abiff and the purportedly unjustified killings of black men by police. Secondly I will state now the only conclusion that seems obvious to me regarding the arches: somebody wishes to draw a parallel between the discovery of the ruined Temple of Baal in Syria and the Masonic Royal Arch ritual in which the ruins of Solomon’s Temple are discovered by “Templars,” who then attempt to “rebuild” the sacred monument, just as a group of people at Oxford University have decided to rebuild the Baal arch. What the meaning is beyond that I can only speculate.


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