FREEMASONRY & JOHN THE BAPTIST By Andre Austin John the Baptist is speculated to be of the Essence order. From the works of Josephus we are told the Pythagoreans lived the same life style as the Essenes (The Antiquities of the Jews Book 15 Chap 10:4). The Freemasons claim that John the Baptist & St John the Evangelist were the two most ancient Christians of Masonry. As we put the puzzle together it’s not hard to induct and deduct that the Pythagoreans learned their arts, science and religion in Egypt then passed it on to Rome and Greek. The Great Artificer was Ptah. Some of the disciples of John held Ptah in high honor. The Masons honor the other John too because the beginning chapter of that gospel was a replication of the Egyptian Memphite theology where Ptah plays a center role with God in creation. Ptah was chief of masonry and crafts in Egypt. Ptah’s stage name in the Bible was Japheth, in Hebrew it consists of three consonants of J-Ph-Th. The Pt part of the name contains the same letters used for the name of the Memphite Creator deity in Egypt called ptah. So Japheth is the linguistic equivalent of the name Ptah. The Freemasons use many passwords for their Appetence as Tubal-Cain. Tubal as well as Cain where metal smiths and all related to Japheth (Genesis 4:22 & 10:2). Tubal was on the Eastern shore of the Black sea-the land of Colchis exactly the spot where Pharoah Sesostris left an Egyptian colony. Cain like Osiris built the first city at No (Thebes) No was Cain’s land of Nod (Gen 4:16-18). Also Methuselah was the longest so called human that lived 969 years, putting his death in 2105 BC. A period of 969 years coincides with estimates of how long the Memphite kingdom lasted. The NT names the fictional Methuselah as being ancestor to Jesus. But its not a person but a dynasty. I don’t mean to get off track so I will get back to John the Baptist. John the Baptist and James were down with Jesus and Jesus was down with them. Later editions and editing of the bible tried but failed to make Jesus have an alliance with Paul. However Paul didn’t know Jesus. Paul knew Mithra and tried to substitute Mithra for Jesus. John and James stuck to the original teachings that went way back to the mysteries schools of Egypt of Masonic priests. In the New Testament “An argument developed between some of john’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing” (John 3:25). What was the controversy? Considered by Christians to be without sin, Jesus nevertheless received John's baptism, which was for the repentance of sins (Mark 1:4). This is addressed in the*Gospel of Matthew's account, which portrays John's refusal to baptize Jesus, saying, "I need to be baptized by you." Jesus persuades John to baptize him nonetheless (Matthew 3:13-15). So let us bring the real to the real. Baptizing wasn’t removing sin. Josephus told the original story by stating: An account of John the Baptist is found in all extant manuscripts of the*Jewish Antiquities*(book 18, chapter 5, 2) by*Flavius Josephus*(37–100): Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod's army came from God, and that very justly, as a punishment of what he did against John, that was called the Baptist: for Herod slew him, who was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism; for that the washing [with water] would be acceptable to him, if they made use of it, not in order to the putting away [or the remission] of some sins [only], but for the purification of the body; supposing still that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness“.* Paul wanted to get away from Faith & Works and just focus on souls believing in Jesus death and Resurrection as a means to get freedom or eternal life. This doctrine was at odds with John and James and later cut and paste work of the bible texts tried to hide these different doctrines. If Jesus was a God surely he wouldn’t have to be baptized. Jesus said “If you want to eternal life (freedom) , obey the commandments (Law) see Matthew 19:17 James said “By the law that gives Freedom” James 2:12 & 1:25 If death and Resurrection gave freedom surely Jesus blood brother, James wouldn’t of said this. Jesus said again The Truth sets you free, which is an Egyptian proverb that Maat (truth/law) sets the tongue (words) of the souls free. Jesus said same thing in Matthew 12:36-37). Because James and John taught you had to live a righteous life within the law which original came from Egypt. derogatory things where said about both of them in the NT. For example in the NT they implied that John was teaching a different doctrine: Matthew 5:19*(New International Version) 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Now lets jump to Matthew 11:11 where John is defined as the least. Matthew 11:11*(New International Version) 11I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he“. So here we have it it’s implied that John taught a different doctrine than Paul which is true but it’s a lie to assume he deviated from Jesus who original followed John and couldn’t, wouldn’t even start his ministry until his cousin was in prison and subsequently beheaded by Herod Antipas who also forced Pilate to kill Jesus. And to add insult to injury the followers of Paul claim Stephen was the first Christian martyr when we know John was killed first in 33AD. According to the*Acts of the Apostles*Stephen was tried by the*Sanhedrin*(Supreme Court) forblasphemy*against*Mosesand God (Acts 6:11) and speaking against the*Temple*and the*Law(Acts 6:13-14) (see also*Antinomianism). He was*stoned*to death (c. A.D. 34–35) by an infuriated mob encouraged by Saul of Tarsus, the future*Saint Paul: "And Saul entirely approved of putting him to death" (8:1). Stephen's final speech was presented as accusing the Jews of persecuting prophets who spoke out against their sins. Jesus brought compassion and mercy within the law. We were all sinners and if we applied extreme application of the law instead of discretion everybody would be eyeless, toothless, eunuchs and maim with our hands cut off. Jesus wanted us to focus on love. So lets use Love like the Masons use the Trowel as an instrument to spread cement that unites us in one common mass of brotherly love serving humanity. We must learn from the mistake Cain made by not being his brothers keeper in looking out just for his self interest. But be aware the story of Cain and Abel original was the battle between Set and Osiris. But when the Jews were influenced by Sumerian myths they changed it around a bit just like they tried to take the Garden of Eden (Love) out from the banks of Nile. Too bad they left too many clues that remain as fossil findings for us to know the truth.