Philadelphia – The Keystone state
The keystone in Masonry represents the stone which the builders rejected. It is a counterfeit of Messiah.
Psa 118:20 This is the gate of YHWH, the righteous shall enter into it.
Psa 118:21 I will thank You, for You answered me, and You are my salvation.
Psa 118:22 The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Head of the Corner.
Psa 118:23 This is from YHWH, it is marvelous in our eyes.
Act 4:10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in this name this one stands before you whole.
Act 4:11 This One is the Stone counted worthless by you the builders, the One who has come to be into the Head of the Corner; Psa. 118:22
This rejected stone is the foundation of the body of Messiah
Eph 2:19 So, then, you are no longer strangers and tenants, but you are fellow citizens of the saints and of the family of God,
Eph 2:20 being built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the cornerstone,
Eph 2:21 in whom all the building being fitted together grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
Eph 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
1Pe 2:7 Then to you who believe belongs the preciousness. But to disobeying ones, He is the “Stone which those building rejected; this One became the Head of the Corner,” Psa. 118:22
1Pe 2:8 and a Stone-of-stumbling, and a Rock-of-offense” to the ones stumbling, being disobedient to the Word, to which they were also appointed. Isa. 8:14
“Symbolically, the stone is the last placed, completing the arch created by the pillars Jachim and Boaz. It is analogous to coagulation in the alchemical process, an emblem of completion. Astrologically, the keystone represents the summer solstice- the sun entering the sign of Cancer at its highest point in the northern sky, as illustrated below:”
Cancer is the symbol of regeneration (Secret Teachings of All Ages pg 153)
Next we see the keystone linked to 3 hexagrams…666
- Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor pg 245
This portion of the Royal Arch Degree is speaking of the Lost Word that Masonry has preserved. The Lost Word of Masonry is the Sacred Name of YHWH, the ‘divine Logos.’ The initiate is then given this Lost Word, which has been passed down as Jahbulon and the 3 times 3 ritual is done.
Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor 249
“Each one takes hold with his right hand of the right wrist of his companion on the left, and with his left hand takes hold of the left wrist of his companion on the right. Each one then places his right foot forward with the hollow in front, so that the toe touches the heel of his companion on the right. This is called “three times three;” that is, three right feet forming a triangle, three left hands forming a triangle, and three right hands forming a triangle. They balance in the same manner, and then, with hands raised, repeat the words Jah-buh-lun, Jehovah, G-o-d, at low breath, as described before.”
- Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor 225
Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital pg 117
“The number 27 is the Masonic three times three, a reference to the ‘Living Arch’ which, according to revelations of the secrets of Masonry published by Avery Allyn in 1831, symbolized the human Royal Arch. This was an arch formed by Masons when ritualistically pronouncing or portraying the secret name of God.
The symbolism was fairly obvious. There was a triple bonding of right arms above the heads of the participants, a triple bonding at the heart level, and a triple touching at the feet, which were arranged to form a triangle upon the floor. Symbolically, the three levels of Creation united: the Trinity of Heaven passed through the Trinity of Man to form a Trinity on the Earth.”
The three times three ritual is a picture of the triquetra which is a form of the number 666. The triquetra is also a symbol of the triple helix of DNA which will be discussed in more detail, Yah willing, in the last section of this series on DNA.