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Hidden Hand of History
Vigilant Citizen (VC) takes reader behind veil to reveal what’s with hand gesture inside coat in “The Hidden Hand that Shaped History.” VC reveals gesture part of 13th degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry AKA Royal Arch Degree: “The ‘hidden hand’ can, in fact, be found in the rituals of the Royal Arch Degree of Freemasonry and the world leaders that use this sign are subtly saying to other initiates of the order: ‘This is what I’m part of, this is what I believe in and this is what I’m working for’….The Royal Arch Degree (the 13th degree of the Scottish Rite or the 7th degree of the York Rite) is also known as the Mason of the Secret. During this Degree, initiates are said to receive great Masonic truths….It is during this degree that the initiate learns the sacred name of God.”
VC informs holy name is Jahbulon and cites from Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor: “JEHOVAH. Of the varieties of this sacred name in use among the different nations of the earth, three particularly merit the attention of Royal Arch Masons:
1. JAH. This name of God is found in the 68th Psalm, v. 4.
2. BAAL OR BEL. This word signifies a lord, master, or possessor, and hence it was applied by many of the nations of the East to denote the Lord of all things, and the Master of the world.
3. ON. This was the name by which JEHOVAH was worshiped among the Egyptians.”
“The initiation ritual to this degree re-enacts the return to Jerusalem of three Most Excellent Masons who were held captive in Babylon….at one point, the initiate is asked to learn a secret password and a hand sign in order to go through a series of veils. The…hand sign required to go through the second veil, as documented in Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor [bottom picture],” informs VC, “…this hand gesture is said to be inspired by Exodus 4:6. In this biblical verse, the heart (“bosom”) stands for what we are, the hand for what we do. It can thus be interpreted as : What we are is what we ultimately do. The symbolic significance of this gesture might explain the reason why it is so widely used by famous Masons. The hidden hand lets the other initiates know that the individual depicted is part of this secret Brotherhood and that his actions were inspired by the Masonic philosophy and beliefs. Furthermore, the hand that executes the actions is hidden behind cloth, which can symbolically refer to covert nature of the Mason’s actions.”