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MASONIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAME JEHOVAH IN THE KJV BIBLE


by John Paul Jones, 2007

In John Salza's excellent book, Masonry Unmasked, he tells us: "Another significant authority used primarily in the United States to supplement the teachings of Masonic ritual is the Masonic Bible, which is made up of the Old and New Testament (King James Version) and an extensive section on the dogmas and ritualistic practices of the Craft. It is easily identified by the prominent Masonic symbol on the cover and/or spine of the book." (Masonry Unmasked, page 31, by J. Salza) "What is so interesting," writes the commentator at catholicapologetics.net, "is that this Luciferian Religion [Freemasonry] has selected the King James Version as its Bible of choice. Apparently Masons do not see this version as any form of threat to their beliefs. This is a very strong testimony as to why we should avoid using this translation." [Brackets mine.]

But why, exactly, do Freemasons prefer the KJV version? One reason, perhaps, has to do with the name 'Jehovah'. The name "Jehovah is, of all the significant words of Masonry, by far the most important. It is considered to be 'the basis of our dogma and of our mysteries.'" (Masonic KJV Bible) This name, 'Jehovah', appears seven times in the King James Bible of 1611, whereas the Catholic Rheims Bible, based on the Latin Vulgate of Saint Jerome, omits the name completely. In the Lexicon of Freemasonry, where six pages are devoted to an explication of the name 'Jehovah', we are told that 'Jehovah' is allegedly the Hebrew form of the Greek name of Deity, IAO. Although the translators of the Catholic DR version of the Bible evidently considered the name unessencial, as evidenced by the fact that it nowhere occurs in the Catholic DR Bible, the Masonic edition of the King James Authorized Bible emphatically stresses, many times over, the great importance of the name 'Jehovah', as the following quotes from my edition of the Masonic KJV Bible attest:

BURNING BUSH - Q. What significance is attached to this term in Masonry? A. Jehovah, the Hebrew title of God, is, of all the significant words of Masonry, by far the most important. This name is regarded as 'the basis of Masonic dogma and mysteries." In the original Hebrew this name consisted of four letters, and is designated by the Greek term Tetragrammaton, meaning a four-lettered name. Because it was forbidden of the Hebrews, as it is to a Mason, to pronounce it, it is also called the Ineffable or Unpronounceable name' See Jehovah.

Since the Ineffable name was first communicated to Moses out of the midst of a flaming fire from a 'Burning Bush' wqhich was not consumed b the flames, the utterance of this name by God himself is commemorated in the 'Burning Bush' of the Royal Arch Degree. Recognizing the fact that in all the systems of antiquity fire is adopted as a symbol of Deity, the fire of the 'Burning Bush' is a symbol of Divine LIght and Truth. The God represented thereby is the one source of all Masonic LIght and truth, as represented more fully in the higher degrees of Masonry.

The Ineffable name given to Moses in the 'Burning Bush,' and later repeated in other communications...........

     Ex.  3 2-6,11-15
     Ex.  6 3 56
     John 8 58 1005
     Heb. 13 8 1146

LOST WORD Q. What is the significance of this term in Freemasonry? A. According to the mythical history of Freemasonry there once existed in the ancient craft a WORD of surpassing value, known to but few, which was lost under certain unfortunate circumstances. A substitute word for this profound and venerated WORD was adopted for temporary use......

JAH - Q. What is the use and significance of this term? A. This word is a transliteration of the Hebrew poetical term for Jehovah, and with one exception, is rendered 'Lord' or 'Jehovah' in our English Versions. A similar name in other languages was in use in ancient times, signifying teh Supreme Deity. See Jehovah. "Extol him that rideth upon they heavens by his name JAH'" Ps. 68 4 546

INEFFABLE NAME - Q. What is the orgin and reason for this title of Jehovah? A. Among the ancient Hebrews it was forbidden that the most sacred name of God be spoken aloud; hence the title 'Ineffable name.' This reverential usage is observed in Masonry. See Jah.

    The august and mysterious
    name of our God and his Son   John 1 1 996
                                  John 14 14 1011

I AM THAT I AM - Q. What is the significance and use of this phrase? A. This is the English rendering of the name which the Great Architect, Jehovah God, directed Moses to use when making known his commision to Israel to lead them out of Egytian slavery to the Promised Land. It signifies I am the Eternal who passes not away. It is a significant word in the high degrees of the York, American, and several other Rites. Origin of the title............Ex. 3 14 53

JEHOVAH - Q. Why is this name significant and profound among Masons? A. Jehovah is, of all the significant words of Masonry by far the most important. It is considered to be 'the basis of our dogma and of our mysteries.' In Hebrew it consists of four letters, and hence it is called the Tetragrammaton, or four-lettered name. It was forbidden to a Jew, as it is to a Mason, to pronounce it; hence it is called the Ineffable, or Unprononceable name. In its etymological meaning the name designates God in his immutable and eternal existence. The name was first given to Moses by God himself as an encouragement and assurance when he was in grave doubts about the sucesss of his mission to Pharoah; in Hebrew its meaning was closely akin to that of the name previously given to Moses at the Burning Bush. See I AM THAT I AM.

   The name of God given to
   Moses Ex.  6 2,3 56


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