THE CHRISTMAS LIE: It's Bigger Than You Think

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Revelation 17:4-5

 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.




The Halliwell Manuscript, also known as the Regius Poem, is the earliest of the Old Charges. It consists of 64 vellum pages of Middle English written in rhyming couplets. The origins of the Regius are obscure. The manuscript was recorded in various personal inventories as it changed hands until it came into possession of the Royal Library, which was donated to the British Museum in 1757 by King George II to form the nucleus of the present British Library.[4] It came to the attention of Freemasonry much later, this oversight being mainly due to the librarian David Casley, who described it as "a Poem of Moral Duties" when he catalogued it in 1734. It was in the 1838–39 session of the Royal Society that James Halliwell, who was not a Freemason, delivered a paper on "The early History of Freemasonry in England", based on the Regius, which was published in 1840. The manuscript was dated to 1390, and supported by such authorities as Woodford and Hughan; the dating of Edward Augustus Bond, the curator of manuscripts at the British Museum, to fifty years later was largely sidelined. Hughan also mentions that it was probably written by a priest.[5] Modern analysis has confirmed Bond's dating to the second quarter of the fifteenth century, and placed its composition in Shropshire. This dating leads to the hypothesis that the document's composition, and especially its narrative of a royal authority for annual assemblies, was intended as a counterblast to the statute of 1425 banning such meetings.[1]



T E X T   I N   O L D   E N G L I S H

"Reson wolde that we sschol telle opunly how and in what manner that the charges of masoncraft

was fyrst foundyd and ho gaf fyrste the name to hit of masonri....    And they resceyved the charge of

him that was here maister and here lorde, and went forth to Asure and bilde the cite of Nunyve in

the country of Plateas and other cities mo, ... and in this manner the craft of masonry was fyrst

preferryd and chargyd for a sciens... At the making of the Tur of Babilon, there was Masonrye

first made much of."


T E X T   I N   M O D E R N   E N G L I S H

"Reason would that we should tell openly how and in what manner that the charges of masoncraft

was first founded and how at first the name came to be of masonry...   And they received the charge

of him that was here master and here lord, and went forth to Assyria and built the city of Ninevah in

the country of Plataes and other cities more, ... and in this manner the craft of masonry was first

preferred and charged for a science... At the making of the Tower of Babylon, there was Masonry

first made much of"


"...the Legend ascribes the origin of Masonry to the era of the building of the tower.  Nimrod is made the first Grand Master and makes the first charge- that is, frames the first Constitution that the Masons ever had. From Babylon, Masonry was carried next into Egypt."  End Quote,

- Dr. Albert Gallatin Mackey, The History of Freemasonry, p. 59.