LADY LIBERTY'S "TORCH OF ENLIGHTENMENT"
LaDY LiBeRTY’S “ToRCH oF eNLiGHTeNMeNT”
By Mary Louise
Towering in Upper New York Bay, Liberty Enlightening the World or the Statue of Liberty, proudly raises the flaming “Torch of Enlightenment” or “Torch of Illuminism” over America. Many observers praise her as a universal symbol of liberty and unity, extending hope and freedom throughout the world with her torch of “freedom” shining brightly across the harbor, welcoming millions of immigrants into the land of opportunity. To others, she is a constant reminder of a Brotherhood symbol and the Masonic doctrines that has such a stranglehold on our nation and the world, their symbolism embedded and entrenched in every facet of society. Since she is one of the largest and most recognized statues in the world, it is important to be aware of the less familiar aspects of what she actually symbolizes and represents. Many Americans are living under a great delusion, forming beliefs and opinions based on premises stemming from occult lore, so it is worthwhile to revisit significant subjects from different perspectives.
According to a Masonic website, http://wy.essortment.com/historystatuel_raul.htm, Lady Liberty has stood for the ideals of life, liberty and peace, a much cherished gift to the American people that was conceived in 1865, by a group of French scholars and statesmen dining together in Glatigny, France. Professor Edourd de Laboulaye and Frederick Auguste Bartholdi were among the group, who had motives other than simply paying homage and marking America’s centennial celebration. Laboulaye wanted to get American backing for his political goal of establishing the Third Republic in France and Bartholdi, a Freemason, sought to incorporate the symbols of his personal views including the book, torch and seven pointed diadem, around the head of the robed woman he envisioned. The framework was constructed by Gustave Eiffel (Freemason), who would later become famous for the Eiffel Tower.
Another glamorized version of Lady Liberty by Charles Barnard,”The Bartholdi Statue”, originally published in the July 1884 edition of Harper’s Magazine, can be accessed online at http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/libertyfacts/HarpersJuly1884/HarpersJuly1884.htm.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 1969-1971 edition, defines “the Enlightenment” as a philosophical movement of the 18th century, concerned with the critical examination of previously accepted doctrines and institutions from the point of view of rationalism, whereas the online 2000 edition of the same dictionary, defines it as a philosophical movement of the 18th century that emphasized the use of reason to scrutinize previously accepted doctrines and traditions that brought about many humanitarian reforms. It appears not only recent history books are written to favorably portray the “enlightened” or “illuminated” ones. The connection between these words should be apparent, as they are interchangeable. It is interesting to note the definition of “illuminati”, is described much more indepth in the 1969-1971 edition than in the 2000 edition, which states only the first sentence of the following:
Illuminati – 1) Persons claiming to be unusually enlightened with regard to some subject. 2a) The Illuminaten – The members of a secret society of freethinkers and republicans that flourished in Germany during the late 18th century. 2b) Persons regarded as athiests, libertines, or radical republicans during the 18th century (such as the French Encyclopedists, the Freemasons, or the freethinkers): “The doctrines of the Illuminati and principles of Jacobism” (George Washington). 3) The members of a heretical sect of 16th century Spain, who claimed special religious enlightenment, “enlightened ones”. Illuminism is 1) Belief in or proclamation of a special personal enlightenment. 2) The ideas and principles of various groups of illuminati.
In the words of Luciferian Illuminist and Freemason Manly Palmer Hall, “the torches represent the Occult arts and sciences, the doctrines and dogmas by the light of which Truth is made visible.” Occultist Edourd Schure had this to say concerning Lucifer and his flaming torch, “Lucifer, having regained his star and his diadem, will assemble his legions for new works of creation. Attracted by his flaming torch, celestial spirits will descend…and he will send these messengers from unknown spheres to earth. Then the torch of Lucifer will signal ‘From Heaven to Earth!’ – and the…Christ will answer ‘From Earth to Heaven!”
Moving right along, we find the other side of the story paints quite a different picture. In celebration of the centenary of the first Masonic Republic in 1884, the Statue of Liberty was presented to the Masons of America, as a gift from the French Grand Orient Temple Masons. The Masonic “Torch of Enlightenment” was also referred to as the “Flaming Torch of Reason”, by the Illuminati Masons in the 1700’s and in 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was placed in a solemn ceremony, by the Masonic lodges of New York, http://freemasonwatch.freepress-freespeech.com/statue_of_liberty.html.
On September 11, 1830, a group of wise and courageous gentlemen attended the U.S. Anti-Masonic Convention, held in Philadelphia. They produced a very important and interesting historical document from the proceedings, in which they addressed and reported on the origins, pretentions and effects of masonry, the disqualifying nature of masonic oaths and the strange disappearance of Captain John William Morgan. The Proceedings Of The United States Anti-Masonic Convention can be read at http://users.crocker.com/~acacia/text_usamc.html.
Other recommended Anti-Masonic reference material:
In regard to Newswatch Magazine, having listened to David J. Smith for many years (KAAY-1090AM) in addition to reading his newletters, in my hands is an old newsletter dated May 1987 entitled “Is Freemasonry Part of the New Age Movement?”. Albert Pike, an avowed Satan worshipper who practiced necromancy and sorcery, worked in unison with Giuseppe Mazzini, who was in control of the political side of their operations, while Pike was in control of the theosophical side. When the Grand Orient lodges of Mazzini’s revolutionary activities in Europe came under suspicion, he presented a Master Plan to Pike, then head of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Pike organized an ultra-secret organization called The New and Reformed Palladian Rite and established supreme councils in Charleston, Rome, and Berlin.
The traditional theosophical dogma of Albert Pike, is laid out in “Morals and Dogma” issued by him on July 14, 1889 – http://www.angelfire.com/oh/jude3and4homepage/alpikecritique.html. Quoting excerpts of beginning and ending statements of the 88 pages, “The Masonic Religion should be, by all us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine…Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God…the true and pure philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal to Adonay, but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil…to all the Ancient Sages the expressive symbol of the Diety; as from Osiris and Isis…Such, my Brother, is the True Word of a Master Mason; such the true Royal Secret, which makes possible, and shall at length make real, the Holy Empire of true Masonic Brotherhood.”
Other Masonic reference material, including the Grand Orient Temple and an authentic list of well known Freemasons:
Idols have pervaded America and should resolutely be called what it is…idolatry or idolism, the fallacy of worshipping idols or false gods and goddesses. An idolater is one who worships or blindly adores and idolizes an idol. Granted, there are those who think there is nothing wrong with doing so, however, there are also many who know that it is something to beware of and avoided like the plague. Idolatry is a serious matter overlapping into other areas that each individual must eventually come to terms with. Visible but without substance, an image or form used as an object of worship, idols are a substitute and counterfeit for the one and only true God, Creator of heaven and earth. Are we going to love, worship and bow down to the golden calf, statues of Zeus, Isis or Ishtar, and man-made religious or governmental institutions springing forth from ancient mystery religions and idolatry that God despises, forbids and curses? Count me out.
Well meaning people often seem to lack discernment about whether something is real or illusionary. Discernment is the act or process of discerning, which is the ability to discern, detect or perceive something obscure or concealed and to make distinctions by distinguishing between truth and falsehood, fiction and non-fiction. The following paragraph illustrates how one may be sincere but incorrect and why we should examine whatever is said, especially when it is claimed to be a message from God.
Quoting a “vision” sent to me concerning the Statue of Liberty, “In my mind, I saw Lady Liberty suddenly collapse to her knees, her legs broken and shattered beneath her. Her torchlight was out, but its embers were yet glowing through the dying wisps of smoke. What brought her to her knees? And I felt that still, small voice of God speak: ‘ I have humbled her. She is not yet utterly destroyed. Now if she will only fall further, of her own will fall prostrate before me, I will yet relight her lamp.’ Her knees would not willingly bend, so they were shattered….We are to be knocked to our knees….May we entreat the Lord with this prayer of repentance, Lord, we are your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We have become the wretched refuse of this world’s teeming shore. Receive us, the homeless, tempest-tost unto yourself. Relight and raise anew our lamp beside your golden door!”
In analyzing what was just said, we must separate and sift truth from myths and half-truths. Though it is true we are wretched creatures without God, no doubt tired and poor, while our nation is in dire straits and knocked to her knees, it is obvious that God would not offer to relight the torch of Illuminism if Lady Liberty would fall prostrate of her own free will, after humbling and shattering her. Then, this prayer of repentance asks God to relight and raise the lamp anew beside His golden door. Give me a break. It is absurd to suggest that a statue has a free will in the first place, as she is definitely not a living human being, so it must mean that she is synonymous with America and symbolizes all that America has stood for…right? Wrong. Let’s dissect and explore what she really symbolizes and why she was brought down. You be the judge and jury.
The Statue of Liberty is a replica of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar and a Brotherhood symbol highlighting the lighted torch, a gift to New York by French Freemasons. She has a twin representing Isis in Paris, standing on an island in the Seine River. The Statue of Liberty is actually the Statue of Liberties….the liberties perpetrated on the American people by the Brotherhood and means we have been told they are in control of this country, even if we don’t realize it. Like Babylon, New York is a major world city and sea port of modern commerce and trade, the center of American and multi-national finance and the location of the headquarters of the United Nations. Babylon was/is also a great world empire and “religious” system, which dominates the world and teaches involvement with politics through abominable doctrines and practices. A merchant capital from its beginning, New York City grew to symbolize the entreprenurial spirit of America.
Bartholdi’s work was greatly influenced by Phidias, the ancient sculptor who made gigantic statues of goddesses, particularly Athena (goddess of wisdom) and Nemesis (Venus). Although Bartholdi was seeking a commission to construct a giant statue, of Isis (Egyptian Queen of Heaven) holding a torch over the Suez Canal, he ended up making the “Statue of Liberty” for America instead. The robe or toga she wears represents the Ancient Republic of Rome.
In “Beyond Babylon”, James Lloyd writes, “Auguste Bartholdi was a member of the cultic Masonic Lodge in Paris, a secret international brotherhood linked to the ancient builders of the pyramids and cathedrals; and as a result, fellow members of the mysterious order of Masons were frequently involved with the creation of the structure, and the various ceremonies that were dedicated to it. For example, the pedestal (of the Statue of Liberty) was built by another Mason named Richard Hunt and the design came from his study of… pyramids, zigurrats, and other styles. You’ll recall the Tower of Babel was a zigurrat; and of course, the Statue of Liberty is actually a tower.”
A number of Americans were upset that this goddess was being placed on American soil, so the Masonic Lodge kept a low profile to avoid controversy, just as when they planned the Washington monument, an Egyptian obelisk. In “The Two Babylons”, Alexander Hislop says concerning the origins of Masonry, “It is admitted that the secret system of Free Masonry was originally founded on the Mysteries of the Egyptian Isis, the Goddess-Mother of Osiris”. Hislop shows that Isis is the Egyptian name for the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, who is the same as Athena (Greece), Astarte (Syria), Ashtoreth (Israel) and Diana (Ephesus). Hislop also refers to The Statue of Liberty as a statue of Semiramis, the wife and mother of Nimrod, who established the first “world kingdom” after the Flood. The Book of Genesis (10:8-10) tells us that Cush (son of Ham) begat Nimrod who became a mighty one (tyrant) in the earth, a mighty hunter before (against) the Lord and the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad (Akkad), and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
“The Two Babylons” can be read online at http://philologos.org/__eb-ttb/default.htm.
Semiramis was worshipped by various names, including Feronia in Rome (goddess of liberty), Ishtar (goddess of love) and Cybele (goddess of fortifications), this version wearing a turreted crown of towers. The Babylonian heritage of the Statue of Liberty speaks volumes about what she truly represents. Standing on a huge granite pedestal patterned after the Tower of Babel, she wears a crown with spikes symbolizing the rays of the sun and holds high a flaming torch. She stands as a universal symbol of “liberty”, apart from the laws and commandments of God, representing the “emancipation” of mankind and uniting all as one nation (One World Government), with freedom from the authority of God and the liberty of perdition. The liberty she promises is slavery to this world’s system, based on the system of Nimrod and Semiramis in ancient Babylon, considered the cradle of civilization.
Because all the different names used in ancient history can be confusing, the Ancient Near East (Babylonia) Glossary and Texts, http://www.piney.com/BabGloss.html, should be helpful in sorting it out. Also see http://www.crystalinks.com/babylonian.html for more on the Tower of Babel.
The following poem written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, was inscribed on a bronze plaque and mounted in the base of the Statue in 1903:
THE NEW COLOSSUS
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The Statue of Liberty can be viewed live from the Manhattan offices of Georgeson Shareholder, best seen around sunrise or sunset, at http://www.libertycam.com.