The Bible and the Mysterious Masonic Symbol ‘G’ by Nate Beck

Guest Post by Nate Beck

The Bible and the Mysterious Masonic Symbol ‘G’

masonic symbolsThe heart and soul of my research is the Bible, including the Biblical source for symbols, mysteries and lost treasure, as well as ancient wisdom.

Freemasonry is a subject with many mysteries and secrets that I enjoy exploring. I have, at least in my opinion, solved and explained many of those secrets with the Bible many times in the course of my research.

Many other Christians see Masonic symbolism as nothing but occult or worse, plain evil. However, I do not share in this opinion. One should keep in mind that the early founders of Freemasonry, such as the Rev. James Anderson (1680-1739) and John Theophilus Desaguliers (1683-1744), were Christian men who knew the Bible much better than most today.

I would like to offer what I believe to be another Biblical key to another Masonic Mystery: that of the Letter ‘G’.

THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE

In the Bible, Isaiah 40:22 KJV says of God: “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.”

I might add that it was God who created the geometry of the earth, so this means to me that geometry is a divine science!

It can also be said that God sits on the Center of this Circle. Notice in the famous Masonic emblem above, that the letter ‘G’ is in the center of the Square and Compass. And we all know what the Compass is used for.

THE DIVINE NUMBER 7

It doesn’t take the reader of the Bible much time to realize that there is something special to God about the number 7. From resting on the seventh day after Creation to the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation, this number is emphasized and set apart as holy and divine. So, I think it fitting that the letter ‘G’ is the seventh letter of the English alphabet. I would like to now show how the number 7 is linked to builders tools:

There are many references to God as Geometer in the Bible, such as Him using a compass in Proverbs 8:27 KJV.. However, for my purpose here, I would like to focus on one passage in particular, that of the Book of Zechariah 4:9-10 KJV, we read:

The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.ย For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

This passage is a reference to the Judaean governor Zerubbabel rebuilding the City of Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity. In his hands is a plummet, which is another name for a building tool known as a plumbline, spoken of in the Book of Amos 7:7. In the passage we also see another reference to the number 7 associated with the eyes of the Lord, which means that God will be with the builders of Jerusalem. Again, God is in the building business. In Exodus 27:1, we also see God giving instructions to Moses to build a square altar.

FULL CIRCLE

I would like the reader to notice in the Square and Compass symbol above that there are three corners on the compass and three on the square, making six points, which would indicate the center ‘G’ as the seventh point!

So, in my opinion, the letter ‘G’ in the center of the Square and Compass is an awesome and multifaceted emblem that represents God, Geometry as Sacred Science and the Divine Number 7 all at the same time!!! It simply is not a matter of Either/Or, but both!

So we see, the Bible always links the square and compass with God!

Behold! The Letter G, is the Almighty He!

He who Was, and Is, and Is to Come, the Almighty.

Further Reading:

The King James Bible of 1611

Sacred Secrets: Freemasonry, the Bible and Christian Faith by Mike Neville. England: The History Press, 2013.

Guest Post by Nate Beck

Text Copyright 2017 by Nate W. Beck. All rights reserved. NOTE: The Masonic emblem above and the King James Bible are in the public domain.

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23 Responses

  1. Buckeye Bob says:

    Hi Nate.
    Does it strike you, and/or any others, that this symbol might be another representation of the all seeing eye?
    There’s the two eyelids and the pupil.
    On top of that the all seeing eye is represented with a slightly heavy top eyelid, and this symbol’s compass seems to represent that as well with the way it thickens above the ‘G’.

  2. Nate I absolutely enjoyed reading this and I am very pleased to see someone else taking the time to understand the meaning of the “G” and how it relates to God. Thanks for sharing, Ghost

  3. Nate Beck says:

    Thanks guys, and I absolutely concur with your observations of how the symbol could relate to the all seeing eye! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. HaywardG says:

    Excellent subject Nate!

    Seems quite simple:
    Circle = Compass = Divine = God
    Square = builder’s square = Earth

    -and then-

    “G” represents God
    and
    “G” represents Geometry. Geometry means “earth measure”

    Thus, the conclusion that the means to discover God, are found here, on Earth. The evidence of the great architect are visible here, on earth.

    Remembering, that:
    There are 360 degrees in a circle. AND the four angles of a square also add to 360.

    Thus, the divine is found in either. As the grand architect of the universe has produced all it is thus natural to discover that the trace of his hand is found everywhere.

  5. Nate Beck says:

    Absolutely Hayward! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    And thanks to Jenny for allowing me to post another article!

  6. Nate Beck says:

    I also might add that the Square can represent the physical nature of man, and the Compass the spiritual nature, thus representing the dual natures of Mankind.

  7. Buckeye Bob says:

    That dual nature thing is an interesting topic.
    I would think that there would be related concepts to that. Do you have anything on that? It could make for an interesting article on it’s own.
    (I hope you haven’t already done one on that, so as to not embarrass myself here.) ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Nate Beck says:

    Hi Buckeye Bob,

    No I haven’t anything on that subject, and I would like to leave that idea for someone else’s writing.

    I’m afraid that might be too heavy a subject for me right now lol. But I would love to see someone else take a crack at it ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Nate Beck says:

    A highly fascinating subject does fall into that category though: Some of the Greek philosophers, such as Plato, believed that we have some fore-knowledge that was sort of “built-in” from the spirit world before we were born into this world.

    His Meno Square dialogue has some relation to that, if you’d like to look into it. I’m pretty sure the Bible has something on that idea as well, but I’m not sure where it would be. I might take a look at writing something on THAT ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Nate Beck says:

    In some versions of my faith, it is taught that Adam and Eve originally were pure spirit, with the imprinted image of God, until the Fall in Paradise when they degraded into corrupt flesh, and so a loss of that Image occurred which Christ was sent to restore and repair, where we wait for a future Resurrection where God will perfect our physical natures as He has our spiritual natures.

    Is this why the Compass interlinks with and overlaps the Square?

  11. Buckeye Bob says:

    Nate, my personal belief is that there is a connection to the “next life” in us all, but that we mostly can’t see it because our physical awareness is blocking it out.
    That’s why spiritual people seem to get a little better look at that connection, because they are “opening” their minds to that view. But by nature and God’s design, that view of the next life from our physical forms is almost entirely blocked and it takes a lot of spirituality to start seeing past the obstructions.

  12. HaywardG says:

    Yes Nate- I would concur that the square can also be representative of Man, and the circle with Spirit. (I have touched upon these motifs in some of my past articles here, but not explicitly direct.)

    The description you state above regarding Adam and Eve is often the same idea behind many of the Western esoteric traditions, who often see that Mankind is a spiritual creature who, because of the fall and a blind adherence to material existence, has just simply forgotten it. The role that few of these traditions play therefore have been to teach on the “building techniques” of helping the person work through the means of perfecting themselves so that their true nature will shine forth.

    The overlapping of the two instruments I see as being rather important, in that its suggests there is a point where the two “intersect”. This point was brought up on Duncan’s former Humble Mason, that the new design of the compass and square no longer depict this, but just who their tips “touching”. It could be nothing to some, but for me it feels like a deep significance is lost in that image. It is one thing to say that the hand of the Grand Architect “touched the earth”, but quite a different thing to say that there is an exact point where the two overlap.

    I think you can probably appreciate this thought written about the MM degree in relation:
    “the point within a circle of our own nature, from which no man or Mason can err, for it is the Divine Kingdom latent in us all, into which we have as vet failed to enter” -and-
    “The true secrets are lost but we are told that the gateway of ‘death to self’ opens the way to the point within the circle where the longing spirit will find peace in the arms of the father of all”

  13. Buckeye Bob says:

    Explain this one.
    Years ago, I worked in an office setting. One of the ladies came out of her office and laid down a bunch of newspapers. She started going through the obituaries, working her way into past editions.
    I asked her what she was doing and she said she was looking for something. So I asked her if it was a relative or friend and she said no.
    Being a little puzzled, I gently asked her what she was doing, and she said that she was looking for the obituary of someone who died in a car accident.
    I was more puzzled, since it wasn’t a relative or a friend, but I left it go.

    Twenty minutes later I was in my office and saw her rush past in the hallways crying. Another girl was following her but stopped at my door, and I asked her what was wrong.
    She said that the lady’s son was just killed in a car accident.

    I had to know, so I asked her if she just found out or got a call earlier, and she said that she just got the call from the sheriff’s office.

    How does something like that happen? This was before cell phones, so it wasn’t like there was any communication between her and her son when the accident happened.

    • HaywardG says:

      Buckeye- if I might take a go at your question.

      They say (“They” being a quite relative & figurative anonymity so please take this as a hypothetical) that some people are simply born more attune to different levels of “being/matter”.

      If you buy into the idea that there are corresponding levels/strata/mediums of being then the possibility exists that there are some people who are more attuned to psychic phenomenon, for example. My mother actually does things like you describe in this story all the time. Some people think she is *crazy!* but then it only happens too often and it is just too uncanny. Others, for example, are more attuned to physical existence, which we might say is highly common. But then again, there are so many emotional and psychological issues we respond to also within the physical state, it is hard to really say that everything is simply “hands on” on the physical sense for us then. There are then others who we might say are more attuned to spiritual matters, and they might be rather devotional, or we can just “sense” their presence in that sense. I think we often easily accept the last two, probably because we are much more aware of reacting to the physical presence of things and people, but much less so in relation to those who seem more attuned to psychic phenomenon. We spend too much time thinking in the “rational” and balance it less with the “irrational”. Jung had a pretty good grip on this concept I would say, and for a psychiatrist, he was rather mystically inclined.

      I’ve bared witness to it much too often to say that I don’t believe it.

      I’ve seen even one of the most skeptical people I know, for example, claim that they had a dream with a person they were dating decades ago say “goodbye” and find out later that day that they had passed away.

      • Buckeye Bob says:

        There’s an excellent point in there, Hayward, in that this kind of stuff happens all the time.
        But it’s deeply personal and most people don’t talk about it. So most other people aren’t aware of this, whether they’d believe it or not anyways.

        A person needs to tune themselves in to their surrounding to even begin to see these things going on, and that’s not even spiritual. Yet most people don’t even do that.

        • HaywardG says:

          You’re right Buckeye, they often don’t even want to do that.
          But then, if it happens all the time, it’s there anyway, like under the layers of an onion, whether they’d like to talk about it or not.

    • JC1117 says:

      Hello, Buckeye Bob and Duncan and Nate…Et Al.

      I have a very strong belief in extra senses and Their Source.

      William Wordsworth accomplished a extraordinary triumph in “explaining” the joys…and sorrows…of man here…

      http://www.bartleby.com/101/536.html

      “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
      The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, 60
      Hath had elsewhere its setting,
      And cometh from afar:
      Not in entire forgetfulness,
      And not in utter nakedness,
      But trailing clouds of glory do we come 65
      From God, who is our home:
      Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
      Shades of the prison-house begin to close
      Upon the growing Boy,
      But he beholds the light, and whence it flows, 70
      He sees it in his joy;
      The Youth, who daily farther from the east
      Must travel, still is Nature’s priest,
      And by the vision splendid
      Is on his way attended; 75
      At length the Man perceives it die away,
      And fade into the light of common day.”

      I’ve had some strange occurrences in my own lifetime…with feelings…and glimpses of the “beyond”.

      For example…about 15 years ago I was driving southbound on the local interstate while approaching an overpass. I was in the far left lane and had a very strong feeling that somebody was about to die…and not just that…but that somebody was going to die to the left of me. The feeling was so strong that I quickly…and as safely as I could changed lanes so that I was in the far right lane just as I went under the overpass.

      I quickly felt relieved…and rather silly…for thinking and doing such a strange thing…and I questioned my own rationality and whether I was simply delusional…or not. I continued on to my destination about 10 minutes south and forgot all about the occurrence.

      I finished my errand quickly and got back on the interstate headed northbound. As I got closer to the overpass where I had that strange feeling I noticed that traffic had backed up. When I got my chance to be the “rubbernecker” I saw 2 police officers holding up a sheet in front of an overturned SUV…blocking the view which was, obviously, not pretty.

      I followed the news closely that evening and learned there were multiple fatalities…a mother and children. I learned then that I wasn’t delusional. True story.

      Thank you, Nate, for another interesting write-up. I hold strong beliefs in All of those Concepts.

      • Nate Beck says:

        Extraordinary story and poem JC1117! I think I’m an automatic fan of Wordsworth now lol.

        Both give much, much to think about and meditate upon. Makes one wonder why some of us are spared tragedy while others are not??

        I know God has His reasons, but it doesn’t make it any easier!

    • Nate Beck says:

      Extraordinary! But also very sad!

  14. Nate Beck says:

    Bizarre world we live in fellas:

    Take the number 681 for instance (related to the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau). Ever since I started studying and looking for the solution to this Mystery, those numbers pop up everywhere. They’re on the apartment building I live in, My library card number, and I often see it in film. I even had a bank pin number of 6810 and an assigned cell number with those digits.

    And then, me and my wife had our first date on March 23rd, so we see the number 23 figure into our favorite tv shows, movies, and even commercials or dates when important events happen ALL.THE.FREAKING.TIME!!!!!

    Everything is connected by spiritual cords that are there whether we acknowledge them or not….bizarre world we live in fellas…bizarre….

  15. Strawshadow says:

    Nate,
    Great read, and its good to see that you’ve come full circle. Being in that cell must have given you time to think, lol. One question? Is there a reason the square has 6.5, I’m guessing, inches on each side. If not inches what would be the marks.

  16. Nate Beck says:

    Lol. Thanks Strawshadow,

    To answer your question, No, there is no significance to the lengths of the square, that’s just the size of the picture Jenny posted for me. The picture could be enlarged or minimized and the sides of the square and compass would be different lengths altogether.

    However! There is a real significance for why the legs of the Compass are situated the way they are over the Square, as well as the relation of the way the Compass angle sets in relation to the 90 degree angle of the Square.

  17. Nate Beck says:

    The significance of that can only be found within the ritual details of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry, however.

    I can’t post on that due to upsetting my friends who are Freemasons, but the information is widely available if you are interested.

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