The Lost Tribes of Israel

Chapter 7

 

 

The Great Seal of the United States of America

 

Today there are many who claim that the United States was not founded on Christian principles. I would like to give you a brief understanding of the Heraldry of our great nation and where it comes from. Heraldry means the art of settling the right of a people to use certain bearings of the tracing and recording of their genealogies and to answer questions of priority in order, rank, and importance.

 

Our history books tell one side of the designing of the Great American seal which appears on our one dollar bill.  Like Paul Harvey used to say, I would like to give you the rest of the story. Our forefathers who spent many years designing the Great American seal wanted to establish this nation as a nation under the ruler ship of the Lord. In the design of the Great seal the founding fathers went all the way back to the original thirteen Tribes of Israel to use the heraldry that was used by the tribes based on the prophecy of Jacob (Israel) to his twelve sons. There were Thirteen Tribes of Israel because when Jacob blessed Joseph’s two sons, he said to Joseph,

 

"Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers."

 

Ephraim, being the receiver of the first-born blessings, took over Joseph’s inheritance and Manasseh made the thirteenth tribe. The tribe of Levi was not usually counted because they were selected to be the priestly tribe and were not allotted a land inheritance. Thus, they became known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel. All of this is important when we look at the heraldry of our national symbols.The Heraldry of our nation is a very interesting subject. Most of the symbols used by the tribes of Jacob's descendents are derived from the blessings and prophecies that were given to his sons in Genesis 49. For instance, the Wolf is the primary symbol of the tribe of Benjamin (verse 27, "Benjamin shall raven, ["eat voraciously"] as a wolf). Reuben's two symbols are a Man and Water. Judah's symbols are a single Lion and three Lions respectively. These may be resting or rampant.

 

Although Joseph's two sons Ephraim and Manasseh are not listed, we know from other sources that Ephraim and Manasseh each had two symbols. Ephraim used the Ox primarily and the Unicorn was his secondary symbol. Manasseh's primary symbol is an Olive Branch, while his second symbol is a Bundle of Arrows. It must be remembered that Manasseh is the thirteenth tribe. Ephraim moved into Joseph's place and Manasseh was added to the twelve. If one gives the briefest look at the arms of England, it will be seen to contain a shield with a rampant Lion on the left and a Unicorn on the right. Other symbols such as David's Harp are included within the shield.

 

The United States, being founded as a permanent home by the Pilgrim's (of the tribe of Manasseh), should reflect the emblems of that tribe. It will be found that the Great Seal of the United States contains ten features of thirteen. And given that some sixteen drafts, over a time period of 159 years through which the seal was constructed, it makes coincidence impossible as an explanation for those 13's. I know that the easy answer to the fact of all these thirteen’s is that there were thirteen original colonies, but this surface explanation doesn't fit all the evidence. 

 
Finally in 1935 the final die was cut for the seal that we see on the one-dollar bill today. The obverse, or front, side of the Seal as proposed by Thomas Jefferson was to show the Israelites being led by the Pillar of Cloud and of Fire. Benjamin Franklin suggested the event of Pharaoh's drowning in the Red Sea. The Harp of David was included in three early designs, while the number of olives and leaves did not settle to thirteen each until late in the nineteenth century.
Although Congress had appropriated the funds (1884) for the "obverse and reverse of the seal of the United States", the Reverse Seal was not cut. Five times the "acts of Congress" relating to the Reverse Seal were ignored; 1782, 1789, 1833, 1884, and 1902. It took 153 years for the complete process!

 

E. Raymond Capt, in his booklet, "Our Great Seal" says: "The Great Seal given to our country, after years of laborious heraldic and symbolic study, reveals our true national origin and destiny. The Obverse face is Israel in the Old Testament; The Reverse face is our race under the New Covenant. Each face is a masterly harmony of all that is potent in symbolism and prophecy. It was originated and adopted by men who recognized the overshadowing presence of the Great Architect of the Universe and submission to His will as revealed in the Scriptures and the Laws of Nature. They planned a government in conformity to His great Plan. They recognized that America's greatest task was to go toward the goal of the Plan, which is the eventual establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth."

 

Their hands were guided by another, for seemingly they did not fully know themselves to be of the Tribe of Manasseh. ("Blindness in part is happened to Israel",  Romans 11:25). Yet, wittingly or unwittingly, they used all the national emblems of ancient Israel as America's emblems also. Our Obverse Seal sums up the whole of the Old World history of Israel, whose boundaries were set at the very beginning according to the number of the sons of Jacob, and the Lord as an "Eagle" was his express guardian and "Shield." Unsealed "Truth," borne by the Eagle's beak illuminated the way of the "people saved by the Lord." The blessings and the curses were plainly set before them in the "Olive-Branch" and the "Bundle of Arrows." The Constellation of Stars signifies perpetual endurance. The Almighty God himself swore by them as such. (Daniel 12:3)

The Great Seal

 

 

Let's begin by looking at the The Coat of Arms.

 

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The national Coat of Arms displays as its central figure the American bald eagle with a shield of 13 red and white pale ways banded across the top with a blue chief (band). From the eagle's beak flutters a scroll bearing in 13 letters our motto "E. Pluribus Unum." In the eagle's right talon is an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 berries. In the left talon there are 13 arrows with 13 feathers. Thirteen in Biblical numerics denote rebellion. Here we have the 13 colonies that rebelled against the tyranny of the king of England.

 

The devises making up our National Arms are in the order of their importance as follows:

         1. The Eagle

         2. The Escutcheon

         3. The Scroll

         4. The Motto

         5. The Olive-branch

         6. The bundle of Arrows.

 

We shall examine these six heraldic elements separately.

 

1. The Eagle.

 

The American Bald Eagle or white-headed eagle is the strongest and most courageous member of the Aquila (Leucocephalus) family of Falcons. Full grown its height is about 3 feet. It is of a glossy brown-ash color with its white head and tail which covers its yellow skin. Its beak is a deep yellow as are the legs and feet and its talons black. The Lord has endowed the Bald Eagle with great strength and powerful wings extending seven feet more or less. The eagle (in heraldry) is accounted as one of the most noble figures in armory and according to authorities in this science" ought to be given to one that greatly excels in the virtues of generosity and courage..." (C.A.L. Totten)  The eagle on metals (and also on dies) is a symbol of Divinity and Providence." It was also an ancient symbol of spiritual vision.

 

In American heraldry the Eagle symbolizes the "people of the United States" who speaking with sovereign voice in the Preamble to their Constitution expressly show themselves to constitute the government with power inherent in themselves alone to "ordain and establish" its form. (Preamble: "We the People of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.")

 

In Scriptures the eagle is declared one of the loftiest emblems of nationality. (Ezek. 17:3-7). Deut.28:49 refers to its swiftness. According to Audubon (the American naturalist) the eagle can sail along with broad extended wings and then ascend until it disappears from view without any apparent motion then from the greatest height descend upon its quarry with a rapidity which cannot be followed by the human eye.

 

Job. 39:29 refers to the eagle's piercing eye. The eagle has a little eye but very quick sight and discerns its prey afar off. It is also supposed to be the only creature that can look directly into the sun. Job 39:30 refers to the eagle's courage. Although formidable to all birds the eagle does not prey on small birds and often leaves a part of its kill for other birds that follow. However it does not permit other birds of prey to gain tenure in the vicinity of its eyrie (nest). Thus it has its own peculiar doctrine against foreign encroachment and is unrelenting in its strict enforcement. 

 

Eagles usually mate once and build one eyrie that serves them for the remainder of their life among the highest and most precipitous rocks. (See Job 39:28.) It is with remarkable solicitude that the eagle protects the young eaglets and teaches them to fly. In so doing if the young birds become weary or fearful it takes them upon its back and carries them to safety. In allusion to this most beautiful trait we have the story of how God delivered His People out of Egypt and bore them upon "Eagles' wings." Thus we find the eagle is a glowing emblem of Divine Providence that in so many instances prospered our undertakings. This unrivaled King of the Air is a worthy representation of the genius of American liberty. It is self-reliant and is most fittingly given the chief place upon our "Coat of Arms."

 

2. The Escutcheon.

 

In heraldry there can be no coat of arms without a shield. It is the shield upon the existence of which everything else hangs or depends and it is the shield which is of first and greatest importance. The shield or Escutcheon of the Great Seal carries 13 pale ways banned across the top in blue. Each stripe is of equal width - 7 of them white and 6 red = 13. The official explanation of the shield's symbolism is that the red and white stripes represent the original 13 colonies - supported by the blue chief which unites the whole and represents Congress. Barton explains: "The pales in the arms are kept closely united by the chief and the latter depends on that union and the strength resulting from it for its support to denote the Confederacy of the United States and the preservation of their union through congress....The Escutcheon is borne on the breast of an American Eagle without any Supporter to denote that the United States of America ought to rely on their own virtue."

 

The colors of the pale way on the Escutcheon are taken from the American Flag - White signifying "Purity and Innocence" Red signifying "Vigilance Preservation and Justice." It is to be noted that the colors as used on the Escutcheon are reverse from the order of the Flag which begins in Red and ends in Red showing an incomplete task. The Escutcheon begins in White and ends in White showing a task completed. In symbolism the Flag portrays National interests while the Escutcheon portrays spiritual interest.

 

The Scriptural significance of the colors used on the Escutcheon are: Red the color of blood and signifies "Justice" or "Judgment" reminding us of the blood of Christ shed for us. White the color of snow signifies "Purity" or "Holiness." Blue the color of the sky signifies "Love" and because this is the color of the heavens it is also representative of God. Blue is also given in remembrance of Law. (Num.13:38-39)

 

From the earliest times the shield has been the most honored of defensive arms. In modern times though its distinctive use has all but passed away its deep significance has continued to remain among all peoples as the emblem of supreme protection. The Scriptures give glowing similes to shields withdrawn: "...who is like unto you O People saved by the LORD the shield of your help" (Deut.33:29) "Fear not Abram: I am your shield and your exceeding great reward" (Gen.15:1)  "For You LORD will bless the righteous with favor will You compass him as with a shield" (Psalms 5:12) "He shall cover you with His feathers and under his wings shall you trust: His truth shall be your shield and buckler.(Psalms 91:4) The Escutcheon of America is her glorious "Constitution" but in a spiritual sense symbolizes the "Shield of Faith" which protects our nation from the evil designs of our enemies: "Above all taking the shield of faith wherewith you all shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." (Eph.6:16). It is this "Shield" on indicating a symbolical sense the self-reliant eagle needs to guard its offspring.[image]

 

3. The Scroll.

 

The placing of the Scroll in the beak of the Eagle was Secretary Thomson's idea. This arrangement is not only unique but solitary in national heraldry. Generally they are placed either below the Escutcheon or over the crest. Although the Statute makes no mention of its color in the official blazonry of the State Department its tincture is gold and the motto is lettered thereon in a nondescript neutral tint parchment or prepared lamb's skins. In latter days when heraldry selected its symbols the whole record of life was supposed to be worthily transcribed when on his Scroll a knight wrote his motto only. Often they were rolled up for better preservation and frequently were of great import as in prophetic writings they were sealed and stored in a case. From this practice of rolling scrolls is derived the word "volume" from the Latin word "volvere" meaning "to roll". The Scroll borne by the American eagle is an unsealed one rolled out and its sentiments openly displayed.

 

4. The Motto - E. Pluribus Unum.

 

Mottoes in heraldry had their origin in the war cries of knights. They were also honorably borne in times of peace and their sentiment was made a rule of life. So the National Motto of the Great American People "E. Pluribus Unum" born in the beak of the Eagle is its war cry as well as its lofty guide to higher life.

Our now famous Motto was first proposed by Thomas Jefferson and was formally adopted by the committee of 1776. Inspiration for the Motto may have been the Continental Silver Dollar and the design upon one of the Colonial Bills then in circulation. Both carried the word "We are One" more appropriately designed "One Out of Many" (made or constructed out of many). This gives National testimony to the fact that as a nation we sprang out of many nations or tribes.
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5. The Olive Branch.

 

The Olive Branch held in the Eagle's Dexter (right) talon consists of 13 leaves and 13 berries and the official explanation is that it signifies peace. This is taken from the Scriptures where the dove sent out by Moses returned with an olive leaf in its beak (Gen.8:11). The Statute is not quite explicit in regards to the arrangement of leaves and fruit only stating it to be "all proper". However a letter from Tiffany & Co. shows there was a definite intention in the number of leaves and berries: The letter reads: "We have used the classical olive and decided not to introduce the flowers the fruit (13) and the 13 leaves speak for themselves in a very clear and positive manner."


In the Scriptures the olive tree is one of the earliest and most sacred symbols of Nationality (Jer.11:16). Israel is likened to an "olive tree"(Rom.11:1-36) its fruit that of "fatness" (Judg.9:9). Jeremiah speaks of the ten-tribe House of Israel after they were cast out of the land for sin and before they had found grace in the wilderness in these words: "The LORD called your name, A green olive tree fair and of goodly fruit..." (Jer.11:16). Hosea speaks of the Joseph-Israelites’ nation: "I will be as the dew to Israel: he shall grow as the lily and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread and his beauty shall be as the olive tree and his smell as Lebanon" (Hos.14:56). This prophetic blessing of "branches shall spread" is a continuation of Jacob's blessing of Joseph which reads: "Joseph is a fruitful bough even a fruitful bough by a well whose branches run over the wall" (Gen.49:22).

 

The founding of America is the fulfillment of this promise. Our people landed on these shores as "branches running over a wall" as they were guided and led by Divine Providence.

 

6. The Bundle of Arrows.

 

The bundle of arrows in the Eagle's sinister (left) talon consists of 13 arrows fledged with 13 feathers and was first proposed by Secretary Thomson. As the case of the Olive Branch the Statute is not specific as to details. No mention is made as to color or the direction the arrows should point. Since the Statute only states "all proper" they have universally been represented on the Arms with "points upward" and outward. This is their "proper" mode of display as (on the Seal) they represent the war power of the country which is thus shown to be in a state of readiness and preparation. The arrows are most appropriately given the secondary or sinister place in the grasp of the Eagle's talon.

 

America prefers peace to war. We offer first the right hand of friendship. However we are prepared for conflict, self-reliant, possessed of inexhaustible resources and confident in Him Who "prospered our beginnings". But arrows are more than emblems of power and war. They are symbols of "aim" denoting purpose will and intention. By combining these ideas with those of the Olive Branch we may read the symbolism of the arrows as meaning that it is the cardinal principle of true Americanism that recourse to arms shall be for no other purpose than the maintenance of a just cause having for its object the establishment and preservation of unity and love.

 

Arrows are also intimately connected with our tradition as Anglo-Saxon people. The English archers were most feared in every battlefield of the Middle Ages. It was their distinctive weapon whose flight in deadly clouds decimated the ranks of their adversaries.


In Scriptural symbolism the Bundle of Arrows represent the weapon of the Almighty. It is the wounding convicting of sin "Arrow of the Word" described by the Psalmist: "Your arrows stick fast in me and your hand presses me sore" (Psalm 38:2). 

 

THE CREST.

 

In Heraldry the Crest was an ornament for the head. It was usually fastened to the helmet and was a distinctively personal or hereditary devise. Warriors among the classical ancients bore insignia peculiar to themselves in this manner. Our National Crest however represents America like a new Constellation taking its place on high. "The archers have sorely grieved him and have shot at him and hated him but his bow abode in strength and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Almighty God of Jacob..." (Gen.19:23-24).

Manasseh as well as his father Joseph was well versed in this method of warfare for we read that "The sons of Reuben and the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh of valiant men; men able to bear buckler and sword and to shoot with bow and skillful in war were 40760 that went to the war" (1 Chron.5:18).

1. The Cloud.

 

The Cloud which surrounds the Constellation in American heraldry is to be represented according to the Statute as "proper". It is therefore designed to be blazoned sable with its inner linings lightened (argent) and illuminated brilliantly by the stars that it surrounds. The Cloud is represented as rolling back that other stars may be in time revealed and added to that group.

 

In symbolism the Cloud in rolling back indicates the breaking up of the storm of ignorance injustice and oppression before the dawning light of a new and potent constellation. But this emblem has deeper significance - that of covering and protecting. The Lord "seals up the stars" explains Job - using the Hebrew idiom - "He covers or compasses them with Clouds" (Job 9:7). "He spread a cloud for a covering:" (Psalm 105:39). This same idea of "protecting" is expressed by Moses just before taking leave of the chosen people.

 

In Scripture and in nature the clouds also denote the presence of Jehovah: "And it came to pass when the congregation was gathered against Moses toward the Tabernacle of the congregation: and behold the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared" (Num.16:42). A cloud guided those that had just escaped from bondage: "And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way..." (Ex.13:21).

 

It was a cloud that stood between the Israelites and the Egyptians, "And it stood between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel and it was a cloud and darkness to them (i.e. the Egyptian) but it gave light by night to these so that one came not near the other all night." (Ex.14:20).

 

3. The Constellation.

 

The Constellation of 13 stars in the midst of the Glory Cloud is composed of pentagrams or 5-pointed stars so arranged that their groupings form a hexagram or 6-pointed star. This hexagram is composed of 2 equilateral triangles and in each triangle are exactly 10 stars. The Statute is silent as to the arrangement of the stars. For this reason Professor Totten suggests the arrangement of the stars in the Crest to be heraldically correct should be "proper" (according to nature and not in any way confined to the regularity of a circle or to a regular distribution).

 

A natural arrangement of the stars (in Constellation) was evidently in the minds of the Committees of 1779 and 1780 as evidenced by the designs they submitted. Charles Thompson's original design also shows a natural arrangement of the stars. Not withstanding the final version approved by Congress for our National Seal has the Constellation arranged in the form of a six-pointed star. This arrangement seems to have been fixed and warranted by the earlier seal of the President of the Continental Congress and may be accounted for by the possibility of the same artist having cut both seals.

 

The American radiant five-pointed silver star is believed to have constituted the seal or signet of King Solomon and in early time it was in use among the Hebrew people as a symbol of safety. The Constellation of 13 stars was meant particularly to symbolize this nation formed of 13 independent States. However, in Scriptural symbolism they also represent the 13 tribes of Israel. This is shown in the prophetic dream of Joseph in which we find the 13 heavenly bodies the eleven stars the sun and the moon making abeyance to him. The interpretation given in Scriptures is that the 11 stars represent the 11 other sons of Jacob or tribes of Israel. (Gen.37:5-11).

 

Joseph the one receiving homage later gave up his head as one of the tribes in favor of his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob in adopting the two sons placed the younger son Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. Consequently Ephraim took Joseph's place (the 11th tribe) leaving Manasseh who came after Benjamin to become the 13th tribe. Levi was removed from being numbered among the tribes so the Bible continues to speak of the "12 tribes of Israel."

 

The Heraldry Involved in the Reverse Seal of the USA

 


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The true object of a reverse seal is to guard against its falsification. In former times to accomplish this a "counter-seal" was used. The custody of the two seal was then given two different guardians. Usually the reverse seal was used only on documents of the highest importance. Today the Statute gives the custody of the entire Seal (Reverse as well as Obverse) into the hand of the same individual, the Secretary of State.

 

The Reverse face of the Great Seal consists of six essential elements:


1   The Unfinished Pyramid"

2.  The Mystical Eye"

3.  The radiant Triangle" constituting the "Reverse Crest"

4.  The Words "Annuit Coeptis"

5.  The Motto "Novus Ordo Seclorum"

6. The numerical letters "MDCCLXXVI".

 

I will examine each element separately.

 

1. The Unfinished Pyramid.

 

The unfinished Pyramid is the most prominent devise on the Reverse Seal the counterpart so-to-speak of the Arms (Obverse). It is composed of 13 courses of masonry. The official explanation is that it represents the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt and symbolizes "strength" and "duration". The Great Pyramid of Giza is the most gigantic building ever erected upon the face of the earth. It is over 4500 years old and is still a masterpiece of architecture. Built of stone it is preeminently the emblem of lasting stability. Students of the Pyramid have come to the conclusion that it is the "pillar" to which Isaiah 19:19 refers: "in that day shall be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt and a pillar (monument) at the border thereof to the LORD."

 

The seemingly mathematically impossibility of the monument of Isaiah being located at the center and the border of the land of Egypt was solved by the great American geographer Henry Michael (chief hydrographer to the United States Coast Survey - 1868). Michael discovered that the Great Pyramid was mathematically located at the center of the circular section forming Lower Egypt or the Delta of the Nile. It was upon the center and the border of Lower and Upper Egypt occupying the central point of the mutual and borders of both Egypt’s. The Pyramid therefore stands at the center of all Egypt. The location fits Isaiah's description and establishes the structure as the "sign and a witness to the LORD of Hosts."(Isaiah 19:20) The study of the Great Pyramid over the past 100+ years has established its claim to being that monument beyond all doubt. It is our privilege and our duty to re-explore this structure and to unravel its teachings and recognize its relevance to America and its people.

It is significant that the Unfinished Great Pyramid was one of the great national monuments of the country where Joseph married and where his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh were born. The Great Pyramid was also a reminder of the Children of Israel's long sojourn in the land of Egypt. Here again we find, as with many other aspects of the Great Seal of the United States, Israelites’ origins.

 

2. The Mystical Eye.

 

Du Simitiere said that the “Eye of Providence” and the conception of surrounding it with the "Radiant Triangle" was Thomas Jefferson's suggestion. Both Barton and Thomson retained the idea and Congress adopted it. The Statute of June 20th, 1782 reads as follows: "In the Zenith an Eye in a Triangle surrounded with a Glory proper": The tincture of the Glory is of course "Or" (gold) but the "proper" heraldic blazonry of the All-Seeing Eye is not clearly defined. The "Eye" being an Emblem of God Himself - who can assign a special "color" to the Eye of the Omniscient? Totten suggests: "This symbol can be blazoned 'Properly' only as of argent (white). The laws of Correspondence Heraldry and Harmony all conspire in this selection. White ineffable clear as the firmament above....haraldry that dares not stain such an emblem with any arbitrary color (white is not a color but is every color combined)..."

 

The Emblem of the "Eye" is one of the most ancient symbols of "Divine Providence" and is found among the earliest nations of the earth. The Greeks swore by the "Eye of Jove" and this worship spread over the Roman world. The "Solar Eye" as it was known became a religious badge in the entire ancient world. But the devise has an older origin. It was the symbol of the Arabian god of Jethro (the father-in-law of Moses) and was a resplendent sun inscribed with the Arabic motto" Allah" or "I am that I am". The earliest use of the "Eye of Providence" appears to have been in ancient Chaldea the early homeland of the Hebrew people.

In our American Heraldry the Eye symbolizes the watchful eye of the God of Israel watching over the destiny of this nation and illustrating the prophetic words: "Behold He that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep" (Psalms 121:4). Concerning Israel the Lord has said, "I will set My eyes upon them for good..." (Jer.24:6). In Psalms 32:8 God promises Israel: "...I will guide you with My eye." In the book of Deuteronomy we find this reference to the "Divine Eye" with Israel: "He found him in a desert land and in the waste howling wilderness He led him about He instructed him He kept him as the apple of His eye." (Deut.32:10).

3. The Radiant Triangle.

 

The mystical triangle that encases the Eye is also an emblem of great antiquity.   Allusion to this triangle is found in most of the ancient religious and secret societies. Ancient Freemasonry employed the triangle generally in connection with the All-Seeing Eye. Throughout the whole system of modern in heraldry when a triangle is placed within and surrounded by a circle of rays the circle is called a "Glory" (Christian). When, however, this Glory is distinct from the triangle (as is the case of the Reverse Seal) it is then an emblem of "God's Eternal Glory" The Triune God-head. This is the usual form in religious uses.

 

The Radiant Triangle making up part of the Crest of the Reverse Seal forms the Cap-Stone or "Corner Stone" of the Unfinished Pyramid. In the Scriptures Jesus Christ is symbolized by just such a "stone" "The stone which the builders rejected the same is become the head of the corner: this is the LORD'S doing and it is marvelous in our eyes" (Matt.21:42) - quoted from Psalms 118:22-23). And"...Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone In Whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the LORD." (Eph.2:2021).

 

4. The Motto - Annuit Coeptis.

 

Above the Reverse Creston the 13 letters is the motto "Annuit Coeptis" meaning, He has prospered our undertakings (or beginnings). These beautiful sentiments upon the Seal refer directly to the "All-Seeing Eye" in the "Radiant Triangle" as an emblem of Him Who prospered our under takings. In a secondary sense it refers to the Unfinished Pyramid below whose 13 courses of stone grow up in lasting stability toward the Capstone descending from the Sky.

 

Barton's earlier and more complicated design contained the motto "Deo Favente" (with God's favor) placed over the Eye. Although it meant essentially the same thing Secretary Thomson changed it to the present and even more deeply significant motto "Annuit Coeptis". Although it may have been suggested in total blindness to its mystic Anglo-Israelite significance the change displays more clearly America's Israel birthright.

 

The fact that the present motto possesses 13 letters adds intensity to this important reference. Its hidden meaning has reference primarily to the children of Manasseh. As the 13th tribe of Israel they were particularly set apart to have their undertakings prospered as a separated People whose greatness in the latter times was prophetically assured.

 

This birthright of TEMPORAL blessings was but a continuation of the prosperity promised Manasseh's father Joseph: "And the LORD was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man" and "the LORD made all that he did prosper in his hand" (Gen.39:23). "And of Joseph He said Blessed of the LORD be his land for the precious things of heaven for the dew and for the deep that couches beneath and for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun and for the precious things put forth by the moon. And for the chief things of ancient mountains and for the precious things of the lasting hills" (Deut.33:13-15).

 

5. The Motto - Novus Ordo Seclorum.

 

The Motto "Novus Ordo Seclurum" written in the Latin word is an intentional altered quotation from Virgil's Fourth Eclogue. Virgil borrowed it from the mystic Sibylline records (The Sibylline Books).

 

The translation application to America is: "The last age of Cumean song now comes (the seventh or last or perfect cycle). Novus ordo Seclorum (the Sabbatic age of Rest- the Age of Freedom) means a mighty order of Ages is born Anew. Both the Prophetic Virgin (Goddess of Liberty) and the Saturnian kingdoms (the new Rebublis - Kingdom of Israel) now return (in the latter days). Now a new progeny (a progeny among nations diverse from all predecessors - a government "of the People by the People and for the People: a nation of independent States and yet the union of a multitude of individuals) is let down.

 

6. The Date - MDCCLXXVI.

 

The date (1776) on the base of the Unfinished Pyramid is the date of our Independence. It tells when Divine Providence "prospered our beginnings" (Annuit Coeptis) the beginning of a new nation (Novus Ordo Seclorum) established upon new principles - the nucleus of the Kingdom of God on earth with all its glorious promises to long-oppressed humanity.

 

This nation has been blessed by God above all the nations on the earth because of the promises He gave to Abraham but that is a whole little known mystery.