human government; and lastly the astrologers who, from a study of the procession of the heavenly bodies, hoped to find therein the rational archetype for all mundane procedure. Here and there is to be found a character who contacted this society. By some it is believed that both Martin Luther and also that great mystic, Philip Melanchthon, were connected with it. The first edition of the King James Bible, which was edited by Francis Bacon and prepared under Masonic supervision, bears more Mason’s marks than the Cathedral of Strasbourg 19. The same is true respecting the Masonic symbolism found in the first English edition of Josephus’ History of the Jews.”
What an astonishing, forthright admission! Directly from the pen of none other than Manly P. Hall – considered to be among the 10 greatest Masonic historian philosophers that have ever lived. Note that he was not speculating about Sir Francis Bacon’s involvement, along with other “Masonic supervision,” in editing the King James Bible, and in inserting Masonic symbolism – he was stating it as plain, obvious fact – even to announce that the editing of the Holy Scripture “bears more Mason’s marks than the Cathedral of Strasburg”! And he admits the same level of alterations have been applied to Josephus’ History of the Jews.
Consider how this admission vindicates and proves precisely what Nephi witnessed in vision approximately 2000 years prior to it occurring: the brazen audacity of the “Great and Abominable Church” in perverting the records of the early Christians before they are to be “officially” distributed among the Gentiles (emphasis added) 20:
“And it came to pass that I, Nephi… beheld a book, and it was carried forth among [the Gentiles]. And the angel said unto me: Knowest thou the meaning of the book? And I said unto him: I know not.
“And he said: Behold it proceedeth out of the mouth of a Jew. And I, Nephi, beheld it; and he said unto me: The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets… wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles.
“And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God. Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.
“And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great