Knights Templar: “Rex Deus” Treasure

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Jewish elders feared, a Roman invasion led by Titus, would plunder the Holy Land, and seize their priceless treasure which included the Essene and Cabalistic scrolls.

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How right they were for, for Roman General and later Emperor, Titus son of Emperor Vespasian, campaigned in Judea, where he besieged and almost destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD.

These Jewish elders hid their treasure, and fled to Europe, where many married into noble families.  Twenty-four became patriarchs, known as the “Rex Deus” families.

Hundreds of years passed by, and the secret location of the Jewish treasure, was passed down through the families, until the First Crusade.  Knighted members of the “Rex Deus” joined holy warriors, with a dual purpose, defeating Moslems and recovering family treasure.

The original knights of the nine Knights Templar were either born or related to the Rex Deus families.  Godfrey de Boullion was one of these and a French General, who led his forces against the Saracens during the First Crusade.  King Baldwin II of Jerusalem cousin to Godfrey de Boullion, played his part in the retrieval of their family treasure, by granting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to be used by the Knights Templar.

Information handed down, through the centuries, led the knights to the family treasure, buried under what was Solomon’s stables.  It took nine years to excavate four large trunks of treasure and scrolls.

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Heavenly Jerusalem Print

With the death of King Baldwin II, the knights left the Holy Land, bound for Europe.  They stopped off at St.Omer in Flanders, where the document known as the “Heavenly Jerusalem” was copied, and can now be found at the University of Ghent’s Library in Belgium.

Following a special ceremony taken by Pope Honorius III at the Council of Troyes in 1128.  Hughes de Payen and Andre de Montbard, delivered the four trunks of treasure to Kilwinning in Scotland, home of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry.

The four trunks of treasure resided at Kilwinning for many years before being moved to Rosslyn Castle, near Edinburgh, home of the Sinclairs.  The Sinclairs were one of the “Rex Deus” families, and legend has it, they became entwined with the Knights Templar when Catherine de Saint Clair married Hughes de Payen, before he took the vows of a monk in 1128.  With a Sinclair Templar bond, one can understand why much knights, treasure ended up in Scotland, and when they fled France in 1307, more treasure made its way to Scotland, and into the coffers of the Sinclair clan.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

When fire broke out at Rosslyn Castle, four trunks of Templar Treasure was moved to Rosslyn Chapel, which was under construction.  One has to ask, was Rosslyn Chapel its planned destination?

Historical information tells us, four large trunks from the Holy Land, have made their way into a vault within the chapel’s crypt.

Rosslyn Chapel’s construction is a copy of Solomon’s Temple.  As such, these trunks have been placed in a copy building which resembles Solomon’s Temple.

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Templars: The Round Church

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Jerusalem lies at the centre of all medieval maps, and became the centre of the crusader’s world.  This became known throughout the world, as the most sacred place in the most sacred city, the supposed site of the burial of Jesus: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

It was here, the Crusader’s inherited a round church, and it was the goal of every pilgrim, who came under the protection of the Knights Templar, to reach the holiest site of all, and give prayer to their God.  For this was the building of all buildings on earth, that must be defended at all costs from its enemies… Many would lay down their lives, defending it at all costs.

The Templar’s built many round churches across Europe, and recreated the sanctity of the most holy place: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  In their eyes they believed if one was buried in a round church, it was as though they had been buried in Jerusalem.

Tomb of William the Marshall

Tomb of William Marshal

One who would be honoured in this way was William the Marshal, Earl of Pembroke who died in 1219, he had been adviser to King John and Regent to the boy King: Henry III.

Marshal who had taken the cross as an old man, laid recumbent with effigies of his sons in defence of their father.

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The Templecombe Painting

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The head portrayed in the Templecombe painting is similar to the Shroud of Turin.  The cloth which carries an imprint of a man’s body; used to wrap the crucified body of Jesus Christ for burial.

It is believed the Templars came by it in 1204, when Crusaders captured Constantinople and ransacked it.

This relic called the “Mandylion” was held at Constantinople around 1000 AD.

Veronica, was the saint during Jesus Christ’s journey towards his crucifixion, who offered him her veil to wipe his face.  His likeness remained imprinted on the cloth for all time, and she took it to Rome.

It is believed the Knights Templar, copied the head image from the Shroud of Turin, which we know as the Mandylion.  Carbon-dating tests carried out on the painting, put the age around 1280 AD.

Some historians question its validity, and believe it be a copy of the Mandylion of the Eastern Orthodox Church, an important relic of Christendom.  The Mandylion is believed to be the cloth, bearing the image of Jesus Christ, when he was alive.

Legendary Warriors of Jaffa

King Richard and Saladin

King Richard I and Saladin

Richard, lost his mount
savagely cut down in battle,
fell from underneath him
forced to fight, on foot.

Saladin impressed by Richard
gave the mighty English King,
stallion from his own stable
for kings do not fight, on foot.

Richard and Saladin meet
neither understood the other’s language,
but each respected the other
fighting for their country’s beliefs.

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Templar Treasure

Historical Treasures

Templar treasure, sought by Philip
ships, left in the dead of night,
destination, known to a few
a secret, never to be shared.

They slipped out of St.Rochelle
ships, laden down with gold,
a treasure, that would be talked about
a treasure, a secret place, never told.

Hundreds of years, passed by
Templar Treasure… where is it?
asked by many, but no one knows
has the secret, been taken to the grave.

Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

One of the most legendary objects in religious history, has to be the “Ark of the Covenant.”  Housed within a wooden box and overlaid with pure gold, containing the “Ten Commandments,” inscribed upon stone tablets.

  • It is believed the Ark, is responsible for bringing victory during battles.
  • Bestowing blessings upon worthy recipients.
  • Sending plagues down upon enemies.

The Ark of the Covenant, stand’s for God’s communion with Moses, when he led out the Israelites, to their own land.

King David conquered Jerusalem in 993 BC, and his son Solomon, built a temple to his God, between 958-951BC.  Solomon’s temple housed the Ark of the Covenant: A wooden casket covered in gold, holding the Ten Commandments, which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Jerusalem and the history of the Jewish people, play a significant part in their religion.  For it is written in their writings that Abraham would prove himself to God, by sacrificing his own son; Isaac.  God stepped in, and sent a Ram, for Isaac to use, for sacrificial purposes.

Solomon’s Temple was built by Phoenician craftsmen.  The inner walls lined in gold, with marble blocks and fine emeralds adorning the temple.

Rehoboam became King of Israel as successor to his father; King Solomon.  Shishak, the Egyptian king ransacked Solomon’s Temple in the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign.

In 586 BC, the Babylonians completely destroyed Solomon’s Temple.

A second temple was built upon the site, between 535-515 BC.

Over the next 470 years, Persian rule gave way to the Greeks, then the Romans, with Herod the Great as its ruler.  In 20 BC Herod introduced courts and walls to Solomon’s second temple.

In 70 AD, Jews revolted against the Romans, and General Titus (Caesar) besieged the city and burnt the temple to the ground.

In the year 691, a shrine was built upon the site; “Dome of the Rock.”  By 715, the Al-Aqsa mosque was built alongside and destroyed by earthquakes over the next 300 years.  By 1035 a new mosque was constructed, and in 1118 became the headquarters of the Knights Templar (Holy Warriors) in the Holy Land.

The Knights Templar, dug deep tunnels underneath the Temple, as they sought out religious treasures and the fabled prize of all, “Ark of the Covenant,” one of the most important religious artefacts of all time.

Bas-Relief of the Ark

A bas-relief depicting the “Ark” can be found at Chartres Cathedral in France.  One has to ask, does the Ark of the Covenant, still remain within the Cathedral?

Claims were made by Louis Charpentier (20th century French author) that the original nine members of the Knights Templar, possibly discovered the “Ark” early on in the order’s history, whilst digging under Temple Mount.

A pillar, part of Chartres Cathedral, known as the Portal of the Initiates, features a carving of the Ark upon a wheeled cart.

What could this mean, and many historians have put forward their own interpretations:

The Templars discovered the Ark in Jerusalem, and moved it to France, coinciding with the construction of Chartres Cathedral.  When news of the Templar’s impending arrest in the 14th century leaked out, the Ark was moved from France to Scotland.

Louis Charpentier published: Les Mysteres de la Cathedrale de Chartres (The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral) in France of 1966.

Knights Templar: Joseph of Arimathea

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Joseph of Arimathea

Written within the Gospel of St.John, Joseph of Arimathea is referred to as a secret disciple of Jesus.  This Jewish merchant, one of wealth and power in the community, may have been related to Jesus.

The body of Jesus was wrapped in a shroud, following his crucifixion, and placed in a tomb also supplied by Joseph.

What we know of Romans isn’t it more likely the Romans would have left the body of Jesus upon the cross, to rot, food for the birds.  They were known to crucify or hang prisoners by the roadside, as a warning to others, like those in the film (Spartacus).

Therefore, Joseph of Arimathea, must have carried much respect of the Romans to have been received by the then Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, and granted permission to move the body.

The Templar’s believed it was Joseph of Arimathea who collected the blood of Jesus as he hung upon the cross, in a chalice, now known as the Holy Grail.

When it was discovered that the body of Jesus had disappeared, Joseph was thought to have hidden him, but we know different, for Jesus had risen from the dead.  As for Joseph he along with the Holy Grail were flung into jail for many years.

Upon his release by Emperor Vespasian, Joseph of Arimathea, this disciple of Jesus, travelled to England, spreading the gospel on route.  His final destination being Avalon, now known as Glastonbury, and it is said he baptised thousands of sinners.

The Holy Grail was buried in the grounds of Avalon (Glastonbury), and marked by a staff, from which grew the Glastonbury Thorn.

I sometimes wonder, whether the Knights Templar were keepers of sacred relics, or nothing more than treasure hunters.

If one looks at Rosslyn Chapel, and observes the gargoyle of a knight holding a chalice, and the Templar warriors located in the crypt with their treasures.  Whatever they found was so sacred to them, it was not for sharing.

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