The Face of the Templars

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The Templar’s presented themselves as missionaries and God’s warriors to Christian pilgrims and the Pope.  They were perceived as saints, offering aid to the poor and needy.

On one hand, these Knights Templar appeared to be following God’s teachings.  In truth, one observed an order whose wealth grew through donations, trade, looting and piracy.  No longer were they humble men of God…

The few who discovered the true identity of the Knights Templar, dare not speak out, against such a powerful order, which had the backing of the Pope.

As the years passed by, the Templar’s wealth grew and grew, even to the point of controlling governments.  Questions were being asked, what they did behind closed doors, by many a monarch, clergy and local people.

In the early 1300’s, it reached a time when the Papacy were convinced in their mind, that these Templar’s did what they pleased, and could be a danger to the church.  They abused the privileges granted them by the Papacy.

Rumours began circulating about these Templar’s, leading to accusations, that they be performing rituals of Satanic worship, in their palaces, behind closed doors.

The Papacy faced a new enemy from within, and it fell upon Pope Clement V, to calculate what damage the Templar’s could cause to Christianity, and the Vatican.  Pope Clement V also faced much pressure, on what to do with these Templar’s from the King of France.

As we know, King Philip IV of France, ruler of a country heavily in debt to these Templar’s, he could see these men of God, taking control of France.

In 1307 King Philip was forced into a situation, where he had to go cap in hand, before the Templar’s, and ask for a loan.  Philip was stunned, that his request was denied.

Philip could take no more, these Templar’s had to go, and so it was on the 13th October 1307, the King’s men arrested these Templar’s, seizing their assets across France.

They were put on trial and accused of the following:

  • That during the reception ceremony, new brothers were required to deny Christ, God, The Virgin or the saints on the command of those receiving them.
  • That the brothers committed various sacrilegious acts either on the cross or on an image of Christ.
  • That the receptors practised obscene kisses on new entrants, on the mouth, navel or buttocks.
  • That the priests of the Order did not consecrate the host, and that the brothers did not believe in the sacraments.
  • That the brothers practised idol worship of a cat or a head.
  • That the brothers encouraged and permitted the practice of sodomy.

Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar Order was burnt at the stake on the 18th March 1314, in the shadow of the Notre Dame in Paris, on trumped up charges of heresy.

Jacques de Molay cried out to his God, as flames burned around him, that King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V, his accusers should join him… Within a year, both had died.

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Knights Templar: Switzerland

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Is there any connection between Knights Templar and Switzerland?

The “Old Swiss Confederation” was born on the 1st August 1291.

In 1280, the French Monarchy was in conflict with the Templar’s, so it was inevitable issues would come to a head.

The Templar’s headquarters in the city of Troyes in France was lost, when the region had come under the control of the French Crown.

The Templars must have got wind, of possible actions being put in place by King Philip IV of France.  Twenty-four hours before the arrest of Jacques de Molay on the 13th October 1307, a fleet of Templar ships sailed from the French port of La Rochelle, laden with treasure and knights.

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Templar Fleet

The French Monarchy, who had expected to confiscate Templar treasure, found empty store houses… it had sailed away from France under the cover of darkness, destination unknown.

When the order went out by the Pope, that all Templar knights were to be arrested.  Thousands were rounded up and arrested on charges of heresy and burnt at the stake, whilst other’s dispersed across Europe, seeking sanctuary.  Some escaped to Spain, joining up with the Caltrava and Alcantra, some moved to Portugal and took on a new name; the Order of Christ.  Others joined the Teutonic knights of Germany, and some joined the Hospitallers, the stepping stone to the Knights of Malta.

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Knights Templar

Some Templar knights landed in Scotland and were granted sanctuary by Robert the Bruce.  These knights took up arms and joined Robert the Bruce in his fight against the English, for Scotland’s Independence.  Rosslyn Chapel, home of the Sinclair knights, members of the Templar order.  These warriors were buried along with their treasure in the crypt of the chapel.

With Switzerland located over the border to the east of France.  Hundreds of Knights Templar would have easily slipped across the border with their treasures, into this newly formed country.

The main income of Switzerland was farming… it was a poor country, ripe for a takeover.

In 1315, Duke Leopold of Habsburg attacked several hundred men with his force of 2,000 knights and 9,000 foot soldiers… expecting little resistance.

He was in for a surprise, as the Swiss possessed a new weapon, the “Halberd” which was mounted on a long pole, capable of bringing down horses and used like a lance.  Leopold lost almost 2,000 warriors that day, and was forced to retreat.

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Halberd

Therefore in my opinion a primitive farming country had received outside assistance, enabling them to protect their lands from invading warriors.

The only answer that made sense, Templar Knights had escaped from France, crossed the border into Switzerland and granted sanctuary, bringing with them their military expertise and Templar treasure… buying their way into this new country.

The Templar’s were Europe’s bankers from the 11th – 14th century, now the largest banking and financial institutions of Europe are located in Switzerland.

Pope Julius II called upon Helvetian soldiers in 1506, these mercenaries who would shape Italy’s future, and were granted the title “Defenders of the Church’s Freedom.”

On the 22nd January 1506, one hundred and ninety-nine years after the arrest of Jacques de Molay in France, the Vatican created the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

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The Vatican’s Swiss Guard

One hundred and fifty Swiss soldiers under the command of Captain Kasparvon Silenen of Canton Uri, passed through the Vatican and were blessed by Pope Julius II.

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Flag of Switzerland

The famous cross associated with the Knights Templar, is incorporated into the flag of Switzerland.

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Knights Templar: France 1789

Knights Templar Burnings

Jacques de Molay’s Execution

Knights Templar Grand Master; Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake in Paris, on the 18th March 1314, on trumped up charges of heresy.  King Philip IV of France was responsible along with Pope Clement V, for the destruction of this Holy Order… God’s Warriors.

Some 480 years later, Jacques de Molay would have his revenge, as the sons and daughters of the Order of the Templars, would strike a deathly blow at the heart of the French Monarchy.

In 1789, Illuminists manipulated France’s grain market, thus creating shortages of grain.  An intense famine spread across the country, pushing it towards the brink of revolt.  These Illuminists claimed a revolution would benefit its people.  But the truth was far more devious, for food supplies were being blocked; reforms in France’s National Assembly were being blocked, as the people of Paris and France starved.

The prisoner Comte Cagliostro, member of the Illuminati revealed that it was the intention of the Masons; descendants of the Templar Order, to finish what the Templar’s had started many years ago, destruction or control of the Papacy.

Jacques de Molay had been tortured and held prisoner at the Bastille Prison, for a number of years, before his execution, in the shadow of the Sacre Coeur.

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Bastille Prison

The French Revolution, started on the 14th July 1789, when the Bastille Prison was stormed by a force of 1,000 citizens; revenge for de Molay’s life was ever on their mind.

French citizens redesigned the political landscape of their country, and Masons began a campaign of terror across the land.  Some 10,000 royalists and church members are known to have been sent to the guillotine, as France drowned in a sea of blood.

By the end of 1793, this Revolutionary Republic, brought about by hostility towards the French Monarchy and the Church, by Masons and Illuminati, successors of the Templar, faced a new problem.

It was revealed hundreds of thousands of men had no work.  They opted to depopulate France’s population from twenty-five million to sixteen million, as a never ending stream of victims were rounded up, and marched to their death.

freemason-symbolThe Knights Templar became Freemasons, and a by product was the Illuminati, founded in Bravaria, southern Germany by Adam Weishaupt, a Law professor.  His order opposed Monarchies and the Church, with a mission to create a secular Masonic world.

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Knights Templar: Europe’s First Bankers

Knights Templar coinage

Knights Templar Coinage

Pilgrims travelled across Europe, their destination; Jerusalem in the Holy Land, to visit the sacred places, associated with Jesus.

These pilgrims carried cash for their survival, and relied on the Knights Templar for protection against bandits on the road.

Knights Templar, these men of God, who offered protection to these pilgrims, started out on a journey of poverty, a life devoted to the rules of the order.

As the war in the Holy Land continued, against these Muslims, their wealth accumulated, and according to Papal Bulls, they were permitted to keep, treasure troves of the Muslims.

It is known at one time, these Templar’s had 800 castles which served as banks.  For they became bankers to the Monarchs, controlling their finances, offering loans to finance wars, with their headquarters located in Paris, and clearing house in London and Paris.

How the system worked, much the same as banking of today.  One would deposit money at a Templar Keep (Bank) and upon production of a credit note, could withdraw said money at another Templar Keep, in London, Paris or any Templar bank across Europe and the Holy Land.

In much the same way, pilgrims had no need to carry large amounts of gold coins on route, for they would make a deposit in their home country, home city, be issued with a receipt and make withdrawals along the way.

These Templar’s created a “Safety Deposit Box” where Nobles and Royals could entrust their valuables, in Monasteries which operated these deposit boxes, under the guard of Templar warriors.

Much wealth came from these knights and noblemen, who surrendered their wealth of land and money when they joined the Knights Templar, and became warriors for God.

King Louis VII of France was one of many monarchs across Europe to turn to the Templar Order for financial loans.  By the reign of Philip II (1180-1223), the Templars had effectively become France’s royal treasury.

When Louis IX was held hostage in 1250, the French Commanders had to call upon the Templar Bank, to assist them in raising the desired ransom.

The Papacy also became dependent on the Templars for financial assistance, acting as their bankers from 1163.

King Henry II of England used the Templar Order to fund the crusade to Jerusalem.  King John borrowed to pay the wages of his troops in Poitou and Gascony.  King Henry III moved England’s crown jewels to the Paris Temple for safekeeping in 1261, and in 1264 used them to secure a loan to finance wars.

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Knights Templar: Order of Christ

Convent of Christ in Tomar

Convent of Christ in Tomar

In 1160, a Knights Templar castle was constructed in Tomar, and thirty years later they fought to free Portugal from Islamic domination.  Tomar came under siege as the Islam army crossed the Tejo river, capturing the nearby castle at Torres Novas.

For six long days, the Muslim army relentlessly attacked Tomar, yet despite overwhelming odds, Gualdim Pais, Grand Master of the Knights Templar led his warriors to victory.  A victory led by a fighting monk, led to the Christian faith being taken up across the land.

Several frontier castles were built in protection of Portugal by these Knights Templar; Almourol, Monsanto and Pombal.  Gualdim Pais founded the city’s of Tomar and Pombal.

Who would have believed, it would come to a tragic end in the early part of the 14th century.  King Philip IV of France, had persuaded his puppet Pope, that the Knights Templar should be destroyed.

The Order of the Knights Templar had been officially dissolved by Pope Clement in 1312, and Knights Templar, servants and Monks were considered outlaws.

These Knights Templar, warriors of God, had their possessions seized from them, based on accusations of greed by one man; the King of France.

King Denis of Portugal, questioned these accusations, and he came to the rescue of Templars living in Portugal.  He proposed to them, the creation of a new order, run by the Knights Templar upon approval of the Pope.

King Denis of Portugal applied to Pope John XXII, for the creation of the “Order of Christ” in 1317.  Its aim was to take over the land, buildings and wealth of the Knights Templar within his realm.  Many Templars were no longer outlaws, for they came under the protection of the “Order of Christ.”  In 1319, the Pope granted the proposal put forward by the King of Portugal.

These knights were now members of the “Order of Christ,” followed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to the King of Portugal.  With its first Grand Master being Dom Gil Martinez, a former knight of Saint Benedict.

In 1323, a Papal Bull was issued by Pope John XXII, which gave King Diniz the authorisation to remove the estates of the now disbanded Knights Templar, to the new “Order of Christ.”

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Prince Henry the Navigator

In 1415, Prince Henry the Navigator led his forces, in the conquest of Ceuta, in creation of a Portuguese empire, which stretched out far beyond their coastline.  In 1417 he became Grand Master of the Order of Christ until 1460, undertaking works of evangelism for the Pope and Church.  Henry went on to colonise the Azores and Madeira islands, building two gothic cloisters in the Convent of Tomar during his time as grand master.

The Grand Mastership of the “Order of Christ” was held by the royal family, after Henry’s death.

In 1484, Emanuel the duke of Beja became 11th Governor of the Order, which showed signs of declining membership, due to its rules.  In 1492, Pope Alexander VI commuted vows of celibacy to conjugal chastity, and in 1496 conjugal chastity was withdrawn, as was poverty in 1505 by Pope Julius II.

Manuel I of Portugal became Grand Master of the Order by Pope Leo X, Papacy Bull of 1516.  During his time as Grand Master he enlarged the church of Tomar westwards, opened up the Charola and created a Nave to house the choir and sacristy.

In 1522, the Order was divided into two separate divisions; a religious order under the Pope and a civil order under the King.

In 1523, John III held a chapter, and gave brother Antonius of Lisbon, a Spanish Friar, to reform the order.  In 1529, the Grand Prior was removed along with his priests, and ordered to wear the habit and cross associated with the order.

Dom Antonio became the new Prior, and under his leadership many Knights Templar Grand Master tombs were destroyed along with documents.  In 1567, Antonio got control of the convents within the order by approval of Pope Pius V.  In 1574 King Sebastian attempted to reverse the order.

In the tears 1580-1640 another attempt to reform the order took place, when Philip III changed conditions of entrance, to one being of noble birth plus two years service in Africa or three years service with the fleet.

Pope Pius VI and Queen Mary I reformed the order, making the convent of Tomar, headquarters of the whole order in 1789, yet it lost its religious character in the process.

The new order consisted of: Grand Master, Great Comander, six knights of the Grand Cross, 450 Commanders plus knights and only those of Catholic faith could be admitted to the order.

In 1834, Portugal became an anti-Catholic land, following the defeat of King Miguel in the Civil War, and so the order lost its properties.

In 1910, saw the end of the Portuguese monarchy, and all Orders were abolished except the “Order of the Tower and Sword.”

The Military “Order of Christ” was re-activated, consisting of a Chancellor and a Council of eight members, appointed by the President of the Republic.

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Jacques de Molay’s Revenge

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Burnt at the stake

On the 18th March 1314, Knights Templar Grand Master; Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake, on trumped up charges of heresy.  King Philip IV of France was responsible for the destruction of this Holy Order.

Jacques de Molay had his revenge, when King Philip IV of France along with Pope Clement V, died within a year, punished for the part they played.

Some 450 years later, Jacques de Molay would have his revenge, as the sons and daughters of the Order of the Templars, would strike a deathly blow at the heart of the French Monarchy.

In 1789, a year known across Europe, the start of the French Revolution.  Ten years of horror, as French citizens redesigned the political landscape of their country, and some 17,000 people were known to have been executed.

French Freemasons, heirs to the traditions of the Knights Templar, called upon the dying curse of Jacques de Molay of 1314, when he burnt at the stake on trumped up charges of heresy.

He called to his God, that King Philip IV and Pope Clement V his accusers should join him… Within a year both had died.

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Execution of King Louis XVI

So it was, Freemasons orchestrated the French Revolution against the Catholic Church and the Monarchy.  King Louis XVI a descendant of King Philip IV was beheaded.  As the King’s head rolled off the guillotine, the cheers from the crowd were heard, as one jumped upon the scaffold, put his finger in the King’s blood, shouting “Jacques de Molay, thou art avenged.”

The French Monarchy was dealt a deathly blow, by the descendants of the Knights Templar, one which would not be forgotten.

Freemasons created the French Revolution, a way of changing the social order of France, and deal a blow against the monarchy.

The Illuminists manipulated the grain market, causing shortages in 1789, leading to poverty and famine across France, putting the country on the path towards revolution.

These Illuminists claimed that revolution would be better for its people and the country.  This from conspirators who held up food supplies, blocked reforms in France’s National Assemble, as the people starved.

The real aim of storming the Bastille wasn’t the release of prisoners.  This was where Jacques de Molay, had been held prisoner and underwent torture.

As the revolution started, the Jacobins, most of whom were Freemasons, created a campaign of terror.  Royalists and Church members were sent to the guillotine, as France was drowning in a sea of blood.

By the end of 1793, this Revolutionary Republic had a problem, hundreds of thousands of men, with no work.  They opted to depopulate France, as a never ending stream of victims were rounded up, and marched to their death.

This terror was the product of hostility towards the monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church by the Masons and Illuminati, the Templars successors.

For thousands of years, secret societies, guardians of ancient orders, have exercised their influence on the destiny of nations.

The Knights Templar became the Freemasons, and a by product was the Illuminati, founded in Bavaria, with a mission to create a secular Masonic world by revolutionary means.

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