On September 13, 2012, I had a curious reader who, rather than respond to the subject of the post, asked a rather simple, straight-forward question which took me by surprise. To ensure the privacy involved, I will refer to this commentator as Mr. Poland, while I will be Mr. Ukraine. Anyway, here is the exact message which he wrote to me:
MR. POLAND: Um, why is your avatar an upside-down masonic pyramid?__________________________________
MR. UKRAINE: First off, let's have a look at both of them, side by side, Eye to Eye so to speak...
MR. UKRAINE: Then, let's have look at some underlying definitions as to what it is above, and what is below:
+ WHAT IS ABOVE? +
Capstone [káp stohn]
1. top stone: a stone used at the top of a wall or another structure
2. high point: something considered the highest achievement.
- Encarta World English Dictionary
Capstone (kapstn) n.
1. The top stone of a structure or wall.
2. The crowning achievement or final stroke; the culmination or acme.
- American Heritage Dictionary
ANSWER: The Capstone
+ WHAT IS BELOW? +
1. the basic part of something, on which everything depends.
2. the stone at one of the bottom corners of a new building, often put there during a special ceremony
- Macmillan Dictionary
A fundamental principle or underlying concept: base, basis, foundation, fundament, fundamental, root, rudiment (often used in plural). See over/under.
The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" [synonyms: basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone]
- WordNet 2.1 (2005)
ANSWER: The Cornerstone
MR. UKRAINE: Mr. Poland, are we understanding this yet? Mr. Poland? Mr. Poland....
You know the old adage, 'As above, so below'? Well, believe it or not, this is exactly what they were talking about, even way back then. You don't need to believe me, you just need to read your Bible, because that is the Book where I first discovered and learned about it.
Now, back to your original question, I sincerely hope that it has answered itself, but if not, then I'd recommend an advanced search of the Bible for the words 'Capstone' and 'Cornerstone'. Needless to say, what you will eventually find is an fairly impressive number of different references for the word 'Cornerstone' and only a mere two references for the 'Capstone' which, by the way, can only be found in the New International Version Bible (NIV), and no other. These two 'Capstone' references read as follows:
What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the Capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’
- Zechariah 4:7 (New International Version)
Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen Capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?
- Zechariah 4:10 (New International Version)
Now, if one were to truly research ALL the writings of the Early Church Father concerning the Biblical Cornerstone and its meaning, one could quite easily write an entire book just on that subject. However, I am in a sort-of-hurry, so I will simply show you the Biblical references to the Cornerstone as a comparison in quantity, rather than explaining what they heck they're actually talking about (quality(, because I'm still not completely sure either:
On what were its footings set, or who laid its Cornerstone?
- Job 38:5
The stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
- Psalm 118:22
Our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth, and our daughters as Cornerstones built after the fashion of a palace.
- Psalm 144:12
The princes of Zoan have become fools, the princes of Memphis are deluded. Those who are the Cornerstones of her tribes Have led Egypt astray.
- Isaiah 19:13
Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A precious Cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.'
- Isaiah 28:16
No rock will be taken from you for a Cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever,” declares the LORD.
- Jeremiah 51:26
From Judah will come the Cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.
- Zechariah 10:4
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes?'"
- Matthew 21:42
Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone;
- Mark 12:10
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone?'"
- Luke 20:17
Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the Cornerstone.
- Acts 4:11
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the Cornerstone,
- Ephesians 2:20
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, 'The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.'
- 1 Peter 2:6
MR. UKRAINE: in conclusion, MR. POLAND, the answer to your question as to why my 'avatar' is a 'masonic pyramid turned upside down' is simple. It is because the Bible isn't talking about the Eye above the Pyramid, in other words a Capstone, it is obviously talking about a Cornerstone (the Eye Below the Pyramid).. Believe it, or not, the greatest 'secret' to this symbol is as easily solved as a child's puzzle, simply by looking closely at the set of 13 stars directly above the Eagle's head on the Other side of the dollar.
Do you see it? Has anyone told you about it? Well, just to let you know, those 13 diabolical little pentagrams have been perfectly arranged to create a tiny six-pointed Star of David. If you can't see it yet, you need better glasses (or contacts).
Anyway, in terms of actual distance and proportion, one once see quite clearly that where the pyramid ends and the eye begins also happens to be in near perfect alignment so that placing the two pyramid/triangles together forms a perfect fit without any overlap. Thus, by combining the Capstone with the Cornerstone, so that which is above is exactly like that which is below (as Above, so Below), this ends up creating the exact same geometric symbol already visible on the other side of the dollar bill directly above the Eagle's Head. 'That's too simple!' you might scream, 'Even a child could figure that out, there's got to be more to it than just that!' You just might say as part of your overall rant and rave that every other 'conspiracy theory' about is simply madness and delusion. For is not the Royal House of David destined by God to rule the world in the end?
The fact of the matter is that, like all young men who used to like playing with fire, the Founding Fathers were very familiar with alchemy and its basic symbolism. It is a historical fact that even back then, as it still is today, the symbols for Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, were all intricately connected to the Star of David, both symbolically and otherwise. Indeed, it is absurd to even listen to some of theorist who insist their use Hexagram must somehow they were secret Jews or Pagans, in disguise.
The real reason the Founding Fathers left behinds some easily decipherable traces of the Six-pointed Star of David, simply shows them to have had the basic common sense to realize it was very much a symbol of Jesus Christ and His family, including His mother Mary, as well as countless other. The Founders also knew that anyone desiring to rule over the Jews must claim this symbol as their own, and woe be to any imposter would ever dare claim to be the the legendary Messiah, the King of the Jews.
'We have no king but Caesar!' the chief priests shouted.
- John 19:15
If you, or anyone who reads at all, is interested in more information about my avatar symbol (The Cornerstone/Eye Below the Pyramid) can let me know, by simply sending me a message or finding me on Facebook, I'm the only Judas Maccabaeus on their Website, so I it is not at all difficult to find me and make contact.
God bless and Shalom.
+ FINAL REFERENCE +
The Cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.
Over time a Cornerstone became a ceremonial masonry stone, or replica, set in a prominent location on the outside of a building, with an inscription on the stone...The rite of laying a Cornerstone is an important cultural component...metaphorically in sacred architecture generally.
The origins of this tradition are vague but its presence in Judeo/Christian countries can be associated with one quotation from the Old Testament (Psalm 118:22) cited six times in the New Testament (Matthew 21:42,Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:11, Ephesians 2:20 and 1 Peter 2:7).
- Cornerstone, Wikipedia