Lance Goodall 6 March 2018

From one end of the block to the other, you couldn’t see the end of the line. One week after Billy Graham’s death, thousands stood outside the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., waiting to pay their respects to a simple man with a simple message.

>Read about a private service held in the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday morning for family and members of Congress.

The late son of a dairy farmer probably would have blushed at the gesture, but for those gathered, his humility was a big part of why they came.


Steve Pinto has long identified himself as a Christian, but when Mr. Graham passed away Feb. 21, he recalled a question the preacher often asked: If you died tonight, would you go to heaven?

“Him dying resurrected something inside of me,” he said as he explained how he rededicated his life to Jesus this past week. “Now I can say for sure if I pass away I will go to heaven.”

As people waited, sometimes hours, in line until the Rotunda opened to the public, groups here and there broke out into song—“Amazing Grace” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

“Shine it all over Washington, I’m gonna let it shine,” they sang.

For Irene Magana and Ana Cerrato, part of a group of five who came from New York City, Mr. Graham was a light in an often dark world.

The body of Rev. Billy Graham lied in honor at the U.S. Capitol, making the evangelist and presidential advisor only the fourth private citizen to receive the recognition.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, lied in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Feb. 28-March 1.

While Graham was the first religious leader to be honored with such a memorial at the Rotunda – a service typically reserved for war heroes and presidents – this type of experience would feel familiar to him. He had already received some of the highest civic awards the U.S. government can bestow on a civilian – the Congressional Gold Medal (1996, with his wife, Ruth) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1983).

The tradition of honoring people by having their bodies lie in state first began in 1852, when Sen. Henry Clay, who had also served as Speaker of the House and secretary of State, died. Only 30 officials have received the honor.

Only three other private citizens have lain in honor in the Capitol’s Rotunda: civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005, and officer Jacob J. Chestnut, Jr., and Detective John M. Gibson, the two Capitol Police officers who died in the line of duty.

The United States Capitol, rising atop Capitol Hill in the monument city of Washington, D.C. may well be the most famous building in the world.

To Americans the cast-iron, Capitol dome, dressed in pure white sandstone, is a symbol of strength and democracy. Radiant. Luminous. Shining. Freedom rings from this beautiful bell. How many recognize the Capitol is a temple?

Thomas Jefferson called it “The first temple dedicated to the sovereignty of the people.”

An anonymous essay of 1795 described the Capitol building as a ‘temple erected to Liberty’.

The US Capitol is not simply another governmental building. It is the spiritual center of the United States. Its structure, its art and its symbols all reveal the great importance of secret Fraternities in the shaping of the world most powerful government. We’ll explore the Capitol and discover the features that make this building a Masonic site, an American Temple of Solomon.

Specifically, the founders of the Capitol Temple likened it to Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.

“I have every hope that the grand work we have done today will be handed down…to a late posterity, as the like work of that ever memorable temple to our order erected by our ancient Grand Master Solomon.” Maryland Grand Master Joseph Clark, September 18, 1793, at the laying of the cornerstone of the Capitol.

“It would be unbecoming the representatives of this Nation to assemble for the first time in this solemnTemple without looking up to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and imploring His blessing.” President Adams, November 22, 1800, opening the Second Session of the Sixth Congress in the new Capitol building.

These words are more than poetic. The U.S. Capitol has numerous architectural and other features that unquestionably identify it with ancient temples including stone construction, an underground entrance, chapels, an image of a deified being, religious imagery, symbols, and inscriptions, divine proportions, massive columns, palpable spiritual energy, acoustic trickery, terrifying guardians, mystic visitors, closed doors, private members, secret chambers, and orientation to the Sun.

It is crystal clear that the builders viewed the Capitol as America’s sole temple (a solemn, Solomon’s Solar Temple to be exact).

Members of the public view Christian evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham's casket as he lies in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on February 28, 2018, in Washington.


Very few recognize the spiritual elements of the architecture and the symbolism of the building which literally makes it a temple of Masonic mysteries.

At the center of it all is George Washington, a 33rd degree Freemason being anointed as the “American Christ”.

The building of the Capitol involved many notions unknown to the common man yet the builders seemed to give great importance to them: alignment with heavenly bodies, importance of ley lines, occult numerology, spiritual energy, etc. Those things might sound like “crazy New Age stuff” to the average Joe not to the Founding Fathers who attributed great importance the them.

Here’s a look at the meaning of the Capitol.

The Dome at the Heart of America

The cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building was laid with Masonic Honors on September 18, 1793 under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.  At the ceremony, President George Washington presided.  Worshipful Brother Washington was assisted by R.W. Bro. Joseph Clarke, Grand Master pro. tem. of Maryland, Wor. Elisha C. Dick, Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22 of Virginia (Washington’s home Lodge) and Wor. Valentine Reintzel, Master of Lodge No. 9 of Maryland (now Potomac Lodge No. 5 of the District of Colombia).


The cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building was laid with Masonic Honors on September 18, 1793 under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.  At the ceremony, President George Washington presided.  Worshipful Brother Washington was assisted by R.W. Bro. Joseph Clarke, Grand Master pro. tem. of Maryland, Wor. Elisha C. Dick, Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22 of Virginia (Washington’s home Lodge) and Wor. Valentine Reintzel, Master of Lodge No. 9 of Maryland (now Potomac Lodge No. 5 of the District of Colombia).

The dome of the Capitol ices this connection. Domes have been called the perfect architectural shape: the circle, symbol of the universe, executed in three dimensions.

The dome of the Capitol features in its occulus an incredibly significant painting that reveals the philosophical, spiritual and political aims of the Founding Fathers. Rare are the writers have discussed the gnostic, alchemical and esoteric meaning of this work, yet it has been visited by millions of tourists. The interesting book “Freedom’s Gate” written by William Henry and Mark Gray is the only work I’ve found analyzing the mystical meaning of this painting called “The Apotheosis”.


“The Apotheosis” is the work of Constantino Brumidi, an Italian artist who became famous for his paintings commissioned by the  Vatican and Pope Pius IX. In 1848, an attempt to overthrow papal power in the Vatican was led by Freemason Giuseppe Mazzini, which lead to a period of chaos and the fleeing of the Pope.

The revolution was unsuccessful and papal power was restored by a European coalition. Surprisingly, Brumidi was arrested in and found guilty of leading one of Mazzini’s revolutionary groups to overthrow the Vatican. He served some of his sentence in prisons but was later permitted to leave Italy for the USA under the condition that he would never come back. He then made a name for himself in the USA by working for occult fraternities such as the Jesuits and such. Burmidi’s story is in perfect accordance with the Capitol’s status as the “Anti-Vatican” or the mirror, Mystery Religion opposite of the Vatican. Let’s look at Brumidi’s magnum opus, the Apotheosis.

An apotheosis can be defined as the exaltation of a subject to divine level. In other words, this painting depicts the elevation of George Washington to a god-man status, like Jesus Christ. He is shown seated on a rainbow and behind him is the gateway, the vortex, the sungate to the heavens (the spirit world). As stated above, the dome esoterically represents the womb giver of life. Washington is about to exit the womb of the dome to experience rebirth as an immortal god. William Henry has appropriately noted that Jesus Christ’s divinity was portrayed in a similar way in ancient religious art.

In religious architecture domes proclaim the glory of God. The word dome comes from Latin domus, a house, via Italian duomo, a house of God, that is a church (from kirk, meaning ‘circle’). The temple is a “house of the holy”. Temple is also a word for the flat part on either side of the human head, called a dome in slang, above and beyond the eye.

The oculus or eye of the dome is considered the Gateway of the Sun. From this gateway at the top of the dome rises the World Axis, the link between heaven and earth. Domes, therefore, are the threshold or gateway of the spiritual world.

Designed in 1854 by Philadelphia architect Thomas Walter, the cast-iron U.S. Capitol dome (its second) features stunning columns, pilasters, windows crowned by a statue of the goddess Freedom. When funds ran low during the Civil War Abraham Lincoln encouraged continuing the controversial construction of the New Dome as a symbol of unity.

The Capitol Rotunda is a large, circular room located in the center of the Capitol on the second floor. 96 feet in diameter, it is the symbolic and physical heart of the U.S. Capitol. It is the ceremonial center of the United States of America.

More directly, it is a place of American ritual. Rites are performed here. Statues, such as the one of Eisenhower, are unveiled here. Inaugurations take place here. Eminent citizens lay in state here. It was the body of Abraham Lincoln, the first president to be assassinated, laying in state which has forever hallowed the spot.

George Washington In the Sun Gate (or Stargate )

Hanging 180 feet above the floor of the Rotunda, in the canopy of the interior Dome is the single most important work of alchemy anywhere in the world.

Painted in true fresco, it’s called “The Apotheosis of George Washington.” The Italian painter, Constantino Brumidi, painted it during the Civil War. A renowned Vatican painter, Brumidi came to the United States in 1852, after he had received a papal pardon for his role in Italy’s republican revolution. He was inspired by Michaelangelo’s last great work, the Dome of St. Peters. He is called “the Michaelangelo of the Capitol.”

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Wm. Henry

Detail of Washington on a rainbow and surrounded by stars. Photo: Wm. Henry

On the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol are the Brumidi Corridors, said to be among the most ornate and creatively decorated public spaces in the nation.  They combine classical imagery with patriotic American themes. Photo: Wm. Henry

The frieze of the Rotunda showcases Brumidi’s mastery of creating the illusion of three-dimensional forms and figures on flat surfaces. Photo: Wm. Henry

Floating in the center of the “Apotheosis”, a uniformed Washington sits enthroned on a rainbow in front of a Sun gate. Liberty, holding her fasces (a goddess symbol of transformation), and a combination of Victory and Fame sounding a trump flank him.

Apotheosis is a Greek word that means ‘to raise to god like stature’ or the glorification of a person as an ideal.

Indeed, this fresco depicts Washington as a god-man. Christian art portrays Jesus sitting on a rainbow and enthroned exactly the same way. The sun is a symbol of Christ from the prophecy of Malachi 4:2 “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.”

Washington enthroned on a rainbow with sun gate behind him. Wm. Henry

Detail of Jesus enthroned on a rainbow with celestial beings all around him. Note the ‘sun gate’ behind him


Tibetan artists use identical imagery to portray their high holy ones (called lamas) who have achieved “The Great Perfection” (Dzogchen). The aim of the Great Perfection is to awaken the individual to the primordial state of enlightenment, which is naturally found in all beings. The initiate’s goal is to integrate enlightenment into all his or her activities and to unite the physical body with the energy of Nature. The supreme realization of which lies in the manifestation of the “Rainbow Body” or body of light.

A lama rides in a rainbow

This is the meaning behind the symbolism of both Jesus and George Washington sitting on the rainbow. Washington is a perfected human, not only a Grand Master, but also an ‘American Christ’, in tune with his divine nature. He is now somewhere over the rainbow, and is a bridge between Heaven and Earth.

Perfection is the foundation tantra of the European Enlightenment thinkers Locke, Voltaire and Rousseau who inspired the deeply spiritual, even mystic, founders of America (many of whom were Freemasons and Rosicrucians). Human beings are not inherently depraved or sinful, Enlightenment thinkers reasoned, we are naturally good.

Tearing a page from Plato’s Republic, they saw enlightenment as a process of revealing what is already inside the person; self-perfection into the Gnostic “Man of Light”.  The Enlightened ones of Tibet say the same thing only adding that perfection or holiness is the natural state of every living being whether they know it or not and that we also have the capacity to manifest perfection (= Rainbow Body).

The Founders had a vision of America as a psychological space and a place where individuals were free to perfect themselves, or in Jefferson’s multi-layered language to form ‘a more perfect union’.

The circle or ‘gate’ of 72 stars that surrounds Washington affirms this philosophy. 72 is a powerful esoteric number with numerous correspondences in the Mysteries. 72 represents the number of years on one degree of a zodiacal age. Manly P. Hall’s “The Secret Destiny of America” has an interesting interpretation of the 72 stones in pyramid of the Great Seal.

He sees them corresponding to the 72 arrangements of the Tetragrammaton, or the four-lettered name of God, in Hebrew. These four letters can be combined into 72 combinations, resulting in what is called the Shemhamforesh, which represents, in turn, the laws, powers, and energies of Nature by which the perfection of man is achieved 

13 star beings surround George Washington

Thirteen female figures encircle Washington, each with a star above her head. They are thought to represent the thirteen original states. However, this is not an earthly scene. They are 13 star beings.

Surrounding Washington are seven mythological figures that correspond to the seven stages of alchemy. Included is Poseidon, the ruler of Atlantis and Mercury and Vulcan, two gods synonymous with alchemy.

Minerva with Benjamin Franklin at the end of the rainbow. Wm. Henry

Poseidon, ruler of Atlantis. Wm. Henry

Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Wm. Henry

Stairway to Heaven

An imaginary vertical line descending from the Sun gate in the dome travels through a golden dot at the center of the Rotunda, then through a star in a large circular room called the Crypt one story beneath the Rotunda.

The Latin crypta means “hidden” or “secret.” A crypt is usually found in cemeteries and under public religious buildings, such as churches and cathedrals. It’s a burial place, but also, importantly, a meeting place.

The star in the crypt marks the literal ground zero in Washington. It divides the city into four quadrants, and every address in the city tells you where you are in relation to that precise point in the U.S. Capitol building. This is just another open (yet hidden) hint as to the significance of that particular gold dot.

The golden dot at the center of the Rotunda. Wm. Henry

The Capitol Crypt was originally built to support the Rotunda. It has 40 neo-classical columns modeled after the Temple of Poseidon in Greece. Wm. Henry

The star in the center of the Crypt. Wm. Henry

Architectural historians link the crypt with the unconscious and the chtonic, subterranean or earthly realm. This is based on the medieval belief that the cathedral was the body of Christ and a symbol also of Man. The body and spirit, encased in a coffin or casket, is ‘planted’ in the crypt to resurrect or rise.

A crypt is also an entrance to a tomb. Indeed, the Capitol’s Crypt provides an entrance to Washington’s Tomb, which is located one story beneath the Crypt.

The hallway leading to Washington’s Tomb located one story beneath the Crypt. Wm. Henry

Washington’s Tomb is empty. Why? The tomb was never used to inter Washington’s body. The plans to place his casket there were scuttled by a legal issue in Washington’s will. His grave is at Mount Vernon, the President’s home.

A more compelling answer is because Washington is on the ceiling of the dome… in the heavens above.

The story of these three Capitol stories is that Washington has risen. Just like Jesus’s tomb (and the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid) Washington’s is empty because the man is now a deity.

This perspective conjures the image of the Capitol as a temple of transformation or even a casket.

The Temple to the Glory of Man

The work of French Egypt-alchemy explorer Schwaller de Lubicz, presented in his work, “The Temple In Man: Sacred Architecture and the Perfect Man”, leads a to major breakthrough in our understanding of the Capitol-is-a-casket story.

De Lubicz’s work centered on the Temple of Luxor, located 2 miles from Thebes, Egypt’s Vatican. The plan for this temple, he demonstrated, is based on human proportions and designed to symbolically represent the human body. It is an open book containing the secrets of human spiritual anatomy. In this temple he found a human being embodied in the geometry of the Temple’s architecture. This, he concluded is Pharaoh, symbolic of the Perfect Man.

Projection of the Temple of Luxor on a human skeleton

The Temple of Man was built by Ramses II in the 13 century B.C. as a setting for the rituals of the Festival of Opet. The word ‘Opet’ means ‘Secret Chamber’. So it is “the Festival of the Secret Chamber.”

During this festival the king would make a ceremonial precession from Karnak along the avenue of Sphinxs to the temple of Luxor, located 2 miles away. The king would make his way to one of the innermost chambers of the temple. There, the king and his divine essence (called the ka, and created at his birth), were united and the king transformed into a divine being. The crowd, waiting anxiously, their belly’s full of bread and beer provided by the king for the rite, would cheer wildly upon the king’s emergence as the transformed or transfigured god-man.

The Festival affirmed and renewed the king’s Divine Right to Rule. It assured the people that the power of the Cosmos was renewed in the king.

Projecting the image of the Temple of Luxor on the U.S. Capitol, which is divided into seven chambers that correspond with the charkas, reveals a provocative match. The House of Representatives corresponds with the feet. The Rotunda is the womb. The Senate is the head.

Projection of the Temple of Luxor and human skeleton upon Latrobe’s plan of the U.S. Capitol

It is ironic that that U.S. Capitol mimics the sacred layout of Luxor temple considering that America was founded to abolish the Divine Right of Kings. Nonetheless, the spectacle of the Opet Festival is echoed in the inauguration ceremonies of U.S. Presidents as head of state or head of government. This term means that the President is above party politics.

The word inaugural comes from ancient Rome where priests called augurs interpreted the will of the gods by reading the flight patterns of birds. The word augur is thought to be derived either from the root aug, “to increase, to prosper” or from the Latin avi and gero, the Latin “directing of birds.”

In this lavish American ceremony, initiation or rite, politicians stand at the gate of the Secret Chamber, the Capitol Rotunda, in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators (and millions more watching on TV) to take the oath of office and to renew the office of the President. It is strikingly similar to coronations and enthronements. The crucial difference is that the people elected the individual being sworn in to be their head (or ‘present Id’ to use a Freudian term for the instinctual aspect of our psychic apparatus).

Originally, the word inauguration referred to the sacred marriage, the symbolic mating of the new king with the goddess of the kingdom. Scholars point to the Irish Feast of Tara, at which the king married the goddess Medb.

In America the goddess is named Freedom, Liberty and America. Her statues are abundant on the Hill and in the Capitol. She stands on top of the Capitol. Why? It could be because, symbolically, she ‘owns’ it.

Traditionally, the swearing in takes place on the East Portico. For the first time ever, an inauguration took place on the West Terrace of the Capitol when Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. The west side would accommodate more visitors. Reagan’s second inaugural ceremony in January, 1985 took place in the Rotunda due to weather.

President Barack Obama also chose the West Terrace. After being sworn in at noon, the newly anointed President enters the Capitol Temple. He ascends 33 steps into the Rotunda. He looks up. He first sees Mercury, then, he sees the deified Washington peering down at him, challenging him to be an enlightened American leader.

NEWS BRIEF: “Graham Worries Heaven Might Be Wrong Place For Him”, January 2, 2000, Fox News Interview, reported in The Calvary Contender, Vol. XVII, January 15, 2000.

“In a Jan. 2 Fox News interview, Tony Snow asked Billy Graham: ‘When you get to Heaven, who’s going to speak first, you or God?’ Graham replied: ‘When I get there, I’m sure that Jesus is going to say that he will welcome me. But I think that he’s going to say: ‘Well done, our good and faithful servant.’ Or he may say: ‘You’re in the wrong place’.”

This lack of assurance of salvation in Graham’s heart of hearts is not comprehensible if he is truly a Christian depending upon Jesus’ imputed righteousness to get to Heaven; but, if Billy Graham is a Freemason, then this lack of assurance becomes very much more understandable, because Freemasons depend upon a person’s own works to get into Heaven. Therefore, Freemasons do NOT have the assurance of the Holy Spirit in their inner soul, like all other pagans. 

Billy Graham shakes hands with Harry Truman

Reverend Billy Graham listed as a “Famous Mason” in two (2) major Freemason web-sites!

He was listed as a “Famous Mason” on the following sites:

1.—  Genesee Lodge No. 174, Free and Accepted Masons, Chartered January 11, 1866 A.D. — 5866 A.L., Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan, 755 South Saginaw Street, Flint, Michigan, Robert (Bob) Orrison, Secretary., page. 3 of 7.

2. — Louisiana Masonic Family, Free and Accepted Masons, Famous Masons section, listed under “Other Famous Masons”, This site listed many more men as Famous Masons than did the Genesee Lodge.

Billy Graham is in the heavens, sworn into the Masonic Hall of Fame.