Hiram Abiff: The Freemason's Messiah
present to you (in parenthesis) some of the Masonic Terms
and will attempt to present the story, according to the
Masons, of Hiram Abiff) Note the terms in parenthesis.
If you ever hear them again, you'll know to what that
speaker is referencing.
According to the Masonic legend, Hiram Abiff was a man of
Tyre, the son of a widow, and the chief architect of the
Temple built by King Solomon. He was the central character
in the building of the Temple and one of three leading
characters along with King Solomon and Hiram, King of Tyre.
Abiff, Masonry teaches, was the only one on Earth who knew
"the secrets of a Master Mason," including the most
important secret of all, the "Grand Masonic Word," the
name of God (the "ineffable name"). In the Occult,
knowing the name of a spirit is a key to having its power,
there was a very great power in knowing this word.
the other "secrets of a Master Mason" would enable the
masons/workmen working on the Temple project to go out on
their own, working as Master Masons and earning Master
Abiff had promised to reveal the "secrets of a Master
Mason," including the name of God ("Grand Masonic Word"),
upon completion of the Temple, and to make the workmen
Master Masons, enabling them to go out on their own as
masters (instead of "fellowcraft" Masons). One day Hiram
went, as was his custom, into the unfinished Holy of
Holies at noon ("High Twelve") to worship and to draw up
the work plans (on his "trestleboard") for the workmen to
follow the next day. The workmen were outside the Temple
for their lunch break ("…the craft were called from labor
Hiram was leaving the Temple he was accosted by three men
in succession, who demanded that they be given the secrets
immediately (without waiting for the Temple to be
completed). He was handled roughly by the first man (Jubela),
but escaped. Accosted and handled roughly by the second
man (Jubelo), he again refused to divulge the secrets and
again escaped. The third man (Jubelum) then accosted him
and, when Hiram again refused to divulge the secrets, the
man killed him with a blow to the forehead with a setting
body was then concealed under some rubbish in the Temple
until midnight ("low twelve") when it was taken out to
the a hill and buried. The grave was marked by an Acacia
branch, and the three men then tried to leave the
country. They couldn't get passage on a ship so they
retreated into the hills to hide.
Solomon was notified that these 3 men were missing in
addition to Hiram Abiff who was also missing. Two
searches were conducted. The temple was searched
(presumably at the King's request) and none of the men
were found. At this point 12 "fellowcrafts" reported to
the King that they and three others had conspired to
extort the secrets of Hiram Abiff from him but they had
repented and refused to go through with the plan. They
informed the King of the three men that murdered Hiram
Abiff and King Solomon then sent out a second search party
to look everywhere they could and find the body of Hiram
unclear at this point how the search party ended up at the
proper grave, but apparently, the sea captain who refused
to take the three men onboard had some information that
could be used. In either case, the search party finally
discovered the grave with the Acacia branch at the head.
They dug up the body and sent word back to King Solomon.
It is then stated that King Solomon sent an "Entered
Apprentice" to attempt to dig up the body, but because the
body had already begun to decompose, they could not raise
Solomon reportedly then sent a Fellowcraft to attempt to
raise the body. This too failed since the "Grip" of the
Entered Apprentice and the "Grip" of the Fellowcraft were
inadequate for the job. The story then continues that
King Solomon himself went to the grave and raised the
body up with the grip of a Master Mason, (the "Strong Grip
of a Lion's Paw.)"
then stated that Hiram was not only brought up out of the
grave, but restored to life.
first word he spoke was the replacement for the "Grand
Masonic Word" lost at his death and that word is the one
passed down to Master Masons to this day.
Blue Lodge Masons believe that this story of Hiram Abiff
is a factual, scriptural and historical account.
Masonic leaders and writers of doctrine agree that it is
not only a myth, unsupported by facts, but acknowledge
that it is but a retelling of the story of Egyptian gods
Isis and Osiris!
then, would people believe the story? Is this story
actually recorded in scripture?
The Bible and Hiram Abiff
there anyone named Hiram Abiff ever recorded in the bible?
NO, there is no such person despite the fact that King
Solomon's name is used in the Masonic teaching.
Scriptures do record two men named Hiram (1 Kings chapters
5, 7, 9 and 10) concerning the building of the Temple by
King Solomon; one is Hiram, King of Tyre, who was
supportive of Solomon and who provided materials and
workmen for the project. The other Hiram, called "a
widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali," who was a worker in
brass, not the architect of the entire Temple. He made the
brass pillars, the brass lavers, shovels and basins.
Scriptures record that this Hiram, the widows son,
completed all the work that he had come to do on the
Temple and then he then returned to his home in Tyre, safe
and sound (there is no indication in the Bible of anything
to the contrary).
Concerning the Masonic claim that Hiram, the widow's son,
was chief architect of the Temple, the Bible is clear in
establishing that he was not at all, the chief
Bible reveals that God, Himself, was the designer and
architect of the Temple, that He gave the plans in minute
detail to David and that David gave them to Solomon along
with most of the materials. To claim that anyone but God
was the Chief Architect of the Temple is unfounded and, I
believe it is at the very least, blasphemous.
The Real Story
been overwhelmingly by Masonic leaders and writers of
doctrine that the legend of Hiram Abiff is the Masonic
version of the Egyptian story of the pagan gods of Isis
me to present that story and to compare it with the story
of Hiram Abiff.
Isis and Osiris: Pagan gods of Egypt
both King of the Egyptians and their god, went on a long
journey (this is a common theme in pagan cultures) to
bless neighboring nations with his knowledge of arts and
sciences. His jealous brother, Typhon (god of Winter)
conspired to murder him and steal his kingdom.
was not only the sister but the wife of Osiris. This of
course, made her his queen. What this also did, since
Osiris was know as the "Sun God" of Egypt: was to make
Isis the "Moon-goddess" of Egypt. The story states that
she went to search for the body of Osiris in all
directions, asking everyone she met.
finally found the body with an Acacia tree at the head of
the coffin. When she returned home with the body, she
secretly buried the body, intending to give it proper
burial as soon as arrangements were made.
by treachery, stole the body, cut it up into 14 pieces and
hid them in as many different places. Isis then made a
second search and located all the pieces but one; the one
missing and lost part was the phallus (if you know
Egyptian culture, you understand this).
made a substitute phallus, consecrated it, and it became a
sacred substitute, and object of worship.
is much more to the story, but these are the basics.
me now to compare both stories. Masonic leaders also
acknowledge that this comparison is true and accurate.
Hiram Abiff compared to Osiris
story is easily seen and recognizable. The basics of
the stories are as follows:
Both men went to foreign lands to share their knowledge
of arts and sciences.
In both legends there is a precious thing possessed:
Hiram has the secret word; Osiris has the kingdom.
In both legends there is a wicked conspiracy by evil men
to seize the precious thing.
In both legends there is a struggle and a murder of the
leader. the one who holds the precious treasure.
Both are murdered by their brothers (Osiris by Typhon;
Hiram by Jubelum, his brother Mason).
Both bodies are buried hastily, with the intention of a
later, proper burial, hence the reason for the marker as
The graves containing the bodies were both marked by
Acacia at the head.
In both legends, there are two separate searches for the
In both legends there is a loss of something precious:
in Hiram's death, the secret word is lost; in Osiris'
death, the phallus is lost.
In both there is a substitution for the precious thing
that has been lost; concerning Hiram it is the
substitute for the secret word; concerning Osiris it is
the substitute phallus.
clear that the Hiram Abiff of Freemasonry is not an
historical character and certainly not a biblical one.
Hiram Abiff of Freemasonry actually represents Osiris,
the Egyptian Sun-god!
the Mason's in their initiation rites reenact the Legend
of Hiram Abiff, it is actually the reenactment of the
legend of Isis and Osiris.
man who is initiated into the Third (Master Mason) Degree
of Masonry impersonates Osiris, the Sun-god of Egypt, and
enters into his life of good deeds, his death, his burial
and is "raised" in his resurrection from the dead. It is
NOT the reenactment of the death, burial and resurrection
of Jesus Christ to which Masons give honor or receive.
this understood, it is then easy to understand the
statement in the Kentucky Monitor that, while the
Christian's Messiah is called Jesus, the Mason's Messiah
is called Hiram (Kentucky Monitor, "the Spirit of
Most Masons don't quite realize that in the "Kentucky
Monitor" (handbook for all Blue Lodge Masonry in the Grand
Lodge of Kentucky), and other publications of the Masons,
there is a statement that should be shocking to anyone who
professes true Christianity:
the Christian's Messiah is called Jesus, the Mason's
Messiah is called Hiram" (Kentucky Monitor, "the
Spirit of Masonry," xv).
he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not
preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have
not received, or another gospel, which ye have not
accepted, ye might well bear with him."
2 Corinthians 11:3-4
marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called
you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is
not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ."
Chronicles 17;1-15; 22:11-29:9 (especially 28:19)