The Second Messiah
The Second Messiah - Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas - ISBN 0-09-922732
Freemasonry's darkest secret: The Second Messiah reveals that the Turin Shroud, far from being an icon of the established church, provides scientific evidence of an alternative, hidden history of Western civilisation and the secret societies that have controlled it.
For almost seven and a half centuries a piece of cloth was venerated because it bore the image of the crucified Christ, but in 1988 results of carbon dating showed that the fabric could not pre-date 1260. Now new evidence conclusively proves that it is not a fake....yet neither is it the image of Jesus Christ.
In attemting to solve the riddle of the shroud, the book highlights a far deeper mystery: how this medieval artifact links directly both to Jesus and the man believed to be Jesus' successor. The guardians of this great secret tried hard to hide it from the world and even its own members. But the failed to destroy the evidence.....hidden in abandoned rituals of Freemasonry.
"... dragged to a large wooden door he was made to stand on something like a footstool and his right arm was yanked in a straight line above his head where it was held in place by a rough nail driven between the radius and ulnae bones, just above the wrist. His left arm was pulled out sideways and nailed at full stretch. Then the footstool was kicked away, causing the right shoulder to dislocate instantly as the full weight of the body was transferred to the vertical arm. Finally a third nail was hammered between the second and third metatarsal of the right foot and the knees bent upwards so that both feet could be pinned flat to the door, one over the other. In a desperate attempt to ease the pain in his arm the crucified man tried to stand on the iron spike that now skewered his feet but the angle of his knees made even this small relief impossible. The experienced inquisitors found the use of a door to be both convenient and effective as it provided an excellent means of applying controlled agony. The simple act of opening the door, swinging it to and fro a little and occasionally slamming it shut, sent horrendous shock waves through their near-demented victim."
"... The concealed rituals of Freemasonry leave no doubt. This was the suffering of the last high priest of Jerusalem; the man they considered to be the Second Messiah!"