And those first international bankers rode off into the sunset never to be seen again. Or so they say.
At dawn on Friday, 13 October 1307, King Philip IV ordered de Molay and scores of other French Templars to be simultaneously arrested. The arrest warrant started with the phrase : "Dieu n'est pas content, nous avons des ennemis de la foi dans le Royaume" ["God is not pleased. We have enemies of the faith in the kingdom"]. Claims were made that during Templar admissions ceremonies, recruits were forced to spit on the cross, deny Christ, and engage in indecent kissing; brethren were also accused of worshiping idols, and the order was said to have encouraged homosexual practices. The Templars were charged with numerous other offences, financial corruption and fraud, and secrecy. Many of the accused confessed to these charges under torture, and these confessions, even though obtained under duress, caused a scandal in Paris. The prisoners were coerced to confess that they had spat on the Cross : "Moi Raymond de La Fère, 21 ans, reconnais que (J'ai) craché trois fois sur la Croix, mais de bouche et pas de coeur" (free translation : "I, Raymond de La Fère, 21 years old, admit that I have spat three times on the Cross, but only from my mouth and not from my heart"). The Templars were accused of idolatry and were suspected of worshipping either a figure known as Baphmet or a mummified severed head they recovered, amongst other artifacts, at their original headquarters on the Temple Mount that many scholars theorize might have been that of John the Baptist, among other things
After the disbandment of the Templar order on Friday the 13th, 1307 when Jacques DeMolay was burned at the stake under charges of heresy, the Templar remnants scattered themselves across the hidden most recesses of Europe. Still others took to the open sea to escape in order to preserve their secret doctrine and would later down the line operate under the guise of the pirates. Perhaps this is where the stereotype of pirates digging up and burying treasure comes from as it is still a mystery just what sorts of wealth and ancient artifacts the Templars amassed while digging underneath the Temple Mount, which is where Solomon's Temple stood.
The Dead Sea Scrolls indicated that King Solomon of Israel had 200 tonnes of gold stored there and that could have been the original source of their huge economic power upon kingdoms of Europe and why the Templar Order was never really destroyed by the pogroms carried out by the papacy and Prince Phillip of France (the golden rule: he who has the gold makes the rules). Apart from making voyages to lands yet undiscovered or demanding rediscovery, the Swiss Alps and Scotland where two other popular destinations.
Within the Swiss Alps, there are legends of mysterious white knights appearing out of nowhere and helping the people in their struggle against foreign domination. The modern day Swiss flag is also eerily reminiscent of the Templar insignia and perhaps there is a reason why Switzerland bank accounts are some of the most secure in the world. Scotland too is permeated with similar legends with the Rosslyn Chapel, built 150 years after the "fall" of the Templars, being riddled with Templar symbolism as well as some familiar symbols of Freemasonry.
Speaking of Freemasonry, there is a very high probability that in the distant past, the Templar's either founded or assimilated themselves into Freemasonry in order to rid themselves of persecution (kind of like a criminal changing his name). The doctrines and degrees of Freemasonry of today also have some very striking similarities to that of the Knights Templar. For example, when you reach the last degree of the York Rite of Freemasonry you are given the title of "Knight Templar". The Hiram Abiff legend, a central piece in the first 3 degrees of Freemasonry (like Jesus to Christianity), should also be of comparative interest as he was the builder of Solomon's Temple in the Bible to which afterwards in the 12th century the Templars dug under to retrieve whatever they were intending to find.
Some people discredit the account of the Templars digging under Solomon's Temple but the very name "Templar" is derived from the "temple mount" of which they dug under and of which the Freemasons of today call themselves philosophical "temple builders". The easily debunkable myth promulgated by mainstream history claming that the Templars protected pilgrims going to Jerusalem can be disproven by two simple facts. First, the Templars themselves only had one knight or guard for each major roadway going into Jerusalem (where are the other Templars?). Secondly, the Catholic Church (major source of pilgrims) never established the Templar Order to begin with hence the Templars were not obligated to abide by the Vatican's dictates. It was only afterwards when the Templars grew in power that the Church had to accept their authority as a political move. Later of course the Church (Scorpius), the State (Libra), and the mob (Saggitarius) turned against the Templars and initiated a witch hunt leading up the infamous Friday the 13th incident. The reason why I highlighted the 3 zodiac symbols associated with each of the groups persecuting the Templars is because Hiram Abiff of Freemasonry was also assailed by symbolic representations pertaining to those 3 zodiac signs.
In Freemasonry, a bearded figure known as Father-Time is introduced in the blue lodge degrees who is symbolic of Hiram Abiff's death. This is because in pictoral form he is depicted as an old man (Winter Solstice therefore Capricorn) cutting the hair of a weeping virgin (Virgo) who is grasping a sprig of acacia and is visibly mourning Hiram's death (also the acacia was placed on top of Hiram's grave by the 3 assassins). If you pull up a zodiac chart with the Sun in the center, you may realize that the signs of Capricorn and Virgo make a 90 degree angle. Within the 90 degree angle is you guessed it, the the State (Libra), the Church (Scorpius), and the mob (Sagittarius).
In a mystic fashion, the downfall of the TEMPLEars was caused by the very same groups that caused the downfall of the savior of Freemasonry, the master TEMPLE builder, Hiram Abiff.
And there you have it. The legend and true origin of the infamous Friday The 13th.