Masonic Dating Systems
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Year of Our Lord
|Said to date from the birth of Jesus Christ (which actually probably took place around 4 B.C.)|
Year of Light
add 4,000 to current year
|It is said that Bishop Usher in 1611 computed that date the world began as 4,000 B.C. (actually he said 4,004 B.C.)|
|Royal Arch Freemasonry||A. Inv.
Year of the Discovery
add 530 to current year
|The 2nd Temple in Jerusalem was begun in 530 B.C., and it is said that certain items were discovered then.|
Royal & Select Masters
Year of the Deposit
add 1,000 to current year
|King Solomon’s Temple is said to have been completed in 1,000 B.C., and certain items are said to have been deposited then.|
Year of the Order
subtract 1,118 from current year
|The medieval Knights Templar Order was founded in 1118 A.D.|
Year of the World
until Sept. add 3,759 to current year
after Sept. add 3,760 to current year
|Same as the Hebrew calendar, from the supposed creation of the world in 3760 B.C.|
|Order of High Priesthood||A.B.
Year of Blessing
add 1,913 to current year
|Abraham is said to have been blessed by the High Priest Melchizedek in 1913 B.C.|
|Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests||A.R.
Year of Revival
subtract 1,686 from current year
|This Order is said to have been revived in 1686 A.D.|