"The Druses, who existed in mountainous compounds proximal to the Templar fortresses of Lebanon, observed a mystery religion that began as a synthesis of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.The structure and rights of the Druses, including the sect's foundational three degrees,reflected those of the Templars and betrayed a connection between the two organizations..[Their rights are] nearly identical to the observances of European Freemasonry, a later organization founded by the Knights Templar.
The secret Masonic handshakes of the Blue Lodge, the first three degrees of Freemasonry. First Degree: Entered Apprentice Secret word: Boaz Second Degree: Fellow Craft Secret word: Jachin Third Degree: Master Mason Secret word: Mahabone
The Assyrians to the north had been a long time threat and in 721, they conquered Israel’s capital of Samaria. The Israelites were forced into exile, scattered in small populations all over the Middle East. The assaults continued in 701, when Judah’s major city of Lachish fell, but the Assyrians could not capture the capital, Jerusalem.