he Order of the Temple of Solomon, as the 12th century historical institution of the original “Knights Templar”, is unique, possessing multiple and alternative sources of legitimacy. The massive multinational restoration project, driven by a profound sense of responsibility for preserving the genuine traditions and values of the Templar Order, was so effective that it resulted in not only restoring its original sovereign authorities, but even surpassing them, achieving unprecedented new heights of legitimacy of the Order.
The modern Templar Order has recovered, reassembled and restored all aspects of its original sources of sovereignty and legitimacy, as evidenced in the historical record. This restoration was diligently implemented to ensure that it fulfilled – and even exceeded – all of the strictest requirements of the highest standards of the most conservative rules and protocols, doctrines and criteria of chivalric law, nobiliary law, heraldic law, and canon law, all under substantive customary international law.
Magistral Succession was restored from the original founding Grand Mastery, by the same official method as the historical precedent of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), which restored 587 years of de jure abeyance (1291-1878 AD) and at least 12 years of de facto abeyance (1805-1817 AD) of its Grand Mastery because the Pope “reestablished” it by recognition in 1878 AD. The Templar Order’s restoration of Magistral Succession and reestablishment of the Grand Mastery by Letters Patent from a Sovereign in 2013 was thus sufficient and legally effective to overcome its 700 years of abeyance. 
Doctrinal Succession was established by diligent recovery and restoration of the substantial body of written principles, practices, traditions and heritage of the original Templar Order, and reestablishing strict adherence to its authentic doctrines. That restoration of Doctrinal Succession was thus separately sufficient and legally effective to overcome the prior abeyance of the Order. 
Historical Continuity was established by reintegrating the original royal and nobiliary status and heritage of the Order, and reconnecting with three Papal Bulls of its permanent sovereignty, providing a Juridical Continuity further supporting Doctrinal Succession. That restoration of Historical Continuity was thus additionally sufficient and legally effective to overcome the former abeyance of the Templar Order. 
As a result of all of the above historic events and official achievements, the authentic Grand Mastery of the Order of the Temple of Solomon is no longer in abeyance after approximately 700 years. Finally, it can now publicly assert double authority as an independent sovereign non-territorial Principality by force of international law, backed by double legitimacy of Magistral Succession, as a sovereign subject of international law in its own right.
Therefore, the Order of the Temple of Solomon possesses the most complete and unbroken connection to the founding roots of the 12th century Order, carrying its full substance and heritage, as the direct continuation of the original “Knights Templar” from 1118 AD. The Templar Order has thus been restored to full chivalric and nobiliary legitimacy in the modern era, and shall never be suppressed again.
On the basis of time-tested fundamental principles of Public Law, the restored Order of the Temple of Solomon holds legally documented and verifiable legitimacy in its own right, as the original historical institution, irrespective and without requirement of any other recognition from any external entity  .
As a non-territorial sovereign Principality of independent statehood in its own right, the Order legally holds the status of a “sovereign subject of international law” , based upon its institutional substance and functional infrastructure with capabilities to advance its historical purposes internationally .
The Order also holds registered United Nations non-governmental organization (NGO) status, through its subsidiary non-profit Foundation. A sovereign historical institution itself is not subject to registration or incorporation in any country jurisdiction, which would contradict and undermine its own legitimacy of statehood. However, two popular “revival orders” of 19th century nobility patronage gained acceptance by obtaining UN NGO status, thereby creating a new public opinion that this supports chivalric legitimacy.
To satisfy that popularized modern expectation, the Templar Order created the separate subsidiary “Order of the Temple of Solomon Foundation”, registered as wholly owned by the Order, and the Foundation obtained and holds the desirable UN NGO status on behalf of the sovereign Templar Order.
MODERN REFLECTIONS OF HISTORICAL BELIEFS
here does exist a curious fact of two ancient documents in the historical record, which medieval clergy believed to contain “prophecies”, and to this day are recognized by many ecclesiastical scholars at least as “predictions”, specifically about the restoration of the original Templar Order. Both predictions came from surviving descendants of the Cathar Priesthood, a denomination of early Christianity including teachings of the Essenes, who had survived through the Templar Order  , and later survived within the Vatican itself.
In the context of this little known history of “Cathar” predictions about the Templars, it is interesting that events and circumstances in the modern era have converged, in such as way as to closely reflect the specific words of both medieval texts (as interpreted by the clergy at the time).
No discussion of the reemergence of the Templar Order would be complete, without at least acknowledging this intriguing apparent synchronicity of how the modern events have formed a reflection of the deeply held beliefs and hopes of its ancestors from the original Order.
In 1313 AD, when Pope Clement V had suspended Vatican patronage of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, the Cathar Priesthood (who had previously merged into the Templar Order) associated this event with a “Cathar” scroll containing a prediction that “in 700 years, the Laurel will grow green again”, interpreted as happening in the year 2013.
In March 1513 AD, when Pope Leo X was elected, clergy who were descendants of the Cathar Priesthood (surviving from the Templar Order within the Vatican) associated this event with a different related Coptic scroll from the Essenes (later re-discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt with other “Lost Gospels”) called the “Prince Melchizedek Scroll” (artifact: 11Q13). This gave rise to the prediction that “In 10 Jubilees Prince Melchizedek will rise as the [fearsome] Judge”. Ten “Jubilees” is exactly 500 years, which was thus interpreted as occurring in the year 2013, also making the indicated date 700 years after the suppression of the Order.
Ecclesiastical scholars and historians have traditionally interpreted the “Cathar” predictions based on both scrolls to mean that the original Order of the Temple of Solomon would “rise again” in the year 2013, in the context of involvement of a facilitating figurehead of princely nobility who would cause that event to be accomplished. 
The medieval Order of the Temple of Solomon was founded on the ancient tradition of the Biblical “Order of Melchizedek”, the “King of Peace”, which in ancient linguistics is “King of Salem”, the same name (actually a title) of King Solomon. The reference to “Melchizedek” in the scroll thus indicated that it is the original Solomonic Order which would return, and that the enabling figure of nobility would be representing or supporting the original Templar Order, thus causing them to “rise again”.
For interpretation, it is highly significant that the Biblical Melchizedek was always called “King”, and never referred to as “Prince”. The announcement of a future “Prince Melchizedek” (a Solomonic title) is therefore interpreted to indicate that the figure of nobility supporting the Solomonic Order would literally be an actual “Prince” from legitimate dynastic royalty.
As it happened, an unexpected convergence of events and circumstances resulted in the contributions of Prince Matthew of Thebes causing the full restoration of infrastructure and legitimacy for the original Solomonic Order, being accomplished and completed during the year of 2013, precisely as predicted in both ancient scrolls of the medieval Cathars.
Prince Matthew was officially elected and legally installed as the “Prince Grand Master” of the Templar Order, by proper Royal Letters Patent from the dynastic line of King Fulk. He was also canonically established as “Pontifical Prince” (Princeps Pontifex) of the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon, by Episcopal authority of independent Bishops, and is thereby associated with “Melchizedek”. He is a highly decorated 15-year national security veteran of various countries, and thus could be considered “fearsome”. As a Doctor of International Law, he was officially registered and accredited as an International Judge by a Ministry of Justice to serve as “Judge” in governmental and international Courts of Law.
Therefore, objectively, it can be truthfully said that in fact, as metaphorically described by the medieval copies of ancient scrolls preserved by surviving Templars, the “Laurel has grown green again”, and “Prince Melchizedek has risen as the fearsome judge” reestablishing the original Solomonic Templars, in the year 2013, through the Grand Mastery led by Prince Judge Matthew of Thebes.
Increasingly, more people are inclined to consider the role of synchronicity in our lives, as potential indications of the existence of a greater esoteric “God’s plan”. For those seeking esoteric meaning in modern events, the above facts, of how modern events have manifested as reflections of the medieval beliefs of the original surviving Templars, are offered to provide some inspiration and motivation to pursue their spiritual path to enlightenment.
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