Monday, April 27, 2020

The Hidden Message ~ A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

The Hidden Message of the Great Seal: How Foundational Truth from The Dawn of Liberty May Rescue a Republic in Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC written by Michael Kanis is an exploration through history exploring the clues of our national seal. This 256 page book gives readers a fantastic insight into our national seal with great explanation to back up evidence presented in the book. There are a total of 24 chapters included in the book.

The task of designing America's seal was given to three men of great distinction, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. Congress desired that the seal achieve the historic significance that was already found within the Constitution. We know from history that seals have been used for thousands of years. What Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams set out to do different from other's before them was to produce a seal that contained a seal with a hidden message. Symbols containing a hidden message. It took a staggering SIX years to come up with a final seal.

These famous symbols, most will argue about the eye. 
Is it...
The Eye of Horus
The Egyptian God of the Sky
or the 
Eye of God, Providence, 
Caring for the American People.

One very influential man, Charles Thomson, had a significant knowledge in the scriptures but was an expert in Latin. He was a part of creating the seal every step of the way. He became the Keeper of the Seal until he resigned from Congress. Francis Hopkinson was a key contributor in the designing of the seal. 

Chapter 10 entitled, The Pyramid, is very interesting. I won't go into what is included in this chapter only to say that throughout history many coins have varying forms of pyramids on them. Interesting? 
I really loved Franklin's 13 Virtues and Kanis's Chart on the different Government's. 

Chapter 11 entitled, Annuit Coeptis, translates, "we are doing what he approves of." This chapter about the meaning of the eye is so fascinating. 

This is a very cool Road Map to a Seal Design  

Chapter 16 entitled, The Covenant, has a really neat chart that has the symbols and then the covenant scripture references that aline with each symbol in the seal. 

"The framers sought to find a balance. They needed a federal government strong enough to be effectual and to defend the republic in time of war. It needed to be powerful enough to keep thee states together, but the founders also needed to limit its power and disperse it, thus limiting the growth of corruption and safeguarding freedom."
That is the reason the message was hidden in the seal. 

Our TRUE FREEDOM can only be found in God! Jesus says, "I am the good shepherd...who lays down his life for the sheep" John 10:11. God is the only one one who can truly set us free. 

Throughout the book the word Providence is raised. "Of all the themes of the seal, Providence might be the one that holds thee greatest sense of mystery." The provision as used by the founders refers to God and how he cares for his children and provides for them. The creation of the seal was not a whim or impulse. The founders spent years of thought into the meaning and significance ascribing providential guidance along the way. 

The story in the Conclusion entitled, Checkmate?, is definitely a must read! It has to do with this picture and it is so true! 

The Hidden Message can be found on Amazon. There is a coupon code for 50% the cover price for anyone wishing to purchase the book. Simply click on The Hidden Message 50% Discount. At checkout simply type the words HOMESCHOOL in the coupon code area to get the discount. The discount is good through May 30, 2020. 

I most definitely would recommend this book. It would be a great book to add into your high school students curriculum. This book would also be great for those that love history. The book has colorful pictures throughout. The pages are thick. Definitely read what other Crew Members had to say about The Hidden Message. 

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