These types of Secret Societies have always been in existence, and they have been the bridges from ancient Babylon to modern day occultism, the occultism that masonry practices and teaches. The teachings of these Secret Societies are the same that the New Age Spiritualism Movement embraces. You will discover, after reading about Masonry that Babylonian Witchcraft is it's "Mother"... "The Mother of harlots and abominations of the Earth." Revelation 17:5
During their captivity in Babylon, there were certain Jewish priests who had explored deeply into the Religion of the ancient Babylonians, which was Witchcraft. These Jews had developed the "Secret Mysteries" of the Babylonian Mystery Religion into a sophisticated form of occultism which they called the Cabala, and Cabalistic teachings are a part of modern Freemasonry today.
Tradition has it that the Mason's word is "as old Babel", when they could not understand one another, and they conversed by sign language. The Masons are proud of their ancient roots:
"As regards to Masonry, Babel of course represented a Masonic enterprise and early expositors reaped full benefit from the facts. They remembered that the people, who were of 'one language and one speech' journeyed from the East to the West, like those who have been tried and proved as Master Masons. When they reached an abiding place in the land Shinar, it is affirmed that they dwelt therein as Noachide, being the first characteristic name of Masons. It was here that they built their high tower of confusion. Out of evil comes good, however, and the confusion of tongues gave rise to 'the ancient practice of Masons conversing without the use of speech.'" -Arthur Edward Waite, A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and of Cognate Instituted Mysteries: Their Rites, Literature and History, Volume I, Page 61, 62
In "The Masonic Quiz Book", the question is asked, "Who was Nimrod", the answer is, "He was the son of Cush. In the old Constitutions referred to as one of the Founders of Freemasonry, and in the Scriptures as the architect of many cities." - William Adrian Brown, Facts, Fables and Fantasies of Freemasonry, Page 169
In the Masonic York Rite Manuscript we find: "at the making of the Tower of Babel there was Masonry first much esteemed of, and Nimrod was a Mason himself and loved well Masons."- John T Lawrence, The Perfect Ashlar, Page 295. Another Masonic author named John Yarker says: "it is well known that the Tower of Babel was one of the most ancient traditions of Masonry..." John Yarker, The Arcane Schools, pg. 267
The Freemasons: a Poem
If history be not
Freemasons came from
the Tower of Babel.
Satan kept this Secret Society that started in Babylon going throughout the Ages. In 1717, the first Masonic Lodge was established in London, England. Since that time, Lodges have spread all over the World. Masonic Lodges first appeared in America in Philadelphia (1730) and Boston (1733).