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Financial Influence and Freemasonry
A Biblical Look at "Conspiracy"
What does the Bible Say?
Against God in the End Times
Records the Conspiracy
Lifespan of the Conspiracy (Part 1)
Lifespan of the Conspiracy (Part 2)
The Religion of the Conspirators (Part 1)
The Religion of the Conspirators (Part 2)
1: Mystery Religion in Modern Groups
2: Financial Influence and Freemasonry
3: The Great Merchants and Global Deception
Study Reference and Research Section
the News: Goldberg and Quigley
fourth criterion in our list of Biblical descriptions for
the end time conspiracy was the conspirators centralized control
over global wealth and commerce. Since we have theorized that
the modern Freemasons and their international affiliates fit
this Biblical description, we have to test that theory with
the following question.
Is Freemasonry involved in amassing and controlling vast amounts
On this particular question, there is much evidence available.
At the end of this study, we will present some links and references
with expanded and more detailed research on the various topics
presented in this section, including the financial and information
spheres. For this portion of the study, however, we are trying
to establish the theory that modern Freemasons fit the Biblical
descriptions of the conspirators and their mystery religion
using sources that are extremely uncontroversial and easily
Using these methods, the best way to demonstrate the Masonic
trend of amassing and controlling wealth on a large scale
is to prove the Masonic connections to the Order of the Knights
Concerning the Knights Templar, there are some basics from
the historical record that we should cover.
"Knights Templars Pronounced As: templrz, in
medieval history, members of the military and religious order
of the Poor Knights of Christ, called the Knights of the
Temple of Solomon from their house in Jerusalem." - encyclopedia.com
"The Templars were formed during the Crusades. They
originally had a purely military function. Founded when
Hugh de Payens and eight other knights joined together
c.1118 to protect pilgrims, the order grew rapidly.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux drew up its rules, and it was
recognized at the Council of Troyes (1128) and confirmed by
Pope Honorius III." - encyclopedia.com
According to popular history, the Order of the Knights Templar
was completely destroyed, as encyclopedia.com recounts.
"The Templars were completely destroyed by 1314. Much of
their property, theoretically designated for the Hospitalers,
was acquired by secular rulers. The leaders of the
order, including the last grand master, Jacques de Molay,
were tried by ecclesiastic judges and sentenced to life imprisonment,
but after denouncing their confessions they were burned
at the stake (1314) as lapsed heretics by civil authorities."
Now, what we want to bring out of this excerpt from the encyclopedia.com
article is in regard to Jacques de Molay. Jacques de Molay
was the last grand master of the Templars.
Modern conspiracy theorists assert that the when the Templars
were arrested in mass numbers in 1307 and their leader Jacques
de Molay killed in 1314, that many Templars survived and continued
to live underground. According to these theorists, the property
of the Templars (referred to in the excerpt above) was retained
by these surviving members, who in time reemerged in Scotland
and England under a new name, the Freemasons. Official Masonic
institutions tend to deny this, particularly the Grand Lodge
of England, who, as this article reflects, assert that the
official start of Freemasonry was after the turn of the year
1700. Thus, official Freemasonic history denies their connection
with the Templars.
However, this official history is not only doubted by some
Masons themselves, but it contradicts some obvious details.
Remembering that at this point we are using only extremely
uncontroversial, readily accessible reference material, we
return to the encyclopedia.com article on Freemasonry. There
we find three items providing evidence of the direct connect
between Freemasons and the Order of the Knights Templar.
1. When typing in a search for "Knights Templar" on
encyclopedia.com, the first article that a visitor is directed
to is the article on Freemasonry.
"1. - Knights Templars
Knights Templars: see Freemasonry..." - encyclopedia.com (search
term "Knights Templar")
In itself, this cross-reference is only a hint of the connection
between these two Orders. So, we will move on. This brings
us back to the encyclopedia.com article on Freemasonry, which
states the following.
Remember Jacques de Molay, reported to be the last grand master
of the Templars, who was burned at the stake in 1314?
"There are also many subsidiary Masonic groups, including
the Order of the Eastern Star, limited to Master Masons and
their female relatives; De Molay, an organization for boys;
and Job's Daughters and Rainbow, two organizations for girls.
Many of the orders maintain homes for aged members." - encyclopedia.com
2. The article on Freemasonry records a subsidiary
to the Freemasons called De Molay, a reference to none other
than Jacques de Molay, the alleged last grand master of the
"The average Mason does not rise above Master Mason. If
he does, however, he has the choice of advancing through about
100 different rites, encompassing some 1,000 higher degrees,
throughout the world. In the United States, the two most popular
rites are the Scottish and the York. The Scottish Rite awards
30 higher degrees, from Secret Master (Fourth Degree) to Sovereign
Grand Inspector General (Thirty-third Degree). The York
Rite awards ten degrees, from Mark Master to Order
of Knights Templar, the latter being similar to a Thirty-third
Degree Scottish Rite Mason." - encyclopedia.com
3. As seen in the above quote, one of the degrees
of Freemasonry is still called the Order of the Knights Templar
to this very day. And that Degree is not only the highest
in the York Rite of Freemasonry, but it is similar to the
33rd degree of the Scottish Rite, which is the highest publicly
known degree of that Rite as well. So, for modern Masons,
it is absolutely true that the highest degree they can aspire
to is still the Order of the Knights Templar.
So, even from encyclopedia.com we see that modern Freemasonry
connects itself to the Order of the Knights Templar. (Even
if the Freemasons publically deny their direct descent from
the Templars, the Freemasons openly connect themselves ideologically
to the Templars.) And as we have said, even though the official
position of the Grand Lodge of England is that Freemasonry
goes back only so far as the early 18th century, many modern
Masons themselves doubt this claim and trace the origins of
their Order back to the Knights Templar. (For more information
on this, please see our links and references section at the
end of this article.)
For now, we will leave these components of modern Freemasonry
as enough to demonstrate the connection between Freemasonry
and the Templars. And we will move on to demonstrate the extent
to which the Templars practices rapidly amassed them unbelievable
wealth. We believe that this aspect of the Templars is also
alive and well in the Order of the Freemasons.
The article on Jacques de Molay from encyclopedia.com reads
"Molay, Jacques de 1243?-1314...After the Templars
were driven from the Holy Land, he moved to Cyprus, where
he began to organize a new force to recapture the lost territory.
He was summoned (1306) to Avignon by Pope Clement V to discuss
a new crusading effort. Philip IV, king of France, was
jealous of the Templars' riches and fearful of their power.
In 1307 all of the Templars in France were arrested, and their
property was confiscated. De Molay...and was burned at the
stake in Paris." - encyclopedia.com
The article on the Knights Templar from encyclopedia.com recounts
the same events in slightly more detail.
"In 1307, Philip IV of France, who needed money for his
Flemish war and was unable to obtain it elsewhere, began a
persecution of the Templars. With the aid of Pope Clement
V, the king had members of the order arrested and their possessions
confiscated." - encyclopedia.com
Not only was the Order of the Knights Templar able to grow
at a very rapid rate, but they were also able to acquire so
much money that within 2 centuries they had control of enough
wealth to pose a threat to the King of France. In fact, it
was their vast wealth, that lead to the arrest of their members
and the execution of Jacques de Molay. But, how did they do
it? How did an order started by just nine knights manage to
acquire that much wealth in just two centuries?
"The Templars received gifts of estates and money, and
the organization soon became one of the most powerful in Europe.
By combining monastic privilege with chivalrous adventure,
they attracted many nobles. The order, organized under
a grand master and general council, had its headquarters at
Jerusalem." - encyclopedia.com
"When Jerusalem fell to the Muslims (1187), the Templars operated
from Acre; after its fall (1291) the order retreated to Cyprus.
By that time the Templars had ceased to be primarily a
fighting organization and had become the leading money handlers
of Europe. From the beginning the knights aroused opposition
because of their special privileges, their freedom from
secular control, and their great military and financial strength.
As their banking role increased-they served such kings as
Henry II of England and Louis IX of France-and their landholdings
grew, they aroused the hostility, fear, and jealousy of
secular rulers and of the secular clergy as well." - encyclopedia.com
The simple answer to the question posed above is that the
Templars did two things. First, the order was able to attract
wealthy nobles as members. These nobles then made sizeable
"donations" (which some sources indicate may have been required.)
The question is, what about the Templars was appealing enough
to compel rich nobles to give them their wealth? Our contention
is that it was the mysteries of their mystery religion that
attracted such rich men to join and made them willing to give
such large sums.
Second, the Templars became bankers, and by lending their
money to the Kings of Europe, they amassed more wealth from
these loans. Perhaps more importantly they were also able
to turn the tables on these secular authorities so that it
was no longer the Knights were under the rule of the kings,
but the kings, through debt, who were under the power of the
But let's not move from this point to quickly. The encyclopedia.com
article on the Knights Templar clearly states that the Knights
increased their wealth by becoming "the leading money handlers
of Europe," and more specifically to the point, they took
on a "banking role," which meant they were lending money to
the governments of Europe.
And remember what an earlier excerpt from the same article
said, "In 1307, Philip IV of France, who needed money for
his Flemish war and was unable to obtain it elsewhere, began
a persecution of the Templars." The fact is, the Knights Templar
were so skilled at lending money to the kings of Europe that
by 1307 Philip IV was unable to obtain a loan from anywhere
Now, the point of this section of our article is to demonstrate
that modern trends reflect the conspiracy depicted in the
Bible. We have asserted that financial control over the nations
is a significant characteristic of the end time Mystery Religion
known in Revelation 17 and 18 as Babylon the Great. We have
just shown how the Knights Templar were able to amass great
sums of money within just 2 centuries while simultaneously
gaining control over the kingdoms of Europe through debt.
When we look around at the modern world do we see this same
trend at work? Yes, most certainly. Through international
bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary
Fund, western lending institutions have been able to place
governments all over the world in severe debt and thereby
gained control over these otherwise sovereign countries through
loans and interest. This is identical to the practice of the
Knights Templar. And while it does not prove conclusively
that the Freemasons are an evolved form of the Templars or
that the Freemasons are involved in this modern Templar financial
practice, it does prove that someone in modern times who has
control of western banking institutions is using this standard
Templar practice. We suggest that this is the Masons perpetuating
the methods handed down through their Templar roots.
So, in answer to our fourth question (Is Freemasonry involved
in amassing and controlling vast amounts of wealth?), we believe
the evidence points to a definite "yes." This means that so
far the modern Freemasons match 4 out 5 descriptions of the
For a detailed investigation of the formation of the American
financial cartel and its ties to Europe, we highly recommend
The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin,
copyright 1998. (See the Reference Section of this study for
further details about this resource.)