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A Biblical Look at "Conspiracy"
What does the Bible Say?
Against God in the End Times
Records the Conspiracy
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Lifespan of the Conspiracy (Part 2)
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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
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far, we have proven our first point, that there is a conspiracy
against God that exists in the end times. But does this conspiracy
spring up during the final 3 1/2 to 7 years, or does it grow
and evolve much earlier?
There are two lines of evidence in the Bible, which both clearly
establish the longevity of this conspiracy. The first line
of evidence concerns the political evolution of the end time
conspiracy unfolding from ancient, empire systems. (For a
thorough investigation of this line of evidence please see
our articles entitled "Prophetic Symbols"
in the End Times (Eschatology) Section of the In Depth
The second line of evidence that the conspiracy is not short-lived
but develops over a long period of human history follows the
mystery religion of the conspirators themselves. It is this
track of evidence to which we will now turn our attention.
As far as this line of evidence is concerned there are four
very interesting New Testament passages concerning the long
life span of the conspiracy against God.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering
together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or
be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter
as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no
man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man
of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth
and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that
is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of
God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that,
when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now
ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his
time. 7 For the mystery  of iniquity doth already
work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken
out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
We note that in 2 Thessalonians Paul is discussing three things,
which are relevant to our study. First, Paul mentions the
antichrist (verse 3-4). Second, Paul relates this antichrist
to a "mystery of iniquity." Third, Paul states that this "mystery
of iniquity" is already at work in his time in the first century.
When we take a look at some of John's writings we see that
he addresses the same issues.
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye
have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there
many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
[Notice how verse 18 mentions antichrists plural while at
the same time upholding the concept of a singular, individual
who will be the ultimate expression of this group.]
1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this
is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard
that it should come; and even now already is it in the
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into
the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
[Notice how these deceivers from 2 John 1:7 parallel the "antichrists"
plural in 1 John 2:18. And we should also take note of their
defining characteristic. They seem to acknowledge Christ on
some levels while at the same time denying his humanity. We
will take a greater look at this issue in a later section.]
These three passages from John's letters also discuss three
things. First, in 1 John 2, he mentions the antichrist. Second,
he then connects this antichrist to persons who were already
around in his time. Third, in 1 John 4, he states that the
spirit of antichrist was in the world at the time of his writing
in the first century. This is corroborated by 2 John 1 as
When taken together we can see several things. One, at the
time these epistles were written, there was already a mystery
of iniquity at work and the spirit of the antichrist was already
present in the world. And two, lesser antichrists working
in accordance with the evil end time purpose were also present
at that time.
The unavoidable conclusion that we arrive at by comparing
these four verses is that antichrists, the spirit of antichrist,
and the mystery of iniquity have been at work going all the
way back to the time 2 Thessalonians and John's epistles were
written in the first century AD.
But is there anything to connect these things to the idea
of the end time conspiracy, which we have established from
The answer is yes. When we ask, "what is the mystery of iniquity"
that Paul speaks of in 2 Thessalonians 2, we see that the
word for "mystery" there is the same word found in Revelation
17, concerning Babylon the Great.
Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY,  BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF
HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Now, what is this mystery that is associated with this great
deceiving entity known in Revelation as Babylon the Great?
The word for mystery in both 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation
17 is defined as follows.
3466 musthrion musterion moos-tay'-ree-on
from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); TDNT-4:802,615;
n n AV-mystery 27; 27
1) hidden thing, secret, mystery
1a) generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only
to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals
1b) a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding
1c) a hidden purpose or counsel
1c1) secret will
1c1a) of men
1c1b) of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing
with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked
men but plain to the godly
2) in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense
2a) of an OT saying
2b) of an image or form seen in a vision
2c) of a dream
While this word can be used to indicate Godly things and is
used often times throughout the New Testament in that sense,
we know that in the contexts of 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation
17 it is speaking of ungodly religious mysteries. This Greek
word for mystery occurs 27 times in the New Testament. And
of the 27 occurrences, 25 refer to godly mysteries revealed
by God to his people. The occurrences found in 2 Thessalonians
2:7 and Revelation 17:5 are the ONLY 2 times it applies to
ungodly spiritual mysteries. This further strengthens the
tie between these two passages.
From this overall definition, definition 1a) "religious secrets,
confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals"
or definition 1c) "a hidden purpose or counsel" would both
indicate the type of secret society conspiracy found in popular
global conspiracy theory.
So, we can conclude from these two passages that there is
a connection between 2 Thessalonians 2:7's "mystery of iniquity"
and Revelation 17:5's "mystery" of "Babylon the Great." Both
are associated by John and Paul with the antichrist. But this
is not the only evidence we have that the religious aspect
of the conspiracy is long-lived.
Since this word "mystery" is associated so closely with the
phrase "Babylon the Great" we must ask some questions. What
is the connection that Revelation is making between the end
time conspiracy and ancient Babylon? Is this a reference to
the actual historic city of Babylon? Or are these terms and
phrases from Revelation 17:5 a symbolic, descriptive title
meant to describe another city besides the historic Babylon?
In either case, does this connection support our claim that
the conspiracy exists long before the final 3 1/2 to 7 years?
First let's take a look at what Revelation is implying by
its usage of the title "Babylon the Great." The first thing
we will note is that a historic city name can be used as a
descriptive title for a different city. In such cases as these
the original city of that name may not be in view, but rather
some aspect or characteristic of that city is being applied
to describe some other city, which shares that particular
aspect or characteristic. We can see that Revelation does
this on at least one occasion.
Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in
the street of the great city, which spiritually is called
Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
The city where Jesus was crucified was Jerusalem. In this
verse Jerusalem is not mentioned by name but the names of
two other cities are applied to it. It is called Sodom and
Egypt in a figurative sense.
Like Revelation 17:18, Jerusalem is referred to as "the great
city." Now, it is not necessary for us to assume that the
same city is meant in both passages. There is no reason to
assume there is only one great city. And, while this passage
does apply the symbolic titles of Sodom and Egypt to Jerusalem,
the title of Babylon is noticeably absent. Given that Babylon
is a title used later in Revelation 17:5, we should assume
that if Jerusalem was Babylon, that title would have been
applied in Revelation 11:8.
So, from Revelation 11:8 we know that the names of historic
cities are used in the Bible as symbolic titles for other
cities in order to convey that some aspect of the originally
titled city is shared by the one being described. And while
we have demonstrated that this occurs in Revelation 11:8 to
describe Jerusalem, it would make even more since to use this
mode of description to characterize a future city not yet
in existence whose name John would not have known.
But what about Revelation 17:5, is it meant to indicate the
actual city of Babylon or rather some aspect of it that is
shared by this future city.
In order to answer this we should consider the fact that at
the time Revelation was written, the city of Babylon was in
no way a prominent city, let alone the seat of global government
as Revelation 17:8 describes. So, at the time Revelation was
written, it is likely, particularly given the use of Sodom
and Egypt as titles for Jerusalem, that the church of that
day would have understood "Babylon the Great" was a symbolic
title for another city, not the actual city of Babylon. While
this is not conclusive, it is certainly probable and as we
have shown there is Biblical precedent just 6 chapters earlier
in Revelation 11:8.