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The Religion of the Conspirators (Part 2)
A Biblical Look at "Conspiracy"
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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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John writes in 1 John 4 that the spirit of antichrist is already
in the world, we believe that is a direct parallel to Paul's
statement in 2 Thessalonians 2 that "the mystery of iniquity
doth already work."
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 world.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 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 connect these two passages because in them both John and
Paul are talking about the antichrist and something currently
at work in the world. John writes of the spirit of antichrist,
which was already in the world at his time. And Paul writes
of the mystery of iniquity, which was at work already and
which precedes the coming of a man he refers to as "the Wicked
One," "the man of sin," and "the son of perdition." All of
these are terms for the antichrist spoken of by John.
And notice from 2 Thessalonians 2:4, that this man of sin
whom the mystery of iniquity precedes, will present himself
as "God." This is extremely similar to the idea presented
by both Jesus Christ and John, that antichrists are fake Christs,
men who claim to be Christ when they are not. John sets the
antichrist in the category of such men, just a Paul here tells
us that the man of sin will think he himself is God. This
tells us that not only does John have Gnosticism in mind,
but Paul does as well for through the acquisition of secret
gnosis, the Gnostics believed they would ascend to divinity.
And we also find mention of the Gnostic heresy elsewhere in
Paul's writings, specifically in his instructions to Timothy.
(NIV) 1 Timothy 6:20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted
to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing
ideas of what is falsely called knowledge .
(NIV) 1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is
committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings,
and oppositions of science  falsely so called.
1108 gnwsiv gnosis gno'-sis
from 1097; TDNT-1:689,119; n f
AV-knowledge 28, science 1; 29
1) knowledge signifies in general intelligence, understanding
1a) the general knowledge of Christian religion
1b) the deeper more perfect and enlarged knowledge of this
religion, such as belongs to the more advanced
1c) esp. of things lawful and unlawful for Christians
1d) moral wisdom, such as is seen in right living
In this passage, the Greek word for "knowledge" is "gnosis,"
the root word for Gnosticism. The battle against Gnosticism
and its corrupted view of Jesus Christ was already underway
at the time the New Testament was written.
But if both John and Paul understood that the antichrist would
follow in the Gnostic tradition of their day, how does that
Gnosticism connect to the end times and the modern world?
First, it connects to "Mystery Babylon" depicted in Revelation
17:5 and prophesied to be around during the end time reign
of the antichrist. Second, as we will show, Gnosticism not
only evolved from Babylonian mystery religions incorporating
Jesus Christ into its doctrine, but it also evolved into other
religious sects still existing and still prominent in modern
Regarding the first point, we connect the "mystery of iniquity"
spoken of by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 to the "Mystery, Babylon
the Great" described in Revelation 17 as deceiving the world
around the time of the antichrist.
Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY,  BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
As we stated earlier we can connect these two occurrences
of the word "mystery" for two reasons. First, the word "mystery"
is the same Greek word in both passages. And second, these
2 occurrences of that Greek word are the only 2 (out of a
total 27 in the New Testament) where the word "mystery" refers
to ungodly religious mysteries. (By "ungodly" here we mean
"mysteries" not revealed by God to his people but supposedly
obtained through other means besides God's revelation. In
particular, these "mysteries" were allegedly revealed as esoteric
knowledge usually involving the practice of secret religious
rites, as we will later discuss.)
When we research Gnosticism at the time of the New Testament,
we find that it predated Christianity and after the ascension
of Christ, as Christianity began to spread, it incorporated
Christianity into its belief structure. And evidence of the
Babylonian origins and connections of Gnosticism are not hard
"History: The origins of the Gnostic world view have been
sought by scholars in the dualism of Iranian religion, the
allegorical Idealism of the Middle Platonic philosophers,
and the apocalypticism of certain Jewish mystics. There
are analogies also with Egyptian and Mesopotamian thought."
"Gnosticism: Scholars trace these salvation religions back
to such diverse sources as Jewish mysticism, Hellenistic
mystery cults, Iranian religious dualism (see Zoroastrianism),
and Babylonian and Egyptian mythology. The definition of gnosis
[knowledge] as concern with the Eternal was already present
in earlier Greek philosophy, although its connection with
the later Gnostic movement is distant at best. Christian
ideas were quickly incorporated into these syncretistic systems,
and by the 2d cent. the largest of them, organized by
Valentinus and Basilides, were a significant rival to Christianity."
And evidence of what Gnostics believed is also readily available.
"Some Gnostics taught that the world is ruled by evil
archons, among them the deity of the Old Testament,
who hold captive the spirit of humanity. The heavenly pleroma
was the center of the divine life, and Jesus was interpreted
as an intermediary eternal being, or aeon, sent from the
pleroma to restore the lost knowledge of humanity's divine
origin. Gnostics held secret formulas, which they believed
would free them at death from the evil archons and restore
them to their heavenly abode." - encyclopedia.com
"Archon: in Gnosticism, any of a number of world-governing
powers that were created with the material world by a subordinate
deity called the Demiurge (Creator). The Gnostics were religious
dualists who held that matter is evil and the spirit good
and that salvation is attained by esoteric knowledge, or gnosis."
We also find similar information regarding Mystery Religions
"Mysteries: in Greek and Roman religion, some important
secret cults...Secret societies were formed, usually headed
by a priest or a hierophant. By the 5th cent. B.C. mysteries
were an important part of the fabric of Hellenic life.
Although the mystic rites were kept secret, it was known that
they required elaborate initiations, including purification
rites, beholding sacred objects, accepting occult knowledge,
and acting out a sacred drama. Some mysteries were of
foreign origin, such as the Middle Eastern cults of Cybele,
Isis, and Mithra; some were embodied survivals of indigenous
rites...The popularity of mystery cults spread in the Hellenistic
age and still more widely in Roman times." - encyclopedia.com
And we can trace the guiding principles of the Gnosticism
mystery religion all the way back to Babylon using the Bible.
Let's consider Daniel 2. When all of the wise men, astrologers,
and magicians of Babylon could not solve the riddle of King
Nebuchadnezzar's dream, what happened to Daniel when he did
Daniel 2: 46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon
his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that
they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it
is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings,
and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal
Remember, Daniel has just revealed the mysterious dream and
its mysterious meaning concerning future events. No other
wise man in the kingdom could do this. So, what is the response?
Is it consistent with what we might expect from a Gnostic
worldview? Absolutely. Nebuchadnezzar proclaims that Daniel's
God is a revealer of secrets. He deduces this from the fact
that Daniel could reveal the secret of his dream. Gnosticism
even teaches this very principle concerning Jesus Christ.
They see Christ as an intermediary sent to reveal divine secrets
to men. Here we see Nebuchadnezzar taking note of Daniel's
God as a revealer of secrets. This idea of divine mysteries
passed on to men to enlighten them is perfectly consistent
with Gnostic thought.
And what else does the king say? Because Daniel's God revealed
the dream and its meaning to Daniel, he proclaims that Daniel's
God is "a God of gods." This is perfectly consistent with
Gnostic thought. Gnostics believe that there is a series of
divine beings emanating out from the unknowable God, or fullness.
Nebuchadnezzar's proclamation could indicate either that in
the excitement of the moment, he thought Daniel's God was
the fullness, the unknowable God, or perhaps that Daniel's
God was simply higher up in the series of emanating gods than
any other known at the time.
And what is the culmination of all this? Because of Daniel's
superior knowledge and understanding of these esoteric symbols
and their meaning, King Nebuchadnezzar immediately begins
to bow down and worship Daniel. And he commands for offerings
to be made to him. The driving idea is that Daniel's superior
knowledge reveals that he is an elevated being worthy of their
worship. This too, is perfectly consistent with Gnostic thought,
which teaches that divine secrets elevate a man by illuminating
his inner divine being.
The language of this passage is perfectly consistent with
what we would expect from a Gnostic worldview. Not only does
Nebuchadnezzar's response indicate the prominent influence
of the guiding principles behind Gnosticism in ancient Babylon,
but Revelation 17:5's association of "Mystery" and "Babylon
the Great" also indicates that Gnostic principles are central
to this prominent end time institution.
From this we deduce the following. Gnosticism was simply one
form in the history of the mystery religion, which went all
the way back to Babylon. And some later form of this same
mystery religion will be around and thriving at the time of
the antichrist just before Christ's return. Judging from the
words of John and Paul, this later stage of the mystery religion
will maintain many of the same guiding principles found in
the Gnosticism of the apostle's day, particularly their view
of Jesus Christ. Finally, we also know from John and Paul
that this tradition was not only at work in their day but
its work was integral to the arrival and unfolding of the
empire of the antichrist.
Therefore, at the time John wrote his epistles, Gnosticism
had both of the following traits. First, it was a mystery
religion involving secret rituals conveying allegedly hidden
religious truths. This trait is implied by the use of the
word "mystery" in 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation 17.
Second, Gnostics saw Jesus as A Christ, but denied that Jesus
and the Christ were the same being. Thus, Gnostics denied
both that Jesus was THE Christ and also that Jesus Christ
was God who came into the world conceived and born as a man.
Therefore, Gnosticism fits with the term "mystery" in 2 Thessalonians
2 and Revelation 17 and Gnosticism fits with John's depictions
of antichrists, deceivers, and the antichrist spirit in his
first two epistles. And both the "mystery" and the spirit
of antichrist were already at work in their day according
to Paul and John.
So, the Gnostics match all three of the following qualifications.
They were a sect inherently composed of false Christs. (They
denied that Jesus was the Christ. They denied that Jesus Christ
was God come in the flesh.) And they were around and at work
at the time John wrote his epistles and Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians
2. And Gnosticism was an evolved form of Babylonian mystery
religions, which further connects it not only to 2 Thessalonians
2, but Revelation 17:5 where we find a description of "Mystery
What does all this mean for our study? In summary, it means
that Gnosticism (as a form of mystery religion) connects not
only with Babylon of the past, but mystery Babylon of the
end times in the future. It also connects with the mystery
of iniquity and spirit of antichrist at work in John and Paul's
As we said at the beginning of this section, this portion
of our study is dedicated to demonstrating the long lifespan
of the conspiracy prior to the final 3 1/2 to 7 years before
Christ's return. Since we have traced the existence of this
conspiracy through its religious aspects back to the Gnostics
of John and Paul's day and back even farther to the mystery
religions of ancient Babylon, the only thing missing in our
puzzle is a connection to some current group.
In another series of articles entitled "The Term ‘Beast' In
Revelation" (in the End Times (Eschatology) Section of the
In-Depth Bible Studies) we also demonstrate from the scripture
the political aspects of this conspiracy and trace its development
through human history.
We have identified the traits of the Gnostics that John stated
were inherent to the spirit of antichrist and shown that John's
words connect directly to 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation
17-18 in which John tells us this type of mystery cult was
around in the first century and will be involved in controlling
global politics and finance in the end times. So, all that
is necessary in order for us to know if this ancient conspiracy
is at work in our day is for us to look around and see if
there is any group acting as modern version of the mystery
religion, which upholds the basic principles of the Gnostics
and is involved in these types of activities.
First, let's remember what we looking for. We're looking for
a secret sect who share the principle beliefs of the Gnostics
and who are also involved in spheres of political influence,
commercial and financial influence, and information distribution.
This same group not only uses secret rituals and believes
in secret religious truths that will elevate humans to divinity,
but they therefore also believe in the Christ-consciousness
and its corresponding doctrine that Jesus and the Christ were
not the same being, but two separate entities.
We will now move on to demonstrate that these Gnostic teachings
survived, evolved, and continued through organizations such
as the Knights Templar and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.