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Mystery Religion in Modern Groups
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
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this section, we will cover the history of Gnosticism including
the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. Unlike other studies
on this subject, we will not delve into the list of hypothetical
doctrines the Freemasons may or may not hold. Instead, when
necessary, we will speak in general terms concerning the structure
and doctrine of their organization. In doing this, our goal
is to avoid controversial claims about Freemasonry and instead
use only information that is commonly known and uncontested
about their order to demonstrate our theory.
At this point in our study, we have described what we might
expect to find if the Biblical conspiracy is going on in our
day. For a group to match the Biblical picture, it would have
to fit the following description. If there is no group meeting
this description then we would have to conclude that the conspiracy
described in the Bible has been temporarily suspended.
For any modern group to be considered part of the Biblical
conspiracy it would have to:
1) Have some ties to Babylon, particularly the mystery
religion of Babylon. (2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 17:5)
2) Share the guiding principles of Gnosticism described
by John in his first and second epistles. (1 John 2:18,20-22,
4:3, 2 John 1:7)
3) Be involved in controlling global politics. (Revelation
17:18, Revelation 18)
4) Be involved in controlling global commerce and
finance. (Revelation 18)
5) Be involved in global deception. (Revelation 17
Our theory is that secret societies such as the modern Freemasons
and their affiliated groups fit this description. Let's examine
this theory in light of our 5 criteria. Once again, we will
try to use common, easy to find, non-controversial sources
to support our case. This will be just a brief overview, with
greater details in the next section.
Do the Freemasons have ties to Babylon?
"Freemasonry: Traces of the society have been found as
early as the 14th cent. Because, however, some documents
of the order trace the sciences of masonry and geometry from
Egypt, Babylon, and Palestine to England and France, some
historians of Masonry claim that the order has roots in antiquity."
The answer is yes. The 14th century reference will become
more significant as we study the relationship of the Freemasons
to the Knights Templar, which will further strengthen their
connection to ancient mystery religions.
Do the Freemasons practice secret religious rites as we would
expect from a mystery religion?
"Custom is the supreme authority of the order, and there
are elaborate symbolic rites and ceremonies, most of which
utilize the instruments of the stonemason-the plumb, the square,
the level, and compasses-and apocryphal events concerning
the building of King Solomon's Temple for allegorical purposes."
"Masons are expected to believe in a Supreme Being,
use a holy book appropriate to the religion of the lodge's
members, and maintain a vow of secrecy concerning the order's
ceremonies." - encyclopedia.com
The answer is yes. Their rituals and ceremonies not only involve
elaborate symbolism but they are strictly kept secret.
Does Freemasonry have connections to Gnosticism?
"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
Yes. Like Gnosticism in the time of Paul and John, modern
Freemasonry involves the basic premise of rising to higher
ranks and degrees (gaining enlightenment or hidden gnosis)
through secret rituals. Each higher rank and order has new
rites and rituals that those beneath it cannot practice.
Is political influence a consistent part of the history of
"Benjamin Franklin was a member. Many of the leaders of
the American Revolution, including John Hancock and Paul Revere,
were members of St. Andrew's Lodge in Boston. George Washington
became a Mason in 1752. At the time of the Revolution
most of the American lodges broke away from their English
and Scottish antecedents. Freemasonry has continued to
be important in politics; 13 Presidents have been Masons,
and at any given time quite a large number of the members
of Congress have belonged to Masonic lodges. Notable European
Masons included Voltaire, Giuseppe Mazzini, Giuseppe Garibaldi,
Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann von Goethe, Johann von Schiller,
and many leaders of Russia's Decembrist revolt (1825)." -
The answer is yes. Many world leaders both past and present
At this point, we have demonstrated using uncontroversial
evidence that the Freemasons and their affiliated groups meet
the first 3 out of our 5 criteria. Further evidence that Freemasons
meet these criteria as well as the remaining two criteria
will be demonstrated as we further examine the origins and
historic activities of Freemasonry. We believe the evidence
is already compelling, at least to the point of requiring