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Particulars of Christianity:
315 Global Conspiracy
(and Freemasonry)

Conspiracy: What does the Bible Say?

Intro: A Biblical Look at "Conspiracy"
Conspiracy: What does the Bible Say?
Conspiracy Against God in the End Times
Revelation Records the Conspiracy
The Lifespan of the Conspiracy (Part 1)
The Lifespan of the Conspiracy (Part 2)
Mystery: The Religion of the Conspirators (Part 1)
Mystery: The Religion of the Conspirators (Part 2)
Part 1: Mystery Religion in Modern Groups
Part 2: Financial Influence and Freemasonry
Part 3: The Great Merchants and Global Deception
Conspiracy Study Reference and Research Section
Controlling the News: Goldberg and Quigley

The verse we're going to start off with might seem a little backward at first, but let's take a look.

(NIV) Isaiah 8:12 "Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.

(KJV) Isaiah 8: 12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.

In our study and conversation regarding the existence of a global conspiracy, we have heard this verse quoted in an attempt to convince us that Christians should NOT concern themselves with conspiracy theories. But is that what this verse is saying? First, let's examine the premise.

Premise A: Isaiah 8:12 teaches us not to believe in ANY conspiracy.

Now, I know this premise has been worded to convey the extreme position that "Christians should believe NO conspiracy." Why have we worded it that way? Well, consider what would happen if we were to word it more moderately.

Premise B: Isaiah 8:12 teaches us NOT to believe in SOME conspiracies.

By moving to a more moderate position, opponents of conspiracy theories would lose any reason for citing this verse. In other words, the more moderate premise allows Christians to believe in some conspiracies. In fact, if this more moderate position represents an appropriate interpretation of the text, then Isaiah 8 actually instructs us to be selective in which conspiracies we believe. And that would require us to scrutinize and investigate conspiracy claims.

The point is that a more moderate rendering of the premise actually creates an opposite interpretation of the passage. Only Premise A would prohibit us from investigating conspiracy theories since we would theoretically be prohibited from believing any of them. Premise B would indicate for us to investigate conspiracy theories in order to determine which ones we ought to reject and which ones we ought to accept.

And so we have rendered Premise A using such extreme wording. Isaiah 8:12 only works as proof that Christians should not be concerned with conspiracies if and only if it tells us not to believe in ANY conspiracy. If we can believe in some conspiracies, then this verse in no way prohibits Christians from investigating conspiracies. It would only instruct us to be careful about which ones to believe.

So, does this passage from Isaiah 8 tell us not to believe in or investigate any conspiracy theory? Not at all. First, the word for "conspiracy" used here occurs 16 times in the Old Testament. It is the word "qesher."

07195 qesher {keh'-sher}
from 07194; TWOT - 2090a; n m
AV - conspiracy 9, treason 5, confederacy 2; 16
1) conspiracy, treason, (unlawful) alliance

Of the 16 occurrences of this Hebrew word, 1 time it refers to Absalom's conspiracy to overthrow his father David. 1 time it refers to Hoshea's conspiracy to kill Pekah and reign in his place. 2 times it refers to a conspiracy against Amaziah from which he fled but was tracked down and killed. And 1 time it refers to the conspiracy to kill Joash.

And the related verb "qashar" (Strong's 07194) occurs 44 times in the Old Testament. More than 20 of these passages also refer to this type of a conspiracy, a secret and evil plot of men.

The point here is to demonstrate first of all that Isaiah 8:12 cannot be used to indicate that there are no conspiracies. Certainly the Old Testament records a number of conspiratorial plots. And, since the Old Testament records the existence of conspiracies, then why would Isaiah 8:12 tell us not to believe in or investigate their existence? Such an instruction would only serve to make us blind and perhaps susceptible to the evil plots made by men.

Second, this passage from Isaiah can hardly be speaking of conspiracies in the sense of a secret, evil plot. Why? Because of the context. The Hebrew word itself can also speak of an unlawful treaty, or in other words, a treaty made, which is forbidden in the Law of God. When we examine Isaiah 8 in its entirety we see that God is describing the coming attack from the king of Assyria, and he is telling Isaiah not to go the way of his people. For the people of Israel would often make treaties with surrounding nations during this period of their history in order to strengthen themselves militarily against another power in the region.

This is why the word is translated "confederacy" in the King James and it is also why in verses 13-14, God tells them to sanctify him and he will be a sanctuary for them. From the context of this passage, God is not instructing Isaiah to resist belief in any potential conspiracy. God is clearly talking to Isaiah about the Israelites calling for confederacies with other nations instead of looking to God for protection. There is nothing in Isaiah 8:12, which should discourage us from investigating and, when necessary, believing in conspiracies.

Having covered the possible objections some Christians have offered against concerning ourselves with conspiracies, we will now move on to see if there is any Biblical indication that a conspiracy will be underway in the end times proceeding Jesus' return.