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Particulars of Christianity:
315 Global Conspiracy
(and Freemasonry)

Part 1: Mystery Religion in Modern Groups

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

In 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:
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 and 18)

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." - encyclopedia.com

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." - encyclopedia.com

"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 Freemasonry?

"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)." - encyclopedia.com

The answer is yes. Many world leaders both past and present are Freemasons.

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 further investigation.