What is the Illuminati conspiracy?
Question: "What is the Illuminati conspiracy?"
Answer: The “Illuminati,” an alleged secret society of illumined ones, has been a primary focus of conspiracy theorists. The Illuminati conspiracy essentially believes that in the world there are one or more major groups conspiring to take over the world. Jesus tells us in Matthew 15:14, “If the blind lead the blind they shall both fall into the pit” (see also John 9:41)! Most have been thoroughly convinced that all such conspiracy theories are preposterous imaginings, warped fables, urban legends, or are a response to unfounded fears. It has been said that the devil’s best deception is to make people believe that he does not exist – the ultimate conspiracy!
According to the “conspiracy theory,” the Illuminati began as a secret society under the direction of a Jesuit-trained university professor. On May 1, 1776, a council of five men, one for each of the points on the pentagram, formed what was called “The Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria.” They were high order Freemasons (Luciferian), thoroughly immersed in mysticism and eastern mental disciplines like the Siddhi’s of Pantanjali. They deal with developing the super-powers of the mind. But, beware, the conclusion if you practice diligently, is that you are a God (Genesis 3). Their alleged plan and purpose is world domination for their lord. They are alleged to be behind the primary motivational forces encouraging Global Governance, a one-world religious ethic, and centralized control of the world’s economic systems (the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank). It was their plan that, in order to enforce their encroaching “governance” plan, they would require a Global Military force (U.N. Peacekeepers) and a World Court to prosecute all who oppose them (The International Criminal Court). This would all be accomplished by brainwashing the gullible masses through control and manipulation of beliefs, the means of production, the press, educational curriculum, and political leadership of the nations.
The Illuminati supposedly have various sub-groups with different talents and areas of expertise. It is believed by some that the most powerfully effective force is a private board of elite, inter-locking delegates who control the world’s major banks. They create inflations, recessions, depressions, and manipulate the world markets, supporting certain leaders and coups and undermining others to achieve their overall goals. Time is not a factor, Whether it takes 300 or 3000 years, they will make their goal a reality. Some see the Illuminati’s goals being finally realized in fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy of the reborn Roman Empire (Daniel 7). The supposed goal of the Illuminati is to create and then manage crisis that will eventually convince the masses that Globalism, with its centralized economic control and one-world religious ethic, are the necessary solution to the world’s woes. This structure, known as “The New World Order,” will of course be ruled by the Illuminati, who will control all important decisions.
Christians have good reason to suspect something like this. The Bible says that just before the return of the Lord there will be intense persecution. The world will be governed by one man, the Anti-Christ, who will arise out of the confederation of nations (Global Governance), he will control the ability to buy and sell (centralized economic control through the mark), he will work a temporary false peace and persuade the people by false signs and wonders empowered by the beast that he is God, and he will require worship (a one-world false religion), enforcing compliance if and when necessary. Christians will be deemed enemies, and will be forced to recant their faith in Christ or die. He will sit in the Temple, being the ultimate abomination of desolation, and eventually cause the armies of many nations to gather against the people of God and the Holy City in the valley of Har-Meggido. This will mark the imminent return of our Lord (see Revelation 11-20). Many believe this is on the horizon.
We must remember that the real enemies are spiritual in nature, not forgetting that these things shall come to pass! A one-world government is prophesied in the Bible. God has sovereignly allowed all these developments, and worked the consideration of them into His overall plan. There will be increasing desolation and tribulation in the decades to come, and the people of God will be terribly persecuted before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. Already, more persecution and martyrdom of faithful Christians and Jews has taken place in the last century than in all previous centuries combined.
Now after all this has been said, let us put it in perspective. Ours is not to focus on the kingdom of darkness, though some are appointed to this work; rather, our purpose is to work for the coming Kingdom of Christ. We must be careful of hype sold by unscrupulous so-called prophecy-watchers that sell millions of dollars’ worth of books and tapes every year. Remember all the unnecessary hype about the Millennium, or the alleged Y2K crisis? They had people selling their homes, building shelters, stocking up on survival kits, etc., all conveniently made possible through their so-called enlightened ministries. Well, nothing of real significance happened, and a lot of people were duped, and nobody repented and returned all the money that they had made! Information was presented in a way that it seemed believable to many, even to legitimate Christian leaders. Events like this bring much shame upon the name of our Lord (taking the name in vain), encouraging mockery, driving many away from the faith once delivered for all.
Many were false prophets, claiming direct revelation from God Himself. We, beloved, are called to preach the gospel, study the word, care for the sick and the poor, setting the oppressed free, etc.! We need to pray daily with thanksgiving, putting on the whole armor of God, learning to use sword and shield. So, do not spend much time being consumed by such diversions and get down to the business of saving souls. If you lift up Christ, He will draw them; then they, knowing the truth, will eventually be able to discern what is evil and what is false. So keep your lamps full and your wicks trimmed, preach the word when it is convenient and inconvenient, and keep looking up, for behold the Bridegroom comes at such a time as you know not. Therefore, being children of the day, keep the faith, that you may stand with Him when He appears (1 Thessalonians 5; 2 Thessalonians 2), having the peace of God born through trusting Him!
Recommended Resource: The Illuminati by Larry Burkett.
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