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What Is the Illuminati? Part 1
Dr. Allen M. Barber
February 29, 2008

The Introduction

Today we began a new series on the "Illuminati." What is it? Does it really exist? Where did it originate? Is it part of the global strategy to rule the world via a New World Order? Who belongs to it, etc? The Illuminati and the multiple esoteric organizations that comprise its organization are a highly complex system whose purpose is to hide in the Shadows as it guides the nation states into its web of intrigue and ultimate global domination.

The main player behind it is Satan working through the sinful nature of fallen man. We know from Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, the prophets give us a brief description of Satan's beginnings and his fall. In his heart, he became filled with pride, greed, and lust for power. As a result, God judged him and cast him out of heaven where he once served God as an archangel. After his fall, we are given the account in Genesis 3 of how he tempted the first human beings - Adam and Eve into believing they could become gods if they ate (fellowshipped) of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In essence, Satan was inviting Adam and Eve to enter into fellowship with him rather than God. That is the meaning of eating of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. When Jesus told His disciples that unless they ate his body and drank His blood they had no part with Him, He was not talking about cannibalism, but of fellowship via His vicarious suffering on the cross and subsequent new birth of the spirit.

Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, now over six millenniums, mankind has attempted to worship his gods via the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The quest for the secret knowledge of the so-called secret masters of the universe is at the heart of all the secret societies. Immediately after the worldwide flood of Noah's day, we find Satan at the Tower of Babel (ancient Babylonian) initiating the worship of the Sun-god through Nimrod and the formulation of the "mother-child cult religion via his wife Sumerimus and her child Tammuz. This mystery religion would spread like cancer through all the ancient and modern societies and evolve into many forms each with its own occult signature. Therefore, to properly understand the intricate composition of the global conspiracy to rule the world by an elitist’s class of Illuminists (the word "Illuminati" simply means the enlightened ones or ones with superior esoteric knowledge), we must understand how occult religion plays a prominent part in the global political process.

Behind every political establishment in this world is a twisted web of false religions designed to capture the soul of man with its religious ideology leading to the "new age" man who discovers falsely that he is a god unto himself. The world elitists who congregate in their secret conclaves annually to allegedly plan the political stratagems of the nation states honor and worship a god foreign to the God of the Bible. They in fact worship Lucifer, the fallen angel known as Satan. This is a fact borne of the testimony of many who have come out of the secret societies and converted to Christianity, particularly Freemasonry.

Satan is a religious creature who wants all humankind to worship him and he uses both the political and religious institutions of man to achieve his diabolical schemes. This cunning and deceptive ploy of Satan is the root of the mystery of iniquity the Apostle Paul wrote about in II Thessalonians 2:7 where he mentioned that the mystery of iniquity was already at work in his day (approximately 54 A.D.). In addition, it is the same mystery that is behind Mystery Babylon mentioned in the Apocalypse.  We know this from the Greek meaning of the word mystery.

Some prominent pretrib scholars define a mystery in the Bible as something once concealed and now revealed. Personally, I think that is a weak meaning for that definition in no way conveys the proper biblical concept. The word mystery is a derivative of the Greek root word muo and according to Strong's Greek Word Studies, it means silence imposed by initiation into a secret society. The same concept is seen in Mystery Babylon. Since there were no modern secret societies in Paul's day, what did he mean when he told the young Thessalonian Church they knew the meaning of this mystery of iniquity?  The answer to this question will form the basis of this series on the Illuminati and will prove that Paul knew something about the origin of Satanic esotericism that he shared with the Thessalonians (it was the first church he founded), which is basically unknown to the evangelical Church today. It is the failure to understand the roots of the mystery of iniquity and as well as to recognize how it is being played out in history that confuses and deceives Christendom into not believing a major Satanic world conspiracy does in fact exist that is the chief enemy of Christ and his Church. It is ludicrous and utter folly to believe that the world body of occult religions and political organizations, be they overtly or covertly formulated not to have an alternative agenda other than just the preservation of external national governments - the visible governments we see everyday.

I often ask those who deny a global conspiracy exists headed by the Illuminati, why if external governments are the only authority of the nation states, do their leaders at all levels including the CEO's of the major multi-national corporations as well as the leaders of religious organizations, belong to and attend the secret meetings of the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Club of Rome, the Masonic Lodges, the Bohemian Grove, Opus Dei, the Knights of Malta, the O.T.O, the Knights Templar, the Priory of Sion, Skull and Bones, the Jewish Cabal or Kabbala, the Theosophy Society, etc. just to name a few? If the elected officials of the nation states are simply listening to and carrying-out the will of the electorate, then why do they belong to all these highly secretive organizations (it is not that these organizations are unknown otherwise I would not be writing about them, but it is their agendas that are kept secret, many on the penalty of death) and work with the other agents provocateurs of the Illuminati to change the inner workings of the governments they represent toward a New World Order?

Anyone who has carefully studied and observed how U.S. presidents have used their administrations since the creation of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, to foment a paradigm shift, however clandestinely, toward a one-world government, is keenly aware of a global elite that is hiding in the Shadows and guiding the nation states into the Satanic New World Order. Why do you think such global organizations exist such as the WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, the EU, the AU (African and Asian Unions)? The one common goal all these organizations have is to undermine and remove the sovereignty of all the nation states. President’s Carter, George Bush (41), Clinton and George Bush (42) have done more to move the U.S. into the auspices of a UN-led New World Order than any presidents before them. George W. Bush has defied Congress and the Constitution more than his predecessors, and what is amazing is that he has gotten away with it.

While the SPP (Security Prosperity and Partnership) Agreement (the front-runner to the North American Community Union) and the Super Highways are being formulated and implemented every day quietly behind the scenes, President Bush and his State Department denies such is taking place. Use your brains and think for a moment; if there are no Illuminati and no global conspiracy to usher in a world government, then why is the President of the United States working with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to create a North American Community Union (the merger of the U.S. Canada and Mexico) when the American people and the U.S. Congress have not given their approval for such a mammoth project? The NACU is the brainchild of one man, Robert Pastor, and one globalist organization - the Council on Foreign Relations. The American people have not voted for or elected one member of the CFR. While the CFR is staffed with many U.S. Congressmen, military leaders, corporate CEO's etc., it is not part of the United States Government. The truth is a non-U.S. globalist entity is imposing its agenda on the United States without the consent of the American people. That makes it a bogus organization that should have no say-so in how our government operates, yet it controls the thinking of many of our Congress men and women as well as the Presidency. That alone makes it part of the Shadow Government known as the Illuminati.

Common sense and logic tells you that there is something sinister behind all these global organizations that do not have the welfare of the sheeple in mind, but the promotion of a global elite that is determined to rule this world via Bacon's and Plato's New Atlantis.

The symbols of the Illuminati are plethora and are prevalent in world societies. They are on the currency of the United States, in the world-wide Masonic Lodges, in the United Nations, the Vatican, the CIA, the Israeli Flag, the Israeli Mossad, the Russian KGB (now called the FSB), the Italian Mafia, the Muslim Masonic Lodges, B'nai, B'rith, the ADL, the ACLU, the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, and many more too numerous to name here. The point is once you understand the intricate symbology (designed to hide from and deceive the populace) of the Illuminati, it is not difficult to spot their signatures. All of the secret societies have their own peculiar handshakes, gestures and coded words that alert other adepts of the brotherhood. I have excerpts of the inaugural addresses of president's Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (42) that include coded Masonic language to alert the brotherhood of their administrative intent. The majority of the people did not recognize the esoteric language for it was not intended for them to understand it, but the brotherhood did.

In this series on the Illuminati, we must lay a foundation and build upon it or it will only confuse you further. The apparatus that makes up the globalist policies of the Illuminati is extremely complex and it has taken me years to unravel what I do know about it. The reason for that is the primary purpose of the Illuminati is to inundate society with a lot of disinformation in order to mislead their true intentions. My background in military intelligence has contributed greatly to recognizing disinformation when I see it or read about it. There have been occasions when I did not recognize the deception and have gone on rabbit chases until I figured out I had made a wrong turn. That is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth, not my knowledge of military intelligence. Military intelligence works much like the Illuminists intelligence organizations, and that is why I have some insight identifying these operations. The Lord knew that I would one day be involved in teaching end-time truth and that is why he placed me in military intelligence during the Vietnam era - that I might learn some of the methodology of the intelligence Modus Operandi.

I wrote an article in 2003 that I want to share some of the insights; then I will close this introductory article with quotations from credible sources that present the Illuminati not as a myth but an established fact. The following is from my article, The Yoking of American to the New World Order:

David Dolan, Christian columnist from Jerusalem believes that President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair are working together to weaken our nation and bring the EU into economic and political power.

When the time is right for the Beast System to take over, the American economy will collapse and a new currency will be implemented (we now know that is the Amero). The American people do not realize the United States could be taken over from within by the Shadow Government (the New World Order). This nation is living on thin ice and I believe China is going to challenge our world status very soon. All indicators are pointing that way.

About a month ago (December 2002), the Holy Spirit led to study the book of Isaiah verse by verse as he did the book of Jeremiah in March 1994. I have seen some interesting things concerning the United States. Isaiah 28 and Ezekiel 21 both reveal the Bush Road Map that will lead to Israel accepting the Covenant of Death and Hell. The phrase in Isaiah 28:20, "The bed is shorter than a man can stretch himself on it and the covering narrower than he can wrap himself in it," is evidence for the Palestinian state. In addition, Isaiah 47:5-7 (read the whole chapter) figuratively speaks of Mystery Babylon mentioned in Revelation 17:5 headed by the Beast. The Isaiah passage hints that the Beast system may be headed by the United States. Both Jeremiah and Isaiah prophesy against the land of Babylon, but Mystery Babylon is more than a land, it is a wicked political and religious system that Satan uses to deceive the world and bring it under his authority. It is in reality - the Illuminati.

Isaiah 47:5 mentions the Lady of Kingdoms. The Hebrew language indicates a powerful mistress that has dominion to rule; mistress also represents an illegitimate entity or a false political and religious entity; in addition, it connotes a prostitute that leads into spiritual adultery, that is, committing spiritual adultery with the nations of the world. What one nation today is symbolized by a lady?  The United States with her Statue of Liberty is recognized by the nations of the world as the Lady of kingdoms. French Templar Freemasonry gave the United States the Statue of Liberty. However, it does not stand for liberty, but secular atheism. French Templar Freemasonry in opposition to English Sionist Freemasonry is secular and atheistic. The United States is well on its way to fulfilling the icon of the Lady of Kingdoms.

In March 1994 when I was studying the book of Jeremiah, the Holy Spirit had me study Hosea's prophecy as a parallel to Jeremiah. From Hosea 10:10, I saw the yoking of America to the New World Order and the Illuminati in the Hebrew Scriptures. The KJV in Verse 10 uses an awkward phrase that no doubt the translators had a difficult time understanding in 1611 (remember God told the prophet Daniel that knowledge would increase in the time of the end). Verse 10 says, "Shall bind themselves in their two furrows."  Hosea 10 is a judgment against Ephraim, the northern kingdom of Israel (the ten lost tribes). Ephraim was conquered and taken captive by the Assyrians in 721 B.C. They ended up migrating to Central Asia and Europe intermarrying with the Gentiles. The Gentiles of Central Asia and Europe referred to these Israelites as Ashkenazi's or Ashkenazi Jews (this is a separate study, but it has much to do with the Illuminati that I will write about later). Therefore, Ephraim is symbolic of the Judeo-Freemasonry cult of the "Serpent biting its tail" or the encirclement of the Western world by the secret Kabbalistic society, which is the basis for Freemasonry and the Illuminati.

From this understanding, I noticed in the Hebrew Scriptures that Verse 10 (the phrase "shall bind themselves in their two furrows") means to place a yoke upon the eye. The Hebrew word is “eye” - singular not eyes plural. On the back of the one-dollar bill is the pyramid with the All-Seeing Eye - the symbol of English Freemasonry and the Illuminati. According to most researchers, the Illuminati was founded in 1776 by a Frankish Jew named Adam Weishaupt. According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, the following excerpt is given about Weishaupt's relationship to the Illuminati:

With the help of Adolph Freiherr Knigge, on May 1, 1776 Weishaupt formed the "Order of Perfectibilists", which was later known as the Illuminati. He adopted the name of "Brother Spartacus" within the order. Though the Order was not egalitarian or democratic, its mission was to establish a New World Order, which meant the abolition of all monarchical governments and religions.

Weishaupt wrote: "the ends justified the means." The actual character of the society was modeled on one of its traditionalist enemies, the Jesuits, and was an elaborate network of spies and counter-spies. Each isolated cell of initiates reported to a superior, whom they did not know, a party structure that was effectively adopted by some later groups, including more recently by the early Ba'ath party in Syria and Iraq.

Weishaupt was initiated into Freemasonry Lodge "Theodor zum guten Rath", at Munich in 1777 by Adolf Freiherr Knigge. His project of "illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason, which will dispel the clouds of superstition and of prejudice" was an unwelcome reform. Soon however he had developed gnostic mysteries of his own, with the goal of "perfecting human" nature through re-education to achieve a communal state with nature, freed of government and organized religion. He began working towards incorporating his system of Illuminism into that of Masonry, with the aim of creating a New World Order.

He wrote: "I did not bring Deism into Bavaria more than into Rome. I found it here, in great vigour, more abounding than in any of the neighboring Protestant States. I am proud to be known to the world as the founder of the Illuminati."

Weishaupt's radical rationalism, sweeping away nations and religions, private property and marriage, with the vocabulary used by the French Revolution, was not likely to succeed. Writings that were intercepted in 1784 were interpreted as seditious, and the Society was banned by the government of Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria in 1784. Weishaupt lost his position at the University of Ingolstadt and fled Bavaria.

The fact is the Illuminati, while banned by the French government, was not destroyed or ceased to exist, but simply went underground and resurfaced in England and the United States. Later, Albert Pike, the Father of North American Freemasonry and the Supreme Commander of international Freemasonry would introduce the Illuminati as the main ideology of worldwide Freemasonry. From the late 1800's, the Illuminati become the dominant philosophy of international Freemasonry. Therefore, what actually occurred in 1776 was both the formation of a new independent nation - the United States and the Illuminati. God no doubt was the force guiding Christian America while Satan was planting his wicked seed, the secular atheistic cult known as the Illuminati. The Lord Jesus told us such would take place in society until the end time harvest when the angels (the reapers) would separate the wheat (the good seed of God) from the tares (the wicked seed of Satan). Therefore, what has occurred in America since 1776 is that the tares (the globalists agenda for a New World Order) have been growing alongside the wheat (genuine Christians), but the tares have begun to root out the wheat.

The yoke upon the eye I believe means that America will come under the New World Order and be yoked to it. I had not seen that back in 1994 when I was studying Jeremiah. The yoking of the United States to the New World Order will eventually led to its destruction during the tribulation period. Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17 and 18 could very well imply the United States as head of the Beast System (Note: the Beast system is not the Beast, but his government; the Beast or the Antichrist is a person or a world figure).

Where I believe dispensationalists are wrong in teaching that revived Rome will concentrate in the geographical area of ancient Rome, is that it will actually be much larger and cover the whole earth. Revived Rome in the form of the ten horns of Daniel and Revelation are ten global super states that will control the nations of the world within their given sphere of operational authority. This infrastructure must be established
before the Antichrist comes to power. This is why we need to study the New World Order and the secret society that controls it - the Illuminati.

The United States came out of Great Britain (the mother country), which was part of the old Roman Empire. Therefore, the United States is an extension of ancient Rome. In addition, the two financial centers in the world today are London and New York. All of the world's financial transactions pass through the Rothschild controlled Central banks in these two cities. Since the Mark of the Beast is going to be tied to money or financial transactions (Rev. 13:16-18), it is only reasonable to understand the Illuminati's power is derived from its ability to own and control the global money supply.

When the United States is finally and completely yoked to the New World Order, it will reject Christianity and become a pure secular society. It is at this time that Christians in this nation are going to suffer great  persecution, imprisonment and death. I have seen this in my spirit and in the Word of God. This is the reason I strive to warn the saints and the nation (I have written many letters and emails to American presidents and Congressmen) that judgment is coming to America's house, but few are listening. Maybe if I showed up on the steps of the U.S. Congress dressed in sackcloth with a long white beard and a staff in my hand and cried out, "Thus says the Lord, repent of face the judgment of God," some would listen. The truth is they would commit me to the nut house. [end of article]

Well, I have given you more than enough to chew on until the next article. However, as mentioned, I will close today's article with a few quotes from credible sources who believe/believed a world conspiracy exist (I could give many more):

A series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate systematical plan of reducing us to slavery exist.  President Thomas Jefferson's definition of a conspiracy.

“This campaign against the American people – against traditional American culture and values – is systematic psychological warfare. It is orchestrated by a vast array of interests comprising not only the Eastern establishment but the radical left. Among this group we find the Dept. of State, Dept. of Commerce, the money center banks and multinational corporations, the media, the educational establishment, the entertainment industry, and the large tax-exempt foundations. Mr. President, a careful examination of what is happening behind the scenes reveals that all of these interests are working in concert with the masters of the Kremlin in order to create what some refer to as The New World Order.  Private organizations such as the CFR, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Trilateral Commission, the Dartmouth Conference, The Aspen Institute, the Atlantic Institute, and the Bilderberger Group server to disseminate and to coordinate the plans for this so-called NWO in powerful business, financial, academic, and official services...” Senator Jesse Helms before the U.S. Senate 12-15-1987. 

“Conservatives alarmed over the erosion of American sovereignty suffered anther setback this week.” “The New York Times describes the defeat: ‘The U.S. bowed Wednesday to broad opposition on the Security Council and announced it was dropping its effort to gain immunity for its troops from prosecution by the International Criminal Court – ICC.  It is a victory for the New World Order and the internationalists...”  Pat Buchanan article on WorldNetDaily June 28, 2004. 

“There are no innocent civilians so it doesn’t bother me so much to be killing innocent bystanders.” *General Curtis LeMay

We are going to end up with world government...its inevitable...There is going to be conflict, coercion, and consensus. That’s all part of what will be required as we give birth to the first global civilization.” *James Garrison, President of the Gorbachev Foundation USA. 10/17/95. 

“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” *Benjamin Disraeli 1844. 

“Let me control a people’s currency and I care not who makes their laws.”  *Meyer Nathanial Rothschild 2/12/1912. 

History teaches us that man learns nothing from history.” *George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. 

“Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.” *Sara Brady, Chairman Handgun Control to Senator Howard Metzanbaum, January 1994.

“The real rulers in Washington are the invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes.”  *Justice Felix Frankfurter, (1882-1965), U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

“We cannot be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” [Spoken like an elitist]. *Bill Clinton interview with USA Magazine March 11, 1993.

Source: Conspiracy

Are all these famous people touched in the head who believe that a world conspiracy exist, even among those who boldly say so? They are not mentally unbalanced or conspiracy nuts, but realists who understand the intricate workings of the secret societies all of which come under the heading of the Illuminati.

I think it is clear from this first article that I am not totally dependent on how someone else defines the New World Order of the Illuminati, but have a grasp of this subject from over thirty (30) years of studying and researching this phenomenon. In future articles, I will provide many good sources for studying this important topic. However, as I mentioned the Scriptures are the foundation for our study of globalism and all the information gleaned from the secular world is the framing for the edifice. When I am through with this series, and it is going to take some time, so you must be patient, you will have a good understanding of what the Illuminati is and how it is very much alive and thriving on planet earth. I will also show from the Scriptures how it is fitting into God's plan for the Ages and why God has put it into the minds of the Illuminists to fulfill His Word (See Revelation 17:17).

May God bless you and give you understanding of the Satanic New World Order so you can teach and warn others not to be deceived by it.

Dr. Allen M. Barber, a Servant of the Lord Jesus.