The Masonic Lodge becomes very powerful
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"The Order was at first very popular, and enrolled no less then two thousand names upon its registers, among whom were some of the most distinguished men of Germany. It extended rapidly into other countries, and its Lodges were to be found in France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Italy." -Mackey, "Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry", pg., 346,347
LURING PEOPLE INTO THE MASONIC LODGE
Adam Weishaupt knew just how to lure unsuspecting people into his Organization. He once wrote: "These people swell our numbers and fill our treasury; get busy and make these people nibble at our bait... but do not tell them our secrets. They must be made to believe that the low degree that they have reached is the highest." Thus it was that influential people of that day became Novices, but these never attained to the higher grades or degrees where the real aims of the Illuminati were known!
Using deception, Weishaupt and his inner circle succeeded in gaining the support of Germany's Masonic Lodges. "All these branches were controlled by the twelve leading adepts headed by Weishaupt, who at the Lodge in Munich held in his hands the threads of the whole conspiracy." -Nesta Webster, World Revolution, pg. 20
Mackey, a Mason of high esteem, admits to the success of the Illuminati by telling us: "The Order was at first very popular, and enrolled no less then two thousand names upon its registers, among whom were some of the most distinguished men of Germany. It extended rapidly into other countries, and its Lodges were to be found in France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Italy." -Mackey, "Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry", pg., 346,347
Weishaupt recruited into his ranks as many young men of wealth and position as possible. Within four or five years, Weishaupt's Illuminati became very powerful and even had his members directing the affairs of Germany. Not a few of the German princes found it to their interest to have dealings with the Fraternity.
Gerald B. Winrod, in his booklet, "Communism, Prophecy, and the History of America" compiled documentive proof of how Adam Weishaupt cleverly concealed his identity, and became the most powerful figure in his day. Winrod explains how Weishaupt set in motion forces that actually destroyed millions of lives, and left his mark of evil to be felt in all future generations, without even being heard of by most people!
THE ILLUMINATI AND FREEMASONS JOIN FORCES
To spread the Order of the Illuminati and to give them more influence in the world, and because Freemasonry was akin to Illuminism, Adam Weishaupt gradually began to infiltrate the Freemasons. In May of 1777, Weishaupt was initiated into the Freemasonry, in a Lodge at Munich, Germany. -An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences, pg. 368, Mackey (a 33rd Degree Mason). Weishaupt wanted to use this Mason's Lodge to promote his World Revolutionary ideas.
In 1780, a man named Baron Von Knigge (code name "Philo") joined Weishaupt's Order, and soon he became a Leader- dividing the control of the Order with Weishaupt. pg. 368, Mackey, An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences. Weishaupt and Knigge rapidly spread the "gospel" of the World Revolution throughout Germany. But they grew fearful that perhaps if the authorities were to discover the existence of their Society and found out what their real plan was- they would then take steps to suppress it. With this in view, they had conceived of the idea of grafting it on to Freemasonry, which they thought would protect it and also help to spread the ideas of the Order even more rapidly.
The world accepts Freemasonry as a "great benevolent Society" because it appears, on the surface to teach high morality and to do charity work. Only a few top men in Freemasonry understand what the Organization is really all about. Because Masonry enjoyed this degree of honor and prestige, Adam Weishaupt and Baron Von Knigge planned a World takeover by using the Order of the Freemasonry. The "Plan" was to penetrate into the high levels of Freemasonry, and then to take control in directing the affairs of the Nations into an eventual One World Government. Then, the Illuminati would be a Secret Society within the Secret Society of the Freemasons! Weishaupt used the European Governments and attempting to influence the decisions of Europe's Leaders from within through these advisory positions.
In reference to the various Governmental Leaders that Weishaupt and his Illuminati Order had targeted for subversion, Weishaupt remarked:
"It is therefore our duty to surround them with its (the Illuminati's) members, so that the profane (those who were not of the Illuminati Order) may have no access to them. Thus we are able most powerfully to promote its interests. If any person is more disposed to listen to Princes than to the Order, he is not fit for it, and most rise no higher. We must do our utmost to procure the advancement of Illuminati in to all-important civil offices. By this plan we shall direct all mankind. In this manner, and by the simplest means, we shall set all in motion and in flames. The occupations must be so allotted and contrived, that we may, in secret, influence all political transactions." Robison, "Proofs of a Conspiracy", pg. 74,74
If you will notice, the Illuminati's Plan was to get their members into key Governmental positions, so that they could control all of mankind! In order to gain control over the Order of the Free Masons, Weishaupt and Von Knigge needed to join forces. Weishaupt hadn't made much progress with the Order of the Illuminati until he had met the high-ranking Mason, Baron Von Knigge. Von Knigge was not only a first class organizer, but he had also been admitted as a Master of most of the Secret Societies of his day. Von Knigge was, like Weishaupt and all the Masters or "expert Occultists" of these Secret Societies, an expert Occultist himself! -Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Vol. I, Illuminati, pg. 460, Shephard.
THE MASONIC CONGRESS OF WILHELMSBAD
The Order of the Illuminati was given a huge boost at the Masonic Congress of Wilhelmsbad, which was held on the 16th day of July in 1782. This meeting included representatives of all of the Secret Societies such as the Martinists, the Freemasons, and the Illuminati -which now numbered no less than three million members all over the World. -Nesta Webster, World Revolution, pg. 18. This enabled the Illuminati to solidify their control over the Freemasonry Lodges of Europe and to be viewed as the undisputed Leaders of the Occult One World Movement.
Historian Nesta Webster tells us: "What passed at this terrible Congress will never be known to the outside world, for even those men who had been drawn unwittingly into the movement, and now heard for the first time the real designs of the leaders, were under oath to reveal nothing. One such honest Freemason, the Comte de Virieu, a member of a Martiniste Lodge at Lyons, returning from the Congress de Wilhelmsbad could not conceal his alarm, and when questioned on the "tragic secrets' he had brought back with him, replied: 'I will not confide them to you. I can only tell you that all this is very much more serious than you think. The conspiracy which is being woven is so well thought out that it will be, so to speak, impossible for the Monarchy and the Church to escape from it.' From this time onwards, says his biographer, M. Costa de Beauregard, 'the Comte de Virieu could only speak of Freemasonry with horror.'" -Nesta Webster, pg. 18,
Around this same time, Adam Weishaupt also succeeded at forging an alliance between "Illuminized" Freemasonry and the growing Rothchild banking network. This gave the Order of the Illuminati the means to carry out its plans, and to multiply its influence. -Nesta Webster, World Revolution, pg. 20; and Count Egon Caesar Corti, "The Rise of the House of Rothschild", pg. IX. As a result of this alliance with the Rothschilds, "It took root, it grew, it flourished, it gathered to itself more men of royal and noble titles... even the Jesuits joined it." -Haywood, Masonic Presidents, pg. 151,152
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
The Illuminati activities were really responsible for the French Revolution. Here is how it happened... Adam Weishaupt quarreled over who was to be the Leader of their Illuminati Order. Finally, Von Knigge left the Order, but that wasn't the end of Weishaupt's streak of bad luck... another blow was dealt to him: After the Order of the Illuminati had been in existence for only about 10 years, it was discovered and exposed by the Bavarian Government as a result of tips received from several of the Order's initiates.
In addition, one of Weishaupt's co-conspirators named Lanze, was struck by lightning while en route from Frankfurt, Germany to deliver documents to Robespierre, the head of the Jacobian Clubs at that time. The documents that Lanze was carrying had important information about the Order of the Illuminati, and its plans of not only destroying the French Government through riots and Revolutions, but also all of the Governments of the World as well! -Fourth Reich of the Rich, Des Griffin, pg. 45.
All of the papers that Lanze was carrying fell into the hands of the Bavarian Government, and the authorities ordered the police to raid the headquarters of the Illuminati in Germany. Voluminous arrays of documents were found at the Illuminati headquarters. Adam Weishaupt had to flee the country and escape for his life. He took refuge with the Duke of Saxe-Gotha where he remained until his death in 1811.
The Bavarian Government heard four leading members of the Illuminati testify before a Court of Inquiry- exposing the satanic nature of its aims. Those who had reached the highest grade of the Illuminati had discovered that mysticism was not its true object, and so they denounced it to the Bavarian Government as a Political Society of a dangerous character. John Robison, who was an 18th Century Historian and also a prominent Mason, was entrusted with some of the original documents and correspondence of the Illuminati. He wrote a book called "Proofs of a Conspiracy" in 1798, and in it, he reproduced major segments of the Illuminati's original writings. Robison said: "...the express aim of the Order was to abolish Christianity, and overturn all Civil Government." -Robison, "Proof of a Conspiracy", pg. 106
All of the documentative evidence that showed that the Illuminati was a dangerous International Group was published by the Bavarian Government and sent to all of the Leaders of Europe to warn them of the plot. -Nesta Webster, World Revolution, pg. 25. The name of this document was "Original Writings of the Order and Sect of the Illuminati". Eventually the Bavarian Government banned both the Illuminati and the Freemasons on March 2, 1785.
Although the Illuminati officially ceased after its exposure in the 1780s, the continuation of its efforts would be ensured through the Grand Orient Lodge of France. Working through the Grand Orient Lodge and the network of the Illuminized Masonic Lodges already put in place by Weishaupt - high Freemasonry would continue with its plans to build a New World Order!
Freemasonry and the Illuminati together realized that they must operate by secrecy, and they often establish other Organizations and Groups to carry out their plans. This allows them to work out their plans, without the public knowing that they are responsible for whatever these other Organizations and Groups are doing! Throughout the late 1700s and all of the 1800s, Illuminized Freemasonry would continue to operate in this way, creating new Organizations to carry out the task that was begun by Adam Weishaupt and the Illuminati.
Dr. Adam Weishaupt wrote: "The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment. Let it never appear in any place in its own name, but always covered by another name and another occupation." -Robison's Proofs of a Conspiracy, Robison, pg. 195. The modern Freemasonry Organization and the New Age Movement are merely just two of the "names" and "occupations" that the Illuminati operates under today!
Failure to heed the warning
Unfortunately, when the Bavarian Government had tried to warn the other European Countries about the true aims of the Illuminati, the warning fell upon deaf ears. Some of the European Leaders had already fallen under the influence of the Order, and others just found it too difficult to believe such outrageous plans had been devised by the Order.
Therefore, in France, the word of God was rejected, and the Illuminist Doctrine of Human Reason took its place, along with Spiritualism. The French Revolution took place, even though the very documents which told of the Illuminati's plans to destroy the French Government through riots and revolutions had been found and used to warn these people! The damage had already been done by Adam Weishaupt, and the fire that was kindled by the Illuminists soon to burst forth in the French Revolution! The title of Illuminati was later given to the French Martinists.
One time I remember going into a New Age book store, to see what they were trying to promote. It turned out that it was really a Witchcraft Store, that sold many Witchcraft items. The owner was a High priest in the Craft. What interested me was the many Freemasonry items, along with books and other assorted items which expressed fond memories of he French Revolution! At the time, I didn't know what this all meant, but I do now!
Inspired Christian Writer, Ellen White spoke of these things. She explained how the Spiritualists desired to do away with the Ten commandments, the Law of God. Remember I told you of how the "Channeled Spirits" tell New Age Spiritualists that they needn't keep God's Law? Well they desire also to do away with Governmental Law, and to cause anarchy, in order to set up their own form of "Government".... the NEW WORLD ORDER! Here are just two of her remarks about this:
"Spiritualism asserts that men are unfallen demigods; that "each mind will judge itself"; that "true knowledge places men above all law"; that "all sins committed are innocent"; for "whatever is, is right," and "God doth not condemn." The basest of human beings it represents as in heaven, and highly exalted there. Thus it declares to all men, "It matters not what you do; live as you please, heaven is your home." Multitudes are thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that license is liberty, and that man is accountable only to himself...
At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims; . . . the world-wide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution--all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France." Maranatha, page 146, Chapter Title: Spiritism and Revolution
"The world is a theater, and the actors, its inhabitants, are preparing to act their part in the last great drama. God is lost sight of. With the great masses of humanity, there is no unity, except as men confederate to accomplish their selfish purposes. God is looking on. His purposes in regard to His rebellious subjects will be fulfilled. The world has not been given into the hands of men, tho God is permitting the elements of confusion and disorder to bear sway for a season.
A power from beneath is working to bring about the last scenes in the drama,--Satan coming as Christ, and working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in those who are binding themselves together in secret societies. Those who are yielding to the passion for confederation are working out the plans of the enemy. Cause will be followed by effect." The Signs of the Times, November 21, 1906
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