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This is David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries.
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Our society is deteriorating, and Bible-believing Christians are ill-prepared to face that deterioration. This radio program is dedicated to preparing God's people to meet the challenges of the Day, and to encourage obedience to the Word of God in being separated from worldliness and false doctrine.
The moral bankruptcy of our society is well-documented.
Few people understand why we have become morally bankrupt. However, when we look at society through the eyes of God, through the Bible, we can easily see why we are facing the unprecedented troubles today. This study of America through the eyes of God is what we will always do try to here; stay with us for some eye-opening truths.
Our study of the intense drive to the New World Order has strongly revealed a surprising truth: The current New World Order, which is about to break upon us, would never have been realized except for the incredible activity of the various secret societies throughout the world. If any of you belong to a secret society, such as the Masonic Lodge, do not turn me off until I have had an opportunity to fully develop this concept.
Let us begin at the beginning of the first Mysteries Religion. For this study, we shall draw heavily from Rev Alexander Hislop's classic book, The Two Babylons, written in 1917. Immediately after the Great Flood, mankind began to turn to evil again. Hislop records that one of Noah's sons, Shem, agonized greatly over this great apostasy. Shem lived 502 years after the Flood, seeing 7 generations of his descendants die before his death. Approximately 400 years after the Flood, a great and mighty Babylonian leader named Nimrod arose to lead many astray from the worship of the True Living God. Finally, Shem had endured enough of Nimrod's evil; He moved against him and killed him. To ensure that the peoples of this time fully comprehended the totality of Nimrod's defeat at the hands of God's defender, Shem dismembered Nimrod's body and sent the body parts to the many cities of the empire.
But, Nimrod's adherents were many and were thoroughly determined to continue in the idolatrous practices of Nimrod. As Hislop records, "In these circumstances, if idolatry was to continue ...or take a step in advance, it was indispensable that it should operate in secret. The terror of an execution...made it needful that...the extreme of caution should be used. In these Mysteries, under the seal of secrecy and the sanction of an oath, and by means of all the fertile resources of magic, men were gradually led back to all the idolatry that had been publicly suppressed, while new features were added to that idolatry that made it still more blasphemous than before..." (Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 66-67).
Since Nimrod established the sciences of magic and astronomy, these two arts were occultically added to the Mysteries as Magic and Astrology. (Ibid). Hislop makes it clear that this Mystery Secret Society proved very adept at mixing demonic magic, astrology, and idolatry so as to con-vince the initiate that he was involved in an organization which was true and Super-Natural. Hislop explains, "Everything was so contrived as to wind up the minds of the novices to the highest pitch of excitement that... after the candidates for initiation had passed through the confess-ional, and sworn the required oaths, 'strange and amazing objects presented themselves. Sometimes the place...seemed to shake around them; sometimes it appeared bright and resplendent with light and radiant fire, and then again covered with black darkness, sometimes thunder and lightning..frightful noises and bellowings, sometimes terrible apparitions astonished the trembling spectators'." (p. 67). Obviously, demonic forces were the propelling force behind the Secret Mysteries. These demons revealed certain Sacred Secrets which they were then to pass on to their initiates and adepts, "secrets which were then unknown to the mass of mankind". (p.68).
Thus, Secret Societies were originally conceived as the instruments by which a temporarily defeated Satan could pre-serve and extend his doctrines and goals. To protect this organization from the authorities of the open society, who were operating according to the precepts of the True and Living God, Satan created these societies as secret -- pro-tected by strong pledges, oaths, and confessionals. Confessions from initiates were critical, because once a person had revealed wrongdoings to another human being, he was held by a bond of a fear of exposure should he ever depart from the society. This probably is the reason why Jesus strongly commanded that nothing should be done in secret, and that His followers should not bind themselves by oaths.
At this point, we need to succinctly review those traits which are common to all secret societies in all ages.
1. They are secret because:
Their spiritual purpose is to perpetuate the ancient idolatries, which are Satanically based. If existing authorities in the open society were to become aware of these terrible practices, they would immediately move to destroy the society.
2. Occultic Initiation into the society is required.
3. Initiation requires the initiate to pledge oaths of secrecy, under the penalty of death or severe injury.
4. The initiate is required to confess his past in as great detail as he can remember. This confession has the practical effect of placing him into bondage to all who heard his confession.
5. God's Word places great emphasis upon sex only within marriage; purity was to be maintained within marriage. Since Satan's desires run counter to God's desires, we should not be surprised that Secret Societies teach and practice impure sexual behaviors. Many Societies actually engage in sexual perversions, but that is the subject of another program. During Initiation, the new member is required to confess his entire sexual history in as much lurid detail as possible. Examples of this will also be covered in another program.
6. After the initiate pledges his oath and confesses his past, demonic beings cause super-natural occurrences to intrude upon the meeting room, placing a stamp of validity upon the entire proceeding. Apparitions are common. The total effect is an intensely powerful counterfeit spiritual experience very close to the effect of the Holy Spirit. Initiates feel totally transformed by this experience, even to the point of calling themselves "born-again". Part of the Initiation ceremony involves a symbolic act of dying to the old self and being reborn as a new creature. The method of water immersion is usually not utilized, but placing the initiate into a coffin and transporting him into a sacred chamber is commonly used. This experience is totally spiritual, but it is Satanic. Satan deceives at this point; very few members ever realize they are serving Lucifer. Rather, most believe they are serving God.
7. Demons then passed on secrets which were unknown to the public at that time, especially the arts of magic and astrology. Members felt that they alone were "illumined" or were the "Illuminated". By whom were they illuminated? By the Masters of the Illuminati. This should sound familiar to our regular listeners; the official beginning of the drive to the New World Order is May 1, 1776, when Adam Weishaupt founded the Masters of the Illuminati. Weishaupt reached back into Antiquity for this name.
8. Demonic possession of individuals was common. Again, we must emphasize that members experienced a true religious encounter that transformed their lives and, in many cases, became their consuming passion.
9. God is Life; Satan is death. Therefore, symbols of Secret Societies usually represent some form of death. A most common death symbol used is a human skull and cross-bones. This symbol was utilized by the many Brotherhood of Death societies, such as the Thule Society, the Skull and Bones, and some Masonic Fraternities. Shockingly, even the elite German Guards at Hitler's Death Camps wore this skull and bones insignia on their uniforms. As a side light, the name "Skull and Bones Club" should ring a bell with our regu-lar listeners; we have mentioned it before as the Secret Society of which President George Bush is an alumni. This subject will also be presented more completely on another program.
These Satanically religious Secret Societies are the thread of continuity by which Satan has maintained his Plan to bring the world together into a One-World Govern-ment/Economy/Religion. Many people have doubted that mere humans, even brilliant ones, could conceive of a Global Plan and sustain it for many centuries. Only a Super-Natural Religion, embodying many of the same aspects of Christianity, could sustain itself over many centuries. Do not underestimate Satan, nor misjudge the Prophecy of God removing His restraining power in the Last Days. Concerning the prophecies of God in this equation, turn to Revelation 17. God is speaking of the hatred which the leaders of the 10-Nation World Confederacy will have toward the False Religious System. God declares, in Verse 17, "God has put it into their hearts (the leaders of the 10-Nation Confederacy) to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast. until the prophetic words of God shall be fulfilled." Secret Societies have been laboring for thousands of years to create this 10-Nation Confederacy. God is allowing this activity within very narrow boundaries, because it will lead to fulfillment of His prophecy.
Now let us examine recent history. What are the objectives of the New World Order, as espoused by the Secret Society of the Masters of the Illuminati, in 1776?
Objectives: To abolish:
We need to examine these objectives individually to assess the full impact.
Therefore, you can see that each of these objectives must be hidden from the watchful eyes of existing authorities. This is especially true in Western Society, with its Biblical foundation.
Now, let us look at the philosophies of Modern Secret Societies.
Secret Societies believe:
1. Man is inherently good.
The Bible clearly states that man is inherently evil (Jeremiah 17:9)
2. Restructuring man's environment completely is the only thing which will solve man's problems.
This states that inherently good man is only corrupted because of his evil or bad environment. Once the environment is positively changed, inherently good man will revert to his truly good nature. This un-Biblical belief has contributed mightily to the tragedy of Communism slaughter-ing over 200 million people.
3. Man's reason would solve all his problems
Again, the Bible clearly states that man's reason is permanently corrupted by sin. Only the Truth of the Bible can cure man's ills.
4. The ends justify the means.
Everyone correctly identifies this philosophy with Communism; few understand, however, that the Secret Society of the Masters of the Illuminati originally conceived this principle. This principle simply means that, if the end goal is worthy, adherents of that goal are free to employ any means to achieve it. Murder, bribery, and theft are just a few examples of means which will be deemed worthy once they enable a worthy end to be achieved. This one principle is responsible for the slaughtering of over 200 million people by the forces of Communism since 1917.
5. Nationalism must be abolished, replaced by one- world government.
This principle is self-explanatory. Internationalism must replace patriotism if the New World Order is to be realized.
Certainly, Secret Societies are the only vehicle which could protect and advance these anti-God objectives. If the existing authorities ever understood these objectives, they would immediately destroy the movement.
What are the most important of these Secret Societies? While there are many, there are a few which critically important to the New World Order. The first of these is the Masonic Lodge, or Freemasonry. Adam Weishaupt originally propagated his New World Order concepts through the Masonic Lodge. However, Freemasonry has existed since Antiquity. Alexandar Hislop clearly states in his book, The Two Babylons, "...the secret system of Free Masonry was originally founded on the Mysteries of the Egyptian Isis, the goddess-mother, or wife of Osiris." Further, Hislop points out, Osiris herself originated as the Babylonian goddess-mother, the mother of Nimrod. Nimrod gained fame as a great hunter and "the god of fortifications" (p. 43). Therefore, the Mysteries of the Masonic Lodge came directly from Nimrod.
Much discussion and disputing have arisen over the years concerning the nature of Freemasonry. Masons claim their organization is not a religion and that members of all religions are welcome. However, many church organizations have decreed that their members could not be both Masons and Christians, that Masonry is Anti-Christian. Who is right?
I have discovered, during my study of this New World Order, that New Age and other occultic writers can sometimes shine the most accurate light on a controversial subject. If the leader of the Satanic New World Order praises a concept or an organization, this praise clearly reveals the Truth. In this vein, let us review what some New Age writers say about the Masonic Lodge.
Alice Bailey states, through the power of her 'guiding spirit', in her book, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy", "the Masonic Fraternity...is the custodian of the law ...the home of the Mysteries, and the seat of the initiation...It is a far more occult organization than can be realized and is intended to be the training school for the coming advanced occultists. In the comprehension of its symbolism will come the power to cooperate with the divine plan. "(p. 511).
Bailey continues her praise of Freemasonry.
"...Mysteries will be restored to outer expression through the medium of the Church and the Masonic Fraternity...When the Great One comes with His disciples and initiates, we shall have the restoration of the Mysteries..." In other words, the Anti-Christ will restore the ancient Mysteries, which the Masonic Lodge has preserved these many centuries, as his New World Order Religion.
Another New Age book, America's Secret Destiny: Spiritual Vision and the Founding of a Nation, speaks very glowingly of Freemasonry. "Noted theosophical and Masonic authority, Charles Leadbeater, reveals how the process of self-transformation is woven into the fabric of Freemasonry's three degrees: 'In each of the previous Degrees...certain currents of etheric force flow through and around the spine of every human being...It is part of the plan of Freemasonry to stimulate the activity of these forces in the human body in order that evolution may be quickened...in the Third Degree, it is the central energy itself, the Sushumna which is aroused, thereby opening the way for the influence of the pure spirit on high.'" (P. 16-17).
Finally, this author credits America's success in the Revolutionary War to the meditations of Freemasons. "A group of Freemasons, experiencing the rituals and initia-tions in an altered state of awareness, provided the internal strength and fortitude...to grasp the importance of the American revolutionary experience, and its meaning for humanity as a whole."(p. 26-27). This is a perfect des-cription of persons who are demon possessed. I have read many other experiences exactly as this in New Age and Satanic writings.
Now, we know the truth about Freemasonry. It is a Secret Society which has protected the Ancient Mysteries from either destruction or extinction. These Ancient Mysteries will be reinstated as the New World Order religion by the Anti-Christ. Forget every other statement to the con-trary by someone who is a Mason; it is just disinformational lies designed to deceive you.
Shockingly, churches have even allowed members and pastors to participate in Freemasonry!! I am not talking about liberal churches here, but about Fundamental, Evang-elical churches. The Calvary Contender newsletter, in its Dec 31 issue, states that over 40% of the pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention are members of Freemasonry! No wonder the Southern Baptists are undergoing such a fight for doctrinal purity. We know that no organization which con-dones participation in evil will be allowed to survive by our omnipotent Jesus Christ. Remember Jesus' warning in Revelation 2 to the church at Pergamum, which had allowed false doctrine and practices to infiltrate: "Repent! Or else I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth." (2:12-17).
In conclusion, secret societies generally, and Free-masonry in particular, have conspired for centuries to establish the Satanic New World Order. Further, as we near the climax of this Plan, we are seeing a convergence of many of Satan's organizations. Various secret societies are cooperating as never before. Even the Vatican is involved. Christian author, Bill Cooper, states in his book, "Behold A Pale Horse, "...Freemasonry is one of the most wicked and terrible organizations upon this earth. The Masons are major players in the struggle for world domination...the most notorious Freemason lodge is the P2 lodge in Italy...P2 is directly connected to the Vatican, the Knights of Malta, and the C.I.A...[P2] has succeeded in infiltrating the Vatican and has scored a coup of tremendous significance: the Pope, John Paul II, has lifted the ban against Free-masonry. Many high-level members of the Vatican are now Freemasons." (p. 78).
Thus, at this time in world history, Satan has joined organizations politically, spiritually, and economically to achieve his One-World Government, Economy, and Religion. This Biblically-prophesied empire now has a name:
New World Order.
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