Illuminati ; The Royal Scam.
When Jesus arrived at Gerasenes, a man with an unclean Spirit rushed out to meet Him, falling on his knees at Jesus feet. "What do you want with me Jesus, Son of the Most High God?! In God’s name don’t torture me!” Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."*. *. *.
The 5th chapter of Mark describes an event that took place between Jesus and a raving lunatic. This was no run of the mill nut-case. This was a man that was dwelling amongst the tombstones. A pariah that no combination of men or restraints could possibly subdue. And Jesus' account with this unclean or 'possessed' man, tells us much about the nature of our enemy.
We live in a world that is increasingly inundated by sorcery and demonic bombardment, carefully packaged as entertainment. When the AntiChrist steps forward and begins to manifest himself as God, his inconceivable knack for confounding mankind will remain his strongest asset. His sorcery will serve to invigorate the young, whose familiarity with video games and secular music and their salacious and violent nature, will have prepared them for this man who seemingly operates outside of the laws of physics and the constraints of gravity. This enemy is astute and conniving, subtly inserting his egregious agenda, into the day to day lives of the general population. For this most insidious individual, luring 21st century brains into a complacency that doesn't differentiate between the evils of mysticism, and acceptable behaviour, will come extremely naturally. For the confounding bewilderment that will surreptitiously oppress the world, will be impossible for the lost to identify.
In the last decades, the concept of a secret society that has the power to control politics and fame and immense wealth, has gained a formidable audience, intrigued by such a force and it's ability to make kings and queens out of those that are willing to submit to its prerequisites. And in this accelerating process, the term 'Illuminati' has captivated the imaginations of a large percentage of mainstream North Americans. The world's most idolized performers are increasingly being linked to this 'secret society'. From Jay Z and Beyoncé, to political stalwarts like Hilary C. and Barack O., this 'Illuminati' is glamorized as all powerful, a culmination of king makers that have the last word. A force that is unstoppable in its determination to essentially run the world, from behind massive doors and an impenetrable shroud of classified secrecy.
But I remain utterly unconvinced. For in a world that God both created and resides over, a secret society that is at enmity with God Himself, could never go toe to toe with Him for multiple centuries; certainly not in the context spelled out as Illuminati.
Consider the following, when it comes to the unclean lunatic that is central to Mark chapter 5 :
1 ) This man did not try to hide himself from Jesus. He ran out to meet Him. There's only one explanation for this, that being that this crazed man is well aware that he cannot hide from God. 2 ) Prostrate before Jesus this man is 100% sure of Who he is dealing with. " What do you want from me, Son of the most High God ?" 3 ) When Jesus asked his name, this possessed man answered by stating that "my name is Legion. For we are many ". This is extremely interesting for at least 2 reasons :a ) A Legion was a contingent of Roman soldiers, numbering anywhere from 3000 to 6000 men. b ) ultimately it would be the Romans that put Christ to death.
The concept of the Illuminati is a much talked about, mysterious group of men and women, that like puppeteers, control the world's richest and most powerful and often, most famous personalities. Rocks Stars, Presidents, Actors, Business Tycoons. A vast conglomeration of the world's most influential people, whose success is tied directly to their allegiance to the Illuminati. Illuminati is a Latin based word that translated to English means, at least essentially, Enlightened. But such an entity would require a multiple century conspiracy, that was so resolute in its mission to remain a secret society, that no man or woman, since its inception, had ever broken their silence ; even on their death beds, where the reality of finality is often the most persuasive serum for truth and a last minute opportunity to come clean. Historically, even the most basic of conspiracies, is unravelled in short order. Richard Nixon for example, in the wake of Watergate, needed 5 men to adhere to an explanatory lie that could save all their skins, if only they would all remain steadfast in their cover-up. These 5 powerful men, even having sworn their allegiance to the most powerful man on earth, would crumble like feta in only a matter of weeks. Less than 2 years later, in August 1974, Nixon would resign the presidency, the cover-up conspiracy having completely unravelled.
And so it goes when man agrees to conspire amongst themselves. But such is not the case when it comes to the author of dishonesty, the chief conspirator of all things contrary to the Word Of God. His initial ruse was in the Garden Of Eden, and from that moment on, has been the bane of the Human race. It is he that is the father of all lies, great or small. Trickery and conspiracy are his strongest suit, the nexus of his ongoing battle with God. And even as his days are surely numbered, his campaign to prevent every soul possible, from reaching the Kingdom Of God, is in overdrive, almost in a panic stricken state; his last ditch effort to scam mankind. And it's an understatement to say, that he's very good at what he does. *. *. *. I'm convinced that what the world considers 'Illuminati' is actually Legion, the throngs of demons that indwelled the unclean man in Mark 5. This man was by his own admission, possessed by a legion of demons. The account states that the man was irrestrainable, assisted no doubt by the thousands of demons that Indwelt him. These evil spirits increased his strength, likely even alerting him to the arrival of Jesus by boat, a fair distance away. I am a believer in Scripture and it's inerrancy. The idea that the Word Of God could contain mis-truths, is a contradiction to its life changing power, and the absolute core of Its very message. *******
In the same way that the possessed single man was given extraordinary power, so it is in the times we now live. In exchange for their souls, many will unwittingly welcome the Indwelling of Legion, an opportunity to exceed their natural ability. Whether it be as a politician or a music artist, or even a highly successful business person. The wilful submission to the Prince of the air, in whatever form he presents himself, could very well increase ones chances for incredible success; success bought and paid for with their very souls. For to certain people the lust for fame and money, supersedes their desire to be honest and humble and respectful of the God who created them. And many of these are ultimately caught up in The Royal Scam. The scam with which the enemy disguises himself as an intriguing opener of doors; the ultimate contact for those who thirst above all, for the temporal satisfactions of a broken world. For in the process of such a commitment, the soul is most assuredly lost, and the ultimate price is due in full.
It's my belief that those who hedge their bets on a life of fortune and fame and ultimately power, with eyes wide open, enter into an agreement with the enemy who deals only in a singular currency. The value of their very soul, in exchange for a minuscule moment of fortune and fame. And some thousands of years later, the serpent is still at work in the hearts of men, desperate to convince them that failing to heed Gods Word is really no big deal. That like the tree in the middle of Eden, they should take it and eat, having their eyes opened wide and becoming like God, unrivalled by what is good and what is evil. Sin didn't enter the world when Eve bit into the fruit that God had forbidden them to eat. Rather it was the very moment that the serpent arrived and whispered. And rather than rebuking the Serpent, she allowed it to bend her ear, giving the serpent the leverage to cause a rift between mankind and The Creator.
The enemy is the author of the Royal Scam. He desperately wanders the earth, eyes peeled, seeking new recruits, fresh sympathizers. New participants in his insidious plan. And to those that give him even a moment in time, he strikes like the serpent, expelling his poisonous venom, rendering the victim almost comatose, unable to protect themselves from the greatest scam of all, that being that the enemy is fictional; a mere creation of man who in his weakness, seeks to find a scapegoat for all that is wrong in this world. As its been said before, the enemies greatest ruse is convincing mankind that he doesn't exist.
There is a Name above all names, to which this enemy is entirely powerless. And it's in that glorious Name that we stand protected from the wiles and the deceit of this robust foe. For the enemy himself is well aware of the shortness of time, and therefore relentless in his desire to flood the gates of Hell with every soul he can muster. And it's those that in their relationship with Christ, can stand strong against this one who rallies against the One and Only God, that hope still remains. For one day soon, our Lord will descend with a shout and crush this enemy for all of eternity.
And for those that have persevered, a home awaits us in Glory where sorrow and tears and heartache are once and forever, no more. p>