The Beast That Ascends Out of the Bottomless Pitó

The New Age Movement

in Scripture

 

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James King

 

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Revelation ch.11 -- the beast that ascendeth out of the Bottomless Pit

 

There are some professed Christians who suggest that the New Age [spiritualism] Movement is NOT found in Scripture. There are also some (including many/most professing SDAs), who claim that the "Freemasons/Illuminatti" and their "New World Order" is NOT found in Scripture.

 

Those beliefs could not be further from the truth as the following will reveal.

 

Below, is an excerpt from a larger study I've been working on for some time. I trust you will find it accurate and illustrative of Biblical truth.

 

"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the Bottomless Pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, which SPIRITUALLY is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." Revelation 11:7.

 

This beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit is often confused with the Papacy, but this is not a prophecy of the Papacy since this prophecy starts near the end of the 1260 years. For 1260 years the Papacy did exactly what was foretold in Daniel 7:8, 23-25.

 

This Beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit is ANOTHER POLITICAL POWER that was to take the place of the Papacy in France, and Satan would use to try to destroy the word of God. In The Great Controversy, Ellen White says that this beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit is not the Papacy, but rather: ANOTHER NEW manifestation of satanic power:

 

"When they shall have finished [are finishing] their testimony." The period when the two witnesses were to prophesy clothed in sackcloth, ended in 1798. As they were approaching the termination of their work in obscurity, war was to be made upon them by the power represented as "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit." In many of the nations of Europe the powers that ruled in church and state had for centuries been controlled by Satan through the -269- medium of the papacy. But here is brought to view a new manifestation of satanic power. {GC 268.3}

According to the words of the prophet, then, a little before the year 1798 some power of satanic origin and character would rise to make war upon the Bible. And in the land where the testimony of God's two witnesses should thus be silenced, there would be manifest the atheism of the Pharaoh and the licentiousness of Sodom. {GC 269.3}

 

This prophecy has received a most exact and striking fulfillment in the history of France. During the Revolution, in 1793, "the world for the first time heard an assembly of men, -270- born and educated in civilization, and assuming the right to govern one of the finest of the European nations, uplift their united voice to deny the most solemn truth which man's soul receives, and renounce unanimously the belief and worship of a Deity." ... {GC 269.4}

 

The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit is the santanic force that caused the French Revolution and the overthrow of papal "christianity" shortly before the Papacy lost Pope Plus VI as its religious dictator.

It is extremely important that we have some knowledge of the French Revolution to unmask this same satanic force working now in our time that will eventually involve the whole world. This "Force" that had its beginnings in the French Revolution is just another tool Lucifer has, and is using to further his plan to establish his eventual total Rule in this world. This "Force" is predicted by Scripture to unite with the Mother of Harlots and her daughters, which is a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church, Apostate Protestantism, and all other religious movements that teach Babylonian Illuminism, or Spirtualism. This Confederacy between the false religions and the political powers of this world is just history repeating itself. It is another attempt to unite man under one banner leaving the Lord out, as it was in the days of Nimrod.

 

We need to look inside the history of the French Revolution and study the subversive groups that actually caused the Revolt. History books tell us that the French Revolution first began in 1787 or 1788-(9) depending on which book you read. However, it was actually planned by "Dr." Adam Weishaupt and the House of Rothschild almost 20 years before the Revolution took place.

"Dr." Adam Weishaupt produced the blue print for it, while the House of Rothschild provided the money. This Apostle of Lucifer, Adam Weishaupt was born a Jew, converted to Catholicism, then turned to Witchcraft, where he became an expert, and founded another sect of the Illuminati. This sect of illuminati was founded May 1st, 1776. Like Freemasonry, the Illuminati is a Luciferian movement to preserve and promote the ancient Black Arts of Babylonian and Druid Witchcraft. Its goals are to destroy Christianity and all world governments, and then unite them under a one world government whose ruler is Lucifer.

 

The modern fraternities of Freemasonry, Rosicrucians, Golden Dawn (of which Aleister Crowley later became a leader of), Wicca, Church of America, Gardinarian Brotherhood, Church of All Worlds, and Process Church of the Final Judgment (of which Charles Manson was a member), are only a few of the multitudes of Witchcraft groups operating today behind the public eye, preserving and promoting ancient Witchcraft. However, it was this Witchcraft school called "the illuminati" of Bavaria that was predicted to make open, avowed war on the Bible through the "political world".

 

This world power, symbolized as "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit", was predicted to destroy the Bible (Two Witnesses) in the street of a city that is called (spiritually) Sodom and Egypt, "where also our Lord was crucified". Revelation 11:7.8. This is not Jerusalem, as it has often been interpreted, but Paris, France.

 

In order for the reader to understand that events do not just happen, I want to share the following information: The Illuminati Order was not "invented" by Adam Weishaupt, but rather renewed and reformed. The first known Illuminati order (Alumbrado) was founded in 1492 by Spanish Jews, called "Marranos", who were also known as "crypto-Jews". With violent persecution in Spain and Portugal beginning in 1391, hundreds of thousands of Jews had been forced to convert to the faith of the Roman Catholic Church. Publicly they were now Roman Catholics, but secretly they practiced Judaism, including following the Talmud and the Cabala. The Marranos were able to teach their children secretly about Judaism, but in particular the Talmud and the Cabala; and this huge group of Jews has survived to this very day. After 1540 many Marranos opted to flee to England, Holland, France, the Ottoman empire (Turkey), Brazil, and other places in South and Central America. The Marranos kept strong family ties and they became very wealthy and influential in the nations where they lived. But as is the custom with all Jewish people, it did not matter in what nation they lived, their loyalty was to themselves and Judaism.

The following information is going to be a "shock" to all Roman Catholics. In 1491 San Ignacio De Loyola was born in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa, Spain. His parents were Marranos and at the time of his birth the family was very wealthy. As a young man he became a member of the Jewish Illuminati Order in Spain. As a cover for his crypto Jewish activities, he became very active as a Roman Catholic. On May 20, 1521 Ignatius (as he was now called) was wounded in a battle, and became a semi-cripple. Unable to succeed in the military and political arena, he started a quest for holiness and eventually ended up in Paris where he studied for the priesthood. In 1539 he had moved to Rome where he founded the "Jesuit Order", which was to become the most vile, bloody and persecuting order in the Roman Catholic Church. In 1540, the current Pope Paul III approved the order. At Loyola's death in 1556 there were more than 1000 members in the Jesuit order, located in a number of nations.

 

Setting up the Jesuit order, Ignatius Loyola devised an elaborate spy system, so that no one in the order was safe. If there was any opposition, death would come swiftly. The Jesuit order not only became a destructive arm of the Roman Catholic Church; it also developed into a secret intelligence service. While the Popes relied more and more on the Jesuits, they were unaware that the hardcore leadership were in fact Jewish, and that these Jews held membership in the Illuminati Order which despised and hated the Roman Catholic Church. (see also: Rev.17:12,16,etc)

In 1623 Marranos formed an order in France called "Guerients", which in 1722 was changed to an Illuminati Order.

 

During the end of papal supremacy in the 1700's, Adam Weishaupt began to write down his plans to destroy all governments and religions. Atheism was to be used as a tool to destroy the Roman Catholic Church's rule in France (which then was the controlling "power" in Europe). Adam Weishaupt's "revolutionary" force was first launched under the name of the "Perfectibilists (Gesellschaft der Perfectibilisten)", which posed as a political movement to destroy tyranny and ignorance, and further the cause of Reason, Freedom and moral virtue.

 

Adam Weishaupt was a professor of Canon Law at Ingolstadt, and he also was an ex-Jesuit priest. Posing at first as a religious reformer and a liberal in politics, he attracted many to his political movement, which was also known as "Republicanism". He adopted the Jesuits' system of espionage, introduced Witchcraft to his followers, and developed a fraternity within his political movement that was akin to Freemasonry. After he formed his organization, with financial backing from the House of Rothschild, he adopted the name "Illuminati".

 

They also became known as "Free Thinkers", "The Enlightened Ones", or "The Enlightenment", names given before Weishaupt's time to the 17th century French writers with an atheistic, anti-Christian slant. In Germany, before May 1st, 1776, they were the "German Rationalists", or "Humanists", They, too, promoted Atheism and openly attacked Christianity and all religions as false, foolish and weird.

 

Adam Weishaupt taught his disciples that the illuminati are the only members of the human race who are truly enlightened and know "what it's all about". Weishaupt had his followers believing that they were to be "the cream of the intelligentsia", or the only people with the mental capacity, the knowledge, the insight and understanding necessary to govern the world and bring peace. However, only a few of his chosen members actually knew Weishaupt personally, and he was regarded by those who had not seen him almost as a "god".

 

In his booklet, "Communism Prophecy History America", Gerald B. Winrod compiled documentive proof of how Adam Weishaupt cleverly concealed his identity and became the most powerful figure of 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. On page 45 of his book, Winrod quotes from a letter that Adam Weishaupt wrote to an intimate friend:

 

"My circumstances necessitate that I should remain hidden from most of the members as long as I live. I am obliged to do everything through five or six persons. ... one must show how easy it would be for one clever head to direct hundreds of thousands of men. ... I have two immediately below me into which I breathe my whole spirit, and each of these two has again two others, and so on. In this way I can set a thousand men in motion and on fire in the simplest manner, and in this way one must impart orders and operate on politics."

 

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. Weishaupt's goal was to hide the sciences of Witchcraft behind philanthropy, destroy Christianity with humanism (atheism), then set up a One World Government.

In Des Griffin's book "Fourth Reich of the Rich", he shows the outline plan of Weishaupt's World Revolution that he hoped to produce by these following statements: 1. Abolition of all ordered Governments 2. Abolition of Private Property 3. Abolition of all Inheritance 4. Abolition of Patriotism 5. Abolition of all Religion 6. Abolition of the Family 7. Creation of a World Government.

 

Weishaupt, who was only 28 when he founded the Order of the Illuminati on May 1st, 1776, did not make much progress until he met a high ranking Freemason named Baron Von Knigge. Von Knigge was not only a high ranking Freemason, but he also had been admitted as a "Master" of most of the Secret Societies of his day, and expert occultist.

 

To spread his Order and give the Illuminati higher influence in the world, and because Freemasonry is akin to Illuminism, Weishaupt connected with the Masonic Institution. He was initiated in 1777 into Freemasonry in a Lodge at Munich that he planned to use to promote his world revolutionary ideas. Baron Von Knigge joined Weishaupt's Order in 1780, and soon became a leader, dividing with Adam Weishaupt the control and direction of the Order.

 

All initiates of the Illuminati were required to take an oath to secrecy and bind themselves to perpetual silence, unshakable loyalty, and submission to the Order. Like Freemasonry, only a few top men within their organization actually understood their true goals.

The world accepted (and perhaps still accepts) Freemasonry as a Great Benevolent Society, teaching the highest possible degree of morality and virtue. Since Freemasonry enjoyed prestige and honour, Adam Weishaupt and Baron Von Knigge planned a world take-over by using the Fraternal Order of Freemasonry. Their plan was to penetrate into the high levels of the Order, then take control in directing the affairs of the nations into an eventual One World Government. However, since papal "Christianity" was both Church and State, and had been THE dominating power that Satan used to control the affairs of the world in Weishaupt's time, Satan was making ready an even worse satanical influence that would gradually unite all paganism, false Christianity and all governments of the world, under one banner.

 

Weishaupt's first step was, however, to get control of the International Order of Freemasonry. In order to gain control of the Order of Freemasonry, Weishaupt and Baron Von Knigge tried to sell the leaders of Freemasonry on the idea that their Order of the Illuminati had a higher, much older and more mysterious system than any of the higher degrees of Masonry. In its internal organization, the Order of the Illuminati was divided into three great classes: (1) The Nursery (2) Symbolic Freemasonry (3) The Mysteries.

 

Adam Weishaupt's plan for world take-over was to operate under cover as long as possible, and when the gullible world finally found out it would be too late to stop them. The Illuminati was to be a "Secret Society within the Secret Society of the Freemasons". And, to stay hidden from the vast population, Adam Weishaupt and his co-conspirators selected for themselves code names, such as Spartacus for Weishaupt, Von Knigge became Philo, and Herr Von Zwack was called Cato. The Illuminati also tried to hide their location as they traveled in different countries spreading their poison. They did this by using code names to communicate where they were. For instance, Ingolstadt, Germany, where their organization originated, was given the fictitious name of Eleusis; Austria was called Egypt, Munich was called Athens, and Vienna was called Rome. The Illuminati invented its own calendar and the names of the months were also given code names, such as "Dimeh" for January, and "Bemeh" for February.

 

Because of Martin Luther's rejection of the Roman Catholic Church in 1517, and the corruption and strife within the Roman Catholic Church itself, the Papacy lost a great deal of its authority to dictate to the world. Before Adam Weishaupt formed his Order of Illuminati in 1776, "Free Thinking" or the "Encyclopedists", were already preaching a philosophy against the tyranny and fanaticism of the Roman Catholic Church. One such voice heard in the third quarter of the 18th century was a French author, philosopher and apostle of "Free Thought (Liberty)" named Voltaire (1694-1778).

Even though the Roman Catholic Church lost much of its power before 1798 when Pope Plus VI was dethroned, Voltaire still lived in an age when the press did not exist, thought was not free; and men were not equal before the Civil Law. Although professing belief in a Supreme Being, or a god, he denied the existence of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible. He became a staunch opposer of papal Christianity and helped to promote the "Encyclopedis ou Dictionnaire Raisonne des Sciences, des Arts et des Metier" (28 vols. 1751-1772; Supplement 5 vols. 1776-7 table analytique, 2 vols. 1780), to which he was a contributor, and which is known to us today as "the Encyclopedia".

 

Like Weishaupt, Voltaire, whose real name was Jean Francois Arouet, was educated by the Jesuits, but later turned against Catholicism and helped promote the philosophy of "Enlightenment (Illuminism)" to combat papal Christianity.

 

From the "Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology", by James M. Baldwin, we read where the philosophy of the "Encyclopedists" and that of the "Illuminists" became fused into the same movement working to cause the French Revolution:

"For the Encyclopedia was more than a great dictionary of sciences, arts, and trades; it was conceived in the spirit OF THE ILLUMINATION MOVEMENT, and it carried the PRINCIPLES, AS WELL AS THE RESULTS, OF THE NEW THINKING INTO THE CULTURE OF THE TIME, THUS IT BECAME AT ONCE A STOREHOUSE OF INFORMATION AND A REVOLUTIONARY FORCE." Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology, Baldwin, The Macmillan Company, p. 322.

 

There was an army of writers used by Lucifer in the 18th century to poison the minds of the French people against Christianity as a whole nation. Voltaire once boastingly said: "I am weary of hearing people repeat that twelve men established the Christian religion. I will PROVE that one man may suffice to overthrow it".

 

Actually, the ideas of the Enlightenment (illuminati) was a continuation of the Renaissance, that was borrowed from the Greek philosopher Plato (427-347 BC). Weishaupt's idealism was borrowed also from such writers in the 17th century as "Descartes" and "Bayle" in France, "Grotius" in Holland, "Leibnitz" in Germany, and "Locks" in England.

In the early 18th century, writers such as "Newton" and "Hume" in England, "Diderot", and "D'Alembert", like Voltaire, can all be credited with contributing to this philosophical movement which led to the founding of this Secret Revolutionary Society called "the Illuminati".

In the United States, Benjamin Franklin, who knew Voltaire, was a leading figure in the "Enlightenment". And, ironically enough, the ideas of this movement formed the background to the Declaration of independence. It was our Lord Jesus Christ, however, that took this confusion and molded it into a protective shield against both civil and religious persecution.

 

Now coming back to the prophecy about the illuminati making avowed war on the Bible (the Two Witnesses of Rev.11).

 

Revelation 11:9-12 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

There may have been many "minor" reasons why France became a habitation of Atheists during the French Revolution with its 3 and 1/2 year "Reign of Terror", however, it actually began because of Roman Catholic suppression of the Scriptures. Christ was not preached as set forth in the Gospel. It was just the opposite. Jesus was misrepresented among the vast multitudes in France, which led to Christianity being prohibited by state law. Because of the false presentation of the Gospel by the Papacy, the suppression of the Scriptures, the tyranny and fanaticism of the Papacy, an army of atheists was able to gain sympathy for their cause, and "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit" was able to make war on the Bible (the Two Witnesses) and overcome it. Here, we find the reason why the Papacy lost its dictatorial power. This set the stage for not only destroying Christianity in France at that era of time, but also set the stage for the forces of France to march into Vatican City and dethrone the Pope when Napoleon came on the scene after "the Revolution".

 

Many Writers have hailed the French Revolution as "the dawning of a new era", but it actually was the birth of another terrible deception of the Seven Headed Dragon (Lucifer) to destroy millions of human lives. When Lucifer saw that the Papacy's power was coming to an end as predicted in Daniel 7:25, he simply raised up another movement to destroy man that would continue until the Papacy's power is restored as predicted in Revelation 13:3.

 

Now, "the Illuminati movement" that shall make war on the Lamb (but the Lamb shall overcome them, Revelation 17:14) is not to become world-wide until the second beast of Revelation 13:11-17 begins to emerge and speak as a dragon. This, of course, is the power of "Apostate Protestantism" in America.

 

But before we can understand how illuminism, Catholicism, and Apostate Protestantism shall go forth into the world to unite them against the Real Jesus of the Bible, we need to know what name the Illuminati are operating under today.

As stated earlier, Adam Weishaupt connected with the Masonic Lodge in 1777. He posed at first among the Freemasons as a reformer in religion and a liberal in politics. Because Freemasonry was also anti-papal, Weishaupt's anti-papacy policies in Germany became popular immediately. Weishaupt enrolled no less than two thousand names upon the Illuminati registers in Germany. Among those were some of the most distinguished aristocrats of that Country. It is quite apparent that the men of "the Order of Freemasonry" that joined Weishaupt's "Illuminati", had no idea of what trap they had fallen into. Very few Masons understood what Adam Weishaupt's plans were in the beginning, as very few Masons today understand what their own organization teaches. Weishaupt penetrated into the Freemasonry organization with all the shrewdness and subtlety that he learned from once being a Jesuit priest.

 

Some historians have written that the French Revolution was not premeditated. Some will say that the French Revolution emerged only from a political crisis that coincided with an economic breakdown. This "economic breakdown" generated unrest and riots which even the French army could not quell. It was this, some historian will argue, that made the people of France determined to cause a social change, and overthrow their country. What these historians say is true in part only; or, a "half-truth". The parts of history most historians fail to see, (or leave out), is actually what caused the people in the first place to accept this spirit (of Illuminism).

 

As stated earlier, it was the suppression of the Bible and the fanatical oppression by the Roman Catholic Church, that actually generated "the spark" that eventually led the French people to reject Christianity and publicly burn their Bibles.

 

History records that the events that led up to the French Revolution were caused by anarchy. The citizens became divided into a medley of hate factions that were struggling for power, trying to exterminate each other. But, before this it was the Roman Catholic Church, who slaughtered French citizens by thousands, that kindled a hatred for Christianity.

The murderous character of the Papacy was seen in France. In 1572 AD Roman Catholics tried in one sweep to murder all of the Protestants in France. This is known in history as the "St. Bartholomew Massacre". Within the space of one month, 60,000 Protestants are said to have been slain in France. All told there were over 75,000. The Cardinal of Lorraine gave "1,000 crowns" as a reward to the person who brought the news to the Vatican. Here we may understand more clearly Revelation 11:8, "where also our Lord was crucified", and "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me". Matthew 25:40. When the Papacy killed the Protestants in the streets of Paris, they also were destroying the Temple that Jesus dwelt in, and saith the Lord: "... ye have done it unto me".

 

During the Revolution, France was reduced to a state of moral debasement similar to that of the city of Sodom in Lot's time. She also had the same spirit of Atheism within her as did the Pharoah of Egypt in Moses' day. Both the sins of Sodom (licentiousness) and of Egypt (Atheism) France was said to have in Revelation 11:7,8.

 

At the closing of the 1260 years the Two Witnesses (Old and New Testaments) were to finish their testimony. And it was from here that "illuminism" began to emerge and "overcome" Christianity. History calls this movement of Illuminism (Atheism) "The Jacobin Clubs". The Jacobin Clubs in France were the aristocratic terrorists who spearheaded the French Revolution, which sent King Louis XVI, on January 21st, 1793, to the guillotine. However, most historians leave out who was really giving orders to Danton, Marat, and Robespierre, (the leaders of the Jacobin Clubs). It was the Jacobin Clubs that actually abolished Christianity through the National Assembly, and established the worship of the goddess of Reason, or Liberty.

 

The name "Jacobin" derived from the name of the convent these aristocratic terrorists used to secretly plot the overthrow of King Louis XVI. The convent was called "Jacobin Dominican Convent". They were also known as the "Society of the Friends of the Constitution", and were soon organized in every important town in France. They were the most wealthy and influential people in France. They had as many as 500,000 members at the height of the influence in 1793-1794.

 

The truth is, this aristrocratic terrorist movement called the "Jacobin Club" was actually French "illuminists" operating under a different name. As established earlier, Adam Weishaupt became a Mason in 1777 for the sole purpose of using that organization as a tool for infiltrating into the high levels of government by simply replacing Freemasons who already sat in these positions. With an inexhaustible talent for charlatanry, and a well planned system of espionage, Weishaupt's disciples infiltrated into the high levels of the governments in Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Italy. However, it was Baron Von Knigge who joined the Illuminati in 1780 that gave this organization its rapid expansion, not Adam Weishaupt.

 

Freemasons, like all Secret Societies, choose to remain obscure and do not like to attract attention. Because the Illuminati was a "Secret Society within the Secret Society of Freeemasonry", even though they had penetrated into the high levels of Europe, very few indeed ever heard of them. However, shortly before the Revolution took place in France, two hard blows would land on the heads of Adam Weishaupt and his co-conspirators. The Freemasons were not long in hearing rumors about the true nature of Weishaupt's plans to capture their whole organization. When the Freemasons began to get wind of Weishaupt's true purposes, a chief council was held to examine the nature of the Illuminati by top ranking Freemasons. A conference of Masons was held in 1782 at which time Weishaupt and Von Knigge attended. But it wasn't until Weishaupt and Von Knigge had a "falling out" that led to Von Knigge leaving the Order, that Weishaupt began to have exposure and a threat of internal strife within the illuminati.

 

A contest between Weishaupt and Von Knigge about who was to be the "Rex" or King of this Secret revolutionary movement was the real motive for Von Knigge leaving it. After Von Knigge left the Illuminati, the hardest blow to Weishaupt's Luciferian Conspiracy was received in 1785. One of Weishaupt's coconspirators, named "Lanze", was struck by lightning while en route from Frankfurt, Germany to deliver documents to Robespierre, (the head of the Jacobin 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 governments of the world as well. This is how we today have information about this beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit. All of the papers 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. Adam Weishaupt had to escape for his life and all documentive evidence that the Order of the illuminati was a dangerous international terrorist group was brought to the attention of many countries in Europe. However, the warnings fell on deaf ears, as they will in our day.

When the Word of God was rejected, and spiritualism took its place, France fell into a degrading worship of the "goddess of Reason". This period of time in history is also known as the "Age of Reason", or the "Reign of Terror". And interestingly enough, the Reign of Terror lasted 3 and 1/2 years, as prophesied in Revelation 11:11: "After three days and a half (prophetic years) the Spirit of life from God entered into them, (Old and New Testaments), and they stood upon their feet."

The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit was/is a political power that ascended out of Witchcraft, made open, avowed war on the Bible and Christianity, caused the French Revolution, and is predicted in Scripture to continue from the French Revolution, and eventually spread to every corner of the habitable globe.

 

To point out how the same rebellious spirit of Nimrod and how his hatred towards the Lord of the Sabbath could be seen also in the Illuminati of the 18th century, Uriah Smith, in his book "Daniel and the Revelation" p.285, quotes a priest of Illuminism that was a well known comedian in France at that time:

 

"God! if you exist, ... avenge your injured name. I bid you defiance. You remain silent; you dare not launch your thunders; who, after this, will believe in your existence?"

 

In the next portion of this study we will continue to see this gradual Luciferian Conspiracy to overthrow Christianity and all governments of the world symbolized in Scripture as "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit" (Illuminati), and how it can be traced through various names and guises starting from the French Revolution, to our present day.

 

The anarchy that was displayed in the streets of Paris through the efforts of this Antichrist movement WILL be seen in this country (USA). Ellen White, in her book "Education", p.228, saw this anarchy was soon to become a world-wide Conspiracy. She states:

 

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 spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; 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. {Ed 228.2}

 

James