It’s not only evangelical Christians who are sensing that something has changed in the world, and that we may be entering the very last days.
Muslims are also eagerly awaiting their messiah.
In the latest evidence of this messianic fervor, a mainstream Sunni Muslim website has decreed that the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, will appear this year or in 2016 and that the Muslim Jesus will return in 2022 to conquer the world for Islam.
DiscoveringIslam.org and the End Times Research Center have calculated that the “first phase” of the end of time will begin soon and lead to the “Day of Judgment” in seven years.
The estimates were derived from “the latest research” into numerical analysis of the Quran, Hadith, Arabic words and historical events,” according to DiscoveringIslam.org.
“The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam] informed the Companions of everything that would occur until the Day of Resurrection,” the website reports.
“Based on our numerical analysis of the Quran and Hadith, the official beginning of the End of Time and the coming of the Imam Mahdi will most likely be in 2015 (or 2016) and Jesus Christ (p) will come down from Heaven to Earth in 2022, in-sha Allah (if Allah is willing),” the website reported.
The Quran and the Bible put forth end-times narratives that are similar but opposite. The Bible’s antichrist, for instance, resembles Islam’s messiah while Muslims view the Jesus of the Bible as their antichrist or “Dajjal.” The Quran teaches that Jesus returns to earth but for a very different purpose – to “break the cross” and convert the world’s Christians to Islam.
Bible teacher Joel Richardson underscores the inverted end-time views of the two faiths in his New York Times-best-selling book, “The Islamic Antichrist,” and his documentary film, “End Times Eyewitness.”
Richardson is an expert in eschatology, or the order of end-times events, as presented in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. He points to Jesus’ warnings in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 that false teachers and false prophets would arise in the last days to deceive many.
Richardson believes Muhammad is one of those false prophets. But the religion he founded, Islam, must be taken seriously because 1.4 billion people believe in its teachings, which are apocalyptic and getting more so, Richardson said. In fact, it’s impossible to understand what inspires and motivates Islamic radicals such as ISIS or al-Qaida if you aren’t familiar with their eschatology.
But it’s not just the radicals who believe in the Islamic teachings about the apocalypse, he said.
“It is frequently claimed that those who believe these things are but the tiny minority of radicals,” Richardson told WND. “But what the (Discovering Islam) article reveals, is that even many mainstream Muslims now believe that the last days are upon us.”
What is this Shemitah business all about?
Many Muslims across the globe see the unfolding events in Syria and Iraq as proof that the prophetic traditions of Islam are coming to pass and will soon lead to the return of the Muslim Jesus and the Mahdi.
As previously reported by WND last October, an influential Turkish Muslim media personality and prolific author, Adnan Aktar, said he expects the Mahdi to appear in Istanbul.
Aktar said the Mahdi will communicate with spirit beings called the djinn, who will help Muslims prevail throughout the world.
ISIS expects a major battle to occur near the Syrian city of Dabiq between the soldiers of Allah and the “Romans,” who are seen as the leaders of the infidel Western powers fighting alongside apostate Muslims. Some analysts have said ISIS could be trying to hasten this battle by goading the U.S. into putting boots on the ground in Syria.
According to the Islamic view the soldiers of Allah will win this battle, ushering in a period marked by the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel and the dominance of Muslims globally.
Check out Joel Richardson’s two ground-breaking books, “The Islamic Antichrist” and “Mideast Beast,” which have won acclaim from Bible scholars the world over and led many to reconsider the view that the Antichrist will arise out of Europe.
“Even if none of these things are true, there is power in prophecy, and the sense of divine endorsement that this empowers many with will have horrific consequences in the days ahead,” Richardson said. “When Christians think about Jesus warning of the rise of false prophets in the last days, we often think of false voices within the church. No doubt, we have plenty of such voices, shouting ‘peace and security,’ ‘all is well,’ ‘thrive and prosper,’ etc. But rarely do many Christians think of the false prophetic traditions of Islam that are misleading a large segment of mankind.”
As novelist and filmmaker Joel C. Rosenberg recently noted, the greatest danger to the world is not merely radical Islam, but apocalyptic Islam.
“In Tehran, our own president has just agreed to allow the single most apocalyptic regime in the earth to attain nuclear weapons,” Richardson said. “Never before has the term ‘existential threat’ been so real.”
This billboard showing the Imam the Muslim Jesus behind Imam Mahdi graces the Vali-Asr Square in Tehran. It was completed in late 2014.
Another view of the Mahdi and Muslim Jesus featured prominently on Vali-Asr Square in Tehran, Iran.
Truly, the world is entering unchartered territory, he said.
“Now is the time for Christians, whose prophetic traditions are true, to rise up in confidence knowing that the return of Jesus is drawing close, eager to proclaim the Gospel and bring in the final harvest while there is still time,” Richardson said.
Iran’s leaders have been speaking apocalyptically for years. In September 2012, WND reported that former President Mahmoud Amadinejad delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he claimed the table was set for a “new world order” based on rule by the coming Mahdi, also called the 12th imam in Shiite Islam.
Joel Richardson tells why he made the film “End Times Eyewitness” in video interview below.
Richardson’s documentary film interprets the events of the Arab Spring in light of biblical prophecy. He traveled throughout Turkey and the Middle East in 2013 to interview Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders, comparing their views on the last-days apocalypse, including the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
In a late 2014 interview with Christian radio host Reggie Sternes, Richardson said he changed the focus of his ministry after the 9/11 attacks. He says Islam represents a major challenge to Christianity, quite possibly the challenge of the age, and most Christian leaders are unprepared for that challenge.
“I’m really focused on trying to educate the Christian Church. Even in nations where Muslims are a majority, the Christian leaders, the pastors, they often don’t know how to relate to the issue of Islam,” Richardson said. “They don’t know how to train their people to respond to Islam. One thing I am absolutely convinced of is Islam is clearly the single greatest challenge the church is going to face before the return of Jesus but really it’s the greatest challenge the world is going to face in the years ahead so I want to encourage people and train people to be able to rise to meet the challenge.
“And to meet the challenge courageously, intelligently, and to give it the time that it deserves.”
Watch the trailer for “End Times Eye Witness.”
Typhon — “Osiris was the son of Helios (Phra) the ‘divine offspring congenerate with the dawn’ and at the same time an incarnation of Kneph or Agathodaemon, the Good Spirit, including all his possible manifestations, either physical or moral. He represented in a familiar form the beneficent aspect of all higher emanations and in him was developed the conception of a Being purely good, so that it became necessary to set up another power as his adversary, called Seth, Baby, or Typhon to account for the injurious influences of Nature.” [Pike, op. cit., p. 588, Teachings of the 28th Degree, Knight of the Sun, or Prince Adept].
We have many in this world who revere the ancient ‘gods’ of antiquity. Take for instance the Freemasons; they call their god the “Great Architech of the Universe” but it boils down to Osiris, or otherwise known as Apollo. Pike was a well-known occulitist and Freemason!
The founder of the House of Theosophy, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, whose books were all written by her demonic Guiding Spirits in a form we call Automatic Writing, ties Thoth together for us nicely. “… Hermes, the god of wisdom, called also Thoth, Tat, Set, Set, and Sat-an; and that he was, furthermore, when viewed under his bad aspect, Typhon, the Egyptian Satan , who was also Set.” [Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled , Vol. I: Science, New York, Trow’s Printing and Bookbinding Company, 1877, p. 554, xxxiii. Colored Emphasis added]
I find it highly interesting that Blavatsky, like Anton LaVey in the Satanic Bible, had no trouble tying the Infernal Name, Thoth, with Satan, and especially the Egyptian Satan ! Remember Pike’s words, quoted in the very beginning, that “Masonry is identical to the ancient Mysteries”! This statement means that the Freemasons believe the same as all the Ancient Mysteries and worship the same god, Satan, albeit under different names.
Since Blavatsky mentioned another of the Infernal Names, Typhon, and has identified him as the Egyptian Satan, let us review Albert Pike once again, as we discover that Freemasonry reveres Typhon as well. (1)
Another example would be the Roman Catholic Church. No, I’m not kidding. They worship another god than the One we do! It’s no secret that their halls and subterranean paths are cluttered with idols and statues of false gods, and dead people. I believe their pantheon of gods are below the surface just the ancient Greek demi-gods.
Architecture is built with these demi-gods in mind. Our world is full of staples which coincide with this assessment. The temples were built in honor of them, and many of the features which are included in our very own churches still hold true to this statement. Our very American government has utilized forms these types of structures in our own cities.
The home of the gods was thought to be Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. The most important deities were: Zeus, the supreme god and ruler of the sky; Hera, his wife and goddess of marriage; Athena, goddess of wisdom; Poseidon, god of the sea; Demeter, goddess of the earth; Apollo, god of the sun, law, reason, music and poetry; Artemis, goddess of the moon, the hunt and the wilderness; Aphrodite, goddess of love; Ares, God of war; Hermes, god of commerce and medicine, Hephaestus, god of fire and metalwork, and Dionysus, god of wine and fruit-bearing plants.
We season our sports from the Olympian demigods. Our Olympics are applied in just the right perfected techniques which reveal this to be true.
Our search in the universe even gives us clues as to who our elite and elect hold dear to their hearts. Apollo-Orion-Aquarius-Artemis-Calypso-Juno-Themis, are a few names to throw out there.
Here’s more if you’d like to research for yourself:
If you do your research you will soon discover that the true home of the Olympians was Atlantis.
Greek god statue mystery: 2,000 year old bronze Apollo surfaces in Gaza
I think this is a poignant reminder of what GOD tells us about Gaza (Egypt).
I pointed out in the article, “Pantheon Gods of Lucifer’s Church” that the Syrians are a bloodline which we need to acknowledge. Their leaders worship the Greek demigods of old and it is revealed in their crests, and country symbolism.
” Ashur”, “Assur”, “Assyria”, “The Assyrian” and “Assyrians”
In Jewish and Christian books and comments they many times talk about “Ashur”, “Assur”, “Assyria”, “The Assyrian” and “Assyrians”.
After the destruction of the Assyrians these terms were continuously used to express the evilness of an arbitrary Empire, country or a nation. It has nothing to do with the origin or the ethnicity, but rather to point out on the badness of an arbitrary nation. Another very important point is that after the destruction of the Assyrian Empire many people and nations didn’t know about the collapse of this strong Empire. Because of this reason some history writers considered the new inhabitants of the former Assur also as “Assyrians”.
Ashur is used in the sense of the power (satanic) angels behind the scenes, it means the ‘god’Ashur, who are constantly busy to destroy the work of God.
Assur, Assyria is used to express the manifestation of Ashur in flesh and blood. Assyria is an appellation for peoples and nations who had /have a lot of hatred towards the people of Israel. It forms also a geographical description of the former Assyrian Empire. Some writers call some Arabic countries “Assyria” (= spiritual Assur) to underline the spiritual (hate) link with the former Assyrians. The same power angels, who had ruled over Ashur, they now rule over some Arabic – and other nations to create hatred towards the people of Israel and indirectly towards the Lord God! That is exactly the reason that Holy Bible says about the hatred towards the people of Israel,, Come, they say, “let us destroy their nation, so that Israel will be forgotten for ever” (Psalms 83:4)
The Assyrian or the King of the North is very famous term which is often used by the Christian writers to describe the evilness of the empire of the antichrist. They sometimes call the antichrist “the Assyrian” to express how terrible the period of the antichrist will be.
Assyrians are the inhabitants of the spiritual Assur, it can be a arbitrary country in the world. Adolf Hitler is sometimes described as the real “Assyrian” to underline the hatred he had towards the people of Israel. (2)
Assyria, Egypt and Babylon
Now I shall continue with the discussion of Isaiah 19:23-25 “When that time comes, there will be a highway between Egypt and Assyria. The people of those two countries will travel to and fro between them, and the two nations will worship together. When that time comes, Israel will rank with Egypt and Assyria, and these three nations will be a blessing to all the world. The Lord Almighty will bless them and say, “I will bless you, Egypt My people; you Assyria, whom I created; and you Israel, My chosen people”. and Psalms 87:4 “I will include Egypt and Babylonia when I list the nations that obey Me; I will number among the inhabitants of Jerusalem the people of Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia”
Note here that the Lord God speaks of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Tyre, Philistia and Sudan. However, the Lord does not SPEAK of: Assyrains, Egyptians, Babylonians, Tyrians, Philistines and Sudanians.
Assur (or Assyria), Egypt and Babylonia: These three countries have persecuted the people of Israel. All of them were the enemies of the Lord God. In Exodus 2:23 we read about the behaviour of Egypt,, … but the Israelites were still groaning under their slavery and cried out for help….. The answer of the Lord is then,, I have seen how cruel my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave-drivers (Exodus 3:7). And in Isaiah 52:3 we read,, The Sovereign Lord says to His people, “When you became slaves, no money was paid for you; in the same way nothing will be paid to set you free. When you went to live in Egypt as foreigners, you did so of your own free will; Assyria, however took you away by force and paid nothing for you. And now in Babylonia the same thing has happened….”
Please pay attention again to the three enemies of Israel, namely”: Assyria, Egypt and Babylonia!”.
Philistia: The country of the former Philistians who were constant in war with the people of Israel, the enemies of Israel. Please don’t confuse this with the present-day Arabs under the leadership of Arafat calling themselves “Palestinians” (Jeremiah 47:1-7)
Tyre: This was the trade centre of Phoenicia. This city became later a city of idols and godlessness! (2)
Now, I may not ascribe to all this man’s theories but I do believe he hits this one right on the nail!
Masonic Hand Signs Solved – No need to wonder what the Masonic Pagan handsigns pertain to any longer because their secret is exposed. All the handsigns are simple line drawings based upo Greco Roman Numbers and letters which are all abbreviated forms of the name of the Beast from the Pit from Revelation 9:11, Apollyon/Halios the “god” of the Pagans.
Nibiru Palace Part 4 – SATAN UFO 666
Here is his site:
This one talks about the one-eye of Freemasonry…
TRUTH is stranger than fiction!
Another interesting site is one that gives us original terms of words we currently used in Christianity. You will be surprised!
Apollo and the Satyrs (detail), by Gustave Moreau
(1826-1898), French Symbolist painter
Jesus comes from the Greek name “Iesous/IHSOUS” and Latin “Iesus.” “Iesous” is adapted from the name of the Greek goddess of healing “Iesos/Iaso,” the daughter of Apollo, the Sun-deity. This goddess was linked to the Egyptian “Isis” who had a son named “Isu.” During the era of Roman Emperors, there were numerous worshippers of “Isis.” Many converted to Constantine’s religion that mixed paganism with the Messianic faith that eventually became the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church continues to use the sunburst emblem known as the “Eucharist” which to this day contains the Greek letters “IHS” for “IHSOUS.” Further research reveals that the name “Jesus” is also linked to the Greek Sun-god “Zeus” who was the Greek interpretation of the Egyptian Sun-god “Amen-Rah.”
Now, I know for a fact the name of Jesus Christ is a THREAT to the dark side of the supernatural so I don’t know quite what to make of this but it is interesting!
Notice this site is Apollo centered but the cults are all GREEK!
This video includes Tom Horn who describes not only the rituals of the Freemasons but also transhumanism and how it relates to this subject:
MUST WATCH! Human Animal Hybrids Exist!
Dream of apollo rising and the vatican secret of 666. The sun god is apollo / sata
APOLLYON, or, as it is literally in the margin of the AV of Revelation 9:11, “a destoyer,” is the rendering of the Hebrew word Abaddon, “the angel of the bottomless pit.”
[And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.–Rev 9:11]
The Hebrew term is really abstract, and signifies “destruction,” in which sense it occurs in Job 26:6; 28:22; Proverbs 15:11; and other passages.
[Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.–Job 26:6
Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.–Job 28:22
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?–Prov 15:11]
The angel Apollyon is further described as the king of the locusts which rose from the smoke of the bottomless pit at the sounding of the fifth trumpet. From the occurrence of the word in Psalm 88:11, the Rabbins have made Abaddon the nethermost of the two regions into which they divided the under world.
[Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?–Psalm 88:11
Hell has seven divisions, one beneath the other. They are called Sheol, Abaddon, Beer Shahat, Tit ha-Yawen, Sha’are Mawet, Sha’are Zalmawet, and Gehenna.– The Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg]
But that in Revelation 9:11 Abaddon is the angel, and not the abyss, is perfectly evident in the Greek. There is no authority for connecting it with the destroyer alluded to in 1 Corinthians 10:10; and the explanation, quoted by Bengel, that the name is given in Hebrew and Greek, to show that the locusts would be destructive alike to Jew and Gentile, is far-fetched and unnecessary.
[Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.–1 Corinthians 10:10]
The etymology of Asmodeus, the king of the demons in Jewish mythology, seems to point to a connection with Apollyon, in his character as “the destroyer,” or the destroying angel.
(Dr. William Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible, 1872)
APOLLYON. The Greek name, meaning “Destroyer,” given in Revelation 9:11 for “the angel of the bottomless pit” (in Hebrew called Abaddon), also identified as the king of the demonic “locusts” described in Revelation 9:3-10…In one manuscript, instead of Apollyon the text reads “Apollo,” the Greek god of death and pestilence as well as of the sun, music, poetry, crops and herds, and medicine. Apollyon is no doubt the correct reading. But the name Apollo (Gk Apollon) was often linked in ancient Greek writings with the verb apollymi or apollyo, “destroy.” From this time of Grotius, “Apollyon” has often been taken here to be a play on the name Apollo. The locust was an emblem of this god, who poisoned his victims, and the name “Apollyon” may be used allusively in Revelation to attack the pagan god and so indirectly the Roman emperor Domitian, who liked to be regarded as Apollo incarnate.
(Anchor Bible Dictionary)
APOLLO, one of the most important and many-sided of the ancient Greek divinities. Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of Artemis [Diana]; he was born on Delos, where Leto had fled, persecuted by the jealousy of Hera…
Apollo’s origins (perhaps Oriental) are quite uncertain; his name yields no convincing Greek etymology, although he became the most thoroughly Greek of all gods…A remarkable feature of his cult was his characteristic, though not only, way of giving oracles, especially at Delphi, to possess the priestess and speak through her mouth in a way reminiscent of Siberian shamanism.
His oracles, especially the Delphic, were consulted on all manner of subjects, and good advice was often given, especially on such matters as colonization, by the obviously well-informed clergy, who “edited” the utterances of the priestess…
Someone in the fifth century BC started a wholly ungrounded theory that Apollo was identical with the sun. This became popular in later times and lingers in poetical expressions such as “Phoebus ‘gins arise,” meaning that the sun rises; Phoebus (“bright, pure”) is one of Apollo’s titles. It also led to his identification with real sun gods.
There were numerous representations of the god in Greek art, from the archaic statues of the sixth century BC to those of the later period in which he appears as the ideal of youthful manliness and beauty. His worship was taken over by the Romans, who dedicated a temple to him in 430 BC and instituted gamees in his honour (the ludi Apollinares) in 212 BC. He became one of the chief Roman gods in the age of Augustus, who erected a temple to him on the Palatine…
APOLLO (Gr. Apollon), a Greek god, the son of Zeus, the father of the gods, and Leto, daughter of the Titan Coeus, and the twin brother of Artemis, goddess of the moon. The twins were born on the island of Delos, whither their mother had fled to escape the jealous anger of Zeus’ wife, Hera. Apollos is one of the most versatile of the Olympian gods. As the god of youth, manly beauty, music, and song, he represents the Greek mind at its best. He was the god of prophecy, with his oracle at Delphi, the protector of flocks and herds, the helper and averter of evil, and also the god of righteous punishment. To his oracles people turned in sickness, and he is represented as the father of Aesculapius, the god of healing. He delighted in the foundation of cities, and as the spiritual leader of colonists he was invoked as Delphinius; as Euryalus, he was god of the broad seas, and of the embarker and disembarker; as Agyleus he was god of the streets and roads; and as Phoebus he was god of the sun. Although the Greek poet Homer represents Apollo and Helios, the sun, as distinct divinities, Apollos’ identification as the sun-god is universal among later writers…The attributes of Apollo are the bow and quiver, the cithara and plectrum, the snake, raven, shepherd’s crook, tripod, and laurel. In art Apollo is represented more frequently than any other ancient deity…
(Universal Standard Encyclopedia)
APOLLO BELVEDERE, a famous marble statue in the part of the Vatican museum called Belvedere…Montorsoli, a pupil of Michelangelo, restored the hands but did so wrongly, for the right hand was not empty but held a laurel branch, and the left hand held a bow, as testified by the quiver on the back of the figure. The statue was thus intended to depict the two aspects of Apollo, the god who punishes wrong-doers and purifies repentant sinners…
APOLLO BELVEDERE, …It is regarded as one of the most nearly perfect representations of the human figure.
(Universal Standard Encyclopedia)
BELVEDERE, a court, gallery, or detached structure, usually located to command a view (Ital. bel, “beautiful” and vedere, “to see”). The best known Belvedere is the court of that name in the Vatican Palace, and the gallery surrounding it, built in 1484-1492 by pope Innocent VIII. In this gallery are some of the finest masterpieces of Classical antiquity, including the famous statue of Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoon [a Trojan priest who warned his countrymen against the wooden horse left by the Greeks–according to Pliny the sculpture stood in the palace of Titus in Rome], and a torso of Hercules.
The slime with which the earth was covered by the waters of the flood produced an excessive fertility, which called forth every variety of production, both bad and good. Among the rest, Python, an enormous serpent, crept forth, the terror of the people…The famous statue of Apollo called the Belvedere represents the god after this victory over the serpent Python.
Aesculapius, the son of Apollo, was endowed by his father with such skill in the healing art that he even restored the dead to life.
Orpheus was the son of Apollo and the Muse Calliope. He was presented by his father with a lyre and taught to play upon it, which he did to such perfection that nothing could withstand the charm of his music.
PHEOBUS APOLLO…the lord of the silver bow, the Archer-god, far-shooting… He is the God of Light, in whom is no darkness at all, and so he is the God of Truth. No false word ever falls from his lips.
O Phoebus, from your throne of truth,
From your dwelling-place at the heart of the world,
You speak to men.
By Zeus’s decree no lie comes there,
No shadow to darken the word of truth.
Zeus sealed by an everlasting right
Apollo’s honour, that all may trust
With unshaken faith when he speaks.
Delphi under towering Parnassus, where Apollo’s oracle was, plays an important part in mythology. Castalia was its sacred spring; Cephissus its river. It was held to be the center of the world, so many pilgrims came to it, from foreign countries as well as Greece. No other shrine rivaled it.
Apollo at Delphi was a purely beneficent power, a direct link between gods and men, guiding men to know the divine will, showing them how to make peace with the gods; the purifier, too, able to cleanse even those stained with the blood of their kindred.
(Mythology, Edith Hamilton)
Terrors had always made excellent business for Apollo, and there were never worse terrors than the plagues and earthquakes in the Antonine and Severan age. At Didyma, Apollo’s cult was connected by its very origins to the bahishment of plague: in the 250s, Apollo still recalled how he had “shamed” the threads of the Fates and kept off the epidemic….we know about Apollo’s remedies in a fascinating selection of oracles…They carry no date, but the main four probabably belong in the great epidemic of the 160s when Roman troops were returning from the East and brought home a disease whose effects read horribly like smallpox…
Three cities have left us pieces of Clarian Apollo’s oracles on plague: Pergamum, Callipolis (near modern Gallipoli) and humble little Caesarea Trochetta, a small town in Lydia…The god pitched his style very high and lamented the disaster (crying “Woe! Woe! to each city)…None of these texts explained the plague; they only prescribed remedies… Only part of the god’s remedy survives, but it runs true to his old-fashioned manner. The “divine law,” he said, required his clients to draw pure water from seven fountains, which they had fumigated carefully. They must then sprinkle their houses with these “nymphs who have become kindly” and must set up an image of Apollo the archer, bow in hand, in the middle of their plain. There, presumably, he would “shoot away” the invading enemy, the plague itself.
Callipolis was ordered to set up a similar statue, “the warder-off of plague,” and was also told to offer blood from sacrificial animals to the “gods below the earth” and to burn all the animals’ meat with spices. The pyre of this holocaust was to be sprinkled with “shining wine and grey sea water”: the victims, a goat, and a sheep, must be black…
Of the three texts, the finest is Pergamum’s, which moves in stately hexameters and spends the first nine lines on flattery of the citizens’ ancestry, their closeness to the gods and their especial honour from Zeus himself. On Pergamum’s steep hill, said Apollo, the infant Zeus had been placed just after childbirth: his statement refuted a host of competing cities which claimed that they, not Pergamum, had received the newly born god. It was no wonder that the people and council of Pergamum decreed that the reply should be inscribed on pillars and displayed “on the agora and the temples.” It also offered advice. Apollo wished to please his son, Asclepius, who resided so conspicuously in the city…he told [them] to sing a hymn to a particular god while their fellow citizens feasted and sacrificed in support…
(Pagans and Christians, Robin Lane Fox) (3)
NEPHILIM AT FATIMA
I’ve been saying for some time that the whole Fatima event was not as the Roman Catholic Church would have you believe it to be. What we have here is a facade. To me, it reminds me of the fact that so many people will be deceived when these entities do make themselves known…and they will.
Rand is a government ‘think-tank’ society. It published a report (in 1968)which was ‘free’ to view at one time but now…is not. But, I have a link…
Before I place those here I want to acknowledge what this report said about Fatima!
“What was reported? Luminous discs, shields, globes and elongated objects in the sky, sometimes alone, sometimes in large numbers. Occasional descriptions of interactions with the observers are also mentioned, including landings, and seeing and communicating with occupants. The latter events especially were almost always interpreted in a religious context. A recent example is the repreated appearance of a typical UFO phenomenology at Fatima, Portugal on six successive months in 1917. The October 13 phenomenon was the best reported and was witnessed by a crowd of about 70,000 persons, including a number of scientists, reporters, atheists, and agnostics, as well as faithful Catholics.One of the scientifically curious was Dr. A. Garett of the University of Coimbra. Rain, which had been falling that day, ceased and the crowd looked up to see the “sun” now visible through the heavy clouds, Professor Garett wrote, “…I turned toward this (sun) which was attracting all eyes and I could see it like a disk with a clear cut edge, with a vivid rim, luminous and shining, but without hurting one. The comparison I have heard at Fatima with a disk of dull silver, does not seem to me exact. It was a clearer, more vivid, richer color and with shifting tints like the luster of a pearl. It was not at all like the moon on a clear transparent night, for one saw and felt it like a living star. Nor was it spherical like the moon, nor did it have the same quality of lighter and less light. It looked like a burnished wheel cut out of mother-of-pearl. Nor could it be confused with the sun seen through a fog–there was no fog…This disc spun dizzily round. It was not the twinkling of a star: it whirled round upon itself with mad rapidity…The sun, preserving the celerity of its rotation, detached itself from the firmament and advanced, blood-red, towards the earth, threatening to crush is with the weight of its vast and fiery mass. These moments made a terrifying impression.”
RAND Corporation Admits UFO/Nephilim Exist! [link]
The world’s most exclusive club has eighteen members. They gather every other month on a Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in conference room E in a circular tower block whose tinted windows overlook the central Basel railway station. Their discussion lasts for one hour, perhaps an hour and a half. Some of those present bring a colleague with them, but the aides rarely speak during this most confidential of conclaves. The meeting closes, the aides leave, and those remaining retire for dinner in the dining room on the eighteenth floor, rightly confident that the food and the wine will be superb. The meal, which continues until 11 p.m. or midnight, is where the real work is done. The protocol and hospitality, honed for more than eight decades, are faultless. Anything said at the dining table, it is understood, is not to be repeated elsewhere.
Few, if any, of those enjoying their haute cuisine and grand cru wines— some of the best Switzerland can offer—would be recognized by passers-by, but they include a good number of the most powerful people in the world. These men—they are almost all men—are central bankers. They have come to Basel to attend the Economic Consultative Committee (ECC) of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), which is the bank for central banks. Its current members [ZH: as of 2013] include Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England; Mario Draghi, of the European Central Bank; Zhou Xiaochuan of the Bank of China; and the central bank governors of Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Canada, India, and Brazil. Jaime Caruana, a former governor of the Bank of Spain, the BIS’s general manager, joins them.
In early 2013, when this book went to press, King, who is due to step down as governor of the Bank of England in June 2013, chaired the ECC. The ECC, which used to be known as the G-10 governors’ meeting, is the most influential of the BIS’s numerous gatherings, open only to a small, select group of central bankers from advanced economies. The ECC makes recommendations on the membership and organization of the three BIS committees that deal with the global financial system, payments systems, and international markets. The committee also prepares proposals for the Global Economy Meeting and guides its agenda.
That meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning, in room B and lasts for three hours. There King presides over the central bank governors of the thirty countries judged the most important to the global economy. In addition to those who were present at the Sunday evening dinner, Monday’s meeting will include representatives from, for example, Indonesia, Poland, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. Governors from fifteen smaller countries, such as Hungary, Israel, and New Zealand are allowed to sit in as observers, but do not usually speak. Governors from the third tier of member banks, such as Macedonia and Slovakia, are not allowed to attend. Instead they must forage for scraps of information at coffee and meal breaks.
The governors of all sixty BIS member banks then enjoy a buffet lunch in the eighteenth-floor dining room. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architectural firm which built the “Bird’s Nest” Stadium for the Beijing Olympics, the dining room has white walls, a black ceiling and spectacular views over three countries: Switzerland, France, and Germany. At 2 p.m. the central bankers and their aides return to room B for the governors’ meeting to discuss matters of interest, until the gathering ends at 5.
King takes a very different approach than his predecessor, Jean-Claude Trichet, the former president of the European Central Bank, in chairing the Global Economy Meeting. Trichet, according to one former central banker, was notably Gallic in his style: a stickler for protocol who called the central bankers to speak in order of importance, starting with the governors of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, and the Bundesbank, and then progressing down the hierarchy. King, in contrast, adopts a more thematic and egalitarian approach: throwing open the meetings for discussion and inviting contributions from all present.
The governors’ conclaves have played a crucial role in determining the world’s response to the global financial crisis. “The BIS has been a very important meeting point for central bankers during the crisis, and the rationale for its existence has expanded,” said King. “We have had to face challenges that we have never seen before. We had to work out what was going on, what instruments do we use when interest rates are close to zero, how do we communicate policy. We discuss this at home with our staff, but it is very valuable for the governors themselves to get together and talk among themselves.”
Those discussions, say central bankers, must be confidential. “When you are at the top in the number one post, it can be pretty lonely at times. It is helpful to be able to meet other number ones and say, ‘This is my problem, how do you deal with it?’” King continued. “Being able to talk informally and openly about our experiences has been immensely valuable. We are not speaking in a public forum. We can say what we really think and believe, and we can ask questions and benefit from others.”
The BIS management works hard to ensure that the atmosphere is friendly and clubbable throughout the weekend, and it seems they succeed. The bank arranges a fleet of limousines to pick up the governors at Zürich airport and bring them to Basel. Separate breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are organized for the governors of national banks who oversee different types and sizes of national economies, so no one feels excluded. “The central bankers were more at home and relaxed with their fellow central bankers than with their own governments,” recalled Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, who at- tended the Basel weekends. The superb quality of the food and wine made for an easy camaraderie, said Peter Akos Bod, a former governor of the National Bank of Hungary. “The main topics of discussion were the quality of the wine and the stupidity of finance ministers. If you had no knowledge of wine you could not join in the conversation.”
And the conversation is usually stimulating and enjoyable, say central bankers. The contrast between the Federal Open Markets Committee at the US Federal Reserve, and the Sunday evening G-10 governors’ dinners was notable, recalled Laurence Meyer, who served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from 1996 until 2002. The chairman of the Federal Reserve did not always represent the bank at the Basel meetings, so Meyer occasionally attended. The BIS discussions were always lively, focused and thought provoking. “At FMOC meetings, while I was at the Fed, almost all the Committee members read statements which had been prepared in advance. They very rarely referred to statements by other Committee members and there was almost never an exchange between two members or an ongoing discussion about the outlook or policy options. At BIS dinners people actually talk to each other and the discussions are always stimulating and interactive focused on the serious issues facing the global economy.”
All the governors present at the two-day gathering are assured of total confidentiality, discretion, and the highest levels of security. The meetings take place on several floors that are usually used only when the governors are in attendance. The governors are provided with a dedicated office and the necessary support and secretarial staff. The Swiss authorities have no juridisdiction over the BIS premises. Founded by an international treaty, and further protected by the 1987 Headquarters Agreement with the Swiss government, the BIS enjoys similar protections to those granted to the headquarters of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and diplomatic embassies. The Swiss authorities need the permission of the BIS management to enter the bank’s buildings, which are described as “inviolable.”
The BIS has the right to communicate in code and to send and receive correspondence in bags covered by the same protection as embassies, meaning they cannot be opened. The BIS is exempt from Swiss taxes. Its employees do not have to pay income tax on their salaries, which are usually generous, designed to compete with the private sector. The general man- ager’s salary in 2011 was 763,930 Swiss francs, while head of departments were paid 587,640 per annum, plus generous allowances. The bank’s extraordinary legal privileges also extend to its staff and directors. Senior managers enjoy a special status, similar to that of diplomats, while carrying out their duties in Switzerland, which means their bags cannot be searched (unless there is evidence of a blatant criminal act), and their papers are inviolable. The central bank governors traveling to Basel for the bimonthly meetings enjoy the same status while in Switzerland. All bank officials are immune under Swiss law, for life, for all the acts carried out during the discharge of their duties. The bank is a popular place to work and not just because of the salaries. Around six hundred staff come from over fifty countries. The atmosphere is multi-national and cosmopolitan, albeit very Swiss, emphasizing the bank’s hierarchy. Like many of those working for the UN or the IMF, some of the staff of the BIS, especially senior management, are driven by a sense of mission, that they are working for a higher, even celestial purpose and so are immune from normal considerations of accountability and transparency.
The bank’s management has tried to plan for every eventuality so that the Swiss police need never be called. The BIS headquarters has high-tech sprinkler systems with multiple back-ups, in-house medical facilities, and its own bomb shelter in the event of a terrorist attack or armed conflagration. The BIS’s assets are not subject to civil claims under Swiss law and can never be seized.
The BIS strictly guards the bankers’ secrecy. The minutes, agenda, and actual attendance list of the Global Economy Meeting or the ECC are not released in any form. This is because no official minutes are taken, although the bankers sometimes scribble their own notes. Sometimes there will be a brief press conference or bland statement afterwards but never anything detailed. This tradition of privileged confidentiality reaches back to the bank’s foundation.
“The quietness of Basel and its absolutely nonpolitical character provide a perfect setting for those equally quiet and nonpolitical gatherings,” wrote one American official in 1935. “The regularity of the meetings and their al- most unbroken attendance by practically every member of the Board make them such they rarely attract any but the most meager notice in the press.”8 Forty years on, little had changed. Charles Coombs, a former foreign exchange chief of the New York Federal Reserve, attended governors’ meetings from 1960 to 1975. The bankers who were allowed inside the inner sanctum of the governors’ meetings trusted each other absolutely, he recalled in his memoirs. “However much money was involved, no agreements were ever signed nor memoranda of understanding ever initialized. The word of each official was sufficient, and there were never any disappointments.”
What, then, does this matter to the rest of us? Bankers have been gathering confidentially since money was first invented. Central bankers like to view themselves as the high priests of finance, as technocrats overseeing arcane monetary rituals and a financial liturgy understood only by a small, self-selecting elite.
But the governors who meet in Basel every other month are public servants. Their salaries, airplane tickets, hotel bills, and lucrative pensions when they retire are paid out of the public purse. The national reserves held by central banks are public money, the wealth of nations. The central bankers’ discussions at the BIS, the information that they share, the policies that are evaluated, the opinions that are exchanged, and the subsequent decisions that are taken, are profoundly political. Central bankers, whose independence is constitutionally protected, control monetary policy in the developed world. They manage the supply of money to national economies. They set interest rates, thus deciding the value of our savings and investments. They decide whether to focus on austerity or growth. Their decisions shape our lives.
The BIS’s tradition of secrecy reaches back through the decades. During the 1960s, for example, the bank hosted the London Gold Pool. Eight countries pledged to manipulate the gold market to keep the price at around thirty-five dollars per ounce, in line with the provisions of the Bretton Woods Accord that governed the post–World War II international financial system. Although the London Gold Pool no longer exists, its successor is the BIS Markets Committee, which meets every other month on the occasion of the governors’ meetings to discuss trends in the financial markets. Officials from twenty-one central banks attend. The committee releases occasional papers, but its agenda and discussions remain secret.
Nowadays the countries represented at the Global Economy Meetings together account for around four-fifths of global gross domestic product (GDP)— most of the produced wealth of the world—according to the BIS’s own statistics. Central bankers now “seem more powerful than politicians,” wrote The Economist newspaper, “holding the destiny of the global economy in their hands.” How did this happen? The BIS, the world’s most secretive global financial institution, can claim much of the credit. From its first day of existence, the BIS has dedicated itself to furthering the interests of central banks and building the new architecture of transnational finance. In doing so, it has spawned a new class of close-knit global technocrats whose members glide between highly-paid positions at the BIS, the IMF, and central and commercial banks.
The founder of the technocrats’ cabal was Per Jacobssen, the Swedish economist who served as the BIS’s economic adviser from 1931 to 1956. The bland title belied his power and reach. Enormously influential, well connected, and highly regarded by his peers, Jacobssen wrote the first BIS annual reports, which were—and remain—essential reading throughout the world’s treasuries. Jacobssen was an early supporter of European federalism. He argued relentlessly against inflation, excessive government spending, and state intervention in the economy. Jacobssen left the BIS in 1956 to take over the IMF. His legacy still shapes our world. The consequences of his mix of economic liberalism, price obsession, and dismantling of national sovereignty play out nightly in the European news bulletins on our television screens.
The BIS’s defenders deny that the organization is secretive. The bank’s archives are open and researchers may consult most documents that are more than thirty years old. The BIS archivists are indeed cordial, helpful, and professional. The bank’s website includes all its annual reports, which are downloadable, as well as numerous policy papers produced by the bank’s highly regarded research department. The BIS publishes detailed accounts of the securities and derivatives markets, and international banking statistics. But these are largely compilations and analyses of information already in the public domain. The details of the bank’s own core activities, including much of its banking operations for its customers, central banks, and international organizations, remain secret. The Global Economy Meetings and the other crucial financial gatherings that take place at Basel, such as the Markets Committee, remain closed to outsiders. Private individuals may not hold an account at BIS, unless they work for the bank. The bank’s opacity, lack of accountability, and ever-increasing influence raises profound questions— not just about monetary policy but transparency, accountability, and how power is exercised in our democracies.
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WHEN I EXPLAINED to friends and acquaintances that I was writing a book about the Bank for International Settlements, the usual response was a puzzled look, followed by a question: “The bank for what?” My interlocutors were intelligent people, who follow current affairs. Many had some interest in and understanding of the global economy and financial crisis. Yet only a handful had heard of the BIS. This was strange, as the BIS is the most important bank in the world and predates both the IMF and the World Bank. For decades it has stood at the center of a global network of money, power, and covert global influence.
The BIS was founded in 1930. It was ostensibly set up as part of the Young Plan to administer German reparations payments for the First World War. The bank’s key architects were Montagu Norman, who was the governor of the Bank of England, and Hjalmar Schacht, the president of the Reichsbank who described the BIS as “my” bank. The BIS’s founding members were the central banks of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and a consortium of Japanese banks. Shares were also offered to the Federal Reserve, but the United States, suspicious of anything that might infringe on its national sovereignty, refused its allocation. Instead a consortium of commercial banks took up the shares: J. P. Morgan, the First National Bank of New York, and the First National Bank of Chicago.
The real purpose of the BIS was detailed in its statutes: to “promote the cooperation of central banks and to provide additional facilities for international financial operations.” It was the culmination of the central bankers’ decades-old dream, to have their own bank—powerful, independent, and free from interfering politicians and nosy reporters. Most felicitous of all, the BIS was self-financing and would be in perpetuity. Its clients were its own founders and shareholders— the central banks. During the 1930s, the BIS was the central meeting place for a cabal of central bankers, dominated by Norman and Schacht. This group helped rebuild Germany. The New York Times described Schacht, widely acknowledged as the genius behind the resurgent German economy, as “The Iron-Willed Pilot of Nazi Finance.” During the war, the BIS became a de-facto arm of the Reichsbank, accepting looted Nazi gold and carrying out foreign exchange deals for Nazi Germany.
The bank’s alliance with Berlin was known in Washington, DC, and London. But the need for the BIS to keep functioning, to keep the new channels of transnational finance open, was about the only thing all sides agreed on. Basel was the perfect location, as it is perched on the northern edge of Switzerland and sits al- most on the French and German borders. A few miles away, Nazi and Allied soldiers were fighting and dying. None of that mattered at the BIS. Board meetings were suspended, but relations between the BIS staff of the belligerent nations remained cordial, professional, and productive. Nationalities were irrelevant. The overriding loyalty was to international finance. The president, Thomas McKittrick, was an American. Roger Auboin, the general manager, was French. Paul Hechler, the assistant general manager, was a member of the Nazi party and signed his correspondence “Heil Hitler.” Rafaelle Pilotti, the secretary general, was Italian. Per Jacobssen, the bank’s influential economic adviser, was Swedish. His and Pilotti’s deputies were British.
After 1945, five BIS directors, including Hjalmar Schacht, were charged with war crimes. Germany lost the war but won the economic peace, in large part thanks to the BIS. The international stage, contacts, banking networks, and legitimacy the BIS provided, first to the Reichsbank and then to its successor banks, has helped ensure the continuity of immensely powerful financial and economic interests from the Nazi era to the present day.
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FOR THE FIRST forty-seven years of its existence, from 1930 to 1977, the BIS was based in a former hotel, near the Basel central railway station. The bank’s entrance was tucked away by a chocolate shop, and only a small notice confirmed that the narrow doorway opened into the BIS. The bank’s managers believed that those who needed to know where the BIS was would find it, and the rest of the world certainly did not need to know. The inside of the building changed little over the decades, recalled Charles Coombs. The BIS provided the “the spartan accommodations of a former Victorian-style hotel whose single and double bedrooms had been transformed into offices simply by removing the beds and installing desks.”
The bank moved into its current headquarters, at 2, Centralbahnplatz, in 1977. It did not go far and now overlooks the Basel central station. Nowadays the BIS’s main mission, in its own words, is threefold: “to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation in these areas, and to act as a bank for central banks.” The BIS also hosts much of the practical and technical infrastructure that the global network of central banks and their commercial counterparts need to function smoothly. It has two linked trading rooms: at the Basel headquarters and Hong Kong regional office. The BIS buys and sells gold and foreign exchange for its clients. It provides asset management and arranges short-term credit to central banks when needed.
The BIS is a unique institution: an international organization, an extremely profitable bank and a research institute founded, and protected, by international treaties. The BIS is accountable to its customers and shareholders—the central banks—but also guides their operations. The main tasks of a central bank, the BIS argues, are to control the flow of credit and the volume of currency in circulation, which will ensure a stable business climate, and to keep exchange rates within manageable bands to ensure the value of a currency and so smooth international trade and capital movements. This is crucial, especially in a globalized economy, where markets react in microseconds and perceptions of economic stability and value are almost as important as reality itself.
The BIS also helps to supervise commercial banks, although it has no legal powers over them. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, based at the BIS, regulates commercial banks’ capital and liquidity requirements. It requires banks to have a minimum capital of eight percent of risk-weighted assets when lending, meaning that if a bank has risk-weighted assets of $100 million it must maintain at least $8 million capital. The committee has no powers of enforcement, but it does have enormous moral authority. “This regulation is so powerful that the eight percent principle has been set into national laws,” said Peter Akos Bod. “It’s like voltage. Voltage has been set at 220. You may decide on ninety-five volts, but it would not work.” In theory, sensible housekeeping and mutual cooperation, overseen by the BIS, will keep the global financial system functioning smoothly. In theory.
The reality is that we have moved beyond recession into a deep structural crisis, one fueled by the banks’ greed and rapacity, which threatens all of our financial security. Just as in the 1930s, parts of Europe face economic collapse. The Bundesbank and the European Central Bank, two of the most powerful members of the BIS, have driven the mania for austerity that has already forced one European country, Greece, to the edge, aided by the venality and corruption of the country’s ruling class. Others may soon follow. The old order is creaking, its political and financial institutions corroding from within. From Oslo to Athens, the far right is resurgent, fed in part by soaring poverty and unemployment. Anger and cynicism are corroding citizens’ faith in democracy and the rule of law. Once again, the value of property and assets is vaporizing before their owners’ eyes. The European currency is threatened with breakdown, while those with money seek safe haven in Swiss francs or gold. The young, the talented, and the mobile are again fleeing their home countries for new lives abroad. The powerful forces of international capital that brought the BIS into being, and which granted the bank its power and influence, are again triumphant.
The BIS sits at the apex of an international financial system that is falling apart at the seams, but its officials argue that it does not have the power to act as an international financial regulator. Yet the BIS cannot escape its responsibility for the Euro-zone crisis. From the first agreements in the late 1940s on multilateral payments to the establishment of the Europe Central Bank in 1998, the BIS has been at the heart of the European integration project, providing technical expertise and the financial mechanisms for currency harmonization. During the 1950s, it managed the European Payments Union, which internationalized the continent’s payment system. The BIS hosted the Governors’ Committee of European Economic Community central bankers, set up in 1964, which coordinated trans-European monetary policy. During the 1970s, the BIS ran the “Snake,” the mechanism by which European currencies were held in exchange rate bands. During the 1980s the BIS hosted the Delors Committee, whose report in 1988 laid out the path to European Monetary Union and the adoption of a single currency. The BIS midwifed the European Monetary Institute (EMI), the precursor of the European Central Bank. The EMI’s president was Alexandre Lamfalussy, one of the world’s most influential economists, known as the “Father of the euro.” Before joining the EMI in 1994, Lamfalussy had worked at the BIS for seventeen years, first as economic adviser, then as the bank’s general manager.
For a staid, secretive organization, the BIS has proved surprisingly nimble. It survived the first global depression, the end of reparations payments and the gold standard (two of its main reasons for existence), the rise of Nazism, the Second World War, the Bretton Woods Accord, the Cold War, the financial crises of the 1980s and 1990s, the birth of the IMF and World Bank, and the end of Communism. As Malcolm Knight, manager from 2003–2008, noted, “It is encouraging to see that—by remaining small, flexible, and free from political interference—the Bank has, throughout its history, succeeded remarkably well in adapting itself to evolving circumstances.”
The bank has made itself a central pillar of the global financial system. As well as the Global Economy Meetings, the BIS hosts four of the most important international committees dealing with global banking:the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Committee on the Global Financial System, the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, and the Irving Fisher Committee, which deals with central banking statistics. The bank also hosts three independent organizations: two groups dealing with insurance and the Financial Stability Board (FSB). The FSB, which coordinates national financial authorities and regulatory policies, is already being spoken of as the fourth pillar of the global financial system, after the BIS, the IMF and the commercial banks.
The BIS is now the world’s thirtieth-largest holder of gold reserves, with 119 metric tons—more than Qatar, Brazil, or Canada. Membership of the BIS remains a privilege rather than a right. The board of directors is responsible for admitting central banks judged to “make a substantial contribution to international monetary cooperation and to the Bank’s activities.” China, India, Russia, and Saudi Arabia joined only in 1996. The bank has opened offices in Mexico City and Hong Kong but remains very Eurocentric. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Slovakia (total population 16.2 million) have been admitted, while Pakistan (population 169 million) has not. Nor has Kazakhstan, which is a powerhouse of Central Asia. In Africa only Algeria and South Africa are members—Nigeria, which has the continent’s second-largest economy, has not been admitted. (The BIS’s defenders say that it demands high governance standards from new members and when the national banks of countries such as Nigeria and Pakistan reach those standards, they will be considered for membership.)
Considering the BIS’s pivotal role in the transnational economy, its low profile is remarkable. Back in 1930 a New York Times reporter noted that the culture of secrecy at the BIS was so strong that he was not permitted to look inside the boardroom, even after the directors had left. Little has changed. Journalists are not allowed inside the headquarters while the Global Economy Meeting is underway. BIS officials speak rarely on the record, and reluctantly, to members of the press. The strategy seems to work. The Occupy Wall Street movement, the anti-globalizers, the social network protesters have ignored the BIS. Centralbahnplatz 2, Basel, is quiet and tranquil. There are no demonstrators gathered outside the BIS’s headquarters, no protestors camped out in the nearby park, no lively reception committees for the world’s central bankers.
As the world’s economy lurches from crisis to crisis, financial institutions are scrutinized as never before.Legions of reporters, bloggers, and investigative journalists scour the banks’ every move. Yet somehow, apart from brief mentions on the financial pages, the BIS has largely managed to avoid critical scrutiny. Until now.
This work given is in full acknowledgement of GOD and directed by Holy Spirit. Any and all use of the facts of the dark side are not an avenue meant to give any credit to them. In fact, all work is directly attributed to GODs Plan and to give HIM all the glory. Amen
How do the witch trials connect to today’s events? Who’s behind it all? Do you know?
First, we will establish the connection between Christian Science to Freemasonry; and then the Trials of the Witches to the Freemasons.
What’s this about? This is about possession and conspiracy…there is NOTHING new under the sun.
As far back as man has been here, and even before demons have been here. Man has been fighting them every since GOD placed us in the Garden of Eden.
The ancient Greeks and Romans invited spirits into their bodies to possess them. Using ritualistic dancing and sacrificing of goats while eating their flesh. This kind of behavior began long, long ago and believe it or not, it continues to take place this very day, only the sacrifices are now us instead of goats.
_______REAL SATANIC SACRIFICE OF A GOAT INSIDE A TURKISH MASONIC LODGE_______ [link]
Christian Science is a false religion which began in 1875, when Mary Baker Eddy (the religion’s founder) published her demonic work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. “Christian Scientists” elevated the writings of Mary Baker Eddy as being equal with the inspired Word of God, i.e., the Bible.
Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was an associate of 33rd Degree Freemason Henry Steele Olcott, who founded the Satan worshiping cult called the “Theosophical Society” with evil female Freemason, mother of the New Age Movement and Hitler’s spiritual guide, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Several Eddy brothers held séances and it was at one of these séances that Blavatsky met Col. Henry Steele Olcott. Mary Baker Eddy even married a Freemason and this became the ONLY secret society which she allowed other Christian Science members to join. Also she had her own material published in the Freemasons’ Monthly Magazine.
Oh, by the way, did you know that there is a seance held every year on October 31,at different locations around the world, in honor of Harry Houdini?
During Houdini’s life he made a pact to communicate from “the other side” if possible, and left three different codes with three people, including his wife Bess Houdini. Codes that he would use if he were able to reach across the chasm of death, giving people a way to know it was the real Houdini. Houdini requested that Bess hold a séance annually on the anniversary of his death for the first ten years after his passing. Houdini died Oct. 31, 1926 at 1:26pm. By 1936, the conclusion of the first ten years, Bess had not received their code and stopped holding the séance. However, Houdini’s brother Hardeen was unwilling to quit and the tradition continued.
Hardeen took on a protégé, an escape artist/magician named Sid Radner. Their friendship flourished and deepened to the point that Sid started attending the séances in the 1940’s. When Hardeen was ready to stop, Sid was ready to continue.
The official 2013 Houdini Séance in Halifax Nova Scotia [link]
_______Christian Science and the Catholic Faith by Augustine Matthias Bellwald_______
The empires of the Medes and the Persians either shared usages or inherited them at the time when they subdued the earlier kingdom. Under the scepter, these practices obtained such a vogue that in Roman times, occult arts became all but identified with the Persian priests, or Magi. The very word magic is derived from the Persian and remains in our modern tongues as a historical monument, reminding us of the beliefs and practices of those superstitious ages.
Francis Anthony Mesmer (c. 1734-1815) is the real founder of the modern mind-movements. He is the link between the old and the new, between medieval magic and modern mind-healing.
I find this particularly interesting in that the Magi are part of the three who supposedly came to bear gifts to the baby Jesus and was called, ‘the smartest men on the earth at the time. I think that they were part of this whole witchcraft subject and they are indeed part of the Brotherhood of Light…the Ascended Masters.
The LOGO for the publishing company of this book stands for MEROVINGIAN! Seems to me this is should show a parallel between the Christian Science and the Vatican!! source
Looks like he (MacMillan) was a Freemason. Not surprising!
_______Christian Scientist Freemasons_______
The names below are listed in the Masonic reference book called “10,000 Famous Freemasons” written by William R. Denslow, published by the Missouri Lodge of Research and has it’s foreword written by ex-Usa President Harry S. Truman. Instead of just listing the names and pages they are listed on, I have typed the whole of each article to silence critics who may claim I have made this all up. Remember these guys were not ‘backseat’ christian scientists but played a vital role, some as high as president of The Mother Church. All this information explains why this cult uses a masonic symbol. There is also a good chance that Mary Baker Eddy was a female Freemason.
Erwin D. Canham
Editor of Christian Science Monitor.
Feb 13, 1904 at Auburn, Maine. Received B.A. and Litt.D. from Bates College; L.H.D. Boston University and was Rhodes Scholar at Oxford Univ. England, receiving B.A. and M.A. in 1936. Began with the Christian Science Monitor, in 1925 and has covered many important national and international stories for his paper including the League of Nations assemblies of 1926-28, Ramsay MacDonald’s tour of the U.S.; London Naval conference; trips of American Presidents; nationwide political surveys; inauguration of Philippine Commonwealth. He was head of the Washington Bureau from 1932-1939; general news editor 1939-41, managing editor, 1941-44 and editor since 1945. Mason.
George Channing (1888-?)
Editor of Christian Science Journal, Sentinal and Herald since 1949.
First reader, mother church, Boston, Mass., 1941-42. b. Nov. 21, 1888 at Providence, R.I. Studied at Brown, Yale and Boston Univ. Began journalistic work on Providence (R.I.) Journal 1913. Was city editor of Seattle Star, 1921-23. Mason, 32nd Degree AASR. Deceased.
Paul S. Deland
Managing editor and member of editorial council of The Christian Science Monitor since 1945.
b. at North Brookfield, Mass., he was first a real estate dealer before turning to journalism in 1905. He served as a reporter and a feature writer on papers in Worcester, Mass., New Haven, Conn. and Boston. Has been with the Christian Science Monitor since 1908. Mason and 32nd Degree AASR (NJ)
Alexander Dodds (1874-1920)
Editor. b. April 5, 1874 at Allegheny, Pa. and was a newspaper writer and editor from 1890.
He was associate publisher of The Builder, Pittsburgh from 1894-96 and was later with the Pittsburgh Dispatch and managing editor of the Christian Science Monitor from 1908-14. From 1914-16 he was managing editor of the Los Angeles Herald and vice president of the United Press Assn. 1909-12. Mason. d. Nov. 30, 1920.
Arnold H. Exo
Christian Science Church Official.
b. in Muscatine, Iowa. He was a district advertising manager for Household Finance Corp. from 1931-41, and in 1942 became a Christian Science practitioner and later a reader. He has been 1st reader of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston since 1956. Mason.
Albert F. Gilmore (?-1943)
Editor of Christian Science Weekly and monthly magazines, 1922-29, and president of The Mother Church, 1922-23.
b. in Turner, Maine. He was a graduate of Bates Coll. He was first a high school principal, and then with a book company. From 1914-17 he was first reader of the First Church of Christ Scientist at Brooklyn, N.Y. Mason. d. June 8, 1943.
Roland R. Harrison (1878-1940)
Managing editor of the Christian Science Monitor.
b. June 10, 1878 at Smithville, NY. Graduate of Cornell U. in 1903. From 1903-22 he was with the following newspapers: Brooklyn Standard Union; New York Times; New York Herald. He joined the monitor staff at Boston in 1922, and was executive editor from 1924-29, and administrative editor from 1939. He was publisher of the Christian Science Publishing Society from 1929-39. Mason. d. Jan 16, 1940.
Charles E. Heitman (1874-1948)
Manager of Christian Science Publishing Society, and director of The Mother Church, 1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston.
b.Nov. 12, 1874 in McLean Co.,Ky.He was first reader of 2nd Church of Christ, Scientist, at New York City from 1918-21, and president of The Mother Church in 1923-24. From 1926-27 he was associate editor of the Christian Science Monitor. Served as corporal in Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Spanish-American War. Member of Marble Lodge No. 702 at Tuckahoe, N.Y., and 32nd Degree AASR in Boston, Mass. d. Oct. 1, 1948. (1)
_______Christian Science Logo_______
The main logo for the Christian Science cult is also the Knights Templar symbol. (Christian Science Journal, Special Issue, December 1992)
Freemasonry participated in the rise and spread of Christian Science and Unitarianism.
_______Directors Order Diabolical Destruction of Grand Pyramid Marker at Bow_______
When the Board of Directors noted that too many Christian Scientists were visiting the grand granite marker at Bow that marked Mary Baker Eddy’d birthplace, they had it destroyed, dynamited to bits!
Located near the ancient house in which Mrs. Eddy was born in 1821, this great pyramid-shaped monument was cut from the largest piece of granite quarried in New Hampshire, weighing over 100 tons, and mor than 11 feet on each side before cutting.
This pyramid-shaped “marker” was an exact reproduction of the capstone of the Great Pyramid in Egypt depicted on “The Great Seal” of the United States of America, as shown on our one-dollar bills. We know the Great Pyramid was never completed. The “Bible in Stone” never has its capstone, that is, until this inspired gift from the Masons who clearly recognized Mary Baker Eddy as the one who fulfilled Jesus’ promise and prophecy of the “Comforter,” who would bring the Second Coming of the Christ.
_______She Married a Freemason_______
In December, 1843 Mary Baker married a neighbor, George Washington Glover, and moved with him to Charleston, SC. Six months later, they moved to Wilmington, NC where George died of yellow fever. Glover, was a Freemason, and his Masonic brothers paid for his funeral. Acting on the request of the dying Glover, they also paid Mary’s railroad fare to New York, where she was met by her brother George and taken back to her father’s house. In September, her son was born, and she named him George Washington, after his father.
Interestingly, this site reveals a witch hunt and connects Freemasonry to Jack the Ripper murders! http://www.masonicworld.com/education/files/may05/masonic_witch_hunt_of_the_19.htm and here http://www.casebook.org/dissertations/freemasonry/stocks.html
The mixing of religions are part of Satan’s agenda to disguise The real GOD within the idols. Witchcraft has been around for thousands of years and has gained popularity but that’s no surprise considering the times we live in.
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When they [men] die hearts that were void of mercy pay the due penalty, and of this world’s sins a judge below the earth holds trial, and of dread necessity declares the word of doom…Pindar
In lieu of Satan, the Hell scene in Michelangelo’s Last Judgement features Charon and Minos, two key figures in Dante’s Inferno. Was this to suggest the hypothesis that Minos and Charon were intended to symbolize the psychological experience of damnation, and more importantly the dynamic interconnections of free will?
Present in symbolic illusion: a serpent entwined about the figure of Minos, Hell’s judge…
In Greek mythology, Minos is the king of Crete, son of Zeus. After his death he became judge of the dead of the underworld.
Minos is the Cretan word for “king”.
According to La Marle’s reading of Linear A, which have been heavily criticized as arbitrary we should read mwi-nu ro-ja (Minos the king) on a Linear A tablet. The royal title ro-ja is read on several documents, including on stone libation tables from the sanctuaries, where it follows the name of the main god, Asirai (the equivalent of Sanskrit Asura, and of Avestan Ahura).
Some scholars see a connection between Minos and the names of other ancient founder-kings, such as Menes of Egypt, Mannus of Germany, and Manu of India, and even with Meon of Phrygia and Lydia (after him named Maeonia), Mizraim of Egypt in the Book of Genesis and the Canaanite deity Baal Meon.
In Michelangelo’s famous fresco, The Last Judgment (located in the Sistine Chapel), Minos appears as judge of the underworld, surrounded by a crowd of devils. With his tail coiled around him, Minos judges the damned as they are brought down to hell.
The myth begins with King Minos of Crete ascending to the throne over his brothers. Hoping to receive the support of the gods, Minos prayed to Poseidon for a sign. The god sent him a white bull, which was to be sacrificed as a symbol of respect for the Olympians. When Minos refused, killing a regular bull instead, Poseidon was angered.
NOTE: Roja is interesting in that the giants of the Bible were known to have red hair! And the Olympians from Atlantis are not just a myth either!!
In Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy story Inferno, Minos is depicted with having a snake-like tail. He sits at the entrance to the second circle in the Inferno, which is the beginning of Hell proper.
So Minos was born by the mating of a royal woman and a supernatural bull…..sounds familiar? RIGHT!
Also interesting to note is the Minotaur factor.
Minotaur (Minotauros, “the bull of Minos”).
Labyrinth is a word of pre-Greek (Minoan) origin, which the Greeks used for the palace of Knossos in Crete, and it is derived from the Lydian word labrys (“double-edged axe”). This was a symbol of royal power, which suggests that the labyrinth was originally the royal Minoan palace in Crete and meant “palace of the double-axe” (the suffix -nth as in Korinth). This designation cannot be limited to the palace of Knossos, because the same symbols were discovered in other palaces of Crete.
You will find these strange symbols everywhere, including churches. Also, let’s not forget the Freemason connections.
PASIPHAE was an immortal daughter of the sun-god Helios. Like her two siblings, Aeetes and Kirke, she possessed the powers of witchcraft (pharmakeia). She is the Queen of the city of Atlantis, and ruled along side her husband, King Minos. Both her taurine lover and her Minotaur son, who was also named Asterios (the starry one), were associated with the constellation Taurus.
How Pharmakeia Works: Detuning for a biological realignment towards genetic reassignment. The ultimate goal of the fallen angels’ “knowledge download” and practice has not changed! Satan’s pharmakeia strategy is to facilitate the bringing forth of offspring. The fallen Semjaza taught all those who cast spells and cut roots, which is pharmakeia. The iron/sons-of-god are leveraging Satan’s strategies, including pharmakeia, to mingle themselves with the clay/seed-of-men.
Minos is portrayed by Dante as a giant beast who stands at the Second Circle of Hell, deciding where the souls of the sinners shall be sent for torment. Upon hearing a given sinner’s confession, Minos curls his tail around himself a specific number of times to represent the circle of Hell to which the soul should be consigned.
Do the elite really believe they are in control of the souls on this earth? Yes. Do they want to bring Hell on earth, literally? Yes.
Another of the characters of Dante’s plot is:
Count Ugolino – A traitor condemned to the Second Ring of the Ninth Circle of Hell. Ugolino gnaws on the head of another damned traitor, Archbishop Ruggieri.
Isn’t it interesting that the Ninth Circle Satanic Cult is part of the elite’s pedophile ring? And who’s supposedly head of this ring? The Roman Catholic hierarchy. What irony.
Fra Alberigo and Branca d’Oria – Sinners condemned to the Third Ring of the Ninth Circle of Hell. Fra Alberigo and Branca d’Oria are unlike the other sinners Dante encounters: their crimes were deemed to be so great that devils snatched their souls from their living bodies; thus, their souls reside in Hell while their bodies live on, now guided and possessed by demons.
I firmly believe these supposed ‘men of GOD’ are actually possessed! Possessed by demonic entities which will guide them straight to Hell.
MINOS – Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search – is an experiment at Fermilab designed to study the phenomena known as neutrino oscillations. The experiment uses a beam of neutrino particles produced by the NuMI beamline facility – Neutrinos at the Main Injector. The beam of neutrinos is sent through the two MINOS detectors, one at Fermilab and one in the Soudan Mine in northern Minnesota. The two detectors are about 735-km apart, making what is called a “long-baseline” neutrino experiment.
The MINOS Experiment and NuMI Beamline
These elite know exactly what their doing, and why!
In this video of BPEarthWatch, you will see here is not just CERN to worry about! NO!! Instead we have a minature version of CERN, called Minos. It’s located near Chicago, in the United States of America. That’s right, folks! We’re in big trouble. We have been but few realize it.
CERN/Beam 2 Spirals/Dumped [link]
What I find interesting in this equation is that people have been reporting nightmares, strange dreams…headaches and such during the experiments located near the placement of MINOS. Not long ago people were also reporting the same thing around CERN, and also time variations. Meaning…time seem to be OFF!
CERN officially marked the ‘Year of Light,’ in Feb 2015!
Did you know December 20th was the eve of the equinox, and solstice? So, there we have it! The Year of Lucifer!!
The sought after “God particle,” as referred to by CERN’s physicists, holds the secrets of mass and therefore also of time (as E=MC2 and C, as the speed of light, represents units of distance over time). This is something that may open a dimensional portal that relates to Apollyon and the key to the abyss of Revelation 9. Such an event may act as a cooperative agency facilitating the procreative scheme with pharmakeia creating a crucial intersection, one removing the barrier to the transformation for an individual “daughter of men” and the other removing the barrier for the demonic antichrist sons of god to regain entrance into this realm from their present state of imprisonment. With these barriers removed, the prepared hosts would be filled like canning jars at harvest time.
The authorities are CERN are performing their ritualistic experiments in the underworld and they realize this has unlimited power to turn against the people of earth. This power has not only caused increased amount of volcanic/earthquake activities but some even claim it’s connected to the increase of UFO activity. Well, of course it has! The demonic activity is increasing and so are the level of entities. The portals/dimensions are going to unleash terrors of Biblical proportions and those are spoken of in Revelation.
At the beginning of this article, I referenced the Last Judgment scene of Michelangelo…this is but a metaphorical picture…but we need to realize that Satan is only the king of earth, and only for a short time longer. He will not be the ultimate judge buy will in fact be judged for his enormous iniquities. Let’s not forget that those who align themselves with him will be too.
SOME STRANGE SYMPTOMS
1. Sugar/chocolate cravings
2. Unfamiliar eating patterns
3. Weird sleep patterns, strong need for extra sleep and naps
4. Pressure, pain, swirling and drilling sensations around solar plexus area
5. Pressure, swirling and drilling sensations around the head
7. Hearing strange sounds
8. Heightened sensitivity and awareness of everything around
9. Intensified senses, especially the sense of smell
10. Technology malfunctions when you come near it or touch it
11. Awareness of the waves that technology produces
12. Being out of focus as if being inside a movie, especially during motion
13. Body out of coordination, loss of balance
14. Quickly passing constant waves of intense conflicting and overlapping emotions
15. Enhanced ADD-like symptoms
16. Interruption of the flow-Inner GPS
17. Strange, unfamiliar sensations in the body
18. Extra-fast healing of the body
19. Sudden waves of chills, goose-bumps
20. Heightened synchronicities
21. Instant manifesting of thoughts into “reality”
22. Intensified visuals in meditations
23. Time lapses and dilation, loss of sense of time
24. Unmistakable awareness and “symptoms” of shifting timelines
25. Re-evaluation of your individual truth