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What is the Illuminati?

July 16, 2019


Politics has banished Religion from public discourse

 but religion still offers the best understanding of politics.

The essence of political struggle is actually spiritual, a cosmic battle

 between God (Good) and Satan (Evil) for the soul of mankind.

The Illuminati represent organized evil which has conquered 
most of our social institutions.

The Jeffrey Epstein scandal is a reminder that Illuminati members must must engage in pedophilia and satanic ritual murder of babies and children to prove their commitment to Satan. Many prominent politicians, pundits and entertainers are members. 

An Illuminati Primer 
(Updated from July 2, 2008)
By Henry Makow PhD

The struggle is between a satanic cult called the Illuminati and the remnants of humanity that uphold God's Plan. The Illuminati's doctrine is based on Cabalist Judaism, the view that Cabalist Jews represent God, and they are the only real humans. The goyim are animals destined to serve the Illuminati. (A majority of secular Jews would find these ideas repulsive and absurd.)  

The Illuminati constitute a secret society within Freemasonry.  As in Judaism, the rank and file are manipulated with platitudes. They are not told the real objective which is Communism,  a Rothschild monopoly over everything of value.  As society becomes a satanic cult, the masses naturally are kept in the dark. 


(The mainspring of Illuminati power is the creation of the medium of exchange in the form of a debt to themselves. Our national governments could do this debt and interest free. To prevent this, mankind must be enslaved.) 

The Illuminati plan is to remake the planet as a neo-feudal preserve. This involves the reduction of the world's population through plague, catastrophe or war; and the enthronement of Lucifer who represents the Cabalist's inversion of Good and Evil, (i.e. evil is good, sick is healthy, ugly is beautiful.) This is the New World Order.

Sophisticated and dedicated people roll their eyes when told about this conspiracy. They are hypnotized by their "education" and the mass media.

The Illuminati is not "a conspiracy theory." Its premises were raided.  Its membership was revealed. Plans and correspondence were seized and published. Defectors testified to formal inquiries as to the imminent danger. It was suppressed but went underground. It has since grown so powerful that it has literally defined the modern age (under the guise of "progress," "reform" "humanism" "secularism" and "revolution") and now threatens the future of humanity.


The term "Illuminati" means "enlightened ones" and refers to Lucifer, the "light bringer." (Everything is inverted- light is actually darkness.)  


In 1770, Mayer Rothschild hired the 22-year-old Adam Weishaupt, a university instructor (son of a rabbi raised as a Catholic) to attract the cream of European society to a secret cult designed to reverse the course of Western (i.e. Christian) civilization (hence the term "revolution.")

I am now summarizing "Final Warning" an online book by David Allen Rivera and James Wardner's excellent book "Unholy Alliances" (pp.34-51)

The Illuminati was founded May 1, 1776. Weishaupt wrote: "The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment, let it never appear, in any place in its own name, but always covered by another name, and another occupation. None is fitter than the three lower degrees of Freemasonry; the public is accustomed to it, expects little from it, and therefore takes little notice of it."

The Illuminati reached an agreement at the Congress of Wilhelmsbad, December 20, 1781 to add the Illuminati hierarchy to the first three degrees of Masonry. On returning home, Comte de Virieu, a Mason from the Martiniste lodge at Lyons, reported: "I can only tell you that all this is very much more serious than you think. The conspiracy which is being woven is so well thought out that it will be impossible for the Monarchy and the Church to escape it."

Nesta Webster in her book World Revolution describes the modus operandi of the Illuminati. It applies to Adolph Hitler as well as Timothy Leary: "The art of Illuminism lay in enlisting dupes as well as adepts, and by encouraging the dreams of honest visionaries or the schemes of fanatics, by flattering the vanity of ambitious egotists, by working on unbalanced brains, or by playing on such passions as greed and power, to make men of totally divergent aims serve the secret purpose of the sect."

The Illuminati also used bribes of money and sex to gain control of men in high places, and then blackmailed them with the threat of financial ruin, public exposure or assassination. This continues to the present day.

Weishaupt wrote: "One must speak sometimes in one way, sometimes in another, so that our real purpose should remain impenetrable to our inferiors." 


And what was that purpose? It was "nothing less than to win power and riches, to undermine secular or religious government, and to obtain the mastery of the world."

The first priority was to enlist writers, publishers and educators. The modern pantheon of great thinkers, from Darwin to Nietzsche to Marx, were Illuminati pawns or agents. Of one university, Weishaupt wrote: "All the professors are members of the will all the pupils become disciples of Illuminism." (Wardner, 45)

As the Order spread throughout Germany, leading Jewish families such as the Oppenheimers, Wertheimers, Schusters, Speyers, Sterns and of course, the Rothschilds funded it. Gerald B. Winrod wrote in his book Adam Weishaupt: A Human Devil "of the thirty-nine chief sub-leaders of Weishaupt, seventeen were Jews."

From Bavaria, the Order of the Illuminati spread like wildfire... Soon they had over 300 members from all walks of life, including students, merchants, doctors, lawyers, judges, professors, civil officers, bankers, and even church ministers. 

Some of their more notable members were: the Duke of Orleans, Duke Ernst Augustus of Saxe-Weimar-Coburg-Gotha, Prince Charles of Hesse-Cassel, Johann Gottfried von Herder (a philosopher), Count Klemens von Metternich, Catherine II of Russia, Count Gabriel de Mirabeau, Marquis of Constanza ("Diomedes"), Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick ("Aaron"), Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (a poet), Joseph II of Russia, Christian VII of Denmark, Gustave III of Sweden, and King Poniatowski of Poland.

By the time of the 3rd Masonic Congress in Frankfurt in 1786, the Illuminati virtually controlled all the Masonic lodges, which represented three million secret society members across the various German provinces, Austria, Hungary, England, Scotland, Poland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Ireland, Africa, and America. (Wardner, p. 39)

In the 1790's there was an Illuminati scare in the United States. At Charlestown, in 1798, the Reverend Jedediah Morse preached: "Practically all the civil and ecclesiastical establishments of Europe have already been shaken to their foundations by this terrible organization, the French Revolution itself is doubtless to be traced to its machinations..." (Wardner 48)

In 1832 William Russell established a chapter of the Illuminati at Yale called the "Skull and Bones." President G.W. Bush, his father and John Kerry are members.


(The red star of the USSR is the star of Baphomet) 

On Sept. 9, 1785, Joseph Utzschneider, a lawyer, and two other defectors revealed the Illuminati goals before a Court of Inquiry in Bavaria: Abolition of the Monarchy and all ordered government; Abolition of private property (which the Illuminati will assume); Abolition of Patriotism (nations); Family, (through the abolition of Marriage, Morality, and by government providing "Education" for children) and finally, Abolition of all Religion, particularly Christianity.

These are exactly the goals of Communism, enunciated by Marx in 1848. The Illuminati and Communism go hand-in-glove. The term "Reds" originates with "Red Shield" the Rothschild name. The satanic five-pointed star is the symbol of both.


Mankind has taken a wrong turn and appears doomed to annihilation. The political, cultural and economic elite of the West is either dupes or willing agents of a satanic conspiracy of cosmic proportions.

If we and our children are to suffer and die prematurely, at least we know the real reason. That is a privilege not granted to millions of our ancestors.

God and Satan made a wager for the soul of man. If God wins, man revels in the glory of his Divine Birthright. If Satan wins, man is destroyed. In a nutshell, this is the religious nature of politics.

We can instantly recapture an essential part of religion by incorporating the dictim, "Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You," in our lives. The essence of all true religion is to obey God (i.e. spiritual ideals like justice, truth and love) instead of personal desire, to be selfless instead of selfish. Like a snowflake, this is how disparate elements arrange themselves according to the Plan ( i.e. Love) and achieve Perfection.


Related - Must Read- The Influence of Sabbatean-Frankism on the World   and Discussion of Sabbatean-Frankism

See also my "Rothschilds Conduct Red Symphony"

See also my "Illuminati Defector Details Pervasive Conspiracy."

First Comment by Ken Adachi

There is no 'battle' between God and Lucifer, the fallen angel who was created by God. God allows Lucifer, the other fallen angels, the demons, the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers to exist to give us some opposition to play against and see how well we handle ourselves.  We are all eternal spiritual  beings. We cannot die. Our consciousness, our personality, our likes and dislikes, our memories, even our higher dimensional body, the carbon copy of what you see in the mirror today, lives on for Eternity. The only ones who DON'T know that are the demented psychos trying to install the JWO. Most of them think it's all over when you die - End of Story. Morons!

Your pessimistic conclusion and the cynicism in the recent comments are a product of media hammering. I don't watch TV or go to modern movies, so I'm only exposed to radio propaganda and what I read online from the ZioMedia Machine. Everything is staged these days. Everything. It's not "news;". it's today's readout of what the JWO wants you to swallow as 'the news.' So naturally, they seem to be gaining ground in every vector because they control all the media outlets. The Good News stuff you never hear about because they control every substantial outlet of information. What the Media mavens report is not what counts. What counts is what resides within the hearts of men,  and that's what you never hear about.

The Hindus view the rise and fall of civilizations in 26,000 year long cycles, called Yugas. The current cycle we are in is on the ascendant slope of spiritual development; despite the appearances to the contrary. This movement is unstoppable and inevitable. The foreboding that worries you today can evaporate in the blink of an eye when new, unexpected POSITIVE developments suddenly appear; much like the election of Trump over Hillary in 2016. Despite all the negatives you may hold of Trump, I'm sure you still prefer him to the Daughter of You Know Who.

There's no way I can prove it to you, but the Demonic Realm went through something of a House Cleaning about 10 years ago, and their numbers have greatly diminished, especially among the demonic deities. Yes, they're murdering babies and drinking blood, but no one's answering the 'phone' on the Other Side, as it were. I'm afraid that the Dark Side is thinning and gradually morphing into the Gray Side.

The fastest way to speed up this movement, which is inevitable in any event, is to think with your heart and follow the Golden Rule in your every waking moment, as you so wisely suggested. Fear not.

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "What is the Illuminati?"

Ann said (July 16, 2019):

Hitler (a satanist, anti-Christ, counterfeit-jew) took the fall so his counterfeit-jew friends (Rothschild) could set up Palestine from which to rule the NWO (or as some have called it …. the jew world order). Knowing that is only the beginning. Actually, it is useless information if it is not understood what a counterfeit-jew is. What is a counterfeit-jew? Any jew with no ties to the Israelites of the Holy Bible. Such is the case for the majority of jews. Why continue to support a counterfeit State and its people? It was the jewish religion that killed Jesus and yet the churches and people of the West support Israel. It is total insanity! Palestine belongs at the very least to the Semites of which modern-day jews are not!

Solution: Expose modern-day jews for what they are: mostly secular, atheist, not Semites and not Israelites!

Jesus came to the Holy Land 2000 years ago and then the land is given to the jews who denied Him?! Obviously there has been a longstanding plot to destroy Truth and destroy True Israel and The Torah.

JG said (July 16, 2019):

I can tell this article was written some time ago. It's sad but the world has changed so much these last 14 years that the things that use to make sense don't make sense anymore.

Technology has turned the world upside down. What was once concealed is no longer concealed because knowledge has been increased. The world has gotten so corrupt today that there is no longer a need for a conspiracy. It's all out in the open now and almost all is corrupt.

It will come down to good versus evil in the end.

The problem today is that a lot of the people can't even distinguish good from evil anymore. What was once considered good is now considered evil by many thanks to the 24/7 perverted programming by the MSM. Many are being deceived.

It seems as if there are no more coherent foreign policies or trade treaties any more because things are changing so fast that once these agreements are made they become outdated not long afterwards due to the rapid change in world events.

You wouldn't want President Trump's job for 5 minutes. The "powers that be" today would try to squash every attempt you make at trying to achieve peace and order.
This is all about chaos and disorder as they prep the world for their counterfeit leader who will convince the world that he is the solution.

Cliff said (November 22, 2005):

You are absolutely correct about the Illuminati. You might appreciate reading website which opens a very large window into the whole of what is taking place at the present time.

Sameer said (November 21, 2005):

Say: "People of the Book! (Christians and Jews) Come
to a proposition that is the same for us and you-that
we should worship none but God, not associate any
partners with Him, and not take one another as lords
besides God..." (Qur'an, 3:64)

In respect and affirmation of your reply to 'Paul'
about people of faith uniting against evil I recommend
this site:

Peace to all

Tony said (November 21, 2005):

You are essentially correct in your statement about God and the devil "making a wager for the soul of man" as the devil is intent on winning
as many souls away from God as his allotted time will allow. That's the true battle going on and the reason for the existence of our world and
our souls in it. We are tested in this material life to see if we are worthy of the spiritual life of happiness God has planned for those who
obey him or that of punishment for disobedience to His commands. As Saint Paul recognized early on, it is spiritual warfare, the material
aspects are immaterial, if you'll allow the play on the word.

I know from experience that some Protestant sects are adamant about having to be a Christian to get to God, but they err. Although Catholic
dogma is that, for those who are aware, they must be Catholic for salvation, the religion has always made it a part of its dogma that
"those who are not Catholics, yet are in sincere good faith and try to do the will of God to the best of their knowledge," "belong to the soul
of the Church" and are saved. Again, you are correct in reciting the admonition to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," as
this sums up unequivocally God's will for us to obey.

Tim said (November 21, 2005):

As you seem to watch the occasional movie, I reccommend to you "Downfall". Its a
german film about the last days of Hitler in his bunker.

In the film, when he is asked to consider surrender, Hitler stuns and shocks his
comrades when he screams that the German people can suffer and die for all that
he would care because they gave him the mandate to wreak death and destruction across the world.

That is the cold hard truth.

I'm sure there is a conspiracy conducted by the Elite and it's dependent on the ignorance of the people. So many supported the invasion of Iraq, for example. It was so blatantly obvious too so many that the leaders of the world were
lying. And yet, at the same time, so many believed them.

Peter said (November 20, 2005):

Your most recent article (Nov. 19) is an excellent exposition of the
Illuminati and their plans, however, your explanation of the history
of the world is incomplete and therefore deceptive without putting
Jesus the Christ into His proper role in trying to explain the entire
puzzle of Man's existence (past and future). Christ and His Cross are
at the center of this history (and within each person) and represent
the dividing line between God and the Devil. The decision between
Good (God) and Evil (Satan) is the decision we all have to make about
Christ. If you ignore Christ, you conceal the ONLY path to God! - and
that is a terrible deception for which you will be held accountable!
Ecumenism is as great a deception as the Illuminati deception. Or did
I misinterpret what you said?


I respect that Christ is the path to God but I believe some other religions also provide a route. I think people who espouse the Divine Truth should unite against evil rather than fight among themselves. Henry

Ricardo said (November 20, 2005):

a few of your responders seem hell bent on forcing you (Henry Makow) and the world into christian and muslim theology. but god is love, pure and simple. God would be selfish to only reveal the path to salvation through one religion. It is likened to placing healing in only one herb or medicine, all your protein needs in only one been like soy (that is dangerous and god is not stupid). The seeds of religious intolerance are planted within islam and christianity and only the very wise can navigate these trappings and seek truth in other religions and philosophies. There have been people on this planet who acheived salvation way before there was a muhammed or a jesus christ, before there was christianity or Islam. and many civilisations received wise teachings without a sword or gun, without threat of going to hell, without fear mongering. You control children through fear and you uplift adults through wise reasoning. This is what I believe Henry Makow is attempting to do. So if he is not pushing too strong a christian message maybe it's the god within him or coming through him to make sure he does not alienate people who need the truth.

I certainly don't believe the devil can rival god, that is a theological miscalculation. whilst I do believe in destructive demons, the real devil is the man who goes against the supreme being's plan and gets the power and support from other "fools" to carry out their diabolical dommed to failure schemes.

Tina said (November 20, 2005):

I am with you on “mankind has taken a wrong turn and appears doomed to destruction”. Until men do not take the lead in a positive way, there is no hope for any of us. The agenda of destroying families and trying to convince the new generation, as we have been brainwashed with feminism, that homosexuality is acceptable and normal can only lead to more darkness. I heard a homosexual the other day on a talk show saying that women prevent men from being promiscuous, as if being promiscuous is acceptable. His comment proved that homosexuality, especially between two men is nothing more than sexual addiction. Like alcoholism where many people till this day are in denial of their own problem, sex addiction is even more subtle, as we have been fed lot’s of garbage around the issue and many people justify their action in order to feed their addiction that ultimately leads to death.

I have noticed that some of your readers don’t seem to know that you are a believer because you don’t name Him, however your writing is of a man who believes in Jesus. Let’s put it this way, the writing is on the wall. I know some Christians who refer to the Bible and appear as though they are Christians but their action say differently, thus it is not important to name your God as to walk the walk that makes those around want to believe.

Jacqueline said (November 20, 2005):

Brilliant research and writing. The only way out of all of this is to serve Jesus Christ. " He will never leave us nor forsake us."" You are so right. It is good vs evil. The devil only destroys.

Look at Conrad Blacks current legal woes. His father George Black served the illuminati through British intelligence. Conrad the neo con has served the illuminati through his newspapers and as one of the architects of Canada's manufacturing decline. His father was cast aside by the bankers and now Conrad has been too. He is a dupe/adept the devil destroyed his father and he set himself up for the same fate.

Maurice Strong and recent Order of Canada recepient Shania Twain are two other illuminati servants. Strong is a UN world government kingpin and Paul Martin mentor. Then there is Miss Swain who brainwashes souls with her New Age/Satanic easy listening music and makes us believe that anyone can achieve the "Canadian Dream"rags to riches." Both are destine for the same Godless eternity with help from the enemy of humanity the devil.

We have "wars and rumors of wars'" , famines, disease and poverty. So much misery because of illuminati deception. We are on a sinking ship, salvation is free
but there is a price to be paid for serving the devil(illuminati) spiritual and physical death.

Eric said (November 20, 2005):

I have been reading your website for a while now and I want to say that when you stick to the facts you display a real "knack" for summing up the important details and efficiently "hitting the nail on the head". I found your latest article: "An Illuminati primer" to be very poignant and accurate. I intend to refer to it as an explanatory note to people who are newly awakening from the "Illuminati" spell.

I am distressed that you sometimes seem to display a degree of irreverence toward GOD such as when you say that GOD "made a wager with the devil". That is a very cynical and innaccurate way of percieving the spiritual truth of the matter. GOD did not want wind up dolls that just repeated "I - love - you - I - love - you" all the time, HE wanted a family and real love and worship from HIS creations so HE gave us a real will. With that real will came a real choice and the potential to make the wrong one, which we all did.

Since then the loving GOD has, at great cost, facilitated the way of salvation and has promised to help those who want it. As far as bets or wagers or coin tosses, there have been none. GOD IS very serious about HIS concern for us and HE IS too righteous for the sporting nonsense you mentioned.

Also I do not recall having read any reference to JESUS as the person of GOD, the MESSIAH or as the only recourse that we humans have in any of your writing. I take from that lacking that maybe you aren't a CHRISTian, I hope that is not so but if it is then you are missing an enormous peice of the puzzle that is your only hope. If it is not so and you do have rock solid CHRISTian faith, then you need to be diplaying it as THE SOLUTION in every article.

Be carefull, you have a condition which you must acknowledge as requiring special consideration. The blood of the Jewish race is a blessing that tends to lend intelect to those who have it and it can allow one to recieve a very honored position among GOD's servents but with it also comes the strongest efforts to tempt or deceive by the devil as the Jewish people are the ones he wishes to corrupt most and intellect can be turned to cynicism and pridefulness and warped to serve the devils goals.

Anything less than CHRISTian faith is doom and the cancer of wisdom. Know this and find peace for your troubled soul. Do not be trapt in your cleverness, CHRISTianity is not contredictory, flawed, superstitious or dumb, it just requires faith and patience, then all is revealed.

May GOD bless you and yours. Amen.

Larry said (November 19, 2005):

If Lord Jacob Rothschild himself were to declare Christ as his Lord and Saviour, he would be assasinated because he's not a free man. He's just as much a prisoner of the bondage system he perpetrates as anyone else.

I found a DVD in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart entitled "The Satanic Rites of Dracula." The movie, set in London circa 1970, opens with a satanic ritual complete with human sacrifice. Attendees are British elite conspiring to help Dracula (Christopher Lee) rule the world under threat of man-made bubonic plague.

Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) suspects Dracula is really on a suicide mission to destroy the earth and end his spiritual torment.

Is art imitating life? Could Britain's Hammer Films have had an inside track and were their movies part of the real psy-ops? Most certainly.

Lisa said (November 19, 2005):

How amazing it is to see the connection between the alleged and the absolute. I speak only regarding educational matters which have been encumbered by "progressive" movements and "reform" all supposedly "for the children". But it's all a ruse, isn't it? It is the truly evil socialist illuminati who aim to dumb down our society under the guise of improvement.

CY said (November 19, 2005):

"If God wins, man revels in the glory of his Divine Birthright. If Satan wins, man is destroyed. In a nutshell, this is the religious nature of politics. "

I hope you are well aware that Satan will never win, as God states clearly in the Holy Qur'an. God will hold everybody accountable for their own deeds and order some people to call the other things whom they ascribed divinity besides or instead of God. They will most certainly be unable to answer, or they will forsake them at the fateful hour.
If God wished He would make everybody a believer or an unbeliever. This world is a temporary place to prove who is more deserving of afterworld's gifts or punishments.

Faith in God is a marvellous thing especially in these distressing times...

I am inviting you, Henry, to Islam, the last and perfect religion, which is all about submitting to and worshipping God alone.
God promises that people who believe in, worship God and do good works will have "nothing to fear or to regret".
Whose word is truer than God's?

Len said (November 19, 2005):

I guess I`m not one of the; "sophisticated or dedicated"! My only solution in my personal life is to make sure I DO NOT HELP this Illuminati structure in any way I can resist; Inform-educate friends, and NOT participate in economic activities supportive of their "system". Ironically, it saves alot of money too. Another thing many of you can do is screw up their computers by giving the WRONG numbers when supposedly voluntarily "Complying". Thirdly, put your own food survival inventory together so when economic breakdowns occur you will not be victimized by FEMA and despotism.

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