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ARE WE IN THE END TIMES?
Preface: first let me say that I love my country, and to this day would die to protect the innocent people of this land. Anyone willing to serve or who has served their nation certainly understands where that comes from. Nonetheless, I must confess that a lot of what you are about to read was, to me, quite a shock and an eye-opening experience. The further I searched, the more suprised I was at what I'd found. And equally suprised things haven't really changed a whole heckuva lot. I'm starting my end-times query at the very beginning of our nation's history, which I believe is referred to specifically in Revelation. It is my intent to just lay out facts about our history as I've uncovered them, and leave the speculation up to you! Hopefully, you will find this at the least thought-provoking.

PART 1: THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Certainly all of us know that the principles of our nation were born out of a collective agreement to insure equality and liberty for all. We have documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to ensure such equality and liberty. Whether it's the U.S. Government, those running the government, or the peoples of that government, we all can stake claim to the treasure's these documents provide.

The people who helped sculped this country brought with them a bevy of personal difference. Anyone who knows history understands that the Declaration of Independence was almost bickered out of being because of the special interest of those who stood to lose more than they'd gain by ratifying the document. Kinda sounds like the current Congress. If not for an impassioned Thomas Jefferson, it may have had a whole different look.

One might wonder what type of special interest a guy could possibly have back in 1776. Aside from the eternal lust of money and having more of it, exclusivity and separation from the "commoner" was the big gig back in the day. This is why it is spelled out quite plainly by our founding fathers that all men are created equal. So as to insure elimination of oppression from not only English Royalty, but those who were more financially fortunate than others.

The founding fathers of our nation had many differences. Most people believe that they were predominently Christian in their beliefs, and some evangelist, and politicians today even hark back to that time with references to such. While some of the signers of these great documents were, indeed, Christians, historical evidence shows us that not a few of them were self-proclaimed Deists, Theists, and FreeMasons. Two of these can be explained by simply quoting Webster's dictionary:

Theism - "belief in the existence of a god or gods; specifically: belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of man and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world."
Deism - "a movement or system of thought advocating natural religions based on human reason rather than revelation, emphasizing morality, and, in the 18th century, denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe."

Neither of which is an endorsement of Christianity.

For the FreeMasons, I only need point to Albert Pike (1809-1891), who is considered a pioneer, and a crusader for justice by the Masons of today. Yet it is Pike who broke the silence when he wrote, "Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism, and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be mislead; to conceal the Truth, which it calls light, and draw them away from it." [Morals and Dogma, p. 104-5, 3rd Degree] .

Notice the "misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead", pointed reference to the occultic symbols used by the Masons today. The elect continue to lie to Christ following Masons, as directed by Pike, in their continued effort to conceal their true loyalty, which is to Lucifer.

Again, this from Pike's "Morals and Dogma", "Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!"

Most people at the time considered his writings as ravings of a lunatic, much like the world did with Hitler's "Mein Kampf". Certainly no one could really think such a thing. Sadly, both were embraced by the brethren of their cause.

As with most organizations, there is the membership, and the elect. The average Mason will go to his grave arguing for their organization that it is a Christian one and that they are God-fearing people. Regardless of Pike and his views which are accepted by the 'elect', this is very possible. There certainly are 'Christians' out there betraying their Lord by giving the world a false example as they revel in sin, while proclaiming they are Saved. We should realize the same is true with all faiths, including Masons.

The new world, however, was made up of a lot of commoners who fervently believed in the God of Abraham and Jesus as His Son. Because of this, what was transcribed in the new documents of freedom would have to at least give the appearance of worshiping that particular God. This is why Jefferson, a Deist, carefully scripted the Declaration of Independence to read that our rights derive, not from the God of Holy Scripture, but rather "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God".

Those who were Deists, Theists, and Masons were feeling pretty good holding such prestige in the new 'Christian' world. The FreeMasons were ready to take it a step further. Feeling above common man as they felt their wealth dictated, they formed a secret group or 'society' named "The Illuminati" and considered themselves illuminated over man. Their plan would be to secure upper lever positions in government as well as industry, thereby forming a strategic partnership in this new, growing land. Naturally, no one could find out about this secret society, who's membership required unwavering loyalty to 'its' cause, not that of the people of the new America.

And things began to move rather progressively, especially after one of their own, George Washington, was named President of the United States in 1789.

NEXT WEEK: THE MAKING OF WASHINGTON, DC. (and how it relates to end times)

   Whew! And you promised you wouldn't get too deep. Whilst I would never presume to dispute Webster, the common usage of the words "Theist" and "Deist" need more clarification. A theist is applicable only to Judeo-Christian/Moslem religions (rooted in a creator god) and do not apply elsewhere. Thus, even tho other religions practice a "theology" of sorts, their members are not "theists". In this way it is an endorsement of those parts of Christianity having to do with creation, if not redemption.
   Among reference books, there is a subtle difference of opinion as to what "Deist" means. I believe the founding fathers sole belief (as self-proclaimed Deists) is that a supreme being did create the universe, but has nothing to do with it now. While Webster's says this ("denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe"), the remaining parts of the definition sound more like "Humanism", which emphasizes human reason over "revelation". Interestingly, this extension does not appear in the American Heritage Dictionary.
   Hey, Webster was just trying to help!
   I'm not familiar enough with this Albert Pike fellow to comment about his connections to, or writings concerning, the FreeMasons, except to say that the Illuminati's existence in modern America is hotly disputed (well, sure, they're a secret society, right?). But I know they were here at our country's inception--and George Washington was a FreeMason---so we agree on something!---Nolan


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