Pampanga Phillipines Sun Star
Saturday, February 19, 2005
By Ding Cervantes
THERE is a growing number of people around us getting a little more flamboyant about their being members of Freemasonry. I have seen not a few of them driving cars with specialized plates marked either "masonry" or "mason" and it is not surprising to meet someone who'd admit he's a member of the movement and glow with delight with such disclosure.
What, really, is freemasonry? How did it start?
Despite the belief of the common freemasons you meet that their movement started way back in the days of the Old Testament, historical records seem to point that its emergence as a united society of some kind started in 1773 in Frankfurt, Germany when one Mayor Amschel Rothschild assembled 12 of his most influential Jewish friends whom he later referred to as the "elders of Zion" to convince them that if they got their resources together, they could rule the world. He told them he had found someone - Adam Weishaupt - who had incredible intellect and ingenuity to lead the organization.
Funded by Rothschild and guided by a mysterious occultist named Kolmer, Weishaupt founded on May 1, 1776 the "Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria" which later came to be known as the "Order of the Illuminati." It was to direct a worldwide attack on all religion and government. It wanted a Universal Republic or a New World Order.
A book by Fr. Adolf Faroni of the Society of Don Bosco cites historical records indicating that the inner circle of the Order "was structured around the pentagram", the symbol of the blazing star Sirius. It was initially made up of five men: Kolmer, Francis Dashwood who founded the Satanic Hellfire Club, Alphone Donatien DeSade from whom the word "sadism" was derived, Mayer Rothschild, and Weishaupt.
Then they began recruiting members initially referred to as "minerval" who could advance to the order of "illuminati minor". The latter would have to prove absolute devotion to the order to be able to advance to the top-most circle of initiates called "illuminati major", a position just below the Rex which, soon after the order was founded, was held by Weishaupt.
Said Wieshaupt: "The power of the Order must be turned to the advantage of its members. All must be assisted. They must be preferred to all persons otherwise of equal merit. Money, services, honor, goods, and blood must be expended for the fully proved Brethren." From Germany, Freemasonry under the leadership of the illuminatis spread to other countries.
The plots of the illuminatis came more to fore on Oct. 11, 1785 when Bavarian authorities found Weishaupt's writings which bared plans for "a universal revolution that should deal the death blow to society...this revolution will be the work of secret societies, and that is one of our great mysteries."
Thus in the latter part of the 18th century, the freemasons had mapped out a plot for a revolution in France. A freemason concocted a story that while the people of France were suffering from poverty, Queen Marie Antoinette had purchased a diamond necklace costing about $1.5 million. The Duke of Orleans then bought up a huge quantity of bread and grain in France to create artificial famine. This was followed by the Siege of Bastille on July 14, 1789. In November 1793, priests all over France were massacred as the Feasts of Reason were celebrated in churches in Paris.
It came to a point that entire France was in chaos. The freemasons felt it was time to have a "man on a white horse" to reign again over the country and eventually spread his power over the rest of Europe towards the creation of a Universal Republic. Napoleon Bonaparte was thus initiated thrice into Masonic French lodges.
After the Napoleonic Wars, freemasons in France assumed Europe would be ready for peace, so they set up the Congress of Vienna in an attempt to create the first League of Nations. However, Czar Nicolas Romanov of Russia went against this. Freemasons determined to eliminate him, and they did, when the czar and his entire family were executed at the height of the Bolshevik revolution in their country in 1917. It will be interesting to note that the bolsheviks or Russian revolutionaries called themselves Spartacusts, which was the illuminati pseudonym of Weishaupt.
(To be continued)