My thanks to MattFiveFour in helping me to write this topic.
The Tri-Lateral Commission.
The New World Order.
These are but a small sample of the many conspiracies that I have heard of in my time.( At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if the Girl Scouts end up on the list someday!! ) I'm sure there are plenty others, but this small list is just what comes to the front of my mind when I think of this topic. Each one is a conspiracy that those who worry about it sincerely believe lurks in the shadows, and would threaten to jump out at us when we least expect it....
But how much do we need to be concerned?
Conspiracies and their theories have been around since man first learned to talk to one another; in fact, one of man's first conspiracies was to get together and build the Tower of Babel. (For the story on that sordid affair, refer to Genesis 11:1-9) It would seem to be in man's nature to conspire against other people they perceive to be a threat, have something they want, or wish to be in control of.
But as far as conspiracies, or "confederations" go, God has some advice for us:
"Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." (Isaiah 8:9-13, emphasis mine)
Although Isaiah is speaking to the people of his day, this also holds true for us as well; our fear is to be the LORD, and not man. And this is not the only place that God tells us not to be afraid of men:
"In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me." (Psalm 56:11)
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." ( Matthew 10:28-31)
I am not saying that we should walk about unprepared; but rather, instead of hiding in basements armed to the hilt for an armed invasion, we need to be out doing our father's business.
One thing in particular has always struck me about these global conspiracy theories: they have been going on for a long, long time. Take the Illuminati, for example. Or the Knights Templar. All these things are purportedly conspiracies to enslave the world. Well what mortal man takes part in a conspiracy that hundreds and hundreds of years later, even a thousand or so, still hasn’t come to fruition? Doesn’t that seem odd? There have been ample times in the history of the world when a true conspiracy could have ruled the world and enslaved all of civilization. But it never happened. When some tried to rule the world, they were beaten. In the past couple hundred years, it was people whom conspiracy theorists have named as members of some of the dangerous “hidden” societies that worked to help beat back the would-be conquerors.
What’s my point? Conditions in the past have been far more favorable to the enslavement of mankind. Weak civilian populations, with few freedoms, accustomed to living under absolute monarchs, without access to media … are the perfect fodder for a dictator. How come it never happened?
Because it can’t. I suggest to you that while there may be specific conspiracies from time to time, involving various important people, there is no over-arching conspiracy to rule the world. Except from one source. Let me tell you about it;
Lucifer had been the highest angel in heaven, as he was originally created: "Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire." (Ezekiel 28:12-14)
But this wasn't enough for Lucifer:
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:13-15)
"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 18:15)
Lucifer conspired with one third of the angels in Heaven to depose God, and remove him from the throne, with Lucifer taking the seat for himself!
But God would have none of it.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
"By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." (Ezekiel 28:16-17)
Lucifer's plan to take Heaven and the seat of the Universe from God failed miserably; he had been removed from his position in heaven, and became known as the Adversary, or Satan. He no longer enjoyed the same privileges as the other angels, and his position was taken by his onetime subordinate, Michael. (This draws a parallel as compared to the the first son, Cain, and the second son, Abel.) He had neglected to consider one thing: a finite being CANNOT defeat an INFINITE one.
So, since he could not assault God directly, Satan's next move was to claim what God held the most dear in creation: Man...
"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5)
By causing Man to sin, he put a barrier between God and all of mankind: that of sin and death. He successfully bound humanity with those accursed chains, and the rule of creation was taken from man.
But unbeknownst to Satan, God already had a plan in motion: he would redeem Mankind through his own blood. To do this, God had to ensure that he had a race of people through whom he could conduct this plan. That race would be started through a man named Abraham:
"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. " (Genesis 12:1-3)
And through his lineage down through the centuries, God created a nation unto himself: Israel. Time and again, Satan tried to destroy them from both without and within; but God was faithful to his promises to them:
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:15)
Even when Israel sinned so greatly that God banished them to Babylon, he never forgot his promises to them, and stood by his nation, restoring them after 70 long years in exile. Almost 500 years later, God in the flesh was born to that nation: Jesus the Christ:
"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." (Luke 1:30-33)
Satan did hid damnedest to try to destroy the Saviour: from the murder of the innocents in Bethlehem by Herod the Great, to the temptation in the wilderness, Satan threw everything he had at Christ. But in spite of all his trickery and connivance, Christ never swayed from his mission to save humanity from the bondage they languished in:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)
Jesus died for us on the cross, paying our penalty in our place. Satan thought he 'engineered" Christ's death by manipulating the Pharisees and Scribes into hatred against Jesus; to the point of arresting him on a false charge and breaking several Sanhedrin laws in order to conduct an illegal trial.
But Satan was NOT in control of the situation; All of this had been planned in eternity past.
On the day Christ rose from the dead, Satan's kingdom took the equivalent to a coordinated ground and air strike from God himself! God smashed the forces of darkness, and took the keys of death and hell from that miserable old serpent, Satan.
The judgment of the Cross sealed Satan's fate that day. And to make matters worse, what was created on the day God sent the Holy Spirit to mankind was something Satan had no plan for: the Church. Each member being sealed by the Spirit of God; and preaching the Gospel of our Lord:
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)
Now, Satan seeks to destroy and consume as many as he can, with the intention of destroying Israel before God can return to keep the remainder of his promises to her. To do this, he manipulates the world against Israel, and seeks to whittle her down to nothing. And he seeks to paralyze and marginalize the church by the same means he used to isolate and deceive Eve:
Questioning God's word, and allowing for heresy to creep in.
My brothers and sisters, we can seek conspiracies and secret organizations all we want; but the true conspiracy is the one Satan hatched millennial ago. And through God's written word, we know that Satan will NOT prevail against God. In the end, God will finally deal with Satan once and for all.
There are going to be those that will claim "we have to watch for these conspiracies, or they'll take everything from us!!" Do we trust God so little that we cling tenaciously, even vehemently to "our rights?" Have we so little faith in our Lord that we deem it necessary to fight the battle against Satan in our own power?
If we do, then we have already lost.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12)
If we confine our time to fighting the people of this world, then we are playing right into Satan's hands. If we try to take on Satan himself or his minions, we will surely be crushed; Satan can easily pulverize the average human, and wipe the floor with him on all levels!
Do we dare to take him on on HIS terms?
No, we must trust in God's promise: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35-39)
The Lord fights our battles for us, and as the time draws closer and closer, we need to be about our Father's business; this I CANNOT say strongly enough!!! We must continue to be a witness to those we encounter, not a spectacle for those we meet and talk to to gawk at and mock, giving the church a black eye" as it were.
I bid all of you the peace of the Lord.