For those who have not studied the Illuminati, and their goals, let us review a summary of their tenets.
1. Abolition of monarchies and all ordered governments
2. Abolition of private property and inheritances
3. Abolition of patriotism and nationalism
4. Abolition of family life, and the institution of marriage, and the establishment of communal education of children by the state.
5. Abolition of religion, except illumination, which is based on the occult belief man can become God.21
WEISHAUPT'S JEWISH BACKER'S
Behind Adam Weishaupt was a man named Nicolai who had established in Berlin a literary group to propogate Illuminism. Nicolai in turn was supported by Lessing and Mendelsohn. The Mason Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), the founder of modern German literature, gave his support to this anti-Christian Nicolai and his literary endeavors. Also one learns in the memoirs of Moses Mendelssohn, that he was behind the efforts of Nicolai.
Moses Mendelssohn was part of the International Jewish Kahal (world government) .22 Moses Mendelsohn (aka Moses Dessau) was impressed by the Jewish thinker Maimonides (who taught Millenialism) and the Mason Locke who taught the importance of human reason.23
It was not long before the Rothschilds and other influential Jews added their support to Adam Weishaupt's Bavarian Illuminati. In that day, the Jewish communities were all linked, Often their secret communications only needed to be written in Hebrew letters, because outside of some scholars that was enough of a code to keep messages fairly secure.
The anonymous author of Witchcraft and the Illuminati, perhaps borrowing from Dr. Tom Berry's The Illuminati, says that Adam Weishaupt got some of his occult books, the Major Keys of Solomon, the Lesser Keys of Solomon, and the Kabbalah from the Rothschilds. Whether this is accurate or not the author hasn't confirmed. However, it is accurate that the Rothschilds did get involved.(For more about them see Chap. 3.3.)
Most of the groups that have become illuminated, are not called Illuminati. One of the principles of the Illuminati as revealed in the paperwork confiscated by the Bavarian Police was that all Illuminati groups had orders to conceal the very existence of their groups, and if known at all to represent themselves as unimportant philanthropic movements.24 The leaders of these various groups would each get to play roles in the coming planned illumination of the world. (And they have.)
While the Catholic Church has appeared to be a bulwark against Masonry and Illuminism, it has not been exempt from their penitration. Historian Nesta Webster in his book World Revolution seems to desire to limit the involvement of the Jesuits, although he does report that two of the first recruits of Weishaupt were ex-Jesuits. Weishaupt attributes his own description of their code of conduct "der Zweck heiligt die Mittel" (the end sanctifies the means) to the Jesuits. Various Catholic and Jesuit works verify this as a Jesuit attitude.25
John Robison whose gives an excellent picture in his Proofs of a Conspiracy of the various people who used the Masonic Lodge for devious purposes, indicates in several places that the early Masonic Lodges were used by the Jesuits. "At this time [after King James had fled to France] also the Jesuits took a more active hand in Free Masonry than ever. They insinuated themselves into the English Lodges... At this time changes were made in some of the masonic symbols, particularly in the tracing of the Lodge, which bear evident marks of Jesuit interference."26
By adept use of old rivalries, those desiring to create a One-World-Government have played off their rivals against each other, and sneaked in and captured the remains. This movement is what Robison in 1798 called the Cosmopolitan movement. Cosmos is greek for world and Polls is a city, hence, Cosmopolitan in Robison's use means Citizenship of the World. The most zealous cosmopolitans or 1-Worlders in Robison's day were the Loge des Chevaliers Bienfaisants at Lyons. Remember, it was from Lyons that the Scottish Rite travelled to the Americas. That Lodge's Grand Masters were Duc de Chartres, the next Orleans, and after him Ph. Egalite. The Paris and Strasbourg lodges among others were daughter lodges from Lyons.27
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