The Presence of the Devil (1)
In Secret Societies, the people comprising the lowest levels have no idea what is really going on at the highest levels. A false narrative is put forth as truth, and it is done in such a way to indoctrinate initiates without the initiates knowing they have been indoctrinated.
Part of the indoctrination process includes infusing the soul and mind of the initiate with the perceived fact that the society he has joined is the best, most prestigious, first in both importance and influence, and most profitable and advantageous for his life and career.
And to prove this, the initiate will be given an open door into some such benefit he would probably not otherwise receive, such as employment, to go along with his initial benefit of belonging to a group, something everyone needs and desires.
As the initiate travels upwards through the various degrees, he gains more knowledge and benefits. His life begins being built around and upon the precepts and initiatives of the order, and he begins becoming closer in alignment with the true purpose and intentions of the society, and those toward the upper levels who comprise it.
As long as the process takes place through a properly paced and methodical fashion the member grows in his awareness, becomes somewhat distant to the members of the lower orders in the sense of only revealing the knowledge allowable and not revealing the higher knowledge he possesses, and continues in his gaining of higher knowledge and growing closer to those in and around his level.
By ascending this ladder of knowledge, he grows closer to understanding the secret teachings that exist only for those at the top who give themselves wholly to the society, and the more his very life is built upon and within said teachings and the society itself. Though he started out committed, he reaches a point of visceral commitment to the society from which he could never exit without destroying his life and that of his family and future descendants.
This is why those at the higher levels never leave. The benefits are incredible. They begin receiving the best jobs, the most money, begin moving in the highest circles, and attain a virtual heaven on earth with reference to wealth, material possessions, and political influence. They discover that there is a hierarchy of powerful people who rule the planet, and that they are becoming part of it.
During the heyday of the mafia, it is said one could never leave after achieving a certain level, simply because he knew too much. The mafia was a society that clearly instructed its members that they were members for life, and to leave would be the equivalent of treason. As long as a member obeyed the dictates of the order, remained loyal, and did whatever was asked of him he would remain in excellent standing and would be the recipient of the full benefits. Part of being an excellent member was never being a “stool pigeon.” One must never reveal anything that was not to be revealed. The penalty for treason was death.
Thus, those who make it to the highest levels of the most prestigious Secret Societies never reveal anything that would expose them for what they are. They never reveal their influence and machinations behind the scenes, their positions of power, their true means of wealth, or the mystical knowledge they possess that makes them what they are.
Part of their secret is that they convince lower initiates there are no secrets. They convince them that there is absolutely nothing sinister or held back, that all is open to see for whoever might want to see it, that what you see is all there is, and that the very idea of a Secret Society is absolutely ridiculous.
But once one climbs the ladder for a while and gets vested, he realizes he was lied to, but for his own benefit and that of the Society as a whole. The key to keeping secrets then, is having a vested interest to do so. By revealing secrets one loses his vesting, or his benefits. It is the equivalent of being bounced from a bar or being a stoolie. Everyone within the society disowns him. No one will help him or grant him a position or employment. He essentially gets kicked to the street. And some pay with their life.
For any single man it is easier to get out, but the benefits of the society extend not only to the individual and his immediate family, they continue to extend to his descendants. Long term Secret Societies develop a gradualist approach that honors a family line, and as long as the individual descendants toe the mark and do all that is required, the benefits keep coming. This is actually very good for the society because it develops multi-generational loyalty and establishes solid family groups that act as both the foundation and glue that keeps it together and stable.
But for one to think that only human beings are involved in such longstanding, high level, powerfully influential, and extremely wealthy Secret Societies is not only naïve, it reeks of pure bullheaded, stiff-necked, and close-minded ignorance.
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” [Matthew 4:8-9]
And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” [Luke 4:5-7]
The Lord Jesus calls the devil “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31, 14:30, and 16:11). This is archon kosmos in the Greek. It refers to that which has been built on this planet by the devil and his invisible guys in concert with fallen humanity. This kosmos is not the planet, it is the fallen world of sinful man built upon this planet. It existed at the time of our Lord when He revealed it, exists now, and existed long before the Lord walked among us.
It has managed to circumnavigate the globe. It has succeeded in establishing itself almost everywhere and has achieved its greatest level of unity and universality to date. It will eventually succeed in becoming a single worldwide entity in complete control of everything with complete knowledge of everything and everyone.
Its absolute and total fullness is almost here.
Yet, there is one, and only one other society on this planet that is not part of this kosmos, and will never be—the community of the Lord Jesus. Hence, there has always been and always will be persecution directed from the devil’s kingdom against the Lord’s kingdom. It is the battle of Light and darkness, and as far as the devil is concerned, one must either join up and worship him or be killed.
Thus, the devil has built a universal Secret Society with himself ruling from atop a mystical pyramid. But one of the great secrets to his success in denying that he has done any such thing. And even more than this, he denies that he even exists. Its much easier to stay hidden when he indoctrinates people into believing he’s not even there to begin with.
But the Word of God reveals him. The Lord Jesus exposed him:
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. [Colossians 2:15]
As a result, the Lord Jesus has built a community composed of those who were formerly under the authority of the devil:
Such were some of you;
But you were washed,
But you were sanctified,
But you were justified
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and in the Spirit of our God. [1 Corinthians 6:11]
Every member of the Lord’s community has been born into it (John 3:3-8). Every member enters through faith and repentance. Every member obeys Him, His teachings, and His commandments. Every member is saved by grace. Every member is wholly committed to Him in love and honor. All of this is required, or there can be no actual fellowship with God or one another.
But there are deceivers and those who have been deceived. Some who are members of the first group think they are members of the Lord’s group. And one must notice that unreal Christianity in all its forms is built exactly like a Secret Society and is in fact the same thing, and exists as part of the devil’s kingdom.
Unreal Christianity contains a hierarchy, a mystical pyramid structure, an initiate program, a spiritual ladder, ignorance of its true existence and purpose at the lower levels comprised of most of its members, and secret knowledge known only to those at the top. It is worldly, looks like the world, pays much more attention to head knowledge than possessing a true heart for God and knowledge of Him, and has much more in common with ancient religions than the community of the Lord Jesus. Its members refuse to be filled with the Spirit of God as per the Book of Acts historical model, and has invented a baptismal formula that refuses the Name Above Every Name.
The Lord warned us to be aware of very strong deception, but most refuse to consider the fact of their own deception. The answer should be straightforward and simple, but because of the devil’s “Secret Gnosis” placed upon and mixed within false forms of Christianity, it is just as the Lord said:
“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” [Luke 12:1-2]
To close, John warns us:
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. [2 John 1:6-10]
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments… [2 John 1:11] 
© 2013 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
 Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Posted on December 28, 2013, in Current Events and tagged All Seeing Eye, Book of Acts, Community of the Lord Jesus, Gnosis, Lord Jesus, Real Christianity, ruler of this world, Secret Societies, Unreal Christianity, Yehoshua HaMashiach. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
Somber but real post, RJ. I don’t know if you’ve read Mike Warneke’s book The Satan Seller, but he illustrates the point you make in terms of satan blessing those who are loyal to him and that there are progressive levels of “knowing” and service. Warneke was pretty high up there in an org, I guess you could call it a huge coven, until he broke free and returned to God. Thing is, many are loyal to satan unawares and actually by default. If you are not God’s, you are from the kingdom of darkness. All would do well to heed and consider your post and this comment.
Thanks Sharon. I haven’t read the book but I have done quite a bit of research over the years. One of the main differences between the Lord and His people, and the enemy and his, is that the Lord will reveal His Word to the honest seeker. He wants us to pick it up in the Spirit, of course. He wants us to dial the right frequency and do whatever spiritual work we must to hear Him. Peter did this, and was bold enough to proclaim what he heard, “You Are the Messiah!”
The enemy, knowing he must deceive, because he knows he really has no message at all, only darkness and dead ends and lies, rarely reveals anything at all except to the high-ranking ones who have essentially sold their souls. And even that is cloaked in deception.
Wizard of Oz. Little man behind a curtain with a microphone and levers.
Deception it is. And counterfeiting God’s ways. Recently a woman who had been a JW for 38 years thought she had been freed from that organization to find “the truth” outside of following Jesus. satan got to her emotionally by pretending to be her deceased daughter. Physically, she had been terminally ill and received healing. That’s when I learned satan heals, too. For believers, it’s vital to discern the difference between the two kingdoms, and that gift is given by God the Holy Spirit.
What’s sad is that God placed yours truly across her path just at the time of satan’s onslaught in her life. She now feels powerful and really thinks she has found the truth. Another lie. Another counterfeit. Only Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
If she is hungry for the truth the Lord will continue leading her to it. It could be she is the middle of the Lord’s plan. Keep believing and praying for her.
Also, did you know the phrase “God the Holy Spirit” was actually referred to by the early believers as simply “The Holy Spirit,” or “Holy Spirit,” the “Spirit of God,” “The Holy Spirit of God,” or even simply the “Spirit?”
[See 1Corinthians 12:3 (Spirit of God, Holy Spirit), Ephesians 4:30 (Holy Spirit of God), and 1Thessalonians 4:8 (God who gives His Holy Spirit to you).]
It is the same with the term “God the Son.” They never used that term either. Neither “God the Son” nor “God the Holy Spirit” are Biblical terms.
Often, the above titles referring to the Spirit of God were used interchangeably, but the main distinction between the general term for God as Spirit (“One Spirit,” “Same Spirit” (1Corinthians 12:9, 11, 13), “One Spirit” (Ephesians 2:18), “There is one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4), is that the Holy Spirit was not given for the actual infilling of the believer until the Day of Pentecost fifty days after the Lord’s resurrection.
The term “Holy Spirit” refers to the one Spirit of God that always was, but specifically in the New Covenant sense of being filled with the Spirit rather than having the anointing of the Spirit upon a believer, as referenced in the following:
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. [John 7:37-39]
If you have wondered why Pastor G and I use the term God the Holy Spirit, it’s because many God has placed across our path speak of Him not as a Person but as the power of God. That’s why we have been led to make this very important distinction and will continue to do so unless God leads us otherwise.
Just wanted to clarify that for you and all who read these comments.
I understand. It remains yet another misunderstanding regarding the perceptions of some to think of the Holy Spirit as a non-personal force or power. The early believers never thought this, of course. Not only that, there are several references in the New Covenant writings in which the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of Jesus. We must be clear in noting that the teachings of the early community of the Lord did not reference two Spirits or three Spirits, or that the one Spirit of God was somehow divided up. See Acts 16:7, Romans 8:11 with reference to John 2:19, and Philippians 1:19 as examples.
You are right. We must see God as a living and loving Person who has manifested Himself in three primary ways in order to reach us with salvation and fellowship in Him.
RJ: Thanks for your enlightenment. Interesting scriptural insight into the evolution of whom or what changes hearts…the cause and effect of encounters with uninformed or misinformed, “well meaning” or “purposely directed deceivers. Whether motivated by selfish ambition, pride, quirks of position and power or just out of complacency; most are directed under the guise of appearing to be what they in Truth are not. Deception and pride are Satan’s top tools.
Paul, in writing of unbelieving Jews, succinctly speaks to heart conditions directly due to the lack of knowledge (I suspect that selfish ambition and pride also played a part):
Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. [New American Standard Bible (NASB)]
(Why am I reminded of the stuffed rabbit skin used in greyhound races?)
Praise be to God there is no cloak of secrecy for those who believe and practice “Real Christianity.” The Mystery has and can be revealed to believers:
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. [New King James Version (NKJV)]
The simple Truth is revealed to those who believe. The Gospel is what it is. Those who search, teach and preach the Word deliver a message of both sacrifice and salvation. It is a message given by God, through the Holy Spirit. As His chosen vessels we must rely on God’s strength and power, not our own, in proclaiming the Gospel to others.
True Christians do not use trickery in relating the Gospel to others. I believe Paul sums it up quite nicely in Thessalonians where he presents basic principles for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
[1 Thessalonians 2:1-6]
For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. [New American Standard Bible (NASB)]
Thanks, Don. I do appreciate such a well thought-out and applied comment. Blessings to you for the contribution. And thanks to Elvis also. (“Thank you. Thank you very much.”)