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Updated 1/27/2021

Here’s an interesting snippet from the archives: Letters from George Washington discussing the Illuminati in 1798. Washington was responding to a parcel containing a book, Proofs of a Conspiracy against All the Religions and Governments of Europe (1797), written by John Robinson, a renowned Scottish Professor. The book accused European Freemasonry of being infiltrated by the Order of the Illuminati, who aimed to “root out all the religious establishments and overturn all the existing governments of Europe.”

[Washington to Reverend Snyder]:

  • “I have heard much of the nefarious, & dangerous plan, & doctrines of the Illuminati […] I believe notwithstandings, that none of the Lodges in this Country are contaminated with the principles ascribed to the Society of the Illuminati.”

[Washington responding to Reverend Snyder’ reply]:

  • “It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more fully satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or the pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, and that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects […] is too evident to be questioned.”

So, Washington believed that Illuminism was an evil threat, decried the Jacobins (French Revolutionaries), called them both diabolical and pernicious, and hinted that Jacobinism and Illuminism were one and the same.

Apparently, Washington didn’t believe that Masonic lodges in America had fallen to Illuminism, but he did suspect that Illuminati-affiliated individuals were no doubt attempting to subvert the country, even though the Illuminati was outlawed almost a decade earlier. From this we can conclude that Washington believed Illuminati conspirators had continued their schemes underground or via other organizations, such as European Freemasonry.

Another book, Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism (1799) by Abbé Augustin Barruel, independently came to the same conclusion as Robinson: Freemasons were behind the French Revolution, and behind the Masons was the Order of the Illuminati, who had infiltrated the organization in the late 1770s. The philosophical founder of British Conservatism, Edmund Burke, wrote a letter to Barruel stating:

“I have known myself, personally, five of your principal conspirators; and I can undertake to say from my own certain knowledge, that as far back as the year 1773, they were busy in the plot you have so well described, and in the manner, and on the principle you have so truly represented. To this I can speak as a witness.”

Burke criticized the French Revolution (1789–99) from a Liberal and Traditionalist perspective in his influential work Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).

If conspiracy theories are to be believed, the Illuminati was essentially a crypto-Jewish secret society, akin to the Shabbateans and Frankists; crypto-Jews who converted to Islam and Catholicism, respectively. In his book To Eliminate the Opiate, Rabbi Marvin S. Antelman claims that the Illuminati was founded in Frankfurt by Adam Weishaupt (1748–1830), a Jewish convert to Christianity, and financed by the Rothschild banking dynasty via Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812).

Antelman also claims that the Illuminati was assisted by Jacob Frank (1726–1791), the self-proclaimed Jewish messiah who continued the satanic tradition established by Shabbatai Zevi (1626–1676). Although Shabbateanism was completely heretical, preaching a philosophy of total moral inversion that included the violation of Jewish religious laws (antinomianism), it was followed by almost the entirety of the world’s Jewish population, at the time. [Don’t shoot the messenger, Chabad said it, not me]. Frankism was (and still is) a more radical (and degenerate) version of Shabbateanism.

This theory is, of course, almost impossible to prove. However, these facts are certain:

  • Both Shabbateans and Frankists infiltrated organizations (Islamic and Catholic, respectively) in order to subvert them and use them as front organizations.
  • Weishaupt, Rothschild, and Frank either lived in or in very close proximity to Frankfurt at the same time.
  • Frankists participated in the French Revolution.
  • Freemasons played a leading role in the French Revolution.
  • The French Revolution led to the emancipation of Jews in France.
  • The conquests of Napoleon Bonaparte led to the emancipation of Jews and across Europe, where he enforced the ideals of the French Revolution.
  • Napoleon ordered the creation of a Jewish “Grand Sanhedrin,” a council named after that which trialed and demanded the execution of Jesus Christ.
  • Napoleon had such a positive relationship with the Jews that the Russian Orthodox Church declared him the “Anti-Christ” and “Enemy of God.”
  • Napoleon, a suspected Freemason, made every single one of his brothers Masonic Grand Masters.
  • The Rothschilds established a bank in Paris in 1812, and was loaning to the French government within 20 years.

That’s a lot of coincidences.