Part Two: The Prophecy/Conspiracy Genre
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"Chronicle of Brothers," by God TV co-founder and host Wendy Alec, is another example of the mainstreaming of New World Order conspiracy theories in the guise of end times prophecy.

Part One of this article is about the growth of the prophecy/conspiracy genre and the mainstreaming of grand conspiracy theories claiming that a cabal of super elite are advancing a "New World Order" in preparation for the reign of the Antichrist.  An example is the fictional (but end times prophecy-based) series Chronicle of Brothers by self-proclaimed "prophet" Wendy Alec.  In the series written by the God TV host, the events of 9/11 were not orchestrated by Osama bin Laden and terrorists, but by the "Secret Illuminati Council of 13" headed by a Jesuit priest.

God TV was launched in 1995 from the U.K. by South African couple Rory and Wendy Alec.  The network claims to reach a half billion people in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia.  Broadcast from Jerusalem since 2002, the founders claim they have a "divine mandate to win one billion souls."  

Wendy Alec is the author of Journal of the Unknown Prophet and claims to have had a visitation from Jesus through which she was shown visions of the future.  She is also author of the ongoing series of fiction books titled the Chronicle of Brothers. The books are published by Warboys Publishing, Ltd., in London, founded in 2001 and thus far publishing only Wendy Alec's books.  The series juxtaposes narratives of modern times with Lucifer's fall from heaven and biblical-based stories.  When Lucifer realizes that humans are being given God's DNA, he goes into a rage of envy and finds a way to pollute the human race with his own DNA.  An array of demonic characters including the Dread Warlocks of Ishtar, Black Magi, Demon Witches of Babylon, Shaman Kings and interact with the "Race of Humans" in both biblical times and the present.

The narrative parallels widespread New World Order conspiracy theories.  The following passage is from the closing pages of  Messiah: The First Judgment and introduces the next book in the series, Son of Perdition.  The scene takes place on September 10, 2001 as the Jesuit priest Lorcan DeMolay contemplates the events planned for 9/11.  De Molay is looking over the Council of 13 Illuminati:

"He surveyed the men seated before him.  The Council of Thirteen, the highest orders of the Committee of 300, the Black Nobility of Venice.  The Supreme Mother Council of the of the thirty-third-degree masons of the Scottish Rite.

He scanned the faces of the chairman of the Club of Rome, the Federal Reserve, the Bilderberger Group, the International Monetary Fund, the Bohemian Grove, the Lucius Trust, his gaze finally resting on the Frater Superior and Grand Tribunal of the Ordo Templi Orienti.

The Grand Masters of the Illuminati.

The secret Illuminati who controlled the American government.

Who controlled every government of the Eastern and Western world.

Who in turn were controlled by him.

Lorcan De Molay."

Note that the wording is slightly different in Son of Peridition than the preview at the end of Messiah:  The First Judgement.

In hardcore anti-Semitic literature, like Fritz Springmeier's 13 Bloodlines of the Illuminati, the Illuminati families are Jews, including the Rothschilds, and those the author claims are crypto-Jews, including the Rockefellers.  In overt anti-Semitic literature the Rockefellers are claimed to have infiltrated Mainline Protestant denominations in order to destroy Christianity from the inside.  Similar narratives claim Jews as the plotters behind Jesuits and Freemasons.  

The 13 Bloodlines of the Illuminati is still marketed by The Prophecy Club and these 1990s videos and similar narratives are now all over the internet.  One YouTube segment of Springmeier speaking for the Prophecy Club on the 13 bloodlines has been viewed almost 300,000 times.  This same motif of 13 satanic bloodlines is also used in conspiracy theories about U.S. currency in which it is claimed that the symbols on bills including groups of 13 stars, etc. indicate that America is controlled by this Jewish/Freemasonry/Illuminati cabal. (The symbols are in quantities of 13 because they represent the 13 colonies.)

The Son of Perdition continues with the meeting of the Council of 13 Illuminati:

...De Molay spoke softly, his voice low and cultured. His accent was distinctly British, London W1K to be precise, but it carried a subtle exotic inflection that was indefinable.

'By precisely 8.46 am tomorrow, our operation to subvert and destabilize the United States of America will have begun...'

'By noon, there will be closings at the United Nations, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the stock markets . . . ' he murmured, 'We will have struck at the foundations of the entire Western world.' He turned to Charles Xavier Chessler, the silver haired Chairman of Chase Manhattan.

'Our insider trading account stands as we speak at fifteen billion dollars,' Chessler said. 'Untraceable back to the Brotherhood.'

De Molay puffed on the cigar until the outer rim began to glow. 'The towers will collapse like a proverbial house of cards,' he murmured.

'Freefall,' added Jaylin Alexander, former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. 'The evidence of controlled implosion buried forever in the debris.' De Molay gestured to an imposing figure - in military dress and with a shock of coarse white hair - who sat at his right hand. NORAD Commander General Omar B. Maddox.

'Vigilant Guardian is in effect, General?'

The general saluted. 'NORAD is on standby, Your Excellency. At dawn, we execute the largest imaginary air defence exercise in our history, simulating an attack on the United States.'

Jaylin Alexander, former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency continues, explaining that the hijackers have been tricked into believe that they will return to airports where planes will be waiting to take them and the hostages away.  He adds,

'They will die unwilling martyrs of the Brotherhood. Textbook black-ops scapegoats.'

Then the conspirators map out their plans for after 9/11.

`In the Fall of 2008, we will crash the market . . .' Werner Drechsler, president of the World Bank, said very softly. 'Plunge the dollar. There will be a deliberate contraction of
all credit. We will instigate the single greatest economic crisis since 1929. Between 40 and 45 per cent of the world's wealth destroyed in less than eighteen months.'

Julius De Vere continues,

'By 2025 we finish the job. During the run on the banks, we intentionally collapse the Federal Reserve and replace it with our One World Central Bank. They will cry out to us to do anything to stop their pain.'

The book continues with a laundry list of issues common to New World Order conspiracy theories.  

-American sovereignty will be eliminated.
-Weaponized Avian flu will be staged as a false flag incident and martial law declared.
-The North American Union will be launched.
-Gun control and vaccinations will be made mandatory.

Following this, the chief of British Intelligence Services states,

`We eradicate resisters. Patriots. Constitutionalists.'

He and Lorcan De Molay exchanged a fleeting glance.


Read more from the online preview of Son of Peridition.

American history is rewritten, as seen in this book series, as controlled by these demonic forces. Lucifer explains that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated because of his resistance to a central bank.  

At the core of the prophecy/conspiracy genre is the theme seen above, and also vocalized on God TV and throughout much of the Religious Right, that the Illuminati are preparing concentration camps in which to imprison resistors.  Some versions claim that these concentration camps are being prepared with gas and/or guillotines for the persecution of the "new Jews" - Christian Patriots.  Dramatizations of this persecution of Christians can be seen throughout the prophecy/conspiracy genre including John Hagee's video "Vanished: In the Twinkling of an Eye" produced with Cloud Ten Productions and subsequent "documentaries" and videos by Cloud Ten.

Nesta Webster and Early 20th Century Conspiracy Theories

Nesta Webster, a member of the British Union of Fascists, wrote about the  Illuminati and secret societies in the early 1900s.  She authored several books and pamphlets including "World Revolution:  The Plot Against Civilization" (1922), "Secret Societies and Subversive Movements" (1924), and "The Need for Fascism in Great Britain" (1926).  Webster contributed to a series of articles in the London Morning Post in 1920 following the paper's publishing of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion under the title "The Jewish Peril."   Webster claimed that the French Revolution was masterminded by a Illuminati/Jewish/Freemasonry/Jesuit conspiracy.  Interest in her work was later revived in the U.S. by the John Birch Society.

Pat Robertson, in his 1991 book The New World Order, quoted Webster and repeated her claims that the French Revolution was instigated by Illuminati who infiltrated the French government.  Robertson merged historical conspiracy theories with end times prophecy, much like American Fundamentalist leaders of the 1920s and 1930s who merged their Dispensational narrative with anti-Semitic conspiracies of the period.  When end times prophecy is added to the conspiratorial stew, the conspirators become not only centrally organized, but minions of the devil leading a war against Christianity.  In some versions, the villains are portrayed as descending from a demonic bloodline.

From Robertson's The New World Order:

"In earlier chapters, we have traced the infiltration of Continental Freemasonry by the new world philosophy of the Order of the Illuminati, and its subsequent role in the French Revolution.  We then were able to find clear documentation of the occultic-oriented secret societies claiming descent from Illuminism and the French Revolution played a seminal role in the thinking of Marx and Lenin."-page 177

"That same year, 1782, the headquarters of Illuminated Freemasonry moved to Frankfurt, a center controlled by the Rothschild family... If indeed members of the Rothschild family or their close associates were polluted by the occultism of Weishaupt's Illuminated Freemasonry, we may have discovered the link between the occult and the world of high finance." - page 181

"In fact, the Bible refers to Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots.  It is this stream of humanity that asserted itself in the French Revolution, in Marxist communism, and now appears again in new world order planning."-page 258

Note that in overt anti-Semitic media  the "Mystery Babylon" religion is claimed to have been passed on to the Hebrews during the biblical Babylonian captivity and is the source of occult powers used to manipulate financial markets.  Another elaborate version of the "Mystery Babylon" narrative has been used against the Roman Catholic Church.  Alexander Hislop popularized this conspiracy narrative in 1853 in a pamphlet called The Two Babylons, in which he claimed that the Catholic Church veered from Christianity during the reign of Constantine to embrace the occult worship of Mystery Babylon initiated by Nimrod and Semiramis.  John Hagee tells a similar narrative of the history of Catholicism and describes the destruction of Rome and "Romanism" in the end times.

Another overt anti-Semitic conspiracist sourced by Robertson in New World Order was Eustace Mullins, author of several books including Secrets of the Federal Reserve, which Glenn Beck has promoted on his Fox News show.  Mullins explains in the reprint of another of his  books, The World Order: Our Secret Rulers, that he did not think to call it "New World Order" at the time because he had traced the conspiracy back over 5000 years.  This volume starts with the Rothschilds, and includes Walter Rathenau as a major leader of the Illuminati world conspiracy.  Mullins credits Rathenau as the source of the ideas for Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs. (Rathenau was also Jewish and the Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic until assassinated in 1922.)

A ploy that is used by conspiracy theorist writers is to claim that many innocents were duped by the Illuminati and therefore there is nothing anti-Semitic, anti-Jesuit, or anti-Mason about the stories. Others claim these narratives can't possibly be anti-Semitic because they're being told by "pro-Israel" Christian Zionists.  Regardless similar narratives have historically had serious consequences.  Whether those marketing these conspiracy theories are doing it out of ignorance or with malicious intent, fear mongering and scapegoating can result in horrific real world consequences.

The Dangers of Scapegoating

The cartoon in the graphic is from the May 1935 Der Heidelberger Student. By 1935, the student newspaper had become a Nazi mouthpiece. The cartoon shows a Freemason, a Jew, and a Jesuit conspiring in secret against Germany, with the caption "Sie Sind Entlarvt!" or "Found At Last!"  

Wendy Alec's series Chronicle of Brothers books are fiction and one could argue that they should be viewed simply as provocative entertainment, something like Dan Brown's fictional novels with religious themes.  (Dan Brown's portrayal of the Illuminati in The DaVinci Code and other books has surprisingly little in common with rampant New World Order narratives.)  However, like the Left Behind series, Chronicle of Brothers is being marketed as authored by a "prophet" with secret biblical knowledge, and in this case, someone who claims to have received visions directly from Jesus.

As described in Part One of this article, God TV has regularly featured end times prophecy experts who promote similar conspiracy theories about the Illuminati and the New World Order. Son of Perdition is marketed on God TV with a selection of other end times prophecy books presented as non-fiction as a package for $79.95 in order to "help you with a much greater understanding of the end times."

The Chronicle of Brothers is advertised as a "masterpiece of ancient hidden truths"  and her fans send comments like, "Your visions of heaven and hell can only come because God has given them to you."  The books interweave scenes like the one above with dramatically rewritten biblical events, presenting a continuity in the demonic powers that manipulated the earth in biblical times and in the present.

The same demonic figures that control the earth in the modern scenes (through the year 2021) were portrayed as manipulating Jews in the New Testament as Pontius Pilate contemplated what to do with Jesus.

From The First Judgment, page 311:

The youth's incessant roar rose through Jerusalem's reddening dawn skies.  "We want Jesus!" they cried.  "Give us Jesus."

All at once, the glowing skies grew dark with clouds as a freezing wind sprang up, blowing eerily across the mob.  Thousands of macabre black chariots surrounded the judgment hall.  Invisible to the Race of Men.  A hundred of Lucifer's satanic militia stood, towering at each side of the crowd, led by Folcador and his dark legions.  Silence fell upon the crowd as the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate, dressed in his lavish robes, strode out and sat down in a carved, cushioned chair.  He sighed deeply, then nodded to the soldier at his right...

It is your custom that I release one prisoner for you at the Passover.  He hesitated, surveying the crowd before him.  "So shall I release for you this king of the Jews... or this murderer Barabbas?

Huldah, overlord of the Shaman Kings, signaled to the shaman drummers encircling the arena.  In compliance, as one the macabre shamans placed black shofars of rams' horns to their lips and blew.  A low, decadent subliminal aria sounded across the crowd, and immediately a strange weblike substance enveloped the young zealots as thousands of minuscule batlike demons the size of locusts flurried out from the blaring shofars.  Their bloodsucking talons ripped into the youths' scalps, slashing at their ears, noses, eyes.  The youths stood, in a trance, oblivious of the demons' harassment.  

...Then thousands of dark, hunched wort devourers swarmed like a pack of wolves among the crowd, and as the clawed demons spewed a sticky tarlike substance from their fangs, whispering satanic enchantments, a horrifying new chanting began.

"CRUCIFY the Nazarene!" they cried.  "Crucify the Nazarene!"  The demonic creatures clawed more deeply into their skulls.  "Crucify Him.... Crucify Him..."  

I haven't finished reading all of the books published in the series thus far, but it is apparent that the Antichrist figure in the stories is Adrian De Vere, one of three earthly brothers whose lives parallel the brother angels in the story - Gabriel, Commander in Chief of the First Heaven's Armies;  Michael, Lord Chief Justice of Angelic Revelators; and Lucifer, Sovereign Ruler of the Race of Men.  Both Gabriel and Michael also have the titles of Chief Princes of the Royal House of Yehovah.

Adrian De Vere is the youngest ever Prime Minister of England, president of the United States of Europe and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In Son of Perdition he brokers a peace treaty and nuclear disarmament pact between Russian, the Arab nations, the U.N., the E.U., and Israel called the "Ishtar Accords."  

Demonization of the U.N. and the E.U., and any Middle East peace process, is not unusual in end times prophecy media. John Hagee claims the Antichrist will emerge from the European Union, and in Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' Left Behind series the Antichrist is Secretary General of the United Nations.  As described in hundreds of other end times prophecy media products, peace accords and nuclear disarmament are claimed to be a trick of the Antichrist. Both Dispensationalist and end times evangelists who reject the pre-Tribulation Rapture teach that the Tribulation period will begin when Israel signs a peace treaty with the Arab and Islamic nations of the Middle East (a peace treaty that supposedly can only be brokered by the Antichrist).

Wendy Alec's Antichrist figure, Adrian De Vere, promotes the "Ishtar Accords" quoting John F. Kennedy,

"Next month - in Babylon - a pact between Russia, the Arab nations, the United Nations, the European Union and Israel will be signed. A nuclear disarmament pact that will last for forty years. The first phase - the seven-year Ishtar Accord - to be signed in Babylon."

De Vere continues,

"I can think of no better way to end this address than to quote directly from the thirty-fifth President of the United States. From John F. Kennedy's speech on 10th June 1963 to the American University.

'What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek?  Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace - the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living - the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children - not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women - not merely peace in our time . . .'

Adrian looked straight into the camera lens, his sapphire blue eyes like steel.

'. . . but peace for all time.'"

As in the Left Behind series, the political insinuations and attacks in Chronicle of Brothers are clear.  However, Wendy Alec's books and end times experts interviewed on God TV's programming are cautious in the way they present the villains of New World Order conspiracy theories.  They do not include overt references to Jews or Jewish sounding names, at least not while on God TV.  

There are claims that this brand of New World Order conspiracy theory is not anti-Semitic, and could not be since many of the end times "experts" are also prominent Christian Zionists.   I find this disingenuous on the part of those promoting the prophecy/conspiracy narratives, since all of their prophecy timelines require the end of Judaism as the prerequisite for the Millennium or 1000-year millennial Kingdom on earth. It may not be couched in typical anti-Semitic terminology, but teaching fantasies of a imminent utopia on earth that can be achieved once Rabbinic Judaism is terminated is anti-Semitic, regardless if there are Jewish and Israeli leaders who will look the other way while accepting support from some of the same people marketing these narratives.

Simply removing overt references to Jews, Jesuits, Freemasons, or whomever, does not mean that the conspiracy theories become benign.  You can change the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood" to anything - a bear, a shark, or the abominable snowman.  When the story is told, those hearing it will still envision a wolf. These scapegoating narratives have a long and sordid history.  

The next segment of this article will be an examination of possible reasons why we're not seeing more outrage about New World Order conspiracy theories despite the impact they are having on political discourse and society.

They're persecuting people right now, and it's getting worse.  The ones who are doing it are at the same time complaining about being persecuted.

Their definition of persecution needs to be examined in more detail.  I would describe it as "You won't let me treat you however I wish and not obeying me, so you're persecuting me!"  

I'd just about bet that some dominionist kids who tried to proselytize me last week are crying "persecution" right now.  I told them to get lost when they started getting offensive.

by ArchaeoBob on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 06:08:27 PM EST

The late author Taylor Caldwell was a member of the John Birch Society and referred to Nesta Webster's and Eustace Mullins's tripe favorably in her overwrought 1974 roman a clef about the Kennedys, "The Captains and the Kings." I recall reading one of Jerry Falwell's early newsletters (this would have been around 1980 or so) and it was replete with conspiracy theory references that echoed much of the nonsense the John Birch Society spouted after the late Gary North published his book "None Dare Call It Conspiracy." Tim LaHaye is an ex-Bircher and while he may not be a formal member of the group, he hasn't ditched his beliefs in the conspiracy genre. Conspiracy theory thinking makes me cranky with aggravation precisely because it is a substitute for coherent and critical thought and because it winds up scapegoating and harming real people. The late British historian Norman Cohn detailed the very real harm these nutty concepts did to people in a different context in his book "Europe's Inner Demons."

by khughes1963 on Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 08:05:35 PM EST

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