Megiddo II: The New Age
“Is the New Age really new? Or does it represent the ancient doctrine taught by the serpent to Eve in the Garden of Eden? The answer will startle and amaze you as you learn the influence of the serpent's teaching through the spiritual explosion of occult activity in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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"THE ATLANTIS CONNECTION"
by Chris Pinto
During his 2005 Inaugural Address, President George Bush declared the following:
"When our founders declared a New Order
of the Ages ... they were acting on an ancient
hope that is meant to be fulfilled."
(George W. Bush, 2005) Compare Bush's words against this quote:
"For more than three thousand years, secret societies have labored to create the background of knowledge necessary to the establishment of an enlightened democracy among the nations of the world ..." (Manly P. Hall, occult philosopher)
The Bush quote is shown in our latest documentary, Secret Mysteries of America's Beginnings, Volume I: The New Atlantis. The question that we ask in this film is, What is the ancient hope that President Bush is referring to? According to occult philosphers, this ancient hope could be best described as the restoration of the lost empire of Atlantis.
In order to understand the importance of Atlantis in the New Age and New World Order movements, you must understand that those of the esoteric community consider this ancient empire to be the source of all occult knowledge and wisdom. Atlantis is said to be the origin of the Ancient Mystery religion, which is the philosophy of all the secret societies, including Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Skull & Bones, etc. The earliest recorded account of Atlantis comes from the Greek philosopher, Plato in a dialogue called The Critias. In this account, the tale of Atlantis is said to have been handed down by the ancient Greek lawgiver, Solon.
Solon had been told the story of Atlantis by the Egyptians, who allegedly showed him two great columns from the Atlantean empire. Occult philosopher, Manly P. Hall retells this account in his book, The Secret Destiny of America:
"Accompanied by the High Priest and the torch
bearers, Solon was rowed out over the dark waters.
The boat stopped on the shores of a tiny island
far under ground. The light from the torches fell on
two tall columns ... covered with curious writing
in an unknown language. The High Priest ... explained
... Once long ago there existed on the earth a
vast empire, the power of which extended to every
corner of the world ..." (Hall, pp. 53-54)
Notice how in the above quote, Atlantis was thought to be a global empire "which extended to every corner of the world." Hall goes on to tell us that this society had been governed by laws that were written on these Atlantean columns. These columns are written about in other occult writings, and seem to represent the core of the Ancient Mysteries (more on this later). After witnessing these, Solon supposedly returned to Greece to impart the wisdom he had gained to his fellow Athenians. From there, Solon is said to have handed this story down to a fellow named Dropis, who told it to an elder Critias, who told it to the Critias of Plato's dialogue. Because of this, Plato says that the Atlantean account is based on the "authority of Solon."
In the pictures below, notice the placement of Solon on our government buildings.
|The first image on the left is the reverse of the Supreme Court building.
In the center is Moses, holding the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments.
To his right is Confucius, the Chinese philosopher. While on his left is the Greek lawgiver, Solon.
In this next image (at right), we see a carved
In his book, Morals & Dogma, Masonic philospher Albert Pike records the following:
"ENOCH ... we are told, walked with God three
hundred years, after reaching the age of sixty
five -- 'walked with God, and he was no more, for
God had taken him.' His name signified in the
Hebrew, INITIATE or INITIATOR. The legend of
the columns ... erected by him, is probably symbolical.
That of bronze, which survived the flood, is
supposed to symbolize the mysteries ..."
(Pike, p. 210)
"Enoch was the first who invented books and different
sorts of writing. The ancient Greeks declare that Enoch
is the same as Mercury Trismegistus [Hermes], and
that he taught the sons of men the art of building
cities ... He discovered the knowledge of the Zodiac,
and the course of the Planets ... and appointed
festivals for sacrifices to the Sun, at each of the
Zodiacal signs." (Pike, p. 363)
Obviously, the Enoch of the occult is not really the Enoch of the Bible. Like Moses, the occultists have hijacked a Biblical character to lend credibility to their own ideas. As Pike reveals, Enoch would become known as Hermes, or Hermes Trismegistus.
The Hermetic Maxim
Also from Enoch (i.e. Hermes) we are told comes the Hermetic Maxim: as above, so below. The full statement is "What is above is like what is below; and what is below is like what is above." This principle is visually represented by the Tarot card (below left) and the drawing of the Baphomet (below right). Notice the position of the hands, one pointing "above," while the other points "below."
The Hermetic Maxim is the occult concept that as things are in the heavens, so they are upon the earth. It's for this reason that ancient sites such as the pyramids, Easter Island, Stonehenge, etc., were built in alignment with the stars; and why a person's destiny is thought to be written in the stars. This occult belief is a central doctrine. Some believe this maxim was employed in the design of Washington D.C., which is why men like David Ovason have written that America's capital was layed out according to an astrological pattern. Ovason details his view in the book, The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital. We will explore more of this teaching in Secret Mysteries, Volume II, titled Riddles in Stone. To give you a preview of what will be discussed, consider what follows:
The picture at right is of the statue of George Washington as it appears in the Smithsonian Museum. Compare the position of Washington's hands here with those of the images above. Here we can see the recurring theme of Hermetic philosophy ("as above, so below") throughout all levels of the occult.
Please remember that this statue (along with most of the other statues and paintings of him) was created long after George Washington's death. It is a matter of debate as to whether or not Washington would have approved of the "esoteric" representation of him often shown in such images.
Perhaps most alarming is the discovery of this occult principle in the churches. In his book, Deceived on Purpose, Warren Smith exposes the Hermetic influence in The Message bible translation by Eugene Peterson. In the Lord's prayer we find:
"Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best --
as above, so below.
(The Lord's Prayer, according to The Message, as quoted by Warren Smith in his book, Deceived on Purpose p.30)
Furthermore, Smith reveals how mega-church icon, Rick Warren makes use of The Message in his Purpose-Driven Life:
"Five of the six scriptures that Rick Warren cites in his first chapter all come from The Message. Even the title of the first chapter, 'It All Starts with God,' is taken from The Message paraphrase of Colossians 1:16, which appears right under the chapter heading.
"For everything, absolutely everything, above and below ... finds its purpose in him.'" (Smith p. 29)
We can only hope that Rick Warren is unaware of the New Age elements present in The Message bible. Nevertheless, anyone conducting a search on the Internet can discover very quickly the importance of this Hermetic Maxim in the occult. In contrast, Jesus made a clear distinction between Himself (as God) and those who are of the world. In the following Scripture, notice how Jesus draws a comparison between above and below. He makes it clear that they are not one and the same:
"Ye are from beneath; I am from above:
ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die
in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am
he, ye shall die in your sins."
Jesus makes it clear that there is a chasm between that which is above (where God is) and the world down below. To be of the world (below) is death; while to be of God (above) is life and peace. What the Hermetic Maxim does is remove the holiness of God, suggesting that man on earth is the same as God in heaven. In his book, Warren Smith (a former new ager) cites the New Age Journal:
"'As above, so below; as below, so above.'
This maxim implies that the transcendent
God beyond the physical universe and the
immanent God within ourselves are one."
The occult view assumes that man is already a god, and that he just needs to figure it out. Meanwhile the Bible tells us that to be "as above," we must believe in the Son of God, and be reborn of God's Holy Spirit (John 3:3-5). In his epistle, James also makes it clear that the difference between below and above is the difference between the wisdom of devils and the wisdom of God:
"But if ye have bitter envying and strife
in your hearts ... This wisdom descendeth
not from above, but is earthly, sensual,
devilish .... But the wisdom that is from
above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle,
and easy to be intreated, full of mercy
and good fruits ..." (James 3:15,17)
The New Atlantis
In the 17th century, Sir Francis Bacon recorded his final work titled, The New Atlantis. Like the Atlantis of Plato, it is told as a story without an ending. Both Plato and Bacon take their stories to a climactic point, and then suddenly drop them off without a finish. Having interviewed a number of esoteric teachers, I have come to suspect that this was intentional. The unfinished "Atlantis" is likely a picture of the unfinished pyramid on the back of the dollar bill. For those who have not yet realized it, The New Atlantis, The New World Order, and The New Order of the Ages are all one and the same. As such, the "new" Atlantis represents what secret societies refer to as "The Great Work" that is yet to be completed. Bringing this work to its finish is said to be the true purpose of secret orders.
In Bacon's time, it was commonly believed that the continent of America was the actual site of ancient Atlantis. Not symbolically. Not metaphorically. But literally. In his story, Bacon writes:
"And the great Atlantis (that you call America) ... Of all this there is with you sparing memory, or none; but we have large knowledge thereof." (The New Atlantis, by Sir Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon: The Major Works, Oxford
World's Classics, pg. 467).
Bacon writes about how there was a time when the American continent flourished with "tall ships" and was frequented by ancient peoples. Admittedly, his tale is told as an allegory. Nevertheless, this idea of America as Atlantis is believed by certain members of the New Age community today. Benjamin Creme, the self-described messenger of the Maitreya (new age Christ) spoke to an NGO group at the United Nations in July of this year. Afterward, he flew to Los Angeles where he gave an interview in which he revealed that he believes America is the site of ancient Atlantis. This opinion is likewise held by Dr. Robert Hieronimus, author of the book America's Secret Destiny. Dr. Hieronimus (whose research has been used by the White House) is considered the leading expert on the Great Seal of the United States. He gave an interview in June of this year where he said, "the east coast of America was the west coast of Atlantis."
The knowledge of America prior to the time of Columbus was explored by Harvard Professor, Barry Fell. Fell's research is recorded in the book, America B.C., where he demonstrates the presence of ancient European cultures in America long before the new world was discovered (as far back as 800 B.C.).
The picture to the right shows a carving labeled the Eye of Bel (or Baal), found near South Woodstock, Vermont. Another site discovered by Fell is Mystery Hill, New Hampshire, today called "America's Stonehenge." The Old New Hampshire Online Magazine reports that "inscribed tablets" of Bel/Baal have been discovered there that date centuries prior to the time of Columbus.
Manly P. Hall wrote about the ancient knowledge of the American continent by the secret societies in Egypt. He writes:
"Thousands of years ago ... these mystical orders
were aware of the existence of the westeren
hemisphere and the great continent which we call
America. The bold resolution was made that this
western continent should become the site of the
philosophic empire." (Manly P. Hall, The Secret
Destiny of America, p. 25)
At some point, Sir Francis Bacon became the inheritor of this Atlantean plan. It probably came to him through his mentor, Dr. John Dee who some believe was the founder of the Rosicrucian movement in England. Baconian scholars believe that John Dee was a kind of mentor to Bacon, and passed the lamp of authority to him at some point. As such, Bacon became the chief of the Rosicrucians and would go on to become the first Grand Master of modern masonry. It's believed that Bacon sent these secret groups to the new world to launch his philosophic empire, The New Atlantis. About this, Manly Hall writes:
"It must be remembered that Bacon did not play a lone hand; he was the head of a secret society including in its membership the most brilliant intellectuals of his day. All these men were bound together by a common oath to labor in the cause of a world democracy. Bacon's society of the unknown philosophers included men of high rank and broad influence. Together with Bacon, they devised the colonization scheme."
(Manly P. Hall, Secret Destiny of America, p. 129)
Take careful note of the final words from Manly Hall's quote, as he mentions the colonization scheme. Why would he choose such words?
This 1910 Newfoundland stamp seems to provide a clue. It shows the image of Bacon, with the words beneath: Lord Bacon, the Guiding Spirit in Colonization Scheme. From this, it would seem there was a time when knowledge of Bacon's plan was more widespread than it is today.
More than a few researchers have taken note of the three sixes found on the stamp. Just a coincidence? In his lifetime, Bacon referred to himself as "The Herald of the New Age."
The full title of Bacon's book is, "The New Atlantis: Land of the Rosicrucia." The Rosicrucians are symbolized by the rose and the cross. The rose symbolizes the Ancient Mysteries, while the cross symbolizes Christianity. The combining of these two is at the core of Rosicrucian belief. But one of the chief practices of Rosicrucianism is communicating with the spirit realm; literally, channeling spirits for the purpose of obtaining secret knowledge. During the Middle Ages, this practice would have been openly condemned by both the Catholic and Protestant churches of the time. Fearing prison or death, the Rosicrucians could have outwardly professed Christianity, while secretly maintaining their inner program based in occult doctrine.
In later articles, we intend to explore more fully the influence of the Rosicrucian doctrine upon the founding and development of America.
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