Dan. 7: 25--The Grand Inquisitor: Spirit of Antichrist, Murderer of God, & Time-Changer

Throughout our scientifically enlightened society the idea of Satan and Satanism are uncomfortable subjects for most people, including many Christians. It wasn't always this way.  Fyodor Dostoevsky for example, held that Communist revolutionaries such as Karl Marx were possessed but would only become aware of it until too late.  
 
While Satanism is the knowing worship of Satan and is historically rare there is also historically widespread unconscious Satanism (1 Cor. 10:20) underlying the worship of creative energy symbolized by the serpent and grounded in ancient Mesopotamian literature with its one-dimensional pagan model of reality (natural or cosmic dimension only).

From the time of Babylon mankind has been worshipping creative serpent power featured within Perennial Philosophies from all around the world. The legendary history of Greece, Rome, Phonecia, Egypt, and India, for instance, are filled with stories of man’s serpentine ancestry:

“When Aenas was about to worship at the tomb of Anchises, his father…a serpent appeared and glided among the altars, tasted the food Aeneas had placed there and then departed….Aeneas did not know whether it was the genius loci or his father’s (serpent) spirit.”  (The Worship of Creative Energy as Symbolized by the Serpent, Charles Edward Herring) 

  Within the scientifically enlightened West and America serpent energy has been repackaged as evolutionary science for modern consumption. Thus examples of unconscious Satanism are evolutionary ideologies such as Marxism, Secular Humanism, Progressivism, western Satanism, New Age Spirituality, and inner circle Mason initiates, According to New Age insider David Spangler Lucifer is the angel of Nature's primary creative energy, evolution:

“The true light of this great being can only be recognized when one's own eyes can see with the light of the Christ, the light of the inner sun. Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into the New Age, which is the age of man's wholeness, each of us is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic Initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and his wholeness.”

"Lucifer comes to give us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it, then he is free and we are free, that is the Luciferic Initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age.” (David Spangler, Reflections on the Christ, Findhorn Lecture Series, 3rd ed., 1981; p. 45)  

The modern animist and occult traditions of the spiritually pagan and mystical pantheist American and global 'elite' classes for example, are revamped versions of ancient Mystery Wisdom Teachings grounded in creative energy symbolized by the serpent. Writing in affirmation, Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson, the politically influential co-authors of " of "Spiritual Politics: Changing the World from the Inside Out," reveal that concealed behind today's spiritual revolutionary politics such as Cultural Marxism and Communism (totalitarian pagan state), are Ageless Wisdom teachings preserved by occultists since the Egyptian pantheon (27th-30th centuries B.C). These ancient teachings, said the authors, have been handed down over the ages to modern occultists in the time of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and on into our own time:

"For centuries, the Ageless Wisdom in the West was shielded from an unprepared public.... The unveiled truths were handed down only orally by individual teachers to tested disciples or by certain religious groups and secret societies, such as the Cabbalists, Druids, Essenes, Sufis, Knights Templar, Rosicrucian's, Freemasons, and others who carefully guarded the teachings down through the centuries. A study of these secret societies would reveal powerful influences on the history of nations...." (Spiritual Politics, McLaughlin, Davidson from "Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel," Warren Smith, crossroad)

In the classic work, "Earth's Earliest Ages" English theologian G.H. Pember (1837-1910) examines the explosion of Ageless Wisdom---spiritism (open intercourse with evil spirits), ancient Egyptian Hermetic magic, Theosophy, Buddhism, reincarnation, karma, the Mysteries, astrology, mesmeric healings and evolutionary thinking sweeping across Christendom

It was during the Renaissance that many influential Christians at the highest levels of Church and society had returned to the occult Ageless Wisdom Teachings and serpent power.  Pember observes that ancient occult traditions are no longer veiled in mystery but boldly presented by the emerging occult brotherhood as the fruit of modern science, especially evolutionary philosophy, which the brotherhood assert was included in the instructions given,

"...to the initiates of the Hermetic, Orphic, Eleusinian, and Cabbalistic mysteries, and were familiar to Chaldean Magi, Egyptian Priests, Hindu Occultists, Essenes, Therapeutae Gnostics, and Theurgic Neo-Platonists." (Pember, pp.243-244)

In addition to creative energy symbolized by the serpent, another serpent symbol stands out: the serpent biting its tail, an occult symbol signifying the one-dimensional reality of monism. All Ageless Wisdom traditions feature monism, said Dr. Gary North.  Monism erases the Creator-creature distinction and is common to all occult systems,

"...from the magical sects of the East to the gnostics of the early church period, and from there unto today's preachers of cosmic evolution and irresistible karma." (Monism teaches) "...we are all gods in the making.  Out of One has proceeded the many, and back into One are the many traveling.  Eastern mystics, philosophical Hegelians, and followers of Teilhard de Chardin are all agreed on the reality of ultimate monism."  (Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism, Gary North, p. 60)

The Grand Inquisitor: Unconscious Satanist

 In Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, "The Brothers Karamazov," (1879-1880) the Grand Inquisitor is an unconscious Satanist.  He is an important part of the novel because the character represents Dostoevsky's penetrating insight into the fallen human psyche and one of its' most important endowments: moral freedom.   In particular, the Grand Inquisitor is the spirit of Antichrist. Like his father the devil he is the accuser and murderer of God revealed through Jesus Christ and the symbol of the principle of nihilism (negation) and rebellion in mortal men such Hegel, Max Stirner, Karl Marx, and Nietzsche, who though not the actual devil, are of one mind with him, thus do his work.   They are unconscious Satanists.

The Grand Inquisitor is a god-man who has usurped the throne of the Holy Triune God. He is a conscious swindler, a Big Liar who knows that the Lord revealed through Jesus Christ exists, yet perversely chooses to rebel against and conceptually murder Him despite that he knows his own life is by the grace of the personal God of life and revelation. 
 
In "Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor," Ellis Sandoz writes that when Marx found himself compelled to negate his own being (inner person, soul/spirit, self) because of his perverse desire to show that "man owes his existence (only) to man," and to establish that the "entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the creation of man," he virtually recapitulated Aquinas' argument for the existence of the Triune God:
 
"A being only considers himself independent when he stands on his own feet; and he only stands on his own feet when he owes his existence to himself.  A man who lives by the grace of another regards himself as a dependent being (and) I live completely by the grace of another if I owe him not only the maintenance of my life, but if he has, moreover, created my life---if he is the source of my life.  When it is not of my own creation, my life has necessarily a source of this kind outside of it.  The creation is therefore an idea very difficult to dislodge from popular consciousness.  The fact that nature and man exist in their own account is incomprehensible to it, because it contradicts everything tangible in practical life."(pp. 113-114)
 
Being of one mind with the devil, the Grand Inquisitor (Marx) suggests that in order to affirm that man is god, the denial of the existence of the one true God has in the past been necessary (i.e., Nimrod), thus to further his swindle, he asserts antitheism rather than atheism, which is merely a negation of God that nevertheless postulates the existence of man through this negation.  The complete negation of God requires that man and nature (matter, energy, time, space) be of the same substance.  As nature is soulless, then so is man.
 
For the conscious swindler, the prudent course is to flatly deny the existence of the Holy Triune God and enforce this dictate by way of psychological terror and if need be, by murder.  Psychologically manipulate and terrorize believers into confusion, apathy and groveling submission, and even better, accommodation of the Christian Church to the world system by way of harsh scorn, cruel ridicule, scoffing, slander and charges of insanity. 

After seizing control of Russia, Marx's disciples enforced the denial of God mainly by way of terror and murder.  According to Yuri Martov, the head of the Mensheviks, from the first day of their coming to power the Bolsheviks began to kill.  Wholesale murders were organized at the instigation of the Bolsheviks.  Tens of thousands were murdered without even a trial.  Martov had a premonition:

"The beast has licked hot human blood.  The man-killing machine is brought into motion...The reign of terror established by the Bolsheviks since October 1917 has filled the air of Russian fields with vapors of human blood."  (The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, p. 736)

Researchers put the total number of deaths at around sixty million men, women, and children, with approximately half being Christians. According to Stephanie Courtois in the conclusion of The Black Book of Communism, the Darwinian biological strain of thinking enables us to understand,

"....why so many of the crimes of Communism were crimes against humanity, and how Marxist-Leninist ideology managed to justify these crimes..." (ibid, p. 751)
 
Returning to the Inquisitor, he also knows that if men are deprived of the living God they will worship something else.  Thus as Marx, the Inquisitor proffers the natural (pagan) religion of scientific socialism and dialectical materialism (evolutionary theory).  But when Darwin published his own theory, the Inquisitor immediately perceived its' philosophical materialist implications.  The idea that humans evolved by chance and natural selection from a process of evolutionary dynamics working on primordial water or lifeless chemicals lay the axe at the very foundation of the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo and provided the scientific framework to support the economic infrastructure on which Marx could build his godless communist utopia:
 
"...the biggest thing going for Darwinism was that it finally broke the tyranny in which Christianity had held the minds of men for so many centuries." (F. Hoyle and C. Wickramasinghe, "Evolution From Space," 1983, pp. xiii-xxii, 81 and 145)
 
Marxist Communism & National Socialism: Types of Nimrod's Tower
 
In his book "Utopia: The Perennial Heresy," Catholic philosopher and historian Thomas Molnar (1910-2010) notes that the two recurring themes of modern ideologies are monism (all that exists is the substance of nature) and evolutionary conceptions. At the root of these two themes there is:

" defiance of God, pride unlimited, a yearning for enormous power and the assumption of divine attributes with a view to manipulating and shaping mankind's fate." (p. 227)

In order for god-men to raise up a new Tower (create a God-less world and a new man):

"the order of being must be obliterated (and reinterpreted) as essentially under man's control." Taking control "requires the decapitation of being — the murder of God." (Eric Voegelin, "Science, Politics and Gnosticism," p. xv)
 
In other words, the Grand Inquisitor is a modern Nimrod, making him an ominous sign pointing to the return of rebellion against God, monism, and the Mysteries.  He is the Master of the Universe, who being of one mind with Satan, has conceptually murdered God as revealed through Jesus Christ in order to take control of and reinterpret being, matter, energy, space, law, and time, making him an Antichrist:

"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”   Daniel 7:25

@Linda Kimball

The Two Towers of Middle Earth & the City of Man: America's Unfolding Story

The willful disobedience of Adam and Eve resulted in their fall out of communion with God (spiritual death), and though they lived on for hundreds of years they eventually died because spiritual death made them subject to physical death. In fact, the antediluvian world was eventually destroyed and all of its' spiritually dead, horribly depraved citizens, save a remnant, died because when God sent Adam and Eve into exile and cursed the world, this means in practice that the tendency of everything is inevitably toward disorder, chaos, dementia, evil and death. 

St. Augustine understood this principle to mean that as civilizations consist of fallen people whose natural tendency is toward self-love (narcissism) solidified both in rebellion against God and in lawlessness and moral and intellectual disorder or madness (unless saved by Christ), then civilizations, no matter how promising at their beginning, will always disintegrate, implode, collapse and die. 

Writing at the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, St. Augustine writes in the “City of God” that the disintegrating, dying Rome populated by wicked citizens is a worldly City of Man in which every unrighteous man, whether king or slave, has as many masters as he has vices.   However, the righteous man, even though a slave to wicked men, is actually the free man.  Additionally, wicked men are not only the slaves of their unfettered libidos and intellectual madness but of the demons who influence their moral imbecility and inflame their disordered passions, as was the case with King Saul. (1 Sam. 16:14)  

J.R.R. Tolkien was a faithful, orthodox Christian. Part of his genius was his ability to paint a complex, multi-dimensional portrait in words that allows us to see the visible manifestations of the City of Man and its' spiritually dead and depraved citizens.  The City of Man is represented by Tolkien's two towers, Orthanc and Barad dur.    Orthanc is the tangible symbol of the evil realm ruled by Saruman (called a wizard by men but actually a fallen angelic being of the order of Maia) while the tower of Barad dur overlooks the blasted hell on earth created by Sauron, the evil Eye suspended between the twin horns of Barad-dur.   Sauron is the fallen angel who in Middle Earth is the first lieutenant of Morgoth (Lucifer).  The citizens of  Saruman's and Sauron's City of Man are the Orcs. 

It's in Tolkien's "Silmarillion," the Genesis account of the Middle Earth trilogy that we learn the identity of the original and later Orcs.  The original Orcs were of the first born children of Illuvatar, the Holy God of creation Who sang all things into existence ex nihilo and sustains all things by the power of His Word.   The original Orcs then, were High Elves who by their willful rejection of the Light given them by Illuvatar were therefore abandoned by Him (John 3:19) came under the influence and control of Morgoth, and in Middle Earth, Sauron and Saruman. 

As Middle Earth Orcs were animated by evil spirits there was no good left in them, hence they were full of lies, lust, covetousness, greed, and envy (2 Tim. 3).   This is why they most eagerly cannibalize each other in gratification of disordered passions as well as eat man-flesh since the children of Iluvatar (Quenya for "the Father of All," more commonly referred to as Eru, the Creator of everything) are the greatest objects of their hate and burning envy. Indeed, Orcs despise all things of Iluvatar---His Word, creation, life, truth, beauty, virtue-- and instead glory in the nihilistic worldview of demons: the godless universe of matter, psychic energy and animated powers. As Tolkien explained in The Hobbit:
 
"Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted. They make no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones. They can tunnel and mine as well as any but the most skilled dwarves, when they take the trouble, though they are usually untidy and dirty. Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light. It is not unlikely that they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers at once, for wheels and engines and explosions always delighted them. (Tolkien, The Hobbit, 60)

The story of the City of Man and its' twin tower version under the dominion of Saruman and Sauron is the story of man from the pre-flood world to the post-flood world right through to our own age.   

This story of man is the story of history, said the well-respected pastor John MacArthur. In Acts 14:16 the Apostle Paul said, “In the generations gone by, He…God…permitted all the nations to go their own way:”

According to MacArthur, no Scripture more directly addresses abandonment and its consequences than Romans 1 does.  Here is the "most graphic and the most comprehensive discussion of what it means to be abandoned by God" and is the best passage to explain America's relentless slide into disintegration issuing into madness, confusion, lawlessness, sexual anarchy, and tyranny of evil.   

When the Spirit of the Lord abandons a society, one of the first things to become subject to the devil’s influence are the thoughts and feelings of the citizens:

This often results in a complete attitude of indifference to any spiritual influence, and to an open rejection of any belief in God.  The Word of God loses its power to speak, and God’s promises become meaningless.  The person finds he can only entertain evil thoughts in his mind and ideas which are opposed to God.  He is gripped with a passion for lying and impure thoughts.  Indeed, the desire to lie so fills him that he does so unconsciously. In spite of feeling no remorse for his sins, he will be plagued with a continuous feeling of restlessness, with a lack of peace, and depressive moods.”  (Occult Bondage, Kurt Koch, p. 140)

Dr. Koch delineates other common features of evil societies:  

1. Warped, distorted, freakish characters; narcissism, hard egoism, uncongenial dark natures, scoffing, mocking, cruel criticism, contempt and ridicule

2. Extreme, uncontrollable passions resulting in abnormal, compulsive sexuality, sodomy, bestiality, pederasty, pedophilia, lesbianism, androgyny (transgender); meanness, spite, hate, violence, wrath, explosive rage, belligerence, theft, rape, murder, killing of babies, beatings, terrorism

3. Compulsive dark thoughts of suicide and murder; hideous nightmares, the dreadful sensation of standing atop an abyss, anxiety states, persecution complexes

4. Sexualization of culture: sexualized women, teens, boys, girls, babies and animals; love of nudity and titillation, addiction to pornography and drugs

5. Automatic rebellion against any vestige of authority

6. Subjectivism and/or Moral relativism: the depraved insistence that there is no essential difference between good and evil, natural and unnatural, truth and lie.  All ‘truth’ and ‘values’ are subject to each whining, demanding narcissist’s personal likes (whatever is coveted) and dislikes (whoever is hated and envied) since each narcissist is independent and a law unto himself after the dictates of his own will

5. Naturalism: all that exists is nature or cosmos (matter), hence there can be no relevance in anything beyond our senses; there is nothing above us and no hell below

6. Madness or moral imbecility: all sense suddenly seems like nonsense, nothing is ever right, natural, good and true resulting in Nietzsche's trans-valuation of values

7. Demonic subjection: confusion, psychosis, psychopathy, blasphemous thoughts, words and acts against Jesus Christ, the Christian Church, Christians and Christian symbols, Holy Days, and prayer

The beginning of subjectivism is pride (love of self), the perfect anti-God, anti-truth, anti-higher knowledge state of mind. Thus subjectivism, a spirit of madness that inverts evil over good and lie over truth very obviously works through the minds of great numbers of Western and American subjectivists, both Christian and secular, who see themselves as the measure of good and evil, truth and lie. 

In practice subjectivism has led narcissistic theologians to elevate 'self' or perhaps science and evolution above the Revelation of God resulting in churches that are no longer the Church of Jesus Christ but of man.   

Subjectivism also means that the sadistic dismemberment of late-term babies in the womb is not murder but a woman's 'choice,' while throwing open our borders in open invitation to terrorists, ISIS, drug lords and hoodlums is not treachery and betrayal but an act of benevolence.  

Nor is the beheading of an eighty-two year old British Christian woman a crime worthy of justice. Pamela Geller reports:

"And the media and British dhimmi Uk authorities (Scotland Yard) release the story emphatically stating it “is not terrorism” knowing full well the murderer was Muslim. Their concern was not for the Christian victim of Italian descent in this heavily populated Muslim neighborhood, but of protecting Islam." (pamelageller.com, September 4, 2014) 

Of further consequence, sodomy is no longer an act against all that's natural and life-affirming but just another gender orientation and Satanism, the worship of pure evil, is no longer evil but just another religion.  And under the First Amendment, Satanists have the freedom to practice their evil 'religion' resulting in increasingly aggressive attempts at erecting statues of Baphomet and now the 'right' to perform a black mass in Oklahoma City:

 "An Oklahoma-based satanic group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu has leased space in the Civic Center Music Hall, which is owned and operated by the city, for a black mass on Sept. 21. The event is booked for the Cityspace theater, the facility’s smallest theater space, said Jennifer McClintock, public information officer for the Civic Center."  (Satanic 'black mass' gets green light from U.S. city, Leo Hohmann, wnd.com,  08/26/2014 )

The beginning of subjectivism is pride (love of self), the perfect anti-God, anti-truth, anti-higher knowledge state of mind. According to early Church Father Athanasius, the truth as to the cause of the frenzy of madness and evil overtaking our own culture is no different from the cause of the madness and evil that swept the antediluvian world.   The truth as to evil lies in the perverted choice of darkened souls, said Athanasius,  

"....is that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul" which, "materialized by forgetting God" and engrossed in lower things, "makes them into gods," and thereby  "descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition," whereby "they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen, or that anything was good save things temporal and bodily; so turning away and forgetting that she was in the image of the good God, she no longer... sees God the Word after whose likeness she is made; but having departed from herself, imagines and feigns what is not (and then) advancing further in evil, they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent)

In this light we can see why,

" God’s wrath is already at work in our culture. We’re not waiting for it, we are currently experiencing it."  MacArthur

As ever greater numbers of self-centered Americans---Christian and secular---reject the Light given them by their Creator our increasingly insane, lawless, pornographic, homosexualized, disunited, satanically inverted States of Godless America passes ever more quickly into a state of confusion, evil and stupefaction.   As God abandons America it becomes the City of Man populated by Orcs dominated by evil spirits.   This, the story of history, is now the unfolding story of America.
 
 @Linda Kimball