May 18, 2005
It's becoming increasingly evident to me that the Illuminati is an extension of the Frankist heresy, and that Hegel was the one to articulate its vision.
The Frankist heresy begins even before Jacob Frank, whose activity was in
the eighteenth century, with the beginnings of the Lurianic Kabbalah, or
"Modern Kabbalah", developed by Isaac Luria in the sixteenth century.
The one to articulate Lurianic Kabbalah for Christian audiences was Jacob
Boehme, who became active in Bohemia, at the turn of the seventeenth
century, where the Rosicrucian movement was coming to light.
According to Frances Yates, in The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, Prague, the capital of Bohemia, "was a great center of Jewish Cabalism". She points out
a possible reference to Lurianic Kabbalah, in that Christian Rosenkreuz, the
hero of the Rosicrucian texts, "describes in the Fama travels in the east
whence he has returned with a new kind of "Magia and Cabala" which he
incorporates into his own Christian outlook."
The purpose of the Rosicrucian movement, as she discovered, was to support
the marriage of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James of England, to the
German prince Frederick, Elector of the Palatinate of the Rhine. Frederick
was subsequently offered the throne in Bohemia, in hopes that James was
going to support this little Protestant rebel movement against the Catholic
Church. He didn't, and the movement failed miserably, having been routed at
what was the beginning of the Thirty Years War.
Remnants of the Rosicrucian movement fled Germany for England, where they
were responsible for the creation of the Masonic movement.
About the same time, Jacob Frank began his mission, claiming to be a
reincarnation of the false Jewish Messiah, whose imposture shook the entire
Jewish world during the seventeenth century. The Frankists rejected the
Talmud in favor of the Zohar, the chief Kabbalistic text of the Middle Ages,
and were known to practice orgiastic rites.
Many followed Frank to his conversion into Christianity, and intermarried
with the Habsburg aristocracy of Bohemia.
There is evidence to suggest that Meyer Rothschild was a Frankist, and that
it was he who financed and directed Adam Weishaupt to organize the
Finally, it was the Duke of Orleans, the great grandson of Elizabeth and
Frederick, who was a member of the Illuminati, and Grand Master of Grand
Orient Freemasonry, during the French Revolution.
Behind the Illuminati at this stage, was an order known as the Asiatic
Brethren, who were headed by Frank's successor, his nephew Dobruschka.
Though the order was comprised mostly of Jews, Persian, Syrians and Turks,
characters like Swedenborg, St. Germain, St. Martin, Pasqualy and
Cagliostro, all leading proponents of the Illuminati, were also members.
Another member of the Asiatic Brethren was Franz von Baader, "who discovered
Boehme in 1787 and made it his project to revive the mystical tradition",
according to Glenn Alexander Magee in Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition.
Hegel was an avid admirer of Baader. Magee goes on to offer an important
diagnosis of how Hegel appropriated Lurianic Kabbalah to construct his
Basically, it was Hegel who was responsible for proposing the myth of
Building on Lurianic Kabbalah, Hegel believed that history is the process of
God coming to know himself through man. So it is man that fulfills God's
destiny, by arriving at the "End of History", when he finally realizes that
he is God.
And so, Hegel believed that history should be understood as the progress of
human intellectualism towards "freedom" [from God].
Until this point, all European scholars looked to the Ancient Middle East as
the cradle of knowledge. In particular, the Renaissance and the
Rosicrucians acknowledged the "Assyrians, Persians and Egyptians" as the
originators of the "Ancient Wisdom".
Hegel, however, proposed that, while certain ideas were developed by these
earlier peoples, history must begin with the Greeks, because it was their
"genius" to that elevated this primitive knowledge to new heights.
The truth is that is was the Kabbalah that was incepted by the "Assyrians
and Persians", known more correctly as the "Chaldean Magi", and it was they
who taught it to the Egyptians, where it came to be known as Hermeticism.
While it was all developed there, in the sixth century BC, it was the Greeks
who were the first to articulate it. So they should not be given special
credit, but should rather be recognized as participating in the same project
already begun in Babylon.
In any case, Hegel was responsible for the blinders that have been put on
history ever since, and the consistent failure of scholars to acknowledge
the continuing contribution of the Middle East to "Western History".
Ultimately, through the deliberate attempt to enforce Hegel's
interpretation, we have been taught that "free-thought", or secularism,
began with the Greeks, also developed democracy. This was advanced by the
Romans, who transmitted it to the Europeans.
Forgotten here is the interim, that is, Arab civilization, which was
responsible for maintaining the study of the so-called "classics". It was
they who were largely responsible for the knowledge that flourished during
In any case, we are told to believe that the Renaissance represented further
advances in secular thought, or "humanism", culminating in the Enlightenment
of the eighteenth century, whose ultimate successes were the French and
American Revolutions, that established the first Western democracies.
As we all well know, there is no democracy in the West. Rather, we are
duped into this illusion to submit ourselves to the enforcement of global
rule based on occult thought.
Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at