Chapter 75: Global Gnosticism
The Gnostic/Theosophist dogma of messengers/prophets sent to every generation and every people is a clever manipulation that craftily perverts the true doctrine of messengers from God Most High. These purported polytheist prophets of false gods and Satan are intermixed with authentic prophets such as Moses, Abraham, Mohammad, and Jesus and corrupting the monotheist message of God’s messengers. This intermingling’s design is to confuse and persuade the ignorant and the naive that a combination of polytheism, Gnosticism, and Theosophy is the true religion of the world.
Generally speaking, Gnostics tend to divide themselves into sects, such as Archontics, Sethites, Babelites, etc., just as Christians have many denominations. Gnostics tend to place inordinate importance upon genealogies; it is a distinguishing and acknowledged mark of Gnostic literature that expresses Gnostics’ sense of identity (and loyalty) through complex genealogical myths of origin. 19 It was to these endless lists of genealogies that Paul was speaking to in 1 Timothy, with regard to Gnosticism (1 Tim. 1:3–4). The genealogical record is, and was, a distinguishing mark of the Essenes, Rex Deus, and the Dragon Court.
Gnosticism is a particular form of universal mysticism that incorporates the traditions of India, Persia, Egypt, Chaldea, Greece, Rome, and the Druids. Mackey notes that old Gnosticism was not an original religious system but rather a cosmogony, a religion, and a philosophy comprised of the old Grecian and Orientalist systems, including the Platonism of the Greeks, the Parisism of the Persians, and the Kabbalah of the Jews. All came together as a new conglomeration of mystical philosophy and religion that further derived its leading doctrines from Plato- Avesta, the Kabbalah, the Vedas , and ancient hieroglyphs from Egypt. 20 In fact, according to Baigent and Leigh, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, mystic Christianity, mystic Judaism, and mystic Islam are all considered Gnostic, just as Hermeticism (Sabians) is Gnostic. 21 Daoism, specifically, is a religion that seeks immortality through cultivating Dao (gnosis), the doctrines and secrets of the immortals. 22 Gnosticism is a unifying populace religion that I call “global mysticism” or “global Gnosticism.”
Gnostics believe their unifying religion originated in Persia with Zoroastrianism, 23 but its roots go back much further. Zoroaster/Zarathrustra was thought by some to be a pagan Persian priest (circa 660–583 B.C.E. ); 24 he was brutally slain at age seventy- seven on his own altar by rival priests of the old religion. Most historians date the visionary priest back to 1200 B.C.E. and to the Indo- Aryans, when the supreme god, Mazda, commissioned Zoroaster to restore order. He believed there existed both the supreme god of good, Ahura Mazda, and the wicked spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu, primordial twins who were equal but opposite by choice.