I have seen some prophetic end-time websites, some of which are Messianic, which advocate various conspiracy theories regarding groups like the Illuminati or Freemasons. What do you think of these theories? Is there any merit to them?
We do not engage in these types of theories. For quite some time there have been people associated with Messianic beliefs who believe that the Illuminati and Freemasons are trying to take over the world, and in actuality control all of the world’s politics behind the scenes. We do not doubt the fact that these groups may exert some influence behind the scenes, as the Scriptures are clear that there is a conspiracy against the Lord (Psalm 2:1-3). However, most of those people who address these groups, and try to connect them to end-time prophecy, have been discredited due to either failed end-time projections or outright distortion of facts or lack of primary evidence. Because of this and the strong connection to fear that is often associated with these theories, we choose not to address them and are often skeptical of those who do. We believe that there is little merit to them, especially if fear is the primary motivation. God’s people need to spend more time on the work of His Kingdom, recognizing that the Kingdom of Darkness responds to us.