Fringe Conspiracy Theories Promoted At “Prophecy Summit” Attended by Joseph Farah

The “Pikes Peak Prophecy Summit” – which I previewed a month ago – has now taken place. On one level, the event was a commonplace – Christian fundamentalists ruminating on the Rapture or claiming that the Bible can tell us about events in the modern middle east are hardly thin on the ground in parts of the USA. However, in this instance, the line-up represents a striking convergance of Tea Party conspiracy theories, fringe pseudo-scientific speculations (derived from pop science fiction), Biblical interpretation, and Christian Zionism. The event’s website lists the speakers who were streamed, and whose presentations remain available on-demand for the next month. Here’s the line-up, with extra information added:

1. Cris Putnam—ET Disclosure: The End Time Delusion?

Putnam is Thomas Horn’s collabator on projects that include Exo-Vaticana: Petrus Romanus, Project L.U.C.I.F.E.R. and the Vatican’s Astonishing Plan for the Arrival of an Alien Savior. I don’t think that title requires much further explanation, although I have a blog entry here.

2. Douglas Hamp—The Antichrist, Freemasons and the Third Temple

An example:

Only at the highest levels of his craft does the Mason discover who is the “Great Architect of the Universe” that they so often refer to. Whereas many lower level Masons are led to believe that he must be the Judeo-Christian God, the truth is that they are worshipping Lucifer.

…[A]ccording to researcher Dr. Stanley Monteith, Balfour was a high ranking Mason (we note, however, that God often allows and uses the wicked to bring about His own purposes i.e. He used the Assyrians to punish the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C. see also 2 Kings 21:14). In fact, we will see that the Masons were centrally responsible for Israel’s reestablishment. 

That should go down well at the next Christian Zionist conflab. Hamp has an MA in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East fromthe Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and “has served as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.”

3. S. Douglas Woodward—The Final Babylon: An American Nightmare

Woodward is “author of five books on Bible prophecy, the apocalypse, alternative history, the history of doomsday, 2012, and apocalyptic topics.” He has also “written extensively on the impact of spiritualism and occult ideologies on American history,” and he apparently has a career as a business consultant.

4. Jonathan Cahn—The Harbinger Continues & The Mystery of the Malkosh

Cahn has achieved fame and bestseller status in a very short period of time by showing how events in the history of ancient Israel can be applied to the modern USA, thus explaining natural disasters and 9/11 as the consequences of the USA’s immorality. Going on about “mysteries” is one of his trademark hooks. More here.

5. L.A. Marzulli—On the Trail of the Nephilim: The Mysterious Skulls and Skeletons of Peru

Website here. Short version: artificially elongated skulls in Peru are actually the remains of aliens, which in turn proves the Bible. He “received an honorary doctorate from Pacific International University for his work on the Nephilim Trilogy.”

6. Ken Johnson—The Ancient Book of Enoch: The First Prophecy of the Tribulation

According to a blurb on Amazon: “Ken Johnson is the author of Ancient Post-flood History, Ancient Seder Olam, and the websites Biblefacts.org, Creationhistory.us and Wordofprophecy.net.” He has a doctorate from the Christian College of Texas and is a “minister and educator” in Kansas City.

7. Dr. Stan Monteith—Secret Agenda

Monteith’s “Radio Liberty” specialises in “stories of globalism and federal conspiracies”. He is best known for his theory that HIV has been spread deliberately, and for his Ssempa-like conflation of homosexuality with coprophilia.

8. Joseph Farah—After the Harbinger: The Prophecy Continues

Farah, of course, needs no introduction: through his birther website WND he’s a key lynch-pin between Tea Party conservatives and the religious right. The Harbinger is Cahn’s book, and Farah is its chief promoter. Terry Krepel’s ConWebWatch is the best site keeping tabs on Farah and all his works.

9. Paul McGuire—The Luciferian Elite: The Secret Plan For America and Prophecy

McGuire is a fairly boilerplate conspiracy theorist, although he seems to have a thing against Britain in particular; here’s a taste:

The Fabian Socialists, who were the architects of the emerging global government and New World Order, were an eclectic group of writers, philosophers, economists, poets and political leaders… It should be noted that the ideas of these so-called atheistic socialists were actually birthed out of occult beliefs…

Tavistock and other occult-based mind control operations were funded by the British Royalty, which is allegedly involved in all kinds of Illuminati and Satanic practices, In addition, the Rothschild’s helped finance the Illuminati. Rockefeller, the Federal Reserve, the City of London and Wall Street, reveal their occult connections by using Illuminati and Satanic symbols all over the monetary systems, governments and corporations. For example, the occult pyramid and the all-seeing eye of Lucifer on the back of the U.S. dollar is just one of thousands of open occult symbols….

Tavistock is very much active today, using things like depth psychology to create the Occupy movement, which is backed by Soros.

…The planned destruction of the dollar and the manufactured economic collapse is intended to bring in the coming one world economic system, by around 2018….

According to his bio: “at fifteen years old, Paul was demonstrating with radical activist Abbie Hoffman and made an honorary member of the Black Panther Party. However, while studying Altered States of Consciousness at the University of Missouri, Paul had a miraculous experience hitchhiking in a remote area similar to the movie Field of Dreams. Paul re-thought his socialist and humanist world view and rejected it as completely false. Paul has devoted his life to communicating truth to people.”

10. Russ Dizdar—Underground New York: A Clandestine Trip Inside the Enemy’s Camp

Dizdar is a 1980s-style purveyor of Satanic Panic, and a former police chaplain; he warns of the “Black Awakening”, which is when “satanic chosen ones… will be activated to unleash chaos and anarchy into the USA and other countries…… to cause collapse and pave the way for a ‘new world order’ and  the rise of the antichrist.” There’s a peculiarly distasteful element to his claims:

Q: Is it true that many victims of ritual abuse have psychic powers such as remote viewing and if so why?

Yes, they all seem to have powers. A long history of the placement of the demons and the training … for the drawing out the ‘powers in the blood’ of the chosen ones.  They have done many rituals and received transferred down powers from others who were old and dying.

Those who debunk stories of ritual abuse, he explains, are involved with the CIA and NAMBLA.

11. Chuck Missler—The Denizens of Metacosm

Missler is something of a link between what we might see as “mainstream” fundamentalism, which focuses on areas such as creationism and Biblical inerrancy, and more exotic speculations about subjects such as UFOs. He has endorsed Horn’s Exo-Vaticana claims.

12. Mark Biltz—Signs in the Heavens: Blood Moons Are Coming to Israel

Mark Blitz runs El Shaddai Ministries, and he believes that the date of Jesus’ return can be determined by considering the yearly dates of Jewish feasts and relating them to lunar eclipses. He hasn’t set a date for the main event, although 2015 appears to be strongly inferred.

13. Lennart Moller—The Exodus Case: In Search of the Mountain of God

Moller (sometimes with an umlaut over the “o”) claims to have evidence for the historicity of the Biblical story of the Exodus: the cover of his book includes a photo labelled “skeleton parts of Pharaoh’s army?” He is apparently a professor of medicine at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.

14. Bill Salus—The Future of Israel, Iran and the Arab States

I wrote about Salus here.

15. Gary Stearman—First Trump Last Trump: Defending the Rapture

Stearman runs “Prophecy in the News”, which was the host for the conference. According to a bio blurb:

Gary Stearman’s research and teachings are very unique and reach into areas of biblical prophecy few researchers delve into. He has been documented arguing that  key individuals in the Bible were transported through time and space and that UFOs/aeriel crafts were described in the ancient books. On one occasion, when Gary was a young man and flying a plane over Texas he had a life-altering experience and what he believes to be a UFO encounter. A disc around 100 ft. in diameter approached his plane. Somehow he felt his thoughts were being probed. Later, when he landed at the Lubbock airport, he discovered he’d been gone for six hours when his plane only had enough fuel for four hours. This event led him to seek out answers that only the God of the Bible could answer.

The result was a book: Time Travelers of the Bible: How Hebrew Prophets Shattered the Barriers of Time-Space.

16. Samuel Hoyt—The Judgment Seat of Christ

Hoyt is Professor of Systematic Theology at Liberty Theological Seminary, and protégé of the creationist John Whitcomb. According to a review of his book on the subject:

Hoyt rejects the prominent view of only one general judgment (pp. 17-22) espousing the understanding of most premillenialists that there are five major eschatological judgments (pp. 22-23).  The judgment seat of Christ is specific to the church-age believer and occurs between the rapture and the second-coming of Christ (pp. 47-54).

Next:

17. Bob Cornuke—Biblical Archaeology: A Police Investigator’s Perspective

Well, if a fire investigator can interpret the Copper Scroll, why not have a police investigator shake up the world of Biblical archaeology? But Cornuke actually has an archaeological qualification, from Louisiana Baptist University, and he claims to have found Noah’s Ark on Mount Suleiman in Iran.

18. Barrie Schworz—35 Years of Shroud Science: A Personal Perspective

Barrie M. Schwortz’s Turin Shroud website can be seen here. He’s a science photographer, and, somewhat unusually, he’s an Orthodox Jew.

19. Bill Koenig—The White House;s Role in Israel and the Middle East

Koenig runs World Watch DailyHe is particularly focussed on “the consequencies of dividing Israel”, by which is meant the natural and other disasters that will descend on the USA if it fails to accomodate the wishes of the Israeli right-wing.

20. David Olander—The Greatness of the Rapture

Olander is Professorof Biblical Languages at Tyndale Theological Seminary. According to a blurb for his book:

What is the rapture? What does it involve? When does it take place? How does it relate to other events in the last days? With insight and clarity, Dr. Olander answers these and other questions, while at the same time developing a new approach to an old subject.

4 Responses

  1. In point of fact there is a confluence between the Christian tribulationists and the conspiracy theorists. They have in common a mindset of persecution and a fantasy of guiding the next life in positions of power.

    To gain any foothold of influence with people like this we can only hope it’s possible. People like this have such closed minds to the truth and facts that they are extremely hard to reach with logic and reason. Yet try we must because the next generation depends on what we do today.

  2. It’s interesting that these so called “fundamentalists” hardly qualify as the same. In truth, so much of the speculation of the Nephilim folks is predicated upon citations from the book of Enoch and other extrabiblical writings. Further, Christian Zionists are becoming increasingly unwelcome in these circles.

  3. […] much the same fare as we saw in relation to the “Pike’s Peak Prophecy Summit” in August, and the line-up overlaps with that event. As before, it’s a convergence of conspiracy […]

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