A laptop computer seized in a raid on an ISIS stronghold last Saturday may well have exposed a bizarre plot right out of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones. Analysis may yield evidence of a strange “brotherhood” connecting cults within not only Israel but the US and European freemasonry to the planned destruction of two religious sites, one very real, the al Aqsa Mosque on the Holy Mount in Jerusalem and the second, the mythological Second Temple of Suleiman or Solomon, son of King David of Israel.
The story encompasses more than a minor dose of the supernatural, armies of demonic genies building temples and a melding of Masonic-Templar myth with Zionist expansionism and Christian “Dominionists” Apocalypse heresy.
The Fall of Palmyra
The ISIS drive on the ancient city of Palmyra has a special significance, according to documents seized on May 16, 2015 by Syrian Special Forces units in a near dawn attack on al Mayadin, along the Euphrates River.
The al Mayadin attack, simultaneous to an American attack only a few miles further north along the Euphrates, brought both nations a trove of vital intelligence. Documents found on a laptop used by a top ISIS commander showed direct communications via “social networks” with Israel, but that isn’t all that surprising nor is it what is of real significance. The message received from Israel had several startling elements:
- Orders for the ISIS drive that took Palmyra came from Israel but also reference “the freemasons,” a group whose historical origins are tied to the Knights Templars, a religious and military organization believed to have discovered the First Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem and to have looted its gold and artifacts.
- The document orders ISIS to find and destroy the Second Temple of Solomon to be found in Palmyra, long the subject of “fringe” archeology, and thought to be a mythological site built by superhuman beings or even extraterrestrials.
- The document goes further, indicating that Israel will destroy the al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam that has been under attack by Israeli settlers in recent weeks.
ISIS’ Mysterious Successes
The ISIS drive on Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an incomparable archeological treasure was carefully coordinated with a drive that took the Iraqi city of Ramadi and a Turkish backed drive on Aleppo by Al Nusra. All three operations were totally unhindered by US and “coalition” air attacks, curiously so. Moreover, reports from Ramadi of American C130 aircraft resupplying ISIS units have multiple confirmation despite US denials. When questioned about this, US Army Special Forces representatives blamed Iran for spreading the rumor as part of a psychological operations ploy despite the fact that the US had previously admitted to “accidentally” resupplying ISIS forces near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. The Kobani “accidents” happened several time over a period of days during the height of the battle there.
Biblical Origins of Palmyra
Today, the world fears the destruction of Palmyra but, if what is foretold in the intelligence captured Saturday is correct, destroying Palmyra or perhaps just the Temple of Solomon, real or imaginary, is intended to bring about a far more serious consequence, a world war leading to the apocalypse, “Armageddon.” From Wikipedia:
The Hebrew Bible (Second Book of Chronicles 8:4) records “Tadmor” as a desert city built or fortified by King Solomon of Israel, it is likewise mentioned in Talmud. Flavius Josephus mentions the Greek name “Palmyra” and also attributes the founding of “Tadmor” to Solomon in his Antiquities of the Jews (Book VIII).Later Islamic traditions attributes the founding of the city to the Jinn of Solomon.
King Solomon was the son of King David and the founder of “Greater Israel,” believed by many Israeli’s to represent their “birthright,” a nation from “the Nile to the Euphrates.” Current ISIS operations, clearly established to have not only broad both military and humanitarian support from Israel but Christian Evangelist/Tea Party groups within the US as well, are seeking to link the Euphrates to Israel.
Joint Israeli- Isis Operations from Golan to Daraa to Palmyra?
Israeli air attacks on Syrian Army units, Israeli hospitals hosting ISIS wounded, sometimes airlifted hundreds of miles from Eastern Syria, Israel’s American built M16 rifles carried by thousands of terrorists, the evidence of Israeli complicity with ISIS is building every day.
When Solomon inherited the position of king over Israel, he prayed to God to grant him a kingdom which would be greater than that of any after him. God accepted Solomon’s prayer and gave him what he pleased. It was at this stage that Solomon began to acquire the many gifts that God would bestow upon him throughout his life. The Quran narrates that the wind was made subservient to Solomon, and he could control it of his own will, and that the jinn also came under Solomon’s control.
The jinn helped strengthen Solomon’s reign, building for him monuments, houses of worship, artwork, and reservoirs. God also caused a miraculous spring of liquid brass to flow for Solomon, inevitably to be used by the jinn in their construction. Solomon was even taught the languages of various animals, in particular all the birds. The Quran recounts that, one day, Solomon and his army entered a valley, where there were many ant colonies. On seeing Solomon and his army, one of the ants warned all the others to “…get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.” Immediately understanding what the ant said, Solomon, as always, prayed to God, thanking Him for bestowing upon him such gifts and further avoided trampling over the ant colonies. Solomon’s wisdom, however, was yet another of the gifts he received from God, and Muslims strongly maintain that Solomon never forgot his daily prayer, which, to him, was more important than any of his gifts.
Another important aspect of Solomon’s kingship was the size of his army, which consisted of both men and jinn. Solomon would frequently assess his troops and warriors as well as the jinn and all the animals who worked under him.
Gwyneth Todd and the Birth of ISIS
ISIS as we know it is an outgrowth of a 2005 move by President Bush to do a “quick and dirty” stabilization of Iraq as a platform for attacking Iran. During both 2005 and as late as 2007, the US Fifth Fleet, stationed in Bahrain, had claimed to have engaged the Iranian Navy patrol boats in the strategic Straits of Hormuz. When those attacks were proven to be false flag operations by State Department political consultant Gwyneth Todd, planned by extremists in the White House in cooperation with Pentagon officials loyal to John Hagee, an American adherent of apocalypse lore, naval officials plotted with Bahraini secret police to have Todd murdered. However, Todd fled to Australia, surviving an FBI kidnap attempt at her home as reported by both the Australian Broadcast Company in a television special and the Washington Post in a Jeff Stein story.
Father of ISIS, McCain or Petraeus?
You can’t discuss the birth of ISIS without crediting former CIA director and now convicted felon, General Petraeus. It was Petraeus, as US military commander in Iraq in 2005 that agreed to “dance with the devil.” Petraeus suggested that the US side with Wahhabist groups warring on the US backed Shiite government as a “quick and dirty” fix to Iraq’s American induced civil war which had taken over 5000 American lives and killed 2 million Iraqis.
Though Petraeus and the US billions spent organizing and financing Sunni extremists in Iraq that would make up the core of ISIS leadership may predate involvement of John McCain and American generals such as Vallely and MacInerney, it is these individuals and others of their ilk who have paraded across the Fox News network and YouTube, filmed with ISIS commanders, filmed advising al Nusra, at the side of terrorist troops inside Syria, often photographed carrying guns, such as Vallely’s pearl handled revolver, at the side of terrorists.
When taken in context with America’s lackluster performance as an ally in the field, supposedly supporting Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government, where America’s heart really is can easily be questioned.
There is a common thread that can be examined, now with some reason and alacrity, based on the limited “hard intelligence” at hand. There is little question that Israel’s proposed destruction of the al Aqsa Mosque is an act of war against Islam itself. The first question we ask, however, is why Saudi Arabia, now generally assumed as being fully complicit with Israel in support of ISIS, would allow this? Saudi Arabia has long presented itself as the defender of Islam. Few would fail to see the Saudi hand in the destruction of one of Islam’s “holy of holies.”
During the Damascus Security Conference of December 2014, the American delegation, including top retired intelligence officers, made reference to a “bifurcation” within the US military and intelligence services. Their presentation outlined a lack of centralized control of America’s operational capabilities in the Middle East.
Could congressional leaders like McCain and Graham, dozens of others aligned with them, who are clearly at odds with White House policy nominally opposed to ISIS expansionism, actually control military units, actually be able to stage operations or derail US efforts against ISIS? This is what was suggested during the Damascus conference and may well be what we are now seeing in both Syria and Iraq.
The Monstrosity of “The Book”
A new working hypothesis, if we are to accept Syria’s recent intelligence breakthrough, must be formulated to explain ISIS behavior. If, as indicated, there is involvement of a Freemason – Templar component working in combination with Tel Aviv, as unlikely as such a thing might initially sound, then some of the historical studies of Templar beliefs and traditions come into play, particularly their interest in Islam, rare for that period, and their desire to “heal” rifts between the “religions of the book.”
For those unaware, it is not unreasonable to place Islam in the context of it being a version of a sect of reformed Judaism. It has been said that Islam is to Judaism as Christianity is to Catholicism. The traditions of Islam and Judaism go much further than their simple Abrahamic roots. Both religions share a common history, from Moses onward with one significant exception. Jesus is a prophet of Islam and is seen in Judaism as a reviled heretic.
It is said of the Templars that they saw their role in healing this rift, partially through questioning Catholic interpretations of Jesus that are unacceptable to both Judaism and, in particular, Islam:
- The virgin birth, based on a mistranslation from the Greek and without support in the gospels
- The resurrection, seen as a Mythran construct from Rome believed to have been “edited” into the gospels
- The divinity of Jesus, largely a Paulist theory pushed by Emperor Constantine and promoted by the Council of Nicaea
In that ISIS has strong backers among extremist elements in Judaism and Christianity and if references to a Masonic – Templar cult as seen in the recovered ISIS documents is an indication, then ISIS could have a more profound impact on the world than either the creation of a Judaic oriented “reformed” Islamic State or an a “Greater Israel” built of both Quran and Torah.
The Darker “End Times” Alternative
There is another possibility as well. Since the early 1980s, the American military has fallen under the influence of a doctrine promoted by ignorant rural preachers. Their belief, brought to the forefront when adherents of “end times” mythology took control of the White House after the 2000 presidential election. It is this group, now commonly referred to as “neocons” or “Christian Zionists” that has marshaled support for ISIS and may well be at the root of key ISIS successes.
However, their beliefs have one goal, bringing about a nuclear Armageddon, based on a world war begun in the Middle East that will “cleanse” earth of human and animal life. The “chosen,” a constantly changing number, are to fly into the air in corporeal form in what they refer to as “the rapture” and sit at the side of Jesus. There, they will watch those remaining on earth, those “left behind” suffer and die for their sins.
As insane as this sounds, this is the standard version of Christianity taught at the US military academies, West Point, Annapolis and, in particular, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It is in response to this “infestation” of America’s military hierarchy that thousands of commanders have been removed and America’s nuclear command structure “sanitized.”
It is reasonable to assume that, based on more than adequate evidence of the support of ISIS by this “fringe” group of America’s military, representing up to 100 million “End Times” Christian “American” heretics, who consistently place Israel’s interests above America that they have their own scenario planned.
The destruction of the al Aqsa Mosque can bring nothing but a wider conflict. Based on recent threat by Israel of a nuclear attack on Iran and reports of Saudi Arabia seeking to purchase long range nuclear tipped ballistic missiles from Pakistan, the fall of Palmyra is intended to bring about everything but a melding of religions and a “righteous state” from the Nile to the Euphrates.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.