Indeed, only few can resist a good occult conspiracy tale (a la Gregory Peck in The Omen) … and so when someone sends me a photograph from a link to an old article showing the Queen of England and a nurse coming out of Edward VII Hospital, London on March 3rd … drawing attention to the nurse’s belt buckle …I sought to know more. According to the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, this unusual belt buckle, featuring the Masonic square and compass alongside a pentagram, was given to nurses who trained at the Royal Masonic Hospital, a private hospital for Freemasons and other fee-paying patients. “The Royal Masonic Hospital stopped existing in 1992 but its belt buckles are apparently still worn by “elite” nurses such as the one who treated the queen”. Another minor detail, Edward VII Hospital is where the Royal Duchess Kate got hospitalized due to a pregnancy-related illness, which led to the suicide of one of the nurses. So what?
The Bible teaches to be focused (one thing have I desired) in seeking after God, beholding His beauty and enquiring after Him and be constantly assured wickedness, evil and its hosts will not overcome he that is set upon the Rock…Jesus Christ. But the psalmist uses the words “when” and “though” to establish the certainty of wicked devices and plots.
Psa 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock
Someone else had drawn my attention to check out an aerial google earth picture of a well-known religious facility I had never visited and how all the buildings and roads were carefully laid out to reflect known masonic symbols. Archeologists who examined many ancient sites of pagan worship believe there was a lot of unusual occult symbolism ( swastikas etc) in many constructions. I personally checked the particular site on google earth myself and found many unusual signs depicted. Though I have never been a freemason or been at any of its meetings, at some stage - I was very closely exposed to freemasons, and know from direct experience their symbols and implications. I did write a blog article on fraternities and secret societies, hoping those who read will heed the latent dangers and flee the often irresistible allure.
In man’s creation story found in the first chapters of Genesis, God does not mention the presence of Satan even once to Adam, nor is Adam given any warnings or lessons on warfare. Rather, he is plainly instructed to obey a few instructions. It seems being obedient and linked to God would have been enough. It is worth noting that many will major in warfare against evil but minor in knowing, accepting and obedience to God’s commands as found in His word … ending up only in a quagmire of strange entanglements.
It is also often true that many are born and deceived into accepting what is wrong and then innocently lured into the occult masked in many noble guises (even religion) while others are more deliberately complicit and bold in sponsoring demonic destructions. The Bible speaks in Ephesians 6 of principalities, powers and rulers of darkness … these are not comic fantasy movie characters.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Whether the nurse’s buckle has any implications or not is not the point of this article. We are taught in the Bible that we have the responsibility to pray for all our leaders and their families - political and religious, knowing that if we do face trials and attacks over a relatively minor stake, their own battles and deceptions will be on a grander and far more extensive scale. I need grace to do this more.
Biblical Prophets also spoke boldly to earthly authorities to guide and warn even royalty of impending evil when this was directed by God … or when they erred in judgments or just when God wanted their attention drawn to certain matters … as is illustrated in the text. Where are these prophets?
Jer 13:18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.
Also, God does not battle darkness. In Genesis 1:3 , He said let there be light; and there was light. The notion of God struggling with evil is even more incongruous than a lion in combat with a puppy. We are called to shine the light that is Jesus Christ, win the already won war and watch darkness recede as God’s light advances. But we are also told to resist the devil, be sober, to be wary and sensitive to the leadings of God obtained in our times of regular communion in the prayer closet … always recognizing the wiles of the deceiver.
Mary, the mother of Christ hid her baby, the King of kings … fleeing to Egypt as an act of obedience. Will a rational mind not wonder why this was necessary … could God not have so easily protected Him by other means apart from commanding a difficult sojourn? But she was meek and obedient …
May God help me to be humble, and rediscover my constant need for hearing from God and the greater call for obedience. Obedience to God is not about what we know, preach or pray – but what we actually do especially when contrary to popular direction and natural instincts. I pray that all our destinies may be hidden in God’s own pavilion … in the secret of His tabernacle - at the very least from natural and spiritual paparazzi. May the light of God shine to banish the darkness scattering all its known and unknown wicked intents in our lives. Let there be light.