The Knights Templar formed in the 1000s AD and were sanctioned by the Pope in 1128. However, the power and rituals of the Knights soon began to unnerve both the Pope and the King of France, who tried to overthrow the Order through persecution and arrests. Historian N. Webster tells us more:
The King of France, Philippe le Bel, who had hitherto been the friend of the Templars, now became alarmed and urged the Pope to take action against them; but before the Pope was able to find out more about the matter, the King took the law into his own hands and had all the Templars in France arrested on October 13, 1307. The following charges were then brought against them by the Inquisitor for France before whom they were examined:
1. The ceremony of initiation into their Order was accompanied by insults to the Cross, the denial of Christ, and gross obscenities.
2. The adoration of an idol which was said to be the image of the true God.
3. The omission of the words of consecration at Mass.
4. The right that the lay chiefs arrogated to themselves of giving absolution.
5. The authorization of unnatural vice.
Despite the best efforts of monarchies, the Templars were not extinguished. In fact, offshoots of the Order are still in existence today.
Knights of Malta
The Knights of Malta (Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta) formed around the same time as the Knights Templar. They are controlled by the Jesuits and have strong global influence:
As always, the Freemasons are in the foreground while the Jesuits and their Knights of Malta are in the background (emphasis added).
Headquartered in Rome these Knights of the Papal Caesar control the Banking, Industry and Military Complexes of the world. They oversee Chase Manhattan Bank with branches in Moscow and New York. They rule the International Intelligence Community, the KGB in the east and the CIA in the west, in restoring the despotism of the Dark Ages.
Take note of this list of a few Knights of Malta:
Learn more about the Knights of Malta in the section below titled The Pope's Knights.
The Pope's Knights
Summary: Catholic secret societies have been controlled by the Pope for centuries. But why do Protestants keep showing up on their rosters?
The Roman Catholic Church uses military-like orders or societies to carry out their aims and protect the Church. Using these societies as a secret army to do the Church's bidding protects it from scrutiny and bad press. For example, in the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar was an order that fought in the crusades on behalf of the Papacy. Templar Knights were given the ability to ignore many laws, taxes, and authorities, but had to obey the Pope.
Although we don't see the Knights Templar in their original form, there are many new versions of the Order, such as the Knights of Malta, Freemasons, and the various Orders of knights in Britain. European and North American political leaders are often members of these Orders.
If the Order is subservient to the Pope alone, and the British Queen and American President are members of the Order, who really rules the Western world?
The Knights of Malta
One Order of particular interest is the Knights of Malta. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the Order of the Knights of Malta is, "The most important of all the military orders, both for the extent of its area and for its duration. It is said to have existed before the Crusades and is not extinct at the present time."
The Knights of Malta wore similar costumes to the Knights Templar before them. The stylized cross we see on their uniforms is known today as a Maltese cross.
The Maltese cross is a common feature of the Pope's garments, reminding us that he is the head of these Orders.
A Protestant branch of the Knights of Malta is the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head of the Order of St. John, as we can see from her costume in the photograph.
The Queen's participation in this Order, which brings with it required obedience to the Pope, is an example of how King John's ancient concession of the crown to the Papacy is still in effect today.
The United States is also under the rule of the Papacy. Most American presidents have been involved in Freemasonry, which is an outwardly Protestant secret society that is actually controlled by Catholic Jesuits.
Presidents and other American leaders also have strong blood connections to British royalty, and many have been initiated into Knighthood in the Order of the Bath under the Queen. American leaders give their allegiance to the Queen, and the Queen is subservient to the Pope, which is just another way that the Papacy controls America.
The Order of the Bath, the Knights of Malta, and the Knights Templar are all the same. Behind the elaborate pomp of these orders sits the same power—the same people calling the shots.