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The Knights Templars were a military and religious order first established in AD 1118 in Jerusalem by nine French knights under the leadership of Hugues de Payens of Champagne and Godefroi de Saint- Omer (Ibid., 49). Their stated mission was to protect pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land during the crusades (Collier’s Encyclopedia, 1985 “Knights Templars”). They also fought in various battles of the crusades and became famous for their bravery (World Book Encyclopedia, 1969 “Knights Templars”). “Baldwin II, King of Jerusalem, gave the Knights Templars quarters in his palace, built on the site of Solomon’s Temple.” From this, the order derived its name — Knights of the Temple.

Membership in the Knights Templars was originally limited to nobles. However, later on, the order opened its ranks to other men whom it felt could be used to further its aims. The order grew rapidly and in the year 1128 was taken under the special protection of the pope (Collier’s Encyclopedia, “Knights Templars”).

During the Crusades, the Knights Templars established local offices in all the Christian countries to encourage enlistment in crusading armies and to take care of funds for the pilgrims. (The pilgrims gave donations to the Order — which existed as a tax-exempt organization — in exchange for protection to and from Jerusalem). The Templars, being composed mostly of nobles, were also granted favors by many European rulers and gained possession of property throughout the continent. Through gifts of land and money, the Templars became extremely wealthy and powerful (Collier’s Encyclopedia, “Knights Templars”).

After the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187, the order established its headquarters in Acre. The Templars were forced to relocate once again in 1291 when Acre fell to the Muslims. This time their headquarters were moved to the island of Cyprus. However, by then, the Templars, through their enormous wealth and wide-spread organization, had become the bankers of Europe, and the order was no longer primarily a military one. It was especially influential in Spain, France, and England, where commanderies of knights, men-at-arms, and chaplains were organized, each under its own superior, subordinate to the Grand Master of the order (Ibid.).

Morals and Dogma adds, “Their watchword was, to become wealthy in order to buy the world. They became so, and in 1312, they possessed in Europe alone more than nine thousand seignories” (Morals and Dogma, 819-820). (A seignory refers to the estate or dominion of a noble or feudal lord).

The Knights Templars were probably corrupt from the beginning. But whether the order started out degenerate or became this way later, it is certain that the Templars had, during their exploits in the Middle East, become strongly influenced by both the Gnostics and the Assassins (a ruthless Arabic military order). It is a fact that several of the founders of the Knights Templars were initiates in the sect of the Assassins (Edith Starr Miller, Occult Theocracy. Hawthorne, CA; The Christian Book Club of America, 1933, p.143). The Templars, while adopting the religious beliefs of the Gnostics, received many of their organizational and political traits from the Assassins. The Templars represented the first wide-scale attempt to organize and mobilize the forces of occultism for the purpose of gaining control of the world.

Occult historian Edith Starr Miller summarizes the demise of the Templars as follows:

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