Illuminati” comes from the Latin meaning “Enlightened Ones”. They were a short lived secret society in the late 18th century who’s chief aim was to bring New World Order through moral and spiritual enlightenment. The central figure who started this secret society is Adam Weishapt, who was a German philosopher, and a professor of civil and canon law. Adam was brilliant academically who’s life and discipline was structured through the teachings of a Jesuit School.
These teachings became a major influence in how he created this Secret Society.
Before creating the “Illuminati”, Adam joined the Freemasons in 1774, and left 2 years later after finding that the teachings of the Freemasons were not in alignment with his personal vision. He then decided to create a new secret society which he modeled after the Jesuit discipline. Although born a Catholic, Adam’s vision of the “Illuminati” was to perfect human nature and society by overthrowing the Catholic Church and introduce a universal system of republican democracy.
By 1784, the Illuminati had over 2000 members in which an estimated 650 members advanced to higher levels in the society. In 1785, rumors had spread about the society’s plot to over throw the government and church, and Adam fearing his life decided to flee to Saxony leaving the Illuminati to run underground. It was during this time that the government issued a series of laws against secret societies.
Amongst these was an Illuminati Inquisition to root out any Illuminati involvement in the government, army, clergy, and educational system. By 1787, the Illuminati was completely suppressed, however the conspiracy theories of their society had just begun.
Historically, the name refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776. The society’s goals were to oppose superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power, and to support women’s education and gender equality.
The Illuminati—along with other secret societies—were outlawed by the Bavarian ruler, Charles Theodore, with the encouragement of the Roman Catholic Church, and were permanently disbanded in 1785. In the several years following, the group was vilified by conservative and religious critics who claimed that they had regrouped and were responsible for the French Revolution.
When Illuminati is traced their origins back thousands of years to their conception, its as a result of the genetic inbreeding between a reptilian extraterrestrial race and humanity.