Monday, April 23, 2007

Escaping the Matrix: Resurrection of an Ancient Conspiracy Theory

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David W. Lowe is the author of two books on Bible prophecy, Earthquake Resurrection and Then His Voice Shook the Earth. To learn more, visit David’s website at:


PICTURE THIS: political leaders conspire to cover up one of the most colossal events in history. A sinister plan is formulated. A large sum of money is exchanged. Co-conspirators are convinced to lie. The general public believes the lie and perpetuates it.

Sounds like what many believe may have happened on September 11, 2001, doesn’t it?

Not so fast. Believe it or not, this conspiracy theory is not a theory, but a fact. Conspiracy Fact. And it’s in the Bible.

No, I’m not referring to the betrayal of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane by Judas Iscariot for thirty pieces of silver. But if that is what you were thinking, you are on the right track.

Matthew 28:11-15 records the formulation of an insidious conspiracy surrounding the events that took place after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his empty tomb. This story is set up by an appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene and another Mary after his resurrection. As they fell at his feet to worship, Jesus instructed them to go and tell the disciples to meet him in Galilee, bringing us to the passage at hand:

While they [Mary Magdalene and another Mary] were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole his body while we were asleep.’ If this matter is heard before the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day.

Take special note of what transpired within the above passage:
1. The soldiers guarding Jesus’ tomb, eyewitnesses to a spectacular event, told what they saw and heard to the authorities: irrefutable evidence established and corroborated by more than one witness.
2. The chief priests and elders, members of an elite group of religious authorities, gathered together in secret to discuss what to do regarding the event.
3. A conspiracy theory was formulated by these authorities.
4. A large sum of money was provided to the soldiers.
5. They were told to lie about what they saw and heard, and were instructed of the exact words to say.
6. The soldiers were promised immunity and safety by the corrupted religious elites if the matter ever came before an investigatory body.
7. The soldiers took the money and did as they were told.
8. Finally, the lie was disseminated in the public, repeated, and believed for many years after the event. The lie became truth.

This is a staggering revelation. An extremely important piece to the resurrection puzzle that is rarely preached from the pulpit. A conspiracy theory for the ages with momentous implications!

Just think: the lie about the disappearance of Jesus’ body from the tomb was repeated amongst the Jews for many years, and believed as truth. No wonder this band of disciples was so hated by the Jews of their day: not only were they viewed as a renegade religion away from the one true God of Judaism, but among their countrymen, they were believed to be grave-robbers and liars in order to spread this new religion of Christianity.

But in this case, the minority had the truth on their side, and the majority believed the conspiratorial lie formulated, carried out, and perpetuated by an elite group of leaders. Yes, a small band of disciples had the truth, and were willing to die for it at the hands of those leaders.

The first of those martyrs was Stephen, murdered by a barbaric stoning ceremony by the Sanhedrin, the highest legal, legislative, and judicial body among the Jews (see Acts chapters 6 and 7).

As both a Christian and a member of the 9/11 Truth movement, I am often discouraged by fellow Christians who blindly believe the news on the cable news network about this momentous event and all of the ghastly political tentacles which have grown from it. They somehow connect their Christianity to a patriotic duty to believe as truth everything disseminated by the government. I want to reach out to them, disconnect them from the Matrix, and show them all the inconsistencies in what they believe and have been told about that event. But the reaction is all too often a rolling of the eyes, silence, or in some cases, an outburst of “righteous” indignation at the mere suggestion that the leaders of our nation could conspire to do evil.

It is my hope that, in writing this piece, diligent Christians will find within themselves:
1. A new appreciation for the ability and desire of political leaders to perpetuate a lie in order to hide the awful truth from a hoodwinked populace, to protect their selfish motives, and to profit from the proliferation of the lie and its consequences,
2. A new respect for those who question the official stories perpetuated by government authorities about important historic events, and
3. A new desire to expose lies and search for and disseminate the truth.

Please remember this amazing conspiracy tucked within the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection before calling someone a “conspiracy nut,” or calling an explanation that differs from the official story a “crazy conspiracy theory.” What you call a conspiracy theory might just be a conspiracy fact.

Finally, think about this: If you were a Jew living in the first half of the first century, and you believed the official explanation about a bunch of crazy followers of a resurrected “Messiah,” who actually stole his body from his grave and claimed he rose from the dead, you’d be believing what the majority believed. But you’d also be believing a lie, a conspiracy theory formulated by your leaders to keep you in the dark about arguably the most important event in
world history.

The resurrection of the Savior of the world.
© David W. Lowe 2007




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