“Beneath the broad tide of human history there flow the stealthy undercurrents of the secret societies, which frequently determine in the depths the changes that take place upon the surface. These societies have existed in all ages and among all nations, and tradition has invariably ascribed to them the possession of important knowledge in the religious[,] scientific or political order according to the various character of their pretensions.”

Arthur Edward Waite, renowned occultist and mystic scholar, and co-creator of the most widely used tarot card deck 2

In order to fathom the scope, reach and origin of the devil’s kingdom today, it is critical to understand at what point it was founded and how it flourished. Fortunately, the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith these foundations, which are canonized in The Pearl of Great Price. The fifth chapter of the Book of Moses covers these matters.

However, from the outset, it is important to touch upon how the term “know” is used Biblically, and thus in the Pearl of Great Price as well. The original Hebrew word in the Bible is pronounced “yaw-daw.” According to Gesenius’ Lexicon of Hebrew and Chaldee, this Hebrew word is the root of the sense of “seeing” in Greek, Latin, German, Slavic, English, Sanskrit, nearly every other Indo-European language. In Hebrew it is used to express a variety of manners of familiarity or interaction, depending upon context. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance lays out dozens of ways in which the Hebrew equivalent of “know” as used in Biblical records can be translated into English; some of the definitions include: acknowledge, answer, be aware, comprehend, discern, discover, familiar friend, lie by man (i.e. a



2. The Real History of the Rosicrucians
From the Preface of The Real History of the Rosicrucians, published in 1887 (emphasis added). Read online at OpenLibrary.
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