What if I told you that the enigmatic Knights Templars played a secret role in the outcome of World War II?
Brace yourself, for in this article, we will uncover the fascinating and controversial theories that surround this ancient order. Despite their demise at the hands of the Papacy and the French monarchy, the Templar Knights continue to intrigue and mystify us. Join me as we delve deeper into the shadows of history and discover some lesser-known details.
The tale of the Templar Knights is a legendary saga that has enchanted historians and intrigued conspiracy theorists for ages. It’s a mesmerizing story of power, secrecy, and mystery that has endured the test of time and continues to capture our imagination. Although the ending of the Templars’ history is based on logical reasoning, the lack of historical facts only adds to their enigmatic allure.
The Templars rose to fame during the Crusades, but their story took a dramatic turn in 1307 CE when they vanished from the scene. Some believe that they fled to Switzerland, a newly founded country, in 1291 CE to escape persecution and establish a safe haven for their treasures and their clandestine work.
Their journey to Switzerland was not without violence, however. In Jerusalem, the Templars were accused of ruthlessly massacring civilians on multiple occasions (in the late 11th century, then in the late 13th century). The Templar stronghold of Akkon (Acre) fell on May 18th, 1291, and just two months later, Switzerland was founded on August 1st, 1291. Some see this as a remarkable coincidence, while others believe that the Templars played a pivotal role in the creation of this new country. The Swiss flag, with its iconic red and white colors, is said to be a tribute to the Templar’s flag, and a Templar Warrior’s shield, emblazoned with the Templar’s cross, still adorns the entrance of Swiss embassies, a bold symbol of their legacy.
The Templar’s treasure, rumored to contain precious artifacts from ancient Egypt and Jerusalem, has long been the subject of intrigue and fascination. Many believe that this treasure is hoarded in Switzerland, making it the ideal base for the Templars to rule from. However, some scholars insist that the Templar treasure is merely a myth, created to elevate their prestige during their golden age.
Beginnings and Endings
The story of the Templars began in 1095 CE when Pope Urban II called for the Crusade to recapture Jerusalem from the Muslim Caliphate. Out of this bloodshed emerged the Knights of the Temple of Solomon, also known as the Knights Templars. In Jerusalem, the Templars adopted Kabbalistic and Hermetic teachings, straying far from Christian practice. This led to their eventual downfall, as some were arrested in France in 1307 for “Satanic Activity,” idol worship, and even homosexuality.
Pope Clement V declared all Templars to be heretics in 1314, and their leader, Jacques de Molay, was arrested. However, those who escaped found a welcome in Scotland, where they aided Robert the Bruce in defeating the English. According to some theories, the Templars secretly gained control of the British monarchy and intended to take over the Vatican as well.
During the 30-year War (1618-1648), Swiss mercenaries massacred millions of Germans on behalf of the Roman Catholics, and their actions have been the subject of much controversy. Despite their own wrongdoing, the Swiss never seemed to forget anything, and the Templars’ alleged hoard of treasure in Switzerland only adds to the mystery and allure of their story.
According to the same theory, the Templars allegedly changed their name and became the Freemasons in 1717 to avoid the fate of their predecessors. However, their desire for power gained through terror and blood sacrifice supposedly remained the same. Additional tales and whispers also suggest that the now-Freemasons played a crucial role in America’s founding in 1776, similar to how the Templars supposedly founded Switzerland. One theory claims that the French lodge “Les Neufs Soeurs” gifted America the statue of Isis disguised as the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of freedom, even as they wreaked havoc by killing innocent people around the globe.
The Pharaohs of Today
According to some theorists, these Pharaohs and Pharisees allegedly reign over the world from their power base in Switzerland, once the home of the Templars. There are even theories suggesting that the city where Satan lives, Pergamum, is mentioned by John in the Bible, and some theorists have identified Geneva or nearby areas as this place.
Delving further into the cryptic realm of ancient Egypt, we find that the written language was composed only of consonants, leaving the vowels to our imagination. Consequently, the name “Isis,” with its significant meaning in Pharaonic and Pharisaic traditions, became reduced to just “SS.” This curious linguistic connection is intriguing, given the similarity to the notorious Schutzstaffel or SS, the Nazi organization led by Heinrich Himmler during World War II. What does this connection mean, and why does it exist?
Some believe that Himmler himself went on a quest to seek the elusive treasure of the Knights Templar, scouring the ancient territories of the Cathars and even embarking on a crusade towards Egypt with the (North) Africa Corps. But was the search for treasure merely a smokescreen for something far more valuable? Some suggest that Himmler and his cohorts were seeking something else entirely, shrouded in secrecy and mystery. The truth may never be known, but the whispers and rumors continue to haunt us.
Returning to the topic of the Knights Templars and their connection to Switzerland, it’s not just their financial influence that has left an indelible mark on the country. For centuries, the Templars held a grip on Switzerland’s military, employing ruthless mercenaries who would plunder and pillage without fear of consequence. Even today, the Swiss maintain their ancient traditions, celebrating their national holiday with fireworks and gunfire that echo through the valleys. It’s a haunting reminder of the violent past that still holds sway over this secretive nation.
Yet, despite its dark history, Switzerland continues to attract the wealthy and powerful to its shores, offering them a safe haven from the burden of taxes in their home countries. However, it’s the poor and small businesses who bear the brunt of taxation, while the rich become even richer. This parasitic relationship has allowed Switzerland to thrive as a preferred hub for the world’s elite, especially the smart criminals, preying on the misery of others. It’s no wonder that the wealthiest criminals in the world store their ill-gotten gains there.
Letter of Credit
Now, let’s delve deeper into the banking side of things. While the Templars were not the first bankers in the world, they were the pioneers of financial services as we know them today. The history of banking dates back to the ancient Fertile Crescent, where farmers envisioned a sustainable and secure future. They developed the revolutionary concept of a grain bank, which allowed them to deposit grain and withdraw it periodically, ensuring a steady food supply while their next crop was growing.
The Babylonians in Mesopotamia were the first to establish these grain banks, but it was the ancient Egyptians who perfected the system. With their innovative approach, the Egyptians ensured the food security of their people, even during times of drought or crop failure.
The grain bank system embodied the very essence of foresight and planning, allowing farmers to work towards a better tomorrow while securing their present. It’s a system that has shaped the way we view food security and sustainability today.
Now, fast forward to the Middle Ages and imagine yourself as a Christian pilgrim embarking on a journey to the Holy Land during the Crusades. The path ahead is fraught with danger, from treacherous seas to unforgiving deserts, and the greatest threat is not the harsh terrain, but the currency of the time – cumbersome coins that could easily be stolen.
Moreover, the weight of these coins could weigh down even the most robust traveler, and the risk of robbery was always present. It was a time when financial security was hard to come by, and pilgrims like you were left to fend for themselves. But little did anyone know, a group of visionary knights was about to change everything…
Enter the Templars, a powerful military order with holdings in multiple countries. They had the foresight to create a revolutionary system that would transform the world of finance. They established “offices” in various countries, where individuals could deposit money with the Templars and receive a document that proves their deposit.
This document allowed pilgrims like John Smith to travel to the Holy Land carrying only a piece of paper, reducing the risk of being robbed along the way. Upon arrival, John presented the document at the local Templars’ office, and in exchange, received the exact amount of money he had deposited back home.
This innovative system laid the foundation for modern international banking and letters of credit. By establishing a trusted network of Templars’ offices across multiple countries, they created a safe and reliable way to transfer money internationally. It was a system that was truly ahead of its time and paved the way for the financial institutions we rely on today.
The Templar’s system was so successful that it was adopted by the Italian banking industry during the so-called European Renaissance, popularizing it across the continent. This innovative method not only transformed the financial world but also destroyed competing systems that required the transfer of silver, such as the Hansa.
Verily, the Templars’ meteoric rise to power was fueled by the increasing number of people using their financial system. Kings and queens alike became indebted to them, cementing their status as one of the most powerful organizations in the world. But as they grew more influential, jealousy and envy festered amongst their rivals.
The Papacy, threatened by their power, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the order, formed a sinister plan to eliminate the Templars and seize their wealth. They declared the order as heretics, banned them, and arrested their members all over Europe. The goal was to allow King Philip IV to eliminate his debt while confiscating the Templars’ riches.
In a dark and savage turn of events, the grandmaster of the order, Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake under false charges of witchcraft, along with many other Templars. This was a grim day in Christian history, and the superstition surrounding it only adds to the intrigue – it was Friday the 13th.
In the aftermath of the Templars’ dissolution, many believed that their wealth had been seized, and their order had been eradicated. But as it turns out, the Templars were far more cunning and elusive than anyone could have imagined. The majority of the Templars vanished without a trace, and with them went their legendary wealth. Even the famous treasure of the Templars was never found, and their fleet set sail never to be seen again.
Thus, in the 14th century, the Templars vanished from the world without a trace. Yet, as the Templars faded into obscurity, another group of warriors rose to prominence shortly thereafter – the Swiss.
Nestled between Italy, France, and Austria lay the peaceful region of Switzerland, where farmers and shepherds tended their lands in harmony. However, the Swiss were pushed to their limits by Austria, who sought to assert control over the region. The Swiss stood up to the challenge, defeating the mighty neighboring kingdom and even halting invasions from Charles the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy.
Their incredible bravery and fighting skills became legendary, and soon, the Swiss were sought after by armies throughout Europe as mercenaries. In stark contrast to their peaceful past, the Swiss had become a force to be reckoned with, leaving many to wonder about their sudden rise to power.
Could it be that the Templars, with their vast knowledge of finance and wealth, had reinvented themselves as warrior-shepherds in the Swiss Alps? By the 16th century, Switzerland had emerged as a wealthy nation with unmatched banking skills and military might, seemingly overnight. The connection between the rise of the Swiss and the disappearance of the Templars remains a mystery, shrouded in the veil of history.
The Master Plan
The Templar Knights’ disappearance from history has always been a subject of mystery, but what if their vanishing act was all part of a grand plan? What if the Templars had actually been hiding in plain sight, waiting for the right moment to make their triumphant return? And what if that moment came during the rise of Nazism?
It is a thrilling theory that raises many questions. Could it be a mere coincidence that the Templars suddenly resurfaced in the land of the Swiss at a time when all of Europe was forced to its knees by the Reich? Some believe that the Templars formed an alliance with Nazi Germany, becoming their main bankers and financial advisors in exchange for Nazi support against their longtime enemy, France.
The result was a stunning military defeat for France, the worst since the Battle of Agincourt over 500 years earlier. Was this the Templars’ doing? Did they use their wealth and influence to shape the course of history? And if so, did they thrive and prosper in Switzerland, creating a military powerhouse and banking center?
Although the truth may be shrouded in mystery, the allure of such a fascinating theory is undeniable. The next time you see the Swiss flag, take a moment to contemplate the enigmatic history that lies within its folds. Who knows what secrets it may hold? Perhaps the Templars are still among us, hidden in plain sight, waiting for their moment to strike again. Alternatively, they may have been holding the reins over worldly affairs for a very long time. It’s also possible that there are no other interesting topics to theorize on, and this is the best thing that conspiracy theorists have been focusing on. One thing is certain though, the story of the Templar Knights and their rumored presence in Switzerland has long fascinated historians and conspiracy theorists alike.
“The Warriors and the Bankers”
Among the many captivating theories on this subject, the most notable literal version comes from historians Alan Butler and Stephen Daphoe. In their book “The Warriors and the Bankers,” they suggest that a group of Templars found refuge in the Swiss Alps. There, they not only survived but also thrived, playing a significant role in shaping the country’s history and culture.
While some may dismiss this theory as far-fetched, the evidence presented by Butler and Daphoe is nothing short of fascinating. For instance, during the period when the Swiss cantons rebelled against Leopoldo I, the Alpine farmers demonstrated a military prowess that far exceeded their previous military traditions. They were able to defeat a force of 5,000 units with just 1,500 in the ambush at Morgarten, and tales suggest that white-mantled knights assisted them, a detail eerily similar to the stories of the Templars in Scotland.
But that’s not all. The Swiss cantons also developed a highly efficient banking system that shares similarities with the Templar’s own financial network. The Swiss flag itself is a negative symbol of the Temple, further reinforcing their connection. Historical records also reveal that Italian banks had connections with Luzern and Zürich in the XIV century, adding to the theory that the Templars helped establish the banking system in Switzerland.
Perhaps the most compelling piece of evidence noted in this book is the presence of the oldest abbey in Switzerland, Sion, in the Valais Canton. This abbey dates back to the formation of the Swiss Confederation around 1291, a time when the Templars were seeking to establish a stronghold outside of the Holy Land. The twin peaks overlooking the town are also believed to signify a new Jerusalem or holy place in the Alps, lending support to the idea that the Templars played a role in Switzerland’s founding.
Theory or Fact?
Verily, all the aforementioned theories are ones that not everyone accepts, but when you consider the tales of white-coated knights mysteriously appearing to help Swiss cantons gain their independence, it’s hard to ignore the similarities. The founding of early Switzerland also coincides with the period when the Templars were being persecuted in France by King Philip IV, making it a convenient location for fleeing brothers to seek refuge. And the Templars were known for their expertise in farming, engineering, and clockmaking, all of which were crucial to the formation of Switzerland.
But what’s most intriguing about these theories is the idea that the Swiss themselves may not know their earliest history, or at least they suggest they don’t. The Swiss have always been known for their secretive and independent nature, much like the Templars themselves. As I mentioned recently, the famous Templar cross is incorporated into the flags of many Swiss cantons, along with other symbols that were important to the Knights. Furthermore, the Swiss were and still are known for their religious tolerance, a trait they share with the Templars.
There are other striking parallels between the values of the Swiss and the Templars. Both were known for their independence, secrecy, and dedication to protecting their communities. The Templars were renowned for their bravery and military prowess, while the Swiss have a proud tradition of neutrality and military defense.
Of course, some dismiss most or all of these theories as mere speculation and conspiracy. But the tantalizing hints of a connection between the Templars and Switzerland continue to captivate the imagination of historians and the general public alike.
“Let evil swiftly befall those who have wrongly condemned us – God will avenge our death.”– Jacques de Molay
Well, Jackie lad, it appears that justice has been served in this world on your behalf.