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In the year 1510, on the eve of the Protestant Reformation of 1517, only seven years before that fateful October day when an Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, nailed his 95 Age-altering Theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg, laying the gauntlet before Pope and Priest on behalf of the Emperors of Europe and thereby forever changing the face of Europe, a curious document entitled the “ Book of a Hundred Chapters” began to be circulated amongst the ranks of discontented peasants, Franciscan Ana-Baptist Tertiaries, Beghards, Beguines, Brethren of the Free Spirit, Minnesinger “Sufis” and other “ non-conforming” sects and cults of Germany and Switzerland. With fork or scythe firmly gripped in one hand, and the “ Book of a Hundred Chapters” in the other, these peasant Tertiaries of Germany, clandestinely pouring over every jot and tittle of the “ new revelations” recently brought to the light of day; brooding like grieving hens over the failed Upper Rhine peasant uprising of 1502, the “ Bundschuh”, led by a peasant named Joss Fritz, began to silently and slowly regain their courage and regroup in numbers in readiness for a new offensive.
These infantile steps in modern socialist/communist revolution had, however, something that previous peasant uprisings, such as those of Wat Tyler in England, had not. They possessed in their hands infinitely more potent tools for cohesion and direction; something previous peasant revolts had only in voice or rhyme; the “ Book of a Hundred Chapters”; the first great “ Socialist Manifesto” of the European lower classes…( Please refer to Norman Cohn’s work ” In Pursuit of the Millenium” for references regarding the ” Book of a Hundred Chapters”..)
The false-Prophecies of Joachim Abbot of Fiore in Calabria, Italy, some four centuries earlier, had instilled in multitudes over those centuries, the expectation and desire that a “ World Reformation”; the “ New Third Age of the Spirit” was to be inaugurated by the disciples of Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan Order, and the disciples of Dominic Guzman, the founder of the Dominican, or “ Jacobin” order. Switzerland and the Rhineland region of Germany in particular, had absorbed the prophecies of Joachim of Fiore to a greater degree than most other lands, and through the Tertiary Disciples of Francis of Assisi; the Ana-Baptists; as well as the disciples of Dominic Guzman; the Dominican “ Rhineland Mystics” such as Meister Eckhart, Tauler, Suso, and Nicholas of Cusa, inculcated gradually in its people the revolutionary impulses that would eventually result in the Peasant Uprisings of the early 16th century AND the Protestant Reformation of 1517…
The false Prophecies of Joachim of Fiore were to find their nest amongst both the disciples of Francis of Assisi and Dominic ( of both of whom he is said to have prophesied); the former tending to the lower classes; the latter to the upper classes. Martin Luther’s severance of Faith from Works; Immanuel Kant’s Critical Idealism; Hegel’s Rosicrucian Boehmist Pantheism, and finally the “ Deutschreligion” of the NAZI Party in Germany in the 20th century, could all be found to stem from the works of Eckhart and Joachim of Fiore. With the Franciscan element we may discover the origins of all subsequent developments and attempts at world “ Communistic Socialism”; whereas the Dominican element was the medium by which “ National Socialism” would flow in the western world throughout subsequent centuries. The Peasants became the tools for the creation of social CHAOS, out of which would be born a “ New World ORDER”; the “ Third Age of the Spirit” of Joachim of Fiore.
So it was, that with the “ Book of a Hundred Chapters” at their disposal, the peasants of Germany received new hope and courage, and set out to “Establish” the “ Kingdom of God on Earth”; much as the heretic Montanus had attempted to do in the latter part of the second century A.D.. This “ New Age” and “ New World Order” struck common ground with the revived “ Golden Age of Saturn/ Moloch/ Time” of the heathen philosophers and poets to such a degree that the two became one in the minds of most.. This “ Great Reich” of a thousand years, would finally be ushered in from the fertile soils of Europe, and joint rule inaugurated where a new “ Holy Roman Emperor” would rule the world, supported by a “ Holy Mendicant Pope”; co-existing and working in perfect unison and harmony, would bring in once again religious unity and revive the ancient Iron Rule of Augustus.
This new millennium; the new “ age of aquarius”, of unbridled freedom and licentious liberty; of unlimited Epicurean indulgence and hedonistic happiness, was to finally arrive. All things would be unified and wars amongst the nations would be never seen again. The “ Via Media”; the middle way in all things, would finally prevail, and the Iron Rule of a “ righteous Caesar” in conjunction with a new and repentant “ Pentecostal Papacy”, would insure that all dissent would be quashed and the “ Pax Universalis”; Plato’s Socialist Republic; the Humanistic “ Rights of Man”, and Pythagoras’ “ Artistic Esoteric Communism” vigorously enforced from cradle to the grave.
The peasant uprising of 1502 was betrayed and crushed, but Joss Fritz survived to organize the uprisings of 1513, and again in the year of the 95 Theses, 1517. The great aim of the Revolution; the precursor of the French Revolution of 1789, was to exterminate all the rich and powerful and establish an egalitarian ORDER; to enthrone a universal Roman Mendicant Pope who would unite all erring factions, and a universal European Monarch Emperor who would rule with an Iron Rod, and “ compassionately” distribute all wealth equally whilst reviving the Bacchanalia and Saturnalia of the ancient heathens.. All men would therefore be united in the bonds of universal humanistic brotherhood, and the religion of ecstacy and intuition, tempered by reason and science. Sound familiar? You guessed it… All TOO familiar..
A tree is known by its fruits, and what was sown in 1510 was reaped by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 in their infamous “ Manifesto of the Communist Party”; the legacy of which remains with us all still not merely in open Communism, but especially via Fabianism and the various Unionistic Labor and Green Movements worldwide; the Rainbow/ New Age Movement of the masses ( the Ana-Baptist Peasants marched under the banner of a “ Rainbow”), and in ever-burgeoning deviousness and potency throughout our literary, educational, and scientific circles.
Militant and bloodthirsty revolution took on a new form shortly after 1520 when Thomas Muntzer of Thuringia, a vagabond university graduate and priest; of immense intellectual capacity, drive, and zeal, declared the dawn of a New Age/ Millenium, and began to unify the Ana-Baptists, Free-Spirits, and Taborite exiles, of Germany.. The “ elect” would rise up and annihilate both priest and merchant, and usher in Thomas More’s Platonic new Socialist Utopia. Thomas More of England had composed by then an enormously influential book published only several years earlier, which laid the blueprint for a new world UTOPIA. The “ Book of a Hundred Chapters” had now found it’s English complement in Thomas More’s “ Utopia”, and the peasants of Germany were well furnished ideologically for the notorious task at hand.
Their marching banner became the “ Rainbow”; and their slogan “ bread and cheese” in token of their ancient progenitors; the heretical Montanists of the 2nd century A.D.. In 1525 Thomas Muntzer set up the Rainbow emblem in his church at Muhlhausen and declared war on the monasteries and convents. This was the cue for the great Peasant Revolt of 1525. By exploiting social discontent and giving it intellectual and ideological support, Muntzer became the much lauded predecessor of Marx and Engels. He created his “ New Jerusalem” in Germany where wives were held in common, ecstatic “ gifts of the spirit” ( shamanism) revived; nuns raped and monks slaughtered; all in the name of “ universal brotherhood”.. This evil legacy of hedonistic Epicurean Antinomianism has reared it’s ugly head in modern times not only in Bolshevist Communism, but in seemingly much more moderate forms such as Titoism. Josip Broz Tito, who ruled Communist Yugoslavia for decades after WW2, proudly draped his office wall with a tapestry commemorating Muntzer’s Peasant Rebellion. Friedrich Engels himself wrote an entire book; “ The Peasant War in Germany” in honour of Muntzer’s continuing legacy.. In chapter 1 of that book, Engels makes the following statements:
“…. It is timely to present once more to the German people those awkward but powerful and tenacious figures of the great Peasant War. Three centuries have flown by since then, and many a thing has changed, still the peasant war is not as far removed from our present-day struggles as it would seem, and the opponents we have to encounter are essentially the same….”
Indeed, little has changed…. The final word, however, is found in the Holy Scriptures:
“…If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints…” Revelation 13: 9-10.

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