“In the name of the holy and indivisible Trinity felicitously amen. Charles the Fourth, by favour of the divine mercy emperor of the Romans, always august, and king of Bohemia; as a perpetual memorial of this matter. Every kingdom divided against itself shall be desolated. For its princes have become the companions of thieves. Wherefore God has mingled among them the spirit of dizziness that they may grope in midday as if in darkness; and He has removed their candlestick from out of His place, that they may be blind and leaders of the blind. And those who walk in darkness stumble; and the blind commit crimes in their hearts which come to pass in time of discord. Tell us, pride, how would’s thou have reigned over Lucifer if thou had’st not had discord to aid thee? Tell us hateful Satan, how would’st thou have cast Adam out of Paradise if thou had’st not divided him from his obedience? Tell us, luxury, how would’st thou have destroyed Troy, if thou had’st not divided Helen from her husband? Tell us, wrath, how would’st thou have destroyed the Roman republic had’st thou not, by means of discord, spurred on Pompey and Caesar with raging swords of internal conflict? Thou, indeed, oh envy, host, with impious wickedness, spued with the ancient poison against the Christian empire which is fortified by God, like to the holy and indivisible Trinity, with the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, whose foundation is happily established above the very kingdom of Christ. Thou hast done this, like a serpent, against the branches of the empire and it’s nearer members; so that, the columns being shaken, thou Slightest subject the whole edifice ruin. Thou Hast often spread discord among the seven electors of the holy empire, through whom, as through seven candlesticks throwing light of a septiform spirit, the holy empire ought to be illumined.” read entire text here: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/medieval/golden.asp
A very cryptic constitution, the ambiguity of the legal text by design for the purpose of confusing interpretation. It is astonishing the level of sophistication that appears here in this 14th Century document in the statecraft, extremely complicated in political mechanics and legal disposition, covered by a clever religious masquerade. I should add that the Gnostic tradition holds that there are two God’s, that is why it seems confusing that in one part they appealing to “God” to save them from discord and then accusing “God” in another part of causing the discord. In the Latin it is usually “God” for the first God and “Lord God” or just “Lord” for the second “God”. But I use this reference to show that the seven Prince-Electors are considered to be the seven candlesticks in the Golden Bull text. These Prince-Electors elect the Roman King who is to rule with the Roman Pope, one with spiritual/ecclesiastical power and the other holding secular/temporal power. These are the electorial princes of the Holy Roman Empire, an elective monarchy of dynastic succession, the elected King becomes the Holy Roman Emperor when crowned by the Pope, if not crowned by the Pope they were considered “Emperor’s Elect”. This system operated until it was abolished under pressure from Napoleon Bonaparte on August 6, 1806. How they came to understand the levers of concentrated power with such cynical precision is beyond me, before the Guilds had crafted a decent candle, there was already a vast complicated dynastic state operating with incredibly intricate design, the standards of central banking are understood in detail by the minting of coin controlled by a singular authority, and yet candlestick making is in its infancy?
Records of the Prince-Electors of the Holy Roman Empire date back to the 12th Century AD, so for a period of several hundred years these men, related by birth, men of the usurper Imperial Families ruled Europe with the Church and Papacy. It would be hard for us ‘peasant-no person’ to imagine the power that these men wielded. all authority over the civilized bordered territory was accumulated in their hands alone, and was passed on as a birthright from generation to generation. As is proven by the Golden Bull their allegiance was to each other, all other living beings on earth were not only considered mere resources for their consumption, but not even as valuable as the land and material resources that they laboured with. The Prince-Electors held the sword of ultimate power,and for several hundred years all was beneath them, all beneath them, including the mineral wealth under the soil they figured belonged to them by divine appointment, all lessor nobles, merchants, lords, dukes, counts, squires, clergy, etc, etc, down to the plebian ‘peasant – no person’ were owned, if they be within the territorial bounds of the Prince-Electors. All Universities within their territory were founded and owned outright by the Prince-Electors, nobody within their domains learnt anything without their approval, any opposition to their power in either word or deed were simply charged with conspiracy and brutally dealt with, most likely with the rest of their family included. These rulers of Europe were the very definition of Tyranny, just read their Golden Bull as confirmation of that. At the time of the Golden Bull of 1356 the seven Princes were; the Archbishop of Mainz, Trier and Cologne representing the Church and the King of Bohemia, the Count Palatine, the Duke of Saxony, and the Margrave of Brandenburg, all holding the right to elect the King of the Romans. The Elector-Princes, like other subservient princes ruled States of the Empire as members of the Reichstag, which was divided into colleges: the council of Electors, the Council of Princes, and the Council of Cities. In addition to voting by colleges or councils, the Reichstag also voted on religious matters, as outlined by the Peace of Westphalia. The Archbishop of Mainz presided over the Catholic corpus – catholicorum, while the Elector of Saxony presided over the protestant corpus or corpus evangelicorum. The Prince Electors and the Pope certainly realized the importance of this division as a prerequisite for their own rule and power as unified authority, again this is outlined in the Golden Bull, the division into two different religious bodies was the basis of the official religion of the empire and states, BUT NOT OF ITS RULERS! Thus the Electors of Saxony were as Catholic as the Bishops were Catholic, but they presided over the later Protestant corpus, the State of Saxony was to become publicly Protestant but privately Catholic.
Now Evangeliste derived from Greek EU evs means ‘good’ and angel means ‘messenger’, and Protest means ‘to bear public witness’, so the Protestant movement and ‘Reformation’ as organized by both the Catholic Church and the Prince-Electors meant; to bring the ‘good gospel’ to the public, and that gospel was their gospel, and the way it was decided that would be done was via the written word. The written word as law, in this the Prince-Electors would find themselves being closely aligned with powerful merchants, landed squires, industrial enterprises and Jewish financial communities, at the expense of the priest class of the monastic orders and the Guilds, lessor nobles and the general plebian masses. The Reformation carried out principally by Prince-Electors, was the result of the evil seeds sown by their fore-fathers dating back to the Golden Bull of 1356 and before, a dynastic oligarchy flushed with severe power more than a century before, a maturing tyranny through the devastation of the Plagues that ravaged the poisonous infected wounds of Europe, open wounds that still bleed to this day.
The Jewish skull-cap is a later imitation of the Christian bishops skull-cap, that we can see in the above image. And so is the Menorah – the Jewish golden candlesticks! Ever heard of a Jewish candlestick maker? No, neither have I. Making candles for illumination is highly technical, in the 13th Century when the first recorded processes of candle making were recorded by Medieval Guilds, the process of candle making required sophisticated tools and the latest technology and it was very labour intensive. There is no evidence of candle making before this time, none at all. The account from the Exodus in the Bible of Israelites in 1440 BC; burning candles from a solid gold seven-branched handcrafted candelabra, in the middle of a desert wasteland, to burn continually from pure olive oil, for the pleasure of their deity, is simply ridiculous! Any man from any era claiming such nonsense as true would have to be a bullshit artist of the lowest order!
In the 13th and 14th Centuries AD, Roman Candlesticks made from beeswax by the Chandler Guilds of Europe were the ultimate in luxury items, affordable to only the Royal Palaces and Castles and of course the Churches. You can compare candlesticks of that time to Nuclear technology today, it was cutting edge industry the candle industry, it would be some 300 years before the first beeswax candle made it into a plebian house. Tallow candles were a cheaper option, but produced an inferior light, smelled terrible, and melted into blobs of runny fat quickly. Multiple branched Candelabra made from either silver, gold, bronze or iron are non-existent until the 16th Century.
It should be now easy to understand why the Prince-Electors decided to refer to themselves as the “Candlesticks”, as it was the most advanced publically identifiable technology of the times, it was illumination that inspired awe and reverence, candles were associated with the presence of God, when all else lay in darkness.
“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks, the seven stars are the angles of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” – Revelation 1:20
Not so much of a mystery now, is it? The writer of Revelation is obviously writing post 14th Century AD and referring to the 7 Prince-Elector Candlesticks of the Golden Bull of 1356. As these were the messengers of the gospel who elected “the one in the midst of the seven candles” who was the Roman Emperor. everything in the Book of Revelations is directly related to the Seven Prince-Electors of Medieval Europe, and the Pope and the ‘King of the Romans’.
For visual evidence we have this 15th Century etching by Albrect Durer, son of a Goldsmith of course and later Printing magnate. This woodcut by Durer completed in 1497 was commissioned by the Prince-Elector of Saxony Frederick III ‘The Wise’, knight of the Holy Sepulchre, President of the Reichsregiment, undisputed Ruler of Saxony, Roman Catholic defender of the Empire, first candidate for the Imperial Throne and Roman Emperor, founder of the University of Wittenberg, employer of Martin Luther, eldest son of Ernest elector of Saxony, and Elizabeth, daughter of Albert Duke of Barvaria-Munich. Frederick III best remembered today as the patron and defender of Martin Luther the Protestant Reformer, was the Reformer of the Catholic Church himself, and as one of the seven messenger candlesticks the elector of the Emperor, he himself was in fact the first choice for this exalted throne wholly with the support of the Pope of Rome who was to crown him if he did wish it so, but he did not wish it so and passed on the Throne to one of his relatives. Now Frederick III and his employee Martin Luther began their project of introducing the Latin Bible of Rome to the German people of the holy Roman Empire, this book, this printed book, funded of course by the Prince-Electors of the Holy Roman Empire and the Pope himself went on to convert more 500 million Germans to the “Faith” over the centuries, it was one of the greatest propaganda exercises of all time, and this was at a time when “faith in Christ” was at its lowest ebb, or perhaps non-existent, it was struggling to take hold in Germany, which most likely had a Bacchic inspiration for its religious orientation at the time. Rome itself was worn out, corrupt, stale…The odour of the Black Death still in the air, and the Turk almost being welcomed as Liberator into the heart of Europe! What was required was a new life, youthful spirit to revitalize the failing interests. This is the time of the Reformation, a time that had very little interest in Martin Luther and a few theology notes pinned up on a local board by a conservative scholar of a corrupt state. And a time that had far more to do with the desires of princes.
Notice the forked beard, it is somewhat of a tradition, well, an imitation again, this time by a pretender, a usurper, as were all the Imperial Families post 11th Century. Visuals by Albrect Durer the employee of the usurper Princes. Notice the Heraldic shields in the background on both sides of Frederick III, above.
You can see Frederick III’s Heraldic shields hanging from the tree, either Frederick III owned the Tree of Knowledge in the garden of all Creation, or he wanted his living subjects to believe it was so. Martin Luther obviously believed the validity of the Prince-Electors counterfeit claims for divine kingship. But it would be impossible for him to genuinely believe that seven golden candle sticks meant anything other than seven Prince-Electors.
When Julius II had begun the building of the new St. Peter’s – the climax of monarchic Rome, great sums of silver and gold were required for the building project to pay for this expensive undertaking. One of the ways raising these great sums was by the issue of Indulgences, the condition of which was subscribing to the cost of the building. It was a tax, a Papal tax, and that was how it was viewed by the public, just revenue raising for the construction of a new church. This drive soon turned into a kind of mini-crusade for the Papacy and the Prince-Electors. There was a strong feeling amongst the masses of Christendom against this tax or Indulgence issue. when Martin Luther drew up his 95 theses and nailed them to the church of the castle in Wittenburg which was owned by his employer the Prince-Elector of Saxony it was not a novel challenge, it was one of many already up on the door, it was a normal act to pin a debatable issue to the church door, Luther’s church door was no different to any other, of no special purpose other than invitation for debate, a debate that the papacy had dealt with very easily before without any peril to its authority. What is Luther’s act compared to the towering menace of the Sultan Mohammed’s armies that were marching over the top of Europe at the time and almost bashing down the gates of the Holy Roman Empire itself! A debate of doctrine by one university professor was of no consequence whatsoever. Mohammedanism like Christendom at the time had very little to with the letter or the Word, or “Holy Scripture”, that was a later invention that was developed over time with the march of the Printing Press. Mohammedanism was based on the rule of Sultan Mohammed, the Koran and the “prophet Mohammed” have no historical basis, they are merely later literary inventions just like the Bible, and just like the Bible, the Koran was first written and printed in Europe.
Considering the international situation at the time. Modern historians just ignore this fact of the Mohammedan armies bashing down the gates of a post Black Death Europe as the real cause for the Reformation, as they usually fail to mention the draconian Golden Bull constitution. It was Mohammedan pressure which finally crippled the Emperor’s waning power over the rest of the Germanic cities and lordships. The real interest at the time was not Luther and his theses, it was the very real danger that Christendom itself was about to collapse under the advance of the Sultan Mohammed. There was no popular support for Luther, Luther’s support came from his Prince-Elector sovereign and the various local princes below him and then the swarms of lessor nobles, their squires and cadets… The reason why was the looting of the monasteries and church lands, they simply wanted to enrich themselves by gorging on the corpse of Christendom, they were motivated by the same greed and avarice that is outlined in the Golden Bull of 1356, which as it so happened coincided with the coming of the Black Death. Some of the darkest days of Europe and all the Papacy could think of was a new tax to pay for a new expensive stone edifice for their headquarters in Rome, and all the Prince-Electors could think of was a new tax and increased draconian laws which would lead to more wealth and power than they already had. At this time in history the general public were not in slightest interested in Luther as a Hero, and he certainly was not interested in being a popular hero himself, he did not act in the interest of the people, he acted in the interest of his employers, it was the rapacious so-called “nobles”, none working, but all grabbing and ready to seize every opportunity to fill their pockets in any way that served them best and to continue without end the gross oppression of the masses. Therefore “Justification by Faith alone” is simply a denial of priestly power in order to loot the rich monasteries. Priestly power that had grown independent of Rome and the Prince-Electors, the monasteries themselves had grown wealthy. The Reformation along with Luther’s pen went hand in hand with the looting of the monasteries by the Princes like Frederick III of Saxony. The peasants revolt however was not so successful, there were brutally crushed in vast massacres, mainly by artillery fire with the loud applause of Martin Luther himself who watched comfortably from the sideline, protected by his all-powerful patron.
To Luther and Durer the mystery of the Seven golden candles was tied to the Papal Mass and their Patrons and Masters – Prince-Electors of the Holy Roman Empire. Martin Luther was born to parents of lowly standing, the son of a miner and woodman, his education in Latin and Law was paid for by income earned by his father’s lease-hold mining interests. Luther’s joined the monastery for reasons that are unclear, there are many myths but no historical evidence as to why he joined. In 1510-1511 he visited Rome, probably on business, sent by his monastery. There is no proof that Luther felt anything towards the situation in Rome, that would differ from what his contemporaries of Europe would have thought, all Europe knew that Rome was corrupt, it was common knowledge, and it was for the most part tolerated. When Luther returned home he held no particular grudge against Rome, for several years he furthered his career and became a prominent local man who was given the direction of a monastery and important work at the University of Wittenberg, a propaganda school for The Prince-Elector of Saxony, the University of Wittenberg served the interests of those in power, it had no interest in distribution of truth, it was the equivalent of an international think tank today like the Tavistock Institute.
Rome and the Prince-Electors at the time were concerned with their power base and increased revenue, they wanted to suck up all the middle-level clerical wealth and all the monastic properties and loot them for all they were worth! The opportunists like the lessor nobles, various lords and dukes and kings all the way down to knights and squires saw the chance to grab some loot and land if they complied, if they did not they had the Princes-Electors to answer to. The fact that Mohammedans were bursting into Germany and laying siege to Vienna meant nothing to the Reformers themselves, in fact they for the most part welcomed the Turks, so the idea of the reformation being a spiritual revolution, a return to the honest “Word of God” as the true source of Christendom is not true, Luther’s Bible and the later Koran are politically motivated attempts to spiritualize law, to kill the spirit via the letter. This was cleverly adopted by Jewry from both the West and the East, just like the jewish Menorah being adopted from the 7 candles of the Prince-Electors and its symbolic role in Papal Mass.