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Notes from Michael A. Hoffman II’s “Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare” (2001)
Compiled by Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Emeritus Professor of Geography, CSUS, June 2015
Like Christian author/researcher and former Air Force officer, Texe Marrs, Michael Hoffman II has dedicated much of his career to investigating and exposing the methods of the occult “cryptocracy” (‘rule by secrecy’). First written in 1989, and updated in 2001 (prior to 9/11, I believe), Hoffman’s “Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare” includes information that exposes the occultic importance of 9/11. Here, Hoffman explains much about the confusing interface between politics, religion, and the occult that led to the staging of the 9/11 MegaRitual. He also identifies many of the practitioners of these black arts and exposes their dark motivation.
(ETK note:) I acknowledge that my investigations into the 9/11 mass murder has heretofore been hampered because previously, I was blind to the occult aspects of 9/11. This is because I find the occult repulsive and spooky. However, the information I uncovered in my investigative series “Is Crestone/Baca the “Vatican City of the New World Order” demonstrates that occult systems and mind control, in particular, are central aspects of many staged and state-sponsored terror events to which we have all be subjected. In particular, I direct the reader’s attention to the articles on this website posted under the subheadings, Mind Control/Cults and New World Religion?. Now that I have learned something about these odious topics through my own painful investigations, I find Hoffman II’s insights are especially critical to understanding 9/11 and other staged, occult, ritual events. Most importantly, Hoffman II’s conclusions are entirely consistent with and extend the information already provided on this website. Following are some of Hoffman’s essential insights from “Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare:”
The occult Cryptocracy processes the Group Mind of the masses mainly through psychodrama. The alchemical and Rosicrucian command dogmas were literary works. In the course of receiving the establishment’s reports and accounts of Jack the Ripper, the Hillside Strangler, Son of Sam, and the Unabomber, a mental virus is implanted in many percipients. The hyperdermic needle in this case is nothing more startling than a campfire story, only the campfire is the crackling electrical current of a television and the story is of our extinction. The narrative, the plot, the characters and the symbolism all constitute the imprinting that is one of the highest functions of cere-monial, “cereal” murder…
… Ritual murder is mind control…..
We have arrived at the point in human devolution represented by the symbolic “2001” (referring to author British intelligence asset, Arthur C. Clark’s movie (not the 9/11 event- ETK)), not by accident, but by design, by a process, first set in motion by the state religion of Pharaonic Egypt.
…. The mute monolith of 2001 is harbinger of what Clarke calls in another of his works, the Overlord. It is the ashlar of the secret societies. The monolith represents the shaping function of the occult magus, who tames and tampers with the natural world. The 2001 monolith is the stake that impales the divine-organic in favor of the anthropomorphic artifice. It is one of the totems of human brainpower and of the Cryptocrats who imagine themselves the most cerebral of us all. They believe there is no god but themselves, ascendant on the ladder of evolution. Yet they humor our need for a transcendent god, so they stoop to offer us the mystery totem of 2001 to satisfy our craving to bow before an idol in ritual place and time.
…. This Freemason’s radiating ashlar, this transmitter monolith, is a sentinel that we allegedly trigger with our awareness- a “progressive development” which is in turn conveyed by the sentinel to the “higher powers” (“dark gods.”)…. The masses at large in the early 21st century have had as many occult experiences and absorbed as many occult cues as most of the old Lodge brothers. Two hours in front of a screen watching the movie “The Matrix” should sufficiently program even the most wholesome eagle scout or the most innocent Mayberry resident to the level of the first degree of occult apprentice.
2001 takes the occult game of hazard to the next highest level of peril and opportunity: 1) The perilous gamble: “Satan” becomes more and more evident on earth among us. 2. The occult opportunity: instead of overthrowing him and his human sponsors, many of us find that he’s not so bad after all!
The appearance of the Sentinel from 2001 at the beginning of the year 2001 and the century it symbolizes (the 21st), marks the symbolic end of the preparatory processing phase intended to program us into accepting the appearance of the devil himself as our presiding Overlord. The 21st century is intended by the western secret societies to serve as the stage for the literal, undisguised materialization of a being resembling classic medieval images of the devil, to rule over what Arthur C. Clarke terms “One World.”
The magico-religious component of the image generated by advanced science corresponds to Clarke’s most famous dictum, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In Childhood’s End, Clarke foretells the arrival of corporeal demons on earth. He styles these demons, the “Overlords.”
… The materialization of this gyp (con or fake), this diabolical nightmare was inseminated by a millennia-old esoteric current, fine-tuned and propelled by England’s royal astrologer and secret agent, John Dee, code-named 007, during the Elizabethan age, for full viral materialization in our 2(00)1 age. The process began with the number 7 and culminates in a hermetic game of hazard or “chance,” 21.
The working in its entirety represents the process of human alchemy, dedicated to the transformation of base matter (humanity) into the “gold” that is the man-beast, within the psychodrama that is the Revelation of the Method/Making Manifest of all that is Hidden, which was initiated just a few years after Dee’s death, in the pages of the 1615 Rosicrucian manifesto, “Confessio Fraternitatis,” or “Confession of the Laudable Fraternity of the Most Honorable Order of the Rosy Cross.”
The psychological warfare contained within this esoteric “confession” is predicated on the following strategy: One day when we have secured our victory we will confess our crimes to a ritually-bound public. The Confessio foretold this nearly 400 years ago: “… that which in… before times hath been unseen… shall be spoken forth and uttered… maketh manifest… innumerable secrets.”
The western masses enter thralldom and bestiality with enthusiasm. They cheer programming and suppression of dissent, they volunteer for digital surveillance, they idolize their executioners and exterminators, they celebrate their new, swinish identity.
To process a population of “goyim” sufficiently depraved to devour unborn children for the benefit of the elderly, mix races and species and rebuild the Tower of Babel, it was necessary to immerse the people of the West in an era that would idolize the material world and deny the spiritual.
The public have been trained… by two principle methods: direct “speaking” archetypal messages of pure terror (“psychic driving” as the CIA’s Dr. Ewan Cameron termed it), encoded in massively publicized “lone nut” mass murders, and the sinister flattery heaped upon them by their masters in the cult of civilization and progress.
… Who then is the modern man? He is a mind-bombed patsy who gets his marching orders from “twilight language” key words sprinkled throughout “his” news and current events. Even as he dances to the tune of the elite managers of human behavior, he scoffs with great derision at the idea of the existence and operation of a technology of mass mind control emanating from the media and government. Modern man is much too smart to believe anything as superstitious as that?
… Modern man is the ideal hypnotic subject: puffed up on the idea that he is the crown of creation, he vehemently denies the power of the hypnotist’s control over him, even as his head bobs up and down on a string.
What we observe in the population today are the three destructive symptoms of persons whose minds are controlled by alien forces: 1) Amnesia, i.e., loss of memory. 2) Abulia, i.e., loss of will. 3. Apathy, i.e., loss of interest in events vital to one’s own health and survival. Amnesia, abulia, and apathy- are nearly universal among us today and gaining a greater foothold with each passing day.
Man began his peregrination away from Eden through his conceit that he would “become as god.” Yet, as soon as he left the Divine Plan for the occult process his stated objective became the Kabbalistic “tikkun olam” or “repair of the world,” via the intervention and imposition of human brain power- the very ego-maniacal device that caused the separation from God’s natural Eden in the first place. Repair of the world indeed- a world the Kabbalists had only just ruined!
In the Hermetic-masonic tradition the secret identity of Satan is the cosmic force represented in occult lore as emanating from the star Sirius, the so-called dog star, alpa Canis majoris. In the secret tradition of the Freemasons, Sirius is overwhelmingly identified with a single primary attribute, the bringing of civilization to earth. The heirs of this magical current were saluted by the Illuminist and master-alchemist Comenius in his 1668 book, The Way of Light, dedicated to the first scientific organization in Western history, Britain’s august Royal Society. In it, Comenius addressed the first formal scientists as “illuminati” and outlined their scientific purpose, “which is to secure… the empire of the human mind over matter.”
…. The mythical Satanic bringer of civilization to earth was supposed to be an alien from the star system Sirius, around whom the Egyptians and all subsequent Hermetic systems constructed their elaborate and obsessive religio-astronomic observances. This star Sirius also served as an astronomic secret code, an allegory of the illusory quality and inherent “trickiness” of the material world.
In actual astronomic magnitude, Sirius is approximately thirty-five times brighter than our sun. It is regarded in the highest occult circles as analogous to the “hidden god of the cosmos,” for, just as the star Sirius’ true magnitude is dwarfed by the sun of our solar system by means of the illusion generated by distance, so too is the influence of Satan in the world obscured behind of welter of churches and lip-service to the teachings of Christ.
The Occult in Protestantism and Catholicism
According to contemporary adherents of paganism, the 16th century covens of Wicca sided with the Protestant Queen Elizabeth against the Catholics, in appreciation of her having awarded Satanist John Dee (1527-1608), the founder of Freemasonry, high office in her government.
Dee served in many capacities as an official in Elizabeth’s government, including that of international espionage agent 007. Dee’s espionage expertise was gained in part from his mastery of the late 15th century cryptography text, “Stegonaographia,” attributed to the Kabbalist Johannes Trithemius, as well as the top-secret volume of twilight language, of uncertain provenance, known as “The Soyga.”
Dee was the architect of the British empire itself, conceived as a magical act; “magical” in the sense that this empire would be powered mainly by illusion, deceit, the double-cross, and profound secrecy, as embodied within the science and art of espionage and the religion of esoteric Judaism (ETK note: I.e., Kabbalism, or the Babylonian/Jewish system of Black Magic). Dee’s pivotal role as molder of Queen Elizabeth’s regime and the mighty British empire itself, is one of the best kept secrets of English history.
Though Catholicism was also heavily infiltrated, it managed until the late Renaissance to preserve at least some of the core Gospel teachings, such as resistance to usury and the incumbency of mammon…. However, by the end of the Renaissance, the avant-guarde intellectual movement of “Christian” Kabbalah had gained purchase within the Vatican bureaucracy….. In fairness it should be noted that even after Cleopatra’s needle (a highly charged Masonic symbol) was erected (in the Piazza de San Marco at St. Peter’s Square, “trumpeting” the Vatican’s subscription to the occult doctrines), prelates came to power in the Church hierarchy who were anti-occult.
….. Beginning in November of 1958 with the pontificate of John XXIII, the Cryptocracy crushed all opposition and consolidated its power within the Vatican…. The Vatican II-era pontificates culminated in the papacy of John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla). Though presented in the establishment media as a strict Catholic traditionalist, John Paul II is actually an agent of One World, New Age syncretism…. In 1986 John Paul II convened a world council of religions, including African “animists” and Buddhists, at a church named after the Apostle Peter, in Assisi, Italy… Protestant leader Dr. Carl McIntyre called it, “The greatest single abomination in church history.” Catholic Archbishop Marcel Befebvre termed it, “The supreme imposture, the culminating insult to Our Lord… a diabolical act.”…. Zionist agent Cardinal Bea and his peritus, the Jesuit Malachi Martin, were responsible for the authorship of the 1965 Vatican II proclamation, Nostra Aetate, which overthrew nineteen centuries of Biblical teaching on Judaism.
Ritual Murder and the Secrets of Mental Magic
The Son of Sam murders were a brilliantly orchestrated ritual whose ceremonial aspects were as precise and detailed as the internal workings of a clock. This theater of death began as a ritual for the cult-members themselves and ended as a giant magical ceremony for the processing of the entire nation, because in the worldwide broadcast of the Son of Sam murders was also broadcast the magical symbols of the “Wicker Man” and of (Jewish Kabbalist and Satanist) Eliphas Levy (see for example Newsweek, Aug. 22, 1977, p. 19).
This is the alchemical pscyhodrama for the transformation of humanity. We are processed just by reading or watching “the news.” We are processed by associating death and terror, power and potency with an old demonic symbol by at 19th century adept of Black magic (Eliphas Levy), whose illustration of the hermaphroditic demon of the Knights Templars, Baphomet, is perhaps the most widely recognized occult symbol in modern history.
Readers of the New York Daily News learned to associate “The Wicked King of Wicker” with murder and terror. At the thought of King Wicker, millions felt fear. This fear was imprinted in the their minds. This is the same control process hundreds of peasants were put through a thousand years ago while standing in front of a giant wicker effigy, inside of which was a caged a doomed human sacrifice destined for burning.
The only difference is that the peasants knew that their leaders wanted them to fear an occult image. Modern people imbibe occult fear-technology while imagining that there is no such thing. The imprint’s impact is doubled when veiled under such ignorance. It is multiplied in the final stage, whereby the fearful image is actually worshipped, as at the “Burning Man” New Age festival annually held by “groovy hipsters” in the American southwest.
The Cryptocracy has a… refined inducement for attendance at their Masonic ritual: spectacular optical. Few need to be induced to watch TV or read a sensational, mass market picture magazine or newspaper. In fact, we pay to do so. Of course, many “serial” murders are nothing more than the work of a single individual acting out a graphic horror movie he saw, or responding to powerful “psychotic” impulses for aggression and predation. But others are ritual murders involving a cult protected by the U.S. government and the corporate media, with strong ties to the police.
Such killings are actually intricately choreographed ceremonies; performed first on a very intimate and secret scale, among the initiates themselves in order to program them, then on a grand scale, amplified incalculably by the electronic media. In the end what we have is a highly symbolic, ritual working broadcast to millions of people, a Satanic inversion; a Black mass, where the “pews” are filled by the entire nation and through which humanity is brutalized and debased in this, the “Nigredo phase” of the alchemical process.
According to Fortean philosopher William Grimstad: “it is the implantation of this illusory picture of the world into our minds…a) a process of widespread- indeed, virtually, universal hallucination emerging from extremely circumscribed and elusive forces… that forms the major activity of the hidden powers.”
If we consider the hours in a day most Americans spend in front of a TV and add to that the hours children spend immersed in the digital world of video games and add to that their forthcoming immersion in computer-simulated worlds of supposed “history” and “travel” in their schools, and we see the gradual creation of a populationo of dwellers-in-perpetual-illusion. Couple this with increasing very rapid destruction of wild nature and ability to access it, and modern humanity becomes almost totally cut-off from the voice of God, emerging as enslaved drone-bees: wired, processed, helmeted and programmed; a processing that has been the goal of the secret societies since the inception of Adam Weishaupt’s “Order of Bees.”
…. All spiritual wars are conflicts between appearance and reality and the first casualty in such conflicts is the comprehension of the true objectives of the adversary… that objective is so catastrophic it is perhaps beyond our ability to perceive it… electronic technology will soon render Western civilization on a human scale, impossible. The Faustian electronic bargain impinges on the very existence of what it means to be human. What we are observing with the growing dominance of the electronic machine and our eager interface with it, is the fabrication of Birkert’s terms, the electronic “species-organism”:
“In time we will all live, at least partially, inside a kind of network consciousness… Our spells of unbroken subjective immersion will become rarer and rarer, and may even vanish altogether… it will certainly spell the further decline of the kind of inwardness necessary for serious reading… as we slip into the web of neural linkages.”
By that time we will have become what Sven Birkerts calls “creatures of the hive,” living not our own dreams, “but some deluded universal dream.” The idea of multi-culturalism, of one world, is nothing new. After the Deluge, “The whole earth was of one language and one speech.” They even had skyscrapers: “… a tower whose top may reach unto heaven.” It was God who intervened to set limits, to make division, to sow boundaries and separation. He did not unify them. “He scattered them.” He did not authorize or bless unitary language, “he did confound the language of all the earth.” (Genesis 11). Therefore, we know that the authors of machine unity and language are diabolic and not divine and that unity when used in a sense of a universal, secular “new order” is in fact a very antiquated order despised by God.
… As long as we breath we must be aware that we are being given breath for a reason, to accomplish work, to struggle, “to find what there is to celebrate,” in the words of the poet Ray Bresmer, “even in the darkest penal hole.”
Regarding the “Nigredo phase” of the alchemical process, Wikipedia states:
In alchemy, nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. The alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher’s stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to an uniform black matter. In analytical psychology, the term became a metaphor ‘for the dark night of the soul, when an individual confronts the shadow within’.
And what is the “philosphers’ stone?” Wikipedia states:
The philosophers’ stone or stone of the philosophers (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold (chrysopoeia, from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, “gold,” and ποιεῖν poiēin, “to make”) or silver. It was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosophers’ stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosophers’ stone were known as the Magnum Opus (“Great Work”).
In other words, the “philosophers’ stone” confers wealth and immortality. Above, Hoffman suggests another definition of the “Great Work;” that is, obtaining wealth and immortality.
Previously, Marrs had indicated that Freemason Albert Pike revealed the secret the “great work” would achieve the perfect emancipation of man’s will and assure him the “universal empire,” which is the empire of Satan.”
Thus, Hoffman II’s book offers the occult explanations that reveal the esoteric (secret) purpose of 9/11, which is to “process”/hypnotize (read “Satanize”) the public mind so that the tiny Satanically-energized ruling elite can gain the all the world’s wealth and immortality and “zombify” and enslave and/or exterminate the rest of us. This tiny elite, then, has fallen, hook, line, and sinker, for the lies Satan told Eve in the garden. (Genesis 3:4: “And the serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die,” and Genesis 3:5 “ye shall be as gods.”)
The “Revelation of the Method”
If you carefully study this scenario, what you’ll discover is astonishing. You’ll find that the after-the-fact revelations are as much a part of the assassination plot as the murder (in this case, of JFK) and its initial cover-up. It’s a deliberate psychological process they’re taking us through, a psychodrama of enormous scale, though not really different from the principle behind the anonymous circulation of the Rosicrucian manifestos of the 17th century, with their mocking hints of identity. The following is a statement which comes from within the British-intelligence wing of the Cryptocracy:
“This demonstrates one of our simpler methods. Realizing that our activities will sooner or later come to light, we structure our activities so that as conspiracy researchers unravel them, they will release information into the public consciousness in such a way that it mirrors our initiatory procedure. In this way, the more we are investigated, the more masses of people are psychologically processed by the very people who seek to expose us. The meme that constitutes our essential structure is then successfully mimicked within the consciousness of those who investigate us. Success can then be measured precisely to the extent that our work is “exposed.””
(ETK note: One of my more vocal and engaged students when I was a professor at CSUS was an Iranian woman who once told me that Moslems, in general, considers the British to be “devils.” How right she was!). Hoffman continues:
But Luke 8:17 predicts this as well, so if man doesn’t act, God will, sooner or later! In the meantime, exposure itself does not defeat the cryptocracy, because given the degraded and atrophied nature of modern man’s perceptions and insight today, such revelations may only serve to strengthen the cryptocracy’s mental hold. The record shows that the recent revelations of occult crime are almost never accompanied by arrests, prosecutions, convictions, and punishment of the initiates involved, hence the reputation of the cryptocracy’s invincibility is heightened by the revelations. Moreover, the spectacular nature of the revealed crimes carry a highly charged aura of the violent and the erotic and in the final analysis, when exposed to public attention, only becomes further grist for the seemingly limitless public appetite for shock-titillation and passive voyeurism.
… To reveal these after-the-fact secrets in our modern time, to a people who have no memory, no will-power and no interest in their own fate except in so far as it may serve as momentary titillation and entertainment actually strengthens the enslavement of such a people…
It is one thing for the media, the police, the judiciary and the killers themselves to commit terrible acts without our knowledge or consent. It is quite another matter, whith grave repercussions in the realm of pscyhodrama, a public ritual and advanced mind control, when these crimes are committed with our consent. It is an ancient rule of both the moral and common law that silence connotes consent—silence and lack of meaningful action constitute consent in the face of these crimes…. Thus the old strategy of exposing the cryptocracy, when applied blindly in the belief that exposure in itself is a potent weapon against cryptocracy, is bankrupt. Exposre and publicity by themselves, without a broader understanding of the epistemology of the Hermetic-alchemical control process itself, is worse than useless, it actually plays into the hands of the conspirators.
Here, Hoffman II outlines the structure of the manufactured insanity into which we are all being initiated:
Perhaps the leaders of the World System are insane. Perhaps that’s all they are. But if they are mad and they really do believe their own hallucinations, then we may still wish to pay attention to these, to see what form they have taken and will take, because our would-be shepaers have method to their madness and a great deal of power. They may be found in the board rooms of our corporations, our Pentagon and the White House.
Fabled alchemy had at least three goals to accomplish before the total decay of matter, the total breakdown we are witnessing all around us today, was fulfilled. These are:
1) The “Creation and Destruction of Primordial Matter” (was accomplished)… at the White Heaed (“Ancient of Days”) at White Sands, New Mexico, at the Trinity Site.
2) The “Killing of the Divine King” was accomplished (by the public, occult execution of JFK) at another Trinity site located approximately ten miles south of the 33rd degree of north parallel latitude between the Trinity River and the Triple Underpass at the Dealy Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
3) The “Bringing of Prima Materia to Prima Terra” was accomplished in the 1969 Apollo moon flights and the returningto earth of the moon rocks. Some of these rocks have been “stolen” for use in occult rituals of no mean significance (what astounding Masonic “ashlars” these make).
What we are witnessing in the wake of the public enactment of these alchemical psychocramas, whose spiritual consequences for mankind are far more momentous than most have thus far guessed, is a process of global occult initiation. These are open-air Masonic ceremonies which produce awe in the wake of the physical and technical accomplishment of their time-lost objectives.
In other words, to goal of the Satanically-energized ruling elite is that we all become “Satanized.” However, note that genuine “New Testament Christians” such as Marrs, Hoffman II, Story, and others clearly possess the “spiritual armor’ required to understand and expose these occult mysteries without succumbing to this process of “satanization.” The conclusion, the choice, for each of us as individuals and for the U.S. as a country is self-evident: Choose God, and life, or Satan, and death.
Hoffman II’s book is complex but it bears reading and re-reading! Humanity is being deliberately “processed” in an alchemical process that has been enunciated in many occult books. The process itself and the perpetrators of these events are thus knowable. They are powerful but they can be brought to justice once the public begins to understand the depth of their depravity and guilt. Indeed, they often allude to their own depravity and guilt. George H.W. Bush (our 41st President), whose secret Skull and Bones (the “Order of Death”) name is “Magog,” once stated:
If the American people knew what we have done, they would string us up from the lamp posts.
And his son, George W. Bush (President “43”) stated:
I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened in this White House.
I would like to conclude this synopsis of Hoffman II’s work by reiterating that his conclusions are entirely consistent with and significantly extend the information and insights already compiled for this website! The evidence is now overwhelming. The perpetrators of 9/11 and other heinous crimes human beings. They may be politically-powerful and Satanically-possessed human beings, but that does not absolve them from their guilt for the crimes of 9/11 and other atrocities. The guilty are members of an international group that comprises the “Synagogue of Satan.” Members in these groups are most commonly Jews, crypto-Jews, and members of a host of crypto-Jewish gentile fronts, including the Masons, the “Kings of the Earth”, and members of myriad other secret societies, cults, and false religions allied with the ancient Mystery Religions of Babylon and Egypt. And yes, admittedly, behind these individuals, are “powers and principalities,” i.e., devils or fallen angels, up to and including Lucifer himself. Their “Mystery Babylon the Great” system is predicted in the Bible. The Bible also makes clear that Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil and that he will return. In the meantime, it is the duty of all Christians and people of good will to oppose and expose this monstrously evil world system and to occupy and “stand in the gap” until the return of Our Lord. This eventuality is also forecast in the Bible. And the following essential advice is provided to those good people who oppose this World System in Ephesians 6: 10-17.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: