I discovered some time ago that at the top of the hierarchy seeking to control the world and everyone in it are the esotericists in symbiosis with the spiritual powers and principalities.
These are the people that the apostle John calls the antichrists and the spirit of antichrist. He also says that we know this is the last hour because they are here. He said that two thousand years ago so they have been working that long to build their empire in secret.
I only made the connection recently to the gnostics that the apostles opposed but they are indeed the same as the antichrists that John mentions since they deny that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Gnostics hold that matter is evil and spirit is good so they cannot accept that the Son of God would take a human form. Their belief also conflicts with the teaching of the Lord Jesus Himself and apostolic teaching of the new birth from above i.e. the spiritual realm, into the New Creation, the Kingdom of Heaven, which is a reconciliation of the spiritual with the physical in one Man, the Mediator, Christ Jesus and through Him with all those who believe in Him and follow Him.
These antichrists or esotericists are the powers at present seeking to rule the world and everyone in it. As I said they act in symbiosis with the spiritual principalities and powers against which we Christians are told we wrestle in the realm of the Spirit. It is because we have been lax in doing so that they have gained so much control in all fields: political, juridical, financial and religious. The primary locus of their control is the body of doctrines of the Church and the related philosophies and ideologies in the secular realm.
It is very difficult for Christians to accept that their churches have been infiltrated by the enemy but this was always going to happen since it is prophesied explicitly in scriptures. It is not a limited infiltration either, it is widespread. Whether a church is Roman Catholic or Protestant, evangelical or fundamentalist, Lutheran, Methodist , Presbyterian or Episcopalian the same sad tale can be told.
As it says in Revelation 2:13, the Church is where satan's throne is.
The good news is that those who are called "overcomers" or "victors" in the Revelation of Jesus Christ have come out of the churches. They have been and are now defeating the spiritual principalities and powers in spiritual warfare and have been doing so for the past twenty years. This is why Babylon is falling and the esoteric powers can do nothing about it. They have been and are being defeated by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of the armies of Heaven, in the heavens of God's Spirit and the victory of the Son and sons of God is certain.
There was never any possibility that the antichrists would be allowed to set up their counterfeit World Kingdom. That has always been a foregone conclusion. That it is taught by the churches that they do, even for a short time, is another deception of the enemy that is completely opposed to the clear testimony of scripture. The powers against which we fight will always fall short of the glory of God.
"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)