The Illumination Merchants
By Dean Henderson
July 2, 2012
(Excerpted from Big Oil & Their Bankers…Chapter 7: Four Horsemen)
By the late 1800’s John D. Rockefeller had become popularly known as “the Illumination Merchant”, during a time when oil was powering the reading lamps of every American household. 
Rockefeller’s nickname also alluded to his membership in a grand secret society of global elites known as the Illuminati. Rockefeller had figured out that it was the refining of oil into various end products and not actual crude production which held the key to control of the industry.
By 1895 his Standard Oil Company owned 95% of all refineries in the US while expanding operations overseas. Summing up his attitude towards his new oil monopoly, Rockefeller once stated, “The day of combination is here to stay. Individualism is gone never to return”.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic the British du Reuter family plunged into the oil business in Iran via its Anglo-Persian Oil Company. The Swedish Nobel and French Rothschild families discovered oil in Russia through their Far East Trading Company, which later combined with Oppenheimer family interests to become Shell Oil.
The Dutch House of Orange joined forces with the British House of Windsor in the Dutch East Indies to launch Royal Dutch Petroleum. The Rothschilds and the European monarchs were Illuminated leaders of the Freemason movement in the Old World.
Freemasonry was derived from the Knights Templar whose inner circle, the Priory of Sion, claim to be guardians of the bloodline of Jesus Christ (Sangreal) which they believe is carried forth by the Merovingan family, French royals who ruled that country from the 5th century until they were vanquished by French revolutionaries. 
The Priory of Sion most likely wrote the sinister Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion. Freemasonry and the Knights Templar are highly secretive, organized in a pyramidal and compartmentalized fashion much like the CIA, which recruits heavily from these Brotherhoods.