This is a secret plan for accomplishing an illegal or dishonest purpose. Nathan the prophet exposed David’s conspiracy to cover up his sin of murder (2 Sam 12:9). The religious leaders of Jesus’ day feared the disciples would conspire to steal His body and claim He was resurrected so they in turn conspired to defeat the possibility by posting guards (Mt 27:64). Later Paul’s nephew uncovered a plot to assassinate him, and by revealing this scheme the attempt was foiled (Act 23:12,20-22).

Conspiracies still abound today. Many modern schemes originate by planting an idea in the mind of another, where it thrives on fear, gullibility and ignorance and is fuelled by rumours, speculations and opinions instead of the facts. We should not promote anything which is not based on verifiable

While the Bible speaks of an anti-Christ and one-world government in the end times, it is not for us to advance our theories about the details. Indulging in unprofitable speculation and deliberation detracts from focusing our attention on Jesus and our task of making Him known (Mt 28:19,20; 1 Tim 1:4, 4:7, 6:3,4; Tit 3:9).

See also: end times, fact, myths, opinions, rumours.

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