2. ( initial capital letter ) a name given to different religious societies or sects because of their claim to superior enlightenment.
1590–1600; < Latin illūminātī, plural of illūminātus enlightened; see illuminate
From the definitions above, we can deduce that the Illuminati are a group of people who possess (or believe that they possess) superior enlightenment (an enlightenment that is superior to that of the ' ordinary man'.)
While it is true that Adam Weishaupt founded an enlightenment-era secret society called Bavarian Illuminati in 1776, the Illuminati's network encompasses a broader and more diverse group of people (which also includes all the groups that originated from the Illuminati founded by Weishaupt) and the people that make up this network go by different names and titles (that is why many people do not associate them with the illuminati) and they live and operate among us.
They are the Doctors, The Bankers, The Movie Directors, The Celebrities, The Academics, The Scientists, The World leaders, The Regional leaders, The Mystics, The Religious leaders, CEO's of Companies, Media Moguls etc who believe that they have attained the mystical knowledge of the god of this world (Satan) and who use the knowledge that they have obtained from him to make advancements in their respective fields which shapes the minds of the people in the world/countries/local communties that they dwell in (who they refer to as the remnant, the'unilluminated', the uninitiated, the cowans, the profane or the ignorant) to conform to the devil's worldview.
Whenever you want to see the Illuminati, look no further than the people who shape the world, the power players who influence the major events and advancements that happen in your local community, country and in the world at large and the people who mold the minds of the populace to accept these events and advancements.
-A great shuddering and irrevocable shift is overtaking us...A new mind, a turnabout in the consciousness in critical numbers of individuals, a network powerful enough to bring radical change in our culture. The network the aquarian conspiracy has already enlisted the hearts, minds and resources of some of the most advanced thinkers and steadily growing numbers from every corner of American Society including nobel laureate scientists, philosophers, celebrities... who are working together to create a different kind of society.The technologies of expanding personal consciousness once the secret of an elite are now generating massive change in every cultural institution, medicine, politics, business, education, religion and the family.Marilyn Ferguson,The Aquarian Conspiracy,J.P Tarcher,1980
-The Order has penetrated every segment of American society e.g the White house, Executive Branch, Legislatures, Political Parties,Foundations (Charities and otherwise) Think Tanks, Policy groups, Education, Media, Publishing, Banking, Federal Reserve system, Business, Industry, Commerce and even Churches.In many cases, the order is the founder of these organizations... They determine the goals and objectives as well as the methods of achieving them, then usually installs the 1st President, Chairman or CEO -Terry Cook,Mark of the New World Order 1996 PG 96-97
-Many Rosicrucians are also prominent in philosophic and scientific circles, and some of them are men quite prominent in the large affairs of the business and professional world, and in the ranks of statesmanship.Others are prominent in movements like the "labor movement" and similar activities. Some are prominent in the councils of the various churches,....Sacred-texts.com
-"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?"C.F Potter,Co signer of The first Humanist Manifesto,1930.
-The battle for humankind's future must be waged in the public school classroom...between the rotting corpse of Christianity and the new faith of humanism...and humanism will emerge triumphant.- The Humanist,1983.
Satan is the source of the Light (wisdom,knowledge) that they bear:
-And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.2 Cor 11:14