In 1990 Icke was a BBC television sports presenter and spokesman for the Green Party when, he says, a psychic told him he had been placed on earth for a purpose and would begin to receive messages from the spirit world. The following year he announced that he was a “Son of the Godhead” and that the world would soon be devastated by tidal waves and earthquakes, a prediction he repeated on the BBC’s prime time show Wogan. The show turned him from a respected household name into someone who received widespread public ridicule.
Over the next 11 years Icke wrote The Robots’ Rebellion (1994), And the Truth Shall Set You Free (1995), The Biggest Secret (1999), and Children of the Matrix (2001), in which he developed his worldview of New Age conspiracism. His endorsement of the antisemitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in The Robots’ Rebellion and And the Truth Shall Set You Free led his publisher to refuse to publish his books, which were self-published thereafter.
Icke believes that the universe is made up of “vibrational” energy and consists of an infinite number of dimensions that share the same space. He believes that an inter-dimensional race of reptilian beings called the Archons (or Anunnaki) have hijacked the earth and that a genetically modified human–Archon hybrid race of shape-shifting reptilians, also known as the “Babylonian Brotherhood”, the Illuminati, or the ‘elite’, manipulate global events to keep humans in constant fear so the Archons can feed off the ‘negative energy’ this creates.
He claims many prominent figures belong to the Babylonian Brotherhood and are propelling humanity toward an Orwellian global fascist state, or New World Order, a post-truth era where freedom of speech is ended. Icke believes that the only way this ‘Archontic’ influence can be defeated is if people wake up to “the truth” and fill their hearts with love. Critics have accused Icke of being a Holocaust denier and antisemite, claims he denies.