Early on in the video, one visual effect shows the iconic symbol from the back of a US $1 bill, the pyramid with the glowing eye on top. This spooky-looking occult symbol is called "The Eye of Providence," and it goes all the way back to ancient Egypt (look up the "eye of Horus") and Buddhism; the Freemasons didn't grab onto it until the 1700s, so it is not original with them, as is commonly misconceived. Other religious symbolism includes spinning Buddhas and Egyptian Ankhs, plus a sort-of Pagan-looking sun. The stylishly produced video was cutting-edge for 1989, which didn't hurt its popularity a bit.
Director Jim Blashfield picked up two MTV Music Video Awards, for Breakthrough Video and Best Special Effects (an award he won the previous year for Michael Jackson's "Leave Me Alone