When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.(Matthew 12:34-36)
There was a time when the continent of Europe was as dark, ignorant and backwards as any corner of ancestor worshipping Africa, or anywhere else in the idolatrous third world. Warring tribes slaughtered each other, indulged in Human sacrifice, worshipped and deified aspects of nature, and feared Shamans and Druidic Priests, creating an incredibly cruel world of darkness, fear and superstition.
I wonder if we Westerners truly appreciate that point in Acts, when the Apostles assayed to go east into Asia, but were impeded by the Holy Spirit and sent instead into Europe. This was the beginning of what we know of as the Western Civilization, the Judeo Christian world. It took centuries, but the Gospel prevailed over paganism, light shone in the darkness, the demons were driven out, and a Christianized civilization developed, which would eventually elevate the whole world.
But in the past two or three centuries, we have been flowing away from the old Christian consensus.
The seeds of man centered humanism were planted in the Renaissance, and countered somewhat in the Reformation, but were to fully flower in the Age of Enlightenment, in which Human Reason was exalted by some , over the Revelation of God in Christ and in the scripture which the West was once confident in.
The French Revolution was a terrible portent of things to come, a violent overthrow of the remnants of any Judeo Christian order in a nation, all in the name of Liberty,Equality and Brotherhood. The apostle Peter warned us of those who “promise Liberty, but they themselves are slaves of corruption”.
The “revolution ” which rocked France was an atheistic affair, the churches were profaned, a harlot was crowned “goddess of reason” in the Notre Dame Cathedral, the wrk week was extended from 7 days to 10 (to rid themselves of the Biblical cycle of seven days), and the calendar of years was reset to the year one!
But there would be no liberty, Equality or Brotherhood without Christ, certainly atheism couldn’t achieve it, so the “revolution” ended up as a bloodbath, and the only way order could be restored to the unruly streets of France was by the accession of Napolean, a strong, ruthless leader. He trained cannons on a mob of Protestors and opened fire.
Jesus warned that seven worse evil Spirits would flood into the house which is swept clean but empty, for there can be no real Spiritual vacuum for long. People who no longer believe in the God of the Bible, or fear Him, will instead have to fear various “isms” , idols in the form of ideologies.
Consider the centuries since the French Revolution, and which have shaped the West as we know it today to varying degrees. Jacobinism, Darwinianism, Atheism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Existentialism, are some of the powerful, and at times cutting edged philosophies which have gripped Europe, her former colonies across the World, and in some cases, such as in the case of Communism, have spread to much of the rest of the world, like a communicable disease.
These Philosophies are the vessels by which the Evil Spirits which inhabit the west now express themselves and insinuate themselves throughout our culture.
The nearest thing for people who once feared a God, the “only True God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent”, would be to have the State as God, and various strong men such as Napolean and Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, teal, as Messianic personalities to worship. Thus Atheism has hollowed out much of Europe and the West, and weakened it to the point of inability to resist such maladies as socialism and Fascism.
The West which once believed in Heaven and Hell and final judgment, is more practical these days, she now believes in various earthly Utopias, made possible by science or economic planning, no more “pie in the sky” but heaven on earth, made to order by all powerful Government, and brought to pass by various pseudo Messiahs.
The Kings of the Earth and their rulers, have truly taken counsel together against the LORD and his Messiah, and have embarked on an ongoing , two hundred years plus, liberation movement.
Now modern Man is going to liberate himself, through politics, science ad economics. We have all seen various valid Civil Rights campaigns and have rejoiced in them out of sense of fairness and human decency. But the trajectory goes far beyond simple Civil Rights, thus we have Feminism,(which has “liberated” much of the west from the family, marriage, Biblical sexual roles, child bearing and femininity itself!)!
The West is currently like the man among the tombs, who was so liberated, that no one could bind him with chains! He was free of people, accountability, conventions and mores, He was even free of clothes! But where do we find him in Mark 5 ? Depressed, cutting himself and crying, and among the tombs of death.
The Christian ideal of family has been attacked, hollowed out and vastly denigrated, perverted and destroyed. Perhaps the last and greatest insult to it is the institutionalization of “Gay Marriage”.
The gender confusion in our modern world is an indicator as to how sick and exhausted our depraved society has become. Why did we forsake our God and worship at other altars? The West is a house possessed of seven worse Spirits!
The sanctity of human life itself has been under assault, to the point where in America alone more than fifty million precious unborn children have been murdered. Truly the West is possessed now, by Moloch, and other evil Spirits.
Now the godless portions of the West are being flooded by hordes of Muslims. Islam is like the last opportunistic disease, it had tried to enter the West on several historical occasions, but was thrust out, back when Europe had civilizational confidence and a religion. Now the Nihilistic leaders of Europe, America, South America, Australia, andBritain, see no reason why restive, violent Muslims shouldn’t be admitted into formerly peaceful society.
It is almost as though our leaders have a death wish for the West, and seek to strip it of anything distinctly Judeo Christian. That has always been my interpretation of Psalm 2 anyway,
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psalm 2:1-3)