In 1607 a group of English settlers landed in what is now known as Virginia. They planted a cross on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean, and their leader, Pastor Robert Hunt, offered a prayer of dedication and covenant for the new land. America was dedicated to the Lord and to the Gospel.
“Covenant communities” were formed as the land was settled by Christians. The constitutions of many, if not all, states required that in order to hold public office the candidate had to be a Christian. (This is no longer the case.) Many of the people mistakenly called “Indians” and later recognized as indigenous Americans abandoned their pagan spirituality and became Believers in the Lord Jesus. The pagan spirits that dwelt in this land were being driven out. In effect, the land was being cleansed of wicked spirits.
America, and later the United States, was blessed by the Lord. When we honored the Lord, the Lord favored us and honored the covenant that was made hundreds of years ago. But when we ceased to honor the Lord, then the Lord in His righteousness began to withdraw His favor from America.
The movement to replace God, and therefore His Holy Spirit, was recognized about the time when praying and reading the Bible were removed from our schools. This was followed by legalizing the blood sacrifice of innocent, unborn children, also known as abortion. Soon the Christmas holiday became known as “winter festival” in government schools. The Lord and His son Jesus were being systematically removed from our culture.
I cannot say when this effort achieved its goal, but in 2009 Barack Obama, as leader of the United States, declared that this nation was no longer a Christian nation.
Jonathan Cahn, a Jewish Messianic Believer and pastor of a large Christian church, has written several successful books including The Harbinger. The premise of his latest book, The Return of the Gods, is based on a parable told by the Lord Jesus.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him 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.” – Luke 11:24-26The parable is about a man who had been cleansed of an evil spirit. The spirit, seeking rest and not finding it, declared that it would return to the man it had possessed. Because the man had not replaced the evil spirit with the Holy Spirit, the evil spirit was able to return and bring seven other spirits more wicked than the original one.
The spirit of Christianity is being displaced in the United States, and it is being replaced with principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and wicked spirits – various levels of rank of demonic beings. How else to explain the irrational behavior of governmental authorities? How else to explain the insanity of someone entering a school to kill children? How else to explain a man killing random persons because of their race, or entering a shopping mall to kill anyone there?
The Apostle Paul gave us the answer:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12It is good to know and helpful to understand what is going on. We are in a spiritual battle. We always have been, but the demonic activity of Satan is becoming more evident. Our task is also more evident, which is to do our part in this great battle.
How blessed we are to be the children of the Most High God, and to be able to call Him “Father.” Fear not, because “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4) Praise our mighty Heavenly Father always!