Filling the Void :: by Stephen Meehan

There is an old expression that has been attributed to an ancient Greek philosopher which states “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Basically it means that a void or rather a vacuum in nature cannot exist. An empty space or state of condition, whether physical or spiritual, will be filled by something; either an entity or some form of presence.

Interestingly enough, the term in Latin is “horror vacui” and that description aptly applies on many fronts, including how an evil manifestation has woven itself into just about every fabric of society or sphere of life throughout our present world.

Jesus gave an excellent example of this in Matthew 12, when He was discussing how the void left by the absence of a positive influence will be filled by the presence of a source of evil:

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none. Then he will say, ‘I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes and takes 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 12:43-45).

Undoubtedly, throughout the world, we are witnessing an ever-increasing level of evil and violence being perpetrated resulting from a lack of a positive presence or a policing force. Each wicked act seems to get overshadowed by the next horrific atrocity that presents itself. The good that once seemed to reign has given way to an unleashing of evil at unprecedented levels in acts of extremism, as viewed daily on our televisions. And it is all following in line perfectly as foretold in Bible prophecy:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come” (2 Timothy 3:1).

The United States of America, up until recently, has been a positive influence around the globe, quelling—or at least attempting to stem the tide of advancing evil. But under the present administration and a series of missteps, retreats, and a seemingly indifference to foreign affairs, a resurgence of the old Soviet style adventurism has taken root. And Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, has taken advantage of a power vacuum in the Middle East.

His confederation with Iran and will soon to be cemented along with ties to Turkey, along with his current occupying forces in Syria. This has huge prophetic implications in the buildup toward and the eventual military campaign to invade Israel, as outlined in Ezekiel 38 and 39. An evil force has filled the void left and is lurking on Israel’s northeast border as a result of a America retreating.

In considering Iran, evil is triumphing over good. It is allowed to continue as a result of an ill-conceived and a complete display of utter incompetence in a signed agreement—to develop, and acquire nuclear weapons. Sound reasoning has been abandoned, crippling sanctions are being lifted and common sense has given way to the evil entities that influence the mullahs and govern the affairs of the old Persian empire. The Iranian nuclear “deal” is so preposterous and defies logic on so many different levels, that there had to be an evil force present at the drafting of this arrangement.

Edmund Burke is credited with the expression: “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” While maybe not entirely true, it would appear that our “good men” or the ones who concocted this “deal” are actually allowing evil to triumph; in that, by the lifting of sanctions on Iran and unfreezing assets, they are freeing up monies that Iran can use to continue to fund terrorism in the region and globally, and to continue to build their nukes. Evil not only fills the void in Iran, it is being assisted and fed by America and the West.

On another front, in the absence of strong, influential Christian leadership with sound, biblical doctrine being adhered to, many churches have abandoned the true faith and are being seduced by doctrines of demons. The void being created by the falling away or apostasy of the true gospel of Christ is being filled by prosperity preachers, purpose driven drivel and other satanically inspired false gospels. The Roman Catholic Church, with their gross errors and counterfeit Christianity, is seemingly, to the world, the representative for Christ’s church, and is deceiving many.

Their ecumenical drive and “Home to Rome” campaign is successfully duping many back into their folds and bondage. Their evil is allowed to prosper because the good of the true church of Christ has stepped back, and not up—to confront or condemn their false teachings. The Catholic Church will play a strong part in the soon coming Tribulation period.

How did we get here? How has evil become so rampant in our lifetime?

For those of us who are Americans, what happened to our country? Obviously, what is taking place in our nation is not unique; it has transpired in every nation all over the globe. Still, for a country so blessed with our liberties, freedoms, natural resources and raw beauty, it is still is extremely disturbing to watch what has become of us and the path the current “leadership” has chosen to follow. Any semblance of good within our borders is being replaced by abject evil.

One can almost trace the demarcation of when America started to fall – and yes, we are in freefall. Kicking God out of our schools, our government, our churches (in some cases), our homes, and our lives overall has given rise to a myriad of evil inroads into our daily lives. Banning the Ten Commandments from schools, legalizing abortions, and now legalizing marriage of homosexuals as well as other acts of defiance against Our Creator, has left America swimming in a cesspool of unadulterated evil. God is out, Satan has moved in.

It is little wonder that we have the type of man residing in the White House that we do. We deserve it, to be honest. This country has drifted so far from its Judeo-Christian moorings that we now have a leader who must be influenced by a different source, and is steering the country into a maelstrom of confusion. No Christian “evolves” to honor homosexual unions; no American president should be cutting deals with an enemy who wants to see our demise; and no president should be fanning the flames of racial tension the way he and his former Attorney General did.

With the huge vacuum that was left in the wake of God being forced out of our nation, it has been an easy move in by the entity that personifies pure evil. The moving vans continue to show up, bringing in more and more “goods.”

During the Tribulation the Antichrist, the False Prophet and his other chief princes will hold sway throughout the earth. It will be an unparalleled time of devastation, with millions of casualties left in its wake. Even now, it appears that we are witnessing the erosion of godly principles on every level. If it is this bad now, just wait to see what lies in store.

On second thought – don’t wait. Do something about it now. As much as we see violence and terror and evil taking hold throughout the world each unsaved person also has a void in his or her spirit. In order to be saved, that void must be filled with the presence of Christ’s Holy Spirit.

His presence in one’s life happens during a spiritual rebirth, when one becomes born-again from above by accepting Christ’s atonement for our sins.

By saying, yes, to Christ, the evil that resides within our fleshly selves will be replaced by His good in our spirits, making us children of God. Without His presence in our lives, the spiritual void left as a result will never be filled with anything else worthy enough to gain us entrance into heaven.

There can be little doubt that the adversary is gearing up for that final seven-year period of human government. He is maneuvering his minions into place and influencing world leaders to take their positions. Evil is rampant across the landscape and a final seven-year campaign is soon to begin. All the key players of Bible prophecy are or are close to being exactly where they were foretold to be, leading up to the Tribulation period.

Russia and Iran are within riding or marching distance to enter Israel, as Ezekiel’s vision foretold. The UN and world body—including America now, condemn, confront or have turned their backs on Israel. The Roman Catholic Church, through its ecumenical drive, is in position and making moves to become the one world religion.

America’s influence is waning or retreating, and appears that it will, in fact be on the sidelines observing and not being involved in the Gog-Magog war. Apostasy or the falling away from the true faith has been long underway. World economies are teetering on the brink of disaster. A strong leader is going to be needed very soon to right the world’s condition.

Evil is rapidly ratcheting up and replacing any appearance of normalcy. It will continue to get worse, and the condition of life will sink to new unchartered lows. The good news is this: If you are reading this prior to Christ removing His Church, before the start of the Tribulation period (which begins with the signing or confirming of a seven-year peace covenant with Israel), by accepting Christ now into your life as Lord and Savior, you will be taken from the earth before that awful time begins.

If you are reading this after the Rapture of the Church, you will go through some very difficult days. You can still accept Christ during the Tribulation but chances are you will be martyred for your faith.

The world is approaching that prophesied Tribulation hour and evil is mushrooming all across the globe. Make sure to fill the void in your own life by accepting and trusting in Christ’s plan of redemption. Having done that, no matter how dark the days ahead get — leading up to these prophesied events (and they will happen); you will be firmly in His grasp, and your salvation will be secure.