And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
– Revelation 12: 10-12
Our Lord told us to read the signs of the times. If we do that, if we view our times with a Christian heart, we cannot help but feel that these are the end times our Lord told us of in the Book of Revelation. But our Lord also told us that no one knows either the day or the hour. God’s timetable is not our timetable. He could end it all tomorrow, or He could extend the end times for hundreds of years. It’s difficult to imagine that modern Liberaldom, which is a synthesis of all the blasphemies known to man, will be permitted to stand much longer. But we don’t know.
If we did know the day and the hour, would that change our lives? I would stop writing articles, but other than that I don’t think I’d change much. I’d do the daily readings with my family and wait for the end. But of course one has to believe in our incarnate Lord in order to believe in the end of time. The liberals will continue on with their lives and die proclaiming the eternal greatness of fraternity, liberty, and equality. Why bother with such speculation since we cannot know the day nor the hour? I bother about such things because, although it is quite useless, even harmful, to speculate about the day and the hour – witness the Evangelical Christian Jews who try to bring about the end of the world through their support of Israel – it is essential that we read the signs of the times from a Christian perspective. If we don’t do this we will be absorbed by the times, which is to say we will become part of Satan’s kingdom of hell on earth.
One becomes absorbed by the principalities and powers of the modern world by making the external forms of Christian worship and Christian civilization the whole Christian faith, even though the inner core of the outward forms has become “sounding brass” and a “tinkling cymbal.” John Donne put it quite well:
And if we distinguish not between Articles of faith & jurisdiction, but account all those super-edifications and furnitures, and ornaments which God hath afforded to his church, for the exteriour government, to be equally the Foundation itself, there can be no church; as there could be no body of a man, if it were all eye.
Church, school, and state were all good things during the Christian era of Europe, but they are not good things now that Satan has entered in. A European of depth, a man who has kept his heart, who has stayed with the Christ of the European hearth fire, will not be deceived by externals. He will not abandon his people because church, school, and state tell him that he must worship the negro. Nor will he blend the living God with negro worship and the other heathen faiths simply because church, school, and state tell him he must. But to oppose the forces of hell that have joined together in what were formally citadels of Christian civilization, the European Christian must have some touchstone of reality other than a blind support for Christian facades that are now the habitations of the devil. Hamlet had that within which passeth show. If something within us does not burn with hatred when we come in contact with the blasphemies of our churchmen, the perversions of our academics, and the anti-white and anti-Christian tactics of our government, then we have become one with Satan. And conversely if our hearts do not burn within us, as the apostles hearts’ burned within them when they encountered Christ on the road to Emmaus, when we come into contact with the Christ of old Europe, through His people, it is a sure sign that we have become “as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
A man without the poetic of old Europe in his soul is “fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.” And is that not what has led to the demise of the European people? Our intelligentsia is divided between the far left liberals who hate the poetic of old Europe and the classical liberals (the conservatives) who have betrayed the poetic of old Europe for intellectual systems. A system does not need a people with a local habitation and a name, nor does a system need a personal God with a local habitation and a name. So the European people, the Christ-bearers, became part of a universal aggregate called ‘the people,’ and Christ became part of an intellectual system, an important part, but not as important as the system.
Systems men who worship externals without substance and have no poetic cannot defeat the men of the hard left, who have a poetic. The lefties hate the light in the name of their dark gods. The conservatives are, like Sisyphus, forever pushing the rock uphill to no avail, appealing to the hard left for justice, for a calm, rational discussion of the rightness of their cause, whether that cause is the right to life for the baby in the womb or the right to life for the white man as well as the black man. But always their assumption is that church, school, and state are full of good, rational people who are interested in compassion and justice for all. Why won’t the conservatives look to the discarded poetic of Europe? Look to the European poets during the Christian era, look to the Gospels, look to St. Paul, and look to the Book of Revelation. When the liberals do such things, evils that cannot be explained by our philosophies, we must stop trying to reason with them – we must embrace the poetic of Christian Europe, which enjoins us to see evil and fight evil. And if you don’t see the evil of a society that has out-done Sodom and Gomorrah in perversion, surpassed Babel in blasphemy, and out-Heroded Herod in the slaughter of the innocents, you are either one of the hellhounds of Liberaldom, or you are a morally anesthetized conservative who sees with the exterior eye of reason while forsaking the inner eye of the heart.
From 1940 through 1953 MGM Studies sent a man named James A. Fitzpatrick around the world to film a series of short vignettes of a wide variety of countries. The short films, which are now available on DVD, were then shown in movie theaters before the main feature. I’ve only seen the ones that deal with the European nations, having no interest in the non-European countries. I should warn you that Fitzpatrick mispronounces almost all of the names of the non-English cities and towns, and he is a hopeless shill for the democratic way, but still the films make for a very fascinating view of what we have lost. The films are like (although not as well done) H. V. Morton’s In Search of… books. But there is something to be said for an actual visual depiction of the lost worlds of Europe. The intellectual rot had already set in at the universities of the various European nations (which includes all the racially European nations such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and the United States), but the lives of the people as depicted in the travelogues were much the same as the lives of their ancestors, hundreds of years before them. One particular vignette stands out in my mind of a small town in Holland in the early 1950’s. To think that many of the children of that town, in which the men and women wore wooden shoes and worked and worshipped as their Christian ancestors had, would still be alive today in modern Holland, is something that makes one wonder. Did any of those children stay with the vision and the way of life of their ancestors? Or did they all follow church, school, and state down the wide road to hell? It seems from a distance that the Hollanders, like the rest of the European people, followed their leaders in Church, school, and state. I would like to think that there are some seventy and eighty year olds who were children at the time of that film who have stubbornly clung, in their hearts, to the old European culture of faith, hope, and charity. But is that likely? If the powers that be are rotten, will the people defy the powers that be? The poisoned Laertes cried, “The King, the King’s to blame!” I cry, “The churches, the churches are to blame!” When they peddled a Christian system that was always evolving and virtually identical to the liberalism of the ever-evolving intelligentsia, instead of preaching the never-evolving truth of Christ crucified and Christ risen, they took away the one touchstone of reality that could have given, and still can give, the European people the spiritual backbone to resist the evolution from Christian Europe to the Babylonian kingdom of Satan on earth.
All of the European travelogues give us a vivid picture of what has been lost, but I must mention two more that were particularly poignant reminders of a sacred heritage that has been replaced by the liberal techno-barbarians. In the town square of old Prague there is an astronomical clock that was constructed in 1408. Every hour on the hour lifelike models of the 12 apostles walk by as the clock strikes. On a side panel is the figure of Death. When Death’s sickle goes down, personified models of various sins, such as Greed and Avarice, fall down. It is a marvelous piece of artwork to behold — it speaks of a people whose lives, imperfect as they themselves might have been, were consecrated to our common hope.
The other vignette that I must mention is the one called “The Ugly Duckling.” In that brief film we see the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and then follow him through the various cities and towns of Denmark where he lived and wrote his Christian fairy tales. The way of life of the people in those towns seems to be much the same as when Hans Christian Andersen lived there and wrote his fairy tales. What a sad, sad contrast with modern Denmark. And so it is with all the cities and towns that we see in those travelogues from the 1940s and 1950s. The intellectual attack had begun in earnest at that time, but it was not yet visible in the daily lives of the European people. It’s good to look at such films, even though they are incredibly sad, for the same reason that Puddleglum had to defy the evil queen who said there never was a Narnia. The liberals are constantly telling us that there never was a beautiful land called Christian Europe. They tell us there was only racism, sexism, and homophobia in that terrible incorporate union called Christian Europe. Look and compare. Who is lying – is it the man such as myself, who sees moral beauty in old, non-diverse Europe, or is it the liberals, who see nothing but evil in old Europe while telling us that the new, diversified Europe is heaven on earth?
There is something very telling in St. John 12: 10-11:
But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
The Jews not only wanted to put Jesus to death, they also wanted to put Lazarus to death, because he stood as a sign of contradiction to the Jews who maintained that Christ was a false prophet. So it is with the Christian Europeans. The forces of liberalism want to destroy the European people because the Christ-bearing people are a sign of contradiction to liberalism. In order to avoid the persecution of the world, the Europeans have discarded Christ. But they can’t escape their destiny. They will be forever seen as the Christ-bearing people because of their past — nothing can change that. Satan won’t forgive or forget, he will always center his attack on the ‘image of God’ people, the Europeans. St. John also tells us that “among the chief rulers many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:” Why should the European people, who once rejected the wisdom of the Pharisees for the foolishness of God, want to return to the modern synagogue of Satan? Is the approval of the Pharisees of Liberaldom really so wonderful? No, it is not. We ask only the benediction of our incarnate Lord whose divine love created and sustained our European civilization of long ago.+