Matthew 12:43-45. “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.”
Jesus had been in conversation with the Pharisees for some time, and still they were there listening to Him. He must have been so compelling! I don’t think they really wanted to hear Him, but it seems they couldn’t help themselves. Also, I believe they were looking for anything with which to accuse Him.
These three verses are a prophecy that concerns the future of that generation. I’ve looked at several interpretations of this passage, and there’s only one that makes any sense to me. It always amazes me how people can twist and turn the words of Jesus to make them seem to say things that Jesus never taught!
The word generation here is to be understood in the sense of race; the application then is not to the specific people who were alive then, but to the Jewish race in their denial of Jesus.
The unclean spirit is idolatry. At that time, Israel had turned away from her many cycles of idol worship, and attention was directed back to the God of Israel, and worship in the Temple.Sadly, the unclean spirit of idolatry will return and bring seven others with him that will take possession of Israel, and the last condition will become worse than the beginning. These events will take place during the Great Tribulation, before Israel as a nation repents and turns back to God.