“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, like a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
The idea of a roaring lion is inconstant with a lion on the hunt. Stealth and silence are the necessary ingredients for stalking the prey and a proper kill. Yet this one, the adversary, the one who opposes the children because they have the seal of the Father in their forehead, is roaring. This should make it easy to avoid such a one except for the fact that the record calls him like a roaring lion. He is not ‘the’ lion for there can only be One and He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the only One who is worthy to take the book, open the seals and look upon it (Rev. 5:5). But this adversary presents himself ‘like’ a lion. Isaiah 14 tells us that his heart is such that he desires to be ‘like’ the Most High God. Ezekiel 28 records that his heart is lifted up and he has said, ‘I am God’ even though he is created and no god. He is the imposter and the anti-christ. He was created complete and iniquity was found in his heart where God had put it. He is the father of all lies and he comes forth as ‘an angel of light’ as are his ministers (II Cor. 11:14). They major in the perversion of the law, the trampling of the blood of Christ and crucify Him openly causing shame. Christ is the One True light of the world but the imposter is transformed or masqueraded as an angle (minister) of light. He comes forth as a teacher of science falsely called with great swelling words which are pleasant to the itching ears of the world (Jer. 5:31), having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage (Jude 16) but his mouth is full of blasphemy against our God. All they that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world as he blasphemes God, the name of Jesus, His Holy tabernacle (whose building we are) and all those that are seated in heavenly places (Rev.13:6).
The mighty God has roared out of Zion and uttered His voice out of Jerusalem and the heavens and the earth did shake; but the Lord is the hope of His people and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I the Lord your God dwells in Zion my Holy mountain. Then shall Jerusalem be Holy and there shall no stranger pass through her any more (Joel 3:16). We have an anchor for the soul, a fixed place established firm and sure, a building NOT MADE WILL HANDS ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS therefore we are admonished of the Spirit to be dispassionate for the counterfeit and to be watchful for we are not ignorant of his ways.
“Whom resist in the faith” for we wrestle not against flesh and blood and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The just shall live by His faith and this is the faith that overcomes the world. The life the child lives is by the faith of the Son of God who loved His people and gave Himself for them. We shall stumble and fall in the flesh as we walk the path He has ordained. We shall suffer hardships and heartaches but He has promised that He will never leave His people nor forsake them. Nor shall they follow after a strangers voice for they know His voice and follow Him.
“Knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”. There is nothing new under the sun and there has no temptation taken you but such is common. But our High Priest knows the feelings of our infirmities and has prepared a way of escape that we shall be able to bear. And above all He has prayed that our faith, His imputed gift to His chosen people, will never fail.
The wicked one is the adversary and he is not to be taken lightly or with complacency yet he has no power over one who is dead and their life is hidden in Christ.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 27, 2010