36-Living among Wolves

A wolf story in Canada and the dream parable of the White Wolf.

I live on a remote island off the coast of BC, Canada. There is a large wolf population dwelling here divided in two packs between the north and the south side of the island. We have a peculiar situation with the wolves getting closer and interacting more and more with the human population as their numbers are increasing. My own encounters with the wolves and the recent dream I had about them made me reflect on what is happening here locally as a metaphor for what is happening in the world.

As Christians we are surrounded by wolves and their numbers and boldness are increasing daily. The wolf story I am telling is the story of what is unfolding in each and everyone of us in our life. It is bearing resemblance of what we will all soon be confronted with in the trials of the Tribulation in a very near future.

Wildlife is abundant on the island, especially deer. They are often seen grazing in meadows and lawns around human habitation. They feel safer close to people and are quite unafraid of them. Everyday I walk close to them just a few feet away and they usually just stare at me with unconcerned curiosity. They know the real treat is in the wood where the wolves sustain their numbers feeding mostly on deers. The wolf population is growing and more and more people are telling stories of seeing them as well as being confronted with bold and aggressive behavior. They are also cougars and the occasional bear who has swam across from the main land or a nearby island. Wolves also are known to swim across, they have been spotted swimming large distance to settle on new land rich in wildlife.

Two years ago a deer was killed right in the driveway of the property where I live. Last spring we found one morning, on the lawn in front of the house, the remaining leg of a young deer. Wolves are attacking pets, livestock and even on some rare occurrence human. As their numbers increases and encounters are more frequent, they are loosing fear of human and are even attacking dogs on leash while they are being walked in the forest. Some small dogs have been snatched right off the leash and taken away while owner of larger dogs have been able to fight the wolves back with sticks and various improvised weapons.

A neighbor friend who has a sheep farm was telling me her story a few weeks ago. Wolves jumped over the fences and attacked her sheep in broad day light. One was killed and two others were seriously wounded. Her son left the dead sheep out in the meadows as a bait and waited for them to come back with three loaded guns. He hasn’t killed any yet, wolves are smart and they know when it is safe to come feed on the dead sheep in the meadow.

Another story from another island came to us about a man in a kayak coming to the beach of a deserted island somewhere on an isolated stretch of the northern coast of BC. He was attacked by a female wolf who had her teeth clenched into his leg. He dragged himself and the wolf back to the kayak, managed to extract a knife out of his bag and stabbed the wolf killing it and saving his life. There are reports of increase bear attacks in Canada, even coming from the black bear who is usually seen not as threatening or dangerous as the Grizzly bear. What is happening? In Hawaii and other parts of the world, they have been reports of uncreased shark attacks. Could it be that we are seeing the fulfillment of this verse in Revelation?

And I saw, and behold, a pale horse: and he that sat upon him, his name was Death; and Hades followed with him. And there was given unto them authority over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with famine, and with death, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8

They are biologists in the Canadian rockies who have spent a life time studying wolves in their natural habitat without ever experiencing a close encounters. The wolves we have here on the island are of a different genetic breed. They have some dog genes mix into them which makes them not as afraid of human and thereby more dangerous. A pack of stray dogs running wild in the wood is more dangerous to human than a pack of wolves. The reason is because they are not afraid of human as wolves do. Females Dogs running in wolf territory sometime surviving their escapade, will be spared and occasionally mate with wolves while male dogs are systematically killed by the pack. This seems to happen only on a smaller wolf territory such as an island. Perhaps the wolves intuitively know they need an outside gene pool to prevent degeneration in inbreeding.

I live very close to the south side wolf pack and I have a friend who live in a yurt right next to a wolf den, on an Indian reservation. His meadows right in front of his dwelling is their play ground and in the spring, it is a sight to behold, watching the exuberance of the pups running, jumping and chewing each others.

I often hear early in the morning the wolves howling and I have a routine walk every day of about one hour that takes me deep into wolf territory. I love the peace of the deep wood and I refuse to be intimidated by the presence of the wolves. I see their fresh scats often in the morning on the trail, they are all around, I can sometime hear them moving about and on three occasion I have run into them. I used to carry a large hunting knife with me and I was quite confident I could fight a wolf back if attacked but a few months ago I asked myself: “where is your faith?” I realized I was trusting in my own strength, power and provision and I knew that sooner or later this self confidence will failed me as revealed in a dream. I knew the Lord is in command of the wild beast and nothing will happen to me unless it is ordained from above. Furthermore the Lord gave me dominion over the beast of the earth so I figured I should just assume this mastery over the wolves in the name of Jesus.

So I decided to walk in the wood unarmed and trust I will be safe. It sounded great in my mind and the idea was grand and noble but to actually put it into practice and do it, was another step of faith all together. It was easier said than done and even tough I was determined to walk by faith and not by sight, the challenge was to actually experience the trial and come out victorious.

Sure enough I was tested. One morning as I was walking on the trail, a black wolf was standing there a few feet away starring at me. I thought : “oh boy here we go….!!” I continued to walk calmly towards him strengthening myself in faith and taking mental dominion over him. In that moment there was nothing but total focus of intent in my mind. He jumped over behind a bush and stood there staring at me and yelping. Wolves don’t bark, they yelp and they howl. This very strange behavior was concerning me because a wolf alone in the wild should be afraid of you and run away. This one did not, he was just stalking me. I didn’t want to be seen or act like a prey so I decided to assert myself as the alpha male and I charged him making myself as big as I could with stretched out arms and yelling like a wild man.

This must have been quite a funny sight to witness and according to biologists the correct behavior to have in such an encounter. I felt powerful and I scared him off. He ran for a little while and then stopped and resumed staring at me. I could not believe he was stalking me again and instead of letting fear taking hold of me, I charged him through the wood one more time making a lot of noise. This time he ran away out of sight and I resumed my walk as if nothing had happened, feeling victorious and grateful in the Lord for giving me strength and faith.

Last night I had a dream I was walking on that same trail and this time there was a whole pack of white wolves standing in and around the trail and watching me come closer. In my dream I could not gather enough courage to face the all pack and I ran away in fear. Oh ye of little faith……!

The dream was clearly showing the limitation of my faith in the Lord to protect me. I realized how much more I needed to ask God for additional strength and faith so that I may be able to face the wolves of this world that will surely come against me in the troubled times ahead. How many of us will actually be able to stand firm and confident in the tribulation soon upon us, facing a pack of wolves without fear? Are you ready for this? Will your faith be strong and unshakable? Will your feet firmly planted on the rock of Jesus?

The white wolves of my dream I felt were a representation of a new breed of false prophets, deceitful teachers and public speakers who have successfully mingled with the body of Christ and are increasingly becoming an intimate part of gathering of true believers. Like the wolves of the island mixed in with some dog, they are more dangerous and it is more difficult to recognize their true nature.

I believe the white wolf is a new level of deception. He has taken on a more refine camouflage. He is not grey or black anymore and his sheep clothing is not so easily noticed. His blending is more sophisticated. White wolf people have taken on an appearance of purity and holiness. They act and talk like true people of God, they look like genuine Christians. Their fruits looks good on the outside because it is not ripen yet. Their selfish self centered motivations hasn’t been discovered yet. Their thirst for personal power and recognition hasn’t been revealed.

On the other hand most of the fruit of God ‘s people is still small, hard and green in the process of ripening and in various stage of development. This holy fruit in comparison may be slower to emerge but is coming into maturity in God’s own timing through the grace, the gift and the power of the Holy Spirit. The two are walking side by side and it takes a great deal of discernment to distinguish them apart.

In the great tree of life, lots of fruits will fall to the ground shaken by the mighty storm of the ages. Other fruits will rot before reaching full maturity.

White wolf people have gained strategic position of influence. They teach and preach, they are loved and recognized as spiritual leaders. I believe they will deceive until the very end when their true nature are finally exposed through the fire of Tribulation. There is a great spiritual awakening in process, a coming anointing of the later rain on the saints, the emergence of the Sons of God. How will we be able to know the good fruit from the bad? How will we recognize the anointing is from God and not from Lucifer? In Matthews we are told:

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24:24

This verse is clearly warning us that white wolf people also have a powerful anointing. They are already showing great signs and wonders and are leading many astray. They are displaying gifts of speech, speak in tongues, are eloquent, charismatic, have the abilities to convince and gather a fellowship around them. They are found everywhere in churches, christian organization, benevolent ministry and even home churches. The fruits of the mega church preachers are easily recognizable, the prosperity gospel they preach and the display of their great material wealth is a far cry from the simple life and teachings of Jesus. But there are many teachers and little prophets found in every communities who are not so easily recognizable. Their increasing sphere of influence is to be found on the internet, in the many forums and online social networks.

I find many such a spiritual teacher are confusing righteousness with self-righteousness. Instead of following a calling from God, they have appointed themselves with various titles and attributes attached to their name. No doubt the Lord is raising an army and there are a lot of talented devoted men and women of God doing the work of the Kingdom. But some feel empower to reprove, admonish and condemn while they themselves refuse to take any correction from the brethren. If anyone attempt to challenge their authority, instead of listening and quietly pondering in self introspection and true humility, they will quickly fight back vehemently and fiercely defend themselves. How is this resembling in any ways the teaching of Jesus and his admonition not to fight back and turn the other cheek? Are they defending a position among men or are they truly fighting for the Word of God? In short are they defending their own ideas , their personal power and ego or are they truly selflessly standing up for Christ?

And if thou say in thy heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?

when a prophet speaketh in the name of the LOrd, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken: the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:21-22

I have left the vanity of the new age to find a similar pride among the leaders of Christian groups and Christian fellowship. Of course those in teaching position are like everyone one else, in the process of learning and mistakes is an intimate part of that process. The need to be loved and recognized is a powerful drive, a part of human nature but some people have a disproportionate need to be adored and worshiped. We all have at one time or another displayed pride and arrogance. I confess I have been guilty of such, so we need to forgive, keep each others accountable and graciously move on with a compassionate heart, knowing the imperfection of being human.

What I am talking about here is not the occasional falling but a consistent chronic display of pride, obvious lack of humility and refusal to accept the authority and input of other brethren. I find this power driven attitude very appalling and reminiscent of the ways of the world, the way of Lucifer. These teachers uses the Gospel for their own end and I often wonder witnessing such pride what exactly are they promoting? Their sounding brass and clanging cymbal is so loud and their preaching so flamboyant that I cannot hear the message. I cannot see Jesus in their walk because all I behold is a messenger full of himself usurping the place of Christ, the One they are supposed to witness for. These people are not decreasing, quite the opposite.

How is this resembling in any way the humble teacher, our Lord Jesus? How is such preaching wining souls to deny themselves, picking up their cross and following Christ?

White wolf people are saying to you : “follow me” do as I say, not as I do and don’t question my authority because I am above the flock, I am the alpha male.

Then the LOrd said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake I unto them: they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their own heart. Jeremiah 14:14

When we pay close attention and we read all the signs carefully, such false prophet are recognizable. We need to pray to receive true discernment and the ability to discriminate. We need to ask the Lord to give us : ”Ears that hear and eyes that see” Proverbs 20:12

Pride, vanity and a smooth tongue of serpent are the trademarks of self-appointed false teacher. The knowledge of the Gospel is no guarantee the talk is being walked. Bible verses are being thrown around like frisbee in your face. As much as I love reading verses, sometime I feel they are being used too lightly. They are not being truly lived and applied. It is more effective and appropriate to demonstrate bible truth and the Lord’s commandment with one’s own life than having empty lip service constantly reciting bible verses without true meaning .

Thus saith the LOrd of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they teach you vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LOrd. Jeremiah 23:16

The wolves are retrieving closer to the den for the winter. They are not so visible anymore, they are preparing for the cold months ahead but they will come back in greater number next spring . Will you be ready?

But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. Deuteronomy 18:20

 

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2 Responses to 36-Living among Wolves

  1. rory says:

    maybe the most powerful chapter in the book..

  2. Berenger says:

    There are tonnes of Wolves at my church. And the other two I attended. Most of them in the congregation but all leaders of a kind. If this is what it looks like when they’re in retreat we’d better get ready! I love your story about faith in the face of wanna be predators. I just got bitten and this was the cause, my lack of faith in God’s voice – He warned me, I didn’t believe Him. And I sank into emotional response. So yes you have brought God’s lesson to me.

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