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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing 

I had a dream where I was standing on a platform overlooking a crowd of people. The platform in the dream was not for the purpose of exultation but rather observation as it enabled me to see above and into the crowd. What I saw was a group of pastors and/or church leaders wearing sheep skins but they were not covered completely as I could make out who they were in the dream. I believe this to be the case because I was being shown by the Holy Spirit who these people were and not who they purported to be. What is sad is that each of these sheep skins came from a living sheep who had to be slaughtered in order for the sheepskin to be worn by the pastor/leader disguising himself/herself as one of the sheep. I remember seeing some skins with blood still dripping from them. This could have been a pastor/leader who had just recently  decided to turn to evil.

Jesus told us in Scripture to be wary of those who come in sheep’s clothing but inwardly were ravenous wolves.
Mat 7:15 — Mat 7:16

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
The Apostle Paul gave a similar warning to the Ephesian elders when departing for Jerusalem. 

Act 20:29 — Act 20:30

For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

Note that one of the characteristics that Paul points out is that these wolves speak perverse things in order to draw disciples after themselves. 

Paul also said the following:

1 Corinthians 11:1

11​ Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

The goal here is for the leader to model Christ and to draw one’s attention away from himself/herself and towards Christ.

This should be the litmus test as to whether or not a leader is godly or a wolf. Is he/she pointing you to Christ or to themselves? 

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10 thoughts on “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing 

  1. “Beware of false prophets,
    which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
    but inwardly they are ravening* wolves.
    You shall know them by their fruits”
    Matthew 7:15-16
    The Greek Word used here for “ravening” speaks of one who uses their official position for the purpose of obtaining another’s property, funds or patronage! How subtle and deplorable are they who come in sheep’s clothing with the hidden agenda of obtaining the patronage of God’s people!

    • This is what I found for ravenous.

      727. ἁρπαξ hárpax; gen. hárpagos, masc., fem. noun from harpázō (G0726), to seize upon. A rapacious person or animal, as wolves (Matt. 7:15; Sept.: Gen. 49:27). Rapacious, given to rapacity or extortion

  2. The Greek Word indicates extortion(er) or one who swindles – The online free dictionary defines extortion as: 1. Illegal use of one’s official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
    In the five occurrences of this word being used it would be best translated swindler or extortioner in four of them.
    Word Origin
    from harpazó
    Definition
    rapacious
    NASB Translation
    ravenous (1), swindler (1), swindlers (3).
    Matthew 7:15 Adj-NMP
    GRK: εἰσιν λύκοι ἅρπαγες
    NAS: but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
    KJV: inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    INT: they are wolves ravenous
    Luke 18:11 Adj-NMP
    GRK: τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἅρπαγες ἄδικοι μοιχοί
    NAS: other people: swindlers, unjust,
    KJV: men [are], extortioners, unjust,
    INT: of the men swindlers unrighteous adulterers
    1 Corinthians 5:10 Adj-DMP
    GRK: πλεονέκταις καὶ ἅρπαξιν ἢ εἰδωλολάτραις
    NAS: with the covetous and swindlers, or
    KJV: or extortioners, or
    INT: covetous and swindlers or idolaters
    1 Corinthians 5:11 Adj-NMS
    GRK: μέθυσος ἢ ἅρπαξ τῷ τοιούτῳ
    NAS: or a swindler– not even
    KJV: or an extortioner; with such an one
    INT: a drunkard or swindler with such a one
    1 Corinthians 6:10 Adj-NMP
    GRK: λοίδοροι οὐχ ἅρπαγες βασιλείαν θεοῦ
    NAS: nor swindlers, will inherit
    KJV: nor extortioners, shall inherit
    INT: slanderers nor swindlers [the] kingdom of God
    5 Occurrences

  3. That is the bottom line, a timely vision with pinpoint accuracy to call God’s people to walk and discern the things around them. The comfort and ease of the day shrouds the danger of the unsanctified walk.

  4. Stephanie on said:

    My pastor is changing into a wolf before my eyes. The Lord told me to “let him go” a few weeks ago and I see evidence of him embracing false doctrine. This is a sad turn of events for me. I am to no longer meet with him, but have had a dream about him stepping down as pastor. Haven’t been told to leave the church yet, so perhaps the remainder will be regrouped and let Jesus design the new wine skin.

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