A Gruesome View

DESERT-WOLF

Jeremiah the prophet made this prediction, “A wolf from the desert shall destroy them” (5: 6; RSV). The allies of the wolf will be a lion and a leopard. The reasons for the demise of the wolf’s prey are multiple transgressions and innumerable apostasies. The prey was Israel-Judah and Jeremiah’s unpleasant task was to tell his people that they would be destroyed by a desert people that were not in existence than a thousand years into the future. The historian has on record that Muhammad was born 1570 A.D. and began his crusade against all people that had deserted God the Creator and abandoned His laws. God had given Israel a thousand years to return to her Maker and the Christians five hundred years. By the time Islam became a movement, Christianity had become a world power and began to suppress those that wanted to personalize faith in Christ.

It may be shocking to us, but according to Biblical prophecies, the followers of Islam may be acting in God’s behalf as a hand of justice against men’s sins and their false gods. In the Book of Revelation, the wolf is referred to as the beast that happens to be a man and to him God has assigned power to punish the prostitute (Rev.13: 11-18). The word “prostitute” or “harlot” is a synonym for a people that have turned their back on the God of the Bible and His laws and lusted after other gods and pleasure. Israel was told, “Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” and He will not share his people with any other man-made god (Ex.34: 14). In like manner, Jesus insisted, “You cannot serve God and mammon” (Mt.6: 24). Even here we have restricted mammon to money when in reality it is a substitute for the Creator. Mammon has the power to abort God’s laws in favor of man-made rules. In Jesus’ day, priests could exempt children from mistreating their parents with a gift (Mk.7: 6-13). Only thirty years later, the Romans carried out God’s sentence.

The “Desert Wolf” has already dug his burrow among us. Jesus predicted that we would end up among wolves (Mt.10: 16). Human laws have made it feasible for the wolf’s cubs to assert themselves. The wolf’s nature does not change nor does his pack dare to follow anyone else. Both the lion and the leopard respect the wolf and his territory. Sheep only are foolish enough to trust a wolf that comes to them in sheep’s clothing (Mt.7: 15). The Apostle Paul left these words for us to ponder, “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will rise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them” (Ac.20: 29). Jesus too made reference to false shepherds that shall abandon their sheep to save themselves from the wolf (Jn.10: 12). After the wolf will have his lamb chops, he shall go after the shepherds. Then, many will become wolf cubs and join the pack. Much Christian blood will be shed during this time of persecution and tribulation (Mt.24: 21; Rev.7: 14; 17: 6).

Babylon will fall and that is the most painful disclosure I must share. The word represents confusion in Genesis Eleven. In the Book of Revelation it is called the “harlot” or “prostitute” (17-18). Babylon is not the Desert Wolf or some nation in the Middle East but a nation with superior world power that has abandoned God and His laws and did not protect the Covenant people and the followers of Jesus. It has elevated Mammon, the god of pleasure and material success, above the Creator of the universe (Isa.14: 12). This nation has spread itself so thin that it shall crumble at the seam. The messenger of God informed John, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast (Desert-wolf) and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth” (Rev.17: 15-18). What nation more than ours fits that profile?