The Evening Wolves
by Pastor Cornelius Claassen
claassen@intekom.co.za
Goldfields Revival Centre
Welkom, South Africa

Bible Reading:
Habakkuk 1: 5-11
5. Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
6. For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
7. They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.
8. Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
9. They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
10. And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.
11. Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

Text verse:Habakkuk 1:8
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are
more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

More fierce than the evening wolves !
I have entitled my message today: The Evening Wolves !

In one of the Bible Versions in my Study the section we have read comes under the heading: The Lord Answers: I will work a work for you ! (Afrikaans Bible)

The first verse of our Bible reading:
Habakkuk 1: 5
Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

A verse that will make any Pentecostal Preacher jump with joy, a verse worthy of a sermon many hours long.

Job once said:
Job 12:7
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.


We can learn much from the animals mentioned in the Bible and for this reason, I want this day to stand still and talk about the "evening wolves."

John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, calls Satan, the Devil, six times, the Evil One six times, and the Liar and the Father of Lies three times. He calls him a murderer, once; a thief, once; the Wolf, once; the Deceiver, once; the Ruler of this World, three times; he who is in the world, once. Finally he says "the whole world lies in the power of the evil one."

John calls the devil a wolf !

Jesus said:
John 10:12
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not,
seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and
the wolf catcheth them,
and scattereth the sheep.

The devil is the wolf that catches and scatters the sheep. The evening wolf is, therefore, a symbol, a picture of the devil ! The evening wolves are also a picture or symbol of the evil spirits and demons controlled by the evil one !

We read about the wolf or wolves in twelve verses of Scripture and almost all the references to wolves found are figurative, and usually are the symbol of the enemies of God or Israel and/or wicked men.

The wolf looks like a large dog, but is wild, savage and cruel. It travels in bands of up to 30 animals and almost always go out by night.

The Bible also tells us this in:
Jeremiah 5:6
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and
a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

What a picture of the devil !

Talking of our Bible text in Habakkuk, Charles H Spurgeon comments:
"They will scarcely attack the Christian in the daylight of faith, but in the gloom of soul conflict, they fall upon him. "

The evening wolf attacks us when darkness overshadows our lives.
The evening wolf of problems.
The evening wolf of sickness.
The evening wolf of our finances.

The evening wolf - Have you ever been attacked by the evening wolf ?
Tossed and turned in bed, unable to sleep because the evening wolf is busy attacking you. The evening wolf of a guilty conscience, the evening wolf of worries !
Tossing and turning in your bed listening to the howling of the evening wolf !
I am sure that each and every one in this Church has at some time or the other been attacked by the evening wolf !

But friends - But Church ! Did you know that in England many years ago, January used to be called Wolf-monat, or wolf month ?

An Old Book tells us that Wolves could not find sufficient animals to feed upon because of the extremity of the cold and snow during this month and therefore people were more in danger to be devoured by wolves than in any other season of the year.

We in this part of the world do not experience the extremity of the cold and snow during the month of January and yet, we also experience the attacks of the evening wolf.

We call January the long month. The evening wolf devoured all our finances during the festive season and now we have the long wait for January's "pay-day" !
For the Church, the long month of January has extended right into April !
Did you notice the huge increase in the number of suicides on the Goldfields during
January ? Even Loved ones in our Assembly have felt this pain !

But, don't be fooled. The evening wolf does not just roam and attack people during the month of January, the wolf-month. He is still stalking many in this Church even
today !

The May 1987 edition of National Geographic included a feature about the arctic wolf.

Author L. David Mech described how a seven-member pack had targeted several musk-oxen calves who were guarded by eleven adults.
As the wolves approached their quarry, the musk-oxen bunched in an impenetrable
semicircle, their deadly rear hooves facing out, and the calves remained safe during a long stand-off with the enemy.

But then, a single ox broke rank and the herd scattered into nervous little groups.
A skirmish ensued, and the adults finally fled in panic, leaving the calves to the mercy of the wolves. Not a single calf survived !

It is a fact, the evening wolf always targets the young. Many in this Church are concerned because they have witnessed the evening wolf targeting their children. What can we do ?

Did you notice ? The Wolves were only able to attack and kill the young calves when the Parents broke rank ! Friend, Church, this illustrates the importance of Church attendance.

We need to protect our Children by united prayer.
Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Exhorting one another means to build one another up in the faith, to encourage one another in times of trials, to support one another in prayer !
Together - united in the faith - we can ward off the attacks of the evening wolves, but alone at home, alone in our faith without the support of other Believers, we and our children will find ourselves at the mercy of the evening wolves !

Paul warned the Elders of the Church at Ephesus that after his departure, wolves would come, not sparing the flock.

Acts 20:29
For I know this, that after my departing shall
grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Wolves continue to attack the church today, but cannot penetrate and destroy when unity is maintained. When believers break ranks, however, they provide easy prey.
Let us remain united in our faith and in service to our Lord and HIS Church !

I plead with you, don't allow the wolves to scatter you. There is no such thing as a perfect Church. The Church is not a building - it is a body of Believers !

Only if we stand together:
In united Prayer.
In united worship.
In our love and care for one another.
With our tithes and offerings.
Can we ward off the attacks of the evening wolves whose sole purpose is to destroy lives and this Church ! Pastor, the evening wolf is attacking me !

Friend, you need to remember there is no need to fear, because the Bible says:
1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

I said - no need to fear - but only if Christ dwells in you. Friend have you invited Christ in your heart and life ?

Jesus promised the power of the Holy Spirit to those who trust and serve Him. His power is sufficient to ward off the attacks of the evening wolves.
But Pastor - the evening wolf of worries !

Remember the Bible says:
Malachi 3:6
Fo
r I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Luke 18:27
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

No matter how dark the night, the Lord promises:
Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

(One Translation: Dark places ! Another translation: Pitch Black darkness)
(Afrikaans Bible)

Listen to what James says:
James 4:7-8
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Resist the evening wolf, draw close to God and he will flee from you !
How close are you to God ?
What are you doing to draw close to HIM ?
Are you reading and studying His Word ?
Are you talking to Him in Prayer ?
Are you worshipping Him in the company of others ?

But Church, in closing, I hear you ask:
But Pastor what about - the evening wolf of a guilty conscience !

Listen what Peter said on the day of Pentecost:
Acts 2:38-39
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Baptism is a symbol of the burying of your old life, your old sins and a raising up of a new life in Christ ! Have you received the forgiveness of Christ ?
The only way to defeat the evening wolf of a guilty conscience is to turn to Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Jesus is the only answer if you want to defeat the evening wolves in your life.
Turn to HIM today !

AMEN

Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
Welkom
9460 SOUTH AFRICA

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