There are numerous verses in the bible referring to “sheep”, but we want to look at one of the warnings that Jesus gave to the disciples. Matthew 7:15 reads, ” Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”. The New Living Translation of the bible reads “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart“. So who is wearing “sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravening wolves”?
A false prophet by definition is one who, acting the part of a divinely inspired prophet, utters falsehoods under the name of divine prophecies. We see that it is first one that is “acting the part”, not having the role or position as a prophet, but only acting as one. Then we see that they consider themselves divinely inspired, yet they utter falsehoods under the name of the divine! So who is it that is wearing the “sheep’s clothing”?
Look around you and ask yourself this question, “who is it that is dressing in “sheep’s clothing”? Sheep clothing being that which outwardly appears to be harmless, loving and kind. The clothing that resembles the “sheep” mentioned in the bible?
Is it the drunk in the tavern that is dressing outwardly in sheep’s clothing? Is it the whore on the street corners that are wearing “sheep’s clothing”? Is it those that are homeless and addicted to drugs that are in “sheep’s clothing”? Who is it that is appearing outwardly to be “sheep” but are really wolves that will tear you apart? The answer is clear! It is those that call themselves “Christians” and are following the religious traditions of men!
They appear on the outside to be so kind, and nice. They will tell you quickly they are “Christian” and that they love God! That they go to church, and that they are servants of God. They will tell you that they love you and want you to be “saved” and “go to heaven”! They will tell you that you need a Shepherd and recommend you attend their church and come under the authority of their Shepherd, but when you ask them any questions, or you decline, they quickly turn to the ravening wolves and start tearing you apart!
They try to convince you that you’re a sinner and need a Savior, even when Jesus has reconciled us all unto God over 2000 years ago. They will tell you that they are sinners, but are saved by grace, but they continue to sin, but you, however must “go and sin no more”! They will tell you all that you must do to be acceptable to God, in the face of the word of God saying that He created all things, and if He created it, surely it was acceptable to Him upon creation! Then if all that doesn’t convince you to believe as they do, the “sheep’s clothing” comes off, and they begin to call you names, and speak all manner of evil against you… and call it “contending for the gospel”, rebuking and reproaching, but isn’t that God’s job?
God is very clear on the matter! The warning was for our protection, as well as to let us easily recognize the difference in those that are “sheep” and those that just “dress the part”. Jesus let’s us know about the real sheep, He says in John 10:27,”My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”.
Jeremiah makes some pretty clear statements as well! Jeremiah 23:1, “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. ” Chapter 50, verse 6 reads, ” My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.”
So who is it that God warns us about! Those that are dressed outwardly in the clothing of a sheep! Those that outwardly claim to hear the voice of Jesus, but don’t follow Him or what He taught! Those that outwardly claim to be divinely inspired prophets, but tell you that you have any “Shepherd” other than God! Those that act as if they care for you until you will not follow them, then they turn on you and yet call themselves “of God”. Those that are acting as “shepherds” and causing the creation of God to go astray from the ONE TRUE SHEPHERD and the resting place of God!
Who is it that you should BEWARE OF!! It’s pretty clear!!
Ask God, Hear Him and Know Him!!