Evil has a face–a human face. Evil has arms and legs, but above all, a cunning mind and a devious heart.
Some faces of evil are obvious. Those of Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein and other tyrannical butchers come to mind. But it’s the faces of evil that you pass on the street or see in restaurants or that sit in locked board rooms–those are the ones we must beware of.
And, oh, how our spiritual forefathers warned us of these evil ones. The apostles and prophets and our Savior Himself warned us of them.
Who are they? They are called the children of the devil, “the children of the wicked one,” “false teachers, false prophets,” and rich men “heaping treasure together for the last days” (James 5:3), among many other names.
They are the “tares” in the “Parable of the Tares in the Field.” We must remember that parables contain the mysteries of God. Parables are used purposefully to teach God’s elect while hiding those same secrets from the multitudes.
Reading “The Parable of the Tares of the Field” (Matthew 13: 24-30, 37-44) is like viewing the true spiritual history of man through the eye of a satellite camera. In it we see a landowner (the Son of man) who sows good seed (the children of the kingdom) in his field (the world). But an enemy (the devil) came and sowed tares (the children of the wicked one) along side the good seed.
The servants notice the tares coming up with the wheat and asks the owner if they should pull up the tares. He says to let them both grow together until the harvest (the end of the world), so that the good seed won’t get uprooted along with the tares.
And so the harvest comes and the reapers (the angels) put in the sickle. The wheat (the children of God) are separated from the “children of the wicked one.” The latter are then taken and destroyed. The children of the Kingdom inherit all things with their Father.
Point: the wicked one has children; they are in our midst. Some are common sociopaths without a conscience. Others are more subtle, working diligently with other rich men for a “one world government.” They are paving the way for the Anti-Christ to take over the New World Order. They cry “peace, peace, when there is no peace.”
Peter warns of them in II Peter 2, saying that “while they promise the people liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption” (v. 19). Jude devotes his whole letter as a warning to be aware of these “children of the wicked one.” Moses wrote of these who give their hearts and souls to Satan as the seed of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). Christ told the Pharisees, “You are of your father the devil” (John 8:44).
From Genesis to Revelation, they are there. We must beware of them because evil strides the earth today. And evil has a face–a human face. KWH