In the New Testament the wolf is a common symbol of the Apostasy. The wolf attacks the flock, killing the sheep, but bears and lions also do this. Why are these two animals not chosen to symbolize the Apostasy? The Apostle Paul writes “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock ” (Acts 20:29) Here we see that the Apostasy would develop after Paul’s death. The Apostasy was to disguise itself, pretending to be the true church. “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matt 7:15)
The Apostasy existed in the day of Jesus, for Luke 10:3 says “Go your ways; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves..” Paid overseers of the Church abandon the sheep when they see the wolf coming. John 10:12 says; “He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them.” Let us go back to the original question: why is the Apostasy symbolized by a wolf and not a bear or a lion? To answer this question, we must look at what a wolf meant to all the people of the first century. According to ancient tradition, a wolf raised twins called Romulus and Remus, who were said to be the founders of Rome.
The Bible’s wolf in sheep’s clothing is Rome pretending to be Christian. The great Apostasy is none other than the Roman Catholic Church! We are warned by Jesus and Paul of this wolf-like Apostasy. This warning is as valid today as it was in the first century. Let us avoid the Roman wolf and stand apart from him.