Enemies hidden and manifest
We ask God in the Prayer of Thanksgiving that He
might take away from us the rising up of enemies,
hidden and manifest. So who are those two kinds of
Hidden enemies are likely to be the Devils.
But the Manifest, they are the evil persons.
Which means; that there is one kind of an enemy
whom you don't see and you don't even acknowledge,
while there is another kind whom you already know.
In other words, there is an enemy who is working
in secret and another who is straightforward in his
Or may be of the hidden enemies there are:
the mind, the heart and the intention.
They all sometimes work in secret inside your
soul, and you can't see them.
Your deep lusts or uncompleted desires are
following those enemies…these; they fight against
you and might cause you to fall unconsciously or may
Those lusts and uncompleted desires can fight
you more than any other external enemies, like Devils
or evil people. The enmity of lusts is more savage and
They are feelings which were burning in you in
the past and have already been faded away, or may
be you thought that they faded out. Actually, those
feelings settled deep down and in certain times they
come out when there is what stimulates them. It's
like a medicine bottle on which is written "shake well
before use". You just shake it and all sank in
substances start to move and is then mixed with the
liquid getting it to be turbid…
That's how it goes with some of your feelings
which sank and settled deep down inside you, you
didn't filter them at the right time then. So those
feelings were hidden away and you thought they were
finished, but they're not!!
Or may be of the hidden enemies in a
conspiracy for ex. there is: the leading mind.
Or the mind which always thinks, which gives
orders to conspire and others carry out. All the
members in the conspiracy are put into custody
except this leading mind. He is the hidden enemy,
who knows how to lead and then disappears…
Of the hidden enemies there are: the false
Whom were referred to by St. Paul the Apostle in
(2 Co 11:26) when he was telling about his sufferings
and said "in perils among false brethren". Those who
were considered as brothers, but they were not real
brothers. Like Judas who was one of the Twelve. He
dipped his hand with Jesus in the dish, and at the
same moment he was conspiring to betray Him!! (Mt
26:23). He even kissed Jesus in front of the soldiers
giving them a sign to seize him!! (Mt 26:47, 48).
Of such: St. John the Apostle said about them in
his first Epistle "They went out from us, but they were
not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have
continued with us" (1 Jn 2:19).
And of such, those whom St. Paul the Apostle
said:" For many…, of whom I have told you often, and
now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies
of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction…and
whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on
earthly things " (Phil 3:18,19).
Of those, there is Demas his disciple and his
assistant whom the Apostle used to mention him
sometimes with Luke, mark and Aristarchus… (Col
4:14). And finally he said about him "for Demas has
forsaken me, having loved this present world" (2 Ti
And of the hidden enemies, there are also
those whom God said about them:
"Who come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravenous wolves" (Mt 7:15).
Sheep's clothing is hypocrisy which they wrap
themselves with, one poet said about hypocrisy that it
is transparent dress, if you wrap yourself with it; it is
Those used to sometimes come to Jesus Christ
and call Him "Teacher" and ask Him an advice! And
some of them-like Simon the Pharisee- who invited
Him to his house, not of love or for blessing, but to
watch Him and try to find something to criticize in
Him (Lk 7)!!
Of the hidden enemies, there are the
Those of whom are also in sheep's clothing.
They flatter a person and flatter even his wrong
deeds, thus they are harming him because as a result
of their flattery, he continues in his sins and his soul
Examples of whom are the false prophets who
surrounded Ahab the King, they made him believe
that he will win in his battles and persuaded him to go
into war. But this was the entrance to his destruction.
He didn't listen to Micaiah the Prophet, who warned
him, he didn't accept what was said and he fell (1 K
The sweet talk of the flatterers is like poison
served with honey. And in the book of Proverbs, God
warned us a lot of such talks.
It's like what the Bible said "a man's
enemies will be those of his own household" (Mt
Jezebel the wife of Ahab the King seemed as loving and defending him. When she saw him displeased for not being able to get the vineyard
which belonged to Naboth the Jezreelite, she helped
him with an evil plot to attain what he desired; by
accusing Naboth that he had blasphemed God, she
brought false witnesses to prove it. So Naboth the
Jezreelite had been stoned and was dead (1 K 21).
Ahab the King then took possession of the vineyard of
Naboth the Jezreelite…
Consequently, the Lord condemned Ahab and said
"In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth,
dogs shall lick your blood, even yours"…
Indeed! This wife, with her destructive counsel,
was one of the hidden enemies who appeared to be
affectionate to her husband!!
What implies on such description as well is, God's
"Your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it
out and cast it from you…And if your right hand
causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from
you". (Mt 5:29, 30):
The meaning here is not literally in the exact
words. The phrase "your right eye" means the most
dear and loving person to your heart. And the phrase
"your right hand" means the person whom is mostly
helping you. If all those are causing you to sinpersons
who are the most close to you- so break up
your relation with them for the sake of your eternity.
As man's enemies will be those of his own household.
Consider those relatives who are causing you to sin as
being of your hidden enemies.
Also of the hidden enemies, there are some
And of them, we are noting to those who are
always going in the opposite direction, or the partner
whom the other person has placed his confidence in
and this partner drags him into the dilemma of debts
that might lead to his bankruptcy or to lawsuits in
courts. This person only has the name of a partner
but he is of the hidden enemies.
Alike work partners, there are partners of
amusements; evil company.
Those, who draw their friend into sin and
corruption, sometimes they drag him into addiction,
And as a result of being on intimate terms with them
he loses his career, his reputation and also his health,
they might appear to be the source of love, joy and
amusement to him. The chanter said in the first
Psalm about the righteous man "Nor stands in the
path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful".
Those, they are not friends; they are of the hidden
And of the hidden enemies, there are the
About such, the Bible says "O My people! Those
who lead you cause you to err,
and destroy the way of your paths" (Is 3:12). And
repeated the same phrase in (Is 9:16). The Bible
described those leaders in (Mt 23:16) as blind guides.
And also said about such misleading guides of the
Scribes and the Pharisees "you shut up the kingdom
of heaven against men; for you neither go in
yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering
to go in" (Mt 23:13). And said as well "you travel land
and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won,
you make him twice as much a son of hell as
yourselves" (Mt 23:15).
May each one of you be careful of following a
misleading guide, as "if the blind leads the blind both
will fall into a ditch". No doubt this leader, who
misleads those who ask him advice, is of the hidden
This leader could be one of the friends whom
had grown up with a person and whom he
always asks his counseling.
Like the young men who had grown up with
Rehoboam the son of Solomon. When Jeroboam and
all the people came to Rehoboam asking to lighten
the yoke which his father put on them, he consulted
the young men who had grown up with him and they
said: tell them " My little finger shall be thicker than
my father's waist… my father chastised you with
whips, but I will chastise you with scourges" (1 K
Rehoboam listened to their advice, the people
revolted against him. Ten tribes apprised against him
and followed Jeroboam.
So, all those young men who were friends were of
the hidden enemies. This goes for every misleading
advice of any friend.
Under the title "hidden enemies" goes all
bad entertainments inside the house.
Whether stories, books or some Internet and TV
programs. And also all other kinds of amusements
which seem to be a source of joy and fun but in
reality they are of the hidden enemies.
This goes as well on some medications
which are meant to be for healing, but they
have many side effects.
And so is every medicine inscribed by a person
who is not professional in his job, it harms more than
In this subject there is a final remark to be noted:
Some of the hidden enemies are turned to be
Through time and experience they are discovered,
or through their deeds…Judas Iscariot was one of the
hidden enemies, though as one of the Twelve
Apostles of Jesus Christ, his mistakes were not
discovered till God revealed them and said "one of
you will betray Me … He who dipped his hand with Me
in the dish
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