12 Weeks of Prayer Week 1 Day 7

12 Weeks of Prayer Week 1 Day 7


By Pastor Mike Heil

The Unapologetic Theologian

“The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.” -Matthew 13:39-40

In 2002, there was a very popular movie called, “Catch Me if You Can.” What made this movie so popular? It was the life story of a master counterfeiter named Frank Abagnale. Due to some struggles as a teenager, Frank struck out on his own and soon learned how to create counterfeit checks. Even though he was a teenager, he learned what type of paper use, what type of ink to use, how to create identical logos, and every other thing that could be learned about how to pass off checks and legal documents as truth. Soon he became very rich, and then he wanted to be a pilot, so he forged those documents and became an airline pilot at age 25. After that, he wanted to be a lawyer and forged documents showing that he had passed the bar and was a certified lawyer. As you can imagine, after doing this for ten years the federal government was chasing him everywhere. Finally, they caught him, and he was given a prison term of many years. However, the Department of Justice was so impressed with his vast knowledge of counterfeiting that they worked out a pardon for his prison term if Frank would work for the Department of Justice.

Why is this story about counterfeiting relevant to our spiritual walk is the saints of Jesus Christ? I believe it’s relevant because you and I are the latter day Saints. No, I am not referring to the Mormon church, rather I am sharing the truth that we are saints in Jesus Christ living in the latter days before Jesus returns. As I shared previously this week, Satan has directed his foul demons and evil spirits during this time to a higher level of deception and distortion of the truth (I Timothy 4:1, 2). This truth is also seen in the parable of the wheat in the tares in Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. In this parable, Jesus is talking about the wheat, who are the children of God, growing up in the world alongside of the tares, who are the sons of the wicked one. Because of how closely wheat and tares appear as they are growing, Jesus says the true separation of the wheat and the tares will only come at the end of the age. Brothers and Sisters, Beloved of the Father, you and I are at that end of the age. So, if the wheat and tares appear identical in many ways, how do you and I recognize the deception of the evil one? How can we sort through all the confusion of false doctrines, distorted thinking, and the lies and tricks that Satan brings our way? I am sure anyone reading this understands, because we live in an age of technological wonders. We are bombarded day in and day out with opinions, attitudes, imaginations, and reports that spring forth from the minds of people who were tares and not wheat. How can we be sure we are following the Lord and not inadvertently being misled by Satan?

This is where the story of Frank Abagnale comes in. Once Frank was working for the Department of Justice, he became their greatest agent in recognizing the counterfei