In several verses, the Bible warns about the devil’s attack. The Apostle Paul tells us to be wary of the snares of the devil (1 Timothy 3:7), deceiving or seducing spirits (1 Timothy 4:1) and the devils schemes or mind games (2 Corinthians 2:11).
But it is the Apostle Peter who urges believers to be on the “alert” for the “roaring lion,” who seeks out those he can devour.
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NASV)
It’s interesting how the apostle throws in the term “roaring” to describe how the lion attacks us.
For years, scientists have been puzzled by the unusual affect the lion’s roar has on its prey. When the lion gives a deep, guttural roar, instead of instantly fleeing, animals are momentarily paralyzed giving the lion a brief opportunity to strike.
Researchers have now discovered the reason for this. Along with its roar, the lion utters what is called “infrasound.”
This is a low-frequency blast that the prey actually feels instead of hears. Humans can hear sound waves between 20 to 20,000 hz, but this part of the lion’s roar falls below this range coming in at 18 hz.
It’s like a hit before the hit. It is so powerful that it can momentarily stun an animal. In fact, lion trainers have been known to go into shock when lions utter this low-level roar. This part of the roar is so powerful it can even pass through mountains and dense jungle forests.
Military researchers have long known of the effects of this low-frequency blast and are trying to incorporate it into modern weaponry, which would be used to stun advancing troops.
So as Peter addresses the issue of satanic attack, he is saying it’s not what you actually hear that’s dangerous, but rather what you don’t hear.
God gave the prophet Zechariah a vision of something that was happening to Joshua who was serving as the High Priest in Jerusalem at the time.
Literally God pulled back the curtain so the prophet could see how the spiritual realm intersected the physical.
3 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. (Zechariah 3:1 NASV)
Satan was standing at Joshua’s side accusing and condemning him.
Joshua was totally unaware of what was taking place. He did not see Satan. He was not hearing actual words, but this accusing roar coming from the spiritual realms was hitting its mark.
Joshua felt utterly condemned. The Bible describes him as wearing filthy garments (verse 3) — literally in the Hebrew excrement-covered garments.
It revealed how Joshua was feeling about himself as a result of this incessant barrage. He felt like a condemned man — a complete and utter failure.
But then the angel of God moved in, put a new turban on Joshua’s head and gave him clean garments, breaking the satanic attack (verse 5).
This is why Peter warns be on alert for the condemnation of the “roaring” lion.
8 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 NASV)
- The secret of a tiger’s roar: Science Daily