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The Crown of Pride

 

Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty {is} a fading flower, which {are} on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden underfeet:

In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble {in} judgment.

Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which {is} in Jerusalem.

Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: forI have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth. (Isaiah 28:1, 3, 5, 7, 14, 22)

Spirits which operate under the crown of pride  in Isaiah 28: Drunkard, wine (1,3); Error, wine, strong drink, false dreams and visions, stumbling in judgment (7); Filthiness, uncleanness (8); Scorn (14); Deception, lying, falsehood, compromise (15); Vexation (19); Mockery, bands (22); Snares,broken, backward, taken (13); Weary (12).

When attacking the Crown of pride use verses 2, 5, 6, 16, 17 18, 19.

Loose upon the person a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty; and spirits of judgment, strength, counsel, excellence, knowledge, understanding, rest and refreshing (Isaiah 28:5, 6, 9, 12, 29).

Isaiah praises God for the deliverance of His people.

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, {even} to the ground; he bringeth it {even} to the dust.  (Isaiah 26:5)

In verse 11 two spirits associated with pride are listed: shame (also see Proverbs 11:2; Psalm 119:78) and envy (I Timothy 6:4).  Other lords have dominion over His people (Isaiah 26:13).  God has destroyed them (Isaiah 26:14; Proverbs 16:18).  Destruction of the proud and wicked is prophesied in chapter 26.

Isaiah 27 begins with a promise that the ruler of pride, Leviathan, will be punished.

In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that {is} in the sea. (Isaiah 27:1)

Crooked  means full of twists and turns and deceitful and indirect; Piercing means to penetrate into or run through; to make a hole or opening in, to force a way into or through.

Isaiah 28:1,3 gives a warning to the spirit called the Crown of Pride.  This crown is associated with the drunkards of Ephraim and being overcome with wine.  Wine and strong drink are gateways for the entrance of this spirit.  It sits on a crown on the top of the head and verse 1 pronounces his judgment.

He is filled with a glorious beauty which God declares will fade away.  This evil crown will be replaced with the crown of glory and a diadem of beauty Strongs #6843: diadem – a crown as encircling the head; also a turn of affairs (i.e. mishap), morning; Dictionary: diadem – a crown or headband (cloth) worn as a symbol of power).

The rulers of God’s people are warned:

Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which {is} in Jerusalem.

Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: (Isaiah 28:14,15)

This crown of pride was sitting on the head of Jerusalem’s rulers causing error and perversion of justice to flourish.  Their covenant with death and hell, although worthless, kept them in a state of passivity and also false security.  According to Proverbs 16:18, all of this will fall and be destroyed and fall.  These chapters record the bound condition of God’s people and His promise to destroy them and their work.

Specific Pride spirits:  Foot of Pride (Psalm 26:11); Rod of Pride (Proverbs 14:3); Crown of Pride (Isaiah 28:1,3); Great Pride (Jeremiah 13:9); Pride of Life (I John 2:16).

Outward manifestations of a Haughty spirit in women (Isaiah 2:16): Head Held High; flirting Eyes; Walking with Mincing, Seductive Steps; Bejewelled foot of pride: transgression, no fear of God, flattery, vanity, iniquity, deceit, lack of wisdom, evil, mischief, love of evil,(verses 1, 2, 3, 4, 12).  In battling with him, use verses 5-10.

The rod of pride is found:  In the mouth of the foolish {is} a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. (Proverbs 14:3)

The following is an excerpt from “Leviathan and Other Spirits, Booklet #19″ by Pastor Win Worley. Copyright © 1983 by Win Worley, Revised © 1992. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including storage and retrieval system, without securing permission in writing from the publisher, WRW Publications, PO Box 852626, Mesquite, TX 75185.

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