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Who is Leviathan?


There is a strong evil spirit named Leviathan.  This extremely powerful demon has been repeatedly encountered.  The more we know about what he does and how he operates, the more likely we are to win in this fierce contest with him.

Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.  Thou brakest the heads of Leviathan in pieces, {and} gavest him {to be} meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. (Psalm 74:13,14)

Here Leviathan is associated with water and the ocean and is pictured with multiple heads.

There go the ships: {there is} that leviathan, {whom} thou hast made to play therein. (Psalm 104:26)

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)

Here he is called both a dragon and a serpent and again is connected with the sea.

The most extensive reference to this strange creature is found in Job 41.  The fact that the Bible devotes an entire chapter describing him indicates his importance.  The Modern Language translation reads:

Can you draw out the crocodile with a hook or hold down his tongue with a cord?
Can you put a fish line through his gills or pierce his jaws with a spur?
Will he make repeated requests of you?  Will he use friendly words in addressing you;
Will he make a bargain with you hast you should take him as your servant for life?
Would you play with him as the birds or keep him as a plaything for your girls?
Will fisherman bargain over his, apportioning him among the merchants?
Can you fill his skin with barbed darts or his head with harpoons?
Lay your hand upon him then remember the conflict.  You will not do it a second time!
The man who hopes to master him will be disillusioned.  At the sight of him a person is paralyzed.
No one is foolhardy enough to stir him up.  Who then is he that can stand before me
And whom have I borrowed that I should have to repay him.
Everything under the whole heaven is mine.
I will not be silent concerning his limbs, his strength, his artistic proportions.
Who has ever stripped off his thick coat of mail or pierced his impenetrable scales?
Who can open the doors of his mouth; around his teeth there is terror.
His back is shingled with scales closely fitted together with a tight seal.
So near are his scales to one another that no air can get between them.
They clasp one another,  joining so closely they cannot be separated.
His sneezing sparkle light; his eyes are like rays of morning.  Out of his jaws come burning torches and sparks of fire shoot out.
From his nostrils vapors issue as steam from a boiling pot over burning rushes.
His breath sets coals on fire; a flame issues from his mouth.
Such strength dwells in his neck that panic moves before him.
The folds of his flesh close in on each other firmly and are immovably cast upon him.
His heart is as hard as a rock, solid as a nether millstone.
When he raises himself up the mighty are afraid and are beside themselves with panic.
To hit him with a sword is useless; so is a spear, a dart or javelin.
To him iron is as straw and copper as rotten wood.
Arrows do not rout him, sling stones he treats as stubble.
Clubs are counted by him as reeds and he mocks the rattle of javelins.
His nether parts are like potsherds, they leave threshing sledge grooves in the mire.
He makes the deep to boil like a pot, the sea like a vessel of ointment.
Behind him he leaves a foaming wake and one wonders if the sea might be growing fast.
On earth there is not his equal.  A creature devoid of fear, he looks down on all that is highest.

He is king over down on all that is highest.  He is king over all the sons of pride.  (Job 41:1-34)

By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. (Job 26:13)

Leviathan particularly hates these passages and the first and second commandments.

Although we know little about Leviathan’s work, this chapter and other references definitely connect him with the sea.  Undoubtedly he is the inspiration for the various mythological gods of the sea: Neptune, Poseidon, Dagon  and others.  Always there is one demon god with his characteristics who rules the seas or rivers.  Some believe Leviathan was the chief deity worshipped in Atlantis and that this kingdom was destroyed by God in judgment.

Confronting Leviathan in deliverance has uncovered only a few of the many things that he does.  Repeatedly Leviathan has been the culprit when there have been severe problems with Bible study or concentration on spiritual goals.  Restrictive bondages which hinder worship or most any genuinely spiritual activity have involved him also.  I refer to a real flowing with the Holy Spirit, not the shallow, religious externals which often pass for spirituality today.

Another area where he works is learning difficulties for youngsters, including reading.  A common characteristic of Leviathan is that his presence is almost always due to a family curse.  Usually everyone in the family will have problems in this area in varying degrees.

To break the curse, declare: “I do break the curse of Leviathan back to ten generations on both sides of the family, and destroy any legal rights or ground which give evil spirits reason to operate.  I destroy all these in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Next move directly against the evil spirit by name, ordering him to manifest and leave in Jesus’ name.  Be insistent and persistent.

Believers need genuine edification by prayer in the Spirit along with the understanding; Bible study; heartfelt praise; and fellowship with the Lord’s people.  Depending upon how much control he exerts over an individual, these will be hindered or stopped by Leviathan.  Some deliverance workers have reported the discovery that Leviathan is responsible for stopping revival movements.  He often works in conjunction with ruling spirits in the heavenlies to block and hinder the moving of God’s Holy Spirit; especially in the climatic, final end time revival.

As you battle with Leviathan you will learn why scripture declares him to be a powerful, wily foe and a nightmarish monster.  His description is so frightening it is probably just as well that we cannot see him face to face.

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.

If you’d like to obtain your own copy of not only this, but other materials authored by Win Worley, please contact WRW Publications at www.wrwpublications.com

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