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Who Or What Is Leviathan?


Sermon shared by Thomas Swope

August 2011
Summary: A study of Isaiah chapter 27 verse 1
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Audience: Believer adults
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doctored’, what would I be saying? I would be saying that the picture is not accurate. It looks as though someone messed around with the photo and added things that were not in the original photo. Why am I saying this? If I said to you the beast in Revelation is a man who will be in the future an evil world ruler, would I be correct? No, I wouldn’t. And the reason is that the bible says that a beast is a kingdom. You might say then, ‘Well, a kingdom is run by a man – a king - and kings are men. So, in the future some king or man will rule the entire world. In truth, some kingdoms are and some are run strictly by queens. So, where in the bible does it say an evil king will rule this earth? I know my Master and Lord and Savior, the only True and Worthy King will rule, but not an evil king.
If you look back at Daniel 7 kings are referred to as horns.
I want to look at another mysterious term that is used in today Scripture passages. Great scholars cannot figure out what this thing is? It has been called a dinosaur to a crocodile and who knows what else. This unique name is Leviathan.
1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.
The word ‘Leviathan’ comes up 5 times in the bible. So, bear with me and I believe it will be worth the investigation. Let’s look at each. Besides here in the book of Isaiah we find these verses;
Job 3: 8 “May those curse it who curse the day, those who are ready to arouse Leviathan.’
Job 41:1 ““Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?”
Psalm 74:14 “You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
Psalm 104: 26 “There the ships sail about; There is that Leviathan Which You have made to play there.”
So, who or what is ‘Leviathan’ Instead of just telling you my thoughts on this subject, I want to give a few verses from the bible that also talk about the same things that the verses above mention and have you give your answer.
Genesis 3 says, “And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” The New International version says verse 15 as follows, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” [You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.]
Jude 5 Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves
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