Summary: How to correctly combat the effects of the spirit of Leviathan
Dealing with the spirit of Leviathan.
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The longest description of Leviathan is found in Job 41. The entire chapter consists of God asking Job if he can deal with this seemingly untamable monster.
God asks Job "Can you fish for him? (V.1)
Can you put a ring through his nose? (V.2)
Can you make a deal with him? (V.4)
Can you serve him up as a meal? (V.6)
Will he make a nice pet for your children? (V.5)
Will your weapons pierce his skin? (V.7) And on and on.
To each one of these questions, the answer is an obvious "No".
It seems that it is impossible to deal with this monster. Befriending it, appeasing it, warring against it... All is impossible.
In many prophetic circles today, the spirit of Leviathan has been identified as a major contributing force to the ills that seem to be overtaking various communities. The spirit of Leviathan has been identified as a major cause for people to turn away from God.
How can the intercessor pray for people that are under the grip of Leviathan? The questions God asks are as relevant today as they were in the time of Job. Given the expected answers, it grows increasingly clear that it is impossible to deal with this powerful creature in any of the usual ways.
The problem of Leviathan.
Intercessors are known for their ability to war against the enemy, yet warring against Leviathan is impossible. These people would soon realize why God claims "that the sword of him that tries to lay hold of him cannot establish a foothold" (v.26). Those that do battle with him will remember the consequences and never do it again (v.8).
So called "realists" are known for the fact that they come to some sort of "mutual understanding" with the enemy, but this too is impossible with Leviathan. These people would soon realize that any agreement made with him will never be honoured (v.4).
"Laisser faire" advocates would ignore the problem, but such a powerful force is difficult to ignore. These people would need to blame the havoc on the consequences rather than the cause of the problem (v.18-21).
Advocates of appeasement would soon find that any attempt of diverting his attention from what he really wants is a complete waste of time (v.27-33).
Why then has God allowed those with a gift of discernment to identify this enemy of the cross? How can a Christian deal with an enemy that is so powerful and so fearless?
The nature of the enemy.