“You divided the sea by your might;
you broke the heads of the sea monsters
[tanniynim, dragons] on the waters.
You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.”
(Psalms 74.13–14 ESV)
In Part I of Leviathan, we looked at the definition of Leviathan in the Hebrew, and it meant twisted—coiled and joined together. Many people reading this may find this sea monster strange or even mythical, but the Father gives us symbols throughout the Bible that pertain to something else. For instance, He refers to the churches in Revelations as lampstands/ Menorahs. He shows the Apostle John, Yeshua, with a sharp, double-edged sword coming out of His mouth in Revelations. We understand from reading through the Bible that His Word is “sharper than a double-edged sword,” but to someone who has never studied the Bible, a sword coming out of a mouth might seem very bizarre. It is the same when dealing with the verses connected with Leviathan. The beast in Revelations 13:1 was called a dragon and had seven heads and was coming up out of the sea. Leviathan is also called a dragon.
Leviathan was created on the 5th day. You may call it a whale or a great fish, but I want to show you its characteristics spiritually.
“God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:21 NASB).
“Tannin is the singular form of a creature like a serpent or a dragon (whether land-dwelling or sea-dwelling)—the plural form would be tanninim as used in Genesis 1:21 (sea creatures). Meanwhile, tannim is the plural form of tan (jackal). The Leviathan is described as an incredibly strong creature in Job 41, and it is called a tannin in Isaiah 27:1.
In Deuteronomy 32:33, Moses utilized synonymous parallelism to equate a tannin with a cobra. When Aaron cast his rod before Pharaoh and his servants, it became a tannin (Exodus 7:9), often understood to be some type of snake. . .)
As we walk through our daily lives going about our work and pleasures, there is a whole spiritual realm many are not aware exist. This realm is undoubtedly moving. The Seer and the prophet often see and hear things others may not, or at least in a more significant measure. In 2nd Kings, we read about a whole spiritual army unseen to the natural eye that was protecting Elisha from an army circling the city. Has our Father stopped protecting His servants like this? No! He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
“And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Strike this people with blindness, I pray.”
So He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha” (2 Kings 6:15-18 NASB).
I want to keep reminding readers that the Father sent the evil spirit to torment King Saul just as He temporarily blinded these men in 2nd Kings.
Leviathan in Greek thought was described as a dragon and a god of chaos. This spirit does just that; it brings chaos to marriages, ministries, and families. It acts like a serpent.
Nahhash or nachash is Strong’s Hebrew 5175 and means serpent, but is that a literal serpent or someone acting in a slithering manner? Yes!
“In Hebrew thought, the action or character of something is much more important than its actual appearance. In our culture, and forms of thought, it is either a serpent or it’s not. But in Hebrew, the word nahhash (the word translated as serpent) is something that is serpent-like. This can be an actual serpent or something that acts like a serpent.
Our Greek thinking mind needs to know which it is, but the Hebrew thinking mind doesn’t care. A good example of this is the Hebrew word ayil. This word literally means a “buck.” But it is used in the Hebrew text for anything that is “buck-like,” such as an oak tree, fence post, or a chief, all of which have the characteristics of being strong and authoritative.
Benner explains further.
“There is one other piece to this puzzle that opens up another possibility for the identity of the serpent.
In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent (nahhash), Leviathan the twisting serpent (nahhash), and he will slay the dragon (tanin) that is in the sea. (RSV: Isaiah 27:1)
In this verse, Leviathon is called a nahhash. So, it is possible that the serpent in Genesis 3 is Leviathon.” Biblical Hebrew E-Magazine.
Let’s look at some of the attributes of snakes, dragons, and gators. Gators and crocodiles ambush their prey, and if the victim is too large to swallow whole, they drag it under the water and drown it, but even pythons consume alligators and crocodiles whole. Dragons pour forth fire from their mouths.
Serpents twist, coil, slither, they have forked tongues, and many are poisonous. Their venom (Words, gossip, slander, blackmail, ra-lashon–evil tongue) immobilizes their prey. (Have you felt stuck?) This venom comes through saliva and is delivered through fangs. Think about our tongues that can be a deadly fire no man can tame. Snakes swallow their prey, and they can be intimidating. Snakes give birth by laying eggs. Isaiah warns of a people who hatch snake eggs that are bent on mischief and lies.
“They hatch viper’s eggs and weave spider’s webs. Whoever eats their eggs will die; crack one open, and a viper is hatched” Their webs cannot become clothing, and they cannot cover themselves with their works. Their works are sinful works, and violent acts are in their hands. Their feet run after evil, and they rush to shed innocent blood” (Isaiah 59:-5-6 CSB). Notice this falls in with Proverbs six and the six things the Father hates.
The Leviathan spirit can make a person feel as if they are going mad. During one attack that lasted for a long duration, we seemed as crazy as David did when he was running for his life, acting like a madman with dribble running down his chin. The amount of pressure and the strength of the forces joining together is so severe and exhausting one feels washed up for dead. But then again, stopping a tsunami is no task for the weak at heart—the disciples feared for their lives during the storm at sea, but Yeshua said, “Peace be still,” and the winds and the waves obeyed Him. Also, remember when you are in a hurricane-like storm, multiple items are being thrown up into the raging sea—cars, trucks (ministry vehicles), homes (Families), people, and possessions (Businesses). All the people on the ship Jonah fled to tossed their luggage and belongings overboard, and then Jonah is thrown into the raging sea, and the sea becomes calm. A giant sea creature takes him to the bottom of the ocean. Could this represent Leviathan?
Do we have power to calm the sea? Who sends the storms? Satan? No.
The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them” (Jonah 1:4-5).
“What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights” (Jonah 1:11-12, 17 NASB). This is just as Yeshua said, “for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 2:40 NASB).
Jonah says the same prayer David prayed while fleeing Saul. “I called out of my distress to the LORD, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
Water encompassed me to the point of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
“I descended to the roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars was around me forever,
But You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God. (Jonah 2:2, 5-6).
Now David, “In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears” (Psalm 18:6).
“For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me” (Jonah 2:3).
David seems to speak from a place of Leviathan.
“Save me, O God,
For the waters have threatened my life.
I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me.
I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched;
My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
Those who would destroy me are powerful,” Psalm 69:1-4 NASB).
Who created the sea monster? HaShem did.
“There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there” (Psalm 104:26 NIV).
Water, like fire, causes destruction that leaves behind mold, mildew, disease, and death. Think about Noah. The white dove could find no place for the soles of its feet. STAY HIDDEN in the Ark until this storm has resided and land can be seen again!
This spirit joins with others to destroy, and it catches you off guard. While you’re dealing with health issues, financial issues, vehicle issues and other problems, it shows up when you are in a weakened condition. It’s rooted in fear, jealousy, the love of power, money, and the honor of men.
King Saul became fearful and filled with rage over David’s favor and his great strength. Let’s look at a critical scripture that shows what triggered this murderous spirit.
“The women sang as they played, and said,
“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on” (1 Samuel 18:7-9 NASB).
Suspicious behavior will get all of us into trouble. When we grow suspicious of others, we are looking to catch them in something wrong, and we will every time. Our focus should be on our own walk and what we need to work on, but even Nathan had to confront a giant killer and tell him he was the man!
Leviathan loves to cut off the head of the prophetic voice and those speaking the truth of His Torah. If you hold the office of a prophet, this spirit wants your life. After John the Immerser (Baptist) confronted the king about his adultery with his brother’s wife, he is placed in prison.
“For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Having been prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” (Matthew 14:3-8).
This spirit hated John’s Voice. If you speak the truth, it attacks with a vengeance due to the person feeling naked.
Leviathan will also accuse you of the very thing it has done. It projects on you, shame and guilt. It loves to blame the victim instead of the perpetrator, accusing them of the very chaos it has brought. Also, the attacks seem to come without any empathy or concern for what the other person is going through at the time. It’s as if they’re blind to your condition.
“Who can open the doors of his face?
Around his teeth there is terror.
“His heart is as hard as a stone,
Even as hard as a lower millstone” Job 41:14, 24 NASB).
Its heart is as a stone, hard and ready to destroy.
I want to give my readers a few more personal examples from years ago to make this clearer. I am not trying to tarnish or name anyone but to show how the spirit operates.
During this time my husband was an Associate Pastor, and he was given one day a month to preach. He also requested to begin a Friday evening service which he led. After marriage, we began ministering together. The first week we spoke, the pastor was out of town but videoed the meeting. At the end of the service, the altar was full of people weeping. Two young men came forward and professed that they wanted to walk in the ways of the Father again. We were excited about ministering together!
Later, my husband was quickly taken aside by the pastor and told that I could not speak with him. He told my husband I was too wounded to minister and hadn’t dealt with rejection. The truth was, I had dealt plenty with it. It had been a year since I had left the assembly I was at, but now they were doing just what this spirit tries to do, which is accuse you of their actual issues. This man, I believe, was afraid he would lose his little church family and their favor would be directed to us. The bad seeds had already been planted that we were trying to start our own assembly, which was false. Many posted on Facebook about the service and how the Spirit was active.
Due to his insecurities and rejection, he had fear—jealousy—and a twisting. Remember what King Saul said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.”
Later, I was accused of being in what they referred to as a ‘backslidden position’ and leadership confronted me in front of my husband for not being there at service times for weeks. I was in fact at my mother’s side, with my sister, hours away at the hospital where she was dying. Although they had been told this, again, they had no memory or empathy. It’s as if the people around you cannot see anything you are suffering.
Shortly afterward, my husband and I were accused of slandering leadership while at a meeting, but my husband never left my side. My husband confronted the accusers and told them it didn’t happen. We went forward to speak highly of the worship leader and her many gifts, but one man saw us conversing and became suspicious. This suspicion led to a phone call where this slander was implied, and then that implication was twisted to malicious lies. The pastor’s fear of losing sheep due to previous church splits caused suspicions. Then you have what I call ‘yes, men and women’ who want titles or to be placed in positions of honor, who run to spread gossip in hopes of being promoted. It’s a horrible Nicolatian system. Power over the people. Yeshua said, “He hated it!” What causes envy, strife, abusive language, and evil suspicions?
“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Timothy 6:3-5 NASB).
Now, these people were kind and loving people. They did many good works. I am just pointing out how the spirit operates through people close to you who need healed from certain things.
This type of slander and falseness went full circle. We once walked into an assembly, and the Elder opened the door for us and pointed at me and said, “Here comes trouble!” How would you like that greeting? I was accused of being a Jezebel. This is the same type of spirit that worked through Ahab who told the prophet, “Here comes the troubler of Israel.” Let’s revisit this.
“When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?” He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and you have followed the Baals” (1 Kings 18:18).
Notice that the sin is the forsaking of the Commandments. Elijah was given the power to shut up the sky so that it wouldn’t rain for three years and six months. To a nonspiritual person, they would see Elijah as the one who has caused such drought. They have 450 prophets telling them they are going to be blessed and prosperous. These same type of spirits work through people today, and Paul even cast one out called a python spirit in the Book of Acts. The young woman was a soothsayer and made much money. This snake-like spirit was speaking truth from her lips with a forked tongue, because her actions were in divination. Let’s look at that.
“It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment” (Acts 16:16-18 NASB).
If you are a keeper of Torah and His Feast days, this spirit will hate you. The real reason the land was dry with famine during Ahab and Jezebel’s reign was due to the wickedness of the headship. Jezebel and Ahab stole the vineyard of a righteous man. They called for a religious fast and falsely accused an honest man of blaspheming the king and HaShem. This spirit is active with those who seem hyper-religious. The innocent man, Naboth, is then murdered, along with his seed. This is what we found in the spirit of Athaliah in my last portion. It wants to destroy the seed of the righteous!
Part III HERE.
I’m going to leave you with a blog on Jezebel and Ahab and how these spirits work and operate together. Ahab spirits in men cause Jezebel spirits in women, and I believe this spirit is also active during the attacks from Leviathan. I have written about this HERE.
Answers in genesis: Dinosaurs, tannin, sea serpent, snake,dragon, jackal
Serpent/ Leviathan–Jeff Benner Hebrew Research Center
Photos: Google images
Photo of Jonah painted by Tekoa Manning
Tsunami picture–wallpaper images