By now, I hope many of you are seeing this powerful serpent. I wanted to continue using more examples before going into King Saul and David and the journey that David took while being hunted. I believe this has to do with a crushing and an anointing that comes as we draw closer. Sadly, most of us are panting like a deer looking for water when we have been trying to outrun the enemy! During times like this, we are looking for the Righteous Judge of All the earth to come and save us.
David said, “My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:2).
In my last portion, I touched on many personal examples, and I am going to share a couple more in order to showcase how this battle looks.
The Leviathan attacks come like a battle in a boxing ring. By the time my husband and I were knocked out and coming up holding on to the ropes, boom! Back down again we’d go–TKO. I began to get very fatigued and go into fibromyalgia flare-ups and was slurring my speech. I became so bad I was sent to the hospital for IV steroids and admitted a week. These spirits take this opportunity as Job friends did to inspect you under a microscope. They say and think things like, “you must have sinned. The Father is punishing you for your wicked behavior. You must have pride or rejection issues.” As I said, there is no compassion but is the Father using it for a greater purpose?
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word” (Psalm 119:67 NASB).
There is a Righteous Judge who in the end of the journey of attacks will lift our heads and bring restoration if we stand in our integrity like David who went on to take the crown and the kingdom. Yeshua is our example of a true suffering Servant who never opened his mouth.
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; (1 Peter 2:21-23 NASB).
When I got out of the hospital, a new neurologist accused me of making myself slur my speech, as if I wanted to talk like a drunk? I was diagnosed with neurogenic bladder during this time, and during meetings, I would have to get up periodically and empty my bladder. Leadership informed my husband that they were suspicious that I was leaving out of disrespect for their sermons when in all actuality, I was sick. Twisting the truth. Later on, this same person told my husband and me that he cringed when I spoke. He said he was afraid of what I would say. When we asked him if I had ever said anything he disagreed with. He said, no, but he had fear and needed to protect his sheep. He was the one who disrespected my teachings out of fear. Remember, what this spirit accuses you of, is the very thing it has. David’s own brother thought he knew his heart was wicked.
“Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle” (1 Samuel 17:28 NASB).
“Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
“Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle; YOU WILL NOT DO IT AGAIN!” Job 41:5-8 NASB).
Leviathan makes you feel like you are going mad and anything you try and resolve just becomes more blown up. The more you try and defend yourself or approach an issue to settle it, the more blown out of proportion it becomes. Your character, integrity and the person of your soul is dragged through mud and muck. All of these stories I share happened within a season, but let’s get back to His Word.
How do we fight this? Do we try and humble this huge serpent?
HaShem mocks Job for attempting to in Chapter 40, but let’s look at some wisdom on how to handle these attacks from Proverbs.
“For lack of wood, the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross
Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
He who hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up deceit in his heart.
When he speaks graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.
Though his hatred covers itself with guile,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly” (Proverbs 26:20-26 NASB).
Eventually, this behavior of lies, deceit, gossip, and slander will be revealed. Everything in the darkness will be brought forth into His marvelous light and exposed!
Unfortunately, for us, during this season, no matter how hard we tried to resolve the issues with the people we loved in our lives, the more the sea came forth in rage!
One weekend, before these multiple attacks, I woke up in the night and my husband had taken all the comforter in his sleep leaving me chilly, as I reached to pull it over me I heard, “Tell your husband to cover you as Boaz covered Ruth with his skirt!” (The word skirt comes from the Hebrew word tallit. The tassels or wings on the prayer shawl depict the Commandments). This is what the woman with the issue of blood grabbed a hold of!The next day and into the weekend we received prophetic warnings from people who did not live near us nor were they aware of the situation. We received at least five warnings for my husband to cover me, and also this verse from Ezekiel below, to let me know that no matter how strong the battle ragged, my Maker, My Husband, the Lord Almighty was covering me as well.
“Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord GOD.” (16:8 NASB).
My husband and I were battling so hard you could cut the air with a knife. Our home was filled with unease, anxiousness, to say there was no shalom would be an understatement. The battle became so intense I couldn’t sleep. I went to stay at my father’s for a week and then began to research this spirit and speak to my husband about it. We went on a fast together for days. During this time my husband had a dream of drowning snakes in a pool of water and many other dreams that revealed demonic spirits working through those around us. We continued to fight and battle these attacks until we were able to get some peace. Remember, there is a spiritual realm we cannot see.
The Father places the Behemoth with the Leviathan and a bird called Ziz, for one is land, one air, and one is sea.
“At the end of days, when the Messiah comes, all the righteous will feast upon the flesh of the Ziz — just as they will eat the flesh of Behemoth and Leviathan — in a great banquet as a reward for abstaining from the unclean birds.”
The Ziz is mentioned twice in scripture. In Psalms 50:11, it says, “I know all the birds of the mountains and Zīz śāday is mine.” And in Psalms 80:13-14 , it says, “The boar from the forest ravages it, and Zīz śāday feeds on it.”
The Book of Proverbs chapter six has a passage that lists things the Father hates and abhors. Each one is also spoken of in Job describing Leviathan. Let’s compare.
“There are six things which the LORD hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
(Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-17).
“His strong scales are his pride,
Shut up as with a tight seal” (Job 41:15)
(He looks on everything that is high; (haughty)
He is king over all the sons of pride” (Job 41:34)
“A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil” (Proverbs 6:18).
“His heart is as hard as a stone,
Even as hard as a lower millstone” (Job 41:24).
“A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers” (Proverbs 6:19).
“Out of his mouth go burning torches;
Sparks of fire leap forth” (Job 41:19
Who can open the doors of his face?
Around his teeth there is terror) 41:14
In his neck lodges strength, (stiff neck—pride)
And dismay leaps before him.
When he raises himself up, the mighty fear;
Because of the crashing they are bewildered” (Job 41:19, 14, 22, 25 NASB).
The crashing of the sea.
During this battle, we need to deal with our own hearts and our fleshly nature. We also need wisdom and tactics like David used. in the end, the Creator of all the earth is the One who crushes the head of Leviathan. He crushed the heads of the Egyptians and destroyed their whole army by dividing the sea and then drowning them.
“Yet God is my king from of old,
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters. You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness” (Psalms 74:12-14 NASB).
Why would this serpent be food for desert dwellers? The Israelites took their gold, their jewels, and their spoils. They took the possessions that the Egyptians clung to, and they used it to build a tabernacle. And oh, what fresh bread is found there. What light from the menorah is seen there.
We have entered the Hebrew month of Elul and forty days of introspection as we try and make things right with those we may have harmed. We seek forgiveness, and we seek His face. The desert is where the Holy Set-Apart Spirit led Yeshua to be tempted by the adversary for 40 days and 40 nights.
“And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him” (Mark 1:13).
Yeshua was with the wild beast, and he was tempted on every point after fasting. The Word of Our Father is proved in us in the wilderness. This leviathan is food for the wilderness dweller because when we overcome all the attacks and our own beastly nature, we come out of this testing period with great power and sweet perfume!
“What is this coming up from the wilderness Like columns of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all scented powders of the merchant?” (Psalm 3:6 NASB).
What type of anointing does Leviathan have?
“He makes the depths boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a jar of ointment” (Job 41:31 NASB).
Ambergris is formed from a secretion of the bile duct in the intestines of the sperm whale and can be found floating on the sea or washed up on the beach. It comes from whale vomit mostly, or from the opposite end. It is so sought after; a waxy, oily lump washed ashore could bring you tens of thousands. Ambergris has been mostly known for its use in creating perfume and fragrance much like musk. Some refer to it as dragon spittle.
I believe that in a spiritual sense while being under this type of battle, we become more humble. We are crying out, praying, searching scriptures and searching our own hearts for things not right. While under attack we tend to seek Him more. We cry out for Him to come save us, protect us, and plead our case.
We run to the shelter of the most high and we recite Psalms 27, the words of a man running for his life. As promised, the next portion I will cover the journey of David from the palace of King Saul to each place he hid and how he overcame.
A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the LORD will take me up.
Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD” (Psalms 27:1-14 NASB).
Part IV HERE!
Photo of fire by Tekoa Manning
Photo of man with lamp by Severin Höin