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Friday, February 22, 2013

THE SPIRIT OF LEVIATHAN

This earth is dominated by sinister forces, by the spirit of Leviathan. The darkness it embodies pervades all aspects of your lives. This spirit which has been set in motion will not be stopped until all spoken of in My Word is accomplished. The earth's axis is off kilter because of the gross and unbearable weight of mans sins. Seek Me with all that you have, it is your only hope in this battle for your soul. Do not be used as pieces on a chessboard, pawns of the dark one. This spirit of Leviathan is all powerful and seducing, very few are able to escape its grip. This is why it is IMPERATIVE that you discard everything that takes your focus off of Me-everything! Be still and know I am God. Reach for Me in all you do and I will bring you through this dark time. It is your choice. You do not have to be one of the ones living in terror as night falls on this earth. I have told you, Me dwelling in you can illuminate all darkness. It must flee at My light. This is what I have ordained. You have been conditioned to the point of madness in your souls! But to you I say WAKE UP!!! Rise from your slumber as there has never been a more important time to be sober, alert, and vigilant. Do not succumb now-the hour is so very late! Focus! Reach! Desire Me and your souls will be well. Are you even remotely aware or concerned of the multitudes of dark forces that pervade this realm? They seek to destroy and devour you, all the while you continue to slide further and further into oblivion. But I have given you My power and My authority to walk in the light. Me that is in you is greater than legions of the dark spirits surrounding you. Step into your calling. Stop believing the lies of the enemy. Fulfill the destiny you have been created to fulfill. Rise My people, rise. Although the battle is yet to be its most intense, we have already won. Don't you see? You must only make the simple choice to look to Me in all things. Once again I ask you to know your enemy. Know who and what Leviathan represents in order that your armor may be secured properly. The spirit of Leviathan walked this earth many times in the past, and because I am permitting it, it roams the earth once again. You are powerless against it in your own strength. It is more powerful than any other of My creations. It is fierce and PRIDE is its fuel. It's fury is unsurpassed. Nothing but I can protect you from this power and its destructive grip on your souls. You alone will never withstand its fierceness nor its insurmountable influences in the world in which you live. Remember My words though, you are in this world, but not of it. This is an evil  to which nothing can compare, hence, My warnings to you to repent before it is too late for your soul! Lay down your will for Mine. I will keep you from the terrors by night and walk with you by day. Allow Me to be the Keeper of your souls. You are on the brink of a world war the likes of which this earth has never seen, and many, many will die and lose their souls for all eternity. They will succuumb to this spirit of pride, arrogance, and rebellion. Pray! Pray for these that will be damned because they will not choose Me now! I will always prepare My own for what lies ahead. Believe Me, trust Me My  people. I love each of you so very much.

Messiah Yeshua


Job 41

King James Version (KJV)
41 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.


Psalm 74:13-14

13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.


Isaiah 27:1-5

27 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.
In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.


Ezekiel 29:3

Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.


Revelation 12:3

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.


Revelation 12:2-3

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.


Revelation 12:10

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This particular message today was of great importance, as Yeshua went to great lengths with me to help me understand this spirit that is so pervasive in our culture. He is impressing upon my heart the seriousness of these days by describing them as being even more sinister and foreboding as previous times in history when this spirit of Leviathan dominated the earth. Some of the men who encompassed this spirit were  Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Antiochus, and Pharaoh. This spirit is a very proud spirit, and knows that no one can stop it but the Creator Himself. Strongs states that it is ' a wreathed animal, i.e. a serpent (especially the crocodile or some other large sea-monster); figuratively the constellation of the dragon; also as a symbol of Babylon.

 Job 41:15 tells us that the scales of leviathan are his pride, and are very closely sealed. They are literally so tightly put together, that no air passes between the scales. In the scriptures, air, breath, and wind will almost always represent the Holy Spirit. In Job 41:34 we see that this spirit beholds all high things, and is king over all the children of pride. When this spirit dominates a person, they are unable to hear from the Holy Spirit, therefore making it impossible to operate under the Spirit or hear from God in any aspect of their lives. This evil spirit is quickly able to have a stronghold in this person's life. This spirit has the ability to be smooth and deceptive, as well as exhibit an attitude of arrogance, haughtiness, and superiority.

Matthew Henry's Commentary:
Job 41
 
The description here given of the leviathan, a very large, strong, formidable fish, or water-animal, is designed yet further to convince Job of his own impotency, and of God’s omnipotence, that he might be humbled for his folly in making so bold with him as he had done. I. To convince Job of his own weakness he is here challenged to subdue and tame this leviathan if he can, and make himself master of him (v. 1-9), and, since he cannot do this, he must own himself utterly unable to stand before the great God (v. 10). II. To convince Job of God’s power and terrible majesty several particular instances are here given of the strength and terror of the leviathan, which is no more than what God has given him, nor more than he has under his check, (v. 11, v. 12). The face of the leviathan is here described to be terrible (v. 12, v. 14), his scales close (v. 15-17), his breath and neesings sparkling (v. 18-21), his flesh firm (v. 22-24), his strength and spirit, when he is attacked, insuperable (v. 25-30), his motions turbulent, and disturbing to the waters (v. 31, v. 32), so that, upon the whole, he is a very terrible creature, and man is no match for him (v. 33, v. 34).
Verses 1-10 Whether this leviathan be a whale or a crocodile is a great dispute among the learned, which I will not undertake to determine; some of the particulars agree more easily to the one, others to the other; both are very strong and fierce, and the power of the Creator appears in them. The ingenious Sir Richard Blackmore, though he admits the more received opinion concerning the behemoth, that it must be meant of the elephant, yet agrees with the learned Bochart’s notion of the leviathan, that it is the crocodile, which was so well known in the river of Egypt. I confess that that which inclines me rather to understand it of the whale is not only because it is much larger and a nobler animal, but because, in the history of the Creation, there is such an express notice taken of it as is not of any other species of animals whatsoever (Gen. 1:21 , God created great whales ), by which it appears, not only that whales were well known in those parts in the time of Moses, who lived a little after Job, but that the creation of whales was generally looked upon as a most illustrious proof of the eternal power and godhead of the Creator; and we may conjecture that this was the reason (for otherwise it seems unaccountable) why Moses there so particularly mentions the creation of the whales, because God had so lately insisted upon the bulk and strength of that creature than of any other, as the proof of his power; and the leviathan is here spoken of as an inhabitant of the sea (v. 31), which the crocodile is not; and Ps. 104:25, Ps. 104:26 , there in the great and wide sea, is that leviathan. Here in these verses,I. He shows how unable Job was to master the leviathan. That he could not catch him, as a little fish, with angling, v. 1, v. 2. He had no bait wherewith to deceive him, no hook wherewith to catch him, no fish-line wherewith to draw him out of the water, nor a thorn to run through his gills, on which to carry him home. 2. That he could not make him his prisoner, nor force him to cry for quarter, or surrender himself at discretion, v. 3, v. 4. "He knows his own strength too well to make many supplications to thee, and to make a covenant with thee to be thy servant on condition thou wilt save his life.’’ 3. That he could not entice him into a cage, and keep him there as a bird for the children to play with, v. 5. There are creatures so little, so weak, as to be easily restrained thus, and triumphed over; but the leviathan is not one of these: he is made to be the terror, not the sport and diversion, of mankind. 4. That he could not have him served up to his table; he and his companions could not make a banquet of him; his flesh is too strong to be fit for food, and, if it were not, he is not easily caught. 5. That they could not enrich themselves with the spoil of him: Shall they part him among the merchants, the bones to one, the oil to another? If they can catch him, they will; but it is probable that the art of fishing for whales was not brought to perfection then, as it has been since. 6. That they could not destroy him, could not fill his head with fish-spears, v. 7. He kept out of the reach of their instruments of slaughter, or, if they touched him, they could not touch him to the quick. 7. That it was to no purpose to attempt it: The hope of taking him is in vain, v. 9. If men go about to seize him, so formidable is he that the very sight of him will appal them, and make a stout man ready to faint away: Shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? and will not that deter the pursuers from their attempt? Job is told, at his peril, to lay his hand upon him, v. 8. "Touch him if thou dare; remember the battle, how unable thou art to encounter such a force, and what is therefore likely to be the issue of the battle, and do no more, but desist from the attempt.’’ It is good to remember the battle before we engage in a war, and put off the harness in time if we foresee it will be to no purpose to gird it on. Job is hereby admonished not to proceed in his controversy with God, but to make his peace with him, remembering what the battle will certainly end in if he come to an engagement. See Isa. 27:4, Isa. 27:5 .II. Thence he infers how unable he was to contend with the Almighty. None is so fierce, none so fool-hardy, that he dares to stir up the leviathan (v. 10), it being known that he will certainly be too hard for them; and who then is able to stand before God, either to impeach and arraign his proceedings or to out-face the power of his wrath? If the inferior creatures that are put under the feet of man, and over whom he has dominion, keep us in awe thus, how terrible must the majesty of our great Lord be, who has a sovereign dominion over us and against whom man has been so long in rebellion! Who can stand before him when once he is angry?
Verses 11-34 God, having in the foregoing verses shown Job how unable he was to deal with the leviathan, here sets forth his own power in that massy mighty creature. Here is,I. God’s sovereign dominion and independency laid down, v. 11. That he is indebted to none of his creatures. If any pretend he is indebted to them, let them make their demand and prove their debt, and they shall receive it in full and not by composition: "Who has prevented me?’’ that is, "who has laid any obligations upon me by any services he has done me? Who can pretend to be before-hand with me? If any were, I would not long be behind-hand with them; I would soon repay them.’’ The apostle quotes this for the silencing of all flesh in God’s presence, Rom. 11:35 . Who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again? As God does not inflict upon us the evils we have deserved, so he does bestow upon us the favours we have not deserved. 2. That he is the rightful Lord and owner of all the creatures: "Whatsoever is under the whole heaven, animate or inanimate, is mine (and particularly this leviathan), at my command and disposal, what I have an incontestable property in and dominion over.’’ All is his; we are his, all we have and do; and therefore we cannot make God our debtor; but of thy own, Lord, have we given thee. All is his, and therefore, if he were indebted to any, he has wherewithal to repay them; the debt is in good hands. All is his, and therefore he needs not our services, nor can he be benefited by them. If I were hungry I would not tell thee, for the world is mind and the fulness thereof, Ps. 50:12 .II. The proof and illustration of it, from the wonderful structure of the leviathan, v. 12.1. The parts of his body, the power he exerts, especially when he is set upon, and the comely proportion of the whole of him, are what God will not conceal, and therefore what we must observe and acknowledge the power of God in. Though he is a creature of monstrous bulk, yet there is in him a comely proportion. In our eye beauty lies in that which is small (inest sua gratia parvislittle things have a gracefulness all their own) because we ourselves are so; but in God’s eye even the leviathan is comely; and, if he pronounce even the whale, event he crocodile, so, it is not for us to say of any of the works of his hands that they are ugly of ill-favoured; it is enough to say so, as we have cause, of our own works. God here goes about to give us an anatomical view (as it were) of the leviathan; for his works appear most beautiful and excellent, and his wisdom and power appear most in them, when they are taken in pieces and viewed in their several parts and proportions. (1.) The leviathan, even prima facieat first sight, appears formidable and inaccessible, v. 13, v. 14. Who dares come so near him while he is alive as to discover or take a distinct view of the face of the garment, the skin with which he is clothed as with a garment, so near him as to bridle him like a horse and so lead him away, so near him as to be within reach of his jaws, which are like a double bridle? Who will venture to look into his mouth, as we do into a horse’s mouth? He that opens the doors of his face will see his teeth terrible round about, strong and sharp, and fitted to devour; it would make a man tremble to think of having a leg or an arm between them. (2.) His scales are his beauty and strength, and therefore his pride, v. 15-17. The crocodile is indeed remarkable for his scales; if we understand it of the whale, we must understand by these shields (for so the word is) the several coats of his skin; or there might be whales in that country with scales. That which is remarkable concerning the scales is that they stick so close together, by which he is not only kept warm, for no air can pierce him, but kept safe, for no sword can pierce him through those scales. Fishes, that live in the water, are fortified accordingly by the wisdom of Providence, which gives clothes as it gives cold. (3.) He scatters terror with his very breath and looks; if he sneeze or spout up water, it is like a light shining, either with the froth or the light of the sun shining through it, v. 18. The eyes of the whale are reported to shine in the night-time like a flame, or, as here, like the eye-lids of the morning; the same they say of the crocodile. The breath of this creature is so hot and fiery, from the great natural heat within, that burning lamps and sparks of fire, smoke and a flame, are said to go out of his mouth, even such as one would think sufficient to set coals on fire, v. 19-21. Probably these hyperbolical expressions are used concerning the leviathan to intimate the terror of the wrath of God, for that is it which all this is designed to convince us of. Fire out of his mouth devours, Ps. 18:7, Ps. 18:8 . The breath of the Almighty, like a stream of brimstone, kindles Tophet, and will for ever keep it burning, Isa. 30:33 . The wicked one shall be consumed with the breath of his mouth, 2 Th. 2:8 . (4.) He is of invincible strength and most terrible fierceness, so that he frightens all that come in his way, but is not himself frightened by any. Take a view of his neck, and there remains strength, v. 22. his head and his body are well set together. Sorrow rejoices (or rides in triumph) before him, for he makes terrible work wherever he comes. Or, Those storms which are the sorrow of others are his joys; what is tossing to others is dancing to him. His flesh is well knit, v. 23. The flakes of it are joined so closely together, and are so firm, that it is hard to pierce it; he is as if he were all bone. His flesh is of brass, which Job had complained his was not, ch. 6:12 . His heart is as firm as a stone, v. 24. He has spirit equal to his bodily strength, and, though he is bulky, he is sprightly, and not unwieldy. As his flesh and skin cannot be pierced, so his courage cannot be daunted; but, on the contrary, he daunts all he meets and puts them into a consternation (v. 25): When he raises up himself like a moving mountain in the great waters even the mighty are afraid lest he should overturn their ships or do them some other mischief. By reason of the breakings he makes in the water, which threaten death, they purify themselves, confess their sins, betake themselves to their prayers, and get ready for death. We read ch. 3:8 ) of those who, when they raise up a leviathan, are in such a fright that they curse the day. It was a fear which, it seems, used to drive some to their curses and others to their prayers; for, as now, so then there were seafaring men of different characters and on whom the terrors of the sea have contrary effects; but all agree there is a great fright among them when the leviathan raises up himself. (5.) All the instruments of slaughter that are used against him do him no hurt and therefore are not error to him, v. 26-29. The sword and the spear, which wound nigh at hand, are nothing to him; the darts, arrows, and sling-stones, which wound at a distance, do him no damage; nature has so well armed him cap-a-pie—at all points, against them all. The defensive weapons which men use when they engage with the leviathan, as the habergeon, or breast-plate, often serve men no more than their offensive weapons; iron and brass are to him as straw and rotten wood, and he laughs at them. It is the picture of a hard-hearted sinner, that despises the terrors of the Almighty and laughs at all the threatenings of his word. The leviathan so little dreads the weapons that are used against him that, to show how hardy he is, he chooses to lie on the sharp stones, the sharp-pointed things (v. 30), and lies as easy there as if he lay on the soft mire. Those that would endure hardness must inure themselves to it. (6.) His very motion in the water troubles it and puts it into a ferment, v. 31, v. 32. When he rolls, and tosses, and makes a stir in the water, or is in pursuit of his prey, he makes the deep to boil like a pot, he raises a great froth and foam upon the water, such as is upon a boiling pot, especially a pot of boiling ointment; and he makes a path to shine after him, which even a ship in the midst of the sea does not, Prov. 30:19 . One may trace the leviathan under water by the bubbles on the surface; and yet who can take that advantage against him in pursuing him? Men track hares in the snow and kill them, but he that tracks the leviathan dares not come near him.2. Having given this particular account of his parts, and his power, and his comely proportion, he concludes with four things in general concerning this animal:—(1.) That he is a non-such among the inferior creatures: Upon earth there is not his like, v. 33. No creature in this world is comparable to him for strength and terror. Or the earth is here distinguished from the sea: His dominion is not upon the earth (so some), but in the waters. None of all the savage creatures upon earth come near him for bulk and strength, and it is well for man that he is confined to the waters and there has a watch set upon him ch. 7:12 ) by the divine Providence, for, if such a terrible creature were allowed to roam and ravage upon this earth, it would be an unsafe and uncomfortable habitation for the children of men, for whom it is intended. (2.) That he is more bold and daring than any other creature whatsoever: He is made without fear. The creatures are as they are made; the leviathan has courage in his constitution, nothing can frighten him; other creatures, quite contrary, seem as much designed for flying as this for fighting. So, among men, some are in their natural temper bold, others are timorous. (3.) That he is himself very proud; though lodged in the deep, yet he beholds all high things, v. 34. The rolling waves, the impending rocks, the hovering clouds, and the ships under sail with top and top-gallant, this mighty animal beholds with contempt, for he does not think they either lessen him or threaten him. Those that are great are apt to be scornful. (4.) That he is a king over all the children of pride, that is, he is the proudest of all proud ones. He has more to be proud of (so Mr. Caryl expounds it) than the proudest people in the world have; and so it is a mortification to the haughtiness and lofty looks of men. Whatever bodily accomplishments men are proud of, and puffed up with, the leviathan excels them and is a king over them. Some read it so as to understand it of God: He that beholds all high things, even he, is King over all the children of pride; he can tame the behemoth ch. 40:19 ) and the leviathan, big as they are, and stout-hearted as they are. This discourse concerning those two animals was brought in to prove that it is God only who can look upon proud men and abase them, bring them low and tread them down, and hide them in the dust ch. 40:11-13 ), and so it concludes with a quod erat demonstrandum—which was to be demonstrated; there is one that beholds all high things, and, wherein men deal proudly, is above them; he is King over all the children of pride, whether brutal or rational, and can make them all either bend or break before him, Isa. 2:11 . The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and thus the Lord alone shall be exalted.

Psalm 74: verses 12-17 (2)
   .2. He had destroyed Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Pharaoh was the leviathan; the Egyptians were the dragons, fierce and cruel. Observe, (1.) The victory obtained over these enemies. God broke their heads, baffled their politics, as when Israel, the more they were afflicted by them, multiplied the more. God crushed their powers, though complicated, ruined their country by ten plagues, and at last drowned them all in the Red Sea. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, Eze. 31:18 . It was the Lord’s doing; none besides could do it, and he did it with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. This was typical of Christ’s victory over Satan and his kingdom, pursuant to the first promise, that the seed of the woman should break the serpent’s head. (2.) The improvement of this victory for the encouragement of the church: Thou gavest him to be meat to the people of Israel, now going to inhabit the wilderness. The spoil of the Egyptians enriched them; they stripped their slain, and so got the Egyptians’ arms and weapons, as before they had got their jewels. Or, rather, this providence was meat to their faith and hope, to support and encourage them in reference to the other difficulties they were likely to meet with in the wilderness. It was part of the spiritual meat which they were all made to eat of. Note, The breaking of the heads of the church’s enemies is the joy and strength of the hearts of the church’s friends. Thus the companions make a banquet even of leviathan, 

Isaiah 27: verses 1-6

The prophet is here singing of judgment and mercy,I. Of judgment upon the enemies of God’s church (v. 1), tribulation to those that trouble it, 2 Th. 1:6 . When the Lord comes out of his place, to punish the inhabitants of the earth ch. 26:21 ), he will be sure to punish leviathan, the dragon that is in the sea, every proud oppressing tyrant, that is the terror of the mighty, and, like the leviathan, is so fierce that none dares stir him up, and his heart as hard as a stone, and when he raises up himself the mighty are afraid, Job. 41:10, Job. 41:24, Job. 41:25 . The church has many enemies, but commonly some one that is more formidable than the rest. So Sennacherib was in his day, and Nebuchadnezzar in his, and Antiochus in his; so Pharaoh had been formerly, and is called leviathan and the dragon, ch. 51:9 ; Ps. 74:13, Ps. 74:14 ; Eze. 29:3 . The New-Testament church has had its leviathans; we read of a great red dragon ready to devour it, Rev. 12:3 . Those malignant persecuting powers are here compared to the leviathan for bulk, and strength, and the mighty bustle they make in the world,—to dragons for their rage and fury,—to serpents, piercing serpents, penetrating in their counsels, quick in their motions, and which, if they once get in their head, will soon wind in their whole body,—crossing like a bar (so the margin), standing in the way of all their neighbours and obstructing them,—to crooked serpents, subtle and insinuating, but perverse and mischievous. Great and mighty princes, if they oppose the people of God, are in God’s account as dragons and serpents, the plagues of mankind; and the Lord will punish them in due time. They are too big for men to deal with and call to an account, and therefore the great God will take the matter into his own hands. He has a sore, and great, and strong sword, wherewith to do execution upon them when the measure of their iniquity is full and their day has come to fall. It is emphatically expressed in the original: The Lord with his sword, that cruel one, and that great one, and that strong one, shall punish this unwieldy, this unruly criminal; and it shall be capital punishment: He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea; for the wages of his sin is death. This shall not only be a prevention of his doing further mischief, as the slaying of a wild beast, but a just punishment for the mischief he has done, as the putting of a traitor or rebel to death. God has a strong sword for the doing of this, variety of judgments sufficient to humble the proudest and break the most powerful of his enemies; and he will do it when the day of execution comes: In that day he will punish, his day which is coming, Ps. 37:13 . This is applicable to the spiritual victories obtained by our Lord Jesus over the powers of darkness. He not only disarmed, spoiled, and cast out, the prince of this world, but with his strong sword, the virtue of his death and the preaching of his gospel, he does and will destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, that great leviathan, that old serpent, the dragon. He shall be bound, that he may not deceive the nations, and that is a punishment to him (Rev. 20:2, Rev. 20:3 ); and at length, for deceiving the nations, he shall be cast into the lake of fire, Rev. 20:10 .II. Of mercy to the church. In that same day, when God is punishing the leviathan, let the church and all her friends be easy and cheerful; let those that attend her sing to her for her comfort, sing her asleep with these assurances; let it be sung in her assemblies,1. That she is God’s vineyard, and is under his particular care, v. 2, v. 3. She is, in God’s eye, a vineyard of red wine. The world is as a fruitless worthless wilderness; but the church is enclosed as a vineyard, a peculiar place, and of value, that has great care taken of it and great pains taken with it, and from which precious fruits are gathered, wherewith they honour God and man. It is a vineyard of red wine, yielding the best and choicest grapes, intimating the reformation of the church, that it now brings forth good fruit unto God, whereas before it brought forth fruit to itself, or brought forth wild grapes, ch. 5:4 . Now God takes care, (1.) Of the safety of this vineyard: I the Lord do keep it. He speaks this as glorying in it that he is, and has undertaken to be, the keeper of Israel. Those that bring forth fruit to God are and shall be always under his protection. He speaks this as assuring us that they shall be so: I the Lord, that can do every thing, but cannot lie nor deceive, I do keep it; lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day. God’s vineyard in this world lies much exposed to injury; there are many that would hurt it, would tread it down and lay it waste (Ps. 80:13 ); but God will suffer no real hurt or damage to be done it, but what he will bring good out of. He will keep it constantly, night and day, and not without need, for the enemies are restless in their designs and attempts against it, and, both night and day, seek an opportunity to do it a mischief. God will keep it in the night of affliction and persecution, and in the day of peace and prosperity, the temptations of which are no less dangerous. God’s people shall be preserved, not only from the pestilence that walketh in darkness, but from the destruction that wasteth at noon-day, Ps. 91:6 . This vineyard shall be well fenced. (2.) Of the fruitfulness of this vineyard: I will water it every moment, and yet it shall not be overwatered. The still and silent dews of God’s grace and blessing shall continually descend upon it, that it may bring forth much fruit. We need the constant and continual waterings of the divine grace; for, if that be at any time withdrawn, we wither, and come to nothing. God waters his vineyard by the ministry of the word by his servants the prophets, whose doctrine shall drop as the dew. Paul plants, and Apollos waters, but God gives the increase; for without him the watchman wakes and the husbandman waters in vain.2. That, though sometimes he contends with his people, yet, upon their submission, he will be reconciled to them, v. 4, v. 5. Fury is not in him towards his vineyard; though he meets with many things in it that are offensive to him, yet he does not seek advantages against it, nor is extreme to mark what is amiss in it. It is true if he find in it briers and thorns instead of vines, and they be set in battle against him (as indeed that in the vineyard which is not for him is against him), he will tread them down and burn them; but otherwise, "If I am angry with my people, they know what course to take; let them humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and so take hold of my strength with a sincere desire to make their peace with me, and I will soon be reconciled to them, and all shall be well.’’ God sees the sins of his people and is displeased with them; but, upon their repentance, he turns away his wrath. This may very well be construed as a summary of the doctrine of the gospel, with which the church is to be watered every moment. (1.) Here is a quarrel supposed between God and man; for here is a battle fought, and peace to be made. It is an old quarrel, ever since sin first entered. It is, on God’s part, a righteous quarrel, but, on man’s part, most unrighteous. (2.) Here is a gracious invitation given us to make up this quarrel, and to get these matters in variance accommodated: "Let him that is desirous to be at peace with God take hold of his strength, of his strong arm, which is lifted up against the sinner to strike him dead; and let him by supplication keep back the stroke. Let him wrestle with me, as Jacob did, resolving not to let me go without a blessing; and he shall be Israel—a prince with God.’’ Pardoning mercy is called the power of our Lord; let him take hold of that. Christ is the arm of the Lord, ch. 53:1 . Christ crucified is the power of God (1 Co. 1:24 ); let him by a lively faith take hold of him, as a man that is sinking catches hold of a bough, or cord, or plank, that is within his reach, or as the malefactor took hold of the horns of the altar, believing that there is no other name by which he can be saved, by which he can be reconciled. (3.) Here is a threefold cord of arguments to persuade us to do this. [1.] Time and space are given us to do it in; for fury is not in God; he does not carry it towards us as great men carry it towards their inferiors, when the one is in a fault and the other in a fury. Men in a fury will not take time for consideration; it is, with them, but a word and a blow. Furious men are soon angry, and implacable when they are angry; a little thing provokes them, and no little thing will pacify them. But it is not so with God; he considers our frame, is slow to anger, does not stir up all his wrath, nor always chide. [2.] It is in vain to think of contesting with him. If we persist in our quarrel with him, and think to make our part good, it is but like setting briers and thorns before a consuming fire, which will be so far from giving check to the progress of it that they will but make it burn the more outrageously. We are not an equal match for Omnipotence. Woe unto him therefore that strives with his Maker! He knows not the power of his anger. [3.] This is the only way, and it is a sure way, to reconciliation: "Let him take this course to make peace with me, and he shall make peace; and thereby good, all good, shall come unto him.’’ God is willing to be reconciled to us if we be but willing to be reconciled to him.3. That the church of God in the world shall be a growing body, and come at length to be a great body (v. 6): In times to come (so some read it), in after-times, when these calamities are overpast, or in the days of the gospel, the latter days, he shall cause Jacob to take root, deeper root than ever yet; for the gospel church shall be more firmly fixed than ever the Jewish church was, and shall spread further. Or, He shall cause those of Jacob that come back out of their captivity, or (as we read it) those that come of Jacob, to take root downward, and bear fruit upward, ch. 37:31 . They shall be established in a prosperous state, and then they shall blossom and bud, and give hopeful prospects of a great increase; and so it shall prove, for they shall fill the face of the world with fruit. Many shall be brought into the church, proselytes shall be numerous, some out of all the nations about that shall be to the God of Israel for a name and a praise; and the converts shall be fruitful in the fruits of righteousness. The preaching of the gospel brought forth fruit in all the world (Col. 1:6 ), fruit that remains, Jn. 15:16 .

Yeshua is asking us today, right now, in what areas of your life have you allowed the spirit of Leviathan to dominate? The spirit of Leviathan's most crucial work is in the area of keeping people from receiving and understanding the mysteries of God and of the Holy Spirit and from moving into the very presence of our Father God.   Leviathan's primary method of operating is to block all true moves of the Holy Spirit, and all spiritual growth in the lives of believers.  Leviathan desires to stop the flow of the Anointing and keep us from operating in His divine will for our lives. Our modern day church is largely extremely unaware of who this spirit is and how effective he is in operating amongst believers today. This spirit is a counterfeiter. He stands in the way of the Holy of Holies, preventing our entrance. He will snuff out the flow of the Spirit by making us spiritually deaf and blind to the Truth. Leviathan will deceive people into believing they are operating under the power of the Holy Spirit when actually they have nothing but a counterfeit spirit controlling them. The Bible tells us that if we don't love His truth, He will cause us to believe the lie! This spirit will lull people to sleep, stagnate their spiritual growth, confuse and frustrate them, all the while it will have them believe they are operating in the Spirit and in His divine will. The Leviathan heart is spoken of as hard and stone-like, as a millstone. This represents the coldness and hard-heartedness of the believer under the influence of this spirit. In this person, you will not find much compassion, mercy, or grace.  Job 41:22-"In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him". Leviathan is stubbornness and stiff-necked pride. Job 41:23-"The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved." This speaks once again of the tightness of the scales, so that no air, no Holy Spirit can flow through this person. He or she will be over-confident in him/herself, unmovable, and oftentimes unteachable as they feel they know it all.

 How many of these characteristics do you recognize in yourself? In what area(s) of your life has this spirit entered into?  Where is the foothold? The stronghold? How deep is the bondage you are under? I encourage you to take the time to really search your spirit and ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the areas of bondage in your lives, ask for forgiveness, and lead you in the steps needed to seek the Truth and His will in all things. Always rebuke any spirit as this one in the precious name of Jesus/Yeshua our Messiah, and pray for His blood covering.  The enemy must flee! May our Father in Heaven greatly encourage and bless each of you in this journey as you draw closer to Him. Amen, Hallelujah King Yeshua.


Proverbs 16:18

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

















Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KNOW WHO YOU ARE

We are living in the most astounding and yet challenging times in all of human history, and so this calls for us to take extraordinary measures to prepare and prepare well for what lies ahead. Just as in any battle being waged in any arena, in order to be victorious, we must first know our enemy. We can read the scriptures, pray and attend services, live a good and moral life, serve others and minister as we are lead, but if we ignore this one basic fact, that we must surely know our enemy, our destruction will be inevitable. Yes we know that satan is our adversary, that he is our enemy. We also know that he encompasses all that Yeshua is not. We get that. But have we really gotten to know who he is, where he came from, his names and his strategies? Do we really understand enough to discern the different areas of our lives where he has gotten strongholds? Because if we haven't bothered to learn enough about him, he will be successful at who he is in his dealings with us, and we will go on oblivious to our ultimate destruction. The Holy Spirit has put this on my heart recently, as I continue to watch more and more people slip into a comfortably numb understanding of what is really going on around us. So many are acting as if they can continue to operate the way they always have been, feeling 'safe' and 'untouchable' by satan. This is his biggest lie however. These times in which we live demand a different approach than what has previously been affective in the past. We do not have the luxury of time anymore, to sit back and expect the outcome of our choices and decisions to protect us from what has overtaken the world as we know it. We are in the most serious battle of all time, and we are called and expected to be prepared to fight this enemy with the weapons of warfare given to us from our Creator. So let's take a look at who satan was meant to be.

Ezekiel 28:12-19

King James Version (KJV)
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

He was created perfect, until pride set in.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

He was the anointed 'set apart', cherub that covereth 'to defend, hedge in, join together, set, shut up' (Strongs.) But he began to look at his own beauty and turn his attention on himself.  His name, "Lucifer" means the shining one, as he was created to reflect God's glory. He presumes to assume authority however, in several ways.

Daniel 11:37

37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.


2 Thessalonians 2:4

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Isaiah 14:12-14

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Now let's look at his names as found in scripture, and how their meanings directly relate to his methods, strategies, and strongholds in our lives. 

NAMES FOR THE ENEMY

Abaddon- "a destroyer", Hebrew                                                                           Rev. 9:11
Apollyon- "a destroyer", Hebrew, a rendering of the Heb word Abaddon, "the angel of the bottomless pit"
Accuser of the brethren                                                                                          Rev.12:10
Adversary- an opponent, the arch enemy,  Greek                                                   1 Pet 5:8
Angel of the bottomless pit-                                                                                    Rev. 9:11
Antichrist- opponent of the Messiah,  Greek                                                           1 John 4:3
Beelzebul-  a dung god, Greek                                                                               Matt 12:24
                                                                                                                             Mark 3:22
                                                                                                                              Luke 11:15
Belial- "worthlessness", "recklessness" , "lawlessness",   Heb                                   2Cor 6:15                       Devil- slanderer                                                                                                      Matt 4:1
                                                                                                                              Luke 4:2,6
                                                                                                                              Rev 20:2
Enemy-                                                                                                                  Matt 13:39
Evil spirit-                                                                                                              1 Sam 16:14
Father of all liars-                                                                                                   John 8:44
God of this world-                                                                                                 2Cor 4:4
Great red dragon-                                                                                                  Rev.12:3
Lucifer-"light bearer or shining one"                                                                        Isaiah 14:12
Man of sin-                                                                                                            2 Thes 2:3
Murderer-                                                                                                             John 8:44
Old serpent-                                                                                                          Rev 12:9
                                                                                                                             Rev 20:2
Power of darkness-                                                                                               Col 1:13
Prince of this world-                                                                                              John 12:31
                                                                                                                             John 14:30 
                                                                                                                             John 16:11
Prince of the power of the air-                                                                                Eph 2:2
Ruler of darkness-                                                                                                 Eph 6:12
Satan- "adversary" , Heb, "accuser", Grk                                                               1 Chron 21:1
                                                                                                                             Job 1:6
                                                                                                                             John 13:27
                                                                                                                             Acts 5:3
                                                                                                                             Acts 26:18
                                                                                                                             Rom 16:20
Serpent-                                                                                                                Gen 3:4,14
                                                                                                                             2Cor 11:3
Son of perdition- "destruction, ruin, waste, loss"                                                     John 17:12
Tempter-                                                                                                               Matt 4:3
                                                                                                                             1 Thes 3:5
Thief-                                                                                                                    John 10:10
Wicked one-                                                                                                         Matt 13:19, 38


So looking at his names in scripture, we get a much clearer picture of who he is, and how his names describe all the ways he infiltrates our lives. He will use the element of suprise, attack us in our strengths, as well as our weaknesses. He uses anger and aggression, accusation and guilt. He will intimidate and confuse, create doubt and/or fear. He distracts and discourages, causes division, unforgiveness, and bitterness. He will cause us to have confidence in ourselves, as he does, rather than give God all the glory He deserves. There are a myriad of ways he uses to derail us. The important thing right now, is that we take a good, hard look at when and where he is getting into our own lives on a daily basis. I've written about it before, it's just that it is so imperative, more than ever before, that we pay close attention to our relationship with Yeshua,and how much of a foothold we have actually given satan to toy with us and our families. Do not think you are resilient, spend some time in prayer, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you personally how, when, and where the enemy is most affective in your life, and how you can make the necessary, and immediate changes to throw him back out. I write about this because our time is very, very short. We must be equipped saints. Do not hesitate. For those of you who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, tomorrow is not the day to decide to seek Him. The hour is NOW. Do not be found as one who did not choose in time, because you have no idea how long eternity without Yeshua is going to be.              

On a more personal note, I wish to extend a sincere thank you to all who have been praying for my family and I these last few weeks as we have been very ill with the flu. God is so good, and we are all recovered. Praise be to our Healer! Amen!              



 
 


Friday, February 15, 2013

PLEASE PRAY

Dear readers,

I am asking for prayer as I have been extremely ill with the flu these last two weeks. It has been a very difficult sickness, and the recovery has been very slow. Please pray for Father to continue my healing as I am anxious to continue His work drawing in more souls to Him. Thank you so very much,

In Him,
Julie