Angelic Conflict part 268: Master of all matter – Mar 4:39; Rom 8:22; Isa 27:1; Gen 1:6-8; Luk 5:1-11; 1Co 15:20-28.
Title: Angelic Conflict part 268: Master of all matter – Mar 4:39; Rom 8:22; Isa 27:1; Gen 1:6-8; Luk 5:1-11; 1Co 15:20-28.
Much in this description is evidence that points to satan as this creature. However, the problem is that this creature is obviously not an angel or cherub.
God made him as all other creatures:
There is the sea, great and broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
There the ships move along,
And Leviathan, which Thou hast formed to sport in it.
God will destroy him, therefore this creature opposes God.
Thou didst crush the heads of Leviathan;
Thou didst give him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
He is a dragon with multiple heads and satan is depicted as this in Rev 12:3.
And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.
His beast, the antichrist of the Tribulation, also has multiple heads.
And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.
In that day the Lord will punish
Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
With His fierce and great and mighty sword,
Even Leviathan the twisted serpent;
And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.
As satan is alive and well on this earth, biding his time until the time of the judgment we can conclude that the same is true of Leviathan, if it isn't satan himself.
Many questions remain unanswered, but what is clear is that God has absolute power of them and Christ has solidified their future judgment.
The beast and the false prophet of the Tribulation end up in the lake of fire along with satan and the fallen angels.
So why go into "depth" about the monsters of the sea?
God created nature and said it was good.
Of the six days of creation, or restoration, God said at the end of each day that is was good, except for the second day.
Gen 1:6 Then God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."
Gen 1:7 And God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
Gen 1:8 And God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
It is possible that this was the time of the release of imprisoned fallen angels after the angelic fall who were imprisoned in darkness in the deep (the darkest place in the world and possibly the universe) and that the separation of the waters (atmospheric water from surface water) was the time of their release for the part of the conflict that would involve mankind. It is possible, but know that it is solely conjecture.
It is also possible that God doesn't give us details about particular things so that we can use our imaginations to fill in the blanks for ourselves, knowing that whatever we imagine must be in harmony with divine will and the essence of God. At the same time God instructs us to not to wrangle about words, which I would extend to viable interpretations. No one can say for sure who Leviathan is and no one can say for sure what the reason is for God not saying that the second day was good. But we are not to argue with other believers over interpretations of it, unless an interpretation is clearly outside of the character and essence of God.
It is clear that nature also is enslaved in the conflict.
Rom 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Rom 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
Rom 8:21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
Rom 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees?
Rom 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
As we have seen the sea is a major part of this groaning and pain.
This has all been laid down in this study for the purpose of understanding one of Christ's most significant miracles over nature.
While crossing the Sea of Galilee one evening, Jesus and his disciples got caught in a fierce storm. The boat looked like it was going to go under, and the disciples were thrown into a state of panic. Jesus however was sleeping.
Mar 4:35 And on that day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side."
Mar 4:36 And leaving the multitude, they took Him along with them, just as He was, in the boat; and other boats were with Him.
Mar 4:37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
Mar 4:38 And He Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"
Mar 4:39 And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
Mar 4:40 And He said to them, "Why are you so timid? How is it that you have no faith?"
Mar 4:41 And they became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"
The identical language of Jesus Christ rebuking and subduing hostile waves and Jehovah's rebuking and subduing hostile waves in the OT can hardly be coincidental.
Then the channels of water appeared,
And the foundations of the world were laid bare
At Thy rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Thy nostrils.
Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Thy rebuke they fled;
At the sound of Thy thunder they hurried away.
Thus He rebuked the Red Sea and it dried up;
And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness.
So we add to the list of things that Christ came to bind up and plunder.
Nature, under the control of the god of this world was shown to be completely under the power of the Carrier of the kingdom of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords, Master, Savior, Victor.
One stronger than the strong man who had hitherto controlled the seas had arrived and bound him up. Tragedy still happens at sea and from the sea as the final skirmishes are settled in the CA, but it's over and the Lord will return a second time and make the earth a perfect environment.
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
The possibility that natural phenomena or natural disaster could be a manifestation of demonic power is thought to be exceedingly absurd in our modern day of scientific enlightenment. We are among the few people in the history of the world for whom this would be the case.
We are in a war with an very active enemy. God does not give us confirmation of demonic activity outside of the clearly false doctrines of demons, however, this does not mean that they are not heavily involved in the affairs of men and the events of the world.
Those who don't understand the schemes of the KOD become easy victims of their schemes and remain slaves in their decaying kingdom.
Other nature miracles performed by our Lord are the withering of the fig tree, and the feeding of the five thousand and then the four thousand (He has power over famine). He has the power to destroy false doctrine (legalism) and the power to destroy famine.
These things still continue to thrive in our world, but for how long? Now, spiritually, I am delivered from false doctrine, legalism, and a famine of spiritual food. In the CA the word of God has been freely given all over the world. It has never once stopped it progression around and around the globe, starting in the Roman Empire and now, the most printed book in the history of the world and in every nation.
We are a spiritual kingdom and Christ has plundered for us and distributed to us the victory over every aspect of life that we lost at the fall, and has given it brand new, beyond restoration, but eternal, heavenly, and never to fade away.
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Christ revealed His power over satan, demons, death, nature, famine, sickness, handicaps, heartache, false doctrine, religion, etc.
Thus we can see Him as providing an eschatological lesson about what creation will be like when the kingdom of God is fully realized, when the oppression of satan is fully ended and hence when humanity's power of dominion is fully restored. Food will no longer come by "the sweat of your face."
Something similar could perhaps be said of Jesus' power to make the sea produce fish when previously none had been caught, Luk 5:3-10; Joh 21:1-8.
Luk 5:1 Now it came about that while the multitude were pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;
Luk 5:2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them, and were washing their nets.
Luk 5:3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the multitudes from the boat.
Luk 5:4 And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."
Luk 5:5 And Simon answered and said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your bidding I will let down the nets."
Luk 5:6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish; and their nets began to break;
Luk 5:7 and they signaled to their partners in the other boat, for them to come and help them. And they came, and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
Luk 5:8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!"
Luk 5:9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;
Luk 5:10 and so also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men."
Luk 5:11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
God's original design was to bless nature by having humans rule it, and to bless humans by have nature sustain them, Gen 1:20-31. When satan became ruler of the world, however, humans and nature turned against each other. Instead of humans having dominion over the sea, the sea often has dominion over humans. Nature becomes a weapon in the hands of a hostile army. Under a demonic influence, the seas try to harm humans by force, by flooding, and by refusing to give up its produce. Christ subdued the sea, and thereby manifests kingdom authority over forces of darkness that pervert the natural order of God's creation - that which was once "good." The God-man warrior and victor for the kingdom of God restores what was lost by men.
Death is treated as the last enemy to be destroyed.