COMPARISON OF LEVIATHAN TO SATAN/ANTICHRIST

 

I was challenged to do this study when reading The Antichrist, by Arthur Pink.  ItŐs interesting that when you read through this section, you get the picture of a fire-breathing dragon.  Satan is described in scripture as a dragon.

Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand yearsÉ

Other verses make a direct connection with Antichrist and Satan.

Rev. 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Rev. 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

The beast in verse 1 is a reference to Antichrist, and the dragon that gives him his power is Satan.  These verses also make a direct connection to a verse in Isaiah.

Is. 27:1 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.

All that being said, it makes the description of leviathan quite vivid as being descriptive of Antichrist when he is indwelt by Satan at the start of the great tribulation, the last 3.5 years of the tribulation period.

 

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

Job 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

            He canŐt be caught or controlled.

 

Job 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

            He is proud and arrogant.

 

Job 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

            He is not trustworthy nor is he concerned with helping others.

 

Job 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

            He rejects discipline; he cannot be tamed.

 

Job 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

            He cannot be manipulated by others.

 

Job 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

Job 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

Job 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

He will act without mercy toward his enemies.

 

Job 41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

            He cannot be intimidated.

 

Job 41:11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

Job 41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

His power and authority come through GodŐs permission and is limited according to GodŐs purposes.

 

Job 41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?

Job 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

Job 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

Job 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

Job 41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

He acts with impunity during the time allotted him according to GodŐs purposes.

 

Job 41:18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

Job 41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.

Job 41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.

Job 41:21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

            His eyes and his words are penetrating and cause great fear to his enemies.  His attitude is marked with simmering anger.

 

Job 41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

            He is brash and bold in his sense of power.  He relishes in the sorrow of his enemies.

 

Job 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

Job 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

            He is unfeeling and merciless.

 

Job 41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.

            He inspires fear in even the mightiest of men.

 

Job 41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

Job 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

Job 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

Job 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

Job 41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

            He fears nothing because nothing that man can do to him can harm him.

 

Job 41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

Job 41:32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.

            He causes great turmoil wherever he goes.  His presence always leaves it mark.

 

Job 41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

Job 41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

            He is full of pride to the point that he has no comparison on earth.  There is no one on earth that can match his courage, confidence and power.