Dismay and the Spirit of Separation
God kept giving me dreams last year about a crocodile on a leash. I thought it was the oddest thing. But I kept seeing the same thing in my dreams—crocodiles being treated as pets. I knew this was from the Lord. God was trying to reveal something. Not so long after I came across a fashion show of some haute couture brand that had a dragon on a leash. I knew the Father was trying to show me something.
Fast forward some several months, I was pondering on another headline I came across which talked about “White Awake” and the University of Maryland creating “safe spaces” for white students to discuss why they might feel uncomfortable around people of other ethnic backgrounds. Of course, that article made me so sad, down to my core because it makes me, one who would be considered “white” feel so misunderstood. It made me feel completely judged by the color of my skin and feeling, segregated or separated because of it.
So, I went on a walk to ponder some things and the term “spirit of separation” just popped in my mind. That is usually my cue from Holy Spirit to go a research something in His word. So, I started digging.
The very first thing that caught my attention was a verse in Job 41:5, ”Will you play with him [Leviathan] as with a bird, or will you put him on a leash for your girls?”
There it was—Leviathan on a leash . . . in the Bible! Just like my dream!
Now I definitely knew I was on a hot trail to something God has been trying to reveal to me. In fact, just this week, I saw and snapped this shot of a girl walking a reptile! It, of course reminded me of my dream so I paid really close attention to Job 41.
I found that the spirit of separation is the Spirit of Leviathan and understanding their connecting lies in understanding how Leviathan functions and operates. I read a fascinating article that spelled that exact process out clearly that you can read it here. I highly recommend it. But in short, Leviathan is a twisting serpent that twists and twists and twists until it finds a ready moment to tear apart relationships. This is how it works. And it’s all rooted in the pride that can be born out of enduring pain and finding ourselves blameless.
This is how it works. It twists and destroys and breaks apart; which is what has been conjured up in our nation right now. The Bible speaks of “those who arouse Leviathan.” Clearly God is showing us that this is the season in which Leviathan has been aroused and is working around us, attempting to destroy relationships.
So, what is the answer? How do we remain hidden from this deep creature of barriers and rifts? Job 41:33 says, “He (Leviathan) sees all that is haughty. He is sovereign over all the sons of pride.”
So, if he sees all that is haughty, that tells us what is in his scopes. That leads me to believe that if we are humble, we are taken off of his radar.
What a war tactic!
Part of winning a war is being on target with our fire. But another aspect of warfare that is just as vital is staying hidden from the enemy and the only way to stay away from this enemy is to remain humble. In everything.
Humble before the LORD.
Humble with our spouse.
Humble with our children and family.
Humble in our work.
Humber in our prayers.
Humble in our toughest relationships.
And humble in our easiest ones.
Remember, it’s pride that puffs us up and what other substance does the Bible mentions that “puffs up?”
You got it—Leavening!
It’s funny because it’s in Exodus 13 that we are to remember not to eat leavened bread for 7 days. And it’s during the Feast of Unleavened bread that we are supposed to remember that God took us out of Egypt. Which brings us to another fascinating connection. In ancient Egypt, they worshiped and revered many gods of different spheres that represented both natural and social phenomena. One god that gained immense popularity in Egypt was the crocodile god!
And since we are on the topic of Egyptian gods, some think that the symbol of the hamsa possibly originated in Egypt! Funny that its normally portrayed with an “eye” in it and is supposed to be an amulet for warding off the “evil eye” when in fact it swings the door wide open for it.
Remember the passage in Proverbs when God tells us about the 6 things he hates and the 7 that are an abomination to him?
The very first thing on that list is, “a proud look.” (Prov 6:17)
Pride only takes a glance. And perhaps one way to gauge how much Leviathan is working in us in to pay close attention to our glances at others.
If we catch pride behind any glance, we have the chance to rebuke it and repent of it. Confess it as sin to our Father, who is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
God is showing us the spirit that is at work in our universities, in the New World Order and how it is capturing victims, one by one. It uses pain, pride and fear to destroy our relationships. But God is showing us the creature’s battle plan. Job 41:22, “Strength resides in its neck; dismay goes before it.”
So, before Leviathan comes, his predecessor is faintness, dismay, sadness and even fear.
When I looked up the Hebrew word for “dismay” used in this passage, I found that it’s only used one time in the Bible from the root word, “da’eb” דְּאב which is only used 5 times in the Bible. The root word is used twice in Jeremiah 31:13 and 25 and once in Psalms 88:10. But perhaps the most important use of this word and the very first use of this word in the Bible, is found in the Torah, Deuteronomy 28:65.
This is a frightening excerpt in Moses’s exhortation to Israel warning them and even us: if we decided to harden our hearts to God’s commandments, everything would be cursed, and we would be overcome by other nations. Verse 65 says, “Among those nations you shall find no rest, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul.” The word for despair is that word “de’abon.”
So, it truly is that despair can open the door to Leviathan. Funny too that the very first letter in that word da’eb” is the Hebrew letter dalet, which in Ancient Hebrew is pictographically “a door.” The other two letters in the root word da’eb is a house for the letter “bet” and the “aleph” is an ox, which means “power or leader.”
This just leads me to believe that not only is the Leviathan a strongman over a nation, but also in individual homes. The Bible tells us that the strength of this creature is in his neck in verse 22. The interesting thing about that is that one of the words used in the Hebrew in that sentence is the word, “lun’ lieyn” and that word actually means, “to stop, usually overnight.” It reminded me of the warning that we should not let the sun go down on our wrath and that if we think that someone may even have some thing against us, that we should drop our gift at the altar and go make things right with them. Jesus tells us that in Matthew 5:23.
That whole segment is about being angry with our brothers and sisters. And where do our brothers and sisters come from?
In the home.
So perhaps the front lines of winning this war on our nation is won through the battles at home, with our brothers. There is enough here for me to believe that if we keep it together in our homes, it will have a profound effect on our nation at large.
Leviathan didn’t get conjured up by just one séance or by a certain group. We arouse him every time we go to bed angry at our spouse or sibling. We arouse it when we allow conflict to fester overnight with anyone in our personal lives because believe me, the enemy wants to deceive us into thinking that our actions at home don’t really matter in the larger spiritual war at hand. The enemy wants us to believe that the war is raging outside and that the things happening at home are meaningless. It’s a battle strategy that he uses. It’s a straw man argument. It’s a red herring.
Anything to distract you from Jesus’s words that we are to “settle matters quickly with our adversary.” Because once we are thrown into the prison of what seems to be bitterness, Jesus/Yeshua tells us that we won’t get out until every last penny is paid in full. (Matt 5:26)
I believe these are advanced enemy war tactics that God, our Commanding Officer is giving us. He is giving us a glimpse of how to win this war for our precious nation. The funny thing about Leviathan’s name is that it’s somehow connected in pop-culture to Goliath. And it got me to think, what led to Goliath’s defeat? It’s funny that it seems that the Bible goes out of its way that David picked up 5 smooth stones. Five is the number for grace. That word study we just did, remember that word only da’eb is used only five times in the Bible. So perhaps, one of the answers to this is grace. And of course, grace comes from humility. So, if we can keep humility as “frontlets between our eyes,” as Exodus 13:9 states, and if we give grace to others, we can certainly say off Leviathan’s radar, stay out of the prison of bitterness and defeat him by heaping coals of fire on his head!