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One of the best descriptions of Leviathan is to found at Job 41. It's also mentioned in the book of Isaiah, which refers to it as a "serpent" that will be killed "in the day of the Lord".

 

In Isaiah 27:1, Leviathan is mentioned again and is given three descriptions. In the book of Revelation, three Leviathan-like beasts are also described.

 

The first wild beast

 

The first to appear is a fiery coloured dragon, having seven heads and ten horns that was hurled out of heaven to earth. This dragon is described as "the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan".

 

The second wild beast

 

The second Leviathan-type beast to appear in Revelation is a dragon, also having ten heads and seven horns, but unlike it predecessor that was hurled down from heaven, this dragon comes up out of the sea. Revelation describes how the fiery coloured dragon gave to the beast that came out of the sea "its power and its throne and great authority." In the Bible, the "sea" is often a metaphor for peoples and this dragon comes out of the sea, so it therefore comes from out the people. The meaning of the second dragon is that it represents Satans global political system of things, which emerges out of the "sea", out of the peoples of the earth. It's a global entity because, "authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation". Revelation says that "all those who dwell on earth will worship it", but that "the name of not one of them stands written in the scroll of life".

 

The third wild beast (666)

 

Whilst the first and second beasts of Revelation are similar in general appearance, the third beast mentioned looks very different. This beast comes out of the earth. It's described as having "two horns like a lamb", but it "began speaking as a dragon". This beast from the earth "exercises all the authority" of the wild beast that came out of the sea, and it makes everyone on earth worship the wild beast that came out of the sea. This wild beast emerges out of earth, in other words, it emerges out of Satan's already established global political system of things. This beast having two horns "like a lamb's", suggests that it makes itself out to be mild and inoffensive, with an enlightened form of government, to which all the world should turn, but it speaks "as a dragon", in that it uses pressure and threats and even outright violence, wherever its version of rulership is not accepted. This beast also performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven.

 

This beast out of the earth is the United Nations, and like the beast from the earth, the United Nations "exercises all the authority" of the wild beast that came out of the sea, and it makes everyone on earth worship the wild beast that came out of the sea. This is the beast that is given the number "666".

 

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The fate of the three wild beasts

 

After describing the three wild beasts, Revelation then goes on to describe how each one is destroyed in the final battle between good and evil on the day of Judgement. The beast from the earth, and the beast from the sea, "are hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur", by Jesus Christ, "seated on a white horse". The fate of the fiery coloured dragon is then described:

 

"And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he seized the Dragon, the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. And he hurled him into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, that he might not mislead the nations any more until the thousand years were ended." (Revelation 20:1-2)

 

The Leviathan

 

Isaiah 27:1 gives a more brief description of the fate of Leviathan: “At that time, with his fierce, mighty, and powerful sword, the LORD will punish the gliding serpent Leviathan - the coiling serpent Leviathan - and he will kill the dragon that's in the sea.” Note that there are three descriptions of God's sword: fierce, mighty, and powerful.

 

In 1685, Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was inspired to portray the destruction of Leviathan in this engraving:

 

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4 hours ago, Macnamara said:

There's a pretty depressing russian film called 'leviathan'. Its a good film but depressing!

 

It is about the relentless squeeze that centralised power can put on the little guy

 

 

Your summary reminds me of a meme I posted recently...

 

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