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Enoch and the Angelic Realm

“I saw the path of the angels. I perceived at the extremity of the earth the firmament of heaven above it. Then I passed on towards the south; where burnt, both by day and night, six mountains formed of glorious stones; three towards the east, and three towards the south. Those which were towards the east were of a variegated stone; one of which was of margarite, and another of antimony. Those towards the south were of a red stone. The middle one reached to heaven like the throne of God; a throne composed of alabaster, the top of which was of sapphire. I saw, too, a blazing fire hanging over all the mountains” (1 Enoch 18:6-10).

Two Stone Tablets

The Stone Torah

Moshe’s meetings with Adonai on the mountain are a ‘shadow’ of the unique covenant God made with the people of Israel. The first covenant, written on stone, is broken by sin. The same covenant written on new stones brings forth the glory of Adonai.

When the Israelites were gathered at Mount Sinai, Adonai descended with fire, smoke and the sound of the shofar. They trembled in fear and asked that Moshe become the intercessor between them and yod-hey-vav-hey. He sets up twelve stones to represent the 12 Tribes of Israel. He makes burnt offerings and peace offerings to Adonai. He takes half of the blood and puts it in basins; the other half he sprinkles on the altar. He reads the book of the covenant of Adonai and the people respond and accept the covenant: “Everything that Adonai has spoken we will do and obey” (Exodus 19:8).

“Moshe took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which Adonai has made with you in accordance with all these words” (Exodus 24:8).

“The glory of Adonai stayed on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day he called to Moshe out of the cloud” (Exodus 24:16).

The Flesh Torah

Moshe ascends the mountain a second time and enters the cloud. He remains on the mountain for 40 days and nights. Adonai gives him another two stone tablets on which are written His instructions: The Ten Commandments. On both sides of the stones are the commands of yod-hey-vav-hey, His Word written by His own Hand.

This first ascent to the mountain for the stone symbolizes the hard, stone heart that man has toward Torah. While Moshe is receiving the very written Words of yod-hey-vav-hey on the mountain, the Israelites are down below mixing the holiness of Adonai with the pagan gods of Egypt.

When Moshe comes down from the mountain, he finds the people worshiping a golden calf and indulging in abominations. Moshe throws down the tablets and shatters them at the base of the mountain. He melts the golden calf in the fire, grounds it into powder, scatters it on the water, and makes the people drink it. He confronts Aharon who had been left in charge. He makes ridiculous excuses for his own sin which allowed the people to become rebellious.

The Torah of stone is broken. The stony hearts of the people revealed. Three thousand people die.

The Rock of Salvation

Moshe leaves the camp. He pitches his tent away from the Israelites to fellowship with Adonai. The cloud of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh’s presence descends and blocks the entrance to the tent. Moshe has intimate fellowship with Adonai and requests to see His glory. Adonai tells him to stand on the Rock. As His glory passes, Adonai places Moshe in a crevice of the Rock and covers him with His. Moshe meets Yeshua, the Rock of salvation (Psalm 18:46), the Rock that brings forth living water (1 Corinthians 10:4), the Rock of Israel’s defense (Psalm 62:2), the everlasting Rock (Isaiah 26:4). , the Rock that is the intercessor between Adonai and man (Hebrews 7:25).

The New Stones

Adonai tells Moshe to cut two stone tablets like the first ones so that He can inscribe the Words that were on the first ones. Moshe ascends Mount Sinai a second time with the two stone tablets in his hands. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh descends in a cloud, stands with Moshe, and pronounces His name, yod-hey-vav-hey. Moshe prostrates himself on the ground and as the intercessor for Israel, asks forgiveness for the sins of Israel (Exodus 34:6-8).

Adonai re-news the first covenant, The Ten Commandments, on different stones. He tells the people that they must obey His instructions. He is a jealous God and in order to keep His anger from busting out against them, they must destroy all pagan worship. He does not want them to be enticed to worship other gods. His gives instructions for His ‘appointed times:’ Sabbath, Passover, Matzah, Firstfruits Feast of Weeks, and the Festival of Ingathering –– a prophetic vision of the Rock.

When Moshe came down from the mountain with the second set of stones, the people awaited his arrival. They had prepared to hear the Words from yod-hey-vav-hey.

Moshe’s face glowed with light from being in the presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. The glory of yod-hey-vav-hey was so bright that Aaron and the people of Israel were afraid to approach him. Moshe called to them and they came to him; he taught them everything Adonai had taught him on the mountain. When he was finished reading the stones, Moshe put a veil over his face. Whenever he spoke to the Israelites, he covered his face, but when met with Adonai, he removed the veil.

The second visit to the mountain brought a transference of Adonai’s glory onto Moshe. The presence of Adonai remained with Moshe because His Spirit had circumcised Moshe’s heart and made it flesh.

The Torah is re-newed on new stones. Only Caleb and Joshua have the same heart and Spirit as Moshe. Only Caleb and Joshua survive the wilderness to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:24, 27:18).

Forty years later, Moshe promises the children and grandchildren of those who left Egypt that Adonai will circumcise their hearts so they can obey His Torah (Deuteronomy 30:6). This is the ‘new circumcision’ instituted by Yeshua at his Passover seder (Luke 22) and fulfilled on the Feast of Weeks. On that day, 3000 men received circumcised hearts and entered eternal life.

The first Torah was written on stone. It was broken because of sin and brought death. Moshe set himself apart from the people as the intercessor and met with Adonai face-to-face. On the mountain, Moshe received the Spirit and a circumcision of heart. Moshe’s countenance revealed the glory of Adonai; Moshe’s countenance reflected the glory of the Rock.

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Behemoth – ‘Beast of Burden’

“All forest creatures are mine already, as are the animals [behemot] on a thousand hills …” (Psalm 50:10).

The word behemoth is the plural of behemah referring to a ‘beast of burden.’ Behemoth is first among the works of Adonai on the sixth day of creation, and only He can approach the animal with His sword. The physical description of Behemoth, like Leviathan, is given to Job by Elohim (Job 40:15-24). Some consider this animal to be a hippopotamus or an Egyptian water buffalo as it eats grass like an ox, has strength in its loins, and power in its abdominal muscles. The muscles in its thighs are like cables, its bones are like bronze, and its limbs are like iron. He can stiffen his tail like a cedar.

From a spiritual perspective, Behemoth is a ‘beast.’ The mountains produce food for it suggesting that it receives its nourishment from the power hungry nations of the world. It is compared to bronze and iron like the beast nations shown to Daniel in Babylon (Daniel 2).

Behemoth lies down under thorns and is hidden by reeds in the swamp. Because this beast is thought to have Egypt as its origin, Moshe being hidden in the swamp of Egypt in a reed basket could be an allusion.

Lotus bushes shade the beast and it is surrounded by willows by a stream. During the dry season in the Jordan valley, water levels in ponds and streams drop until the dry ground cracks. Lotus seeds and roots remain dormant in the dry ground. When the spring rains come, the lotus puts down its roots in the mud. The leaves and flowers soon appear growing out of the water showing that life that endures in spite of adversity.

He doesn’t worry if the river overflows, he has confidence even if the Jordan rushes by his mouth (Job 40:23).

The Jordan River had to be crossed to enter the Promised Land. It seems that Behemoth hangs out in the desert west of the Jordan. The Hebrew word for ‘river’ in this verse is vadi and is a dry stream or river bed in the desert that fills with water when there is excessive rain. In Hebrew, the word ‘overflowing,’ is ashaq and means ‘to oppress.’ The verse could be more accurately translated, “Behemoth doesn’t worry if he is oppressed, he is [so large and] able to drink a river, even if the Jordan gushes into his mouth.”

“How long must the land mourn and the grass in all the fields wither? The wild animals [behemot] and birds are consumed because of the wickedness of those who live there; for they say, “He will not see how we end up” (Jeremiah 12:4).

The books of Edras and Enoch describe the creation of Behemoth and Leviathan. While Leviathan was given the Abyss, the watery dark regions of the earth; Behemoth was given the dried up parts of the earth, the desert.

“Then you kept in existence two living creatures; the name of one you called Behemoth and the name of the other Leviathan. And you separated one from the other, for the seventh part where the water had been gathered together could not hold them both. And you gave Behemoth one of the parts which had been dried up on the third day, to live in it, where there are a thousand mountains; but to Leviathan you have the seventh part, the watery part; and you have kept them to be eaten by whom you wish, and when you wish” (4 Edras 6:49-52).

“And that day [of judgment] will two monsters be parted, one monster, a female named Leviathan in order to dwell in the abyss of the ocean over the fountains of water; and (the other), a male called Behemoth, which holds his chest in an invisible desert whose name is Dundayin, east of the garden of Eden” (1 Enoch 60:7-8).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Behemoth – בהמות

ב Bet is A House and means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ה Hey is A Window and means ‘reveal.’

מ Mem is Water and means ‘mighty’ or ‘chaos.’

ו Vav is A Nail and means ‘binding.’

תTav is Crossed Sticks and means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for behemoth: house reveals chaos binding covenant.

“By your strength you split the sea in two, in the water you smashed sea monsters’ heads, you crushed the heads of Livyatan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert” (Psalm 74:13-14).

Behemoth is a ‘sign’ for the final judgment and the binding of chaos. Because Leviathan is split in half, its other half will receive the same judgment. Behemoth will have its ‘head’ crushed –– a ‘shadow’ of what will happen to the Adversary.

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Leviathan – The Dragon

“And war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels making war against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought, but they were not strong enough, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down—the ancient serpent, called the devil and satan, who deceives the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

Leviathan is called a ‘serpent in the sea,’ a Dragon or the Great Dragon. In Scripture, the ‘sea’ symbolizes nations and peoples. According to Psalm 104, Leviathan frolics in this sea of humanity, and after a war in the heavenly realm will be thrown to earth to deceive the whole world.

“There, ships go to and fro. Leviathan—You formed to frolic there” (Psalm 104:26).

This ‘sea’ creature has many heads. Taken literally, the Dragon is multi-headed symbolically suggesting that Leviathan, as a ‘beast’ controls the nations. He has made covenants with seven kings and the nations that rise up from those kings.

“Another sign was seen in heaven there was a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven royal crowns” (Revelation 12:3).

In the book of Job, an entire chapter describes Leviathan who terrorizes all ‘beasts’ and is ‘king over all the sons of pride.’ He is so powerful that he cannot be overcome. No spear or javelin affects him. Iron is as straw, bronze as rotting wood. No arrow make will make him flee. Stones are like chaff blown away in the wind.His desire is to have servants in covenant with him forever. When the Dragon arises, the mighty will be afraid. To battle with him is foolish.

Leviathan has an outer garment of double armor, fearsome teeth, and his rows of scales are his pride. He sneezes fire and has black eyelids. His mouth shoots out flames and his breath sets coals on fire. Smoke pours from his nostrils like a pot burning reeds. His neck is strong, his flesh is folded and immovable, his heart is hard as a rock, hard as a millstone. His underside is like earth that leaves a trail in the mud. He leaves a shining wake behind him giving him the appearance of white hair.

The Dragon’s heart is like stone, like the bottom part of the millstone. Whenever there is a mention of a millstone of judgment, it alludes to the destruction of a child’s spiritual life. Yeshua warns those of lead a child away from faith that their judgment will be worse than being tossed into the sea with a millstone around their neck (Matthew 18:6).

The Dragon will be punished for his spiritual pride and deception. Those who have ‘made a covenant’ with him will be crushed. The prophet Isaiah, referring to the Day of Adonai, prophesies that the Dragon will be killed in the ‘sea.’

You crushed the heads of Leviathan, giving him as food to the desert dwellers” (Psalm 74:14).

“In that day Adonai will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent with His fierce, great, strong sword, Leviathan the twisted serpent! He will slay the dragon in the sea” (Isaiah 27:1).

Leviathan is an ancient demonic force of darkness and chaos. His main realm of spiritual influence is pride and deception. His female counterpart is Lilith.

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