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Creation Battle

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In the beginning of the Scriptures, we are told about the creation of the world. Over the course of six days, God lays the foundations of the earth, fills it with animals, and finally creates man before resting from his creation. However, over the years of studying Scripture, I occasionally noticed descriptions of an epic battle that took place before God ever created mankind. My religion professor also briefly hinted at this creation battle in a couple of class sessions, and it is discussed in short in our class book. However, the hints of my professor were not substantial enough for me, and the class book was written by a well-renowned Bible critic, so I could not put stock in his theological implications, so I decided to study this for myself. The descriptions of this battle are so at odds with Genesis 1 that I decided to gather them into a list and study through them individually. And, in a surprise even to me, my studies ultimately concluded in the eschatology of the Revelation.

Leviathan. Although several passages refer to the beast called leviathan (many of which use it as an epithet for a pagan nation), only two seem to describe the battle between God and the monster. In Psalm 74.12-14, God is said to have "divided the sea", " the heads of the sea monsters on the waters", and "crushed the heads of leviathan". These all refer to leviathan's defeat in the past. But in Isaiah 27.1, it is said that in the future God would "punish leviathan the fleeing serpent, leviathan the twisting serpent" and that he would "slay the dragon that is in the sea".

Rahab. Not to be confused with the prostitute of Jericho, Rahab is a Hebrew word that means "proud", used as the name of the leviathan (and again, it is used as an epithet for p...

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...tan rising out of the abyss, i.e. the deep, the sea. [Revelation 9.1,11; 12.17] Just as leviathan was the sea-dragon, so also does the dragon Satan send out "the water" to destroy the followers of God. [Revelation 12.15; 17.1,15-17] Satan even has several heads, just as the leviathan did. [Psalm 74.12-14; Revelation 12.3] However, just as Scripture promises that God would "slay the dragon that is in the sea" [Isaiah 27.1], so also does the Scripture promise that the dragon Satan would be destroyed in the end. [Revelation 20.10] And, just as the leviathan/Rahab was spoken of as synonymous with the chaotic sea, so also do we see that after the dragon Satan's defeat, the chaotic sea is absent from the new creation. [Revelation 21.1] In other words, in the new creation, there will be no one to challenge to God. All who live everlasting will love God, eternally victorious.
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