There is one who is the ultimate enemy of God and Isaiah is going to tell about him and what God has in store for him. Evil in this world is something that we all deal with but one day we are promised that all evil will cease to exist. Isaiah will now tell the people about the victory that will take place over evil and the future that awaits them with those who have placed their trust in God.
Isaiah 27:1 In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.
1) Victory is certain
“In that day” which is a common theme for Isaiah, refers to God’s final intervention when He says enough is enough and the world as we know it will be ended. The judgment of God will be on the cosmic realm and the demonic powers that have hostility against God will experience His wrath. God will destroy Satan with ease and there will be no fighting back because God’s power is no match for Satan. Some people have bought into the lie of yin and yang where the forces of evil and the forces of good are somehow equal. The Bible teaches us that not only is Satan and his demons not equal with God but not even close to being a challenge to God because God created Angels and these Angels rebelled against Him.
Leviathan Mentioned in Job 3:3; 41:1; Psalm 74:14 and 104:26 has several meaning which could have been the giant Nile crocodiles or could have been taken from the myths about a seven headed monster with the form of a serpent from Canaan and Babylon which was trying to overthrow the created realm. Some say it was almost cartoonish the way that Isaiah was describing the creature to demonstrate the ease that God would destroy it.
Revelation 20:2-3 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
This picture of the Satan should be a warning to us that what the Bible has revealed about him is not to be taken lightly. The Hebrew word Satan means to oppose or to act as an adversary or accuser. Until the time that God ultimately destroys Satan we have to be aware what the Bible says about him and by doing so we will have victory not just when the world is over but also in our everyday lives. How we perceive the enemy will determine how we will fight against him.
A) Satan is a destroyer (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8)
Serpent and Dragon are how Satan is described in Isaiah 27:1 , John 10:10 says Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy and 1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan is a roaring lion seeking people to destroy. We all know people whose lives, business, marriages, friendships and churches that were destroyed because the enemy came in through sin choices that they made. We must see Satan as a destroyer of the things of God
B) Satan is a deceiver (2 Corinthians 4:4; 11:3; 11:14)
“Twisting Serpent” that deceives by twisting the truth. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers. 2 Corinthians 11:3 says that Satan can deceive people just like he did to Adam and Eve. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. One of Satan’s goals is to enslave people with sin (John 8:33-34; Acts 26:18) and he does that by making you think the things God says no to are God’s way of keeping you from having fun or from being fulfilled when the opposite is actually true.
1 John 3:7-10 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s[b] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
C) How to have victory over Satan
“We must live with the unshakeable confidence not only that God will win in the end but that He is actually winning even now, day by day. We do not have to wait until Satan is cast into the lake of fire before we can rejoice that our enemy is crushed.” (God’s Devil, Erwin Lutzer, pg 22-23)
1) Resist his ways (James 4:7)
James 4:7 says to resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Every desire we have is not a godly desire and so we cannot believe the lie that we should be led by our desires and not the truth.
2) Don’t Give Satan an opportunity to tempt you (Ephesians 4:27)
Ephesians 4:27 says we should not give the Devil an opportunity through anger to destroy us.
3) Prepare for Battle (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Ephesians 6:11 says to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand against the Devils schemes. Satan has a plan to destroy you; do you have a plan for him not to? Put on Truth (Belt) which is God’s Word. Fill your mind with it, memorize it. Put on Righteousness (Shoes) and guard where you allow yourself to go. Put on Readiness which comes through peace so that you are always ready for the enemy to attack you. Carry the Shield of Faith to block the lies and temptations that come our way. Put on the Helmet of Salvation so you can protect your mind. (Philippians 4:8) Carry the Sword of the Spirit. The only offensive weapon is God’s word to be used against the lies and deception and also for Holy Living.
Never think that as a Christian you do not have the power over sin or Satan’s lies because you have been given victory through Jesus Christ. You may struggle because you have created habits in your life that we need to overcome but that does not mean you have to give into them. We are tempted by our own flesh and desires that many of us have created by giving into sin. (James 1:13-14)
Colossians 2:13-15 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities[a] and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.[b]
As Christians we know that all of our sins have been paid for on the cross but not only did our sins get taken away God also destroyed the enemy because now that Jesus lived a perfect sinless life, died and rose again the enemy is defeated.
Isaiah 27:2-4 In that day, “A pleasant vineyard,[a] sing of it! I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day; I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them; I would burn them up together.
2) Victory Leads to Rejoicing
In that day again points to the time in the future. Vineyard is the people of God and God calls on them to sing about the Victory that has taken place. The Bible speaks of three vines; the people of Israel (Isaiah 5:27) Christ and His Church (John 15) and the godless which are known as the vine of the earth (Revelation 14:18) Here God is speaking of His people.
I Yahweh watch over it This is such a personal intimate moment when we will be with God and He will watch over us and take care of us without hesitation. It is going to be the most loving environment there is and one that is unimaginable for us because we live in a fallen world.
I have no wrath There will be no need for God to show His anger against sin because it will be no more. The Briers and the thorns that were part of the curse in the Garden are gone and the enemies of God will no longer exist and therefore the temptations and the struggles will also be gone forever. We cannot fathom how great this will be because of the everyday struggles we have with sin and people. Our task in Heaven will be easy, our relationships with others will be pure and our time with God will be intimate.
Revelation 5:11-14 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Isaiah 2:5-6 Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.” 6 In days to come[b] Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.
3) Victory must be accepted
Let them make peace with me As Isaiah is talking about how wonderful this day will be God makes another plea for those, He considers His enemies because we must make peace with God Himself.
James 4:4 You adulterous people![a] Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
We cannot make peace with God by anything we can do but by only accepting what Jesus did for us.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The call God gives to humanity is that we accept what He is offering and only after you have accepted the gift that God has offered through Jesus Christ will you have peace with God and have victory over sin. The Christian life is not about you doing better but about God working in and through you to accomplish His will for your life which is to be more like Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Our victory through our daily lives comes not from our might or our power but by the power of the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6)
The victory has been won and Satan is defeated even though we are waiting for that final moment when God will overthrow Satan for good. We can have victory over Satan and sin because of the power of the Holy Spirit. One day because of the victory God has attained with us there will be rejoicing and singing like nothing we can compare to on earth. May we live with the end in mind as we rejoice and sing over the great victory God has achieved for us.